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Jorgensen marches on

August 28, 2014

Jan O Jorgensen

Denmark’s Jan O Jorgensen continued his quest to end China’s dominance at the badminton world championships as he breezed into the last 16 of the men’s singles in Copenhagen on Wednesday. Third seed Jorgensen, his confidence boosted by June’s Indonesian Open title, eased his way past Finland’s Eetu Heino 21-9, 21-17 in just under 30 minutes to take his pl ..

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SEISMIC SHOCK!

August 28, 2014

Haliti Labinot (left) of Australia’s Western Sydney Wanderers takes a shot at goal

Western Sydney Wanderers delivered a seismic shock on Wednesday when they sent title-holders and hot tournament favourites Guangzhou Evergrande crashing out of the AFC Champions League. The Australian debutants survived despite losing the quarter-final’s second leg 2-1, as they went through on away goals following last week’s 1-0 upset win in Sydney. The surpri ..

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Alonso announces retirement

August 28, 2014

Xabi Alonso

Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso has announced his retirement from international football. “I want to announce that my time with the Spanish national team has come to an end,” he said in a statement. “The hardest thing is knowing when to say goodbye, and after thinking about it, I think that my time with the national team has come to an end.” The 32-year- ..

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DEGENKOLB TAKES STAGE

August 28, 2014

ohn Degenkolb celebrates as he crosses the finish line

Germany’s John Degenkolb won his second stage of the Tour of Spain in as many days in a controversial finish on Wednesday as Australian Michael Matthews extended his overall lead. France’s Nacer Bouhanni, who won the second stage, claimed he was blocked out by Degenkolb as he tried to pass at the finish line of the 180km stage from Priego de Cordoba to Ronda. ..

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Warnock named Crystal Palace manager

August 28, 2014

Neil Warnock

Neil Warnock has returned to Crystal Palace as manager to fill the vacancy created by the departure of Tony Pulis, the Premier League club announced on Wednesday. Warnock, who previously managed Palace between 2007 and 2010, takes over after Pulis abruptly left Selhurst Park on the eve of the season amid reports of a disagreement with co-chairman Steve Parish. “C ..

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S.AFRICA WIN

August 28, 2014

A B de Villiers bats

A magnificent unbeaten century from a cramping AB de Villiers carried South Africa to a seven-wicket victory over Australia in the second game of a one-day triangular series on Wednesday. De Villiers overcame fatigue and severe cramp in his left leg to hit 136 not out as South Africa chased down a target of 328 with 20 balls to spare. The South African captain was ..

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Askar vows to back Palestine sport

August 28, 2014

Abdulrahman Askar, centre, during his meeting with Khalid Al Sayyad, left, as Shaikh Ali looks on

Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC) general secretary Abdulrahman Askar on Wednesday vowed to offer all that would contribute to the development of sports in Palestine. This came during his meeting with Khalid Al Sayyad, head of Palestine’s Olympic football team who are presently holding a training camp in Bahrain. In the meeting also attended by Bahrain Football Ass ..

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Bowling team gear up

August 28, 2014

Bowling team

Bahrain’s national bowling team has stepped up its preparations for the 17th Asian Games, due to take place in Incheon, South Korea from 19 September to 4 October. The team, managed by Korean tactician Lee and his assistant Aref Mersal, features some of the Kingdom’s most prominent bowlers. They are Mohammed Al Shawoosh, Ahmed Fareed, Taha Ebrahim, Abdulwahed S ..

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SHAIKH NASSER SET FOR RACE

August 28, 2014

Shaikh Nasser

Bahrain’s Equestrian team led by its captain and Chairman of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sport (SCYS) and President of the Bahrain Olympic Committee HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa is all set to participate in today’s 160km five-stage Endurance Race in the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games starting at 7am in Normandy, France. Today’s race featu ..

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Three Ebola hit countries isolated

August 28, 2014

Health workers take off their protective suits after finishing disinfecting areas at the Pita hospital

The three nations at the centre of the west African Ebola outbreak were left increasingly isolated on Wednesday as more airlines suspended flights to the crisis zone.

Air France agreed to Paris’s request for a “temporary suspension” of services to Sierra Leone, leaving its capital Freetown and Monrovia in neighbouring Libe ..

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REBELS SEIZE MORE GROUND

August 28, 2014

Train wagons are seen on the destroyed railway bridge

Rebels in east Ukraine appeared on Wednesday to have seized swathes of territory from government forces who abandoned vehicles and ammunition as they retreated, while Western intelligence said Russian army units were operating inside the country.

After weeks of successful military operations that have seen government forces push ..

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Bulgarian dolls Entice children

August 28, 2014

Nakhool City

By making Bahrain’s summer more vivid and vibrant than ever, Nakhool City and Bahrain Summer Festival has once again proved nothing can beat it when it comes to fun and education.

Capitalising on this chance are the children of Bahrain who are spending much of their free time at the fun and interactive workshops at the venue.< ..

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Rusal returns to quarterly profit

August 28, 2014

An employee operates a loader to transport an aluminium ingot weighing 15 tonnes at the foundry shop of the Rusal Krasnoyarsk aluminium smelter in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk

Rusal, the world’s largest aluminium producer, said on Wednesday it had bounced back into the black in the second quarter, buoyed by improving metal prices and cost-control measures.

The Hong Kong-listed company reported a profit of $116 million for the three months ending June 30, compared with a loss of $325m in the previous ..

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UNEMPLOYMENT HITS NEW HIGH IN FRANCE

August 28, 2014

Job seekers visit a National Agency for Employment (Pole Emploi) stand at the ‘9th Job Forum’ dedicated to recruiting in Nice. Unemployment in France hit new high in July, official statistics has revealed

Unemployment in crisis-hit France hit a new high in July, official statistics published showed yesterday, in another blow for the deeply unpopular President Francois Hollande.

The Labour Ministry said there were now 3.424 million people out of work, a rise of around 26,000. It was the ninth consecutive rise in the monthly unempl ..

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ADB tells India to cut red-tape

August 28, 2014

ADB President Takehiko Nakao (left) addresses a press conference as ADB India Country Director M. Teresa Kho looks on in New Delhi on Wednesday

The Asian Development Bank on Wednesday urged India’s new government to cut stifling red-tape to draw foreign investment and get the country back on a high-growth track. ADB President Takehiko Nakao, speaking after holding talks with India’s new right-wing premier Narendra Modi, noted the country’s economy posted near double-digit growth just a few years ago. “To get back to a high- ..

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FERRY DISASTER HURTS S. KOREA

August 28, 2014

A South Korean tour guide walks before the Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul. The ferry disaster in April is still casting a cloud over S.Korea’s economy, the central bank has said

South Korea’s ferry disaster in April is still casting a cloud over the economy, with the effect on consumer spending lasting longer than expected, the central bank said on Wednesday.

More than 300 people died when the Sewol ferry sank on April 16, most of them students from the same high school.

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US economy to grow 1.5pc

August 28, 2014

US

The Congressional Budget Office on Wednesday forecast that the U.S. economy will grow by just 1.5 per cent in 2014, undermined by a poor performance during the first three months of the year.

The new assessment was considerably more pessimistic than the Obama administration’s, which predicted last month that the economy would ..

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READY TO SHAKE UP

August 28, 2014

A plane carrying coffins with the remains of victims of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 sits on the tarmac at Schiphol International Airport in Amsterdam before flying to Malaysia

Malaysia Airlines traffic fell 11pc in July

Malaysia is preparing to unveil the latest overhaul of its beleaguered state-owned airline, which is reeling from twin disasters months apart that killed hundreds of passengers.

Khazanah Nasional, the state investment company that owns 69 per cent of Malaysia Airlines, said in ..

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Gaza breathes sigh of relief

August 28, 2014

Hamas militants display weapons as they celebrate

The skies over the Gaza Strip were calm on Wednesday as a long-term ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinians took hold after 50 days of the deadliest violence in a decade.

Millions in and around the war-torn enclave enjoyed a welcome night of peace during which there were no strikes on Gaza, nor Palestinian rockets fired at ..

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THE WORLD AS HER CANVAS

August 28, 2014

Mona with one of her paintings

It is very easy to look at a painting, appreciate its beauty or even criticise it.

But there comes a time when we feel that it is hard to do these things, especially when the painting we behold leaves us spellbound and flabbergasted.

This is the kind of painting that Mona Elrubi, a qualified ..

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COURT BEAT

August 28, 2014

court beat

Held for taking videos of women

An Asian cleaner who is standing trial after being accused of taking videos of females while they used a toilet at a local company pleaded ‘not guilty’ when he made his first appearance before the High Criminal Court on Wednesday.

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Landlord puts tenant in spot

August 28, 2014

Warehouse complex gates closed from inside

An expat investor has alleged that his Bahraini landlord has tortured him and made his life difficult over an electricity connection dispute.

The tenant accused that the landlord has locked the gates of his warehouse making it difficult to move the goods to and fro.

Besides, the landlord had ..

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Students slam fake varsity

August 28, 2014

The screenshot of bahraineducationhub.com

Student community in the Kingdom has rebuked the fake universities offering bogus degrees.

DT News on Tuesday broke the story of a fake university operating in the Kingdom with a website called bahraineducationhub.com. 

The university claimed that the programmes have been spons ..

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Bahrain to rebuild university in Gaza

August 28, 2014

The damaged Islamic University of Gaza

The damaged Islamic University of Gaza, located in Palestine, will be rebuilt soon, said former parliamentarian and member of International support of Palestine and Gaza, Nasser Al Fadhala.

The six-storey building, funded by Al Eslah Islamic Society, was destroyed by Israel last month. No dates have been set for the beginning of ..

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HUNGARY TO BECOME START-UP CAPITAL

August 28, 2014

Employees of the Ustream start-up company work on their computers at their headquarters in Budapest downtown

Around 200 start-ups sprung up in recent years

From a sleek, modern office in the middle of Budapest’s old town, Ustream provides live video streaming to clients such as Samsung and Sony.

Nearby, Prezi has created a zooming presentation tool that even U2 singer Bono used last year for a talk on global poverty.

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Qatar Airways to get new Airbus A350

August 28, 2014

Airbus A350 on the factory lines in Toulouse, France

Qatar Airways will receive Airbus A350 Xtra wide body aircraft before end of this year.

The flag carrier of Qatar will be the first airline in the world to add the new type, which is being designed at Toulouse factory lines in France, to its fleet.

The company has placed order for 80 A350 XWB ..

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LAGARDE UNDER INVESTIGATION

August 28, 2014

Cristine Lagarde

French authorities begin fraud case against IMF chief

IMF chief Christine Lagarde has been put under formal investigation by French magistrates for negligence in a political fraud affair dating from 2008 when she was finance minister.

Lagarde, who this week was questioned by magistrates in Paris for a fourth time under h ..

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Sharif defiant amid protest crisis

August 28, 2014

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif addressing the Parliament in Islamabad

Pakistan’s embattled prime minister said on Wednesday he would not cave in to protests demanding his resignation, striking a defiant note in his first major speech since the crisis erupted two weeks ago. Nawaz Sharif told parliament his government would not be thrown off course by the demonstrations led by populist cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri and opposition leader Imra ..

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CRISIS DEEPENS

August 28, 2014

Afghan election commission workers wait to begin the audit of the presidential run-off vote in the country’s general election at a counting centre in Kabul on Wednesday

Abdullah rejects election audit

Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah on Wednesday withdrew from a UN-supervised audit of the fraud-tainted election, tipping the country deeper into crisis less than a week before the scheduled inauguration. Abdullah’s rejection of the audit heightened fears of a violent backlash to the eventual result after a pr ..

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LAST POST

August 28, 2014

US soldiers, part of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), load huge boxes onto a truck at the US Forward Operating Base (FOB) Lightning, in the Gardez district of Paktia province

Even in the age of emails and Internet video chatting, there’s nothing like a parcel or a letter from home for US soldiers on deployment in Afghanistan.

The incoming mail at Forward Operating Base (FOB) Lightning consists of everything from televisions and T-shirts to golf balls -- and still plenty of handwritten envelopes fro ..

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INDIA TRIUMPH

August 28, 2014

Suresh Raina bat

Raina ton sets up huge India win over England

Suresh Raina’s dynamic century laid the platform for world champions India’s crushing 133-run win over England in the second one-day international at Cardiff on Wednesday. Victory gave India a 1-0 lead in the five-match series following Monday’s washout in Bristol and saw them return to winning ways after ..

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MoW Karana project nearing completion

August 28, 2014

MoW

More than 72 per cent of the Karana sewage project has been completed, said a top official on Wednesday.

Director of Planning and Sanitation projects at the Works Ministry Asmaa Murad said the projects would provide Karana a healthier environment with a proper networks of sewage systems.

The ..

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King’s India visit boosts trade ties

August 28, 2014

Dr. Fakhro in discussion during the meeting

The visit of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa to  India has produced significant investment opportunities, while opening up new horizons of cooperation in all sectors.

This was revealed by Industry and Commerce minister Dr. Hassan Fakhro in a meeting conducted to follow up the results of His Majesty the King’s visit ..

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Diversifying economy – Focus on non oil revenues

August 28, 2014

PM

In a move enhancing the diversification of Bahrain’s economy, Prime Minister HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa on Wednesday directed the government to adopt projects and programmes that would help boost non-oil revenues.

Decision regarding this was taken in a meeting chaired by HRH the Premier at the Gudaibiya Palace to ..

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Federer, Serena take centre stage

August 27, 2014

Roger Federer

Five-time US Open champions Roger Federer and Serena Williams took centre stage under the Arthur Ashe Stadium lights on Tuesday, starting their bids to capture an 18th career major apiece. Federer, seemingly down and out in New York 12 months ago after suffering his earliest loss at the tournament for a decade, begins his 15th US Open as one of the favourites.

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BENATIA SET FOR BAYERN SWITCH

August 27, 2014

Mehdi Benatia

German champions Bayern Munich have won the race to sign highly-rated defender Mehdi Benatia from Roma. The 27-year-old Morocco international had reportedly been a target for both Arsenal and Manchester United after excelling at the Stadio Olimpico to help Roma finish second in the Serie A table last season. But Bundesliga giants Bayern have now secured his service ..

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Di Maria joins Man United

August 27, 2014

Angel di Maria

On top of a British-record transfer fee, Manchester United’s new signing Angel di Maria must also contend with expectations that he will revitalise one of the world’s greatest sporting institutions. United had already spent around £72 million during the close season on Luke Shaw, Ander Herrera and Marcos Rojo, but Di Maria’s arrival from Real Madrid for £59 ..

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Champions League – ZENIT CRUISE

August 27, 2014

Zenit St. Petersburg’s Oleg Shatov (left) vies for the ball with Standard Liege Laurent Ciman (right)

Zenit St Petersburg eased into the Champions League group stage for the fourth season running on Tuesday with a 3-0 win at home to Belgians Standard Liege securing a 4-0 triumph on aggregate. Last season’s Russian Premier League runners-up had been in control of the tie after winning 1-0 in Liege last week thanks to Oleg Shatov’s early goal. In the return at th ..

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Rob, Debbie win Monday Madness Golf

August 27, 2014

Tournament Coordinator Sohail Singh, left with winners Debbie, centre and Rob, right

Rob and Debbie Lane (31.20 net) clinched first place in the third match of the BMMI Monday Madness Night Golf Series at the Royal Golf Club to put themselves in second place in the overall order of merit. Ashley Price and Chris Butler (34.30) were runners up in the third of the popular six week series with Nils Berge and Petter Nyberg (36.50) coming third on 36.50 ..

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Al Qarni lauds training programmes

August 27, 2014

Adulrahman Askar during his meeting with Ali Al Qarni

Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC) general secretary Abdulrahman Askar received at his office Saudi coach Ali Al Qarni, who is visiting the Kingdom to attend one of the training courses organised by the committee’s Sports Training and Development Section (STDS).

 During the meeting, Abdulrahman welcomed the coach and praised th ..

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Bahrain team arrive in Normandy

August 27, 2014

Bahrain team in Normandy

The Bahrain Endurance Team led by its captain, Chairman of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sport (SCYS) and President of the Bahrain Olympic Committee HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa have arrived in Normandy, France to participate in Thursday’s 160km five-stage Endurance Race in the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games which started on Saturday and continue ..

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BCL cricket tournament – LULU LIONS WIN

August 27, 2014

The winning LuLu Lions with their trophies

LuLu Lions crushed Pak Hawks by 112 runs in the final of the Bahrain Finance Company sponsored Cricket Bahrain (BCL-CBA Division) Golden League, T25 tournament  final at the Awali Oval ground. Batting first after winning the toss, LuLu Lions scored an impressive 212 for nine in its 25 overs with the main scorers being Praeed (45), Akbar (39) and Abi (33) with Dani ..

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WHO calls for e-cigarette regulation

August 27, 2014

Customers try different flavours of electronic cigarette vapour at the Vapour Shark in Miami, Florida

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has issued a long-awaited report on electronic cigarettes that calls for regulation of the devices and their contents, as well as bans on indoor use, advertising and sales to minors.

The United Nations health agency, in a report to be debated by member states at a meeting in October, voices co ..

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NAWAZ MEETS ARMY CHIEF

August 27, 2014

Pakistani supporters of opposition politician Imran Khan gather during an anti-government protest in front of the Parliament in Islamabad on Tuesday

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif met Army Chief Gen Raheel Sharif to discuss the current political crisis caused due to anti-government protests here and the recent Indo-Pak border “skirmishes”.

“Overall security environment including the prevailing situation was discussed in the meeting. There was a consensus on the n ..

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Abdullah threatens to pull out

August 27, 2014

Abdullah Abdullah

Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah threatened on Tuesday to withdraw from the disputed election, a move that could wreck UN efforts to rescue the country’s first democratic transfer of power. The June 14 vote has triggered a standoff between Abdullah and his poll rival Ashraf Ghani, with both candidates claiming victory amid allegations of massive fr ..

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CLOUDING TALKS

August 27, 2014

Ukraine and Russian leaders meet, after Kiev captures Moscow troop

The presidents of Russia and Ukraine shook hands ahead of key talks on Tuesday, though with little hope for a breakthrough to end the raging conflict pitting Kiev against pro-Moscow separatist rebels.

Tensions have ramped up after Russia for the first time admitted that its troops had crossed onto Ukrainian soil after Kiev relea ..

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UAE secretly bombs Libya

August 27, 2014

A file picture taken on March 27, 2011 shows one of six UAE F16 fighter jets

UAE warplanes secretly bombed Islamist militia targets in Libya, apparently catching Washington off guard, as turmoil in the North African country deepened with the Islamists naming a rival premier.

US officials said on Monday that the United Arab Emirates jets launched two attacks in seven days on the Islamists in Tripoli using ..

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RUSSIAN ECONOMY NEARS RECESSION

August 27, 2014

Spanish ham is displayed for sale in a shop window at a grocery store in St. Petersburg. The West has last month imposed its toughest sanctions yet on Russia, including restricting access to Western financial markets, over Moscow

The Russian economy is nearing recession, officials said on Tuesday, with punishing Western sanctions over the Ukraine conflict set to keep growth at ultra-low levels and drive up inflation.

“The economy is close to recession,” said Oleg Zasov, the head of forecasting at the economy ministry, according to Russian news agenci ..

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Turner broadcasting offers buyouts

August 27, 2014

A woman walks past the Time Warner Centre near Columbus Circle in Manhattan, New York. Turner broadcasting, a division of Time Warner, has offered voluntary buyouts to 600 veteran employees.

The corporate parent of CNN, TNT and TBS on Tuesday offered voluntary buyouts to 600 veteran employees, part of an overall cost-cutting effort at the Atlanta-based broadcasting company founded by Ted Turner.

The offer went out to U.S.-based employees who are over 55 and have worked at the company for at least 10 years, excluding ..

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PLUCKY CAR MAKER HOPES TO SHIFT GEAR

August 27, 2014

A prototype of the new Karenjy Mazana II car drives on the national road 45 through Ranomafana National Park near Fianarantsoa, southern Madagascar

When you next shop around for a new car, the chances are you will not buy a Karenjy.

For a start, only a dozen are built each year, by hand, on the Indian Ocean island of Madagascar and none are exported outside the impoverished nation.

They don’t come with electric windows, airbags, sat na ..

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S. AFRICA DODGES RECESSION IN H1

August 27, 2014

People walk on the beach in the upmarket suburb of Camps Bay, one of the most popular touristic venues in Cape Town. South Africa narrowly avoided slipping into recession in the first half of the year

South Africa narrowly avoided slipping into recession in the first half of the year, thanks in part to election-time government spending, official data showed on Tuesday.

Africa’s most advanced economy had shrunk in the first quarter of the year by 0.6 per cent, amid a mining strike that halted platinum production for five mon ..

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Do Felines and water mix?

August 27, 2014

the pet project

A popular notion that exists about our furry felines is that they absolutely despise water.

While it may hold truth to some extent, since their fur becomes waterlogged and weighs them down, aside from making them uncomfortable, cats actually enjoy being squeaky clean.

Where do you think that ..

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Human Rights ministry, NIHR ink deal

August 27, 2014

Dr. Salah bin Ali and Dr. Abdulaziz Abul sign the MoU

Minister of State for Human Rights Affairs Dr. Salah bin Ali Abdulrahman, on Tuesday, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with National Institution for Human Rights (NIHR).

During the memorandum signing ceremony, the minister affirmed the importance of enhancing cooperation and coordination with civil society organsiation ..

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Clean DDDC: COMMISSION

August 27, 2014

Nawaf Al Moawda at the press conference

 Rights in focus

Prisoners and Detainees Rights Commission (PDRC), in its report released recently, has urged the authorities concerned to take urgent measures to ensure cleanliness at the Dry Dock Detention Centre (DDDC).

The commission, which  had conducted the unannounced inspection from April 21 to 24 at the ..

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‘Contain efforts to spread chaos’

August 27, 2014

Ananda Prasad Sharma

Prime Minister HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa has directed the officials to prevent the use of existing platforms and networks to fuel sectarianism and incite violence in the Kingdom.

Chairing the work meeting on Tuesday, HRH the Premier expressed utmost pride and appreciation in His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khali ..

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King replies to letters of allegiance

August 27, 2014

King

His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa has sent cables to a number of Bahraini tribes and families in reply to the letters of allegiance and loyalty they had submitted to him.

HM the King took pride in the allegiance of the tribes and families as well as their firm resolve to defend the homeland and preserve its hard-won achi ..

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COURT BEAT

August 27, 2014

court beat

Illicit affair lands woman in trouble

A woman, who was sentenced to one year in prison for having an illicit affair with her husband’s brother, saw her appeal rejected by the High Criminal Court on Tuesday.

The convict allegedly had sexual intercourse with her brother-i ..

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Bahraini boy laid torest

August 27, 2014

The deceased Karrar

A tragic loss

Karrar Al Sari, the 9-year-old Bahraini boy, who died in a hospital in India while undergoing treatment for pulmonary fibrosis, was finally laid to rest in Bahrain on Tuesday.

Karrar was declared dead by the Indian health authorities on Sunday.

The deceased was sent to M ..

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British Airways introduces 72-hour hold option

August 27, 2014

British Airways

Those searching for the best airline deals from Bahrain to London, Europe or North America can board British Airways flight for up to 72 hours for as little as GBP 5 or approximately BHD 3 through ba.com.

This will give customers the time to make sure they are happy with their flight choices before paying for them. If within 72 ..

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THEY ROB AND ROAM FREELY!

August 27, 2014

The gang has been targeting pedestrians and is very much active in and around Bengali galli

Meet the Asian gangsters of Manama, who brutally attack anyone who comes their way

A youth was mercilessly robbed on one of the streets of Capital Governorate last Friday.

Two others, who came to the rescue of the victim, were also robbed by the miscreants.

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Bahrain, Malaysia Expand trade ties

August 27, 2014

HM the King (left) and HRH the Premier in discussion with Malaysian Foreign Minister

As part of its strategy to boost trade opportunities with Asian countries, Bahrain on Tuesday mulled ways to expand bilateral cooperation with Malaysia, one of the leading international and regional hub of Islamic finance in the Asian region.

Discussions to this end were held by His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and Mala ..

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BURGER KING TO BUY HORTONS FOR $11BN

August 27, 2014

BURGER KING

Deal creates world’s third-largest fast food company

Burger King said on Tuesday it had agreed to buy Canada’s coffee and donut chain Tim Hortons in an $11 billion deal that would create the world’s third-largest fast food company.

The new company would be headquartered in Canada in a controversial tax inversion th ..

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Permanent ceasefire- Unconditional truce agreed

August 27, 2014

Children hold up guns (one with an empty magazine) from a car as Palestinians gather in the streets to celebrate- Palestinian man flashing the sign of victory

Celebrations erupted in Gaza on Tuesday as a long-term ceasefire agreed by Israel and the Palestinians went into effect, ending 50 days of the deadliest violence in a decade.

