Prince Mishaal bin Abdullah, governor of Makkah province, has ordered the confiscation of "perverted" copies of the Qur’an that are being sold in some malls and markets in Jeddah. The governor has ordered the formation of a team to investigate and find out the origin of such fake copies and how they are being distributed, said the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).The team is to be composed of representatives of the district police; the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance Branch; the Ministry of Trade and Industry; and the Ministry of Culture and Information. Prince Mishaal’s directive was prompted by information reaching his office that reading materials lifted from the Qur’an, including distortions of the holy book, were being distributed or sold in a number of centers and commercial markets at attractive prices and coated with a variety of colors.Some of the materials pr...
MALIN, India: Rescuers using earth-moving equipment and their bare hands dug through heavy mud and d...
KARACHI: At least 21 bathers have drowned in rough seas off Pakistan’s biggest city Karachi, officia...
NEW YORK: Facebook on Thursday unveiled an app to allow people around the world with mobile phones but no Internet access to access online services for health, education and basic communications.The Internet.org app is being released first in Zambia, and is to be rolled out in other countries where Internet access is lacking or unaffordable, Facebook said.“Over 85 percent of the world’s population lives in areas with exis...
GENEVA: Fifty-seven more deaths from the Ebola epidemic spreading alarm in west Africa have pushed the overall fatality toll from the outbreak to 729, the World Health Organization said Thursday.The 57 deaths were recorded between Thursday and Sunday last week in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone, the UN health agency said in a statement.It added that 122 new cases were detected over the four days, taking the tota...

SAUDI ARABIA »

A conveyor belt at Jeddah’s King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA) crashed under the influx of baggage on the first day of Eid, resulting in thousands of passengers having to travel without their luggage.Operations were largely back to normal by Wednesday amid a frenzy of travelers leaving the...
There is the age-old practice in cities and villages of taking meals to the nearest neighborhoods on the first day of Eid Al-Fitr. Men of the neighborhood meet with each other and exchange Eid greetings soon after the Eid prayers and they together share the meals.This social tradition still exists despite the many factors t...
The United Nation’s World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has applauded Saudi Arabia’s new monuments system, a legislation aimed at protecting national heritage and antiquities.The Kingdom recently joined the selected league of countries to set up a system for the monuments and became one of the first Arab countries to set up...
Overseas Kashmiris, including those in the Kingdom, are concerned about the future of Kashmir, following Hindu right-wing leader Narendra Modi becoming the prime minister of India, says former Azad Kashmir Prime Minister Sultan Mahmoud Choudary. “The new Indian premier is trying to dilute the issue by ignoring all internati...
The King Fahd Industrial Port (KFIP) in Yanbu Tuesday received Korean ship Dongbang Jiant 3, which is carrying the world’s largest water desalination equipment to be installed at the water desalination plant in Yanbu.The Yanbu plant along the same coast produces about 124 million cubic meters of water, and supplies it to Ma...
The ordeal of a stranded Indian family from Hyderabad finally came to an end with the climax being the wishful Eid Al-Fitr celebration with family and friends at home as they departed from King Khaled International Airport, Riyadh to India, celebrating the festival on Tuesday.The Saudi government, the Indian Embassy in Riya...
An extensive yearly Indian community Eid program was reduced to a simple get-together ceremony on Monday night in solidarity with the victims of Gaza.Indian expatriates condemned the ongoing Israeli attacks on innocent civilians, including women and children.Organizers cited the assertion made by United Nations High Commiss...
The wife of a member of the governing board at the Bangladesh International School (BIS) in Jeddah was killed in a road accident on Tuesday, the second day of Eid Al-Fitr.Nasima Jahan Silpi was the wife of Amir Firoz, a board member at the school’s English section.Five other members of the same family were injured in the in...
Students studying abroad have shared their experience with spending Eid Al-Fitr on foreign soil. They say celebrating the festival away from their families lacks flavor. They are however mindful that they are required to be abroad due to their studies.They say they rely on social networks and other Internet services to conn...
Another Saudi is embroiled in a legal scandal merely 20 days after an American judge in Los Angeles acquitted a Saudi student of false charges of assault and battery made by a German woman and her lawyers.Judge Calvin Holden has dismissed charges of kidnap, assault and battery against the student, on scholarship at a univer...
A Saudi police officer in Riyadh was stabbed to death by an unknown assailant on his way to the mosque to perform the morning prayers on the first day of Eid.Col. Fawaz Al-Meiman, Riyadh police spokesman, refused to disclose any details into the incident. “Investigative authorities have stipulated that we don’t divulge any...
The Ukrainian Embassy in Riyadh has blamed Russian-backed terrorist groups for downing Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 on July 17. Volodymyr Plachynda, chargé d’affaires at the Ukraine Embassy, told Arab News that the Ukraine government is highly concerned about subsequent spats resulting from the incident.Major international...
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has suggested that Saudi corporates and the private sector invest in his country’s power industry.“They can set up coal-fired power stations in Pakistan,” he said during an informal meeting with journalists at his Jeddah residence on Tuesday.“We now have a stable economy and we are offe...

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WASHINGTON: US House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner said on Thursday th...

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GLASGOW: Olympic bronze medalist Yogeshwar Dutt won the fifth wrestling gold med...

STANFORD, California: Serena Williams put a worrying Wimbledon behind her Wednes...

