DHAKA: Bangladesh has sacked a top minister after his criticism of the Muslim pilgrimage of Haj triggered protests by Islamists who declared him an apostate and set a 24-hour deadline to replace him.Abdul Latif Siddique, the country’s telecommunications minister, who is in New York accompanying Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, made the comments which were aired by local television stations.Siddique said: “I am dead against Haj and Tablig Jamaat. Two million people have gone to Saudi Arabia to perform Haj. Haj is a waste of manpower. Those who perform Haj do not have any productivity. They deduct from the economy, spend a lot of money abroad.”The comments drew immediate protests from the group Hefajat-e-Islam whose leaders called him “an apostate” and set a 24-hour deadline to the government to sack him from the Cabinet.A senior official told AFP Siddique would be removed but he did not comm...
WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama and new Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has vowed to expan...
More than 1.4 million foreign pilgrims are expected to perform Haj this year, said Haj Minister Band...
ARBIL, Iraq: Kurdish troops backed by warplanes battled the Islamic State group on three fronts in northern Iraq on Tuesday, clawing back land they lost to the jihadists in recent months.The Kurdish peshmerga struck before dawn against the town of Rabia on the Syrian border, north of the jihadist-controlled second city Mosul, and south of key oil hub Kirkuk, officers said.A senior source in the peshmerga said troops had e...
CAIRO: An Egyptian court sentenced 68 Muslim Brotherhood supporters to jail terms on Tuesday, judicial sources said, in a case related to deadly violence a year ago after the army’s ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi.All were found guilty of killing 30 people and intending to kill others in Cairo on October 6, 2013, when more than 50 people died in clashes across the country between Mursi opponents and supporters....

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The Ministry of Haj plans to fix the prices of Haj services offered by companies in an attempt to prevent the exploitation of pilgrims by unscrupulous operators.Hussein Al-Sharif, undersecretary for Haj Affairs at the ministry, said a specialized department is working on the plan, which would includ...
They can be seen video recording themselves walking around the Kaaba, kissing the black stone, perched close to the mount of Safa or Marwa, or standing near the green dome of the Prophet’s mosque. Selfie fever has taken pilgrims and visitors to the Two Holy Mosques by storm in recent days, much to the chagrin of scholars an...
Every year millions of Muslim faithful from different parts of the world assemble in Makkah and other holy sites for Haj, the fifth pillar of Islam, in a unique expression of Islamic unity and brotherhood, chanting “Labbaik Allahumma Labbaik, Labbaik Lasharika Laka Labbaik” (O Allah, here we are answering Your Call, and we...
Security forces have barred 98,000 people from entering Makkah because they did not have Haj permits, the Interior Ministry said in a statement on Monday. The authorities did not allow 25,216 vehicles to enter the holy sites because they were not licensed to carry pilgrims. Police seized 85 vehicles for violating other Haj-...
Saudi women have filed 383 cases against their guardians for denying them the right to marriage, local media has said quoting data released by the Ministry of Justice.Riyadh registered the highest number of “adhl” cases Kingdomwide, with 95 cases, followed by Jeddah, which recorded 81 cases, Makkah 65 cases, Dammam 31 cases...
The Ministry of Health administered vaccines and polio doses to thousands of incoming pilgrims who have not taken their vaccination at home, a senior health official from the Haj Terminal told Arab News by telephone on Sunday. Abdul Ghani Mohamed Al-Malki, who is in charge of the medical and technical support health team at...
Popular Bollywood actor, writer and director of yesteryear, Kader Khan, has arrived in Makkah to perform Haj. The Baluchistan-born 78-year-old actor is accompanied by his two sons, Shahnawaz and Sarfaraz, and a daughter-in-law. Indian Consul General B.S. Mubarak told Arab News on Monday that he is being accorded the customa...
A total of 168,800 Indonesians will perform Haj this year, the country's ambassador said Monday.Abdurrahman Mohammed Fachir told Arab News the final contingent of pilgrims arrived at King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah on Sunday evening and left for the holy city of Makkah. He said the first flight of pilgrims ar...
Eastern Province police have arrested several suspects for opening fire at a wedding ceremony in Al-Mujamma.After a thorough investigation, police were able to catch the criminals, who had ambushed the bridal motorcade, said a statement issued by police.The arms used to ambush the celebration and bring the procession to a h...
A large number of workers and professionals who have applied for Canadian citizenship under a new law will face difficulty coming back to Gulf states, including Saudi Arabia, to earn petro dollars after acquiring Canadian passports.The Canadian government has introduced the new law, which changes the rules for acquiring cit...
The implementation of the southern border security project is under way, according to the Border Guards.The project includes roads, facilities and security offices that will be interlinked through an advanced electronic system alongside the border with Yemen and Oman.Maj. Gen. Mohammad Al-Ghamdi, Border Guard spokesman, sai...
Three people, two of whom were disguised as women, were arrested for attacking and attempting to rob a grocery worker in the Jazan province, a local newspaper said.The victim was taken to a hospital after sustaining deep wounds to his head and bruises on different parts of his body as a result of the attack by the three-mem...
*Which particular aspect of Saudi Arabia you like the most? The presence of the Two Holy Mosques in Makkah and Madinah.*What is your favorite and oft-repeated Arabic word? Shukran.*Which book is by your bedside these days? There are a couple of books on public diplomacy.*Your favorite holiday destination? South of Franc...

