GENEVA: A UN watchdog on Friday slammed police shootings of blacks in the United States, days after a decision not to prosecute a white officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teen sparked nationwide protests.With tensions still running high after Monday’s decision by a Missouri grand jury not to charge a white policeman who shot dead 18-year-old Michael Brown on August 9, the UN Committee Against Torture published conclusions from its review earlier this month of the US record.Brown’s parents had been present at the hearing on November 12 and 13 in Geneva to discuss their son’s case with the committee members.“The committee is concerned about numerous reports of police brutality and excessive use of force by law enforcement officials, in particular against persons belonging to certain racial and ethnic groups,” the 10-member committee said in its report.It also lamented “racial pro...
NEW DELHI: India said Friday it was still searching for 39 construction workers abducted in Iraq in...
The GCC plans to set up a joint police force to tackle organized crime syndicates, terrorist groups,...
AMMAN: Hundreds of Jordanians joined a rally Friday organized by the Muslim Brotherhood to denounce Israeli plans to enshrine in law the country’s status as the national Jewish homeland.An estimated 1,500 protesters set off from the Husseini mosque in downtown Amman holding up signs saying “Al-Aqsa is in danger.”“There is a greater danger today, and that is the Jewish state draft law,” Hamzeh Mansur, the former head of th...
LONDON: Prime Minister David Cameron says migrants from Europe will have to leave Britain if they don’t get a job within six months, and must work for four years before receiving some benefits — moves he hopes will defuse criticism over his immigration policies.Immigration has become an increasingly bitter issue in Britain. The right-wing UK Independence Party has been gaining support with calls to curb migration and leav...

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The new Two Holy Mosques University would be launched soon with an emphasis on teaching various religious disciplines, said Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais, head of the Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques.In a recent speech to students of the Two Holy Mosques Institute for Science and L...
Twelve percent of those who had participated in government-run rehabilitation programs for terrorism have relapsed and returned to terror-related activities, a Ministry of Interior official has revealed.Maj. Gen. Mansour Al-Turki, spokesman for the Interior Ministry, said officials at the Prince Muhammad bin Naif Center for...
Road accidents resulted in 14 deaths in the Kingdom on Thursday. Seven perished on the Wadi Dawasser-Khamis Mushait Road when the cars they were traveling in collided head-on. The Saudi Red Crescent Authority in Riyadh region said an injured man was taken to the hospital by those who witnessed the crash.In another accident...
The Ministry of Interior has arrested 624 illegal workers over the past few days in Riyadh.This was the combined total from two separate raids carried out this week. On Wednesday, the police carried out a predawn raid in four districts of the capital. A senior police officer said those arrested included 82 Ethiopian women a...
The Ministry of Education plans to overhaul 142 community schools over the next two years including updating their curricula, screening teachers and fixing buildings.The schools in Jeddah, Makkah and Taif have 46,125 boys and girls enrolled. Sources at the Makkah Education Department said Minister of Education Prince Khaled...
The Kingdom plans to boost tourism ties with the Arab world, particularly Egypt, at the 17th Conference of Arab Tourism Ministers taking place in Cairo this week, said Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities.Prince Sultan arrived in Cairo on Wednesday night and was welcomed by...
The Eastern province’s businessmen have described the Council of Ministers’ decision to approve the establishment of a supreme commission for the development of the Eastern Province as a historic step and a progressive leap. They think this will contribute to the development of services and projects throughout the entire re...
Saudi Red Crescent teams in the Kingdom generally find it difficult to reach accident sites or offer the desired rescue and emergency services in time.A Saudi official from the Red Crescent Authority has recently developed a technology which can be adapted by smartphones through using the WhatsApp messaging system to send d...
The Ministry of Social Affairs wants the Interior Ministry to set up a family police unit to deal with domestic violence cases.Abdullah Al-Yousif, undersecretary for family and social welfare at the ministry, said the police officers in such a department would be trained to act in accordance with Saudi customs.Al-Yousif sai...
Female students from four Saudi universities recently displayed their photographic artwork at an exhibition in the United States.The exhibition held at the University of the District of Columbia was entitled Visionaries: Receiving Personal Identity, and included 38 pieces from students at four Saudi universities. There were...
Private sector firms have embarked on a new Saudization project, which seeks to align the procedures of engineering employment with the provisions of the Saudi Council of Engineers (SCE) and the Ministry of Labor.The procedures involve reducing the incentives and bonuses for expatriate engineers, which has prompted some of...
A top Greek official disclosed here that there will be two direct commercial flights a week from Greece to Saudi Arabia next year bringing the southern European country closer to the Kingdom.The new flights were announced by Greek Vice Minister of Development Notis Mitarachi at a reception hosted by the Greek ambassador. Sa...
The Ministry of Health has called for an increase of 10 percent in its annual budget to meet the needs of citizens, specifically services related to self-employment, medicines, medical supplies and devices, as well as non-medical operations, maintenance and cleanliness.According to the ministry, the increased funds will be...

