MALBARDH, Albania: Perched up an Albanian mountain, the medieval church of St. Nicolas was rebuilt from a crumbling ruin with help from local Muslims after the fall of communism, a symbol of the religious tolerance Pope Francis will be celebrating here on Sunday.Majority Muslims and the tiny Catholic and Orthodox communities all faced persecution under the ruthless regime of Enver Hoxha, who in 1967 declared Albania the first atheist country in the world.Countless churches and mosques were destroyed at the time — as many as 1,820 Catholic and Orthodox places of worship according to the Vatican — with scores of clergymen executed or dying in detention.Nobody in the Muslim village of Malbardh, 60 kilometers (35 miles) north of Tirana, remembers exactly who built St. Nicolas church or when. Already in a poor state when the communists took power, it was left to crumble to ruins.But after the...
KOLKATA: An Indian court on Saturday sentenced 13 people, including a village headman, to 20 years i...
SANAA: Yemen’s state-run television building caught fire after a three-day mortar attack by Shiite r...
MANILA: Storm Fung-Wong churned toward Taiwan on Saturday after killing at least five people in the Philippines, and forcing some 200,000 people into temporary shelter, including in the capital Manila, to escape massive flooding.Most shools on the main island of Luzon remained closed for a second day as a huge mopping-up operation began. Some public offices have reopened.“Some of our things are buried in mud, it will take...
ANKARA: Turkish intelligence agents brought 46 hostages seized by Islamic State militants in northern Iraq back to Turkey on Saturday after more than three months in captivity, in what President Tayyip Erdogan described as a covert rescue operation.Security sources told Reuters the hostages had been released overnight in the town of Tel Abyad on the Syrian side of the border with Turkey after being transferred from the ea...

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The Ministry of Education has issued detailed list of fees to be charged by private schools at all levels, to prevent any fee increase by them.However, the ministry said that it was up to the owner to determine the transport fees.According to sources quoted by a local daily, this procedure came abou...
Minister of Education Prince Khaled Al-Faisal announced here recently that the ministry is in the process of equipping 250,000 classrooms and teachers with Internet connectivity, computers and tablets as part of a long-term investment in developing a knowledge economy.Speaking at the launch of the Saudi Conference for Advan...
Saudi Arabia has expressed concern over the increasing number of pilgrims arriving with chronic or serious health problems. Such pilgrims are posing a health hazard for others and also putting pressure on the health facilities in the holy cities.“Haj is mandatory for Muslims if they are physically and financially able,” sai...
A 44-page search result by the search engine Google has revealed 4.2 million links, and counting, of Arabic websites, newspapers, and social networking sites in reference to terrorist organization IS.The name of the organization appears within general information websites, news reports, political reports, and international...
Security and government agencies responsible for pilgrims’ welfare during Haj are fully equipped to tackle any disaster including a helicopter ambulance and doctors linked with different hospitals to transfer the sick pilgrims immediately, the director of Al Noor Specialist Hospital, Mohammed bin Omar Bafaraj, told Arab New...
Madinah Mayor Khaled Taher said that the municipality’s preparations for this year's Haj have been completed as scheduled. The municipality’s action plan aims at offering pilgrims and visitors optimum services which will last until Nov. 8.The round-the-clock services include cleaning the areas which are frequented by pilgri...
Many factories and workshops in the Kingdom do not abide by safety and security standards to protect their buildings against fires. Such factories also do not maintain their air conditioning networks and electricity cables. These violations have led to a number of fire accidents in recent weeks, according to building safety...
The first civilian aircraft landed at Jubail airport on Thursday morning, marking its transformation from a purely military facility.The General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) had overseen the revamp of the airport at Jubail Industrial City.It was originally constructed by the Royal Commission of Jubail and Yanbu for pr...
The annual report of the Saudi Council of Engineers (SCE) has revealed that Saudis only make up 6 percent of the total number of engineers registered in the country.The SCE has 9,122 Saudis registered with it, while there are 135,035 expatriates on its books, the report showed.The report breaks down the statistics for each...
Many Saudi women have started to forge successful careers in the workplace, including in roles previously dominated by men, Arab News has found.It is now commonplace to see women in banks, hospitals, schools, hotels, private sector companies and increasingly, working for various government agencies.Recently the Ministry of...
Intense public debate continues around the employment of female security guards at girls’ schools, with some arguing that teachers and supervisors should take up this role.Some parents have argued that these guards are vital to tackle conflict between girl students, bullying and inappropriate behavior toward teachers.Alfird...
The three-month ban on laborers working in high temperatures during the day has resulted in the highest number of violations ever with the construction sector being hardest hit owing to delays in the completion of infrastructural projects.“We have registered 1,230 cases against errant employers who forced their workers to t...
The Jeddah-based Indian Cultural Society (ICS) celebrated the 68th anniversary of India’s Independence Day last weekend at the consulate premises in Jeddah.ICS patron Dilshad Shamsi provided a glimpse of Indian history, highlighting the contribution of Muslims in the freedom struggle.He congratulated ICS President Arif Qura...

