RIYADH: Deaths from the Middle East Respiratory Syndrom (MERS) coronavirus in Saudi Arabia has jumped to 502 with the announcement of four more fatalities on Thursday.The Ministry of Health reported that the latest victims were all Saudis based in Riyadh, including three males aged 75, 63 and 58, and a woman aged 87.Six new cases were also reported in Riyadh, with four in critical condition. Six of the new cases are women with ages ranging from 25 to 77. The lone male new case is 78 years old.The new cases brings the total to 1,171 in the kingdom since June 2012 when the coronavirus was first discovered. Of the total, 502 have died, 605 have recovered and the rest are under treatment.The spike in MERS has is worrying because of the upcoming annual pilgrimage, according to Dr. Hanan Balkhi, head of the Health Ministry’s national scientific committee of infectious diseases.An upsurge in in...
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PARNDORF, Austria: Austrian police on Thursday discovered the badly decomposing bodies of at least 20 — and possibly up to 50 — migrants piled in a truck parked on the shoulder of the main highway from Budapest to Vienna.The shocking finding came as Austria hosted a summit in Vienna on Europe’s refugee crisis for Western Balkan nations, which have been overwhelmed this year by the tens of thousands of migrants trying to g...
CAIRO: The Yemeni government is not negotiating with Shiite rebels who captured the capital, Sanaa, last September, Foreign Minister Riad Yassin said on Thursday.The rebels, known as Houthis, and troops loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh must lay down their arms and give the government full control over all of Yemen, as required by the United Nations, he said.“The Houthis and Saleh’s militias must implement the...

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RIYADH: The participation of Saudi women in the upcoming municipal council elections is set to ensure they take their rightful place in boosting social and economic development in the country.Many women have already begun registering as voters, and would be able to do so later this month as candidat...
RIYADH: For Saudi men, remaining in the shadows of men in everyday life is passe. Backed by the government, they have now entered many areas of social and professional life, which they would have never dreamt of a few years ago.Saudi women have emerged as businesswomen, employees at banks, markets and educational and heal...
RIYADH: Najran region has retained its veritable unique cultural heritage and attractions, which include old mud buildings constructed some 300 years ago.While the laid-back ambience in many areas is gone due to modern life brought about by contemporary times, especially in the city, the mud buildings have remained intact.S...
RIYADH: Saudi Arabia, under Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman’s wise leadership, has witnessed an accelerated pace of economic growth with improved living standard of its people, says Uzbekistan Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Alisher Kadirov.The envoy made his observation on Wednesday, on the occasion of his country...
RIYADH: Stepping up cooperation with educational institutions in the Kingdom offering courses in tourism administration, the National Center for Human Resources Development (Takamul) is training nationals for efficient management and operation in the tourism sector.To this end, Takamul director general Nasir Al-Nashmi, dire...
JEDDAH: An official at the Ministry of Labor confirmed that ministry will launch an e-recruitment service via the Musaned website next week. The service will allow employers to apply for visas without the need to visit labor offices.Ahmad Al-Ghamdi, director of public relations at the Labor Ministry, said the testing of the...
RIYADH: Senior Indian police and intelligence officials interrogated two Saudis after they were detained following their suspicious movement in Trichy, a southern city in India’s Tamil Nadu state. Officials detained the duo — Rasheed and Abdul Rahman — after they received reports saying that one of them was spotted roaming...
RIYADH: A new Saudi program on television called “Security of the Kingdom” will go on air on Tabah Channel starting on the first week of September, according to Dr. Mohsin Shaikh Al-Hassan, the program’s host.“The program is important and timely because of terrorism engendered by terrorist groups like Daesh and Al-Qaeda,” s...
JOUF: A citizen in Jouf has become at 94 the oldest person to register for the Dec. 12 municipal council elections.The man, who was not named, arrived at the Zaloum election center accompanied by his 62-year-old son, an online publication reported on Wednesday. He said that citizens have an important role to play in electin...
JEDDAH: The spike in cases of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus is worrying because of the upcoming annual pilgrimage, according to a top doctor.Hanan Balkhi, head of the Health Ministry’s national scientific committee of infectious diseases, said that even if Haj pilgrims were tested, it was not possi...
MADINAH: Defective air conditioning units at Prince Mohammed bin Abdulaziz International Airport (PMIA) have left passengers sweltering amid the excessive afternoon heat. The travelers had to resort to using pieces of paper as fans to cool themselves down.Ground services have called for an immediate intervention to rectify...
JEDDAH: Only 7,034 Saudis have so far registered in Riyadh and the Eastern Province for the Dec. 12 municipal council elections, a local publication reported Wednesday.The elections, held for the third time in the Kingdom, are expected to attract a record number of voters because it includes women and young people over the...
JEDDAH: A total of 66,000 Nigerians will perform Haj this year, according to the National Haj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON).The first group of 300 pilgrims arrived Sunday, sources at the Nigerian embassy said. “The first flight that took off from the Kaduna international airport carried pilgrims from the Jemaa and Kajuru a...

