Archive for May, 2013

Hezbollah risks Gulf Cooperation Council terror tag

May 31, 2013
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A meeting of foreign ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states on Sunday will examine a proposal to place Lebanon’s Hezbollah resistance movement on the list of terrorist organisations in light of its recent activities. The move to designate Hezbollah a terror entity comes amid accusations, mainly by Bahrain, that it has been...
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Molestation tweet ‘was misquoted’, Saudi writer says

May 31, 2013
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A Saudi man who has come under intense attack for urging men to molest female cashiers to push them to quit their work has sought to distance himself from the controversy by claiming he had been misunderstood. Abdullah Al Dawood “totally condemns the reports that have misquoted him and misled people on the tweet...
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Bahrain minister urges youth to shun regional conflicts

May 31, 2013
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Bahrain’s youth must shun regional and international conflicts and focus instead on building themselves and their nation, the country’s interior minister has said. “Building our community is the best way to serve the Arab and Islamic nations,” Shaikh Rashid Bin Abdullah Al Khalifa said.
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Kuwait blogger offered bail after conviction

May 31, 2013
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Kuwait blogger offered bail after conviction

A Kuwaiti court on Wednesday sentenced blogger Sara Al Driss to 20 months in jail on charges of undermining the status of the Emir Shaikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah. However, the court said that the sentence could be suspended if she paid 200 Kuwaiti dinars (Dh2,560).
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Kuwait ministry to fire long-serving expatriates

May 31, 2013
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Foreigners who have worked for Kuwait’s Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour for 30 years or more will have their contracts terminated by June 30. “The instructions by the minister Dhikra Al Rashidi are to terminate the services of all non-Kuwaiti nations who have been with the ministry for at least 30 years,” Abdul...
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Qataris want mosques left open after prayers

May 31, 2013
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Qataris have urged their religious authorities to reconsider a recent decision not to leave the mosques open after prayers. “Closing the mosque doors immediately after prayers does not make sense,” Mohammad Al Muhannadi, a Qatari national, said. “Prayers hold a highly significant place in the lives of all Muslims and mosques should remain open...
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Saudi Arabia passport official investigated for ‘improper behaviour’

May 31, 2013
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A Saudi passport officer is being investigated after he was filmed pushing foreign labourers out of a makeshift waiting area with a belt. The suspension and investigation of the officer was ordered by the Saudi interior minister for breaking the rules and regulations of security-related work, the spokesperson for the passports directorate said.
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Kuwait student killed by bus moments after receiving school certificate

May 29, 2013
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A Kuwaiti student was killed in a tragic accident in front of her school moments after she left it holding her certificate of success. The eighth grader sustained serious injuries to her head and other parts of her body when she was hit by a bus, local Arabic daily Al Qabas reported on Tuesday.
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Qatar’s UN representative Shaikha Alia urges world to protect civilians

May 29, 2013
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The international community should move promptly into action to protect civilians in Syria and hold those guilty of serious human rights violations accountable, Qatar has said. “The international community has failed to fulfill its duties and responsibilities in providing protection to the Syrian people while the acts of barbarism and brutality committed by the...
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“Passionate” Saudi man gets four months in jail for assaulting judge and policemen

May 29, 2013
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A young Saudi man who assaulted a judge and two policemen to avoid being divorced from “the love of his life” has been sentenced to four months in jail. The ruling by a court in Al Qatif in eastern Saudi Arabia included giving the defendant 90 lashes after one of the policemen refused to...
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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
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • 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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