GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip: Ignoring international appeals for a cease-fire, Israel on Saturday widened its range of Gaza bombing targets to civilian institutions with suspected Hamas ties and announced it would hit northern Gaza “with great force” to prevent rocket attacks from there on Israel. More than 156 Palestinians have been killed in five days of bombardment.One of the Israeli strikes hit a center for the disabled where Palestinians said two patients were killed and four people seriously hurt. In a second attack, on Saturday evening, an Israeli warplane flattened the home of Gaza’s police chief and damaged a nearby mosque as evening prayers ended, killing at least 18 people, officials said.In New York, the UN Security Council called unanimously for a cease-fire, while Britain’s foreign minister said he will discuss cease-fire efforts with his American, French and German counterparts o...
Grand Mufti Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh has said that social issues should not be discussed through the va...
Authorities at Makkah have installed 4,000 loudspeakers all over the Grand Mosque and surrounding ar...
With increased terrorist activity in the region, the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (Haia) has shifted its focus to crack down on people spreading extremist ideas in the country."Your mission is no longer confined to monitoring shops that remain open during prayer times or instructing women to adhere to modest dress codes," Haia Chairman Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Asheikh told staff members at a m...
A high-ranking official at the Haj Ministry has advised Saudis and expats to perform Umrah only once during Ramadan to give others a chance to do it with ease. Civil Defense has sent text messages to Saudis and expats urging them not to perform Umrah more than once.Hussein Al-Sharif, undersecretary at the Haj Ministry, said efforts to reduce the number of pilgrims are only temporary until Grand Mosque expansion projects a...

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Pilgrims and residents visiting Makkah have protested the extortionate fares charged by cabbies in the holy city.The influx of pilgrims during Ramadan and the summer season has prompted Makkah’s Traffic Department to chalk out a comprehensive traffic plan, which involves forcing private cars to park...
The Kingdom’s airports have stepped up security with officers carrying arms to thwart infiltration by extremists. Passengers are being subjected to strict scrutiny at all ports of entry.Meanwhile, the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) is following up with higher authorities on new search and inspection methods for...
Riyadh police arrested 307 illegal residents, including 13 wanted men, in a major crackdown in the city on Tuesday during a combing operations conducted on the instructions of Riyadh Gov. Prince Turki bin Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz.The Ministry of Interior had advised all illegal expatriates in the Kingdom to correct their wor...
Furnished apartments in the Saudi capital are usually fully booked on normal days but since the advent of the holy month of Ramadan, their occupancy rates have dropped to 20 percent.“Most of our guests stay with us from three days to a week. Others stay for a month. They usually come here for medical treatment but have now...
Six people were injured in a fire that broke out Friday evening at a chemical factory in Jubail Industrial City.Three of the injured are being treated at the Almana General Hospital in the area.Jubail’s Civil Defense teams and authorities at Jubail Industrial City were able to bring the fire, which originated at the methano...
The Royal Saudi Air Force’s Typhoon aircraft completed 10,000 flying hours recently, BAE Systems Saudi Arabia PR and communications director Monther M. Tayeb told Arab News.“The Typhoon aircraft’s performance is significant in the history of any fleet. Eurofighter Typhoon is the world’s most advanced swing-role combat aircr...
Over 100 diplomats based in the capital attended an iftar party organized by World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY) recently at Riyadh-InterContinental Hotel.The event started with recitation of the Holy Qur’an.Speaking at the event, Indonesian Ambassador Abdurrahman Mohammad Fachir lauded the contribution of WAMY in his cou...
RIYADH: The Philippine Embassy expressed satisfaction regarding its participation in the Riyadh International Exhibition held recently in the Saudi capital.“With our participation, we saw further possible cooperation with the Kingdom in different fields where we can enhance our relationships,” Ambassador Ezzedin H. Tago sai...
The holy month of Ramadan is for worship, contemplation, deep reflection and observance, said Richard Eldah, the charge d’ affairs at the British Embassy in Riyadh.Speaking about the activities during the holy month, Eldah said, “Ramadan is a month of worship and contemplation and to remember those who are less fortunate th...
Quba Mosque to the south of Madinah is the second largest and prestigious mosque in the city after the Prophet’s Mosque, but claims the first place owing to its importance in Islamic history having been built in the first year of the Islamic calendar.Quba Mosque witnesses an influx of worshippers and visitors throughout the...
The Eid sweets industry is fast becoming a lucrative arena of creativity and competition among housewives.Indeed, many women are going the extra step and exhibiting their artistic talents right on their plates.“The Eid sweets industry is becoming fertile ground for competition among women,” said Amal Al-Saleh, a housewife.“...
The Jeddah-chapter of the Muslim Educational Society (MES) has given a humanitarian touch to Iftar parties in Ramadan by offering them to the less privileged in the community, inspired by the spirit of the blessed month. “Indian Consul General B.S. Mubarak opened our first iftar program at the industrial city, which was att...
The Kingdom is on the road to achieving self-sufficiency in infant formula, according to a recent report released by Euromonitor. Baby food in Saudi Arabia is expected to thrive in the long run given the country’s consistently high birth rate, a young population and high per capita incomes. This category is also slated to g...

