UNITED NATIONS, United States: The UN General Assembly on Thursday condemned North Korea’s rights record and called for Pyongyang to be referred to the International Criminal Court to face charges of crimes against humanity.The non-binding resolution was adopted by a vote of 116 to 20 with 52 abstentions in the 193-nation assembly.The resolution asks the Security Council to refer North Korea to the ICC and to consider targeted sanctions against the Pyongyang leadership for the repression of its citizens.Co-sponsored by 62 countries, the resolution drew heavily on the work of a UN inquiry which concluded in a report released in February that North Korea was committing human rights abuses “without parallel in the contemporary world.”A first vote in a General Assembly committee in November had garnered the support of 111 countries, with 19 against and 55 abstentions.“This marks an increase...
HAVANA/WASHINGTON: The United States and Cuba agreed on Wednesday to restore diplomatic ties that Wa...
Pakistan is to end its moratorium on the death penalty in terror-related cases, the prime minister’s...
Saudi Arabia will continue massive public spending despite a 50 percent drop in the price of oil, which provides the bulk of its revenue, said Finance Minister Ibrahim Al-Assaf.The minister said the 2015 budget is ready and would be unveiled in the near future. Financial analysts expect that Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah would approve the budget on Monday.Al-Assaf said the budget comes during “challengin...
UNITED NATIONS: Jordan formally submitted to the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday a draft resolution calling for peace between Israel and the Palestinians within one year that “fulfills the vision of two independent democratic and prosperous states.”The Palestinian-drafted resolution was formally submitted to the 15-member council, which means it could be put to a vote as soon as 24 hours later, but it does no...

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Members of the Shoura Council have attributed the mistakes recently made by some members of the Haia to a lack of awareness, a lack of knowledge of how to deal with foreigners and other members of society, as well as lack of respect for the family unit. The council has demanded that the involved Hai...
A number of Saudis in Jeddah are planning to file a lawsuit against Ahmed Qassim Al-Ghamdi, a leading scholar, for allegedly encouraging women to show their faces and appear before the public in style.Al-Ghamdi’s opponents also believe that his statements would encourage the public to violate Shariah teachings and reject re...
Parents and schoolteachers are worried over reports that the Education Ministry is studying extending school hours.The ministry recently announced on its website its intention to look into extending the school day, with the extra hours used to strengthen classes or do homework.Heads of education departments in the governora...
The Ministry of Haj said here recently that it has uncovered several violations committed by Umrah firms in dealing with operators overseas.In a circular issued to these firms recently, the ministry said that there would be severe penalties for those who break the country’s rules and regulations.“No party should violate reg...
The bones unearthed during excavations to expand the Grand Mosque is not from an ancient cemetery and may be those of an animal, a source from the General Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques said Wednesday.There has been much debate on social media about the bones since construction workers discovered them earlier this week...
The Saudi Basic Industries Corporation has launched a nonprofit national project under the name “SABIC project for Saudization of contractors’ jobs in Jubail and Yanbu industrial cities” as a national contribution to the training and employment of Saudi youth in technical jobs available at the company and its sub-companies...
Rashed Al-Zahrani, deputy governor of the Technical and Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC), said on Tuesday that the TVTC has taken several measures including raising the capacity of its colleges to meet the high demand for admissions which have reached 68,457 students.According to the official, there was a 32 percent i...
Education Minister Prince Khaled Al-Faisal has announced that special schools for the gifted will open in the cities of Riyadh, Jeddah, Madinah and Dammam which will gradually be expanded to include all parts of the Kingdom.The prince made the announcement during the 7th executive committee meeting of Mawhiba (King Abdulazi...
Public and private universities have introduced strict measures to hire new faculty members, including Saudi nationals, to teach curricula related to religion, history and jurisprudence.Sources close to the university education system disclosed that universities in the Kingdom have canceled contracts of several academics on...
Jeddah, which is commonly known as the gateway to the Two Holy Mosques and the commercial hub of the Kingdom, is also known for being a haven for expatriate violators of the residency and labor laws.“Some 35,744 expatriates were nabbed last month alone in a special campaign aimed to curb the numbers of violators in the regi...
Bangladesh celebrated its 43rd Victory Day at the premises of the Bangladesh embassy in Riyadh on Tuesday.On the occasion, Ambassador Mohamed Shahidul Islam urged his countrymen to uphold the image of their homeland and to abide by the rules and regulations of the host country.Highlighting the significance and spirit of the...
Perturbed and deeply aggrieved, the staff and students of the Pakistan International School, English Section, (PISES) Riyadh severely condemned the massacre on Tuesday of 148 innocent students of the Army Public School and College in Peshawar by terrorists.The school held a special assembly in all wings of PISES to condemn...
Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) – PML-N Riyadh region, Pakistan’s leading political wing , hosted a reception for Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar, a prominent Pakistani politician and current governor of Pakistan’s most populous state — Punjab, on Saturday.A large gathering of eminent members from the Pakistani community and embass...

