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Saudi king orders support for man who lost six children and wife in car accident

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Saudi King Salman ordered the provision of a house and a car for Saudi citizen Sami bin Mohammed Ali al-Naami who lost six of his children and wife in a car accident in Jazan last week, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported. Naami’s family members were killed in a tragic car accident on the Sabya road in Jazan on Tuesday. The horrific accident was due to excavations work on the road.They were buried on Wednesday in Abu al-Salaa village, and the funeral was attended by the townspeople and ...

Record absence of sunshine in central Europe

Saturday, 20 January 2018

In recent weeks, Belgium has experienced a record absence of sunshine. A lack of light that can sometimes affect morale, and even cause a depressive state. December was Belgium's darkest month since 1934. The country's meteorological institute says there was barely more than 10 hours of sunshine during the whole month. The lack of light is hard for some to bear. A psychiatrist says it can even help cause depression. December was also unusually wet, with twenty-six days of rain. While ...

At beloved falafel shop, Syrians get taste of pre-war Raqqa

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Amid the ruins of Raqqa, a small red shop is bringing some color back to the city. The al-Malik falafel restaurant, a culinary institution serving the city center for 40 years, finally reopened in early January. The owners had fled during the four-month battle to expel the Islamic State group from the city. But they've now returned, and so have their customers. Ammar Qattab, a restaurant owner, said "Our business is good, thank God. There is more and more work. There was a slowdown for a ...

Music therapy to help treat cancer? Doctors in India try adding a melodic dose

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Doctors in India are these days adding a dose of music therapy to their treatment regimen for physical and mental ailments and seem to have hit the right note with their patients.Not only physicians and psychiatrists, but even psychologists, researchers, educators and volunteers associated with prisons, special schools, community mental health agencies and drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers are discovering the therapeutic benefits of the seven basic notes of music. Music therapy is now a ...

New footage shows Hamza bin Laden at his wedding in Iran

Friday, 19 January 2018

Al Arabiya has received new footage and details surrounding the wedding of Hamza bin Laden, the son of al-Qaeda extremist group’s mastermind Osama, when he was 17 years old in Iran. The younger bin Laden is said to have married the daughter of al-Qaeda's second-in-command and deputy to current leader Ayman al-Zawahri, Abdullah Ahmad Abdullah, nicknamed "Abu Mohammed al-Masri". The clip, which Al Arabiya was briefed on its details, was among the latest documents released by the ...

Reports suggest youth arrested, tortured to death during recent Iran uprising

Friday, 19 January 2018

Two more Iranians have been identified as having been killed under torture by authorities in Arak and Sanandaj during the recent uprising. The body of 20-year-old Seyed Shahab Abtahi was left in front of his father’s house 10 days after he was arrested in Arak. Signs of the baton blows were visible on his body. Earlier, 22-year-old street vendor Vahid Heidari was killed by baton blows while he was detained. The police of Markazi Province falsely alleged that Heidari had been arrested on ...

Report: Pakistan-Iran train services to resume this year

Friday, 19 January 2018

Pakistan and Iran have decided to resume a fortnightly passenger train service between the countries beginning September, a news report has revealed. According to the report, the decision has been taken in the wake of improvement in the security situation. The decision was taken at a meeting of railway officials from the two countries on Thursday in which Zahedan Railways director general Majid Arjouni led the Iranian delegation and Railways Board secretary Zubair Shafi Ghauri chaired the ...

ANALYSIS: Stronger, stable Middle East states the most effective answer to ISIS

Thursday, 18 January 2018

ISIS weakness is now tangible. The terrorist group used to control an area as big as the United Kingdom. Now it has lost control even over its stronghold Raqqa. Once ISIS used to be the richest terrorist group, with an estimated $2 billion in 2015, but now its revenues have dwindled, falling from $81 million per month in 2015 to $16 million per month in 2017. Despite this, in 2016 ISIS managed to increase in terms of both the number of victims and number of countries in which was operating. ...

Details emerge surrounding murder of Saudi preacher in Guinea

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Sources have confirmed to Al Arabiya that one person has been arrested for the murder of a Saudi preacher killed while on a visit in Guinea while security officials are still searching for three other attackers. Sheikh Abdul Muhsin Al-Tuwaijri was a member of a mission building mosques in upper Guinea and was killed on Tuesday night in the village of Kantebalandougou, between the towns Kankan and Kerouane. Three other people are currently being considered suspects in the case and have not been ...

What’s Iranian Azad University’s game plan in opening branches across region?

Thursday, 18 January 2018

The Iran-based university Islamic Azad University is in the process of spreading its footprint by opening branches in cities across Syria, extending Tehran’s influence and raising many eyebrows in the region. Islamic Azad University was founded in 1982 in Iran and is the second largest university after Tehran University. It is a non-governmental university founded by the late Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani. The university is also launching operations in Lebanon and Iraq. ...

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