GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories: The bodies of more than 132 Palestinians were recovered from the rubble across the Gaza Strip in the first half of a 12-hour humanitarian truce on Saturday, medics said.Emergency services spokesman Ashraf Al-Qudra said the bodies had been brought to hospitals in north, central and southern Gaza, as well as Gaza City, but that the toll was expected to rise further.The grim discoveries raised the toll in Gaza on the 19th day of the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Hamas group to more than 1,000, Qudra said.In northern Gaza, particularly the area of Beit Hanun, medics recovered at least 32 bodies, Qudra said early on Saturday, along with at least 13 people in the central areas of Bureij, Deir Al-Balah and Nusseirat.Gaza City’s Shifa hospital received 29 bodies from the eastern neighborhoods of Shejaiya, Zaitun and Tuffah, and 11 others were tak...
BEIRUT: An Al-Qaeda-linked group fighting in Syria has released video of the first American to carry...
Millions of pilgrims offered prayers at the Grand Mosque in Makkah and the Prophet’s Mosque in Madin...
PARIS: Pro-Palestinian protesters clashed with police in central Paris on Saturday when thousands of marchers defied a ban by French authorities to rally against Israel’s offensive in the Gaza Strip.French interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve warned organizers in a television address that they would be held responsible for any clashes and could be prosecuted for ignoring a ban that was confirmed by the country’s top admini...
BRUSSELS: Spurred into action by the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, the EU put Russia’s intelligence chiefs on its sanctions list Saturday as it readied much harsher measures against Moscow over the Ukraine crisis.The director of the FSB security service, Alexander Bortnikov, and the head of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service, Mikhail Fradkov, were among 15 people and 18 entities hit with asset free...

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Domestic tourist spending reached more than SR28 billion last year, according to MAS, the statistical arm of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA).More than 23,000 domestic tourism trips were made in 2013 according to MAS, said Majed Al-Sheddi, director-general of information and p...
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah said Saudi Arabia would always stand by Pakistan, its leadership and people.During an hour-long meeting with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at his palace on Thursday night, King Abdullah expressed his warm feelings and heartfelt prayers for a strong, prosperous and peaceful Pakis...
The Labor Ministry will soon introduce an online vocational testing system for professionals working in the retail sector.The test will be mandatory to help organize the labor market and raise the quality of manpower, in addition to enhancing services for citizens, said Labor Ministry sources. The ministry has begun draftin...
A prominent professor at King Saud University (KSU) has called for a ban on the sale of e-cigarettes, especially to those under the age of 18.Sultan Ayoub Meo, a professor at the KSU’s College of Medicine, told Arab News on Friday that e-cigarette smoking should be regulated in the same way as traditional cigarettes. “Retai...
The number of pilgrims traveling through King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah in the last few days of Ramadan and Eid Al-Fitr is expected to increase to close to 35,000 travelers daily.A total of about 875,000 pilgrims are expected to travel over the next 25 days until the middle of Shawwal, according to KAIA Dir...
Thailand, where Muslims are the second largest religious group after Buddhists, has announced a new policy under which more than 10,000 Thai Muslims will perform Haj this year.Wijak Chittarat, charge d’affaires at the Thai Embassy, said the original Haj quota allocated to Thailand and to many other countries has been reduce...
Gen. Misfar Al-Sawat, director general of Makkah prisons, paid a visit to the historic district of Balad in downtown Jeddah recently.Jamaan Al-Zahrani, chairman of the festival committee, welcomed Al-Sawat and his delegation of officers and gave them a tour of the recently declared UNESCO world heritage site. Al-Sawat said...
The Ministry of Housing has made it mandatory for all real estate firms to join its electronic Ijar system that seeks to regulate the rental market with measures to protect the rights of owners and tenants, and control prices.The system was introduced in January this year but few firms signed up. This led the ministry to ma...
Three passengers died and 43 were injured when the bus in which they were traveling overturned near Dhuba in Tabuk, sabq.org reported.The electronic daily said the Indian driver lost control of the vehicle while passing through a narrow road on way to Dhuba on Thursday.More than 40 passengers on the bus were Egyptians, whil...
Five percent of people in Al-Ahsa are disabled and need access to quality educational, health and rehabilitative services, according to a senior official from the Al-Ahsa Disabled Association.Abullatif Al-Jaafari, director of the body, said this amounts to 75,000 people out of a population of 1.5 million. “We need a serious...
A 19-year-old Ethiopian domestic worker has reportedly confessed to torturing and murdering a child under the age of five with a prayer mat in Tabuk. According to police sources, the child was subject to torture before being placed in a wooden box and left to die.Tabuk Gov. Fahd bin Sultan paid his condolences to Abdulrahma...
Surgeons at the Ministry of Health here recently saved an expatriate carpenter’s right hand and left arm that were severely damaged by a motorized sawing machine at his company’s workshop.In a delicate operation lasting over 12 hours, doctors managed to remove the damaged parts, fix fractures and repair damaged tissue.Twent...
A Filipino expat has voiced a complaint about a man who has routinely approached expats in Rabigh, Khafji, Jeddah, Alkhobar and Riyadh in a private car asking for money.“I have already had five encounters with this man in different parts of the Kingdom and in different years,” said Tops Feliciano. “He stops in a different c...

