DERA ISMAIL KHAN: The most hated man in Pakistan is a 36-year-old father of three and volleyball enthusiast nicknamed “Slim.”His real name is Umar Mansoor and the Pakistani Taleban say he masterminded this week’s massacre of 132 children and nine staff at a school in Peshawar — the deadliest militant attack in Pakistan’s history.A video posted on Thursday on a website used by the Taleban shows a man holding an admonishing finger aloft as he seeks to justify the Dec. 16 attack. The caption identified him as Umar Mansoor.“If our women and children die as martyrs, your children will not escape,” he said. “We will fight against you in such a style that you attack us and we will take revenge on innocents.”The Taleban say the attack, in which gunmen wearing suicide-bomb vests executed children, was retaliation for a military offensive carried out by the Pakistani army. They accuse the military...
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah has strongly condemned the Taleban terrorist attack...
The minister of petroleum and mineral resources said Thursday that the global oil price slump was te...
WASHINGTON: North Korea was responsible for a “destructive” cyber attack on Sony Pictures, the US Federal Bureau of Investigation said Friday, warning it would hunt down the perpetrators and make them pay.“Such acts of intimidation fall outside the bounds of acceptable state behavior,” the FBI said in a statement, adding it would “identify, pursue, and impose costs and consequences on individuals, groups, or nation states...
JERUSALEM: Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas said Thursday that he supports further negotiations on a proposed UN Security Council resolution that sets a 2017 deadline for an Israeli withdrawal from war-won lands the Palestinians seek for their state.His comments indicated that he is trying to avoid a clash with Washington at the council.The Arab-backed draft, submitted by Jordan on Wednesday, sets aside one year for Israe...

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To catch those stealing from state coffers, the National Anti-Corruption Commission (Nazaha) has revealed it may ask the government to introduce legislation that would force all government officials to disclose details of their financial assets.Abdullah Al-Abdulqader, the deputy chairman of Nazaha,...
The abnormal and obsessive fear of the evil eye, or envy, makes many people in this country act in strange and irrational ways to ward off harm, say experts.This includes not wanting to wear new clothes, moving to a new home, or buying a new car. A common practice among some women is to collect the water left over after was...
Citizens here have called on the government to teach the public how to behave at accident scenes because curious onlookers often impede rescue and medical teams trying to save the lives of victims.Ahmed Fadalah said there should be more public debate on the issue. He urged people to respect emergency lanes on roads. He said...
Labor Minister Adel Fakeih has promised to solve the problem of delayed visas, following complaints by businessmen in Tabuk.Fakeih made the comments at the opening of a new labor office in Tabuk. Musaed bin Abdul Mohsin Al-Bazei, a Tabuk businessman, had complained that local businesses are suffering because they do not hav...
A Cabinet decision taken two years ago granting permanent residency to foreign wives, widows and divorcees of Saudi citizens, has come into effect. The decision will also give permanent iqamas to foreign mothers of Saudi children, with the state bearing the license fees.“These women will be counted as Saudis for Saudization...
A fire damaged five plastic and paper stores in the first industrial city in Dammam on Thursday.A Civil Defense officer suffered minor burns to his foot during firefighting operations. He was taken to Dammam Medical Complex for treatment. There were no fatalities.Spokesman for the Civil Defense in the province, Col. Mansour...
The Supreme Court has ruled that the government must pay compensation to the victims of mistakes made by the judiciary, including people imprisoned for months after their sentences have ended.According to judicial sources quoted in the media, the ruling came after the court conducted a study on the issue. “The decision is a...
Delay in some contractors completing government construction projects has prompted calls from experts to draw a blacklist with the names of these companies. This would prevent delay in construction projects, said Mohammad Al-Qahtani, professor of International Business in King Faisal University, and one of the experts to co...
A forum on the labor and employment market in Madinah, sponsored by Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman and organized by the Madinah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, will be held on Feb 4 and 5 at the Meridien Hotel in Madinah.The announcement was made by chamber President Mohammed Faraj Al-Khatrawi at a press conference...
The new ATA Carnet system to be implemented on Jan. 1, would help ease the movement of goods between Saudi Arabia and other member states, a senior official from the Council of Saudi Chambers (CSC) told Saudi businesspeople here on Thursday.Khalid Al-Otaibi, secretary general of the CSC, made this comment during a workshop...
The head of the National Olympiad for Science Innovation (NOSI), Abdulhakeem Al-Dawoud, said here on Tuesday that as many as 6,160 projects in the field of scientific research and innovation had qualified for the second round of competition in this year's NOSI criterion challenge.The annual event conducted through the King...
Residents of Al-Safa district have called on the municipality to install sewage pipelines in their neighborhood because of the rising cost of removing waste and leaks into the streets. Siraj Abdulrahim, a resident of the neighborhood, said the entire district does not have sewage. “Every three days households search for tan...
Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) will launch a bouquet of smartphone services in the first week of January, Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser, its director general, announced Thursday. He said the new services would work on iPhones running the iOS7 operating system or later versions.Addressing a press conference at Jeddah Hilton af...

