GENEVA: Israel could be violating the laws of war by bombing Palestinian homes in Gaza, the UN’s human rights office said Friday, as the death toll from the Israeli strikes rose to 100.“We have received disturbing reports that many of the civilian casualties, including of children, occurred as a result of strikes on homes,” said spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani.“Such reports raise doubts about whether the Israeli air strikes have been in accordance with international humanitarian law and international human rights law,” she told reporters.International humanitarian law is UN term for the laws of war, and Shamdasani said targeting homes was a violation unless the buildings were being used for military purposes.“In case of doubt, buildings that are ordinarily used for civilian purposes, such as homes, are presumed not to be legitimate military targets,” she said.“Even when a home is identifie...
MANILA: An Australian Islamic preacher was arrested in the central Philippines on Friday on suspicio...
GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories: Two Palestinians were killed in an Israeli strike on Friday, rai...
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka: A top Sri Lankan minister on Friday warned that the country’s Muslim minority could become radicalized if they continue to be subjected to attacks and false allegations of extremism by majority Buddhist nationalists.Justice Minister Rauff Hakeem told a meeting with foreign correspondents that the government must act against groups propagating hatred against Muslims and those responsible for recent viol...
DENVER: A Colorado man is infected with the rarest and most fatal form of plague, an airborne version that can be spread through coughing and sneezing.It is the first case of pneumonic plague seen in the state since 2004, said Jennifer House, a spokeswoman for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. The man, who isn’t identified, may have been exposed in Adams County, which extends 70 miles east of Denve...

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The popular Ramadan festival opened here on Tuesday in Balad, which will this year feature traditional dishes, products of productive families, folk art and traditional dancing and singing.Hani Abu Ras, mayor of Jeddah, opened the festival with businesspeople and members of the community. Abu Ras sa...
The regional governors’ meeting held in Jeddah on Wednesday focused on achieving balanced and comprehensive growth across the Kingdom and improving welfare among citizens and residents, said Makkah Gov. Prince Mishaal bin Abdullah.“This was an extension of the previous annual governors’ meetings and it discussed all issues...
Sharif Mashoor Al-Manami, undersecretary of the Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques Affairs, has confirmed that more than 100 violators of work and residency regulations were arrested for renting out wheelchairs at the Grand Mosque in Makkah.He told Arab News that the violators have been referred to the Passport Department i...
“Several parties” have been putting obstacles in the way of employing women in the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (Haia), a senior official said in statement to the local media.Haia chief Abdullatif Al-Asheikh said that Haia is yet to be given the green light to create job vacancies for Saudi...
Border guards on the southern border of the Kingdom with Yemen are doing a commendable job in protecting the country infiltrators and smugglers. Local media recently monitored the movement on the southern border, west of Al-Khoba district which is rough terrain for the most part and experiences harsh weather conditions.Thes...
The Ebsar Foundation plans to launch a campaign at schools to educate children on how to look after their eyesight.The organization, which caters to people with visual disabilities, will start the program at the beginning of the new school year in September.Muhammed Tawfiq Bellow, secretary-general of the Ebsar Foundation,...
Aziza Turkistani, a local resident, is the first Saudi woman to get a license to operate tours to Makkah and other cities.Turkistani provides pilgrims with transport, accommodation, and other services during their stay in Makkah."I started my career in advertising, design, graphics and printing,” said Turkistani. She is als...
Six hundred Saudi women are displaying their products and services here including Hijazi crafts, jewelry, paintings, dresses, perfumes, sweets, abayas and web design.The three-day productive families' exhibition, being held for the second time in Ramadan, showcases the work of local women.Princess Mashail bint Muqrin, who l...
The construction industry across the country has been hit hard by the soaring summer temperatures and Ramadan, with productivity down 40 percent and many projects delayed, say experts.Output has dropped because workers are not allowed to work under the blazing sun from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. The onset of Ramadan has also affecte...
A state-of-the-art cab service is to be commissioned in Riyadh beginning next year under a new joint company comprising ministries of transport, labor, interior and  Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF) which was formed in the capital on Tuesday night. The company, whose formation was announced at a press conference held...
Khalid Al-Hugail, the newly elected chairman of the national committee for corporations at the Council of Saudi Chambers, pledged to take the national committee to new heights during his tenure.The elections took place in the presence of a large number of officials, including Khalid Al-Otaiby, secretary general of the Counc...
The Memon Federation and World Memon Organization honored a community worker for his social responsibility projects here recently in Jeddah.The organizations held an iftar at a local restaurant to recognize the work of Iqbal Memon, vice-president of the All India Memon Jamat Federation, an organization established in 1971 i...
About 40 percent of government projects have been disrupted for various reasons, said Fahd Al-Hammadi, chairman of the National Committee for Contractors at the Council of Saudi Chambers (CSC).“These disruptions may lead to some 1,500 contractors being blacklisted after withdrawing their projects,” he said. He urged governm...

