UNITED NATIONS: The Islamic State group, which controls a large swath of Syria and Iraq, has received between $35 million and $45 million in ransom payments in the past year, a UN expert monitoring sanctions against Al-Qaeda said Monday.Yotsna Lalji told a meeting of the UN Security Council’s Counter-Terrorism Committee that an estimated $120 million in ransom was paid to terrorist groups between 2004 and 2012.Kidnapping for ransom “continues to grow,” she said, as demonstrated by the money the extremist group calling itself the Islamic State has collected, between $35 million and $45 million in the past years.She said in recent years that Al-Qaeda and its affiliates have made kidnapping “the core Al-Qaeda tactic for generating revenue.” She pointed to an October 2012 recording in which Al-Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahri incites militants worldwide to kidnap Westerners.Lalji said Al-Qaeda...
The Interior Ministry has released the names of four Saudi men responsible for opening fire and kill...
DHAKA: An influential ex-minister surrendered to Bangladesh police Tuesday after Islamists staged pr...
FERGUSON, Missouri: St. Louis County police are confirming officers used tear gas to disperse crowds in Ferguson after a police car was vandalized, business windows shattered and gunshots were heard in the streets.Some protesters erupted in anger after the announcement that white officer Darren Wilson won’t be indicted in the shooting death of unarmed black teen Michael Brown. Protesters overran a barricade and taunted po...
Foreign investors and guest workers have welcomed the government’s reported plan to issue resident permits (iqamas) for five years instead of one. They said the move would boost the Kingdom’s economic progress.“This is a great step on the part of the government and will have a tremendous impact on businesses,” said Siddeek Ahmed, CMD of Eram Group while responding to the Passport Department’s plan to implement a proposal...

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Riyadh Gov. Prince Turki bin Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz opened a forum on King Abdullah project for preserving Saudi Arabia’s cultural heritage at King Saud University (KSU) here on Sunday evening. The forum was organized to highlight the Kingdom’s historical and cultural importance, confirm its signif...
Two female teachers and a driver died in Al-Mikhwa after their bus collided with a water tanker.Seven teachers were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.Col. Jamman Dayis, Civil Defense spokesman, said teams were immediately dispatched to the location of the accident but found that three people have already died.
Saudi Arabia tops the list of countries impacted by advanced targeted cyber attack in META (Middle East, Turkey and Africa) computer networks, accounting for 30.1 percent of the total attacks in the region during the first half of this year, said a report issued by FireEye, a leader in cyber security.Turkey came second with...
The Council of Ministers on Monday decided to establish a higher authority for the development of the Eastern Province. The new body, to be chaired by the province’s governor, will set out the general policy for development and prepare feasibility studies for projects.The move, according to Haj Minister and Acting Informati...
The kafala system, which requires all workers in most Gulf states to have a sponsor responsible for their visa and legal status, will top the agenda of the meeting of labor ministers of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council in Kuwait on Tuesday, a GCC statement said. Adel Fakeih, labor minister, will lead the Saudi delega...
Economists here say that the development of the country’s massive economic cities is behind schedule, a situation costing the nation much needed development and jobs.They say that the cities are meant to ensure the diversification of the country’s economy, sustainable development in all regions, and employment for the many...
Saudi Arabia has talented people who could one day solve energy problems for this country and the world, a leading US diplomat said here recently.Consul General Mike Hankey said he based his assessment on a recent tour of Saudi universities and schools. “I was very impressed with the students I met,” he said at the recent I...
As many as 100,000 Saudi students across the country have registered for the National Olympiad Science Innovation (NOSI) program for the year 2015 under King Abdul Aziz and His Companions Foundation for Giftedness and Creativity "Mawhiba."The program, being organized by Mawhiba in partnership with the Ministry of Education,...
The Labor Ministry will launch a new division that will be tasked to find ways to raise nationalization quotas amid efforts to curb rising unemployment.Tayseer Al-Mufarrej, ministry spokesman, told a local newspaper that his ministry will soon launch a special panel to boost productivity and enhance the Saudi-to-expat ratio...
The Criminal Court in Jeddah has sentenced a former security officer to a year in jail for blackmail. The court found the man guilty of blackmailing a woman and demanding sex to help her case.The woman presented to the court a recoding of the man, who was working in the civil rights administration. He asked the plaintiff, w...
Five Pakistani expatriates were killed and two others seriously injured in a fatal road accident near Al-Oula, about 300 km from Madinah on Monday morning.“Four people including two men and two women were killed at the spot while the remaining victims were shifted to Khyber General Hospital in critical condition,” Naif Al-A...
*Which particular aspect of Saudi Arabia do you like the most? The people are friendly.*Can you tell us your favorite and oft-repeated Arabic word? Shukran (thank you).*Which book is now on your bedside? Flash Boys by Michael Lewis.*What is your favorite holiday destination? Finland.*Where would you ideally like to be poste...
The Islamic Development Bank (IDB) has given an outright grant of SR750,000 to set up a private school for Muslim students in Colombo, the Sri Lankan Embassy announced. Thanking the IDB for the contribution, the country’s Ambassador Mohamed Hussein Mohamed said it would help a great deal in enabling Muslim students in Colom...

