All four members of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (Haia) team who were involved in an attack against a couple in a Riyadh mall last Friday have been removed from field duties, the commission said on Tuesday.A statement released by the commission said the four were also banished from Riyadh region and reassigned to administrative work as punishment, said the statement, which was issued in Arabic.It said the measure was approved by Haia President Abdullatif Al-Asheikh upon the recommendation of a committee he earlier organized to investigate the complaint by the couple — Briton Peter Howarth Lees and his Saudi wife — that the Haia team harassed and subsequently attacked them while they were shopping at the Hiteen Plaza in Riyadh on August 29.As found by the committee, the man who jumped onto the back of the Briton, as shown on a short videoclip of th...
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BEIRUT: Al-Qaeda-linked Syrian rebels holding 45 Fijian peacekeepers hostage have issued a set of demands for their release, including the extremist group’s removal from a UN terrorist list and compensation for the killing of three of its fighters in a shootout with international troops, an official said Tuesday.The Nusra Front seized the Fijians on Thursday in the Golan Heights, where a 1,200-strong UN force monitors the...
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria: Boko Haram extremists have overrun much of a northeastern Nigerian town after hours of fighting that has killed scores and displaced thousands of residents, several security sources said on Tuesday.The group launched an attack on the town of Bama, 70 km (45 miles) from the Borno state capital of Maiduguri, on Monday. They were initially repelled but came back in greater numbers overnight, the sources a...

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The Haj Ministry website has started accepting applications from Saudis and expatriates who wanted to make use of the low-cost Haj scheme.More than 40,000 pilgrims are expected to benefit from the low-cost Haj scheme this year, said Abdul Hameed Al-Sinani, secretary general of the Coordination Counc...
A YouTube video that shows a British couple allegedly being attacked by officials from the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (Haia) at a shopping mall in Riyadh has gone viral on social media forums, promptingLocal officials and senior Haia functionaries to launch an investigation.
About 300,...
The Labor Ministry, which intends to tighten its noose on private firms that are reluctant to Saudize jobs, said newly employed Saudis should stay with a company for at least six months to be counted as a full Saudi worker under the Nitaqat program. Deputy Labor Minister Ahmad Al-Humaidan said the new condition would be app...
The Shoura Council urged the Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) on Monday to take steps to bring down telephone tariffs in the Kingdom, saying call charges were eating away about 30 percent of a Saudi’s average monthly income.The Shoura made this comment while discussing CITC’s annual report, said F...
A Bangladeshi expatriate died in a fuel tank blast that was caused by a spark from a welding machine in his workshop in north Jeddah on Sunday.The impact of the blast was so violent that the expat was blown onto the rooftop of a neighboring workshop eight meters away, said Col. Saeed Sarhan, Makkah Civil Defense spokesman,...
Riyadh Gov. Prince Turki bin Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz held a meeting on Sunday with various government agencies to discuss this year’s preparations ahead of the 84th Saudi National Day. The meeting brought together Ibrahim Al-Dajeen, the acting mayor of the Riyadh region, Suleiman Al-Sudais, acting Riyadh police chief, and M...
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah has urged authorities to provide optimum services to pilgrims who have come to perform Haj this year, said Deputy Crown Prince Muqrin while chairing a meeting held by the Council of Ministers here Monday.Prince Muqrin said Saudi Arabia is carrying out giant development project...
Numerous job opportunities open for Saudis every Haj season, but there are very few takers for them.Marwan Khashoggi, deputy general manager of Haj Bus Syndicate in Madinah, said Saudi young men have not registered for any of the available jobs at his office during this Haj season.Speaking to Arab News, Khashoggi said the o...
Saudis spend more than SR6.1 billion every year on oud-based perfumes, accounting for half of overall spending on the wood-based incense among GCC citizens, local media said quoting global investors.The Middle East is considered the fastest growing market in the world in terms of oud perfumes. Saudis, in particular, used to...
The Interior Minister has warned prospective pilgrims to obtain a Haj permit as security forces were on high alert to avert any attempt to sneak into the holy sites without a permit.“The interior minister has issued an order that people without a Haj permit will not be allowed to enter the Haj premises,” Director of Public...
Drivers who transport schoolchildren in their own private vehicles will have to get a license from the Transport Ministry, a senior Education Ministry official told Arab News on Monday.The Transport, Education and Interior Ministries have joined forces to come up with the new regulations, which will ensure that drivers who...
Traffic is back to moving at snail’s pace during peak hours since the reopening of schools on Sunday, causing tension among drivers and passengers, who run late for appointments and other important engagements.“Only a few days back, there was a smooth flow of traffic along the main roads. But since the start of classes, key...
The first group of 455 Indonesian Haj pilgrims was received by Indonesian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia A.M. Fachir at King Abdulaziz International Airport on Monday afternoon. The pilgrims arrived aboard GA-1101 from Ujung Pandang.Fachir was accompanied by the deputy Haj Consul at the Indonesian Haj Affairs office, Hidayat Ju...

