All four members of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (Haia) team who were involved in an attack against a couple in a Riyadh mall last Friday have been removed from field duties, the commission said on Tuesday.A statement released by the commission said the four were also banished from Riyadh region and reassigned to administrative work as punishment, said the statement, which was issued in Arabic.It said the measure was approved by Haia President Abdullatif Al-Asheikh upon the recommendation of a committee he earlier organized to investigate the complaint by the couple — Briton Peter Howarth Lees and his Saudi wife — that the Haia team harassed and subsequently attacked them while they were shopping at the Hiteen Plaza in Riyadh on August 29.As found by the committee, the man who jumped onto the back of the Briton, as shown on a short videoclip of th...
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria: Boko Haram extremists have overrun much of a northeastern Nigerian town after ho...
MANILA: Philippine authorities said Tuesday that they arrested three men linked to a group that was...
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s parliament threw its weight behind embattled Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday as a deepening crisis over violent protests demanding his resignation prompted fears of an army intervention.But, signalling a possible softening in his position, protest leader Imran Khan said he would meet a conservative Islamist politician who has been trying to mediate between Khan and the government since the sta...
BEIRUT: Al-Qaeda-linked Syrian rebels holding 45 Fijian peacekeepers hostage have issued a set of demands for their release, including the extremist group’s removal from a UN terrorist list and compensation for the killing of three of its fighters in a shootout with international troops, an official said Tuesday.The Nusra Front seized the Fijians on Thursday in the Golan Heights, where a 1,200-strong UN force monitors the...

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The Haj Ministry website has started accepting applications from Saudis and expatriates who wanted to make use of the low-cost Haj scheme.More than 40,000 pilgrims are expected to benefit from the low-cost Haj scheme this year, said Abdul Hameed Al-Sinani, secretary general of the Coordination Counc...
Registered overseas absentee voters (OAV) will be able to sign up for the “anti-pork barrel” initiative, said Migrante-Middle East (M-ME), an overseas Filipino group. The “pork barrel” system is an allocation in the national budget whose release is determined by members of the legislature supposedly for local government pro...
A YouTube video that shows a British couple allegedly being attacked by officials from the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (Haia) at a shopping mall in Riyadh has gone viral on social media forums, promptingLocal officials and senior Haia functionaries to launch an investigation.
About 300,...
The Labor Ministry, which intends to tighten its noose on private firms that are reluctant to Saudize jobs, said newly employed Saudis should stay with a company for at least six months to be counted as a full Saudi worker under the Nitaqat program. Deputy Labor Minister Ahmad Al-Humaidan said the new condition would be app...
The Shoura Council urged the Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) on Monday to take steps to bring down telephone tariffs in the Kingdom, saying call charges were eating away about 30 percent of a Saudi’s average monthly income.The Shoura made this comment while discussing CITC’s annual report, said F...
A Bangladeshi expatriate died in a fuel tank blast that was caused by a spark from a welding machine in his workshop in north Jeddah on Sunday.The impact of the blast was so violent that the expat was blown onto the rooftop of a neighboring workshop eight meters away, said Col. Saeed Sarhan, Makkah Civil Defense spokesman,...
Riyadh Gov. Prince Turki bin Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz held a meeting on Sunday with various government agencies to discuss this year’s preparations ahead of the 84th Saudi National Day. The meeting brought together Ibrahim Al-Dajeen, the acting mayor of the Riyadh region, Suleiman Al-Sudais, acting Riyadh police chief, and M...
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah has urged authorities to provide optimum services to pilgrims who have come to perform Haj this year, said Deputy Crown Prince Muqrin while chairing a meeting held by the Council of Ministers here Monday.Prince Muqrin said Saudi Arabia is carrying out giant development project...
Numerous job opportunities open for Saudis every Haj season, but there are very few takers for them.Marwan Khashoggi, deputy general manager of Haj Bus Syndicate in Madinah, said Saudi young men have not registered for any of the available jobs at his office during this Haj season.Speaking to Arab News, Khashoggi said the o...
Saudis spend more than SR6.1 billion every year on oud-based perfumes, accounting for half of overall spending on the wood-based incense among GCC citizens, local media said quoting global investors.The Middle East is considered the fastest growing market in the world in terms of oud perfumes. Saudis, in particular, used to...
The Interior Minister has warned prospective pilgrims to obtain a Haj permit as security forces were on high alert to avert any attempt to sneak into the holy sites without a permit.“The interior minister has issued an order that people without a Haj permit will not be allowed to enter the Haj premises,” Director of Public...
Drivers who transport schoolchildren in their own private vehicles will have to get a license from the Transport Ministry, a senior Education Ministry official told Arab News on Monday.The Transport, Education and Interior Ministries have joined forces to come up with the new regulations, which will ensure that drivers who...
Traffic is back to moving at snail’s pace during peak hours since the reopening of schools on Sunday, causing tension among drivers and passengers, who run late for appointments and other important engagements.“Only a few days back, there was a smooth flow of traffic along the main roads. But since the start of classes, key...

