GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip: A strike on a Gaza park killed 10 people Monday, nine of them children, as Israeli and Palestinian authorities traded blame over the attack and fighting in the Gaza war raged on despite a major Muslim holiday.A truce between the sides remained elusive as diplomats sought to end the fighting at the start of the Eid Al-Fitr holiday, marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.In Israel, meanwhile, the military said a mortar attack on southern Israel caused “deaths and injuries,” but did not disclose further details. Israeli media reported that the attack killed at least four people, which saw military helicopters rushing stretchers away to local hospitals.The Gaza park attack happened as children played on a swing in the Shati refugee camp on the edge of Gaza City, said Ayman Sahabani, head of the emergency room at nearby Shifa Hospital. Sahabani said nine of...
MANILA: Philippine President Benigno Aquino called on the nation on Monday to support his reforms as...
BAGHDAD: Iraqi police on Monday found the corpses of 15 people, including three women shot in the he...
KIEV, Ukraine: The downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 “may amount to a war crime,” the UN said Monday, adding that fighting in east Ukraine has claimed over 1,100 lives with both government and rebel forces using heavy weaponry in built-up areas.UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay condemned the “horrendous shooting down” of the Malaysian passenger jet in rebel-held territory that killed all 298 people...
WASHINGTON: The leader of Hamas is demanding anew that Israel end its occupation of Gaza and the West Bank.Khaled Meshaal said in an interview broadcast Monday that he believes the world hasn’t taken an even-handed view of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.“Unfortunately the world doesn’t blame the Israelis,” said Meshaal, interviewed by CBS news anchor Charlie Rose from Cairo.Meshaal complained that Palestinians too frequ...

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Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah congratulated Muslims on the successful completion of Ramadan on Sunday.On the occasion of Eid Al-Fitr, the king said: “Eid brings joy to the hearts of Muslims after having engaged in worship during the month of Ramadan,” he said. “Allah will reward Mu...
The Supreme Court declared Sunday as the last day of the holy month of Ramadan 2014 and Monday, July 28, as the first day of Eid Al-Fitr.A statement by the Royal Court, carried by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), said that the highest court made the decision in a meeting at its headquarters in the city of Taif after having ver...
The Saudi Railways Organization (SRO) has come up with new policies to achieve the benefits of rail transportation for the national economy as well as to provide a work environment that enables upgrading behavioral practices by contributing in increasing the productivity, reduce costs and raise the level of quality.The apex...
JEDDAH: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah received at his palace in Jeddah yesterday Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.During the meeting, they discussed the current situation in the occupied Palestinian territories, especially in Gaza Strip, as well as the sufferings of the Palestinian people as a result o...
Civil Defense authorities issued an advisory via SMS to the Kingdom’s residents on Saturday urging them to avoid going to the Haram Masjid (Grand Mosque) in Makkah at this time and give way to Umrah pilgrims.With construction work still going on, Islam's holiest mosque was a scene of congestion on Saturday and Sunday with t...
Pilgrims from around the globe continue to flock to Makkah despite the extortionate prices of performing Umrah, which can reach SR50,000 a head.Yet many of these pilgrims, on low incomes, save up for years before being able to travel.Abu Mohammad Somali, a 60-year-old pilgrim, is one such example. Abu Mohammad was unable to...
Several major industrial and petrochemical companies will participate in supporting the Eid Al-Fitr celebrations at Jubail downtown and Jubail Industrial City, according to the celebrations Commission in Jubail mayoralty.The commission, composed of several authorities, is geared up for the Eid Al-Fitr events and celebration...
Pilgrims like to take souvenirs when they go back to their countries. Stores surrounding the Grand Mosque are filled with pilgrims who look for gifts even before they complete the rituals.The value of the gift is not of much consideration, the important thing is to take back something from the holy city of Makkah.A local v...
A truck driver who attempted to cross a flooded river in the Al-Jouf valley in Qunfudah was washed away along with the truck, said Col. Saeed Sarhan, Makkah Civil Defense spokesman, in a statement.“The Al-Jouf valley was declared a no-go zone in a statement issued on Saturday since it had been flooded with water coming from...
The iconic photo of the flash of lightning over the Grand Mosque on Saturday evening created a new record of sorts on the Arab News Facebook page.The picture, taken at 7 p.m. by Arab News photographer Ahmad Hashad, was uploaded on the newspaper’s Facebook page at around 8 p.m., and within minutes it went viral. The title sa...
The Consumer Protection Association (CPA) has noticed some variations in the prices of services provided by women’s workshops during Ramadan.“A rise of more than 50 percent was recorded at tailoring workshops for dresses,” Nasser Al-Toam, chief executive of CPA, stated.“The association has noticed some disparity as well in...
The Eastern Province will witness the largest fireworks show in the Kingdom to celebrate Eid Al-Fitr, in which 10,000 rounds of fireworks will be launched.The Asharqia Chamber will launch seven new and different firework types to mark the beginning of the festivities, which will be held under the patronage of Eastern Provin...
An eminent Islamic scholar and consultant urged Muslims to rid themselves of hatred and ill-feelings to achieve spiritual success during an educational evening on the importance of spiritual consciousness.During the event, Muhammad Al-Duhaim, a Shoura Council member, alluded to the fact that mankind is heading for a new rea...

