Archive for December, 2012

Will Kerry usher in new era in US-Mideast ties?

December 22, 2012
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John Kerry, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, who has become the first white man in 16 years to be nominated Secretary of State, is likely to stir waters in the Middle East.
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Gulf, regional issues to top GCC Manama summit

December 22, 2012
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The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit in Manama will discuss a series of issues and suggestions to promote Gulf joint work as well as reports from the foreign ministers and other ministerial committees, the secretary-general has said. “The latest developments in regional and international issues will also be on the agenda of the summit,”...
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NATO training site part of cooperation initiative

December 22, 2012
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NATO training site part of cooperation initiative

The allocation of a piece of land to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) in Kuwait is part of the Istanbul Cooperation Initiative (ICI) launched in 2004, a senior Kuwaiti official has said. “The move consolidates Kuwait’s interest in international missions, especially that Kuwait was the first Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) country to join...
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Summit to be held at crucial times: GCC chief

December 22, 2012
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Summit to be held at crucial times: GCC chief

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit to be held in Bahrain on Monday and Tuesday comes at a critical time for the region, the GCC secretary general has said. “The 33rd GCC summit convenes under highly sensitive and critical circumstances that require the member countries to study their impact on the Council’s progress in...
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Saudi population exceeds 28 million

December 22, 2012
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The total population of Saudi Arabia has exceeded 28 million, the latest figures indicate. According to official statistics by the Central Department of Statistics and Information, 28,367,355 people lived in Saudi Arabia in 2011. The figure published in the local Arabic daily Okaz includes 19,405,685 Saudi nationals, with a population growth rate of 2.28...
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Wife files for divorce one week after marriage

December 22, 2012
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A Kuwaiti man, upset over his wife’s request for divorce after one week of marriage, attacked her and slapped her repeatedly, prompting her to alert the police. The husband’s aggression was reportedly triggered by his wife’s claim that she made the wrong decision by marrying him, local Arabic daily Al Watan reported.
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Bus crash victims buried in Madinah

December 22, 2012
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The three Bahraini women who died in Saudi Arabia after the bus transporting them back to Bahrain overturned were buried in Madinah. The bus driver, initially reported as among the fatalities of the accident on Monday afternoon, is recovering in a Saudi hospital alongside five other injured passengers. Their condition is believed to be...
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Saudi named and shamed in newspaper for bounced cheque

December 22, 2012
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A Saudi national was named and shamed in a local newspaper by the trade and industry ministry for issuing a cheque that bounced. The unprecedented move by the ministry was ordered by a court in a historic verdict that also sent the defaulter to four months in prison and fined him SR25,000.
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Qatar to produce $1b movie on Prophet

December 22, 2012
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A $1 billion epic movie on the life and teachings of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) is set to be produced by Doha-based Al Noor Holding. The media company said that the movie endorsed by Islamic scholars, including Yusuf Al Qaradawi, the Chairman of the International Union of Muslim Scholars, would be in seven parts and...
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Doha to build wedding hall for Qatari couples

December 22, 2012
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Doha to build wedding hall for Qatari couples

Qatar is building a multipurpose wedding hall that Qatari couples can use free of charge for their celebrations and receptions. The move by Crown Prince Shaikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, is part of the state’s drive to encourage Qatari men and women to marry their fellow citizens and to meet increasing wedding expenses.
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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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