ISLAMABAD: A bomb blast ripped through a Shiite mosque in southern Pakistan as worshippers gathered for Friday prayers, killing at least 56 people and wounding dozens more, in the deadliest act of anti-Shiite violence in two years.The attack compounds Pakistan’s security challenge to contain a surge in militancy following last month’s killing of 150 people, mostly children, at a Peshawar school.The militant Sunni group Jundullah claimed responsibility for Friday’s bombing in the city of Shikarpur in Sindh province, 500 kilometers (310 miles) north of the port city of Karachi.That area of Pakistan has suffered comparatively little violence in contrast to the northwestern tribal areas bordering Afghanistan and in Karachi. Friday’s bloodshed raised fears that extremists could be gaining a foothold in the region.Hadi Bakhsh Zardari, the deputy commissioner of Shikarpur district, said 56 had...
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Courts in Riyadh have sentenced more than 65 men to prison terms ranging from 2 days to three months...
An American resident was shot and wounded while driving with a fellow US citizen in Al-Ahsa on Friday. The Eastern Province police said in a statement that shots were fired at the men at 2 p.m. on Friday afternoon as they were driving along Saladin Al-Ayobi Road.The man is reportedly in a stable condition at a local hospital. The police have launched an investigation.This is the fourth recent attack on foreigners since Gu...
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman announced a massive Cabinet reshuffle on Thursday, appointing Azzam Al-Dakhil, new education minister, Ahmed bin Aqeel Al-Khateeb new health minister, Adel Al-Toraifi, minister of culture and information and Abdul Lateef bin Abdul Malik Al-Asheikh new minister of municipal and rural affairs.King Salman, who ascended the throne on Friday, reappointed Prince Khaled Al-Faisal as...

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Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman is the right person to grow the economy because of his immense achievements as former governor of Riyadh and being a close confidant of previous rulers, said several business leaders and experts recently.Fahad Al-Hamadi, president of the Arab Contractor’...
The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has established a research and essay competition in honor of King Abdullah, to be hosted by the National Defense University.King Abdullah oversaw the modernization of his country’s military during the time he spent as commander of the National Guard, a position he held from 1963 unt...
Minister of Justice Mohammed Al-Issa said Thursday that human trafficking is a major criminal act according to Islamic law and is punishable by up to 15 years in prison and fines of up to SR10 million.The minister made this remark during a meeting at his office in Riyadh with a delegation from the US State Department. Durin...
Challenging orders and unconcerned with the damages they cause to the street’s asphalt, illegal car washers keep returning to Jeddah’s roads, despite municipal directives.These days it’s easy to see car washers working in front of malls, markets and government departments, as they get water from different sources, charging...
Beginning Sunday, the Ministry of Health will carry out a three-month vaccination campaign against pneumococcal disease, an infection caused by streptococcus pneumonia bacteria (“pneumococcus”).The bacteria can cause many types of illnesses, including pneumonia (infection of the lungs), ear infections, sinus infections, men...
India is looking forward to having stronger relations with Saudi Arabia under the leadership of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, who is a friend of India like King Abdullah, said Consul General B.S. Mubarak.“Our Prime Minister Narendra Modi held talks with King Salman on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Bri...
In the presence of Labor Minister Adel Fakeih, and various other Saudi figures, the final winners of the first ever Israr Awards or “Best Commitment Award” were announced on Thursday at a grand event held at Prince Noura University. The program that was launched by the Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF) involves a comp...
P.K. Mohamed, who edited Arab News opinion pages for 24 years from 1984 to 2008, died in India on Thursday.He was 77 and leaves behind a wife, son Mohamed Asad, and two daughters, Fouzia and Hasina. He was suffering from heart ailments for quite some time and had two angioplasties while in the Kingdom.He died while undergoi...
The Ministry of Health confirmed that 186,000 patients benefited from its online Patients Referral Program “Ehala” which links the different health institutions allowing them to access the patient’s information without the need to transfer him.Suleiman Al-Shouraei, general director of the program and assistant manager of th...
The Pakistani community welcomed Manzoor ul Haq, a career diplomat who has taken up office as the country’s ambassador in Riyadh.Before taking charge in Riyadh, Haq was Pakistan’s ambassador to Egypt and was well-considered as an expert in the Middle East affairs for his country as he served as the director general of Middl...
Businesspeople say the new Saudization quotas the Labor Ministry is introducing on April 20 would be difficult to implement because of a lack of skilled Saudi workers in the job market, with some calling for a delay of between one to three years.Under the third phase of the Nitaqat program announced by the ministry, the Sau...
Women were the victims in 45 percent of domestic violence cases filed with the Ministry of Justice over the past 15 months, sources said recently.Over the past two months, there were 2,491 cases filed with the ministry. Of this, 12 percent of the women said that their parents refused to let them marry and 10.5 percent sough...
The Interior Ministry has warned consumers that they should be wary of buying cars online because of the potential for fraud, particularly if bank accounts are registered overseas.The ministry had received a notification from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that criminals are using certain websites to steal money from poten...

