GARISSA, Kenya: Somalia’s Shabab Islamists on Saturday ambushed a bus in Kenya and executed 28 non-Muslim passengers in what they said was revenge for police raids on mosques in the troubled port of Mombasa.“I can confirm... that 28 innocent travelers were brutally executed by the Shabab,” regional police chief Noah Mwavinda told AFP.The bus, which was headed for the capital Nairobi, was ambushed shortly after departing from Mandera, a town lying on the border with Somalia in Kenya’s northeasternmost corner.Some 60 passengers on board were ordered off the vehicle, and the gunmen separated the travelers into Muslims and non-Muslims.The militants then had the non-Muslims reboard the bus and tried to drive off with them, but the vehicle got stuck.“So they executed their prisoners” before escaping back into Somalia, Mwavinda said.Kenya’s Red Cross confirmed the death toll in a tweet after it...
The Kingdom’s prison authorities are stepping up efforts to reform and rehabilitate prison inmates l...
Saudi Arabia and Russia have agreed to oil and energy cooperation, tackling Middle East conflicts an...
BAGHDAD: Iraqi soldiers backed by Sunni fighters launched a major operation Saturday to retake a section of the city of Ramadi seized by Islamic State group militants, an official and residents said.The fighting focused on Ramadi’s eastern Sijariya neighborhood, which the extremist group said it captured Friday. An official with the Anbar provincial council described intense fighting there Saturday morning that included b...
National Guard Minister Prince Miteb bin Abdullah met with US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to discuss matters of common interest between the two countries at a meeting in Washington.Prince Miteb also held talks with US Senator John McCain. “The prince’s visit reflects the depth of friendly relations between Saudi Arabia and the US in all fields,” McCain said in a statement to the Saudi Press Agency after the meeting.Prin...

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Minister of Education Prince Khaled Al-Faisal praised the Kingdom's ability to establish a modern state system that is based on Islam. He was speaking at a ceremony held at the Prince Fahd bin Sultan University to honor students for scientific achievements. Prince Khaled also talked about developmen...
Seventy percent of Saudi men who marry foreign women and then abandon them and their children abroad are over the age of 50, according to the head of a leading charity.Tawfiq Al-Suwailem, chairman of the Saudi Charitable Society for the Welfare of Saudi Families Abroad (Awaser), said recently 25 percent of these men are bet...
Only 15 percent of new commercial buildings in the Western region have mandatory thermal insulation, which is aimed at helping to conserve the country’s energy resources, a leading official at the Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) said recently.Fahd Al-Husseini, adviser to the chief executive officer at the SEC, said that thi...
Young people in the Saudi capital are increasingly volunteering to help the needy, Arab News has found.“This is good, to say the least. It shows not only the civic responsibility of the youth but also their capabilities as leaders of the future,” said Saad Al-Bazei, a Shoura Council member.He said the Ministry of Social Aff...
The Jeddah-based Urdu Academy recently organized an inter-school elocution competition to celebrate India’s National Education Day and honor the memory of legendary freedom fighter and educator Maulana Abul Kalam Azad.Maulana Azad was India’s first education minister and his leadership of Indian Muslims before and after par...
Tighter infection controls in hospitals have contributed to a significant drop in Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) cases in Saudi Arabia, but a senior health official warns that sporadic primary cases will still pop up.There is no cure or vaccine for MERS — a severe respiratory disease which causes cough, fever, brea...
The increased number of traffic violations during the recent rains on Makkah raised many questions among residents of Al-Haj Street in the city, which remained closed for more than three hours.Salman Hammad, a resident of Al-Haj Street, said that driving in the wrong direction is very dangerous, and could cause lethal traff...
The Ministry of Health has started accepting applications for participation in the Gulf Award for Excellence in Health Journalism. Saudis and non-Saudis of all ages can apply.Khalid Mirghalani, Health Ministry spokesman, said: "The aim of the award is to promote health through artistic or journalistic works that carry aware...
Residents in Taif, Makkah and Jeddah are living in fear because moderate to heavy rain over these areas last week caused significant flooding, damage to property, traffic accidents, power outages and deaths.According to reports in local media, residents believe that the flood projects in various cities promised by officials...
Dar Al-Hekma University, in partnership with the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA), is initiating the Reinventing Asir project to position Asir as a signature region for progressive preservation.The project will have multiple legs where the first one starts at the historical site of Al-Okaz village in Asir...
The Ministry of Social Affairs has announced that disabled children under six will not be eligible to receive transportation for people with disabilities. It has also set conditions for those who wish to apply for the Gift of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques which grants the disabled special cars for easy mobility.The cond...
The Jeddah municipality closed down a well-known entertainment center along the city's corniche on Thursday for violations reported by the Kingdom's religious police including maintenance of games and girls dancing in public and dressing inappropriately. According to reports in local media, the municipality said the center...
The Riyadh Traffic Department, under its director Brig. Gen. Ali Al-Dubaighi, has drawn up a comprehensive plan to counter traffic congestion during anticipated heavy showers forecast for the coming days. The police also warned motorists to stay indoors during heavy rains and advised them to avoid going to parks and places...

