ISLAMABAD: A bomb blast ripped through a Shiite mosque in southern Pakistan as worshippers gathered for Friday prayers, killing at least 56 people and wounding dozens more, in the deadliest act of anti-Shiite violence in two years.The attack compounds Pakistan’s security challenge to contain a surge in militancy following last month’s killing of 150 people, mostly children, at a Peshawar school.The militant Sunni group Jundullah claimed responsibility for Friday’s bombing in the city of Shikarpur in Sindh province, 500 kilometers (310 miles) north of the port city of Karachi.That area of Pakistan has suffered comparatively little violence in contrast to the northwestern tribal areas bordering Afghanistan and in Karachi. Friday’s bloodshed raised fears that extremists could be gaining a foothold in the region.Hadi Bakhsh Zardari, the deputy commissioner of Shikarpur district, said 56 had...
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Courts in Riyadh have sentenced more than 65 men to prison terms ranging from 2 days to three months...
An American resident was shot and wounded while driving with a fellow US citizen in Al-Ahsa on Friday. The Eastern Province police said in a statement that shots were fired at the men at 2 p.m. on Friday afternoon as they were driving along Saladin Al-Ayobi Road.The man is reportedly in a stable condition at a local hospital. The police have launched an investigation.This is the fourth recent attack on foreigners since Gu...
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman announced a massive Cabinet reshuffle on Thursday, appointing Azzam Al-Dakhil, new education minister, Ahmed bin Aqeel Al-Khateeb new health minister, Adel Al-Toraifi, minister of culture and information and Abdul Lateef bin Abdul Malik Al-Asheikh new minister of municipal and rural affairs.King Salman, who ascended the throne on Friday, reappointed Prince Khaled Al-Faisal as...

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Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman is the right person to grow the economy because of his immense achievements as former governor of Riyadh and being a close confidant of previous rulers, said several business leaders and experts recently.Fahad Al-Hamadi, president of the Arab Contractor’...
The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has established a research and essay competition in honor of King Abdullah, to be hosted by the National Defense University.King Abdullah oversaw the modernization of his country’s military during the time he spent as commander of the National Guard, a position he held from 1963 unt...
Minister of Justice Mohammed Al-Issa said Thursday that human trafficking is a major criminal act according to Islamic law and is punishable by up to 15 years in prison and fines of up to SR10 million.The minister made this remark during a meeting at his office in Riyadh with a delegation from the US State Department. Durin...
Challenging orders and unconcerned with the damages they cause to the street’s asphalt, illegal car washers keep returning to Jeddah’s roads, despite municipal directives.These days it’s easy to see car washers working in front of malls, markets and government departments, as they get water from different sources, charging...
Beginning Sunday, the Ministry of Health will carry out a three-month vaccination campaign against pneumococcal disease, an infection caused by streptococcus pneumonia bacteria (“pneumococcus”).The bacteria can cause many types of illnesses, including pneumonia (infection of the lungs), ear infections, sinus infections, men...
India is looking forward to having stronger relations with Saudi Arabia under the leadership of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, who is a friend of India like King Abdullah, said Consul General B.S. Mubarak.“Our Prime Minister Narendra Modi held talks with King Salman on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Bri...
In the presence of Labor Minister Adel Fakeih, and various other Saudi figures, the final winners of the first ever Israr Awards or “Best Commitment Award” were announced on Thursday at a grand event held at Prince Noura University. The program that was launched by the Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF) involves a comp...
P.K. Mohamed, who edited Arab News opinion pages for 24 years from 1984 to 2008, died in India on Thursday.He was 77 and leaves behind a wife, son Mohamed Asad, and two daughters, Fouzia and Hasina. He was suffering from heart ailments for quite some time and had two angioplasties while in the Kingdom.He died while undergoi...
The Ministry of Health confirmed that 186,000 patients benefited from its online Patients Referral Program “Ehala” which links the different health institutions allowing them to access the patient’s information without the need to transfer him.Suleiman Al-Shouraei, general director of the program and assistant manager of th...
The Pakistani community welcomed Manzoor ul Haq, a career diplomat who has taken up office as the country’s ambassador in Riyadh.Before taking charge in Riyadh, Haq was Pakistan’s ambassador to Egypt and was well-considered as an expert in the Middle East affairs for his country as he served as the director general of Middl...
Businesspeople say the new Saudization quotas the Labor Ministry is introducing on April 20 would be difficult to implement because of a lack of skilled Saudi workers in the job market, with some calling for a delay of between one to three years.Under the third phase of the Nitaqat program announced by the ministry, the Sau...
Women were the victims in 45 percent of domestic violence cases filed with the Ministry of Justice over the past 15 months, sources said recently.Over the past two months, there were 2,491 cases filed with the ministry. Of this, 12 percent of the women said that their parents refused to let them marry and 10.5 percent sough...
The Interior Ministry has warned consumers that they should be wary of buying cars online because of the potential for fraud, particularly if bank accounts are registered overseas.The ministry had received a notification from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that criminals are using certain websites to steal money from poten...

