SYDNEY: The president of Indonesia has called the actions of Islamic State militants “embarrassing” to the religion and urged religious leaders to unite in tackling extremism.Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said the scale of the slaughter wrought by the extremists in overrunning large swathes of Iraq and Syria and the level of violence being used was appalling.“It is shocking. It is becoming out of control,” he said in an interview with The Australian, a day after IS released a video showing a masked militant beheading US reporter James Foley, provoking worldwide revulsion.“We do not tolerate it, we forbid ISIS in Indonesia,” he added, referring to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, as IS was formerly known.“Indonesia is not an Islamic state. We respect all religions.”He urged international leaders to work together to combat radicalization.“This is a new wake-up call to international lea...
Saudi authorities are getting ready to launch a massive campaign next month against more than 17,000...
Many expat families in the Kingdom continue to express concern over the increasing price of housemai...
SAINT-PIERRE, France: President Francois Hollande said on Thursday that France had delivered weapons to rebels battling the Syrian regime of Bashar Assad “a few months ago.”The deliveries took place “a few months ago, when the Syrian rebels had to face both the armies of the dictator Bashar Assad and this terrorist group Islamic State,” Hollande told reporters on a tour of the French island of La Reunion.
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip: An Israeli airstrike in Gaza killed three senior commanders of the Hamas military wing Thursday, delivering a likely blow to the organization’s morale and highlighting the long reach of Israel’s intelligence services.The pre-dawn strike leveled a four-story house in a densely populated neighborhood of the southern town of Rafah, killing six people, including the three senior Hamas commanders.The tri...

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With only three days left for submitting applications, around 77,000 Saudi men and women have enrolled for vocational training at the Colleges of Excellence (CoE) throughout the Kingdom, the Labor Ministry announced Wednesday. The CoE is a state education program that trains graduates for the labor...
The Saudi Railway Organization (SRO) is continuously working on developing stations, trains and railways, said SRO President Muhammad Al-Suwaiket.“We have completed blueprints for developing trains and squares in the Dammam and Riyadh stations and work on the first phase will commence after we receive the budget next year,”...
Maj. Gen. Awad bin Eid Al-Balawi has been appointed acting director-general of Border Guards following the death of Gen. Zamim Al-Sawat.Interior Minister Prince Mohammed bin Naif made the new appointment.Al-Balawi holds a bachelor’s degree from the Pakistani Naval Academy and master’s degree from the World Maritime Universi...
A leading Swiss scientific foundation has chosen a female Saudi Shoura Council member to speak alongside international personalities at a conference highlighting the role of science in finding solutions to contemporary global problems.Hayat Sindi, a biotechnologist, will speak at the TEDxCERN event, which will be held on Se...
Saudi families spent more than SR64 billion ($17 billion) on tourism abroad in 2012, making the Kingdom the second biggest family tourism exporter, local media said quoting data released by Dubai Chamber Of Commerce and Industry (DCCI).Iran ranked first, spending $18.2 billion, while travelers from the United Arab Emirates...
A court in Riyadh has ordered a woman to pay SR30,000 for her to be able to separate from her husband after he injected her with a narcotic substance, local media said.The man, in his 30s, injected his wife, in her twenties and suffering from diabetes, with the highly addictive drug while she was in a coma. The man later co...
Students of the Pakistan International School-Jeddah (English Section) (PISJ-ES) have shown outstanding academic performance this year.According to the school’s acting principal, Imran Raza Khan, the “tremendous success of the O and A level students is a reflection of their hard work, dedication and focused approach toward...
Some of the most-loved names in Urdu poetry will regale hundreds of expatriates with their couplets at the Indian Consulate’s annual mushaira to be held at the International Indian School of Jeddah (IISJ) on Thursday.Eighty-nine-year-old Anand Mohan Zutshi, popularly known as Gulzar Dehlawi, will be the center of attention....
Nonresident Indians (NRIs) from the Telangana region living in the Kingdom have launched the Telangana Business and Investment Forum (TBIF) to promote trade and investment in the newly formed south Indian state.Mir Mohsin Ali, secretary-general and media coordinator of TBIF, told Arab News here on Monday that Mir Mahmood Al...
A Pakistani national was beheaded by the sword in the Kingdom's southwest on Wednesday for the murder of an Afghan, the Interior Ministry announced.Mohammed Ayub Ajab Khan was convicted of having killed Khair Mohammed Saz by striking him with several blows from a metallic object, according to a ministry statement carried by...
Nine young women at Asir’s public orphanage, aged between 20 and 23, started a riot in the building on Sunday, burning records and assaulting the director of the orphanage after being barred from taking part in future trips for misbehavior.Asir police and security forces quickly intervened to take control of the situation.S...
Saudi employers, whose foreign workers want to transfer their sponsorship, will be given an opportunity to lodge their objections within five days from their date of application, a senior official from the Ministry of Labor has announced. Labor Ministry spokesman Tayseer Al-Mufarrej said that the new arrangement was aimed a...
RIYADH: A special criminal court court has sentenced one man to death and 30 others to prison terms of up to 30 years for their part in a series of militant attacks against government and foreign targets since 2003, the Saudi Press Agency reported.The men were part of a group of 50 being tried as a single militant cell and...

