London: “Jihadi John,” the masked Islamic State militant apparently responsible for the beheading of western hostages, was on Thursday named as London man Mohammed Emwazi by the Washington Post and the BBC.Britain’s Metropolitan Police would not confirm the report, which identified the suspect as Kuwaiti-born Emwazi, who grew up in west London.“We are not going to confirm the identity of anyone at this stage or give an update on the progress of this live counter-terrorism investigation,” said Richard Walton from the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command.Contacted by AFP, the interior ministry could not immediately comment on the reports.The Guardian and the BBC both reported the identity, without citing their sources.British media had previously suggested “Jihadi John” could be a different British jihadist.Emwazi, in his mid-20s, was identified to the Washington Post by friends and others fami...
Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif, second deputy premier and interior minister, was received at...
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WASHINGTON: The Obama administration’s commitment to taking in thousands of Syrian refugees is raising national security concerns among some law enforcement officials and Republican lawmakers.Assistant Secretary of State Anne Richard says those who come to the US will be subject to intensive screening before entering the country. Most are vulnerable women and children.But the FBI’s assistant director for counterterrorism,...
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman held wide-ranging talks here Wednesday with King Abdallah of Jordan on a range of key regional issues with special reference to the ways and means to boost bilateral links further.King Salman expressed hope that the visit of the Jordanian king would further enhance bilateral cooperation in different areas, including security and counterterrorism.During the talks, the two leade...

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Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman launched the Taibah Charitable Doctors Association’s (Hayat) new logo, mobile clinics and endowment project during a ceremony here Tuesday.The governor also witnessed the signing of agreements between the association and its sponsors and donated SR1 million to t...
Saudi Arabia and other GCC countries reiterated their support Wednesday for Yemen’s beleaguered president against the Shiite militia that holds Sanaa, as militiamen opened fire to disperse thousands of his backers demonstrating in the capital.Days after Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi escaped house arrest and fled to safety in the...
Shoura Council members have lambasted the Ministry of Education (formerly Ministry of Higher Education) for not doing enough research, vacant teaching positions, and inability to help students find jobs. Fahad bin Juma’ said universities do not have research capacity, while Firdous Al-Saleh said that these institutions have...
Teachers attacked outside school premises by students or their families must lay charges with the police, a senior Education Ministry official said here recently.Hamad Al-Sheikh, deputy minister for boys, said that school authorities would deal with any attacks inside school premises. However, attacks outside schools would...
The Saudi Food and Drugs Authority (SFDA) has closed seven medical supply stores in Riyadh for committing various violations, bringing the total number of the closed stores to 20 within the last 20 days.In a statement posted on its website, the SFDA justified the closure of stores by saying that the stores did not comply wi...
Those who are seeking reading material on the culture of dialogue can use smart phone applications for free download of 92 publications brought out by the King Abdul Aziz Center for National Dialogue, according to KACND Chairman Abdullah Al-Mutlaq.KACND seeks to promote the culture of dialogue among young people, intellectu...
Police have arrested a gang of four Asian workers who had allegedly stolen SR3 million worth of garments of a leading international company in the capital.The four-member gang included three Indian drivers and a Pakistani who intended to sell the stolen garments in the open market.It is alleged that the three Indian drivers...
A group of young Saudi performers recently participated in a contemporary urban art show held by the Germany Embassy in Riyadh, which was aimed at bringing the two nations closer together.The German Ambassador to the Kingdom Boris Ruge welcomed the participation of the Saudis. “When it comes to cultural work, our approach i...
Jeddah Municipality announced on Tuesday that its inspectors had seized nearly 13 tons of rotten meat and other food stored illegally at a residential villa in Baghdadia district.The municipality had launched a raid on the villa after receiving information from its licensing and food safety departments about suspicious acti...
The Saudi Ministry of Education has set up one of the biggest pavilions at a premier education exhibition in Dubai, to highlight its achievements and use of the world’s latest technology in the classroom.The eighth Global Education Forum and Global Educational Supplies and Solutions exhibition was launched on Tuesday under...
Six workers, including four Bangladeshis, died in a fire which broke out at midnight in a Dammam factory on Monday. Confirming the death of four of its workers, Bangladesh Labor Counselor Sarwar Alam told Arab News that six workers were fast asleep inside the room when the fire broke out at 1:03 a.m. on Monday. The fire vic...
Improving the bilateral relations between the Kingdom and Azerbaijan was the main focus during a meeting held between the members of the Shoura Council and the Azerbaijan Embassy here, on Tuesday.The talks were held when Azerbaijan Ambassador Rasim Rzayev met with the members of the Saudi-Azerbaijani Parliamentary Friendshi...
A prominent Jeddah-based social organization, whose specific aim is the welfare of Indians in Saudi Arabia and back home, conducted a highly successful mushaira in Jeddah at the weekend.For Bazm-e-Ittehad Jeddah (BIJ), this was a special event because the organization is celebrating its 25th anniversary. The mushaira was ju...

