The Saudi-led coalition launched over 100 sorties during the past 24 hours against “specified” Houthi targets, coalition spokesman Brig. Gen. Ahmad Al-Assiri said on Friday.Al-Assiri, a consultant in the office of the defense minister, said the air operations “are specified and selected to paralyze the Houthi movements and their supporters,” according to the SPA. He said “the Houthi militias are carrying out sabotage operations harming citizens and public institutions.”The spokesman made the remarks during his daily press briefing at Riyadh Air Base. Airstrikes are bearing positive results and will continue until goals are achieved, he said.He added that security operations are ongoing in Yemen’s Houthi stronghold city of Saada, to ensure the safety of the Kingdom’s southern borders.“There are movements of the Houthi militias on the southern borders. The airstrikes are targeting their s...
WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama will welcome the six leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council c...
The Saudi-Yemeni Business Council intends to invest SR18.7 billion in Yemen to revive the nation’s e...
KABUL: The Islamic State (IS) group claimed to have carried out a deadly suicide attack in eastern Afghanistan Saturday that killed at least 33 people and injured more than 100, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said, in what, if verified, would be the first major attack claimed by the terrorist group in the country."Who claimed responsibility for horrific attack in Nangarhar today? The Taliban did not claim responsibility fo...
RIYADH: A newspaper hails Saudi Arabia's "brave armed men." Students build a remote-controlled fighter plane as a tribute to warplanes bombing Yemeni rebels. A phone company offers patriotic songs as ringtones.This is wartime in Saudi Arabia, where every audible voice is behind the three-week-old air campaign against Houthi rebels in neighboring Yemen."Our king has done something good," said Saud Mubarak, an unemployed ma...

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The Kingdom has the most patents registered globally in the Arab world, followed by Kuwait with 14 percent and Egypt 12 percent, said Mohammed Al-Jasser, minister of economy and planning, recently.During the University Invents conference launched by Crown Prince Muqrin, deputy premier, at King Saud...
Forty-four men were victims of domestic violence in the Kingdom last year, the National Society for Human Rights (NSHR) has revealed.The NSHR's 11th annual report stated the organization had handled 14 cases in Riyadh, 13 in Jazan, eight in Dammam, five in Madinah, two in Makkah and one each in Asir and Jeddah.Amal Al-Raie,...
A GCC health official has called for strict penalties on countries and companies found engaged in exporting or importing adulterated and counterfeit drugs in order to curb the spread of such drugs in Arab countries.Director General of the Executive Office of the Council of Ministers of Health of the Gulf Cooperation Council...
Head of the Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais has praised the government for launching Operation Decisive Storm in Yemen, describing it as a “legitimate” action to protect the citizens of that country from oppression.In his Friday sermon at the Grand Mosque, Al-Sudais said the government’s act...
As the Decisive Storm proceeds, acts, and not words, express the willingness of citizens to prove their appreciation and love for their nation, ready to sacrifice their blood, bodies and souls to defend the country. Women, just as men, want to express their love for their country, personifying the old saying "behind every g...
Many Saudi women are breaking stereotypes by seeking work in the information technology sector rather than in the fields of education and health, say experts.Fatima Asiri, a project manager in IT engineering at Asir education department, told Arab News that many women want these jobs because they can work at home in some in...
A Saudi scholarship student in Britain, Nuha Al-Rayess, has discovered a new genetic mutation that leads to muscle atrophy, weakened limbs and, finally, total paralysis in some cases. The tests she conducted showed that the principal cause for this condition is intermarriage and reproduction among family members.Al-Rayess n...
The Ministry of Health announced the continuous decline in the number of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) cases in the Kingdom for the fourth week in a row. In its weekly statement, the ministry confirmed three cases were reported in Makkah, Riyadh and Hail in the period between 16 - 22 Jamad Al-Thani...
The top leadership of the Saudi-led Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) arrived in Manila on Thursday for a five-day visit to prevent the oldest peace accord in Asia from collapsing following a botched operation by Philippine authorities in Bangsamoro that killed 61 people on both sides.The OIC delegation, led by its...
The Criminal Court in Jeddah held a new hearing on Wednesday morning in the case of a young man charged with amassing SR2 billion through money laundering.An investigation by the Department of Economic Crimes at the Bureau of Investigation and Public Prosecution point to the defendant’s involvement in money laundering with...
Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundation purchased all the 100 artworks that had been put for auction at the “Salman In Their Eyes” exhibition which concluded here on April 16.The three-day exhibition, organized by the Disabled Children’s Association (DCA), was the first of its kind to deliver a message of love and loyalty to the king...
The visitors’ area of the King Fahd Park Development Project in Dammam has been completed by the investing company, according to the Eastern Province Municipality. The park is located between Dammam, Dhahran and Al Khobar.Mohammed Al-Sufaian, spokesman for the Eastern Province Municipality, said: “The green public area allo...
The number of lawsuits received by Saudi courts in major cities across the Kingdom reached 201,903 cases over the last five months, according to data generated by the Ministry of Justice’s e-indexes.Riyadh captured the highest proportion of the cases at 82,358, followed by Makkah (64,404), Jeddah (43,213), Madinah (23,846),...

