GENEVA: The UN Human Rights Council on Wednesday launched a probe into the Gaza offensive, backing calls by the Palestinians to hold Israel to account despite fierce opposition from the Jewish state.The decision came after a marathon seven-hour emergency session of the top UN human rights body, where the Israelis and the Palestinians traded accusations over war crimes.The 47-member council backed a Palestinian-drafted resolution by 29 votes, with Arab and fellow Muslim countries joined by China and Russia, plus Latin American and African nations.The United States was the sole member to vote against. The 17 abstentions were by the council’s European members, plus Japan and South Korea.The probe team, yet to be appointed, is tasked with reporting back to the council by March.Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s media office slammed it as a “travesty” that ignored violations by Pales...
Saudi Arabia has denounced the brutal Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip and the Jewish state’s wa...
Crown Prince Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, held talks here on Monday with Pakistan...
NEW DELHI: India’s parliament erupted in anger on Wednesday after television footage showed a hard-line Hindu nationalist lawmaker apparently trying to force-feed a Muslim man during the fasting month of Ramadan.Opposition Congress MPs launched raucous protests in the parliament, saying the lawmaker had violated the man’s religious beliefs by aggressively trying to shove a chapati or piece of bread in his mouth.“It is abs...
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah met with the emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, in Jeddah on Tuesday and discussed developments in Gaza, where 630 Palestinians have died after 15 days of violence between Israeli forces and Hamas fighters, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) announced.The two leaders discussed aspects of cooperation between the two countries in addition to the latest developments at...

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The Council of Ministers has approved legislation that would allow Saudi women to vote and stand as candidates in upcoming municipal council elections.Women were not allowed to participate in the 2011 elections but Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques had ordered shortly before the polls that they shou...
At least 11 people died in different parts of the Kingdom in road accidents during the past 24 hours, informed sources said. Five of them including four Pakistanis died as they were traveling from Jeddah to Al-Laith as their pick up vehicle hit a huge truck.In another crash in Jeddah, two Saudi sisters died. A 40-year-old P...
Contractors working on the King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD), worth an estimated SR29 billion ($7.8 billion), will not be able to complete their projects on time due to a lack of manpower and logistics, according to one source.“Some contractors do not have enough manpower and cannot afford to hire as many people as th...
Prince Fahd bin Muqrin launched a national initiative program for Saudi youth on Sunday under the banner “Sons of the homeland”. The program aims to honor young men and women who have served the country and instil a sense of duty toward the country among Saudi youth. Media adviser Abdul Aziz Alandidjani said the initiative...
A local charity and supermarket chain distributed food coupons to several widows, families of prisoners and orphans during the holy month of Ramadan.The Azizia Panda United Company and the International Islamic Relief Organization Saudi Arabia (IIROSA) organized the campaign. The coupons allowed the people to buy food of th...
The Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) distributed almost 50,000 items of clothing and toys to children in need ahead of the Eid holidays, which begins Monday. The campaign was launched as part of the chamber’s social responsibility program.Kholoud Al-Fadeel, campaign director and organizer, said that SR2 millio...
The Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) has launched a mobile phone complaint service to allow citizens and expatriates to inform it about any lack of proper facilities.Prince Sultan bin Salman, the SCTA president, launched the “Mobile Phone Complaint Service” and “Customer Relationship Management” (CRM) pro...
Authorities at Makkah and Madinah have reported a lower-than-expected turnout of worshippers who have registered for “itikaf” (total seclusion) at the Grand Mosque and Prophet’s Mosque. Thousands of Muslims confine themselves to mosques across the Kingdom during the last ten days of Ramadan.“A total of 5,400 people have reg...
The cost of Umrah packages are soaring during the latter part of Ramadan, whether for basic transportation and lodging or for high-end, five-star luxury hotels.Umrah travel operators in the capital, for instance, have increased pilgrim packages by 150 percent.Indeed, Umrah packages cost SR90 outside the peak season, but a r...
LONDON: Saudi scientists have found gene fragments of the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus in air from a barn housing an infected camel and say this suggests the disease may be transmitted through the air.MERS, a serious respiratory illness caused by a virus known as a coronavirus (CoV), has infected at...
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah held talks here Monday with Morocco’s King Mohammed on major regional and international developments, including the situation in Palestine.They also discussed prospects of expanding cooperation between the two Arab countries.Crown Prince Salman, deputy premier and minister of...
Customs officers at Dhuba Port in Tabuk have foiled an attempt to smuggle nearly 11 million amphetamine drug pills, Ali Al-Atwi, director of customs at the port, said in a statement on Monday.He said the pills were hidden inside 14 heavy equipment, adding that the consignment came from a neighboring country by ship.“Our off...
A new pedestrian tunnel extending from a local Makkah neighborhood to the Grand Mosque is set for opening in two days.Umrah pilgrims will be able to walk from the Jaroul neighborhood straight into the Grand Mosque.The pedestrian tunnel is equipped with advanced air conditioning, emergency and fire systems and will have a se...

