Archive for January 7th, 2012

Qatar PM calls for Gulf role in Iran-West issues

January 7, 2012
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Qatar’s Prime Minister said the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries should be involved in addressing the latest issues between the West and Iran. “I believe that the best way is that we should be involved as Gulf States in any process to solve the problem between the West and Iran,” Shaikh Hamad Bin Jasem...
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Bahrain minister calls for stringent action against employee absenteeism

January 7, 2012
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Bahrain’s education minister has called for stringent action against employees for their absenteeism. Making an unannounced visit to a ministry department in the capital, Manama, on Thursday morning, Majed Al Nuaimi discovered that only one employee was at his desk.
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Kuwait opposition warns of street pressure

January 7, 2012
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Kuwait’s opposition has threatened to take to the streets if the authorities ban former MP Faisal Al Mislim from running in next month’s parliamentary elections. “We had planned to meet on Thursday to agree on a common conduct if his candidacy is frozen,” Waleed Al Tabtabai, a former lawmaker, said. “But we will now...
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Bahrain education ministry, parliament clash on extending school day

January 7, 2012
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Bahrain’s parliament and education ministry are on a collision course over a decision to extend the school day in government schools. The ministry has been pushing for adding around one hour to the daily courses in a move to make students spend more time on formal learning. According to the ministry, a pilot experience...
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Kuwait court rejects call to suspend parliamentary polls

January 7, 2012
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A Kuwaiti court has rejected a case to suspend the call to hold parliamentary elections next month. The court explained that it had no jurisdiction over the issue raised by Sa’adoon Hammad, a former lawmaker and a current candidate.
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Arson attacks on Bahrain schools continue

January 7, 2012
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A girls’ elementary school was targeted in the latest Molotov cocktail attack, Bahrain’s education ministry has said. “The attack on Balqees Girls’ Elementary School occurred on Thursday morning,” the ministry said in a brief statement. Several schools have recently been targeted by unidentified assailants who hurled Molotov cocktails or set fire to school facilities....
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Bahrain media watchdog launches new code of ethics

January 7, 2012
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Bahrain Journalists Association (BJA) has launched an open debate on a code of ethics meant to assist media people in their work. The BJA said that the new draft is based on the views expressed by media people during the national dialogue held in July to help heal the wounds to the Bahraini society...
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Kuwait rejects Iran’s threats over gas field development

January 7, 2012
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Kuwait has summoned the Iranian Charge d’Affaires in Kuwait City over recent remarks by Iran that it planned to develop unilaterally a disputed gas field. Khalid Al Jarallah, the undersecretary of the foreign affairs ministry, presented a relevant protest to the Iranian diplomat Sayed Shihabi,” Kuwait News Agency (Kuna) reported. “The diplomat was summoned...
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Qatar father pardons supervisor as daughter recovers

January 7, 2012
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The father of the Qatari student seriously injured during a picnic outing said that he would not seek legal action against the school supervisor. “I will pardon her for humanitarian reasons since she had good intentions despite the negligence,” Hamad Al Kubaissi said. “My daughter’s condition is improving and she has been taken out...
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Qatar denies US pressure to freeze donations to Egypt

January 7, 2012
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Qatar’s ambassador to Egypt has denied reports that his country has been under pressure from the US to freeze the financial assistance it pledged to give to Egypt. “These allegations are not true and lack credibility,” Saleh Al Buainain said. “Qatar remains committed to its pledge to the Egyptian government and has already donated...
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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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