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Start-up of the Week: The app that restores work-life balance

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JEDDAH: Too many errands, too little time? This is how MRSOOL co-founder Naif Al-Simri used to feel, so he decided to do something about it — and not just for himself.

Players arrive safely in Rostov after minor technical fault with plane: Saudi football federation

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JEDDAH: The Saudi Arabian Football Federation said everyone is safe after a minor technical fault with the plane carrying the team to Rostov, in Russia.

Erdogan faces biggest challenge in tight Turkey polls

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ANKARA: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday faces the biggest ballot box challenge of his 15-year grip on Turkey, seeking to overcome a revitalized opposition against the background of an increasingly troubled economy. A self-styled…

Mystical connection: The African village where crocodiles are welcome

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BAZOULE, Burkina Faso: Crocodiles may be one of the deadliest hunters in the animal kingdom, but in a small village in Burkina Faso it is not unusual to see someone sitting atop one of the fearsome reptiles. People in Bazoule, around 30…

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In Trump rebuke, US Senate votes to reimpose ban on China’s ZTE

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WASHINGTON: The US Senate defied President Donald Trump by voting Monday to overrule his administration’s deal with Chinese telecom firm ZTE and reimpose a ban on high-tech chip sales to the company.

Upping ante, Trump threatens new tariffs on Chinese imports

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WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump directed the US Trade Representative to prepare new tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports on Monday as the two nations moved closer to a potential trade war.

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More than 1.25 million foreigners arrested in KSA for flouting residential, labor laws

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JEDDAH: More than 1.25 million people were arrested in Saudi Arabia for violating residential, labor and border security regulations during the Kingdom’s months-long campaign.

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Napoleon fever confirmed as hat sells for €350,000

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LYON: A two-cornered military dress hat thought to have belonged to Napoleon went for €350,000 ($406,000) at auction on Monday, the latest sale to highlight the boundless appetite for all things associated with the emperor.

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Head of Saudi entertainment authority relieved of position

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JEDDAH: Ahmad Al-Khatib, the chairman of the Saudi General Entertainment Authority, has been removed from his position.

KSRelief sends 365 tons of food aid to Hodeidah in Yemen

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RIYADH: The King Salman Humanitarian Relief and Humanitarian Center dispatched 18 trucks loaded with humanitarian aid to Hodeidah in Yemen.

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Arab sport stars petition against ‘politicization’ of World Cup by Qatar’s BeIN

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DUBAI: Some of the biggest names in Arab sport have signed a petition to protest against the “politicization” of World Cup coverage by Qatar-owned broadcaster BeIN.

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Russian orchestra brings classical music to Saudi Arabia

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DHAHRAN: The Russian Mariinsky Orchestra treated its Saudi audience with masterpieces created by Prokofiev, Grieg, Vivaldi, Mozart and other maestros at a concert to mark the inauguration of the Ithra Theater in Dhahran in the Eastern…

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Gaming addiction classified as mental health disorder by WHO

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GENEVA: Obsessive video gamers know how to anticipate dangers in virtual worlds. The World Health Organization says they now should be on guard for a danger in the real world: spending too much time playing.

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Six charitable celebrities fighting for humanitarian causes

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DUBAI: On Sunday, Hollywood heavyweight Angelina Jolie visited Iraq in the latest of a long line of humanitarian missions, but she isn’t the only celebrity with a cause.

Britain condemns Israel bias at UN rights council

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GENEVA: Britain on Monday urged the UN Human Rights Council to reform its treatment of Israel, joining the United States in demanding an end to the body’s alleged bias against the Jewish State.

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Saudi MERS outbreaks killed 23 over four months: WHO

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GENEVA: Outbreaks of the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) killed 23 people in Saudi Arabia between Jan. 21 and May 31 this year, the World Health Organization said on Monday.

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Indonesians’ Eid balloons force flights to divert

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JAKARTA: Indonesians caught launching big, unmanned hot air balloons could face up to two years in jail or a fine of up to $35,000, authorities said, after balloons launched to celebrate the end of the Muslim fasting month forced pilots to…

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UAE minister: Arab coalition’s full control of Hodeidah only a matter of time

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DUBAI: The Saudi-led coalition fighting Iran-aligned Houthis for control of Yemen’s main port city of Hodeidah will take a “calculated and gradual” approach to the battle, a senior United Arab Emirates official said on Monday.