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GENEVA: Palestinian civilians in densely-populated Gaza have no place to hide fr...

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories: A rocket fired from Gaza on Tuesday led airl...

ISTANBUL: Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has sacrificed any possibility of...

CAIRO: World efforts to end two weeks of deadly violence in and around Gaza step...

GAZA CITY: Israel shelled a hospital in the central Gaza Strip on Monday, killin...

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NEW DELHI: India’s parliament erupted in anger on Wednesday after television foo...

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MANILA: Philippine soldiers should keep clear of politics, the military’s new ch...

THE HAGUE: An airline ground crew member who checked passengers in for doomed fl...

COLOMBO: A firebrand Sri Lankan monk on Tuesday criticized the Dalai Lama for ur...

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SAINT-LARY-SOULAN, France: Rafal Majka won his second stage of the 2014 Tour de...

GSTAAD, Switzerland: Juan Monaco held his nerve in a tight final set to upset th...

BALTIMORE: South Korea and the United States will be the favorites in an eight-n...

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LOS ANGELES: Former Manchester United star David Beckham visited his former Engl...

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SEOUL: LG Display Co. said profit for the April-June quarter more than doubled as a stronger won reduced the value of its foreign debt and the World Cup boosted demand fo...
NEW DELHI: Jet Airways, India’s second-biggest carrier, has forecast a return to profit in three years through cost-cuts, route-sharing with new partner Etihad Airways and restructuring of hefty debt.The publicly traded airline, which has not posted an annual profit since 2007, has been struggling in an overcrowded market b...
Economists have welcomed the Cabinet’s decision to allow foreign investment in Saudi stock market.“This is doubtless a very significant development,” Jarmo T. Kotilaine, a regional analyst, told Arab News.The decision to allow direct foreign investment in the stock market comes as the Kingdom works to diversify its economy...
JEDDAH: Saudi Arabian food company Savola Group said its CEO Abdulraouf Mannaa is to step down for personal reasons.Mannaa would be replaced by Abdullah Mohammed Noor Rehaimi, currently a board member at Savola, who will take up the role on January 1, 2015. Savola, a producer of cooking oil, sugar and other foodstuffs, adde...
SAN FRANCISCO: Yahoo continued its quest for renewed relevance with the purchase of a startup specializing in analyzing and making money from mobile applications.Yahoo did not disclose how much it paid for San Francisco-based Flurry, but online reports valued the deal in the hundreds of millions of dollars for the startup f...
LONDON: Index compiler MSCI will consult with investors about adding Saudi Arabia to its broader stock indices and could make a decision to include it as an emerging market in June 2015, an MSCI official said.Saudi Arabia plans to open its stock market to direct investment by foreign financial institutions in the first half...
NEW YORK: Apple Inc. has asked suppliers to manufacture between 70 million and 80 million of its two forthcoming large-screen iPhones by the end of the year, its largest initial production run of iPhones, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.Its forecast for the iPhones with 4.7-inch (11....
ZURICH: Credit Suisse posted an unexpectedly big net second-quarter loss on Tuesday as a huge US tax evasion fine sent it deep into the red.The bank revealed a negative figure of 700 million Swiss francs (576 million euros, $778 million)The Swiss banking giant paid a $2.6 billion settlement to US authorities in May over tax...
LONDON: Shale plays are ideal for oil and gas companies that need to limit risk in countries with a history of political and economic instability and poor respect for private property.The ability to manage political risk, coupled with a world-class resource, explains why international oil firms are showing strong interest i...
OSLO: The global aluminum market is in its strongest shape since the financial crisis of 2008-2009 and the price of the lightweight metal could move higher this quarter, Norsk Hydro, a top global producer, said.The company, one of Norway’s biggest industrial companies and also a big producer of hydro-electric power, has rid...
RIYADH: Saudi Arabia plans to open its stock market to direct investment by foreign financial institutions in the first half of next year, the market regulator said.The opening of the Saudi market, capitalized at about $530 billion, is one of the most keenly awaited economic reforms in the world’s biggest oil exporter. The...
NEW YORK: Major global stock markets fell and bond prices ralliedas worries over conflict in the Gaza Strip and Ukraine raised uncertainty for investors and kept them away from riskier assets.The safe-haven yen also inched up and gold prices rose above $1,300 an ounce as the market focused on increased turmoil in the Middle...
The Iraqi turmoil has intensified geopolitical worries as ISIS poses a major threat to any sign of normalcy in the region.The cluster of risks posed by developments such as the Palestinian conflict aside from ISIS and the stand-off between Russia and Ukraine, has the potential to test market sentiment through recurrent bout...

