UNITED NATIONS, United States: The UN General Assembly on Thursday condemned North Korea’s rights record and called for Pyongyang to be referred to the International Criminal Court to face charges of crimes against humanity.The non-binding resolution was adopted by a vote of 116 to 20 with 52 abstentions in the 193-nation assembly.The resolution asks the Security Council to refer North Korea to the ICC and to consider targeted sanctions against the Pyongyang leadership for the repression of its citizens.Co-sponsored by 62 countries, the resolution drew heavily on the work of a UN inquiry which concluded in a report released in February that North Korea was committing human rights abuses “without parallel in the contemporary world.”A first vote in a General Assembly committee in November had garnered the support of 111 countries, with 19 against and 55 abstentions.“This marks an increase...
HAVANA/WASHINGTON: The United States and Cuba agreed on Wednesday to restore diplomatic ties that Wa...
Pakistan is to end its moratorium on the death penalty in terror-related cases, the prime minister’s...
Saudi Arabia will continue massive public spending despite a 50 percent drop in the price of oil, which provides the bulk of its revenue, said Finance Minister Ibrahim Al-Assaf.The minister said the 2015 budget is ready and would be unveiled in the near future. Financial analysts expect that Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah would approve the budget on Monday.Al-Assaf said the budget comes during “challengin...
UNITED NATIONS: Jordan formally submitted to the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday a draft resolution calling for peace between Israel and the Palestinians within one year that “fulfills the vision of two independent democratic and prosperous states.”The Palestinian-drafted resolution was formally submitted to the 15-member council, which means it could be put to a vote as soon as 24 hours later, but it does no...

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Members of the Shoura Council have attributed the mistakes recently made by some members of the Haia to a lack of awareness, a lack of knowledge of how to deal with foreigners and other members of society, as well as lack of respect for the family unit. The council has demanded that the involved Hai...
Parents and schoolteachers are worried over reports that the Education Ministry is studying extending school hours.The ministry recently announced on its website its intention to look into extending the school day, with the extra hours used to strengthen classes or do homework.Heads of education departments in the governora...
The Ministry of Haj said here recently that it has uncovered several violations committed by Umrah firms in dealing with operators overseas.In a circular issued to these firms recently, the ministry said that there would be severe penalties for those who break the country’s rules and regulations.“No party should violate reg...
The bones unearthed during excavations to expand the Grand Mosque is not from an ancient cemetery and may be those of an animal, a source from the General Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques said Wednesday.There has been much debate on social media about the bones since construction workers discovered them earlier this week...
The Saudi Basic Industries Corporation has launched a nonprofit national project under the name “SABIC project for Saudization of contractors’ jobs in Jubail and Yanbu industrial cities” as a national contribution to the training and employment of Saudi youth in technical jobs available at the company and its sub-companies...
Rashed Al-Zahrani, deputy governor of the Technical and Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC), said on Tuesday that the TVTC has taken several measures including raising the capacity of its colleges to meet the high demand for admissions which have reached 68,457 students.According to the official, there was a 32 percent i...
Education Minister Prince Khaled Al-Faisal has announced that special schools for the gifted will open in the cities of Riyadh, Jeddah, Madinah and Dammam which will gradually be expanded to include all parts of the Kingdom.The prince made the announcement during the 7th executive committee meeting of Mawhiba (King Abdulazi...
Public and private universities have introduced strict measures to hire new faculty members, including Saudi nationals, to teach curricula related to religion, history and jurisprudence.Sources close to the university education system disclosed that universities in the Kingdom have canceled contracts of several academics on...
Jeddah, which is commonly known as the gateway to the Two Holy Mosques and the commercial hub of the Kingdom, is also known for being a haven for expatriate violators of the residency and labor laws.“Some 35,744 expatriates were nabbed last month alone in a special campaign aimed to curb the numbers of violators in the regi...
Bangladesh celebrated its 43rd Victory Day at the premises of the Bangladesh embassy in Riyadh on Tuesday.On the occasion, Ambassador Mohamed Shahidul Islam urged his countrymen to uphold the image of their homeland and to abide by the rules and regulations of the host country.Highlighting the significance and spirit of the...
Perturbed and deeply aggrieved, the staff and students of the Pakistan International School, English Section, (PISES) Riyadh severely condemned the massacre on Tuesday of 148 innocent students of the Army Public School and College in Peshawar by terrorists.The school held a special assembly in all wings of PISES to condemn...
Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) – PML-N Riyadh region, Pakistan’s leading political wing , hosted a reception for Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar, a prominent Pakistani politician and current governor of Pakistan’s most populous state — Punjab, on Saturday.A large gathering of eminent members from the Pakistani community and embass...
Zahid Ali Khan, editor in chief of The Siasat Urdu Daily in Hyderabad, was felicitated by community members and Saudi businessmen at Dewaniah Jeddah recently in recognition of his 50 years of service to Urdu journalism, national integration and communal harmony. Introducing Zahid Ali Khan, Mir Gazanfar Ali Zaki, general sec...

