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Inspectors to oversee women-only sales assistants in lingerie shops

January 16, 2013
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Saudi Arabia’s labour ministry is to recruit 45 women inspectors to help monitor compliance with a decision to allow only women to work in lingerie shops. “Their work will be to ensure that the shops are committed to implementing the decision and that the working environment is adequate for the Saudi women who want...
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Kuwaiti nationals should have health care priority: MP

January 16, 2013
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A Kuwaiti lawmaker has waded into controversy by suggesting that Kuwaiti nationals be given priority over expatriates in undergoing health checks at the country’s medical facilities. “Many of the health centres in Kuwait are overcrowded as a result of the increasing number of patients,” MP Nawaf Al Fazia said. “This results in long queues...
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Teacher threatened into providing exam questions

January 16, 2013
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Teacher threatened into providing exam questions

Saudi education authorities are looking into reports by a teacher after he found an envelope containing a threatening letter and two bullets on his car windshield. The letter asked the middle and high school teacher to leave the questions of a semi-annual exam in a library and threatened to kill him if he refused....
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Kuwait MP calls for monitoring fundraisers

January 16, 2013
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Kuwait MP calls for monitoring fundraisers

A Kuwaiti lawmaker has called for a more vigilant monitoring of the funds raised ostensibly for acts of charity and benevolence. “The list presented by the United Arab Emirates of the names of the terror cell plotting to undermine security in the UAE and in other Gulf countries stresses the urgent need for strong...
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Taliban opens bureau in Qatar following US – Afghanistan accord

January 16, 2013
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Qatar has welcomed the opening of an office by the Taliban in its capital, Doha “to facilitate efforts to hold talks with the concerned parties to achieve security and peace in Afghanistan.” A spokesperson for the Qatari foreign ministry expressed Qatar’s welcoming stance in a statement to the Qatar News Agency (QNA) on Monday...
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Saudi nurse hailed as hero for saving man

January 16, 2013
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Saudi nurse hailed as hero for saving man

A Saudi nurse has been hailed a hero after she rescued a young man following a road accident. Salwa Juma Al Khobairi was in a car on the Madina-Khaybar highway in western Saudi Arabia when she saw a crowd of people around a man who was bleeding as a result of an accident.
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Kuwaiti women can now become judges

January 16, 2013
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A major step towards empowering Kuwaiti women to become judges has been made after the justice ministry accepted applications from women for the position of prosecutors. Reports in the Kuwaiti capital said that 16 of the 32 people who applied for the position were young women who had graduated from law schools. Applicants have...
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Bahrain blaze building owner arrested

January 16, 2013
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The Bahraini owner of the building where a blaze on Friday killed 13 labourers and injured seven more has been arrested. His elder brother, reportedly responsible for the downtown building and believed to be out of the country, will also be summoned for police questioning.
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Jobless man arrested for blackmailing lecturer

January 16, 2013
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An unemployed Saudi man who blackmailed a university lecturer over her picture is now in police custody after he was trapped. The teacher, 41, said that she had met the blackmailer, 41, on the internet and that after months of chatting, he said he wanted to marry her. He, however, wanted her picture so...
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Bereavement leave for women in Saudi Arabia to go up to 130 days

January 16, 2013
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Bereavement leave on full pay for women in Saudi Arabia is to go up from 15 to 130 days under a proposal to amend the labour law. The new Shura (Consultative) Council where women represent 20 per cent of the members will look into the proposal drafted by the labour ministry.
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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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