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Tiësto gives a kaleidoscopic concert in Abu Dhabi
Looking back a few months ago, it seemed as though nothing could make it up to all the disappointed UAE trance fans for not being able to witness Tiësto live in concert in Abu Dhabi.
Il Porto: a slice of Italy
Monica Bellucci may have said: "In Italy, the concept of the family is very important." However, Il Porto begs to differ. They feel the concept of pizza is all-important. Of course, the family is a superlative factor in any country — you just have to bring them to it.
Washington gearing up for Indian cultural extravaganza
For nearly three weeks next month, America’s most famed and busiest performing arts facility will be transformed into a high temple of India’s varied culture. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, will celebrate India with an extraordinary fare of classical, folkloric and contemporary masterpieces from the country.
Edge goes nationalistic
It’s the return of the Prodigal Son. Edge of Arabia, the nonprofit organization that is responsible for catapulting contemporary art from Saudi Arabia into the international art arena, is returning home. The pioneering art initiative, which has become both regionally and internationally recognized as the main instigator behind a contemporary Saudi art presence, is now giving back to the place where it all started: its homeland, Saudi Arabia.
The Pleasures And Sorrows Of Work
Alain De Botton is a sharp observer of the way we live. He notices the smallest details and detects the slightest changes.
Big surfing contest wipes out, no waves
SAN FRANCISCO: An epic US surfing contest that in the past featured athletes riding huge waves is washing out this year, due to a lack of big surf, organizers said.
Two to be charged in cow’s head prank
EBENSBURG, Pennsylvania: Police plan to cite two men who left a package containing a cow’s head on the doorstep of some friends in Pennsylvania.
Larry King pays a guest visit to CNN home
NEW YORK: Larry King thinks his British successor, Piers Morgan, laid on the hype a little too thick before debuting last month.
Yemen to host mud architecture conference
SANAA: Yemen's Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research is preparing for an international conference on Yemen's distinctive mud-brick architecture that is expected to bring together one hundred architects from inside and outside the country in Seiyun, Hadramout, southeast of Yemen.
Katrib concert wows fans
JEDDAH: The Italian Cultural Center in Jeddah with the support of the Consulate General of Italy, held a cultural event in Jeddah, showcasing the talent of singer-songwriter and visual artist Christophe Katrib (also known as Cristobal) on Wednesday night.
German cross-eyed opossum to land in Oscar gift bags
BERLIN: Germany’s superstar cross-eyed opossum Heidi will travel to Hollywood for the Academy Awards after all, appearing as a plush toy in celebrity “goodie bags” at Sunday’s annual awards show.
From Beatles to ballet, McCartney writes for dance
LONDON: From the Beatles to ballet - Paul McCartney is putting the finishing touches to his first original orchestral score for dance.
Anne Hathaway trains for Catwoman,
LOS ANGELES: These days, Anne Hathaway is a busy woman. Or make that a busy Catwoman.
Elizabeth Taylor feeling stronger, still in hospital
LOS ANGELES: British-born actress Elizabeth Taylor is getting better in hospital and she has not had a heart attack, a stroke or any kind of heart surgery, her representative said on Thursday.
Healthlines: Invest in your health
Whatever your dreams are for your future you need to invest in your health to reach them. In the current economic situation it is difficult to look forward and choose the best place to invest your hard earned cash for the best payoff.
Eat this, not that
For most people in the Kingdom, eating out is a treat and a form of entertainment. With the ever-increasing number of restaurants and cafes, it has become a way of life. However, the fat, calories, sugar and sodium can quickly add up if you eat out regularly, especially since portion sizes at fast food counters and restaurants are usually bigger than what you would normally eat at home. Not to worry, however, Arab News has got you covered with tips on how to make smart and healthy choices the next time you eat out or on the run.
Ancient herbs and spices to rejuvenate and heal (Part 6)
I am eager to return to my carefully selected herbs and spice. From your many e-mails on the subject, I assume that you are not bored of my series of articles about these multi-faceted ‘little things.’ Don’t “good things come in little packets?”
Don’t be ‘blind’ to smoking dangers
The number of smokers in Saudi Arabia has amplified to a big sum of six million, of which 600,000 are women.
Boyle returns to stage with ‘Frankenstein’
LONDON: Danny Boyle made the world root for a Mumbai street urchin in “Slumdog Millionaire” and made James Franco sweat as a climber trapped in a Utah canyon for “127 Hours.” Then for his next trick, he made a monster.
