JEDDAH: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman has been awarded a top international prize for his contribution to the propagation of the Qur’an.He was named the “Islamic Personality of the Year” by the Holy Qur’an International Memorization Organization, an affiliate of the Makkah-based Muslim World League (MWL). This is the eighth year the organization has held the awards. It gave prizes in 10 categoriess. Societies promoting Qur’an memorization; teachers; senior sheikhs; television programs, websites and magazines were among those honored.Abdullah bin Abdul Mohsin Al-Turki, the secretary-general of the MWL, said King Salman was given the award for setting up memorization schools for boys and girls under the Islamic Affairs Ministry, and allocating SR1.5 million every year for winners of local and international contests.He said that King Salman also gave SR6 million for a distanc...
JEDDAH: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif, deputy premier and minister of interior, met with provincial...
JEDDAH: The Saudi man who carried out a suicide bombing at a mosque in Kuwait on Friday had no previ...
BEIRUT: The hard-line Islamic State group has beheaded two women in Syria, the first time it has decapitated female civilians, the founder of a group monitoring the war said on Tuesday.The beheadings took place in the eastern Deir Al-Zor province this week said Rami Abdulrahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which tracks the conflict using sources on the ground.One of the women was beheaded along with h...
JEDDAH: Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, second deputy premier, minister of defense and chairman of the Economic Affairs and Development Council, held a meeting in Jeddah on Monday with Sheikh Tahnoon bin Zayed, deputy national security adviser of the UAE.During the meeting, they reviewed joint investment opportunities and ways of boosting cooperation in various fields.A number of officials also took part in the t...

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JEDDAH: The government has installed 5,000 high-definition cameras on all floors and courtyards of the Grand Mosque to ensure security and crowd control.These cameras are monitored 24 hours a day by officers at a control center in Mina. They have to watch giant screens with maps and other data updat...
JEDDAH: Eight million people visited the Grand Mosque in the first 10 days of Ramadan, a 49 percent increase from last year, the Haj and Umrah Directorate said recently.Salah Saqr, director of the directorate, said the transport plan was approved and is being monitored by Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, who is also adv...
GENEVA: Saudi Arabia has welcomed the report of the International Fact Finding Commission on Israeli aggression in Gaza and has lauded its effort to prepare the report despite noncooperation from Israel which did not allow the committee to do its work. Saudi Arabia’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva Faisal Trad...
JEDDAH: Several Yemenis have praised the government for correcting their status quickly, which created no extra burden while fasting.Many who gathered in front of the Passport Department in Asir said everything was in place for them, a local newspaper reported recently.“I completed correcting my status and received my resid...
RIYADH: The $11.6 billion King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) is already being admired for being a smart city but nobody can tell when it will be completed.“Being a smart city, everything is state-of-the-art. There is seamless Internet access and security, which means you feel as if you were home though it’s a smart cit...
RIYADH: In a new move, the Ministry of Health will conduct drug tests on all drivers ferrying pilgrims between Makkah and Madinah during the Haj season.The decision was taken at a Haj preparatory meeting held on Sunday under the chairmanship of Imad Jahdali, the ministry’s undersecretary for planning and development of huma...
JEDDAH: Motorbikes are among the most important means of transportation in Makkah during Ramadan because they are easy to use and cope easily with congestion in the central area next to the Grand Mosque. Despite the presence of public transportation, many Umrah pilgrims prefer to use motorbikes because of the large number o...
JEDDAH: A local man here runs a business started 150 years ago by his grandfather making sought-after Hijazi sweets for Eid and other festivals.Samer Jastaniah, 35, has three family shops making these products. “I am the grandson of the doyen of sweet makers, Muhammed Abu Nar, who launched this trade in 1853, one of the old...
RIYADH: Saudi students have won six medals — a gold, a silver and four bronze — at the 19th Junior Balkan Mathematical Olympiad (JBMO 2015), securing the fifth place for the nation, as against 13th in its first participation in 2013.Rinad Abu-Jamal from Makkah won the gold medal and Mohammed Ansari from Yanbu bagged the sil...
Ambassador of Belgium Geert Criel:— Which particular aspect of Saudi Arabia you like the most? The friendliness of its people.— What is your favorite and oft-repeated Arabic word? Ahlan wa Sahlan.— Which book is by your bedside these days? World Order. By Henry Kissinger.— What is your favorite holiday destination? Tuscany....
AL-AHSA: Saudi farmers here need more support to buy fertilizers, medicines and equipment, and market their products.This is the view of Ahmed Al-Musalmi, who recently won the country’s ‘Ideal Farmer Award.’ He said high production costs and low market prices are preventing farmers from cultivating vegetables.He said this s...
JEDDAH: The Commission of the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (Haia) has launched 20 initiatives aimed at improving the professionalism of employees and limiting individual interpretations and actions while carrying out duties.Sheikh Abdul Rahman bin Abdullah Al-Sanad, head of the commission, has told local media...
RIYADH: Medical studies and research for new methods in the treatment of chronic diseases suggests that fasting could help combat cancer and boost effectiveness of treatment.Scientists doing research on the positive aspects of fasting discovered that it triggers stem cell regeneration and combats cancer.Dr. Mashhor Al-Hanto...

