More than 1.4 million foreign pilgrims are expected to perform Haj this year, said Haj Minister Bandar Hajjar. “About 1.36 million pilgrims already arrived from different countries by Sunday night and we expect their number to cross the 1.4-million mark,” he said.Acting Health Minister Adel Fakeih, meanwhile, said no cases of contagious disease have been reported among pilgrims in Makkah and Madinah. “Hospitals and medical personnel are taking proper care of the guests of God and Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah is closely following up on pilgrims' health-related matters,” he added.Hajjar launched a major Haj seminar entitled “Respecting the Signs of Allah” in Makkah and said it was a historic tradition to hold such seminars during the Haj season, with the participation of prominent scholars from around the world to exchange ideas for the benefit of the Ummah.The three-day...
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WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama and new Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has vowed to expand and deepen their countries' strategic partnership and make it a model for the rest of the world.In a joint "vision statement" issued after their first meeting at a White House dinner, the two leaders said they would work together "not just for the benefit of both our nations, but for the benefit of the world."They said th...
Security forces have barred 98,000 people from entering Makkah because they did not have Haj permits, the Interior Ministry said in a statement on Monday. The authorities did not allow 25,216 vehicles to enter the holy sites because they were not licensed to carry pilgrims. Police seized 85 vehicles for violating other Haj-related regulations. Drivers of utility vehicles carrying water and essential commodities, and pilgr...

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A medical team from King Abdullah Medical City hospital broke new ground when it managed to unblock veins and arteries and replace aortic valves without performing bypass surgery. The medical team cured five patients with heart problems through performing successful arterial cardiac catheterization...
They can be seen video recording themselves walking around the Kaaba, kissing the black stone, perched close to the mount of Safa or Marwa, or standing near the green dome of the Prophet’s mosque. Selfie fever has taken pilgrims and visitors to the Two Holy Mosques by storm in recent days, much to the chagrin of scholars an...
The Ministry of Health administered vaccines and polio doses to thousands of incoming pilgrims who have not taken their vaccination at home, a senior health official from the Haj Terminal told Arab News by telephone on Sunday. Abdul Ghani Mohamed Al-Malki, who is in charge of the medical and technical support health team at...
Popular Bollywood actor, writer and director of yesteryear, Kader Khan, has arrived in Makkah to perform Haj. The Baluchistan-born 78-year-old actor is accompanied by his two sons, Shahnawaz and Sarfaraz, and a daughter-in-law. Indian Consul General B.S. Mubarak told Arab News on Monday that he is being accorded the customa...
A total of 168,800 Indonesians will perform Haj this year, the country's ambassador said Monday.Abdurrahman Mohammed Fachir told Arab News the final contingent of pilgrims arrived at King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah on Sunday evening and left for the holy city of Makkah. He said the first flight of pilgrims ar...
Eastern Province police have arrested several suspects for opening fire at a wedding ceremony in Al-Mujamma.After a thorough investigation, police were able to catch the criminals, who had ambushed the bridal motorcade, said a statement issued by police.The arms used to ambush the celebration and bring the procession to a h...
A large number of workers and professionals who have applied for Canadian citizenship under a new law will face difficulty coming back to Gulf states, including Saudi Arabia, to earn petro dollars after acquiring Canadian passports.The Canadian government has introduced the new law, which changes the rules for acquiring cit...
The implementation of the southern border security project is under way, according to the Border Guards.The project includes roads, facilities and security offices that will be interlinked through an advanced electronic system alongside the border with Yemen and Oman.Maj. Gen. Mohammad Al-Ghamdi, Border Guard spokesman, sai...
Three people, two of whom were disguised as women, were arrested for attacking and attempting to rob a grocery worker in the Jazan province, a local newspaper said.The victim was taken to a hospital after sustaining deep wounds to his head and bruises on different parts of his body as a result of the attack by the three-mem...
*Which particular aspect of Saudi Arabia you like the most? The presence of the Two Holy Mosques in Makkah and Madinah.*What is your favorite and oft-repeated Arabic word? Shukran.*Which book is by your bedside these days? There are a couple of books on public diplomacy.*Your favorite holiday destination? South of Franc...
A large number of Filipino Overseas Workers (OFWs) in Riyadh strongly opposed the mandatory terminal fee of Php550 (about $12) at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) that will take effect from October this year.Jun S. Aguilar, a regular member of the technical working group and committee on OFW Affairs, at the House o...
The introduction of new airliners within the Kingdom will reduce flight prices by more than 25 percent, encouraging Saudis and expats to travel more often, according to aviation experts.Local customers are eagerly awaiting the launch of the new companies, which have recently been approved by the General Authority of Civil A...
As the Eid Al-Adha vacation approaches, fish restaurants in and around Jeddah have raised the prices of the precious marine food considerably taking advantage of the peak season. Large numbers of residents are flocking to the restaurants and outlets on the highways on the city’s outskirts only to be disappointed at the soar...