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ANKARA: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday stepped up his rhetoric in a...

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PARIS: First one of his sons died, then another and another. By 1996, Khalid Al-...

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COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's president asked minority Tamils to "forget the past" as he...

ISLAMABAD: A court in Pakistan has granted bail to Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, the ma...

NEW DELHI: India has announced two more successes in its space program — launchi...

PESHAWAR: Pakistan on Wednesday mourned 148 people, mostly children, killed by t...

NEW YORK: Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday she’s proud to have been part of a...

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TOKYO: Japan has six months to hammer out a plan for merging its two national ba...

CENTURION, South Africa: South African captain Hashim Amla hit his third Test do...

HARARE: Zimbabwe Cricket have dismissed national team coach Stephen Mangongo fol...

BRISBANE: Steve Smith again proved the elusive wicket for India as the new capta...

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JEDDAH: Petroleum and Mineral Resources Minister Ali Al-Naimi sees the current slide of oil prices as temporary and he remains optimistic about the future of the industry...
KUWAIT CITY: Gulf stock markets rebounded strongly as world oil prices steadied after plumbing multi-year lows, calming investor jitters.Dubai Financial Market Index — which had been the region’s biggest loser — rose 11.5 percent and was trading on 3,381.99 points.Market leader Emaar Properties gained 13.6 percent, while co...
NEW DELHI: Beleaguered Indian airline SpiceJet has resumed flights following an agreement to pay cash for fuel purchases, hours after it grounded its fleet and stranded thousands of travellers.The no-frills airline, one of India's leading carriers, was forced to cancel all flights after suppliers refused to refuel its plane...
DUBAI: Most Gulf stock markets regained strength on Wednesday as oil's slide paused, with blue chip banks pushing Abu Dhabi up sharply and Saudi Arabia's bourse jumping after the Kingdom's finance minister said the government would continue spending heavily.Brent crude held below $60 a barrel on Wednesday, at roughly the sa...
KUWAIT: Kuwait's oil minister has said oil prices could pick up in the second half of 2015."The surplus in the market is currently 1.8 million barrels a day and it is the primary reason for the fall in oil prices," Ali Al-Omair said at a seminar in Kuwait.But Al-Omair said members of the Organization of the Petroleum Export...
PepsiCo, one of the world’s largest food and beverage companies, demonstrated its commitment to the Middle East on Tuesday with the inauguration of its newest manufacturing facility. Indra Nooyi, PepsiCo chairman and CEO, opened the all-new snacks plant in Dammam. This is the company’s 15th facility in the Middle East. Peps...
MOSCOW: Russia stepped up its defense of the ruble on Wednesday as it sought to halt a run on the currency and stem the worst financial crisis of President Vladimir Putin's 15 years in power.The intervention came as Washington prepared to pile further sanctions on Russia over its support for the separatist insurgency in Ukr...
FRANKFURT: German private-sector growth slowed to the weakest in 18 months in December, increasing the risk that a soft phase will turn into a more pronounced economic downturn.Markit Economics said a Purchasing Managers Index for manufacturing and services fell to 51.4 this month from 51.7 in November. Economists forecast...
BELGRADE: In an attempt to secure business ties and increase political influence, China is on a charm offensive in Eastern Europe — where the European Union and Russia are also vying for sway.Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang, accompanied by 200 corporate executives, met the leaders of 16 Central and Eastern European countr...
LAUNCESTON, Australia: The big change in many commodity markets this past year was that demand is no longer king, with supply becoming the key driver, a dynamic that's likely to persist in 2015.While this trend has been identified, it has not been well understood, with much market commentary still focused on the state of de...
A fresh wave of panic selling wiped out $49 billion of stock market value across the Gulf states on Tuesday as the price of Brent crude oil dropped below $60 a barrel for the first time since 2009.Saudi Arabia’s stock index registered its biggest daily loss in six years on Tuesday as the Tadawul All-Share Index (TASI) tumbl...
DUBAI: Saudi Arabia's stock index posted its biggest daily loss in six years on Tuesday after the price of Brent crude oil dropped below $59 per barrel for the first time since 2009.The Saudi index tumbled 7.3 percent to 7,330 points, its lowest level since June 2013. Dozens of stocks fell by their daily 10 percent limits,...
NEW YORK: The price of oil has fallen by nearly half in just six months, a surprising and steep plunge that has consumers cheering, producers howling and economists wringing their hands over whether this is a good or bad thing.The price of a barrel of oil is just under $56, down from a summer high of $107, and lower than at...

