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Hajj 2018: More than 2 million pilgrims begin journey of a lifetime


MAKKAH: The number of pilgrims in Saudi Arabia passed two million on Saturday, Saudi security chiefs said, as the country finished preparations for the annual Hajj pilgrimage to begin on Sunday.

US President sends condolences to families of Saudi students who drowned saving children in Massachusetts


JEDDAH: US President Donald Trump sent a cable of condolences to the families of Saudi students Theeb Al-Yami, 27, and Jaser Al-Rakah, 25, who drowned in the US state of Massachusetts while trying to rescue two American children from…

Woman refuses flood rescue unless her 25 dogs go too


KOCHI, India: A woman refused to leave her flooded house in India’s Kerala state without her 25 dogs, a rescuer said Saturday, as the death toll continued to rise.

Gigi Hadid visits Rohingya refugee camps


JEDDAH: American-Palestinian supermodel Gigi Hadid is visiting Bangladesh to meet Rohingya Muslim refugees. The 23-year-old model is documenting her work with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Bangladesh on social media.

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Migrant spouse of pregnant woman detained on way to hospital


LOS ANGELES: A California woman said Saturday that she had to drive herself to the hospital and give birth without her husband after he was detained by immigration agents.

What We Are Reading Today: Optimal Transport Methods in Economics


Optimal Transport Methods in Economics is the first textbook on the subject written especially for students and researchers in economics.


As Philippines’ Duterte starts to flag, his daughter reaches out to a Marcos


MANILA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte thinks political dynasties are bad. But the way the prevailing political winds are blowing, it looks like a dynasty of his own might be taking shape. Nine months away from mid-term elections…


EIBank chief on how to handle geopolitical headwinds


DUBAI: Khaled Sifri, chief executive of Emirates Investment Bank, uses two words much of the time: Headwinds, and geopolitics. It turns out they are virtually synonymous for him.


Rohingya ‘rights at risk’ after Myanmar ID move


DHAKA: Bangladesh has yet to decide whether it will replace its official description of Rohingya refugees — a move some claim will limit the Rohingyas’ rights as Myanmar citizens.

Macron and Merkel warn of ‘humanitarian risks’ in Idlib


French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel voiced concern Friday about the humanitarian situation in the opposition-held Syrian region of Idlib, which is shaping up be the country’s next big battleground.


Turkey to expand cross-border military operations


SHANGHAI: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has told his ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) congress that Turkey would press on with and expand its cross-border military operations.

Hajj through history: A 1,400-year spiritual odyssey


JEDDAH: The annual Muslim pilgrimage of Hajj is an Islamic practice more than 1,400 years old that holds an incomparable spiritual value for Muslims when performed during their lifetime.


Hajj pilgrims get clean bill of health


JEDDAH: Pilgrims at this year’s Hajj have been given a clean bill of health by Saudi authorities who confirmed on Saturday that no cases of epidemic or quarantine disease have been reported.


AS IT HAPPENED: Al-Hilal 2 v. Al-Ittihad 1 - Saudi Super Cup, London


LONDON: Carlos Eduardo ended months of anguish and heartache by firing Al-Hilal to Saudi Super Cup glory at a bouncing Loftus Road stadium on Saturday night.

US regulators target Facebook on discriminatory housing ads


NEW YORK: Federal regulators are alleging that Facebook’s advertising tools allow landlords and real estate brokers to engage in housing discrimination.


Virat Kohli falls short of century as India show guts at Trent Bridge


India captain Virat Kohli fell three runs short of a century but had the satisfaction of leading an India batting revival on the first day of the third Test against England at Trent Bridge on Saturday.


Saudi women incubate creative ideas for community development


JEDDAH: The Halcyon Incubator fellowship on Friday concluded a program in Washington, DC for a group of Saudi female pioneers in social development.


UN chief proposes options to protect Palestinians, Israel says ‘no’


UNITED NATIONS: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday presented four options aimed at boosting the protection of Palestinians in Israeli-occupied territories, from sending UN rights monitors and unarmed observers to deploying a…


Turkey’s president says country will defy economic threats


ISTANBUL: Turkey’s president has said his country will stand strong against an “attempted economic coup” amid heightened tensions with the US.


