GARISSA, Kenya: Somalia’s Shabab Islamists on Saturday ambushed a bus in Kenya and executed 28 non-Muslim passengers in what they said was revenge for police raids on mosques in the troubled port of Mombasa.“I can confirm... that 28 innocent travelers were brutally executed by the Shabab,” regional police chief Noah Mwavinda told AFP.The bus, which was headed for the capital Nairobi, was ambushed shortly after departing from Mandera, a town lying on the border with Somalia in Kenya’s northeasternmost corner.Some 60 passengers on board were ordered off the vehicle, and the gunmen separated the travelers into Muslims and non-Muslims.The militants then had the non-Muslims reboard the bus and tried to drive off with them, but the vehicle got stuck.“So they executed their prisoners” before escaping back into Somalia, Mwavinda said.Kenya’s Red Cross confirmed the death toll in a tweet after it...
The Kingdom’s prison authorities are stepping up efforts to reform and rehabilitate prison inmates l...
Saudi Arabia and Russia have agreed to oil and energy cooperation, tackling Middle East conflicts an...
BAGHDAD: Iraqi soldiers backed by Sunni fighters launched a major operation Saturday to retake a section of the city of Ramadi seized by Islamic State group militants, an official and residents said.The fighting focused on Ramadi’s eastern Sijariya neighborhood, which the extremist group said it captured Friday. An official with the Anbar provincial council described intense fighting there Saturday morning that included b...
National Guard Minister Prince Miteb bin Abdullah met with US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to discuss matters of common interest between the two countries at a meeting in Washington.Prince Miteb also held talks with US Senator John McCain. “The prince’s visit reflects the depth of friendly relations between Saudi Arabia and the US in all fields,” McCain said in a statement to the Saudi Press Agency after the meeting.Prin...

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Minister of Education Prince Khaled Al-Faisal praised the Kingdom's ability to establish a modern state system that is based on Islam. He was speaking at a ceremony held at the Prince Fahd bin Sultan University to honor students for scientific achievements. Prince Khaled also talked about developmen...
During this year’s International Children’s Day, which lasted three days and concluded on Saturday, kids at the Kingdom enjoyed a large variety of activities, including reading sessions, drawing workshops, poem recitation, contests, theater plays and folkloric performances, among many other events. “These days were like a c...
The number of people arrested for undermining national security has reached 3,219, with Saudis forming the majority at 86 percent of the total, recent statistics revealed.In the wake of recent events in the Eastern Province, the number of people arrested for criminal activities reached 78.A survey conducted by the Ministry...
Indian Ambassador Hamid Ali Rao has urged the expat community for greater participation in the Pravasi Bhartiya Divas (PBD) 2015 to pay tribute to Mahatma Gandhi, marking the 100th year of his return to India from abroad.The Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (Non-resident Indian Day) is celebrated on Jan. 9 every year to mark the con...
Finding salvation in quality education for underprivileged sections in society will be a glowing tribute to Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, the visionary who laid the foundation of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), said Indian leaders speaking at Sir Syed Day function in Riyadh.Organized by the Aligarh Muslim University Alumni Associat...
Nine people died following an accident on Bisha road in Asir on Saturday.According to Saudi Red Crescent spokesman Ahmed Ibrahim Al-Aseri, 18 injured were transferred to King Abdullah Hospital.Eight of the nine victims died on the spot.Red Crescent teams provided urgent medial support to the injured.
Seventy percent of Saudi men who marry foreign women and then abandon them and their children abroad are over the age of 50, according to the head of a leading charity.Tawfiq Al-Suwailem, chairman of the Saudi Charitable Society for the Welfare of Saudi Families Abroad (Awaser), said recently 25 percent of these men are bet...
Only 15 percent of new commercial buildings in the Western region have mandatory thermal insulation, which is aimed at helping to conserve the country’s energy resources, a leading official at the Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) said recently.Fahd Al-Husseini, adviser to the chief executive officer at the SEC, said that thi...
Young people in the Saudi capital are increasingly volunteering to help the needy, Arab News has found.“This is good, to say the least. It shows not only the civic responsibility of the youth but also their capabilities as leaders of the future,” said Saad Al-Bazei, a Shoura Council member.He said the Ministry of Social Aff...
The Jeddah-based Urdu Academy recently organized an inter-school elocution competition to celebrate India’s National Education Day and honor the memory of legendary freedom fighter and educator Maulana Abul Kalam Azad.Maulana Azad was India’s first education minister and his leadership of Indian Muslims before and after par...
Tighter infection controls in hospitals have contributed to a significant drop in Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) cases in Saudi Arabia, but a senior health official warns that sporadic primary cases will still pop up.There is no cure or vaccine for MERS — a severe respiratory disease which causes cough, fever, brea...
The increased number of traffic violations during the recent rains on Makkah raised many questions among residents of Al-Haj Street in the city, which remained closed for more than three hours.Salman Hammad, a resident of Al-Haj Street, said that driving in the wrong direction is very dangerous, and could cause lethal traff...
The Ministry of Health has started accepting applications for participation in the Gulf Award for Excellence in Health Journalism. Saudis and non-Saudis of all ages can apply.Khalid Mirghalani, Health Ministry spokesman, said: "The aim of the award is to promote health through artistic or journalistic works that carry aware...