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UNITED NATIONS: Jordan formally submitted to the United Nations Security Council...

ANKARA: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday stepped up his rhetoric in a...

GAZA CITY: Hamas on Wednesday hailed a European court decision to remove the Pal...

PARIS: First one of his sons died, then another and another. By 1996, Khalid Al-...

BRUSSELS: The Palestinian Islamist group Hamas should be removed from the Europe...

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CAIRO: An Egyptian court sentenced 40 backers of ousted president Muhammad Mursi...

PESHAWAR, Pakistan: Students grieving for their classmates massacred by the Paki...

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria: Boko Haram has kidnapped at least 185 people, including wome...

WASHINGTON: World leaders welcomed the groundbreaking news that the United State...

ABUJA, Nigeria: Nigeria has sentenced 54 soldiers to death for mutiny, assault,...

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SAN ANTONIO: Memphis prevailed in a triple-overtime classic at San Antonio on We...

The Money Gram-sponsored Cricket Ke Badshah T20 Tournament for the year 2015 und...

Fifteen more teams out of the big field of 56 made their debuts during the third...

Hyundai Castrol of Dennis Elmenzo beat Fuddruckers 72-53 to claim the third plac...

SCTC and ABTC-Taif will dispute the Ladies Division HMX category finals after a...

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JEDDAH: Stock markets in Saudi Arabia and the UAE soared on Thursday after the price of oil rebounded and the Riyadh government eased investors’ fears by saying it would...
JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia shipped more crude oil in October than a month earlier while volumes used by domestic refineries remained high allowing more oil products exports, official data showed.Saudi Arabia exported 6.897 million barrels per day of crude in October, up from 6.722 million in September, data published by the Joint...
LONDON: Brent crude pared early gains on Thursday to trade back below $62 a barrel, giving up much of a 3 percent spike in London as traders assessed whether a price rout is done.Oil this week slumped as low as $58.50 and has almost halved since June as fast-growing US shale output overwhelms demand, with losses acceleratin...
DUBAI: Slumping oil prices will not halt a massive ramp-up in Gulf infrastructure spending, as rich nations deploy huge reserves to maintain a breakneck development pace and the rest turn to buoyant funding markets.However, states are being urged to consider the most effective funding mix for these schemes in the longer ter...
Industry needs for the estimated SR45 billion for rail projects will be displayed at Saudi Rail 2015 to be held in Riyadh next month.The event is scheduled to take place from Jan. 25 to 28 at the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center (RICEC).The Saudi Rail, an International Exhibition for Rail, Metro Lines,...
NEW YORK: Global equities markets rallied on Thursday, with Wall Street up more than 1 percent for a second straight day on what investors viewed as a favorable result from the US Federal Reserve’s most recent meeting. The Swiss franc tumbled after its central bank announced a surprise charge on deposits, wary of a flood of...
LONDON: Central bank foreign exchange reserves may have fallen last quarter for the first time since the global financial crisis, halting a decade-long shift out of dollars and threatening a key support for the euro and Australian and Canadian dollars.Ever since the dollar’s rise accelerated in July on expectations that the...
ANKARA: Turkey has brushed off concerns over the possible impact of the Russian economic crisis, saying its economy was strong enough to survive the turbulence in emerging markets.“The volatility in oil producing countries like Russia can have an impact on developing countries,” Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told a news co...
NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken direct control of a project-monitoring body to fast-track investments worth almost $300 billion and revive manufacturing in the country, two officials with direct knowledge of the matter said.Pro-business Modi has faced criticism in recent weeks that his ambition to s...
