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Bahrainis call for expulsion of Syrian ambassadors from Arab countries

August 10, 2011
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Bahraini lawmakers and religious leaders have called for the expulsion of the Syrian ambassadors from all Arab and Islamic countries and for severing all ties with Damascus. Citing the “need to put an end to the reported atrocities perpetrated against the Syrian people,” participants at a gathering held in Muharraq, Bahrain’s second largest city,...
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11,000 Qatar-based foreigners apply for Haj

August 10, 2011
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Around 11,000 Qatar-based expatriates have signed up to perform Haj (pilgrimage) this year, the endowments and Islamic affairs ministry figures show. Foreigners who plan to go to Makkah for one of Islam’s five pillars have up to August 10 to register their names online. Qatari nationals who do not require visas to enter Saudi Arabia,...
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Diabetes counselling helpline proves popular, highlights challenges in Qatar

August 10, 2011
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A helpline set up by the Qatar Diabetes Association (QDA) to help diabetic patients fasting Ramadan is proving popular, but challenges remain strong. “The phone-based emergency service was launched a week ago and has gained popularity among diabetic patients,” Amal Adam, QDA’s medical coordinator, said.
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Salafi Al Asala not to run in Bahrain’s parliamentary by-elections

August 10, 2011
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Al Asala, the expression of Salafism in Bahrain, said that it would not field candidates in next month’s parliamentary by-elections. “We will not have candidates, but we will support independent people keen on contesting in the by-elections,” Hamad Al Muhannadi, the deputy head of the society, said. “Our support will be on the bases...
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Pesticide overdose blamed for racing camels death in Qatar

August 10, 2011
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High concentrations of a toxic pesticide, the use of which was challenged in the US in 2008 in lawsuits by farm-workers and environmental groups, were blamed for the death of 15 top racing camels in Qatar last week. The pesticide, ‘diazinon’, was supplied by the veterinary centre in Al Shahaniya and the breeding farm...
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Inquiry commission welcomes release of 137 detainees

August 10, 2011
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The international commission set up to investigate alleged human rights abuses during protests in Bahrain has welcomed the release of 137 detainees this week. “We are immensely pleased that these detainees have been released,” Mahmoud Cherif Bassiouni, the head of the commission, said. “They can now enjoy the holy month of Ramadan with their...
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Traffic officials urge caution during Ramadan

August 10, 2011
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Speeding and jumping red lights topped the list of traffic violations in the first six days of Ramadan, an official has said. “We recorded 21 accidents, three of which were serious, but fortunately, there were no casualties,” Mousa Al Dossari, the head of traffic culture awareness, said.
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Kuwait warns against Syrian embassy demonstrations

August 10, 2011
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Kuwait’s interior ministry has warned that it would not tolerate demonstrations in front of the Syrian embassy. The warning was issued following calls to hold anti-Syrian government protests and to push for the expulsion of the Syrian ambassador in the country.
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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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