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JERUSALEM: Human Rights Watch called on Israel Saturday to stop razing the homes...

MANAMA: Voters in Bahrain cast ballots Saturday in the kingdom’s first full parl...

BAGHDAD: Islamic State militants have killed 25 members of a Sunni tribe during...

FISHERS, Indiana: Muslims in Indiana held a funeral service for Abdul- Rahman Ka...

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WASHINGTON: Satellite images show China is building an island on a reef in the d...

WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama has quietly approved guidelines in recent wee...

BAMAKO, Mali: Mali on Saturday confirmed a new case of Ebola and said two more s...

FERGUSON, United States: Tensions rose Saturday in the troubled St. Louis suburb...

LONDON: A suspected gas leak touched off an explosion in the basement of the Hya...

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LILLE, France: Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka gave Switzerland a 2-1 lead over...

LONDON: Diego Costa scored again as Chelsea established a seven-point lead at th...

DUBAI: Defending champion Henrik Stenson and Spain's Rafa Cabrera-Bello opened...

ABU DHABI: Nico Rosberg beat Lewis Hamilton to pole position for the Abu Dhabi G...

BERLIN: Undefeated champions Bayern Munich continued their seemingly unstoppable...

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Prince Saud bin Naif, governor of the Eastern Province, will patronize the sixth Saudi International Exhibition for Oil and Gas, starting in Dhahran on Monday. Dhahran In...
TOKYO: Tokyo investors are likely to be cautious this week about a possible market downturn, analysts said, while political developments in Japan will be a focus ahead of an election next month.“The market continues to show all the signs of being technically overbought and potentially ready for a pullback,” said Masayuki Do...
Peter Ramsauer, chief of the German-Arab Chamber of Commerce and Industry, has held high-level talks on strengthening bilateral cooperation in Riyadh.Ramsauer and his delegation met with various government agencies and business sectors, including senior officials in the Shoura Council and the Council of Saudi Chambers (CSC)...
CAIRO: Egypt hopes to attract investment of $10-$12 billion in 20 projects, including in energy, transport and water, at a major conference in mid-March, the minister for international cooperation said.The conference is seen as a critical part of the government’s economic reform plan that has resulted in slashed energy subs...
Notis Mitarachi, vice minister for development and competitiveness of Greece, will be visiting Riyadh on Monday and Tuesday (Nov. 24-25) for meetings with high government officials to discuss the potential of bilateral collaboration in the fields of investments and exports. “Talks will be held on a win-win basis, which will...
LONDON: British insurer Aviva said it had agreed terms on a possible deal to buy rival Friends Life for 5.6 billion pounds ($8.8 billion) as British pension reforms put pressure on insurance companies to find new business.Pension providers are rushing to reinvent themselves after the government in March unexpectedly removed...
Riyadh International Catering Corporation (RICC), McDonald’s franchise rights owner and operator in the Kingdom, is thrilled with the global food giant earning top spot on 2014 brand simplicity index for the Middle East.McDonald’s, claimed to be the world’s largest chain of fast-food restaurants serving millions of customer...
Sheikh Khaled bin Abdullah bin Sultan Al-Qasimi, chairman of Department of Seaports and Customs, Hamriyah Free Zone Authority and Sharjah Airport International Free Zone and Rene Berkvens, CEO of Damen Shipyards Group in HFZA, have signed a contract to purchase new vessels for Sharjah Seaports.This is in line with the direc...
The US catalog show at the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) on Wednesday featured 45 companies representing America’s small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that have great expertise in certain areas.Speaking about the catalog show, US Consul General Todd C. Holmstrom said: “We see new potential for expanding par...
WASHINGTON: A bare 0.004 percent of the world’s adult population controls nearly $30 trillion in assets, 13 percent of the world’s total wealth, according to a new study.And perhaps unsurprisingly, the study by the Swiss bank UBS and luxury industry consultant Wealth-X said the concentration of money in the hands of the ult...
LONDON: Global oil prices rallied on fresh hopes that the OPEC will overcome internal resistance to trim output, while upbeat US economic data also provided support, analysts said.Nearing midday, Brent North Sea crude for delivery in January jumped $1.27 to $80.60 a barrel.US benchmark West Texas Intermediate for January ad...
LONDON: The big story of recent stock market investment has been volatility, and the opportunities that sharp price swings can bring for those with strong nerves.But good news is emerging now for those who prefer safer strategies: some of the best returns this year have come from stable stocks like billionaire Warren Buffet...
BEIJING: China cut interest rates unexpectedly on Friday, stepping up efforts to support the world’s second-biggest economy as it heads toward its slowest expansion in nearly a quarter of a century.The cut, the first in over two years, came as factory growth has stalled and the property market, long a pillar of growth, has...

