BEIRUT: Activists say Islamic State militants have beheaded nine Kurdish fighters, including three women, captured in clashes near the Syria-Turkey border.The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Wednesday that the nine Kurds were captured during fighting over the northern Syrian town of Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab.There have been fierce clashes around Kobani since mid-September, when the Islamic State group launched an assault to seize the area.The Observatory also says that dozens of militants and Kurdish fighters were killed in clashes overnight.Images posted on social media networks show women’s heads placed on a cement block, said to be in the northern Syrian city of Jarablous, held by militants. The photos could not be independently verified but correspond to The Associated Press’ reporting of the event.Britain's IF fighters denouncedIn London, Prime Minister D...
An expat in Taif has been infected with the MERS coronavirus, the Health Ministry reported on Tuesda...
The 15th Makkah Conference organized by the Muslim World League (MWL) has emphasized the importance...
The newly expanded Jamrat bridge in Mina can accommodate 500,000 pilgrims per hour during the Haj season, said Prince Mansour bin Miteb, minister of municipal and rural affairs. “The streets leading to Jamrat, however, cannot hold these many pilgrims. As a result, only 300,000 pilgrims can use the bridge per hour now,” he said, while stressing his ministry’s plan to expand Mina’s streets.Meanwhile, Makkah Gov. Prince Mish...
President of the Presidency for the Affairs of the Grand Mosque, Sheikh Abdulrahman Al-Sudais, has warned that pilgrims risk deviating from Islamic injunctions if they use the Haj for political and sectarian gatherings.There is no room for arguments and disputes during the pilgrimage, he reportedly said recently. Muslims should use the time at the holy sites to contemplate how to unify and solve problems in the Islamic wo...

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The Arriyadh Development Authority (ADA) unveiled a host of new benefits of the Riyadh metro to the capital city’s residents, in addition to what had earlier been announced.“There are 5.7 million residents in Riyadh,” an ADA spokesman said. “This population is expected to reach 8.3 million by 2030.”...
Saudi security forces have arrested four Asian nationals engaged in drug trafficking and peddling in Jeddah, said Maj. Gen. Mansour Al-Turki, spokesman of the Interior Ministry. “We arrested them after receiving tip-offs about their drug trafficking activities in the city,” he said.Al-Turki said a special security force rai...
Muslims heading out to buy animals to sacrifice on Eid Al-Adha should be wary of unscrupulous dealers selling them sick and underweight livestock.A fatwa, or religious edict, issued by the Kingdom's General Presidency of Religious Research and Ifta states that a sacrificial animal should not be ill, blind, visibly lame and...
A total of 15,000 pilgrims have arrived through Jeddah Islamic Port for this year’s Haj, a senior official said on Tuesday.The final contingent arrived on Sunday at the port, the leading and busiest harbor on the Red Sea.Capt. Saher Tahlawi, director general of the port, said most of the pilgrims came from Egypt and Sudanes...
The number of wanted suspects on six Interior Ministry lists published in 2003 has declined from 263 to 132.The updates on the lists, posted on the Interior Ministry’s website, showed that the number of wanted persons dropped following the death of 57 wanted persons during security clashes and two others who had died outsid...
Expatriates who registered their names online for the much publicized low cost Haj say their dreams have been shattered. Some of them headed for Makkah after registering themselves on the Ministry of Haj’s portal for low cost pilgrimage. On Tuesday, they complained that the service offered to them is substandard and had to...
A Filipino worker in Riyadh who was born to a Saudi father recently embraced Islam at the Dawa Center in Batha.Fahd Khaled Hadi, who was raised Christian and has lived with his mother in the Philippines for the past 29 years, is now on the search for his biological dad.The Filipino arrived in the Kingdom for work.“He visite...
The number of mobile services subscribers fell by 1.92 percent to 51 million at the end of the second quarter of this year, compared to 52 million in the same period last year, said sources at the Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC).The drop in subscribers has been attributed to a decision taken by t...
A new pilgrim grouping control center along the Makkah-Jeddah highway was inaugurated by Haj Minister Bandar Hajjar to group pilgrims more efficiently and ensure that at least one pilgrim is served every three minutes.According to the information, the center has been implemented according to the latest specifications and st...
Several pilgrims took courses in Jeddah and Riyadh recently on how to perform the Haj properly.Mohammed Najeeb Qasmi and Abdur Rahman Umari ran the courses in Riyadh. The two men have been offering the courses for several years.The course was held on Sep. 26 that included information on the rituals and pictures of the Grand...
Residents of Jeddah’s densely populated Al-Aziziyah district, who have been experiencing water shortage, are now depending on water tankers.The district is suffering from chronic interruptions of water supply and so looking forward to water tankers has become a routine affair, one of them said.Some of the residents said the...
The Pakistani expatriates in Riyadh have expressed concern for their families back home, who have been stricken by devastating floods triggered by heavy monsoon rainfall.More than 2 million people have been affected by the natural disaster and 300 have been killed.Farzana Parveen, a Punjabi residing in Riyadh, learned that...
Ambassador Ezzedin H. Tago led an embassy team that visited Filipinos in strife-torn Yemen last week.The envoy met with the Filipino community, while his team rendered consular services on Wednesday and Thursday.The envoy’s team is composed of Consul Jennifer Dingal and Attaches Noly Dulay and Melchor Balladolid.The service...

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BEIRUT: The Islamic State group on Tuesday freed more than 70 Kurdish school chi...

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DHAKA: Bangladesh sent medical teams on Tuesday to check millions of cows set fo...

BRUSSELS: At a time of daunting geopolitical crises, NATO is undergoing its own...

LUCKNOW, India: A train overshot a stop signal and plowed into another express p...