The agreement, which came into effect at 1600 GMT, involves an immediate halt to the violence in Gaza, which began on July 8 and has claimed the lives of 2 ..

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ULTIMATE PRICE ULTIMATE THRILL

August 27, 2014

Lukas Michul, a member of the ‘dream walker’ group jumps from atop the rugged rocks overlooking the azure waters of Navagio beach, Greece

Leaping, running and flying into the unknown are attracting a growing band of followers around the world ready to risk life and limb for the ultimate adrenaline rush.

From base jumping -- where devotees jump off a cliff or tower with a parachute -- to wingsuit divers who fly in a birdman jumpsuit, to highlining -- walking across ..

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Lanka Pen Victory

August 27, 2014

Sri Lankan batsman Mahela Jayawardene (centre) is watched by Pakistani wicketkeeper Umar Akmal (left)

Perera shatters Pakistan with bat and ball

Thisara Perera smashed 65 off 36 balls and then grabbed three wickets as Sri Lanka thumped Pakistan by 77 runs in the second one-dayer on Tuesday to level the three-match series 1-1. Sri Lanka recovered from 194-6 to post a commanding 310-9 in their 50 overs after electing to bat, before dismissing Pakistan for 233 ..

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‘Elections won’t be a cakewalk’

August 27, 2014

Visitors interacting at the majlis

Visitors of Sami Al Shaer Majlis in Galali discussed the latest developments in light of the forthcoming parliamentary and municipal elections that will be held in November, 2014.

Speaking at the majlis, Sami Al Shaer, a candidate for the elections said that all candidates would have to undergo tough competitions in the coming e ..

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Balotelli signs for Liverpool

August 26, 2014

Mario Balotelli

Mario Balotelli admitted he was glad to be back in the Premier League after the controversial Italy striker completed his 16million pounds move to Liverpool on Monday.  Balotelli left England in January 2013 after a series of problems on and off the field prompted Manchester City to sell him to AC Milan. The 24-year-old had grown weary of his reputation as a bad-b ..

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MATTHEWS GAINS LEAD

August 26, 2014

Matthews crossed the line in a time of 5hr 12min 14sec to take the 197.8km stage from Cadiz to Arcos de la Frontera

Tour of Spain

Australian Michael Matthews claimed victory in the third stage of the Tour of Spain and the overall race lead as he prevailed in a sprint finish ahead of Irishman Dan Martin and Spaniard Joaquim Rodriguez on Monday. The Orica GreenEdge rider crossed the line in a time of 5hr 12min 14sec to take the 197.8km stage from Cadiz to Arcos de la Front ..

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Shaikh Hassan on form in Stephex Masters

August 26, 2014

Shaikh Hassan in action

Bahrain Show Jumping team captain Shaikh Hassan bin Rashid Al Khalifa capped of a successful show at the inaugural Stephex Masters in Belgium riding his horse HBR Versace to 19th place out of 74 top international riders in the medium tour final. The national team captain raced to a clear round over the 1.50m fences to finish in 43,54 seconds to cap a successf ..

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BOC backs disabled sports

August 26, 2014

BOC and BDSF representatives at the meeting

Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC) vowed to support the Bahrain Disabled Sports Federation (BDSF) in organising the first National Day Championship, scheduled to take place in December. During a joint meeting, BOC sports federation director Hisham Al Balooshi was presented with a report from BDSF representatives Ali Nabhan and Sabah Al Thawadi on the five-day event, i ..

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DALILA CLINCHES BRONZE MEDAL

August 26, 2014

Dalila Gosa

Summer Youth Olympic games

Bahrain’s 16-year old Dalila Gosa clinched a bronze medal on Monday with a personal best time of four minutes 18.36 seconds in the Girls 1500 metres A final as the Kingdom concluded its participation at the Second Summer Youth Olympic Games taking place at the Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre in China. The medal for Dalila was ..

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Hurricane Marie lashes Mexico

August 26, 2014

NASA GOES satellite image shows Hurricane Marie, the eighth of the season, in the eastern Pacific near Mexico

Hurricane Marie was pounding heavy waves into Mexico’s Pacific coast on Monday, where three fishermen went missing after their boat capsized.

The eighth hurricane of the eastern Pacific season also damaged the property of some 10,000 families in the southern state of Oaxaca, officials said.

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XI HAILS MUGABE

August 26, 2014

Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe (left) and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping shake hands during a signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing

China’s President Xi Jinping on Monday hailed Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe -- a pariah in the West -- as a renowned African liberation leader and an “old friend” of the Chinese people.

The former guerrilla turned Africa’s longest-ruling leader, now 90, was on his 13th trip to China, seeking more Chinese investment in his n ..

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Pakistan cleric warns of 48-hour deadline

August 26, 2014

Canada-based preacher Tahir-ul-Qadri at an anti-government protest in front of the Parliament in Islamabad

A Pakistani cleric leading a mass anti-government rally in front of parliament has issued a 48-hour deadline for the country’s prime minister to step down or he says he’s prepared to die.

Tahir-ul-Qadri showed protesters a white burial shroud yesterday in a speech issuing the deadline for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who ha ..

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MASS EXODUS

August 26, 2014

A screen grab taken from a video released by the Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram shows the leader, Abubakar Shekau (centre), delivering a speech at an undisclosed location

A Boko Haram attack on a border town in northeast Nigeria forced thousands of people to flee on Monday, in a fresh assault indicating the militants’ growing ability to strike at will.

The attack on Gamboru Ngala comes after the town was almost entirely destroyed in May in a devastating assault that left more than 300 people d ..

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STATOIL TO KEEP ROSNEFT ALLIANCE

August 26, 2014

A view shows the Statoil-operated Snoehvit liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant on Melkoeya island near Hammerfest, Norway

Norwegian energy group Statoil said on Monday it intended to continue its partnership with Russia’s Rosneft, despite Western economic sanctions imposed on Moscow for its role in the Ukranian crisis.

“Of course, (the imposition of sanctions) hasn’t made it any easier for either Rosneft or companies working with that company ..

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Iran ‘will arm Palestinians’

August 26, 2014

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Tehran will “accelerate” arming Palestinians in retaliation for Israel deploying a spy drone over Iran, which was shot down, a military commander said on Monday.

Iran, which does not recognise the existence of Israel, has confirmed it supplied Palestinian fighters from Hamas and the Islamic Jihad with the technology for the ..

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Israel in deadly Gaza air raids

August 26, 2014

Gaza strip

Israeli fire killed 10 Palestinians across Gaza on Monday, while Egypt proposed a new ceasefire that would open key crossings into the blockaded territory.

Since an earlier truce collapsed on August 19, the death toll in Gaza has risen steadily with at least 113 Palestinians killed in more than 350 Israeli air strikes across the ..

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Don’t abandon Hidd residents!

August 26, 2014

Abandoned vehicles

Hidd is inundated with abandoned vehicles causing immense inconvenience to the local residents. Despite the Muharraq Municipality offering many warnings, the owners are reluctant to move these vehicles, which have, of late, become a port in the storm for outlaws to carry out immoral activities.

In a report filed by Muhanna ..

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Dairy products safe in Bahrain

August 26, 2014

Dairy products

In response to a report published by DT News, the Ministry of Health (MoH)’s Public Health Director Dr. Maryam Al Hajiri stated on Monday that local markets were safe and devoid from any bacillus-polluted chocolate beverages or products manufactured by a German company.

The official’s comment comes in light of Food an ..

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COURT BEAT

August 26, 2014

court beat

TWO WOMEN BUSTED FOR DRUGS

Two Thai women stood trial after being charged with  possessing and smuggling cocaine into the Kingdom.

The first defendant  was arrested at the Bahrain International Airport, while her co-defendant was busted in a local hotel during a sting operation which saw the collaboration of the form ..

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Noose ready!

August 26, 2014

Tackling cybercrimes -Bahrian logo

Beware, those who misuse social media and websites to misguide the society will face music as the Interior Ministry has taken internet misuse seriously.

The Director-General of Criminal Investigation and Forensic Science Directorate (CID) has cautioned against committing cybercrime, the propagation of false information on social ..

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Bogus varsity makes merry

August 26, 2014

The advertisement that is circulating on Facebook

Foreign universities cheating Bahraini students by offering fake degrees

It’s a known wisdom that degrees from reputed foreign universities would bring more prospects to students’ career.

No doubt, a student faces enormous pressure when it comes to s ..

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CHALLENGE FOR A CAUSE

August 26, 2014

ALS awareness

The ‘ALS Ice Bucket Challenge’ is the talk-of-the-town, as a large number of videos of celebrities and people dumping freezing cold water over their heads are streaming through the web.

In fact, it has become one of the most viral philanthropic social media campaigns in history.

But how m ..

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Prominent journo trains guns on Iraq

August 26, 2014

Mohammed Al Arab speaking at the majlis

Iraq is hosting many terrorist training camps with an intention to destabilise Gulf nations including Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Yemen, said a leading media personality in the Kingdom on Monday.

Senior Correspondent of Al Arabiya TV Mohammed Al Arab was speaking at the Al Doy Majlis, the largest majlis in Muharraq, when he made t ..

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‘Twitter, a real troublemaker’

August 26, 2014

Shaikh Salah Al Jowder

Forbidden list

A prominent Bahraini religious cleric has slammed rumours that were circulating on social media networks about his description of Twitter as Haram  while giving an interview to an international news agency.

Clarifying to on Monday, Ex MP, Columnist and Al Khair Mosque Khateeb Shaikh Salah Al Jowder said ..

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SMEs lend a helping hand

August 26, 2014

Dr.  Fadheela Mohammad

Bahrain Small and Medium Enterprises Development Society has instituted a new committee to provide free consultations to health clinics in private sector. The newly formed ‘Private clinics and health centres development committee’ chaired by Dr. Fadheela Mohammad aims to provide further development opportunities for the sector.

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S&P 500 TOPS 2K

August 26, 2014

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange

Promises of economic support from banks help the index

The S&P 500 topped the 2,000 mark for the first time on Monday helped by more promises of economic support from the US and European central banks.

A fresh burst of merger activity also sparked buyers, with Switzerland’s Roche paying $8.3 billion for smaller pha ..

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EU SINKS DEEPER

August 26, 2014

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls (left) bids farewell to Francois Hollande as he leaves the Elysee presidential palace after a meeting in Paris

The euro zone’s flat-lining economy took another hit on Monday when data showed German business sentiment sagging for the fourth month running, while a row over the lack of growth led the French government to resign.

Politicians and policymakers, meanwhile, were digesting European Central Bank President Mario Draghi’s about- ..

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Life’s a beach for Italy’s dogs

August 26, 2014

Italy-Dogs

The sun brollies are up, the beach loungers full and the water is full of daytrippers splashing about.

It is a classic Italian scene but with one crucial difference: the beach bums frolicking in the waves at Maccarese are nearly all dogs, revelling in a rare chance to romp by the seaside.

Wel ..

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Afghan election dispute into crucial phase

August 26, 2014

An Afghan election commission worker takes a note of sealed ballot boxes during an audit of the presidential run-off vote in the country’s general election at a counting centre in Kabul on Monday

Afghanistan’s 10-week election crisis entered a risky new stage on Monday when officials started invalidating fraudulent votes in a process likely to bring to a head the bitter dispute between the presidential candidates. The country has been in paralysis since the June 14 election to choose the successor to President Hamid Karzai, who will step down as US-led NA ..

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BORDER CLASHES RAGE

August 26, 2014

Ukrainian soldiers stand guard at a checkpoint on a road near the city of Dnepropetrovsk on Monday

Ukraine battles armour from Russia on eve of key talks

Kiev said its forces were battling an armoured column that crossed from Russia on Monday, as Moscow unveiled plans for a new aid convoy for east Ukraine, ramping up tensions on the eve of crunch talks on the conflict.

After a string of setbacks, separatist fighters appeared ..

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Simeone handed eight-match touchline ban

August 26, 2014

Diego Simeone

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has been given an eight-match touchline ban for his conduct in the Spanish champions 1-0 victory over Real Madrid to win the Spanish Super Cup on Friday. The Argentine was sentoff for striking the fourth official lightly on the back of the head after Atletico right-back Juanfran had to wait an age to be allowed back onto the fiel ..

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RICCIARDO CLOSING IN

August 26, 2014

Daniel Ricciardo

Daniel Ricciardo is eyeing up a shot at the world title after his second straight win and third in six races brought him within striking distance of warring championship leaders Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton. The Red Bull driver’s triumph in Sunday’s stormy Belgian Grand Prix cut the gap to second-placed Hamilton to 36 points and trimmed Rosberg’s advantage ..

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Flintoff eyes Big Bash deal

August 26, 2014

Andrew Flintoff

Andrew Flintoff is considering playing in Australia’s domestic ‘Big Bash’ Twenty20 tournament after starring in the climax of its English equivalent. “I’ve had offers to play in the Big Bash but I’m going to sit down and talk with my family,” Flintoff said.  “If there’s an opportunity there, why not? It’s one of the things I’ve wanted to do. ..

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WOODS SPLITS WITH FOLEY

August 26, 2014

Tiger Woods (right) as he works with his coach Sean Foley during practice at Royal Liverpool Golf Course in Hoylake, north west England

Tiger Woods has split with coach Sean Foley, the 14-time major champion said on his website on Monday. “I’d like to thank Sean for his help as my coach and for his friendship,” Woods said in announcing the move. “Presently, I do not have a coach, and there is no timetable for hiring one,” added Woods, who has been hindered by injury throughout the 2014 se ..

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CRUSHING WIN

August 26, 2014

Glenn Maxwell celebrates 50 runs- Australia captain George Bailey leads his team off the pitch after victory yesterday

Australia thrash Zimbabwe by 198 runs in ODI

A brutal onslaught by Mitchell Marsh and George Maxwell carried Australia to a crushing 198-run victory over Zimbabwe in the first game of a one-day triangular series on Monday. Marsh stroked 89 from 83 deliveries after coming in at No. 3, while Maxwell hammered a 46-ball 9 ..

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Telugu community member dies

August 26, 2014

Muddu Chandrashekar

A prominent member of  Telugu community,  Muddu Chandrashekar passed away on Monday morning at Salmaniya Medical Complex. A resident of Bahrain for about 15 years, Chandrashekar was working with the Ministry of Works as the head of its mechanical services. He was a well-known air-conditioning expert. His body will be repatriated on Tuesday to his native place, V ..

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BIHR appoints new head chef

August 26, 2014

Pierre Guiraud

Bahrain Institute of Hospitality and Retail (BIHR) announced the appointment of Chef Pierre Guiraud as  head chef to train in the swiss diploma programme organised by BIHR in collaboration with the Swiss  HTMi Institute.

Pierre joins BIHR from a similar position in a hospitality management school in Lausanne, Switzerland.

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Bahrain, uae discuss ties

August 26, 2014

HM the King in discussion with Mohammed Sultan at Al Safriya palace

His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa on Monday hailed the role played by the UAE in championing Arab and Islamic causes at various gatherings.

HM the King said this while having a discussion with  UAE Ambassador Mohammed Sultan Saif Al Suwaidi at Al Safriya Palace.

Praising his efforts ..

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Leadership congratulated on medals

August 25, 2014

Bahrain Athletics Association President, HH Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa

First Deputy Chairman of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sport (SCYS), President of the Bahrain Athletics Association and President of West Asia Athletics Federation (WAAF) Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa has congratulated His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, His Royal Highness Princ ..

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Lee eyes elusive World’s title

August 25, 2014

Lee Chong Wei was forced out of Glasgow Games with an ongoing thigh problem

World number one Lee Chong Wei hopes to capitalise on the absence of leading rival and five-time world champion Lin Dan of China as he pursues a first world championship crown in Copenhagen.

Malaysia’s Lee, runner-up to Lin at the past two world events as well the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games, will have the chance to emerge fro ..

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Federer poised for fairytale in New York

August 25, 2014

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Roger Federer hopes to mark the 10th anniversary of his first US Open title with a sixth triumph in New York and become the oldest Grand Slam champion in more than 40 years.

In an astonishing reversal of fortunes, the 33-year-old, written off as a relic of the game when he slipped to a fourth round loss to Tommy Robredo 12 month ..

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INDIA ON MISSION TO SALVAGE PRIDE

August 25, 2014

After battered in the Test series, India look to bounce back in ODI series

Tourists distracted by 1-3 Test series loss

Their morale battered by the Test series debacle, India would look to make a fresh beginning and salvage lost pride when they take on England in a five-match ODI cricket series starting today.

On one hand, the Indians will be distracted by the 1-3 series loss in the Test series ..

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Farah sets new record

August 25, 2014

Mo Farah stands next to the board displaying his running time after winning the race

Distance-running star Mo Farah marked his first appearance on a home track in more than 12 months by smashing Steve Ovett’s 36-year-old British record for the rarely run two miles at the Diamond League meeting in Birmingham on Sunday.

The Olympic, world and European champion at both 5,000 and 10,000 metres, Farah won in a time ..

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Man City, Liverpool resume title hostilities

August 25, 2014

Adam Lallana is not yet ready to return to squad

Manchester City and Liverpool will renew their rivalry beneath the Etihad Stadium floodlights today in the first major head-to-head encounter of the fledgling Premier League season.

When the teams last met, at Anfield in April, a late Philippe Coutinho goal gave Liverpool a 3-2 victory that left them on course for a first league ..

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RICCIARDO WINS AT SPA

August 25, 2014

Red Bull Racing’s Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo celebrates on the podium at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Spa on Sunday

Hamilton collides with Nico Rosberg in dramatic race

Nico Rosberg rode his luck to open up a clear 29-points championship advantage over Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton on Sunday when he finished second behind triumphant Australian Daniel Ricciardo in the Belgian Grand Prix.

Ricciardo, of Red Bull, won with a b ..

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Ledecky smashes freestyle record

August 25, 2014

The American claims her fifth gold medal at the Gold Coast meet

American Katie Ledecky set a second world record in two days by shattering her own 1500-metre freestyle record at the Pan Pacific Championships on Sunday.

The 17-year-old schoolgirl smashed her record by almost six seconds with a time of 15 minutes 28.36 seconds, to claim her fifth gold medal at the Gold Coast meet.

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Greenkeepers get revenge

August 25, 2014

(From left) Fairweather and the winning team of Wagstaff, Knecht, Dixon and Adow

More than 100 players participated at the Royal Golf Club at the weekend in the Greenkeeper’s revenge in a four player Texas Scramble around the course with a few alterations from Director of Agronomy, Jordon Fairweather.

All participants were tested with quick greens, tractors on the course set as hazards and blowers near ..

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Pak CC lift CBA title

August 25, 2014

Pak CC celebrate after they defeated Spectrum CC

Pak CC defeated Spectrum CC by four wickets in the title clash of Cricket Bahrain (BCL-CBA Division) Diamond League, T25 Tournament at the Awali Oval ground.

Winning the toss, Spectrum elected to bat first but were restricted to 176. Ishfaq (49) and Ishfaq (43) helped the scoreboard ticking for Spectrum as Isfaq (three for 34) ..

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MOHAMMED MAKES IT

August 25, 2014

Khalid Mohammed

Drag racing champion Khalid Mohammed has become the first Bahraini to qualify for American PDRA Championship Series. The DHL-sponsored Khalid Mohammed is one of the four drivers to seal semifinal spot in the PDRA Series to be held in the US.

Mohammed, racing for E. Kanoo Racing team and Q80, had been competing against 16 driver ..

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Donaldson secures Ryder Cup place

August 25, 2014

Jamie Donaldson

Jamie Donaldson secured his place in Europe’s team for next month’s Ryder Cup at Gleneagles with a storming final round to win the Czech Masters at the Albatross Golf Resort by two shots on Sunday.

Welshman Donaldson needed a top-seven finish to claim a place on the Ryder Cup team for the first time and did so in style, shoo ..

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Lyles storms to 200m gold

August 25, 2014

Noah Lyles

American teenager Noah Lyles stormed to victory in the men’s 200 meters sprint on Sunday to provide the United States with their first gold medal in track and field at the Youth Olympics in Nanjing, China.

The 16-year-old lived up to his billing as the pre-race favourite as he charged to victory in 20.80 seconds.

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SHAIKH NASSER VOWS TO STRENGTHEN TEAM

August 25, 2014

Shaikh Nasser during the Ironman Budapest championship

Chairman of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sport (SCYS) and President of the Bahrain Olympic Committee Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa has pledged to exert more effort to bring more achievements to Bahrain and turn the Kingdom as a hub for triathlon sport in the region. Shaikh Nasser, who recorded personal best timings in the Ironman Budapest, Hungary champ ..

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Notting Hill Carnival brings reggae beats

August 25, 2014

Performers in costumes parade on the first day of the Notting Hill Carnival in west London on Sunday

Europe’s biggest street party the Notting Hill Carnival in London drew vast crowds on Sunday as revellers gathered for reggae, steel bands and dancing.

The annual celebration sees a five-kilometre (three-mile) route through west London sealed off to traffic and taken over by booming sound systems and dancers in exotic headdres ..

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QUAKE ROCKS CALIFORNIA

August 25, 2014

A damaged building is seen in Napa, California after earthquake struck the area in the early hours of on Sunday

No deaths reported in strong 6.0-magnitude quake  

California’s governor declared a state of emergency yesterday following a strong 6.0-magnitude earthquake that seriously injured three people including a child and ignited fires in the scenic Napa valley wine region.

The U ..

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Renewed push for main Iraq refinery

August 25, 2014

Renewed push for main Iraq refinery

Militants have launched a renewed push to seize Iraq’s main oil refinery north of Baghdad, battling security forces backed by air support, a police officer and witnesses said on Sunday. The fighting, in which militants attacked the Baiji refinery from three sides, broke out on Saturday evening and continued into the next day, the sources said.

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Drought, blight threaten to press up olive oil price

August 25, 2014

olive oil

Shoppers risk paying more for their olive oil this year as a drought in Spain and a blight in Italy wither trees in the two top producers, driving up prices. Months of dry weather have struck Andalusia in the south of Spain, the world’s biggest producer of the “yellow gold”. In the second-biggest grower Italy, the bacteria xylella fastidiosa has shrivelled ol ..

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FRAUD DRAINS ECONOMY

August 25, 2014

Bucharest Market

Tax evasion is eating away at the heart of Romania and holding back the country, among the poorest in the European Union, in its efforts to catch up, analysts warn. The estimates for the costs of the so-called black or undeclared economy are huge: about one quarter of economic activity and one quarter of people in work are believed to be beyond the reach of tax ins ..

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GRAPPLE OVER BLACK GOLD

August 25, 2014

London North Sea oil

North Sea oil has been at the centre of fierce debate over Scotland’s future ahead of an independence vote next month, with both sides wrangling over the outlook for the region’s treasure trove of black gold. Around 42 billion barrels of oil and gas have been extracted from the North Sea since the early 1970s, providing a welcome boost to the British government ..

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A war without lessons

August 25, 2014

Homeless Palestinians clean the yard of a United Nations-run school sheltering displaced Palestinians from the Israeli offensive

Marking the first day of the new school year in Gaza, dozens of children lined up in the courtyard early on Sunday morning to sing the Palestinian national anthem.

But this year, class did not begin.

Instead, the youngsters then recited the opening verse of the Quran -- the Fatiha -- to honou ..

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Air strikes pound Gaza

August 25, 2014

Palestinians gather around the remains of a car, which witnesses said was hit by an Israeli air strike, in Gaza City

Israeli air strikes pounded Gaza on Sunday, killing at least a dozen people, after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned the bloody offensive would continue as long as necessary.

Israel and Hamas, who have been fighting for 48 days, looked unlikely to end their deadly face-off even after Egypt called for an indefinite ceasefi ..

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Iran downs Israeli drone

August 25, 2014

An Israel soldier launches an Israeli army’s Skylark I unmanned drone aircraft

Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard said it has brought down an Israeli stealth drone above the Natanz uranium enrichment site in the centre of the country.

“A spy drone of the Zionist regime (Israel) was brought down by a missile... This stealth drone was trying to approach the Natanz nuclear zone,” the corps said in a state ..

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Iraq calls for global help

August 25, 2014

Kurdish Peshmerga forces guard their position at Omar Khaled village near Tal Afar, west of Mosul

Iraq called on Sunday for urgent global support for its fight against jihadists, as Shia neighbour Iran said it was helping Baghdad resist the militants but not with soldiers on the ground.

Iraq is struggling to regain ground after a lightning militant offensive led by the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group seized second city Mos ..

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Readers’ VIEW

August 25, 2014

Letters

Worst thing a person could do!

Dear sir,

I couldn’t help but feel furious and upset when I read the report of your senior journalist Muhannad Mansour regarding the two mosques, which were robbed on Saturday.

I ..

