MOSCOW: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman plans to visit Moscow in mid-March, RIA news agency reported on Wednesday, citing Kremlin aide Yuri Ushakov.Ushakov said an agenda for the visit had not yet been decided.
JERUSALEM: Benjamin Netanyahu’s wife Sara insulted and raged at household staff, creating an abusive...
SAN DIEGO, California: For nearly 50 years, Sirhan Sirhan has been consistent: He says he doesn’t re...
BEIRUT: Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has lashed out at the United Nations after it demanded the country open its borders to tens of thousands of more Syrian refugees, accusing it of failing to stop the Russian bombings that have triggered the exodus.Davutoglu said Wednesday he considered the UN Security Council “two-faced” for telling Turkey to open its borders while not moving “a finger to solve the Syria crisi...
DUBAI, UAE: The United Arab Emirates on Wednesday named women to the newly created posts of state ministers for happiness and tolerance, and a 22-year-old female for youth affairs.Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum named eight women as he revealed his latest cabinet line-up of 29 ministers in a series of tweets.Ohoud Al-Roumi, who had served as director of the council of ministers’ office, was appointed...

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NAJRAN: Three members of the Saudi National Guard died in Rabuah, Najran, on Wednesday.National Guard spokesman Maj. Mohammed Omari identified them as Lt. Faisal bin Abdullah Al-Shehri, Lt. Faisal bin Talal Al-Toub and Lt. Saud bin Khaled Al-Rukhayyes.“The three attainted martyrdom while defending t...
RIYADH: The $22-billion Riyadh Metro project is going on according to the plan despite the fact that many global projects are faltering.“There are many stalled projects all over the world and not in the Kingdom alone, but the metro project in the Saudi capital is proceeding according to plan,” Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin...
JEDDAH: Four members of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (Haia) were stabbed by a youth who was allegedly trying to blackmail a girl in Jeddah. The incident happened on Tuesday night and the four officers, who sustained injuries on the hands and in the back, were admitted to King Fahd Ho...
RIYADH: A recent report released by the Ministry of Labor revealed that the number of violations registered on the ministry’s electronic program “Together for Monitoring” in the months of December 2015 and January 2016 amounted to 484, of which 157 were related to delayed wages and salaries, accounting for 32 percent of the...
RIYADH: Health Minister Khalid Al-Falih visited the medical complex in Thuwal, near Jeddah, on Tuesday. The facility was set up by Saudi Aramco, whose chairman is the health minister himself.According to the minister, the complex provides primary health care and preventive and curative services to the inhabitants of the cit...
JEDDAH: A number of Shoura Council members have voiced objections to some imams who express their personal opinions during Friday sermons.The members asked the Ministry of Islamic Affairs to supervise the sermons to make sure they were written by specialists and circulated to all mosques.Mohammad Al-Naji said imams should f...
MADINAH: Street vendors near the Prophet’s Mosque pose a risk to the country’s reputation and economy besides blocking the way of service cars, Red Crescent and Civil Defense vehicles, an expert has said.Ninety-eight percent of these street merchants are non-Saudis, 90 percent of whom are violators of the residency and visa...
RIYADH: Appropriate action has been taken against the Haia members who were involved in beating up a girl opposite the Nakheel shopping mall here recently, but the girl was also at fault, a Haia official has clarified.“A probe has revealed that the girl had committed an irregularity, which necessitated here questioning. How...
I am from the east of France but moved to Saudi Arabia from Paris in 1990. I worked for a princess as a French language tutor. I was young and single. I thought it was very exotic and mysterious. I lived in a palace. I left Saudi Arabia in 1992 and came back in 2009 with my husband Tom, and son Max, from Hong Kong. I starte...
JEDDAH: The Pakistan Repatriation Council (PRC) held a symposium on Kashmir and the obligation of Muslim world toward Kashmiris.It was presided by Ali Al-Ghamdi, a former Saudi diplomat. Other guests and speakers at the event were Shahid Nayeem, president, Pakistan Journalists Forum; Azeez Ahmed, secretary-general, Pakistan...
DAMMAM: A total of 627 kidney transplant surgeries were performed in the Kingdom last year, bringing the number of kidney transplants, performed since the beginning of the organ donation program, to 9,000 surgeries, said Dr. Faisal Shaheen, director general of the Saudi Center for Organ Transplantation (SCOT).Since the begi...
ABHA: Saudi women spend more on cosmetics compared to women in the West, the Arab world and even in the Gulf, economic studies show.Recent statistics issued by the Saudi Customs suggest the amount of imported cosmetics in the past year exceeded SR2.3 billion.Saudi Customs spokesperson Issa Al-Issa said: “The weight of impor...
RIYADH: A study is under way to provide health insurance to Umrah pilgrims and domestic workers and certain articles of the health regulations needs to be amended, an official has said.According to local media, the statement was made by Mohammed bin Suleiman Al-Hussein, secretary-general of the Council of Cooperative Securi...