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BEIRUT: The hard-line Islamic State group has beheaded two women in Syria, the f...

CAIRO: Egypt’s top public prosecutor died on Monday of wounds sustained in a car...

ASHDOD, Israel: Israel’s navy on Monday halted a flotilla seeking to defy its bl...

ANKARA: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan chaired a top security meeting Mo...

ABU DHABI: A United Arab Emirates court sentenced an Emirati woman to death on M...

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MEDAN, Indonesia: An Indonesian air force transport plane plowed into a resident...

MANILA, Philippines: The Philippines’ anti-graft prosecutor on Tuesday ordered t...

MALONE, New York: A three-week manhunt that began when two convicted murderers s...

LONDON: British prosecutors on Monday brought 22 charges of abuse against an eld...

NEW DELHI: Two prisoners escaped from India’s most secure jail in New Delhi by d...

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COLOMBO: Sri Lanka have been fined for maintaining a slow over-rate during the s...

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RIYADH: Saudi Arabia exported nearly 1.4 billion barrels of crude oil in the first six months of the current year with proceeds amounting to SR305 billion, local media sa...
RIYADH: Expatriates' remittances from Saudi Arabia to their respective countries rose by 7 percent in the first five months of the current year to reach SR68.4 billion compared to SR64.2 billion in the same period last year, according to a financial report.Month-on-month basis, the remittances of the expatriates grew by a m...
JEDDAH: Alstom Grid and National Grid SA of Saudi Arabia have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) under which the two companies will cooperate in developing and advancing electricity infrastructure in the Kingdom on a long-term basis.Mohammad Al-Rafaa, VP engineering of National Grid SA, and Michel Augonnet, SVP comm...
NEW YORK: General Electric said it had agreed to sell its vehicle fleet management and financing services in the US and three other countries to Canadian firm Element Financial for $6.9 billion.GE, which is restructuring to focus on its core industrial business, also said it had signed a preliminary agreement to sell its Eu...
Teaching financial values early in life can help promote lifelong savings habits. Will your children be smart about money? The answer depends a lot on you. Many people get their money values from their parents. That's why it is important for parents to teach by example and talk with their kids about money at an early age. I...
LONDON: Sky has called for a competition inquiry into Britain’s broadband market where it says BT, the market leader whose network it relies on, has an effective monopoly.Sky said in a submission to telecoms regulator Ofcom that it believed a history of under-investment in BT’s infrastructure business, Openreach, had led to...
HOUSTON: Petty legal filings. Diversionary ballot measures. Counting abstentions as no votes. These are just some of the tactics US oil companies used this spring to quash efforts by investors to win the right to nominate climate experts for board seats.Led by New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer and proposed at 75 US c...
LONDON: Britain’s leading business lobby group, the CBI, has announced the appointment of its first female director general — economist and former media executive Carolyn Fairbairn.In a statement, the 54-year-old identified the upcoming referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU, which Prime Minister David Cameron has pro...
While the pace of development across Saudi Arabia is likely to slow in the face of lower oil prices, the economy will continue to expand, driving continued growth in the real estate sector, says Jamil Ghaznawi,national director and country head-KSA of Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL).Asked about the talk that the Saudi real estate...
HANOI: Vietnam said it will end restrictions limiting the stake foreigners can own in some locally listed companies, the latest move by the communist country to open up to overseas investments.In a decree posted on the government’s website, Hanoi said it planned to scrap rules currently forbidding foreigners from owning mor...
RIYADH: Foreign direct investments (FDIs) in Saudi Arabia dropped by 6.9 percent to $8.012 billion (SR30bn) in 2014 compared to $9.298 billion in 2013, local media said, quoting data released by a UN body.Saudi Arabia, meanwhile, ranked third among western Asian countries of having received the highest FDIs behind Turkey wh...
RIYADH: French President François Hollande and Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, chairman of Kingdom Holding Company (KHC), held a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris.In a strategic alliance between France and KHC, a consortium of France’s big companies led by the CDCIC International Capital, the International investment arm of...
ATHENS: Greece weighed drastic banking restrictions to stave off a financial collapse on Sunday as anxious Greeks emptied cash machines amid fears that banks will be closed this week.Long queues of up to a hundred people formed outside some ATMs in Athens as fears mounted that Greece will be forced to implement capital cont...
 
