QUETTA, Pakistan: Baluch separatist leaders on Friday called on Pakistan to follow in Britain’s footsteps by holding a referendum similar to Scotland’s on granting independence to the insurgency-wracked province.Scots rejected independence in a vote that left the centuries-old United Kingdom intact despite a surge in nationalist support in the final fortnight of the campaign.Asked whether a similar poll should be held in Baluchistan, Dr. Bashir Azeem, secretary-general of the outlawed Baloch Republican Party, told AFP: “The Baluch have been struggling against the excesses and tyranny of Punjab-dominated establishment of Pakistan for decades.”Punjab is Pakistan’s most populous and influential province.“If a fair referendum is conducted after creating an atmosphere for it, providing the opportunity to Baluch population for deciding their future, it is welcomed,” he added.Resource-rich Balu...
NEW DELHI: India’s new prime minister has dismissed Al-Qaeda’s plan to set up a South Asia branch, s...
EDINBURGH: Scotland spurned independence in a historic referendum that threatened to rip the United...
INCHEON, South Korea: The 17th Asian Games opened in a multi-colored blaze of fireworks and carefully crafted K-Pop routines on Friday, as athletes from the world’s most populous region came together in pursuit of gold and glory in South Korea.An array of Olympians and regional sports stars, including 202 from Saudi Arabia, will compete over 15 days of competition in Incheon where South Korean President Park Geun-hye and...
SRINAGAR, India: A top Indian Kashmiri separatist leader Friday urged New Delhi to follow Britain’s lead in allowing Scotland’s independence referendum and let the Himalayan region hold a similar vote.Militants have been fighting New Delhi’s rule in Indian-administered Kashmir for a quarter of a century and while violence has dimished, the issue of self-determination is still a divisive one in the scenic region.The Scotti...

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A senior American diplomat has called for a deepening of ties between Saudi Arabia and the United States to counter the continuing volatility in the Middle East, and for further mutual economic benefit from the two nations' longstanding trade relations.Joseph W. Westphal, US ambassador to Saudi Arab...
A Saudi who had mysteriously disappeared in Pakistan 22 years ago has finally been found by officials of the Saudi Consulate in Karachi.The consulate had conducted intensive search operations across the Sindh province to locate the lost man after receiving information from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the time. He was...
The limited number of labor visas for foreign workers owing to the Kingdom’s nationalization program has led construction companies to look for alternative solutions to deal with the acute shortage of skilled labor required for the completion of the massive projects still underway in several major cities.The third annual Sa...
Officials of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (Haia) in Tabuk have arrested two marriage brokers for allegedly swindling SR200,000 from a woman who was blackmailed and harassed by the duo, said Mohammed Al-Zubaidy, its spokesman.The woman had contacted the brokers — a man and a woman — throu...
On the occasion of the National Day, key members of the Riyadh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) lauded the Kingdom’s achievements in economic, developmental and urban spheres. RCCI Board Chairman Abdulrahman bin Abdullah Al-Zamil said the government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abduyllah has steadily...
Security forces have arrested more than 15,000 foreign workers during the past few months for allegedly violating the Kingdom’s residency and labor regulations, said Lt. Col. Aati bin Attiyah Al-Qurashi, spokesman for Makkah police.He said the arrested individuals included beggars and street vendors, as well as cleaners of...
A teacher at a school in Khamis Mushayt has been accused of beating a 10-year-old elementary school student with his headband, breaking one of his fingers and bruising his back.According to a report in Asharq newspaper, Ali Saeed Al-Shahrani, a pupil at the Al-Abbas bin Abdulmutaalib Elementary School in the Al-Hareer neigh...
Domestic tourism is in need of more investments from the private sector especially with several Saudi cities having succeeded in attracting local tourists, Abdullah Salem, the tourism sector manager at Al-Rowabee Center for Economic studies told Arab News.“Jeddah and Dammam are the most popular tourist destinations for loca...
Saudi intelligence chief Prince Khaled bin Bandar said Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah has given instructions for the renovation of Al-Azhar Mosque in Cairo at the Kingdom’s expense.“I have handed over a message from King Abdullah to the chief of Al-Azhar, Ahmed Al-Tayeb, expressing his appreciation for Al-A...
Several Saudi female TV anchors have reacted angrily to a recent statement by a Shoura Council member in which she criticized the anchors as being too “extravagant and wearing too much makeup.”They said Nora Al-Adwan’s criticism is unacceptable and degrades the work these women are doing for their country. “Those who critic...
A hard-hitting TV campaign focusing on the human cost of terrorism, with special reference to the so-called Islamic State (IS), premiered on Thursday night as part of a major week-long private initiative to raise awareness about the evils of the group.This joint campaign, mostly aired by religious channels, will also dissua...
Several customers have complained that the newly appointed female work force, which was hired in a bid to reduce dependency on expat male employees and to check a soaring 34 percent unemployment rate among Saudi women, lacks training and customer sales experience.While many have commended the country’s nationalization progr...
Two students who had a dispute with a teacher have been found guilty of defacing his new car by splashing paint on its right side.The teacher filed a complaint at Nira police station in Al-Makhwah in Al-Baha province, saying that his car, a 2013 SUV, was damaged while parked in front of the Prince Naif school complex in Nir...

