DAMASCUS: Syria said Monday it will hold a presidential election expected to return President Bashar Assad to office on June 3, despite a civil war that has killed tens of thousands.Underlining the ongoing violence in the country, mortar fire hit near the parliament building shortly before the election date was announced, killing two people.Syria’s first presidential election — after constitutional amendments did away with the old referendum system — will be held amid violence that has killed 150,000 people since March 2011, according to one monitoring group.Parliament speaker Mohammad Al-Lahham announced the election date at a special session, saying Syrians living outside the country would vote May 28 and candidates would be able to register to run from Tuesday until May 1.Lahham said voting would be “free and fair... and under full judicial supervision.”He urged Syrians “to give voice...
BAGHDAD: A series of attacks, including a coordinated assault on a private Shiite college in Baghdad...
KARACHI: At least 42 people were killed and 17 wounded in southern Pakistan when a bus travelling to...
Saudi Arabia confirmed 13 new cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) on Sunday, adding up to 49 infections in six days, a sudden increase of a disease that kills about a third of the people infected and has no cure. The virus has infected 244 people in the Kingdom, of whom 75 have died, the Health Ministry said Sunday. However, Health Minister Abdullah Al-Rabeeah told reporters there was no scientific evidence...
DOHA: A Qatar-based Islamic scholar whose fiery sermons strained ties between Doha and its neighbors sent a conciliatory message to countries he has criticized in an apparent attempt to help end a rift between the Gulf allies. Sheikh Yousuf Qaradawi, an Egyptian-born scholar, said all views expressed in his preaching were his own and not those of Qatar. “My personal position does not reflect the position of the Qa...

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French President Francois Hollande and Deputy Foreign Minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah will open a Haj exhibition in Paris on Tuesday.King Abdul Aziz Library and t...
A Saudi woman has become the first licensed female pilot in the Kingdom.Thirty-five-year-old Hanadi Al-Hindi, who had battled kidney problems, acquired licensing from the Jeddah-based General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) to fly planes in Saudi Arabia.Al-Hindi, who wears a headscarf, has begun flying small and wide-bod...
The Makkah Traffic Police is intensifying inspections on weekends to control and streamline the increasing traffic owing to the surging number of pilgrims in the holy city and adopting strategic measures to curb driving violations with the aim to ensure road safety.In the latest move, the Traffic Police arrested 20 erring m...
More than 17,000 Saudi tourists visited neighboring Oman last year, placing the country among leading destinations for the Kingdom’s residents.“The government aims to sustain this growth and achieve further market expansion by participating in travel fairs taking place in various parts of the Kingdom,” said Ghasi Humaid Al-...

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TRIPOLI: The Libyan Parliament on Sunday began hearing seven candidates who are...

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BEIJING: Ford Motor Co. unveiled a new Escort sedan designed in China for global...

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SHANGHAI: Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton captured his third straight Formula One race with ease on Sunday, leading from start to finish to win the Chinese Grand Prix. Me...
LISBON: Benfica clinched their first Portuguese league title since 2010, and only their third in the last 20 seasons, when they beat bottom-of-the-table Olhanense 2-0 at home with a double from forward Lima on Sunday.The 30-year-old Brazilian, a little-known journeyman until he joined Benfica two years ago, broke the deadlo...
MADRID: Lionel Messi smashed in a superb free kick to complete a 2-1 comeback win for injury-hit Barcelona at home to Athletic Bilbao on Sunday that kept alive their slim hopes of a fifth La Liga title in six years.After a wretched 12 days when they were eliminated from the Champions League by Atletico Madrid, beaten in the...
MADRID: Atletico Madrid sent Jose Mourinho packing without a major trophy in his final season in Spain and the surprise Champions League semifinalists are itching to land another blow on the Portuguese coach.Mourinho’s Chelsea play their last four, first leg at the Calderon on Tuesday against an Atletico side riding high in...

