Operation Decisive Storm strikes are based on accurate military information and all enemy targets are authentic and far removed from civilian areas.This was disclosed by Brig. Gen. Ahmad Al-Assiri, consultant at the minister of defense’s office, at a daily press briefing in Riyadh on Wednesday. Al-Assiri said that the Houthis will target any possible venue, including ones populated by civilians, to mislead public opinion. Al-Assiri was referring to reports about civilian casualties at Al-Mazraq refugee camp and a dairy factory at Al-Hodeida.“The Houthis are now using dirty tricks and targeting civilians to gain sympathy, especially since they are losing ground,” he said. He said it was confirmed that the weapons used to kill civilians at Al-Mazraq and Al-Hodeida were mortars belonging to the Houthis.According to Al-Assiri, the coalition is in constant communication with the regular Yemen...
Saudi Arabia and the US are working to broaden military cooperation as the Saudi-led Operation Decis...
Key regional issues affecting the security of the Middle East and West Africa topped the agenda of t...
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman’s phone call to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday in the wake of Operation Decisive Storm confirms the close relationship between the two nations, say analysts.Arab News has learned that during the conversation, Modi thanked King Salman for the contact and wished him the best in resolving security challenges in the region “and early restoration of peace and stabili...
JEDDAH: The confirmation by Moody's of Saudi Arabia's rating is a testament to the Kingdom’s solid financial standing, says a top economist.“There is nothing to be concerned over the short term,” John Sfakianakis, Middle East director at Ashmore Group, told Arab News.His remarks came as Moody's Investors Service affirmed Saudi Arabia's Aa3 long-term issuer rating and maintained a stable outlook on the rating.“This reflect...

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A government employee is to be granted a compensation of SR100,000 in case of death or permanent disability while on duty, the Ministry of Civil Services has said.The Article 35, which relates to such incidents, clearly spells out compensation and other facilities such as sick leave and wages in acc...
All schools in the Riyadh region, including the ones run by expat communities, will remain closed Thursday.The Education Department announced the suspension of schools on April 2 because of a major sandstorm that hit Riyadh on Wednesday.King Saud University’s Badran Al-Omar announced the suspension of classes at the univers...
“I am honored to celebrate with you tonight the life of my second father Fahd bin Abdulaziz, who raised and guided me from a young age.”These were the remarks of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman during the launch of an exhibition to honor the life of King Fahd in Riyadh on Wednesday. The event was organized by...
Saudi business leaders have voiced their strong support for Operation Decisive Storm launched under orders of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman against the Houthi terrorists in Yemen.At its 85th board meeting on Wednesday in Riyadh, the Council of Saudi Chambers (CSC), representing business sectors in the countr...
The Kingdom launched the current operation in Yemen because it had been asked to do so by the legitimate ruler of the country, a senior Shoura Council official told members of a visiting delegation of US politicians recently. The request was made by Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, who is the legitimate ruler of Yemen, said Shoura...
The Human Rights Commission (HRC) supports the Kingdom’s military action in Yemen because it defends the country’s people against an aggressor and protects Saudi Arabia and other neighboring countries, the body’s chief said recently.HRC members discussed the issue Tuesday and backed the decision by Custodian of the Two Holy...
Ways to create a link between education and labor and build partnerships with ministries were among the issues discussed at a workshop organised by the Public Education Evaluation Commission (PEEC) in Riyadh on Tuesday.Creating an effective link between education and labor, besides unifying the qualifications of students an...
There is now increasing hope that Saudi Arabia would secure the release of 71 citizens held in Iraq for 15 years, said Abdullah Al-Saleh, the Saudi ambassador in Jordan, recently.Relations have started to thaw with Iraq, with Saudi Arabia soon opening an embassy in that country, he said.Al-Saleh was quoted as saying in a lo...
Health Minister Ahmed Al-Khateeb appointed new members, comprising local officials and representatives from the World Health Organization (WHO) and Center For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to the scientific advisory board of the ministry to deal with diseases. The new board, headed by Dr. Ahmed Al-Harisi from the Ki...
The Princess Nora University launched in Riyadh a women’s leadership skills program in education.This program is in keeping with the university’s purpose as a distinguished and pioneering institution in education and scientific research.Dr. Abeer bint Ali Al-Harbi, the university’s dean of development skills, said the progr...
Without a marketing or sales background, many youngsters are making profits online by selling their used goods. From large items such as real estate down to shoes or clothes, entrepreneurs are using technology to sell second-hand products on social media websites, long after the practice had become common outside the Kingdo...
The Jeddah municipality has urged citizens and residents to report any violations they find in their areas by filing a complaint on the municipality’s website or sending a text message on 940.Hassan Ghoneim of the municipality said that the civic body removed vehicles illegally parked on 50,000 square meters of land in Wazi...
A number of residents of Al-Hamra district in Jeddah have complained about the harmful effects of the temporary pump that was installed by the National Water Company, claiming that the pump emits sewage and that the resultant closure of the bystreet extending from the main Palestine Road has caused much disturbance and inco...

