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Putting on the Ritz: Riyadh hotel bounces back with a sumptuous poolside feast


RIYADH: The venue was palatial, with dining tables arranged around the opulent blue marble swimming pool. There was lively chatter and laughter as jazz played gently in the background.

Saudi women don’t need male permission to start businesses


JEDDAH: Saudi women do not need the permission of a male guardian to start their own business, according to the Ministry of Commerce and Investment.

Berlin tours for Saudi-German start-up competition winners


RIYADH: Two young Saudi entrepreneurs chosen as winners in the first German-Saudi start-up competition on March 22 will be awarded a four-day tour of Berlin to make a presentation of their companies and services.

Saudi women have a central role in building the nation, Janadriyah festival shows


RIYADH: Princess Abir Al-Mandeel, wife of the governor of Qassim region, visited the Janadriyah festival, touring the various pavilions that display art items and showcase the talents of Saudi women.

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Florida, angry and grieving, takes gun protest to streets


PARKLAND, Florida: Thousands of angry students, parents, teachers and neighbors of a Florida high school where 17 people were killed demanded Saturday that immediate action be taken on gun-control legislation, insisting they would not…


UN council mulls condemning Iran over Yemen’s Houthis’ getting missiles


Britain, the United States and France want the United Nations Security Council to condemn Iran for failing to stop its ballistic missiles from falling into the hands of Yemen’s Houthi group and commit to take action over the sanctions…

After stunning growth streak, Amazon ambitions seem boundless


SAN FRANCISCO: Triumphant in online retail, cloud computing, organic groceries, and streaming television, Amazon founder and chief disruptor Jeff Bezos is turning his seemingly limitless ambition to health care.


Salah mania prompts ‘I’ll be Muslim too’ Liverpool chant


LONDON: So good has been Liverpool’s Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah’s start to life at Anfield, fans are singing about converting to Islam in honor of their new idol. Salah became the second fastest Liverpool player to reach 30 goals in a…


Russian election plot touched even minor Trump supporters


WEST PALM BEACH, Florida: The request was simple: organize or attend a sign-waving rally supporting Donald Trump. But some of the Florida Republicans on the receiving end of those requests now know that they didn’t come from Republican…


Small earthquake hits Britain, strongest for 10 years


LONDON: Britain was hit by its biggest earthquake in a decade on Saturday, the British Geological Survey (BGS) said on Saturday, with tremors felt across parts of Wales and southwest England but no notable damage reported.


Tension mounts between Philippines, China over Benham Rise


BAGUIO CITY: China’s recent naming of five undersea features in the Benham Rise has prompted the Philippines to deploy troops to its northern frontier.

Envoy thanks King Salman for additional $160m aid for Maldives


RIYADH: The ambassador of the crisis-hit Maldives thanked Saudi Arabia on Saturday for the grant of a new $160 million facility for projects in the Indian Ocean island republic.

Video shows Egyptian woman arresting harasser


QENA: A recently released video shows a 20-year-old woman who was harassed in Upper Egypt holding a tight grip of her harasser, shortly before handing him over to police.


Russian mercenaries, a discrete weapon in Syria


MOSCOW: The death of Russian citizens in Syria from a US coalition strike last week, which has been played down by both Moscow and Washington, has exposed the role of Russian mercenaries in the multi-front conflict.


US charges three with exporting drone parts to Lebanon’s Hezbollah


WASHINGTON: Federal authorities have charged three men with illegally exporting drone parts and other material from the United States to Lebanon’s militant Hezbollah group, the US Justice Department said on Friday.

US National Security Adviser McMaster says now is the time to act against Iran


MUNICH: Iran is building and arming an increasingly powerful network of proxies in countries like Syria, Yemen and Iraq that can turn against the governments of those states, U.S. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said on Saturday.


Israeli jets strike Gaza after 4 soldiers wounded in Gaza border blast


GAZA CITY: sraeli jets struck the Gaza Strip on Saturday, Palestinian sources said, after four soldiers were wounded in a blast along the border with the enclave.


Hezbollah says it is Lebanon’s ‘only’ tool in Israel gas dispute


BEIRUT: Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah threatened Israel’s offshore energy projects Friday as he insisted his armed movement is Lebanon’s “only” source of leverage in an escalating oil and gas dispute.


Pakistan court sentences child killer, rapist to death


LAHORE: A Pakistani anti-terrorism court on Saturday sentenced a suspected serial killer to death for the rape and murder of a seven-year-old girl, a prosecutor said.


