Archive for August, 2012

Manama confident Tehran ties will improve

August 31, 2012
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The foreign ministers of Bahrain and Iran have held a meeting in rare public direct contact since their diplomatic relations plummeted in March last year. The meeting between Shaikh Khalid Bin Ahmad Al Khalifa and Ali Akbar Salehi in Tehran covered the agenda of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit, with both leaders stressing the...
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Telecom authority stresses subscribers’ privacy

August 31, 2012
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Bahrain Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has insisted that it never gave mobile subscribers’ data to marketing companies. A report in a local daily highlighted the resentment expressed by subscribers angered by the flood of unwanted commercial messages and TRA sought to clarify it had no role.
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Kuwaitis launch initiative to heal wounds

August 31, 2012
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A group of Kuwaitis is mulling an initiative to help heal the deepening political and social wounds affecting the nation. The initiative, “Prayers for Kuwait”, will be formally launched on Monday at a general meeting amid hopes that people from all segments and sects of the Kuwaiti society will attend, according to a report...
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Saudi family in shock after hearing news of son’s execution in Iraq

August 31, 2012
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The family of a Saudi man believed to have been executed in Iraq on charges of terrorism said that they last saw him in 2005 when he left home ostensibly to apply for a job in a city across the country. Baghdad said that 21 people accused of terrorism were executed on Tuesday and...
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Riyadh appoints women to educational leadership posts

August 31, 2012
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Saudi Arabia is to appoint 11 women to leading positions within the education ministry as part of a drive to boost women’s presence in key managerial spots. In the breakthrough for women, the appointees will be given the title of general directors in administrations that oversee private and foreign education, gifted students, tests and...
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17 families benefit from Bahrain unrest compensation scheme

August 31, 2012
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Bahrain’s justice minister said that 17 families have benefited from compensation funds over the death of relatives in the unrest that hit the country last year. “So far, 17 of the 35 cases have been settled while the remaining ones are in the final stages of the procedures,” Shaikh Khalid Bin Ali Al Khalifa,...
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Man complains of sexual harassment by woman

August 31, 2012
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Man complains of sexual harassment by woman

Police in Kuwait have launched a probe in a debauchery case after a young man complained that he was being harassed by a young woman. The police were initially amazed by the case alleged by the young man “as they are not used to receiving harassment complaints by men against women”, local Arabic daily...
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Campaign to fight favouritism launched in Kuwait

August 31, 2012
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A campaign that aims to end wasta (nepotism and favouritism) has been launched in Kuwait. “The phenomenon of the wasta influence is strongly rejected by a large segment of the Kuwaiti society as a social illness that undermines the values of equality and social justice,” Thamer Ali Al Sana’a, a lawyer activist, said.
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Kuwaiti kidnapped in Lebanon freed

August 31, 2012
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Essam Al Houti, the Kuwaiti oil engineer abducted in Lebanon on Saturday, has been freed without ransom. Reports said that Al Houti, 52, was rescued by the Lebanese army following operations by the country’s security forces and heavy pressure from Kuwait City and Beirut.
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Qatar forum to raise research standards in the region

August 31, 2012
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Students and researchers have been urged to submit abstracts of their work to the Joint Qatar Foundation Annual Research Forum and Arab Expatriate Scientists Network Symposium taking place in October. “Last year, we saw a 35 per cent increase in submissions, where one in four abstracts were submitted by students, and we expect an...
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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
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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