Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh says that the enemies of Islam are using social networking sites such as Twitter to spread lies about the religion and attack Muslims.Al-Asheikh, who is also the president of the Council of Senior Scholars, made the remarks during a show on Saudi television.The mufti called on Saudis using Twitter to think carefully about what they post. He urged tweeters to ensure that their posts serve the interests of the nation, and not undermine the legitimacy of the country’s ruler.“Those who speak badly of Islam are without shame, have no faith and don’t fear God.” He said those who behave in this manner do not care about anyone.He said Twitter has become a site that promotes all kind of “evil and harm. If people use it for their benefit, it would be better, but unfortunately it is being used for trivial things.” He said the Holy Qur’an state...
An alarming 150 to 200 percent increase in cancer rates is expected by 2030 within the GCC states. T...
BEIRUT: An elderly Syrian took part in stoning his daughter to death for alleged adultery, in a vide...
MURSITPINAR, Turkey: Kurdish fighters defending Syria’s border town of Kobani held out against the Islamic State group Wednesday, anxious for relief as Iraq’s Kurdish parliament was set to vote on sending reinforcements.Backed by air strikes from a US-led coalition, the Kurds have been defending the town on the Turkish border against a fierce IS offensive for more than a month.After initially losing ground to the jihadist...
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah gets a warm welcome on arrival in Riyadh from Jeddah on Tuesday in the presence of Crown Prince Salman, deputy premier and defense minister; Prince Miteb bin Abdullah, state minister and commander of the National Guard; and Riyadh Gov. Prince Turki bin Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz. (SPA)

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The government has announced that it would soon make it mandatory for buildings to have thermal insulation in 24 major cities to save on rising energy costs.Municipal and Rural Affairs Minister Prince Mansour bin Miteb made the announcement on Tuesday at the opening of the Saudi Energy Efficiency Fo...
A Syrian woman academic who taught jurisprudence and Islamic economics at Dammam University has joined the IS radical group, which is also known as Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), according to recent local media reports.Eman Mustafa Al-Bugga reportedly stated on Twitter that she had left behind a comfortable life an...
An Indian expat was killed by a fellow worker in the Northern Borders region in a dispute over the grazing of sheep.According to the victim’s family, Naushad Fakaria came to work as a driver but discovered that he would have to work as a shepherd in the arid desert near the regional capital, Arar.They allege he was duped in...
A recent survey conducted by the Public Opinion Survey Unit in King Abdulaziz Center for National Dialogue found that 66.7 percent of the 1,000 participants from the Kingdom had house-maids.The survey also found that 87.2 percent of the Saudi families participating in the polls said that they had private chauffeurs.In anoth...
Saudis have not shown an affinity to having their holidays on cruise ships, according to government tourism operators from Oman, Abu Dhabi and Dubai.The representatives are from Oman’s Ministry of Tourism, Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (TCA-Abu Dhabi) and Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM)...
The Ministry of Labor, in a nation-wide operation, has booked 197 irregularities in retail shops and arrested 223 workers who were working illegally in these outlets.Undersecretary of the Ministry of Labor for Inspection and Developing Work Environment Abdullah Abu Thunaiyan said that the operations were carried out in seve...
During the Shoura Council’s session on Monday, members of the council accused those in charge of the “Hadaf” program under the Ministry of Labor of wasting millions of riyals on systematic errors in Saudi Aramco’s sales saying that these errors had been proven by the performance indicators of the Human Resources Development...
Authorities in Jeddah began repairing over 300 potholes, ditches and cracks across the city last month, said a spokesman for the city’s municipality.Mohammed Al-Baqmi, spokesman for Jeddah Municipality, said work is being carried out to repair roads in districts across Jeddah, including the Al-Marwa, Al-Mahmadia, Al-Rawda a...
Mervat Tashkandi, adviser to the Labor Minister, revealed that the ministry is working in collaboration with several ministries to issue special labor cards for people with disabilities through the “Tawafok” program. The move has come to counter the phenomenon of major construction companies hiring able-bodied persons false...
A US prosecutor in Cookeville, Tennessee, has leveled murder charges against a Saudi scholarship student, Marwan Hinnawi, 20, for deliberately knocking down his fellow scholarship student Mohamed Badi, 22, Sabq.com online paper said.Badi reportedly died early last Saturday as a result of injuries sustained from being knocke...
The Ministry of Commerce and Industry has seized more than 15,000 fake consumer products from various stores in Jeddah in a major crackdown to ensure that consumers were getting the genuine item. The fake items included handbags, watches, perfumes and cosmetics. Officials have been called in for investigations and legal act...
Agricultural researchers and experts interested in the Saudi date industry have recommended that Madinah dates be stamped with a logo to differentiate them from other dates and curb the phenomenon of fraud and sale of dates claimed to be from the Prophet’s city.This came in an introductory meeting held recently by the Cente...
More than 39 percent of Saudi women over fifty suffer from osteoporosis compared to 37.8 percent men of the same age group, local media said quoting an expert of spine surgery.Dr. Walid Awwad, Consultant of Spine Surgery at King Khalid University Hospital, said the majority of those prone to osteoporosis were not subjected...