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WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama and new Indian Prime Minister Narendra Mod...

NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has ordered his bureaucrats to co...

NEW DELHI: Southern India’s film industry launched an eight-hour fast to rally s...

BEIJING: North Korea has rejected US efforts to discuss the detention of three A...

HONG KONG: Hong Kong democracy protesters defied volleys of tear gas and police...

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KARACHI: Pakistan coach Waqar Younes has questioned the timing of cricket author...

INCHEON, South Korea: Scuffles broke out and Mongolia lodged an official protest...

INCHEON: Discontent grew over African-born athletes at the Asian Games on Monday...

INCHEON: A trail-blazer for women’s tennis in India, Sania Mirza has been hounde...

BEIJING: US Open Champions Serena Williams and Marin Cilic powered through their...

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FRANKFURT: A new walkout by Lufthansa pilots has forced the cancellation of 50 flights in Frankfurt, Germany's busiest airport, affecting roughly 20,000 passengers, the a...
The price of crude oil has fallen to its lowest level in over two years in line with current economic conditions. Oil prices have been trending down since mid-June this year, when Brent crude was priced at around $115, to around $95 per barrel today. It will be nearly a month that Brent crude is trading below $100 per barre...
LONDON: US demand for petroleum products has experienced an unprecedented and broad-based decline over the last eight years as soaring oil prices have forced consumers to become more efficient and seek cheaper alternatives.Consumption of oil-based products has fallen in every major category — from gasoline, diesel and jet k...
DUBAI: United Arab Emirates energy firm Dana Gas said on Monday that it had been awarded exploration deals for two onshore gas blocks in Egypt.The company will operate the North El Salhiya onshore concession area, known as Block 1 and will partner with British company BP to explore El Matariya, Block 3, on a 50:50 ownership...
Saudi Arabia has proven oil reserves of 266 billion barrels and a current estimated spare production capacity of 2.7 million barrels a day.With uncertainties about the global oil market outlook stemming from the strength of the global recovery, the path of US oil production and the extent of supply outages in other countrie...
DUBAI: A landmark ruling by the court system in Dubai's financial free zone suggests the emirate is starting to influence the way international business disputes are resolved in the Middle East, partly taking over that role from London and New York.A court in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) recently found Sw...
MADRID/SYDNEY: A year after Spain, the sunniest country in Europe, issued notice of a law forcing solar energy-equipped homes and offices to pay a punitive tax, architect Inaki Alonso re-installed a 250 watt solar panel on a beam over his Madrid roof terrace.“The government wanted people to be afraid to generate their own e...
FRANKFURT: Lufthansa pilots turned up the pressure on management in an ongoing dispute over early retirement provisions on Monday by calling a fourth day of walkouts.Just a day after pilots at French flag carrier Air France ended their longest-ever strike, Lufthansa pilots announced nearly a full-day of stoppages on long-ha...
Saudi Arabia allocated SR252 billion ($67.2 billion) in aid to foreign countries between 1990 and 2014, according to a financial report.Saudis gave SR85 billion ($22.7 billion) in aid to nine Arab countries, namely Egypt, Yemen, Jordan, Bahrain, Oman, Palestine, Morocco, Sudan, and Djibouti, between 2011-2014, said the repo...
The GCC Interconnection Authority (GCCIA) on Sunday began the 3rd Regional Power Trade Forum 2014 under the theme "Developing power trade through the GCC interconnector” in Abu Dhabi.The inaugural session was attended by Matar Al-Neyadi, undersecretary of the UAE Ministry of Energy and chairman of the board of directors, G...
The broad-based BBG Commodity Index, which tracks the performance of 22 major commodities, reached a new five-year low before trading close to unchanged on the week. Performances across individual sectors are very mixed, with gains in energy and soft commodities offset by losses in industrial metals and grains. Stock market...
SOUTHFIELD, Michigan: Ford Motor Co.’s profit topped $7 billion in 2013 just as it did back in 1999 amid surging demand for Explorer sport-utility vehicles and F-150 pickups. Yet five years into its recovery, Ford’s credit ratings remain one level above junk — six notches lower than they were back in the SUV boom of 1999.Fo...
SINGAPORE: When popular Chinese handset maker Xiaomi Inc. admitted that its devices were sending users’ personal information back to a server in China, it prompted howls of protest and an investigation by Taiwan’s government.The affair has also drawn attention to just how little we know about what happens between our smartp...

