BAGHDAD: Bombings in Baghdad and the northern city of Kirkuk killed at least 30 people in Iraq on Saturday as the government investigated a deadly attack on a Sunni mosque the day before that has heightened sectarian tensions amid a fragile political transition.In oil-rich Kirkuk, long disputed by Baghdad and the Kurdish regional government, three bombs went off in a crowded commercial district, killing 19 people and wounding another 112, Kirkuk deputy police chief Tarhan Abdel-Rahman said.One witness said he heard “an explosion between the cars, and then we started carrying out the dead bodies from there while people were burning inside the shops and cars.” The witness asked not to be named for fear of retribution.In Baghdad, a suicide bomber had earlier driven an explosives-laden car into the gate of the intelligence headquarters in Karrada district, killing six civilians and five secu...
GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories: Israeli warplanes pounded Gaza on Saturday, killing five Palesti...
SRINAGAR, India: India and Pakistan traded gunfire in the disputed Kashmir region on Saturday, killi...
TRIPOLI, Libya: Libyan Islamists, who say they have seized Tripoli airport, accused the United Arab Emirates and Egypt on Saturday of involvement in two air raids against their forces in the past week.“The Emirates and Egypt are involved in this cowardly aggression,” a spokesman for the Fajr Libya (Libyan Dawn) operation said, reading out a statement to Libyan journalists in Tripoli.He said the provisional Libyan governme...
CAIRO: Egypt has called for an open-ended cease-fire in Gaza, urging the Palestinians and Israel to return to indirect talks.The foreign ministry statement Saturday came shortly after Western-backed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi.A temporary cease-fire collapsed earlier this week, bringing the Cairo talks so a halt. More than 2,090 Palestinians, including close to 500...

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Justice Minister Muhammed Al-Issa has launched a system of fast disposal of legal cases at the Social Status Court (SSC) in Riyadh.“The system of making decisions in a single sitting on cases that do not require detailed study has been implemented in the Social Status Court in Riyadh. The system wil...
Riyadh motorists will face traffic snarls during the next two months because of the construction work of the metro project which will commence shortly, said Riyadh Gov. Prince Turki bin Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz.Speaking to newsmen following the seventh meeting of the follow-up committee of the metro project, the governor sol...
Peruvian President Ollanta Humala is expected to visit Saudi Arabia in 2015 to participate in the fourth Summit of South American and Arab Countries (ASPA) and launch negotiations for a free-trade agreement.“A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed last year by Peru, Saudi Arabia and other GCC countries,” Peruvian Amb...
Hospitals save lives in danger whether in normal conditions or in cases of emergency resulting from road accidents, fire or natural catastrophes.There are lots of well-equipped and excellent hospitals all across Saudi Arabia, but they are crippled by complicated procedures that may, sometimes, endanger lives of patients, no...
The Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF) on Wednesday launched an award scheme worth SR3 million for Saudi youth with inspiring success stories in the private sector.The Israr awards are being dished out for the second year in succession, said Ibrahim Al-Moaiqel, director-general of the HRDF, during a press conference in...
The head of the real estate committee at the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry Khalid Al-Ghamdi said the Kingdom has the largest real estate market in the Middle East.He told Arab News that the real estate market in the Kingdom is stable, allowing for greater investment opportunities for developers and investors. The...
Just like the rest of the world, Jeddah savors chocolate, whether dark, light or nutty.Talent Reunion is a lifestyle networking platform that organized a “chocolate innovation” event aimed at promoting chocolate products and shedding light on the skills of local chocolatiers. The event was held on Wednesday at Voila Chocola...
The lyrical qualities of Urdu were in full evidence at the annual mushaira organized by the Indian Consulate in Jeddah on Thursday.The presence of legendary Urdu poet, 89-year-old Anand Mohan Zutshi, popularly known as Gulzar Dehlawi, gave the evening a ring of literary halo.There were 13 poets from India to entertain a cap...
Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in the Kingdom expressed admiration for the martyred and late Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. as the country marked his 31st death anniversary on Thursday. “Ninoy was a hero whose 'The Filipino is worth dying for' continues to endear him to all Filipinos, including OFWs,” said Cenon Sagad...
A Saudi man was beheaded for murder on Friday. Othman al-Balawi was executed in the northwestern city of Tabuk, an Interior Ministry statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency said.He had been sentenced to death for stabbing to death fellow Saudi Ahmed Al-Atawi following a dispute.His execution came hours after another Sau...
Consumers have been warned against purchasing phone SIM cards from unauthorized vendors.“Several SIM cards are being sold by illegal expats, particularly along Palestine Street,” Lt. Nawaf Al-Bouq, Jeddah police spokesman, told Arab News.“More than 50 illegal vendors have recently been arrested for selling unauthorized SIMs...
Haj service companies have been instructed by the ministry to allocate 50 percent of their tent capacity to provide low-cost services.Haj Minister Bandar Hajjar met with representatives of domestic Haj service firms and urged them to provide the best possible services to their pilgrims.“We have allocated places for these fi...
Police arrested a large number of illegal expatriates in the south of the capital in an early morning raid on Thursday under the direct supervision of Riyadh Gov. Prince Turki bin Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz.According to one eyewitness, operations started immediately after dawn prayers. He said that more than 400 undocumented e...

