Archive for August, 2010

Kuwait tightens visit visa delivery in anti-begging campaign

August 4, 2010
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Kuwait has halted the delivery of visit visas as part of an anti-begging campaign, a local paper has said. “The interior minister has issued directives to deliver visit visas for Arab nationals only in extreme cases in order to help fight the phenomenon of begging in Ramadan,” Al Shahed daily said, quoting unnamed sources....
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“Unseen Treasures” exhibition to highlight Islamic civilisation in India, Turkey, Central Asia and Andalucia

August 4, 2010
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Fifty new objects will be on display in the permanent galleries of Qatar’s Museum of Islamic Art from the first day of Ramadan, museum officials have said. The new objects of the “Unseen Treasures” exhibition represent the history of Islamic civilisation in several regions including Iraq, India, Iran, Turkey, Central Asia, Andalucia and others...
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BlackBerry makers agree to ban porn sites in Kuwait, open security codes for check in India

August 3, 2010
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BlackBerry makers Research in Motion (RIM) has told Kuwaiti authorities that it agreed to block access to thousands of pornographic sites from the Arabian Gulf state, a local paper has said. “The communication ministry has sent to RIM a list of 3,000 pornographic sites that should be blocked,” Al Jareeda daily reported on Tuesday....
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Qatar reiterates opposition to military escalation in the region

August 3, 2010
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Qatar’s prime minister has reiterated his country’s opposition to military escalation in the region. “Qatar is against any military action in the region because the region cannot bear such action,” Shaikh Hamad Bin Jassem Al Thani said. “Iran is our neighbour in the Gulf … and we are keen on the use of diplomacy...
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44,000 Sri Lankans take up Qatar jobs in 2009

August 2, 2010
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Habib Toumi Bureau chief Manama: Qatar, reportedly the largest employment provider to Sri Lankan nationals in the last two years, received more than 44,000 workers from Sri Lanka last year, a Sri-Lanka-based website said. The website, The Migrant News, quoting officials from the Sri Lankan Bureau of Foreign Employment, reported that about 44,000 Sri...
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French training for Qatar’s public prosecutors

August 2, 2010
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Qatar and France have signed a cooperation agreement to train Qatari public prosecutors in France to improve their work skills. Under the agreement signed in Paris by Ali bin Fetais Al Marri, Qatar’s Attorney General, and Jean Francois Tony, President of the French Judicial Institute for Higher Studies, Qatari prosecutors will be trained on...
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Qatar’s Zakat Fund allocates $1.043 million for Iftar programme

August 2, 2010
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Qatar’s state-run charity Zakat Fund has allocated QR3.81 million ($1.043 million) for its daily Ramadan Iftar programme. Muslims this year are expected to celebrate the month during which they fast from sunrise until sunset starting August 11, depending on the sighting of the crescent based on the lunar calendar.  Muslims traditionally offer food to...
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Bahrain has no plans to block BlackBerry services

August 2, 2010
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Bahrain has no plans to block BlackBerry services, Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (TRA) officials have said. “There is no intention to suspend the service in Bahrain and we have no security concerns about them,” Ahmad Al Dossari, head of communication and information technology, said. Basil Al Arayyedh, head of consumers’ affairs, said that Manama has...
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Kuwaitis warned against public wish banners

August 1, 2010
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Kuwaiti authorities have warned that they would apply a zero-tolerance policy towards people who put up banners to express good wishes for Ramadan. Kuwaiti nationals have been offering wishes to friends and relatives through large signs and banners in public areas and on lamp and traffic light posts. Ramadan, Muslims’ holy month, is expected...
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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
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  • 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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