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GAZA/JERUSALEM: Palestinians in the Gaza Strip poured into the streets on Saturd...

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COLOMBO: Dozens of pro-government activists blocked ethnic Tamil journalists fro...

GENEVA:The death toll in West Africa’s Ebola outbreak has risen to 660, with the...

BRUSSELS: European Union ambassadors reached a preliminary agreement on Friday t...

PARIS/OUAGADOUGOU: Poor weather was the most likely cause of the crash of an Air...

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GLASGOW: Australia became the first country to win 200 Commonwealth Games cyclin...

PERIGUEUX, France: Vincenzo Nibali confirmed he will win the Tour de France and...

MONTREAL: Two-time winner Jim Furyk birdied two of his last four holes Friday in...

COLOMBO: South Africa captain Hashim Amla remained unbeaten after his 22nd Test...

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NEW YORK: Nissan is recalling more than 226,000 additional vehicles over a defective air bag that has affected much of the global auto industry.The National Highway Traff...
SAN FRANCISCO: Internet retail titan Amazon has reported a money-losing quarter despite impressive growth in sales, sending shares plummeting by more than 10 percent.The Seattle-based firm said that it had a net loss of $126 million in the quarter that ended June 30, widening the deficit from $7 million in the same period a...
SEOUL: South Korea’s Kia Motors said its second-quarter profit fell 13.3 percent year on year, as a pick-up in sales was offset by a stronger won that hurt exports.Net profit for April-June at the country’s second largest auto maker came to 1.02 trillion won ($988 million), with unit sales up 4.3 percent year on year.Operat...
SHANGHAI: The eastern Chinese city of Suzhou isn’t even the biggest in Jiangsu province, yet it’s joining a national rush for the sky with what’s slated to become the world’s third-tallest building.By 2020, China may be home to six of the world’s 10 highest skyscrapers, including Suzhou’s 700-meter (2,297-foot) Zhongnan Cen...
LONDON: Part-nationalized Royal Bank of Scotland boosted its chances of an earlier than expected return to private ownership, posting a surprise 1 billion pound ($1.7 billion) second-quarter profit as its painful restructuring begins to bear fruit.The government has already started selling off shares in its state-backed riv...
LONDON: British support services and construction company Carillion made a bold move to capitalize on its successes with a possible 3 billion pound ($5.1 billion) merger with infrastructure firm Balfour Beatty .Carillion and Balfour Beatty said in a statement that a merger would have the potential to create a company with m...
LONDON: Britain’s economy grew strongly in the second quarter, overtaking the size it achieved before the global financial crisis, data showed in the latest sign of robust recovery.The latest figures, along with a sharp fall in unemployment to the lowest level for five years, give a boost to the government before a general...
The Kingdom has confirmed its commitment to allocate over $109 billion of investment to develop a strong renewable energy sector by 2032, according to energy industry sources.The Kingdom’s strategy targets renewable energy to contribute 20-23 percent of its energy needs, with the world’s most valuable company, the Saudi Ara...
NEW YORK: In the days after its infamously mishandled initial public offering in May 2012, it looked as if Facebook would struggle to become a must-own for fund managers.Now the company’s $190 billion market value makes it bigger than such bellwethers as Coca-Cola and AT&T. It’s not a member of the Dow industrials, but...
OSLO: Norwegian oil giant Statoil stood by its production target for 2014 on Friday despite a second-quarter drop in output which weighed on its results. Adjusted earnings, an indicator followed closely in financial markets, were down by 15 percent to 32.3 billion kroner (3.87 billion euros, $5.20 billion) compared to 38 bi...
LONDON: Oil fell below $107 a barrel as plentiful supply outweighed concerns over conflicts in the Middle East and Ukraine.Brent crude for September delivery LCOc1 traded 18 cents lower at $106.89 a barrel by 1400 GMT. The contract had closed 96 cents lower on Thursday.“There is ample prompt supply of crude oil, but the geo...
LONDON: Gold edged up on but not far off a five-week low, and was headed for a second straight week of losses, as a strong dollar after robust economic data offset a fall in equities due to rising political tensions.Spot gold was up 0.2 percent at 1,294.36 an ounce by 1409 GMT, after losing nearly 1 percent on Thursday, whe...
Two months into the tenure of India’s new and ostensibly pro-business government, what’s happening with the long, drawn-out issue of foreign direct investment in the multibrand retail sector?The answer: nothing. And that’s how it’s going to be for the near future. Like the head of a family confronting a distressing new deve...

