ISLAMABAD: Pakistan plans to execute around 500 militants in coming weeks, officials said Monday, after the government lifted a moratorium on the death penalty in terror cases following a Taleban school massacre.Six militants have been hanged since Friday amid rising public anger over Tuesday’s slaughter in the northwestern city of Peshawar, which left 149 people dead including 133 children.After the deadliest terror attack in Pakistani history, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif ended the six-year moratorium on the death penalty, reinstating it for terrorism-related cases.“Interior ministry has finalized the cases of 500 convicts who have exhausted all the appeals, their mercy petitions have been turned down by the president and their executions will take place in coming weeks,” a senior government official told AFP on condition of anonymity.A second official confirmed the information.Of the s...
ABU DHABI: Gulf countries on Sunday blamed “irresponsible” non-OPEC producers for a plunge in global...
A senior Shoura member has emphasized the significant role of the 150-member Shoura Council in evalu...
TOULOUSE, France: Airbus delivered its first next-generation A350-900 plane to Qatar Airways Monday in a formal ceremony that kickstarts its bid to erode rival Boeing’s dominance in the lucrative long-haul market.The Doha-based company, owned by the energy-rich Gulf state, has ordered 80 of the planes, making it not only the launch customer but also the largest single customer of the fuel-efficient A350 so far.Qatar Airwa...
Qatar has pledged its "full support" to Egypt, an official statement said, ending more than a year of regional isolation over its support for Cairo's ousted Islamist president."The security of Egypt is important for the security of Qatar... the two countries are linked by deep and fraternal ties," said a statement from the office of the Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani.The statement came a day after Egyptian Pr...

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The Shoura Council will vote on Monday on a delicate subject, the reduction of the birth rate in the Kingdom. During the session, the council will hear the point of view of the committee that was tasked with researching the subject.In its report, the committee supported encouraging breastfeeding amo...
On Jan. 7, 1989, upon the demise of Emperor Hirohito, posthumously known as Emperor Showa, Emperor Akihito acceded to the throne as the 125th Emperor of Japan. The ceremony of enthronement was held at the Imperial Palace on Nov. 12 1990. From abroad, representatives of 158 countries, including monarchs and heads of state, a...
I have worked in this great country for almost two years. It has been a wonderful two years. Let me share with you some of my thoughts about Saudi Arabia and Japan’s relations with the Kingdom.First, I think Saudi people are lucky to have great leaders, headed by Custodian of The Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah. Saudi polici...
Patrol police in six regions of the Kingdom will receive special allowances worth 25 percent of their salary.According to an informed source, Interior Minister Prince Mohammed bin Naif, has already approved the measure that would benefit 13,404 security officers.The royal decision, which was issued two days ago, would benef...
The tourism sector in the Kingdom has high expectations for a big boost in the market next year, after the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) approved provisions to issue tourism visas and regulate the system, in order to revive local tourism. If the proposals are finally approved, the SCTA would issue visa...
The Jeddah municipality closed down this month more than 100 restaurants and eateries across the city due to poor hygienic conditions as part of a campaign to ensure compliance with hygiene and safety specifications, Assistant Mayor for Branch Municipalities Nasser Al-Miteb said.“The most common violations noticed were the...
The health care sector in the Kingdom will register strong growth in the coming years due to an overall increase in spending on specialized treatment, said a health expert.Speaking at a health conference here recently, Abdulrahman Al-Nuaim, senior health care consultant and adviser at the King Faisal Specialist Hospital, sa...
Many Saudi families have resorted to hiring illegal housemaids, since the legal recruitment of domestic workers has become more challenging. Some expat women who have entered the Kingdom illegally are offering their services to families who need them urgently, creating a flourishing black market for this kind of services.Sa...
Minister of Transport and Chairman of the Board of the Saudi Railways Organization Abdullah Al-Muqbel has called on the contractors of the Al-Haramain train project to complete the remaining phases of the project as soon as possible and to submit within two months an emergency plan to avoid delays in the implementation oper...
Labor Ministry inspectors rounded up 158 foreigners working in various restaurants in Jeddah during the past two days. According to an official source from the ministry, those arrested included workers without residency permits and those working for different sponsors. Some of them were runaway workers and most of them work...
The Ministry of Islamic Affairs will honor 20 outstanding khateebs (those who give Friday sermons at mosques) from different parts of the Kingdom every six months, said the newly appointed minister of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance, Sulaiman Abalkhail, on Sunday.“These khateebs will be honored at a special c...
As a country working hard to counter terrorism, Saudi Arabia has an important experience to share with the world. Somalia has been suffering from the influence of terror groups and has subsequently turned to Saudi Arabia for help. One Somali official recently noted that his country has signed a contract with a Saudi company...
Islam is a religion of peace, love, respect and kindness toward others and does not discriminate against other religions. This important message persuaded 18 people to revert and embrace Islam. They were accorded a warm reception by Maulana Hifzur Rahman Seoharvi Academy, an organization that aims to preach and spread Islam...