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BEIRUT: Militants who attacked parts of Lebanon this year could have drawn it in...

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WASHINGTON: President Barak Obama’s announcement of immigration changes that wil...

KIEV: US Vice-President Joe Biden warned on a visit to Kiev Friday that Russia r...

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WASHINGTON: A 23-year-old woman armed with a handgun was arrested outside the Wh...

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MACAU, Macau: Manny Pacquiao weighed in at 143.8lb Saturday for his welterweight...

MANILA: Singapore veteran Mardan Mamat will take a four shot lead into the final...

NAPLES, Florida: Carlota Ciganda, who made a move up the leaderboard in the midd...

PITTSBURGH: Kyle Okposo scored in the third round of the shootout, sending the N...

TOKYO: Japan’s Takashi Miura battered Mexican challenger Edgar Puerta into submi...

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Sheikh Khaled bin Abdullah bin Sultan Al-Qasimi, chairman of Department of Seaports and Customs, Hamriyah Free Zone Authority and Sharjah Airport International Free Zone...
The US catalog show at the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) on Wednesday featured 45 companies representing America’s small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that have great expertise in certain areas.Speaking about the catalog show, US Consul General Todd C. Holmstrom said: “We see new potential for expanding par...
WASHINGTON: A bare 0.004 percent of the world’s adult population controls nearly $30 trillion in assets, 13 percent of the world’s total wealth, according to a new study.And perhaps unsurprisingly, the study by the Swiss bank UBS and luxury industry consultant Wealth-X said the concentration of money in the hands of the ult...
LONDON: Global oil prices rallied on fresh hopes that the OPEC will overcome internal resistance to trim output, while upbeat US economic data also provided support, analysts said.Nearing midday, Brent North Sea crude for delivery in January jumped $1.27 to $80.60 a barrel.US benchmark West Texas Intermediate for January ad...
LONDON: The big story of recent stock market investment has been volatility, and the opportunities that sharp price swings can bring for those with strong nerves.But good news is emerging now for those who prefer safer strategies: some of the best returns this year have come from stable stocks like billionaire Warren Buffet...
BEIJING: China cut interest rates unexpectedly on Friday, stepping up efforts to support the world’s second-biggest economy as it heads toward its slowest expansion in nearly a quarter of a century.The cut, the first in over two years, came as factory growth has stalled and the property market, long a pillar of growth, has...
ISTANBUL: Turkey is planning to build a bridge across the famed Dardanelles strait to help ease traffic congestion in Istanbul, a minister said, revealing the latest in a string of mega projects under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.The straits, which separate Europe and Asia, were last bridged by Xerxes the Great, the Persi...
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia will abolish subsidies for petrol and diesel from Dec. 1, the government said, taking a bold step that could potentially save the government some 20 billion ringgit ($5.97 billion) annually.Malaysia joins Indonesia and India in cutting fuel subsidies amid a sharp decline in oil prices, ending decades-...
SINGAPORE: Singapore has announced new rules for mobile taxi booking apps, including US-based Uber, in the latest move by governments around the world to regulate the increasingly popular services.Taxi-booking and ride-sharing apps like Uber, Hailo and Lyft have spread rapidly in recent years, drawing protests from cabbies...
Twenty-seven major investment projects in the industrial city of Yanbu were unveiled during an investment forum opened by Municipal and Rural Affairs Minister Prince Mansour bin Miteb on Wednesday.Projects include a tourism island, four hotels, an international specialist hospital, a tourist resort east of Yanbu Port, a hea...
DOHA: Volatile oil prices will not force the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) to change its investment strategy, the sovereign wealth fund’s chief executive said on Thursday.A plunge in prices — benchmark Brent crude fell to more than a four-year low of below $77 per barrel last week — is hitting the finances of GCC oil exp...
Saudi Hotels and Resorts Company, a public company listed in the Saudi stock market since 1976, has announced the launch of its new identity. It is also changing its trading name to “DUR Hospitality Company”, with a strategic transformation and expansion program involving significant investments. The new identity was launch...
DUBAI: Most stock markets in the Middle East edged up as oil prices paused in their decline ahead of next week’s OPEC summit and stocks that usually see little trading took center stage on several bourses.Dubai’s index rose 0.3 percent, largely on the back of telecommunications operator du, which jumped 3.6 percent to AED5....