Indian man has 39 wives, nearly 100 children
GUWAHATI: The more, the merrier is certainly true for Ziona Chana, a 66-year-old man in India's remote northeast who has 39 wives, 94 children and 33 grandchildren -- and wouldn't mind having more.
Husband breaks wife's arm for changing channel
DAMMAM: The Family Takaful Committee (FTC) in the Eastern Province is currently considering the case of a husband who broke his wife's arm because she dared to change the television channel while he was watching a clip of girls singing and dancing, Al-Yaum newspaper reported Monday.
Oliver Stone wins Boulder Film Festival award
BOULDER, Colorado: Director Oliver Stone has been awarded a "Master of Cinema" award by the Boulder International Film Festival. The Boulder Daily Camera reports the award was presented on Sunday, the last night of the festival.
Banned Mexican group hopes to return to Tijuana
MEXICO CITY: The norteno band Tucanes de Tijuana hopes to be able to perform once again in that Mexican border city, now that a police official who banned it from playing there has resigned.
PBS music series begins 3rd season April 1
NEW YORK: PBS opens the third season of "Live From the Artists Den" on April 1 with an Elvis Costello concert in a venue most associated with quiet. Costello and his band, the Sugarcanes, perform at the New York Public Library in Manhattan.
Film of JFK on eve of assassination surfaces
DALLAS: A color home movie of President John F. Kennedy's appearance in Houston on the eve of his 1963 assassination has surfaced. The silent film captures Kennedy and first lady Jacqueline Kennedy in their appearance at a League of United Latin American Citizens meeting at the Rice Hotel in Houston on the night of Nov. 21, 1963.
Audiences discover 'Unknown' at box offices
LOS ANGELES: Thriller “Unknown” topped box office charts over a long US holiday weekend that saw several movies bunched near $20 million, including adventure “I Am Number Four,” according to studio estimates on Sunday.
Co-producer of 'Narnia' films dies
NEW YORK: A co-producer of "The Chronicles of Narnia" films and author has died in New York City. He was 39. Police say Perry Moore was found unconscious in the bathroom of his Manhattan apartment.
William, Kate wedding invites posted
LONDON: Keep an eye on the mailbox — Britain's Prince William and bride-to-be Kate Middleton have sent out invites to their hotly anticipated royal wedding to around 1,900 guests. Military personnel and charity workers will mingle with European royalty, diplomats and the family and friends of the couple at the Westminster Abbey ceremony on April 29, St. James's Palace said Sunday. Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh will lead a group of 50 members of the British royal family at the wedding, while around 40 representatives of foreign royal families — likely to include dignitaries from Spain, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Greece — will also attend.
Cee Lo rocks NBA All-Star festivities
LOS ANGELES: Fresh off his duet with Gwyneth Paltrow at the Grammy Awards, Cee Lo returned to Staples Center for NBA All-Star Saturday night. The singer-songwriter performed the cleaned-up version of his hit "Forget You," the same song he, Paltrow and Jim Henson's Puppets did on the Grammys last Sunday.
Jury acquits man who uses wiry hair defense
DOYLESTOWN, Pa.: A Philadelphia man's wiry hair has helped him beat a robbery rap. The evidence against Timothy Corbett included surveillance footage and an eyewitness account, but his defense was that his stiff hair didn't match the tousled appearance of the man in the video.
Toads on the road bode ill for Freiburg fans
BERLIN: Migrating toads will force thousands of Freiburg fans to find a different way home when they leave their stadium after the Bundesliga game against VfL Wolfsburg. Freiburg said they would close one of the access roads to departing fans to keep it clear for the long line of amphibians making their annual trek.
City to expel 22,000 bats from gardens
SYDNEY: A colony of 22,000 bats may be coming to a neighborhood near you after an Australian court served the flying foxes with an eviction notice and allowed the government to chase them away with loud industrial noise.
Radiohead releases new, priced album
NEW YORKL Radiohead's new album "The King of Limbs" has arrived a day early. The band made the album available Friday for download from its website.
Kruger takes to stunt in 'Unknown'
BERLIN: Diane Kruger resisted the temptation to call in a stuntwoman for a challenging action scene in the thriller "Unknown." Kruger stars alongside Liam Neeson in the movie, which screened out of competition Friday at the Berlin film festival.
