JEDDAH: Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh has slammed the Iranian-produced film entitled ‘Mohammed Messenger of God,’ saying that Islam does not allow the Prophet, peace be upon him, to be depicted in this manner. He said the film depicts the Prophet in an “untrue light” and undermines the important role he plays in Islam. “This is a mockery of the Prophet and a degradation of his status,” he said.Nearly 140 cinemas in Iran began showing the $40 million film, the most expensive in Iranian history, this week. According to the film’s director Majid Majidi, the aim of the 171-minute production is “to promote Islamic unity.”Majidi said the aim of his work, the first part of a trilogy, is to reclaim the rightful image of Islam, which he said extremists have distorted.Al-Azhar scholars denounced the film last week, demanding that the Iranian government ban it. Abdulfatah Al-Awari, dean...
NEW DELHI: Millions of workers across India went on strike Wednesday in protest at planned labor law...
RIYADH: The Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) in collaboration with the Council of...
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s military on Wednesday said it had killed at least 31 militants in air strikes in northwest Pakistan, near the Afghan border.And in another blow to terrorists, Pakistan’s military courts sentenced to death five more five militants linked to a series of terrorist attack across the country.In a brief statement, the army said militant hideouts were targeted in the Khyber and Shawal tribal districts, with...
JERUSALEM: Israel is considering giving its security forces a freer hand to shoot at young Palestinian stone-throwers, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said on Wednesday.Under standing orders, Israeli soldiers facing violent Palestinian protests can open fire with live bullets only in life-threatening situations. That effectively bans firing at Palestinians who flee after hurling a rock or petrol bomb.But after...

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RIYADH: The Directorate of Education in Riyadh is keeping a close watch on schools, such as sanctioning health material and monitoring the health of staff and students, to prevent the spread of the MERS coronavirus among students. As a step in this direction, the directorate recently asked a teache...
JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia and Japan are this year marking their 60th anniversary, with growing cultural and business relations.Consul General Matahiro Yamaguchi met recently with Arab News Editor in Chief Mohammed Fahad Al-Harthi at the newspaper’s offices and said that interaction between the two nations go back over a century....
JEDDAH: The Ministry of Interior has arrested 2,237 people involved in trafficking drugs over the past 10 months.Over the past six months, there were 453 Saudis and 856 foreigners of various nationalities nabbed by security officers, said Maj. Gen. Mansour Al-Turki, spokesman of the ministry.During security operations one s...
RIYADH: In view of the increasing incidence of MERS in the capital, the Directorate General’s Office of Health Affairs in the Eastern Province has unveiled a set of preventive measures to combat Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus in its region.The regional directorate has launched a comprehensive awareness...
JEDDAH: Qassim Gov. Prince Faisal bin Mishaal bin Saud held talks with Indian diplomats on strengthening bilateral ties between the two nations.“The foundation of Saudi-Indian ties is very strong,” said Indian Charge d’Affaires Hemant Kotalwar during the talks in Qassim on Tuesday. “The governor appreciated the gradual stre...
RIYADH: The Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs has announced new legislation for the Dec. 12 elections, including fines and imprisonment for failure to disclose candidate financing, obstructing procedures or officials, and fraudulent activity.Violators face one year in jail and fines up to SR50,000 for various acts inc...
JEDDAH: The Bureau of Investigation and Public Prosecution recently charged three young men in the harassment case at the Jeddah corniche. A number of young men were arrested for harassing two Saudi girls at the corniche a day after Eid Al-Fitr.A video clip of the case went viral on the social media, triggering outrage ove...
JEDDAH: The Foundation of Pilgrim Guides for Non-Arab African Countries plans to create 5,000 seasonal jobs during this year’s Haj, said Minister of Haj Bandar Hajjar on Tuesday. Hajjar said the foundation adopted an operational plan to provide quality services for pilgrims, to cater for 165,000 pilgrims. In addition, a wom...
JEDDAH: Jeddah police have closed all entry points into Makkah to prevent undocumented pilgrims from entering the holy city during this year’s Haj, in a bid to prevent overcrowding that could lead to health and safety problems.Officials have taken action because the Grand Mosque and other parts of the holy sites are still n...
RIYADH: Commerce and Industry Minister Tawfiq Al-Rabiah urged the public and public sectors to create a conducive environment for young men and women to offer them career opportunities and also make them successful entrepreneurs in the Kingdom.He was speaking after inaugurating the 2nd National Business Women Forum (NBWF) o...

