MULTAN, Pakistan: Hafiz Saeed, widely considered one of South Asia’s most dangerous militants, has no doubt who is to blame for devastating floods that have submerged swathes of Pakistani countryside and claimed hundreds of lives.“India irrigates its deserts and dumps extra water on Pakistan without any warning,” Saeed told Reuters, as he surveyed a vast expanse of muddy water from a rescue boat just outside the central city of Multan.“If we don’t stop India now, Pakistan will continue to face this danger.”His comments will surprise few in India, where Saeed is suspected of helping mastermind the 2008 Mumbai massacre which killed 166 people, a few of them Americans. Saeed, who also has a $10 million US bounty on his head, denies involvement.But his presence in the flood-hit area is part of a push by Pakistani Islamists, militants and organizations linked to them to fill the vacuum left b...
LEGAZPI, Philippines: Lava cascaded down the Philippines’ most active volcano on Wednesday as author...
Crown Prince Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense and aviation, met with Chief of Staff Ge...
AHMEDABAD, India: India’s new prime minister rolled out the red carpet for Xi Jinping in his hometown Wednesday, as the Chinese president began a maiden visit with Asia’s rival superpowers seeking to reset relations.Narendra Modi pulled out all the stops for Xi, organizing an intimate riverside dinner in Ahmedabad, the main city in his home state of Gujarat, where giant billboards in Chinese, Gujarati and English welcomed...
DHAKA: Bangladesh’s highest court on Wednesday commuted the death sentence on a top Islamic preacher, triggering angry protests by both his Islamist supporters and secular opponents and clashes with police.In a surprise ruling, the Supreme Court said 74-year-old Delwar Hossain Sayedee should spend “the rest of his natural life” in jail for crimes during the 1971 liberation war with Pakistan.Sayedee’s death penalty passed...

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Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman Monday launched a massive program to boost small and medium enterprises (SME) in the region, as part of a plan to boost the national economy.Prince Faisal said Namaa Al-Munawara Foundation, the executive arm of Waqf Al-Munawara, was a nonprofit organization that...
Livestock prices in the Eastern Province have escalated from SR1,400 to SR2,000 a head over the past two weeks, with some accusing feed traders of price manipulation.This comes as the livestock traders committee at the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) this week assured consumers that prices were unlikely to ri...
Local translators and interpreters still face stiff competition from expats who operate illegally despite the scarcity of licensed and specialized offices across the Kingdom.“There are only about eight offices Kingdom-wide that offer simultaneous translation from Arabic to English and vice-versa and this is why locals can h...
Hail Municipality launched the very first dates and grapes festival at a local amusement park recently. More than 20 varieties of home-grown dates and grapes were sold for SR100,000 on the first day of the month-long festival, which was bustling with sellers, buyers and visitors. The traditional market also witnessed brisk...
The Smart National Identity Card (SNIC) launched by the Pakistani consul general in Jeddah will benefit overseas Pakistanis in a number of ways. Jeddah is the first overseas destination to have launched the SNIC also known as the “3rd generation ID card” which will ensure overall convenience and security for Pakistanis...
Asir Gov. Prince Faisal bin Khaled has ordered the arrest of three young Saudis and an expat who appeared in footage burning a fox to death as they smiled on, said Lt. Col. Abdullah Al-Shaathan, media spokesman for Asir police.The video, which shows the young men setting fire to a paper box and putting it inside the iron ca...
Makkah Gov. Prince Mishaal bin Abdullah, who is also the head of Central Haj Committee, on Monday visited King Abdul Aziz International Airport’s Haj Terminal to oversee and ensure the safety and comfort of the pilgrims arriving from different parts of the world.Prince Mishaal visited all the counters, whole area of the Haj...
In a bid to prevent workers’ rights violations in the Kingdom, the Ministry of Labor has launched an exclusive Web portal to educate workers about their rights and how to avail them.The Web portal www.laboreducation.gov.sa launched on Tuesday aims to boost awareness about workers’ rights and the rules that regulate the rela...
The President of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (Haia), Abdullatif Al-Asheikh, has accused 20 members of the organization of working against him. However, he believes that he can easily remove them from the organization, according to a media report. Al-Asheikh said he has powers that...
Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) will carry nearly 818,000 pilgrims coming for Haj this year from different parts of the world, said Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser, director general of the Kingdom’s flag carrier.Saudia will carry 785,984 pilgrims from 72 international airports including 470,770 from Asia, 118,951 from the Middle...
A court sentenced two terror suspects to death on Tuesday for jointly murdering a policeman and injuring 12 others in an armed confrontation with security men at the residential quarters of the King Fahd Hospital in Jazan in September 2003.Thirteen other terror suspects were also sentenced to prison terms ranging between 14...
Heavy rainfall in the Asir region Tuesday evening covered a number of towns and population centers.The Civil Defense Department in Asir sent safety patrols to several locations after the water mark reached dangerous levels.They also warned of the danger in approaching streams and valleys, and urged everyone to take precauti...
The Ministry of Labor is working with globally acclaimed experts to formulate national policy for occupational safety and health standards in Kingdom, Abdullah Abu Tinin, head of inspection divisions at the ministry, said.“We have carried out studies in occupational safety in China, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Tunisa and many of ot...