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MOSCOW: Europe prepared Thursday to draft even tougher sanctions against Russia...

LONDON: Weekly Ebola infections in west Africa have dropped to below 100 for the...

BUKIT MERTAJAM, Malaysia: Abul Kassim, a Rohingya asylum seeker, was snatched fr...

GENEVA: The UN children’s agency launched a record $3.1 billion aid appeal on Th...

BEIJING: China’s military training this year will focus on “improving fighting c...

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MELBOURNE: World No.1 Novak Djokovic fought off Stan Wawrinka over five tense se...

DUBAI: World No.1 Rory McIlroy made three birdies in his last three holes in the...

SYDNEY: Top-scorers Australia will try to unlock the Asian Cup’s stingiest defen...

NEWCASTLE: Ali Mabkhout put one hand on the Asian Cup top-scorer award on Friday...

NAIROBI: Kenya’s Rita Jeptoo, winner of the Boston and Chicago marathons, has be...

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NEW YORK: Oil company ConocoPhillips has slashed its 2015 drilling budget, cutting it for the second time in less than two months as falling oil prices pressure petroleum...
LONDON: Oil major Shell wants to revive its Arctic oil drilling program this year after a near two-year suspension, angering environmentalists who say the risk of an oil spill is too high.Remote and costly to develop, the Arctic is estimated to contain 20 percent of the world’s undiscovered hydrocarbon resources and despite...
OSLO: Rates for vessels that drill for oil on behalf of energy firms may fall further before bottoming out later this year due to the weak oil price and overcapacity, a top executive at Seadrill, the world’s third-largest offshore driller said.The market is oversupplied, oil companies are cutting capital spending due to the...
WASHINGTON: US economic growth slowed sharply in the fourth quarter as weak business spending and a wider trade deficit offset the fastest pace of consumer spending since 2006.Gross domestic product expanded at a 2.6 percent annual pace after the third quarter’s spectacular 5 percent rate, the Commerce Department said in it...
BRUSSELS: Euro zone consumer prices fell by a record 0.6 percent in January, confirming deflation could be taking hold for the long term, EU data showed.The drop from minus 0.2 percent in December appears to back the European Central Bank’s decision last week to launch a bond-buying spree to drive up prices.Plummeting world...
MOSCOW: Russia’s central bank unexpectedly cut its main interest rate on Friday as fears of recession mount in the country following the fall in global oil prices and Western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis.The central bank reduced its one-week minimum auction repo rate by two points to 15 percent, a little over a month a...
SAN FRANCISCO: Amazon surprised the market with a quarterly profit far better than anticipated for the online giant known for pouring money into projects such as original video programs and delivery drones.“Amazon beat estimates even though Jeff Bezos is moving at a paranoid pace; pretty much spending money as fast as it co...
TOKYO: Honda cut its full-year profit forecast as the Japanese automaker grapples with soaring recall costs, including from an exploding airbag crisis linked to at least five deaths.The downgrade came after Honda said it was probing a fatal crash in the US that may have been caused by a defect in airbags made by embattled s...
LONDON: British budget airline easyJet has backed Heathrow in London’s runway expansion race and said it would start flying from the capital’s largest airport if the government chooses to increase its capacity.British lawmakers and business leaders agree Britain needs new runways to remain economically competitive. A govern...
TOKYO: Japan’s two biggest airlines have projected smooth full-year earnings, with All Nippon Airways (ANA) placing a $2.2 billion order for Boeing and Airbus planes, while rival Japan Airlines (JAL) raised its full-year profit forecast.ANA said its April-December net profit soared 57.2 percent to 52.36 billion yen ($443 mi...
DUBAI: Qatar Airways announced that it has bought nearly 10 percent of the parent company of British Airways and Spain’s Iberia, deepening wealthy Qatar’s business ties to Europe and intensifying competition with the airline’s fast-growing Gulf rivals.The airline said that the decision to buy 9.99 percent of International C...
ABU DHABI: Foreign currency exchange firm Travelex will be merged with money transfer company UAE Exchange and listed in Abu Dhabi by early on in 2017, new owner Bavaguthu Raghuram Shetty said.The Indian-born billionaire along with Abu Dhabi private equity house Centurion Investments agreed last year to buy Travelex for abo...
KUALA LUMPUR: Loss-making AirAsia X, the long-haul arm of Malaysia-based budget carrier AirAsia, has shuffled its leadership and announced plans to raise 395 million ringgit ($108 million) to shore up its bottom line.CEO Azran Osman Rani will leave and be replaced by Kamarudin Meranun, previously an executive chairman, the...