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TEHRAN: An Iranian journalist who covered parliament for pro-reform media has be...

BEIRUT: One year after the deadly chemical attack on rebel-held areas outside Da...

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MANILA: The Philippines’ largest Muslim rebel group has taken a crucial step in...

GUWAHATI: About 10,000 people have fled their homes in northeast India as violen...

DHAKA: A Bangladesh court on Thursday charged 13 people with murder over a 2001...

ISLAMABAD: Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan told his suppor...

WASHINGTON: The American doctor who fell ill with the dangerous Ebola virus whil...

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NEW YORK: Serena Williams will face an up-and-coming American player in the firs...

NEW HAVEN: Agence France Presse: Camila Giorgi sprang an upset to defeat four-ti...

SEOUL: Hosts South Korea have been drawn with Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and Laos in...

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NEW YORK: Barnes & Noble and Samsung unveiled a new reading-focused tablet that will replace the bookseller’s own Nook tablets.The 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook wi...
SAN FRANCISCO: Hewlett-Packard has reported that its quarterly revenue rose for the first time in three years, nudged by improved computer sales everywhere except Russia and China.Net revenue for the quarter that ended July 31 was $27.6 billion, a one percent improvement from the same period last year when the California co...
SAN FRANCISCO: Apple’s stock touched a new high, reflecting investors’ renewed faith in CEO Tim Cook’s ability to outwit the competition and expand the technological hit factory built by the late Steve Jobs.The milestone represents a dramatic turnaround in sentiment since Apple’s shares reached its previous split-adjusted p...
SAN FRANCISCO: Uber teamed up with dining and travel smartphone applications Wednesday as the controversial Internet-age car-hailing service moved to park itself at the heart of mobile lifestyles.The San Francisco-based startup let about a dozen businesses such as Starbucks, Hyatt Hotels, United Airlines, TripAdviser and re...
COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s trade deficit narrowed substantially this year thanks to increased demand for clothing exports to the US and Europe, the island’s central bank said.Exports jumped 16.8 percent to $5.44 billion in the first six months of calendar 2014 compared to the same period last year, the Central Bank of Sri Lanka s...
JEDDAH: Banks led Saudi Arabia’s stock index to a new six-year peak as trading volumes increased on Wednesday, while Egypt also extended gains. But other Gulf markets were subdued as a summer lull deepened.The Tadawul All-Share Index (TASI) rose 0.5 percent to 10,716 points, its highest finish since January 2008. Nearly 270...
NEW YORK: New York state’s banking regulator hit Standard Chartered Bank with a $300 million fine and restrictions on its dollar-clearing business for failing to detect possible money-laundering.The New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) said the British bank’s internal compliance systems had failed to detect or ac...
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates: Dubai’s developer Nakheel behind the famed man-made palm-shaped islands said Wednesday it is repaying 7.9 billion dirhams, or roughly $2.15 billion this month — nearly four years before the last installment is due.The indebted state developer was scheduled to repay the credit over three installm...
The Saudi stock market continued its positive movement and managed a fourth straight rise on Wednesday, accumulating more than 56 points.The Tadawul All-Share Index (TASI) set out with 5.6 points fall but subsequent trading sent it higher to close at 10,716.24 points, adding 0.53 percent for the entire day. Large cap remain...
BENGHAZI: Libya's Acting Oil Minister Omar Shakmak will resign and be replaced by the chairman of the state oil firm National Oil Corp. (NOC), Mustafa Sanallah.Shakmak, a technocrat, told Reuters Prime Minister Abdullah Al-Thinni had informed him he would be replaced."I will abide by the decision because it is not a matter...
Saudi Arabia imported some 3.1 million tons of cement in the past nine months valued at SR 750 million, according to a financial report quoting data released by Customs Department.The rise in cement imports was attributed to the increased pace of project implementation and growing government spending on infrastructure proje...
HONG KONG: Chinese telecom equipment maker ZTE Corp. has posted a record first-half net profit thanks to improving margins in its global business and revenue from new contracts to build China’s next-generation telecom network.The Shenzhen-based company said its first-half net profit rose 263 percent year-on-year to 1.13 bil...
STOCKHOLM: Chinese-owned Volvo Car Group announced a return to profits in an upbeat half-yearly report that cited “solid” demand for the Swedish brand particularly in China.The Gothenburg-based manufacturer bucked dismal sales trends in the global auto industry with a 15-percent hike in turnover to 64.78 billion kronor ($9....