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BAGHDAD: A Daesh suicide bomber killed two Iraqi army generals on Thursday as th...

BEIRUT: The Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah and allied Christian politicians boy...

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AMMAN: They are among the most tragically wounded from the Middle East’s multipl...

ISTANBUL: Three people, including a child, were killed in clashes between Kurdis...

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BEIJING: Chinese police have arrested 12 people over giant explosions that kille...

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JEDDAH: RTJ Transient House immediately made an impact on its return to active s...

JEDDAH: BCT-Lutong Pinoy made sure it will have a second serving of Team of the...

JEDDAH: Khalidia Tambayz coached by Ronnie Cariño beat Avengers 109-91 in the 2n...

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JEDDAH: There were all-round cheers as oil prices showed their first signs of recovery on Thursday.In fact, at 9 percent higher, they represented the biggest one-day rall...
DUBAI: Major Gulf stock markets rose sharply on Thursday, suggesting they had established short-term floors after several weeks of heavy selling, but their long-term outlook remained murky because of unstable oil prices.The Saudi Arabian Tadawul All-Share Index climbed 3.0 percent to 7,604 points. Shares in petrochemical fi...
LONDON: Global stock markets rose Thursday on renewed confidence in the US recovery after days of wild swings, but dealers warned that the specter of the slowing Chinese economy threatens more turbulence ahead.Equities in Europe and on Wall Street climbed on revised US data showing stronger US growth in the second quarter o...
KIEV: Ukraine reached what its finance minister called a "win-win" deal with its largest group of creditors to ease repayments on its $18 billion debt, winning breathing space for an economy drained by the cost of fighting with pro-Russian separatists.The agreement, which includes a write-down of 20 percent of the principal...
KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Najib Razak is taking a page out of the playbook of mentor-turned-nemesis, former premier Mahathir Mohamad. To stem a decline in confidence in Malaysia, he's even tapping the expertise of Mahathir's ringgit peg architect.As a plunge in global financial markets this week deepened the ringgit's sl...
ABOARD AMERICAN AIRLINES FLIGHT 1223: Airline fare wars are making a comeback.Don't expect widespread sales or cheap flights home for Thanksgiving. But a number of cities are seeing ridiculously low prices at off-peak hours — prices the industry has spent the years trying to eliminate.Fliers have been able to fly Chicago t...
PARIS: French oil giant Total announced Thurs-day it had agreed to sell a North Sea gas terminal and two pipelines in a deal worth over $900 million in a move to help offset falling oil prices.Total said Britain's North Sea Midstream Partners had agreed to buy the FUKA and SIRGE gas pipelines and the St. Fergus Gas Terminal...
JEDDAH: The Saudi market volatility will continue for some time as falling oil prices have impacted the sentiment in the region, says a Jeddah-based economist.Said Al-Shaikh, the National Commercial Bank Group chief economist, was reacting to Tadawul’s persistent fall in August. The Tadawul All-Share Index (TASI) dropped 2....
LONDON: Global equity markets went on another rollercoaster ride Wednesday as China's interest rate cut showed no sign of ending a crisis fueled by fears over stalling growth in the world's number-two economy.Though US stocks began the session higher on new US data showing that orders for durable goods rose a solid two perc...
LONDON: British house prices will rise more slowly next year than in 2015, according to a Reuters poll of analysts that also found interest rates would have to reach 3 percent before seriously affecting the market.The bedrock of consumer wealth in Britain, house prices will rise 5 percent this year and 4 percent in the next...
RIYADH: Kingdom Holding Company (KHC) and its Chairman Prince Alwaleed bin Talal are among largest investors in Citigroup that has been given the Bank of the Year 2015 award.The 2015 Euromoney awards for excellence report stated that Citi is the last global wholesale bank offering all products to its clients everywhere. It...
COPENHAGEN: Maersk Oil said on Wednesday it would seek regulatory permission to shut its Janice installation, which produces around 7,000 barrels per day (bpd) from three UK North Sea oil fields, as the Danish firm reviews its operations due to falling oil prices.Crude prices have dropped by more than half from year-ago lev...
NEW YORK: Oil field services company Schlumberger Ltd. agreed to buy Cameron International Corp., which makes equipment used by oilfield services providers, in a deal valued at $14.8 billion to cut costs amid weak drilling activity.Cameron makes products, such as blowout preventers and valves, that control pressure at oil a...
 