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BEIRUT: Nearly four years of civil war in Syria have cost its tiny neighbor Leba...

BENGHAZI: At least five people were killed and 35 wounded in clashes between Lib...

CAIRO: Five members of Egypt’s deadliest militant group, Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis, w...

DUBAI: Qatar’s Al-Jazeera network said Monday it was “temporarily” closing its E...

SINJAR, Iraq: Backed by US-led coalition airstrikes, Kurdish fighters pushed int...

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NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s reform agenda suffered a setbac...

ISLAMABAD: A Pakistani government prosecutor said Monday he had been forced to d...

MADRID: A Spanish judge on Monday ordered the king’s sister, Princess Cristina,...

DIJON, France: A Frenchman who ploughed into pedestrians shouting “Allahu Akbar”...

MANILA: A Philippines court ruled on Monday that ailing former president Gloria...

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MARANELLO, Italy: Ferrari chairman Sergio Marchionne drew a line under a dismal...

MADRID: Decorated Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos has dubbed 2014 “the best ye...

BERNE: Sepp Blatter is “invigorated” after last week’s executive committee meeti...

LONDON: Manchester City’s David Silva struck twice as they beat Crystal Palace 3...

CLEVELAND: LeBron James had 25 points and 11 assists, Dion Waiters scored 13 of...

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JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia is prepared to increase its oil output and claim a bigger market share to meet the demands of any new customers, the A-Hayat newspaper quoted Petrole...
Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, chairman of Kingdom Holding Company (KHC), held a board meeting at the company’s HQ in Riyadh recently. The meeting was attended by KHC Board that comprises Talal Almaiman, executive director for development and domestic investments, Sarmad Zok, executive director of hotel investments, Adel Alsaye...
NEW DELHI: India’s newest airline announced Monday it would start flying next month and was “enthusiastic” about the future, even as rival carriers bleed red ink.The new airline, called Vistara — a Sanskrit word meaning “limitless expanse” — will make its first flight on January 9.The airline is 49-percent-owned by Singapor...
TOULOUSE, France: Airbus has delivered its first next-generation A350-900 plane to Qatar Airways in a formal ceremony that kickstarts its bid to erode rival Boeing’s dominance in the lucrative long-haul market.The Doha-based company has ordered 80 of the planes, making it not only the launch customer but also the largest si...
DUBAI: The plunge in oil prices may take more of the froth off Dubai’s booming real estate market, but broad-based demand for property is likely to prevent any crash.As the global financial crisis slashed oil and equity prices in 2008, Dubai’s real estate market began a collapse that roughly halved residential prices in 12...
ABU DHABI: The first of four nuclear reactors being built by the UAE will come on line in 2017 and the rest will be fully operational by 2020, an official said.“When they are fully operational in 2020, they will generate 25 percent of UAE’s power needs,” the CEO of the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corp. (ENEC), Mohammed Al-Hamma...
LONDON: Britain’s accounting watchdog has launched a probe into Tesco’s accounts after the troubled supermarket giant admitted overstating its profits earlier this year.The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) said in a brief statement that it will investigate the financial figures for the last three years reported by Britain’...
NEW DELHI: India’s newest airline announced Monday it would start flying next month and was “enthusiastic” about the future, even as rival carriers bleed red ink.The new airline, called Vistara — a Sanskrit word meaning “limitless expanse” — will make its first flight on January 9.The airline is 49-percent-owned by Singapor...
TOULOUSE, France: Airbus delivered its first next-generation A350-900 plane to Qatar Airways Monday in a formal ceremony that kickstarts its bid to erode rival Boeing’s dominance in the lucrative long-haul market.The Doha-based company, owned by the energy-rich Gulf state, has ordered 80 of the planes, making it not only th...
RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s 2015 state budget will not be announced on Monday but instead will be revealed after a special cabinet meeting later this week, local media reported.Previously, media had said the ministry was expected to make its 2015 budget statement on Monday afternoon.But private television broadcaster Al Arabiya,...
JEDDAH: Stock markets around the Gulf rose sharply for a second straight day on Sunday after oil prices bounced and before the release of Saudi Arabia’s 2015 budget plan, which is expected to show the Kingdom continuing to spend heavily on economic development.The main Saudi index rose 2.5 percent, bringing its gains over t...
NEW YORK: Wall Street in 2014 enjoyed its best year for initial public offerings since 2000, thanks to the record-setting flotation of Chinese Internet giant Alibaba and a barrage of biotech deals.Activity was “uninterrupted” and proved largely immune to forces that at times rattled equity markets, Renaissance Capital said...
ABU DHABI: Falling oil prices will not affect the development of oil and gas infrastructure in Bahrain, including an import terminal for natural gas and expansion of a major pipeline and refinery, the country’s energy minister said.Global oil prices have slumped by about half since June because of oversupply fears, a move e...

