Archive for May 15th, 2012

Enthusiasm for Gulf union remains strong

May 15, 2012
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The decision by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to delay the expected announcement of a Gulf union did not seem to dampen enthusiasm for the proposal put forward by the Saudi monarch in December. However, analysts in Bahrain said that the move should be given full and prompt attention to ensure it is not...
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Saudi Arabia moves ahead with scrapping sponsorship system

May 15, 2012
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Saudi Arabia has taken steps to do away with the controversial sponsorship system, a labour official has said. “The ministry has removed the restrictions that business owners imposed on foreigners, from the freedom of their movement and keeping their passports to barring service switch,” Ahmad Al Humaidan, the ministry undersecretary for labour affairs, said. 
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Charity dinner raises $ 6.5 million for religious scholars’ union

May 15, 2012
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A charity dinner in Qatar has raised QR 24 million ($6,586,170) for the “Renaissance of a Nation” endowment project launched by the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS). The project aims to raise enough funds to help the union, headed by Doha-based scholar Yusuf Al Qaradawi, be financially self-sustained.
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Qatar scraps plan for metered parking areas

May 15, 2012
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Qatar’s municipality and urban planning ministry has cancelled a plan to introduce metered parking space. The plan was initially drawn to help address crowded parking areas in the Qatari capital Doha where the number of people and vehicles has been steadily increasing.
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Riyadh says violence casts doubt on Annan’s Syria peace plan

May 15, 2012
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Confidence in the peace plan for Syria brokered by international mediator Kofi Annan is diminishing due to continued violence in the country, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al Faisal said yesterday. “The violence is still continuing, the bloodshed is still continuing. Nothing has been accomplished except the violence has lessened. The violence continues… nobody...
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Gulf Cooperation Council security agreement endorsed

May 15, 2012
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The leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Monday endorsed an agreement that will promote collective security among the six member states. Abdul Latif Al Zayani, the GCC secretary-general, said at a press conference in Riyadh following the 14th GCC Consultative summit that all the countries approved the accord and that the leaders have...
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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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