GENEVA: Switzerland’s central bank announced it was introducing negative interest rates to stop the franc getting any stronger, after the Russian ruble crisis sent investors pouring their investments into the safe haven currency.The Swiss National Bank will impose a rate of -0.25 percent on certain bank deposits on January...
ALBANY, New York: Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration will move to prohibit fracking in the state, citing unresolved health issues and dubious economic benefits of the widely used gas-drilling technique.Environmental Commissioner Joe Martens said he was recommending a ban, and Cuomo said he would defer to Martens and Acting...
JEDDAH: Petroleum and Mineral Resources Minister Ali Al-Naimi sees the current slide of oil prices as temporary and he remains optimistic about the future of the industry, state news agency SPA quoted him as saying.“I am optimistic about the future, what we are facing now and what the world is facing is a temporary situatio...
KUWAIT CITY: Gulf stock markets rebounded strongly as world oil prices steadied after plumbing multi-year lows, calming investor jitters.Dubai Financial Market Index — which had been the region’s biggest loser — rose 11.5 percent and was trading on 3,381.99 points.Market leader Emaar Properties gained 13.6 percent, while co...

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The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded last week, given jointly to Kailash Satyarthi,...
Commenting on the decline and decay of the Islamic world, Robert Reilly writes i...
Hindu nationalists may ridicule Asaduddin Owaisi with “next Jinnah” taunts, but...
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It is said that artists represent the consciousness of people. If so, then artist Helen Zughaib has accomplished this in her recent exposition: “Fractured Spring,” which, in part, examines the aftermath of the Arab Spring, and the desperate depression that followed the initial euphoria.
Zughaib’s latest work consists of paintings, many of...

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY »

Among the number of followers, likes, and views that usually dominate our conversations, we rarely talk about how secure they are, and what would we do if we wake up one day to find that our online ID has been stolen.
For anyone who had ever used the Internet, the word “hacking” is not new. Hacking is at the heart of all cyber-security issu...

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...

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The great variety of dramatic natural phenomena proves that Mother Nature can surprise even the most seasoned traveler.
Some destinations are made especially for those who love to relax, explore and appreciate nature. Arab News lists some of the prettiest places that are works of nature around the world:

Cave of Crystals, Naica,...

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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LOS ANGELES: Sony Pictures on Thursday canceled the release of a madcap comedy about North Korea that triggered chilling...
Charm is deceitful and beauty is fleeting. So is love. Love rules in Bollywood, but in strange ways. They came, they saw, they fell in love and then love flies out of the window!  Check out, Bipasha Basu who has been pretty unlucky in love. The Bollywood beauty did date some of the hottest men of B-town including Dino Morea and John Abraham. But, alas! The relationships did not last. And, recently she broke up with her ‘love’ — Harman Baweja. Meanwhile, gossip mills are working overtime, linking Bipasha with her ‘Alone’ co-star — Karan Singh Grover. It’s quite ironical that they are working...
LONDON: Children’s cartoons depict death more often than films for adults, and their main characters are more than twice as likely to be killed off, according to research released on Wednesday.The study found the main characters in children’s cartoons were two and a half times as likely to die as protagonists in films for adults, and were almost three times as likely to be murdered — often in violent ways.Important characters overall die in two-thirds of cartoons aimed at children, compared to in half of films for adults, according to the study published in the British Medical Journal.“Rather...

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