KANO, Nigeria: Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau dismissed Nigerian military claims of his death in a new video obtained by AFP on Thursday and said the militants had implemented strict Islamic law in captured towns.“Here I am, alive. I will only die the day Allah takes my breath,” Shekau said, adding that his group was “running our... Islamic caliphate” and administering strict sharia punishments.Boko Haram has shown images of extreme violence before but the latest video shows at length graphic scenes of an amputation and a stoning to death as well as a beheading.It also purports to show the wreckage of a Nigerian Air Force jet that went missing in the northeast on September 11. Boko Haram said its fighters shot it down but the military denied the claim.The military announced last week that Shekau was dead and that a man who had been posing as the group’s leader in the videos had been k...
No cases of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) have been reported among pil...
A French pilgrim who recently converted to Islam and drove 7,000 km in his car with his wife to perf...
MANILA: Al-Qaeda linked Islamist militants in the Philippines said on Thursday they will kill one of two German captives on Oct. 17 unless their demands are met.Abu Sayyaf militants captured the two Germans sailing on a yacht from the western island of Palawan island to the eastern Malaysian state of Sabah in April.The militants are demanding 250 million pesos ($5.6 million) in ransom and for Germany to stop supporting US...
More than two million pilgrims have begun marching to Mina on the first leg of their journey of a lifetime.The government’s agencies have made elaborate arrangements to ensure the smooth flow of pilgrims from Makkah, Madinah, Jeddah, Riyadh, Taif and Dammam into the tent city. The pilgrims will spend the day and night in prayers and then head to the plains of Arafat on Friday morning. The standing at Arafat is the high po...

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MAKKAH: As a child, Osama Al-Bar would walk from his home past Islam's holiest site, the Kaaba, to the market of spice and fabric merchants where his father owned a store. At that time, Makkah was so small, pilgrims could sit near the Kaaba and look out at the serene desert mountains where Prophet M...
The General Security Aviation Command will once again take part in this year’s Haj emergency plan with the Ministry of Interior and other authorities.The command is participating with 18 (S92) multitasking aircraft and Black Hawk S701s.More than 450 officers and soldiers of various technical and administrative specialties w...
Interior Minister Prince Mohammed bin Naif visited a policeman who was shot at a checkpoint by an unidentified people in Awamiya, Qatif on Monday.The minister visited Mohammad Al-Juhani, who is being treated at Riyadh’s Security Forces Hospital, and was briefed on his health condition.The minister conveyed the well-wishes o...
Many low-income and unemployed youth in Jeddah consider work during the Haj season as a golden opportunity to earn extra cash and improve their standard of living.The simplest and most popular role among many youth is known as “kadada,” which involves transporting pilgrims inside the holy sites or between different cities.M...
The Ministry of Health has launched a smartphone application that provides Haj pilgrims access to important health-related information and resources.Anees Sindi, deputy commander of the ministry's command and control center, said that the recent cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) and Ebola have...
The Jamia Markaz of Kerala, which plays an important role in promoting Islamic education in the south Indian state of Kerala, will celebrate its 37th anniversary on Dec. 18 to 21.A.P. Abubacker Musliyar, general secretary of All-India Muslim Scholars’ Association, launched a publicity campaign for the anniversary during a f...
Filipinos in the Kingdom have expressed happiness over the arrival of Philippine Regulation Commission (PRC) representatives to conduct the Special Professional Licensure Board Examinations in Riyadh and Alkhobar from Oct. 3 to 5.“For the first time, examination for teachers will be conducted by the group, in addition to ot...
Mavra, a Riyadh-based women’s literary and cultural organization, celebrated Pakistan Defense Day, aimed at paying tribute to the country’s armed forces.In the first part of the event, bravery, deeds and sacrifices of Pakistan armed forces were recalled while in the second the hot issue of the day was discussed. Different s...
The SR250,000 hospital bill of a male Filipino worker who claimed he was gang-raped by several young men, remains unpaid. McCormick Rabina had revealed his identity on Facebook a week ago to highlight his plight, claiming that little was being done to assist him. He is being kept at a private hospital in Riyadh until he pay...
Inspectors from the Ministry of Commerce and Industry destroyed 10,000 expired food items and counterfeit products that they seized during visits to various shops at the holy sites. Authorities destroyed 4,000 pieces of cake, bread, sweetmeat and dried fruit that had gone past their sell-by date. Several items also did not...
More Japanese universities would soon provide halal food on their campuses to cater for the growing number of Muslim students, the Japanese embassy announced on Wednesday.The Ministry of Higher Education, Culture, Sports Sciences and Technology of Japan introduced the Global 30 program in 2009 to attract 300,000 foreign stu...
Q: My six-year-old daughter continues to suck her thumb. It is quite an embarrassment for us. How do we stop this bad habit? — G.M.A: Thumb sucking is normal in infants. If it persists in older children, it makes the child appear immature and may interfere with normal alignment of the teeth. Like other disorders, it can be...
At least three mega-dairy companies have recently raised the prices of fresh and long-life milk by up to 50 percent, a local daily reported.According to the paper, a carton of 200-ml packs, which was earlier sold at SR16, is currently sold at SR22, an increase of 37.5 percent. At retail prices, a single pack is sold at SR1....