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PARIS: Kidnapped, beaten, sold and raped: Daesh is running an international mark...

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TEHRAN: Women drivers in Iran’s capital could have their cars impounded by polic...

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s military on Wednesday said it had killed at least 31 milit...

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian police said Wednesday they would question former premier...

NEW DELHI: Millions of workers across India went on strike Wednesday in protest...

TAIPEI: A Taiwanese district court Tuesday found a Chinese man guilty of recruit...

PESHAWAR: A suicide bomber killed at least six people and wounded dozens on Tues...

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NEW YORK: Roger Federer glided into the second round on a hot, steamy day at Flu...

MADRID: Astana rider Fabio Aru emerged as the new leader after a punishing 11th...

LOS ANGELES: Andre Berto will go into his welterweight title fight against Floyd...

TAIPEI: Call it the calm before the storm.Gilas Pilipinas manhandled Japan late...

JEDDAH: Underdogs AL Striker and Carling Sport Wear upstaged high profile teams...

ECONOMY »

ANN ARBOR, Michigan: India’s largest SUV maker is ready to make its debut on US roads. But it’s starting with two wheels, not four.Mahindra hopes to win over city and cam...
ANN ARBOR, Michigan: India’s largest SUV maker is ready to make its debut on US roads. But it’s starting with two wheels, not four.Mahindra hopes to win over city and campus dwellers with a $2,999, Vespa-like electric scooter called the GenZe, which goes on sale this fall in California, Oregon and Michigan. Sales could soon...
DUBAI: Stock markets across the Middle East fell on Tuesday alongside steep drops in global stockprices because of renewed uncertainty about the state of China's economy.Stock markets fell after data showed China's manufacturing activity had contracted in August at its fastest pace in three years, reinforcing fears of a slo...
MOSCOW: Russia will not deliberately cut oil production to prop up prices, however its output may decline if prices remain low, local news agencies quoted Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich as saying on Tuesday.He also said that Russia was ready to discuss measures aimed at oil price stabilization with the Organizatio...
ALMATY: Kazakhstan and China have signed 25 agreements worth $23 billion, aiming to move cooperation dominated by raw materials to products with greater added value, the official site of the Kazakh president and the state-run wealth fund said on Tuesday.Kazakhstan, a Central Asian nation of 17.5 million, is the second-large...
LONDON/BEIJING: China's giant manufacturing industry contracted while British and euro zone growth eased in August, rattling markets and reinforcing expectations interest rates may fall again or stay near zero for longer.Manufacturers across the world struggled, a series of surveys showed on Tuesday. It came as the People's...
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. — Detroit's three carmakers all reported surprisingly robust August sales, powered by pickups and sport utility vehicles, suggesting US consumers are undeterred by the marked decline in global stock markets.Ford and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles reported surprising sales increases, while General Motors Co. pos...
LONDON: US crude prices jumped more than 27 percent in three trading days between Thursday and Monday, which should convince even the most die-hard believers the oil futures market is neither efficient nor rational.The rally has left traders, analysts and journalists struggling to make sense of the sudden change in directio...
JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s gross domestic product (GDP) grew at its fastest pace in over a year at 3.79 percent during the second quarter of this year, reaching SR617.88 billion compared to SR595.31 billion for the same quarter of the previous year. However, at current prices the GDP value fell by 11.93 percent to SR631.03 bill...
DUBAI: Most Gulf stock markets fell on Monday, tracking volatile oil prices, while Egypt's bourse jumped after energy major Eni announced a potentially huge natural gas discovery off the country's coast.The main Saudi Tadawul All-Share Index dropped 2.2 percent to 7,522 points, closing August with a 17.3 percent loss, its b...
 