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The sixth edition of Abu Dhabi Art Fair opened its doors last weekend to welcome artists, galleries, art professionals and visitors from around the world to be part of a program that takes the region’s cultural institutions to a whole new level of development. The two participating Saudi galleries, Ayyam Gallery and Athr Gallery, received much a...

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Tighter infection controls in hospitals have contributed to a significant drop in Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) cases in Saudi Arabia, but a senior health official warns that sporadic primary cases will still pop up.
There is no cure or vaccine for MERS — a severe respiratory disease which causes cough, fever, breathing problems a...

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Argenterie is an extension of a 35-year-old jewelry business of Essam Jamal, one of Jeddah’s well-known jeweler specialized in fancy jewelry and gems. He counts Jeddah’s elite families and other big shots among his customers.
His son Abdulghani Jamal and his son’s wife Shaima Tash founded Argenterie to fill existing gaps in the jewelry mark...

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Where in the world is the best holiday destination for culture lovers? The Taj Mahal in India? The monuments of Rome? The Great Pyramid in Cairo? Or perhaps the vibrant city of Berlin, Boston or Beijing? We have prepared a list of eight destinations for those who love cultural exposure to feed their soul.

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FOOD & HEALTH »

La Cucina is a posh Italian restaurant located on the ground floor of Al-Faisaliah Hotel in Riyadh. This ultra-fashionable eatery offers one of the trendiest brunches in the capital city.La Cucina strikes the perfect balance between the traditional and the modern, offering innovative dishes made by Chef Nicola Russo. The hotel is renowned for its great service, which results in a delightful dining experience at La Cucina.Chef Russo, a native Italian chef, brought with him authentic Tuscan flavors from the kitchens of Tuscany to the dining tables of Riyadh’s top restaurant.As you walk into the restaurant, you can smell the scent of freshly baked goods from its bakery. The interiors are very...
Last week, I wrote about the flame retardant chemical, polybrominated diphenyl ethers, (PBDEs), in children’s wear, as well as phthalates in plastic water bottles, toys, and beauty care products. These articles are to make parents more aware of the chemically wrapped gifts offered to their children by the food, clothing, body care, and toy industries. Why did I choose to explore toxins and chemicals in modern children’s lives? That is because children are helpless, innocent, and more susceptible to contaminants than adults.Before I continue to another poisoning chemical, I would like to add more information about the flame retardant PBDEs, which is found in children’s wear, upholstery, and...
The Ministry of Health launched a nationwide awareness campaign to combat diabetes on the World Diabetes Day on Saturday.This year’s World Diabetes Day is under the theme “Healthy Living and Diabetes,” and is observed worldwide by over 200 member associations of the International Diabetes Federation in more than 160 countries and territories, all member states of the United Nations, as well as by other associations and organizations, companies, health care professionals and people living with diabetes and their families.Inaugurating the program at the King Abdullah Park in Malaz on Saturday, Dr. Abdul-Aziz bin Saeed, Deputy Minister of Health for Public Health, said the national program...

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MELBOURNE, Florida: The protesters didn’t show, the would-be hecklers didn’t take the bait, the weeks of headlines about...
LOS ANGELES: Singer Jennifer Lopez reportedly uses a body scrub with diamond powder to remove dead skin from her body.The 45-year-old star uses Australian-made body scrub, made with ‘diamond powder’ in a bid to keep cellulite at bay, reported Female First.“Jen’s legs are actually her biggest problem area. She’s prone to cellulite, and when she gains weight, it always goes straight to her thighs. But since she started exfoliating daily, her legs have never looked better,” a source said.According to the mag, the 45-year-old also has spray tans to keep her legs looking in tip top condition, with...
MUMBAI: Bollywood stars Dilip Kumar, Shah Rukh Khan, Govinda and Farhan Akhtar were among the celebrities who attended Salman Khan’s sister Arpita’s wedding reception in Mumbai.Arpita tied the knot with Delhi-based businessman Ayush Sharma in a grand ceremony in Hyderabad on Nov. 18. The reception, held here last evening, also saw many veteran actors like Saira Banu, Asha Parekh, Vinod Khanna and Salman’s other good friends, including Ajay Devgn, Riteish Deshmukh, Genelia D’Souza, Govinda and Shraddha Kapoor.In fact, everyone who is anyone was there. On his way to the party Devgn tweeted and...

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