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WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama warned Wednesday that the “status quo” bet...

WASHINGTON: The US military cannot bomb the Islamic State group into “obscurity,...

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MANILA: Al-Qaeda linked Islamist militants in the Philippines said on Thursday t...

DHARAMSALA: A global summit of Nobel laureates has been canceled after the event...

GENEVA: UN chief Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday urged the international community to s...

KABUL: Taleban suicide bombers struck two buses carrying Afghan soldiers in Kabu...

LONDON: British police on Wednesday said they had found a body in a London river...

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INCHEON: Philippines boxing boss Ricky Vargas slammed “hometown decisions” on Th...

NEW YORK: A 16-year-old New York high school football player died at a hospital...

DUBAI:Pakistan’s Twenty20 captain Shahid Afridi admitted his team will miss susp...

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DETROIT: US auto sales in the third quarter were the best in eight years, but mixed September results from leading automakers indicated the industry’s torrid summer pace...
Bank lending to the Saudi private sector recorded another solid gain in August, according to a new report.Jadwa Investment’s chart book for October also says that reserve assets of Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA) increased by $4.4 billion in August, their highest monthly gain since March this year.Economic data for Aug...
Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, chairman of Kingdom Holding Company (KHC), visited Bahrain on Tuesday. The Prince was accompanied by a delegation that included Fahad Alsukait, CEO of Alarab and Rotana Group, Jamal Khashoggi, general manager of Alarab news channel, Nahla Nasser Alanbar, private executive assistant to the chairman...
BRUSSELS: The euro zone’s manufacturing sector reported lackluster activity in September, set back by a fall in production by powerhouse Germany, a survey showed, adding to clouds over the single currency zone.The latest survey of leading indicators from manufacturing industries in the euro zone, the purchasing managers’ in...
WASHINGTON: Lightly regulated “shadow banking” has grown to huge proportions in the global financial system and increasingly poses a risk to stability, especially in the US, the IMF said.As much as $60 trillion in assets are handled by shadow banks around the world, legal but lightly policed institutions like mutual funds,...
PARIS: The French auto sector was buoyed on Wednesday by signs of a timid recovery just as Paris gets set to stage its biennial motor show at the weekend.More than 150,000 new cars were registered last month, the French carmakers association CCFA said, a 6.3 percent rise over a year ago, though the figure drops to 1.5 perce...
BIRMINGHAM, England: British Prime Minister David Cameron promised to push through sweeping tax cuts if re-elected next year, a pledge he hopes will refocus debate away from a schism over Europe inside his party and win over millions of voters.Addressing his Conservative party conference, the last before a national election...
YANGON: Myanmar’s central bank has announced it had granted “preliminary approval” for nine foreign lenders to operate in the country for the first time in decades, the latest tentative opening of the long-isolated economy.The nine overseas banks — all from the Asia-Pacific region — include Australia and New Zealand Banking...
In an unprecedented move, Nasdaq, New York’s Stock Exchange, invited John Duke Anthony, president of the National Council on US-Arab Relations (NCUSAR) along with a delegation from Qatar, led by Qatar’s Economy and Commerce Minister Sheikh Ahmed bin Jassim Al-Thani, to ring the opening bell at the Nasdaq MarketSite in Times...
LONDON: Britain’s financial watchdog has launched a full investigation into the Tesco accounting scandal that has now wiped 4 billion pounds ($4.9 billion) from the troubled grocer’s stock market value.Tesco, Britain’s biggest grocer and the world’s third-largest retailer, announced on Sept. 22 that it had overstated first-...
Skirting corporate taxes is getting pretty unpopular these days. Just ask Apple.The world’s most valuable company is coming under fire from the European Union for funneling the lion’s share of its international sales through subsidiaries in Ireland to save money on taxes. Authorities across the pond are investigating the le...
SAN FRANCISCO: Microsoft is trying to soften an unpopular redesign of Windows by reviving features from older versions while still attempting to nudge desktop users into a world of touch screens and mobile devices.The company has given an early preview of the new Windows 10 software, which it aims to begin selling by the mi...
SEOUL: Samsung has rejected claims that its new oversized smartphone had a defect, after some customers posted pictures of a gap between the frame and display panel.The South Korean electronics giant, which had poked fun at rival Apple over reports that its new iPhone model was susceptible to bending, said the “Gapgate” com...

