WASHINGTON: A US-led air attack against jihadists in Syria targeted Al-Qaeda’s Khorasan group because it was on the verge of carrying out “major attacks” against the West, the US military said Tuesday.The Americans pounded Khorasan targets in Syria with Tomahawk cruise missiles to counter the mounting threat posed by the group, said Lt. Gen. William Mayville, director of operations for the US Joint Chiefs of Staff.“Intelligence reports indicated that the group was in the final stages of plans to execute major attacks against Western targets and potentially the US homeland,” Mayville told reporters.The strikes against the Khorasan militants early Tuesday were separate from a wave of bombing raids led by the United States and joined by several Arab countries that targeted the Islamic State group.Earlier, the Pentagon had said that US air strikes killed Khorasan members hatching plots again...
WASHINGTON/BEIRUT: The United States and several Gulf Arab allies launched air and missile strikes o...
Saudi Arabia is heading for a new renaissance thanks to the structural reforms witnessed by many vit...
NEW YORK: A US court sentenced Osama Bin Laden’s son-in-law and former Al-Qaeda spokesman Sulaiman Abu Ghaith to life in prison on Tuesday.The 48-year-old Kuwaiti, who has defended the September 11, 2001 attacks, was found guilty on March 26 of plotting to kill Americans and providing material support to terrorists.Before the sentence was handed down in a US federal courtroom, Abu Ghaith spoke in Arabic through a translat...
BEIJING: A Chinese court imposed a life sentence Tuesday on a moderate scholar who championed the country’s Uighur minority, the most severe penalty in a decade for anyone in China convicted of illegal political speech.The Urumqi People’s Intermediate Court handed down the sentence after convicting Ilham Tohti of separatism in a two-day trial, lawyer Li Fangping said by telephone from outside the courthouse. The court did...

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Saudi cities are going green and white with the nation's flags and banners on lampposts in the main streets and highways, and citizens wearing their national colors proudly, to mark the founding of the country 84 years ago.Students in the capital were clear what green meant to them. “It symbolizes g...
Today is a proud moment for all the people residing in Saudi Arabia, which is celebrating its 84th National Day, the anniversary of the glorious unification by great visionary King Abdul Aziz Al-Saud, the founder of the modern Kingdom in 1932.Declared as a national holiday, the occasion is very special to the citizens as we...
Saudi authorities plan to submit the names of individuals who fled the country after being found guilty of corruption charges in connection with the 2009 Jeddah flood disaster to the international criminal police organization Interpol.The list includes Saudi businessmen and residents who failed to attend court hearings desp...
Many private drivers shuttling pilgrims between Jeddah and Makkah ahead of Haj are charging prices that are 10 to 20 times higher than the fares they charge on regular days, especially for illegal expats and permitless pilgrims who risk traveling to Makkah ahead of time to avoid inspections.Salem Al-Beishi, a driver with a...
Saudi and Iranian foreign ministers have met in New York for the first time, signaling a possible thaw in relations that have been strained for decades.Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal met with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York, a move that will undou...
Passengers arriving at the international terminal of King Khalid International Airport (KKIA) in Riyadh will be in for a pleasant surprise, with the introduction of a new exclusive service to welcome them. Under the “Hayyak” (Arabic for “welcome“) program, passengers will be greeted and guided to queues to process their imm...
Motorists who run red lights in Jeddah will have to spend 24 hours behind bars before being able to pay the mandatory fine, Brig. Zaid Al-Hamzi of Jeddah’s traffic police told Arab News.“Fines incurred under the Saher CCTV monitors will only be accepted after violators have spent the night in jail,” he said. “Motorists can...
The Ministry of Labor’s recent decision to revoke a law that stipulates that expats remain under the sponsorship of their employers for a minimum of two years before transferring onto new sponsors may have come to the relief of many, but not everyone is rejoicing.This decision, which came as a result of several expat worker...
The $22.5 billion metro project — called King Abdulaziz Project for Riyadh Public Transport — is a linchpin of the Saudi capital’s modernization program. It will be the backbone of the Saudi capital’s public transport system and a key component of growth.“The project will redefine the concept of public transportation, provi...
The Kingdom’s National Day is an event of celebration for the large expatriate community as much as it is for the citizens. They participate in activities earmarked for the occasion by Saudi authorities. Syed A. Quadeer Khalid, an Indian expatriate, told Arab News that he and his friends celebrate the Saudi National Day the...
The incredible land of Saudi Arabia has been a dream travel destination for centuries and millions of people visit the Kingdom each year from around the world to see this wonderful land.Most of the visitors have historically been Muslims undertaking pilgrimages to perform their religious duty of Haj and Umrah, however, ther...
Jeddah municipality will today hoist a giant Saudi flag onto the world's tallest flagpole to mark the country's 84th National Day.The pole is 170 meters high, while the flag is 49.5 meters long, 33 meters wide, 1,635 square meters and weighs 570 kg.Jeddah Mayor Hani Aburas said the second trial run of the flag-hoisting oper...
The Council of Ministers, chaired by Crown Prince Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, reviewed the Kingdom’s preparations for the annual pilgrimage, which is likely to start on Oct. 2.Prince Salman highlighted Saudi Arabia’s efforts in the service of pilgrims, including the expansion of the two holy mosques and...