Israeli planes strike Hamas targets in Gaza

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JERUSALEM: Israeli warplanes on Monday conducted strikes against nine Hamas “military targets” in the northern Gaza Strip in response to incendiary kites being sent into Israeli territory, the army said.

Afghan Taliban frown at militants’ Eid cease-fire selfies

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PESHAWAR, Pakistan: The Afghan Taliban are angry at their members swapping selfies with soldiers and government officials during their three-day cease-fire, a senior Taliban official said on Monday, after the militants roamed at will…

Monday, Jun 18

Syria state media says US-led coalition hits regime position in east

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DAMASCUS: Syrian state media said overnight Sunday to Monday that US-led coalition aircraft had carried out a deadly strike on a regime position in the country’s east near the Iraqi border.

Sunday, Jun 17

Yemen army offers safe routes for Hodeidah civilians

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JEDDAH: The Yemeni army said on Sunday it was ready to open safe corridors for civilians who want to leave Hodeidah.

Imaan Hammam, Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner walk for Versace

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DUBAI: Models Imaan Hammam and Bella Hadid walked the runway for Italian design house Versace at its Milan Men’s Fashion Week show on Saturday.

Six fashionable footballers with enviable off-pitch style

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DUBAI: These suave players are known for their on-pitch prowess, as well as their off-duty designer duds.

Macron to host dance music concert at Elysee Palace

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PARIS: Hundreds of electronic music fans will be treated to a rare concert in the opulent courtyard of the presidential Elysee Palace on Thursday, part of France’s Day of Music festival.

Saturday, Jun 16

Qatar’s BeIN Sport Arabic channel slammed for politicizing commentary during World Cup

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LONDON/ST. PETERSBURG: The World Cup is supposed to bring people together — but for one Qatar-owned broadcaster, it has become a game of political point-scoring, it has been claimed.

UN envoy in Yemen for Hodeidah crisis talks

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SANAA: The UN envoy for Yemen carried a plan to halt fighting around the key aid port of Hodeidah where Houthi rebels have been battling a regional coalition as he arrived Saturday in the rebel-held capital Sanaa for emergency talks.

Egypt increases fuel prices, as part of austerity measures

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CAIRO: Egypt announced Saturday steep increases in fuel and cooking gas prices as part of the country's economic reforms and austerity measures designed to overhaul the country's ailing economy.

Fitness meets fashion as Saudi designer launches first sports abaya

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JEDDAH: Meet the certified fitness trainer who holds a BA in fashion. Lojain Badr Al-Refae has merged both her passions in a brand called MULU athletics.

Friday, Jun 15

Record-breaking crowds gather for Europe’s largest Eid celebration in Birmingham

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LONDON: The largest Eid celebration in Europe took place in a UK park today with over 140,000 Muslims gathering to mark the end of Ramadan.

Muslim soccer fans celebrate Eid in World Cup host country Russia

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YEKATERINBURG, Russia: Muslim soccer fans visiting Russia for the World Cup celebrated the end of the fasting month of Ramadan on Friday, with Egyptian and Moroccan fans hoping the festival would bring their national teams good luck in…

Fighting intensifies outside Yemen’s Hodeidah airport

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ADEN-SANAA: Yemeni troops backed by Saudi-led coalition air power have pushed back the Iran backed Houthi militia deep into their airport fortifications. The Yemeni commander of the western front confirmed in a statement earlier that his…

US drone strike kills Taliban chief

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ISLAMABAD/KARACHI: A US drone strike has killed Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) chief Mulla Fazalullah in Afghanistan’s eastern Kunar province, sources within the group told Arab News.

Thursday, Jun 14

Parts of missiles fired at Saudi Arabia came from Iran — UN chief

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UNITED NATIONS: Debris from five missiles fired at Saudi Arabia by Yemen’s Houthi group since July 2017 “share key design features with a known type of missile” manufactured by Iran and some of the components were manufactured in Iran, UN…

Saudi Arabia confirms that Eid Al-Fitr on Friday

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RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has confirmed thursday that first day of Eid Al-Fitr is on Friday.

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth and Meghan cheered on first joint royal trip

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RUNCORN, England: Crowds cheered Britain’s Queen Elizabeth and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, as they arrived in the English county of Cheshire on Thursday to begin their first official joint royal trip without Prince Harry.

120 countries at UN condemn Israel over Gaza violence

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UNITED NATIONS: The UN General Assembly on Wednesday adopted by a strong majority of 120 countries an Arab-backed resolution condemning Israel for Palestinian deaths in Gaza and rejected a US bid to put the blame on Hamas.