Archive for July 11th, 2011

Al Wefaq confines dialogue participation to political issues

July 11, 2011
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Al Wefaq, the largest opposition society in Bahrain, on Sunday reiterated its stance that it would boycott the social theme in the national dialogue. “Bahrain is going through a political crisis and this requires addressing specific issues,” Khalil Al Marzooq, the head of Al Wefaq team for the dialogue, said. “We do not want...
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Kuwait information minister resigns – report

July 11, 2011
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Kuwait’s newly-appointed information minister has resigned, citing health reasons, a local news portal reported. Sami Al Nasef presented his resignation in June, and despite several attempts to persuade him to withdraw it, he insisted on leaving for cabinet on the grounds of his poor health, Al Aan said.
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Women dominate in Kuwait education ministry

July 11, 2011
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Women represent more than three quarters of the employees working for the Kuwaiti education ministry, a study indicates. According to the figures, 58,455 women, 45,726 Kuwaitis and 12,729 expatriates, are employed by the ministry, a 77.5 percent of the total 76,630 force.
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Kuwaiti MP calls for women’s football tournament cancellation

July 11, 2011
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Kuwaiti MP calls for women’s football tournament cancellation

A Kuwaiti lawmaker has urged the government to cancel plans to hold a football tournament for women. “Women playing football is unacceptable and contrary to human nature and good customs,” MP Waleed Al Tabtabai said, quoted by Kuwaiti daily Al Wasat. “The government has to step in and drop the tournament.”
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Early breast cancer screening low among Qatar women

July 11, 2011
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The percentage of women in Qatar engaging in early breast cancer screening programme is alarmingly low, an ongoing study indicates. “It is widely understood that the early screening helps in early detection of breast cancer,” Tam Donnelly, one of the researchers exploring breast cancer screening practices among Arab women in Qatar, said.
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US embassy refutes charges it is silencing journalists

July 11, 2011
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US embassy refutes charges it is silencing journalists

The US embassy in Bahrain has distanced itself from a brewing controversy amid charges it was suppressing freedom of expression. On Thursday, Yousuf Al Binkhalil, a Bahraini columnist with Al Watan daily, said that he had been informed that a series of columns he had written on US President Barack Obama had violated Bahrain’s press...
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Agency denies sect-based population report

July 11, 2011
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A Bahraini statistics agency has denied media reports that it had compiled sect-based data on the Bahraini population. “The Central Informatics Organisation (CIO) has never worked on compiling data based on the people’s sects,” the agency said in a statement. A report was circulated in Bahrain, claiming that 51 per cent of the population...
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Bahrain media watchdog rejects journalists’ death report

July 11, 2011
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Bahrain Journalists Association (BJA) has denied reports that two journalists were killed during the political turmoil and unrest that hit the country. A report by the Geneva-based Press Emblem Campaign said 52 journalists lost their lives during the first six months of 2011 and that two of them were Bahrainis.
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Four Filipina nurses killed in Qatar road crash

July 11, 2011
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Four Filipina nurses killed in Qatar road crash

An eight-month pregnant Filipina nurse working with Qatar’s Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) was among four people killed in a road accident near Al Khor. Another Filipina, Claryvil Miranda, a 34-year-old Indian nurse from Kerala, Danny Thomas, and their male Sudanese colleague, Mohammad Nasruddin Ahmad, 36, were also killed in the tragedy, around 45km from...
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Kuwaiti women seek divorce from partying husbands

July 11, 2011
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More than 30 Kuwaiti women have filed for divorce after they discovered that their husbands spent the New Year’s Eve in Lebanon while claiming they were performing Umrah in Makkah, Saudi Arabia, a Kuwaiti lawyer said. “Many husbands cause the end of their marriages by cheating and lying to their wives,” Abdullah Al Shibani...
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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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