DERA ISMAIL KHAN: The most hated man in Pakistan is a 36-year-old father of three and volleyball enthusiast nicknamed “Slim.”His real name is Umar Mansoor and the Pakistani Taleban say he masterminded this week’s massacre of 132 children and nine staff at a school in Peshawar — the deadliest militant attack in Pakistan’s history.A video posted on Thursday on a website used by the Taleban shows a man holding an admonishing finger aloft as he seeks to justify the Dec. 16 attack. The caption identified him as Umar Mansoor.“If our women and children die as martyrs, your children will not escape,” he said. “We will fight against you in such a style that you attack us and we will take revenge on innocents.”The Taleban say the attack, in which gunmen wearing suicide-bomb vests executed children, was retaliation for a military offensive carried out by the Pakistani army. They accuse the military...
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah has strongly condemned the Taleban terrorist attack...
The minister of petroleum and mineral resources said Thursday that the global oil price slump was te...
WASHINGTON: North Korea was responsible for a “destructive” cyber attack on Sony Pictures, the US Federal Bureau of Investigation said Friday, warning it would hunt down the perpetrators and make them pay.“Such acts of intimidation fall outside the bounds of acceptable state behavior,” the FBI said in a statement, adding it would “identify, pursue, and impose costs and consequences on individuals, groups, or nation states...
JERUSALEM: Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas said Thursday that he supports further negotiations on a proposed UN Security Council resolution that sets a 2017 deadline for an Israeli withdrawal from war-won lands the Palestinians seek for their state.His comments indicated that he is trying to avoid a clash with Washington at the council.The Arab-backed draft, submitted by Jordan on Wednesday, sets aside one year for Israe...

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Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities President Prince Sultan bin Salman recently addressed the leaders of the tourism program at Harvard University wherein he exuded hope that Saudi students studying there will soon join the work force back home and help in its revival.Harvard University nam...
Under the patronage of Abdul Latif Al-Zayani, secretary general of the Gulf Cooperation Council, the Federation of GCC Chambers will be organizing the closing ceremony of the 2nd Gulf campaign for the “GCC Inventors 2014” in Riyadh on Monday.The program, which is being organized in cooperation with the UN-ESCWA Technology C...
In a new development, the Ministry of Transport has made it mandatory for taxi firms to install communication and tracking systems in their vehicles in order to reduce and eventually put an end to cabs roaming the streets, saying that the new system will increase taxi drivers’ efficiency by 20 percent. Taxi operators have t...
The government's nationalization plan has been more difficult to apply for some businesses than others, with over 212,000 going out of business this year for not employing Saudis. The failure to meet the Saudization target has also led many businesses to cook the books, a phenomenon that now affects 50 percent of the Kingdo...
An international consulting company has been asked to conduct a comprehensive study of the salary scale for Saudi nationals in the government sector. The study aims to prepare a booklet for conditions and specifications which determine a ‘flexible’ salary structure in light of the surging inflation and rising cost of living...
Since a high percentage of the Kingdom’s residents enroll their children in private schools, Saudi businesswomen have found a unique and rewarding area of investors.Estimates show that around 47 percent of Saudi stakeholders opt to invest in the education sector, mostly driven by their passion to invest in areas that contri...
There are 700 cases of disputes between workers and their employees currently being dealt with by the labor office in Asir, Supervisor General of Human Rights Commission Hadi Al-Yami said in a statement recently.While the Labor Disputes Committee is dealing with these cases, liaison officers have been appointed in the HRC a...
Director-General of Education in Jeddah Abdullah Al-Thaqafi says that 95 percent of fire accidents in Jeddah’s schools are due to electrical short-circuits.The security and safety administration which conducts monthly checks on schools came out with this finding, Al-Thaqafi told Arab News.Al-Thaqafi added that his administr...
Bashan House in downtown Jeddah has won the title of cultural symbol and will be turned into a cultural center. The decision was announced by Jeddah Gov. Prince Mishaal bin Majed. Prince Mishaal is also the chairman of the Supreme Committee for Jeddah's Historical Festival.The verdict came in the framework of recent municip...
The Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) plans to assist Saudis to start home businesses.This is according to Saleh Kamel, chairman and president of the JCCI, who urged all segments of society to support Saudi women and men in their projects.Kamel made the comments during a meeting held at the JCCI to prepare for...
Once completed, the new King Abdul Aziz International Airport would attract passengers between Europe and Asia, an official from the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) said recently.“Construction at the new airport will be completed soon. It will attract the most extensive transit aviation traffic between Europe and...
The Ministry of Education has awarded the country’s top 121 teachers and administrators SR3 million and 24 cars for outstanding performances over the past year.Abdul Rahman Al-Barrak, the supervisor of the prize, said the top three positions for administrators at schools for boys went to Oudeh bin Awadallah Alyoubi from Yan...
Expatriates in cities across the Kingdom have expressed shock over the recent brutal attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar by the Taleban. Mohammed Hameed, a philanthropist from India, said: “It’s extremely painful and heart-wrenching to see the pictures and videos of the horrific attack. It is definitely a crime aga...

