Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh has urged young people to steer clear of “calls for jihad” issued on “perverted” grounds.“Young people should not let themselves be influenced by calls for jihad ... on perverted principles,” he was quoted by the SPA as saying.“It is a great misfortune that our youths are being exploited to fuel sedition” and lured into war zones “under the pretext of jihad,” he said.Those “endangering the lives” of young Saudi nationals have “disobeyed God and have sinned.”He urged youths to ignore calls to jihad from people representing “deviant principles.”The grand muft, in comments on Aug. 18, condemned Al-Qaeda and Islamic State militants as the “enemy number one” of Islam.The Interior Ministry this week announced eight arrests in northwest Saudi Arabia on suspicion of recruiting young people to join IS operations in Iraq and Syria.IS militants have seized v...
Around 621,000 Saudi nationals have been found eligible to receive housing aid under a new scheme de...
KIEV/DONETSK: US and Ukrainian officials on Thursday accused Russia of being directly involved in th...
Crown Prince Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, will visit France next week to hold talks with President Francois Hollande and senior Cabinet members on the threat posed by violent extremists, presidency sources in Paris said.“Prince Salman will meet President Hollande on Monday and will be treated to an official dinner at the Elysee presidential palace,” the sources said.The talks will focus on ways to stren...
In a major diplomatic move to strengthen GCC ties, a Saudi delegation led by Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal held talks with Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, crown prince of Abu Dhabi, on Thursday.The two sides discussed ways of strengthening the deep-rooted bilateral cooperation in different sectors to achieve strategic objectives, an official statement said. They also agreed to strengthen the GCC by unifying...

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The Ministry of Health warned private hospitals on Thursday against charging fees for administrative work, such as opening patient files. A ministry official reiterated regulations that were introduced earlier this year and said such charges went against these regulations and executive by-laws. The...
Kindness and respect go a long way in reducing cases of maid-related violence in the Kingdom, said several Saudi experts. “We have to make maids feel at home in our families,” one said.Experts have voiced their professional opinion amid recent calls made by Saudis for maid-free homes in the wake of increasing cases of viole...
A top official of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) met with officials in charge of Haj missions and Haj affairs at embassies and consulates on Thursday to discuss ongoing awareness initiatives on a Kingdom-based project aimed at helping pilgrims fulfill their sacrificial obligations while ensuring hygiene standards in and...
The Ministry of Health has made elaborate arrangements to check incoming Haj pilgrims and provide them with health care in the holy city of Makkah and at the main entry points of King Abdulaziz International Airport and the Jeddah Islamic Port.“The Health Ministry is also equipping all hospitals in Mina Arafat and other hol...
A medical team in Asir successfully removed a massive, two-kilogram hair lump from the stomach of a 20-year-old patient.The team, headed by Dr. Antoine Nosta, operated at Muhayil General Hospital.“The patient came to the emergency room at the hospital complaining of ongoing stomach pain and dramatic weight loss,” said Saeed...
CHICAGO: Fewer than half of Saudi Arabian patients in a study passed the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome virus to household members, and many of those who developed secondary infections contracted mild cases of MERS, global researchers reported Wednesday.The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, confirme...
Furniture shops in Jeddah witnessed a rise in young shoppers who are planning to get married during the summer season. According to shop owners, sales increased by 90 percent due to the high number of marriages taking place during the summer, which is considered a high season throughout the Kingdom. Furniture, carpet, and b...
Saudi women have filed some 622 "adhl" cases from the beginning of 2013 to date, Justice Ministry sources said. "Adhl" is where a woman is denied the right to marry by her guardians.Riyadh and Jeddah courts received 63 percent or 396 such cases, a local newspaper quoted the sources as saying.Riyadh topped the Kingdom’s citi...
The Eastern Province Municipality official who was accused of amassing SR6.3 million in bribes has been sentenced to 10 years in prison and fined SR1 million.The official had also been accused of forgery and breach of trust. The bribe money has been retrieved from his bank accounts.An Egyptian engineer working at the munici...
An Indian pilgrim from the state of Kerala who came to the Kingdom for Umrah three months ago went missing after wandering outside of his hotel room.Relatives are still looking for Mohammed Rashid Mustafa, 82, from Kallambalam, near Thiruvanandapuram.“We lost Mustafa while we were at the Grand Mosque in Makkah,” one relativ...
The ratio of nurses for physicians in the government-run hospitals is double compared to the rate prevailing in private sector hospitals, that means two nurses for one physician against one in private hospitals, local media said.Meanwhile, government hospitals added 1,959 physicians onto the list of their doctors, or an inc...
A Yemeni woman, 60, was reunited with her son after 36 years, said sabq.org electronic newspaper quoting her brother.The son was only three years old when the woman got divorced from a man she married at the age of 15. The couple had separated after seven years of marriage following the birth of their son.The woman returned...
Jeddah courts witnessed an alarming rise in divorce cases totaling 300 in the last one month alone in addition to 200 divorce request from women.“The increased number of divorces in Jeddah is worrying,” Yahya Al-Salami, judge of marriages in the Civil Status Court in Jeddah, said. He added that the Civil Status Court in Jed...