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RAMALLAH: The Palestinian leadership on Tuesday slammed the Israeli government’s...

ABU DHABI: An Emirati court Tuesday sentenced a local man to three years in jail...

SANAA: Yemeni security forces freed seven Yemeni hostages and a foreigner in a r...

TEHRAN: Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani faced thinly veiled pressure Tuesday ove...

CAIRO: Police officials say at least 10 people were killed when an eight-story b...

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NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s estranged wife has questioned t...

GANDERBAL, India: Voters in Indian Kashmir turned out in large numbers under tig...

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria: More than 45 people died Tuesday in twin bomb blasts, includ...

ROME: An Italian doctor battling the deadly Ebola virus on Tuesday began treatme...

KATMANDU: Foreign Ministers from eight South Asian nations met Tuesday in the Ne...

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Faisal Salhab and Fahad Almansour had the Saudi winning run going ahead of an im...

HANOI: Philippines booked their place in the semifinals of the AFF Suzuki Cup on...

MANILA: San Miguel Beer and Rain or Shine extended their respective winning stre...

CLEVELAND: LeBron James scored 29 points, including 16 in the first quarter, as...

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RIYADH: OPEC’s biggest crude producer Saudi Arabia will have its sights set on the upstart US shale oil business at a crucial meeting to debate possible output cuts on Th...
In the current economic environment, success is expected to come to only those companies that generate innovative products, services, processes and business models to gain competitive advantage, said Mohamed Al-Mady, SABIC vice chairman and CEO. He was speaking at the annual forum of the Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals As...
ABUJA: Nigeria has devalued its currency, seeking to stabilize the naira after it hit historic lows against the US dollar, as falling world oil prices hurt the country’s foreign reserves.The naira’s street value had already fallen before the surprise moves announced by Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor Godwin Emefiele....
NEW DELHI: A top US trade envoy has urged India to strengthen its drug and other intellectual property laws, saying such a move is needed to draw vital investment to spur a sputtering economy.The call came as international charity Medecins Sans Frontieres in a statement accused the US Trade Representative’s office and globa...
WASHINGTON: The US economy grow at a much faster pace than initially thought in the third quarter, pointing to strengthening fundamentals that should help it weather slowing global demand.The Commerce Department on Tuesday raised its estimate of gross domestic product to a 3.9 percent annual pace from the 3.5 percent rate r...
PARIS: The weak eurozone economy poses a key threat to global growth, the OECD warned on Tuesday, urging more flexibility in fiscal rules for struggling EU members like France and Italy to prevent another recession.Forcing the two major European economies to meet the EU’s tough deficit criteria “would likely depress activit...
NEW DELHI: India’s economic growth probably slowed to around 5 percent in the three months to September, slipping from 5.7 percent in the previous quarter, two senior finance ministry sources said, putting pressure on the central bank to cut interest rates.The sources said Finance Minister Arun Jaitley would argue forcefull...
VIENNA: Saudi Arabia met fellow OPEC member Venezuela and oil powers Russia and Mexico in Vienna, as some of the world’s largest crude producers engaged in last-minute shuttle diplomacy in a bid to convince Riyadh to support prices.Saudi Arabia has kept the market guessing about its response to crude’s near 30 percent drop...
International mechanical services group, EnerMech, has announced that it has signed a joint venture agreement with Abdulla Fouad Group (AFG) to support the growth of its operations in Saudi Arabia. This arrangement follows AFG’s acquisition of Shoabi Group’s oil and gas agencies, joint ventures and facilities which was anno...
Transport Minister Jabara Al-Seraisry inaugurated the first Saudi maritime forum as well as an exhibition in Dammam on Tuesday It was organized by the General Ports Authority and the Ministry of Transport. The two-day conference-led event, taking place at the Sheraton Dammam Hotel & Towers, attracted up to 200 delegates...
Mobily has upgraded the cable networks of its cable landing stations at Jeddah and Alkhobar. These landing stations connect the Gulf to the TGN subsea Cable System, operated by Tata Communications, a leading provider of A New World of Communications. Mobily is the exclusive landing party in Saudi Arabia (Jeddah and Alkhobar...
The Council of Saudi Chambers (CSC) has launched a training program on small and medium enterprises (SMEs) for its officials from various chambers in the Kingdom.CSC Secretary General Khalid Al-Otaibi said the program is being conducted in two groups for 27 trainees. The aim of this program is to develop the skills of the o...
NEW YORK: A rise in Apple shares pushed the market value of the trend-setting US tech icon above $700 billion, becoming the first company to hit that milestone.Apple shares rose nearly one percent in morning trade to $119.75 at 1525 GMT, making its market capitalization some $701.7 billion. The shares were fluctuating in a...

