ALKHOBAR/JEDDAH: A fire at the Saudi Aramco residential complex in Alkhobar early Sunday killed at least eleven people and injured more than 200, civil defense officials said.Some of the injured were in “critical condition” and confined at nearby hospitals, the Civil Defense Department said. It said the casualties were from “various nationalities.”Preliminary investigation showed that the fire started in the basement of one of the buildings at the Radium compound in the eastern city. The cause of the fire is still being looked into, said the Saudi Press Agency, quoting other officials.The Radium compound consists of eight, six-story buildings and comprises 486 housing units. The fire broke out in one particular section of the vast compound.Mohammed Siddique, an engineer who lives nearby, said he first saw smoke coming from the complex at around 6 a.m. “I saw at least 30 ambulances and th...
JEDDAH: A group of economic experts has warned that the Kingdom stands to lose SR795 million per day...
MANAMA: A policeman was killed and seven people, including a child, were injured in an explosion Fri...
CAIRO: Italian energy giant Eni on Sunday announced the discovery of the “largest ever” offshore natural gas field in the Mediterranean inside Egypt’s territorial waters.The discovery, confirmed by Egypt’s oil ministry, could hold a potential 30 trillion cubic feet (850 billion cubic meters) of lean gas in an area of about 100 square kilometers (40 square miles), it said in a statement.The so-called Zohr project is “the l...
KUALA LUMPUR: Former Malaysian leader Mahathir Mohamad, joining anti-government protesters for a second day on Sunday, called for a “people’s power” movement to topple Prime Minister Najib Razak over a financial scandal.“The only way for the people to get back to the old system is for them to remove this prime minister,” said Mahathir, a deeply respected 90-year-old who was once Najib’s patron and is now his fiercest crit...

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Municipal elections will be held throughout Saudi Arabia on Dec. 12. In a historic first, Saudi women have been invited to participate as voters and candidates. This Arab News journalist went to register as a voter and discovered that for many Saudi women, making it to the polls won’t be easy.The fi...
JEDDAH: Indian diplomats in Jeddah are trying to unravel what led to the death of an Indian national in Jazan on Thursday.“One of the officers at the consulate is in touch with the appropriate authorities in Jazan to ascertain the exact circumstances in which 24-year-old Mohammed Tanzibuddin died,” diplomatic sources told A...
RIYADH: The Ministry of Islamic Affairs recently organized a forum on the role of imams in highlighting the importance of citizenship from an Islamic perspective.Speaking at the forum, Dr. Abdullah Al-Jarbou, a prominent professor at Madinah Islamic University, said that people of this country enjoy the blessings of God and...
JEDDAH: A recent survey found out that the majority of Saudi saleswomen in shops prefer the inspectors of the Ministry of Labor rather than those from the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (Haia), a local publication reported.About 26 percent of the respondents in the survey described the beh...
RIYADH: A number of parents have complained about the lack of hygiene in schools, expressing fears about the potential spread of the MERS virus with the beginning of the new academic year. This comes in the backdrop of another death due to the deadly virus, bringing the death toll to 503 until Saturday evening.One parent, S...
JEDDAH: Disputes over sharing of property or inheriting family business are common. But Dhahran has witnessed an unusual fight among four brothers — over donating kidney to their youngest brother.Coincidentally, all the brothers were found fit to donate kidney to the youngest sibling Abdullah, who had suffered a renal failu...
RIYADH: The Ministry of Justice has quashed rumors over the recent acquittal of a man who had been charged with rape-murder of his five-year-old daughter, warning that anybody trying to defame the judiciary will face strict action, local media reported on Saturday.Fayhan Al-Ghamdi was acquitted by an appeals court of the ch...
JEDDAH: A market in Jeddah offers used clothes and other items, including foodstuff, at throwaway prices. However, the deal may be fraught with risks as the foodstuff could be out of date and the clothes infested with microbes. “Many of the items, especially clothes, are the ones that once belonged to someone who has died....
JEDDAH: A number of visually impaired citizens are expecting candidates to address their problems and make life easier for them after winning the Dec. 12 municipal elections.A section of these voters have also sought special programs so that they can understand the mechanisms of the elections and get familiar with the progr...
RIYADH: The Ministry of Interior recently launched a series of training programs to upgrade the efficiency of its female staff as a new step to empower women and give them an opportunity to shine in security-related fields.Maha Frehi, the manager of development department in Riyadh, said that the new steps come in continuat...

