QUETTA, Pakistan: Baluch separatist leaders on Friday called on Pakistan to follow in Britain’s footsteps by holding a referendum similar to Scotland’s on granting independence to the insurgency-wracked province.Scots rejected independence in a vote that left the centuries-old United Kingdom intact despite a surge in nationalist support in the final fortnight of the campaign.Asked whether a similar poll should be held in Baluchistan, Dr. Bashir Azeem, secretary-general of the outlawed Baloch Republican Party, told AFP: “The Baluch have been struggling against the excesses and tyranny of Punjab-dominated establishment of Pakistan for decades.”Punjab is Pakistan’s most populous and influential province.“If a fair referendum is conducted after creating an atmosphere for it, providing the opportunity to Baluch population for deciding their future, it is welcomed,” he added.Resource-rich Balu...
NEW DELHI: India’s new prime minister has dismissed Al-Qaeda’s plan to set up a South Asia branch, s...
EDINBURGH: Scotland spurned independence in a historic referendum that threatened to rip the United...
INCHEON, South Korea: The 17th Asian Games opened in a multi-colored blaze of fireworks and carefully crafted K-Pop routines on Friday, as athletes from the world’s most populous region came together in pursuit of gold and glory in South Korea.An array of Olympians and regional sports stars, including 202 from Saudi Arabia, will compete over 15 days of competition in Incheon where South Korean President Park Geun-hye and...
SRINAGAR, India: A top Indian Kashmiri separatist leader Friday urged New Delhi to follow Britain’s lead in allowing Scotland’s independence referendum and let the Himalayan region hold a similar vote.Militants have been fighting New Delhi’s rule in Indian-administered Kashmir for a quarter of a century and while violence has dimished, the issue of self-determination is still a divisive one in the scenic region.The Scotti...

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The Ministry of Education has issued detailed list of fees to be charged by private schools at all levels, to prevent any fee increase by them.However, the ministry said that it was up to the owner to determine the transport fees.According to sources quoted by a local daily, this procedure came abou...
Security and government agencies responsible for pilgrims’ welfare during Haj are fully equipped to tackle any disaster including a helicopter ambulance and doctors linked with different hospitals to transfer the sick pilgrims immediately, the director of Al Noor Specialist Hospital, Mohammed bin Omar Bafaraj, told Arab New...
Some 1,000 pilgrims from Mozambique will arrive in Jeddah for this year’s Haj in three separate groups, according to Mozambican Ambassador Cesar Gouveia.“I’ll be traveling to Jeddah to welcome the pilgrims headed by Valijei on Tuesday. Their number is up from 800 last year,” Gouveia, who’s also the Mozambican permanent repr...
Madinah Mayor Khaled Taher said that the municipality’s preparations for this year's Haj have been completed as scheduled. The municipality’s action plan aims at offering pilgrims and visitors optimum services which will last until Nov. 8.The round-the-clock services include cleaning the areas which are frequented by pilgri...
Many factories and workshops in the Kingdom do not abide by safety and security standards to protect their buildings against fires. Such factories also do not maintain their air conditioning networks and electricity cables. These violations have led to a number of fire accidents in recent weeks, according to building safety...
Jubail police have arrested four young men who stole money from a company's safe and four vehicles from a car rental firm. They used the cars for drifting.Col. Ziad Al-Ruqaiti, spokesman for the Eastern Province police, said that officers from the criminal investigation division arrested the men, all citizens in their 20s."...
The first civilian aircraft landed at Jubail airport on Thursday morning, marking its transformation from a purely military facility.The General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) had overseen the revamp of the airport at Jubail Industrial City.It was originally constructed by the Royal Commission of Jubail and Yanbu for pr...
Six hundred students and staff were evacuated from Elementary School 198 in Jeddah to a neighboring mosque after an electric short circuit in one of the classrooms recently.There have been claims that the school was suffering from these electrical problems for the past two years, which has allegedly disturbed the education...
The annual report of the Saudi Council of Engineers (SCE) has revealed that Saudis only make up 6 percent of the total number of engineers registered in the country.The SCE has 9,122 Saudis registered with it, while there are 135,035 expatriates on its books, the report showed.The report breaks down the statistics for each...
Backing the “two-state solution” that envisages an independent state of Palestine alongside the state of Israel, French Sen. Nathalie Goulet said a sovereign Palestinian state will bring peace in the Middle East.Speaking to Arab News in an exclusive interview after the conference on “Arabian Gulf and regional challenges,” w...
Many Saudi women have started to forge successful careers in the workplace, including in roles previously dominated by men, Arab News has found.It is now commonplace to see women in banks, hospitals, schools, hotels, private sector companies and increasingly, working for various government agencies.Recently the Ministry of...
Intense public debate continues around the employment of female security guards at girls’ schools, with some arguing that teachers and supervisors should take up this role.Some parents have argued that these guards are vital to tackle conflict between girl students, bullying and inappropriate behavior toward teachers.Alfird...
Minister of Education Prince Khaled Al-Faisal announced here recently that the ministry is in the process of equipping 250,000 classrooms and teachers with Internet connectivity, computers and tablets as part of a long-term investment in developing a knowledge economy.Speaking at the launch of the Saudi Conference for Advan...