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TRIPOLI, Libya: Libyan Islamists, who say they have seized Tripoli airport, accu...

BAGHDAD: Bombings in Baghdad and the northern city of Kirkuk killed at least 30...

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GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories: Israeli warplanes pounded Gaza on Saturday,...

CAIRO: A senior Islamist militia leader says two airstrikes targeting its positi...

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LONDON: Police have charged two truck drivers with people-smuggling after an Afg...

MANILA: The Philippines on Saturday said it is withdrawing its peacekeeping troo...

IZVARYNE, Ukraine: Kiev accused Moscow of invading as Russia unilaterally drove...

WASHINGTON: Paying ransoms to free hostages is “not the right policy,” the White...

ISLAMABAD: The party of Pakistan opposition politician Imran Khan, who has led a...

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LIVERPOOL, England: Diego Costa kept up the prolific start to his Chelsea career...

BERLIN: Schalke 04’s poor start to the German season continued as they fell to a...

MADRID: A 2nd-minute goal by striker Mario Mandzukic gave Atletico Madrid a 1-0...

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.: Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic and Jerzy Janowicz of Pol...

PARAMUS, N.J.: Now that the majors are over, Adam Scott is going after the only...

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Saudi Arabia is adopting a tried-and-tested approach in opening its markets for foreign ownership, economists and analysts said on Friday. “I believe the foreign ownershi...
The MENA IPO (initial public offering) market performed robustly in H1, 2014, raising $2.4 billion from 16 IPOs. This has been the market’s best performance in terms of volumes and proceeds in the aftermath of the economic crisis in 2008 when it raised $9.4 billion from 36 issues in H1, 2008. The MSCI upgrading Qatar and th...
TOKYO: Suppliers to Apple Inc. are scrambling to get enough screens ready for the new iPhone 6 smartphone as the need to redesign a key component disrupted panel production ahead of next month’s expected launch, supply chain sources said.It’s unclear whether the hiccup could delay the launch or limit the number of phones in...
WASHINGTON: Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Friday that the Great Recession complicated the Fed's ability to assess the US job market and made it harder to determine when to adjust interest rates.Yellen's remarks to an annual Fed conference in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, offered no signal that she's altered her view that...
PARIS: Two satellites for Europe’s rival to GPS, the Galileo navigation system, were lifted into space from French Guiana in a launch broadcast live on the website of Arianespace.The pair of orbiters launched on a Russian-built Soyuz, will boost to six the number of satellites in the Galileo constellation and bring the netw...
Russian health inspectors have shut down the Moscow McDonald’s at 29 Bolshaya Bronnaya Street. That isn’t just any hamburger joint: I stood in line for three hours just to get into it back in 1990.When the McDonald’s opened on Jan. 31 that year, it was the first in the Soviet Union and served 30,000 people, a one-day record...
LONDON: "I believe and will prove that our country is not deficient in oil reserves. If I can use my 20-year lifetime in exchange for a large oil field, I will."Those comments, recorded in an illustrated history of the Songliao Basin published by China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), are attributed to Wang Jinxi, an...
LONDON: The chairman of banking giant HSBC has warned that uncertainty over the economic future of Scotland could lead to “capital flight” if it votes to leave the United Kingdom next month.Writing in British daily The Telegraph, HSBC head Douglas Flint said the currency union with England was an “anchor” for Scotland’s sta...
LONDON: Business growth in China and across Europe slowed this month, surveys showed, but US activity picked up speed, leaving a mixed picture of global economic growth.“If you take all these things together we are clearly looking at a global economy that doesn’t have a huge amount of momentum behind it,” said economist Pet...
NEW DELHI: US casual-wear retail giant Gap Inc. says it will open 40 stores in India, calling the expansion “an important next step” in its global growth strategy.The San Francisco-based company, known for its relaxed-style denim and other attire, is the latest foreign company to enter India to tap its increasingly brand-co...
MADRID: Spain has reported record foreign visitor numbers in July, raising the prospect of a significant economic boost from the important summer tourism season.Foreign tourist numbers rose to an unprecedented 8.3 million in July, up 5.9 percent from a year earlier, the tourism ministry said in a statement.“If the trend con...
The Capital Market Authority (CMA) has issued a set of draft rules for foreigners ahead of the opening of the $580 billion Saudi stock exchange to global investors next year.The CMA said a qualified foreign investor must be a bank, brokerage, fund manager or insurance company with at least SR18.75 billion ($5 billion) in as...
LONDON: Brent crude oil fell below $102 a barrel on Thursday, near a 14-month low, on plentiful fuel supplies and as Chinese economic data pointed to slowing demand, although prices steadied in early US trading.US crude oil prices fell to the lowest since January below $93 a barrel before bouncing back toward $94 as a gauge...