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GAZA CITY: Israeli warplanes pounded Gaza relentlessly on Thursday, causing a gr...

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories: Two Palestinians were killed in an Israeli s...

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The world's largest Muslim bloc Thursday urged the UN Security Council to force...

BAGHDAD: A spokesman for Iraqi Kurdish President Massud Barzani said Thursday na...

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COLOMBO: A top Sri Lankan minister has warned that the country's Muslims could b...

NEW DELHI: India’s new Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet President Barack O...

MANILA: An Australian Islamic preacher was arrested in the central Philippines o...

NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has accepted an invitation to mee...

BERLIN: Germany took the dramatic step Thursday of asking the top US intelligenc...

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BRASïLIA: Neymar has urged his Brazil teammates to rescue some of their battered...

RIO DE JANEIRO: Tearful Brazil star Neymar says he is prepared to set aside the...

NOTTINGHAM, England: India No. 11 Mohammed Shami embarrassed England with the ba...

MANILA: Right after the final buzzer sounded, in the din of the celebration, Tim...

SOUTHPORT, England: Ayako Uehara of Japan got her one mistake out of the way ear...

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MUMBAI: Indian outsourcing giant Infosys has reported a better-than-expected 21 percent jump in quarterly net profit, after winning new deals from US clients.The Nasdaq-l...
Jubail Commercial Port has seen a 20 percent increase in the total weight of cargo transported via its port during the first half of 2014 with 5,075,054 tons compared to 4,244,648 tons during the same period in question.Captain Fahd bin Ahmed Al-Amer, director general of Jubail Commercial Port, said that the total tonnage o...
JEDDAH: Slowing corporate earnings growth in major Gulf economies is an issue for the region’s stock markets, which may have to get used to more modest rates of profit expansion in coming months.Over the past two years, corporate profits in the Gulf have risen as economies have recovered from the global financial crisis, wh...
The Saudi British Bank (SABB) has recorded a net profit of SR2.238 billion for the six months ended June 30 2014. This is an increase of SR285 million or 14.6 percent compared to SR1.953 billion for the same period in 2013. SABB recorded a net profit of SR1.157 billion for the three months ended June 30 2014, an increase of...
VIENNA: Global world oil demand is due to increase further next year thanks in part to resurgent growth in developed countries, OPEC said in its first forecast for 2015.The Organization for Petroleum Exporting Countries, which pumps a third of the world’s crude, predicted demand would top 92.35 million barrels per day (mbpd...
PARIS: Aviation giant Boeing has raised its forecast for global aircraft demand, saying it expected 36,770 planes to be delivered over the next two decades in deals worth $5.2 trillion (3.8 trillion euros).The forecast is up 4.2 percent from Boeing's projection last year, with about a third of the total demand to come from...
BERLIN: Lufthansa’s new chief executive has defended the airline’s plans to expand its low-cost services under new brands, after some analysts questioned the wisdom of such a move.Carsten Spohr, who took over as CEO in May, has presented plans that include expanding low-cost services in Europe and possibly on intercontinent...
BEIJING: China’s monthly trade surplus jumped 16.4 percent in June to $31.6 billion, official data showed, as exports and imports both rose in the latest sign of recovering strength in the world’s second-largest economy.Exports increased 7.2 percent to $186.8 billion year-on-year, the General Administration of Customs annou...
NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's new government has unveiled a first budget that seeks to revive growth and curb borrowing, but left open questions on how it would reduce the fiscal deficit and restore investor confidence.Expectations had been high that Modi would utilize India's strongest election mandate i...
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s central bank has raised a key interest rate to curb inflation in the first adjustment in more than three years, amid public protests over price hikes.Bank Negara said it decided to raise the overnight policy rate by 25 basis points to 3.25 percent on the back of “continued strength in exports and pr...
COPENHAGEN: A.P. Moeller-Maersk has announced an alliance with shipping company MSC on some of the world’s busiest cargo routes after China scuppered a planned tie-up between the two companies and CMA.The Danish shipping and oil conglomerate said it had signed a 10-year alliance with Swiss-Italian MSC on routes between Asia...
WASHINGTON: Cyber security threats are rising for industrial control systems around the world, a growing target for attackers seeking to wreak havoc, a study showed.The study by Ponemon Institute and Unisys Corp. of 599 technology executives in 13 countries found that even as threats are rising, organizations are not as pre...
The Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB) and the Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD), the private-sector arm of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB), have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to promote SME growth in Bahrain by providing support, Shariah-compliant products, and traini...

