BAGHDAD: Islamic extremist militants blew up a revered Muslim shrine traditionally said to be the burial place of the Prophet Jonah in Iraq’s second-largest city, Mosul, on Thursday, residents of the city said.The residents said the Islamic State militants, who overran Mosul in June and imposed their harsh interpretation of Islamic law on the city, first ordered everyone out of the Mosque of the Prophet Younes, or Jonah, then blew it up.The mosque was built on an archaeological site dating back to 8th century BC and is said to be the burial place of the prophet, who in stories from both the Bible and Qur’an is swallowed by a whale.It was renovated in the 1990s under Iraq’s late dictator Saddam Hussein and until the recent militant blitz that engulfed Mosul, remained a popular destination for religious pilgrims from around the world.Several nearby houses were also damaged by the blast, sa...
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip: Israeli tank shells hit a compound housing a UN school in the northern Gaza S...
NEW DELHI: A train slammed into a school bus in southern India, killing at least 19 children and the...
BAGHDAD: Iraqi officials say a double car bombing in central Baghdad has killed 21 people and wounded 33, hours after lawmakers elected the country’s new president.Police officials say the bombs went off minutes apart on Thursday near a restaurant in central Baghdad’s busy commercial Karradah neighborhood as people were gathering to break their daily fast for the holy month of Ramadan.Dark smoke billowed over Baghdad at d...
ALGIERS, Algeria: An Air Algerie flight carrying 116 people from Burkina Faso to Algeria’s capital disappeared from radar early Thursday over northern Mali during a rainstorm, officials said. France deployed fighter jets to search for wreckage and the country’s president said the plane most likely crashed.The MD-83 vanished less than an hour after takeoff from Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso. Air Algerie Flight 5...

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The Public Transport Authority will develop transport systems in 11 cities through advanced technology, said Dr. Abdul Aziz Al-Ouhali, its president, adding that priority would be given to densely populated cities.“Our projects will eventually reach cities across the Kingdom,” Al-Ouhali said in comm...
RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) aims to establish companies in areas including housing, petrochemicals and technology as it expands its investments locally and overseas, Finance Minister Ibrahim Al-Assaf said.His statement, quoted by Asharq Al-Awsat, a sister publication of Arab News, was a fresh sign th...
An estimated 21 million Chinese Muslims fast during the holy month of Ramadan and are allowed under the country's constitution to freely practice other Islamic rituals, according to the Chinese ambassador to Saudi Arabia.Li Chengwen told Arab News here recently that these Muslims are from 10 ethnic minorities in the country...
The Ministry of Interior is using eight heavy duty helicopters to monitor and deal with traffic congestion in the central district and roads leading to Makkah, according to a senior official.Maj. Gen. Mohammed Al-Harbi, commander in chief of the ministry's Security Aviation department, said the aircraft conduct several dail...
More than 150 buses packed with Umrah pilgrims are set to leave for Makkah and Madinah from the capital on Thursday.A large number of pilgrims will also be leaving for the same destination from the Eastern Province, while thousands of citizens will travel to these cities to spend Eid with their relatives.Local travel operat...
The Ministry of Justice has released figures, which indicate that crime rates have increased 102 percent in the Kingdom; up from 10,904 cases in 2012 to 22,113 cases in 2013.In the first six months of this year, the Kingdom has seen a surge in criminal cases, compared to the same period last year. Khaled Al-Bishr, a former...
An shaded area has been set up at Riyadh’s Diplomatic Quarter (DQ) for residents to escape the heat as they go about their daily errands.Many of Riyadh’s residents visit the area to follow up on unavoidable issues, such as passport applications.They also love driving along DQ’s concrete roads lined with ornamental plants an...
Riyadh Mayor Abdullah Al-Muqbel has announced that Eid Al-Fitr celebrations will witness an impressive line-up of activities and festivities in the capital this year.Al-Muqbel made these comments in the presence of Riyadh Gov. Prince Turki bin Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz, adding that a number of activities are set to take place...
Some of Jeddah’s public parks are dirty, poorly maintained and lack basic services, according to irate residents here. Zain Qashqari, a Jeddah resident, told Arab News recently that he does not go to the two parks close to his home because they “both have no electricity, poor sanitation and lots of litter. The only source o...
Jeddah’s Al-Athr Gallery is hosting the abstract and geometry inspired work of 40 local and international artists until Oct. 10.The gallery opened its door in 2009 and has already displayed the work of some leading artists.The theme of this exhibition is entitled “The Language of Human Consciousness,” and explores how artis...
A total of 19 suspects were arrested for committing 220 crimes in Riyadh during the holy month of Ramadan. The police executed a number of successful operations, which resulted in the arrest of five gangs.Three young Saudis were apprehended for robbing cars, cash and mobile phones from workers in gas stations and shopkeeper...
The Eastern Province Municipality will transfer Dammam’s public market outside the residential area in which it is located now after a fire gutted 40 percent of its shops earlier this week, according to municipality sources.“The municipality will stop at nothing to ensure that random stalls and vendors are removed from loca...
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah met with the emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, in Jeddah on Tuesday and discussed developments in Gaza, where 630 Palestinians have died after 15 days of violence between Israeli forces and Hamas fighters, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) announced.The two leaders...