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Today we are celebrating the 39th anniversary of Arab News, the first English-la...
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British envoy to India Sir James Bevan’s politically significant decision to tra...
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When artist Wael Shawky attended the 10th Sharjah Biennal in 2011 he became aware of something a little unsettling. This was the unintentional disconnect between the words being spoken by the art curators at the press conferences and a large part of the ‘community’ which the organizers declared it was their intention to reach. He not...

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RescueTime is a software that helps increase your productivity by monitoring your activity on the computer and informing you when and how you're being productive or distracted.
The program is basically a small application (3.76MB) that you have to install locally on your computer. Whenever you would like to see statistics about your b...

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In the latest event to rock J-town's fashion scene, 15 fashion designers came together with their collections of trendy skirts, especially designed for the trunk show held at Libra Boutique.
The event gathered 12 Saudi designers along with two Kuwaiti designers who were looking to test the Saudi market with their designs.
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The historic Bidar in the federal state of Karnataka in India now finds itself on the world map of heritage tourism as it figures in the 2014 World Monuments Watch list released by the World Monuments Fund (WMF), a New York-based NGO working for the protection of monuments. I was in Bidar last year especially to feel what a premier madrasa (reli...

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Wearing a face mask can reduce the risk of being infected by the coronavirus by more than 80 percent, Dr. Hana Bakhash, a consultant in infectious diseases and viruses at Dr. Soliman Fakeeh Hospital (DSFH) in Jeddah, told Arab News.“Residents are advised to maintain personal hygiene and wash their hands regularly, as well as avoid large crowds, especially at hospitals, commercial centers, malls and markets,” she said.Pharmacy owners have reported a boom in mask sales, with a 300-percent increase in a single week, indicating fear among locals that has only been exacerbated by rampant rumors on social networking sites.“I hardly used to sell any face masks in the past, but have sold more than...
Ehnaini cakes, burgers made with traditional Bahraini kebabs, and fries made with ancient aromatic spices are only some of the dishes you can enjoy at the Baiz coffee shop and restaurant in Alkhobar. Everything in the restaurant, from its name (Baiz is an old local term meaning a piece of cloth used to clean surfaces) to the dishes on the menu and the antique interior design uniquely blended with modernity, end up giving a feel of the traditions of the Eastern Province. Eman Al-Bagawi is the co-founder of the restaurant together with her cousin Fai Al-Shammari. She is a marketing graduate whose study has helped her market her project, especially through Instagram and Twitter. She then...
The late United Arab Emirates President Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan traveled 7,000 miles to get there for his kidney transplant. For decades the Cleveland Clinic has provided health care to the upper echelons of Middle Eastern society who fly halfway across the world for treatment at the Ohio-based private medical center. Soon, they can skip the trip. Early next year the Cleveland Clinic plans to open an ultra-modern, 364-bed specialty hospital on Al-Maryah Island in Abu Dhabi, one of the most ambitious forays into the oil-rich country by a US health care brand. The expansion comes as the Cleveland Clinic slashes hundreds of millions of dollars off its US operations to prepare for...

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MUMBAI: After delivering hits with R Balki, megastar Amitabh Bachchan has revealed that he still gets butterflies in the...
SYDNEY: Britain’s baby Prince George stepped out in public with his parents Sunday for the first time in Australia, for an encounter with wildlife at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo.George, eight-months-old and third in line to the throne after grandfather Princes Charles and father William, stole the show as his parents toured the harborfront zoo overlooking the Opera House and Sydney Harbor Bridge.The royal family were at the zoo to visit an enclosure for bilbies and meet one of the rabbit-eared native marsupials who was named in George’s honor.Dressed in a blue striped shirt, blue shorts and black...
LOS ANGELES: Michelle Obama is to make a cameo appearance on American musical drama series ‘Nashville’ next month. The First Lady, 50, will make a cameo appearance as herself in an upcoming episode of the ABC drama, which will air on May 7 and lead up to the season two finale, reported Ace Showbiz.The brunette beauty will appear alongside Connie Britton, whose character Rayna James persuades Obama to host a charity concert at Fort Campbell, after it is revealed character Luke Wheeler has been injured in Afghanistan. The mother of two, who appears to have no problem oozing confidence in front...

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