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The sixth edition of Abu Dhabi Art Fair opened its doors last weekend to welcome artists, galleries, art professionals and visitors from around the world to be part of a program that takes the region’s cultural institutions to a whole new level of development. The two participating Saudi galleries, Ayyam Gallery and Athr Gallery, received much a...

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Tighter infection controls in hospitals have contributed to a significant drop in Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) cases in Saudi Arabia, but a senior health official warns that sporadic primary cases will still pop up.
There is no cure or vaccine for MERS — a severe respiratory disease which causes cough, fever, breathing problems a...

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Argenterie is an extension of a 35-year-old jewelry business of Essam Jamal, one of Jeddah’s well-known jeweler specialized in fancy jewelry and gems. He counts Jeddah’s elite families and other big shots among his customers.
His son Abdulghani Jamal and his son’s wife Shaima Tash founded Argenterie to fill existing gaps in the jewelry mark...

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Where in the world is the best holiday destination for culture lovers? The Taj Mahal in India? The monuments of Rome? The Great Pyramid in Cairo? Or perhaps the vibrant city of Berlin, Boston or Beijing? We have prepared a list of eight destinations for those who love cultural exposure to feed their soul.

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La Cucina is a posh Italian restaurant located on the ground floor of Al-Faisaliah Hotel in Riyadh. This ultra-fashionable eatery offers one of the trendiest brunches in the capital city.La Cucina strikes the perfect balance between the traditional and the modern, offering innovative dishes made by Chef Nicola Russo. The hotel is renowned for its great service, which results in a delightful dining experience at La Cucina.Chef Russo, a native Italian chef, brought with him authentic Tuscan flavors from the kitchens of Tuscany to the dining tables of Riyadh’s top restaurant.As you walk into the restaurant, you can smell the scent of freshly baked goods from its bakery. The interiors are very...
Last week, I wrote about the flame retardant chemical, polybrominated diphenyl ethers, (PBDEs), in children’s wear, as well as phthalates in plastic water bottles, toys, and beauty care products. These articles are to make parents more aware of the chemically wrapped gifts offered to their children by the food, clothing, body care, and toy industries. Why did I choose to explore toxins and chemicals in modern children’s lives? That is because children are helpless, innocent, and more susceptible to contaminants than adults.Before I continue to another poisoning chemical, I would like to add more information about the flame retardant PBDEs, which is found in children’s wear, upholstery, and...
The Ministry of Health launched a nationwide awareness campaign to combat diabetes on the World Diabetes Day on Saturday.This year’s World Diabetes Day is under the theme “Healthy Living and Diabetes,” and is observed worldwide by over 200 member associations of the International Diabetes Federation in more than 160 countries and territories, all member states of the United Nations, as well as by other associations and organizations, companies, health care professionals and people living with diabetes and their families.Inaugurating the program at the King Abdullah Park in Malaz on Saturday, Dr. Abdul-Aziz bin Saeed, Deputy Minister of Health for Public Health, said the national program...

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MUMBAI: Bollywood stars Dilip Kumar, Shah Rukh Khan, Govinda and Farhan Akhtar were among the celebrities who attended S...
LOS ANGELES: Kelsey Grammer’s daughter Greer is the new Miss Golden Globe.Hollywood Foreign Press Association President Theo Kingma made the announcement recently at a party in her honor. It’s been a Golden Globe tradition for 50 years to have the daughter or son of a past winner help hand out statuettes during the ceremony.Kelsey Grammer has been nominated for nine Golden Globes and won three, Kingma said.Greer Grammer is an actress best known for playing Lissa in the MTV series “Awkward.” She also has a recurring role on the ABC Family show “Melissa & Joey.” Grammer had to leave the...
NEW YORK: Taylor Swift is getting a special — and new — award from the American Music Awards.Dick Clark productions announced Friday that Swift would receive the Dick Clark Award for Excellence at Sunday’s show.Swift is receiving the honor for her record-setting sales. Titled “1989,” her fifth album that was released last month, became the singer’s third album to sell more than 1 million units in its debut week.Dick Clark’s widow, Kari Clark, said in a statement that “the first time Dick saw Taylor perform, he knew she was something special.”Swift will kick off the awards show with a...

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