Kurdish doctors report suspected Turkish gas attack in Syria


BEIRUT: Six civilians suffered breathing difficulties and other symptoms indicative of poison gas inhalation after an attack launched by Turkey on the Kurdish-controlled enclave of Afrin, Syrian Kurdish news outlets and Syria’s state-run…

Saturday, Feb 17

OIC ministers meet to debate labor strategy in Saudi Arabia


RIYADH: Labor market challenges faced by Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) countries will be explored at a two-day conference to be held in the Kingdom on Feb. 21-22.

Friday, Feb 16

Lebanon speaker: US proposal on Lebanon-Israel disputed waters “unacceptable”


BEIRUT: Lebanon’s Parliament speaker told a senior US diplomat on Friday that his country rejects current American proposals over the disputed marine border with Israel.

Saudi Arabia's high-speed Haramain train to generate over 2,000 jobs, says official


MAKKAH: The Haramain rail project, or “Makkah-Madinah high-speed railway,” will create more than 2,000 jobs for Saudis, according to the former director general of the Haramain train, Dr. Bassam Gholman.

US and Turkey agree to mend ties; Turks propose joint deployment in Syria


ANKARA: The United States and Turkey agreed on Friday to try to rescue a strategic relationship that Washington acknowledged had reached a crisis point, with Turkey proposing a joint deployment in Syria if a US-backed Kurdish militia…

US wants UN action over report showing Iranian missiles used to attack Saudi Arabia from Yemen


UNITED NATIONS: US Ambassador Nikki Haley said Thursday that it was “time for the Security Council to act” following the release of a report by UN experts concluding that Iran had violated the arms embargo on Yemen.

Thursday, Feb 15

Tillerson says growing Hezbollah arsenal a threat to Lebanon


BEIRUT: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Thursday that Lebanon’s security was threatened by the growing arsenal of the Iran-backed group Hezbollah and its involvement in regional conflicts.

Aoun to Tillerson: Lebanon is sticking to its borders, rejects Israeli claims over disputed area


Lebanon's President Michel Aoun told US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that Lebanon is sticking to its internationally recognised borders Thursday and rejected Israeli claims over a disputed area in Lebanese waters.

Saudi Arabia, Russia focus on rebalancing oil markets


RIYADH: Rebalancing oil markets was high on the agenda when King Salman and Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak held official talks on Wednesday exploring aspects of cooperation between their two countries.

Un-forbidden love: Saudis enjoy second ‘religious police-free’ Valentine’s Day


JEDDAH: Saudis celebrated Valentine’s Day and its message of love and peace in the absence of religious police after a fatwa permitting the celebrations was circulated via Twitter.

Wednesday, Feb 14

Ex-student kills 17 in shooting spree at Florida high school


PARKLAND, FLORIDA: A 19-year-old gunman opened fire on Wednesday at a Florida high school he had previously been expelled from, killing 17 people before he was arrested by police, authorities said.

Kuwait says $30 billion pledged to rebuild Iraq


KUWAIT CITY: A total $30 billion in pledges were made Wednesday at a donor conference for Iraq's reconstruction after the country's devastating war with Daesh, falling well short of the $88.2 billion Baghdad is seeking.

Saudi Arabia to allocate $1.5 billion for Iraq reconstruction, trade


KUWAIT CITY: Saudi Arabia allocated $1.5 billion for the reconstruction of Iraq as foreign donors pledged billions of dollars at a conference in Kuwait on Wednesday.

Schools and universities closed in Riyadh and surrounding provinces due to sandstorm


DUBAI: The Riyadh education department on Wednesday has announced the closure of all schools and universities in the capital, and the provinces affiliated with Ramah and Thadig and Muzahmip and Hremala and Daraia and Hrdma, Saudi state-run…

Tuesday, Feb 13

King Salman’s call for cultural diversity wins praise


RIYADH: The Saudi Cabinet has welcomed King Salman’s address to guests at the 32nd Janadriyah festival emphasizing the importance of culture as a basic pillar for a nation’s identity and values.

Rebuild Iraq or risk return of Daesh, warns US


KUWAIT CITY: Nations fighting Daesh must help rebuild Iraq after three years of war or risk the country sliding back into chaos, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Tuesday.

Pakistan warns of fitting response to Indian aggression


ISLAMABAD: “Any Indian aggression, strategic miscalculation, or misadventure… shall be met with an equal and proportionate response,” Pakistan’s Defense Minister Khurram Dastgir said on Tuesday.

No change in coalition ‘peace strategy’ in Yemen


RIYADH: The Saudi-led Arab coalition will not change its strategy following the appointment of a new UN envoy to Yemen, its spokesman Col. Turki Al-Maliki told Arab News on Monday during a press conference in Riyadh.