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Dr. Ibtesam Saeed Badhrees, a leading woman research scientist in experimental particle physics at the National Center for Nanotechnology, King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) Riyadh, has been selected as the first non-American woman for ‘Women Physicist of the Month’ award for August 2014 given by the American Physical Society...

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Designing alluring jewelry is an art that requires a great deal of understanding of various cultures. And Swiss-born London-based jewelry designer Sabine Ghanem’s pieces certainly have that feel. She balances the antique touch with the young, playful and refined attributes giving her jewelry a different look altogether. In an exclusive interview...

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LONDON: Melbourne tops the ranking as the world's most pleasant city to live in for the fourth year running, but an Economist Intelligence Unit poll also finds that turmoil in Ukraine and the Middle East have pushed other cities down the list.
Vienna, Vancouver and Toronto captured 2nd, 3rd and 4th places in the list of 140 cities released...

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Before consuming any of the chocolate drinks produced by Milchwerke Mittelelbe GMBH and listed below, check the expiry date first. If the product is packed in plastic containers and the expiry date is between 19/12/2014 and 11/4/2015, don’t buy or consume them.This warning comes from the Saudi food and Drug Authority (SFDA), which said in an advisory posted on its website on Monday that such products have been found to be contaminated with bacillus bacteria, which can cause food poisoning.The statement said the manufacturer itself, a German company, warned of the contamination last March and has withdrawn the affected products from markets in Britain and Ireland, where they were distributed...
What is the best way to burn fat? What kind of drug will help to burn fat? Is there any kind of activity that will help to burn fat? What is the effect of new technologies such as laser? What is the best diet to flush out all the fat? These question have been asked for many decades. To answer all of these questions, we must first talk about the fat inside our bodies. We spoke to nutritionist Shaymaa Saeed who explained the process of burning fat. We have two types of fat, one of which is the essential fat, which is the fat that holds the organs in its position. We need to maintain this fat and not to lose it. Also, we have the non-essential fat, which may appear as obesity in case of excess...
When I met the founder of the Nutrition and Diet Center Sawsan Wazzan Jabri in 1996 I was far from imagining the resounding success of this franchise which was originally established in 1990 in Beirut. Already then, Sawsan Wazzan was convinced there was a big market for high quality diet meals, diet snacks as well as diet Arabic and western pastries. Indeed, the need for nutritious and tasty food that helps you lose weight, has been steadily growing in Saudi Arabia. Today, seven out of 10 Saudis are overweight and obesity is becoming a major cause of concern in the Kingdom. The Nutrition and Diet Center helps you tackle successfully all your weight and nutrition related medical problems....

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NEW YORK: Colombian pop star Shakira’s 2010 hit song “Loca” is an illegal copy of a tune written by a Dominican musician...
Suddenly, it looks like Bollywood is the place, where the now-on, now-off India-Pakistan relations is digging its heels in. Bollywood’s star power is luring some Pakistani stars, after a line of Pak singers, who had made an impact on Indian soil. Actually, over the years Indian film industry has seen many aspiring actors cross the borders, seeking to strike gold in Bollywood. We remember the talented Pakistani singer-actor Ali Zafar, who began his acting career with the Bollywood film “Tere Bin Laden” which did fairly at the box office, and went on to star in YRF’s “Mere Brother Ki Dulhan.”...
LONDON: When youth worker Sumreen Farooq was abused in a London street, the 18-year-old decided it was time to take a stand — and she started to wear a headscarf.Farooq is one of many young Muslim women living in Britain who have, for various reasons, chosen to adopt the headscarf to declare their faith to all around them, despite figures showing rising violence against visibly identifiable Muslims.For despite a common view that young Muslim women are forced to wear veils by men or their families, studies and interviews point to the opposite in Muslim minority countries where it is often the...

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