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TIKRIT: Iraqi forces battled the last militants in Tikrit Wednesday to seal a vi...

THE HAGUE: The Palestinian Authority joined the International Criminal Court on...

RABAT: Moroccan authorities said Wednesday they dismantled a cell in the city of...

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DAMASCUS: Militants from the Islamic State group seized control of most of the Y...

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WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama on Wednesday authorized imposing economic san...

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Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Wednesday sought Prime Minister Narendra...

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LOS ANGELES: Stephen Curry scored 27 points and Klay Thompson had 25 as the Gold...

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Prince Faisal bin Salman, governor of Madinah and chairman of Madinah Development Authority (MDA), on Wednesday signed a contract with Louis Berger to be the program mana...
LONDON: Gold rose more than one percent on Wednesday as the dollar retreated after a downbeat US jobs report raised expectations the Federal Reserve could be more cautious in tightening monetary policy.The dollar fell 0.1 percent against a basket of currencies, after weaker-than-expected ADP private jobs data raised concern...
NCB Capital, a major wealth manager in the region and the largest asset manager in the Kingdom, has issued a report mentioning that the two-month bonus salary issued to Saudi government workers and a large number of Saudi private sector workers will support the retail sector. The sector performance remains strong despite th...
NEW YORK: Oil rallied on Wednesday for the first time in four days after weekly US stock builds turned out to be less than some feared, and negotiators missed a deadline on Iranian nuclear talks that might bring more supply to the market.US oil futures were up more than 4 percent after government data showed crude inventori...
WASHINGTON: Amazon has unveiled its latest effort to bring more speed and convenience to online shopping: A WiFi-connected gadget called the Amazon Dash Button that allows shoppers to refill orders of household staples with the press of a button.The adhesive buttons are meant to be hung in convenient places around the home...
DUBAI: A planned tax on undeveloped urban land may transform Saudi Arabia's real estate market, boosting construction and making homes more affordable, but potential loopholes could dilute the impact and make the effect on the market hard to predict.Real estate stocks tumbled and construction stocks rose last week after the...
ALKHOBAR: Saudi Arabia plans to open bidding for construction of a metro rail system in the commercial hub of Jeddah this year and begin operating it in 2020, an official from the state-backed firm managing the project said.The plan for the multi-billion dollar system suggests Saudi Arabia is pushing ahead with big infrastr...
NEW YORK: OPEC oil production rose to a 19-month high in March, led by gains in Iraq and Libya.Production by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries climbed 481,000 barrels to 31.029 million a day this month, the most since August 2013, according to a Bloomberg survey of oil companies, producers and analysts.Price...
Saudi Arabia is keenly watching the oil scene. As the fluctuating oil prices show signs of decline, countries are debating how low they can go and whether such a scenario is beneficial in the long run. The Kingdom, however, remains least impacted by the declining oil price and is confident that it will rise and stabilize so...
JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia's market regulator will publish the final rules governing the opening of the Kingdom's stock exchange to direct foreign investors by the end of April, a senior Saudi banker told Reuters.His comments correspond to a report in newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat on Tuesday, which quoted unnamed informed sources in...
LONDON: Gold edged lower on Tuesday and was eyeing a third straight quarterly fall, pressured by a strong dollar and expectations the US Federal Reserve will increase interest rates this year.Bullion has fallen 3 percent since hitting a three-week high above $1,200 an ounce last week after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen...
ALKHOBAR: Saudi Butanol Co., a joint venture of local petrochemicals firms, is expected to start trial operations at its plant in Jubail in the third quarter of 2015, one of the shareholders said."Construction of the plant is ongoing ... Trial operations are expected in the third quarter of 2015," said National Industrializ...
DUBAI: Saudi Arabia will use multi-billion dollar infrastructure projects to attract foreign investment in sectors such as transport, healthcare and industrial equipment, a senior economic official said on Monday.The Kingdom is spending tens of billions of dollars annually on roads, ports, airports, hospitals and schools fo...

