Archive for April 12th, 2013

Bahrain national talks at standstill

April 12, 2013
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A national dialogue aiming to break a two-year political deadlock in Bahrain appeared at a standstill with two political coalitions pressing for the adoption of their views to be able to move on. “The opposition coalition has turned down all the proposals to move the dialogue forward,” Ahmad Juma, the spokesperson for Al Fateh...
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Saudi youth jailed for brandishing firearm

April 12, 2013
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A Saudi court has sentenced three young men to spend time in jail and to be lashed for brandishing a gun in public. Two defendants, including the son of a well-known businessman, were given 15 months in prison and 60 lashes, while the third was handed 24 months in jail and 50 lashes and...
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Kuwait parliament to debate GCC security pact

April 12, 2013
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Kuwait’s parliament is set to look into a much-anticipated Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) security treaty, promoted as crucial in boosting collective security among the six-member states. The pact was approved by the GCC leaders at their advisory summit in Riyadh in May, but needed to be signed by the interior ministers and endorsed by...
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Jeddah restaurants closed for serving shisha

April 12, 2013
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Municipal authorities have shut down 11 restaurants and coffee shops in Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah province city of Abhar for serving shisha (hubble-bubble)in closed areas. “The facilities were sealed off for breaking the law,” sources in the Red Sea province said.
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Earthquake increases worry over nuclear Iran

April 12, 2013
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Earthquake increases worry over nuclear Iran

Gulf officials and experts have asked Iran to come clean about its nuclear programme amid growing concerns fuelled by Tuesday’s earthquake close to the Bushehr nuclear power station “It is difficult to reduce the probability of risks related to the Iranian nuclear programme in light of the uncertainty surrounding the issue and the level...
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Kuwait mosque attack suspect arrested

April 12, 2013
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Kuwait mosque attack suspect arrested

Police in Kuwait have arrested a man who shattered the glass doors and windows of a Shiite mosque. The 21-year-old was apprehended by policemen as he returned to the mosque for a new post-midnight attack on Al Baharna Mosque on Tuesday, the police said.
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Tremors felt in GCC states as quake strikes Iran

April 12, 2013
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Several high-rise buildings in the Bahraini capital Manama were evacuated on Tuesday afternoon. The evacuations were carried out following tremors reportedly linked to the 6.3 magnitude earthquake that around 100km southeast of Bushehr in Iran.
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Kuwait MP wants street named after Margaret Thatcher as country pays tribute

April 12, 2013
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A Kuwaiti lawmaker has pressed for naming an avenue in Kuwait after Margaret Thatcher, Britain’s first female prime minister, who died on Monday. MP Salah Al Ateeqi said that the special honour would be in appreciation of her role in the liberation of Kuwait in 1991 following the Iraqi invasion, local Arabic daily Al...
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Saudi Arabia denies ‘paralysis sentence’

April 12, 2013
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Saudi Arabia denies ‘paralysis sentence’

    Saudi Arabia’s justice ministry has denied reports that a local court had sentenced a Saudi man to paralysis as punishment for paralysing another man. The judge overseeing the case had ruled out such a sentence when it was brought before him, the ministry said.
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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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