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BAGHDAD: Iraqi army tanks and armored vehicles on Wednesday fought off an advanc...

CAIRO: As the new academic term began in Egypt, riot police were standing guard...

BEIRUT: Islamic State won territory from Syrian government forces in the eastern...

SYDNEY: A teenager who ran away from Australia to join militants in Iraq and Syr...

KHARTOUM: Sudanese President Omar Bashir — in power since a 1989 coup — will sta...

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MANILA, Philippines: The Philippine president said Wednesday that the internatio...

WASHINGTON: Ben Bradlee, the hard-driving editor who reigned over the Washington...

HONG KONG: Hong Kong student leaders said Wednesday they may shun further talks...

SAINT-JEAN-SUR-RICHELIEU, Quebec: A Canadian man who rammed two soldiers in Queb...

OLONGAPO, Philippines: A US Marine accused of murdering a transgender person in...

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MOSCOW: FIFA has said it is happy with the progress being made by hosts Russia a...

SINGAPORE: Caroline Wozniacki put a huge dent in Maria Sharapova’s bid to finish...

NEW DELHI: India field hockey coach Terry Walsh resigned on Tuesday citing admin...

NEW DELHI: West Indies cricket was plunged into a major crisis on Tuesday after...

DUBAI: Skippers Michael Clarke and Misbah-ul Haq Tuesday agreed spin will play a...

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Saudi Arabia is working to stimulate and encourage investment in the Qassim Region, which will be connected by a regional railway network to be built at a cost of SR12 bi...
PARIS: Total, left without a leader after the death in a Moscow air accident of chief executive Christophe de Margerie, is a top global oil group and the biggest company in France in terms of sales and profits.A major player on global oil and gas markets, the group moved quickly on Tuesday to announce that its board would m...
NEW YORK: Soft drinks king Coca-Cola made headway in global volume sales in its third quarter but net earnings fell sharply, hit by slower economic growth and volatile currencies.Coke reported a slight fall in total operating revenues around the world to $11.98 billion for the quarter to September 26. Net income however dro...
NEW YORK: McDonald’s CEO Don Thompson said the company hasn’t been keeping up with the times and that changes are in store for its US restaurants.Starting in January, Thompson said McDonald’s will “simplify” its menu to make room for restaurants to offer options that are best-suited for their regions. To offer greater custo...
CHANGSHU, China: British luxury carmaker Jaguar Land Rover Ltd. sees sales growth in China roughly halving this year and decelerating even further next year due to a larger base of comparison and slower expansion of the world’s largest auto market.Growth of 20 percent would compare with around 40 percent last year, said Jag...
Under the theme “People, planet, profit,” the GPCA is opening its 2nd conference on sustainability in Dubai from Oct. 21-23.Wikipedia states that sustainability in general terms is the endurance of systems and processes. And that organizing principle for sustainability is sustainable developments, which includes four interc...
REDMOND, Washington: Microsoft has given its new CEO Satya Nadella a pay package worth $84.3 million, most of it in the form of long-term stock awards.A regulatory document filed Monday shows Nadella got a salary for the fiscal year that ended June 30 of $918,917 and a $3.6 million bonus. He also was given stock awards wort...
Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, chairman of Kingdom Holding Company (KHC), met at his office in Riyadh Mike Corbat CEO of Citigroup and an accompanying delegation.It included Alberto Verme, chairman EMEA Banking and Carmen Haddad, managing director, Corporate Finance Group. The prince also hosted a dinner in honor of his guests...
SEOUL: The latest version of Samsung’s popular big-screen Galaxy Note has gone on sale at a crucial time for the South Korean company as it suffers a rapid decline in profit from its global smartphone business.With the recent Note 4 launch in the US, Samsung introduced one of the biggest design changes to the Note series si...
SAN FRANCISCO: The new big-screen iPhones helped propel Apple’s profit and revenue in the past quarter, as the California tech giant delivered stronger-than-expected results.Profit rose 13 percent to $8.5 billion, as revenues jumped to $42.1 billion in the fiscal fourth quarter ending September 27, the California-based comp...
PARIS: Christophe de Margerie had a penchant for cracking a joke, which with his bushy moustache and stout form made him come across more as someone’s favorite uncle than the oil executive who fiercely led the often controversial petroleum giant Total.But the jolly business chief, who died in a plane accident in Russia on T...
The National Commercial Bank’s (NCB) SR22.5 billion share sale is coming at an opportune time as the Saudi stock market seems to be on a rebound, says a leading investment analyst.Saudi Arabia's bourse continued its upward trend on Monday after a string of strong quarterly earnings.“We had some good results from corporates...
DUBAI: Saudi crude exports fell in August for the fourth month in a row to their lowest levels in three years, official data showed on Monday, as the top oil exporter fights for market share amid weak demand and ample supplies from rival producers.Saudi crude exports have been sliding in the past few months as shale oil squ...