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A tragic end – Man dies in mishap

August 25, 2014

People gathered for paying last respects.  (Inset) Deceased Abdulamir Al Mohsin

A pedestrian was crushed to death by a construction truck in Juffair on Sunday morning.

Abdulamir Al Mohsin, 55, a resident of Isa Town, was walking near the Al Nasser Club when he was allegedly mowed down by an unheeding driver.

Interior Ministry confirmed the accident on its official Twitt ..

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Music fuels creativity

August 25, 2014

Above, organisers and participants of the music camp

Music is not just amusing to the ears but it is also a wonderful addition to academic programmes, as well as bringing people together.

This was according to expert and counsellor Beth Wooten, who is leading a music camp for Bahraini girls.

Speaking to DT News, Beth said, “Music is an ..

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BILL TO PROTECT FILIPINO WOMEN

August 25, 2014

Marriage blues-Paulo,Remy,Hussain

Marriage blues

The Philippine government has taken measures to protect Filipino women from exploitation and abuse by foreign husbands or partners, through House Bill No. 2387, which is currently under scrutiny at the House of  Representatives.

The controversial bill, which was approved on second reading at the House of ..

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COURT BEAT

August 25, 2014

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How did she die?

Investigations are underway in the case of a Bahraini woman who was declared ‘brain dead’ following alleged botched cosmetic surgeries.

This came after her son has lodged a complaint with the police.

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King lauds government

August 25, 2014

King Hamad

His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa lauded the continuous efforts of the Government led by Prime Minister HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa towards achieving the goals of the reform project apart from implementing the visions and policies to consolidate the hard-won political, economic and social achievements.

In re ..

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PRAYING FOR SHADE

August 25, 2014

praying for shade

Juma’a prayers on Fridays are turning to be a gruelling session for many traders and customers of Manama Souq as they have to endure the harsh rays of the sun.

Due to lack of space inside mosques, many worshippers are forced to pray on the streets, DT News has learnt. And, demands for more mosques that cater to Juma’a ..

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‘Kingdom, a pacifist nation’

August 25, 2014

PM

Bahrain is a pacifist nation that extends its hands to all and prioritises cooperation above everything else, observed Prime Minister HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa while receiving members of the parliament at Gudaibiya Palace on Sunday.

Urging the stepping up of co-ordination between Gulf Cooperation Council countries ..

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Bilateral ties hailed

August 25, 2014

Shaikh Khalid with Mohammed Sultan Al-Suwaidi

Deputy Premier and Chairman of Gulf Air Board of Directors Shaikh Khalid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa has praised the role of UAE leadership, its people and their stances towards Bahrain, lauding its pioneering contributions to the kingdom’s development march, especially regarding infrastructure and vital services sectors.

Speaking ..

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Keep public debt under control: PM

August 25, 2014

Prince Khalifa chairs the Cabinet meeting

Prime Minister HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa directed the ministers and officials to maintain the public debt at reasonable levels by implementing various measures including the restructuring of government apparatus, reducing expenditures, increasing state revenues apart from adopting initiatives and programmes that would spur economic growth.

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Medals of hero died in Bahrain auctioned

August 25, 2014

The medals

Medals of a British war veteran who died in Bahrain and remained in the oblivion for more than a century was finally salvaged from its ordeal on Sunday.

The medals, which came with a suitcase full of documents and collectibles were auctioned at Halls’ in Shrewsbury.

The poignant collections ..

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King Hamad hails patriotic stances

August 25, 2014

King

His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa on Sunday thanked Bahraini families and tribes for expressing their allegiances to the Kingdom.

In a cable of thanks sent to the families, HM the King hailed the unwavering loyalty and firm determination showed by Bahraini families in defending the homeland and protect its vital interest ..

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Little smiles fade – Bahraini boy dies in India

August 25, 2014

The deceased Karrar

A Bahraini boy, who suffered pulmonary fibrosis (a lung disease), was declared dead in India on Sunday.

Nine-year-old Karrar Al Sari had been taken there on August 18 for a specialised treatment by the Health Ministry’s Supreme Committee for Medical Treatment Abroad.

Several kind-hearted i ..

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Erdogan risks bumpier economic ride

August 25, 2014

Erdogan

President-elect Recep Tayyip Erdogan has based his political success on a strong Turkish economy, but a tricky external environment and concerns about the wisdom of some policies means he may have a bumpier ride ahead. The domination of Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP), which came to power in 2 ..

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AEROFLOT BRINGS BUDGET AIRLINE

August 25, 2014

AEROFLOT

Defies sanctions to create new low-cost flights

Russian flag carrier Aeroflot will create a new low-cost unit after Western sanctions grounded its first effort to enter the market, the airline’s chief executive said on Sunday. “We will after all register a new airline,” Aeroflot chief executive Vitaly Save ..

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GF LAUNCHES NEW ONBOARD CHANNEL

August 25, 2014

Gulf Air officials during the press conference

Gulf Air at a joint press conference held at the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland, Bahrain (RCSI Bahrain) launched a new onboard channel “Helwa Ya Bahrain” for extensive inflight entertainment offering with a dedicated channel showcasing Bahraini productions and featuring a health programme with a newly produced RCSI Bahrain instructional video on Cardiopulmon ..

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Germany optimistic on outlook

August 25, 2014

Germany

The German government remains optimistic in its outlook for Europe’s biggest economy, despite negative growth in the second quarter, the weekly Der Spiegel reported on Sunday. For the whole of 2014, the German economy could even notch up faster growth than the 1.8 percent it is currently predicting, the magazine said, quoting Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble.< ..

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ECONOMY DAMAGES

August 25, 2014

Banner hanging on a fence at the MSF ELWA hospital in Monrovia, where patients suffering from Ebola are taken care of

The worst-ever outbreak of the Ebola virus is taking a heavy toll on west Africa’s economy as crops rot in the fields, mines are abandoned and goods cannot get to market. The epidemic has ravaged the region since it erupted in the forests in the south of Guinea earlier this year, killing 1,427 people and infecting thousands more. On Friday health officials said t ..

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In search of the MH370 lost jet

August 25, 2014

A woman writes a message on a dedication board for the victims

Chinese physics student Jimmy Wang had no interest in aviation until March 8, when Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 went missing with his 58-year-old father Wang Lijun aboard.

But Wang, 31, now spends evenings in central China combing through aviation blogs for Boeing 777 technical specs, exchanging what he finds with fellow MH370 ..

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‘FORGOTTEN’ BATTLEFIELDS OF AFRICA

August 25, 2014

James Willson and his wife at what remains of the Mashoti Fort in Tsavo National Park, Taita Taveta county-Mwamkono Mwavaka

On Kenya’s vast Tsavo plains where lions lurk in yellow grass, little has changed for a century: including bitter memories of those killed in bloody colonial battles of World War I.

Far from the freezing mud trenches of Europe’s Western Front, the rocky ditches and stone forts where soldiers fought and died under the blazing ..

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Libya in new crisis as ‘terrorists’ seize airport

August 25, 2014

Smoke billows from buildings during clashes between Libyan security forces and armed Islamist groups in the eastern coastal city of Benghazi

Militias openly challenged the legitimacy of parliament after announcing their seizure of Tripoli airport, plunging Libya’s rocky political transition into fresh crisis on Sunday. The militias, which the elected parliament branded as “terrorists”, said the house had lost its legitimacy through its alleged complicity with a deadly air strike on the airport tha ..

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PUBLIC DISPLAY

August 25, 2014

Pro-Russian gunmen parade dozens of captured Ukrainian soldiers during a march in mockery of the country’s Independence Day celebrations in Donetsk

Ukraine rebels parade ragged captive soldiers

Heads bowed in humiliation, the 40 or 50 ragged prisoners of war shuffled past the baying crowd on the main square of Ukraine’s rebel stronghold Donetsk with their hands behind their backs. ..

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Rodwell denies Manchester Utd

August 25, 2014

Spurs thrash Queens Park Rangers 4-0

Van Gaal’s wait for league win goes on

Manchester United secured their first Premier League point under Louis van Gaal, but were still left searching for a first competitive win of the Dutchman’s reign, after a 1-1 draw away to Sunderland on Sunday.

United, fresh from their shock 2-1 defeat by Swansea at Old Trafford ..

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SCYS Chairman pledges to turn Bahrain into hub for triathlon in Middle East

August 24, 2014

Shaikh Nasser

Chairman of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sport (SCYS) and President of Bahrain Olympic Committee Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa pledged to exert more efforts to bring about more honourable sport achievements and turn Bahrain into a hub for triathlon sport in the Middle East. He said there is an ambitious strategy to form Bahrain professional triathlon tea ..

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Atletico Madrid scoop Super Cup

August 24, 2014

Atletico Madrid’s players and staff pose on the pitch with the Super Cup trophy

Atletico Madrid gained some measure of revenge for their Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid by beating their city rivals 1-0 at the Vicente Calderon on Saturday to win the Spanish Super Cup 2-1 on aggregate.

The hosts made the best possible start as Mario Mandzukic volleyed home the winner from Antoine Griezmann’s pa ..

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US cuts world team to 12

August 24, 2014

Derrick Rose (#6) of the USA dribbles against Jose Barea of Puerto Rico

Derrick Rose earned a spot on the final 12-man US roster of NBA stars for the Basketball World Cup after helping the Americans rip Puerto Rico 112-86.

Rose sat out an exhibition victory two nights earlier over the Dominican Republic and there was concern about him after his having missed most of the past two NBA seasons due to k ..

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PAK WIN A THRILLER

August 24, 2014

Sohaib Maqsood (right) is watched by Kumar Sangakkara as he plays a shot during the first One Day International (ODI) match between Sri Lanka and Pakistan at the Suriyawewa Mahinda Rajapakse International Cricket Stadium

Sohaib Maqsood and Fawad Alam struck quick-fire fifties and combined in a record 147-run sixth wicket stand as Pakistan defeated Sri Lanka by four wickets with one ball remaining in the first one-day international on Saturday.

Shahid Afridi (14 not out) hit a boundary off Nuwan Kulasekara as the visitors, chasing 275 in 45 overs ..

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Pellegrini claims third European title

August 24, 2014

Federica Pellegrini

Federica Pellegrini proved once again she is Europe’s queen of the 200m freestyle after claiming her third straight title at the European Championships in Berlin on Saturday.

The Italian has topped the podium at Olympic, world and European level since her debut on the rostrum at the 2004 Games in Athens when she won a silver m ..

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INJURY SCARES FOR BARCELONA

August 24, 2014

Barcelona’s Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez (centre), Lionel Messi and Neymar da Silva Santos Junior take part in a training session at the Sports Centre FC Barcelona Joan Gamper in Sant Joan Des

Neymar and Pedro doubts to face Elche

Neymar and Pedro are fitness doubts for Barcelona who are stretched for cover in attack against Elche today but coach Luis Enrique is confident they will be ready in time.

With the Brazilian spraining an ankle during training on Thursday and Ped ..

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Finally, Love arrives for LeBron, Cavaliers

August 24, 2014

Kevin Love

NBA star big man Kevin Love joined the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday in a three-team trade deal that gives LeBron James a new “Big Three” after leaving the Miami Heat.

The much-anticipated transfer was delayed because it involved guard Andrew Wiggins, the top pick in June’s NBA Draft. League rules required a 30-day gap b ..

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Rosol outlasts Janowicz for second ATP title

August 24, 2014

Lukas Rosol

Czech seventh seed Lukas Rosol saved two match points on Saturday in rallying to defeat Poland’s Jerzy Janowicz 3-6, 7-6 (7/3), 7-5 in the ATP Winston-Salem tournament final.

Rosol, whose only prior ATP title came last year at Bucharest, took the top prize of $80,280 (60,623 euros) and strong momentum heading into the US Open, ..

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PERSONAL BEST TIME FOR SHAIKH NASSER

August 24, 2014

Shaikh Nasser during the Ironman 70.3 Budapest Challenge in Hungary

Ironman 70.3 Budapest Challenge underway in Hungary

Supreme Council for Youth and Sports Chairman (SCYS) and Bahrain Olympic Committee President HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa and First Vice Chairman of SCYS and Bahrain  Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation President HH Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa l ..

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UN vows to fight ‘exceptional’ Ebola

August 24, 2014

UN vows to fight ‘exceptional’ Ebola

The United Nations vowed on Saturday to play a “strong role” in helping Liberia and its neighbours fight the deadly outbreak of Ebola in west Africa, which it said could take months to bring it under control.

Liberia has been particularly hard hit by the epidemic that has swept relentlessly across the region since March, acc ..

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PEACE RETURNS TO FERGUSON

August 24, 2014

Demonstrators protest the death of Michael Brown in Missouri

Rival rallies were set to take place in the United States over the weekend following the fatal shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by a white police officer. Authorities in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri, where Brown was killed on August 9, reported the most peaceful night in two weeks of racially charged demonstrations -- some of them viol ..

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Japan landslide death toll rises to 46

August 24, 2014

A vehicle is buried in mud one day after a landslide hit a residential area in Hiroshima, western Japan

The death toll from devastating landslides in western Japan rose to 46 on Saturday, as rescuers worked around the clock to comb through destroyed houses searching for survivors. Local police said they cannot confirm the whereabouts of 41 local residents in the disaster-hit area of Hiroshima, where heavy rain early Wednesday triggered landslides that swallowed dozen ..

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ZARDARI SUPPORTS SHARIF POLITICALLY

August 24, 2014

Pakistani opposition politician Imran Khan addresses supporters during an anti-government protest in front of the Parliament in Islamabad

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif tried on Saturday to rally political support from rival and former President Asif Ali Zardari as protests demanding his resignation continued in front of the country’s parliament. Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan and populist cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri have led thousands of supporters demonstrating outside the legislature thi ..

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Car bombs kill 21 in Kirkuk

August 24, 2014

Iraqi emergency service personnel inspect the site of a roadside bomb attack

Three near-simultaneous car bombs exploded in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk on Saturday, killing 21 people and wounding 118, a senior police officer and a doctor said.

Two of the bombs exploded near buildings under construction that were used as observation positions by security forces, while the third struck the entrance to ..

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Palestine to apply for ICC membership

August 24, 2014

Palestinian men cover their heads as they run away after a bomb from an Israeli air strike hit a house in Gaza City

Hamas has signed a proposal for the Palestinians to apply to join the International Criminal Court at which legal action could be taken against Israel, a senior official of the Islamist movement said on Saturday.

“Hamas signed the document which (Palestinian) president (Mahmud Abbas) put forth as a condition that all factions ..

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Egypt prepares new truce talks

August 24, 2014

Sisi meets with Mahmoud Abbas at the Presidential Palace in Cairo

Israeli air strikes kill Gaza family 

Israel pounded Gaza with 60 air strikes on Saturday, killing 10 Palestinians, mostly women and children, and bringing down a 12-storey apartment block as Egypt called for new truce talks.

Since a previous round of frantic Egyptian diplom ..

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Minister assesses works at Muharraq Grand Park

August 24, 2014

Dr. Juma Al Kaabi speaking to officials

Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning Minister Dr. Jumaa Al Kaabi inspected progress of work on Muharraq Grand Park on Saturday.

He was accompanied by Muharraq Municipal Council Deputy Chairman Ali Al Muqla, Muharraq Municipality Acting General Director Ahmed Janahi, Municipal Services director Ibrahim Al Jowder, Technical S ..

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NEC offering a diversity of services

August 24, 2014

Fuad Nonoo

NEC (Nonoo Exchange Company) has a reputation of offering the best services in the money exchange sector combining more innovative products. NEC offers World Wide Remittance, Direct to Bank Account, Foreign Exchange, Spot Cash/ID Payment, Demand Draft, Door to Door Services, NRI Account Facility, Western Union Money Transfer and My Card. Now customers using iphone ..

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‘Secrets’ to train youth

August 24, 2014

fatima-rashed

A youth association will be organising a development programme called “Secrets” with an aim to enhance the abilities of talented people in the Kingdom.

Speaking to media, Hiwar Youth Group’s programme coordinator Fatima Haji explained that the programme involved a series of workshops and training sessions aimed at develop ..

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Roads pavement on track

August 24, 2014

The completed road will benefit 65 residential units.

Acting Roads & Maintenance Projects Director of Ministry of Works Fathi Al Fari’a said, the Ministry had achieved 53% progress in the paving of dirt roads in Busaiteen 228, Phase 1. The pavement of the roads will  serve 645 residential units in the area and connect it to the roads network.

According to Fathi Al Fari’a, ..

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Qatar actions on talks table

August 24, 2014

GCC Heads of States at a round table in Bayan Palace for the opening session of the 34th GCC Summit hosted by Kuwait in this December

Foreign ministers of Bahrain, UAE and Saudi Arabia are expected to meet on Sunday in Jeddah to mull ways to address the recent actions of Qatar. A senior GCC official, who did not want to be named, was quoted in international media this week saying, the meeting was ‘critical’ and that it would be limited to officials representing the three countries which pulled their ambassadors out in pr ..

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King thanks citizens for their loyalty

August 24, 2014

King

His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa on Saturday sent cables to many families and tribes in the Kingdom, expressing gratitude for their loyalty towards the nation.

HM the King took pride in the letters of loyalty sent by Al Fadhil, Al Subai’i, Al Khashram and Al Zayed families.

King Ha ..

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Robbery – Manhunt for mosques robbers

August 24, 2014

Above, the wall where the donation box was attached before it was stolen and right, Abu Bakr points at the cabinet messed up by the robbers

Police have launched a massive manhunt to find the robbers, who broke into two mosques on Saturday and ran off with the donation boxes, which contained money.

The robbers reportedly broke into the Hamad Town Grand Mosque and Isa Town Southern Grand Mosque, while both mosques were empty.

The f ..

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Minister discusses cooperation with HIIC Director

August 24, 2014

samera rajab_116

Minister of State for Information Affairs and official Government Spokesperson, Sameera Rajab, during her visit to the Kingdom of Morocco, on Saturday met the Director of Higher Institute of Information and Communication (HIIC) of Morocco, Asi’ali I’rrab.

The minister was briefed on the HIIC facilities and teaching and train ..

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COURT BEAT

August 24, 2014

court beat

‘I did not touch her’

A Bahraini defendant has pleaded not guilty against molestation and denigrating Ramadan charges when he appeared before the High Criminal Court.

The defendant allegedly touched the bosom of a Filipino woman, before drinking wa ..

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NOT A CRAB JUST CRAP!

August 24, 2014

LEAD - CRAB

The advertising agency hoodwinked media

The process of sourcing news is very often a complicated affair. A journalist who is worth his salt runs many a time into piquant situations. No matter whether he does the legwork to get the story or uses a mundane press release. However, during suc ..

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DT NEWS OVENHOT – Delicious Saku tuna

August 24, 2014

DT OVENHOT-By Executive Sous Chef Walid, Elite Grande Hotel

Lebanese chef Walid was lured into the culinary world when his passion for food was recognised at an early age. At the age of 15, Walid had decided to take his culinary journey further, where he could master his skills and improve his knowledge.

“I went on to study the culinary arts of cooking at The Institute of Hammana, Leba ..

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DECODE YOUR DREAMS

August 24, 2014

DECODE YOUR DREAMS

About the interpreter 

Nausheen Adenwalla is a Clinical Psychologist with more than five years of experience in dream interpretation. She received her professional qualification from Institute of Professional Psychology, Bahria University, Pakistan and University of Wales, Bangor, United Kingdom.

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WALLED FROM MODERN LIFE

August 24, 2014

People gather in front of the Shoa Gate

Hyenas howl and feast on flesh every night outside the ancient walls of Harar -- one of Islam’s holiest cities that is holding out against the pressures of the modern world.

But change is coming, and campaigners are working hard to preserve the gated Ethiopian city’s unique history, cultural and religious traditions.

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FIGHTING WAY OUT OF POVERTY

August 24, 2014

Fighters He Nannan (center left), and Hu Rige (center right) training with other fighters at a gym in Beijing

As he pinned his opponent down and punched him repeatedly in the head, Yao “The Master” Honggang was -- like other emerging Chinese mixed martial arts fighters -- beating his way out of rural poverty.

Yao was once a national wrestling champion, but switched to the uncompromising discipline of mixed martial arts (MMA) a decad ..

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Philippines hunts new suspects in Internet extortion

August 24, 2014

Cyber crime

Philippine police arrested eight suspects and are hunting more in connection with an Internet extortion racket that has victimised hundreds of people in Hong Kong, Singapore and Macau, an official said on Saturday. This is the second large-scale arrest of suspects allegedly for “sextortion” -- using the Internet to lure foreigners into sending them compromising ..

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MERKEL URGES UKRAINE TRUCE

August 24, 2014

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (left) addresses the media next to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko after their meeting in Kiev

German Chancellor Angela Merkel pushed for a new ceasefire in crisis talks with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Saturday, as a controversial Russian convoy returned home.

The visit by Merkel -- the most influential Western leader to call on Kiev since the crisis erupted in the ex-Soviet state -- came ahead of crunch talk ..

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Ledecky smashes world record

August 24, 2014

Katie Ledecky

Katie Ledecky smashed another world record as Michael Phelps won his first individual gold medal post-retirement at the Pan Pacific Championships in Australia on Saturday.

American wonder teen Ledecky set the first world record of the Gold Coast meet, shaving almost half a second off the 400-metres freestyle mark she set at this ..

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All Blacks stun Wallabies 51-20

August 24, 2014

Michael Hooper (centre), captain of Australia’s Wallabies, is tackled by Keven Mealamu and Sam Whitelock (second left) of New Zealand’s All Blacks

Both All Blacks coach Steve Hansen and the defeated Wallabies praised the skill of the world champions yesterday as they thrashed the Australians by a record 51-20 in a six-try rout in Auckland.

A week after they were lucky to escape with a 12-all draw following a woeful performance in Sydney, the All Blacks returned to their be ..

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ROSBERG ECLIPSES HAMILTON TO POLE

August 24, 2014

Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg brakes during the qualifying session at the Belgian GP in Spa-Francorchamps

The German secures his fourth straight pole

World championship leader Nico Rosberg turned the screw to gain another advantage over his rival and Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton on Saturday when he secured his fourth straight pole for today’s Belgian Grand Prix.

On a day of capricious and treacherous conditions at the ..

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KCA to celebrate Onam

August 24, 2014

K.C.A President Sam Francis, General Secretary Sovichen Chennattusserry, Organising Committee Chairman Varghese Karakkal, General Convener Roy C Antony and U A E Exchange HR and Administration Head Manoj Kumar N  at the Press Conference

Kerala Catholic Association (KCA ) will organise a week-long programmes  commencing on August 29 to celebrate the Indian harvest festival of Onam.

This was announced by the organisers at a Press conference held on Saturday at the KCA premises. The inaugural ceremony will be held on 29th evening at 8.30pm with former Indian Unio ..

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First half of 2014 – Bahrain records highest inflation

August 24, 2014

Bahrain Dinar

With an average inflation rate of 3.10 per cent during the past six months, Bahrain has topped the list among Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) nations, according to latest figures revealed by  the Statistical Centre for the Cooperation Council for the Arab Countries of the Gulf.

The figures suggested that the inflation rates acro ..

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HM the King thanks Al-Zayed family for their loyalty

August 23, 2014

King

His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa today sent a cable of thanks to Al-Zayed family in reply to their letter of allegiance. HM the King paid tribute to the members of Al-Zayed family for their unwavering and firm loyalty to HM the King and Bahrain, which they have inherited from their forefathers, wishing them good health. HM the King had earlier receiv ..

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Balotelli talks progressing well

August 23, 2014

Mario Balotell

Talks between Mario Balotelli’s representative and Liverpool are understood to be progressing well as the club seek assurances about the player’s behaviour. Reports have suggested the Reds have agreed a £16million fee with AC Milan for striker Balotelli’s proposed move to Anfield.

And while Liverpool have not commented, P ..

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VAN GAAL PREACHES PATIENCE AT UNITED

August 23, 2014

VAN GAA

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal admitted on Friday he felt he’d gone from ‘king to devil’ as he seeks to rebuild the Premier League giants. The record 20-time English champions finished an unacceptably low seventh last season as the club struggled under the transition to David Moyes following the departure of long-serving manager Alex Ferguson. Van G ..

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Ajmal to miss Sri Lanka match

August 23, 2014

Saeed Ajmal

Under-scrutiny Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal will miss part of his side’s one-day series against Sri Lanka as he undergoes tests on his bowling action in Australia, officials said on Friday. The 37-year-old, ranked number one in one-day internationals and Pakistan’s main bowling weapon, had his action reported as suspect during the first Test against Sri Lan ..

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MOURINHO HAILS OUSTED CECH

August 23, 2014

Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho has praised Petr Cech for the goalkeeper’s reaction to being left out of Chelsea’s opening Premier League game of the season. Cech, the club’s number one since arriving at Stamford Bridge in 2004, sat on the bench during the 3-1 opening-day victory at Burnley, with Thibaut Courtois named in the starting line-up. The Czech international’s omiss ..

