Saudi Arabia has pledged $500 million to help rebuild Gaza, Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Al-Hamdallah said on Thursday, with the full cost of post-war reconstruction expected to be around $4 billion over three years.Saudi Arabia’s commitment comes ahead of a conference in Cairo on Oct. 12 when Palestinian leaders hope other donors, including Turkey, Qatar, the European Union and United States, will step forward with promises of support.“Saudi Arabia has initiated donations by pledging $500 million,” Hamdallah told reporters in Gaza, speaking via video conference from the West Bank. He said he hoped further pledges would cover the full cost of reconstruction in time.An estimated 18,000 Palestinian homes were destroyed during the seven-week aggression launched by Israeli occupation forces, while a further 40,000 were extensively damaged, Reuters reported.Major infrastructure such as roa...
A hard-hitting TV campaign focusing on the human cost of terrorism, with special reference to the so...
Good news for film lovers.The Labor Ministry has reportedly allowed film production entrepreneurs to...
Saudi intelligence chief Prince Khaled bin Bandar said Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah has given instructions for the renovation of Al-Azhar Mosque in Cairo at the Kingdom’s expense.“I have handed over a message from King Abdullah to the chief of Al-Azhar, Ahmed Al-Tayeb, expressing his appreciation for Al-Azhar and thanking its authorities for awarding him a honorary doctorate degree,” he said.Speaking ab...
Several Saudi female TV anchors have reacted angrily to a recent statement by a Shoura Council member in which she criticized the anchors as being too “extravagant and wearing too much makeup.”They said Nora Al-Adwan’s criticism is unacceptable and degrades the work these women are doing for their country. “Those who criticize Saudi media only want to put down the accomplishments of Saudi women and destroy the image of ou...

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A senior American diplomat has called for a deepening of ties between Saudi Arabia and the United States to counter the continuing volatility in the Middle East, and for further mutual economic benefit from the two nations' longstanding trade relations.Joseph W. Westphal, US ambassador to Saudi Arab...
A Saudi who had mysteriously disappeared in Pakistan 22 years ago has finally been found by officials of the Saudi Consulate in Karachi.The consulate had conducted intensive search operations across the Sindh province to locate the lost man after receiving information from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the time. He was...
The limited number of labor visas for foreign workers owing to the Kingdom’s nationalization program has led construction companies to look for alternative solutions to deal with the acute shortage of skilled labor required for the completion of the massive projects still underway in several major cities.The third annual Sa...
Officials of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (Haia) in Tabuk have arrested two marriage brokers for allegedly swindling SR200,000 from a woman who was blackmailed and harassed by the duo, said Mohammed Al-Zubaidy, its spokesman.The woman had contacted the brokers — a man and a woman — throu...
On the occasion of the National Day, key members of the Riyadh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) lauded the Kingdom’s achievements in economic, developmental and urban spheres. RCCI Board Chairman Abdulrahman bin Abdullah Al-Zamil said the government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abduyllah has steadily...
Security forces have arrested more than 15,000 foreign workers during the past few months for allegedly violating the Kingdom’s residency and labor regulations, said Lt. Col. Aati bin Attiyah Al-Qurashi, spokesman for Makkah police.He said the arrested individuals included beggars and street vendors, as well as cleaners of...
A teacher at a school in Khamis Mushayt has been accused of beating a 10-year-old elementary school student with his headband, breaking one of his fingers and bruising his back.According to a report in Asharq newspaper, Ali Saeed Al-Shahrani, a pupil at the Al-Abbas bin Abdulmutaalib Elementary School in the Al-Hareer neigh...
Domestic tourism is in need of more investments from the private sector especially with several Saudi cities having succeeded in attracting local tourists, Abdullah Salem, the tourism sector manager at Al-Rowabee Center for Economic studies told Arab News.“Jeddah and Dammam are the most popular tourist destinations for loca...
Several customers have complained that the newly appointed female work force, which was hired in a bid to reduce dependency on expat male employees and to check a soaring 34 percent unemployment rate among Saudi women, lacks training and customer sales experience.While many have commended the country’s nationalization progr...
Two students who had a dispute with a teacher have been found guilty of defacing his new car by splashing paint on its right side.The teacher filed a complaint at Nira police station in Al-Makhwah in Al-Baha province, saying that his car, a 2013 SUV, was damaged while parked in front of the Prince Naif school complex in Nir...
Visitors to the holy city of Madinah have expressed anger over the skyrocketing prices of hotels and furnished apartments, especially in the area immediately surrounding the Prophet’s Mosque, and have demanded that the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) intervene and regulate tariffs.The city receives thous...
80 percent of the Pakistani pilgrims have been housed in hotels located in the central area of Madinah, which is in close proximity to the Prophet’s Mosque, while 20 percent were accommodated on the periphery of the area, said Muhammed Saif Anwar, official at the Pakistani Haj Mission. He said that 143,000 Pakistani pilgrim...
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 s...

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WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday accused Syrian Presiden...

SANAA: Armed Shiite rebels pushed into Yemen’s capital Sanaa after clashing with...

BAGHDAD: Iraq’s prime minister strongly rejected the idea of the US or other nat...

BENGHAZI: Libya’s Parliament rejected Prime Minister Abdullah Al-Thani’s propose...

WASHINGTON: Support for Islamic State increased after US airstrikes began in Ira...

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EDINBURGH: Scotland spurned independence in a historic referendum that threatene...

SYDNEY: Australia’s largest ever counterterrorism raids on Thursday detained 15...

NEW YORK: Using artificial sweeteners may set the stage for diabetes in some peo...

