JERUSALEM: An analysis of an Israeli assault in the Gaza Strip following the capture of one of its soldiers during last year’s war in the Palestinian territory shows “strong evidence” of war crimes, Amnesty International said Wednesday.The London-based rights group called for those responsible for the alleged offenses to be prosecuted as it published a detailed analysis of the Israeli military operation using eyewitness accounts, satellite imagery, photos and videos.“There is strong evidence that Israeli forces committed war crimes in their relentless and massive bombardment of residential areas of Rafah in order to foil the capture of Lt. Hadar Goldin, displaying a shocking disregard for civilian lives,” Philip Luther, director of the Middle East and North Africa Programme at Amnesty International, said in a statement.“They carried out a series of disproportionate or otherwise indiscrim...
KABUL: Afghanistan’s main intelligence agency said Wednesday that the reclusive Taliban leader Mulla...
MUZAFFARGARH, Pakistan: Pakistani police gunned down one of the country’s most-feared Sunni militant...
WASHINGTON: Microsoft began rolling out its Windows 10 operating system Wednesday, aiming to revive the tech giant’s fortunes, especially in mobile and the “Internet of Things.”The stakes are high for Microsoft as it pushes out the new operating system for both traditional computers and mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones.The US tech giant is hoping the new system can help it gain traction in mobile, where it l...
MANILA: An Indian anti-corruption campaigner and a fellow countryman who recycles clothes for the poor are among this year’s recipients of the Philippines’ Ramon Magsaysay Award, often regarded as Asia’s equivalent of the Nobel Prize.The award foundation announced Wednesday that Sanjiv Chaturvedi, 40, who began investigating and blowing the whistle on government anomalies as a forest service officer in 2005, had won the a...

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RIYADH: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman has issued an order appointing and promoting 96 members at the Bureau of Investigation and Public Prosecution (BIPP) at various ranks.Sheikh Mohammed bin Fahd Al Abdullah, BIPP president, expressed thanks to the king and the Saudi leadership for...
RIYADH: The Ministries of Health and Education in cooperation with the Kingdom’s universities launched a program dubbed, “Education and Work,” in Riyadh on Tuesday to help Saudi youth find employment in the public and private sectors. A memorandum of understanding was signed in Riyadh between Labor Minister Mufarej bin Saad...
RIYADH: The Kingdom is experiencing extremely hot weather conditions.According to a report from the Presidency of Meteorology and Environment (PME), Central Province, Jeddah, Makkah and Madinah, experienced “extremely hot weather with surface winds and dust.”In some cities, visibility was poor, the report said.In Qassim, Ch...
JEDDAH: A Mercedes car with a Saudi number plate was spotted in Israel. The discovery led to intense discussion on social media websites on Tuesday.According to reports, the car was spotted last week in Jaffa’s Clock Tower Square by Jacky Hugi, the Middle East editor for Israel’s Army Radio, who posted the picture on Twitte...
ALKHOBAR: Many Saudi citizens travel outside the Kingdom during vacations looking for entertainment for themselves and their families as entertainment facilities in the Kingdom do not meet their aspirations. They have called for setting up entertainment cities in the Kingdom similar to those around the world.“No doubt enter...
TAIF: Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal inaugurated state-of-the-art Radf public park in Taif which has an interactive fountain — the biggest of its kind in the Kingdom and spread over 13,000 sq meters. The fountain has colored lighting and a display screen on water.The park is one of the biggest projects of tourism and a...
JEDDAH: The Special Criminal Court has issued a preliminary order in a case related to a Saudi national who fought with militant organizations in Syria. The court, functioning at its summer headquarters in Jeddah, sentenced him to a seven-year jail term and barred him from traveling.The Saudi national is charged with travel...
JEDDAH: Six female members of the Shoura Council participated in a training program to raise awareness among citizens on the municipal elections in which women will participate. The program was organized by Al-Nahda Philanthropic Society for Women under the patronage of King Khalid Foundation (KKF), a leading philanthropic...
DAMMAM: After the recent increase in verbal and physical harassment of women and girls in the Kingdom, they have turned to martial arts in order to protect themselves. Amani Yassin, a coach at Taekwondo Training Institute, said: “Saudi women are interested in taekwondo to defend themselves from abuse and harassment; in addi...
RIYADH: A youth has been arrested for allegedly killing a Saudi man near the Madinah airport recently. The police apprehended the alleged killer without incident. The suspect, a 24-year-old Saudi, is alleged to have stabbed the victim several times before fleeing the scene of the crime with the help of his friend.On seeing...
RIYADH: A total of 4,326 male and female students started their local and regional summer program for 2015 under the sponsorship of the King Abdul Aziz and his Companions Foundation for the Gifted and Creativity (Mawhiba) throughout the Kingdom on Sunday.The annual event which attracted an increased number of students this...
RIYADH: Recent statistics announced by the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties, which coincided with consensus surveys in the Kingdom for the year 2014, revealed that there is only one doctor for each 800 people, and one nurse for every 285 people. According to the commission, there are around 25,000 Saudi doctors in th...
Indian expats have paid glowing tributes to one of its most beloved presidents and iconic leaders on Tuesday, as condolences poured in from various parts of the Kingdom for A.P.J. Abdul Kalam following his sudden death on Monday.Hemant Kotalwar, charge d’affaires at the Indian Embassy in Riyadh, said: “He was a great scient...

