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 last year by a war-crimes tribunal triggered the deadliest political violence in the country’s history, and thousands of police were deployed before Wednesday’s ruling.“We had expected that the court would uphold his death sentence,” Attorney General Mahbubey Alam told AFP, adding that he was unhappy with the verdict.Alam said Sayedee was a war criminal and “torturer of women” who had forcibly converted minority Hindus to Islam during the nine-month conflict, which led t...
The 3rd Advanced Technologies Forum 2014 kicked off on Tuesday at the King Abdulaziz City for Scienc...
Delegates at a conference here have slammed the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group for its violent a...
LEGAZPI, Philippines: Lava cascaded down the Philippines’ most active volcano on Wednesday as authorities rushed to evacuate thousands ahead of a possible deadly eruption.Mostly women, children and the elderly carrying bags of clothes were hauled out of farming villages near Mayon volcano’s slopes on board army trucks and minibuses.Soldiers went from house to house asking residents to evacuate, after authorities on Monday...
Crown Prince Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense and aviation, met with Chief of Staff Gen. Abdul Rahman Al-Binayan, as well as commanders of land, air and naval forces here on Tuesday.Prince Salman was briefed on the present situation of the country’s armed forces and future plans to develop them further to strengthen their defense and combat capabilities.Speaking at the meeting, Gen. Al-Binayan commended Cust...

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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...
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...
The Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) has rejected claims on social networking sites that there would be a shortage of livestock at local markets for the upcoming Haj.Suleiman Al-Jabri, chairman of the livestock traders committee at the JCCI, said there was enough supply for the Eid Al-Adha season. More than a...
A 30-year-old man in Qatif has been sentenced to six months in prison and 90 lashes for having illicit relations with a Ethiopian housemaid. The defendant was given 30 days to appeal to the ruling.The maid’s sponsor felt the presence of a stranger in her room at dawn, but was unable to catch him because he pushed past her a...
The British Council, with the cooperation of the Royal College of Art, Jeddah Municipality, Gharhem studios and Ameen Foundation, organized a 10-day artists’ residency program in Jeddah.Charlie Walker, country director of the British Council, told Arab News that the program would allow Saudi artists to participate with four...
The painful story of Najmun Bee, the ill-fated maid, reads like a story straight out of a tragic movie. Najmun came to the Kingdom in 1998 and lost contact with her family soon afterwards. Her visa and passport had expired a long time ago but she continued to stay with the Saudi family who had sponsored her even though the...
Hindi Day was celebrated at the Consulate General of India in Jeddah recently. Indian Consul General B.S. Mubarak, who presided over the function, congratulated all the officials on Hindi Day and exhorted them to work in Hindi, which is the official language of India. He also congratulated the officials who had participated...

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

BEIRUT: An Al-Qaeda-linked militant group holding Lebanese soldiers and police r...

ROME: Italy on Tuesday admitted paying ransoms to obtain the freedom of some hos...

JERUSALEM: Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank numbered 382,031 at the en...

DUBAI, Qatar: Powerful Al-Qaeda branches in Yemen and North Africa called Tuesda...

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MULTAN, Pakistan: Hafiz Saeed, widely considered one of South Asia’s most danger...

LEGAZPI, Philippines: Lava cascaded down the Philippines’ most active volcano on...

ROME: The number of hungry people in the world has fallen sharply over the past...

ISLAMABAD: Angry Pakistani passengers have forced two lawmakers off a plane for...

India’s Congress Party on Tuesday termed the results of the nine-State assembly...

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MADRID: International basketball’s governing body said on Tuesday that players w...

GROS-ISLET, Saint Lucia: Shivnarine Chanderpaul’s 30th Test century put the West...

KARACHI: Experienced all-rounder Shahid Afridi was named captain of Pakistan’s T...

INDIANAPOLIS: Cody Parkey drilled a 36-yard field goal as time expired on Monday...

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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 comput...
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...
Saudi Arabia is the world’s second biggest producer of different dates, producing 14.1 percent of world production in 2010. But only 6.8 percent of its production is marketed abroad.In this connection, the National Center for Palms & Dates participated recently in the Asia Fruit Logistica trade fair in Hong Kong with a...
The SABB/HSBC Emerging Markets Index (EMI), a monthly indicator derived from the PMI surveys, rose to a 17-month high of 52.5 in August, from 51.7 in July. That signaled stronger growth of output across global emerging markets, led mainly by a sharper increase in Chinese service sector activity. The EMI remained below its l...
The market capitalization of shares invested by government-run agencies in Saudi stock market grew by 25.75 percent to SR791 billion by end of August (2014) compared to SR629 billion by the end of 2013, according to a financial report.The government agencies hold more than 35 percent of shares in the stock market in 13 sect...
Saudi Arabia's benchmark Tadawul All-Share Index saw a significant setback on Monday, passing through a lean session of 0.85 percent and trimming back the 11,000-mark. The index closed at 10,932.73 points.The index making lower support levels plunged to a maximum of 116 points. Its year-to-date return still remained over tw...
LONDON: Scotland's nationalists have a 45 percent chance of winning the independence referendum this week and there's a risk of a capital flight from the country if that happens, according to a Bloomberg survey of economists.Asked to quantify the odds of a "yes" and "no" vote in the Sept. 18 ballot, economists said there is...

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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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‘A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step’. This saying perfectly applies to a young Saudi woman who had...
Almost a week after her concert in Dubai, it has hardly left any lasting impression, even though the media tried to hype her visit as much as possible. “She gave the audience a show of a lifetime”, commented Dubai Chronicle, while Emirates 24/7 described her show as “nothing short of artistry, drama, madness of fans gyrating to the tunes of her chartbusters.” Lady Gaga’s first, long-awaited concert in Dubai took place at the Meydan Racetrack, a place made for horse racing events that proved impractical for a pop concert. The stage was on the left of the VIP section, giving only the standing...
LONDON: Live streaming, video replays, Instagram and Twitter updates from the front row — there are many ways to follow fashion shows these days, but nothing compares to the blood-pumping spectacle of being there in person.Almost two-thirds of shows on the schedule at London Fashion Week this season were live streamed, raising the question for fashionistas racing from venue to venue on towering heels whether it is really worth it.The late Alexander McQueen aside, London rarely sees the extravagant productions seen in Paris or New York.And the perks are not what they used to be. Free goodie...

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Indian Sunni Muslim Hyderabadi family seek alliance for their daughter, 27 years, 5’3”, MBBS (prepar...
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I, Maabusen Kotluru, Indian national, hereby announce that my Passport No. L 5565405 issued at Hyder...
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