PESHAWAR, Pakistan: Pakistan is mourning as the nation prepares for mass funerals for 141 people, most of them children, killed in a Taleban attack on a military-run school in the country’s northwest.A three-day official mourning period started Wednesday, a day after seven Taleban gunmen, explosives strapped to their bodies, stormed the army public school in the city of Peshawar.Students were gunned down and some of the female teachers were burned alive. Army commandos fought the Taleban in a day-long battle until the school was cleared and all the attackers dead.The massacre was the deadliest slaughter of innocents in the country and horrified a nation already weary of unending terrorist attacks.The Taleban said the attack was revenge for a military offensive against their safe havens in the northwest.
Saudi Arabia will not allow illegal foreigner workers to stay in the Kingdom at any cost, said Labor...
Riyadh police under a directive from Interior Minister Prince Mohammed bin Naif announced a posthumo...
RIYADH: Saudi Arabia will continue massive public spending despite a 50 percent drop in the price of oil which provides the bulk of the kingdom’s revenue, the finance minister said Wednesday.Ibrahim bin Abdulaziz Al-Assaf commented after completing the 2015 budget, which will be presented to cabinet “in the near future,” the official Saudi Press Agency said.Financial analysts expect the budget to be approved as early as n...
Crown Prince Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, distributed the Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water for 2014 among its winners during a colorful ceremony in Riyadh on Monday. He congratulated the winners and admired their valuable research works.Dr. Eric F. Wood and Dr. Justin Sheffield from Princeton University, Dr. Kristine M. Larson of Colorado University won the creativity prize whil...

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Prince Sultan bin Salman, chairman of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) inked an accord with Saleh Al-Jasser, the director general, Saudi Arabian Airlines, to meet the growing demand in domestic tourism.The agreement was signed at the SCTA’s headquarters following their meeting...
Economists in the Kingdom have warned that falling oil prices would severely affect Saudi Arabia’s economy and urged the government to accelerate measures to diversify its sources of income.Saudi Arabia is the world’s largest producer of oil, and therefore benefits the most from high prices. The Kingdom produces 10 million...
Jeddah Gov. Prince Mishaal bin Majed, chaired a meeting of the Supreme Committee for the Historic Festival with representatives from the civil government and from the private sector at his office in Jeddah on Monday.The historic festival, which promises a host of cultural, historical, literal and entertainment events namely...
The Shoura Council will discuss the issue of women’s driving but this must take place within its rules and regulations, the head of the consultative legislative body said recently.Sheikh Abdullah Al-Asheikh said the council is not avoiding the issue but “it is important that the discussion occurs within regulations and acco...
European Union (EU) here has announced Bahrain as the winner of the 2014 Chaillot Prize for the promotion of human rights in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region.“The coveted honor this year went to Bahrain’s National Institution for Human Rights, and the Ombudsman for the Ministry of the Interior for their significant...
The campaigns initiated by the Jeddah Municipality recently found 120 restaurants in violation of health and safety standards, according to sources at the Saudi Consumer Protection Association. Following reports of several cases of food poisoning, the Jeddah mayoralty health inspection teams shut down over 120 restaurants i...
A Saudi family in Riyadh has announced an SR50,000 reward to find the whereabouts of a runaway Filipino house maid, local media said.The Filipino maid, identified as Paloma Panta Tangcala, has reportedly fled with her lover after poisoning a Saudi family, which was her sponsor’s neighbors, Burnews.com online paper said.Noha...
The fall of Dhaka in 1971 that partitioned Pakistan has left an unending pain in the psyche of Pakistani nation. The trauma may be behind, but the tragic dregs of those painful events drag on even after 43 years of the unfortunate war.While the “prisoners of war were brought home, those who stood with the Pakistan Army then...
The number of cardiac transplant operations carried out by the Cardiology Center at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center (KFSH&RC) has reached 207 so far, thus placing the center among the top global heart transplant centers, local media said quoting data released by the International Society for Heart an...
A heinous attack on a Peshawar school in Pakistan and the loss of innocent lives will not deter authorities from their fight against terrorism, said Khayyam Akbar, charge d’affaires at the Pakistani Embassy here last night after 130 schoolchildren lost their lives in a terrorist attack at the Army Public School in the capit...
Three giant gantry cranes arrived on Monday at King Abdul Aziz Port in Dammam, the highest technological devices ever to be had at a Saudi port so far. These crate’s state-of-the-art technology, which includes remote control of up to one kilometer, has a total cost of SR90 million, and will help develop the port, according...
The Ministry of Labor has announced several new measures to encourage women to enter the work force, including breast-feeding for one hour a day over two years.Mothers would be allowed this concession at a time agreed upon with their employers. A ministry official told Arab News that the new steps would empower women, givin...
A charity cares for 7,532 Saudis abandoned by their fathers and husbands in 31 countries around the world, an official from the organization has revealed.Tawfiq Al-Suwailem, chairman of the Saudi Charitable Society for the Welfare of Saudi Families Abroad (Awaser), said that Kuwait tops the list with 780 families and 3,495...

