PESHAWAR, Pakistan: Pakistan’s military on Monday killed 23 militants in air strikes on hideouts in the country’s restive northwest, where the army has launched an offensive against Taleban insurgents, officials said.Pakistan began a long-awaited push to clear militant bases from North Waziristan, which borders Afghanistan, in June after a bloody attack on Karachi airport finally sank faltering peace talks with the rebels.Air strikes, artillery, mortars and ground troops have been used to retake territory in the tribal area, which had become a haven for fighters with the Tehreek-e-Taleban Pakistan (TTP) and other militant outfits.“23 militants were killed in precise aerial strikes on terorist hideouts in Bangidar area of Ghulam Khan in North Waziristan,” a security official told AFP in a text message.The military says the major towns of Miranshah and Mir Ali have now been cleared of insu...
JAKARTA, Indonesia: Down a concrete path, between rail tracks that buzz with each approaching train...
Pilgrims arriving at the King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA) are being screened, tested and...
FREETOWN: Sierra Leone’s controversial Ebola lockdown has uncovered some 150 new cases of the deadly virus in addition to around 70 bodies previously unaccounted for, according to the authorities, who said they may repeat the campaign.Most of the west African country’s six million people were confined to their homes for 72 hours from Friday, as 30,000 volunteers went from door to door to educate residents on preventing th...
ANKARA: More than 130,000 Syrian Kurds have fled across the border into Turkey, escaping an advance by Islamic State jihadists, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said on Monday.Meanwhile, Turkey’s PKK Kurdish rebel group on Monday called on fellow Kurds to cross into Syria and combat IS insurgents besieging a town near the border, the pro-Kurdish agency Firat reported.“The number of Syrians has passed 130,000,...

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Saudi cities are going green and white with the nation's flags and banners on lampposts in the main streets and highways, and citizens wearing their national colors proudly, to mark the founding of the country 84 years ago.Students in the capital were clear what green meant to them. “It symbolizes g...
*Which particular aspect of Saudi Arabia you like the most? Generosity.*What is your favorite and oft-repeated Arabic word? Alhamdulillah.*Which book is by your bedside these days? None. I read everything online.*Your favorite holiday destination? An uninhabited island in Maldives.*The dream city/country that you would like...
Prices of fish in Riyadh markets have skyrocketed with some species jumping by more than 50 percent.Dealers in the northern part of the city told Arab News that certain species of fish were being sold at varying prices. The prices of Hamour, Kanat and sardines had increased by 65, 40 and 30 percent respectively, they said.“...
Saudi Arabia has been one of the fastest growing G20 countries in recent years and the leading state in the Middle East and North Africa.In fact, Saudi Arabia’s membership of the G20 reflects the growing global stature and economic importance of the Kingdom and the broader GCC region. Saudi Arabia holds 25 percent of the to...
Saudi Arabia’s economy has stood the test of times by successfully passing through the global financial crisis and proven itself as a country that enjoys solid and robust economy in the world.Sound macroeconomic management and an inflection point in world energy markets have made the Kingdom’s economy stable, despite the gl...
A Saudi citizen who walked from Asir to Makkah, to perform the Haj for his late mother and celebrate the country's National Day, arrived recently in the holy city, local media reported.Nasser bin Mohammad bin Jarallah, 60, walked some 650 km from Ahad Rafida in Asir, a journey that would have taken him a mere eight hours by...
Madinah-based journalist Yusuf Mohammed has released a song in Urdu to celebrate Saudi Arabia's National Day.This is considered the first Saudi patriotic song in Urdu.“The song was released to mark the 84th National Day of Saudi Arabia. It talks about the Kingdom’s service to the Two Holy Mosques, special attention paid to...
Culture and Information Minister Abdul Aziz Khoja will open on Tuesday a weeklong cultural event in Berlin coinciding with the Saudi National Day celebrations.The ministry has been preparing for the festival in cooperation with the Saudi Embassy in Germany over the past two years, acting Undersecretary for Cultural Relation...
Ibrahim K. Muna, senior official of the Nigerian federal health ministry and head of his country’s Haj health affairs mission announced that some 42,020 pilgrims have arrived from Nigeria so far. He said that the remaining 33,980 pilgrims are scheduled to arrive in the next couple of days, adding that most of the pilgrims a...
A 12-year-old male orphan from outside the Kingdom got used to asking people for money on the streets of Jeddah. His begging from car drivers at the traffic lights started as early when he was eight years old, depriving him of finishing elementary school education. Although Rashad M.’s difficult life made him illiterate, he...
The Labor Ministry opened a women’s section in its east Riyadh office on Sunday for recruiting domestic help.Abdullah Al-Olayan, director-general of the ministry’s branch office in the Riyadh region, said it would help businesswomen and other qualified women recruit maids and drivers.“The women’s section was opened to ensur...
Saudi banks will monitor expat bank accounts to ensure that their income is proportionate with their monthly salaries. The move comes in a bid to stop expats from taking on jobs other than what is specified on their residency permits in accordance with new labor laws.Expats often open up small businesses to supplement medio...
Four suspected Saudi terrorists have been sentenced to death while 16 others were given jail terms ranging between two and 23 years and banned from traveling abroad, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Sunday.The defendants, who belonged to a 94-member terror cell, were accused of issuing religious edicts against Saudi ruler...