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CAIRO: Egypt’s Foreign Ministry on Sunday summoned the British ambassador over h...

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QUETTA: Gunmen stormed a remote airport in troubled southwestern Pakistan before...

NEW DELHI: Thousands have signed a petition urging protection for two Indian sis...

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TOKYO: Tens of thousands rallied outside Japan’s Parliament Sunday to protest ag...

BUDAPEST: Hungarian police said on Sunday they had arrested a fifth suspect, a B...

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MADRID: Real Madrid got their season up and running when Gareth Bale and James R...

LONDON: Swansea City defeated Manchester United 2-1 for the third successive mee...

BEIJING: Asbel Kiprop produced a trademark sprint finish to win a third straight...

ASTANA, Kazakhstan: Japan will head to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro next...

CUMBRE DEL SOL, Spain: Dutch rider Tom Dumoulin edged out Chris Froome in a fran...

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FRANKFURT: The European Central Bank looks set to keep its monetary policy gunpowder dry when its decision-making governing council convenes next week, despite the recent...
FRANKFURT: The European Central Bank looks set to keep its monetary policy gunpowder dry when its decision-making governing council convenes next week, despite the recent turmoil that has engulfed global markets, analysts said.It has been a chaotic week for stock markets around the world, spooked by fears of economic slowdo...
On Tuesday, Chinese officials announced policy measures that would reduce liquidity tensions in the country and boost economic growth. The country’s benchmark lending and deposit rates were cut by 25 basis points to all-time lows of 4.6 percent and 1.75 percent respectively, which will lower financing costs and boost fixed-...
SINGAPORE: China's currency devaluation and slowing economy have caused enormous turmoil in world financial markets, but they have not really bothered tourists like Henry Lee.Not yet, at least."I don't even know what the exchange rate is," the 36-year-old technology entrepreneur from Beijing admitted."We're just here to rel...
Johannesburg: President Jacob Zuma inaugurated on Sunday the first unit of a massive new coal-fired power plant in South Africa, hailing it as a step away from the country's energy woes.The Medupi power station, situated north of Johannesburg, is to produce 4,800 megawatts of electricity by 2019, when it is expected to be o...
JEDDAH: A group of economic experts has warned that the Kingdom stands to lose SR795 million per day by using oil to generate electricity and for water desalination, and called for tapping renewable and alternative energy resources.According to statistics, the Kingdom’s current oil consumption stands at 4.2 million barrels...
NEW YORK: Top global markets ended the week Friday largely recovered from China-induced panic selling, but market watchers remain worried the turmoil in the world's number two economy will drag down global growth.After a bout of violent selloffs, the final tally for many stocks was deceptively benign, with the US and Europe...
BENGHAZI: A state oil firm loyal to Libya's official government based in the east of the country has postponed a conference in Dubai to discuss oil majors' existing contracts with the OPEC member country.The conference is a fresh attempt by Libya's internationally recognised government to control state oil firm NOC, which i...
ALGIERS: Algeria's government said on Saturday it will cut spending by 9 percent next year due to the drastic fall in global oil prices as the OPEC petroleum and gas producer tries to counter the drop in energy revenues that account for 60 percent of its budget.Algeria still has more than $150 billion in foreign reserves a...
new york: Days after China threw the biggest scare into Wall Street in years, US stocks have come surging back and ended the week Friday on a placid note that suggested the worst may be over for now.Even so, investors are buckling their seat belts for more turbulence ahead.The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell a scant 11.76...
 