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Ryanair to turn around ailing Cyprus Airways

August 23, 2014

Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary

Ireland’s budget carrier Ryanair on Friday submitted a plan to turn for-sale Cyprus Airways into a profitable operation by increasing passenger traffic by 500 per cent over three years, officials said.

Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary said with the help of his low-cost airline, Cyprus Airways will experience rapid growth with new ..

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Meeke Third in German Rally

August 23, 2014

Meeke Third in German Rally

The Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT drivers of Kris Meeke and Mads Ostberg were in the top ten at the halfway stage on day one of the ninth round of the FIA World Rally Championship, Rally Germany, while junior Abu Dhabi Racing driver Mohamed Al Mutawaa slipped to the bottom of the table after a strong start. Irishman Meeke is 24 seconds off top spot in his Citroën ..

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IRONMEN READY FOR CHALLENGE

August 23, 2014

Shaikh Nasser with Shaikh Khalid

Bahrain’s Triathlon Team led by Chairman of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports (SCYS) and President of Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC) HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa along with SCYS First Deputy Chairman and Bahrain Athletic Association President HH Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa are all set for today’s Ironman Championship 70.3 in Budapest, Hu ..

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Pakistani journalist wins 2014 Peter Mackler award

August 23, 2014

Asma Shiraz

Asma Shirazi, Pakistan’s first female war correspondent and host of popular TV talk shows, was named 2014 Winner of Peter Mackler Award for Courageous and Ethical Journalism on Friday. Shirazi reported on conflicts that include the 2006 Israel-Lebanon war, Taliban violence on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border in 2009 and General Pervez Musharraf’s 2007 state of e ..

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A CLOSE CALL

August 23, 2014

A Chinese fighter jet is seen in the photo taken by US Navy P-8 crew. A Chinese fighter jet flew perilously close to a US military aircraft in international airspace this week

Chinese fighter jet dangerously intercepts US military aircraft

A Chinese fighter jet flew perilously close to a US military aircraft this week in a “very dangerous” incident in international air space east of Hainan Island, the Pentagon said on Friday.

The episode raised tensions and underlined t ..

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Talks resume to end Pak political drama

August 23, 2014

A Pakistani supporter of Canada-based preacher Tahir-ul-Qadri prays

The party of Pakistani opposition politician Imran Khan said on Friday it was resuming talks with the government aimed at ending tense protests, even as it submitted the resignations of 34 lawmakers from parliament. Former cricketer Khan and populist cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri have led thousands of supporters demonstrating outside the legislature this week calling for P ..

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SENEGAL CLOSES LAND BORDER

August 23, 2014

Staff members at the French NGO Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors without borders) Elwa hospital in Monrovia

UN warns on Ebola flare-up Senegal has become the latest country to seal its border with a west African neighbour to ward off the deadly Ebola virus, as the new UN pointman on the epidemic said preparations must be made for a possible flare-up of the disease.

Senegal’s decision to close its land border with Guinea, announced by the interior ministry on ..

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Scottish independence would prompt ‘capital flight’: HSBC

August 23, 2014

Douglas Flint

The chairman of banking giant HSBC warned on Friday that uncertainty over the economic future of Scotland could lead to “capital flight” if it votes to leave the United Kingdom next month.

Writing in British daily The Telegraph, HSBC head Douglas Flint said the currency union with England was an “anchor” for Scotland’s ..

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APPLE OF DISCORD

August 23, 2014

Section of the BP ETAP (Eastern Trough Area Project) oil platform in the North Sea, around 100 miles east of Aberdeen, Scotland

Edinburgh and London grapple over North Sea’s black gold 

North Sea oil has been at the centre of fierce debate over Scotland’s future ahead of an independence vote next month, with both sides wrangling over the outlook for the region’s treasure trove of black gold.

Around 42 billion barrels of oil and gas have be ..

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US casual-wear giant Gap to launch 40 stores in India

August 23, 2014

Passers-by walk next to a Gap store in Broomfield, Colorado. Gap, Inc. will open 40 stores in India, the San Francisco-based company has said

US casual-wear retail giant Gap Inc says it will open 40 stores in India, calling the expansion “an important next step” in its global growth strategy.

The San Francisco-based company, known for its relaxed-style denim and other attire, is the latest foreign company to enter India to tap its increasingly brand-conscious and ..

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US JOBS MARKET STRUGGLES: FED

August 23, 2014

Janet Yellen

But the data is sending mixed signals

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said on Friday that the US jobs market has not yet fully recovered, but acknowledged that data is sending mixed signals, spurring debate over inflationary pressures.

In a speech to leading central bankers in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Yellen, who has ke ..

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ENERGY REVOLUTION

August 23, 2014

A street lamp is seen in front of the Datong second coal-fired power plant at night on the outskirts of Datong, Shanxi province

China plans to build more than 60 coal-to-gas plants

Deep in the hilly grasslands of remote Inner Mongolia, twin smoke stacks rise more than 200 feet into the sky, their steam and sulphur billowing over herds of sheep and cattle. Both day and night, the rumble of this power plant echoes across the ancient steppe, and its acrid stench travels dozens of miles ..

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SPAIN TOURISM PROSPERS

August 23, 2014

Tourists walk in the Rafael Lopez de Heredia Tondonia winery near Haro in northern Spain

Foreign tourist numbers rise to an unprecedented 8.3m

Spain on Friday reported record foreign visitor numbers in July, raising the prospect of a significant economic boost from the important summer tourism season.

Foreign tourist numbers rose to an unprecedented 8.3 million in July, up 5.9 per cent from a year earlier, t ..

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Probe into traffic directorate video

August 23, 2014

Shaikh Rrashid Abdulla

Interior Minister Lt General Shaikh Rashid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa has ordered an investigation into an online video, claiming to be shot at the General Directorate of Traffic during working hours.

The video shows a vacant counter at the directorate during working hours. The Assistant Undersecretary of Legal Affairs said on Frid ..

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Bahrain-Hungary ties come to fore

August 23, 2014

Shaikh Nasser during his meeting with Georg von Habsburg

Supreme Council for Youth and Sport Chairman and Bahrain Olympic Committee President HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa met Hungarian Red Cross President Georg von Habsburg.

Shaikh Nasser and Von Habsburg discussed issues of mutual concern and affirmed the importance of enhancing joint cooperation of the two friendly nations. ..

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Farewell ceremony hails envoy’s efforts

August 23, 2014

Ghanim Al Buainain along with members of the diplomatic corps during a farewell ceremony to outgoing French Ambassador Christain Testot

Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Ghanim Al Buainain hosted a farewell ceremony in honour of outgoing French Ambassador Christian Testot.

He praised the efforts of the ambassador as well as his role and contribution in bolstering friendly relations and cooperation between the Kingdom of Bahrain and the Republic of France.

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‘Revamp country’s education system’

August 23, 2014

Faidh Al Shargawai

Education, employment and youth affairs were the major topics that dominated the discussions at the majlis hosted by Faidh Al Shargawai, a woman candidate contesting in the forthcoming parliamentary elections, from Isa Town. Speaking at the majlis, Faidh observed that it was high time for the authorities to revamp the educational system of the country. “The system we have in place is too out ..

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Elections fuel democracy – King thanked for the reform project

August 23, 2014

The visitors of the majlis

The reform march of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa was hailed at the majlis hosted by one of the women candidates at the forthcoming Parliament elections Jihan Mohammed. While airing their concerns at the majlis, visitors opined that many incumbent parliamentarians had failed to live up to the expectations. The demands raised by many visitors at the majlis included salary increas ..

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Bahrain’s reforms highlighted

August 23, 2014

samera rajab_116

Bahrain has succeeded in overcoming the 2011 crisis thanks to the reform project which was initiated by His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa a decade before the so-called ‘Arab Spring.’

“The people of Bahrain approved the National Action Charter by a sweeping majority, turning the blueprint into a roadmap for politica ..

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Agony honks at jaywalk!

August 23, 2014

The photo is for representative purpose only

Traffic Culture Directorate says the increase in the number of Asian pedestrians falling victims to traffic accidents is a major concern

While driving, do you ever bother about pedestrians and bicycle riders? If not, it is high time to do so as according to latest statistics pedestrians and bicycle riders were the major victims in various a ..

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Thanks to scorching heat – Power usage at record levels

August 23, 2014

Dr Mirza

The Kingdom recorded its highest level of electricity consumption on last Tuesday, it was revealed.

“Power consumption peaked at 3048 megawatts at 2: 30pm on last Tuesday, up from the previous high of 2040 megawatts,” said Minister of State for Electricity and Water Affairs Dr. Abdul Hussain Mirza, in a statement issued to m ..

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Filipino culture in the spotlight

August 23, 2014

From right, Ambassador Sahid S. Glang, Undersecretary for International Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Karim Ibrahim Al Shakar, Thai Ambassador Vichai Varasirikul and Indonesian Ambassador Chilman Arisman

Fifteen groups representing the 60,000 strong Filipino community in Bahrain came out to the stage on Friday to present the diverse culture and traditions of the Filipino people.

Organised by the Philippine Embassy, the annual event called ‘Sayaw at Awit ng Pilipino,’ which is now in its second year, was held at the Cultural ..

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‘Just a few strikes’

August 23, 2014

Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) fighters participate in an intensive security deployment against Islamic State (IS) militants on the front line in Makhmur

Iraq’s Mahdi Army fought US troops to the death in past years, but now some members of the rebranded Shia militia say they could do with a little help from their old foe.

Jurf Al Sakhr is a sprawling patchwork of orchards and palm groves south of Baghdad irrigated by the Euphrates River, but the beauty of the scenery belies th ..

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The war within – Hamas executes 18 Palestinians

August 23, 2014

A Palestinian demonstrator uses a sling shot to throw stones towards Palestinian security forces

Hamas gunmen executed 18 Palestinians accused of collaborating with Israel in the heart of Gaza City on Friday, as the deadly war between the Islamist movement and Israel reached day 46.

The Palestinian emergency services say another 75 people have died in Gaza since hostilities resumed on Tuesday following a nine-day truce. In ..

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Oil thieves cause pipeline leak

August 23, 2014

A bird covered in oil stretches its wings on the shores of the river San Juan in Cadereyta. An oil pipeline spill that contaminated a river in the northern Mexican state of Nuevo Leon will take months to clean up

Thieves who tapped an oil pipeline in northern Mexico caused a spill that contaminated the San Juan River, a key irrigation source for farmers, authorities said on Friday.

The crude from the Madero-Cadereyta pipeline polluted a 23-kilometre (14-mile) stretch of t ..

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Sinopec says H1 net profit up 7.5 percent

August 23, 2014

Sinopec

Chinese oil giant Sinopec said on Friday its net profit for the first half of 2014 was up 7.5 per cent year-on-year, despite weakened domestic demand for oil products.

Asia’s largest refiner by capacity said its net profit for the six months to June 30 was 32.54 billion yuan ($5.29bn), up from 30.28bn yuan from the same period ..

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RUSSIA LOSES STEAM

August 23, 2014

A woman walks past the office of the Moscow Exchange in the capital Moscow. Russia might be heading for recession, a weekly macroeconomic monitoring report has said

Economy contracts in annual terms on the trot

Russia’s economy has contracted in annual terms for two months in a row, the Economy Ministry said on Friday adding to concerns that Russia may be heading for recession as western sanctions over Ukraine bite.

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Japan death toll could double

August 23, 2014

Police officers search for missing people

The death toll from catastrophic landslides in western Japan could more than double, a police tally showed on Friday, as fears of a fresh collapse temporarily halted the search for 47 people still missing. At least 40 people were killed and dozens of homes were destroyed when mountainsides gave way on the outskirts of Hiroshima before dawn Wednesday, sending tonnes ..

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RUSSIA MOVES IN

August 23, 2014

People walk past lorrie some 30 km outside Kamensk-Shakhtinsky in the Rostov Region on Friday

Aid convoy unilaterally enters eastern Ukraine after a week-long delay

Ukraine accused Moscow of invading after Russia unilaterally sent the first part of its mammoth aid convoy into eastern Ukraine on Friday, warning against any attacks on the trucks. Moscow described a week-long de ..

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The great mystery tomb of Greece

August 23, 2014

Greek town of Amphipolis

To the villagers near the ancient Greek town of Amphipolis, archaeological treasure is nothing new -- many in this area have lived off antiquity smuggling for decades.

But a massive tomb unearthed near the town dating back to the era of Alexander the Great has locals and visitors abuzz like never before.

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HAMILTON DOMINATES

August 23, 2014

Mercedes Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain drives during a practice session at the Belgian F1 Grand Prix in Spa-Francorchamps

Belgian Grand Prix practice

Lewis Hamilton topped the times ahead of his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg in on Friday twice red-flagged second free practice session ahead of this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix. The 29-year-old Briton, who was second behind Rosberg in the morning session, clocked a best lap of one minute and 49.189 to finish clear at ..

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‘IS beyond anything we have seen’

August 23, 2014

Chuck Hagel (left) and Martin Dempsey speak to the media during a press briefing at the Pentagon

The United States said on Thursday that the Islamic State was “beyond anything” it has seen, as US warplanes pressed on with airstrikes against it despite death threats against an American hostage.

Pentagon chiefs warned of the dangers of a slick, well-funded operation powered by an “apocalyptic end of days” ideology as ..

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Pak stuns India, level series

August 21, 2014

Indian captain Sunil Chhetri (right) tussles with Pakistani player Sher Muhammad Baloch (left)

Pakistan pulled off a surprise 2-0 win over India on Wednesday, with a late goal from Saddam Hussain ensuring them a share of the spoils in the first football series between the arch rivals for almost a decade.

Pakistan’s captain Kaleemullah put his side ahead in the 38th minute and a scrambled shot by Hussain in the 89th minu ..

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SWANSEA CLINCH FERNANDEZ DEAL

August 21, 2014

Federico Fernandez

Swansea City on Wednesday announced the signing of Argentina defender Federico Fernandez from Napoli on a four-year contract for an undisclosed fee. “Swansea City are delighted to confirm the signing of Napoli and Argentina defender Federico Fernandez for an undisclosed fee, subject to international clearance,” read a statement on the Premier League club’s we ..

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CAS upholds Kreuziger suspension

August 21, 2014

Roman Kreuziger

Czech rider Roman Kreuziger on Wednesday failed in his effort to enter the Tour of Spain, after the Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld a provisional suspension amid a doping probe. The CAS said it had rejected Kreuziger’s appeal, which he filed on August 5 in a last-ditch effort to join this year’s edition of the Vuelta, which begins on Saturday. “In accor ..

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MODRIC INKS REAL DEAL

August 21, 2014

Luka Modric

Croatia midfielder Luka Modric has signed a new four-year contract with European champions Real Madrid. The 28-year-old former Dinamo Zagreb and Tottenham man, who started in Tuesday’s 1-1 Supercopa first-leg draw against Atletico Madrid, moved to the Spanish capital in 2012 and helped Carlo Ancelotti’s side to Champions League and Copa del Rey glory last term. ..

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Serena Williams named US Open top seed

August 21, 2014

Serena Williams

Two-time defending champion Serena Williams was named the top seed on Wednesday for the US Open, the year’s final Grand Slam tennis showdown that opens Monday on the Flushing Meadows hardcourts. World number one Williams was also the US Open top seed in 2002 and 2013 and each time went on to win the title. She also won the US Open crown in 1999, 2008 and 2012. Williams is a five-time Wimbledon ..

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DZEKO HAPPY WITH MANCITY

August 21, 2014

Edin Dzeko

Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko on Wednesday signed a new four-year contract which will keep him at the Premier League champions until at least 2018. The Bosnian international’s current deal had only 10 months to run and manager Manuel Pellegrini’s determination to keep the striker was fully justified by his performance as City beat Newcastle 2-0 on Sunday. ..

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IM Bassali beat Naheed Cargo

August 21, 2014

IM Bassali Knockout Cup winners

IM Bassali defeated Naheed Cargo by 20 runs to win the Cricket Bahrain (BCL-CBA Division) Knockout League,T 20 Tournament  at the Awali Oval cricket ground. Batting first after winning the toss, IM Bassali notched up 150 for six in 20 overs with man of the match Faisal Nazir (36) top scoring with good support from Wahed (31), while Basit (two for18) was th ..

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BAHRAIN, NEPAL WIN

August 21, 2014

Bahrain before its match with Thailand

ACC Under-16 Premier Cup concludes

Bahrain’s national under-16 cricket team defeated Oman by two wickets and Nepal beat Malaysia by 32 runs to win the Asian Cricket Council Under-16 Premier Cup which concluded on Wednesday in Malaysia. At the Bayuemas Oval, Oman were dismissed for 106 ..

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Pakistan begins talks to end crisis

August 21, 2014

Pakistani supporters of opposition politician Imran Khan shout anti-government slogans during a protest in front of Parliament in Islamabad yesterday

Pakistani ministers and opposition politicians met anti-government protesters yesterday, but talks ended for the day with the two sides appearing no closer to resolving a week-long political crisis that has rattled the restive, nuclear-armed nation.

Thousands of followers of cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan and populist cl ..

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EBOLA CLAMPDOWN BECOMES VIOLENT

August 21, 2014

Residents flee during clashes in the West Point quarantined neighbourhood of Liberia’s capital Monrovia on Wednesday

Asia fears new cases of the dreaded disease

Violence erupted in an Ebola quarantine zone in Liberia’s capital on Wednesday as authorities struggled to contain the deadly disease, while new suspected cases in Asia sparked fears of it spreading from Africa.

Four residents were injured in Monrovia’s West Point slum when ..

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AirAsia profit jumps

August 21, 2014

AirAsia planes are seen on the runway at Kuala Lumpur International Airport

Malaysia-based AirAsia on Wednesday announced a sixfold increase in second-quarter net profit as Asia’s budget travel leader increased revenue despite what it called a “challenging” aviation environment.

Net profit was 367.2 million ringgit ($115m), up from 58.3m ringgit in the same quarter of 2013.

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JAPAN EXPORTS REBOUND

August 21, 2014

Cranes unload and load containers at a pier in Tokyo’s port on Wednesday

A rebound in exports helped narrow Japan’s trade deficit in July, data showedon Wednesday, but the shortfall still came in worse than expected after a marked slowdown in the world’s number three economy.

The pick-up in shipments abroad offered some good news after figures last week showed the economy suffered its biggest qu ..

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France unveils measures to pep up economy

August 21, 2014

French President Francois Hollande

President Francois Hollande on Wednesday vowed to go “faster and further” with reforms as he seeks to bolster France’s economy that has ground to a halt.

In an interview with Le Monde daily, Hollande promised to stick with the key plank of his economic policy -- the Responsibility Pact -- in the face of criticism across th ..

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CHINA FINES JAPAN FIRMS FOR MONOPOLY

August 21, 2014

Sumitomo Electric was fined the most

China has fined 10 Japanese auto parts firms more than $200 million in total for price-fixing, authorities said on Wednesday, reportedly the biggest-ever such penalties, in the latest step of the country’s anti-monopoly drive.

Beijing has over the past year launched a wide-ranging crackdown on alleged malpractice by foreign fi ..

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HOUSE ON SALE FOR ONE EURO

August 21, 2014

A panoramic view of the village of Gangi, Sicily, 120 km from Palermo

Crowd of potential buyers have rushed to Gangi

It’s an offer you can’t refuse: rustic abodes in a picturesque hilltop village on the island of Sicily, once home to Italian peasants and their donkeys, are up for sale for just one euro.

Hewn into the Madonie mountains and dotted thro ..

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Gulf Air launches EthicsPoint

August 21, 2014

Shaikh Al Khalifa

Gulf Air, Bahrain’s national carrier, has launched ‘EthicsPoint’, a third party, anonymous, internet-based reporting tool designed to help ensure greater transparency in the airline’s operations, delivering on one of the objectives of the national carrier’s successful 2013 strategic restructuring.

Deputy Prime Minister ..

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NAKHEEL REPAYS DEBT

August 21, 2014

A partial aerial view of the man-made Palm Jumeirah island built by Nakheel property giant off the coast of the Gulf emirate of Dubai

Nakheel, the real estate giant at the heart of Dubai’s financial crisis, confirmed on Wednesday that it would repay all of its 7.9 billion dirhams ($2.15bn) bank debt almost four years ahead of schedule.

The group said it had “issued instructions” for 5.54bn dirhams to be paid to lenders on Thursday, after a previous payme ..

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American journo beheaded in Iraq

August 21, 2014

A masked Islamic State militant holding a knife speaks next to man purported to be U.S. journalist James Foley at an unknown location in this still image from an undated video posted on a social media website

The beheading by jihadists of a US journalist sparked worldwide revulsion on Wednesday and drew pledges by outraged Western governments to aid those battling the militants.

In a video posted online on Tuesday, a masked militant with the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group is shown beheading James Foley, who has been missing since ..

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Citizens urged to cast votes

August 21, 2014

Participants at the majlis

The participants of the majlis, hosted by Mohammed Al Galaleef at Busaiteen, urged the citizens to cast their franchise in the upcoming municipal and parliamentary elections. “If the citizens refrain from voting, how their demands will be addressed?” the participants pointed out. READ MORE »

Making life better – A Hashtag that spread smiles

August 21, 2014

Manal Al Awadhi at the centre

From next month onwards, children suffering from cancer could benefit from a new educational system, thanks to the initiatives of Child Wish Society (CWS).

The society had created a hashtag in their Twitter account earlier this year to attract the attention of the authorities towards the situation of the young cancer patients.

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COURT BEAT

August 21, 2014

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‘I did not molest her!’

An Asian man accused of molesting a female cabin crew had pleaded not guilty before a remand Judge at the High Criminal Court.

The incident reportedly occurred in the elevator of a building, where the victim is residing with her family and the ..

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Stop sowing division: PM

August 21, 2014

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In a terse statement, Prime Minister HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa on Wednesday warned against all attempts aimed at sowing the seeds of division among the one-family Bahraini society.

Hardening his stance, HRH the Premier also directed to monitor local affairs closely in order to maintain security and stability in th ..

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SHAKEN LIFE FINDS SHADE

August 21, 2014

SHAKEN LIFE FINDS SHADE

Deputy Premier assures to reinstate the disabled workers, who were sacked from a parking lot in Manama.

The Kingdom has once again proved that it is an ideal state when it comes to upholding the rights of its citizens. The directives of Deputy Prime Minister a ..

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‘Ensure food safety to boost tourism’

August 21, 2014

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Bahrain would benefit from a better focus on food safety as it aims to become a regional tourism hub, said food safety expert, Richard Sprenger.

Speaking to DT News on the sidelines of a workshop titled ‘Improving Food Safety in Bahrain,’ organised by Bahrain for Leaders Institute, the chairman of Highfield Compliance ..

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Saudi warns over contamination

August 21, 2014

The screenshot of the SFDA website, which warns over contaminated chocolate drinks

Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) of Saudi Arabia on Monday cautioned people to avoid purchasing possible contaminated chocolate drinks produced by Milchwerke Mittelelbe.

 In an advisory posted on its website, it instructed that the expiry dates of the chocolate drinks produced by the German company should be checked before buying ..

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Making a better world

August 21, 2014

Marietta with her group in one of their projects for the workers

The life story of Migrant Workers Protection Society (MWPS) Chairperson, Marietta Dias, is one that is truly inspiring and heroic.

She doesn’t remember having any special dreams or aspirations while growing up.

She just knew from a very young age that she wanted to reach out to everyone who ..

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EDB officials visit China

August 21, 2014

Economic Development Board officials with Chinese Ministry of Commerce officials

Economic Development Board (EDB) officials are currently on a visit to China ahead of a roadshow to be conducted by a high-level delegation in the East Asian country later this year. The roadshow will cover Beijing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Hong Kong.

In cooperation with the Bahrain Embassy in China, the EDB officials will attend ..

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ASRY SIGNS $8.6M DEAL

August 21, 2014

Asry officials

Bahrain-based Gulf Marketing House to build, operate and transfer desalination facility

Asry, the leading ship and rig repair yard in the Arabian Gulf, has agreed Build-Operate-Transfer contract for upgrading and completing of a reverse osmosis sea water desalination plant. The project has an estimated cost of $8.6 million and April 2015 as operational targ ..

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‘Masaba’ the game changer

August 21, 2014

Shilpa Shetty-ndian Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty (L) showcases a creation by designer Masaba (R) during Lakme Fashion Week

She’s already a leading name in Indian fashion, with customers ranging from top Bollywood stars to teenage girls on pocket money.

Yet 25-year-old Masaba Gupta -- best-known for her quirky cow and camera prints that adorn saris, dresses and even smartphone covers -- puts much of her whirlwind success down to intuition.

