WASHINGTON/BEIRUT: The United States and several Gulf Arab allies launched air and missile strikes on Islamic State strongholds in Syria on Tuesday, US officials said, opening a new, far more complicated front in the battle against the militants.“I can confirm that US military and partner nation forces are undertaking military action against (Islamic State) terrorists in Syria using a mix of fighter, bomber and Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles,” Rear Admiral John Kirby, Pentagon press secretary, said in a statement.“Given that these operations are ongoing, we are not in a position to provide additional details at this time.”A US official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan and Bahrain were all involved, although their exact roles in the military action were unclear. Qatar played a supporting role in the air strikes, the official said...
Saudi Arabia marks the 84th National Day today celebrating its unprecedented strides in cultural, ed...
The Saudi Embassy in Kuwait City said Monday that it was following up the killing of a Saudi citizen...
BEIJING: A Chinese court imposed a life sentence Tuesday on a moderate scholar who championed the country’s Uighur minority, the most severe penalty in a decade for anyone in China convicted of illegal political speech.The Urumqi People’s Intermediate Court handed down the sentence after convicting Ilham Tohti of separatism in a two-day trial, lawyer Li Fangping said by telephone from outside the courthouse. The court did...
Saudi Arabia is heading for a new renaissance thanks to the structural reforms witnessed by many vital sectors, said Crown Prince Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, on Monday.“We will all yield the fruits of this renaissance shortly,” the crown prince told citizens in a statement on the occasion of the 84th National Day, which marks the Kingdom’s unification by King Abdul Aziz.“We believe in the future of our...

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Saudi cities are going green and white with the nation's flags and banners on lampposts in the main streets and highways, and citizens wearing their national colors proudly, to mark the founding of the country 84 years ago.Students in the capital were clear what green meant to them. “It symbolizes g...
Saudi authorities plan to submit the names of individuals who fled the country after being found guilty of corruption charges in connection with the 2009 Jeddah flood disaster to the international criminal police organization Interpol.The list includes Saudi businessmen and residents who failed to attend court hearings desp...
Many private drivers shuttling pilgrims between Jeddah and Makkah ahead of Haj are charging prices that are 10 to 20 times higher than the fares they charge on regular days, especially for illegal expats and permitless pilgrims who risk traveling to Makkah ahead of time to avoid inspections.Salem Al-Beishi, a driver with a...
Saudi and Iranian foreign ministers have met in New York for the first time, signaling a possible thaw in relations that have been strained for decades.Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal met with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York, a move that will undou...
Passengers arriving at the international terminal of King Khalid International Airport (KKIA) in Riyadh will be in for a pleasant surprise, with the introduction of a new exclusive service to welcome them. Under the “Hayyak” (Arabic for “welcome“) program, passengers will be greeted and guided to queues to process their imm...
Motorists who run red lights in Jeddah will have to spend 24 hours behind bars before being able to pay the mandatory fine, Brig. Zaid Al-Hamzi of Jeddah’s traffic police told Arab News.“Fines incurred under the Saher CCTV monitors will only be accepted after violators have spent the night in jail,” he said. “Motorists can...
The Ministry of Labor’s recent decision to revoke a law that stipulates that expats remain under the sponsorship of their employers for a minimum of two years before transferring onto new sponsors may have come to the relief of many, but not everyone is rejoicing.This decision, which came as a result of several expat worker...
The Kingdom’s National Day is an event of celebration for the large expatriate community as much as it is for the citizens. They participate in activities earmarked for the occasion by Saudi authorities. Syed A. Quadeer Khalid, an Indian expatriate, told Arab News that he and his friends celebrate the Saudi National Day the...
The $22.5 billion metro project — called King Abdulaziz Project for Riyadh Public Transport — is a linchpin of the Saudi capital’s modernization program. It will be the backbone of the Saudi capital’s public transport system and a key component of growth.“The project will redefine the concept of public transportation, provi...
Today is a proud moment for all the people residing in Saudi Arabia, which is celebrating its 84th National Day, the anniversary of the glorious unification by great visionary King Abdul Aziz Al-Saud, the founder of the modern Kingdom in 1932.Declared as a national holiday, the occasion is very special to the citizens as we...
The incredible land of Saudi Arabia has been a dream travel destination for centuries and millions of people visit the Kingdom each year from around the world to see this wonderful land.Most of the visitors have historically been Muslims undertaking pilgrimages to perform their religious duty of Haj and Umrah, however, ther...
Jeddah municipality will today hoist a giant Saudi flag onto the world's tallest flagpole to mark the country's 84th National Day.The pole is 170 meters high, while the flag is 49.5 meters long, 33 meters wide, 1,635 square meters and weighs 570 kg.Jeddah Mayor Hani Aburas said the second trial run of the flag-hoisting oper...
The Council of Ministers, chaired by Crown Prince Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, reviewed the Kingdom’s preparations for the annual pilgrimage, which is likely to start on Oct. 2.Prince Salman highlighted Saudi Arabia’s efforts in the service of pilgrims, including the expansion of the two holy mosques and...