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TUNIS: Militants who have joined the Islamic State group claimed Thursday the 20...

JERUSALEM: The UN warned Thursday it was running out of funds to house families...

CAIRO: An Egyptian court sentenced 40 backers of ousted president Muhammad Mursi...

UNITED NATIONS: Jordan formally submitted to the United Nations Security Council...

ANKARA: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday stepped up his rhetoric in a...

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COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s main opposition has promised to address international conce...

MANILA: Philippine President Benigno Aquino has accepted the resignation of his...

MONTREAL: A Canadian woman who caused a fatal traffic accident after stopping he...

SYDNEY: Eight children have been killed and a woman who was mother to seven of t...

BERLIN: The UN appealed Thursday for $8.4 billion to provide emergency aid and l...

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LONDON: Alastair Cook has been dropped as England captain for next year’s 50-ove...

LAHORE: Ace Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal Friday said he is confident of a comeba...

BRISBANE: India were fighting back after Australia gained a 97-run innings lead...

PRETORIA: Vernon Philander took five wickets as South Africa closed in on victor...

MILAN: Juventus eased to a 3-1 win at relegation-threatened Cagliari on Thursday...

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JEDDAH: Stock markets in Saudi Arabia and the UAE soared on Thursday after the price of oil rebounded and the Riyadh government eased investors’ fears by saying it would...
Saudi Railways Organization (SRO) President Mohammed Al-Suwaiket has lauded the efforts of Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) in developing the tourism sector and preserving national heritage. Al-Suwaiket made these remarks as Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiq...
JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia shipped more crude oil in October than a month earlier while volumes used by domestic refineries remained high allowing more oil products exports, official data showed.Saudi Arabia exported 6.897 million barrels per day of crude in October, up from 6.722 million in September, data published by the Joint...
LONDON: Brent crude pared early gains on Thursday to trade back below $62 a barrel, giving up much of a 3 percent spike in London as traders assessed whether a price rout is done.Oil this week slumped as low as $58.50 and has almost halved since June as fast-growing US shale output overwhelms demand, with losses acceleratin...
DUBAI: Slumping oil prices will not halt a massive ramp-up in Gulf infrastructure spending, as rich nations deploy huge reserves to maintain a breakneck development pace and the rest turn to buoyant funding markets.However, states are being urged to consider the most effective funding mix for these schemes in the longer ter...
Industry needs for the estimated SR45 billion for rail projects will be displayed at Saudi Rail 2015 to be held in Riyadh next month.The event is scheduled to take place from Jan. 25 to 28 at the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center (RICEC).The Saudi Rail, an International Exhibition for Rail, Metro Lines,...
NEW YORK: Global equities markets rallied on Thursday, with Wall Street up more than 1 percent for a second straight day on what investors viewed as a favorable result from the US Federal Reserve’s most recent meeting. The Swiss franc tumbled after its central bank announced a surprise charge on deposits, wary of a flood of...
LONDON: Central bank foreign exchange reserves may have fallen last quarter for the first time since the global financial crisis, halting a decade-long shift out of dollars and threatening a key support for the euro and Australian and Canadian dollars.Ever since the dollar’s rise accelerated in July on expectations that the...
ANKARA: Turkey has brushed off concerns over the possible impact of the Russian economic crisis, saying its economy was strong enough to survive the turbulence in emerging markets.“The volatility in oil producing countries like Russia can have an impact on developing countries,” Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told a news co...
NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken direct control of a project-monitoring body to fast-track investments worth almost $300 billion and revive manufacturing in the country, two officials with direct knowledge of the matter said.Pro-business Modi has faced criticism in recent weeks that his ambition to s...
GENEVA: Switzerland’s central bank announced it was introducing negative interest rates to stop the franc getting any stronger, after the Russian ruble crisis sent investors pouring their investments into the safe haven currency.The Swiss National Bank will impose a rate of -0.25 percent on certain bank deposits on January...
ALBANY, New York: Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration will move to prohibit fracking in the state, citing unresolved health issues and dubious economic benefits of the widely used gas-drilling technique.Environmental Commissioner Joe Martens said he was recommending a ban, and Cuomo said he would defer to Martens and Acting...
JEDDAH: Petroleum and Mineral Resources Minister Ali Al-Naimi sees the current slide of oil prices as temporary and he remains optimistic about the future of the industry, state news agency SPA quoted him as saying.“I am optimistic about the future, what we are facing now and what the world is facing is a temporary situatio...

