Crown Prince Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense and aviation, met with Chief of Staff Gen. Abdul Rahman Al-Binayan, as well as commanders of land, air and naval forces here on Tuesday.Prince Salman was briefed on the present situation of the country’s armed forces and future plans to develop them further to strengthen their defense and combat capabilities.Speaking at the meeting, Gen. Al-Binayan commended Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah, supreme commander of the armed forces, and Prince Salman for their support to the army.“Our armed forces have witnessed remarkable progress and they are well prepared to defend the Kingdom,” the chief of staff said while praising the Saudi soldiers’ high morale and allegiance to their leadership.Prince Salman also witnessed a documentary on the development achieved by the various sectors of the armed forces in recent years.Pri...
Delegates at a conference here have slammed the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group for its violent a...
Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) will carry nearly 818,000 pilgrims coming for Haj this year from dif...
The 3rd Advanced Technologies Forum 2014 kicked off on Tuesday at the King Abdulaziz City for Science & Technology (KACST) under the patronage of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah.The keynote speakers at the three-day event included Minister of Education Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, Minister of Economy & Planning Mohammed bin Suleiman Al-Jasser, and KACST President Mohammed bin Ibrahim Al-Suwaiyel.Speaki...
ISLAMABAD: Angry Pakistani passengers have forced two lawmakers off a plane for delaying its departure by almost two hours. A video covering the drama was posted online.Irate passengers decided to take matters into their own hands this time — aiming a string of invective toward the country’s former Interior Minister Rehman Malik and later toward Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, a Hindu member of the ruling PML-N party. In one of th...

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Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman Monday launched a massive program to boost small and medium enterprises (SME) in the region, as part of a plan to boost the national economy.Prince Faisal said Namaa Al-Munawara Foundation, the executive arm of Waqf Al-Munawara, was a nonprofit organization that...
The President of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (Haia), Abdullatif Al-Asheikh, has accused 20 members of the organization of working against him. However, he believes that he can easily remove them from the organization, according to a media report. Al-Asheikh said he has powers that...
A court sentenced two terror suspects to death on Tuesday for jointly murdering a policeman and injuring 12 others in an armed confrontation with security men at the residential quarters of the King Fahd Hospital in Jazan in September 2003.Thirteen other terror suspects were also sentenced to prison terms ranging between 14...
Heavy rainfall in the Asir region Tuesday evening covered a number of towns and population centers.The Civil Defense Department in Asir sent safety patrols to several locations after the water mark reached dangerous levels.They also warned of the danger in approaching streams and valleys, and urged everyone to take precauti...
Makkah Gov. Prince Mishaal bin Abdullah, who is also the head of Central Haj Committee, on Monday visited King Abdul Aziz International Airport’s Haj Terminal to oversee and ensure the safety and comfort of the pilgrims arriving from different parts of the world.Prince Mishaal visited all the counters, whole area of the Haj...
The Ministry of Labor is working with globally acclaimed experts to formulate national policy for occupational safety and health standards in Kingdom, Abdullah Abu Tinin, head of inspection divisions at the ministry, said.“We have carried out studies in occupational safety in China, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Tunisa and many of ot...
In a bid to prevent workers’ rights violations in the Kingdom, the Ministry of Labor has launched an exclusive Web portal to educate workers about their rights and how to avail them.The Web portal www.laboreducation.gov.sa launched on Tuesday aims to boost awareness about workers’ rights and the rules that regulate the rela...
The Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) has rejected claims on social networking sites that there would be a shortage of livestock at local markets for the upcoming Haj.Suleiman Al-Jabri, chairman of the livestock traders committee at the JCCI, said there was enough supply for the Eid Al-Adha season. More than a...
A 30-year-old man in Qatif has been sentenced to six months in prison and 90 lashes for having illicit relations with a Ethiopian housemaid. The defendant was given 30 days to appeal to the ruling.The maid’s sponsor felt the presence of a stranger in her room at dawn, but was unable to catch him because he pushed past her a...
The British Council, with the cooperation of the Royal College of Art, Jeddah Municipality, Gharhem studios and Ameen Foundation, organized a 10-day artists’ residency program in Jeddah.Charlie Walker, country director of the British Council, told Arab News that the program would allow Saudi artists to participate with four...
The painful story of Najmun Bee, the ill-fated maid, reads like a story straight out of a tragic movie. Najmun came to the Kingdom in 1998 and lost contact with her family soon afterwards. Her visa and passport had expired a long time ago but she continued to stay with the Saudi family who had sponsored her even though the...
Hindi Day was celebrated at the Consulate General of India in Jeddah recently. Indian Consul General B.S. Mubarak, who presided over the function, congratulated all the officials on Hindi Day and exhorted them to work in Hindi, which is the official language of India. He also congratulated the officials who had participated...
A number of vegetable vendors in the Eastern Province said that vegetable prices had jumped by 150 percent during the last two weeks.“A box of cucumbers now costs SR140 and a box of tomatoes is priced at SR150,” said Fahd Al-Qahtani, a vendor. However, he expected the prices to fall in next few weeks, owing to a drop in tem...