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NEW YORK: Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas said on Monday that he will demand an...

JERUSALEM: The UN’s Palestinian refugee agency on Sunday urged the international...

LONDON: Britain’s former prime minister and Middle East peace envoy Tony Blair s...

WASHINGTON: The Texas man accused of breaking into the White House while armed w...

SANAA: Heavily armed Yemeni Shiite militiamen took over the headquarters and hou...

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NEW YORK: It is a rock 'n' roller's dream to "sell out The Garden," but for a fo...

BEIJING: A Chinese court imposed a life sentence Tuesday on a moderate scholar w...

HONG KONG: Hong Kong students on Monday began a weeklong boycott of classes, gat...

KABUL: Afghanistan’s president-elect promised to end political strife and corrup...

KIEV: A fragile truce between pro-Russian insurgents and Ukrainian forces appear...

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MADRID: Valencia continued their solid start to La Liga and climbed to second wh...

DUBAI: Saudi teenager Abdullah El Khereiji, whose ambition is to become his coun...

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey: The Chicago Bears took advantage of early mistakes...

CLEVELAND: Danny Duffy pushed the Royals a little closer to the top in the AL Ce...

WUHAN, China: World No.6 Agnieszka Radwanska was dumped out of the $2.4 million...

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COLOMBO: Sri Lanka has unveiled tough new restrictions on deposits as it looks to encourage commercial banks to boost lending and help sustain the country's healthy econo...
Saudi Arabia has been one of the fastest growing G20 countries in recent years and the leading state in the Middle East and North Africa.In fact, Saudi Arabia’s membership of the G20 reflects the growing global stature and economic importance of the Kingdom and the broader GCC region. Saudi Arabia holds 25 percent of the to...
Saudi Arabia’s economy has stood the test of times by successfully passing through the global financial crisis and proven itself as a country that enjoys solid and robust economy in the world.Sound macroeconomic management and an inflection point in world energy markets have made the Kingdom’s economy stable, despite the gl...
JEDDAH: Investors in Saudi Arabia may start selling stocks on Monday and setting aside cash for the upcoming initial public offer of National Commercial Bank (NCB) after the lender said it would launch the subscription next month.NCB is Saudi Arabia's largest bank by assets and the offer, in which it plans to sell 15 percen...
MOSCOW: Asian companies will replace Western majors if they quit energy projects in Russia due to sanctions over Moscow’s role in Ukraine, Natural Resources Minister Sergei Donskoi said.Donskoi said Asian companies had signalled their interest as the US targeted cooperation with Russia in exploring or producing oil from the...
PARIS: French flag carrier Air France has offered to freeze the expansion of its low-cost operation in a bid to end the longest strike at the airline since 1998.As the strike entered its second week, management said it would halt the development of its leisure subsidiary Transavia until December, unions said, raising hopes...
LONDON: Tesco cut its profit forecast for the third time this year and suspended four members of staff after finding a fault in its accounts, another blow to the reputation of Britain’s biggest grocer.The company’s shares fell 12 percent after Tesco said it had called in new accountants to investigate an error that forced i...
WASHINGTON: Apple said it sold more than 10 million of its new iPhone models globally in the opening weekend of record sales of the bigger-screen version of its smartphone.The US tech giant broke its own record for launch weekend sales of nine million a year earlier.“Sales for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus exceeded our expecta...
Drake & Scull Construction (DSC) has been awarded a building contract worth SR487 million in Saudi Arabia.Gulf Related, a leading regional real estate developer, awarded the main construction contract of its signature residential project, Antara, to DSC, the general contracting division of Drake & Scull Internationa...
The Meydan Group has announced two major new projects at Cityscape Global: Mohamed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum City District Eleven and Meydan Avenue, two mixed-use developments in Dubai.The group revealed plans for a new project, Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum City — District Eleven, a suburban mixed-use community development fe...
Dubai Investments (DI), the major investment company listed on the Dubai Financial Market, is showcasing its wide array of pioneering, sustainable real estate concepts and solutions as also its forthcoming projects at Cityscape Global — the largest property exhibition across the Middle East — currently under way in Dubai.On...
CAIRNS, Australia: G20 nations including the US and China said they can overcome geo-political tensions and financial risks to achieve extra combined growth of 1.8 percent, adding trillions of dollars to the world economy.Their two-day meeting in Cairns was focused on developing a suite of policies to reach an ambitious goa...
DUBAI: Dubai’s booming property market is showing signs that it may be cooling off, industry data showed, after two years of soaring prices that had drawn warnings of possible overheating from the International Monetary Fund.Property price rises, at close to 30 percent year-on-year, had been among the highest in the world t...