 

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Arabic calligraphy has seen its share of evolution since the birth of Islam and the beautifying of the Holy Qur’an’s verses were a form of dedication and worship. The art of “khatt” or calligraphy is a special form of art that requires a steady hand, a commitment to follow the basics laws and understand that there is enough room for imagination...

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY »

BERLIN: Malicious software targeting smartphones with the Android operating system is becoming more common, with some handsets already infected when they’re bought.
A report by German security firm G DATA found that the samples containing such malware had increased by 25 percent in the second quarter compared with the first three months of...

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Saudi women spend a huge amount of money on creams, scrubs, concealers, and a drawer-full of other cosmetics that claim to keep their skin spotless, smooth and youthful.
Dermatologists claim these products women depend on to keep their skin looking its best could be damaging to your facial pores. “Always make sure to use high quality and m...

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Picture yourself lying on a pristine, white-sand beach along the outskirts of a laid-back, cosmopolitan and welcoming city, soaking up the late afternoon sun. You’re wondering which seaside cafe you should stop in to grab your fresh-pressed juice on the way back to your room-with-a-view, where you’ll have a little snooze to cap off a perfect aft...

FOOD & HEALTH »

Summer is a season when your feet is always on display. It is hard to keep them looking their best when the weather is hot. Exposing the feet to the sun and walking on hot sand could leave them rough and dry. Beautician Elma Brooks says women should pay close attention to their feet for them to look picture perfect and feel as soft as a baby’s foot the whole summer season. Exfoliate, exfoliate and exfoliate:Rubbing the dead skin off will instantly make the skin smoother. “The surfaced dead skin will pile up and harden and will hurt when walking. Exfoliating will activate the moisturizer and will make it easier to absorb. Rather than loading cream on dead skin, just smoothen a fresh new...
A yummy and healthy treat is possible with simple items like oats, cheese, vegetables and eggs available in your kitchen. There is no need to go to top supermarkets to buy imported items to put heavenly food on the dining table. In today’s world where diabetes, obesity and blood pressure is affecting the health of most people, our food plays a vital role in either exposing us to health risks or keeping us safe from them. Are you a figure conscious food connoisseur with fine taste buds? OK, let’s be healthy and enjoy the recipes below. The most delicious thing about them is they don’t consume much of your time.Diet baked Palak Paneer (spinach with cottage cheese)Ideal for diabeticsServes...
LONDON: The summer scourge of sticky hands could become a thing of the past as British researchers announced the discovery of an ingredient to make slow-melting ice cream on Monday.The protein BslA, which occurs naturally in some food, helps to blend the components of ice cream to make it smoother and more resistant to melting.“The protein binds together the air, fat and water in ice cream, creating a super-smooth consistency,” the University of Edinburgh announced in a statement.Developed by researchers at the Scottish universities of Edinburgh and Dundee, the ingredient could be available within three to five years.“We’re excited by the potential this new ingredient has for improving ice...

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PARIS: Wang and Xiao gaze into each other’s eyes by Paris’s Notre Dame cathedral, posing hand in hand in sparkling white...
VENICE: The Venice film festival kicked off on Wednesday with a world premiere for “Everest,” a $65-million 3D drama based on a real-life disaster on the Himalayan peak.Director Baltasar Kormakur’s two-hour film recounts the events of May 10-11, 1996, when eight climbers died near the summit after being caught in ferocious blizzard conditions.In particular it focuses on the internal dynamics and characters of two groups led by New Zealander Rob Hall, played by Australian actor Jason Clarke, and American Scott Fischer, played in surfer-dude style by Jake Gyllenhaal.Portrayed as equally...
MADRID: International critics have voted “Mad Max: Fury Road” as their best film of the year, their main federation said Tuesday. The action movie shot by Australian director George Miller will be awarded the Grand Prix of the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) at the San Sebastian film festival in Spain on September 18.“You could have knocked me over with a feather! It’s lovely to have this great cohort of critics acknowledge our collective labors in this way,” Miller said in the statement.

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