GENEVA: A UN watchdog on Friday slammed police shootings of blacks in the United States, days after a decision not to prosecute a white officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teen sparked nationwide protests.With tensions still running high after Monday’s decision by a Missouri grand jury not to charge a white policeman who shot dead 18-year-old Michael Brown on August 9, the UN Committee Against Torture published conclusions from its review earlier this month of the US record.Brown’s parents had been present at the hearing on November 12 and 13 in Geneva to discuss their son’s case with the committee members.“The committee is concerned about numerous reports of police brutality and excessive use of force by law enforcement officials, in particular against persons belonging to certain racial and ethnic groups,” the 10-member committee said in its report.It also lamented “racial pro...
NEW DELHI: India said Friday it was still searching for 39 construction workers abducted in Iraq in...
The GCC plans to set up a joint police force to tackle organized crime syndicates, terrorist groups,...
AMMAN: Hundreds of Jordanians joined a rally Friday organized by the Muslim Brotherhood to denounce Israeli plans to enshrine in law the country’s status as the national Jewish homeland.An estimated 1,500 protesters set off from the Husseini mosque in downtown Amman holding up signs saying “Al-Aqsa is in danger.”“There is a greater danger today, and that is the Jewish state draft law,” Hamzeh Mansur, the former head of th...
LONDON: Prime Minister David Cameron says migrants from Europe will have to leave Britain if they don’t get a job within six months, and must work for four years before receiving some benefits — moves he hopes will defuse criticism over his immigration policies.Immigration has become an increasingly bitter issue in Britain. The right-wing UK Independence Party has been gaining support with calls to curb migration and leav...

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The new Two Holy Mosques University would be launched soon with an emphasis on teaching various religious disciplines, said Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais, head of the Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques.In a recent speech to students of the Two Holy Mosques Institute for Science and L...
Twelve percent of those who had participated in government-run rehabilitation programs for terrorism have relapsed and returned to terror-related activities, a Ministry of Interior official has revealed.Maj. Gen. Mansour Al-Turki, spokesman for the Interior Ministry, said officials at the Prince Muhammad bin Naif Center for...
Road accidents resulted in 14 deaths in the Kingdom on Thursday. Seven perished on the Wadi Dawasser-Khamis Mushait Road when the cars they were traveling in collided head-on. The Saudi Red Crescent Authority in Riyadh region said an injured man was taken to the hospital by those who witnessed the crash.In another accident...
The Ministry of Interior has arrested 624 illegal workers over the past few days in Riyadh.This was the combined total from two separate raids carried out this week. On Wednesday, the police carried out a predawn raid in four districts of the capital. A senior police officer said those arrested included 82 Ethiopian women a...
The Ministry of Education plans to overhaul 142 community schools over the next two years including updating their curricula, screening teachers and fixing buildings.The schools in Jeddah, Makkah and Taif have 46,125 boys and girls enrolled. Sources at the Makkah Education Department said Minister of Education Prince Khaled...
The Kingdom plans to boost tourism ties with the Arab world, particularly Egypt, at the 17th Conference of Arab Tourism Ministers taking place in Cairo this week, said Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities.Prince Sultan arrived in Cairo on Wednesday night and was welcomed by...
The Eastern province’s businessmen have described the Council of Ministers’ decision to approve the establishment of a supreme commission for the development of the Eastern Province as a historic step and a progressive leap. They think this will contribute to the development of services and projects throughout the entire re...
Saudi Red Crescent teams in the Kingdom generally find it difficult to reach accident sites or offer the desired rescue and emergency services in time.A Saudi official from the Red Crescent Authority has recently developed a technology which can be adapted by smartphones through using the WhatsApp messaging system to send d...
The Ministry of Social Affairs wants the Interior Ministry to set up a family police unit to deal with domestic violence cases.Abdullah Al-Yousif, undersecretary for family and social welfare at the ministry, said the police officers in such a department would be trained to act in accordance with Saudi customs.Al-Yousif sai...
Female students from four Saudi universities recently displayed their photographic artwork at an exhibition in the United States.The exhibition held at the University of the District of Columbia was entitled Visionaries: Receiving Personal Identity, and included 38 pieces from students at four Saudi universities. There were...
Private sector firms have embarked on a new Saudization project, which seeks to align the procedures of engineering employment with the provisions of the Saudi Council of Engineers (SCE) and the Ministry of Labor.The procedures involve reducing the incentives and bonuses for expatriate engineers, which has prompted some of...
A top Greek official disclosed here that there will be two direct commercial flights a week from Greece to Saudi Arabia next year bringing the southern European country closer to the Kingdom.The new flights were announced by Greek Vice Minister of Development Notis Mitarachi at a reception hosted by the Greek ambassador. Sa...
The Ministry of Health has called for an increase of 10 percent in its annual budget to meet the needs of citizens, specifically services related to self-employment, medicines, medical supplies and devices, as well as non-medical operations, maintenance and cleanliness.According to the ministry, the increased funds will be...