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JERUSALEM: The UN’s Palestinian refugee agency on Sunday urged the international...

LONDON: Britain’s former prime minister and Middle East peace envoy Tony Blair s...

WASHINGTON: The Texas man accused of breaking into the White House while armed w...

SANAA: Heavily armed Yemeni Shiite militiamen took over the headquarters and hou...

ANKARA: More than 130,000 Syrian Kurds have fled across the border into Turkey,...

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HONG KONG: Hong Kong students on Monday began a weeklong boycott of classes, gat...

KABUL: Afghanistan’s president-elect promised to end political strife and corrup...

KIEV: A fragile truce between pro-Russian insurgents and Ukrainian forces appear...

WASHINGTON: The US Secret Service is weighing a series of ways to move tourists...

MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan: Pakistan-controlled Kashmir’s parliament on Monday calle...

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WUHAN, China: World No.6 Agnieszka Radwanska was dumped out of the $2.4 million...

INCHEON: Japan’s Kosuke Hagino starred in the Asian Games swimming with his seco...

INCHEON: India’s top rifle shooter Abhinav Bindra confirmed on Monday that this...

GLENEAGLES, Scotland: Paul McGinley rates his Ryder Cup team as one of the stron...

PRATTVILLE: Hur Mi-Jung fired a six-under par 66 to win the LPGA Yokohama Tire C...

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Saudi Arabia has been one of the fastest growing G20 countries in recent years and the leading state in the Middle East and North Africa.In fact, Saudi Arabia’s membershi...
Saudi Arabia’s economy has stood the test of times by successfully passing through the global financial crisis and proven itself as a country that enjoys solid and robust economy in the world.Sound macroeconomic management and an inflection point in world energy markets have made the Kingdom’s economy stable, despite the gl...
JEDDAH: Investors in Saudi Arabia may start selling stocks on Monday and setting aside cash for the upcoming initial public offer of National Commercial Bank (NCB) after the lender said it would launch the subscription next month.NCB is Saudi Arabia's largest bank by assets and the offer, in which it plans to sell 15 percen...
MOSCOW: Asian companies will replace Western majors if they quit energy projects in Russia due to sanctions over Moscow’s role in Ukraine, Natural Resources Minister Sergei Donskoi said.Donskoi said Asian companies had signalled their interest as the US targeted cooperation with Russia in exploring or producing oil from the...
PARIS: French flag carrier Air France has offered to freeze the expansion of its low-cost operation in a bid to end the longest strike at the airline since 1998.As the strike entered its second week, management said it would halt the development of its leisure subsidiary Transavia until December, unions said, raising hopes...
LONDON: Tesco cut its profit forecast for the third time this year and suspended four members of staff after finding a fault in its accounts, another blow to the reputation of Britain’s biggest grocer.The company’s shares fell 12 percent after Tesco said it had called in new accountants to investigate an error that forced i...
WASHINGTON: Apple said it sold more than 10 million of its new iPhone models globally in the opening weekend of record sales of the bigger-screen version of its smartphone.The US tech giant broke its own record for launch weekend sales of nine million a year earlier.“Sales for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus exceeded our expecta...
Drake & Scull Construction (DSC) has been awarded a building contract worth SR487 million in Saudi Arabia.Gulf Related, a leading regional real estate developer, awarded the main construction contract of its signature residential project, Antara, to DSC, the general contracting division of Drake & Scull Internationa...
The Meydan Group has announced two major new projects at Cityscape Global: Mohamed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum City District Eleven and Meydan Avenue, two mixed-use developments in Dubai.The group revealed plans for a new project, Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum City — District Eleven, a suburban mixed-use community development fe...
Dubai Investments (DI), the major investment company listed on the Dubai Financial Market, is showcasing its wide array of pioneering, sustainable real estate concepts and solutions as also its forthcoming projects at Cityscape Global — the largest property exhibition across the Middle East — currently under way in Dubai.On...
CAIRNS, Australia: G20 nations including the US and China said they can overcome geo-political tensions and financial risks to achieve extra combined growth of 1.8 percent, adding trillions of dollars to the world economy.Their two-day meeting in Cairns was focused on developing a suite of policies to reach an ambitious goa...
DUBAI: Dubai’s booming property market is showing signs that it may be cooling off, industry data showed, after two years of soaring prices that had drawn warnings of possible overheating from the International Monetary Fund.Property price rises, at close to 30 percent year-on-year, had been among the highest in the world t...
BRUSSELS: Scotland’s rejection of independence and a lack of any fireworks at the recent US Federal Reserve meeting have calmed investors enough to shift the focus back to what some call the “Great Stagnation,” and how to avoid it.The Group of 20 leading nations said they were tantalisingly close to adding an extra $2 trill...