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MOSCOW: Europe prepared Thursday to draft even tougher sanctions against Russia...

LONDON: Weekly Ebola infections in west Africa have dropped to below 100 for the...

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GENEVA: The UN children’s agency launched a record $3.1 billion aid appeal on Th...

BEIJING: China’s military training this year will focus on “improving fighting c...

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MELBOURNE: World No.1 Novak Djokovic fought off Stan Wawrinka over five tense se...

DUBAI: World No.1 Rory McIlroy made three birdies in his last three holes in the...

SYDNEY: Top-scorers Australia will try to unlock the Asian Cup’s stingiest defen...

NEWCASTLE: Ali Mabkhout put one hand on the Asian Cup top-scorer award on Friday...

NAIROBI: Kenya’s Rita Jeptoo, winner of the Boston and Chicago marathons, has be...

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NEW YORK: Oil company ConocoPhillips has slashed its 2015 drilling budget, cutting it for the second time in less than two months as falling oil prices pressure petroleum...
JEDDAH: Middle East funds are turning positive on Saudi Arabia’s stock market because of signs that oil prices are starting to stabilize, the latest Reuters survey of asset managers shows.Many fund managers became bearish on Saudi Arabia in the past few months as the oil price plunge promised to slash the earnings of petroc...
Saudi Arabia’s benchmark stock index recorded mild losses (-0.38 percent) on Thursday, as investors cashed in on large-cap stocks.Large Cap with 0.73 percent fall suffered worst of all market cap indices. The bellwether SABIC (Saudi Basic Industries Corp.) dipped by 2.54 percent, closing at SR 86.29.However, the Tadawul ind...
LONDON: New York oil prices tumbled to a near six-year low underneath $44 per barrel on Thursday, as record-high US crude inventories deepened worries over the global supply glut.West Texas Intermediate (WTI) for March delivery dived to $43.57 a barrel, a level last seen on March 12, 2009.The contract later stood at $43.87,...
DETROIT: Ford Motor Co. said it would keep relying on North America for its profit this year as the No. 2 US automaker signaled that losses in Europe would be more than previously forecast.Ford had previously estimated losses from Europe at about $250 million in 2015. On Thursday, however, it backed away from that forecast,...
Prince Saud bin Abdullah bin Thunayan, chairman of the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu (RCJY), has signed three contracts worth SR520 million to provide essential equipment and develop industrial zones in Jubail and Ras Al-Khair industrial citiesThe first deal was signed with Al Harbi Trading & Contracting Co., wh...
MANILA: Philippine officials voiced confidence the country had escaped a “boom-bust cycle” as they predicted that economic growth would accelerate in 2015, after expansion last year beat international expectations.The economy grew 6.9 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014, new figures showed, offsetting weaker growth in the...
SEOUL: South Korea’s LG Electronics said its net profit last year soared 125 percent, boosted by surging sales of its flagship smartphones and television sets.Net income reached 501.3 billion won ($462 million) in 2014, compared with 222.7 billion won a year earlier. Operating profit, meanwhile, was up 46 percent to 1.82 tr...
SEOUL: Samsung Electronics posted its first drop in annual net profit in three years and saw resurgent arch-rival Apple barge in on its pole position as the world’s top smartphone maker.The South Korean firm, whose key mobile phone operations have struggled in the face of intense competition from cut-price Chinese rivals, a...
SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook said that profit soared on the wings of mobile ad revenue but stressed it is more concerned with investing in the future than making quick cash.While earnings figures surpassed market forecasts, Facebook executives strived to temper expectations, while stressing they plan to continue aggressively inv...
DALLAS: Boeing Co.’s fourth-quarter profit rose 19 percent as demand for commercial airliners trumped weakness in its defense business.Investors looked past a muted outlook for 2015 earnings and sent the shares to a 52-week high.Chicago-based Boeing and European rival Airbus have prospered as airlines around the world have...
NEW YORK: McDonald’s CEO Don Thompson is stepping down as the world’s biggest hamburger chain fights to hold onto customers and transform its image.The company said Thompson, who has been CEO for two-and-a-half years, will be replaced by Steve Easterbrook, a company veteran who rejoined McDonald’s as its chief brand officer...
LONDON: Energy giant Royal Dutch Shell has announced an eight-percent drop in annual net profits owing to a slump in global oil prices and said it would accelerate spending cuts.Profit after tax dropped to $15.05 billion (13.3 billion euros) in 2014 compared with the Anglo-Dutch company's performance one year earlier, slipp...