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ERUSALEM: A relative lull descended on the war-torn Gaza Strip on Monday, as int...

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SYDNEY: A group of 157 migrants, thought to be Sri Lankan asylum seekers, arrive...

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GLASGOW: Nick Matthew lead an English sweep in the men’s squash at the Commonwea...

SOUTHAMPTON: Ian Bell ended his century drought in style after Gary Ballance mad...

BALTIMORE: Spain swept four singles matches Sunday to capture the inaugural LPGA...

MONTREAL: Tim Clark rallied to win the Canadian Open on Sunday, birdieing five o...

ATLANTA: Top-seeded John Isner overpowered Dudi Sela on Sunday to successfully d...

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TOKYO: Nissan said its latest quarterly net profit soared 37 percent to $1.1 billion, as strong demand in China and other key overseas markets offset weaker sales at home...
TOKYO: Japan is imposing more sanctions against Russia over its support for pro-Moscow rebels in Ukraine who are accused of shooting down a Malaysian jet, the chief government spokesman said Monday.The sanctions include the freezing of assets held in Japan by individuals and groups supporting the separation of Crimea from U...
The Kingdom’s M3 money supply growth edged up to 12.3 percent year-on-year in June from a five-month low of 12.1 percent in the previous month, Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA) data showed.Bank lending growth to the private sector was also slightly up at 12.3 percent in June from 12.0 percent in May, Reuters reported.Th...
NEW YORK: It is symbolic that the recent BRICS summit in Fortaleza, Brazil, took place exactly seven decades after the Bretton Woods Conference that created the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. The upshot of the BRICS meeting was the announcement of the New Development Bank, which will mobilize resources for...
DUBAI: Arabtec, the construction company at the center of Dubai’s stock market turmoil, has reported an 11 percent rise in second-quarter profit, missing analysts’ estimates.Net profit climbed to AED103 million ($28.1 million) in the three months to June 30 from AED92 million a year earlier, the company said in a statement....
FRANKFURT: With the prospect of stiffer sanctions against Russia rattling confidence in Europe, investors will be looking to the United States and China to underpin the global economy.Wednesday’s US gross domestic product (GDP) reading and jobs data on Friday will help markets to judge the strength of the economy’s rebound...
DUBAI: Qatar’s state spending increased 12.7 percent last fiscal year, the lowest rate in 11 years, as slow growth in current expenditure offset a sharp rise in funds spent on infrastructure projects, data showed.Expenditure rose to a record high of 231.7 billion riyals ($63.6 billion) in the year that ended in March, from...
BEIJING: The top one percent of households in Communist-ruled China control more than one third of the country’s wealth, while the bottom 25 percent control just one hundredth, official media said, citing an academic report.The 2012 figures contained in a Peking University report reveal the massive breadth of China’s social...
SAN FRANCISCO: Personal data including text messages, contact lists and photos can be extracted from iPhones through previously unpublicized techniques by Apple Inc. employees, the company has acknowledged.The same techniques to circumvent backup encryption could be used by law enforcement or others with access to the “trus...
SEOUL — Yoon Kyung Sik watches for police whenever he drives his souped-up Kia Picanto from his leafy neighborhood in Seoul’s Songpa district to work at a nearby gym. He checks an Internet group that posts warnings if patrols are out in force.Yoon’s offense: unauthorized modification of a motor vehicle. He installed a non-s...
Credit Suisse forecasts Saudi Arabia to emerge as the seventh largest emerging capital market by the year 2030 (with the equity market growing to be the sixth largest emerging market from the current 10th position). According to Credit Suisse estimates cited in a new report, Saudi Arabia would account for the second largest...
Indonesian economy presents a major opportunity for foreign companies and the victory Joko Widodo in presidential elections could enhance that opportunity, QNB Group says in a report.Joko Widodo (better known as Jokowi) and his vice-presidential candidate, Jusuf Kalla, won Indonesia’s presidential elections on July 22. The...
HOUSTON: Exxon Mobil Corp. is considering a multibillion-dollar plan to expand its Beaumont, Texas, refinery into the country’s largest, the first major refining investment of the US shale oil boom, people with knowledge of the deliberations said.The expansion of the 344,600 barrel-per-day (bpd) Beaumont refinery, if carrie...