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SRINAGAR, India: A top Indian Kashmiri separatist leader Friday urged New Delhi...

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NEW DELHI: India’s new prime minister has dismissed Al-Qaeda’s plan to set up a...

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MANILA: Heavy rains brought by the outer bands of Tropical Storm Fung-Wong shut...

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INCHEON, South Korea: The 17th Asian Games opened in a multi-colored blaze of fi...

SINGAPORE: Lewis Hamilton secured first advantage at this weekend’s Singapore Gr...

LONDON: Stung by a last-minute defeat in the Champions League, Manchester City w...

TOKYO: Top two seeds Angelique Kerber of Germany and Denmark’s Caroline Wozniack...

WUHAN, China: China’s Li Na announced her retirement at the age of 32 over persi...

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SYDNEY: The devastating Ebola outbreak caught the world off guard, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim said as he questioned the international community’s readiness to resp...
NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO: Apple Inc’s latest phone lured throngs of gadget lovers, entrepreneurs and early adapters to its stores in New York, San Francisco and other cities around the world in the latest sign of strong initial demand for the new, larger generation of iPhones.Even the night before the phones’ Friday debut, ne...
NEW YORK: Alibaba Group Holding Ltd’s shares surged by more than 40 percent in their first day of trading as investors jumped in to buy what looks likely to be the largest IPO in history.More than two hours after trading began at the New York Stock Exchange, the stock opened at $92.70 and rose from there, hitting a high of...
CAIRNS, Australia: US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew has urged greater efforts to spur global growth as the head of the World Bank bemoaned a disappointing year and warned of downside risks ahead.Lew called for more focus on investment and infrastructure to help create jobs in comments ahead of this weekend’s meeting of G20 fi...
LONDON: Brent crude oil steadied below $98 a barrel on Friday, not far above 26-month lows reached at the start of the week as OPEC talk of a production cut balanced worries about ample supply at a time of fragile demand.Brent hit its lowest point since July 2012 on Monday as oil supply overwhelmed lackluster demand in Euro...
CAIRO: Egypt has signed oil and gas exploration deals worth $187 million with several Western companies and a Tunisian firm, the petroleum ministry said.The agreements cover seven exploration areas. Germany’s RWE won two exploration blocks in the Gulf of Suez, while Tunisia’s HBSI, Canada’s TransGlobe and Italy’s Edison sec...
LONDON: Britain’s business community breathed a sigh of relief after Scotland voted by a clear margin to remain in the United Kingdom.Markets had fretted that independence would spark a flight of capital amid uncertainty over the future currency, oil revenues, EU membership and dividing up state debt in the event of a separ...
HONG KONG: Jack Ma isn’t the only billionaire winner of Alibaba Group’s initial public offering. The record-setting stock sale also gave a jolt to the fortunes of the world’s wealthiest technology tycoons.On the day the biggest Chinese e-commerce company raised $21.8 billion in the largest US IPO, the world’s 26 richest tec...
SAN FRANCISCO: Microsoft said that it axed 2,100 jobs in a second round of cuts which were announced earlier this year.The US technology titan in July unveiled plans to slash a total of 18,000 jobs from its global workforce during the course of a year, the majority from its recently-acquired Nokia handset unit.In the first...
BEIJING: A Chinese court has fined British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline 3.0 billion yuan ($490 million) following a nearly year-long bribery probe, the company said.The firm’s former head of China operations, Mark Reilly who would be deported, and four other ex-officials were given suspended sentences of between two and four y...
TOKYO: The head of Sony Corp’s PlayStation division hopes to raise its profit outlook for this year, in stark contrast to the Japanese electronics firm’s mobile business which has forecast deep losses and sent Sony’s stock reeling.With Sony’s three core electronics businesses — the third is imaging — looking increasingly lo...
SAN FRANCISCO: Google and Apple said they are hardening encryption tactics on devices powered by their mobile operating systems and tossing away the keys.The move should mean that even the government with its court-issued warrants will be blocked from getting hold of pictures, messages and other personal data stored on fort...
SAN FRANCISCO: Samsung has announced that its eagerly-anticipated Note 4 “phablet” will be released on October 17.The South Korean consumer electronics titan credited with being the first major manufacturer to blend tablet and smartphone features said was also set to begin taking orders for the coming model.“Samsung created...