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NEW YORK: Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic kept their time in blazing conditi...

BORJA, Spain: Two-time Tour of Spain winner Alberto Contador took the overall le...

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Saudi Arabia is one of the top countries in the region witnessing a “revolutionary era” in the advancement, transparency, and efficiency of its e-government services, sai...
Saudi Railways Organization (SRO) President Mohamed Khalid Al-Suwaiket has signed a contract for SR6,000,621 with Spanish consortiums headed by Consultrans Company to study options for a high-speed line between Riyadh and Dammam with a design speed of 350 km/h to enable trains to operate at 300 km/h. Commenting on signing t...
JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s main stock index pulled back 0.6 percent after hitting a fresh six-year high in the previous session. Tadawul All Share Index (TASI) edged down to 11,048 points on Tuesday. Banks dragged down the key index after the kingdom’s central bank tightened consumer lending regulationsThe banking sector benchm...
Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority, Nouadhibou Free Zone Authority and the Islamic Corporation for Development of the Private Sector (ICD), member of the Islamic Development Bank group, have signed a tripartite memorandum of understanding for joint cooperation to establish a framework for fruitful cooperation and exchang...
JAKARTA: Indonesia posted a slim trade surplus in July, bouncing back from a deficit the previous month caused by increased imports before Ramadan and the Eid holiday, data showed.Meanwhile inflation eased further to 3.99 percent year-on-year in August from 4.53 percent in July, continuing a downward trend after a big rise...
MUMBAI: Indian factory output slowed slightly in August after jumping to a 17-month high the previous month, but growth remained strong, a key HSBC survey showed.The positive data came three days after new figures showed India’s economy grew by a forecast-beating 5.7 percent in the first financial quarter, its best pace sin...
Saudi Arabia’s oil exports reached 1.84 billion barrels in the first eight months of the current year (2014) with proceeds amounting to SR747 billion, local media said quoting an expert.Meanwhile, domestic consumption during the same period reached nearly 553 million barrels, or 23 percent of the total output, Fahad bin Jum...
NEW DELHI: Australian great Glenn McGrath said he had signed up to guide India’s current and future fast bowlers for the next five years, giving a boost to the country’s young talent.McGrath will train the likes of Umesh Yadav and Varun Aaron alongside promising youngsters at the MRF Pace Foundation in the southern city of...
Total bank deposits in the Kingdom hit a new all-time high above SR1.5 trillion for the first time in July, says a report. Bank deposits climbed by 1.7 percent in July to cross the SR1.5 trillion mark. This lifts the year-on-year growth rate to 14.5 percent, the fastest in the last 12 months, according to the latest Saudi c...
Saudi Arabian Investment Authority’s (SAGIA) value proposition for investors and the changes that have been made over the years to the registration process for international firms were highlighted at a presentation held here before a US visiting delegation on Monday.Prince Saud bin Khalid Al-Faisal, deputy governor for inve...
SEOUL: The shipbuilding and engineering units of South Korea’s Samsung group said they would merge, as the family-run giant gears up for generational ownership succession.The board members of Samsung Heavy Industries, the world’s third-largest shipmaker, and Samsung Engineering had approved the tie-up via a share swap, said...
Siemens has signed two contracts with Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) for the construction of Static Var Compensators (SVCs) at Madinah East, Hail-2 and Al Jouf-2 380kV substations. Ziyad Al-Shiha, CEO of SEC, Arja Talakar, CEO Siemens of Saudi Arabia and Peter-Karlheinz Bruder, head of energy transmission, Siemens Saudi Ar...
Over the last decade, the discovery of massive quantities of unconventional gas resources around the world has spurred a renaissance within global energy markets, redirecting international attention to natural gas as a leading source of energy supply. Modern technology allows natural gas to be chilled at ultra-low temperatu...