 

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One of the greatest landscape photographers, Ansel Adams, once said: “You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.”
One look at award-winning Saudi photographer Najla Al-Khalifa’s stunning shot...

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ENTOTO, Ethiopia: High above the crowded streets of Addis Ababa, among fields where farmers lead oxen dragging wooden ploughs, sits Ethiopia’s space program.
Perched on the top of the 3,200-meter (10,500-foot) high Mount Entoto, two metal domes house telescopes, each a meter in diameter.
Operational for only a few months, the specializ...

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Does Hijab become an obstacle for a Muslim woman to express herself through fashion? Ask Saudi designer Nabila Nazer and she will whip out some of the trendiest and coolest looks for a modest, modern woman. She says the purpose of her fashion venture is to revive modest yet fashionable clothing among the young generations of Muslim women. Her po...

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When visiting London it’s natural to try and see all the iconic sights that are associated with the city. But it’s all too easy to miss out on the wonderful aspects of the capital that are not so widely known but which form part of its rich fabric. Towns outside the capital are also often over-looked.
So here is a guide to London and a near...

FOOD & HEALTH »

Hot flashes are a sudden feeling of feverish heat, typically a symptom of menopause. Women who have hot flashes might experience some difficulty in sleeping because hot flashes, called night sweats, also occur in deep sleep.It’s not precisely clear what causes hot flashes. However, they’re most likely due to hormonal changes in the body. Some women barely notice hot flashes or consider them a minor annoyance. For others, the intensity may affect their quality of life in a rather negative way.“Hot flashes are a quick feeling of heat and sometimes a red, flushed face and sweating. It is not yet known what is the exact cause of hot flashes, but it might be related to changes in the female body...
Nothing says I love meat like a good burger. What’s not to love? A good grilled, well seasoned, fresh ground beef patty with perfect accommodating condiments and the perfectly rounded bun to finish off … perfect, right? Jeddah has seen its share of gourmet burger restaurants in the past few years, some are well within the limits of “acceptable”, others “not so much” and a handful of “superb” tasting burger joints. Forget the American franchises that are scattered all over the city, the newest burger joint to hit the restaurant scene has to be “Section B” burger. The creation of six young Saudis all sharing one love, obviously a really good burger! Men and their meat, right? Ironically, this...
RIYADH: A voluntary youth outreach group has issued a warning against the publication of any study that intends to promote smoking tobacco. The warning comes on the heels of a study published by a well-known wire agency and a foreign health agency saying that electronic cigarettes are less harmful than tobacco by 95 percent and should be promoted as a tool to help smokers quit smoking.But the volunteer youth group said that electronic cigarettes are very harmful and detrimental to health. It added that it is also the easy way to tobacco smoking.“Marketing of this and similar studies is alarming and must be addressed accordingly.Professionals must educate young people regarding such a study...

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LOS ANGELES: Want to create buzz for a space movie? Take journalists to a real NASA lab. Promoting a horror film? Order...
NEW YORK: Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Schumer aren’t just riding jet skis together. They’re making a movie.A representative for Lawrence confirms Wednesday that Lawrence and Schumer are writing a screenplay.In an interview with The New York Times, Lawrence says the two are planning to star in the comedy as sisters.Lawrence seems thrilled by their newfound friendship and says she and Schumer are “creatively made for each other.”The two became friends after the “Hunger Games” star reached out to the comedian to praise her recent film “Trainwreck.”Photos of the two jet skiing went viral online...
LOS ANGELES: Justin Bieber will be back on stage at the MTV Video Music Awards.MTV announced Wednesday that the 21-year-old singer will be performing the song “What Do You Mean” from his forthcoming album at Sunday’s extravaganza at the Microsoft Theater.Bieber last took the stage at the VMAs in 2010 with a medley of his hits “Baby,” “Somebody to Love” and “U Smile.”Other VMA performers will include The Weeknd, Pharrell Williams, Demi Lovato, Tori Kelly, A$AP Rocky, Twenty One Pilots and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.

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