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ANKARA: The Turkish government has given its formal approval for the United Stat...

EIN GEDI, Israel: A neglected grove of date palms, their leaves long fallen, tru...

AMMAN: Jordan handed down jail sentences Wednesday against seven of its citizens...

JERUSALEM: Israeli bulldozers began demolishing a contested housing complex in a...

JERUSALEM: An analysis of an Israeli assault in the Gaza Strip following the cap...

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NEW DELHI: India’s president on Wednesday rejected a last-ditch plea to stay the...

LONDON/PARIS: A Sudanese man died on Wednesday as migrants desperate to enter Br...

YAOUNDE, Cameroon: Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari began a two-day visit to...

HARARE, Zimbabwe: Two Zimbabweans arrested for illegally hunting a protected lio...

PERTH: An Australian man was accused Wednesday of allowing seven men to sexually...

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JEDDAH: For the second straight week, Magnolia Ice Cream was all the buzz after...

BIRMINGHAM: Paceman James Anderson took six wickets to skittle Australia for a p...

JEDDAH: For the second straight week, Magnolia Ice Cream was all the buzz after...

KUALA LUMPUR: IOC President Thomas Bach said Boston was firmly to blame for its...

KAZAN, Russia: Russia’s Natalya Ishchenko won a record 18th career synchronized...

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WASHINGTON: Microsoft began rolling out its Windows 10 operating system Wednesday, aiming to revive the tech giant’s fortunes, especially in mobile and the “Internet of T...
LONDON: Oil prices slid Wednesday as investors awaited the US Federal Reserve’s latest monetary policy meeting and a closely watched report on crude inventories in the world’s biggest economy.Worries over the Chinese economy after a recent rout in the country’s stock market and global crude oversupply were also keeping buye...
Saudi Arabia is blessed with some of the world’s largest oil and gas reserves, and is consistently one of the world’s largest oil and gas producers. The Kingdom has benefitted hugely from the wealth exporting these resources has earned, and is experiencing rapid industrialization and urbanization.These trends, coupled with...
SAN FRANCISCO: Twitter shares hit the slide on Tuesday as executives warned that the messaging service’s path to mainstream popularity would be a long one.Shares first leapt shortly after the release of second quarter financial performance figures that topped market expectations.But then they plunged after executives discus...
SINGAPORE: Singapore Airlines (SIA) said its first quarter net profit more than doubled from a year earlier as fuel expenses fell due to lower oil prices.Net profit for the three months to June came in at Sg$91.2 million ($67 million), up 162 percent from Sg$34.8 million in the same period last year, the airline said in a f...
NEW DELHI: General Motors Co. will invest $1 billion in the next few years to turn operations in India into a new global export hub aimed at boosting sales in fast-growing emerging markets, top executives said.The investment is part of GM’s plan to invest $5 billion over several years to develop a global family of Chevrolet...
PARIS: French automaker Peugeot has announced a return to profitability in the first half of the year with a net profit of 571 million euros ($630 million), sending its share price soaring.PSA Peugeot Citroen shares were up 5.54 percent to 18.77 euros in generally flat mid-afternoon trading on France’s CAC 40.The group had...
TOKYO: Nissan said its three-month net profit jumped 36.3 percent to $1.3 billion on strong sales in North America, Europe and China, but observers warned that overall Chinese demand may be weakening.The benefit of a sharply weaker yen also drove up the firm’s performance, said Carlos Ghosn, president and CEO.“Nissan delive...
SAN FRANCISCO, USA: Tablet computer sales fell in the second quarter of 2015, with market leaders Apple and Samsung losing ground to other vendors, a survey showed Wednesday.The survey by IDC said tablet sales fell in the April-June period, marking a third consecutive quarter of declining year-over-year sales.Total tablet s...
MOSCOW: The sharp decline in Russia’s economy may have almost run its course, official data showed, slowed by a huge devaluation of the rouble and heavy government spending on anti-crisis measures.Recovery prospects are cloudy, however, with many analysts warning of a sluggish rebound at best.The economy has slumped as a re...
LONDON: Britain’s economy accelerated in the second quarter of 2015, helped by rebounding services activity and industrial output, official data showed.Gross domestic product grew 0.7 percent between April and June, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said in an initial estimate. That matched analysts’ forecasts.The do...
NEW YORK: General Motors announced plans to invest $5 billion to introduce a new family of cars under the Chevrolet line targeting emerging markets, co-developed by Chinese partner SAIC Motor.The automaker expects to manufacture and sell the vehicles in China, Brazil, India and Mexico and export the cars to other emerging c...
TOKYO: Volkswagen overtook Toyota in global vehicle sales for January-June, the first time the German automaker has come out top in the intensely competitive tallies.Japanese automaker Toyota Motor Corp. said it sold 5.02 million vehicles in the first six months of this year, down 1.5 percent from the same period the previo...
 