WASHINGTON: The head of the US Secret Service faced scathing criticism on Tuesda...

MANILA: Philippine authorities said they seized paintings Tuesday from a Manila...

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AL AIN: Two-time Asian Club Championship winners Al-Hilal secured a return to th...

INCHEON: Doping controversies overshadowed the Asian Games on Tuesday as North a...

DUBAI: Young drivers aiming to boost their motorsport careers in Abu Dhabi this...

BEIJING: Rafael Nadal made a dominant return to tennis after a two-month injury...

PARIS: Last season’s beaten finalists Atletico Madrid host Serie A leaders Juven...

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DUBAI: Middle East funds have become less bullish about Saudi Arabian stocks after the market surged in recent months, while the flotation of the malls unit of Emaar Prop...
The number of mobile services subscribers fell by 1.92 percent to 51 million at the end of the second quarter of this year, compared to 52 million in the same period last year, said sources at the Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC).The drop in subscribers has been attributed to a decision taken by t...
Saudi Arabia-based SEDCO Capital has become the first Shariah-compliant asset manager in the world to become a signatory to the United Nations’ Principles for Responsible Investment (UN PRI).The six principles are underpinned by a belief that environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) issues affect investment perf...
Saudis comprise over 50 percent of the work force in Tamimi Markets across the Kingdom, says Mohsen S. Husain, CEO of Tamimi Markets.He made this remark to Arab News during the opening ceremony of the company’s 22nd branch Kingdomwide and 13th in Riyadh, located on Qurtoba district on Khaled bin Alwaleed Street, Dammam Road...
SAN FRANCISCO: Microsoft says the next version of its flagship operating system will be called Windows 10, as the company skips version 9 to emphasize advances it is making toward a world centered around mobile devices and Internet services.The current version, Windows 8, has been widely derided for forcing radical behavior...
NEW DELHI: Microsoft has announced plans to offer its commercial cloud services from Indian data centres as it seeks to tap what it calls a $2-trillion market in the country where Internet use is growing rapidly.The move is part of the US tech giant's strategy to prepare for a world in which all data is stored online in loc...
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 airline said.Flights in and out of the hub were being affected but a company spokesman said the situation was calm and that Lufthansa was confident it would...
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...

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Fatima Faye Al-Almaai, a famous artist in the field of Asiri art engraving, is set to open a small museum featuring traditional clothing depicting ancient inscriptions which she has been working on for the past 10 years in an attempt to collect a cultural legacy for the pattern in the Asir region.
Al-Almaai said that the idea was born as a...

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TOKYO: Japan’s “shinkansen” train, which led the world in super-fast rail transport technology, celebrated its 50th birthday Wednesday with ceremonies hailing its contribution to the country’s post-war economy and its safety record.
A sleek, airplane-shaped N700A train left Platform 19 of Tokyo’s central station at 6 a.m., exactly 50 years...

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A new hair color gives you a sense of freshness and renewal. However, the chemicals in the color may be harmful to the hair in the long run.
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Most of us dream of white sands, crystal clear, turquoise water and swaying palm trees with beautiful sunny weather for a perfect worry-free vacation. However, some beaches remain different and mysterious, with elements of awe-inspiring surprise. Such dreamy seashores are sure to make it to the top of your must visit list.

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The second major Islamic celebration of Eid Al-Adha takes place after Haj. Muslims around the world are expected to distribute sheep meat among the less fortunate people in the region.Each country has its own traditions in place to celebrate the occasion. Eid in Saudi Arabia means a time to celebrate with lots of food and sweets.Saudi pastry chef Intesar Bakr provides us with recipes of traditional Saudi treats that are prepared during Eid.Maamoul:It is a famous sweet stuffed with dates and baked by local women in the Western region.What you need:2 cups soft butter1 cup corn oil2 large eggs1 cup powdered sugar1 teaspoon ground cardamom6.5 cups flour1 teaspoon instant yeast2 teaspoon baking...
Kris Kros is an international casual dining restaurant offering cuisines from the US, Asia and the Mediterranean. It is located in the Sheikh Mohammed Boulevard, previously known as the Emaar Boulevard, right next to the Dubai Mall. As I walked in to the restaurant, I felt like I have just entered a kindergarten class, thanks to the bright colors of the chair, such as, red, blue and yellow, and white wooden tables. I was not willing to take the restaurant seriously until the host walked me to their upper section comprising sofas and chairs in black leather. I was informed that you can smoke shisha indoors and that is when I decided to give it a try. Guess what? Kris Kros is now one of my...
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.”...

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Saudi national Shahad Alshahyl, 27, was selected by the King Khaled Foundation for a scholarship at Acumen, a non-profit...
SYDNEY: Nicole Kidman revealed she was heartbroken over the death of her father this month and thanked well-wishers for their comforting thoughts and prayers.“We would just like to thank everyone for their love and prayers over these past couple of weeks,” the actress and her singer husband Keith Urban said in a joint statement posted Tuesday on Facebook. “We are all heartbroken, but knowing we are in the hearts and thoughts of others is so comforting,” they added.They signed off: “Sending love, Nic and Keith xx.”The Australian star of this year’s “Grace of Monaco” returned to her home of...
GENEVA: The world populations of fish, birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles fell overall by 52 percent between 1970 and 2010, far faster than previously thought, the World Wildlife Fund said on Tuesday.The conservation group’s Living Planet Report, published every two years, said humankind’s demands were now 50 percent more than nature can bear, with trees being felled, groundwater pumped and carbon dioxide emitted faster than Earth can recover.“This damage is not inevitable but a consequence of the way we choose to live,” Ken Norris, Director of Science at the Zoological Society of London...

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