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WASHINGTON: The White House said Sunday it will find countries willing to send c...

BEIRUT: An Al-Qaeda-linked militant group holding Lebanese soldiers and police r...

ROME: Italy on Tuesday admitted paying ransoms to obtain the freedom of some hos...

JERUSALEM: Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank numbered 382,031 at the en...

DUBAI, Qatar: Powerful Al-Qaeda branches in Yemen and North Africa called Tuesda...

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India’s Congress Party on Tuesday termed the results of the nine-State assembly...

ROME: The number of hungry people in the world has fallen sharply over the past...

COLOMBO: China’s President Xi Jinping held talks Tuesday with his Sri Lankan cou...

KABUL: A suicide car bomber killed two US troops and a Polish soldier in an atta...

MOSCOW: Russia threatened to send more troops to its newly-annexed territory of...

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GROS-ISLET, Saint Lucia: Shivnarine Chanderpaul’s 30th Test century put the West...

KARACHI: Experienced all-rounder Shahid Afridi was named captain of Pakistan’s T...

INDIANAPOLIS: Cody Parkey drilled a 36-yard field goal as time expired on Monday...

MANILA : Paul Lee, the biggest name in the PBA free agent market this off-season...

WINDEMERE, Florida: Tiger Woods is too busy in the gym to find a new swing coach...

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LONDON: World oil prices rebounded sharply on Tuesday after the head of OPEC indicated that the crude producers' organization could cut its production target for 2015.The...
Sterling fell against both the euro and US dollar on Monday, in spite of worse-than-expected data releases from both regions. With markets nervous ahead of Thursday's referendum on Scottish independence, sterling found itself drifting lower amid fears over the heightened political uncertainty a 'Yes' vote could bring. With...
CAIRO: Egypt has raised the $8.5 billion it needs to fund a project to expand the Suez Canal in just eight days, the central bank governor told Reuters on Monday.Hisham Ramez said in an telephone interview late on Monday that 61 billion Egyptian pounds had been raised after banks issued investment certificates to finance th...
NEW YORK: The vast majority of Americans have never heard of Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce company which is on the verge of potentially the world's largest initial public offering.An Ipsos poll conducted for Thomson Reuters found that 88 percent were not aware of Alibaba Group Holding, which on Monday raised the price ran...
The Shoura Council has called on the Capital Market Authority (CMA) to adopt measures to prevent stock market (Tadawul) crashes, such as the 2006 downturn that saw individuals lose billions. Muhammad Al-Jeffry, the council's deputy chairman, chaired the meeting. Fahad Al-Hamad, assistant chairman of the council, said in a s...
The Council of Saudi Chambers (CSC) has expressed its willingness to cooperate with the businessmen in Mauritania in organizing seminars and meetings for Saudi businessmen looking for investment opportunities in Mauritania.CSC’s President Abdulrahman Al-Zamil made his observation on Sunday during his meeting with the newly...
Saudi Arabia is the world’s second biggest producer of different dates, producing 14.1 percent of world production in 2010. But only 6.8 percent of its production is marketed abroad.In this connection, the National Center for Palms & Dates participated recently in the Asia Fruit Logistica trade fair in Hong Kong with a...
The SABB/HSBC Emerging Markets Index (EMI), a monthly indicator derived from the PMI surveys, rose to a 17-month high of 52.5 in August, from 51.7 in July. That signaled stronger growth of output across global emerging markets, led mainly by a sharper increase in Chinese service sector activity. The EMI remained below its l...
The market capitalization of shares invested by government-run agencies in Saudi stock market grew by 25.75 percent to SR791 billion by end of August (2014) compared to SR629 billion by the end of 2013, according to a financial report.The government agencies hold more than 35 percent of shares in the stock market in 13 sect...
Saudi Arabia's benchmark Tadawul All-Share Index saw a significant setback on Monday, passing through a lean session of 0.85 percent and trimming back the 11,000-mark. The index closed at 10,932.73 points.The index making lower support levels plunged to a maximum of 116 points. Its year-to-date return still remained over tw...
LONDON: Scotland's nationalists have a 45 percent chance of winning the independence referendum this week and there's a risk of a capital flight from the country if that happens, according to a Bloomberg survey of economists.Asked to quantify the odds of a "yes" and "no" vote in the Sept. 18 ballot, economists said there is...
MUMBAI: India's wholesale price inflation slowed last month to its lowest in nearly five years, data showed Monday, but the country's central bank governor dampened hopes of an interest rate cut.The Wholesale Price Index rose 3.74 percent year on year — far below market forecasts of 4.40 percent — and sharply lower than the...
SHANGHAI: Chinese oil giant Sinopec will sell a 30 percent stake in its marketing arm to outside investors for more than $17 billion, the company said, as the government pushes key economic reforms.China's Communist Party pledged at a meeting in November to allow the market to play a "decisive" role in the allocation of res...

