All four members of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (Haia) team who were involved in an attack against a couple in a Riyadh mall last Friday have been removed from field duties, the commission said on Tuesday.A statement released by the commission said the four were also banished from Riyadh region and reassigned to administrative work as punishment, said the statement, which was issued in Arabic.It said the measure was approved by Haia President Abdullatif Al-Asheikh upon the recommendation of a committee he earlier organized to investigate the complaint by the couple — Briton Peter Howarth Lees and his Saudi wife — that the Haia team harassed and subsequently attacked them while they were shopping at the Hiteen Plaza in Riyadh on August 29.As found by the committee, the man who jumped onto the back of the Briton, as shown on a short videoclip of th...
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria: Boko Haram extremists have overrun much of a northeastern Nigerian town after ho...
MANILA: Philippine authorities said Tuesday that they arrested three men linked to a group that was...
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s parliament threw its weight behind embattled Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday as a deepening crisis over violent protests demanding his resignation prompted fears of an army intervention.But, signalling a possible softening in his position, protest leader Imran Khan said he would meet a conservative Islamist politician who has been trying to mediate between Khan and the government since the sta...
BEIRUT: Al-Qaeda-linked Syrian rebels holding 45 Fijian peacekeepers hostage have issued a set of demands for their release, including the extremist group’s removal from a UN terrorist list and compensation for the killing of three of its fighters in a shootout with international troops, an official said Tuesday.The Nusra Front seized the Fijians on Thursday in the Golan Heights, where a 1,200-strong UN force monitors the...

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The Haj Ministry website has started accepting applications from Saudis and expatriates who wanted to make use of the low-cost Haj scheme.More than 40,000 pilgrims are expected to benefit from the low-cost Haj scheme this year, said Abdul Hameed Al-Sinani, secretary general of the Coordination Counc...
The trial of a terror suspect accused of inciting dissidence ended Sunday. The defendant, a preacher, now awaits a verdict on the hearing.The suspect was accused of instigating and leading a riot in Awamiyah, Qatif last year.The defendant reportedly triggered the riot to shield wanted terrorists from police and had allegedl...
A small fire erupted in a gas pipeline on Tuesday during a random shootout.“A security police car that was on duty in Awamiyah, Qatif, came under heavy fire from unknown suspects, injuring a policeman in his right thigh,” Eastern Province police spokesman Ziad Al-Ruqaiti told Arab News“The policeman was transferred to a nea...
The first group of 46 Filipino pilgrims will arrive in Jeddah on Wednesday, the Philippine Consulate General in Jeddah announced on Monday.“A 17-member advance team for Haj assistance, headed by Malo Manonggiring, regional director of the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) for Visayas, has also arrived,” Consul...
An Arabic TV program will soon be launched to help unemployed Saudis get jobs.“Jobs on air” will kick off on the Saudi-owned Al-Danah TV starting this week, according to the program host.“The program will help jobless Saudi men and women get jobs after undergoing training in the fields they are interested in,” Mohsin Shaikh...
The Ministry of Health announced on Tuesday that vaccination against meningitis is mandatory for all local and international Haj pilgrims.Taking the flu shot is also recommended, in addition to quarantine requirements for foreign pilgrims depending on the country they live in, according to officials.“Vaccination should be t...
The Ministry of Justice is moving to rule that one of the conditions to finalIzing a marriage contract is the possession of a driver’s license. The step is being considered to limit the number of divorce cases in the Kingdom. The ministry has already started communicating with consultants and family centers about the feasib...
Jeddah’s Criminal Court sentenced a website founder to 10 years in prison, SR1 million fine and 1,000 lashes after the jury found him guilty of publishing inflammatory remarks against religion and religious figures, including the Kingdom’s grand mufti.Makkah’s Court of Appeal approved the verdict. Both the defendant and the...
The Ministry of Education has made it mandatory for those desiring to obtain posts of lecturers in institutes of higher education in the Kingdom to seek the approval of Education Minister Prince Khaled Al-Faisal as a pre-condition for the application.The ministry has also made it compulsory for organizations to take its app...
At the start of the new academic year, many bookstores in Jeddah raised prices of different items taking advantage of the high season for school supplies. A large number of book stores and stationery shops stocked on school supplies as students started their first week of school. As demand went up, prices of items soared pr...
A consumer cooperative is expected to be launched in Madinah within three months to combat the inflation in food prices by providing food at discounted prices to members. Hamid Al-Fureidi, CEO of the cooperative, said the cooperative has been licensed by the Ministry of Social Affairs and is in the process of finalyzing the...
Basmat Amal, a humanitarian group, organized an educational kit distribution program for the deprived children in Jeddah recently.The campaign, which aimed at relieving the less fortunate students of superfluous concerns, distributed school bags and complete stationery to over 60 children on the occasion of the beginning of...
A young scientist from Makkah is participating in one of the world’s most prestigious DNA research conferences in Europe.Majid Faisal Al-Ghraibi is among one of the top 20 graduates selected worldwide to participate in the Next Generational DNA sequencing research by the European Organization for Molecular Biology.“The conf...