Ancient herbs and spices to rejuvenate and heal (Part 5)
As promised, I am back this week with more medicinal herbs and spices. I am sure many of us have used these “wonder” full plants either to season dishes or to enjoy sipping their infusions in relaxing moment alone or with friends. Actually, hot and cold infusions and drinks have become very popular in restaurants and eateries, which offer a wide assortment of exotic and Oriental teas, aromatic herbs and seeds, and their blends. I know how eager you are to acquaint yourselves with more of Nature’s precious gift; your many e-mails express it. So, let us go through my selection for today.
Destination: Abu Dhabi
Arab News will be your guide to the hottest destinations and events in the Middle East that will stun you beyond belief. Our first destination is to the Emirate capital, Abu Dhabi.
Early balding linked to risk of prostate cancer
LONDON: A study showing that men who start to go bald at 20 may be more likely to develop prostate cancer in later life suggests they might benefit from early screening or preventative therapy, scientists said on Tuesday.
Young Pole conquers Spain skyscraper in bike stunt
MADRID: A Polish stunt cyclist has climbed to the top of Europe’s tallest hotel by hopping up 921 steps.
Just in time: NC couple claims $1M lottery prize
STALLINGS, North Carolina: A North Carolina couple has claimed a $1 million lotto prize just a day before it expired.
Monarch butterfly count bounces back from bad year
MEXICO CITY: Monarch butterfly colonies in Mexico more than doubled in size this winter after bad storms devastated their numbers a year ago, conservationists said on Monday although the migrating insect remains under threat.
Androids to run in world’s 1st robot marathon
TOKYO: A technology company is organizing the world’s first marathon for robots in Japan, a country known for its love of gizmos.
Portion control
Many people and especially men who eat a healthy diet are overweight and unhealthy simply because they eat too much. They may be eating a healthy balanced diet but they are just eating too much of it.
Australian man washed overboard survives long swim
BRISBANE, Australia: An Australian fisherman who swam for six hours to reach shore after a rogue wave knocked him out of his boat said Wednesday that he survived on “adrenaline” and “sheer determination.” Andrew Wilson, 25, was on his own and was not wearing a life jacket when the wave sent him over the side of his boat Tuesday off the Gold Coast, south of the Queensland state capital, Brisbane.
US teacher strikes nerve with ‘lazy whiners’ blog
FEASTERVILLE, Pennsylvania: A high school English teacher in suburban Philadelphia has become an icon by daring to ask in no delicate terms: Why are today’s students unmotivated — and what’s wrong with calling them out? Natalie Munroe was suspended from her job in the middle-class Central Bucks School District for her profanity-laced blog, which has since been taken down.
Malaysia bars Iranian singer for insulting Islam
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has barred an Iranian singer from performing a concert later this week because his work has insulted Islam, authorities said Wednesday.
Coca-Cola says secret of its recipe still intact
NEW YORK: Coca-Cola Co said on Tuesday that its flagship cola recipe is still secret after nearly 125 years, denying a story by a public radio show that it has uncovered the formula.
Man, 84, survives desert ordeal over 5 days
PHOENIX: An 84-year-old man is telling a story of survival after being stranded five days in the Arizona high desert.
Woman crowned nation's top grocery bagger
BURLINGTON, Vt.: A Vermont woman has been crowned the nation's top grocery bagger. Twenty-four-year-old Krystal Smith of Burlington won the award and the $10,000 prize at the 2011 US Best Bagger National Championship in Las Vegas.
'Murderer' held after 20 years on run
HAMILTON, Ind.: A man who disappeared from Indiana shortly after a romantic rival was fatally stabbed awaits extradition to the United States on a murder charge, after his two decades on the run ended abruptly at an airport in India.
Downing Street brings in street-smart cat
LONDON: Downing Street has a new occupant - a street-smart character with a license to kill. Larry, a four-year-old tabby, has been brought in to the prime minister's residence to clean up a gang of dirty rats who have been openly parading in front of the TV cameras.
Princess Diana's brother engaged to a Canadian
LONDON: The British aristocracy's wedding calendar is filling up. Less than two months after Prince William is due to wed his university sweetheart Kate Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, his uncle, Earl Spencer, will be tying the knot with Canadian philanthropist Karen Gordon at his ancestral home in Althorp, in central England.
Indian Embassy hosts film festival
RIYADH: A festival of films from different parts of the world "International Film Festival-Riyadh: The Ambassadors' Choice" will open at the Indian Embassy Auditorium on Friday, with an Indian movie.