WASHINGTON: Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko warned Thursday that Russia had...

NEW DELHI: A standoff between Indian and Chinese soldiers overshadowed a visit t...

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Android got the better of Haimi Group in an 84-81 victory in the first game for...

The 27th Annual Riyadh Inter-Hotels Basketball 2014 tournament took off the grou...

JGC Samurai played steadier in the fourth quarter and then held off Thomas &...

JEDDAH: MD RASHEED SUYATAl Salamah 2 of Johnny Bajas defeated Unicorp 87-74 in t...

INCHEON: North Korea’s flag was raised Thursday at the Asian Games athletes’ vil...

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Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA), and Makkah Gov. Prince Mishaal bin Abdullah, jointly opened the 1,743-room...
Kingdom Tower, the world's tallest tower, located in northern Jeddah, has reached an important milestone in the project that will set another new world record — the world’s tallest construction crane.The singularly soaring skyscraper that will ultimately earn the accolade of world’s tallest building, with a height of more t...
Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with hte in Heidelberg, Germany recently, to establish a satellite laboratory for high throughput experimentation for increasing its R&D efficiency.The hte, a major high throughput experimentation company, provides a “valuable upside t...
NEW YORK: Crude oil fell on Thursday, pressured by ample supply, concerns about demand growth and a stronger US dollar.Brent prices slid sharply around 11:34 a.m. EDT (1534 GMT), dropping 60 cents a barrel within 13 minutes, while US crude tumbled 90 cents over the same period. Both benchmarks rebounded from session lows.Re...
The Islamic Corporation for the Insurance of Investment and Export Credit (ICIEC), a member of the Islamic Development Bank Group, and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation Europe Ltd. (SMBCE), a subsidiary of the Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC) of Japan, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for cooperat...
DUBAI: Falling oil prices may prove the best medicine for economies in the Arab world, rebalancing growth toward countries struggling to recover from the Arab Spring uprisings without doing major damage to the oil exporters of the Gulf.The price of Brent crude has sunk by nearly $20 from its June peak to as low as $96 a bar...
WASHINGTON: Apple is rolling out new privacy protections for iPhones and iPads, with a new system that makes it impossible for the company to unlock a device even with a warrant.Apple’s privacy terms updated late Wednesday indicate that under its new mobile operating system, iOS 8, the company will not have access to custom...
Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) Gov. Abdulrahman Mohammad Al-Ibrahim opened a two-day workshop that discussed various topics, including the water related operational issues."More than 90 experts from different countries discussed the current issues and also exchanged expertise with their Saudi counterparts,” said...
If the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group is allowed to operate over the next year it would drive investors away, which could have a major negative impact on all the region’s economies, the Italian ambassador said on Tuesday.Mario Boffo was speaking to Arab News at his residence, on the eve of a visit by a 25-member Italian...
RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's securities market regulator said on Wednesday that it would permit off-market trading of shares in companies which had been suspended or delisted from the stock exchange.The Capital Market Authority has issued rules covering such trade and will immediately start receiving applications from companies t...
LONDON: London's trading rooms are gearing up for an extra long shift to cover Scotland's independence referendum and drafting in extra staff, anticipating a surge in activity when the result comes through early on Friday.The vote on whether Scotland should end its 300-year-old union with England was set for a nail-biting f...
CAIRO: Egypt's finance minister is predicting growth rates of up to 6 percent within three years, which would mark a major turnaround following three years of political turmoil that has crippled the economy.Hany Kadry Dimian told The Associated Press he expects growth to increase from 2.5 percent to 3.5 percent this quarter...
DUBAI: Developers have said they will build a $1.4 billion expanse of lavish suites and residences next to the famed Atlantis resort on Dubai's man-made palm-shaped island as part of the emirate's drive to build up tourism revenue.Investment Corporation of Dubai and Kerzner International Holdings, which will manage the 800-...

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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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NEW YORK: Using artificial sweeteners may set the stage for diabetes in some people by hampering the way their bodies handle sugar, suggests a preliminary study done mostly in mice.
The authors said they are not recommending any changes in how people use artificial sweeteners based on their study, which included some human experiments. The...

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Domestic tourism is in need of more investments from the private sector especially with several Saudi cities having succeeded in attracting local tourists, Abdullah Salem, the tourism sector manager at Al-Rowabee Center for Economic studies told Arab News.
“Jeddah and Dammam are the most popular tourist destinations for local visitors. Howe...

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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...
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...

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NEW YORK: Obsessed “Friends” fans on Wednesday mobbed a pop-up replica of the coffeehouse from the hit comedy series, so...
MONTERREY, Mexico: US pop star Miley Cyrus has caused a stir in Mexico after her antics on stage involving the country’s flag during a concert, prompting an official investigation.A video shows the provocative singer bent over as two singers whip her mock backside with small flags, including one in the distinct green, white and red colors of Mexico, on Tuesday in the northern city of Monterrey.The Bangerz Tour 2014 concert coincided with Mexico’s independence day festivities and the video made waves across local media.A spokesman for the interior ministry told AFP the probe was launched...
WASHINGTON: Oscar-winning actress Reese Witherspoon chose a subdued role in her latest film “The Good Lie,” a drama about Sudanese refugee children who end up in America, but there is nothing small in what she hopes to convey.“There is a beautiful message throughout: We are all the same,” said Witherspoon, whose plays employment counselor Carrie Davis in the movie that made its Washington premiere on Wednesday.“We all deal with conflict and seemingly bear the unbearable in our lives, but we have to do it together,” she said of the story of children who flee Sudan’s unrelenting ethnic violence...

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