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The rapid rise of the so-called Islamic State has exposed clear fault-lines in t...
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NEW YORK: US documentary maker Laura Poitras has found herself in many a risky situation in Iraq and Yemen. But she never felt in as much danger as when she was filming Edward Snowden in a Hong Kong hotel while he prepared to blow the whistle on massive secret surveillance programs run by the US government.
Those tense eight days form the c...

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The government has announced that it would soon make it mandatory for buildings to have thermal insulation in 24 major cities to save on rising energy costs.
Municipal and Rural Affairs Minister Prince Mansour bin Miteb made the announcement on Tuesday at the opening of the Saudi Energy Efficiency Forum and Exhibition 2014, being held at th...

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It’s that time of the year again when women from around the world gather in Paris for the much awaited Paris Fashion Week.
The event never fails to amaze and reinvent fashion as it comprises the creme de la creme fashion houses and iconic designers.
Summer may have come to an end as Autumn leaves started to dot the streets of the chic...

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The hot days of summer are over and fall is here, it’s a wonderful season to escape for a while and experience any location in the world. The busy tourist-filled streets have since returned to their home countries and show ways for those searching for some serenity away from all things touristy. One of those likely places would have to be Tokyo,...

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An alarming 150 to 200 percent increase in cancer rates is expected by 2030 within the GCC states. This is the highest expected increase in the world, according to medical expert, Dr. Ibtihal Fadil.Dr. Fadil, a consultant for the chronic diseases department at the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Countries Bureau in Cairo, made this prediction at the International Medical Conference on the Burden of Cancer in the Gulf Region organized by the GCC ministers for health, and in collaboration with the Gulf Center for Cancer at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center in Riyadh. The conference was opened on Tuesday by Deputy Health Minister Dr. Mansoor Al-Hawasi. The event drew a large...
The meat company, MeatCo. is a high end, fine dining South African cuisine that serves great gourmet burgers and steaks. The restaurant looks over the calm and tranquil waterways of Souk Madinat Jumeirah. The experience begins as soon as you enter the restaurant. The reception desk is located right opposite the entrance where you will be greeted and taken to your table. A couple of steps lead you to a restaurant designed in an urban style with dark walls, dim lights and hardwood floors. Deep comfy brown leather chairs around square or round wooden tables make for the perfect homely experience. An open kitchen lets you see your food being prepared in full view.The outdoor terrace lined with...
More than 39 percent of Saudi women over fifty suffer from osteoporosis compared to 37.8 percent men of the same age group, local media said quoting an expert of spine surgery.Dr. Walid Awwad, Consultant of Spine Surgery at King Khalid University Hospital, said the majority of those prone to osteoporosis were not subjected to proper tests, nor treated with the best heath care.In a related development, the Health Directorate in Riyadh Region and the Osteoporosis Program at the Ministry of Health has jointly organized an awareness forum on osteoporosis to discuss ways women can protect themselves from the debilitating disease and how to deal with it.Organizers of the forum, held in Wadi...

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SURAT, India: An unusually generous boss in the western city of Surat has attracted attention across the country for lav...
Walid Sanchez has Spanish, Latino and Saudi origins. He is British-educated and grew up in the UK and in Saudi Arabia. He has always had a passion for art and design, which lead him to study art more seriously in the UK’s Kingston University.When Sanchez moved back to Saudi Arabia for work, he noticed there wasn’t any adequate information about local restaurants as he couldn’t find numbers and cuisine specialties of these restaurants. “Back in 2009, social media was not very popular and not all restaurants in Saudi Arabia had websites so we couldn’t reach them and that’s when we noticed the...
NEW YORK: Monica Lewinsky said she was one of the first victims of cyber-bullying, becoming “Patient Zero” after falling in love with Bill Clinton, as the former White House intern gave her first speech in 13 years on Monday.In an emotional address at Forbes’ inaugural Under 30 summit in Philadelphia that recalled the 1998 sex scandal with Clinton, the 41-year-old brunette announced a campaign to end online bullying.Lewinsky told a packed auditorium that she was “the first person to have their reputation completely destroyed worldwide via the Internet.”“I was Patient Zero,” she said.“There...

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