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GAZA CITY: As the Palestinian carnage enters a fifth day, there has been no conc...

GENEVA: Israel could be violating the laws of war by bombing Palestinian homes i...

JERUSALEM: The Israeli military says it is ordering Palestinians living in the n...

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip: Israel widened its air assault against the Gaza Strip’s H...

CASABLANCA, Morocco: Three buildings in a residential Casablanca neighborhood ha...

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SHANGHAI: China and US must avoid a “new cold war” in their international relati...

KHAR, Pakistan: Militants killed a Pakistan Army captain and two soldiers in an...

KABUL: US Secretary of State John Kerry was meeting with rival Afghan presidenti...

BEIJING: A top business journalist at China’s state broadcaster was taken away b...

BERLIN: Angela Merkel said on Saturday that new allegations of US spying showed...

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BRASILIA: Brazil ended its home World Cup to a cacophony of boos on Saturday as...

Jeremy Lin is still on his way to the Los Angeles Lakers, even after the Houston...

BRASILIA: Brazil’s defensive woes were again evident early in its World Cup thir...

BRASILIA, Brazil: Right back Maxwell and striker Jo are among the players enteri...

NOTTINGHAM, England: England pair Joe Root and James Anderson broke the all-time...

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The volume of investments in the incense and oud sector is estimated at more than SR15 billion ($4 billion) annually, local media said quoting an expert.Demand on the inc...
The financial crisis of 2008 triggered a recession and dramatic drop in stock markets around the world. In many parts of the world, the unemployment level soared and many investors suffered significant setbacks to their savings and net worth. It is no wonder that most investors felt scared or confused during that time. If t...
The Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Egyptian Tourism Authority (ETA) announced tourism statistics for the month of May 2014 that reveals a significant increase in the number of tourists visiting Egypt from the GCC.The results indicate increases of 6.3 percent in tourists from Saudi Arabia, 10.8 percent in tourists from Kuw...
LONDON: British construction output suffered a steep fall in May, raising the prospect that overall economic growth may fall short of expectations in the second quarter.The surprise contraction adds to some signs that the pace of Britain's rapid recovery over the past year may be easing, a trend which analysts said could se...
Jadwa Investment, a major Saudi investment firm with headquarters in Riyadh, Saturday announced the appointment of Abdulaziz Al-Arifi as chief financial officer.The appointment is part of the firm’s continued expansion and reinforcement of its senior management team tasked with leading the firm’s new business strategy.Lever...
SEOUL: LG Display Co. has developed an 18-inch flexible display that can be rolled into the shape of a thin cylinder, a step toward making a large display for flexible TVs.The South Korean display panel maker said the flexible display has a resolution of 1200 pixels by 810 pixels and maintains its function when it is rolled...
SEATTLE: Microsoft Corp. Chief Executive Satya Nadella deferred any comment on widely expected job cuts at the software company, after circulating a memo to employees promising to "flatten the organization and develop leaner business processes."Nadella said he would address detailed organizational and financial issues for t...
NEW DELHI: India’s top finance ministry official said that plans announced in the recent budget to stick to a fiscal deficit target of 4.1 percent of GDP are “very credible,” despite criticism from ratings agencies that the number is optimistic.Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who took office in May, on Thursday unveiled a bud...
LONDON: Global oil demand growth will accelerate next year as the world economy expands and will again be met by rising supplies from the United States and Canada, further eroding OPEC's market share, the West's energy watchdog said on Friday.But the International Energy Agency (IEA) said in its monthly report that risks to...
A whopping sum of SR 526 billion is needed for the implementation of power generation, transmission and distribution projects, local media said quoting a report released by the Electricity and Cogeneration Regulatory Authority (ECRA).Based on a study on the estimated cost of electricity services during 1430-1441H, power gen...
LONDON: Two years ago Total's chief Christophe de Margerie launched a "high risk, high reward" oil exploration strategy, betting he could hit a bonanza, even though his rivals had failed to make big discoveries.But Total risks joining the industry trend of making only smaller and fewer finds, despite global investments in o...
ABU DHABI: A planned merger of the Dubai Financial Market and the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX) has been shelved for the foreseeable future as terms for the politically sensitive move could not be agreed, sources told Reuters.Having been mooted for a number of years, a merger of the DFM and the ADX seemed to take an i...
BEIJING: Chinese state media on Friday branded Apple Inc.'s iPhone a threat to national security because of the smartphone's ability to track and time-stamp user locations.A report by broadcaster CCTV criticized the iPhone's "Frequent Locations" function for allowing users to be tracked and information about them revealed."...

