GENEVA: Conflicts and violence in places like Syria and Ukraine have displaced a record 38 million people inside their own countries, equivalent to the total populations of New York, London and Beijing, a watchdog group said Wednesday.Nearly one third of them — a full 11 million people — were displaced last year alone, with an average of 30,000 people fleeing their homes every day, the Geneva-based Internal Displacement Monitoring Center (IDMC) said in a report.“These are the worst figures for forced displacement in a generation, signalling our complete failure to protect innocent civilians,” said Jan Egeland, head of the Norwegian Refugee Council which is behind the IDMC.Internally displaced people (IDPs) is a label given to people who remain in their homeland, as opposed to refugees, who flee across borders.Today there are nearly twice as many IDPs in the world as refugees, the IDMC re...
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman warned on Tuesday that a nuclear deal with Iran that d...
Foreigners will be allowed to buy directly into initial public offering of shares in Saudi Arabian c...
RALEIGH, North Carolina: A man charged with killing three Muslim college students appears to have held his gun to the heads of two victims when he pulled the trigger after shooting the first in the doorway, according to autopsies released Wednesday.The reports on the Feb. 10 shootings in Chapel Hill show that 21-year-old Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha and her sister, 19-year-old Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, died of contact wounds...
BERLIN: German police arrested four people Wednesday accused of belonging to a far-right “terror” organization that acquired explosives for attacks on Muslims and refugee homes, the federal prosecutor’s office said.“In the search, pyrotechnics with large explosive power and further pieces of evidence were confiscated,” the prosecutor’s office said in a statement.“To what extent the suspects had set targets or dates for at...

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Several top companies are offering over 5,500 jobs here to graduates of the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM).A total of 136 companies are participating in the university’s 32nd Career Fair, which started on Monday and runs until Thursday. As many as 900 Saudi graduates are able...
Firms would be allowed to hire 15 Yemeni workers without affecting their Nitaqat status, the Ministry of Labor has announced, according to media reports on Tuesday.However, the Yemeni workers must have travel documents approved by their embassy and register with the Saudi Labor Ministry. They must have special visit visas i...
Mortar shells and Katyusha missiles fired by Houthi rebels across the Yemeni border have hit a field hospital, school, cars and houses in the town of Najran, the Saudi-led coalition said on Tuesday.Brig. Gen. Ahmed Assiri, coalition spokesman, said there were no casualties in the town. However, there were injuries reported...
The Shoura Council on Tuesday highlighted the need for creation of middle and high category posts at the Board of Investigation and Prosecution (BIP) for its smooth function. The decision was made by the council following its 36th session, which was presided over by the council President Abdullah Al-Asheikh. The members dis...
Thoraya Obaid has become the first woman to be appointed as the head of the human rights committee at the Shoura Council. She was unanimously elected by the committee members. Shoura member Saud Al-Shammari was quoted by local media as saying that the appointment of a woman as president of one of the Shoura Council committe...
French President Francois Hollande, who met Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman in Riyadh on Monday, held a series of talks with senior government officials in the capital in a bid to strengthen bilateral ties in several fields of mutual interest Tuesday.During the talks with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif, Hollan...
Drifters are continuing to run amok in several Madinah neighborhoods, endangering their own and other people’s lives, say residents and citizens.Most of these drivers are teenagers who perform stunts after school hours on roads in local neighborhoods included Prince Turki, Tebah and Aziziah. Many youngsters were also respon...
The general supervisor of the Human Rights Commission in Madinah, Sharaf Al-Grafi, has disclosed the increasing number of cases of rights abuses and other infractions being registered at the branch.Complaints and administrative issues rank first among these cases. Al-Grafi said that in 2014 they received 143 cases from men...
Shops specializing in beverages and liquids have seen an increased number of customers after announcing that they have products which increase sexual ability.Specialists warn that these claims only serve the interests of merchants and may in fact pose a health risk to consumers.Some of these products are called “Local Viagr...
The Saudi Red Crescent has decided to cancel its project to deliver babies at the homes of women because it lacks the specialized staff.The decision was taken after consulting several specialists at private hospitals, said Ibrahim Al-Yehiya, director general of the Red Crescent’s emergency medical services administration, a...
Batterjee Medical College for Science and Technology (BMC) recently celebrated the graduation of its fourth group of students.The event was held under the auspices of Sobhi Batterjee, chairman of the board of trustees, and in the presence of parents and other guests at Sheikh Abdul Jalil Batterjee Auditorium on the BMC camp...
Saudi Arabia has the seventh-highest number of diabetes sufferers in the world, according to a local doctor.Those afflicted with the chronic illness make up 24 percent of the population, said Duha Bably, a family medicine consultant, speaking on Monday during the opening ceremony of a three-day conference on managing diabet...
Two people were killed and the same number injured when a fire broke out in a four-story building in the Souk district of DammamThe casualty could have been bigger, but thanks to the civil defense team which arrived quickly and rescued seven people.A spokesperson for the Eastern Province Civil Defense team, Mansour Al-Dossa...