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PARIS: French jets carried out their first air strike against Islamic State mili...

SANAA: Yemeni Shiite rebels agreed Friday to stop fighting rivals and troops nor...

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Saudi Arabia has pledged $500 million to help rebuild Gaza, Palestinian Prime Mi...

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SYDNEY: Intelligence “chatter” has revealed that militants plan to attack Austra...

WASHINGTON: The world population may grow larger than previously estimated, reac...

MOSCOW: Moscow is considering measures to disconnect Russian cyberspace, the las...

UNITED NATIONS: The UN Security Council has called the Ebola outbreak in Africa...

BOSTON: The failed Scottish vote to pull out from the United Kingdom stirred sec...

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INCHEON, South Korea: The 17th Asian Games opened in a multi-colored blaze of fi...

SINGAPORE: Lewis Hamilton secured first advantage at this weekend’s Singapore Gr...

LONDON: Stung by a last-minute defeat in the Champions League, Manchester City w...

TOKYO: Top two seeds Angelique Kerber of Germany and Denmark’s Caroline Wozniack...

WUHAN, China: China’s Li Na announced her retirement at the age of 32 over persi...

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SYDNEY: The devastating Ebola outbreak caught the world off guard, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim said as he questioned the international community’s readiness to resp...
NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO: Apple Inc’s latest phone lured throngs of gadget lovers, entrepreneurs and early adapters to its stores in New York, San Francisco and other cities around the world in the latest sign of strong initial demand for the new, larger generation of iPhones.Even the night before the phones’ Friday debut, ne...
NEW YORK: Alibaba Group Holding Ltd’s shares surged by more than 40 percent in their first day of trading as investors jumped in to buy what looks likely to be the largest IPO in history.More than two hours after trading began at the New York Stock Exchange, the stock opened at $92.70 and rose from there, hitting a high of...
CAIRNS, Australia: US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew has urged greater efforts to spur global growth as the head of the World Bank bemoaned a disappointing year and warned of downside risks ahead.Lew called for more focus on investment and infrastructure to help create jobs in comments ahead of this weekend’s meeting of G20 fi...
LONDON: Brent crude oil steadied below $98 a barrel on Friday, not far above 26-month lows reached at the start of the week as OPEC talk of a production cut balanced worries about ample supply at a time of fragile demand.Brent hit its lowest point since July 2012 on Monday as oil supply overwhelmed lackluster demand in Euro...
CAIRO: Egypt has signed oil and gas exploration deals worth $187 million with several Western companies and a Tunisian firm, the petroleum ministry said.The agreements cover seven exploration areas. Germany’s RWE won two exploration blocks in the Gulf of Suez, while Tunisia’s HBSI, Canada’s TransGlobe and Italy’s Edison sec...
LONDON: Britain’s business community breathed a sigh of relief after Scotland voted by a clear margin to remain in the United Kingdom.Markets had fretted that independence would spark a flight of capital amid uncertainty over the future currency, oil revenues, EU membership and dividing up state debt in the event of a separ...
HONG KONG: Jack Ma isn’t the only billionaire winner of Alibaba Group’s initial public offering. The record-setting stock sale also gave a jolt to the fortunes of the world’s wealthiest technology tycoons.On the day the biggest Chinese e-commerce company raised $21.8 billion in the largest US IPO, the world’s 26 richest tec...
SAN FRANCISCO: Microsoft said that it axed 2,100 jobs in a second round of cuts which were announced earlier this year.The US technology titan in July unveiled plans to slash a total of 18,000 jobs from its global workforce during the course of a year, the majority from its recently-acquired Nokia handset unit.In the first...
BEIJING: A Chinese court has fined British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline 3.0 billion yuan ($490 million) following a nearly year-long bribery probe, the company said.The firm’s former head of China operations, Mark Reilly who would be deported, and four other ex-officials were given suspended sentences of between two and four y...
TOKYO: The head of Sony Corp’s PlayStation division hopes to raise its profit outlook for this year, in stark contrast to the Japanese electronics firm’s mobile business which has forecast deep losses and sent Sony’s stock reeling.With Sony’s three core electronics businesses — the third is imaging — looking increasingly lo...
SAN FRANCISCO: Google and Apple said they are hardening encryption tactics on devices powered by their mobile operating systems and tossing away the keys.The move should mean that even the government with its court-issued warrants will be blocked from getting hold of pictures, messages and other personal data stored on fort...
SAN FRANCISCO: Samsung has announced that its eagerly-anticipated Note 4 “phablet” will be released on October 17.The South Korean consumer electronics titan credited with being the first major manufacturer to blend tablet and smartphone features said was also set to begin taking orders for the coming model.“Samsung created...