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NEW YORK: Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas said on Monday that he will demand an...

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JERUSALEM: The UN’s Palestinian refugee agency on Sunday urged the international...

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ROME: Italian authorities seized property worth about 30 million euros ($40 mill...

NEW YORK: A US court sentenced Osama Bin Laden’s son-in-law and former Al-Qaeda...

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BEIJING: A Chinese court imposed a life sentence Tuesday on a moderate scholar w...

HONG KONG: Hong Kong students on Monday began a weeklong boycott of classes, gat...

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INCHEON: China proved they are still the Asian Games gold standard in the pool b...

WUHAN, China: World No.1 Serena Williams added her name to the list of slain see...

LONDON: Frank Lampard’s loan spell at Manchester City could come to an end with...

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RIYADH: Saudi Arabian commercial banks are in good health and easily meet international standards for capital adequacy, Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency Gov. Fahad Al-Mubara...
Boeing has partnered with the King Abdulaziz City for Science & Technology (KACST) to launch the Decision Support Center (DSC) at KACST.The center will serve as a key tool for collaboration and experimentation between customers and partners in the Kingdom providing users with the ability to make more informed modernizat...
DUBAI: Emaar Properties, Dubai’s largest listed developer, helped lift the emirate’s market on expectations that it would float its malls unit at the upper end of the announced price range because of strong demand.Other regional markets were mixed. There was no impact from the news that the US and Arab allies had participat...
ABU DHABI/FUJAIRAH: The UAE is in no hurry to see OPEC cut its oil output target this year despite the sharp drop of global crude prices in the last few months, senior UAE energy officials indicated on Tuesday.Last week, OPEC Secretary-General Abdullah Al-Badri said he expected the group to lower its output target when it m...
GENEVA: Global commerce is set to expand by 3.1 percent this year, the World Trade Organization said, cutting its previous forecast of 4.6 percent due to weak growth and demand.The Geneva-based body also downgraded its forecast for trade growth in 2015 to 4.0 percent from 5.3 percent.“International institutions have signifi...
Municipal and Rural Affairs (MRA) Minister Prince Mansour bin Miteb said that the Islamic-based Saudi economy and free market, built on a strong foundation, has proved successful.Addressing the 2nd Saudi Exhibition and Symposium for Building Industries and Technology (SESBIT-2014) in Riyadh, the minister said other countrie...
LONDON/BEIJING: Euro zone business growth dipped to a 2014 low in September as firms again cut prices, while factory activity in China picked up only slightly, surveys showed, keeping the spotlight on policymakers’ plans for economic stimulus.The data seems sure to dishearten the European Central Bank, struggling to spur gr...
Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, chairman of Kingdom Holding Company (KHC), received at his office Ioannis Christofilis, Greek ambassador to Saudi Arabia. The meeting began as the ambassador thanked Prince Alwaleed for giving him the opportunity to meet him. The two also discussed a number of general local, regional issues and th...
SHANGHAI: The largest stock offer in history has made Jack Ma, founder of e-commerce giant Alibaba, China’s richest person with a fortune of $25 billion, an annual wealth ranking for the country showed.Ma, who had to persuade friends to give him $60,000 to start Alibaba just 15 years ago after being rejected by US venture c...
LONDON: British bank Barclays was fined 38 million pounds ($62 million) for exposing customers to unnecessary risks by failing to ensure client assets were properly safeguarded and adequate records kept.Imposing its highest fine for client asset breaches, Britain’s financial regulator said there were “significant weaknesses...
THE HAGUE: Philips announced it would split in two, separating its health care-lifestyle division from the historic lighting business in a dramatic streamlining move by the 120-year-old electronics giant.“We’re preparing Philips for the next century,” CEO Frans van Houten said.“Giving independence to our lighting solutions...
MONTREAL: BlackBerry is set to unveil its latest smartphone, in a move aimed at reviving the fortunes of the struggling Canadian tech group.The BlackBerry Passport with a square 4.5-inch screen and physical keyboard will be priced at $599 without a contract in the US, CEO John Chen told the Wall Street Journal.The price is...
COLOMBO: Sri Lanka has unveiled tough new restrictions on deposits as it looks to encourage commercial banks to boost lending and help sustain the country's healthy economic growth.The Central Bank of Sri Lanka's monetary board said after its monthly review it would keep its key repurchase rate at 6.5 percent to lenders, bu...