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BRUSSELS: The Palestinian Islamist group Hamas should be removed from the Europe...

PARIS: France on Tuesday tried to overcome resistance and rally international su...

CAIRO: The British Embassy in Cairo said on Tuesday it has resumed services to t...

BEIRUT: Around 100 Syrian soldiers and 80 fighters were killed during a two-day...

SANAA: At least 25 people died when two car bombs exploded in Radaa city in Yeme...

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ROME: Rome threatened to withdraw its ambassador from India Wednesday as a diplo...

ISLAMABAD: World leaders Tuesday condemned the Taleban massacre of Pakistani sch...

PESHAWAR: The Pakistani Taleban which claimed responsibility for Tuesday’s schoo...

PESHAWAR: A senior Pakistani politician who visited victims of Tuesday’s Taleban...

It is an act of horror and rank cowardice to attack defenseless children while t...

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CENTURION, South Africa: Captain Hashim Amla and his senior lieutenant AB de Vil...

ABU DHABI: New Zealand beat Pakistan by seven runs in an exciting finish to the...

MARRAKECH, Morocco: European champions Real Madrid sailed into the Club World C...

MEMPHIS, Tennessee: Marc Gasol scored 24 points, and the Memphis Grizzlies snapp...

MARRAKECH, Morocco: FIFA ethics investigator Michael Garcia resigned on Wednesda...