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The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded last week, given jointly to Kailash Satyarthi,...
Commenting on the decline and decay of the Islamic world, Robert Reilly writes i...
Hindu nationalists may ridicule Asaduddin Owaisi with “next Jinnah” taunts, but...
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It is said that artists represent the consciousness of people. If so, then artist Helen Zughaib has accomplished this in her recent exposition: “Fractured Spring,” which, in part, examines the aftermath of the Arab Spring, and the desperate depression that followed the initial euphoria.
Zughaib’s latest work consists of paintings, many of...

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida: NASA’s experimental Orion spacecraft left Florida by rocket and returned by truck.
The capsule arrived back at Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Thursday. It rocketed into orbit Dec. 5, traveling 3,600 miles (5,800 kilometers) into space on an unmanned test flight that proved to be a great success. NASA plans to us...

FASHION »

LONDON: Singer Jennifer Lopez and real-life princess Kate Middleton have been voted the top trendsetters of 2014.
Following closely behind them was Beyoncé, who placed third on the list, but surprisingly selfie queen Kim Kardashian was featured last on the top ten list, which was based on a survey conducted on 1,000 American women by online...

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The great variety of dramatic natural phenomena proves that Mother Nature can surprise even the most seasoned traveler.
Some destinations are made especially for those who love to relax, explore and appreciate nature. Arab News lists some of the prettiest places that are works of nature around the world:

Cave of Crystals, Naica,...

FOOD & HEALTH »

Authentic Lebanese food can be hard to find at times, especially as one roams through the maze of restaurants in Jeddah. Look no further, Shababik is one of the top authentic Lebanese restaurants in town, with its name meaning the woodwork covering windows as it was in the old Dey’aah. Each household would have its own personalized woodwork different from the other households around as it was a sign of beauty and sophistication. Having trained Lebanese chefs and sous chefs in the homeland, the restaurant presents its dishes just as it would be if one was visiting any area in Lebanon.The luxury restaurant is located on the top floor of Ana Ghair Mall on Sultan Street close to Tahlia Street....
The subject of chemicals is very long and complicated. I would like you to bear with me and read on to the end of this series of articles. It is important to become aware in order to protect your children and yourself. In Part 5, I wrote about the dangers of the misuse and abuse of antibiotics by humans as well as its indirect use through cattle and chicken in order to fatten them. But, the story about drugs did not end there. I will briefly tell you more about other harmful drugs in order to complete the topic.Painkillers and anti-inflammatory and antipyretic drugs produce their own share of harmful effects. Long-term use can inflict damage on the liver, our vital organ that is our body’s...
This explosive title 'The Obesity Paradox: When Thinner Means Sicker and Heavier Means Healthier' keeps all its promises from the very first pages. Right from the introduction, we are told things we have wanted to hear for a long time.Whether we are slim or overweight, we have all at one point wondered why fat no longer means what it used to. In the past, fat has often been associated with the idea of affluence and wealth meaning that overweight people had a good life and didn’t suffer from hunger. Women were also loved for their curvaceous body whereas nowadays fat is considered ugly and unhealthy. We live now in a world where we are conditioned to lose weight, eat low-fat food and fit in...

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LA FLECHE, France: Forget trekking to the Arctic. French tourists are opting for the luxury way to spend the night with...
BERLIN: Brown bears, grey wolves and other large carnivores are making a comeback in Europe.Scientists studying populations of bears, wolves, Eurasian lynx and wolverines found they have flourished on the continent, decades after being driven almost to extinction by hunting and the destruction of their habitat.Surprisingly, the animals aren’t just living in nature reserves or remote wilderness, but appear to co-exist in areas dominated by humans across a third of Europe’s land mass, the authors wrote in their article published in the journal Science on Thursday.The study found that Europe,...
The abnormal and obsessive fear of the evil eye, or envy, makes many people in this country act in strange and irrational ways to ward off harm, say experts.This includes not wanting to wear new clothes, moving to a new home, or buying a new car. A common practice among some women is to collect the water left over after washing dishes at weddings to protect themselves.They then run advertisements sellingthis water as a first line of defense against those who harm others with the envy in their hearts. Date pits are also commonly collected, say the experts.Ali Zairi, a psychology consultant at...

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