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Thai junta chief tipped to become PM

August 21, 2014

Army chief General Prayut Chan-O-Cha

Thailand’s coup leader is expected to be picked as prime minister by the kingdom’s new army-dominated national assembly, junta sources said yesterday, cementing the military’s hold on power in the politically turbulent nation. Army Chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha is likely to be the sole candidate for the premiership when the 197-strong appointed assembly convenes to ..

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JAPAN LANDSLIDES ENGULF HOMES

August 21, 2014

JAPAN LANDSLIDES

Huge landslides in western Japan killed at least 36 people and left rescuers scrambling to find another seven still missing, authorities said on Wednesday, after a wall of mud smashed into their homes. Dozens of houses were buried when hillsides collapsed after torrential downpours in Hiroshima, television pictures showed, leaving rescuers to pick through the devas ..

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Wanderers win

August 21, 2014

Western Sydney Wanderers player Brendan Hamill (left) chases Guangzhou Evergrande player Elkeson De Oliveira Cardoso (right)

Lippi storm as nine-man Guangzhou crash

Nine-man Guangzhou Evergrande crashed 1-0 to Western Sydney Wanderers on Wednesday in a stormy AFC Champions League quarter-final first leg which left their coach Marcello Lippi facing possible disciplinary action. Antony Golec’s 60th-minute strike sealed an upset win for the Australian debutants and dealt a blow to ..

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More trouble – Qatar won’t sign report

August 21, 2014

File picture showing foreign ministers of the GCC member states, attend the 131th meeting of the council, on June 2, 2014 in Riyadh

Worsening the diplomatic crisis within the Gulf Cooperation Council, Qatar on Wednesday reportedly refused to sign the final report prepared by the technical committee established to monitor the implementation of the GCC agreement.

The refusal followed insistence by Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the UAE to produce evidences and acti ..

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Bahrain-NATO relations reviewed

August 20, 2014

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Minister of State for Defence Affairs Lieutenant-General Dr. Shaikh Mohammed bin Abdulla Al Khalifa met here today a delegation from the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), led by Dr. Rolf Schwarz, currently on a visit to the kingdom.

The Minister lauded the outstanding relations bonding the Kingdom of Bahrain and NATO.

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Seventh Joint Command-and-Staff course inaugurated

August 20, 2014

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The BDF Commander-in-Chief Field Marshal Shaikh Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa patronised the inauguration ceremony held for opening the Seventh Command-and-Staff course. The BDF Commander-in-Chief deputized the Minister of State for Defence Affairs Lt-General Dr. Shaikh Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Khalifa in attending the inauguration ceremony on Wednesday at the ..

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Bahraini-Kuwaiti military cooperation discussed

August 20, 2014

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Chief of Staff Lieutenant-General Shaikh Duaij bin Salman Al Khalifa met at the General Headquarters of the Bahrain Defence Force (BDF) the Military Attaché at the Kuwaiti Embassy here Major-General Ali Suleiman Al-Asaker. The Chief of Staff lauded the brotherly Bahraini-Kuwaiti relations, and the steady growth of the joint military cooperation. Bilateral mi ..

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HRH Premier congratulates Moroccan King, Premier

August 20, 2014

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His Royal Highness Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa the Prime Minister sent a congratulatory cable to HM King Mohammed VI the King of Morocco Kingdom on the anniversary of the King's-and-the-People's Revolution, in which His Royal Highness has expressed congratulations and best wishes of good health and happiness to His Majesty, and also wishing the Moroccan pe ..

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Conte vows to work Juve magic on Italy

August 20, 2014

New Italian Football Federation (FIGC) president Carlo Tavecchio (right) shakes hands with Antonio Conte

Former Juventus boss Antonio Conte has vowed to restore World Cup flops Italy to their traditional status as major powers in international football. Conte, who quit Juve in July after leading them to three consecutive Italian titles, has inherited a squad that was left reeling from a shock first round exit in Brazil. But the 45-year successor to Cesare Prandelli be ..

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IT’S LIKE A GAME OF POKER: LEWIS

August 20, 2014

Lewis Hamilton

Former world champion Lewis Hamilton has likened his tussle for this season’s Formula One title with Mercedes colleague Nico Rosberg to a game of poker. Rosberg currently has an 11-point lead over his British team-mate with eight races of the season remaining and their rivalry has become increasingly heated over the course of the year. Hamilton disobeyed team ord ..

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Verstappen to become youngest F1 driver

August 20, 2014

Max Verstappen

Sixteen-year-old Max Verstappen will become the youngest driver in Formula One history next season after being unveiled as Toro Rosso’s new signing. The Dutch teenager, son of ex-F1 driver Jos Verstappen, currently races in Formula Three with the Van Amersfoort Racing team having cut his racing teeth on the karting circuit. He will partner Russian Daniil Kvyat in ..

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MOURINHO HAILS FABREGAS DISPLAY

August 20, 2014

Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho hailed Cesc Fabregas after the midfielder enjoyed a stunning debut in Chelsea’s 3-1 win over Burnley. After three years in Barcelona, Fabregas returned to the Barclays Premier League on Monday night - and he instantly looked at home in Mourinho’s side, who looked very much like title contenders. The Spain midfielder set up Andre Schurrle with a pe ..

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Swansea close to Fernandez signing

August 20, 2014

Federico Fernandez

Swansea expect to complete the signing of Argentina World Cup defender Federico Fernandez on Tuesday. The 25-year-old will make the move to the Liberty Stadium from Italian side Napoli for a fee understood to be in excess of £7million. Fernandez will be a direct replacement for Chico Flores, who joined former Swansea manager Michael Laudrup in Qatar last week. The ..

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RAMEEZ STARS

August 20, 2014

Ali Rameez

IM Bassali beat Indian School Bahrain by 58 runs

IM Bassali beat Indian School Bahrain by 58 runs in the Semi-finals of the Cricket Bahrain (BCL-CBA Division) 20 Over Knockout League at the Busaiteen grounds in Muharraq. Batting first, IM Bassali scored 175 for five in 20 overs with the main scorers being Ali Rameez (59) and Majid Shabbir (41), while Indian ..

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World on track for third-hottest on record

August 20, 2014

Wooden boats sit at the base of a dried-up reservoir, due to the long dry season, at Kedung Sumber village, near Bojonegoro Indonesia’s East Java province

The global average surface temperature for January through July was 1.2 degrees Fahrenheit (0.66 degrees Celsius) above the 20th century average, tying with 2002 as the third warmest in records going back to 1880, according to National Climatic Data Center data released on tuesday.

The greatest share of global warming in recent ..

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‘MISSOURI VIOLENCE RECALLS APARTHEID’

August 20, 2014

U.N. Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay

Clashes between police and protesters in the U.S. town of Ferguson are reminiscent of the racial violence spawned by apartheid in her native South Africa, the top U.N. human rights official said on Tuesday.

Navi Pillay, who is due to step down at the end of the month after six years in the U.N. hotseat, urged U.S. authorities to ..

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Dozens arrested in Ferguson

August 20, 2014

Missouri National Guard troops are deployed to provide protection for a police command center yesterday in Ferguson

The midwestern US town of Ferguson was recovering from another night of violence on Tuesday as a police crackdown on protests against the killing of an unarmed black teenager continued. In the past ten days, this mainly black suburb of St Louis, Missouri has become a global symbol of the tensions created by the United States’ racial divide and heavy-handed law en ..

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CLASHES NEAR KABUL

August 20, 2014

Afghan President Hamid Karzai (centre) gestures while speaking as presidential candidates Ashraf Ghani (left) and Abdullah Abdullah (right) look on

About 200 Taliban fighters launched an offensive in a province near Kabul on Tuesday as Afghanistan’s disputed election threatens to leave the central government weakened at the same time as US troops pull out. President Hamid Karzai appealed for the two men vying to succeed him to end their stand-off over the poll result and save the country from worsening viole ..

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Malaysia seeks to draw women back to work

August 20, 2014

Office workers walk along a footbridge during lunch hour in Kuala Lumpur

Women in Malaysia who have stopped working to raise their families are being enticed to rejoin the labour market as the country tries to boost Southeast Asia’s lowest female workforce participation rate.

The government is collaborating with companies to increase child-care facilities, Rohani Abdul Karim, minister for women, fa ..

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BHP ANNOUNCES SPIN-OFF PLAN

August 20, 2014

A promotional sign adorns a stage at a BHP Billiton function in central Sydney. The world’s biggest mining company has announced plans to spin off businesses worth an estimated $16bn

The world’s biggest mining company, BHP Billiton, announced plans to spin off businesses worth an estimated $16 billion, most of them acquired in a 2001 merger, to focus on its most profitable activities.

But it held off on a share buyback, disappointing investors who had hoped to receive around $5bn.

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Credit Suisse arranges securities for BES

August 20, 2014

Credit Suisse

Swiss banking giant Credit Suisse on Tuesday confirmed that it had created investment vehicles for scandal-mired Banco Espirito Santo before it was bailed out by the Portuguese government.

The Swiss bank said it set up the “special placement vehicles” in 2001 and 2002 at the request of BES, which was fully responsible for se ..

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STANDARD CHARTERED FINED $300 MILLION

August 20, 2014

People walk past a Standard Chartered bank branch in Hong Kong. American authorities have hit Standard Chartered Bank with a $300m fine

New York’s banking regulator hit Standard Chartered Bank with a $300 million fine and restrictions on its dollar-clearing business on Tuesday for inadequate controls on money laundering.

The New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) said the British bank’s internal compliance systems had failed to detect or act on a la ..

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MOODY’S DOWNGRADES FOUR TOP SA BANKS

August 20, 2014

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Moody’s downgraded the credit rating of four top South African banks on Saturday, after the government was forced to bailout a troubled lender.

The ratings agency downgraded Standard Bank, Absa, FNB and Nedbank by one notch to Baa1, in a move sure to raise more questions about the health of the vital sector.

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Heinz to tighten supplier controls in China

August 20, 2014

A box of Heinz AD Calcium Hi-Protein Cereal, which is part of a batch of the cereal not affected by a recent recall, is pictured at a supermarket in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province

U.S. foodmaker H.J. Heinz Co said on Saturday it will tighten controls over ingredients suppliers in China after it was forced to recall some infant food products from Chinese store shelves due to excess levels of lead.

The company, known globally for its ketchup and baked beans, made the announcement as it sought to contain the ..

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Iraq hits militants as UN readies aid

August 20, 2014

Kurdish Peshmerga fighters stand guard on the outskirts of Gwer town after Islamic State (IS) insurgents withdrew

Iraqi forces battled Sunni militants along a string of fronts on Tuesday, including in Saddam Hussein’s hometown Tikrit, as the United Nations readied a massive aid operation for displaced Iraqis.

Kurdish and federal forces, who wrested back control of Iraq’s largest dam, fought jihadists in the country’s north, buoyed by ..

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Paris heist – An inside job?

August 20, 2014

Saudi Prince Abdul Aziz Bin Fahd

The Saudi prince who fell victim to a spectacular armed raid in Paris, losing 250,000 euros in the process, is the youngest son of the former King Fahd, it emerged on Tuesday.

Sources at Le Bourget airport, where the prince’s private jet was waiting, and police sources told AFP the victim was Abdul Aziz Bin Fahd, the multi-mil ..

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Honey returns miraculously!

August 20, 2014

THE PET PROJECT

This is nothing short of a miracle. If not Mohammed Abdulwahab Alkhaja and his wife ‘Innas Abdulrahman Alatawi would not have reunited with their precious family member, ‘Honey’.

Honey, a cat by birth, went missing on August 10 while she was suffering from an infection that also cost her eyesight. The incident left the fam ..

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Al Nuaim tribe pledges loyalty to HM the King

August 20, 2014

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The Al Nuaim tribe has vowed their support to the efforts of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa in furthering the development and security of the Kingdom.

In a letter addressed to HM the King, prominent figures  Abdulla bin Hamad Al Majid Al Nuaimi and Jabir bin Shabeeb Al Jabir Al Nuaimi declared their appreciation for ..

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Violence has no place in Islam

August 20, 2014

Visitors of Al Saeedi Majlis

Visitors of Al Saeedi Majlis discussed the concerns that have eclipsed the region including the impact of Arab spring and its repercussions on the Arab society as a whole.

They pointed out that the extremists are creating a  movement, which contradicts the true teachings of Islam. “Killing innocent civilians, families and chi ..

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Ignored, but slots aplenty

August 20, 2014

Students attend a hospitality training session

A recent study has revealed that more job opportunities were available to graduates of those courses that had been previously ignored by Bahrainis.

The mismatch between academic qualifications of Bahraini graduates with what the job market demands has been causing difficulties for new graduates to secure jobs.

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Residents warned about illegal cabins and shades

August 20, 2014

Some of the illegal car shades built in the area

After the residents of Salmabad Government Housing Project voiced their concern to the Prime Minister HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa regarding the illegal car shades being installed in the parking spaces of the housing project, the Central Area Municipality immediately issued a warning against those people who are behind the illegal act.

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Need of the hour – A platform for writers

August 20, 2014

The book ‘My Beautiful Bahrain’ during its launching in 2012

‘The only way you can get published in Bahrain is to self-publish, which means you can be a brilliant writer, with so many wonderful things to say but if you haven’t got the money, you will never get heard.’

This was according to former resident and founder of Bahrain Writers Circle (BWC), Robin Barratt.

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A PERSISTENT PAIN FOR SITRA

August 20, 2014

DT News visited the spot on Tuesday afternoon and at that time, smoke was emitting from the half-burnt palm trees and garbage piles. Interestingly, no signs of explosion were spotted at the location

Allegedly a hub of illegal and suspicious activities, an abandoned building in Sitra has turned out to be a nagging problem to the residents in the area.

The calls to demolish the building increased on Tuesday as several firemen were reportedly injured in a possible terrorist attack on the premises of the building. Located oppos ..

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COURT BEAT

August 20, 2014

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ROBBERS STEAL PRICELESS COINS

Deputy Attorney General Hamad Al Qallaf announced that the Public Prosecutor completed the investigation concerning a gang of thieves, which steals valuables from safes of private homes.

The hearing for th ..

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Tourists’ visa fees increased

August 20, 2014

VISA

The Nationality, Passports and Resident Affairs (NPRA) has said that there would be an increase in some of the visa fees, applicable from October, covering Bahrain visitors, tourists and businessmen.

The increase comes within the NPRA’s efforts to improve the services and facilitate the issuance of visas. All types of visit vi ..

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SAILING TO WIPE TEARS

August 20, 2014

Nasser Alfadhala-Mavi Marmara

Expressing their keen interest to volunteer for a genuine cause, thousands of Bahrainis have come forward to go to Gaza as a Turkish ship prepares to leave for the besieged area.

But all of them may not get a chance to go to Gaza due to practical difficulties, said ex-parliamentarian and former chairman of parliament’s Palest ..

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Royal directive – Premier lends a helping hand

August 20, 2014

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In a move aimed at supporting poor families in the Kingdom, Prime Minister HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa issued an edict asking the Minister of State for Electricity and Water Affairs to waive off the outstanding bills of deceased customers.

The directive was one among the five edicts that were issued on Tuesday and i ..

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Plant to soon become reality

August 20, 2014

A representative photo

The Ministry of Works (MoW) will soon complete the construction of a sewage water treatment factory in Hamala, said a statement issued by the ministry.

According to Director Engineer of the Project Asma Murad, the project involves the construction of a sewage water treatment plant that uses tri-treatment process with a capacity ..

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Conference stresses on family values

August 20, 2014

Asma Murad

The third edition of the Arab Family Coherence Conference began on Monday at Crowne Plaza Resort in Salalah, Oman, amid participation from a large number of representatives from GCC countries.

The conference deliberated upon various issues which are affecting family coherence in the entire Arab World. The discussion ranged from ..

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Charity with compassion – Selling sweets for a good cause

August 20, 2014

a freshly made batch, boxed and ready to be sent to customer

Three Bahraini girls have set out to make a difference to help the Palestinians, suffering in the ill-fated Gaza strip due to Israeli offensive.

Mariam Hesham Engineer, 16, along with her sisters, Hessa, 12,  and Amna, 9, are raising money to donate to Gaza by selling homemade chocolates.

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BAHRAIN FIRM WINS HUGE SUEZ PROJECT

August 20, 2014

Egypt’s Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab speaks during a news conference in Ismailia. Egypt has chosen a consortium to develop an industrial and logistics hub in the Suez Canal area

Consortium of Dar Al-Handasah Shair and Partners is registered in the Kingdom 

Egypt’s Suez Canal Authority announced on Saturday that a Bahrain-registered firm is to develop a huge industrial and logistics hub around the canal, but gave no details of the project itself.

The Egyptian army is a local partner in Dar Al- ..

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BATTLE OF BOYCOTT

August 20, 2014

A woman holds a placard reading “Help Palestine, boycott Israel” during a demonstration against Israel’s military operations in Gaza

Israeli goods left untouched in West Bank

In Gaza, Israelis and Palestinians are battling it out with rockets and air strikes. But in Israel and the West Bank, the two sides have found a new weapon: boycotting.

Local products are flying off the shelves in the occupied West Bank while Israeli goods are being left untouche ..

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Nothing fishy – Malaysia’s fish listener

August 20, 2014

Harun (left) mans his fishing boat at sea near Setiu lagoons, as his son Zuraini looks on

One hand clinging to his boat’s gunwale, Harun Muhammad submerges himself, eyes and ears wide open underwater as he “listens” for fish sounds emanating from the blue depths.

Harun is one of Malaysia’s last “fish listeners,” and he and his apprentice son Zuraini are believed to be the only active practitioners of this ..

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Ukraine says battles rage in heart of rebel-held Lugansk

August 20, 2014

A priest blesses members of Donbass Battalion, who take part in a consecration ceremony at the Mykhaylo Gold Domes Cathedral in Kiev yesterday

Ukraine said on Tuesday fighting had erupted in the heart of major rebel stronghold Lugansk, as the bodies of 17 civilians fleeing the city were recovered from wreckage of their destroyed convoy. As government forces cut deeper into insurgent territory, Kiev and Moscow announced that Presidents Vladimir Putin and Petro Poroshenko will hold their first face-to-face ..

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ARMY MOVES IN

August 20, 2014

Pakistani riot police stand on shipping containers blocking a road near the site of an anti-government protest in Islamabad on Tuesday

Pakistan anti-government protesters march on parliament

Tens of thousands of protesters led by ex-cricketer-turned politician Imran Khan and a populist cleric marched on Pakistan’s parliament on Tuesday in a bid to depose the prime minister, bringing a week-long political drama to a head. Khan, the former cricket star who leads the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insa ..

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Jones joins Cardiff Blues

August 20, 2014

Adam Jones

Cardiff Blues confirmed the signing of Wales prop Adam Jones on Tuesday, after he rejected the offer of a new contract from their regional rivals the Ospreys. “Adam has joined the Blues determined to achieve something special with us. He is as hungry as ever for success and a very driven man,” said Cardiff’s director of rugby Mark Hammett. Jones, 33, made his ..

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CONCERNS BITE BACK SUAREZ

August 20, 2014

Luis Suarez

New Barcelona forward Luis Suarez admitted he was concerned for his future in the days following his four-month FIFA ban for biting Giorgio Chiellini. But he states that he is now putting the saga behind him. The Uruguayan provoked uproar at the World Cup over the summer after being found guilty of biting an opponent for the third time in his career during the Sout ..

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PARNELL STARS

August 20, 2014

South African players celebrates victory

South Africa beat Zimbabwe

Wayne Parnell took three wickets and contributed some handy runs as South Africa beat Zimbabwe by 61 runs in the second one-day international to clinch the three-match series on Tuesday in Bulawayo. After Parnell’s 24 lifted South Africa from 211 for seven to 257 all out, the left-armer returned figures of 3 for 28 as Zimbabwe w ..

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Thousands flee for cover

August 20, 2014

Palestinians flee their houses in motorcycle rickshaws

Thousands of Palestinians fled their homes in neighbourhoods of eastern Gaza City on Tuesday, carrying bags of clothes, pillows and mattresses after renewed Israeli air strikes, witnesses said.

An AFP reporter saw hundreds of Palestinians streaming out of Shejaiya, an area devastated by more than a month of fighting between Isra ..

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Truce fails

August 20, 2014

Smoke billows following an Israeli air strike in Rafah in the southern of Gaza Strip

Israel, Palestine resume Gaza war 

Israel and Palestinian militants resumed fire across the Gaza border on Tuesday, sparking panic across the war-torn enclave where residents fled for cover as Israeli aircraft struck.

A military spokeswoman told AFP that two rockets hit southern Israel during the late afternoon and earl ..

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Renewable energy projects reviewed

August 19, 2014

Dr. Mirza

 Minister of State for Electricity and Water Affairs Dr. Abdul Hussain bin Ali Mirza received here today the Chief Executive of the Caspian Renewable Energy, Inc Marty Youssefiani. Dr. Mirza lauded the company’s renewable energy projects. He was also informed about the company’s project to generate electricity through solar energy from three sites in Bah ..

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Al-Nuaim Tribe pledges loyalty to HM the King

August 19, 2014

King

Al-Nuaim Tribe has pledged unwavering loyalty and support to His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, and wished the kingdom further progress, development and security under his leadership. In a letter addressed to HM the King, Abdulla bin Hamad Al-Majid Al-Nuaimi and Jabr bin Shabeeb Al-Jabr Al-Nuami lauded, on behalf of Al-Nuaim Tribe, the constant Royal car ..

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HRH Premier offered a book

August 19, 2014

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His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa received at the Gudaibiya Palace today Hmood Jassim Abdulla Hmood, who offered him a copy of his book entitled: "My Return to Life". The book documents the writer’s therapeutic journey, experience with the various stages of cancer, the pain he had suffered during the treatment and recovery. ..

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Anderson channels his anger

August 19, 2014

James Anderson

James Anderson has said the fall-out from his row with Ravindra Jadeja helped him star in a 3-1 Test series win over India. England wrapped up the five-match contest with a colossal innings and 244-run victory, completed inside three days, at The Oval on Sunday. Spearhead seamer Anderson was named England’s man-of-the-series after taking 25 wickets at an average ..

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DZEKO EXPECTS HARD FIGHT

August 19, 2014

Edin Dzeko

Edin Dzeko has insisted Manchester City will take nothing for granted as they attempt to defend their Barclays Premier League title. The reigning champions launched their defence with a hard-fought 2-0 victory at Newcastle on Sunday with an efficient, rather than dazzling, display. Title rivals Liverpool and Arsenal both enjoyed even narrower successes in their ope ..

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Lambert getting into the rhythm

August 19, 2014

Rickie Lambert

New striker Rickie Lambert believes Liverpool will quickly find their rhythm having got a first win on the board early. A hard-fought 2-1 home victory over Southampton got Brendan Rodgers’ side under way but it seemed a long way from the devastating performances which tore opponents to shreds last season. Next up are Manchester City, who pipped them to the title ..

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Sanchez keen on Villa chance

August 19, 2014

Sanchez

Carlos Sanchez believes Roy Keane can help turn him into a Barclays Premier League force with Aston Villa. The midfielder has signed a four-year contract at the claret and blues after making the switch from Spanish side Elche and could make his Premier League debut at home to Newcastle on Saturday. Sanchez, who has 44 international caps, impressed in Colombia’s r ..

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AWALI BAPCO WIN

August 19, 2014

BCL Cricket  Tournament quarter finals

BCL Cricket  Tournament quarter finals

A fine knock by Charles helped Awali Bapco beat Sprite CC by eight wickets in the Golden League quarter finals of the BFC sponsored Cricket Bahrain (BCL-CBA Division), T25 Tournament. Batting first, Sprite CC were dismissed for 151 with Parag (30) and Omar (26) the main scorers with Binu (three for 22) the best of th ..

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Ferguson police shot teen six times

August 19, 2014

Attorney Daryl Parks points to an anatomical chart while addressing media

An unarmed black teenager whose killing by a white police officer has set off a week of protests and rioting in Ferguson, Missouri, was struck by at least six bullets, a lawyer for the deceased’s family said on Monday.

The path of one bullet indicates 18-year-old Michael Brown may have been lowering his head in surrender when ..

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Assange hopes to exit London embassy

August 19, 2014

Julian Assange (right) speaks as Ecuador’s Foreign Affairs Minister Ricardo Patino listens during a news conference at the Ecuadorian embassy in central London

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has spent over two years in Ecuador’s London embassy to avoid a sex crimes inquiry in Sweden, said on Monday he planned to leave the building “soon”, but Britain signalled it would still arrest him if he tried.

Assange made the surprise assertion during a news conference alongside Ecua ..

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IMRAN CALLS FOR SHOW OF STRENGTH

August 19, 2014

Pakistani opposition politician Imran Khan (centre) addresses his supporters during a protest march in Islamabad

Protests to be held in Pakistan government zone today

Pakistani opposition leader Imran Khan called on his supporters to march on a heavily fortified area of the capital on Monday after his party announced it would resign from parliament to try to force the government to hold new elections.