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UNITED NATIONS: Negotiations are going on for the release of 43 United Nations D...

UNITED NATIONS: A group of 43 UN peacekeepers in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heig...

JERUSALEM: Both Israel’s prime minister and Hamas declared victory Wednesday in...

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories: Life in Gaza resumed some semblance of norma...

GAZA/JERUSALEM: An open-ended cease-fire in the Gaza war held on Wednesday as Pr...

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ANTANANARIVO: A thick grey swarm of locusts engulfed Madagascar’s capital on Thu...

CANBERRA: Just weeks before the hunt for the missing Malaysian airliner is set t...

KIEV/DONETSK: US and Ukrainian officials on Thursday accused Russia of being dir...

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said he would not cave in to p...

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Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, chairman of Kingdom Holding Company (KHC), awarded ea...

NEW YORK: Agnieszka Radwanska’s US Open woes continued Wednesday as China’s Peng...

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SAN FRANCISCO: Apple will unveil an “iWatch” in September with the maker of the iPhone finally embarking on its much-rumored foray into wearable computing, technology new...
JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s petrochemical stocks continued their advance on Thursday, fueled by hopes for strong product demand from key markets. The sector’s index added 0.7 percent.The Tadawul All-Share Index (TASI) added just 0.1 percent, dragged down by profit-taking in banks which had earlier jumped on expectations of wider...
JEDDAH: Saudi crude exports fell in June to their lowest levels in almost three years as oil use in the country’s power sector rose and local refineries processed high volumes, official data showed.Saudi Arabia exported 6.946 million barrels per day (bpd) in June, slightly down from the 6.987 million bpd in May, according t...
DUBAI: DP World, one of the world’s largest port operators, reported a 26 percent rise in net profit for the first half of the year as its container volumes and margins increased.The company, one of the more profitable assets of debt-laden Dubai World, posted a first-half net profit of $332 million. This compares with a pro...
MOSCOW: Leading Russian airline Aeroflot dived into loss in the first half of the year, buffeted by the problems afflicting the Russian economy, the group said.The Russian economy is experiencing sharp slowdown, severely exacerbated by Western sanctions against Russia’s support for separatists in eastern Ukraine.The slowdow...
FRANKFURT/BERLIN: Lufthansa said talks with pilots over an early retirement scheme had ended without an agreement, leading to strike action on Friday that will affect thousands of travelers coming back from summer holidays.The Lufthansa pilots want the management to maintain the scheme that allows them to retire early at 55...
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Airlines reported another financial loss and warned of poor second-half earnings, as passenger bookings tumbled in response to the loss of two aircraft in separate disasters this year.In a statement to the stock exchange, Malaysian Airline System Bhd (MAS) said its second-quarter net loss grew to 307....
SYDNEY: Qantas Airways Ltd. is looking past its record annual loss and predicting blue skies ahead, as a landmark change in Australian laws opens the door to foreign investment in the airline’s international arm — its biggest headache.A funding injection into its international division would allow Qantas to better compete o...
The Tadawul All-Share Index (TASI), which has surged around 12 percent since regulators announced plans to liberalize the Saudi stock market for foreign investment, closed above the 11,000-point mark on Wednesday.“The market continues to attract fresh liquidity which is positive for the uptrend in the medium term,” commente...
Dun & Bradstreet South Asia Middle East Ltd (D&B) in association with the National Commercial Bank released the D&B Business Optimism Index (BOI) survey for Saudi Arabia for Q3, 2014. The BOI survey highlights the weakening of optimism levels of both the hydrocarbon and non-hydrocarbon sectors.The economic outlo...
Although the Kingdom has the largest oil reserves in the world and occupies the fifth place in terms of natural gas reserves, yet according to a report by oil specialist the Kingdom faces many challenges as a result of a number of different factors, including its need to meet the requirements of development.Oil and gas bein...
NEW YORK: Crude oil futures edged lower on Wednesday after a report showed declining US gasoline demand in the world's top oil consumer and a build at the key Cushing, Oklahoma storage hub.In its weekly report, the US Energy Information Administration said US crude oil stocks fell by a greater-than-expected 2.07 million bar...
NEW DELHI: The Asian Development Bank has urged India’s new government to cut stifling red-tape to draw foreign investment and get the country back on a high-growth track.ADB President Takehiko Nakao, speaking after holding talks with India’s new right-wing premier Narendra Modi, noted the country’s economy posted near doub...