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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."
Mohammed started his enthusiasm as a hobby in high school, trying then to copy t...

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Anyone who’s ever tried to hide their Facebook use at work should take heart in this news: Your boss may be looking at social media during office hours more than you are.
A new study by researchers in Norway, published recently in the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, surveyed more than 11,000 employees about their views on cyber-...

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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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Diriyah in the Saudi capital has the potential to become a key tourist destination following the completion of the renovation work on its historic mud houses and other buildings, according to sources.
“Diriyah is unique for its fascinating history. It is expected to ramp up tourism revenues once the renovations of the mud houses are complet...

FOOD & HEALTH »

A medical team at Asir general hospital successfully performed a leg-lengthening surgery.The team was headed by Dr. Ayed Al-Shahrani, an orthopedic surgeon. Doctors Marouf Ibrahim Zaki Alhfeza, Saleh Al-Ghamdi, and Thamer Yazidi, were able to perform surgery on a Yemeni patient who suffered a severe injury with loss of bones in the right leg and the inability to heal and walk.The patient was treated in Yemen and had four operation with no success. At Asir general hospital, an operation was performed to readjust and extend the leg by 11 cm utilizing the same leg bone. The procedure was performed using the Lazorrov technique with gradual adjustment whereby the foot returned to its normal...
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...

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LOS ANGELES: Authorities say “Harry Potter” actor Dave Legeno has died from heatstroke in California’s Death Valley. He...
MUMBAI: Newcomer Pooja Hegde will be paired opposite Hrithik Roshan in Ashutosh Gowarikar’s much-talked-about period film, ‘Mohenjo Daro’.After giving hit films like ‘Lagaan’, ‘Swades’, ‘Jodhaa Akbar’, Gowariker is ready to roll cameras for ‘Mohenjo Daro, pre-production of which is in full swing.“I am extremely happy to have found Pooja Hegde. She is very natural as an actress and has an elegance and poise that will make the character attractive and endearing. Both these strengths with a degree of freshness adds the required spark to the ‘Mohenjo Daro’ love story,” Gowariker said in a...
NEW YORK: George Clooney refused to accept an apology from Britain’s Daily Mail after it published what he said was a false story “insinuating religious tensions” by saying his future mother-in-law opposed his marriage to human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin.The Oscar-winning actor said the apology showed that the Mail knew the online story about Alamuddin’s mother preferring her daughter to marry within the family’s Druze religion was a lie when it published it on Monday.“What separates this from all of the ridiculous things the Mail makes up is that now, by their own admission, it can be...

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