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AMMAN: The UN launched an urgent appeal Friday for $274 million to provide assis...

KIRKUK: Iraq will test the body of a man killed in clashes with pro-government f...

Approximately 4,000 soldiers have joined the “legitimate” government of Yemeni P...

BAGHDAD: Iraqi security forces have gained full control over a contested area so...

HARTFORD, Connecticut: American military members, contractors and others caught...

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BEIJING: A Chinese court on Friday convicted a 71-year-old journalist of leaking...

BOSTON: The parents of the boy who was the youngest to die in the attack on the...

LONDON: A survey of Britons published Friday in the build-up to the 200th annive...

LONDON: The opposition parties vying for a role in Britain’s next government wen...

Two ships from Djibouti carrying Indians evacuated from Yemen will reach Kochi,...

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MONACO: Winning a game against Novak Djokovic these days is quite an achievement...

The Philippine Basketball Association’s board of governors seems to be flip-flop...

NORTH SOUND, Antigua and Barbuda: James Anderson claimed a record-equaling wicke...

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The volume of investments injected into Jubail, Yanbu and Ras Al-Khair industrial cities reached SR1 trillion, said Prince Saud bin Abdullah bin Thunayyan Al-Saud, presid...
WASHINGTON: The current head of the Group of 20 wealthy and emerging nations says governments need to do more to jolt the global economy out of the rut it fell into after the 2008 financial crisis.Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan, who is responsible for his country’s economy, said the worst may be over but recent e...
A 30-member Saudi trade delegation visited the world’s largest industrial fair Hannover Messe in Germany recently, to seek more knowledge about setting up manufacturing industries in the Kingdom. The fair included a business forum, which featured the National Industrial Development Program’s project to find outstanding busi...
NEW YORK: Oil-services giant Schlumberger said it would cut 11,000 more jobs as its first-quarter earnings tumbled after low crude prices forced it to cut drilling.Schlumberger CEO Paal Kibsgaard said the latest round of cuts was caused by a severe decline in North American land drilling and by reduced investment by oil com...
MUMBAI: India’s Reliance Industries reported a small profit increase for the year as a slump in oil prices hurt its major revenue streams of petrochemicals and refining.The Mumbai-based firm said in a statement that consolidated net profit for the year, which ended March, rose 4.8 percent to 235.66 billion rupees ($3.78 bil...
NEW YORK: The industrial heart of General Electric, the company’s new focus, posted lower revenue and earnings in the first quarter amid an enormous overall loss resulting from its recently-announced sale of most of the assets in its finance subsidiary.Net income from the part of GE that the company will retain after the sa...
BEIJING: Chinese auto brands, pressed by foreign competition, are enjoying a rebound as they head into next week's Shanghai auto show, their biggest marketing showcase of the year.For two years, new but ambitious automakers including Geely and Chery steadily lost market share to US, European and Asian rivals. They responded...
LONDON: Nokia’s $16.6 billion takeover of Alcatel-Lucent will create a leader in building networks for today’s smartphones. The companies are betting they can also get an edge connecting millions of intelligent machines that haven’t been invented yet.The advent of mobile technology to power high-speed connections for everyt...
ZURICH: Nestle, the world’s biggest food maker, followed European peers in reporting first-quarter revenue growth that exceeded estimates as price increases offset weak sales of convenience meals in North America.Organic sales rose 4.4 percent, with pricing contributing 2.5 percentage points of the growth, the Vevey, Switze...
FRANKFURT: German auto giant Volkswagen attempted to draw a line under a bitter power struggle between its chief executive and supervisory board chief, saying it would extend the contract of chief executive Martin Winterkorn.The announcement was seen as a severe blow to supervisory board chief Ferdinand Piech, who has ruled...
DALLAS: Delta Air Lines plans to reduce international flying later this year as travel demand in some places weakens due to lower oil prices and the strong US dollar.The airline said that it will make cuts of up to 20 percent on routes to Japan, India, Brazil, Africa and the Middle East. It will suspend winter flights to Mo...
LONDON: Britain’s economy created the largest number of new jobs in nearly a year and unemployment hit its lowest rate since mid-2008, official labor market data showed, the last such report before a closely fought election on May 7.Prime Minister David Cameron hailed the numbers, which cover the three months to February, a...
Airline passengers already know that ever-shrinking seats can leave them feeling cranky and cramped. They might nonetheless think of reduced legroom — an industry- wide trend that has produced a remarkable run of profitability for US airlines — as a fair tradeoff for an affordable fare. But what if, in addition to threateni...