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NAHYAT AL-AYADHIYA, Iraq: Kurdish forces pressed their biggest offensive against...

BEIRUT: A French-speaking militant threatened Friday to execute Lebanese soldier...

BENGHAZI, Libya: At least 25 people have been killed and 103 wounded in the past...

KUWAIT CITY: A Kuwaiti court has jailed three Arab supporters of the Islamic Sta...

TUNIS: Four years after its revolution sparked the Arab Spring, Tunisia’s presid...

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PESHAWAR: Pakistani security forces killed more than 50 suspected militants on F...

WASHINGTON: The US government’s program to capture and kill insurgent leaders ca...

BRUSSELS: The European Union must thrash out a strategy for Russia that lasts fo...

WASHINGTON: Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says the Obama administratio...

LONDON: Women have moved a step closer to front line fighting in the British arm...

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LONDON: Alastair Cook has been dropped as England captain for next year’s 50-ove...

LAHORE: Ace Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal Friday said he is confident of a comeba...

BRISBANE: India were fighting back after Australia gained a 97-run innings lead...

PRETORIA: Vernon Philander took five wickets as South Africa closed in on victor...

MILAN: Juventus eased to a 3-1 win at relegation-threatened Cagliari on Thursday...

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KUWAIT CITY: Gulf countries are bracing for tough times as vital oil revenues fall and after they missed a golden opportunity to diversify their economies in a decade of...
LONDON: Global defense spending is likely to remain constant for the next two years as tumbling oil prices cut the budgets of Middle East exporters, but swell the coffers of Asia-Pacific importers, defense analysts IHS said.With Brent crude recently falling below the symbolic $60 dollar (48.8 euros) mark — a 50 percent drop...
LONDON: "If we consider the actual basis of this (intelligence), how unreliable and transient it is, we soon realize that war is a flimsy structure that can easily collapse and bury us in its ruins."German military theorist Carl von Clausewitz was writing about the role of intelligence in warfare, but his insight about unre...
SYDNEY: Steve Wozniak says he is no fan of smartwatches and believes Google Glass will fail as he cautioned not to expect the company he co-founded, Apple, to always lead the way into new technologies.The American, who quit Apple in 1987 — 12 years after creating the technology giant with the late Steve Jobs — made the comm...
NEW DELHI: India’s government introduced legislationbilled as the biggest tax reform since independence, with analysts hailing it as a “game changer” that would cut the cost of doing business and boost economic growth.The long-awaited goods-and-services tax (GST) would eliminate a slew of levies currently in place to create...
TOKYO: The Bank of Japan struck a more upbeat view of the world’s number three economy, saying exports were showing signs of picking up while factory output has started to “bottom out.”The comments came after policymakers wrapped up a two-day meeting where they voted by an 8-1 margin to hold off fresh easing measures, after...
COLOMBO: Maithripala Sirisena, who is challenging Mahinda Rajapaksa’s bid for a third term as Sri Lanka’s president, will cancel a casino licence given to Australia’s Crown Resorts Ltd. if he wins the vote, his party’s manifesto said.With an eye on the votes of Buddhists opposed to the casinos, Sirisena’s New Democratic Fro...
JEDDAH: Stock markets in Saudi Arabia and the UAE soared on Thursday after the price of oil rebounded and the Riyadh government eased investors’ fears by saying it would continue spending heavily on economic development.Saudi Arabia’s bourse rose 8.9 percent, its biggest daily gain in six years. The value of traded shares r...
Saudi Railways Organization (SRO) President Mohammed Al-Suwaiket has lauded the efforts of Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) in developing the tourism sector and preserving national heritage. Al-Suwaiket made these remarks as Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiq...
JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia shipped more crude oil in October than a month earlier while volumes used by domestic refineries remained high allowing more oil products exports, official data showed.Saudi Arabia exported 6.897 million barrels per day of crude in October, up from 6.722 million in September, data published by the Joint...
LONDON: Brent crude pared early gains on Thursday to trade back below $62 a barrel, giving up much of a 3 percent spike in London as traders assessed whether a price rout is done.Oil this week slumped as low as $58.50 and has almost halved since June as fast-growing US shale output overwhelms demand, with losses acceleratin...
DUBAI: Slumping oil prices will not halt a massive ramp-up in Gulf infrastructure spending, as rich nations deploy huge reserves to maintain a breakneck development pace and the rest turn to buoyant funding markets.However, states are being urged to consider the most effective funding mix for these schemes in the longer ter...
Industry needs for the estimated SR45 billion for rail projects will be displayed at Saudi Rail 2015 to be held in Riyadh next month.The event is scheduled to take place from Jan. 25 to 28 at the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center (RICEC).The Saudi Rail, an International Exhibition for Rail, Metro Lines,...