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Mohammed Khalid Al-Otaibi, is a 23-year-old student surgeon who found his passion in art. His mother Huda Al-Otaibi, who is a classical painter, passed on her artistic skills to her son. His art happened to be of a different kind. They call it the "street art."
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A new finding has revealed that diabetes mellitus impairs cognitive functions and appears to have long-lasting effects on memory, attention and motor actions on school-age children in Saudi Arabia.
The study, carried out by Sultan Ayoub Meo, a professor at King Saud University (KSU), discovered these disorders among children, while caution...

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Saudi fashion designer Hana Samman was inspired by the rich Moroccan culture when she designed her latest Ramadan and Eid collection. Her kaftan abayas aim to make her clients feel like Moroccan royalty. She also released her latest Spring and Summer 2014 collection using breathable fabrics and bright colors.
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The popular Ramadan festival opened here on Tuesday in Balad, which will this year feature traditional dishes, products of productive families, folk art and traditional dancing and singing.
Hani Abu Ras, mayor of Jeddah, opened the festival with businesspeople and members of the community.
Abu Ras said the event would showcase the cou...

FOOD & HEALTH »

DENVER: A Colorado man is infected with the rarest and most fatal form of plague, an airborne version that can be spread through coughing and sneezing.It is the first case of pneumonic plague seen in the state since 2004, said Jennifer House, a spokeswoman for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. The man, who isn’t identified, may have been exposed in Adams County, which extends 70 miles east of Denver, health officials said in a statement. While House said the man has been hospitalized and treated, she wouldn’t release other details.“He’s on treatment long enough to not be transmissible,” House said in a telephone interview. He may have contracted the illness from his...
Muslims should eat smaller meals to gain the full benefit from fasting in Ramadan because this allows the body to clear out toxins and heal itself, according to a local doctor.Wisam Al-Dulaimi from Dallah Hospital said recently that Muslims should avoid eating large meals for iftar. “Scientific studies have proven that the body requires large amounts of energy to complete the digestion process after a large nutritious meal, which in turn directly affects the body’s energy needs for normal bodily functions.”“Studies have also confirmed that fasting directly distributes the energy generated by the body toward the elimination of toxins in the glands and nervous system.”Fasting enables the body...
The Saudi Diabetes and Endocrine Association in the Eastern Province advised members of the community and especially diabetes patients to take advantage of the holy month to adopt a healthy life-style.Dr. Kaml Salamah, secretary general of the association, said, “Patients suffering from diabetes need to regularly monitor their blood sugar levels during the holy month to ensure it is within the accepted levels.”Salamah urged diabetes patients who feel symptoms of hypoglycemia or suffer from blood sugar drop below 70 mg/dl to break their fast immediately.He also recommended patients to drink large quantities of water from the time they break their fast until dawn to protect their kidneys and...

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LOS ANGELES: Canadian pop star Justin Bieber, who has been in trouble with the law in recent months, got two years of pr...
LONDON: Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper apologized to George Clooney on Wednesday after the Hollywood star hit out at an inaccurate story about his forthcoming marriage that he branded irresponsible.The tabloid’s online arm — one of the most-read news websites in the world — removed the article and said it wanted to give him the chance to “set the record straight.” The Daily Mail reported that his Lebanese soon-to-be mother-in-law had been telling “half of Beirut” that she opposes the marriage due to her supposed Druze faith.US actor Clooney said his fiancee Amal Alamuddin’s mother was not...
MUMBAI: Huma Qureshi has shed those extra pounds, is looking much leaner and has become the cover girl of Femina. She says she has achieved all that by making healthy choices.If she wowed everyone with her performance in ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’, her curvy figure started a new trend.But shedding weight hasn’t altered her fondness for food.“I am still a foodie and every 10 days my trainer gives me a break and lets me eat whatever I want to and that`s how I manage. I don’t believe in starving, I am just making healthy choices,” said Huma.“I have a fabulous trainer who has put me on a healthy diet....

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