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ABU DHABI/SANAA: An escalation of political turmoil in Yemen, one of the poorest...

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Muslims in Sri Lanka have expressed their concern over the visit of a radical mo...

KABUL: Afghanistan and the United States signed a long-awaited security pact on...

WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama and new Indian Prime Minister Narendra Mod...

NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has ordered his bureaucrats to co...

NEW DELHI: Southern India’s film industry launched an eight-hour fast to rally s...

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INCHEON: Doping controversies overshadowed the Asian Games on Tuesday as North a...

DUBAI: Young drivers aiming to boost their motorsport careers in Abu Dhabi this...

BEIJING: Rafael Nadal made a dominant return to tennis after a two-month injury...

PARIS: Last season’s beaten finalists Atletico Madrid host Serie A leaders Juven...

BEIJING: It was a fitting goodbye for China’s biggest tennis star, complete with...

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SAN FRANCISCO: Microsoft says the next version of its flagship operating system will be called Windows 10, as the company skips version 9 to emphasize advances it is maki...
NEW DELHI: Microsoft has announced plans to offer its commercial cloud services from Indian data centres as it seeks to tap what it calls a $2-trillion market in the country where Internet use is growing rapidly.The move is part of the US tech giant's strategy to prepare for a world in which all data is stored online in loc...
FRANKFURT: A new walkout by Lufthansa pilots has forced the cancellation of 50 flights in Frankfurt, Germany's busiest airport, affecting roughly 20,000 passengers, the airline said.Flights in and out of the hub were being affected but a company spokesman said the situation was calm and that Lufthansa was confident it would...
The price of crude oil has fallen to its lowest level in over two years in line with current economic conditions. Oil prices have been trending down since mid-June this year, when Brent crude was priced at around $115, to around $95 per barrel today. It will be nearly a month that Brent crude is trading below $100 per barre...
LONDON: US demand for petroleum products has experienced an unprecedented and broad-based decline over the last eight years as soaring oil prices have forced consumers to become more efficient and seek cheaper alternatives.Consumption of oil-based products has fallen in every major category — from gasoline, diesel and jet k...
DUBAI: United Arab Emirates energy firm Dana Gas said on Monday that it had been awarded exploration deals for two onshore gas blocks in Egypt.The company will operate the North El Salhiya onshore concession area, known as Block 1 and will partner with British company BP to explore El Matariya, Block 3, on a 50:50 ownership...
Saudi Arabia has proven oil reserves of 266 billion barrels and a current estimated spare production capacity of 2.7 million barrels a day.With uncertainties about the global oil market outlook stemming from the strength of the global recovery, the path of US oil production and the extent of supply outages in other countrie...
DUBAI: A landmark ruling by the court system in Dubai's financial free zone suggests the emirate is starting to influence the way international business disputes are resolved in the Middle East, partly taking over that role from London and New York.A court in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) recently found Sw...
MADRID/SYDNEY: A year after Spain, the sunniest country in Europe, issued notice of a law forcing solar energy-equipped homes and offices to pay a punitive tax, architect Inaki Alonso re-installed a 250 watt solar panel on a beam over his Madrid roof terrace.“The government wanted people to be afraid to generate their own e...
FRANKFURT: Lufthansa pilots turned up the pressure on management in an ongoing dispute over early retirement provisions on Monday by calling a fourth day of walkouts.Just a day after pilots at French flag carrier Air France ended their longest-ever strike, Lufthansa pilots announced nearly a full-day of stoppages on long-ha...
Saudi Arabia allocated SR252 billion ($67.2 billion) in aid to foreign countries between 1990 and 2014, according to a financial report.Saudis gave SR85 billion ($22.7 billion) in aid to nine Arab countries, namely Egypt, Yemen, Jordan, Bahrain, Oman, Palestine, Morocco, Sudan, and Djibouti, between 2011-2014, said the repo...
The GCC Interconnection Authority (GCCIA) on Sunday began the 3rd Regional Power Trade Forum 2014 under the theme "Developing power trade through the GCC interconnector” in Abu Dhabi.The inaugural session was attended by Matar Al-Neyadi, undersecretary of the UAE Ministry of Energy and chairman of the board of directors, G...
The broad-based BBG Commodity Index, which tracks the performance of 22 major commodities, reached a new five-year low before trading close to unchanged on the week. Performances across individual sectors are very mixed, with gains in energy and soft commodities offset by losses in industrial metals and grains. Stock market...

