GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip: A senior PLO official proposed a 24-hour humanitarian cease-fire Tuesday in the Gaza war, saying he spoke in the name of Hamas, but was contradicted a short while later by a spokesman of the Islamist movement.In Gaza, a health official said at least 100 Palestinians were killed in Israeli airstrikes and tank shelling Tuesday, as Israel escalated its military campaign. The official, Ashraf Al-Kidra, said the day’s death toll was expected to rise.There have been several instances in which the daily Gaza death toll in more than three weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting has surpassed 100.Israel has lost 53 soldiers, along with two civilians and a Thai national.Tuesday’s cease-fire offer was made by the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), of which Hamas is not a member. The largest group in the PLO is the Fatah movement of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Hamas’ mai...
Justice Minister Mohammad Al-Issa, who is also the chairman of the Supreme Judicial Council, will so...
Eight people were killed and 17 injured in two separate road accidents in the Madinah region on the...
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip: Israel escalated its military campaign against Hamas on Tuesday, striking symbols of the group’s control in Gaza and firing tank shells that shut down the strip’s only power plant in the heaviest bombardment in the fighting so far.Flares turned the sky over Gaza City orange overnight and by daybreak, as the conflict entered its fourth week, heavy clouds of dust hovered over the territory. A thick co...
Crown Prince Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, performed Eid Al-Fitr prayer at the Grand Mosque in Makkah in the presence of a massive congregation.He was joined by Prince Bandar bin Mohammed bin Abdulrahman, Education Minister Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, Prince Ahmad bin Abdulaziz, Prince Khaled bin Fahd bin Khalid and Deputy Crown Prince Muqrin.Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah was congratulated...

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The Eastern Province police arrested 5,950 illegal expats in cities across the region during Ramadan.Col. Ziad Al-Ruqaiti, Eastern Province media spokesman, said policemen referred violators to deportation centers affiliated with the province’s prisons. Al-Ruqaiti said that multiple security raids w...
Saudi women have bought over six million birth control pills costing SR108 million last year, according to a study by Saudi-based pharmacies, Makkah newspaper reported. The total sale of the medication amounts to SR108,585,594 for about 5,877,318 medical boxes and units while the list also shows that women usually buy certa...
Arab News has now passed the one-million likes milestone on Facebook, thanks to the page's fans. What seemed to be an unrealistic target a year ago has turned out to be achievable after all, even without resorting to paid promos. The page was set up in 2009, but it wasn’t until 2013 that it became really active. From only 1...
Civil Defense forces doused a huge fire that broke out in a paper factory in south Jeddah on Monday.Several fire-fighting and rescue teams combated the blaze with the help of helicopters, which guided ground teams.Nearby warehouses filled with grass for animal feed, coupled with high temperatures and strong winds, added to...
Firework vendors have taken to social media outlets, such as Twitter, to promote their products despite warnings issued by the Civil Defense and the Ministry of Commerce.These vendors also sell on sidewalks alongside commercial complexes and markets, a familiar scene just before Eid every year, despite extensive security ca...
The Saudi Philatelic and Numismatic Society (SPNS) will mark its 50th anniversary at the King Fahd Cultural Center (KFCC) by honoring the editors in chief of leading dailies in English and Arabic in the Kingdom and other GCC countries.“The event, which will be held at the King Fahd Cultural Center, will be held in conjuncti...
More than 100 volunteers spent the last day of Ramadan and first day of Eid spreading joy and happiness among less fortunate children in Jeddah’s different neighborhoods.The volunteers distributed kiswa (Eid clothing), candy and Eideyya as gifts given in Eid Al-Fitr. “We feel like it is our responsibility as volunteers to c...
Thousands of low-income bachelor expats mourn the end of Ramadan every year since these workers, living in Jeddah and other cities, are fully dependent on community meals offered by mosques for breaking their fast.Expats often take leftover boxes to have before dawn, thus saving up on food expenses for the entire month.Phil...
More than 3,500 barbers in Jeddah raised their prices during Eid Al-Fitr. Prices, which have doubled, depend on the nationality of the barber — Turkish, Moroccan, Asians and Tunisians. Many barbers and men’s salons hire freelance and part-time barbers to serve as many clients as possible. “The only way for anyone to shave b...
The General Organization for Social Insurance (GOSI) recorded a 30-percent increase in the number of subscribers in 2013.Most of the 9.1 million members come from the private sector, according to an annual GOSI statistical report.More than 295,000 people receive pensions worth an estimated SR1.1 billion per month, suggestin...
Beauty parlors and salons in the capital did brisk business as customers made last minute appointments to look their best on the occasion of Eid Al-Fitr. Many beauty salons do brisk business during this time of the year as women aiming to celebrate Eid in style rush to the parlors to get a complete cosmetic makeover.Beautic...
The Saudi Council of Engineers (SCE) has signed a deal with the Ministry of Interior and the Bureau of Investigation and Public Prosecution to pursue foreign engineers who violated local laws and left the Kingdom.SCE Secretary-General Ghazi Al-Abbasi pointed out that the council is communicating with companies that employed...
Senior authorities are pushing for a quicker establishment of independent human rights departments within government bodies.Once opened, these departments will be equipped to address inquiries and complaints from citizens and residents and advise them on their legal rights.A source at the Human Rights Commission (HRC) said...