The moves are part o ..

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Sowing seeds of calligraphy

August 19, 2014

The workshops in progress at the Nakhool city

Opening up a whole new world of calligraphy to the youngsters of Bahrain, the artistic workshops at the Nakhool City have transformed Bahrain’s Summer Festival to a perfect playground for art explorers.

Making the workshops particularly interesting is the presence of the professionals who are the best in the business, which in ..

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In or out! – GCC to decide on Qatar’s fate

August 19, 2014

File picture showing foreign ministers of the GCC member states, attend the 131th meeting of the council, on June 2, 2014 in Riyadh

More measures are on way to end the strife between Qatar and its GCC neighbours, it has emerged.

The move came soon after Qatar had announced its intentions to end offering citizenship to other GCC nationals on the sidelines of the Gulf Cooperation Council foreign ministers’ meeting held in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

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174 hotels linked to e-border System

August 19, 2014

Shaikh Rashid bin Khalifa Al Khalifa

The Interior Ministry (MoI) has connected 174 hotels and hotel apartments of the Kingdom with the e-border system.

Undersecretary for Nationality, Passport and Residence Affairs (NPRA) at the MoI, Shaikh Rashid bin Khalifa Al Khalifa stated that the e-border system has been considered as an advanced regional and international sy ..

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Deadline forgotten – Swamp still remains pink

August 19, 2014

Partially buried lake

The pink lake in Galali still remained a serious concern for local residents as the authorities failed to bury it even though the deadline ended three months’ back.

In last April, a senior official from the Muharraq municipality had assured that the lake would be buried within two months as Housing, Works and Municipalities Af ..

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COURT BEAT

August 19, 2014

court beat

Child molester to be sentenced

An Indonesian housemaid  standing trial for allegedly molesting a minor will learn her fate on September 23.

The 26-year-old domestic worker is already serving a ten-year jail term after the High Criminal Cou ..

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Common Ground to turn debaters on

August 19, 2014

The logo of the event-women’s empowerment and leadership, building international legal systems to sexual health implications and art therapy for people with mental disorders

A youth group will be organising a discussion that would serve a platform for Bahraini youth to engage in heated debates on social and cultural issues in the Kingdom.

For the participants, the discussion titled Common Ground will provide an avenue for individual  presentations apart from a question-answer session.

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ATM burnt in Al Dair

August 19, 2014

The burnt–out ATM in Al Dair

A group of vandals set ablaze an ATM (automated teller machine) in Al Dair village in the late hours of Sunday.

The incident occurred at around 11pm within the campus of NBB Al Dair Health Centre.

Interior Ministry confirmed the incident by stating on its official Twitter page.

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Legal or illegal, we want roofs!

August 19, 2014

A piece of cloth serves a roof to traders and customers

Decking up Manama Souq 

Manama Traditional Market Committee has welcomed the move by Manama municipality to remove all “illegal shades” from the market.

However, it has demanded an alternative solution to tackle the scorching sun in addition to establishing parking areas and to ..

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BEWARE, ALL EYES ON YOU

August 19, 2014

beware, all eyes on you

Interior Ministry has been successful in making best  use of technology to crack crimes in least time.

When it comes to latest technologies, Bahrain has left no stone unturned. And the Ministry of Interior has ..

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Bilateral ties hailed

August 19, 2014

Prince Khalifa -PM

Praising the French role in supporting many international efforts to safeguard global stability and peace, Prime Minister HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa has emphasised on the need to develop bilateral cooperation through launching joint projects and activating the agreements signed between the two countries.

The Premie ..

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‘Labour camps, a serious disturbance’

August 19, 2014

Visitors of the majlis during a photocall

Visitors of Bu Shabib Majlis in Muharraq discussed  a plethora of issues ranging from the demand to establish parking spaces to the revamping of ramshackle houses.

Speaking at the majlis, host Sheikh Mohammed bin Shabib Al Nuaimi said that increasing number of expatriate bachelors was causing inconvenience to many families in M ..

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Gaza truce in balance as toll tops 2,000

August 19, 2014

Palestinians walk in the rubble of destroyed houses in Gaza City’s Shejaiya neighbourhood

The Gaza death toll rose over 2,000 on Monday as the clock ticked towards a midnight deadline and negotiators in Cairo strove to hammer out a decisive end to weeks of bloodshed.

As millions in and around Gaza enjoyed an eighth day of calm brought on by two back-to-back truce agreements, tensions were once again on the rise ahead ..

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Armed robbery – Saudi prince robbed at gunpoint in Paris

August 19, 2014

A file picture showing masked men at a crime scene. Reportedly a five to eight member gang was involved in the Paris robbery

Heavily armed robbers have attacked the motorcade of a Saudi prince in Paris, making off with 250,000 euros ($335,000) in cash and reportedly stealing “sensitive” documents, French police said on Monday.

The spectacular robbery took place in northern Paris late on Sunday as the motorcade was making its way from a plush hotel ..

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Chevron interested in Ukrainian gas network

August 19, 2014

Chevron

US energy giant Chevron is interested in taking a stake in Ukraine’s natural gas pipeline network, which the country is opening to Western investors, Russian media reported on Monday.

Last week Ukraine approved a law allowing EU and US investors to buy up to 49 per cent of Naftogaz, which operates the gas pipeline network for ..

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THAILAND AVOIDS RECESSION

August 19, 2014

Vendors sell trinkets in a tourist district of Khao San Road in Bangkok. Thailand dodged recession as its economy grew 0.9pc in the second quarter

Thailand dodged recession as its economy grew 0.9 per cent in the second quarter, data showed on Monday, after the military ended months of political deadlock with a coup and promised to unshackle state spending.

Between April and June the economy grew 0.9pc after shrinking a revised 1.9pc in the first quarter, the National Econ ..

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DOLLAR GENERAL IN BIDDING WAR

August 19, 2014

Dollar General offered to pay $78.50 per share for Family Dollar, $4 more than Dollar Tree’s offer

US deep-discount chain starts bid for Family Dollar Stores

Dollar General, the biggest US deep-discount chain, started a bidding war on Monday for number-two Family Dollar Stores, trumping a Dollar Tree merger deal agreed just weeks ago.

The battle underscores the tough competition among retailers in suburban and rural A ..

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Nepal, India floods kill nearly 200

August 19, 2014

A villager paddles her boat through the flood waters as her cattle take shelter on a highland at Morigaon district in the northeastern Indian state of Assam

Floods and landslides in Nepal and northern India have killed nearly 200 people and scores more are missing, local authorities said on Monday.

Nepal has been worst hit, with 105 people confirmed dead after torrential rain triggered landslides and flooding, devastating entire villages in what the country’s prime minister termed ..

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INDIA CALLS OFF TALKS WITH PAK

August 19, 2014

India

Blow to Pakistan’s beleaguered government

India called off on Mondaypeace talks with Pakistan, giving a jolt to renewed diplomatic efforts between the two nuclear-armed neighbours and adding to the troubles of Pakistan’s beleaguered government.

The move came nearly three months after Pakistani Prim ..

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The magic of photography

August 19, 2014

Photography

Photography has been part of human existence since time immemorial.

Long before the first camera was invented in 1820, the Chinese and Greeks were already using a ‘pinhole’ type of camera in the ancient world.

As time passed by, man was able to improve the ways of how to preserve the imag ..

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Survivors of Indonesian boat drank urine

August 19, 2014

An unidentified female German survivor (right) is attended by a nurse at hospital in Sape

Thirteen people lost at sea for two days when their tourist boat sank in Indonesia were rescued on Monday after a horrific ordeal that had forced other survivors to swim to a volcanic island and drink their own urine. Two Spanish men were still missing after the boat, which was also carrying Indonesian crew, sank on Saturday as it made the long voyage from Lombok i ..

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TALK FAILS

August 19, 2014

People linе up to buy drinking water from kiosks in the rebel stronghold of Donetsk on Monday

Ukraine says rebels kill ‘dozens’ in strike on refugee convoy Ukraine on Monday accused pro-Russian rebels of killing dozens of civilians fleeing the war-torn east, as crisis talks between Kiev and Moscow failed to halt months of bloodshed.

Kiev’s military said insurgents using Russia-supplied weapons shelled adults and children in a convoy with wh ..

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Ancelotti to play Di Maria

August 19, 2014

Di Maria

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti is ready to play the Argentina winger in Tuesday’s Spanish Supercopa first leg against Atletico Madrid. Di Maria’s future has been the source of much speculation this summer, especially with Madrid having spent around £85million to bring in World Cup stars James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos to bolster their midfield options. Manch ..

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FROOME LEADS SKY

August 19, 2014

Chris Froome

Tour of Spain

Chris Froome will lead Team Sky at the Tour of Spain after overcoming the hand and wrist injuries which forced him to abandon his defence of the Tour de France last month. The 21-stage Tour gets under way on Saturday with a team time trial through Jerez de la Frontera. Froome was forced to retire from the Tour de France after just five stages ..

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Nadal to miss US Open

August 19, 2014

Rafael Nadal

Reigning champion Rafael Nadal will miss the US Open later this month due to a right wrist injury. “I am very sorry to announce I won’t be able to play at this year’s US Open, a tournament in which I’ve played three consecutive finals in my last participations,” he wrote on his official Facebook page on Monday.  A two-time champion in New York, Nadal als ..

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PARK CROWNED

August 19, 2014

Inbee Park of South Korea holds the championship trophy

LPGA Championship

Park In-Bee downed Brittany Lincicome with a par at the first playoff hole on Sunday to win a second-straight LPGA Championship title. The South Korean star claimed the fifth major title of her career. Three of those came in her stunning six-win 2013 campaign, but she hadn’t notched a win in 2014 until the Manulife Financial Classic in C ..

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LANKANS WIN SERIES

August 19, 2014

Sri Lankan cricket captain Angelo Mathews pose for a photograph alongside teammates with the trophy

An emotional Mahela Jayawardene ended his glittering, 17-year Test career on a high on Monday as Sri Lanka won the second and final Test against Pakistan by 105 runs to sweep the series 2-0.

The 37-year-old was hoisted onto his team-mates’ shoulders for a lap o ..

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Ajax spoil Van Basten’s day

August 18, 2014

Ajax Amsterdam’s Dutch defender Daley Blind (right) vies for the ball with AZ Alkmaar’s Paraguayan midfielder Celso Ortiz (left)

Lasse Schone was among the goals for a second successive week as Dutch champions Ajax Amsterdam won 3-1 away to spoil the home debut of new AZ Alkmaar coach Marco van Basten.

The victory means Ajax share the early season lead with PEC Zwolle and PSV Eindhoven, who both won their second game of the new league season on Saturday, ..

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Bayern stroll into second round

August 18, 2014

Thomas Mueller celebrate their victory over Preussen Muenster

Bayern Munich began their defence of the German Cup with a comfortable 4-1 first-round win away to third-tier side Preussen Munster on sunday Pep Guardiola’s starting line-up was deprived of the injured Bastian Schweinsteiger and there was no Franck Ribery, but it did feature five members of the Germany side that won the World Cup five weeks ago.

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DUTTON WINS FIRST GOLD OF OLYMPICS

August 18, 2014

Dutton Brittany competes in the women’s triathlon during the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing

The Australian wins in triathlon

Australia’s Brittany Dutton has won the first gold medal of the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games in triathlon.

Australia’s Brittany Dutton claimed victory at the Xuanwu Lake Triathlon Venue, but in an unusual twist for a sprint distance race, she ..

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Warren sees off Dredge to win Denmark Open

August 18, 2014

Marc Warren kisses his trophy after winning the finals of the Made in Denmark European Tour at Himmerlands Golf and Spa in Gatten

Scotland’s Marc Warren won his third European Tour title on Sunday when he clinched the Denmark Open by two shots from Welsh veteran Bradley Dredge. Warren hit five birdies in a final round of 68 for a total of 275 and nine under.

He was pushed all the way by Dredge, who went round in 70 for seven under overall while England ..

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GOLDEN REVENGE

August 18, 2014

Mahideine Mekhissi-Benabbad celebrates winning the men’s 1500 metres final

Mekhissi wins 1500m gold at the European Championships

Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad, the man who lost his gold medal in the 3000m steeplechase for pulling his shirt off before the line, made up for his loss with 1500m gold at the European Championships in Zurich.

The F ..

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Beach boy Bolt wins Copacabana 100m

August 18, 2014

Usain Bolt (bottom) approaches the finish line during the “Mano a Mano” men’s 100 metres challenge on Copacabana beach

Olympic champion and world record holder Usain Bolt won his first 100m of 2014 on Sunday in an exhibition race run on Rio’s iconic Copacabana beach, two years out from the 2016 Olympics.

The Jamaican superstar won in a time of 10.6sec although Bolt had predicted a sub-10sec time when he faced the press on Friday.

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PEDROSA SCUTTLES MARQUEZ DESIGNS

August 18, 2014

Pedrosa celebrates with the trophy after winning the Czech Grand Prix in Brno

Marc Marquez’s hopes of setting a record 11 straight MotoGP wins ended on Sunday as Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa of Spain won the Czech Republic Moto GP in Brno.

Pedrosa, who also won at Brno in 2012, finished the 22 laps on the dry 5.4-kilometre (3.36-mile) circuit in 42min 47.800sec, ahead of Yamaha duo Jorge Lorenzo and Vale ..

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Philippine self-rule bill today

August 18, 2014

Aquino

Philippine President Benigno Aquino will today receive a completed draft bill to create a Muslim autonomous area, aimed at ending decades of fighting that has claimed thousands of lives, his spokesman said. Receiving the draft bill would allow Aquino to quickly submit it to Congress so it could be quickly passed into law and implemented before the president’s ter ..

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PUBLIC DISCONTENT

August 18, 2014

People take part in a pro-government rally in Hong Kong on Sunday

Tens of thousands of people, some waving Chinese flags, marched through Hong Kong on Sunday to protest against a pro-democracy campaign to blockade the business district unless Beijing grants acceptable electoral reforms. The rally in searing summer heat came around seven weeks after rival pro-democracy protesters staged a mass march demanding a greater say over ho ..

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Israel allows to picket wedding

August 18, 2014

Morel Malka

A Palestinian man and his Jewish bride-to-be are facing hostile protests in the Israeli town of Rishon Letzion after Israel’s high court refused their application to ban demonstrations outside their wedding reception.

Mahmoud Mansour, 26, a Palestinian from Jaffa, has had to hire dozens of security guards after an anti-Arab g ..

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KURDS RETAKE KEY IRAQ DAM

August 18, 2014

Machine guns are on display at an arms market in Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq. Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga forces backed by US air strikes -jihadist militants

Kurdish forces took over parts of Iraq’s largest dam on Sunday less than two weeks after it was captured by the Islamic State extremist group, Kurdish security officials said, as U.S. and Iraqi planes aided their advance by bombing militant targets near the facility.

The U.S. began targeting Islamic State fighters with airstri ..

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The Ocean Kingdom of China

August 18, 2014

Visitors looking at the aquarium inside the Chimelong Ocean Kingdom

A giant 63-metre blue whale shark statue towers over the world’s largest aquarium, on a Chinese island being promoted as a testing ground for reforms aimed at encouraging domestic consumption as the driver of economic growth.

Hengqin island is just across the Pearl River from Shenzhen, the boom town on the border with Hong Ko ..

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RIVER CONTAMINATED

August 18, 2014

Mexican soldiers stand guard in front of drinking water bottles in the Arizpe community, Sonora state, Mexico

Ramona Yesenia stood in her town square with two empty jugs, waiting for water to replace the municipal supply contaminated by a chemical spill that turned Mexico’s Sonora river orange. Yesenia is one of 20,000 people left without water since a massive sulfuric acid leak last week at the Buenavista copper mine in northwestern Mexico, one of the largest in the wor ..

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NOTHING NEWSY

August 18, 2014

US media companies

Following an unprecedented series of spinoffs by major US media companies, the print news industry now faces a rocky future without financial support from deep-pocketed parent firms. The wave of corporate breakups comes with newspapers and magazines struggling in a transition to digital news, and shareholders of media conglomerates increasingly intolerant of the la ..

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Crackdown on illegal shades

August 18, 2014

Municipality officers removing illegal shades from the alleys of old market in Manama

Manama municipality on Saturday removed at least 55 illegal shades and roofs from the old market (Suq) that posed a threat to pedestrians and vehicles.

The crackdown was led by officials from the Supervision and Inspection Department of the municipality’s Technical Services Directorate.

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‘Help the youth in achieving dreams’

August 18, 2014

Visitors of the majlis during a photocal

Education sector in the Kingdom must be given utmost significance, observed visitors at the Majlis Bossqr hosted by Captain Mohammed Saqr in Galali.

The visitors urged Captain Mohammed, a candidate for the forthcoming elections to address the issues faced by the youth. They also proposed to construct football stadiums, sports fi ..

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Unified currency need of the hour

August 18, 2014

Prime Minister with MPs during the meeting

The establishment of a unified currency in the region would push GCC nations a step closer to its goal to realise a strong Gulf Union, said Prime Minister HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa on Sunday.

Urging all to work towards this aim, HRH the Premier stressed that development goals cannot be achieved in an atmosphere fi ..

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Please, don’t be nuts about nuts!

August 18, 2014

varieties of nuts- groundnuts

Gulping cups of coffee could increase your heart rate, eating too much of tomatoes would definitely make you a kidney stone patient and now…it is time to stop consuming all varieties of nuts.

A health expert in the Kingdom has warned that consuming different varieties of nuts could be an easy route to fall victim to one of wor ..

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Selling sand in desert!

August 18, 2014

The screenshot of Ebay, which offers Bahraini desert sand

When desert sand piles up right in front of your door during heavy winds, you just feel it’s annoying. You try to remain indoors until winds take rest.

Absolutely, there is no question of collecting and preserving the yellow dust which acts as a gatecrasher.

If you attempt to collect, some ..

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Kingdom gifts stallion to Poland

August 18, 2014

Shaikh Isa with the stallion

Bahrain on Sunday gifted a stallion from the Kuheilan Afas strain to Poland on the occasion of Arabian Horses day,  held at the Janow Podlaski Stud in Poland.

Vice Chairman of the Rashid Equestrian and Horseracing Club, Shaikh Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa, who attended the event on behalf of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khali ..

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US BAN BOON FOR L. AMERICA

August 18, 2014

Russian health regulators -Brazil

Net sales beat expectations, rising 2.8pc

Russia’s embargo on US and EU food products has opened a window of opportunity for Latin America, which could capitalise on the Ukraine crisis to become a major food supplier to Moscow. Furious over the sanctions Western countries have imposed on Russia over its support for Ukraine’s separatist rebels, the Kreml ..

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Poems, music to soothe Gazans

August 18, 2014

Volunteers distributing books about Palestine

Humanitarian aid apart, Bahrain has offered something different to the distressed Palestinians, who are constantly targeted by the Israeli raids.

Over 400 people from all walks of life got together at the ‘Gaza Festival’, organised in support of the distressed Gazans.

The event organised ..

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IKEA comes to Bahrain

August 18, 2014

IKEA

Ghassan Ahmed Al Sulaiman Furniture Trading Co. Ltd., IKEA Saudi Arabia, a home furnishings company, will soon cross the sea into Bahrain and open its 30,000 square metre flagship store in Manama.

With the land already purchased and the first initial design phase finalized and submitted, Bahraini residents will be able to take a ..

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AL TAMIMI, BFH IN DEAL

August 18, 2014

Bahrain World Trade Centre and Bahrain Financial Harbour during Earth Hour

Bahrain Financial Harbour Holding Company (BFHHC) has signed a tenancy agreement with Al Tamimi & Company, the largest law firm in the Middle East. Al Tamimi has been providing legal services to clients in the Middle East for over 25 years. They have leased 223 Sqm on the 13th floor of the landmark development’s West Tower. The popularity of BFH has helped to ..

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MoH, BMS to work in partnership

August 18, 2014

Sadiq bin Abdul Kareem Al Shehabi  copy

Health Minister Sadiq Al Shehabi met members of the Bahrain Medical Society (BMS) and discussed with them areas of cooperation in holding conferences and scientific forums on Sunday.

The minister lauded BMS’ constant cooperation with the Ministry of Health (MoH) for the aim of upgrading medical cadres in the Kingdom and provid ..

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Ministerial meeting outcome endorsed

August 18, 2014

Prince Salman chairing the cabinet meeting

The cabinet chaired by Prime Minister HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa on Sunday upheld the outcome of the GCC ministerial meeting that was held in Jeddah.

The ministerial meeting had agreed to implement the Riyadh agreement, which urges Qatar to stop backing Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood.

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COURT BEAT

August 18, 2014

court beat

Robbers get 15 years

Two men, who impersonated police officers purposely to commit a robbery, were sentenced to 15 years each in prison on Sunday at the High Criminal Court.

One of the defendants was an expatriate and the Judges ordered him to be exp ..

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Cabinet endorses Riyadh accord

August 18, 2014

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The cabinet chaired by Prime Minister HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa on Sunday endorsed the decision made by the GCC ministerial meeting that was held in Jeddah to implement the Riyadh Agreement. As per the agreement, Qatar should step back from supporting Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood that has been listed as a terrorist organisation by Saudi Arabia and Un ..

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Imran calls for ‘civil disobedience’ movement

August 18, 2014

Imran Khan

Pakistan’s Imran Khan on Sunday called on thousands of protesters rallying in Islamabad to launch a civil disobedience movement against the government, as a leading cleric said that only a “revolution” would bring about change. “There is only one way to get rid of this government, which is to launch a civil disobedience campaign from today,” the cricketer ..

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VIOLENCE FLARES

August 18, 2014

People scramble as police fire tear gas at demonstrators protesting the shooting of Michael Brown after they refused to honour the midnight curfew  in Ferguson, Missouri

One shot, seven arrested in riot-hit US town

One person was shot and seven people were arrested as police battled to impose a curfew in the riot-hit US town of Ferguson on Sunday, one week after the racially-charged shooting of an unarmed black teenager. Police in the strife-torn Missouri community said the shooting victim was in critical condition after be ..

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City start with win

August 18, 2014

Manchester City’s Bosnian striker Edin Dzeko (right) back heels the ball into the path of David Silva for him to score the opening goal

Liverpool also eke out victory

Manchester City and Liverpool, last season’s top two in the Premier League, were both made to sweat by determined opposition before opening their campaigns with hard-fought victories on Sunday.

David Silva and Sergio Aguero scored as City began their title defence with a 2-0 success at Ne ..

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Herath wrecks Pakistan again

August 18, 2014

Rangana Herath (top) celebrates with captain Angelo Mathews, Mahela Jayawardene (right) and Kaushal Silva after taking the wicket of Pakistan’s Asad Shafiq

Left-arm spinner Rangana Herath captured four more Pakistan wickets to take his match tally to a career best 13 as Sri Lanka edged closer to victory in Mahela Jayawardene’s farewell test on Sunday.

Pakistan, chasing 271 to level the series, were struggling on 127 for seven wickets by the close of the fourth day of the second t ..

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ROUT COMPLETE

August 18, 2014

The England players celebrate with the trophy after winning the test match and series

England decimate India to seal emphatic series win

England inflicted yet another humiliating defeat upon India as they won the fifth and final Test at The Oval by an innings and 244 runs on Sunday to complete a 3-1 series win. It was England’s second victory inside three days in as many matches after they thrashed India by an innings and 54 runs to win th ..

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SoftBank still merger hungry

August 18, 2014

Soft Bank

Japanese mobile carrier SoftBank’s failed bid for T-Mobile marked a rare defeat for its brash billionaire founder, but few expect it to sideline a man intent on building “the world’s number-one company”. After years of scooping up companies big and small, Masayoshi Son’s voracious appetite for acquisitions hit a snag amid reports earlier this month that t ..

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Parliament Speaker conratulates Pakistani counterpart

August 17, 2014

Mr. al dhahrani

Speaker of the Representatives Council Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Dhahrani has sent a congratulatory cable to the Chairman of the National Assembly of Pakistan Sardar Ayaz Sadiq on his country’s Independence Day. He wished continuous good health and happiness and the friendly Pakistani people further progress and prosperity under its leadership. Al Dhahrani sent ..

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HM King congratulates Gabonese President

August 17, 2014

King

His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa sent a congratulatory cable to President Ali Bongo Ondimba of Gabon Republic on his country's Independence Day anniversary, wishing him good health and happiness, and also wishing the friendly people of Gabon Republic further progress and development.(BNA)

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PSG victory

August 17, 2014

PSG ‘s Brazilian defender David Luiz (left) vies for the ball with Bastia’s Brazilian forward Brandao

Paris Saint-Germain overcame the early loss of the injured Zlatan Ibrahimovic as they eased to a 2-0 victory against SC Bastia at the Parc des Princes on Saturday.  The Swede appeared to strain a muscle in his side in innocuous fashion early on, and lasted barely 15 minutes before making way for Ezequiel Lavezzi. However, in his absence, Lucas opened the scoring i ..