Grammy TV audience hits 10-year high
LOS ANGELES: A combination of old stars including Mick Jagger and Barbra Streisand and newer faces such as Justin Bieber and Katy Perry lifted the music industry's Grammy Awards on Sunday to their biggest audience in 10 years.
Christina Aguilera, ex finalize divorce
LOS ANGELES: Court records show Christina Aguilera and music executive Jordan Bratman have finalized their divorce. Most of the details of the couple's breakup were not filed with the court, but the judgment will not become official until April 15.
Sen. Scott Brown to go on book tour
NEW YORK: Sen. Scott Brown is about to begin an old political ritual: A book tour. The first-term Massachusetts Republican will visit California, Florida and several other states to promote his memoir "Against All Odds," which comes out next week.
British army apologizes to troops fired by e-mail
LONDON: Britain’s military has apologized for using e-mails to tell several dozen long-serving soldiers that they were being laid off.
Man ties machine on Day 1 of ‘Jeopardy!” showdown
NEW YORK: A man-versus-machine showdown on popular US quiz show “Jeopardy!” ended in a tie on the first day of a three-day challenge, when an IBM computer showed off its knowledge of the Beatles, as well as a few glitches.
Japanese women fight to keep surnames in marriage
TOKYO: A group of Japanese citizens has filed a lawsuit challenging a civil law that effectively stops women from keeping their surnames when they marry.
McDonalds serves up McWeddings in Hong Kong
HONG KONG: Young Hong Kong couples can now grab love on the run at the city's McDonald's outlets, which are offering a burgeoning new sideline: "McWeddings."
'Twilight' fan lied about bite marks
MARATHON, FlORIDA: Authorities say a Florida teen has told police that bite marks on her body came from "Twilight"-inspired vampire role playing - not from someone who attacked her while she was out jogging.
Judge tells Lohan day of reckoning coming soon
LOS ANGELES: A judge on Wednesday gave Lindsay Lohan roughly two weeks to decide if she will fight or take a plea deal in a felony grand theft case, but either decision could send the troubled starlet back behind bars.
World’s first robot marathon kicks off in Japan
TOKYO: The world’s first robot marathon is under way in western Japan, with five two-legged participants racing on an indoor track.
The Kite Runners: Tradition soars in Riyadh as connoisseurs join carnival
Ever since Khaled Hosseini’s bestseller, “The Kite Runner,” descended into the minds of its readers, every kite has piqued our curiosity. Fortunately, Riyadh’s kite runners have given flight to a kite-flying carnival in the Kingdom.
The Complete Man
Mark Twain might have said: "clothes make a man." While this may be true, what defines a man is a more pertinent question. You may be wearing a pair of denim jeans and a classic Ralph Lauren polo t-shirt, but is that enough? Apparently not. A common consensus amongst men is that they look at more than that brand plastered on your tee, such as your watch, sunglasses, shoes, wallet and car keys. Of course, a tie, scarf or hat this season would also ignite charisma and instantly light up your persona.
Grammys Showcase Arab Designers
It’s official! Saudi Arabian talent has made its first appearance on the red carpet! Thanks to the talented Mohammed Ashi of Ashi Studio, Saudi Arabia has now joined the fashionable ranks of Lebanon — the Middle East Couturier to the West. Ashi Studio of Saudi Arabia dressed a record of four celebrities for this year’s Grammys!
The history of Al-Kaaba through the hands of a painter
Nasser Al-Salim, a young emerging painter with extensive training in the tholoth, farsi, diywani, jalidiywani and roqa’a scripts, used his unique skilled penmanship to produce his latest silk screen print on paper artwork called “Tarikh Al-Kaaba” (The history of the Kaaba), which was recently exhibited at the Young Saudi Artists exhibition at Athr Gallery.
Dukan: The Fashionable diet
Even if you don’t concur with the fad diet idea, chances are you still want to know about it. After all, it only  has five million women followers who swear by it! Intrigued? Thought so.
Peeling: A sensational feeling for glowing skin
Many women dream of having smooth skin with a natural glow, especially if they have weary skin, dark spots and pimple scars. The best solution to achieve healthier skin is to get a peel at the dermatologist.
Tired of life but not of London!
In a month that marked the wettest day of the year in the UK, historians at a school argued that Britain's imperial past has been ignored for too long and should be reinstated at the core of secondary school curriculum.
