Archive for August, 2013

Saudi actor offers Bentley to boy, 15, who lost family in car crash

August 31, 2013
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Saudi actor offers Bentley to boy, 15, who lost family in car crash

A Saudi actor has given a Bentley car to a boy who lost his parents and two sisters in a horrific car crash. Fayez Al Maliki was at a hospital and decided to visit Yousuf Al Ansari after he heard the 15-year-old boy was the sole survivor of the crash in which his family...
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Saudi Arabia to miss out as hosts of 2019 Asian Cup because of policy on women

August 31, 2013
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Saudi Arabia is likely to miss out on the chance to host the 2019 Asian Cup finals over its policy of not allowing single women into the country. Several other factors could deprive Riyadh of hosting the prestigious continental finals, but the fact that women supporters without male relatives could not enter the kingdom...
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Gulf Cooperation Council visa expected in mid-2014

August 31, 2013
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A unified visa for the six member countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) could become a reality in mid-2014, security sources have said. “The plan to have a GCC tourism visa, similar to the Schengen visa in Europe, is about to be implemented after obstacles have been cleared,” the sources told Kuwaiti daily Al...
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Scholar lashes out at VIP Haj packages

August 31, 2013
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A Kuwaiti religious leader has warned against VIP pilgrimage offers, saying they were against the spirit of Islam. “This new invention of VIP Haj packages by some Haj operators is unacceptable,” Mohammad Al Tabtabai, the former dean of the Islamic Studies College, said. “This type of Haj is counter to the spirit of...
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Teachers told to avoid political issues amid concerns over impact of Arab confrontations on schools, colleges

August 31, 2013
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School principals and teachers in Saudi Arabia have been told to avoid taking up political issues in classes. “All principals and teachers must avoid referring to political cases or sectarian issues that are not related to the curriculum,” sources told local Arabic daily Al Watan. “The education process must remain within its specific frame...
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Zero tolerance towards politicising Haj

August 31, 2013
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All Bahraini Haj (pilgrimage) operators have endorsed a written pledge not to politicise the annual rituals held in and around Makkah in western Saudi Arabia. The pledge was based on agreements that ban the politicisation of the Haj season or its exploitation to engage in activities that are not related to the religious event,...
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‘Deranged’ man kills wife, four children in Saudi Arabia

August 31, 2013
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‘Deranged’ man kills wife, four children in Saudi Arabia

Police in Saudi Arabia are looking for the reasons that pushed a Saudi man to kill his wife and four children. The multiple murders in Sharurah, a small town in the southern part of the kingdom, occurred on Monday evening at around 11.30pm, local Arabic daily Okaz reported.
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Saudi Arabia declares war on all forms of abuse

August 31, 2013
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In a landmark move, Saudi Arabia’s cabinet on Monday declared war on all forms of abuse and endorsed a new system that provides extended protection to all people. The cabinet on Monday said that it approved the report submitted by the social affairs minister and supported by the Shura Council.
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Yemen woman waits 20 years to marry imprisoned sweetheart

August 31, 2013
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Kuwaitis have heaped praise on a Yemeni woman who displayed a rare sense of devotion by waiting 20 years for the man she loved to leave prison and marry him. Sources close to the bride told Kuwaiti daily Al Rai that she had never given up hope she would be reunited with the man...
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New hope in Bahrain as national talks resume

August 31, 2013
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Bahrainis have expressed hope that the 27 delegates in the national dialogue will be able to emulate their fellow citizens playing for the national football team and display the strong sense of unity that allowed them to win the under-23 Gulf Cup this week.
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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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