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Man at the centre of Tunisia unrest recuperating, doctors say

December 31, 2010
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Man at the centre of Tunisia unrest recuperating, doctors say

Mohammad Bouazizi, the Tunisian man whose suicide attempt sparked unprecedented clashes in the Northern African country’s modern history, is in stable condition, a local daily said on Friday. According to Assabah, doctors at the hospital where Mohammad is being treated said there were positive prognostic factors and that his condition was improving.
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Bahrain to appoint first Christian woman ambassador

December 30, 2010
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Bahrain is set to nominate a Christian woman as its ambassador in a European capital, diplomats told Gulf News. Alice Samaan, a former Member of Parliament, will be the first Christian ambassador to represent the overwhelmingly Muslim country.
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Senior Arab officials have links with CIA, Assange claims

December 30, 2010
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Senior officials in several Arab countries have close links with the CIA and many people keep visiting US embassies in their countries to establish links with the US intelligence agency, Julian Assange, the founder of the WikiLeaks whistle-blowing website, said. “These officials are spies for the US in their countries,” Assange told pan-Arab Al...
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Middle East increasingly aware of pollution dangers

December 30, 2010
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New attempts to minimise negative effects on the environment have increased demand for air pollution control equipment in the Middle East, a Qatar-based analysis has concluded. An impressive increase in the number of projects in the cement, metals, desalination, petrochemicals, and power sectors has fuelled the need for more equipment, the study, An Analysis...
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Qatar, Russia to boost ties as charm offensive continues

December 30, 2010
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Qatar, Russia to boost ties as charm offensive continues

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev will visit Qatar twice in 2011 and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin will make a visit to the Gulf country next year, Russia’s ambassador in Doha has said. No dates have been fixed for any of the visits, Vladimir Titorenko said. However, he said that that the high-level visits reflected the...
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Al Jazeera TV faces its own WikiLeaks

December 29, 2010
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Al Jazeera television channel has had to deal with its own version of WikiLeaks after two Qataris allegedly used a confidential document “stolen” from the pan-Arab station as evidence of favouritism towards foreign staff. The Qataris, a woman and a man, were accused by Al Jazeera of hacking its computers to retrieve confidential information and...
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Libya to release two Koreans held for illegal religious activities

December 29, 2010
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Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has pardoned two South Koreans charged with violating the country’s religious law, Korea’s foreign ministry said on Wednesday. The decision will close a case that overlapped with a separate diplomatic row, the Korean news agency said.
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Kuwaiti military men allowed to grow beards

December 29, 2010
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Kuwait’s parliament on Wednesday voted to allow military men to grow beards. The approval was supported by 30 lawmakers and opposed by eight, including three of the four women who were elected to parliament in a historic breakthrough last year.
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Kuwait PM faces on-cooperation vote

December 29, 2010
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Kuwaiti opposition lawmakers filed a motion of non-cooperation against the prime minister on Tuesday, a step that may prompt the Emir to reshuffle the cabinet or dissolve parliament. The motion, which is to be voted on in a session on January 5, came hours after lawmakers questioned Prime Minister Shaikh Nasser Mohammad Al Sabah...
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Bahraini journalist fined for violating media gag

December 29, 2010
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A Bahraini journalist was fined $132 on Wednesday for violating a gag order. Bahrain issued the media coverage gag in the case of Mansour Bin Rajab, a former minister of state who was dismissed in March amid allegations of money laundering.
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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Career
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
Education
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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