Night Dragon devours energy data
The Internet is such an incredible enabler for business that companies can hardly imagine how work ever got done without it. Unfortunately, the Internet is also a great enabler for industrial espionage.
Shakira, Pique hold hands while out in the town
BOGOTA: New photos show Colombian singer Shakira and Barcelona soccer player Gerard Pique holding hands as they enter a restaurant in the Catalonian city. Rumors that the two were having an affair surfaced during last year's World Cup in South Africa.
China’s ruling party launches search engine
BEIJING: The news agency of China’s ruling Communist Party has launched an Internet search site following Google’s decision to close its Chinese search engine last year over censorship.
Hot favorite from Iran wins top award at Berlin
BERLIN: Iranian drama “Nader and Simin: A Separation” won the Golden Bear for best picture at the Berlin film festival on Saturday, while its ensemble cast also picked up the best actor and actress prizes on a triumphant night.
Tell-all on WikiLeaks' Assange coming out in March
NEW YORK: More leaks about the WikiLeaks founder will soon be published. The Cogito Media Group is releasing "Julian Assange - WikiLeaks: Warrior for Truth," an unauthorized biography by Sophie Radermecker and Valerie Guichaoua.
Lady Gaga breaks iTunes records
LOS ANGELES: Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" has become the fastest-selling single ever on Apple's iTunes store worldwide, racking up more than one million downloads in five days, Apple said on Friday. Apple said the song — a Madonna-influenced dance track that the 24 year-old singer performed after "hatching" from a giant egg at the Grammy Awards - had hit the No. 1 spot on iTunes in 23 countries.
Never say never: Bieber wins MVP at celeb game
LOS ANGELES: Justin Bieber finally won a trophy in L.A. The Canadian teen singing sensation, who was shut out at the Grammys, was chosen most valuable player despite playing for the losing team in the National Basketball Association All-Star celebrity game on Friday night.
Will France say ‘Au Revoir’ to its cuisine?
Michael Steinberger’s “Au Revoir to All That: The Rise and Fall of French Cuisine” will please lovers and critics of French cuisine and good food aficionados as well.
Bharat: Traditional and contemporary Indian
Bharat is Leylaty Group’s latest foray into the restaurant scene. A contemporary Indian restaurant located on the premises of the Stars Avenue Mall, Bharat has had people buzzing since it first opened in early February. In fact, it took me three visits to finally delve behind the doors of Bharat — I was turned away twice due to a private function and another time for it being a “family only” weekend (or, at least the weekend I visited).
Girl with 12 fingers, 14 toes reaches for a record
YANGON, Myanmar: A mother in Myanmar says her baby girl’s 12 fingers and 14 toes have been no disadvantage — her grip may even be stronger than normal — and now she’s grasping for a Guinness record.
Computer crushes the competition on 'Jeopardy!’
NEW YORK: The computer outsmarted its human competition in Game 1 of the Man vs. Machine competition on “Jeopardy!” On the 30-question game board, veteran “Jeopardy!” champs Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter managed only five correct responses between them during the Double Jeopardy round that aired Tuesday. They ended the first game of the two-game face-off with paltry earnings of $4,800 and $10,400 respectively.
Man ties machine on Day 1 of ‘Jeopardy!” showdown
  1. Shape of new Irish government yet to emerge
  2. Iraq PM gives gov’t 100 days to improve — or else
  3. Call for Egypt reform referendum expected this week
  4. Yemen’s parties to join anti-president protests
  5. Libya case a new challenge for International Court
Oman police fire rubber bullets at protesters, two dead
As an old Cold Warrior against atheistic Communism and former Editor of EAST EUROPE Magazine, I
Dr Jon Speller at Feb 27, 2011 17:58
Opinion: It is madness in Libya
It is unfortunate what is happening in libya but let us remember that most of these leaders lik
yani shephard at Feb 27, 2011 17:52
Opposition tells Qaddafi: 'Flee to Europe'
IF u say Qaddafi isis a murderer what about Bush and Tony Blair
Md ali khan at Feb 27, 2011 17:08
King issues decrees to solve housing, economic, unemployment problems
@ Khan, <br/>No. This time King has promised the increase for all employees, including expatria
Shoukath at Feb 27, 2011 17:07
King coming home today
Ali at Feb 27, 2011 17:07
Cracks in decade-old US-Pakistan partnership
What Pakistan expects from the world? It's Aid first then the Invasion. <br/> <br/>Pakistan sh
IND EXPAT at Feb 27, 2011 17:06
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