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JABALIYA: Dozens of displaced Gaza families flooded into a UN school early Tuesd...

ISTANBUL: Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan would be glad to return an award...

BENGHAZI: Libyan forces on Tuesday battled militants with rockets and warplanes...

BAGHDAD: Islamic State, the Al-Qaeda spin-off that seized wide swathes of Iraq a...

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip: Israel escalated its military campaign against Hamas on T...

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WASHINGTON: US gunmaker Smith & Wesson was hit with $2 million in fines Mond...

WASHINGTON: The Obama administration’s chief nuclear negotiator refused Tuesday...

BEIJING: Dozens of people were killed and injured in a “terrorist attack” in Chi...

DONETSK: Intense fighting between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian rebels in eas...

WASHINGTON: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday that the...

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WASHINGTON: Sixteen-year-old Francis Tiafoe lost his ATP tour debut while fellow...

MUNICH, Germany: Formula One magnate Bernie Ecclestone offered on Tuesday to pay...

LONDON: Tom Watson, Colin Montgomerie and Tony Jacklin have called for the 56-ye...

CHICAGO: The NCAA, the powerful collegiate sports governing body, agreed Tuesday...

SOUTHAMPTON: Stuart Broad took wickets at either end of a long, hot day while Mo...

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Profits of the listed petrochemical companies rose by 14.4 percent to SR18.54 billion in the first half of the current year compared to SR16.2 billion in the same period...
LONDON: Brent crude oil fell toward $107 a barrel as ample supply outweighed concerns over political tensions in the Middle East, Africa and Europe.Despite conflicts in Ukraine, Iraq and Libya, global oil production has exceeded demand, leaving pockets of excess supply in Africa and Europe.“The likelihood of a supply disrup...
LONDON: BP Plc, Europe’s third-largest oil company by market value, reported a 34 percent increase in second-quarter profit while warning that increasing sanctions against Russia could “adversely impact” business.Earnings adjusted for one-time items and inventory changes rose to $3.6 billion from $2.7 billion a year earlier...
MUMBAI: India’s Ranbaxy Laboratories narrowed its net loss in the April-June quarter from a gaping deficit a year ago as lower currency losses helped offset a dip in sales, the firm reported.The New Delhi-based pharmaceutical major reported a net loss of 1.86 billion rupees ($31 million) against a loss of 5.24 billion rupee...
TOKYO: Airbus said it has canceled a $2.2 billion deal with Skymark Airlines for the purchase of six A380 superjumbos, reportedly over concerns about payment.The Airbus announcement came hours after Skymark said it was locked in “difficult” talks with the European aircraft manufacturer about its 2011 order, which had marked...
GENEVA: Switzerland’s biggest bank, UBS, has reported a 15 percent rise in second-quarter profit, driven by its core wealth management business, and disclosed it was part of a group of financial companies being investigated over alternative trading systems called “dark pools.”UBS AG said its net profit for the April-June pe...
NEW YORK: A big one-time gain and a tax benefit helped drugmaker Merck & Co. more than double its second-quarter profit, raise the lower end of its profit forecast and easily top analysts’ expectations.The maker of popular Type 2 diabetes pill Januvia and cholesterol medicines Vytorin and Zetia said net income increased...
NEW YORK: Pfizer’s second-quarter earnings plunged 79 percent from last year, when the world’s second-largest drugmaker booked a business spinoff gain of more than $10 billion. The latest results still edged analyst expectations.The New York company said it earned $2.91 billion, or 45 cents per share, in the quarter. That c...
TOKYO: Japanese automaker Honda said its latest quarterly net profit jumped 19.6 percent to $1.4 billion thanks to a weak yen and growth in global auto sales, as it boosted its full-year profit forecast.Honda said it earned 146.5 billion yen ($1.4 billion), up from 122.5 billion yen a year earlier, as sales rose 5.4 percent...
MUMBAI: India’s top e-commerce company Flipkart said it had raised $1 billion (60 billion rupees) in funds as it battles US giant Amazon for supremacy in the hyper-competitive local market.Flipkart, set up in 2007 by two former Amazon employees, said Singapore sovereign wealth fund GIC was among those to participate in the...
TOKYO: Nissan, Japan’s second- biggest carmaker, reported profit that beat analysts’ estimate as deliveries rose in China and the US, its two biggest markets.Net income rose 37 percent to 112.1 billion yen ($1.1 billion) in the April-June quarter, beating the 84.3 billion yen average of 14 analyst estimates compiled by Bloo...
DETROIT: Suzuki is recalling nearly 26,000 midsize cars in the US because the daytime running light modules can overheat and could cause a fire.The recall covers the Verona from the 2004-2006 model years. It’s an expansion of an earlier recall of the Forenza and Reno.All the cars were made by General Motors in Korea. Suzuki...
LONDON: Hedge funds and other large speculators cut their bets on higher Brent crude oil and gasoil sharply in the week to July 22, IntercontinentalExchange Inc. said, following a big fall in prices.The ICE said money managers reduced their net long futures and options positions in Brent by 34,786 contracts to 117,195, and...