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Total bank deposits in the Kingdom hit a new all-time high above SR1.5 trillion for the first time in July, says a report. Bank deposits climbed by 1.7 percent in July to...
Saudi Arabian Investment Authority’s (SAGIA) value proposition for investors and the changes that have been made over the years to the registration process for international firms were highlighted at a presentation held here before a US visiting delegation on Monday.Prince Saud bin Khalid Al-Faisal, deputy governor for inve...
SEOUL: The shipbuilding and engineering units of South Korea’s Samsung group said they would merge, as the family-run giant gears up for generational ownership succession.The board members of Samsung Heavy Industries, the world’s third-largest shipmaker, and Samsung Engineering had approved the tie-up via a share swap, said...
Siemens has signed two contracts with Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) for the construction of Static Var Compensators (SVCs) at Madinah East, Hail-2 and Al Jouf-2 380kV substations. Ziyad Al-Shiha, CEO of SEC, Arja Talakar, CEO Siemens of Saudi Arabia and Peter-Karlheinz Bruder, head of energy transmission, Siemens Saudi Ar...
Over the last decade, the discovery of massive quantities of unconventional gas resources around the world has spurred a renaissance within global energy markets, redirecting international attention to natural gas as a leading source of energy supply. Modern technology allows natural gas to be chilled at ultra-low temperatu...
LONDON: Britain’s manufacturing revival slowed sharply last month as the Ukraine crisis crimped demand from abroad, further denting hopes for a more balanced economic recovery.Factory orders from home and abroad rose at the slowest pace in more than a year, according to the Markit/CIPS UK Manufacturing Purchasing Managers I...
Saudi Arabia recorded a significant upswing in the value of awarded contracts during the second quarter of 2014 as it reached SR84.9 billion. It marked a strong rebound from the previous quarter, a local bank says in its report. The National Commercial Bank said in its Construction Contracts Index that the key sectors took...
Saudi Arabia’s benchmark the Tadawul All-Share Index (TASI) closed at 11,112.12 and ended its Sunday’s trading up over seventy points or 0.63 percent. Its year-to-date return exceeded thirty percent.Micro cap index remained prominent, growing by 1.3 percent. Sectoral performance was tremendous, as all 15 sectors closed in t...
MOSCOW: The latest models gleam at the Moscow car show, but Russian sales have dropped because of the Ukraine crisis and the shine has gone off a key growth market.Hostesses in cocktail dresses and high heels fawn over the cars as they do every year, and sober-suited executives boast about the newest features, but the smile...
NEW DELHI: India is now better prepared to handle the impact of any US interest rate increase because of signs its economy is improving, the central bank chief said in an interview.Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan said foreign funds were less likely to flow out of the Indian markets due to indications Asia’s th...
JEDDAH: Middle East funds are bullish on Saudi Arabia’s stock market despite concern it is getting richly valued, while they think the UAE has bottomed out after a volatile few months, a Reuters survey showed.The Saudi stock market index has jumped 13 percent since authorities announced in late July that they would open the...
FRANKFURT: Financial markets are looking to the European Central Bank to open the cash floodgates next week after consumer price data showed the 18-country eurozone is flirting with deflation, analysts said.Speculation is rising that the ECB’s decision-making governing council could signal plans for what is known as “quanti...
The relationship between China and the Gulf countries can only go one way. China’s future depends on the capacity of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to provide a steady flow of oil for the next decades, and the Gulf countries will not find an similar source of rising demand in the years to come. The deal announced in mid...