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LONDON: World powers should force Russia to halt airstrikes on civilian targets...

PARIS: Outgoing French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius on Wednesday accused Russ...

AL-ARID, Egypt: A donkey has leapt to fame in a small Egyptian village by defyin...

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SEOUL: North Korea’s army chief of staff has been executed, South Korean media r...

JOHANNESBURG: Traditional leaders in South Africa have expressed “disquiet” over...

BEIJING: China has confirmed its first case of the Zika virus in a man who had r...

PARIS: Veteran French politician Laurent Fabius bowed out of government Wednesda...

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire: Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders c...

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ROTTERDAM, Netherlands: Second-seeded Marin Cilic of Croatia reached the World T...

JEDDAH: Two weeks before the positioning round Saudi Master Baker continued to s...

MANILA: Faced with manpower problems, Tropang TNT knew just who to turn to.Jason...

OAKLAND, California: Stephen Curry had 35 points, nine assists and six rebounds...

RIYADH: Another team competition takes place on Saturday at Dirab Golf & Cou...

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JEDDAH: Switzerland’s Tourism has recorded an increased number of visitors from Saudi Arabia. The country has marked 23 percent more visitors from the GCC.“The Grand Tour...
FRANKFURT: Shares in Deutsche Bank rocketed up more than 16 percent on the Frankfurt stock exchange on Wednesday, swept up by speculation Germany’s biggest lender may launch a bond buyback to assuage concerns about its financial strength.Deutsche Bank shares — which fell heavily earlier this week in line with the wider sect...
NEW YORK: Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and other US banks are looking at ways to slash expenses further this year as market turmoil, declining oil prices and concerns about Germany’s Deutsche Bank AG have sent the sector’s shares down sharply.“We can absolutely do a lot more on the cost side if we have to, especially now, when...
LONDON: OPEC pointed to a larger oil supply surplus on the world market this year than previously thought as Saudi Arabia and other members pump more oil, helping to make up for losses in non-member producers hurt by the collapse in prices.The monthly report from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries indicat...
Developments in China are affecting markets globally. The economic slowdown and financial instability are part of the problem, but the main reason behind the market slump is Chinese policy. First, policy lacks clarity. At will, regulators have been introducing new rules on the Shanghai stock exchange, which at times backfir...
LONDON: BP boss Bob Dudley said he was “very bearish” on oil prices for the first half of 2016, but forecast supply and demand would balance in the second half.“We have been bearish for two years now on the price of oil and we are very bearish on this first half of the year,” Dudley told the International Petroleum Week ind...
DUBAI: Thirty-four percent of UAE respondents would recommend their bank as a first choice to friends or colleagues while in Saudi Arabia the number is slightly higher at 38 percent, according to the latest NPS Survey by Souqalmal.com, claimed to be the UAE’s number one financial comparison website.The NPS Survey, described...
LONDON: Global government borrowing costs slumped to record lows this week as a combination of financial volatility, banking stress and slowing growth and inflation saw a flight to top-rated, liquid assets amid talk of ever lower interest rates.Data from Citi showed the aggregate yield in its World Global Bond Index compris...
SAN FRANCISCO: Twitter has revamped its timeline, allowing the “best” tweets to rise to the top, despite warnings of a revolt from members loyal to the real-time flow of the messaging platform.The tweaked format aims to inject new life into the struggling one-to-many messaging service by moving away from a pure chronologica...
OSLO: A group of Chinese Internet firms have made a cash offer for Norwegian mobile phone browser and advertising firm Opera Software, valuing it at $1.23 billion, in a move to reach more of the emerging market customers with whom Opera is popular.The buyers include US-listed Web search and security firm Qihoo 360 and Beiji...
 

