Archive for December, 2011

Number of women in Kuwait polls increases

December 31, 2011
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Number of women in Kuwait polls increases

The number of Kuwaiti women who signed up to run for parliament in 2012 has increased by 10, compared to the figure in 2009 when the last elections were held. As the 10-day registration period ended on Friday, 29 women had registered to run, compared to 19 who signed up in 2009. The total number of candidates for...
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389 candidates in Kuwait’s parliament elections as registration ends

December 31, 2011
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A total of 389 Kuwaitis will be running in the elections for a parliament in February, officials said at the end of the ten-day registration process. According to the figures, 360 men and 29 women have signed up as candidates in the national election on February 2 when around 400,000 Kuwaitis are scheduled to...
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Bahrain puts five policemen on trial for rights abuses

December 31, 2011
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A Bahraini court will next month look into the case of five policemen for their role in the death of a detainee. “The public prosecution has referred a case of torture and mistreatment by employees of the Ministry of Interior to the High Criminal Court,” Nawaf Hamza, the head of public prosecution, said.
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Rewards to boost drive against vote buying

December 30, 2011
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A 5,000 Dinar  ($17,495) reward will be given to anyone who reports vote-buying cases as parliament elections heat up, Kuwait Transparency Society has said. “We have been informed that anyone who reports the crime of buying votes will be offered KD5,000,” the society, tasked with monitoring the parliamentary elections in Kuwait, said.
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Appeal calling for cancellation of elections to be heard next week

December 30, 2011
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A Kuwaiti court will decide next week whether a move by a former lawmaker to cancel the parliamentary elections should be considered. Sa’adoon Hamad Al Utaiba filed an urgent case to suspend the call for the election of a new parliament on February 2, arguing that the dissolution of the outgoing national assembly was...
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Trial of suspected terror cell scheduled for January 9

December 30, 2011
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The trial of a suspected terror cell that plotted to target major installations in Bahrain has been set for January 9, the public prosecutor has said. “The Public Prosecution has completed its investigations into the case of a terrorist cell whose members collaborated with a foreign country to provide military training for the sake...
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US pushing Israel to release Barghouti to strengthen Fatah – report

December 30, 2011
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The US administration has been reviewing with Israel the possibility to release Marwan Barghouti, the Palestinian Fatah leader sentenced to five life terms, and enable him to run in the expected elections against Hamas, a Kuwaiti daily has reported. Although secular Fatah has long been the dominant force in Palestinian politics, Islamist Hamas won...
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Bahrain King emphasises religious tolerance

December 30, 2011
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Bahrain King emphasises religious tolerance

King Hamad Bin Eisa Al Khalifa has emphasised the significance of promoting interfaith dialogue, tolerant understanding and peaceful co-existence. Bolstering the values of tolerance and moderation to bolster welfare, consolidate security and boost stability to enable people to prosper should also be emphasised, King Hamad said as he received Rabbi Marc Schneier, the founder...
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Bahrain terror trial set for January 9

December 30, 2011
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The trial of a suspected terror cell that plotted to target major installations in Bahrain has been set for January 9, the public prosecutor has said. “The Public Prosecution has completed its investigations into the case of a terrorist cell whose members collaborated with a foreign country to provide military training for the sake...
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Uncertainties loom large as businesses take a hit

December 30, 2011
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Mohammad Sultan says that he can no longer venture outside his home in the evening in Daih, in the outskirts of Manama. “The risks that I get caught in the clashes between protesters and the anti-riot police are too high,” the young accountant said. “It has been a very, very difficult year and I...
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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
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Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
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  • University of Bahrain
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  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
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