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Artsharks is not an art gallery and they are not art brokers. They are an art house that supports only aspiring/budding artists and people who don’t have the clout, or sometimes desire to ‘make it’.
They want to ‘bridge the art gap’ and to show people who say ‘I’m not much of an art person’ that art isn’t just for the elite or connoisseurs,...

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NEW DELHI: With home-grown technology and a remarkably low budget of about $75 million, India on course to become the first nation to conduct a successful Mars mission on its first try.
If the Mars Orbiter Mission, affectionately nicknamed MOM, settles into orbit on Wednesday morning as planned, the country will join the US, European Space...

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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.

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The Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) launched an interactive competition on its Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts ahead of the Saudi National Day.
The contest, which is open to both Saudis and expats, requires participants to take a snapshot forming a heart shape with their hands.
Contestants can send their pi...

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BRUSSELS: It likes to call itself the “country of chocolate” and now Belgium has a new treat for visitors: a museum dedicated to the confectionary featuring a Willy Wonka-style factory and cocoa tree jungle.Chocolate is a national treasure in Belgium. It is home to such illustrious brands as Godiva, Neuhaus, Leonidas and Cote d’Or. And the museum opening Saturday, in a former chocolate factory in the capital Brussels, will showcase its love of the brown stuff.“The Belgian passion for chocolate has never been denied and we have become ‘the country of chocolate,’” the museum’s designer Henri Dupuis said.At the heart of the Belgian Chocolate Village, as the museum is called, cocoa trees and...
Smoking kills more than 23,000 smokers in the Kingdom every year, said Ahmed Albualli, chairman of the supervisory board at the Anti-Smoking Society (Naqaa), who expressed deep concern about the high incidence of smoking-related deaths in the Kingdom.Albualli said that the society had succeeded in helping more than 61,000 smokers quit smoking, which is about 70 percent of the total number of patients who visited the society for help in quitting during the past year. Saudi Arabia is the largest market for tobacco in the Middle East and ranks fourth for the number of smokers globally.Albualli highlighted the seriousness of smoking, revealing that 90 percent of those who use drugs tried...
Q: I am 16 and I have tonsillitis. My elder brother also had this problem but he is now free from it. My parents think that I should follow the same path and get them removed. It happens 10 times in a year. Please advise whether I should have my tonsils removed now or after they are fully mature? — M.A., JubailA: You are already a mature person since you are 16. If the problem of tonsillitis is recurring 10 times a year, then you should have your tonsils removed. Otherwise, the bacteria which is causing the infection may develop into rheumatic fever. This condition can affect your heart, kidney and bones leading to permanent damage to those organs. You should see an ENT consultant and...

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NEW YORK: Blockbuster musical “The Lion King” was on Monday named the most successful production in history, raking in $...
LONDON: Russell Brand has reportedly split from Jemima Khan.The British comedian started dating the journalist in September of last year.But new reports suggest the couple have already called it quits, going as far as to unfollow each other on Twitter.“The relationship’s simply run its course,” a source told the Mail on Sunday. Spokespersons for the pair had yet to confirm the claims at press time.Russell, 39, has a reputation as a notorious lothario and is rumored to have dated stars including Geri Halliwell and former Playmate Holly Madison.However, earlier this year he insisted he only had...
Mumbai: Priyanka Chopra, who excelled in her onscreen avatar as iconic boxer M.C. Mary Kom, accepted and performed a handstand with a push up — a dare thrown up at her by Hrithik Roshan. And boy, she did it wearing a pair of heels!“The only girl I cud dare this! For super @priyankachopra my #bangbangdare HANDSTAND with a push up!! Do u accept! U have 3 days,” Hrithik posted on Twitter Sunday as part of an innovative promotional strategy for his forthcoming film “Bang Bang.”For the fierce and daredevil Priyanka, carrying out the challenge seemed like a cakewalk.In a video she posted on her...

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