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LONDON: Syrian government forces are targeting civilians in barrel bomb attacks...

JERUSALEM: Israeli authorities have closed an investigation into a policeman who...

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RALEIGH, North Carolina: A man charged with killing three Muslim college student...

GENEVA: Conflicts and violence in places like Syria and Ukraine have displaced a...

ROME: Italy’s financial and customs police said Wednesday they had rescued 98 st...

ISLAMABAD: Visiting Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop Wednesday announced...

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LONDON: Foreign cricket teams touring Pakistan still face an “unacceptable risk,...

MADRID: Maria Sharapova advanced to the third round of the Madrid Open by beatin...

KASHIMA, Japan: Colombian Mauricio Molina netted a stoppage-time winner as FC Se...

MANILA: There was so much hype surrounding Travis Romeo, the Alaska import, who...

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Finance Minister Ibrahim Al-Assaf expressed full optimism in the ongoing economic diversification for the desired robust growth in nonoil sector and on the opening of the...
With Saudi Arabia to open up its $575 billion stock market to direct foreign participation for the first time on June 15, both local and international investors are positioning themselves to trade the largest Arab bourse. This follows the regulator, Capital Market Authority's confirmation that Tadawul — the region’s larges...
Saudi Arabia plans to increase its petrochemicals production capacity to about 100 million tons per year, says King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) President Prince Turki bin Saud bin Mohammed Al-Saud.Speaking at the opening of the Third Saudi International Conference on Petrochemicals at the KACST headqua...
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is not worried about a decline in Saudi reserves, says a top IMF official.But Masood Ahmed, IMF Middle East and Central Asia chief, points to a midterm need for fiscal adjustment and development of the local capital market.GCC states should “not react in a knee-jerk way to lower oil pri...
The rate of output growth in Saudi Arabia’s nonoil private sector remained strong last month, a survey of businesses showed on Tuesday.The Saudi British Bank SABB has published the results of the headline SABB HSBC Saudi Arabia Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for April 2015 – a monthly report issued by the bank and HSBC. I...
The opening up of the Saudi stock market (Tadawul) to international investors is a “game changer” for the region, says Zak Hydari, chief executive, EIIB-Rasmala.“It will lead to greater capital flows from international investors and drive growth in the Saudi equity market, bringing more liquidity and greater market efficien...
LONDON: OPEC countries are set to maintain current production levels at a meeting next month, three delegates said, as Gulf states continue to focus on market share and a rally in crude prices mutes calls from other members for supply cuts.While the June 5 meeting in Vienna is likely to hear demands from some members of the...
Shares of Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) rose 36 percent in April, on the back of rising oil prices, according to a report.Kuwait Financial Center ‘Markaz’ recently released its monthly market research report. In this report, Markaz examines and analyzes the performance of equity markets in the MENA region as we...
RIYADH: A new government policy-making council may accelerate privatizations of state-owned companies in Saudi Arabia, said Saudi Stock Exchange CEO Adel Al-Ghamdi.The Council of Economic and Development Affairs, comprising top officials, was created by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman when he took the throne i...
RIYADH: Foreigners will be allowed to buy directly into initial public offers of shares in Saudi Arabian companies on a case-by-case basis, the chairman of the Saudi Capital Market Authority said.The CMA announced on Monday rules allowing foreign institutions to begin investing directly in the stock market, subject to restr...
PARIS: France is in talks to agree billions of euros worth of contracts in Saudi Arabia that could be finalised "quickly", ranging from the defence sector to civil aviation, transport and energy, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said.Speaking after President Francois Hollande held talks with key ministers of the Kingdom's ne...
CAIRO: Canada’s Bombardier Inc. and Egypt’s Orascom Construction and Arab Contractors will build a $1.5 billion monorail near Cairo, Egypt’s housing minister said.The 52km project is set to be completed by mid-2018 with funding from a 14-year loan, Mostafa Madbouly said in a statement, without saying who was providing the f...
Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, chairman of Kingdom Holding Company (KHC) and an accompanying delegation, visited the Republic of Cyprus. During the visit, Prince Alwaleed met with President Nicos Anastasiades of Cyprus at the Presidential Palace. During the meeting, President Anastasiades and Prince Alwaleed discussed a number...