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The monsters running amok in Iraq and Syria identify themselves as Muslims, alth...
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Artsharks is not an art gallery and they are not art brokers. They are an art house that supports only aspiring/budding artists and people who don’t have the clout, or sometimes desire to ‘make it’.
They want to ‘bridge the art gap’ and to show people who say ‘I’m not much of an art person’ that art isn’t just for the elite or connoisseurs,...

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If you happen to be raising kids or teenagers in these days, then you deserve to be nicknamed “the social media parent.” And let me tell you, if you thought being “the Internet parent” was hard, think again, because in comparison, that was a walk in the park!
Like anything in the world, social media comes with the good and the bad — the exe...

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Women who like to look different and change their image every once in a while are always on the lookout for the next best thing in the world of cosmetics and beauty products.

Hair chalk has been the talk of the town after many celebrities were spotted with colored hair in certain events. These include Selena Gomez, Loran Conrad and Ka...

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The Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) launched an interactive competition on its Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts ahead of the Saudi National Day.
The contest, which is open to both Saudis and expats, requires participants to take a snapshot forming a heart shape with their hands.
Contestants can send their pi...

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BRUSSELS: It likes to call itself the “country of chocolate” and now Belgium has a new treat for visitors: a museum dedicated to the confectionary featuring a Willy Wonka-style factory and cocoa tree jungle.Chocolate is a national treasure in Belgium. It is home to such illustrious brands as Godiva, Neuhaus, Leonidas and Cote d’Or. And the museum opening Saturday, in a former chocolate factory in the capital Brussels, will showcase its love of the brown stuff.“The Belgian passion for chocolate has never been denied and we have become ‘the country of chocolate,’” the museum’s designer Henri Dupuis said.At the heart of the Belgian Chocolate Village, as the museum is called, cocoa trees and...
Smoking kills more than 23,000 smokers in the Kingdom every year, said Ahmed Albualli, chairman of the supervisory board at the Anti-Smoking Society (Naqaa), who expressed deep concern about the high incidence of smoking-related deaths in the Kingdom.Albualli said that the society had succeeded in helping more than 61,000 smokers quit smoking, which is about 70 percent of the total number of patients who visited the society for help in quitting during the past year. Saudi Arabia is the largest market for tobacco in the Middle East and ranks fourth for the number of smokers globally.Albualli highlighted the seriousness of smoking, revealing that 90 percent of those who use drugs tried...
Q: I am 16 and I have tonsillitis. My elder brother also had this problem but he is now free from it. My parents think that I should follow the same path and get them removed. It happens 10 times in a year. Please advise whether I should have my tonsils removed now or after they are fully mature? — M.A., JubailA: You are already a mature person since you are 16. If the problem of tonsillitis is recurring 10 times a year, then you should have your tonsils removed. Otherwise, the bacteria which is causing the infection may develop into rheumatic fever. This condition can affect your heart, kidney and bones leading to permanent damage to those organs. You should see an ENT consultant and...

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LONDON: Russell Brand has reportedly split from Jemima Khan.The British comedian started dating the journalist in Septem...
Mumbai: Priyanka Chopra, who excelled in her onscreen avatar as iconic boxer M.C. Mary Kom, accepted and performed a handstand with a push up — a dare thrown up at her by Hrithik Roshan. And boy, she did it wearing a pair of heels!“The only girl I cud dare this! For super @priyankachopra my #bangbangdare HANDSTAND with a push up!! Do u accept! U have 3 days,” Hrithik posted on Twitter Sunday as part of an innovative promotional strategy for his forthcoming film “Bang Bang.”For the fierce and daredevil Priyanka, carrying out the challenge seemed like a cakewalk.In a video she posted on her...
WASHINGTON: NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft began orbiting Mars, on a mission to study how the Red Planet’s climate changed over time from warm and wet to cold and dry.The unmanned orbiter has traveled more than 10 months and 442 million miles (711 million km) to reach Mars for a first-of-its kind look at the planet’s upper atmosphere.“Wow, what a night. You get one shot with Mars orbit insertion and MAVEN nailed it tonight,” said project manager David Mitchell.The data from the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft aims to help scientists understand what happened to the water on...

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