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French President Francois Hollande on Friday stepped 36,000 years back in time into a darkened, cool cave to admire the earliest known figurative paintings of hands, bears, rhinos and panthers.
But he was actually above ground, inaugurating a giant, millimeter-by-millimeter exact replica of the closely guarded Grotte Chauvet in southern Fra...

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A Saudi scholarship student in Britain, Nuha Al-Rayess, has discovered a new genetic mutation that leads to muscle atrophy, weakened limbs and, finally, total paralysis in some cases. The tests she conducted showed that the principal cause for this condition is intermarriage and reproduction among family members.
Al-Rayess noted that this d...

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Tap water is one obstacle that stands in the way of women in the Middle East and their desire to achieve healthy, beautiful hair. It is said that one of the solutions for the damage caused by tap water is to rinse the hair with bottled or filtered water right before leaving the shower. However, a new hair product in the market promises to solves...

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Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) announced Thursday the start of a program in South Korea for the training of Saudi male and female artisans to revive and develop the accuracy of ancient crafts. He indicated that the program will be launched in other countries too, including Japan, Mo...

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All of us dream to eat as much as we can and yet stay skinny. This dream may come true after all. Superfoods are foods that make it possible for you to eat and lose the spare fat around your belly.We spoke to nutritionist Raneem Abdulmajeed who listed for our readers the best foods that burn stomach fat. “You need to boost your metabolism, some foods have a very high thermogenic effect, this helps you burn calories as you chew,” Raneem said. “Other foods contain nutrients and compounds that stoke your metabolic fire,” she added. Green tea:According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reports, drinking three to four cups of green tea a day can help you lose more than three kilos in...
In the first couple of years, infants and toddlers mainly interact with humans and their interactions with objects such as toys are always in the framework of people’s interaction. Toddlers are very curious, they feel the need to explore, test and control everything around them. In this age and time, this includes the exploration of technology tools and interactive media. Children of this age are drawn to push-button switches and controls. Technology tools that infants and toddlers might use must be safe, sturdy, and not easily damaged. If technology is used, it must be in the context of conversation and interactions with an adult.According to pediatrician Dr. Sultan Al-Juhani, technology...
Paris: Researchers said Wednesday a lab-manufactured antibody “significantly” reduced HIV blood levels in a small but promising human trial, and caused no harmful side effectsThe virus-suppressing action did not appear to last, however, and some patients developed resistance to the agent, said the authors of the research published by Nature.This meant the designer molecule dubbed 3BNC117 may be best used in combination with other drugs, said the team — while highlighting the promise of a new, immunotherapy-based approach to fighting HIV.“This represents potentially a new class of drugs with activity against HIV,” study co-author Marina Caskey of New York’s Rockefeller University told AFP.“...

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LONDON: The world’s media started counting down Thursday to the arrival of Britain’s royal baby when a press pen was ere...
LONDON: A Hollywood film about a Soviet-era serial killer hits cinema screens on Friday, but it will not be shown in Russia after Moscow pulled the movie because of what it called a “distortion of historical facts.”“Child 44,” based on the 2008 novel by Tom Rob Smith, revolves around the hunt for a child murderer during the 1950s in Stalinist Russia.British actor Tom Hardy, due on screens next month in a much-anticipated “Mad Max” remake, plays the lead, MGB officer Leo Demidov, in the thriller. Also starring are Noomi Rapace, Joel Kinnaman and Gary Oldman.However, Russia’s Cultural Ministry...
LAHORE: Pakistani freelance photographer Atif Saeed captured an incredible image of a lion at a wildlife park near Lahore. The image showing the majestic king of the jungle charging toward the lensman has gone viral on the Net. Saeed slowly creeping out of his vehicle, putting his life at risk. The 38-year-old told media he sat on the ground and snapped a couple of photos, but was forced to retreat “within seconds” when the lion noticed him and leapt in his direction.“I thought I must show the character and status of a lion and this was the only way I could think of to achieve the goal. “The...

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