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Disgruntled American behind spate of bomb threat calls in Kuwait

February 28, 2010
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Disgruntled American behind spate of bomb threat calls in Kuwait

A disgruntled American is behind the spate of hoax bomb calls that gripped Kuwait in the last few weeks, a Kuwaiti paper said. Orlando Turner a former resident of Kuwait said that the hoax threats were meant to exert pressure on the Kuwaiti authorities to speed up the settlement of his legal case with...
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Al Mabhouh used Syrian passport: Kuwaiti report

February 28, 2010
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Al Mabhouh used Syrian passport: Kuwaiti report

A Gulf country had sought to put pressure on the police authorities in Dubai to allow the body of slain Hamas leader Mahmoud Al Mabhouh to be repatriated without delay, a Kuwaiti newspaper reported. Al Aan did not name the country, but said that it had good ties with Hamas and interceded on behalf...
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US denies Mitchell offered resignation, but admits frustration

February 27, 2010
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US denies Mitchell offered resignation, but admits frustration

A US State Department official has denied as “rumours” media reports that Special US Mideast envoy George Mitchell had offered his resignation. “There appears to be a monthly rumour, story that George Mitchell is resigning. He is not, and he is on the job,” Philip J. Crowley, Assistant Secretary, said at the Daily Press...
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Police free Chinese men in Bahrain’s first hostage rescue operation

February 27, 2010
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Police on Saturday morning conducted the first ever hostage rescue operation in Bahrain’s modern history and successfully freed nine Chinese supervisors held by angry labourers at a resort construction site in the coastal village of Zallaq, 40 kilometres south of Manama. The operation followed an all night long siege of the site where the...
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Mitchell requested to resign over perceived US bias towards Israel

February 26, 2010
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Mitchell requested to resign over perceived US bias towards Israel

 Special US Mideast envoy George Mitchell has requested to resign in frustration with the biased favour towards Israel by some US officials within the State Department, Hadith An-Nass, a Nazareth-based daily, reported on Friday. The newspaper, quoting an unnamed Arab political source, said that Mitchell’s request was partly based on the way the US...
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Algerians want “pro-Egypt” Syrian star replaced in Algerian War TV drama

February 26, 2010
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Algerians want “pro-Egypt” Syrian star replaced in Algerian War TV drama

Algerians are pushing for the replacement of a Syrian star in a television series based on a book written by an Algerian novelist about the liberation war in the North African country.  The Algerians said that Syrian actor Jamal Sulaiman had flagrantly sided with the Egyptians during the bitter standoff between the two countries...
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Algeria’s national security chief shot dead

February 25, 2010
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Algeria’s national security chief shot dead

The chief of Algeria’s national security, Ali Tounsi, was shot dead in his office on Thursday shortly before noon, an Algerian daily has reported. Witnesses quoted by Echorouk said Tounsi was killed by a 64-year-old retired army colonel who was hired by the national security agency to oversee the police helicopters unit. According to...
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Kuwaiti minister grilling gathering pace as 23 MPs support move

February 25, 2010
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Kuwaiti minister grilling gathering pace as 23 MPs support move

The move to grill the information minister following the airing of a show that allegedly denigrated Kuwait’s tribes has gathered pace among lawmakers. “Things look bright and three more MPs have joined the 20 lawmakers who have already signed up for the quizzing of the minister,” Ali Al Deqbasi, the MP who filed to...
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MP slams Israel, Arabs over Islamic shrines decision

February 25, 2010
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MP slams Israel, Arabs over Islamic shrines decision

A Bahraini lawmaker has sharply criticized Arabs for their “eerie silence” that allowed Israel to designate two Islamic shrines on Palestinian territory as national heritage sites. MP Adel Al Mouawda also slammed Israel for its decision, saying that it amounted to waging a religious war on Muslims. “Arabs have been so eerily silent that...
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Discreet charm of Italian food and gardens on display in Bahrain

February 24, 2010
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Discreet charm of Italian food and gardens on display in Bahrain

Italy’s grand art of gardening, where love of nature smoothly blends with art and passionately hugs with architecture, as admired in the numerous villas and giardini of the romantic Peninsula, will be represented for the first time at the Bahrain International Garden on February 25-28 in Manama. The Italian showpiece will present various products...
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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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