GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories: Forty people died in Israeli strikes across Gaza Wednesday, including 16 killed when shells hit a UN school, sending the Palestinian toll from 23 days of fighting over 1,270.The latest violence saw six members of the same family, three of them children, killed when an Israeli shell hit the Tuffah neighborhood in northeastern Gaza City, emergency services spokesman Ashraf Al-Qudra said.The deadliest strike was at a UN-run school in Jabaliya refugee camp in northern Gaza, with two shells hitting classrooms where dozens of Palestinians were sheltering, UN officials and an AFP correspondent said.An official from the UN agency for Palestinian refugees put the toll at 16 dead, although there was no immediate breakdown of the victims’ identities.At least six children were killed during the morning, among them an 11-year-old disabled girl who died in a shellin...
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has suggested that Saudi corporates and the private sector inv...
WASHINGTON: A White House tweet wishing “Muslims in the US and around the world a blessed and joyous...
NEW DELHI: A court in India on Wednesday found a headmistress and nine others guilty over a school fire that killed 94 children a decade ago, the first convictions surrounding the tragedy.Twenty one teachers, school officials and others were charged with culpable homicide, gross negligence and other offenses over the blaze that swept through the school in Kumbakonam town in Tamil Nadu state in 2004.Prosecutor R. Madhusudh...
CONAKRY, Guinea: Hospital officials say at least 33 people are dead following a stampede at a rap concert in the capital of Guinea.Donka Hospital Director Fatou Sike Camara said Wednesday that the victims included children as young as 10.Thousands had gathered at the beach in Conakry for a concert celebrating the end of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan.Witnesses say the stampede happened after the show ended as the large...

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Colorful fireworks display lit up the the pitch-black skies over seven locations in the Saudi capital on Monday night as residents of all ages expectantly welcomed the Eid Al-Fitr holidays.Families of various nationalities — Saudi, Bangladeshi, Sudanese, Sri Lankan, Egyptian, Jordanian, Syrian, Fili...
Jeddah Traffic and Security department has doubled its security patrols to control the traffic on the first day of Eid in different parts of the city particularly at the Corniche and the historical district of downtown Balad where large crowds are expected to gather to enjoy the festivities and entertainment activities orga...
Theaterical performances are ongoing across Jeddah during Eid courtesy of the creativity of Saudi artists.The festival is held under the slogan “Eidna kidda” (Arabic for “this is how we celebrate Eid”) in Jeddah’s downtown historical area, slated to enter into UNESCO’s list of world heritage sites.Four shows debut every day...
The Riyadh Municipality has mobilized 36 teams among its Saudi female employees to ensure security at female-only venues during the Eid festivities.Several locations have been devoted to women-only entertainment events across the city. The teams have been tasked with ensuring security at the King Abdulaziz Historical Center...
Several filipino women who are illegally residing in the Kingdom have approached community leaders for help to go home to the Philippines after falling ill, according to a source.“Community leaders told them that procedures for going home are no longer the same as during the amnesty period and that it’s back to the old proc...
An entertainment and shopping festival has been organized by Bawabat Al-Shorouq Company on Abha-Khamis Mushaiyt Road.It covers a space of 30,000 square meters, in addition to facilities and visitor parking.Mansour Al-Qammash, general supervisor, said the festival will extend over a three-month period, and includes the bigge...
Several Saudi borders with neighboring Gulf states were a scene of congestion on the first day of Eid.The port between the Kingdom and Kuwait, in particular, suffered huge bottlenecks during the festivities, while the Salwa border port with Qatar experienced chaos in spite of the small number of travelers crossing over. Con...
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...

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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...

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NEW DELHI: A court in India on Wednesday found a headmistress and nine others gu...

CONAKRY, Guinea: Hospital officials say at least 33 people are dead following a...

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...

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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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COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s economy was among the fastest growing in Asia, but it was vulnerable to sudden external shocks due to high levels of foreign commercial borrowings, t...
SAN FRANCISCO: Twitter Inc's monthly active users rose a better-than-expected 24 percent in the second quarter as the online messaging service mostly succeeded in stemming a dwindling pace of growth, sending its shares soaring after hours.Twitter, which has battled to reverse a steady decline in its once-heady pace of user...
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 last year, according to a financial report.Capital of the 14 listed firms stood at SR92 billion as their market capitalization reached SR631 billion, or 30...
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...

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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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