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Eman Al-Qahtani is a successful, talented and ambitious young Saudi artist. She combines thoughts and colors in her paintings. She has her own art method; a painting is to deliver a message to human minds.
Al-Qahtani holds a bachelor degree in Arts and Humanities, and a diploma in hearing disability. She is responsible for the Women Assemb...

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TEL AVIV: A company says it has developed technology that can charge a mobile phone in a few seconds and an electric car in minutes, advances that could transform two of the world’s most dynamic consumer industries.
Using nano-technology to synthesize artificial molecules, Tel Aviv-based StoreDot says it has developed a battery that can sto...

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Tasneem Anwar Ishqi’s love for jewels with symbols and meanings was well-known from her childhood. Today, through practice and perseverance, she has earned a name for herself in the Kingdom’s jewelry designing industry. She developed a new concept in the world of jewelry that represents unique prayer beads in different colors and with meanings....

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Egypt is a trans-continental country spanning the northeast corner of Africa and southwest corner of Asia, making it an Afro-Asiatic country via a land bridge formed by the Sinai Peninsula. Most of Egypt’s territory of 1,010,000 sq. km lies within the Nile Valley of North Africa, but it is also considered a Mediterranean country as it is bordere...

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The latest diet fad among fitness freaks and celebs is the green juice, or as they call it ‘salad in a cup’. These juices claim to be a solution for all your nutrition needs and help you to consume even those vegetables that you don’t necessarily like. “When you think of healthy beverages, water immediately comes to your mind. However, there are other drinks worth adding to your diet,” said nutritionist Dr. Raneem Abdulmajeed. “You can make your own drink that will have great health benefits, from relieving minor ailments like indigestion to providing protection against serious issues such as osteoporosis,” she added. A bowl of fresh fruits and vegetables, and a blender is all you need to...
The Globe is the signature restaurant of Al-Faisaliah hotel in Riyadh. This unique restaurant offers the best of the best in terms of location, cuisine and ambiance. It is located atop Al-Faisaliah tower, where diners can have elegant meals as well as a magical view. Within this dramatic three-story dome, delicious modern European cuisine and sweeping panoramic views of the city come together to create an unmatched Riyadh fine dining experience.The entrance is very private and you must walk through security into two different elevators that take you to the top floor of Al-Faisaliah tower. The restaurant is very elegant and comprises two stories, one for singles and the other for families....
I have been a fan of Mariam Alireza’s articles ever since she began writing for Arab News more than ten years ago. And I am not the only one! In fact, her readers’ enthusiasm encouraged her to compile the weekly articles into a collection of an easy-to-read book. The Whole Health Book, the first of the series, has just been published. It provides all information that you need to know about healthy nutrition and lifestyle choices.“This book is not about my published articles of the last eight years randomly compiled, but I intend it to become a “health reference” book that can be read back to front or even starting in the middle” says AlirezaAfter a brief look at the contents, I decided to...

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Dreams, ambitions and determination have no limits, dedication to those three traits can take that dreamer, ambition-see...
WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama said he is in love, though he was not speaking about Michelle — but he swears she understands.“I’ve said it publicly: I love Meryl Streep. I love her. Her husband knows I love her. Michelle knows I love her. There’s nothing either of them can do about it,” he said at the Presidential Medal of Freedom awards Monday.Obama endowed 18 people, including Streep, musician Stevie Wonder, Chilean-American author Isabel Allende, journalist Tom Brokaw and composer Stephen Sondheim, with the award, the highest civil honor in the United States.A smiling Obama showered...
NEW YORK: Britain led at the International Emmy Awards Monday, with three trophies going to British television series at the ceremony honoring the best TV programming outside the United States.“Utopia,” the conspiracy series created by Britain’s Dennis Kelly and directed by Marc Munden took home the best drama Emmy, while the best actor trophy went to Stephen Dillane for his role as Karl Roebuck in “Tunnel,” the Canal+ series that was also nominated for best drama.“Educating Yorkshire,” a documentary program directed by David Brindley and narrated by David Clews about life in a school in...

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