Archive for November, 2011

Kuwait’s parliament sessions suspended until government is formed

November 29, 2011
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Kuwait’s parliament will not reconvene until a government is formed, its Speaker has said. “The parliament session is adjourned due to lack of a quorum,” Jassem Al Khorafi said as he chaired the regular weekly meeting. “I will not adjourn it by half an hour as the government will not be represented. I will...
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Bahrain reshapes NSA, eyes international deals to improve police work

November 29, 2011
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Bahrain is signing contracts with several “highly qualified and outstanding experts and specialists” from the US and the UK to assist in developing police work, the interior minister has said. “The ministry will also cooperate with international organisations to develop training curricula and the preparation of the ministry’s staff,” Lieutenant-General Shaikh Rashid Bin Abdullah...
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Kuwait opposition calls for parliament to be dissolved

November 29, 2011
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Hours after Kuwait’s government tendered its resignation, the opposition remained defiant and called for the dissolution of the parliament, its second key demand, as a way out of the crisis gripping the country. Thousands of people, including several lawmakers, gathered at the Willpower Square in Kuwait City to celebrate the cabinet’s resignation and to...
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Kuwait cabinet quits to thwart grilling of PM

November 29, 2011
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Kuwait’s Emir Shaikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah has accepted the resignation of the government, but has asked it to continue running the affairs of the country until a new cabinet is formed. The government tendered its resignation yesterday afternoon following an emergency meeting chaired by the Emir.
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Doctors’ court trial put off to January 9

November 29, 2011
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Bahrain’s Court of Appeals on Monday postponed the trial of 20 doctors to January 9 after the public prosecution presented new evidence against the suspects. The court was looking into the verdicts issued by the national safety court ranging between five and 15 years.
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Kuwait government resigns; no reported plans to dissolve parliament

November 29, 2011
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Kuwait’s government has resigned at the end of an emergency session headed by the Emir Shaikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah. The resignation was expected amid reports that at least three ministers said on Sunday evening that they would quit the government.
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Bahrain’s Cassation Court postpones police killings trial

November 28, 2011
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Bahrain’s Cassation Court on Monday postponed its verdict on the death sentences and life terms against seven Bahrainis who allegedly killed two policemen to January 9. Seven defendants have been charged with “deliberately killing” Kashef Ahmad Manzour and Mohammad Farouq Abdul Samad, both working for the interior ministry.
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Bahrain education ministry adamant to extend high school day

November 28, 2011
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Bahrain’s education minister has rejected parents’ complaints about a decision to extend the high school day by 45 minutes, saying that they were unfounded. “High school students in Bahrain attend 635 hours of education annually,” he said.
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Kuwait bracing for crucial week

November 28, 2011
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Kuwait’s government is expected to resign Monday following an emergency meeting to discuss the ongoing political crisis that has gripped the country, a local daily said. The resignation will come ahead of a mass rally on Monday and a move to grill the prime minister on Tuesday.
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US mediation offer between Bahrain authorities, Al Wefaq turned down

November 28, 2011
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Bahrain’s foreign minister has turned down an offer from a US diplomat to mediate between Al Wefaq, the largest opposition society, and the government. “I have rejected the idea that a US diplomat mediate between the government of Bahrain and Al Wefaq Movement because communication channels are open to all parties,” Shaikh Khalid Bin...
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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
Teaching career:
  • 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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