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WASHINGTON: Support for Islamic State increased after US airstrikes began in Ira...

MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE: Florida: President Barack Obama vowed on Wednesday the U...

CAIRO: Egypt’s most prominent activist, who is facing retrial on a 15-year priso...

TRIPOLI: Fighters launched another offensive Wednesday on the airport in Libya’s...

WASHINGTON: The White House said Sunday it will find countries willing to send c...

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INCHEON, South Korea: Asian Games organizers on Wednesday kicked out an Iranian...

BEIJING: A prominent Uighur academic charged with separatism rejected evidence p...

PARIS: The world is holding its breath but mostly hoping Scotland will vote “No”...

SEOUL: South Korean marines arrested an American man late on Tuesday who had bee...

WASHINGTON: The largest-ever outbreak of Ebola could drain billions of dollars f...

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INCHEON, South Korea: Thousands of athletes and officials gathered in Incheon on...

INCHEON, South Korea: Indonesia is poised to be selected as the host of the next...

LONDON: Europe Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley says his proud team will embrace...

LONDON: The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews announced on Wednesday th...

PARIS: New Zealand remain firm favorites to retain the Rugby World Cup title the...

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Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) Gov. Abdulrahman Mohammad Al-Ibrahim opened a two-day workshop that discussed various topics, including the water related opera...
RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's securities market regulator said on Wednesday that it would permit off-market trading of shares in companies which had been suspended or delisted from the stock exchange.The Capital Market Authority has issued rules covering such trade and will immediately start receiving applications from companies t...
LONDON: London's trading rooms are gearing up for an extra long shift to cover Scotland's independence referendum and drafting in extra staff, anticipating a surge in activity when the result comes through early on Friday.The vote on whether Scotland should end its 300-year-old union with England was set for a nail-biting f...
CAIRO: Egypt's finance minister is predicting growth rates of up to 6 percent within three years, which would mark a major turnaround following three years of political turmoil that has crippled the economy.Hany Kadry Dimian told The Associated Press he expects growth to increase from 2.5 percent to 3.5 percent this quarter...
DUBAI: Developers have said they will build a $1.4 billion expanse of lavish suites and residences next to the famed Atlantis resort on Dubai's man-made palm-shaped island as part of the emirate's drive to build up tourism revenue.Investment Corporation of Dubai and Kerzner International Holdings, which will manage the 800-...
LAGOS: Nigeria’s anti-graft agency said it was hunting a 38-year-old bank worker on Wednesday for allegedly stealing $38 million from his employers by hacking into computer systems.The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said Godswill Oyegwa Uyoyou allegedly conspired with others to steal 6.28 billion naira ($38...
HONG KONG: The De Beers diamond cartel warned Wednesday that global production will decline from 2020, a trend that could spell pricier bling for consumers.A dearth of major new diamond finds means that production might not keep up with ever-increasing demand from the United States, China and India, the firm claimed.“Unless...
LONDON: World oil prices rebounded sharply on Tuesday after the head of OPEC indicated that the crude producers' organization could cut its production target for 2015.The widely-reported comments came from Abdullah El-Badri, secretary-general of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), after talks with...
Sterling fell against both the euro and US dollar on Monday, in spite of worse-than-expected data releases from both regions. With markets nervous ahead of Thursday's referendum on Scottish independence, sterling found itself drifting lower amid fears over the heightened political uncertainty a 'Yes' vote could bring. With...
CAIRO: Egypt has raised the $8.5 billion it needs to fund a project to expand the Suez Canal in just eight days, the central bank governor told Reuters on Monday.Hisham Ramez said in an telephone interview late on Monday that 61 billion Egyptian pounds had been raised after banks issued investment certificates to finance th...
NEW YORK: The vast majority of Americans have never heard of Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce company which is on the verge of potentially the world's largest initial public offering.An Ipsos poll conducted for Thomson Reuters found that 88 percent were not aware of Alibaba Group Holding, which on Monday raised the price ran...
The Shoura Council has called on the Capital Market Authority (CMA) to adopt measures to prevent stock market (Tadawul) crashes, such as the 2006 downturn that saw individuals lose billions. Muhammad Al-Jeffry, the council's deputy chairman, chaired the meeting. Fahad Al-Hamad, assistant chairman of the council, said in a s...
The Council of Saudi Chambers (CSC) has expressed its willingness to cooperate with the businessmen in Mauritania in organizing seminars and meetings for Saudi businessmen looking for investment opportunities in Mauritania.CSC’s President Abdulrahman Al-Zamil made his observation on Sunday during his meeting with the newly...

