Archive for May, 2012

Qatar’ slow and agonizing grief process continues unabated

May 31, 2012
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The slow and agonising process of grief over the death of 19 people in a mall blaze seemed to continue unabated in Doha. Seeking to offer and receive solace, people from various backgrounds drew up plans to be together during the nation’s critical times.
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Bahrain PM: GCC has made great strides in cooperation

May 31, 2012
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The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries have made great strides in their economic and political cooperation in the last 30 years, Bahrain’s prime minister has said. “We are now working to develop this cooperation so as to reach the stage of union in order to achieve greater economic and political cooperation,” Prince Khalifa Bin...
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Ill-fated Qatar mall nursery had licence to operate

May 31, 2012
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The nursery at the ill-fated Villagio Mall was licenced to conduct six activities, including serving as a playroom for children, a spokesperson has said. “The crèche (nursery) had secured the approval of the Ministry of Business and Trade and the Rayyan Municipality to carry out its activities,” a spokesperson told Gulf Times, a local daily.
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Kuwait condemns Iran rejection of court verdict

May 31, 2012
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Kuwait has condemned Iran’s rejection of an appeal court ruling against four Iranians charged with espionage for Tehran. “The statement issued by Iran’s foreign ministry is highly deplorable,” Khalid Al Jarallah, the Kuwaiti foreign ministry undersecretary, said. “It is a disdain for our justice system that we hold in high esteem. The verdicts were...
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Kuwait court upholds death sentence for killer of domestic help

May 31, 2012
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Kuwait’s Court of Appeals has upheld the death sentence for a Kuwaiti woman who killed her Ethiopian domestic helper. Her husband who helped with the premeditated murder saw his death penalty commuted to 10 years in prison.
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New Zealand fire victim triplets’ parents say thankyou for condolences

May 31, 2012
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The New Zealand couple who lost their two-year-old triplets in Doha’ Villagio mall blaze have expressed deep gratitude for the people who offered them comfort and support. In a letter to “the people of the State of Qatar and friends around the world”, Martin and Jane Weekes offered “a special thanks to all the...
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Shy tears and deep sorrow in Doha as blaze victims mourned

May 30, 2012
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Khalid stood calmly at the Aspire Park in Doha, just metres from the upscale Villaggio mall crèche where 13 children and six adults died a day earlier. Despite his steely resolve to remain calm in the public areas where hundreds of people gathered to pay their respect to the blaze victims, hot tears rolled...
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Saudi daily calls for urgent review of mall safety standards

May 30, 2012
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A Saudi newspaper has called for an urgent review across all shopping centres in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states of their safety standards and measures. “All malls need to review their fire and safety systems and the integrity of key elements such as staircases, have them independently assessed and audited and then publish...
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Kuwaiti pro-Iran espionage charges are baseless, Tehran says

May 30, 2012
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Tehran has rejected a Kuwaiti court verdict of life terms for Iranian nationals for alleged espionage activities, saying that the prison sentences were “surprising” and “totally unacceptable”. “Recently some baseless claims have been made which are surprising and we consider them as unacceptable,” Ramin Mehmanparast, the foreign ministry spokesman, said.
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Fire-ravaged Doha nursery was registered as amusement centre

May 30, 2012
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The daycare centre at Doha’s Villagio mall where 13 children and four staff were killed on Monday was licenced as a “centre for children’s amusement and to sell women’s garments.” Local Arabic daily Al Watan reported that its investigation discovered that the licence had been given by the business and trade ministry and that...
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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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