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Jeddah’s Al-Athr Gallery is hosting the abstract and geometry inspired work of 40 local and international artists until Oct. 10.
The gallery opened its door in 2009 and has already displayed the work of some leading artists.
The theme of this exhibition is entitled “The Language of Human Consciousness,” and explores how artists over th...

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FRANKFURT: A German chemistry professor started on Monday a gruelling four-week solo swim down the Rhine river for the benefit of science and the environment.
Self-confessed “mad professor” Andreas Fath, who set off on his 1,231-kilometer (764-mile) adventure with a splash into Switzerland’s Lake Toma, plans to swim through Germany and Fran...

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PARIS: French luxury powerhouse Hermes has named Nadege Vanhee-Cybulski as their new womenswear designer.
The low-profile, 36-year-old French designer will replace Christophe Lemaire, whose departure was announced earlier this week and who will take his final bow in October.
Though Vanhee-Cybulski is not a big name, she was previously...

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The Jeddah Municipality, the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) and the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) will organize an entertainment festival for four days during Eid Al-Fitr following the success of the Ramadan festival in old Jeddah, which attracted 800,000 visitors throughout the holy month, said Yasser Madda...

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A prominent professor at King Saud University (KSU) has called for a ban on the sale of e-cigarettes, especially to those under the age of 18.Sultan Ayoub Meo, a professor at the KSU’s College of Medicine, told Arab News on Friday that e-cigarette smoking should be regulated in the same way as traditional cigarettes. “Retail outlets, including pharmacies, must not be allowed to sell it to children and adolescents,” he said.E-cigarettes, which generate a vapor containing nicotine as a tobacco substitute, were initially released as a device to help smokers quit, but Meo fears “the huge rise in users could normalize smoking, and undo decades of anti-smoking education and campaigning.”He...
Do you consider yourself an ethical person? Chances are you answered “yes.” But new research suggests that our ability to act honestly in a given situation depends, in part, on the time of day. A study forthcoming in the journal Psychological Science finds that early-risers, or “larks,” are more likely to act dishonestly in the late evening hours. Night owls, on the other hand, exhibit a tendency toward ethical lapses early in the morning.Most of us are hard-wired to go to sleep and wake up at certain times of day. Some of us go to bed early to wake up early, while others prefer to stay up late and wake up late. Many of us fall somewhere in between. Researchers refer to this preference for...
Louloua Elazzah is an ambitious and enthusiastic Saudi chef who lives between Saudi Arabia, Canada, and Greece with 19 years of experience in the field of culinary arts.Elazzah created a cooking academy called Loulou’s Kitchen that offers special cooking classes as well as basics in kitchen management.The ability to recognize different cultures and traditions of people through cooking is what first attracted Elazzah to cooking. Even though, she has a passion for Asian cuisine, she considers herself as an international cook who gets creative with globally celebrated cuisine.Arab News met with Elazzah to talk about her cooking classes, her passion for food and future plans. You give cooking...

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BEIRUT: Lebanese singer Julia Boutros has once again raised her voice to the cause of the resistance, this time releasin...
Italian tenor Carlo Bergonzi, renowned for his virtuosity in Verdi operas, has died in Milan, the ANSA news agency reported Saturday. He was 90.During a career spanning 40 years, Bergonzi performed a string of stage roles, making his debut as a tenor at Milan’s La Scala in 1953.His voice was captured on numerous recordings, including one of every major Verdi operatic aria, which was made in 1976.After his retirement, he continued to work as a teacher.He also ran a Verdi singing competition and managed a hotel.He was regularly performing well into his 60s, and at the age of 75 undertook the...
SAN DIEGO: Several members of “The Avengers” descended on Comic-Con to debut the first footage from the upcoming superhero sequel.Robert Downey Jr. , Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo and Jeremy Renner were on hand with other cast members from “The Avengers: Age of Ultron,” including Samuel L. Jackson and Colbie Smolders.The footage kicked off with the superhero team attempting to pick up Thor’s mighty hammer before launching into a barrage of action-packed imagery, including Hulk battling a giant Iron Man robot and a close up of Captain America’s split shield.“If I lift it, do I get...

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