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A fresh wave of panic selling wiped out $49 billion of stock market value across the Gulf states on Tuesday as the price of Brent crude oil dropped below $60 a barrel for...
DUBAI: Saudi Arabia's stock index posted its biggest daily loss in six years on Tuesday after the price of Brent crude oil dropped below $59 per barrel for the first time since 2009.The Saudi index tumbled 7.3 percent to 7,330 points, its lowest level since June 2013. Dozens of stocks fell by their daily 10 percent limits,...
NEW YORK: The price of oil has fallen by nearly half in just six months, a surprising and steep plunge that has consumers cheering, producers howling and economists wringing their hands over whether this is a good or bad thing.The price of a barrel of oil is just under $56, down from a summer high of $107, and lower than at...
DUBAI: Increases in Dubai property prices slowed in the second half of 2014 and valuations will be steady next year as a glut of new units are released, consultants CBRE said on Tuesday. The real estate sector in Dubai, one of seven emirates in the United Arab Emirates, has been among the most volatile globally over the pas...
The visiting Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski called on the Saudi businessmen in Riyadh on Monday to invest profusely in his country for attractive dividends.The meeting with the Saudi businessmen was organized in cooperation with the Riyadh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI).On behalf of the Saudi team, RCCI...
Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of Qatar, met Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, chairman of Kingdom Holding Company (KHC) and Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundation, during Alwaleed's visit to Qatar on Sunday. During the meeting, they discussed the warm friendship between their two countries, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Qatar, and re...
BEIJING: Activity in China's factory sector contracted in December for the first time in seven months, the latest in a string of weak economic indicators that will intensify calls for more stimulus measures to head off a hard landing.The flash HSBC/Markit manufacturing purchasing managers' index(PMI) fell to 49.5 in Decembe...
PARIS: Budget brands like Dacia and Seat provided the bright spot as European car sales rose 1.2 percent last month, with mid-market manufacturers squeezed by consumer concerns over the economy.Sales advanced to 989,457 cars in November, the Association of European Carmakers said on Tuesday, marking a 15th consecutive month...
MADRID: Spanish oil firm Repsol said Tuesday it has agreed to buy its struggling Canadian rival Talisman for $8.3 billion (6.6 billion euros), a deal that extends its global reach two years after it was forced out of Argentina.The operation will boost Repsol's output by 76 percent to 680,000 barrels of oil equivalent while...
OPEC will stand by its decision not to cut output even if oil prices fall as low as $40 a barrel and will wait at least three months before considering an emergency meeting, the United Arab Emirates' energy minister said.OPEC isn't planning to change its Nov. 27 decision to keep the group's collective output target unchange...
DUBAI: Most Middle East stock markets became more stable on Monday, after plunging in previous days, as the price of oil recovered slightly. But fund managers said it was by no means clear that any sustained recovery of stock prices was starting.Brent crude climbed above $62 per barrel, after hitting 5-1/2-year lows of $60....
LONDON: The most important characteristic of the US oil industry is inertia — or to put it another way, drilling and production respond sluggishly even to a large change in prices.Since 1974, there have been four episodes in which oil prices declined sharply over a relatively short time (ignoring the brief price spike and e...
MUMBAI: India's wholesale inflation fell to a five-and-a-half-year low driven by ongoing falls in fuel and food prices, data showed Monday, boosting expectations of an interest rate cut early next year.The Wholesale Price Index, India's inflation measure with the biggest basket of goods, slipped to a lower-than-expected zer...

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Iran has historically been the most troublesome country in the region, a chronic...
Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif has announced that the odious Taleban strike at the Ar...
I write this week from Doha, where Qatar hosted the 35th GCC Summit, which was q...
A flurry of diplomatic activities centering on the Palestine-Israel conflict is...

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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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Among the number of followers, likes, and views that usually dominate our conversations, we rarely talk about how secure they are, and what would we do if we wake up one day to find that our online ID has been stolen.
For anyone who had ever used the Internet, the word “hacking” is not new. Hacking is at the heart of all cyber-security issu...

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Upper eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure to remove skin and to add or remove fat from the eyelids. It is frequently in demand.
The surgery requires at least two counseling sessions before the procedure, preferably separated by a period of 15 days, for both the patient and the surgeon to give it a thought.
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The great variety of dramatic natural phenomena proves that Mother Nature can surprise even the most seasoned traveler.
Some destinations are made especially for those who love to relax, explore and appreciate nature. Arab News lists some of the prettiest places that are works of nature around the world:

Cave of Crystals, Naica,...

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, Shababeek 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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Production and sampling are very important elements when it comes to hip-hop. We always tend to focus on the rapper/sing...
MUMBAI: Biopics on famous sports personalities is the latest fad of Bollywood filmmakers. After Milkha Singh and Mary Kom, cricketer Mohammad Azharuddin’s life is all set to be explored.According to the latest buzz, Kareena Kapoor is set to play the role of Sangeeta Bijlani in the Emraan Hashmi-starrer.A leading publication quoted a close source as saying, “It all depends on how much space the script has created for the female protagonist. At this juncture in her career, Bebo is not interested in playing the supporting female lead. She did do so in Singham Returns this year. But that was more...
LOS ANGELES: Bill Cosby’s wife lashed out Monday at media reporting on sex abuse claims against the veteran comic, saying he was the victim of unfounded accusations and was “a wonderful husband.”Camille Cosby compared the coverage of her husband to last week’s Rolling Stone story about alleged rape at the University of Virginia, for which the magazine later apologized.“The man I met, and fell in love with... is the man you all knew through his work. He is a kind man, a generous man, a funny man, and a wonderful husband, father and friend. He is the man you thought you knew,” she said.“A...

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