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ECONOMY »

JEDDAH: Middle East funds are heavily bullish toward Saudi Arabian stocks after news the market will open to direct foreign investment, while they are bearish on the Unit...
MILAN: Italian energy giant Eni raised net profit by half in the second-quarter it reported, driven by a significant increase in cash flow from the renegotiation of long-term gas supply contracts.The company posted a net profit up 51.0 percent from the same time last year at 868 million euros ($1.16 billion), while net sale...
NEW YORK: Exxon Mobil Corp. net income rose 28 percent in the second quarter on a sale of Asian assets and higher oil prices, but oil and gas production slipped 6 percent, disappointing analysts.On Thursday, Exxon reported net income of $8.78 billion in the second quarter on revenue of $111.65 billion. Last year during the...
VIENNA: Security researchers have revealed two separate threats this week they say could put up to 90 percent of the world’s 2 billion plus smartphones at risk of password theft, stolen data and in some cases let hackers take full control of devices.One vulnerability involves flaws in the way scores of manufacturers of Appl...
LONDON: Royal Dutch Shell Plc reported a 33 percent increase in quarterly earnings, beating analyst forecasts despite impairments of almost $2 billion after producing more liquids and selling at higher prices.The Anglo-Dutch oil company also raised its quarterly dividend and said the value of its share buybacks and dividend...
TOKYO: Sony and Panasonic have posted quarterly profits as the pair try to put years of losses behind them, but analysts warned that the firms still had work to do in overhauling their bloated businesses.Japan’s electronics sector has been battered by fierce competition from lower-cost rivals, a shrinking domestic market an...
TOKYO: Toshiba said its first-quarter net profit climbed 68.7 percent due to brisk sales in infrastructure business and PCs in Japan.In the three-month period to June, Toshiba posted a net profit of 8.9 billion yen ($87 million), a 68.7 percent jump from a year earlier.Operating profit surged 57.1 percent to 39.5 billion ye...
SEOUL: Samsung said net profit plunged almost 20 percent in the second quarter as competition from cheap Chinese phones and the strong won saw sales slump in its key mobile business.The South Korean electronics giant said net profit came in at 6.25 trillion won ($6.1 billion), down 19.6 percent in the first on-year decline...
MUMBAI: The world’s largest online retailer is facing off in India against a new name in e-commerce that was founded by former Amazon employees.Amazon.com Inc. said it will invest $2 billion to expand its Indian business, a day after local rival Flipkart raised $1 billion to fund its own expansion.Launched last year, Amazon...
Mobily continues to provide its extraordinary offer to the new subscribers of Wajid that provides discounts and privileges to all family members.The new Wajid Extra and Plus subscribers can enjoy a discount up to 50 percent on the subscription fees of the first month, in addition to the free additional lines it offers; thre...
NEW YORK: Twitter shares surged in morning trade after the messaging platform eased investor concerns with a quarterly report showing strong user growth and robust revenues.In the first half hour of trading, Twitter rallied 20 percent to $46.15, the highest levels since March.The company’s shares were up 27 percent at $48.9...
NEW YORK: US crude stocks fell more than forecast last week, while gasoline and distillate inventories rose less than expected, the Energy Information Administration reported.Crude inventories fell 3.7 million barrels in the last week, compared with analysts’ expectations for a decrease of 1.5 million barrels.Crude stocks a...
MUNICH: Osram AG, the world’s second-biggest lighting company, will cut an additional 7,800 jobs to safeguard earnings amid a faster-than-expected decline in sales of traditional bulbs.The layoffs will help Osram save 260 million euros ($349 million) in annual costs through 2017, the Munich-based company said in a statement...

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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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NEW YORK: Facebook on Thursday unveiled an app to allow people around the world with mobile phones but no Internet access to access online services for health, education and basic communications.
The Internet.org app is being released first in Zambia, and is to be rolled out in other countries where Internet access is lacking or unaffordabl...

FASHION »

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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The United Nation’s World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has applauded Saudi Arabia’s new monuments system, a legislation aimed at protecting national heritage and antiquities.
The Kingdom recently joined the selected league of countries to set up a system for the monuments and became one of the first Arab countries to set up a monuments syst...

FOOD & HEALTH »

A prominent professor at King Saud University (KSU) has called for a ban on the sale of e-cigarettes, especially to those under the age of 18.Sultan Ayoub Meo, a professor at the KSU’s College of Medicine, told Arab News on Friday that e-cigarette smoking should be regulated in the same way as traditional cigarettes. “Retail outlets, including pharmacies, must not be allowed to sell it to children and adolescents,” he said.E-cigarettes, which generate a vapor containing nicotine as a tobacco substitute, were initially released as a device to help smokers quit, but Meo fears “the huge rise in users could normalize smoking, and undo decades of anti-smoking education and campaigning.”He...
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...

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LOS ANGELES: A New York man was sentenced to between five and 10 years in prison for stealing millions of dollars by pre...
MUMBAI: One may expect that Akhil Kapur, the youngster who makes his debut in “Desi Kattey,” would model himself on Vinod Khanna, considering the fact that he is nephew of the veteran actor. However, according to glamsham.com, his act in Anand Kumar directed film is said to be on the lines of Sanjay Dutt, who has forever been known for his style and personality.“One look at Akhil and you can see that he has modeled himself on the lines of Sanjay Dutt,” comments an insider, “With the kind of built he has, the physique that he boasts, the body language that he carries and especially the look he...
WASHINGTON: It’s a marriage made in gourmet burger heaven: A five-ounce, all-beef patty dripping with cheddar cheese and fried onions — served between a glazed donut.Specialty burger restaurant PYT in Philadelphia says its limited edition Donut Cheesesteak Burger is a novelty take on the city’s signature classic, the Philly cheesesteak sandwich.“It definitely has sweet and savory elements to it,” executive chef Kim Malcolm told AFP by telephone.“The donut is sweet, but not overpoweringly so, and the real beefy flavor cuts through.”On the menu as PYT’s “burger of the week,” the $15 creation is...

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