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On Dec. 16, the Taleban attacked an army school in Peshawar and killed 132 child...
The report released by the Senate Intelligence Committee last week, detailing th...
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It is said that artists represent the consciousness of people. If so, then artist Helen Zughaib has accomplished this in her recent exposition: “Fractured Spring,” which, in part, examines the aftermath of the Arab Spring, and the desperate depression that followed the initial euphoria.
Zughaib’s latest work consists of paintings, many of...

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida: NASA’s experimental Orion spacecraft left Florida by rocket and returned by truck.
The capsule arrived back at Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Thursday. It rocketed into orbit Dec. 5, traveling 3,600 miles (5,800 kilometers) into space on an unmanned test flight that proved to be a great success. NASA plans to us...

FASHION »

LONDON: Singer Jennifer Lopez and real-life princess Kate Middleton have been voted the top trendsetters of 2014.
Following closely behind them was Beyoncé, who placed third on the list, but surprisingly selfie queen Kim Kardashian was featured last on the top ten list, which was based on a survey conducted on 1,000 American women by online...

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Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities President Prince Sultan bin Salman recently addressed the leaders of the tourism program at Harvard University wherein he exuded hope that Saudi students studying there will soon join the work force back home and help in its revival.
Harvard University named Prince Sultan as the chief representat...

FOOD & HEALTH »

Authentic Lebanese food can be hard to find at times, especially as one roams through the maze of restaurants in Jeddah. Look no further, Shababik is one of the top authentic Lebanese restaurants in town, with its name meaning the woodwork covering windows as it was in the old Dey’aah. Each household would have its own personalized woodwork different from the other households around as it was a sign of beauty and sophistication. Having trained Lebanese chefs and sous chefs in the homeland, the restaurant presents its dishes just as it would be if one was visiting any area in Lebanon.The luxury restaurant is located on the top floor of Ana Ghair Mall on Sultan Street close to Tahlia Street....
The subject of chemicals is very long and complicated. I would like you to bear with me and read on to the end of this series of articles. It is important to become aware in order to protect your children and yourself. In Part 5, I wrote about the dangers of the misuse and abuse of antibiotics by humans as well as its indirect use through cattle and chicken in order to fatten them. But, the story about drugs did not end there. I will briefly tell you more about other harmful drugs in order to complete the topic.Painkillers and anti-inflammatory and antipyretic drugs produce their own share of harmful effects. Long-term use can inflict damage on the liver, our vital organ that is our body’s...
This explosive title 'The Obesity Paradox: When Thinner Means Sicker and Heavier Means Healthier' keeps all its promises from the very first pages. Right from the introduction, we are told things we have wanted to hear for a long time.Whether we are slim or overweight, we have all at one point wondered why fat no longer means what it used to. In the past, fat has often been associated with the idea of affluence and wealth meaning that overweight people had a good life and didn’t suffer from hunger. Women were also loved for their curvaceous body whereas nowadays fat is considered ugly and unhealthy. We live now in a world where we are conditioned to lose weight, eat low-fat food and fit in...

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LA FLECHE, France: Forget trekking to the Arctic. French tourists are opting for the luxury way to spend the night with...
BERLIN: Brown bears, grey wolves and other large carnivores are making a comeback in Europe.Scientists studying populations of bears, wolves, Eurasian lynx and wolverines found they have flourished on the continent, decades after being driven almost to extinction by hunting and the destruction of their habitat.Surprisingly, the animals aren’t just living in nature reserves or remote wilderness, but appear to co-exist in areas dominated by humans across a third of Europe’s land mass, the authors wrote in their article published in the journal Science on Thursday.The study found that Europe,...
The abnormal and obsessive fear of the evil eye, or envy, makes many people in this country act in strange and irrational ways to ward off harm, say experts.This includes not wanting to wear new clothes, moving to a new home, or buying a new car. A common practice among some women is to collect the water left over after washing dishes at weddings to protect themselves.They then run advertisements sellingthis water as a first line of defense against those who harm others with the envy in their hearts. Date pits are also commonly collected, say the experts.Ali Zairi, a psychology consultant at...

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