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NEW YORK: Paintings by one of India’s most important modern artists go under the hammer in New York on Wednesday, highlights in a booming market for Asian art featured this week.
Three oils on canvas by pioneering Indian abstract artist Vasudeo Santu Gaitonde, who in 1964 based himself in New York, are being offered for auction by Christie’...

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The 3rd Advanced Technologies Forum 2014 kicked off on Tuesday at the King Abdulaziz City for Science & Technology (KACST) under the patronage of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah.
The keynote speakers at the three-day event included Minister of Education Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, Minister of Economy & Planning Mohammed...

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Women who like to look different and change their image every once in a while are always on the lookout for the next best thing in the world of cosmetics and beauty products.

Hair chalk has been the talk of the town after many celebrities were spotted with colored hair in certain events. These include Selena Gomez, Loran Conrad and Ka...

TRAVEL »

More than 30,000 pilgrims have visited Jeddah’s historic district since the beginning of August, said Awad Al-Maliki, mayor of the city’s historical area.
He said pilgrims usually visit the area and popular Balad markets to shop and buy souvenirs for their relatives.
Popular tourist attractions include the historic Nassif House, the Al...

FOOD & HEALTH »

White tea has been much in the news recently, with numerous studies elaborating on its medical and nutritional benefits.White tea is an immature tea leaf that is picked shortly before the buds are fully bloomed. It is named such because white tea comes from the silver fur that covers the flower buds, which turn into white when the tea is dried and ready to be used. There are different kinds of white tea depending on the flowers and buds; White Peony contains one bud for every two leaves. The best kind of white tea is made from downy buds picked within an exact of two-day period in early spring.Recent studies at Pace University have shown that there is a major health benefit of white tea...
Strolling through Panorama Mall in Riyadh, I came across Stickhouse which sells frozen ice on a stick using a new technology. This micro-crystallization process combined with the absence of air and the exclusive use of natural ingredients produce an intensely flavorful ice cream and deliciously fruity sorbets.Stickhouse, which was founded in 2008, is already present in 73 countries including the Arab world, Malaysia, China, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Philippines and Spain. Stickhouse has opened stores in the Kingdom’s main cities: Riyadh, Jeddah and Makkah.Their ice cream and sorbet are guaranteed without preservatives, colorings, vegetable fats, synthesis emulsifiers, gluten and...
The Kingdom has 15,000 kidney-failure patients, compared with only 50 donors a year, said a high-ranking official at a prominent organ donation organization.“This is why it is vital to educate citizens on the importance of organ donation,” said Abdul Aziz Al-Turki, chairman of Ethar.“The society speaks with the relatives of clinically dead patients through a committee in a bid to increase the number of donors,” he said.“A single brain-dead patient can save the lives of nine other patients who are in dire need of different vital organs, such as the heart, liver, kidney, lungs and cornea.”Al-Turki was speaking during an open seminar that was recently held in Alkhobar ahead of a major regional...

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‘A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step’. This saying perfectly applies to a young Saudi woman who had...
Almost a week after her concert in Dubai, it has hardly left any lasting impression, even though the media tried to hype her visit as much as possible. “She gave the audience a show of a lifetime”, commented Dubai Chronicle, while Emirates 24/7 described her show as “nothing short of artistry, drama, madness of fans gyrating to the tunes of her chartbusters.” Lady Gaga’s first, long-awaited concert in Dubai took place at the Meydan Racetrack, a place made for horse racing events that proved impractical for a pop concert. The stage was on the left of the VIP section, giving only the standing...
LONDON: Live streaming, video replays, Instagram and Twitter updates from the front row — there are many ways to follow fashion shows these days, but nothing compares to the blood-pumping spectacle of being there in person.Almost two-thirds of shows on the schedule at London Fashion Week this season were live streamed, raising the question for fashionistas racing from venue to venue on towering heels whether it is really worth it.The late Alexander McQueen aside, London rarely sees the extravagant productions seen in Paris or New York.And the perks are not what they used to be. Free goodie...

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