ALKHOBAR/JEDDAH: A fire at the 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. 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 three helicopters. The smoke was very heavy,” he said. Siddique described the complex, which includes multiple buildings, as relatively new and “nicely built” with...
JEDDAH: The King Abdul Aziz Foundation will put on display next week a 500-year-old miniature manusc...
JEDDAH: A market in Jeddah offers used clothes and other items, including foodstuff, at throwaway pr...
MANAMA: A policeman was killed and seven people, including a child, were injured in an explosion Friday evening in Manama, authorities said.Four police officers were among the injured, one of them seriously, Information Minister Isa Abdulrahman Al-Hammadi said. Two parents and their child were hurt in the blast in Karanah suburb.The minister said the explosives used in the apparent bomb attack was “very similar” to those...
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 charges of sexually assaulting and unintentionally murdering his daughter Lama. The court released him...

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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: 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...
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...
RIYADH: Sixty-one Filipinos, who met with a vehicular accident on the day of Arafat on Nov. 5, 2011, hope to come to the Kingdom as the guests of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman.Most of them could not complete the Haj rituals because of the accident. They are hopeful that their request to Saudi authorities wil...
JEDDAH: At the start of each academic year, parents face a common and expected problem — their children are afraid of going to school.After spending five years in the arms of their mothers and siblings, children know leaving home means entering a new reality, with new teachers and students and waking up early every morning....
TAIF: The Competition Protection Council intends to name some agencies and companies that were involved in commercial alliances to raise prices in various parts of the Kingdom, which is a violation of the laws on competition. Violations were monitored by field committees of the council, which have begun to investigate these...
AL-AHSA: The city is gearing up for the festival of dates that begins early next month, and arrangements for the event have already been made by the authorities concerned. City Mayor Adel Al-Mulhim said great attention was paid to this event due to the close association of date palms with the nation’s heritage and customs,...

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ANKARA: Turkish planes have for the first time joined raids by the US-led coalit...

BAGHDAD: Iraq’s Parliament on Saturday expressed confidence in the answers of El...

ADEN: Warplanes from the Saudi-led coalition hit Yemen rebel positions Saturday...

CAIRO: An Egyptian court sentenced three Al-Jazeera reporters to three years in...

PARIS: The Paris prosecutor’s office and a lawyer for Morocco’s King Mohammad VI...

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ISLAMABAD: US National Security Adviser Susan Rice met Pakistan’s prime minister...

NEW DELHI: A firebrand protest leader vowed Sunday to spread agitation over cast...

NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday announced he was ditchi...

JOHANNESBURG: At least 38 girls and young women were killed in a crash while tra...

BEIJING: Chinese President Xi Jinping granted an amnesty on Saturday to jailed w...

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BERLIN: Germany star Thomas Mueller scored twice as Bayern Munich went back to t...

BEIJING: Usain Bolt is perfect yet again.Dispelling two years of injury doubts,...

LONDON: Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho suffered only his second Premier League de...

NEW YORK: Rainouts at Arthur Ashe Stadium will be history after this year’s US O...

WINSTON-SALEM, United States: South Africa’s Kevin Anderson booked his place in...

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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 numbe...
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...
LONDON: Many commodities faced a fierce sell-off earlier this week, rooted in demand fears arising from China's slowdown, but later rebounded in line with equities after surprisingly strong US growth data.World stock markets were hammered on Black Monday — with Shanghai collapsing by almost 8.50 percent — as risk-averse inv...
DUBAI/LONDON: A second oil price rout of 2015 has forced Arab OPEC members to cut their price expectations for this year, showing they are prepared to tolerate cheaper crude for longer to defend market share and curb rivals' output.OPEC delegates, including those from core Gulf OPEC countries, see economic troubles in top e...
WASHINGTON: US consumer spending rose in July as households stepped up automobile purchases, offering further evidence of strength in the economy that could keep the door open to a Federal Reserve interest rate hike this year.While other data on Friday showed consumer sentiment dipped in August, likely as households fretted...
LONDON: Front-month Brent crude futures surged more than 10 percent higher on Thursday, one of the largest daily percentage movements on record, as traders raced to cover short positions.US crude futures rose almost as much, with the October contract ending the day up by more than 9 percent.Various fundamentals have been ci...
LONDON: Global stock markets finished mixed on Friday at the end of a turbulent week driven by worries over China's slowing growth with some relief coming from data showing the strength of the US economy.Global equities were hammered on Black Monday as risk-averse investors dumped shares on spreading panic that the flagging...
 
 

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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...

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY »

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...

FASHION »

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...

TRAVEL »

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...

FOOD & HEALTH »

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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LONDON: US singer Rachel Platten scored her first Number 1 on the British singles charts on Friday with “Fight Song,” th...
OULU, Finland: Russia’s Kereel “Our Daddy” Blumenkrants turned and twisted and slid on his knees on an open-air stage in northern Finland on Friday, wowing spectators and convincing judges to name him World Air Guitar Champion 2015.But it was a close call.In the final round of 10 performers, Blumenkrants was tied with three-time US national champion Matt “Airistotle” Burns from Staten Island, New York. Even a single throw of paper, rock and scissors between them ended in a draw, forcing a final showdown.“Our Daddy” won with a wild but controlled thrashing-arm performance in a shiny spaceman...
LAHORE: Unlike her contemporaries, Sajal Ali does not seem to foster any Bollywood ambitions. Speaking to the Roznama Express the actor said that, “If I can achieve the same level of fame and respect in my country why would I want to go to Bollywood?”Yet to make her film debut, the actor is still waiting for the right script and character. “As soon as I find a script and character to my liking I would say yes but I would not perform an item number.”Having already established herself as a leading lady on television, Sajal said that she could not guarantee that her film debut would be...

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