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ANKARA: Turkish intelligence agents brought 46 hostages seized by Islamic State...

SURUC, Turkey: Tens of thousands of Syrian Kurds have crossed into Turkey in the...

SANAA: Yemen’s state-run television building caught fire after a three-day morta...

The Palestinian Authority (PA) vowed on Friday to sue Israel for allegedly commi...

Backing the “two-state solution” that envisages an independent state of Palestin...

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MANILA: Storm Fung-Wong churned toward Taiwan on Saturday after killing at least...

WASHINGTON Two Russian fighters entered a US “air defense identification zone” t...

KOLKATA: An Indian court on Saturday sentenced 13 people, including a village he...

SYDNEY: Intelligence “chatter” has revealed that militants plan to attack Austra...

WASHINGTON: The world population may grow larger than previously estimated, reac...

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INCHEON: Olympic boss Thomas Bach Saturday said future Games hosts would have to...

INCHEON: North Korean pocket rocket Om Yun Chol broke his own weightlifting worl...

MANCHESTER: Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini believes ending Chelsea’s...

MADRID: Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat trick as Real Madrid equaled their bigges...

LONDON: Arsenal stopped Aston Villa going top of the Premier League with a 3-0 w...

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DETROIT: Chrysler is recalling almost 189,000 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Durangos in the US to fix a fuel pump problem that can cause the SUVs to stall.But a safety a...
The number of Saudi women investors in the stock market has grown by 5 percent, while men investors increased by 2 percent over the first half of this year.There are now 892,900 women investors trading stocks, compared to 3.51 million men investors, according to a recent report in a local daily.Abdul Kareem Al-Kashef, a Sau...
SYDNEY: The devastating Ebola outbreak caught the world off guard, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim said as he questioned the international community’s readiness to respond to other pandemics.“This has surprised everyone. None of us thought that Ebola would be looking like it’s looking right now,” he told reporters in Sydn...
NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO: Apple Inc’s latest phone lured throngs of gadget lovers, entrepreneurs and early adapters to its stores in New York, San Francisco and other cities around the world in the latest sign of strong initial demand for the new, larger generation of iPhones.Even the night before the phones’ Friday debut, ne...
NEW YORK: Alibaba Group Holding Ltd’s shares surged by more than 40 percent in their first day of trading as investors jumped in to buy what looks likely to be the largest IPO in history.More than two hours after trading began at the New York Stock Exchange, the stock opened at $92.70 and rose from there, hitting a high of...
CAIRNS, Australia: US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew has urged greater efforts to spur global growth as the head of the World Bank bemoaned a disappointing year and warned of downside risks ahead.Lew called for more focus on investment and infrastructure to help create jobs in comments ahead of this weekend’s meeting of G20 fi...
LONDON: Brent crude oil steadied below $98 a barrel on Friday, not far above 26-month lows reached at the start of the week as OPEC talk of a production cut balanced worries about ample supply at a time of fragile demand.Brent hit its lowest point since July 2012 on Monday as oil supply overwhelmed lackluster demand in Euro...
CAIRO: Egypt has signed oil and gas exploration deals worth $187 million with several Western companies and a Tunisian firm, the petroleum ministry said.The agreements cover seven exploration areas. Germany’s RWE won two exploration blocks in the Gulf of Suez, while Tunisia’s HBSI, Canada’s TransGlobe and Italy’s Edison sec...
LONDON: Britain’s business community breathed a sigh of relief after Scotland voted by a clear margin to remain in the United Kingdom.Markets had fretted that independence would spark a flight of capital amid uncertainty over the future currency, oil revenues, EU membership and dividing up state debt in the event of a separ...
HONG KONG: Jack Ma isn’t the only billionaire winner of Alibaba Group’s initial public offering. The record-setting stock sale also gave a jolt to the fortunes of the world’s wealthiest technology tycoons.On the day the biggest Chinese e-commerce company raised $21.8 billion in the largest US IPO, the world’s 26 richest tec...
SAN FRANCISCO: Microsoft said that it axed 2,100 jobs in a second round of cuts which were announced earlier this year.The US technology titan in July unveiled plans to slash a total of 18,000 jobs from its global workforce during the course of a year, the majority from its recently-acquired Nokia handset unit.In the first...
BEIJING: A Chinese court has fined British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline 3.0 billion yuan ($490 million) following a nearly year-long bribery probe, the company said.The firm’s former head of China operations, Mark Reilly who would be deported, and four other ex-officials were given suspended sentences of between two and four y...
TOKYO: The head of Sony Corp’s PlayStation division hopes to raise its profit outlook for this year, in stark contrast to the Japanese electronics firm’s mobile business which has forecast deep losses and sent Sony’s stock reeling.With Sony’s three core electronics businesses — the third is imaging — looking increasingly lo...