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NEW DELHI: India’s biggest art fair opened in New Delhi this week with a focus on homegrown artists and exhibits inspired by contemporary themes such as the worst floods in the Kashmir region in more than a century.
A smorgasbord of works by 1,100 artists lured art lovers, gallerists and gawkers to a cavernous exhibition space in the capita...

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HONG KONG: Philipp Mattheis knew his gaming app was addictive when he realized he kept checking his phone — hooked by the brightly-colored reminders telling him to play again or risk falling from the triple-figure level he had reached.
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Knowledge is key in the fashion industry. Knowing what works and what doesn’t is what helps improve a designer in their quest for innovative designs. Inspired by different cultures, attentive to the latest in the fashion world and keen on details is what defines Hatem Al-Akeel. Coming from no background in design, he ventured in the world with h...

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Historical monuments and sites can be found throughout Saudi Arabia. The Kingdom has many attractions designed for those who want to know more about the country. The Kingdom offers several tourist places such as atmospheric souqs and villages reflecting the heritage and culture of Saudi Arabia.
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Health workers in the Kingdom have reported a rise in cases of Cutaneous Leishmaniasis (CL) disease, caused by the bite of sandflies, and warned the public to take precautions.According to a report in a local publication, several patients, mostly in the Eastern Province, have been detected with Leishmaniasis. The symptoms include welts or sores on the skin, which can become infected. It can affect the spleen and liver and result in death. Several physicians have said there is no clear method to treat CL. However, Ministry of Health officials recommend people minimizing the amount of exposed skin, improve their personal hygiene and keep their surroundings clean. They can also use nets...
SACRAMENTO, California: California health officials say electronic cigarettes are a health threat, especially to children, and should be strictly regulated like tobacco products.A report released Wednesday by the California Department of Public Health says e-cigarettes emit cancer-causing chemicals and get users hooked on nicotine. California Health Officer Ron Chapman says new generations of young people will become nicotine addicts if the products remain largely unregulated.E-cigarettes heat liquid nicotine from cartridges into inhalable vapor without tar and other chemicals found in traditional cigarettes. E-cigarette makers say their products are far safer than tobacco.Other states...
Ever wondered what happens after you quit smoking? Many people fall back and get back to their bad habits. There are many reasons for this, some of which are mental while others are physical.We just found out about smoking detox where you can literally detox cigarettes out of your body. “This can only be assisted by controlling what you eat and drink on a daily basis. To be able to get the maximum benefit out of this type of detox, begin by quitting cigarettes right on the spot,” said pulmonologist Dr. Khalil Saad. “Your body will take its time to fully recover and this could take up to a period of years. Smoking is very harmful and your body cannot kick out the toxins in a short period of...

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UNIONTOWN, Pennsylvania: Officials in western Pennsylvania are trying to figure out how a man who’s been dead for more t...
VILNIUS, Lithuania: A baby caiman has found a new home at a Lithuanian zoo after its previous owner tried to sell it online, apparently upon realizing that the pet reptile he was raising in his bathroom wasn't a harmless lizard.Officials at the Kaunas zoo said authorities confiscated the spectacled caiman from a student who had posted an online advertisement for a large lizard.They said the student had kept it for several months but, stunned by how fast it was growing, decided to get rid of it. Lithuanian law prohibits raising dangerous animals at home.The 1.3-kilogram (2.8 pound), 63-...
BOSTON, Massachussets : US Secretary of State John Kerry was slapped with a $50 fine for failing to have a side street adjoining his Boston home shoveled following the blizzard that dropped more than 2 feet (60 cm) of snow on Massachusetts this week, a spokesman said on Friday.The fine was issued on Thursday after a snow-removal company hired by Kerry and his neighbors in the city’s historic Beacon Hill neighborhood saw yellow tape blocking the sidewalk alongside the home and thought it was related to security for the top US diplomat.The tape had been put up to warn pedestrians of falling ice...

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