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It is said that artists represent the consciousness of people. If so, then artist Helen Zughaib has accomplished this in her recent exposition: “Fractured Spring,” which, in part, examines the aftermath of the Arab Spring, and the desperate depression that followed the initial euphoria.
Zughaib’s latest work consists of paintings, many of...

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Among the number of followers, likes, and views that usually dominate our conversations, we rarely talk about how secure they are, and what would we do if we wake up one day to find that our online ID has been stolen.
For anyone who had ever used the Internet, the word “hacking” is not new. Hacking is at the heart of all cyber-security issu...

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Upper eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure to remove skin and to add or remove fat from the eyelids. It is frequently in demand.
The surgery requires at least two counseling sessions before the procedure, preferably separated by a period of 15 days, for both the patient and the surgeon to give it a thought.
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The great variety of dramatic natural phenomena proves that Mother Nature can surprise even the most seasoned traveler.
Some destinations are made especially for those who love to relax, explore and appreciate nature. Arab News lists some of the prettiest places that are works of nature around the world:

Cave of Crystals, Naica,...

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Authentic Lebanese food can be hard to find at times, especially as one roams through the maze of restaurants in Jeddah. Look no further, Shababik is one of the top authentic Lebanese restaurants in town, with its name meaning the woodwork covering windows as it was in the old Dey’aah. Each household would have its own personalized woodwork different from the other households around as it was a sign of beauty and sophistication. Having trained Lebanese chefs and sous chefs in the homeland, the restaurant presents its dishes just as it would be if one was visiting any area in Lebanon.The luxury restaurant is located on the top floor of Ana Ghair Mall on Sultan Street close to Tahlia Street....
The subject of chemicals is very long and complicated. I would like you to bear with me and read on to the end of this series of articles. It is important to become aware in order to protect your children and yourself. In Part 5, I wrote about the dangers of the misuse and abuse of antibiotics by humans as well as its indirect use through cattle and chicken in order to fatten them. But, the story about drugs did not end there. I will briefly tell you more about other harmful drugs in order to complete the topic.Painkillers and anti-inflammatory and antipyretic drugs produce their own share of harmful effects. Long-term use can inflict damage on the liver, our vital organ that is our body’s...
This explosive title 'The Obesity Paradox: When Thinner Means Sicker and Heavier Means Healthier' keeps all its promises from the very first pages. Right from the introduction, we are told things we have wanted to hear for a long time.Whether we are slim or overweight, we have all at one point wondered why fat no longer means what it used to. In the past, fat has often been associated with the idea of affluence and wealth meaning that overweight people had a good life and didn’t suffer from hunger. Women were also loved for their curvaceous body whereas nowadays fat is considered ugly and unhealthy. We live now in a world where we are conditioned to lose weight, eat low-fat food and fit in...

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LONDON: Children’s cartoons depict death more often than films for adults, and their main characters are more than twice...
LOS ANGELES: Hackers invoked the 9/11 attacks Tuesday in their most chilling threat yet against Sony Pictures, warning cinema-goers not to see a film which has angered North Korea.There were growing signs that the threat may work, as Sony left it to theater managers to choose whether to show “The Interview,” while an industry expert forecast that many would decide it wasn’t worth the risk.“Will theater owners balk at booking the film? It’s actually highly possible,” analyst Jeff Bock at box office tracker Exhibitor Relations told AFP.“No one wants another scenario like what happened with ‘The...
NEW YORK: A Hungarian singer from the Roma community is suing Beyonce over the smash hit “Drunk in Love,” saying the superstar sampled a folk tune without permission.The song off Beyonce’s Grammy-nominated self-titled album begins with an Eastern-sounding a cappella voice that gradually fades out after around 40 seconds as a pop beat, keyboards and Beyonce’s voice come in.In a lawsuit filed in a New York court, Monika Juhasz Miczura — who performs under the name Mitsou — said that the snippet was a digitally altered version of her 1995 recording of “Bajba, Bajba Pelem,” a song that she...

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