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Building a better understanding between the peoples of the Middle East and US is at the heart of a series of initiatives being spearheaded by the leading art and cultural organizations Edge of Arabia and Art Jameel.
Next month will see the launch in the US of a major community centered art program called ‘Culturunners’. Pioneering artists,...

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As a newlywed, I have recently started to experiment with recipes from the internet while occasionally mixing ingredients together to create a recipe of my own. The problem with trying new recipes or coming up with your own is when you forget to write the recipe down, or when you lose the link to that recipe you found on the internet. One applic...

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Talent from Saudi Arabia are making waves in the world of fashion. Bringing their own indigenous elements to fashion, these young men and women are making their mark in designs which appeal to the fashion fraternity constantly on the look out for new styles.
One such innovative individual is a Riyadh-based fashion designer Arwa Al Ammari, f...

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Manila is the capital and the second largest city of the Philippines. It is undoubtedly the most crowded city with a population of more than 12 million.
The weather is usually tropical with high humidity. It never snows but it rains from May to November. Typhoons can occur from June to September and can cause flooding in parts of the city....

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Detox is short for detoxification and is a process of defusing or removing toxins from the body. “Toxins can be any substance that harm the body such as ammonia, lactic acid and homocysteine which are waste products that result from normal cell activity, as well as human-made toxins that we are exposed to in the environment and from consuming food and water,” said nutritionist Salwa Abdulmalik. “Different body parts work hand in hand to ensure that harmful toxins are chemically transformed to less harmful complexes and eliminated from the body,” she added. Detox diets were initially a treatment used for drug addicts to help them cleanse their bodies from the toxins, according to Abdulmalik...
Anyone cruising along Khurais Road in Riyadh cannot fail to notice Wooden Bakery’s gigantic trademark windmill. The story behind this successful franchise started in 1969 when Edward Bou Said founded a traditional bakery in Jal El Dib in Lebanon. In 1996, his sons, Assaad and Ghassan, came up with a new concept focused on high quality and freshly baked breads and pastries. The first Wooden Bakery was inaugurated in 1999 in Beirut, followed in 2002 by the opening of the first franchise in Lebanon and seven years later, Wooden Bakery introduced its first international outlet in the Saudi capital. During my frequent trips to Lebanon I have often bought a tasty “manouche”, in one of the Wooden...
Commerce Minister Tawfik Al-Rabiah refuted rumors via Twitter that there would be a hike in tobacco prices in the Kingdom.The Kingdom will, however, increase the specifications of tobacco products to minimize its harmful effects on smokers, the minister said on Saturday.The Kingdom joined the anti-tobacco agreement in May 2005.Saudi Arabia ranks fourth in the world for tobacco imports and consumption. More than 15 billion cigarettes, worth $168 million, are smoked by Saudis each year, according to figures released by the Gulf Cooperation Council’s Health Ministers Council.The minister stressed that decisions on price increases are taken by the GCC Finance Ministers Council.“The Kingdom has...

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VENICE: A film portraying New York City mother who starves her baby because she thinks he is saint-like and food contain...
LOS ANGELES: Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Aniston would be a party planner if her film career flops.The ‘Friends’ actress said she loves organizing get-togethers with her friends, reported Contactmusic.“I like connecting people, I love my friends, I have a great group of friends. I really see that in myself that I would be a great party planner. I enjoy putting together gatherings. I’ve been paving the way. I’ve got my contacts in my back pocket,” she said.The 45-year-old star said she enjoys the simple things in life and loves to hang out with her fiance Justin Theroux when she has time...
LOS ANGELES: The FBI says it is addressing allegations that private photos of several female celebrities have been stolen and posted online.A statement released by the agency Monday afternoon doesn’t elaborate on what steps are being taken to determine how intimate images of Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence and other stars were leaked.The photos of Lawrence and others began appearing online Sunday. The 24-year-old’s publicist called the release of the images a violation of the actress’s privacy.Apple said Monday it is investigating whether any of its customers’ iCloud accounts had been...

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