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ISLAMABAD: Almost every Pakistani citizen has a cellphone, but from now on, Big...

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NEW DELHI: India’s upper house of parliament was briefly adjourned after opposit...

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MANAMA: Bahrain’s economy is holding up in the face of low oil prices as policymakers bank on infrastructure spending and the private sector to offset shrinking energy se...
The UAE-based Indian business tycoon B. R. Shetty plans to open 150 branches of UAE Exchange across Saudi Arabia as part of his efforts to expand his operations in the Kingdom.Speaking to Arab News, Shetty said his group has taken over the majority shares in the London-based foreign exchange giant Travelex in a deal valuing...
JEDDAH: Most major Gulf stock markets slipped despite stronger oil prices, as low trading volumes indicated retail investors remained cautious.Brent crude surged 5 percent on Wednesday. That was positive news for the Saudi stock market, but Tadawul All-Share Index inched down 0.1 percent as trading volume remained modest an...
JEDDAH: Middle East funds are increasingly positive toward Saudi Arabia’s stock market as oil prices appear to be stabilising and the kingdom is preparing to open its bourse to direct foreign investment, a Reuters survey of regional asset managers shows.With Tadawul All-Share Index up 11.2 percent year-to-date, Saudi Arabia...
NEW YORK: Crude oil futures fell on Thursday, as rising inventories in the US pressured both Brent and US contracts and countered expectations for recovering demand.Brent losses were tempered by those expectations for improving global demand and geopolitical concerns about energy supplies from Libya and Russia.Brent April c...
SYDNEY: Australian carrier Qantas has roared back into the black after an aggressive shake-up to stem mounting losses, posting its best interim result in four years helped by a revival in its international arm.The Aus$203 million ($162 million) result in the six months to December 31 marked a stunning turnaround from a net...
NEW YORK: US energy giant ExxonMobil said that US and European Union sanctions against Russia had cost it $1 billion last year.In a securities filing, Exxon said the loss stemmed from suspending joint venture activities with Russian oil major Rosneft under the sanctions imposed in 2014 on the Russian energy sector.“In compl...
MADRID: Spanish oil giant Repsol posted a 2014 net profit of 1.61 billion euros, an eight-fold increase over last year when its results were hit by provisions related to Argentina’s nationalization of its subsidiary YPF.Average recurring net profit, adjusted for one-time gains and inventory effects, jumped 27.1 percent to 1...
Amadou Boubacar, senior minister, minister of economic planning, land management and community development, and Khaled Al-Aboodi, CEO and General Manager of the Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD), the private sector arm of the Islamic Development Bank Group (IDB), signed an agreement to setu...
LONDON: The CEO of Asia-focused bank Standard Chartered will step down in June, the company said, following poor results, job cuts and fines for failing to detect possible money-laundering.“Peter Sands will stand down from the board and as group chief executive in June 2015,” the British bank said in a statement, adding tha...
LONDON: Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) will drastically shrink its investment banking operations, pulling out of 25 countries across Europe, Asia and the Middle East and allowing the state-controlled lender to refocus on local lending in Britain.RBS is seven years into an unprecedented corporate diet, shedding over 1 trillion...
NEW YORK : Chinese computer and smartphone firm Lenovo Group Ltd. said its website was hacked on Wednesday, its second security blemish days after the US government advised consumers to remove software called “Superfish” pre-installed on its laptops.Hacking group Lizard Squad claimed credit for the attacks on microblogging...
LONDON: British business investment fell at its sharpest rate in nearly six years late last year, after tumbling global oil prices hit the North Sea petroleum industry, but stronger exports helped make economic growth a bit more balanced.Gross domestic product between October and December grew by a quarterly 0.5 percent, da...