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If President Barack Obama’s comments on race in the anguished aftermath of the n...
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And So To Bed is an English lifestyle brand that is famous for their beautiful, luxury bedrooms that indulge, inspire, delight and excite and that offer a stylish quality investment with reassurance on value for money.
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OTTAWA: A chatty robot with an LED-lit smiley face sent hitchhiking across Canada this summer as part of a social experiment reached its final destination Thursday after several thousand kilometers on the road.
HitchBot, assembled from household odds and ends by university professors Frauke Zeller and David Smith, was to reunite with its cr...

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Designing alluring jewelry is an art that requires a great deal of understanding of various cultures. And Swiss-born London-based jewelry designer Sabine Ghanem’s pieces certainly have that feel. She balances the antique touch with the young, playful and refined attributes giving her jewelry a different look altogether. In an exclusive interview...

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LONDON: Melbourne tops the ranking as the world's most pleasant city to live in for the fourth year running, but an Economist Intelligence Unit poll also finds that turmoil in Ukraine and the Middle East have pushed other cities down the list.
Vienna, Vancouver and Toronto captured 2nd, 3rd and 4th places in the list of 140 cities released...

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Before consuming any of the chocolate drinks produced by Milchwerke Mittelelbe GMBH and listed below, check the expiry date first. If the product is packed in plastic containers and the expiry date is between 19/12/2014 and 11/4/2015, don’t buy or consume them.This warning comes from the Saudi food and Drug Authority (SFDA), which said in an advisory posted on its website on Monday that such products have been found to be contaminated with bacillus bacteria, which can cause food poisoning.The statement said the manufacturer itself, a German company, warned of the contamination last March and has withdrawn the affected products from markets in Britain and Ireland, where they were distributed...
What is the best way to burn fat? What kind of drug will help to burn fat? Is there any kind of activity that will help to burn fat? What is the effect of new technologies such as laser? What is the best diet to flush out all the fat? These question have been asked for many decades. To answer all of these questions, we must first talk about the fat inside our bodies. We spoke to nutritionist Shaymaa Saeed who explained the process of burning fat. We have two types of fat, one of which is the essential fat, which is the fat that holds the organs in its position. We need to maintain this fat and not to lose it. Also, we have the non-essential fat, which may appear as obesity in case of excess...
When I met the founder of the Nutrition and Diet Center Sawsan Wazzan Jabri in 1996 I was far from imagining the resounding success of this franchise which was originally established in 1990 in Beirut. Already then, Sawsan Wazzan was convinced there was a big market for high quality diet meals, diet snacks as well as diet Arabic and western pastries. Indeed, the need for nutritious and tasty food that helps you lose weight, has been steadily growing in Saudi Arabia. Today, seven out of 10 Saudis are overweight and obesity is becoming a major cause of concern in the Kingdom. The Nutrition and Diet Center helps you tackle successfully all your weight and nutrition related medical problems....

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NEW DELHI: Audiences in Pakistan will not be able to see Bollywood actress Rani Mukerji in the tough cop avatar in “Mard...
HONOLULU: A former child model accusing “X-Men” director Bryan Singer of sex abuse in Hawaii said he wants to dismiss the lawsuit — not because it lacks merit but because he can’t find a new attorney to represent him.Michael Egan III said in a court filing Wednesday that he previously sought the dismissal in sealed documents in federal court in Honolulu. He wants the case dismissed without prejudice, meaning he could file it again later.His motion to dismiss “has little to do with the strength of (Singer’s) defense, but rather, it is a consequence of the current circumstances regarding my...
MILWAUKEE: A California woman who got kicked in the face after trying to climb into the giraffe exhibit at a Madison zoo has paid a fine and apologized.Police say 24-year-old Amanda Hall, of San Luis Obispo, California, tried to get into the pen at the Henry Vilas Zoo late Saturday afternoon.Hall told WISN-TV (http://bit.ly/1p0WspT ) the 2-year-old, 12-foot-tall giraffe named Wally ate some grass from her hand, licked her, then kicked her in the chin. Police ticketed Hall for harassment of zoo animals, which carries a fine of $686.Hall tells WISN-TV she’s paid the fine. She says getting...

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