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SEOUL: Thousands of people rallied in Seoul on Thursday, 100 days after South Ko...

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MANILA, Philippines: Philippine authorities said Thursday they deported an Austr...

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SEATTLE: Bartolo Colon came within seven outs of a perfect game, giving up a sin...

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DETROIT: Recall costs chopped $1.5 billion from General Motors’ bottom line in the second quarter, cutting its net income by 85 percent.The automaker, which is in the mid...
NEW YORK: Egypt’s steel companies have filed a petition against rebar and wire rod imports from China, Turkey and Ukraine, one of its top steelmakers said, the latest move in a years-long quest to protect the fledging industry from low-priced imports.Egyptian Steel and other major steelmakers have submitted a request for th...
LONDON: Gold dropped to its lowest level in a month, extending an earlier fall to below $1,300 an ounce as robust economic data from the US, China and the euro zone deterred investors from buying into safe-haven assets.Spot gold fell as much as 1 percent to its lowest since June 19 at $1,290.40 an ounce and was down 0.8 per...
WASHINGTON: The International Monetary Fund has warned that geopolitical risks in Ukraine and the Middle East are looming over a global economy already hit by slowdowns in the US and China.After “negative surprises” from the US and China, the global economy is now expected to grow only 3.4 percent this year, the IMF said, l...
DEARBORN, Michigan: Ford Motor Co.'s second quarter net income rose 6 percent to $1.3 billion as the company saw record profits in North America and made money in Europe for the first time in three years.The profit, of 32 cents per share, was up from 30 cents per share in the April-June period a year ago.Excluding separatio...
RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) aims to establish companies in areas including housing, petrochemicals and technology as it expands its investments locally and overseas, Finance Minister Ibrahim Al-Assaf said.His statement, quoted by Asharq Al-Awsat, a sister publication of Arab News, was a fresh sign th...
The Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA) has pumped new Saudi Riyal currencies worth SR1 billion to meet growing demand on the occasion of Eid Al-Fitr, when the Saudi central bank usually issues new currencies in different denominations.“The newly issued currencies are currently available at SAMA’s branch offices across the...
The Saudi fertilizer industry leads regional production and is set to usher in a period of strong growth and diversification, according to Abdulwahab Al-Sadoun, secretary general of the Gulf Petrochemicals & Chemicals Association (GPCA). “Fertilizer production from the Kingdom accounts for 40 percent of total capacity i...
NEW YORK: Dow Chemical Co. reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit as sales rose and margins improved due to higher prices and a tight control on costs.The company said margins improved in four of its six units, aided in part by lower costs for ethane, used in making ethylene and plastics.Dow, which makes everythin...
NEW YORK: Women who own small business are still far behind their male counterparts when it comes to getting loans and government contracts, a congressional report said Wednesday.The report by Democratic staffers of the Senate Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee found that while businesses owned by women account...
SEOUL: LG Display Co. said profit for the April-June quarter more than doubled as a stronger won reduced the value of its foreign debt and the World Cup boosted demand for ultra-high-definition TVs.The South Korean display panel maker said its net income reached 256 billion won ($250 million), compared with 105 billion won...
NEW DELHI: Jet Airways, India’s second-biggest carrier, has forecast a return to profit in three years through cost-cuts, route-sharing with new partner Etihad Airways and restructuring of hefty debt.The publicly traded airline, which has not posted an annual profit since 2007, has been struggling in an overcrowded market b...
The Saudi market index surpassed 10,000 points on Tuesday after the Cabinet approved a measure that will open the local stock market to direct foreign investment next year.The Tadawul All-Share Index rose 3.2 percent, its biggest rise since April 2012, to a fresh six-year high of 10,062 points in the first hour of trade, br...