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Though the world’s eyes now are on Scotland’s referendum on independence from th...
A disturbing number of videos were posted recently on YouTube that signals some...
The G20’s upcoming meeting in Brisbane, Australia, comes at a time when a precar...
India is such a vibrant, pulsating and politically-aware democracy that no one l...

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NEW YORK: Paintings by one of India’s most important modern artists go under the hammer in New York on Wednesday, highlights in a booming market for Asian art featured this week.
Three oils on canvas by pioneering Indian abstract artist Vasudeo Santu Gaitonde, who in 1964 based himself in New York, are being offered for auction by Christie’...

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Creating and using hashtags has become a surefire way for marketing just about anything on Twitter. But even those who use hashtags for pure entertainment purposes would love to learn more about the popular hashtags in their area, or one hashtag they have been actively using for fun. Allow me to introduce to you a valuable tool for analyzing has...

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Women who like to look different and change their image every once in a while are always on the lookout for the next best thing in the world of cosmetics and beauty products.

Hair chalk has been the talk of the town after many celebrities were spotted with colored hair in certain events. These include Selena Gomez, Loran Conrad and Ka...

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If you are looking to spend your vacation in a place that offers great water activity, good food, historic culture, resorts and above all, great beaches, then Mallorca is the place for you!
It offers natural beauty and long coastlines, which attract the rich and famous to its major city and small villages. The island is accessible to many w...

FOOD & HEALTH »

White tea has been much in the news recently, with numerous studies elaborating on its medical and nutritional benefits.White tea is an immature tea leaf that is picked shortly before the buds are fully bloomed. It is named such because white tea comes from the silver fur that covers the flower buds, which turn into white when the tea is dried and ready to be used. There are different kinds of white tea depending on the flowers and buds; White Peony contains one bud for every two leaves. The best kind of white tea is made from downy buds picked within an exact of two-day period in early spring.Recent studies at Pace University have shown that there is a major health benefit of white tea...
Strolling through Panorama Mall in Riyadh, I came across Stickhouse which sells frozen ice on a stick using a new technology. This micro-crystallization process combined with the absence of air and the exclusive use of natural ingredients produce an intensely flavorful ice cream and deliciously fruity sorbets.Stickhouse, which was founded in 2008, is already present in 73 countries including the Arab world, Malaysia, China, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Philippines and Spain. Stickhouse has opened stores in the Kingdom’s main cities: Riyadh, Jeddah and Makkah.Their ice cream and sorbet are guaranteed without preservatives, colorings, vegetable fats, synthesis emulsifiers, gluten and...
The Kingdom has 15,000 kidney-failure patients, compared with only 50 donors a year, said a high-ranking official at a prominent organ donation organization.“This is why it is vital to educate citizens on the importance of organ donation,” said Abdul Aziz Al-Turki, chairman of Ethar.“The society speaks with the relatives of clinically dead patients through a committee in a bid to increase the number of donors,” he said.“A single brain-dead patient can save the lives of nine other patients who are in dire need of different vital organs, such as the heart, liver, kidney, lungs and cornea.”Al-Turki was speaking during an open seminar that was recently held in Alkhobar ahead of a major regional...

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UNITED NATIONS: Hollywood actor and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio has been named a United Nations Messenger o...
LOS ANGELES: Pop star Taylor Swift, who has adopted a glamorous look on red carpets, was named People magazine’s best-dressed celebrity of the year on Wednesday.Swift led the annual unranked list of the top 10 best-dressed celebrity style icons that also included Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o, singers Jennifer Lopez and Rihanna and actresses Emma Stone and Emma Watson.One of Nyong’o’s most memorable red carpet moments was the “Nairobi blue” Prada dress she wore to win her Oscar while Emma’s Amazing Spider-Man 2 London premiere gown (by Atelier Versace) was nothing short of amazing.Rising...
LOS ANGELES: Nearly three years after her death, an album and DVD of live performances by Whitney Houston is to be released in November, her long-time producer announced Tuesday.“She was without question the greatest vocalist in the world,” Clive Davis told NBC television announcing the November 10 release of “Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances.”“There was no one like her,” he added.Houston died in February 2012 on the eve of the Grammy Awards at age 48. She was found dead in her hotel bathroom, shortly before a party in the hotel hosted by Davis.A coroner ruled that the singing...

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