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Dareen M. Edress is the marketing manager of “Ba9ma Banat,” an innovative institution that revives the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) among young girls through different programs and interesting products such as calendars, diaries and books comprising the sayings of the Prophet (pbuh).
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An Irdeto study published recently showed there was a 385 percent increase in global piracy rates for Oscar nominated films. Irdeto, which specializes in helping content owners minimize the impact of piracy, monitored illegal downloading activity in over 200 countries from Jan. 1 until Feb. 14 and found that this spike and the continuing growth...

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Ghalia Mahmoudi is a happening fashion blogger who writes about local and international fashion and style. She is a marketing student sharing her fashion addiction with the world through her blog www.vogueoverdosed.com.
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Soaked in Celtic and medieval history, Edinburgh is a cultural tapestry that’s largely visually defined by hills, cathedrals, and the bold stone towers of Edinburgh Castle. The city is very festive where people like to celebrate everything from art, music, and food to theater, sports and comedy.
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About 90 percent of camels in the Gulf region are carriers of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV), which requires the urgent need for a vaccine, according to a leading Health Ministry official.In addition, the virus can be transmitted over a 1-meter distance, Abdullah Asiri, undersecretary for preventative health at the ministry, was quoted as saying in a local publication on Tuesday.Asiri said that 50 percent of camels in Al-Ahsa region carry the virus. A person who comes into contact with infected camels can transmit the virus to family members without showing symptoms of the disease, he said.He said mass extermination of these camels was not an acceptable solution...
Parkinson's disease is a degenerative neurological disorder that affects around seven million people globally, and one million in the United States alone, usually afflicting people older than 50. The disease strikes 2 percent of those over age 65, and 5-10 percent of cases occur in people under 50. The cause remains unknown, preventing us from arresting the disease’s development — though environmental and occupational factors loom large in recent research.Chinese and Indian texts from 1,000 BC appear to describe a similar affliction. But James Parkinson was the first to describe the disease in detail, in 1817. Those developing Parkinson’s suffer slow movement, tremors, stiffness, difficulty...
Riyadh has grown so much in the last 10 years and this is particularly noticeable when you look at restaurants. Nowadays most restaurants have opened outlets in Riyadh’s new districts. This is the case with Can Café. This fashionable coffee shop has a branch on the trendy Al-Tahliya Street lined up with some of the best restaurants in the capital and another outlet on Omar Bin Abdul Aziz Road (Exit 14) in the Rabwa district. Can Café is a good place to have breakfast food at any time of the day! You can order “Four pieces of French Toast with maple syrup, orange juice and American coffee” for SR32. “French Toast”, known in French as “Pain Perdu”is a delightful dessert consisting of slices...

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LONDON: Madonna’s on-stage fall at the Brit Awards unleashed a wave of Internet jokes about the star’s cape malfunction...
BUDAPEST, Hungary: If “king for a day” sounds too majestic, a small Hungarian village will let you become deputy mayor for a few days.The village of Megyer, population 18, has put itself up for rent to companies and tourists.For 210,000 forints ($750; 690 euros) a day, a prospective renter gets seven guesthouses that sleep 39 people, four streets, a bus stop, a barn, a chicken yard, six horses, two cows, three sheep and four hectares (10 acres) of farmland — along with the possibility of temporarily being named deputy mayor.The deal aims to revitalize the hamlet, which dates back to at least...
Guess who is on cloud 9 these days? Yes, it’s Fawad Afzal Khan, after bagging the Filmfare Award. He is what fairytales are made of. Watching him on screen, the inevitable ‘happily ever after’ ending seems predictable. Already one of the top-rated actors in Pakistan, he sure has managed to get his competition green-eyed after his first Bollywood film, ‘Khoobsurat’. After his appearance here, he seems to have taken off in the Indian film industry. The result? Yes a lot of interest has been whipped up, for sure. There seemed to be a professional link with Karan Johar. Reports indicated that the...

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