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Artsharks is not an art gallery and they are not art brokers. They are an art house that supports only aspiring/budding artists and people who don’t have the clout, or sometimes desire to ‘make it’.
They want to ‘bridge the art gap’ and to show people who say ‘I’m not much of an art person’ that art isn’t just for the elite or connoisseurs,...

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Minister of Education Prince Khaled Al-Faisal announced here recently that the ministry is in the process of equipping 250,000 classrooms and teachers with Internet connectivity, computers and tablets as part of a long-term investment in developing a knowledge economy.
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Women who like to look different and change their image every once in a while are always on the lookout for the next best thing in the world of cosmetics and beauty products.

Hair chalk has been the talk of the town after many celebrities were spotted with colored hair in certain events. These include Selena Gomez, Loran Conrad and Ka...

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If you are looking to spend your vacation in a place that offers great water activity, good food, historic culture, resorts and above all, great beaches, then Mallorca is the place for you!
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Smoking kills more than 23,000 smokers in the Kingdom every year, said Ahmed Albualli, chairman of the supervisory board at the Anti-Smoking Society (Naqaa), who expressed deep concern about the high incidence of smoking-related deaths in the Kingdom.Albualli said that the society had succeeded in helping more than 61,000 smokers quit smoking, which is about 70 percent of the total number of patients who visited the society for help in quitting during the past year. Saudi Arabia is the largest market for tobacco in the Middle East and ranks fourth for the number of smokers globally.Albualli highlighted the seriousness of smoking, revealing that 90 percent of those who use drugs tried...
Q: I am 16 and I have tonsillitis. My elder brother also had this problem but he is now free from it. My parents think that I should follow the same path and get them removed. It happens 10 times in a year. Please advise whether I should have my tonsils removed now or after they are fully mature? — M.A., JubailA: You are already a mature person since you are 16. If the problem of tonsillitis is recurring 10 times a year, then you should have your tonsils removed. Otherwise, the bacteria which is causing the infection may develop into rheumatic fever. This condition can affect your heart, kidney and bones leading to permanent damage to those organs. You should see an ENT consultant and...
White tea has been much in the news recently, with numerous studies elaborating on its medical and nutritional benefits.White tea is an immature tea leaf that is picked shortly before the buds are fully bloomed. It is named such because white tea comes from the silver fur that covers the flower buds, which turn into white when the tea is dried and ready to be used. There are different kinds of white tea depending on the flowers and buds; White Peony contains one bud for every two leaves. The best kind of white tea is made from downy buds picked within an exact of two-day period in early spring.Recent studies at Pace University have shown that there is a major health benefit of white tea...

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Bollywood diva Deepika Padukone is busy with her “Finding Fanny” trip and frankly, this quirky English language story ha...
NEW DELHI: Pronouncing foreign leaders’ names is a headache for newsreaders the world over but on Friday it proved the downfall of one Indian newscaster, who mistook the visiting Chinese president’s name for the Roman numeral XI, calling him “Eleven Jinping” on air.The blunder occurred late Thursday night in a report by India’s public broadcaster Doordarshan on President Xi Jinping’s high-profile first state visit to India.Local news site Quartz Friday quoted Doordarshan chief executive Jawahar Sircar as saying the newscaster had been sacked and steps had been taken to avoid a repeat of such...
BOSTON: A woman who threatened to blow up, torture and castrate Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey in what prosecutors called a “persistent and malevolent” cyberstalking campaign has been sentenced to more than four years in prison.Linda Louise Culkin, 55, of Quincy, was also ordered by a judge in US District Court in Boston to pay Spacey $124,000 to compensate him for the bodyguards he hired during the two-year stretch when she harassed him.Culkin was credited with time served since her arrest in January 2012, meaning she has about 18 months of the four-year, three-month sentence left.She...

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