Archive for July, 2011

Bahrain denies woman died during clashes

July 18, 2011
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Bahrain’s interior ministry has denied a report that a woman died on Friday during clashes between riot police and anti-government protesters. “The woman did not die from inhaling tear gas,” the head of the police in the Central Governorate, said. “The Operations Room was requested at around 8pm to help provide an ambulance for...
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Qatar pledges strict service monitoring during Ramadan

July 18, 2011
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Inspections will be intensified and conducted regularly in Qatar’s shopping malls, central market and all outlets selling food stuff during Ramadan, Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning officials have said. According to Mohammad Lahdan Al Kaabi, Deputy Director of Health Affairs of Doha Municipality, the strict monitoring of stores and food outlets will be...
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Five Indian fishermen sentenced in Qatar

July 18, 2011
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Five Bahrain-based Indian fishermen were sentenced in Doha to one-month in prison for illegally entering Qatar’s waters. The fishermen, who were in a group of eight, were caught by Qatar coastguards on June 2. Nizar Kochery, their lawyer and regional co-ordinator of the South Asian Fishermen’s Fraternity (SAFF), said the convicted fishermen would stay...
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Qatar mediating between US, Taliban: Report

July 18, 2011
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Qatar is mediating for talks between the Taliban and the United States, a Pakistani weekly has reported. According to Nida-i-Millat, Qatar is also playing a role for conciliation between the Taliban and the Karzai government. The paper did not identify the Arab sources it quoted.
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Al Jazeera turning into private media organisation

July 18, 2011
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Pan-Arab Al Jazeera channel is planning to change its legal status and turn into a “private organisation devoted to public interest.” The change from a public entity will allow the Doha-based TV station, set up in 1996, to embark on an ambitious expansion plan and will provide it with more flexibility in its administrative...
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Number of Gulf-based tourists to Kenya steadily increasing

July 12, 2011
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Number of Gulf-based tourists to Kenya steadily increasing

Tourism from the Gulf to Kenya recorded 40 per cent growth in the first quarter of 2011 over the same period last year, a top Kenyan tourism official has said. “We have had a huge growth from the UAE and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC),” Mauriithi Ndegwa, the managing director of the Kenya Tourist...
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Badr Malallah likely to be Kuwait’s new information minister

July 12, 2011
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Kuwait’s new information minister could be Dr Badr Malallah, a local news portal reported on Tuesday. Al Aan said that Malallah is the most likely figure to replace Sami Al Nasf who resigned this week reportedly for health reasons.
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Kuwait arrests $3.6 million jewellery theft gang

July 12, 2011
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Kuwait’s security has arrested a six-member Russian gang that specialized in stealing jewelry and valuables from villas and jewelry shops in the country. The gang, which includes two women, has reportedly stolen gold worth over KD 1 million ($3,634,910) over the last four years.
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Kuwait MP challenges recognition of South Sudan before Kosovo

July 12, 2011
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A Kuwaiti lawmaker has asked the foreign minister to explain the country’s readiness to recognize the independence of South Sudan, while it ignored the Republic of Kosovo. “Kuwait’s government recognized South Sudan on July 11, one day after it declared independence,” Waleed Al Tabtabai said.
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Gulf Air adds eighth destination this year

July 12, 2011
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Gulf Air, Bahrain’s national carrier, has relaunched its service to Nairobi, its eighth destination in 2011 in its quest to expand beyond the Middle East. “We are pleased to see our service re-launched to Nairobi in Kenya, our fourth destination in the African continent,” Marcus Bernhardt, Gulf Air Chief Operations Officer, said.
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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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