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PARIS: France warned on Friday it would recognize a Palestinian state if an inte...

BEIRUT: Police used water cannons to break up a protest Friday by relatives of s...

ANKARA: Pope Francis on Friday called for dialogue between faiths to end extremi...

SANAA: Yemen’s Shiite Ansarullah militia is advancing in Taez province toward th...

AMMAN: Hundreds of Jordanians joined a rally Friday organized by the Muslim Brot...

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MOSCOW: A flotilla of Russian warships led by a large submarine hunting ship ent...

THE HAGUE: Police have arrested 118 people in an unprecedented globally-coordina...

SARAJEVO: A former Bosnian Croat military commander was charged on Friday with w...

GENEVA: Sperm can carry the Ebola virus for at least 82 days, the World Health O...

LONDON: Prime Minister David Cameron says migrants from Europe will have to leav...

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SYDNEY: Two-time former champion Greg Chalmers took a one-stroke lead Friday at...

San Miguel Beer and Alaska stayed shoulder-to-shoulder after Friday night and ke...

DUBAI: The 2014 FIA Middle East Rally Championship is set for a dramatic climax,...

HANOI: Vietnam booked their place in the semifinals of the AFF Suzuki Cup on Fri...

BANGKOK: India’s Anirban Lahiri retained his lead on day two of Thailand’s King’...

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LONDON: A fresh slide in the price of crude wiped tens of billions of dollars off oil companies’ market value on Friday and signaled an end to the sector’s safe-haven sta...
TOKYO: Japan released a string of lackluster economic data with inflation hitting its lowest level for more than a year, dealing another blow to Tokyo's attempts to conquer years of falling prices and tepid growth.The figures come after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called a snap election and delayed a sales tax hike set for ne...
LONDON: A renewed plunge in oil prices is a worrying sign of weakness in the global economy that could shake governments dependent on oil revenues. Yet it is also a bonus for consumers as prices fall at the pump, giving individuals more spending money and lowering costs for many businesses.The latest slide was triggered by...
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is negotiating with Qatar to begin imports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) early next year, Pakistan’s petroleum minister said.Pakistan is due to finish a terminal in January near Karachi that will initially handle 0.4 billion cubic feet of LNG per day (3.1 million tons per year).But it aims to import 0.6...
NEW DELHI: India said that food security for its millions of poor had been safeguarded in a landmark global trade reform deal adopted by the World Trade Organization.New Delhi and Washington struck an agreement earlier this month on protecting India’s huge food stockpiles from punitive measures, paving the way for the histo...
BRUSSELS: New European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker has defended his country Luxembourg’s controversial tax deals with global firms, saying it had no choice if it wanted to stay competitive.Juncker survived a no confidence vote in the European Parliament over revelations by the “Luxleaks” journalistic investigation...
TOKYO: Honda Motor and Mazda Motor may have to recall another 200,000 cars in Japan to replace Takata Corp. air bags if Takata complies with a US order to recall cars across the US rather than just in humid regions.Several automakers in the US have issued regional recalls of certain models to investigate what is causing som...
NEW DELHI: A slowdown in India’s economy in the last quarter will increase calls for Prime Minister Narendra Modi to step up reforms but was less severe than feared, giving the central bank ammunition to resist government pressure to cut interest rates.Gross domestic product expanded 5.3 percent in the July-September quarte...
BRUSSELS: Inflation in the eurozone returned to a five-year low, official data showed, raising pressure on the European Central Bank to unveil even more steps to fight the threat of deflation.The official data also showed that unemployment remained steady at 11.5 percent in October, unchanged amid a stagnating European econ...
JAKARTA: Indonesia’s new government took its first steps to clean up a graft-tainted oil and gas industry, overhauling the management of state giant Pertamina and pledging major reforms of the company’s energy trading division.Indonesia is looking to restore investor confidence in Southeast Asia’s biggest crude producer aft...
SEOUL: Insiders say staff at Samsung Electronics have never been so anxious ahead of the annual reshuffle, as a weak smartphone performance and its worst earnings in three years are expected to cost many jobs.As is customary for Korean businesses, Samsung is expected to announce its annual personnel changes in early Decembe...
BRUSSELS: European Union institutions are piling pressure on Google to change the way it operates its business and applies EU rules.The European parliament on Thursday approved a non-binding resolution that calls for the unbundling of search engines from other services that Internet companies offer, a practice that could in...
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Airlines said its loss widened last quarter and apologized for a promotional tweet slammed as insensitive after two deadly passenger jet disasters this year.In its last public financial result before a planned privatization and overhaul, the flag carrier said its net loss in the July-September quarter...