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It takes imagination, time, patience and a lot of creativity to create a piece of art. A canvas, a freshly painted white wall, a restaurant napkin or on the side panels of a notebook can all be materials to create something amazing after a moment or two of inspiration. For some, the act of creativity is an innate feeling and it can result in ama...

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PARIS: Facebook, the world’s most popular social network, and its Instagram photo-sharing site were interrupted temporarily Tuesday, provoking panic, rumors of a hack, and jokes of how more than one billion users were struggling to cope.
“This was not the result of a third party attack,” Facebook said in a statement after its services were...

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Knowledge is key in the fashion industry. Knowing what works and what doesn’t is what helps improve a designer in their quest for innovative designs. Inspired by different cultures, attentive to the latest in the fashion world and keen on details is what defines Hatem Al-Akeel. Coming from no background in design, he ventured in the world with h...

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Historical monuments and sites can be found throughout Saudi Arabia. The Kingdom has many attractions designed for those who want to know more about the country. The Kingdom offers several tourist places such as atmospheric souqs and villages reflecting the heritage and culture of Saudi Arabia.
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Health workers in the Kingdom have reported a rise in cases of Cutaneous Leishmaniasis (CL) disease, caused by the bite of sandflies, and warned the public to take precautions.According to a report in a local publication, several patients, mostly in the Eastern Province, have been detected with Leishmaniasis. The symptoms include welts or sores on the skin, which can become infected. It can affect the spleen and liver and result in death. Several physicians have said there is no clear method to treat CL. However, Ministry of Health officials recommend people minimizing the amount of exposed skin, improve their personal hygiene and keep their surroundings clean. They can also use nets...
SACRAMENTO, California: California health officials say electronic cigarettes are a health threat, especially to children, and should be strictly regulated like tobacco products.A report released Wednesday by the California Department of Public Health says e-cigarettes emit cancer-causing chemicals and get users hooked on nicotine. California Health Officer Ron Chapman says new generations of young people will become nicotine addicts if the products remain largely unregulated.E-cigarettes heat liquid nicotine from cartridges into inhalable vapor without tar and other chemicals found in traditional cigarettes. E-cigarette makers say their products are far safer than tobacco.Other states...
Ever wondered what happens after you quit smoking? Many people fall back and get back to their bad habits. There are many reasons for this, some of which are mental while others are physical.We just found out about smoking detox where you can literally detox cigarettes out of your body. “This can only be assisted by controlling what you eat and drink on a daily basis. To be able to get the maximum benefit out of this type of detox, begin by quitting cigarettes right on the spot,” said pulmonologist Dr. Khalil Saad. “Your body will take its time to fully recover and this could take up to a period of years. Smoking is very harmful and your body cannot kick out the toxins in a short period of...

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BOSTON, Massachussets : US Secretary of State John Kerry was slapped with a $50 fine for failing to have a side street a...
COMPTON, California: Authorities say Death Row Records founder Marion “Suge” Knight turned himself in early Friday in connection with a hit-and-run incident that left one man dead and another injured.The rap mogul’s attorney said earlier that Knight ran over and killed a friend and injured another man on Thursday as he fled attackers.Authorities said Knight was a person of interest in the incident, which was being investigated as a homicide.In a brief statement released early Friday, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said Knight was at the West Hollywood station with his attorney...
DHAKA: Bangladesh cinemas will boycott movies starring the nation’s top actor after he led protests against the first screening of a Hindi film in decades in the Muslim-majority nation, an official said Thursday.Bollywood blockbuster “Wanted” opened in cinemas on the weekend after Bangladesh’s censor board cleared its nationwide release, following a 50-year ban on Hindi-language films.But the screenings sparked protests outside cinemas along with wildcat strikes by hundreds of Dhaka actors, directors and others, who said the release would cripple the local film industry, known as Dhallywood....

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