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AMMAN: Hundreds of Jordanians joined a rally Friday organized by the Muslim Brot...

IERAPETRA, Greece: More than 700 people, most fleeing Syria, were disembarking T...

GAZA CITY: As the wind whistles through gaping holes in her ruined house, 62-yea...

BAGHDAD: Residents in the militant-held Iraqi city of Mosul say militants with t...

KUWAIT CITY: Gulf and Asian labor ministers agreed Thursday on a series of initi...

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MOSCOW: A flotilla of Russian warships led by a large submarine hunting ship ent...

THE HAGUE: Police have arrested 118 people in an unprecedented globally-coordina...

SARAJEVO: A former Bosnian Croat military commander was charged on Friday with w...

GENEVA: Sperm can carry the Ebola virus for at least 82 days, the World Health O...

LONDON: Prime Minister David Cameron says migrants from Europe will have to leav...

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MANILA: Ana Ivanovic demolished Daniela Hantuchova in a dominating International...

DHAKA: Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah each struck a fifty to set up a 21-run wi...

SHARJAH: Opener Brendon McCullum smashed the fastest century by a New Zealand ba...

MANCHESTER: Tottenham was among nine teams to qualify for the knockout stage of...

SINGAPORE: A week ago, cricket was considered one of the safest games in the wor...

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The president of Saudi Ports Authority, Abdul Aziz Altuwaijri, has emphasized the importance of linking Dammam and Jeddah ports by a railway line, saying it would boost S...
LONDON: Brent crude oil plunged more than $6 a barrel, the sharpest one-day fall since 2011, after OPEC decided not to cut production despite a huge oversupply in world markets.Asked whether the oil producer group had decided not to reduce production, Petroleum and Mineral Resources Minister Ali Al-Naimi said: “That is righ...
JOHANNESBURG: Plunging world oil prices have dealt a blow to Africa far greater — in purely economic terms — than Ebola, setting back investment in exploration and plans to industrialize.The highest profile victim so far has been Africa’s top producer, Nigeria, which was forced to devalue its naira currency by 8 percent thi...
Saudi Arabia’s bank lending growth to the private sector accelerated to 15.7 percent year-on-year in October, the fastest rate since May 2013, from 13.2 percent in the previous month, data from Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA) showed.Money supply (M3) growth rose to an annual 14.7 percent in October, the highest rate si...
GENEVA: The World Trade Organization has adopted the first worldwide trade reform in its history, after years of stalemate, months of deadlock and a final day’s delay following an eleventh-hour objection.The agreement means the WTO will introduce new standards for customs checks and border procedures. Proponents say streaml...
Le Concheur, the manufacturer of the finest brands of the luxury Belgian chocolates in the world, has opened its first chocolate store and cafe in the Middle East — Jeddah city. The event took place recently at Almarjanah Center, Prince Sultan Street, Alrawdah District, in the presence of Greet Criel, Belgian ambassador to...
The Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD) has been awarded the accolade of ‘Excellence in Development of the Islamic Private Sector – MENA 2014’ by International Finance Magazine (IFM) in its annual IFM Awards. The award recognizes the strong support by ICD of the global development of the priv...
JEDDAH: Zain Saudi has proposed a capital reduction to shareholders to eliminate all accumulated losses up to Sept. 30, the company said in a statement on the Kingdom’s bourse.The move would cut its capital base by 45.9 percent. After the move, one share would equal 2.18 shares now, the statement said.The company, 37-percen...
JEDDAH: Most Gulf stock markets fell, while Egypt’s bourse rose as Cairo’s government eyed savings from cheaper crude.Saudi Arabia’s stock market, where petrochemicals account for a large part of corporate earnings, stands to lose most from cheaper oil, but some investors fear that governments across the region may cut spen...
MANILA: Growth slowed sharply in the Philippine economy in the third quarter because of typhoon damage and falling public spending, officials said.The economy grew by 5.3 percent in the three months to September — below expectations — and 5.8 percent through the first nine months of the year.Deputy chief statistician Romeo...
LONDON: Scotland is set to get sweeping new powers including setting its own income tax rates, under plans unveiled by a cross-party commission on greater devolution.“The recommendations in the agreement will result in the biggest transfer of powers to the Scottish parliament since its establishment,” Lord Robert Smith, who...
LONDON: A flagship Bank of England scheme failed to boost lending to small British businesses in the third quarter although the decline was less marked than earlier in the year.The Funding for Lending Scheme (FLS) was launched in mid-2012 to provide cheap money to banks on condition that they lend to British businesses and...
HELSINKI: European Central Bank head Mario Draghi says the euro currency union remains “incomplete” and needs to be strengthened with better oversight of member countries’ economic policies.Draghi said in the text of a speech on Thursday in Helsinki that “for all its resilience, our union is still incomplete.”He said the 18...