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Eman Al-Qahtani is a successful, talented and ambitious young Saudi artist. She combines thoughts and colors in her paintings. She has her own art method; a painting is to deliver a message to human minds.
Al-Qahtani holds a bachelor degree in Arts and Humanities, and a diploma in hearing disability. She is responsible for the Women Assemb...

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TEL AVIV: A company says it has developed technology that can charge a mobile phone in a few seconds and an electric car in minutes, advances that could transform two of the world’s most dynamic consumer industries.
Using nano-technology to synthesize artificial molecules, Tel Aviv-based StoreDot says it has developed a battery that can sto...

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Tasneem Anwar Ishqi’s love for jewels with symbols and meanings was well-known from her childhood. Today, through practice and perseverance, she has earned a name for herself in the Kingdom’s jewelry designing industry. She developed a new concept in the world of jewelry that represents unique prayer beads in different colors and with meanings....

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Egypt is a trans-continental country spanning the northeast corner of Africa and southwest corner of Asia, making it an Afro-Asiatic country via a land bridge formed by the Sinai Peninsula. Most of Egypt’s territory of 1,010,000 sq. km lies within the Nile Valley of North Africa, but it is also considered a Mediterranean country as it is bordere...

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GENEVA: Sperm can carry the Ebola virus for at least 82 days, the World Health Organization said Friday, urging men recovering from the disease to use condoms for three months after the onset of symptoms.“Because of the potential to transmit the virus sexually during this time, they should maintain good personal hygiene after masturbation, and either abstain from sex for three months after onset of symptoms, or use condoms if abstinence is not possible,” the WHO said in a statement.In four studies, on a total of 43 patients, three men who had recovered from Ebola still had the live virus in their semen 40 days, 61 days and 82 days respectively after the onset of symptoms.The WHO said that...
The latest diet fad among fitness freaks and celebs is the green juice, or as they call it ‘salad in a cup’. These juices claim to be a solution for all your nutrition needs and help you to consume even those vegetables that you don’t necessarily like. “When you think of healthy beverages, water immediately comes to your mind. However, there are other drinks worth adding to your diet,” said nutritionist Dr. Raneem Abdulmajeed. “You can make your own drink that will have great health benefits, from relieving minor ailments like indigestion to providing protection against serious issues such as osteoporosis,” she added. A bowl of fresh fruits and vegetables, and a blender is all you need to...
The Globe is the signature restaurant of Al-Faisaliah hotel in Riyadh. This unique restaurant offers the best of the best in terms of location, cuisine and ambiance. It is located atop Al-Faisaliah tower, where diners can have elegant meals as well as a magical view. Within this dramatic three-story dome, delicious modern European cuisine and sweeping panoramic views of the city come together to create an unmatched Riyadh fine dining experience.The entrance is very private and you must walk through security into two different elevators that take you to the top floor of Al-Faisaliah tower. The restaurant is very elegant and comprises two stories, one for singles and the other for families....

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MUMBAI: Bollywood actress Sonakshi Sinha has dismissed rumors of an alleged argument with actor Salman Khan at his siste...
BUDAPEST: A long-lost avant-garde painting has returned home to Hungary after nine decades thanks to a sharp-eyed art historian who spotted it being used as a prop in the Hollywood film “Stuart Little.”In 2009 Gergely Barki, a researcher at Hungary’s National Gallery, noticed “Sleeping Lady with Black Vase” by Robert Bereny (1888-1953) in the 1999 kids’ movie about a mouse as he watched TV with his daughter Lola.“I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw Bereny’s long-lost masterpiece on the wall behind Hugh Laurie, I nearly dropped Lola from my lap,” Barki, 43, told AFP on Thursday.“A researcher...
LONDON: British police officers were called to stores across the country on Friday as the “Black Friday” shopping frenzy imported from the United States brought surging crowds and fights over sharply discounted goods.For the first time, most British retailers have fully embraced “Black Friday” promotions this year, both in store and online, seeking to follow their cousins across the Atlantic and kickstart trading early in the key Christmas period.The day after the US Thanksgiving holiday, which falls on the fourth Thursday of November, is extravagantly promoted in the United States as the...

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