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There are no limits when it comes to creativity and the works that are created from a simple thought and the effort that is put into it. The mind works in mysterious ways and each person has his or her own touch in everything they do. Many claim that art is no exception. On the contrary, those among us with a sense of art are special in their ow...

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NEW DELHI: With home-grown technology and a remarkably low budget of about $75 million, India on course to become the first nation to conduct a successful Mars mission on its first try.
If the Mars Orbiter Mission, affectionately nicknamed MOM, settles into orbit on Wednesday morning as planned, the country will join the US, European Space...

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Autumn is right around the corner. Expect the weather to be cooler and the fashion to be louder. Layered clothing, darker shades and longer sleeves are trends that will dominate this season.
New Look, a British global fashion retailer with a chain of high street shops, has just released its Autumn/ Winter 2014 collection comprising a color...

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Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia and the second largest city in Spain. It is the 10th-most-visited city in the world and the third most visited in Europe after Paris and London, with millions of tourists visiting annually.
The city caters to all travelers for it offers something for people who are looking for great cuisine, fashion, sp...

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Food habits differ from one child to another and vary according to age and development stages. A three-year-old child is known for rapid growth, which slows down during school years and adolescence. Arab News interviewed nutritionist Dr. Shaima Zahir to learn more about children’s food habits:Children between 1-3 years:The love of discovering starts in an early age in kids, which distracts their attention from food. The child refuses food. One of the mistakes committed by mothers is forcing their children to eat, or completing big amounts of meal. It is recommended to make several small portions, and provide colored fruits and vegetables to attract your kid.Children between 3-5 years:Kids...
Italian restaurant Carluccio’s offers a unique casual dinning experience for families and friends. The restaurant follows the traditional Italian serving style where food is served in generous portions for people to share. The restaurant is located in the Dubai Mall and is right in front of the Dubai Fountain, making it accessible to everyone. As soon as you walk in, you would pass by Carluccio’s deli and shop. Olive oil, balsamic vinegar, pasta, sauces and more are only available exclusively and chosen carefully for the restaurant, and have been flown all the way from Italy. The deli sells sandwiches, pies, baked goods and meat cuts. You can enjoy a quick snack on the high stools located...
BRUSSELS: It likes to call itself the “country of chocolate” and now Belgium has a new treat for visitors: a museum dedicated to the confectionary featuring a Willy Wonka-style factory and cocoa tree jungle.Chocolate is a national treasure in Belgium. It is home to such illustrious brands as Godiva, Neuhaus, Leonidas and Cote d’Or. And the museum opening Saturday, in a former chocolate factory in the capital Brussels, will showcase its love of the brown stuff.“The Belgian passion for chocolate has never been denied and we have become ‘the country of chocolate,’” the museum’s designer Henri Dupuis said.At the heart of the Belgian Chocolate Village, as the museum is called, cocoa trees and...

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PARIS: A biopic exploring the darker side of the late French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent is to represent France...
NEW YORK: Pakistani actor Veena Malik who rose to fame through Bigg Boss and her closeness with Ashmit Patel in the house, has shared good news with her fans on the social networking site, Twitter.Veena gave birth to a baby boy in the US. She was accompanied by her husband Asad Bashir Khan during the delivery.Khan, took to twitter to share the good news. Asad shared the image of their baby and tweeted “Thank you Allah Pak 4 blessing us wth a lovely son Abram Khan Khattak. @iVeenaKhan thx 4 giving me biggest happiness.After sometime, Veena also shared the image of the baby and wrote, “...
NEW YORK: Blockbuster musical “The Lion King” was on Monday named the most successful production in history, raking in $6.2 billion at the box office — more than any other stage show or movie.The earnings come from ticket sales alone and do not include merchandise, recordings or revenue from the Disney film on which it is based.Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera,” which opened in London in 1986, was previously the highest-grossing show and has still been seen by twice as many paying audience members.A spokesman told AFP that Phantom had collected $6 billion worldwide at the box...

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