VIENNA: The number of Syrian dead has doubled to at least 191,000 over 12 months with no end in sight to the conflict that fueled the rise of Islamic extremism spreading across the Middle East, the United Nations said.The number of deaths cover the period from March 2011 to April 2014 and are probably underestimated, the UN’s Geneva- based human-rights office said Friday in a 26-page report that based its estimates on data collected by the Syrian government and rights groups. The last UN report, issued in June 2013, estimated that 93,000 had been killed.“It is a real indictment of the age we live in that not only has this been allowed to continue so long, but it is also now impacting horrendously on hundreds of thousands of other people across the border in northern Iraq” and Lebanon, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said in a statement. “The killers, destroyers and tort...
Haj service companies have been instructed by the ministry to allocate 50 percent of their tent capa...
UNITED NATIONS: In her last address to the Security Council, the UN human rights chief sharply criti...
ISLAMABAD: The party of Pakistani opposition politician Imran Khan said Friday it was resuming talks with the government aimed at ending tense protests, even as it submitted the resignations of 34 lawmakers from parliament.Former cricketer Khan and populist cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri have led thousands of supporters demonstrating outside the legislature this week calling for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to go.Khan’s Pakistan Te...
The 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has urged the international community to take effective steps to stop Israeli atrocities in the occupied Palestinian territories, including its recurrent attacks on Al-Aqsa, the third important mosque for Muslims in the world.An OIC statement said the Israeli extremists were preventing Muslims and Christians from their places of worship in Al-Quds while Zionists were...

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Police arrested a large number of illegal expatriates in the south of the capital in an early morning raid on Thursday under the direct supervision of Riyadh Gov. Prince Turki bin Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz.According to one eyewitness, operations started immediately after dawn prayers. He said that mor...
Consumers have been warned against purchasing phone SIM cards from unauthorized vendors.“Several SIM cards are being sold by illegal expats, particularly along Palestine Street,” Lt. Nawaf Al-Bouq, Jeddah police spokesman, told Arab News.“More than 50 illegal vendors have recently been arrested for selling unauthorized SIMs...
At least 10 people died and eight were injured when the vehicle in which they were traveling crashed into the famous “coffee shop” building on the Mahail Asir-Jeddah Road on Thursday, officials said.Ahmed Ibrahim Aseeri, Saudi Red Crescent Authority spokesman for the Asir region, said his organization sent six teams to prov...
A projects committee in Makkah formed by Makkah Gov. Prince Mishaal bin Abdullah has threatened to take punitive action against companies that do not stick to schedule in implementing contract-based projects.Prince Mishaal is personally following up on stalled projects and demands monthly reports about delays, said committe...
Several landlords in Makkah demand that their tenants leave their apartments during Haj for them to rent them out to pilgrims.According to leasers in Makkah, considered one of the most densely populated cities in the Kingdom, several landlords accept earning low annual rents for their housing units as long as residents leav...
The Saudi Railway Organization (SRO) has launched a new golf cart service for the elderly and passengers with disabilities at the Dammam, Riyadh and Hofuf train stations.Mujab Al-Dosari, public relations director, said this service comes as part of a series of services offered by the organization to clients from various seg...
The Jeddah Municipality plans to launch a campaign of inspection of coffee shops and Internet cafes in the next couple of days, spokesman Abdulaziz Al-Ghamdi told Arab News. The move comes in response to numerous complaints about price hikes and other violations committed by café owners. Faisal Al-Zahrani, a Saudi youth, sa...
Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) held a ceremony at the Jeddah Hilton on Wednesday to celebrate the achievements of its former director-general, Khaled Al-Molhem, in the presence of Prince Fahd bin Abdullah, president of the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) and chairman of the national flag carrier.Addressing the c...
Indian pilgrims will no longer be troubled by having to pack cans of Zamzam water into their luggage when returning home after completing their Haj.As part of the arrangement with the Haj Committee of India, Saudi Arabian Airlines will carry these cans on their return flights after disembarking pilgrims at Jeddah airport’s...
Authorities have stepped up the campaign against car cleaners operating illegally on the city’s streets.Four Bangladeshis who had been scouring Riyadh’s Al-Ahsa Road in search of vehicles to clean were recently arrested.“That is why they are hardly visible along that road these days. We heard that they are going to be depor...
The Jeddah Municipality will introduce paid parking spaces at busy commercial centers and bridges throughout the city.The first phase of the paid parking scheme was launched Wednesday in the downtown area by Jeddah Gov. Prince Mishaal bin Majed, said Mohammed Al-Buqami, Jeddah Municipality spokesman.The new parking system w...
Women account for 60 percent of illiterate residents in the Kingdom, according to studies conducted by the Central Department of Statistics & Information.Almost 730,000 women cannot read or write, according to the study. More than 426,000 men, by contrast, are also illiterate.The study also found that women account for...
Almost 30,000 teachers and administrators will benefit from a new professional development program for school leaders, said Education Minister Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, who called on staff to take the new academic year seriously from the moment schools reopen on Sept. 1.Prince Khalid made the statement to a local newspaper o...

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CAIRO: At least 33 people died and dozens were injured when two buses collided b...

GAZA/JERUSALEM: Hamas-led gunmen in Gaza executed 18 Palestinians accused of col...

UNITED NATIONS: Britain, France and Germany have put forward key points of a new...

JERUSALEM: A senior Hamas leader has said the group carried out the kidnapping a...