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I have always thought religion is a private affair and not flung in anyone’s fac...
In terms of losses in human lives, 2014 has been a horrific year for Palestinian...
Egyptians have had a rough ride over the past few years. It’s been a roller-coas...
Judging by the media coverage in the US and Europe of the Ebola outbreak in West...

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One of the highlights of this year's “Colors of Saudi Arabia Forum 2014,” an annual exhibition held in Riyadh to showcase the Kingdom's heritage, was the award given to a Filipino national, Herbert Bagolbagol in the smartphone category. The Filipino worker won the first prize in the smartphone photography category.
The expo drew large crowd...

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It is said that the new age of social media had made everyone a journalist in their own right. But that’s not everything it added to the social paradigm of Saudi Arabia. More than making them journalists; social media has unleashed the comedian in almost everyone. Be it through popular YouTube shows, localized broadcasts, hashtags, tweets and ev...

FASHION »

LONDON: Singer Jennifer Lopez and real-life princess Kate Middleton have been voted the top trendsetters of 2014.
Following closely behind them was Beyoncé, who placed third on the list, but surprisingly selfie queen Kim Kardashian was featured last on the top ten list, which was based on a survey conducted on 1,000 American women by online...

TRAVEL »

The tourism sector in the Kingdom has high expectations for a big boost in the market next year, after the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) approved provisions to issue tourism visas and regulate the system, in order to revive local tourism. If the proposals are finally approved, the SCTA would issue visas in coordination with...

FOOD & HEALTH »

Authentic Lebanese food can be hard to find at times, especially as one roams through the maze of restaurants in Jeddah. Look no further, Shababik is one of the top authentic Lebanese restaurants in town, with its name meaning the woodwork covering windows as it was in the old Dey’aah. Each household would have its own personalized woodwork different from the other households around as it was a sign of beauty and sophistication. Having trained Lebanese chefs and sous chefs in the homeland, the restaurant presents its dishes just as it would be if one was visiting any area in Lebanon.The luxury restaurant is located on the top floor of Ana Ghair Mall on Sultan Street close to Tahlia Street....
The subject of chemicals is very long and complicated. I would like you to bear with me and read on to the end of this series of articles. It is important to become aware in order to protect your children and yourself. In Part 5, I wrote about the dangers of the misuse and abuse of antibiotics by humans as well as its indirect use through cattle and chicken in order to fatten them. But, the story about drugs did not end there. I will briefly tell you more about other harmful drugs in order to complete the topic.Painkillers and anti-inflammatory and antipyretic drugs produce their own share of harmful effects. Long-term use can inflict damage on the liver, our vital organ that is our body’s...
This explosive title 'The Obesity Paradox: When Thinner Means Sicker and Heavier Means Healthier' keeps all its promises from the very first pages. Right from the introduction, we are told things we have wanted to hear for a long time.Whether we are slim or overweight, we have all at one point wondered why fat no longer means what it used to. In the past, fat has often been associated with the idea of affluence and wealth meaning that overweight people had a good life and didn’t suffer from hunger. Women were also loved for their curvaceous body whereas nowadays fat is considered ugly and unhealthy. We live now in a world where we are conditioned to lose weight, eat low-fat food and fit in...

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SEOUL, South Korea: North Korea hates the currently scrapped Hollywood film that revolves around the assassination of it...
LOS ANGELES: Madonna and Sony Pictures both were separately torpedoed by major hacks this month, in what the pop icon called “crazy times.”“This is the age that we’re living in. It’s crazy,” she told Billboard magazine, when asked about the investigation into how at least 10 of her unfinished, unreleased songs were leaked onto the Internet.“I mean, look at what’s going on with Sony Pictures. It’s just the age that we’re living in. It’s crazy times.”“The Internet is as constructive and helpful in bringing people together as it is in doing dangerous things and hurting people. It’s a double-...
MADRID: A Spanish judge on Monday ordered the king’s sister, Princess Cristina, to be tried along with her husband on charges of tax fraud — making her the first member of the country’s royal family to face charges in court since the royalty was restored in 1975.In issuing the indictment, Judge Jose Castro went against a prosecutor’s Dec. 9 recommendation that Cristina should be fined and only her husband, Olympic handball medalist turned businessman Inaki Urdangarin, should be tried.He set bail for her at 2.7 million euros ($3.3 million) and 15 million euros for her husband. If convicted,...

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