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MANILA: The Philippine anti-corruption court on Monday ordered the family of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos surrender eight paintings by famous European artists, declaring they had been illegally acquired with public funds.
The Philippines has estimated that Marcos, his family and cronies amassed more than $10 billion in cash, jewellery, as...

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SAN FRANCISCO: Microsoft says the next version of its flagship operating system will be called Windows 10, as the company skips version 9 to emphasize advances it is making toward a world centered around mobile devices and Internet services.
The current version, Windows 8, has been widely derided for forcing radical behavioral changes. Micr...

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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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Saudi Arabia joined the rest of the world in observing the World Tourism Day on Saturday in order to foster awareness among citizens and expatriates on the importance of tourism.
Started in 1980 by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), World Tourism Day is globally observed to highlight the social, cultural, political and e...

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NEW YORK: Walking may never become as trendy as CrossFit, as sexy as mud runs or as ego-boosting as Ironman races but for fitness experts who stress daily movement over workouts and an active lifestyle over weekends of warrior games, walking is a super star.For author and scientist Katy Bowman, walking is a biological imperative like eating. In her book, “Move Your DNA: Restore Your Health Through Natural Movement,” she suggests there are movement nutrients, just like dietary nutrients, that the body needs.“Walking is a superfood. It’s the defining movement of a human,” said Bowman, a biomechanist based in Ventura, California. “It’s a lot easier to get movement than it is to get exercise.”...
A leading consultant vascular surgeon and professor at King Abdulaziz University says about 200,000 pilgrims afflicted with diabetes are expected to suffer from diabetic foot ulcer unless they take the necessary precautionary and preventive measures.Professor Hassan ibn Ali Al-Zahrani said that about 20 percent of diabetics suffer malfunction in the peripheral nerves, which reduces their sense of diabetic foot pain.He estimated the diabetics performing the holy rituals in this Haj season to be 10 percent of the total number of pilgrims, most of them elderly. The percentage is based on international statistics on diabetes in Arab and Islamic countries.“Diabetic pilgrims are more susceptible...
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic: An excruciating mosquito-borne illness that arrived less than a year ago in the Americas is raging across the region, leaping from the Caribbean to the Central and South American mainland, and infecting more than 1 million people. Some cases already have emerged in the US.While the disease, called chikungunya, usually is not fatal, the epidemic has overwhelmed hospitals, cut economic productivity and caused its sufferers days of pain and misery. And the count of victims is soaring.In El Salvador, health officials report nearly 30,000 suspected cases, up from 2,300 at the beginning of August, and hospitals are filled with people with the telltale signs of...

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PARIS: She has a Beatle dad, hosts palpitating, must-see fashion shows in the grandest Paris opera house, and attracted...
MALIBU, California: Authorities say an SUV carrying actress Leah Remini and singer Jennifer Lopez and her two children, was rear-ended by a suspected drunken driver who then fled the scene.Los Angeles county Sheriff’s Sgt. Philip Brooks says Remini was driving Lopez’s SUV at about 8 p.m. Saturday and stopped at a traffic light in Malibu. Their vehicle was rear-ended by a pickup truck. No one was injured. The drivers got out of their vehicles to assess the minor damage and were about to exchange information when the man got into his truck and drove off.
NEW YORK: Thousands of miles from his ravaged homeland in the comfort and security of midtown Manhattan, Raed Saleh chokes up as he recalls some of the horrors he has witnessed as a rescue worker in northern Syria.He feels angry, cheated and most of all, deeply sad for his country.“Two Americans and one Brit were killed, and the entire world mobilized to fight Daesh,” he said, referring to the Islamic State group by its Arabic acronym. “In Syria, some 200,000 people have died: Why doesn’t anyone care?“From New York, Saleh says he has been in touch with colleagues in Syria over the phone and...

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