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As a newlywed, I have recently started to experiment with recipes from the internet while occasionally mixing ingredients together to create a recipe of my own. The problem with trying new recipes or coming up with your own is when you forget to write the recipe down, or when you lose the link to that recipe you found on the internet. One applic...

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As chic and pretty as her collection, Selina Farooqui is a new and promising designer in the Middle East.
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MADRID: Revellers pelted each other with tomatoes and bathed in red goo in Spain’s Tomatina, a fiesta that draws thousands each year for “the world’s biggest food fight.”
Locals and visitors from as far afield as the United States and Japan crammed into the eastern town of Bunol as mushy tomatoes rained from the backs of trucks and flew in...

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Commerce Minister Tawfik Al-Rabiah refuted rumors via Twitter that there would be a hike in tobacco prices in the Kingdom.The Kingdom will, however, increase the specifications of tobacco products to minimize its harmful effects on smokers, the minister said on Saturday.The Kingdom joined the anti-tobacco agreement in May 2005.Saudi Arabia ranks fourth in the world for tobacco imports and consumption. More than 15 billion cigarettes, worth $168 million, are smoked by Saudis each year, according to figures released by the Gulf Cooperation Council’s Health Ministers Council.The minister stressed that decisions on price increases are taken by the GCC Finance Ministers Council.“The Kingdom has...
Patients and families have expressed outrage over the lack of resources available at Qatif Central Hospital to handle seizures arising from sickle cell anemia, a hereditary blood disorder that has killed 470 people at the hospital in a single year.Families have demanded that authorities intervene to make the disease more manageable.The issue has propelled patients, their families and doctors to launch online campaigns and establish groups on networking sites to discuss treatment, dosage and ways to reduce the frequency of seizures, in addition to holding awareness lectures on the disease.Qatif Central Hospital registered 443 deaths as a result of seizures, while 27 succumbed to the disease...
Although it has been a main element in the South American food scenario for many years, chia seeds gained popularity in the Western world only recently. It is also known as super food.Chia seeds are known as meramia in Arabic. The word chia is derived from the origin of these seeds, which is Mexico. It can be served with water, lemon and sugar as a traditional drink called “Chia Fresca”.Benefits of chia seeds:1. They suck up the water from the body, which is a perfect food for those who want to lose weight, especially in the stomach area.2. Chia seeds are rich in antioxidants.3. Good source of calcium, phosphorus, manganese, copper iron, zinc, magnesium, molybdenum and niacin.4. They work...

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YANGON: A Myanmar beauty queen dethroned for alleged misconduct said Tuesday she would only return her crown if South Ko...
VENICE, Italy: The first rule of Venice is, you don’t talk about “Star Wars.”Cast members of the forthcoming “Episode VII” who are in the Italian city for the Venice Film Festival are keeping mum about details of the ultra-anticipated movie.British actress Gwendoline Christie, who plays Brienne of Tarth in “Game of Thrones” and Commander Lyme in two “Hunger Games” movies, joked at a Vanity Fair-sponsored party that “Star Wars” producers had gone to extraordinary lengths to maintain secrecy.“There’s snipers trained on us right now,” she said at an event to celebrate a collaboration between...
SYDNEY: Pop diva Miley Cyrus has opened up to Australian television about her life, saying Googling yourself is bad for your brain.Speaking ahead of her Australian tour the former squeaky clean child star of Hannah Montana also spoke about why she has posted images of herself smoking marijuana on social media.“I put pictures of me smoking weed, I’m not going to lie, on my Instagram because I was brought up in the way that we never thought marijuana was bad,” she told Channel Seven on Sunday evening.“I don’t promote it in my songs... it’s not like I’m sitting around telling a bunch of kids to...

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