 

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With summer break here, finding suitable activities for a child with special needs may be daunting for some parents. While holidays are indisputably a time to relax and reset, they are also a great opportunity to consolidate what has been learned over the academic year.
“As a family with strong ties to Saudi Arabia, we do not spend a lot o...

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A couple of months ago, I tried to analyze diversity reports on a number of social media platforms. It is admirable that management teams of these companies are still committed to the cause.
Facebook has just released its latest report and the results are not that encouraging. Compared to the same time last year, the overall ratio of male t...

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When Abeer moved to Saudi Arabia from London two years ago, she had been thinking of what to do with all her free time. Armed with a bachelor’s degree in business studies, Abeer, being a creative person, wanted to do something related to art. She was inspired by a friend who runs her own successful jewelry business. “I can’t exactly put my finge...

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JEDDAH: Balad, the downtown area of Jeddah, is one of favorite places for many people to go during Ramadan for its festive mood.
During Ramadan, most cities in the Kingdom have festive moods, and Jeddah is no exception. Glittering lights put up for the holy month enhance the beauty of the area.
It is exceptionally crowded at night whe...

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RIYADH: Medical studies and research for new methods in the treatment of chronic diseases suggests that fasting could help combat cancer and boost effectiveness of treatment.Scientists doing research on the positive aspects of fasting discovered that it triggers stem cell regeneration and combats cancer.Dr. Mashhor Al-Hantoushi, who heads the health and therapeutic affairs department at the Ministry of Health, told Arab News on Monday: “Medical research studies found that fasting could slow the growth of breast cancer, melanoma skin cancers, glioma brain cancer and neuroblastoma, a cancer that forms in the nerve tissue.”Replying to a question on whether fasting could make chemotherapy more...
ALKHOBAR: The Saudi Society for Diabetes and Endocrinology in the Eastern Province has called on millions of diabetics in the Kingdom to continue following healthy patterns of life during Ramadan to avoid health problems and complications.The society advised diabetics to visit a specialized medical team before starting fasting to review the treatment plan, medicines, sports and food plan, along with determining a program to follow up on blood sugar levels.
RIYADH: A total of 9,417 sickle cell anemia cases were reported in the Kingdom over the past 10 years, bringing the number of people living with the inherited blood disorder to 145,750, the Ministry of Health announced recently.The ministry released the data to mark World Sickle Cell Day, which took place on June 19 this year, a local publication reported recently.The ministry organized a series of workshops, lectures and awareness campaigns on treatment for the disease at primary health care centers and shopping malls in cooperation with private institutions.According to ministry officials, sickle cell anemia is one of the genetic disorders included in its “Healthy Marital Program.” The...

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LOS ANGELES: Though she was absent, Beyonce won three BET Awards, including video of the year for “7/11,” while Chris Br...
LONDON: Former “Friends” star Jennifer Aniston thinks aging is “wonderful” because she gains “wisdom” with age.When asked how she feels about aging, she said, “You know I think if you take care of your skin and you eat well, I think aging is amazing because you gain wisdom for every year lived. Aging is wonderful!“Meanwhile, the 46-year-old actress recently gave herself a “tanning intervention” to prevent any further damage from the sun.“I gave myself a sun-tanning intervention a few years ago, where I was basically saying, ‘Let’s just quit while we’re ahead’.
LOS ANGELES: The dinosaurs of “Jurassic World” stayed atop the cinematic food chain this weekend, snapping up another $54.2 million to keep Pixar’s “Inside Out” in second place at the North American box office, estimates showed Sunday.“Jurassic World” completed its third weekend in US and Canadian cinemas with an overall haul of $500 million, shattering US and worldwide records, according to initial figures from Exhibitor Relations.The fourth film in the popular “Jurassic Park” series, “Jurassic World” returns to the island featured in the first installment. It follows an experiment to create...

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