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Fatima Faye Al-Almaai, a famous artist in the field of Asiri art engraving, is set to open a small museum featuring traditional clothing depicting ancient inscriptions which she has been working on for the past 10 years in an attempt to collect a cultural legacy for the pattern in the Asir region.
Al-Almaai said that the idea was born as a...

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The Ministry of Health has launched a smartphone application that provides Haj pilgrims access to important health-related information and resources.
Anees Sindi, deputy commander of the ministry's command and control center, said that the recent cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) and Ebola have made "travelers...

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A new hair color gives you a sense of freshness and renewal. However, the chemicals in the color may be harmful to the hair in the long run.
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Most of us dream of white sands, crystal clear, turquoise water and swaying palm trees with beautiful sunny weather for a perfect worry-free vacation. However, some beaches remain different and mysterious, with elements of awe-inspiring surprise. Such dreamy seashores are sure to make it to the top of your must visit list.
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Q: My six-year-old daughter continues to suck her thumb. It is quite an embarrassment for us. How do we stop this bad habit? — G.M.A: Thumb sucking is normal in infants. If it persists in older children, it makes the child appear immature and may interfere with normal alignment of the teeth. Like other disorders, it can be seen as a way of securing extra self-assurance. The best way to deal with thumb sucking is to provide the child with evidence of interest in his or her wellbeing and other forms of satisfaction. Parents should ignore the symptoms if possible while giving attention to more positive aspects of the child’s behavior. The child who actively tries to stop thumb sucking should...
The second major Islamic celebration of Eid Al-Adha takes place after Haj. Muslims around the world are expected to distribute sheep meat among the less fortunate people in the region.Each country has its own traditions in place to celebrate the occasion. Eid in Saudi Arabia means a time to celebrate with lots of food and sweets.Saudi pastry chef Intesar Bakr provides us with recipes of traditional Saudi treats that are prepared during Eid.Maamoul:It is a famous sweet stuffed with dates and baked by local women in the Western region.What you need:2 cups soft butter1 cup corn oil2 large eggs1 cup powdered sugar1 teaspoon ground cardamom6.5 cups flour1 teaspoon instant yeast2 teaspoon baking...
Kris Kros is an international casual dining restaurant offering cuisines from the US, Asia and the Mediterranean. It is located in the Sheikh Mohammed Boulevard, previously known as the Emaar Boulevard, right next to the Dubai Mall. As I walked in to the restaurant, I felt like I have just entered a kindergarten class, thanks to the bright colors of the chair, such as, red, blue and yellow, and white wooden tables. I was not willing to take the restaurant seriously until the host walked me to their upper section comprising sofas and chairs in black leather. I was informed that you can smoke shisha indoors and that is when I decided to give it a try. Guess what? Kris Kros is now one of my...

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AMSTERDAM: The world’s first “interactive microbe zoo” opened in Amsterdam on Tuesday, shining new light on the tiny cre...
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts: Oprah Winfrey and performer-activist Harry Belafonte were among those honored at Harvard University on Tuesday at its annual celebration of African American culture.The university’s Hutchins Center for African and African American Research presented its annual W.E.B. Du Bois Medals to eight people at the ceremony. Other recipients included British architect David Adjaye, civil rights hero US Rep John Lewis; “12 Years a Slave” director Steve McQueen, “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal” creator Shonda Rhimes, and movie producer Harvey Weinstein.The medal has been awarded...
LOS ANGELES: U2 frontman Bono says though the band’s new album is available for free download, he and his bandmates are against free music.U2’s decision to make its newest album ‘Songs of Innocence’ available for free download on iTunes has sparked criticism. Many music industry insiders are accusing the band of undermining up and coming artistes by supporting free music, reportedly.Bono said his band should not be blamed as it was Apple who gave away their album. “We’re not giving it away. Apple are giving it away. That is really important. I’m against free music. But the idea that someone...

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