 

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JEDDAH: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosque King Salman has become the king of justice, who is loved by the people of Saudi Arabia, not only as a fair ruler but also as the father of the nation.

Yaara Munshi, a 20-year-old Saudi engineering student at King Abdulaziz University, has drawn almost 300 paintings reflecting her love and respe...

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WASHINGTON: Microsoft began rolling out its Windows 10 operating system Wednesday, aiming to revive the tech giant’s fortunes, especially in mobile and the “Internet of Things.”
The stakes are high for Microsoft as it pushes out the new operating system for both traditional computers and mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones.
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Our concept of style is heavily burdened with the prerequisite norm to change it whenever possible. After all, it’s a good thing to do. If we don’t, then we are going to be looked at with abomination. Why risk it when we all know that diversity brings more zing to life!
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São Paulo is a beautiful and vibrant city that is among the world’s most populated cities. It is Brazil’s financial center and is home to many cultural institutions and a rich architectural tradition. As such, São Paulo is one of the country’s and indeed, the continent’s most significant areas. In fact, it contributes over a third of Brazil’s Gr...

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Ramadan is a month of fasting and starving the body and soul from food and other temptations. However, this does not prevent people from gaining weight due to all the suhoor and iftar invitations and gatherings. Going back to the regular routine and lifestyle is not easy after the holy month of Ramadan, the body gets used to not consuming food until the sun sets and then consuming large amounts of foods until sunrise. The cherry on the top is Eid, which is Ramadan’s sweet ending. Muslims celebrate this occasion by gathering together around a feast of traditional and international dining tables with plenty of sweets and cakes doing the rounds.“In Ramadan many people put on weight mainly...
She began her career with a government job, but being unsatisfied with it, she decided to have another source of income. And her journey in doing so was short and sweet. With ‘Munch Bakery,’ she created a global brand. We are talking about the brilliant businesswoman Princess Hala bint Mishari Al-Saud, who counts self-confidence, courage and ambition as the driving force behind her success.She said family is the primary motivation for success in public life.“Success increases with the increased faith of the family in the aspirations of the children,” Princess Hala said. She is the only daughter in the family and her mother encouraged her constantly, which made her take steps with confidence...
Ever since its first edition in 1963, this life-changing classic has been republished. “The Power of Your Subconscious Mind” has shown millions of readers all around the world how to use the power of your subconscious mind. You do not need to acquire this power. You already possess it but you can become more powerful, wealthier and happier if you learn how to use it.“When your mind thinks correctly, when you understand the truth, when the thoughts deposited in your subconscious mind are constructive, harmonious, and peaceful, the magic working power of your subconscious will respond and bring about harmonious conditions, agreeable surroundings, and the best of everything. When you begin to...

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LONDON: The long list of 13 titles for the 2015 Man Booker Prize for fiction written in English, published on Wednesday,...
PARIS: Actress and singer Jane Birkin has asked Hermes to remove her name from one of the luxury goods maker’s best-selling bags due to what she called “cruel” crocodile farming and slaughtering practices.“I have asked Hermes to rename the Birkin Croco until they adopt better practices that meet international standards for the production of this bag,” Birkin said in a statement on Tuesday.Birkin said she had signed actor Joaquin Phoenix’s Mercy For Animals petition to “shed exotic skins from your wardrobe” in protest against the “millions of reptiles slaughtered each year and turned into...
LAHORE: After initially being banned in India, Mahira Khan and Humayun Saeed starrer ‘Bin Roye’ is now set to hit theaters across India on Aug. 7, according to Bollywoodlife.’Bin Roye’ was scheduled to release across the border alongside ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ on July 17. The screening was canceled due to protests by a group called Maharashtra Navnirman Chitrapat Karmachari Sena (MNSKS).MNCKS’ anti-Pakistan views are believed to be the reason behind their opposition to the release of Pakistani films in Maharashtra.There have also been reports suggesting that the makers of the film did not want...

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