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Many Arab countries have sickly, anemic political systems that are sorely in nee...
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Mohammed Khalid Al-Otaibi, is a 23-year-old student surgeon who found his passion in art. His mother Huda Al-Otaibi, who is a classical painter, passed on her artistic skills to her son. His art happened to be of a different kind. They call it the "street art."
Mohammed started his enthusiasm as a hobby in high school, trying then to copy t...

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SAUDIS are taking on Twitter and booming on Facebook; these are the usual news we hear about Saudis committing to social media websites, but we tend to overlook the simplest of them all, WhatsApp.
It is definitely booming, which explains Facebook's $19 billion deal to take it over. The number of messages and photos shared on the platform is...

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Eid is Ramadan's sweet end. Many celebrate Eid with family and friends by hosting and attending special gatherings, dressed in trendy clothes and equipped with the latest gadgets.
Exchanging gifts is a famous tradition in the Arab world. We at Arab News came up with a list of suggestions to help you choose the best gift to give to your love...

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Ramadan in most cities of the Kingdom brings with it a festive mood and Jeddah is no exception. The entire city comes alive after the Taraweeh prayer, a downside of which are jam-packed roads.
Downtown Balad, which was recently declared a historical heritage by the UNESCO has a unique charm in Ramadan. Glittering lights, especially put up d...

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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...
Last week, I discussed the latest scientific research on fasting and its effects on the body, brain, and health in general. Fasting was found to have multiple benefits such as promoting fat loss; detoxifying the organs and systems; eliminating toxins; causing the body to heal itself; repairing damaged cells and organs; generating new white blood cells; balancing hormones; producing Human Growth Hormone (HGH) and an anti-aging hormone; relieving and energizing the digestive system; boosting the immune system; enhancing insulin sensitivity; reducing blood sugar count; breaking up plaque build-up in the arteries; enhancing the memory and mental activity; intensifying spirituality; and...

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ABINGDON, United States: Fathers often see their daughters as royalty. But a few months ago, when Emily Heaton said she...
LOS ANGELES: Socialite Paris Hilton has revealed that her zodiac sign, Aquarius, has some kind of cosmic link to the German physicist Albert Einstein. Einstein, according to the calendar, was a Pisces and not an Aquarian, reported Us magazine.“We are social butterflies, humanitarians, geniuses: Einstein was one,” she said. The ‘Come Alive’ singer, 33, says she has developed a thick skin over the years, with friends as well as strangers.“So many people have bad intentions, so many girls want to hang out to be someone. I weed those people out of my life. I call them hungry tigers,” she said....
LONDON: Actress Freida Pinto of “Slumdog Millionaire” fame has joined forces with girls’ rights campaigners in calling for an end to the practice of female genital mutilation.The Indian actress, an ambassador for an international children’s development organization, called Tuesday for more progress to abolish the practice as she addressed Britain’s inaugural “Girl Summit.”UNICEF, the United Nations’ children agency, said some progress has been made on ending female genital mutilation, most commonly practiced in Africa and the Middle East. It is still highly prevalent in Egypt, Sudan, Mali and...

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