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People are sitting in a little room watching some films; for many of the viewers what they are seeing is quite a revelation. The highly creative short videos show a picture of the Gulf from a thought-provoking, fantastical and often very funny perspective. A message that shines through from a film called Pixels is how prejudice is universal and...

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY »

RIYADH: A team of the King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center (KFSHRC) has identified a gene responsible for cardiomyopathy.

Dr. Zuhair bin Nasser Al-Hasnan, KFSHRC medical genetics consultant, said the team conducted a study on a Saudi family with nine children, four of whom were suffering from cardiomyopathy.
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FASHION »

The Middle East is now home to a number of world class accessories designers who are intuitively blurring the line between East and West and offering something unique that one can’t help but feel totally attached to. To put it mildly, their luxe creations are one-of-a-kind from all ends worthy of being put on display in a museum.
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For the fourth year in a row, Abu Dhabi organized it’s annual Qasr Al-Hosn Festival to celebrate the past and present glories of the UAE. It is truly a celebration of Emirati culture and heritage. The festival provides visitors and tourists an opportunity to learn more about the Emirati identity in a fun and informative way.
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FOOD & HEALTH »

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia joined the rest of the world in intensifying public awareness on cancer with activities spread over the week supporting the global cause that aims to save millions of lives every year by raising awareness and education about the disease, urging governments and individuals across the world to take action.Being a truly global event observed annually on Feb. 4th, World Cancer Day unites the whole world in the fight against cancer. The Kingdom joined the massive awareness campaign with the Ministry of Health observing cancer awareness week, ending on Wednesday.Under the auspices of Health Ministry, King Saud University (KSU), which is leading the vanguard in the Kingdom for...
A woman’s body is a sanctuary, a sacred mass of organs given to her in order to maintain it in the best and healthiest way possible. Pregnancy changes a person, to comprehend that a tiny little human is growing inside of us can sometimes cloud our judgments. Pregnancies differ from one mom-to-be from another and some have it hard while others are perfectly fine, it’s natural and it happens. In either case, maintaining a healthy lifestyle while pregnant can be a bit difficult, all those mood swings, cravings and the constant urge to snuggle on a couch. Working out isn’t very interesting when you’re pregnant but it is somewhat important in order to maintain a healthy pregnancy. Hard core...
In the last three weeks, I have been exploring the nutrients, soluble and insoluble fiber, enzymes, and antioxidants in okra. All these health benefits are packed in one unbelievably healthy veggie. One cup of the vegetable provides important nutrients your body requires. It is a powerhouse of nutrients for such a little plant.Japanese health researcher, Junji Takano, who thoroughly analyzed and investigated the okra, recommends eating the veggie to those who suffer from weakness, exhaustion, stress, and depression. Vitamins B and C are good for such conditions.He advises consuming okra to protect from the toxic substances in trans fats, pesticides, herbicides, plastics, preservatives,...

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BEIRUT: Arab Idol Mohammed Assaf has broken off his engagement from Lina Qishawi this week, reported Albawaba.The Palest...
NEW YORK: Taylor Swift leads the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Awards with eight nominations, followed by The Weeknd with seven.The nominations were announced Tuesday by iHeartMedia and Turner. The event will be televised live from Los Angeles on April 3 on TBS, TNT and truTV and aired on iHeartMedia stations and the iHeartRadio digital music platform.Swift’s album, “1989,” The Weeknd’s “Beauty Behind the Madness,” Adele’s “25,” Sam Smith’s “In the Lonely Hour,” and Ed Sheeran’s “X” are nominated for album of the year, a new category this year. Fetty Wap, Hozier, Sam Hunt, Shawn Mendes and Tove Lo...
MEXICO CITY: An Indian-American actor and designer who wasn’t allowed to board a Mexico City-to-New York flight after refusing to remove his turban said Tuesday that he is satisfied with an apology from the airline.Waris Ahluwalia said he is now waiting for Aeromexico to implement special training on how to treat Sikh passengers, for whom the headgear carries deep religious significance.“We’re just a few steps away from a lot of hugs,” Ahluwalia told The Associated Press.Aeromexico issued a statement Tuesday saying: “We apologize to Mr. Waris Ahluwalia for the unfortunate experience he had...

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