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MARQUEZ ON POLE

August 17, 2014

Marc Marquez celebrates pol position

Championship leader Marc Marquez’s dominance of this year’s MotoGP season continued on Saturday as he claimed his ninth pole position for Sunday’s Czech Republic MotoGP at Brno. The 21-year-old Spanish Honda rider, who has won all 10 MotoGP races this year, will be accompanied by the Italian Ducati duo Andrea Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone on the front row. Dov ..

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Eilidh Child wins 400m hurdles gold

August 17, 2014

Eilidh Child (right) jumps on her way to win the Women’s 400m Hurdles gold

Eilidh Child won Britain’s seventh gold medal of the European Championships to take her team within striking distance of their best-ever haul.

The Scot, who won Commonwealth silver in front of her home crowd a fortnight ago, held off Ukraine’s fast-finishing Anna Titimets to become Britain’s first female 400m hurdles champ ..

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England tighten grip

August 17, 2014

Joe Root acknowledges the crowd as he leaves the field at the end of the second day

Joe Root continued his personal run-fest against India as England maintained their grip on the fifth Test at The Oval on Saturday.

England, 2-1 up in the five-match series, were 385 for seven at stumps on the second day -- a first-innings lead of 237 runs after India had been skittled out for just 148 on Friday.

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YOUTH GAMES GET OFF TO A FLYER

August 17, 2014

Students of Shaolin Tagou Martial Arts School are suspended in mid-air as they practise in a dress rehearsal for a stunt performance which is part of the opening ceremony of the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games, at a stadium in Nanjing

Second Youth Olympics gets underway in Nanjing

The second Youth Olympics opened in a wet Nanjing on Saturday with International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach encouraging the teenage athletes to have fun and embrace social media.

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Mubarak wins BMW medal

August 17, 2014

Hamad Mubarak

Bahraini Hamad Mubarak (nett 70 on count back) clinched the August competition of the Euro Motors BMW Monthly Medal Series at the Royal Golf Club, ahead of David Wales who took the runners up spot after losing out on count back.  A count back was also needed to separate the top two in the second division of the popular Members’ series with Robert Addison (75) t ..

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Bahrain to take on Singapore

August 17, 2014

Bahrain before its match with Thailand

Bahrain’s national under-16 cricket team take on Singapore today at Kinrara Oval in the third round of matches of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) Under-16 Premier Cup in Malaysia following on Saturday rest day. The Bahrain team are second in the six-team standings on run rate ahead of hosts Malaysia and a point behind leaders Nepal with Singapore in fourth. In ..

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PAK LIONS WIN

August 17, 2014

BCL Cricket League

Alpha Fire Services Qatar crushed Unique CC by 175 runs in the latest matches of the Cricket Bahrain (BCL-CBA Division) Premier League T25 tournament  at the Busaiteen grounds in Muharraq. Batting first, Alpha Fire Services Qatar scored a massive 333 for four in 25 overs after Saqib (75) and Asif (63) scored an opening wicket partnership of 102. The other thre ..

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Germany spied on Kerry and Clinton: reports

August 17, 2014

The former monitoring base of the National Security Agency (NSA), which belongs to the German Federal Intelligence Agency (BND), is seen in Bad Aibling, south of Munich

German intelligence agents secretly recorded at least one telephone conversation involving U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and parties to West Asia negotiations in 2013, as well as a 2012 conversation between former secretary of state Hillary Clinton and former United Nations secretary-general Kofi Annan, according to a media report.

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IMRAN KHAN VOWS TO LEAD PROTESTS

August 17, 2014

Pakistani supporters of Canada-based preacher Tahir-ul-Qadri gather during a protest rally in Islamabad on Saturday

‘May 2013 election that brought Sharif to power was rigged’

Pakistan’s cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan said on Saturday that he would continue to lead protests in Islamabad along with thousands of his supporters until Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif steps down. Khan says the May 2013 general election that brought ..

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Decoding Kamikaze Mission

August 17, 2014

A picture taken during the World War II shows a north American B-25 makes a bomb run on a Japanese destroyer

Kamikaze pilot Yutaka Kanbe should have died nearly seven decades ago.

It was only Tokyo’s surrender on August 15, 1945, that saved him from the fate of thousands whose suicide missions came to define Japan’s unrelenting pursuit of victory in the closing stages of World War II.

But as the ..

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Global warming linked to ebola?

August 17, 2014

Dr. Sabah with co-speakers at the sixth Aseela International Cultural Festival in Morocco

As the world nations scramble to prevent ebola that is wreaking havoc in west Africa, a Bahraini expert on Saturday revealed that the crisis might have direct links to the phenomenon of global warming.

The revelation is important especially at a time when the epidemic, as pointed out by the experts of the World Health Organisati ..

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At Nakhool City, youths get a taste of animation

August 17, 2014

The workshop in progress

If you think only children could benefit from the workshops being held at the Nakhool City, you are wrong as more and more youths are making a beeline to the venue of the Bahrain Summer Festival to attend the classes on animation.

The classes, aimed at equipping the interested youths with basics of animation and its theories, ar ..

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‘More women to make it this time’

August 17, 2014

Jehan Mohammed

More women are likely to represent various constituencies of the Kingdom at the Parliament, said one of the prominent women candidates at the forthcoming elections Jehan Mohammed while hosting a majlis in Isa Town.

“Compared to other countries in the region, Bahraini women have been occupying highest political offices and we a ..

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Time for transition

August 17, 2014

Visitors of the majlis during a photocall

Visitors at the Majlis of the Great House hosted by Naseem Abdulrahman unanimously upheld the call made by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud towards GCC nations to form a single union.

“It is high time to move from the stage of cooperation to a single union of six countries and we should ..

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Bahrain dances to Blaze moves

August 17, 2014

Artistes perform during the event

It was a real visual treat for the hundreds of residents who gathered at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre (BIECC) to watch the steps of dancers of Blaze the Show, organised as part of the Bahrain Summer Festival on Saturday.

The renowned group of street dancers that made headlines the world over kept th ..

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Get ready for skillsBahrain

August 17, 2014

A screenshot of the website

The second national Bahrain Skills Competition will be held in October, announced Education Minister Dr. Majid Al Nuaimi on Saturday.

Winners would qualify for the World Skills International Competitions- 2015 held at Sao Paulo, Brazil, he added.

Participants from universities, academic and t ..

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The real innovator – He hacks, but follows ethics

August 17, 2014

Jamal Eddine El Hadjeui

Hacking is generally viewed as a negative word, although hackers are second to none when it comes to smartness and talents.

Jamal Eddine El Hadjeui, a Moroccan working in the Kingdom, considers himself an “ethical hacker”. The term is generally used for professionals who find security flaws in the websites of companies befor ..

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COURT BEAT

August 17, 2014

court beat

Terrorists’ trial set in September

The Fourth High Criminal Court has postponed the case of 26 defendants charged with terrorism and vandalism to September 30.

The suspects were accused of arson, participating in an illegal gathering, possessing ..

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Killed by speed – Street racing takes two lives

August 17, 2014

The accident spot

Two Bahrainis were killed in a road accident that occurred on Al Ghous Highway in Muharraq during the early hours of Saturday.

Eyewitnesses confirmed that the drivers of two cars were racing on the empty highway at around 2am when one of them lost control of his sports car and rammed onto the other vehicle.

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APP SWITCHES TROUBLES OFF

August 17, 2014

Miqdad Altaitoon

Miqdad just found an opportunity amid a complex problem

Most often we just end up in whining over the problems we face in our day-to-day life. But there are a few, who consider the problems as an opportunity to prove their ability.

Here is a man who scripted a succes ..

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DT NEWS OVENHOT – LOVELY PISTACHIO SUN

August 17, 2014

By chef Cedric Amosse,  The Ritz Carlton, Hotel & Spa

Chef Cedric always had a strong liking to becoming a pastry chef. His decision was mainly influenced by the aroma of baked sweet cakes and breads, made by his grandmother and mother, that would fill his childhood home.

“Making sweet delights was always my career goal. I loved helping my family in making cakes and bread. The me ..

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DECODE YOUR DREAMS

August 17, 2014

DECODE YOUR DREAMS

About the interpreter 

Nausheen Adenwalla is a Clinical Psychologist with more than five years of experience in dream interpretation. She received her professional qualification from Institute of Professional Psychology, Bahria University, Pakistan and University of Wales, Bangor, United Kingdom.

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The Beauty Bloopers – ‘Skinny jeans did not flatter my figure.’

August 17, 2014

THE BEAUTY Bloopers

“Contouring your face, using make up, takes a lot of time. Once, while I was in a hurry, I completely messed up highlighting and shading my cheekbones. I looked like I had just come out from a mud fight because I ended up shading the entire cheek area with too much bronze! This type of look takes time and patience and I’ve lea ..

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Jihadists advance on rebel bastions

August 17, 2014

Syrian government forces walk in a street in Mleiha

Syrian rebels on Saturday were defending Marea, one of their main strongholds in the north, against a rapid advance by Islamic State jihadists, a monitoring group and an activist said.

The opposition Syrian National Council in exile called for the international community to attack IS positions not only in northern Iraq but also ..

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Kurds fight to retake dam

August 17, 2014

Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters monitor from their front line position in Bashiqa

Kurdish forces backed by US warplanes battled on Saturday to retake Iraq’s largest dam from Islamic State jihadist fighters, whose latest atrocity was a massacre in a Yazidi village. Two months of violence have brought Iraq to the brink of breakup, and world powers relieved by the exit of long-time premier Nuri Al Maliki were flying aid to the displaced and arms to the Kurds. Kurdish forc ..

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Cairo talks to resume soon

August 17, 2014

Israeli soldiers detain Palestinians during clashes

Israeli and Palestinian negotiators are poised to resume indirect talks with Egyptian mediators on reaching a more permanent ceasefire before a current truce expires at midnight on Monday.

The Egyptian government persuaded both sides late on Wednesday to adhere to a new five-day ceasefire, extending an earlier three-day agreemen ..

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World’s first smartphone turns 20

August 17, 2014

An original IBM Simon Personal Communicator is placed next to an Apple iPhone 4s

The first ever smartphone — a $900 clunky IBM Simon mobile phone — turned 20 yesterday.

The phone with a battery life of one hour was developed by IBM and the American cellular company BelSelf and went on sale in 1994.

At around 23 cm long and weighing half a kg, it was about half the siz ..

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TENSION HEATS OVER UKRAINE

August 17, 2014

A fireman tries to extinguish a fire after shelling in Donetsk

Russian convoy waits at volatile border

Diplomatic efforts to douse an international firestorm over claims that Ukraine’s forces destroyed Russian military vehicles ratcheted on Saturday as Moscow demanded that Kiev allow its mammoth aid convoy to cross the volatile border.

Moscow and Kiev’s foreign ministers prepare ..

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Death toll rises to 109 in landslides

August 17, 2014

A water level indicator surrounded by debris in the River Ganges at Haridwar on Saturday. The death toll from heavy monsoon downpours in northern India climbed to 44

The death toll from landslides and flooding triggered by torrential monsoon rains in Nepal and northern India climbed to at least 109 on Saturday as tides of water, mud and rocks swept away houses, officials said.

Incessant rains have displaced thousands of people in the scenic Himalayan region, reviving memories of a deadly del ..

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POPE BEATIFIES KOREAN MARTYRS

August 17, 2014

Pope Francis (right) blesses a child who is scheduled to be adopted by a family, during his visit to a rehabilitation centre for people with disabilities at Kkottongnae in Eumseong on Saturday

Beatification mass was the centrepiece of the pope’s five - day visit

Pope Francis beatified 124 early Korean martyrs on Saturday at a mass in Seoul and challenged the massive crowd to ask what values they might be willing to die for in an increasingly materialistic, globalised world.

Hundreds of thousands of believers ..

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Yaya happy at City, says Pellegrini

August 17, 2014

Manuel Pellegrini

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini believes Yaya Toure is “very happy” at the club and ready for the start of the new season. City’s player of the year in their title-winning 2013-14 campaign has had a difficult summer, during which his relationship with the club appeared strained. First there were the infamous claims from his agent that he felt unappreci ..

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LANKA AHEAD

August 17, 2014

Mahela Jayawardene plays a shot

Retiring Jayawardene puts Sri Lanka on top

Mahela Jayawardene scored an unbeaten 49 in his last Test innings as Sri Lanka took charge of the second and final match against Pakistan in Colombo on Saturday. The hosts, who trailed by 12 runs on the first innings, put on a strong batting performance to move to 177-2 in their second innings by stumps o ..

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SWANSEA WIN

August 17, 2014

Manchester United’s English defender Phil Jones (right) vies with Swansea City’s Ecuadorian midfielder Jefferson Montero

Swansea City ruin Van Gaal’s Premier League bow

Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United reign got off to a false start on Saturday as Swansea City won 2-1 in the season’s opening Premier League game at Old Trafford. Van Gaal was taking charge of his first competitive game as United manager, but his new side exhibited many of the same failings fro ..

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‘Biz expansion need of the hour’

August 17, 2014

Ubaidali Ubaidali

Information and communication technology companies recently held a meeting, which emphasised the need for Bahraini companies to venture into the regional market.

The meeting held by the Bahrain Technology Companies Society (BTECH) under the theme, ‘Growing your ICT Business Inside and Outside Bahrain’ opined that expansion i ..

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TRA report highlights innovation

August 17, 2014

Taiba Al Binali

The annual report published by Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) highlighted its focus on ‘Enabling Innovation’ in the past year.

Enabling Innovation included propogating the latest technologies, advanced information and communications service in order to benefit the economy of the Kingdom.

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BIBF, Imperial College discuss joint initiatives

August 16, 2014

BIBF, Imperial College discuss joint initiatives

BIBF Deputy Director Dr. Ahmed Al-Shaikh recently met with senior officials from the Imperial College (UK) to discuss potential areas of cooperation between the two institutes for the aim of increasing the number of academic programmes offered through joint initiatives. The meeting, which took place in the UK, also included discussions around knowledge exchange, ..

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Interior Undersecretary receives ARSO delegation

August 16, 2014

Interior Undersecretary receives ARSO delegation

Interior Ministry Undersecretary, Maj-Gen Khalid Salem Al-Absi, today received Arab Road Safety Organization (ARSO)'s delegation led by Head of Woman and Family Affairs, Dr. Intisar Ahmed Felemban. The parties discussed bolstering cooperation in the field of traffic safety. Interior Undersecretary highlighted intensifying cooperation to achieve traffic safe ..

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Cultural Advisor in the UK receives students from Bahrain Polytechnic

August 16, 2014

Cultural Advisor in the UK receives students from Bahrain Polytechnic

Cultural Advisor at Bahrain embassy in the United Kingdom Abdulrahman Al Zayani received Bahrain Polytechnic students on the sidelines of their participation in the summer training programmes in the British capital London. The programmes were organised by Bahrain Polytechnic in cooperation with the University of East London. The Cultural Advisor welcomed th ..

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HM the King’s follow-up of RCO’s projects highlighted

August 16, 2014

Shaikh Nasser

Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Royal Charity Organsiation (RCO) Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa has affirmed the close follow-up of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, RCO’s Honorary President, to RCO’s development projects emanating from his directives to provide comprehensive care for the beneficiaries. He said that HM the King had di ..

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MARTINEZ SEES BRIGHT FUTURE

August 16, 2014

Roberto Martinez

Everton manager Roberto Martinez begins his second season with a long-term plan not only to win trophies but also to lay foundations for a successful future.

One of the Spaniard’s key words during the summer was “stability” and that has been achieved by tying down pivotal figures to lengthy deals. Martinez himself agreed a ..

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Mourinho admits goalkeeper headache

August 16, 2014

Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho knows he faces a tough job keeping both Petr Cech and Thibaut Courtois at Chelsea when he finally decides which will be the club’s number one goalkeeper. on Friday, Mourinho described the pair as two of the best three goalkeepers in the world and revealed he has yet to announce his line-up for the opening Premier League game at newly-promoted Burnle ..

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Benneteau stuns Wawrinka

August 16, 2014

Julien Benneteau returns to Stan Wawrinka

France’s Julien Benneteau won 12 of the last 15 games to stun Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka 1-6, 6-1, 6-2 in Cincinnati on Friday and reach the first Masters semi-final of his career. Benneteau, ranked 41st in the world, fired nine aces and broke the third-seeded Swiss four times in the 80-minute contest.

He was quick ..

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ENGLAND LEADS

August 16, 2014

Alastair Cook bats during play

Dhoni defiant, India 148 all out

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni stood alone as the tourists suffered yet another batting collapse to hand England the advantage on the first day of the fifth and final Test at The Oval. At Friday’s close, England were 62 without loss in reply to India’s meagre 148 all out, a deficit of 86 runs.

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Orbital cargo ship departs

August 16, 2014

This NASA TV handout image shows the Orbital Sciences Corporation’s unmanned Cygnus cargo ship arriving at the ISS

Orbital Sciences Corporation’s unmanned Cygnus cargo ship left the International Space Station on Friday on its way to a fiery re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere.

The spacecraft was released from the orbiting lab at 1040 GMT, NASA said in a live broadcast of the event.

“Cygnus is free of ..

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PANAMA CANAL TURNS HUNDRED

August 16, 2014

A container ship sails underneath the Bridge of the Americas in the Panama Canal in Panama City

Panama celebrated the 100th anniversary of its famous canal on Friday with a ceremony and gala, even as it scrambled to make up lost time by enlarging it to maintain its competitiveness in the 21st century.

The canal, an engineering masterwork that transformed global commerce, opened on August 15, 1914, connecting the Atlantic a ..

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Hollande leads ‘southern D-Day’ tributes

August 16, 2014

Francois Hollande (right) unveils a memorial plaque

President Francois Hollande on Friday paid tribute to the hundreds of thousands of troops who, 70 years ago in World War II, launched the southern invasion of occupied France that opened up a second western front against Hitler’s Nazis. Joining Hollande for Friday’s ceremonies were 15 leaders from France’s former African colonies, in recognition of the key ro ..

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TENSIONS SOAR

August 16, 2014

Ukraine crisis

Ukraine said on Friday it had destroyed part of a Russian military convoy that crossed onto its territory in an incursion that has sent cross-border tensions rocketing. NATO accused Russia of active involvement in the “destabilisation” of eastern Ukraine, where pro-Kremlin separatists have been fighting against Kiev for four months.

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Tokyo eyes Fed chief speech next week

August 16, 2014

Workers walk next to heavy machinery at a construction site in Tokyo

Tokyo investors will focus on a speech by US Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen next week as investor concerns about crises in the Ukraine and Iraq start to ease, brokers said.

“As geopolitical concerns seem subdued for the time being, the market is shifting its focus to Yellen,” said Toshikazu Horiuchi, a broker at IwaiCosm ..

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MALAYSIA RECORDS STRONG GROWTH

August 16, 2014

Malaysian women sort stacks of vegetables outside a wholesale market in Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia’s economy grew a better-than-expected in the year’s second quarter

Malaysia’s economy grew a better-than-expected 6.4 per cent in the second quarter on the back of stronger exports and robust domestic demand, the central bank said on Friday.

Southeast Asia’s third largest economy said exports jumped 14.2pc in the three months through June compared to the same quarter last year, which saw sl ..

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BALD AMBITION

August 16, 2014

People working on hair extensions at a factory in Taihe

Chinese county exports human hair to Africa

Long, black and lucrative: sacks bulging with human hair spill onto the streets of a rural county whose farmers have helped make China the world’s biggest exporter of products made from the material.

As dawn broke over the morning market in Taihe, vendors bringing hairy wares ..

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‘Safe, but we lost our soul’

August 16, 2014

Displaced Iraqis who fled violence in northern Iraq sit at a temporary shelter in the southern city of Basra

Yazidis saved by the US air strikes see no respite, as they are still in search of their children lost during their run from their home

Juno Khalaf brought most of his family to the relative safety of a Syrian refugee camp but he is wracked with anguish over the son and daughter who got separated in their escape from Iraq ..

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Strict laws needed to tackle terrorists

August 16, 2014

The majlis in progress. (Inset) Jassim Botabnah

Law must be strictly applied to terrorists and saboteurs, observed visitors at the majlis hosted by Jassim Botabnah, an eminent citizen and chairman of the Bahraini families of all majlises in Muharraq.

Urging the Ministry of Justice and Islamic Affairs to implement the law against terrorists who are destroying the Kingdom, Jass ..

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Pakistan on the lead role

August 16, 2014

File picture of Pakistan navy ships in the Arabian Gulf

Pakistan has taken over the command of multinational counter-terrorism force based in Bahrain, a leading Pakistani daily reported on Friday.

The command of Combined Task Force-150 was passed on to Pakistan Navy from Britain’s Royal Navy on Thursday at the US Naval Forces Central Command headquarters in Bahrain, the Dawn ..

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‘Gigantic crab’ creates a buzz

August 16, 2014

CRAB

Whether it exists or not, the claims of sighting the giant crab by Advertising and Marketing agency Ogilvy and Mather has definitely created a buzz among the public with social media users, in large numbers, going overboard, engaging themselves in serious discussions.

A prominent environmentalist in the Kingdom said the authorit ..

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Miss Philipines Bahrain 2014

August 16, 2014

Miss Philipines-Bahrain 2014

Twelve aspiring young ladies have been chosen to compete for the prestigious crown of Miss Philippines Bahrain 2014.

They were officially presented during a press conference held on Friday at the Fortune Tower, in Juffair.

They are Kristine Grace M. Reyes, 22;  Ladylyn P. Lactuan, 26,  Lore ..

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COURT BEAT

August 16, 2014

court beat

Cop gets 10 years for robbery 

The First High Criminal Court sentenced a policeman to ten years in prison and five of his Pakistani associates to five years for stealing power cables and air-conditioning units from a company in Sakhir and assaulting two guards during the robbery.

The court also exculpated five other def ..

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Court adjourns rioters’ case

August 16, 2014

File photo of a rioter fleeing after setting tyres ablaze in Manama

The Fourth High Criminal Court adjourned a case involving nine defendants who injured a policeman, to September 18, to review the testimonies of witnesses.

The suspects were detained after they participated in rioting and vandalism acts, which took place along Shaikh Salman Highway.

According ..

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Doha relents, gets on track

August 16, 2014

A file photo of GCC foreign ministers attending meetings

Qatar decides to suspend granting citizenship to other GCC nationals. 

Finally, Qatar has come up with a statement, quintessentially asserting that it is still a responsible member of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

As stated by a senior GCC ..

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Is backers’ve no place here

August 16, 2014

Vehicles carrying stickers that feature ISIL logos

Terror can proliferate in a number of ways, even in the form of stickers pasted on cars.

By deciding to tail all owners of vehicles that were spotted carrying stickers featuring ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and Levant) logos, the Kingdom has once again made it clear that it won’t leave a single stone unturned when it comes to t ..

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Girl student brings laurel to Kingdom

August 16, 2014

Meriam Khalid Mahmoud

Making the Kingdom proud, a Bahraini student pursuing her education in England has come through with flying colours.

Meriam Khalid Mahmoud has topped a batch of 320 students of the business college at Bangor University in Wales by achieving highest grades.

In a telephonic conversation from UK ..

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US JULY OUTPUT BEATS FORECAST

August 16, 2014

Workers on the assembly line work on installing the motherboard on the reverse side of a 32-inch TV at Element Electronics in Winnsboro, South Carolina

Manufacturing pushed US industrial production higher in July in the sixth straight months of gains, the Federal Reserve said on Friday.

Total output of the nation’s manufacturing, mining and utilities rose 0.4 per cent in July, after an upwardly revised 0.4pc gain in June.

The July output i ..

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ECB takes tough line on shipping loans

August 16, 2014

ECB does not expect a drop in real prices but see an extended period of very low inflation

The European Central Bank (ECB) is taking a hard line on the controversial issue of how shipping loans should be valued in a wide-ranging review into the health of the euro zone’s banks, several sources familiar with the matter said.

The ECB is making sure the euro zone’s most important banks have properly valued their asset ..

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INDIA SCRAPS PLANNING BODY

August 16, 2014

New delhi

India’s new right-wing premier Narendra Modi on Friday announced an end to Soviet-style economic planning in an Independence Day speech as he pressed ahead with modernising the government’s cumbersome policymaking apparatus.

The commission, set up in 1950, was a relic of the socialist policies put in place by India’s first ..

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Al Gore sues Al Jazeera

August 16, 2014

Al Gore

Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore sued Al Jazeera, claiming the satellite news provider owned by the Qatari royal family owes him and a partner $65 million from a deal to buy his network, Current TV, for $500m.

Gore, 66, and Joel Hyatt, another former Current TV owner, accused Al Jazeera American Holdings I Inc. of fraud and br ..

