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Thai premier seeks to boost cooperation with Gulf countries, hopes for better ties with Saudi Arabia and more talks with Red Shirts in Bangkok

March 31, 2010
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Bahrain and Thailand have agreed to bolster their cooperation on food security, Islamic finance, education, culture and construction. In a joint communiqué at the end of Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva’s two-day visit to Manama, the two countries said that they had convergent ideas and views on bilateral and multilateral cooperation, the situation in...
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US Navy radar aircraft crashes into the Arabian Gulf

March 31, 2010
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A US Navy radar aircraft with four crew members on board crashed into the Arabian Sea at around 2 pm on Wednesday, the Bahrain-based US Fifth Fleet said in a statement. “An E-2C Hawkeye from Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 121 stationed aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) crashed at sea while...
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Russia companies hopeful GCC countries will buy their weapons

March 31, 2010
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Russian weapon firms, encouraged by news that the Gulf Cooperation Council countries are willing to spend more on defensive equipment, are optimistic of striking deals in the region, a senior military official has said. Dmitry V Matveev, from the Federal Service for Military Technical Co-operation (FSMTC) of Russia, told Qatari daily Gulf Times that...
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Qatar to allow 100% foreign ownership in some sectors

March 31, 2010
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Qatar is mulling an amendment to its investment law that allows up to 100% foreign ownership in certain commercial enterprises, a local daily reported on Wednesday. “The Minister of Business and Trade may now issue a resolution to allow the foreign ownership limit to exceed 49% in the sectors of business consulting, technical services,...
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Call to close restaurants at midnight likely to fuel tension in Bahrain

March 31, 2010
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The bitter standoff between conservatives and liberals in Bahrain is likely to deepen among news that a municipal council is pushing for the closing of restaurants and cafés at midnight. According to a report in Al Ayam daily, Manama Municipal Council has suggested that all restaurants and cafés should close at midnight. “The suggestion...
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Bahrain contributes $1 million to Haiti recovery efforts

March 31, 2010
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Bahrain has contributed $1 million to recovery efforts in Haiti, the United Nations has said. “Bahrain’s ambassador to the United Nations, Tawfeeq Al Mansoor presented a cheque of $ 1 million to United Nations Development programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark as Bahrain’s contribution to recovery efforts in Haiti,” the United Nations Information Centre in...
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Gulf Air increases flights to Iraq, Iran and Malysia, starts services to Alexandria and Aleppo

March 30, 2010
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Gulf Air will increase flights to Iraq and Iran and will start flying to Alexandria and Aleppo from June 2010, the airline said on Tuesday. Services to the Egyptian sea city of Alexandria will start on June 2 with four flights per week, while flights to Aleppo in Syria will begin on 17 June...
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Sell-out concert cancellation causes deep disappointment in Bahrain

March 30, 2010
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Sell-out concert cancellation causes deep disappointment in Bahrain

Thousands of music lovers in Bahrain have expressed disappointment after the sell-out concert of Saudi star Mohammad Abdoo scheduled for Tuesday evening in Manama was cancelled. In a brief statement, the organizers of the Spring of Culture Festival said that the open-air concert in a historic fort, considered by most Bahrainis and Gulf nationals...
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Kuwaiti woman who started fire that killed 57 women and children sentenced to death

March 30, 2010
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A 23-year-old Kuwait woman was on Tuesday sentenced to death for causing a fire that killed 57 women and children attending a wedding party in a tent in Al Jahra, 45 kilometres west of Kuwait City. Judges Adel Al Sagr, Ahmad Abu Al Amayem and Khalid Abdul Hadi said that Nasra Yusuf Mohammad Al...
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Bahrain minister says law to protect children a necessity as country records 137 abuses in 2009

March 30, 2010
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Bahrain minister says law to protect children a necessity as country records 137 abuses in 2009

More than 135 children suffered abuses in Bahrain in 2009, the social development minister has said. “According to the records, 27 children did not receive any care, eight were abused psychologically, 32 abused physically and 70 abused sexually,” Dr Fatima Al Beloushi said. The minister said that the promulgation of a law is an...
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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
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Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
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  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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