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MANILA: The Philippine anti-corruption court on Monday ordered the family of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos surrender eight paintings by famous European artists, declaring they had been illegally acquired with public funds.
The Philippines has estimated that Marcos, his family and cronies amassed more than $10 billion in cash, jewellery, as...

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I consider myself well acquainted with social media in general, and social media in the Kingdom in particular. What I mean is that I am following most of the recent news on these platforms, and I have been able to create a circle of friends through these sources. However, sometimes I encounter some personalities on Twitter or YouTube with an inc...

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Autumn is right around the corner. Expect the weather to be cooler and the fashion to be louder. Layered clothing, darker shades and longer sleeves are trends that will dominate this season.
New Look, a British global fashion retailer with a chain of high street shops, has just released its Autumn/ Winter 2014 collection comprising a color...

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Saudi Arabia joined the rest of the world in observing the World Tourism Day on Saturday in order to foster awareness among citizens and expatriates on the importance of tourism.
Started in 1980 by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), World Tourism Day is globally observed to highlight the social, cultural, political and e...

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NEW YORK: Walking may never become as trendy as CrossFit, as sexy as mud runs or as ego-boosting as Ironman races but for fitness experts who stress daily movement over workouts and an active lifestyle over weekends of warrior games, walking is a super star.For author and scientist Katy Bowman, walking is a biological imperative like eating. In her book, “Move Your DNA: Restore Your Health Through Natural Movement,” she suggests there are movement nutrients, just like dietary nutrients, that the body needs.“Walking is a superfood. It’s the defining movement of a human,” said Bowman, a biomechanist based in Ventura, California. “It’s a lot easier to get movement than it is to get exercise.”...
A leading consultant vascular surgeon and professor at King Abdulaziz University says about 200,000 pilgrims afflicted with diabetes are expected to suffer from diabetic foot ulcer unless they take the necessary precautionary and preventive measures.Professor Hassan ibn Ali Al-Zahrani said that about 20 percent of diabetics suffer malfunction in the peripheral nerves, which reduces their sense of diabetic foot pain.He estimated the diabetics performing the holy rituals in this Haj season to be 10 percent of the total number of pilgrims, most of them elderly. The percentage is based on international statistics on diabetes in Arab and Islamic countries.“Diabetic pilgrims are more susceptible...
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic: An excruciating mosquito-borne illness that arrived less than a year ago in the Americas is raging across the region, leaping from the Caribbean to the Central and South American mainland, and infecting more than 1 million people. Some cases already have emerged in the US.While the disease, called chikungunya, usually is not fatal, the epidemic has overwhelmed hospitals, cut economic productivity and caused its sufferers days of pain and misery. And the count of victims is soaring.In El Salvador, health officials report nearly 30,000 suspected cases, up from 2,300 at the beginning of August, and hospitals are filled with people with the telltale signs of...

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PARIS: She has a Beatle dad, hosts palpitating, must-see fashion shows in the grandest Paris opera house, and attracted...
MALIBU, California: Authorities say an SUV carrying actress Leah Remini and singer Jennifer Lopez and her two children, was rear-ended by a suspected drunken driver who then fled the scene.Los Angeles county Sheriff’s Sgt. Philip Brooks says Remini was driving Lopez’s SUV at about 8 p.m. Saturday and stopped at a traffic light in Malibu. Their vehicle was rear-ended by a pickup truck. No one was injured. The drivers got out of their vehicles to assess the minor damage and were about to exchange information when the man got into his truck and drove off.
NEW YORK: Thousands of miles from his ravaged homeland in the comfort and security of midtown Manhattan, Raed Saleh chokes up as he recalls some of the horrors he has witnessed as a rescue worker in northern Syria.He feels angry, cheated and most of all, deeply sad for his country.“Two Americans and one Brit were killed, and the entire world mobilized to fight Daesh,” he said, referring to the Islamic State group by its Arabic acronym. “In Syria, some 200,000 people have died: Why doesn’t anyone care?“From New York, Saleh says he has been in touch with colleagues in Syria over the phone and...

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