Archive for October, 2013

Prince Bandar Bin Sultan: Diplomat turned spy chief

October 26, 2013
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Prince Bandar Bin Sultan: Diplomat turned spy chief

As Saudi ambassador to the US, Prince Bandar used his wit, charm and humour to form coalitions, strengthen willing partners and persuade hesitant allies. As head of Saudi intelligence, he now has to spearhead the kingdom’s aggressive foreign policy   When Prince Bandar Bin Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz announced in July 2005 that he...
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Trial of Kuwait scholar in sectarian controversy postponed

October 24, 2013
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A court in Kuwait on Thursday adjourned the trial of local scholar Abdullah Al Nafissi on charges of targeting the Shiite sect and the country’s national unity to November 7. The case was the first to be considered by the court under the national unity law and its provisions that stipulated penalties and fines,...
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Bahrain court releases Al Wefaq leader Marzouq

October 24, 2013
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A Bahrain court on Thursday released Khalil Marzouq, the deputy secretary-general of Al Wefaq National Islamic Society, after adjourning his trial to November 18. Marzouq is facing charges of “inciting terrorism and promoting acts that constitute crimes of terrorism.”
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Saudi Arabia warns against rallies for women drivers

October 24, 2013
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Saudi Arabia has warned of a zero-tolerance policy towards “illegal rallies and demonstrations”, days ahead of a campaign to allow women to drive in the kingdom. “With reference to the calls on social networks and in the media to hold gatherings and rallies under the argument of women to drive, the regulations in...
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Kuwait mosque fire suspect arrested

October 24, 2013
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A man who allegedly set fire to two mosques in the capital Kuwait City has been arrested, the interior ministry has said. The suspect has a criminal record and is known as a drug addict, a statement from the ministry media centre said. “The suspect has made full and detailed confessions about his act,”...
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Kuwait to link grades with class attendance

October 24, 2013
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Students’ class attendance will be used to determine their grades, a Kuwaiti education ministry official has said. Under a new decision, students who do not present valid excuses for missing classes will be punished by having their lack of attendance counted against their grades.
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Bahrain: King Hamad stresses stability, national unity

October 24, 2013
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King Hamad Bin Eisa Al Khalifa on Wednesday said that national unity and agreements were fundamental for Bahrain’s stability. “They are a fundamental pillar of stability that lead to further development and reforms,” King Hamad said in his address as he opened the fourth session of the National Council (parliament) in the capital Manama.
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Bahrain teen killed by his own bomb

October 24, 2013
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A teenager was killed in Bahrain when a bomb he was carrying exploded, the police said. “The operation room received a call reporting an explosion in a deserted area in Bani Jamra,” the police said late on Tuesday, quoting the General Director of Northern Governorate Police and referring to a village west of the...
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Qatari man fights to prove he is still alive

October 22, 2013
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A Qatari man has discovered that being wrongfully declared dead can create real hardships and that fixing the status is not easy. Even though the Qatari looked perfectly healthy, his bank said that he was “officially dead” and refused to activate his account until he proved that he was “officially alive”.
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Single GCC tourism visa study referred to interior ministers

October 22, 2013
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A study supporting introducing a common Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) tourism visa has been referred to the alliance interior ministers, the Secretary-General of the Federation of GCC Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FGCC Chambers) has said.
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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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