Archive for April 13th, 2012

Kuwait parliament endorses death penalty in anti-blasphemy law

April 13, 2012
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Kuwait’s parliament has endorsed a draft law stipulating the death penalty for insulting God or Prophet Mohammad, his family or companions. The draft was approved by 46 MPs, including members from the government, after an intense debate on Thursday, and opposed by four while two abstained.
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GCC condemns “provocative” visit to Abu Musa

April 13, 2012
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Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Secretary General Abdul Lateef Al Zayani has expressed “deep regrets” and voiced “strong condemnation of the provocative visit by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to the Iran-occupied UAE island of Abu Musa.” “This visit is a violation of the sovereignty of the UAE over the islands and does not alter historic...
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Bahrain criticises Ahmadinejad’s visit to Abu Mousa

April 13, 2012
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Bahrain on Thursday slammed the visit by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to the island of Abu Mousa, saying that it was a violation of the UAE’s sovereignty and a breach of bilateral accords for peace and security in the region. At a meeting to review the latest local and regional developments, Prime Minister Khalifa...
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Bahrain, Japan agree to boost political, defence cooperation

April 13, 2012
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Bahrain and Japan marked 40 years of diplomatic relations by renewing pledges of cooperation and signing agreements to boost political and defence cooperation. “We are here today to convey the greetings of your friends in Bahrain and to celebrate together 40 years of diplomatic relations,” King Hamad Bin Eisa Al Khalifa said in Tokyo...
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Kuwait to ease restrictions on Syrian family visas

April 13, 2012
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Kuwait is reportedly easing restrictions on young Syrians joining their parents in the Gulf country. A ban was imposed by Kuwait last year on tourism, visit and trade visas for nationals from Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Syria, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
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King Abdullah, Erdogan to meet on Syria crisis on Friday

April 13, 2012
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Saudi King Abdullah and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will hold talks on the Syrian crisis on Friday, Saudi and Turkish media have said. “I will visit Saudi Arabia, God willing. I will be there on Friday,” Erdogan was quoted as saying by the Anatolian news agency while on an official visit to...
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Bahrain mulls Arabsat pullout over channel check

April 13, 2012
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Bahrain is considering pulling out of Arabsat, the pan-Arab satellite communications organisation, to protest against its “failure to take legal measures to check channels inciting hatred, sectarianism and violence.” “The failure to take action is a blatant breach of the agreement signed between the two sides and a flagrant violation of professional standards and norms...
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Qatar music festival to pay tribute to Arab music giants

April 13, 2012
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A music festival to pay tribute to Arab music giants will be held in Qatar next week. Songs by Um Kalthoom, Abdul Wahab, Laila Murad, and Asmahan among others will feature prominently in the Arab Music Festival, said Hassan Rachid, the head of the festival’s organising committee.
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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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