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NEW YORK: Paintings by one of India’s most important modern artists go under the hammer in New York on Wednesday, highlights in a booming market for Asian art featured this week.
Three oils on canvas by pioneering Indian abstract artist Vasudeo Santu Gaitonde, who in 1964 based himself in New York, are being offered for auction by Christie’...

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NEW YORK: Using artificial sweeteners may set the stage for diabetes in some people by hampering the way their bodies handle sugar, suggests a preliminary study done mostly in mice.
The authors said they are not recommending any changes in how people use artificial sweeteners based on their study, which included some human experiments. The...

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Several Saudi female TV anchors have reacted angrily to a recent statement by a Shoura Council member in which she criticized the anchors as being too “extravagant and wearing too much makeup.”
They said Nora Al-Adwan’s criticism is unacceptable and degrades the work these women are doing for their country. “Those who criticize Saudi media...

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Domestic tourism is in need of more investments from the private sector especially with several Saudi cities having succeeded in attracting local tourists, Abdullah Salem, the tourism sector manager at Al-Rowabee Center for Economic studies told Arab News.
“Jeddah and Dammam are the most popular tourist destinations for local visitors. Howe...

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Smoking kills more than 23,000 smokers in the Kingdom every year, said Ahmed Albualli, chairman of the supervisory board at the Anti-Smoking Society (Naqaa), who expressed deep concern about the high incidence of smoking-related deaths in the Kingdom.Albualli said that the society had succeeded in helping more than 61,000 smokers quit smoking, which is about 70 percent of the total number of patients who visited the society for help in quitting during the past year. Saudi Arabia is the largest market for tobacco in the Middle East and ranks fourth for the number of smokers globally.Albualli highlighted the seriousness of smoking, revealing that 90 percent of those who use drugs tried...
Q: I am 16 and I have tonsillitis. My elder brother also had this problem but he is now free from it. My parents think that I should follow the same path and get them removed. It happens 10 times in a year. Please advise whether I should have my tonsils removed now or after they are fully mature? — M.A., JubailA: You are already a mature person since you are 16. If the problem of tonsillitis is recurring 10 times a year, then you should have your tonsils removed. Otherwise, the bacteria which is causing the infection may develop into rheumatic fever. This condition can affect your heart, kidney and bones leading to permanent damage to those organs. You should see an ENT consultant and...
White tea has been much in the news recently, with numerous studies elaborating on its medical and nutritional benefits.White tea is an immature tea leaf that is picked shortly before the buds are fully bloomed. It is named such because white tea comes from the silver fur that covers the flower buds, which turn into white when the tea is dried and ready to be used. There are different kinds of white tea depending on the flowers and buds; White Peony contains one bud for every two leaves. The best kind of white tea is made from downy buds picked within an exact of two-day period in early spring.Recent studies at Pace University have shown that there is a major health benefit of white tea...

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BOSTON: A woman who threatened to blow up, torture and castrate Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey in what prosecutors cal...
NEW YORK: Obsessed “Friends” fans on Wednesday mobbed a pop-up replica of the coffeehouse from the hit comedy series, some even camping out overnight for some free java and a healthy dose of nostalgia.Central Perk was the celluloid coffee shop where Joey, Ross, Rachel, Phoebe, Monica and Chandler captivated millions with tales of their revolving-door love lives, work traumas, make-ups and break-ups.To mark the 20th anniversary of the sitcom, sponsors opened a mock-up of the coffee bar, where New Yorkers and tourists alike took photographs on the orange sofa from the show, shopped for...
MONTERREY, Mexico: US pop star Miley Cyrus has caused a stir in Mexico after her antics on stage involving the country’s flag during a concert, prompting an official investigation.A video shows the provocative singer bent over as two singers whip her mock backside with small flags, including one in the distinct green, white and red colors of Mexico, on Tuesday in the northern city of Monterrey.The Bangerz Tour 2014 concert coincided with Mexico’s independence day festivities and the video made waves across local media.A spokesman for the interior ministry told AFP the probe was launched...

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