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Jeddah’s Al-Athr Gallery is hosting the abstract and geometry inspired work of 40 local and international artists until Oct. 10.
The gallery opened its door in 2009 and has already displayed the work of some leading artists.
The theme of this exhibition is entitled “The Language of Human Consciousness,” and explores how artists over th...

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SAUDIS are taking on Twitter and booming on Facebook; these are the usual news we hear about Saudis committing to social media websites, but we tend to overlook the simplest of them all, WhatsApp.
It is definitely booming, which explains Facebook's $19 billion deal to take it over. The number of messages and photos shared on the platform is...

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PARIS: French luxury powerhouse Hermes has named Nadege Vanhee-Cybulski as their new womenswear designer.
The low-profile, 36-year-old French designer will replace Christophe Lemaire, whose departure was announced earlier this week and who will take his final bow in October.
Though Vanhee-Cybulski is not a big name, she was previously...

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Ramadan in most cities of the Kingdom brings with it a festive mood and Jeddah is no exception. The entire city comes alive after the Taraweeh prayer, a downside of which are jam-packed roads.
Downtown Balad, which was recently declared a historical heritage by the UNESCO has a unique charm in Ramadan. Glittering lights, especially put up d...

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Do you consider yourself an ethical person? Chances are you answered “yes.” But new research suggests that our ability to act honestly in a given situation depends, in part, on the time of day. A study forthcoming in the journal Psychological Science finds that early-risers, or “larks,” are more likely to act dishonestly in the late evening hours. Night owls, on the other hand, exhibit a tendency toward ethical lapses early in the morning.Most of us are hard-wired to go to sleep and wake up at certain times of day. Some of us go to bed early to wake up early, while others prefer to stay up late and wake up late. Many of us fall somewhere in between. Researchers refer to this preference for...
Louloua Elazzah is an ambitious and enthusiastic Saudi chef who lives between Saudi Arabia, Canada, and Greece with 19 years of experience in the field of culinary arts.Elazzah created a cooking academy called Loulou’s Kitchen that offers special cooking classes as well as basics in kitchen management.The ability to recognize different cultures and traditions of people through cooking is what first attracted Elazzah to cooking. Even though, she has a passion for Asian cuisine, she considers herself as an international cook who gets creative with globally celebrated cuisine.Arab News met with Elazzah to talk about her cooking classes, her passion for food and future plans. You give cooking...
Last week, I discussed the latest scientific research on fasting and its effects on the body, brain, and health in general. Fasting was found to have multiple benefits such as promoting fat loss; detoxifying the organs and systems; eliminating toxins; causing the body to heal itself; repairing damaged cells and organs; generating new white blood cells; balancing hormones; producing Human Growth Hormone (HGH) and an anti-aging hormone; relieving and energizing the digestive system; boosting the immune system; enhancing insulin sensitivity; reducing blood sugar count; breaking up plaque build-up in the arteries; enhancing the memory and mental activity; intensifying spirituality; and...

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ABINGDON, United States: Fathers often see their daughters as royalty. But a few months ago, when Emily Heaton said she...
LOS ANGELES: Socialite Paris Hilton has revealed that her zodiac sign, Aquarius, has some kind of cosmic link to the German physicist Albert Einstein. Einstein, according to the calendar, was a Pisces and not an Aquarian, reported Us magazine.“We are social butterflies, humanitarians, geniuses: Einstein was one,” she said. The ‘Come Alive’ singer, 33, says she has developed a thick skin over the years, with friends as well as strangers.“So many people have bad intentions, so many girls want to hang out to be someone. I weed those people out of my life. I call them hungry tigers,” she said....
LONDON: Actress Freida Pinto of “Slumdog Millionaire” fame has joined forces with girls’ rights campaigners in calling for an end to the practice of female genital mutilation.The Indian actress, an ambassador for an international children’s development organization, called Tuesday for more progress to abolish the practice as she addressed Britain’s inaugural “Girl Summit.”UNICEF, the United Nations’ children agency, said some progress has been made on ending female genital mutilation, most commonly practiced in Africa and the Middle East. It is still highly prevalent in Egypt, Sudan, Mali and...

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