 

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JEDDAH: The King Abdul Aziz Foundation will put on display next week a 500-year-old miniature manuscript, according to the SPA.
The manuscript is one of the oldest documents owned by the foundation.
The miniature, a decorative painting on a manuscript, will be displayed at an exhibition in Madinah along with many other local, Ottoman...

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ENTOTO, Ethiopia: High above the crowded streets of Addis Ababa, among fields where farmers lead oxen dragging wooden ploughs, sits Ethiopia’s space program.
Perched on the top of the 3,200-meter (10,500-foot) high Mount Entoto, two metal domes house telescopes, each a meter in diameter.
Operational for only a few months, the specializ...

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Does Hijab become an obstacle for a Muslim woman to express herself through fashion? Ask Saudi designer Nabila Nazer and she will whip out some of the trendiest and coolest looks for a modest, modern woman. She says the purpose of her fashion venture is to revive modest yet fashionable clothing among the young generations of Muslim women. Her po...

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When visiting London it’s natural to try and see all the iconic sights that are associated with the city. But it’s all too easy to miss out on the wonderful aspects of the capital that are not so widely known but which form part of its rich fabric. Towns outside the capital are also often over-looked.
So here is a guide to London and a near...

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Hot flashes are a sudden feeling of feverish heat, typically a symptom of menopause. Women who have hot flashes might experience some difficulty in sleeping because hot flashes, called night sweats, also occur in deep sleep.It’s not precisely clear what causes hot flashes. However, they’re most likely due to hormonal changes in the body. Some women barely notice hot flashes or consider them a minor annoyance. For others, the intensity may affect their quality of life in a rather negative way.“Hot flashes are a quick feeling of heat and sometimes a red, flushed face and sweating. It is not yet known what is the exact cause of hot flashes, but it might be related to changes in the female body...
Nothing says I love meat like a good burger. What’s not to love? A good grilled, well seasoned, fresh ground beef patty with perfect accommodating condiments and the perfectly rounded bun to finish off … perfect, right? Jeddah has seen its share of gourmet burger restaurants in the past few years, some are well within the limits of “acceptable”, others “not so much” and a handful of “superb” tasting burger joints. Forget the American franchises that are scattered all over the city, the newest burger joint to hit the restaurant scene has to be “Section B” burger. The creation of six young Saudis all sharing one love, obviously a really good burger! Men and their meat, right? Ironically, this...
RIYADH: A voluntary youth outreach group has issued a warning against the publication of any study that intends to promote smoking tobacco. The warning comes on the heels of a study published by a well-known wire agency and a foreign health agency saying that electronic cigarettes are less harmful than tobacco by 95 percent and should be promoted as a tool to help smokers quit smoking.But the volunteer youth group said that electronic cigarettes are very harmful and detrimental to health. It added that it is also the easy way to tobacco smoking.“Marketing of this and similar studies is alarming and must be addressed accordingly.Professionals must educate young people regarding such a study...

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BEIRUT: No celebrity has ever made a big deal out of their nuptials as much as Myriam Fares did when she tied the knot t...
NEW YORK: Renowned neurologist and writer Oliver Sacks, who explored the mysteries of the human brain in a series of best-selling books, died Sunday at age 82, the New York Times reported.Sacks’ longtime personal assistant, Kate Edgar, told the Times he died at his home in New York after a battle with cancer. Sacks was the author of the 1973 book “Awakenings,” which detailed his real-life experience with patients who suffered from a condition known as encephalitis lethargica, and how they were able to exit — however briefly — from their catatonic states with the aid of a drug.The story was...
LAHORE: After Humaima Malick and Mahira Khan, Momal Sheikh is set to make her mark in Bollywood. The Pakistani actress will soon be seen in ‘Tanu Weds Manu’ director Aanad L Rai’s next.A source revealed that the makers of the film had discussed the script with renowned Pakistani actor and Momal’s father — Javed Sheikh when they were looking for a Pakistani actress to portray an “important” character in the upcoming film, reports Hindustan Times.They instantly decided to cast Momal when they came to know about her.“When Aanand and Mudassar Aziz (director) discussed the film’s script with...

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