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Qur’an calligraphy show opens in Madinah

MADINAH: Islamic Affairs Minister Saleh Al-Asheikh opened an Islamic calligraphy show at Le Meridien here Tuesday and commended Muslim calligraphers around the world for reviving the Islamic art and promoting the message of Qur’an in an attractive manner. “God has honored the Arab nation by sending the Qur’an in Arabic […]

Students, medics abducted in Bahrain

Tehran Times Bahraini forces have reportedly abducted two female students and four women medics in different cities in line with the country’s harsh Saudi-backed crackdown. According to Press TV, the students were kidnapped in Bilad al-Qadim city and the medics in Isa town on Tuesday, witnesses said. Earlier on Tuesday, […]

Opposition parties (in Jordan) express concern over ‘deliberate delay’ in implementing reforms

By Mohammad Ben Hussein AMMAN – The National Coalition of Opposition Parties on Tuesday expressed concern over what they claimed was the government’s deliberate delay in implementing political and economic reforms. “The official policies to delay speeding up democratic reform is dangerous,” the coalition said following a meeting on Monday […]

Iranians top the list of Umrah pilgrims

Arab News By MUHAMMAD HUMAIDAN JEDDAH: A total of 724,000 pilgrims arrived for Umrah until early April, said the Haj Ministry on Monday, adding that the Umrah season has so far been a success. According to Haj Ministry records, 257,000 of the pilgrims were from Iran, 235,000 from Turkey, 171,000 […]

500 militants break out of Afghan prison

Kandahar, Monday Almost 500 Taliban prisoners escaped through a tunnel in an audacious overnight jailbreak in south Afghanistan which the president’s office called a security “disaster”. The Taliban said it was behind the operation to free the prisoners using a massive underground tunnel in its heartland of southern Kandahar, and […]

Stinking giant a hit in Basel

The rare blooming of a giant flower, taller than a man, that stinks of carrion, has been drawing thousands of visitors to Basel University’s botanical garden. The only previous time a titan arum (Amorphophallus titanum) produced a flower in Switzerland was 75 years ago. World-wide, there have only been 134 […]

Saleh agrees to step down under GCC deal

By SAEED AL-BATATI | ARAB NEWS SANAA: Yemen’s President Ali Abdullah Saleh has agreed to a proposal by Gulf mediators to step down within 30 days and hand power to his deputy in exchange for immunity from prosecution, state television announced Saturday. The protest movement demanding his immediate departure earlier said […]

Mahram law heaps frustration on women

By MARIAM NIHAL | ARAB NEWS JEDDAH: Saudi and foreign women in the Kingdom who wish to travel abroad often feel the heat of severe traveling regulations. Saudi laws dictate that women cannot travel without their mahram’s (male guardian) permission and in some cases can only tour with them. GCC countries […]