Archive for January, 2013

Bahrain’s opposition societies set terms for national dialogue

January 30, 2013
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Bahrain’s opposition societies said that they have agreed to take part in a national dialogue that is expected to help end a political deadlock. However, the Al Wefaq Islamic Society, the National Action Democratic Society, the Democratic Nationalist Rally Society, the Unionist Democratic National Rally Society, the Progressive Democratic Tribune and the National Brotherhood...
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Riyadh civil defence hits out at Twitter taunts

January 30, 2013
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The Civil Defence department in Riyadh has rejected remarks posted by a religious scholar on his Twitter account sarcastically accusing its servicemen of incompetence. Shaikh Adel Al Kalbani, commenting on the torrential rains in the city of Tabuk, said that he would buy a bathing suit “in case it rained in Riyadh”.
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Saudi drivers to stand trial for concealed plates

January 30, 2013
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Saudi drivers to stand trial for concealed plates

More than 150 Saudi nationals who reportedly concealed their car licence plates to avoid radar detection in the UAE will know their fate this week when a court in Abu Dhabi looks into their cases. The Saudis who broke the law by obscuring their plates were apprehended and their cars impounded in the UAE...
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Saudi women allowed to work for intelligence agency

January 30, 2013
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Saudi women have been allowed to work at the General Directorate of Investigation (GDI), according to a Saudi paper. The decision was announced by Prince Mohammad Bin Nayef Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, the interior minister, to a Saudi delegation attending a career event in the Canadian capital Ottawa to attract potential applicants.
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Bahrain accident victims to be buried in Saudi Arabia

January 30, 2013
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The five Bahraini relatives who died in a car crash in Saudi Arabia will be buried in Medina, their family said. Saliha Ahmad, the grandmother, Ruqaya, her daughter-in-law, Ahmad, Mohammad and Fatima, her grandchildren, died on Saturday after the car in which they were being driven from Makkah where they performed Umrah to Medina,...
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Kuwait bans mobile phones in exam halls

January 30, 2013
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Students in Kuwait have been banned from taking their mobile phones into exam rooms as part of a new drive by the education ministry to combat cheating. Faced with the fact that technological advances have made cheating easier than ever, Mohammad Al Kandari, the assistant education undersecretary for public education, has instructed exam commissions...
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20 Saudi-registered cars impounded in Qatar

January 29, 2013
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Qatar authorities have impounded 20 Saudi-registered cars at a border checkpoint after their drivers failed to pay traffic fines that in some cases reached 190,000 Qatari riyals (Dh191,685.) Most of the fines were recorded by radars for speeding on the highway between the Abu Samra border post and the capital Doha, a distance of...
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Qatar to pay Syrian students’ tuition fees

January 29, 2013
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Qatar said that it would be paying the school tuition fees for the displaced Syrian students attending two schools in the country. The decision to allocate QR1.8 million (Dh1.81 million) for the tuition of the Syrian students in the Syrian and Jordanian schools in Qatar was taken upon directives from Crown Prince Shaikh Tamim...
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Truck driver blocks highway over ATM blues

January 29, 2013
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An angry truck driver in Saudi Arabia blocked a major highway for over an hour after being unable to get his bank card out of an ATM machine or withdraw money even though the machine showed the transaction was successful. The expatriate resident, whose nationality was not revealed, told people who gathered around him...
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Qatar to pay Syrian students’ tuition fees

January 29, 2013
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Qatar said that it would be paying the school tuition fees for the displaced Syrian students attending two schools in the country.
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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
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Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television 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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