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Jeddah’s Al-Athr Gallery is hosting the abstract and geometry inspired work of 40 local and international artists until Oct. 10.
The gallery opened its door in 2009 and has already displayed the work of some leading artists.
The theme of this exhibition is entitled “The Language of Human Consciousness,” and explores how artists over th...

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WASHINGTON: The US space agency’s Opportunity rover has now clocked more miles on Mars than any man-made vehicle to reach another celestial body, NASA said Monday.
Since arriving on the Red Planet in 2004, the solar-powered robot has journeyed across 40 kilometers of Martian terrain.
That surpasses the previous record held by the Sovie...

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PARIS: French luxury powerhouse Hermes has named Nadege Vanhee-Cybulski as their new womenswear designer.
The low-profile, 36-year-old French designer will replace Christophe Lemaire, whose departure was announced earlier this week and who will take his final bow in October.
Though Vanhee-Cybulski is not a big name, she was previously...

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The Jeddah Municipality, the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) and the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) will organize an entertainment festival for four days during Eid Al-Fitr following the success of the Ramadan festival in old Jeddah, which attracted 800,000 visitors throughout the holy month, said Yasser Madda...

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A prominent professor at King Saud University (KSU) has called for a ban on the sale of e-cigarettes, especially to those under the age of 18.Sultan Ayoub Meo, a professor at the KSU’s College of Medicine, told Arab News on Friday that e-cigarette smoking should be regulated in the same way as traditional cigarettes. “Retail outlets, including pharmacies, must not be allowed to sell it to children and adolescents,” he said.E-cigarettes, which generate a vapor containing nicotine as a tobacco substitute, were initially released as a device to help smokers quit, but Meo fears “the huge rise in users could normalize smoking, and undo decades of anti-smoking education and campaigning.”He...
Do you consider yourself an ethical person? Chances are you answered “yes.” But new research suggests that our ability to act honestly in a given situation depends, in part, on the time of day. A study forthcoming in the journal Psychological Science finds that early-risers, or “larks,” are more likely to act dishonestly in the late evening hours. Night owls, on the other hand, exhibit a tendency toward ethical lapses early in the morning.Most of us are hard-wired to go to sleep and wake up at certain times of day. Some of us go to bed early to wake up early, while others prefer to stay up late and wake up late. Many of us fall somewhere in between. Researchers refer to this preference for...
Louloua Elazzah is an ambitious and enthusiastic Saudi chef who lives between Saudi Arabia, Canada, and Greece with 19 years of experience in the field of culinary arts.Elazzah created a cooking academy called Loulou’s Kitchen that offers special cooking classes as well as basics in kitchen management.The ability to recognize different cultures and traditions of people through cooking is what first attracted Elazzah to cooking. Even though, she has a passion for Asian cuisine, she considers herself as an international cook who gets creative with globally celebrated cuisine.Arab News met with Elazzah to talk about her cooking classes, her passion for food and future plans. You give cooking...

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NEW YORK: Lady Gaga is a bonafide pop star, but the singer says recording jazz music was easier than pop.Gaga has spent...
BURBANK, California: A lead actor known for playing the slovenly sidekick, a director who only made small films, a talking raccoon and a 1970s pop music soundtrack — together they form an unlikely tableau for a mega-budget space adventure movie.And yet, Marvel Studios banked on these outliers for its $170 million launch of the new franchise “Guardians of the Galaxy,” a novel combination of sarcasm and sci-fi that opens in US theaters on Friday and could be the late summer’s box office hit.If it delivers on that promise, “Guardians” will show that the Walt Disney Co. studio can score with its...
NEW YORK: A Connecticut teacher who helped save students’ lives during the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre has a book deal.G.P. Putnam’s Sons announced Tuesday that “Choosing Hope: Moving Forward from Your Life’s Darkest Hour” by teacher Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis will be released next spring. The publisher says the book will be a “poignant account of personal triumph over unbearable tragedy.” Robin Gaby Fisher is co-writing it.Roig-DeBellis hurried 15 first-graders into a bathroom upon hearing gunfire at the school in Newtown, Connecticut, on Dec. 14, 2012, saving their lives. The gunman...

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