BAGHDAD/WASHINGTON: The United States sought to maintain pressure on militants i...

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

UNITED NATIONS: In her last address to the Security Council, the UN human rights...

WASHINGTON: Four US firefighters were injured, two seriously, Thursday as they w...

HARTFORD, Connecticut: Some US colleges are pulling students from overseas study...

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

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PARAMUS, New Jersey: Bo Van Pelt chipped in for eagle at the par-five 17th hole...

NEW HAVEN, Connecticut: Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova moved into the semifina...

PARIS: Tottenham Hotspur closed in on a place in the group stage of the Europa L...

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.: John Isner’s preparations for the US Open hit a setback Thu...

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PARIS: Two satellites for Europe’s rival to GPS, the Galileo navigation system, were lifted into space from French Guiana in a launch broadcast live on the website of Ari...
Russian health inspectors have shut down the Moscow McDonald’s at 29 Bolshaya Bronnaya Street. That isn’t just any hamburger joint: I stood in line for three hours just to get into it back in 1990.When the McDonald’s opened on Jan. 31 that year, it was the first in the Soviet Union and served 30,000 people, a one-day record...
LONDON: "I believe and will prove that our country is not deficient in oil reserves. If I can use my 20-year lifetime in exchange for a large oil field, I will."Those comments, recorded in an illustrated history of the Songliao Basin published by China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), are attributed to Wang Jinxi, an...
LONDON: The chairman of banking giant HSBC has warned that uncertainty over the economic future of Scotland could lead to “capital flight” if it votes to leave the United Kingdom next month.Writing in British daily The Telegraph, HSBC head Douglas Flint said the currency union with England was an “anchor” for Scotland’s sta...
LONDON: Business growth in China and across Europe slowed this month, surveys showed, but US activity picked up speed, leaving a mixed picture of global economic growth.“If you take all these things together we are clearly looking at a global economy that doesn’t have a huge amount of momentum behind it,” said economist Pet...
NEW DELHI: US casual-wear retail giant Gap Inc. says it will open 40 stores in India, calling the expansion “an important next step” in its global growth strategy.The San Francisco-based company, known for its relaxed-style denim and other attire, is the latest foreign company to enter India to tap its increasingly brand-co...
MADRID: Spain has reported record foreign visitor numbers in July, raising the prospect of a significant economic boost from the important summer tourism season.Foreign tourist numbers rose to an unprecedented 8.3 million in July, up 5.9 percent from a year earlier, the tourism ministry said in a statement.“If the trend con...
The Capital Market Authority (CMA) has issued a set of draft rules for foreigners ahead of the opening of the $580 billion Saudi stock exchange to global investors next year.The CMA said a qualified foreign investor must be a bank, brokerage, fund manager or insurance company with at least SR18.75 billion ($5 billion) in as...
LONDON: Brent crude oil fell below $102 a barrel on Thursday, near a 14-month low, on plentiful fuel supplies and as Chinese economic data pointed to slowing demand, although prices steadied in early US trading.US crude oil prices fell to the lowest since January below $93 a barrel before bouncing back toward $94 as a gauge...
HONG KONG: Asian markets mostly fell, with downbeat Chinese manufacturing data dragging down Hong Kong and Shanghai as concerns grew about the pace of recovery in the world’s second-largest economy.But Tokyo bucked the trend, gaining 0.85 percent, or 131.75 points, to 15,586.20 after US Federal Reserve minutes suggested int...
ZURICH: Swiss engineering group ABB has developed technology that can double the power flow of underground cables, making it cheaper to integrate electricity into the grid from distant offshore wind farms.The innovation means a single high-voltage direct current (DC) cable can now transmit up to 2.6 gigawatts (GW) of power...
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 will sell for $179, the same entry price of the non-branded Samsung Galaxy Tab 4.The move had been expected since Barnes & Noble said in June it would te...
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...

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OTTAWA: A chatty robot with an LED-lit smiley face sent hitchhiking across Canada this summer as part of a social experiment reached its final destination Thursday after several thousand kilometers on the road.
HitchBot, assembled from household odds and ends by university professors Frauke Zeller and David Smith, was to reunite with its cr...

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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 DELHI: Audiences in Pakistan will not be able to see Bollywood actress Rani Mukerji in the tough cop avatar in “Mard...
HONOLULU: A former child model accusing “X-Men” director Bryan Singer of sex abuse in Hawaii said he wants to dismiss the lawsuit — not because it lacks merit but because he can’t find a new attorney to represent him.Michael Egan III said in a court filing Wednesday that he previously sought the dismissal in sealed documents in federal court in Honolulu. He wants the case dismissed without prejudice, meaning he could file it again later.His motion to dismiss “has little to do with the strength of (Singer’s) defense, but rather, it is a consequence of the current circumstances regarding my...
MILWAUKEE: A California woman who got kicked in the face after trying to climb into the giraffe exhibit at a Madison zoo has paid a fine and apologized.Police say 24-year-old Amanda Hall, of San Luis Obispo, California, tried to get into the pen at the Henry Vilas Zoo late Saturday afternoon.Hall told WISN-TV (http://bit.ly/1p0WspT ) the 2-year-old, 12-foot-tall giraffe named Wally ate some grass from her hand, licked her, then kicked her in the chin. Police ticketed Hall for harassment of zoo animals, which carries a fine of $686.Hall tells WISN-TV she’s paid the fine. She says getting...

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