Archive for April, 2013

Saudi Arabia Shura calls for weekend change

April 22, 2013
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Saudi Arabia’s consultative Shura Council on Monday voted to change the weekend from Thursday-Friday to Friday-Saturday. The motion recommending the weekend change was endorsed by 83 members while 41 members resisted it.
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Talks fail to break political impasse

April 22, 2013
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Talks fail to break political impasse

A new round of talks has failed to break a ten-week impasse on setting a much anticipated agenda for the national dialogue in Bahrain. With neither of the two coalitions of political societies offering a compromise, sharp disagreements over major issues remained unsettled after 14 rounds of talks amid a growing frustration by the...
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Trial of Kuwait opposition leader Musallam Al Barrak adjourned

April 22, 2013
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Kuwait’s court of appeals on Monday adjourned the trial of opposition figure Musallam Al Barrak to May 13. The former lawmaker who last week was sentenced to five years in prison on charges of undermining the status of the Emir, Shaikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, was allowed to go home after paying a...
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Qatar to push environmental awareness for Earth Day

April 22, 2013
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Qatar’s national campaign for the conservation and efficient use of water and electricity has received a boost after the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development and Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (Kahramaa) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to promote its positive values. Tarsheed, the five-year campaign launched last April, aims to...
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Bahrain MP could face gun probe after committee recommends lifting immunity

April 22, 2013
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A parliamentary committee in Bahrain’s lower chamber has approved lifting the immunity of a lawmaker, paving the way for the public prosecution to quiz him following a complaint that he brandished a gun in public. The legislative committee said that it concluded that a request from the public prosecution forwarded to them by the...
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Kuwait awaits Musallam Al Barrak’s appeal verdict

April 22, 2013
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Kuwaitis are holding their breath as the standoff between the interior ministry and a former lawmaker sentenced to jail but who refuses to hand himself in continues unabated. On April 15, Musallam Al Barrak was given a five-year sentence for allegedly undermining the status of Emir Shaikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah in a...
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Kuwait: Under-performing teachers to be reassigned

April 22, 2013
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Kuwaiti teachers who fail to meet teaching standards will be reassigned to perform clerical work, the education ministry has said. The decision aims to boost learning and teaching levels in the country and enhance the students’ academic aptitudes. Non-Kuwaiti teachers who do not perform according to standards will have their contracts with the education...
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Crown Prince to join talks “at right space, time”

April 22, 2013
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Bahrain’s Crown Prince Salman Bin Hamad Al Khalifa said that he would attend the ongoing national talks at the right time and place. “If I attend talks and they fail as they did in 2011, the costs are extremely high,” he told the media as he toured the Bahrain International Circuit on the eve...
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Saudis launch blood campaign for Boston victims

April 19, 2013
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Saudi graduate and postgraduate students in the US are launching a blood donation campaign in favour of the Boston terrorist bombing victims. The campaign was decided after organisers had the backing of a prominent religious figure in Saudi Arabia who encouraged them to go ahead with the move.
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Kuwait court to consider Al Barrak’s appeal on Monday

April 19, 2013
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Kuwait’s court of appeals will on Monday start considering the case of opposition leader and former lawmaker Musallam Al Barrak. The ex-MP was on Monday sentenced to five years in jail for undermining the status of the Emir in a speech he delivered on October 15 in Kuwait City.
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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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