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Jeddah’s Al-Athr Gallery is hosting the abstract and geometry inspired work of 40 local and international artists until Oct. 10.
The gallery opened its door in 2009 and has already displayed the work of some leading artists.
The theme of this exhibition is entitled “The Language of Human Consciousness,” and explores how artists over th...

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WASHINGTON: Back in 2012, the Sun erupted with a powerful solar storm that just missed the Earth but was big enough to “knock modern civilization back to the 18th century,” NASA said.
The extreme space weather that tore through Earth’s orbit on July 23, 2012, was the most powerful in 150 years, according to a statement posted on the US spac...

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PARIS: French luxury powerhouse Hermes has named Nadege Vanhee-Cybulski as their new womenswear designer.
The low-profile, 36-year-old French designer will replace Christophe Lemaire, whose departure was announced earlier this week and who will take his final bow in October.
Though Vanhee-Cybulski is not a big name, she was previously...

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Ramadan in most cities of the Kingdom brings with it a festive mood and Jeddah is no exception. The entire city comes alive after the Taraweeh prayer, a downside of which are jam-packed roads.
Downtown Balad, which was recently declared a historical heritage by the UNESCO has a unique charm in Ramadan. Glittering lights, especially put up d...

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A prominent professor at King Saud University (KSU) has called for a ban on the sale of e-cigarettes, especially to those under the age of 18.Sultan Ayoub Meo, a professor at the KSU’s College of Medicine, told Arab News on Friday that e-cigarette smoking should be regulated in the same way as traditional cigarettes. “Retail outlets, including pharmacies, must not be allowed to sell it to children and adolescents,” he said.E-cigarettes, which generate a vapor containing nicotine as a tobacco substitute, were initially released as a device to help smokers quit, but Meo fears “the huge rise in users could normalize smoking, and undo decades of anti-smoking education and campaigning.”He...
Do you consider yourself an ethical person? Chances are you answered “yes.” But new research suggests that our ability to act honestly in a given situation depends, in part, on the time of day. A study forthcoming in the journal Psychological Science finds that early-risers, or “larks,” are more likely to act dishonestly in the late evening hours. Night owls, on the other hand, exhibit a tendency toward ethical lapses early in the morning.Most of us are hard-wired to go to sleep and wake up at certain times of day. Some of us go to bed early to wake up early, while others prefer to stay up late and wake up late. Many of us fall somewhere in between. Researchers refer to this preference for...
Louloua Elazzah is an ambitious and enthusiastic Saudi chef who lives between Saudi Arabia, Canada, and Greece with 19 years of experience in the field of culinary arts.Elazzah created a cooking academy called Loulou’s Kitchen that offers special cooking classes as well as basics in kitchen management.The ability to recognize different cultures and traditions of people through cooking is what first attracted Elazzah to cooking. Even though, she has a passion for Asian cuisine, she considers herself as an international cook who gets creative with globally celebrated cuisine.Arab News met with Elazzah to talk about her cooking classes, her passion for food and future plans. You give cooking...

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LONDON: The grave of King Richard III, immortalized by Shakespeare as one of history’s great villains, was opened up to...
XIXI, Taiwan: The 10 survivors of Taiwan’s worst air disaster in more than a decade include a 34-year-old woman who called her father after scrambling from the wreckage and seeking help at a nearby home.Hung Yu-ting escaped through a hole in the fuselage that opened up after the plane plowed into homes Wednesday while attempting to land on the outlying resort island of Penghu, killing 48 people.“She called me on the phone to say the plane had crashed and exploded but that she had already crawled out and I should come right away to get her,” said Hung’s father, Hung Chang-ming, who lives just...
Once a deadpan radio announcer under the Taleban, Masood Sanjer has gained renown for being a thorn in the side of accountability-dodging Afghan officials, exemplifying hard-won media freedoms that are at stake in a pivotal year.His radio talk show “Safai Shahar” (cleaning the city) is something of a cross between a public helpline and a kangaroo court, enabling callers around Afghanistan to vent their civic grievances over the airwaves — from broken sewage drains to crime and corruption.Sanjer, 36, plays troubleshooter live on air, phoning up relevant authorities to seek redress, often...

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