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She paints with a knife and excels in it, and places in her paintings touches of the Hijazi and Asiri heritage. She also provided childhood letters, roses and peace.
She told Arab News that painting is a talent she has since childhood, she has developed it through personal study and extensive art culture.
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NEW YORK: Amazon moved to become an errand service for home staples, introducing a "dash button" to allow consumers to instantly order popular products for home and kitchen.
The move boosts Amazon's presence for everyday services and goods and comes a day after the online retail giant launched a wide-ranging services marketplace.
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For women who love beautifully crafted ‘one-of-a-kind’ rings, Ornella Iannuzzi is establishing herself as a ‘must go to’ jewelry designer. This week, her reputation went up another notch as she swept up two highly prestigious prizes at the Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council Awards 2015 in London. Her exquisite ‘Uprising’ ring won two Gold Aw...

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It’s pretty difficult to choose an island destination because there are just simply so many beautiful islands to choose from. Whether it is for a honeymoon, a much needed getaway, a family vacation or just a trip to explore one of the world’s most beautiful wonders, Bali, Indonesia is one of the best islands to head out to. Considered one of ove...

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Anew suburbia is cropping up on the edges of Egypt’s gridlocked capital. As a growing number of people are moving into West Cairo or New Cairo, some of the best restaurants are no longer only found in traditional Central Cairo areas such as Zamalek, Garden City, Maadi, and Mohandesseen. A host of new restaurants are mushrooming on the outskirts of Cairo, especially in mega malls such as Arabia Mall or Festival Mall which have become popular destinations. However, one of my favorite places to enjoy a good meal is Seasons Country Club which has nothing to do with the Four Seasons Hotel. Situated off the Cairo Alexandria Desert road, Seasons houses a hub of restaurants in a luxuriant garden....
Last week, I started writing about the incredible palm tree, Arecaceae, more commonly known as the coconut tree, which prospers in the tropics, the Indian Subcontinent, the Fareast, Pacific Islands, and warm temperate climates. I also described the trees and their different parts: The flowers, the nutrient dense coconut water and its tender pulp, the crunchy coconut kernel, which produces the coconut milk and the invaluable oil. I also spoke about their different uses in their native Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands. Today, I shall give details on the juice of this precious plant, which is found within the shell of the very young coconut pulp, kernel. Within the cavity of the immature...
The Kingdom witnessed a sharp 135% rise in cases of colorectal cancer in a decade (2001-2011), but Saudi experts have introduced latest techniques to treat patients.The number of cases was 438 in 2001, but it reached a staggering 1,033 in 2011, Dr Qasim Al-Qasabi, CEO of King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center, saidHe revealed the figures while quoting data released by the Saudi Cancer Registry at a forum on colorectal diseases in Riyadh.Dr Al-Qasabi said more advanced techniques such as endoscopy and robot surgeries have, however, been introduced to treat patients.He said the research center has launched a program aimed at studying the genetic traits of colorectal cancer in...

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NEW YORK: Newly anointed “The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah faced mounting criticism on Tuesday after the emergence of se...
LONDON: The Duchess of Cambridge has told friends she is convinced she is having a girl — because she can’t stop scoffing sweet treats, the Daily Mail reported.According to an old wives’ tale, if a pregnant woman has cravings for chocolate and biscuits, it is a sure sign that she is carrying a daughter. Now Kate, 33, has joked to pals that if there is any truth in the saying, she is sure to give birth next month to a sister for Prince George.The Duchess, who again suffered acute morning sickness at the start of the pregnancy, has developed a particular penchant for chocolate biscuit cakes and...
BEIRUT: Basil Soda, credited as one of Lebanon’s best-known international fashion designers, has died, his company said.His death was announced Monday on the social media pages of his fashion house, which described him as a “great international designer... who built his company single-handedly from the group up.”“A great man, who will always be remembered for his craft and beautiful soul.”Lebanese media said Soda had died aged 47 after suffering from cancer, without providing further details.Soda began his fashion career in 2000, and was based in Beirut.His work drew inspiration from...

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