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When the Islamic State (IS) captured Mosul in June of 2014, the event brought to...
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Saudi photographer Reem Bajabaa has taken the Saudi wedding scene by storm with her artistic touches in nuptial photography. Her style is an attraction for many brides-to-be who queue outside her office waiting to book her for their big day.
She specializes in capturing precious and behind the scene moments at weddings. Bajabaa’s photos are...

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MUMBAI: Facebook Inc. opened up its Internet.org platform to new websites and applications from developers on Monday, a move the social media giant said would boost efforts to get people online in low-income and rural areas in emerging markets.
However, the decision drew criticism from some online activists in India who expressed concern ov...

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The buzz of high-end fashion is making waves nowhere but in the Middle East region as it emerges as the next biggie when it comes to driving both creativity and commerce associated with it. It’s no wonder then that there is no dearth of creative newcomers joining the industry on a daily basis and turning things around in their own high-powered s...

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It was once known as a hermit kingdom as South Korea was isolated from the rest of the world. However, now the Republic of Korea is one of the finest tourist destinations in the world.
With the opening of the floodgates for millions of visitors every year to the beautiful isle nation in Far East Asia, the Korean tourism sector is a flourish...

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Shops specializing in beverages and liquids have seen an increased number of customers after announcing that they have products which increase sexual ability.Specialists warn that these claims only serve the interests of merchants and may in fact pose a health risk to consumers.Some of these products are called “Local Viagra” because they supposedly contribute to a happy marital life.Some people have wondered about the absence of control and why the authorities are quiet about the sale of these products.Dr. Khalid Ali Almadani, vice chairman of the Saudi Society for Food and Nutrition, said there was no scientific basis for these claims. He said it was well known that many juices and foods...
Saudi Arabia has the seventh-highest number of diabetes sufferers in the world, according to a local doctor.Those afflicted with the chronic illness make up 24 percent of the population, said Duha Bably, a family medicine consultant, speaking on Monday during the opening ceremony of a three-day conference on managing diabetes at King Fahd Medical City.Bably said Kuwait came in at ninth, followed by Qatar in 10th. “It is expected that the Kingdom might rank sixth internationally in 2035, with the rate increasing to 24.5 percent,” she said.She said there is a myth that diabetes is the illness of the rich and wealthy. There has been an 80 percent increase in diabetes in medium and low-income...
Summer is one month away so you still have some time to get in shape for this season. The season of lounging and being lazy is over.“Layered clothes will no longer cover the extra weight you gained last winter,” said nutritionist Raneem Abdulmajeed. “It is time to pay close attention to what goes into your mouth. Skip the sugar, fat and carb and focus on being healthy,” she added.The nutritionist gives us a list of delicious meals that are easy to prepare and help shed the extra weight.Omelet with Broccoli and Feta Cheese with a side of Brown Toast Bread“Always start the day with a healthy and nutritious breakfast. This meal takes maximum 15 minutes to prepare and will keep you energized...

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NEW YORK: Never let it be said that Rihanna doesn’t know how to make an entrance.On a night when big stars were a dime a dozen — try George and Amal Clooney, Lady Gaga, Madonna and Cher — the pop singer still managed to pull the red carpet out from under the rest of them at the Met Gala on Monday when she swooped in wearing a fur-trimmed yellow cape with floral swirls of gold and a train so long it required three wranglers.The ensemble came with a little pink mini-dress underneath, and a sparkling tiara. In keeping with the evening’s theme — China, and its artistic influence on the West — the...
NEW YORK: R&B star Lauryn Hill on Monday canceled a concert in Israel just a few days away, saying she had tried unsuccessfully to perform in the Palestinian territories as well.The former Fugees singer had been scheduled to perform Thursday near Tel Aviv but faced a social media campaign by activists who urged her to boycott Israel over its occupation of Palestinian land.Hill said that she had wanted to schedule a second show in Ramallah in the West Bank but that the logistics “proved to be a challenge.”“I’ve wanted very much to bring our live performance to this part of the world, but...

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