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NEW YORK: Paintings by one of India’s most important modern artists go under the hammer in New York on Wednesday, highlights in a booming market for Asian art featured this week.
Three oils on canvas by pioneering Indian abstract artist Vasudeo Santu Gaitonde, who in 1964 based himself in New York, are being offered for auction by Christie’...

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Minister of Education Prince Khaled Al-Faisal announced here recently that the ministry is in the process of equipping 250,000 classrooms and teachers with Internet connectivity, computers and tablets as part of a long-term investment in developing a knowledge economy.
Speaking at the launch of the Saudi Conference for Advanced Technologies...

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Several Saudi female TV anchors have reacted angrily to a recent statement by a Shoura Council member in which she criticized the anchors as being too “extravagant and wearing too much makeup.”
They said Nora Al-Adwan’s criticism is unacceptable and degrades the work these women are doing for their country. “Those who criticize Saudi media...

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Domestic tourism is in need of more investments from the private sector especially with several Saudi cities having succeeded in attracting local tourists, Abdullah Salem, the tourism sector manager at Al-Rowabee Center for Economic studies told Arab News.
“Jeddah and Dammam are the most popular tourist destinations for local visitors. Howe...

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Smoking kills more than 23,000 smokers in the Kingdom every year, said Ahmed Albualli, chairman of the supervisory board at the Anti-Smoking Society (Naqaa), who expressed deep concern about the high incidence of smoking-related deaths in the Kingdom.Albualli said that the society had succeeded in helping more than 61,000 smokers quit smoking, which is about 70 percent of the total number of patients who visited the society for help in quitting during the past year. Saudi Arabia is the largest market for tobacco in the Middle East and ranks fourth for the number of smokers globally.Albualli highlighted the seriousness of smoking, revealing that 90 percent of those who use drugs tried...
Q: I am 16 and I have tonsillitis. My elder brother also had this problem but he is now free from it. My parents think that I should follow the same path and get them removed. It happens 10 times in a year. Please advise whether I should have my tonsils removed now or after they are fully mature? — M.A., JubailA: You are already a mature person since you are 16. If the problem of tonsillitis is recurring 10 times a year, then you should have your tonsils removed. Otherwise, the bacteria which is causing the infection may develop into rheumatic fever. This condition can affect your heart, kidney and bones leading to permanent damage to those organs. You should see an ENT consultant and...
White tea has been much in the news recently, with numerous studies elaborating on its medical and nutritional benefits.White tea is an immature tea leaf that is picked shortly before the buds are fully bloomed. It is named such because white tea comes from the silver fur that covers the flower buds, which turn into white when the tea is dried and ready to be used. There are different kinds of white tea depending on the flowers and buds; White Peony contains one bud for every two leaves. The best kind of white tea is made from downy buds picked within an exact of two-day period in early spring.Recent studies at Pace University have shown that there is a major health benefit of white tea...

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Bollywood diva Deepika Padukone is busy with her “Finding Fanny” trip and frankly, this quirky English language story ha...
NEW DELHI: Pronouncing foreign leaders’ names is a headache for newsreaders the world over but on Friday it proved the downfall of one Indian newscaster, who mistook the visiting Chinese president’s name for the Roman numeral XI, calling him “Eleven Jinping” on air.The blunder occurred late Thursday night in a report by India’s public broadcaster Doordarshan on President Xi Jinping’s high-profile first state visit to India.Local news site Quartz Friday quoted Doordarshan chief executive Jawahar Sircar as saying the newscaster had been sacked and steps had been taken to avoid a repeat of such...
BOSTON: A woman who threatened to blow up, torture and castrate Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey in what prosecutors called a “persistent and malevolent” cyberstalking campaign has been sentenced to more than four years in prison.Linda Louise Culkin, 55, of Quincy, was also ordered by a judge in US District Court in Boston to pay Spacey $124,000 to compensate him for the bodyguards he hired during the two-year stretch when she harassed him.Culkin was credited with time served since her arrest in January 2012, meaning she has about 18 months of the four-year, three-month sentence left.She...

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