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As a response to requests from brands who use Instagram to build their online community, Instagram has announced yesterday that over the coming weeks and months they will be rolling out a new suite of analytical business tools that will help brands in evaluating the...

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As chic and pretty as her collection, Selina Farooqui is a new and promising designer in the Middle East.
Farooqui is a designer who imbibes the aesthetics of culture and luxury together in her collection.
It is a combination of royal colors, traditional embroidery and sophisticated designs that set her clothes aside from the competiti...

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MADRID: Revellers pelted each other with tomatoes and bathed in red goo in Spain’s Tomatina, a fiesta that draws thousands each year for “the world’s biggest food fight.”
Locals and visitors from as far afield as the United States and Japan crammed into the eastern town of Bunol as mushy tomatoes rained from the backs of trucks and flew in...

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Although it has been a main element in the South American food scenario for many years, chia seeds gained popularity in the Western world only recently. It is also known as super food.Chia seeds are known as meramia in Arabic. The word chia is derived from the origin of these seeds, which is Mexico. It can be served with water, lemon and sugar as a traditional drink called “Chia Fresca”.Benefits of chia seeds:1. They suck up the water from the body, which is a perfect food for those who want to lose weight, especially in the stomach area.2. Chia seeds are rich in antioxidants.3. Good source of calcium, phosphorus, manganese, copper iron, zinc, magnesium, molybdenum and niacin.4. They work...
Since I have begun writing about restaurants in Riyadh, I have always wondered why there are so few restaurants serving Saudi food. Expatriates often think that Kapsa is the only Saudi dish but this is not the case. A quick glance at Saudi cuisine highlights the importance of regional cooking as well as foreign influences namely Turkish, Indian, Syrian, Lebanese and Egyptian. The truth is that the best Saudi food is still cooked at home. But if you do not have access to genuine homemade Saudi food, I recommend you try the Najd Village. Established since 1996, this restaurant has been consistently serving good Saudi food in a typical Najdi environment. It specializes in the regional cuisine...
GENEVA: Governments should ban the sale of e-cigarettes to minors, the World Health Organization said, warning that they pose a "serious threat" to fetuses and young people.The UN health body also recommended that the cigarette-shaped electrical devices be banned from public indoor spaces "until exhaled vapour is proven to be not harmful to bystanders"."The existing evidence shows that (e-cigarette) aerosol is not 'merely vapour' as is often claimed in the marketing of these products," WHO said.The devices, which have grown in popularity in particular with youths, function by heating flavoured nicotine liquid into a vapour that is inhaled — much like traditional cigarettes, but without the...

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TOKYO: Hello Kitty is not a cat, the company behind Japan’s global icon of cute insisted Thursday, despite an uproar fro...
WASHINGTON: Spiders whose webs clog up fuel tank vents have forced Suzuki to recall some 19,000 2010-2013 Kizashi sedans in the United States.The Japanese automaker said Wednesday that the arachnids can weave webs in a vent hose running from a car’s gasoline tank, blocking it and causing the tank to build up negative pressure as fuel is used.The result could be a crack in the tank and leaking fuel that poses a fire hazard, the company said.In the recall it promises to replace tanks where spider web clogs are found, or replace the evaporative canister vent line on other cars with a safer model...
BUFFALO, New York: John Lennon’s imprisoned killer says he still gets letters about the pain he has caused.Mark David Chapman was denied release during his eighth appearance before a parole board last week.New York state corrections officials on Wednesday released the transcript from the hearing at the Wende Correctional Facility.Chapman told the parole board he’s sorry for “being such an idiot” and seeking notoriety the way he did.Chapman fired five shots on Dec. 8, 1980, outside the Dakota apartment house where Lennon lived on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, striking the ex-Beatle four times....

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