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DAKAR: The UN warned on Tuesday of “grave food security concerns” in the west Af...

KINSHASA: An outbreak of the Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo has...

BRUSSELS/KIEV: European Union nations will decide on new sanctions against Mosco...

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LONDON: British media on Tuesday voiced skepticism over “vague” plans announced...

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NEW YORK: Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic kept their time in blazing conditi...

BORJA, Spain: Two-time Tour of Spain winner Alberto Contador took the overall le...

LONDON: Even though Spain were ousted in the first round of the World Cup, the t...

NORTON, Mass.L: Chris Kirk picked up the biggest victory of his career Monday in...

LONDON: India’s Shikhar Dhawan smashed a six to seal a crushing nine-wicket vict...

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Saudi Arabia is one of the top countries in the region witnessing a “revolutionary era” in the advancement, transparency, and efficiency of its e-government services, sai...
Saudi Railways Organization (SRO) President Mohamed Khalid Al-Suwaiket has signed a contract for SR6,000,621 with Spanish consortiums headed by Consultrans Company to study options for a high-speed line between Riyadh and Dammam with a design speed of 350 km/h to enable trains to operate at 300 km/h. Commenting on signing t...
JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s main stock index pulled back 0.6 percent after hitting a fresh six-year high in the previous session. Tadawul All Share Index (TASI) edged down to 11,048 points on Tuesday. Banks dragged down the key index after the kingdom’s central bank tightened consumer lending regulationsThe banking sector benchm...
Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority, Nouadhibou Free Zone Authority and the Islamic Corporation for Development of the Private Sector (ICD), member of the Islamic Development Bank group, have signed a tripartite memorandum of understanding for joint cooperation to establish a framework for fruitful cooperation and exchang...
JAKARTA: Indonesia posted a slim trade surplus in July, bouncing back from a deficit the previous month caused by increased imports before Ramadan and the Eid holiday, data showed.Meanwhile inflation eased further to 3.99 percent year-on-year in August from 4.53 percent in July, continuing a downward trend after a big rise...
MUMBAI: Indian factory output slowed slightly in August after jumping to a 17-month high the previous month, but growth remained strong, a key HSBC survey showed.The positive data came three days after new figures showed India’s economy grew by a forecast-beating 5.7 percent in the first financial quarter, its best pace sin...
Saudi Arabia’s oil exports reached 1.84 billion barrels in the first eight months of the current year (2014) with proceeds amounting to SR747 billion, local media said quoting an expert.Meanwhile, domestic consumption during the same period reached nearly 553 million barrels, or 23 percent of the total output, Fahad bin Jum...
NEW DELHI: Australian great Glenn McGrath said he had signed up to guide India’s current and future fast bowlers for the next five years, giving a boost to the country’s young talent.McGrath will train the likes of Umesh Yadav and Varun Aaron alongside promising youngsters at the MRF Pace Foundation in the southern city of...
Total bank deposits in the Kingdom hit a new all-time high above SR1.5 trillion for the first time in July, says a report. Bank deposits climbed by 1.7 percent in July to cross the SR1.5 trillion mark. This lifts the year-on-year growth rate to 14.5 percent, the fastest in the last 12 months, according to the latest Saudi c...
Saudi Arabian Investment Authority’s (SAGIA) value proposition for investors and the changes that have been made over the years to the registration process for international firms were highlighted at a presentation held here before a US visiting delegation on Monday.Prince Saud bin Khalid Al-Faisal, deputy governor for inve...
SEOUL: The shipbuilding and engineering units of South Korea’s Samsung group said they would merge, as the family-run giant gears up for generational ownership succession.The board members of Samsung Heavy Industries, the world’s third-largest shipmaker, and Samsung Engineering had approved the tie-up via a share swap, said...
Siemens has signed two contracts with Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) for the construction of Static Var Compensators (SVCs) at Madinah East, Hail-2 and Al Jouf-2 380kV substations. Ziyad Al-Shiha, CEO of SEC, Arja Talakar, CEO Siemens of Saudi Arabia and Peter-Karlheinz Bruder, head of energy transmission, Siemens Saudi Ar...
Over the last decade, the discovery of massive quantities of unconventional gas resources around the world has spurred a renaissance within global energy markets, redirecting international attention to natural gas as a leading source of energy supply. Modern technology allows natural gas to be chilled at ultra-low temperatu...