Iranian navy mounts new defense system on warship


DUBAI: Iran’s navy has mounted a locally built advanced defensive weapons system on one of its warships for the first time, the Iranian navy chief was quoted as saying on Saturday, as tensions mount with the US military in the Gulf.

Saturday, Aug 18

Couple awarded $1 million in voyeurism lawsuit


BELLINGHAM, Washington: A judge has awarded a Washington couple $1 million in damages after they sued a former lifeguard and city employee who admitted to videotaping women while they used a staff changing area at an aquatic center.

Meet the cheese maker with a lot of bottle


YORKSHIRE: This is a very cheesy story, in the best possible way. It is also a story about resourcefulness, determination and how to build a new life when an old one is lost.

Friday, Aug 17

Saudi Arabia pledges $100m to help stabilize Syria’s northeast


RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has contributed $100 million to help reconstruct areas of north-eastern Syria formerly held by Daesh.

On Thai island’s Phuket, hotel guests check out of plastic waste


KUALA LUMPUR: For the millions of sun seekers who head to Thailand’s resort island of Phuket each year in search of stunning beaches and clear waters, cutting down on waste may not be a top priority.

Life lessons from inspirational women — Joelle Mardinian


Author:; ARAB NEWS; article author:; Arab News; 1534483501802613600; Fri, 2018-08-17 08:24; The Lebanese beauty mogul talks travel, truth and trust

Australian teen sparks FBI action after hacking Apple -media


SYDNEY: An Australian teenager has pleaded guilty to hacking into the main computer network of technology giant Apple Inc, downloading big internal files and accessing customer accounts, because he was a fan of the company, local media…

Thursday, Aug 16

US unveils action group to run policy on ‘malign’ Iran


WASHINGTON/JEDDAH: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has named Brian Hook as the new 'special representative' for Iran, who will head up an 'Iran Action Group.'

Music icon Aretha Franklin dies at 76


DETROIT: Aretha Franklin, the music legend, icon and Grammy-winning singer celebrated as the “Queen of Soul,” died at her home in Detroit on Thursday, her longtime publicist announced. She was 76.

Jordan weighs up Russian offer for voluntary return of Syrian refugees


AMMAN: Russia will help Jordan repatriate more than 150,000 Syrian refugees who fled fighting with the Assad regime in the country’s south, a Jordanian official said.

Man with suspected explosive vest neutralized in Saudi city


JEDDAH: Saudi security forces neutralized a man who was wearing what looked like an explosive vest in the city of Al-Bukayriyah and wounded him in an exchange of gunfire, an Interior Ministry spokesman said in a statement early on Thursday.

Wednesday, Aug 15

Netflix starts filming first original Arabic series in Jordan


DUBAI: Netflix began filming “Jinn,” its first original series in Arabic, in Amman earlier this week, in the home country of the scriptwriter, Bassel Ghandour, who wrote and produced the Oscar-nominated “Theeb.”

5 charged with terror after raid, shoot-out in Jordan


AMMAN: Five men arrested after a gun battle during a security raid in the Jordanian town of Salt were charged on Wednesday with terrorism offenses.

Saudi Vision 2030 ‘will boost competitiveness,’ WEF says


LONDON: Countries across the Middle East are struggling to create diverse opportunities for their youth, according to the latest World Economic Forum (WEF) Arab World Competitiveness Report.

Abadi faces US wrath at U-turn on Iran sanctions


BAGHDAD: Failure by Iraq to comply fully with tough new US economic sanctions against Iran would be insane, analysts told Arab News on Tuesday.

Tuesday, Aug 14

Bella Hadid ‘unrecognizable’ in Versace campaign


LONDON: Supermodel Bella Hadid just dropped an image from a new campaign for Versace. Fans were quick to note the 21-year-old American-Palestinian model “looked different” in the image, with some suggesting an uncanny resemblance to sister…

London police questioning suspect in Westminster 'terrorist' incident


LONDON: London's Metropolitan Police say that they are treating a car crash outside Parliament, during the UK capital's busy rush hour period, as a terrorist incident.

Khamenei blames Rouhani for economic crisis in Iran


LONDON: Iran’s supreme leader on Monday accused President Hassan Rouhani’s government of mismanagement, after a string of angry public protests over the dire state of the economy.

Saudi interior minister reviews Hajj safety procedures


JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s interior minister patronized a military parade of the Hajj security forces on Monday.