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Eman Al-Qahtani is a successful, talented and ambitious young Saudi artist. She combines thoughts and colors in her paintings. She has her own art method; a painting is to deliver a message to human minds.
Al-Qahtani holds a bachelor degree in Arts and Humanities, and a diploma in hearing disability. She is responsible for the Women Assemb...

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TEL AVIV: A company says it has developed technology that can charge a mobile phone in a few seconds and an electric car in minutes, advances that could transform two of the world’s most dynamic consumer industries.
Using nano-technology to synthesize artificial molecules, Tel Aviv-based StoreDot says it has developed a battery that can sto...

FASHION »

Tasneem Anwar Ishqi’s love for jewels with symbols and meanings was well-known from her childhood. Today, through practice and perseverance, she has earned a name for herself in the Kingdom’s jewelry designing industry. She developed a new concept in the world of jewelry that represents unique prayer beads in different colors and with meanings....

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Egypt is a trans-continental country spanning the northeast corner of Africa and southwest corner of Asia, making it an Afro-Asiatic country via a land bridge formed by the Sinai Peninsula. Most of Egypt’s territory of 1,010,000 sq. km lies within the Nile Valley of North Africa, but it is also considered a Mediterranean country as it is bordere...

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GENEVA: Sperm can carry the Ebola virus for at least 82 days, the World Health Organization said Friday, urging men recovering from the disease to use condoms for three months after the onset of symptoms.“Because of the potential to transmit the virus sexually during this time, they should maintain good personal hygiene after masturbation, and either abstain from sex for three months after onset of symptoms, or use condoms if abstinence is not possible,” the WHO said in a statement.In four studies, on a total of 43 patients, three men who had recovered from Ebola still had the live virus in their semen 40 days, 61 days and 82 days respectively after the onset of symptoms.The WHO said that...
The latest diet fad among fitness freaks and celebs is the green juice, or as they call it ‘salad in a cup’. These juices claim to be a solution for all your nutrition needs and help you to consume even those vegetables that you don’t necessarily like. “When you think of healthy beverages, water immediately comes to your mind. However, there are other drinks worth adding to your diet,” said nutritionist Dr. Raneem Abdulmajeed. “You can make your own drink that will have great health benefits, from relieving minor ailments like indigestion to providing protection against serious issues such as osteoporosis,” she added. A bowl of fresh fruits and vegetables, and a blender is all you need to...
The Globe is the signature restaurant of Al-Faisaliah hotel in Riyadh. This unique restaurant offers the best of the best in terms of location, cuisine and ambiance. It is located atop Al-Faisaliah tower, where diners can have elegant meals as well as a magical view. Within this dramatic three-story dome, delicious modern European cuisine and sweeping panoramic views of the city come together to create an unmatched Riyadh fine dining experience.The entrance is very private and you must walk through security into two different elevators that take you to the top floor of Al-Faisaliah tower. The restaurant is very elegant and comprises two stories, one for singles and the other for families....

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MUMBAI: Bollywood actress Sonakshi Sinha has dismissed rumors of an alleged argument with actor Salman Khan at his siste...
BUDAPEST: A long-lost avant-garde painting has returned home to Hungary after nine decades thanks to a sharp-eyed art historian who spotted it being used as a prop in the Hollywood film “Stuart Little.”In 2009 Gergely Barki, a researcher at Hungary’s National Gallery, noticed “Sleeping Lady with Black Vase” by Robert Bereny (1888-1953) in the 1999 kids’ movie about a mouse as he watched TV with his daughter Lola.“I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw Bereny’s long-lost masterpiece on the wall behind Hugh Laurie, I nearly dropped Lola from my lap,” Barki, 43, told AFP on Thursday.“A researcher...
LONDON: British police officers were called to stores across the country on Friday as the “Black Friday” shopping frenzy imported from the United States brought surging crowds and fights over sharply discounted goods.For the first time, most British retailers have fully embraced “Black Friday” promotions this year, both in store and online, seeking to follow their cousins across the Atlantic and kickstart trading early in the key Christmas period.The day after the US Thanksgiving holiday, which falls on the fourth Thursday of November, is extravagantly promoted in the United States as the...

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