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The Arab world has been dealt so many sporadic blows that we can no longer get a...
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Building a better understanding between the peoples of the Middle East and US is at the heart of a series of initiatives being spearheaded by the leading art and cultural organizations Edge of Arabia and Art Jameel.
Next month will see the launch in the US of a major community centered art program called ‘Culturunners’. Pioneering artists,...

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As a newlywed, I have recently started to experiment with recipes from the internet while occasionally mixing ingredients together to create a recipe of my own. The problem with trying new recipes or coming up with your own is when you forget to write the recipe down, or when you lose the link to that recipe you found on the internet. One applic...

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Talent from Saudi Arabia are making waves in the world of fashion. Bringing their own indigenous elements to fashion, these young men and women are making their mark in designs which appeal to the fashion fraternity constantly on the look out for new styles.
One such innovative individual is a Riyadh-based fashion designer Arwa Al Ammari, f...

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Manila is the capital and the second largest city of the Philippines. It is undoubtedly the most crowded city with a population of more than 12 million.
The weather is usually tropical with high humidity. It never snows but it rains from May to November. Typhoons can occur from June to September and can cause flooding in parts of the city....

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Detox is short for detoxification and is a process of defusing or removing toxins from the body. “Toxins can be any substance that harm the body such as ammonia, lactic acid and homocysteine which are waste products that result from normal cell activity, as well as human-made toxins that we are exposed to in the environment and from consuming food and water,” said nutritionist Salwa Abdulmalik. “Different body parts work hand in hand to ensure that harmful toxins are chemically transformed to less harmful complexes and eliminated from the body,” she added. Detox diets were initially a treatment used for drug addicts to help them cleanse their bodies from the toxins, according to Abdulmalik...
Anyone cruising along Khurais Road in Riyadh cannot fail to notice Wooden Bakery’s gigantic trademark windmill. The story behind this successful franchise started in 1969 when Edward Bou Said founded a traditional bakery in Jal El Dib in Lebanon. In 1996, his sons, Assaad and Ghassan, came up with a new concept focused on high quality and freshly baked breads and pastries. The first Wooden Bakery was inaugurated in 1999 in Beirut, followed in 2002 by the opening of the first franchise in Lebanon and seven years later, Wooden Bakery introduced its first international outlet in the Saudi capital. During my frequent trips to Lebanon I have often bought a tasty “manouche”, in one of the Wooden...
Commerce Minister Tawfik Al-Rabiah refuted rumors via Twitter that there would be a hike in tobacco prices in the Kingdom.The Kingdom will, however, increase the specifications of tobacco products to minimize its harmful effects on smokers, the minister said on Saturday.The Kingdom joined the anti-tobacco agreement in May 2005.Saudi Arabia ranks fourth in the world for tobacco imports and consumption. More than 15 billion cigarettes, worth $168 million, are smoked by Saudis each year, according to figures released by the Gulf Cooperation Council’s Health Ministers Council.The minister stressed that decisions on price increases are taken by the GCC Finance Ministers Council.“The Kingdom has...

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VENICE: A film portraying New York City mother who starves her baby because she thinks he is saint-like and food contain...
LOS ANGELES: Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Aniston would be a party planner if her film career flops.The ‘Friends’ actress said she loves organizing get-togethers with her friends, reported Contactmusic.“I like connecting people, I love my friends, I have a great group of friends. I really see that in myself that I would be a great party planner. I enjoy putting together gatherings. I’ve been paving the way. I’ve got my contacts in my back pocket,” she said.The 45-year-old star said she enjoys the simple things in life and loves to hang out with her fiance Justin Theroux when she has time...
LOS ANGELES: The FBI says it is addressing allegations that private photos of several female celebrities have been stolen and posted online.A statement released by the agency Monday afternoon doesn’t elaborate on what steps are being taken to determine how intimate images of Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence and other stars were leaked.The photos of Lawrence and others began appearing online Sunday. The 24-year-old’s publicist called the release of the images a violation of the actress’s privacy.Apple said Monday it is investigating whether any of its customers’ iCloud accounts had been...

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