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Crocs and Noah’s Ark of Philippines

August 16, 2014

A saltwater crocodile walking next to a nest (left) inside a pen at a crocodile farm in Puerto Princesa-  Local tourists looking at crocodiles

A chorus of chirps filled the room as one of the Philippines’ top crocodile breeders checked on his wards in an overcrowded ‘Noah’s Ark’ for one of the world’s most endangered animals.

The chick-like cries came from metal tanks holding the baby Philippine crocodiles, artificially hatched by incubators from eggs that G ..

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Police claim slain US teen was robbery suspect

August 16, 2014

Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson announces the name of the Ferguson police officer responsible for the August 9, shooting death of teenager Michael Brown on Friday in Ferguson, Missouri

Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager whose shooting death by a white police officer unleashed riots in a Missouri town, was a suspect in a convenience store robbery, police said on Friday. The allegation reignited anger in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, with the 18-year-old student’s family accusing police of character assassination even as the investigat ..

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PAKISTAN BOILS

August 16, 2014

Pakistani supporters of cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan gather on a bridge as they wait for Khan prior to joining the protest march to Islamabad yesterday

Pak anti-government marches advance on capital

Clashes broke out on Friday as protesters led in convoys by cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan and a populist cleric advanced on the Pakistani capital to try to topple the government they say was elected by fraud. Khan and preacher Tahir-ul-Qadri say the May 2013 general election that brought Prime Minister ..

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I’m paying for a mistake I made, says Suarez

August 16, 2014

Luis Suarez takes part in a training session

Luis Suarez trained with his Barcelona team-mates for the first time on Friday and then admitted he was still paying for his “mistake” in biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup. After getting the green light from the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), the Uruguayan striker was the centre of attention as he took part in his first training session ..

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LANKA TOPS

August 16, 2014

Rangana Herath (centre) celebrates with teammates

Pakistan crumble against five-wicket Herath

Test cricket’s top-ranked spinner Rangana Herath skittled Pakistan’s top order on way to surpassing the 250-wicket mark to put Sri Lanka on top in the second Test in Colombo on Friday. The 36-year-old left-arm bowler grabbed five wickets as Pakistan, replying to Sri Lanka’s first innings total of 320, were r ..

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Marquez Stars

August 16, 2014

Marc marquez competes during the second free practice session at the Czech Republic MotoGP on Friday

Championship leader Marc Marquez topped the Czech Republic MotoGP free practice on Friday ahead of Sunday’s race, with the afternoon session disrupted by heavy rain that affected times.

The Spanish Honda rider and reigning world champion took 1min 56.803sec to cover the 5.4-kilometre circuit in dry conditions on Friday morning ..

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Israel hunts war critics

August 16, 2014

Palestinian protesters run for cover as Israeli soldiers fire rubber bullets

In Israel, dissent against the war in Gaza is bitterly quashed. The few who speak out complain of being harassed, intimidated or even sacked. The once mighty left has disappeared.

It has been Israel’s deadliest conflict in years. More than 1,960 Palestinians were killed and 64 Israeli soldiers died fighting what some see as an ..

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Hamas discuss truce in qatar

August 16, 2014

Palestinians perform Friday prayers outside a mosque which witnesses said was destroyed by an Israel air strike during the offensive

US ties with Israel show strain

Hamas negotiators met the Islamic militant group’s leadership in Qatar on Friday to discuss a proposal for a long-term truce with Israel, with an official saying the group was inclined to accept the Egyptian-mediated offer.

Israel and Hamas are obse ..

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HRH Premier congratulates Pakistani President

August 14, 2014

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His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa today sent a congratulatory cable to the Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain on his country’s Independence Day. HRH Premier wished President Mamnoon Hussain abundant good health and happiness and the friendly Pakistani people further progress and prosperity. HRH the Prime Minister sent a ..

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HRH Crown Prince congratulates Pakistani President

August 14, 2014

Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa

His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister sent a congratulatory cable to President Mamnoon Hussain of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, congratulating him on his country's Independence Day anniversary, wishing His Excellency lasting health and happiness, and wishing the friendly Pak ..

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Murray starts US Open countdown

August 14, 2014

Andy Murray hits a return

Andy Murray began his final preparation tournament for the US Open as the eighth seed reached the third round with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Portugal’s Joao Sousa on Wednesday. The British number one, who earned the Midwest title in 2008 and 2011, is searching for his first trophy since winning Wimbledon 13 months ago. His best 2014 showings have been semi-finals at Ro ..

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ROONEY NAMED UNITED CAPTAIN

August 14, 2014

Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney has been named Manchester United captain by manager Louis van Gaal, the club have announced. Van Gaal has been impressed with the England striker’s approach since taking over at Old Trafford earlier this summer and believes he will give his heart and soul to his new role. “For me, it’s always very important, the choice of captain,” the Dutchman ..

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Schalke sign keeper Wetklo

August 14, 2014

Christian Wetklo

Schalke have signed goalkeeper Christian Wetklo on a one-year contract to provide cover for regular number one Ralf Fahrmann. The Royal Blues had already signed Fabian Giefer as Fahrmann’s understudy, but an injury which has sidelined him for a few months has prompted them to make a move for the former Mainz custodian.

The 34- ..

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Premier Cricket Cup begins

August 14, 2014

Bahrain’s under-16 squad along with standing left from fourth, fifth and sixth respectively, Meeran Osman (CBA Admistration Manager),  Warrier (Manager) and  Arulvasagam(Coach)

Bahrain’s national under-16 cricket team today opens its Asian Cricket Council (ACC) Premier Cup campaign when they take on ACC Under-16 Elite champions in 2012 and hosts Malaysia starting (5am Bahrain time) at the Kinrara Oval in Kuala Lumpur. The six-team competition played on a round-robin league basis will continue until next Wednesday with matches played at ..

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BALE SETTLED WITH MADRID

August 14, 2014

Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale admits he is feeling a lot better about life at Real Madrid as he enters his second season in Spain. Bale returned to his native Cardiff on Tuesday night as star-studded Real started the new campaign as they finished the last one - with a trophy.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s double secured a 2-0 Super Cup victory for the Ch ..

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CHINA LENDING SLOWS IN JULY

August 14, 2014

CHINA

China’s bank lending plunged in July as the weakening property sector hit demand for loans, statistics showed on Wednesday as other key indicators slowed, raising concerns for growth in the world’s second-largest economy.

Domestic banks’ new yuan loans amounted to 385.2 billion yuan ($62.5bn) last month, the People’s Ban ..

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GFH H1 profit leaps

August 14, 2014

Gulf Finance House (GFH)

Gulf Finance House (GFH) has reported net profit of $10.6 million for the first half of 2014 against $4.2m posted during the corresponding period of previous year.

The bank’s consolidated profits rose by 152 per cent in the period compared to the prior year although an impairment of $10m was conservatively taken. Net ..

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GULF AIR IS OFFICIAL PARTNER OF ARABAL

August 14, 2014

Mr. Al Ansari

Aluminium Bahrain (Alba) has announced Gulf Air as the official airline partner of Arabal 2014. The Arabal Conference, an event of international repute, brings together key players from the aluminium industry across the world on a single platform. Alba will host Arabal 2014 under the patronage of HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, the Prime Minster of the Ki ..

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Philippine schools to take part in competition

August 14, 2014

Zane M. Thirlwall

Eleven Philippine international schools in the Kingdom and other GCC countries have confirmed their participation in the 12th Middle East Academic, Talent and Skills Competition to be held in Bahrain between Oct. 3 and 5.

Regional commander of the Order of the Knights of Rizal for Middle East and Africa region, Zane M. Thirlwall ..

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DO AWAY WITH MUDSLINGING!

August 14, 2014

Mohammed Al Mottawa

The Works Ministry and Muharraq Municipality Council seem to be on a warpath over the construction of an elementary and intermediate girls’ school.

All the hell broke loose when the Muharraq Municipality Council member Mohammed Al Mottawa on Sunday accused the ministry of implementing the project keeping the governorate incomm ..

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COURT BEAT

August 14, 2014

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Family dispute broke his nose

A dispute between a man and his wife took an ugly turn and ended up in breaking the nose of the woman’s brother.

After hearing the case in this regard, the First High Criminal Court postponed it to Septembe ..

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In prison for life!

August 14, 2014

BAHRAIN

Fourteen rioters get lifer for killing a policeman and injuring two of his colleagues in an act of vandalism which occurred on July 6 last year

The First High Criminal Court on Wednesday handed down life sentence to 14 persons who were accused of killing a policeman and injuring two of his colleagues.

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Killing alive! – A REAL PAIN !

August 14, 2014

Isabella Andrews

Imagine one of your family members is battling for life in hospital and you are praying with all your heart that everything goes well.

All of a sudden you receive calls from your friends and others condoling you on the loss of the very person who you know, is not dead.

This is exactly what ha ..

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TECH-SAVVY

August 14, 2014

Ghada-DT WOMAN

Technology has changed the world in unprecedented ways and has become  part of our day-to-day existence.

Information technology, in particular, has lessened physical barriers to communication and has made it possible for people all over the globe to communicate with each other in the easiest way available.

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Sony PlayStation 4 sales surge

August 14, 2014

PS4

Sony said on Wednesday that global sales of its newest PlayStation have surged past the 10 million mark in less than a year, a record for the Japanese electronics giant.

The PlayStation 4 console, released in November, has been a bright spot for the struggling firm, which launched a sweeping restructuring in a bid to claw its wa ..

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JAPAN’S ECONOMY SHRINKS ON TAX

August 14, 2014

Pedestrians look at window display of a jewellery store, which is in collaboration with Japan’s Hello Kitty, in Tokyo

The Asian country records biggest quarterly contraction since the 2011

Japan’s economy suffered its biggest quarterly contraction since the 2011 quake and tsunami as a sales tax rise slammed the brakes on growth, data showed on Wednesday, throwing into question plans for another increase next year.

The 1.7 per cent dip ..

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Iranian woman wins ‘Nobel Prize of maths’

August 14, 2014

Maryam Mirzakhani

An Iranian-born mathematician has become the first woman to win a prestigious Fields Medal, widely viewed as the Nobel Prize of mathematics.

Maryam Mirzakhani, a Harvard-educated mathematician and professor at Stanford University in California, was one of four winners announced by the International Congress of Mathematicians (IC ..

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Mubarak murder verdict on Sept 27

August 14, 2014

Egyptian toppled president Hosni Mubarak and his son Alaa (R) sit behind bars during their trial at the Police Academy

An Egyptian court said it will deliver its verdict in the murder trial of Hosni Mubarak on September 27, in a session on Wednesday in which the ousted strongman passionately defended his 30-year rule.

Mubarak and seven security aides are accused of involvement in the deaths of hundreds of protesters during the 18-day uprising th ..

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Gaza truce deadline looms

August 14, 2014

A Palestinian man starts a small fire to heat water for tea under a destroyed tower of an apartment complex

Egyptian mediators raced to bridge gaps between Palestinians and Israelis on Wednesday as they struggled to secure a lasting Gaza truce ahead of the midnight expiry of a three-day ceasefire, an official said.

The indirect talks, held at the General Intelligence headquarters in Cairo, were expected to go down to the wire, the Pal ..

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Crunch point – Time running out for trapped Iraqis

August 14, 2014

Displaced Iraqi families from the Yazidi community cross the Iraqi-Syrian border at the Fishkhabur crossing, in northern Iraq

With time running out for thousands of Iraqis trapped by jihadists, caretaker premier Nuri Al Maliki on Wednesday defied international pressure to step aside to forward reconciliation and the fight against militants.

The United States has carried out air strikes against members of the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group in the are ..

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Spain, Italy struggle with surge in African migrants

August 14, 2014

African migrants climb a border fence in an attempt to cross into Spanish territory, between Morocco and Spain’s north African enclave of Melilla

Spain and Italy struggled to cope on Wednesday with a huge surge of African immigrants, plucking more than 2,300 people from flimsy vessels in just 24 hours as they made desperate attempts to reach the shores of southern Europe.

Enticed by a spell of calm weather, the number of Africans risking their lives on dinghies has surged ..

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PAKISTAN ON LOCKDOWN

August 14, 2014

A pedestrian walks past a container, which will be used to block roads during a planned protest march, in Islamabad

Opposition leaders plan huge march today

Pakistan has blocked almost every entry point into Islamabad, with more than 20,000 police and paramilitary forces deployed to try to thwart a major anti-government rally.

Major roads were barricaded with shipping containers on Wednesday, and police used excavators to dig up small ..

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Brazilian Presidential candidate dies in jet crash

August 14, 2014

Rescuers work on the site of the crash of the Cessna 560XL aircraft

Brazilian presidential candidate Eduardo Campos, a contender to unseat President Dilma Rousseff in October elections, died on Wednesday when his campaign jet crashed in the city of Santos, killing all seven people aboard. Campos, a 49-year-old socialist who had been running third in the polls, was flying to Sao Paulo to record a TV segment when his Cessna 560XL sla ..

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TRAIN DERAILS

August 14, 2014

Rescuers work near a train after it was derailed by a landslide near Tiefencastel on Wednesday

Swiss train carriage plunges into ravine after landslide

A landslide derailed a passenger train in the Swiss mountains on Wednesday sending one carriage plunging into a ravine, but it appeared that miraculously there had been no deaths. Police said five people were seriously injured and six slightly hurt in the accident on the line between the upscale moun ..

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Lanka eye winning farewell for Jayawardene

August 14, 2014

Mahela Jayawardene

Sri Lanka are determined to send former captain Mahela Jayawardene into retirement with a victory in the second and final Test starting today against a fragile Pakistan and a 2-0 series sweep. Captain Angelo Mathews said emotions were running high in the home team’s dressing room before the match at Jayawardene’s home ground at the Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC) i ..

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Ecclestone bribery case closed after payment

August 14, 2014

Bernie Ecclestone

Formula One tycoon Bernie Ecclestone has paid an agreed $100 million to end his German trial on bribery charges, a court said on Wednesday, officially closing the case against him. The regional superior court in the southern city of Munich said the British billionaire had lived up to his side of the controversial deal to pay the sum by Tuesday in exchange for throw ..

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VINCENT KOMPANY TO EXTEND MAN CITY STAY

August 14, 2014

Vincent Kompany

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has signed a new five-year contract with the English Premier League champions, the club announced on Wednesday. “This team is stronger now than it’s ever been; we have competition for places in every position and a dressing room full of exceptional, motivated people who want to continue making history together,” the Bel ..

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DAVID SILVA EYES GLORY

August 14, 2014

David Silva

Champions League

David Silva has set his sights firmly on Champions League glory after signing a new five-year contract with Manchester City.  The Spanish playmaker has won two Premier League titles and two domestic cups since joining City four years ago but has no doubt more trophies lie in store.

Such is his convictio ..

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DJOKOVIC SHINES

August 14, 2014

Novak Djokovic returns a shot to Gilles Simon

Novak Djokovic pulled his championship tennis back together after last week’s early exit, beating Gilles Simon 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 to reach the third round of the ATP-WTA Cincinnati Masters here Tuesday. The world number one was ambushed at the same stage in Toronto a week ago by eventual champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. But Djokovic made sure he did not commit the same er ..

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Tamkeen on a roll

August 14, 2014

Shaikh Mohammed inaugurates Riffa centre in the presence of board members, executives and officials

Adding more vibrancy to its customer outreach programmes, Tamkeen on Wednesday opened its ‘one-stop-shop’ centre in Riffa aiming to process more than 90,000 applications and 40,000 walk-ins in 2015.

Tamkeen Acting Chief Executive and Board Chairman Shaikh Mohammed bin Essa Al Khalifa inaugurated the service centre at Enma Ma ..

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RCO signs Syrian Refugees’ School construction agreement

August 13, 2014

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His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa had directed the Royal Charity Organisation (RCO) to provide humanitarian relief assistance to Syrian refugees in Jordan.

In compliance with the directives of His Majesty and under the auspices of His Highness Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the R ..

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Cooperation between SCW and the Supreme Judicial Council discussed

August 13, 2014

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Assistant Secretary General of the Supreme Council for Women (SCW) Dhawiya Al-Alawi received Assistant Secretary General of the Supreme Judicial Council Khalifa Maboub Al Wardi and discussed with him cooperation between the two councils in serving Bahraini families. They also reviewed the national strategy for empowering Bahraini women and the efforts made to ensu ..

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Vaughan admits Cook mistake

August 13, 2014

Michael Vaughan

Former England captain Michael Vaughan has admitted he was wrong to call for Alastair Cook to step down as skipper of the national side. Vaughan was one of several ex-England captains who called for Cook to stand down following England’s 95-run second Test defeat by India at Lord’s three weeks ago. Indeed, Vaughan even went so far as to suggest opening batsman ..

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SILVA SIGNS MAN CITY

August 13, 2014

David Silva

David Silva has signed a new five-year contract with Manchester City, the English Premier League champions announced on Tuesday. Spain playmaker Silva, who has won two Premier League titles with City, is now set to stay with the north-west side until the end of the 2018/19 season. Silva, 28, has been a central figure at Eastlands since joining the club from Spanish ..

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Ballmer new owner of the LA Clippers

August 13, 2014

Steve Ballmer

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer officially became the new owner of the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday, the National Basketball Association announced. It said the transaction, worth an estimated $2 billion, closed after a California court order went into effect confirming that Shelly Sterling had the authority to sell the team.

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No more Bayern recruits, says Guardiola

August 13, 2014

Pep Guardiola

Bayern Munich will not be recruiting any more players before the new Bundesliga season starts, according to coach Pep Guardiola. “We don’t need any new players,” Guardiola said ahead of the German Supercup against Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday.

“I’m very happy with the squad,” the Spaniard said, adding that Thiago A ..

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HODDLE JOINS QPR BACKROOM STAFF

August 13, 2014

Glenn Hoddle

Glenn Hoddle has been appointed to QPR’s backroom staff, the Barclays Premier League club have announced. Hoddle is to join coaches Kevin Bond and Joe Jordan in working beneath boss Harry Redknapp in what will be his first tracksuit role since stepping down as Wolves manager in 2006. “After winning promotion last season, the first aim at QPR is to stay in the P ..

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Murray to start 2015 in Perth

August 13, 2014

Andy Murray

Andy Murray will begin his 2015 season at the Hopman Cup in Perth alongside fellow British number one Heather Watson.  Murray teamed up with Laura Robson at the mixed team tournament in 2010 and 2011, with the pair reaching the final on their first appearance. The national teams face each other in a round-robin format, with each match comprising a men’s singles, ..

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BALE TARGETS EURO GLORY

August 13, 2014

Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale has targeted Champions League and La Liga double glory as he prepares to start the season in his native Cardiff. Wales star Bale will be part of a formidable Real Madrid strikeforce when the Champions League holders meet Europa League winners Sevilla in the Super Cup at the Cardiff City Stadium on Tuesday night. Madrid signed World Cup sensation James R ..

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TAVECCHIO ELECTED FIGC PRESIDENT

August 13, 2014

Carlo Tavecchio

Carlo Tavecchio, the candidate at the centre of a racism controversy, has been elected as the new president of the Italian Football Federation. The 71-year-old beat former AC Milan player Demetrio Albertini after three rounds of voting in Rome. Tavecchio drew heavy criticism last month by making an allegedly racist comment about “eating bananas” during an addre ..

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Barrios eager for Montpellier impact

August 13, 2014

Lucas Barrios

Paraguay striker Lucas Barrios spoke of his desire “to stay in Europe” as the reason behind his decision to join the 2012 French champions Montpellier on a season-long loan from Spartak Moscow on Tuesday. “I wanted to stay in Europe and be at a well-run club and Montpellier offered me this opportunity,” Barrios said after completing the move, adding that th ..

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Alan Vandewater, Andrew Wyman win

August 13, 2014

Tournament Coordinator Sohail Singh (right) with winners Alan Vandewater (centre) and Andrew Wyman (left)

Alan Vandewater and playing partner Andrew Wyman (25 nett) won first prize in the opening match of the new BMMI Monday Madness Night Golf Series at the Royal Golf Club, to put them at the top of the series order of merit. Steve Middleton and Ashley Price (24) finished as runners followed by the couple of Tatyana and Heinz Hurter (22) who narrowly clinched third ..

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Mcilroy Three In A Row

August 13, 2014

Gavin Campbell-TEETIME

Rory McIlroy opened up a mammoth lead over his rivals in The Race to Dubai with his third win in as many outings as he delivered a battling performance in near darkness to win his second Major championship of the season in the US PGA Championship.

The Northern Irishman looks to be in unstoppable form having enjoyed a spectacular ..

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World’s first surviving panda triplets born in China

August 13, 2014

Newborn giant panda triplets keep warm inside an incubator at the Chimelong Safari Park in Guangzhou

China announced on Tuesday the birth of extremely rare panda triplets in a further success for the country’s artificial breeding programme.

The three cubs were born on July 29 in the southern city of Guangzhou, but breeders delayed an announcement until they were sure all three would survive, the official China News Service sa ..

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RUSSIA SENDS BIG CONVOY TO UKRAINE

August 13, 2014

A Russian convoy of trucks carrying humanitarian aid for Ukraine sets off from near Moscow

Vladimir Putin defies warnings from the West

A Russian convoy of 280 trucks carrying “humanitarian supplies” was headed to conflict-torn east Ukraine on Tuesday, despite warnings from the West that Moscow could be using the mission as a guise to sneak in troops.

Russian President Vladimir Putin had on Monday justifi ..

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Modi makes landmark visit to Kashmir

August 13, 2014

Narendra Modi arrives at Kargil Airport

Narendra Modi accused Pakistan on Tuesday of waging a “proxy war” in Kashmir as he became the first Indian prime minister in nine years to visit Kargil, scene of a deadly 1999 conflict with Pakistan. Modi landed in the remote Himalayan town a day after India and Pakistan traded charges of ceasefire violations on their border in Kashmir.

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WHO APPROVES EBOLA DRUGS

August 13, 2014

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The World Health Organisation authorised on Tuesday the use of experimental drugs to fight Ebola as the death toll topped 1,000 and a Spanish priest became the first European to succumb to the latest outbreak. The declaration by the UN’s health agency came after a US company that makes an experimental serum called ZMapp said it had sent all its available supplies ..

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No more mental trauma

August 13, 2014

Sushma Swaraj

To alleviate the mental trauma of families whose kin die abroad, especially among the millions of expatriates living in the Middle East, the government Tuesday launched an online system for “facilitating transportation of the mortal remains” of such Indians.

Launching the portal, which can be accessed at the Ministry of Over ..

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‘Lift gaza blockade’

August 13, 2014

Gaza strip

The skies over Gaza remained calm on Tuesday on the second day of a 72-hour truce as negotiators in Cairo prepared to tackle the thorny issue of the Israeli blockade.

As Gaza’s residents ventured out to try to piece together their battered lives, Israeli and Palestinian negotiators were to sit down for a second day of indirect ..

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German investor sentiment nosedives

August 13, 2014

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Investment sentiment in Germany fell to its lowest level in nearly two years in August amid concerns about the economic fallout from current global crises, a survey foundon Tuesday.

The widely watched investor confidence index calculated by the ZEW economic institute fell by 18.5 points to 8.6 points in August, its lowest level ..

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IEA CUTS OUTLOOK

August 13, 2014

A worker inspecting facilities on an upstream oil drilling platform at the Total oil platform at Amenem, 35 kilometers away from Port Harcourt in the Niger Delta

Unsteady global economic growth is holding down oil demand and prices despite worries about conflict in key regions, the IEA said on Tuesday lowering its demand forecasts.

“Despite armed conflict in Libya, Iraq and Ukraine, the oil market today looks better supplied than expected, with an oil glut even reported in the Atlantic ..

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India warns on crony capitalism

August 13, 2014

Raghuram Rajan

India’s central bank governor Raghuram Rajan has said crony capitalism is emerging as a “real concern” in India and a major threat to competition and economic growth.

The term describes instances when governments give firms or individuals favourable treatment and allow conglomerates undue political influence.

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INDIA INDUSTRIAL OUTPUT SLUGGISH

August 13, 2014

An Indian labourer shapes an aluminium pot inside a factory in Agartala, the capital of northeastern state of Tripura. India’s industrial output expanded by an unexpectedly slow 3.4 per cent in June

India said on Tuesday that industrial output expanded by an unexpectedly slow 3.4 per cent in June from a year earlier while inflation accelerated, dimming prospects of a quick economic recovery. Economists called the industrial production and inflation data a “disappointment” for the new right-wing government as it seeks to steer the country out of its longest period of sub-five pc growth ..

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Twitter unveils video advertisement

August 13, 2014

TWITTER

Twitter on Tuesday unveiled a new advertising program that delivers “promoted videos” to the tweet stream of users of the popular messaging platform.

The new programme adds to the source of advertising revenue for Twitter, which has struggled to convince investors it is on a path to profitability.

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Qatar Airways ups flight frequency

August 13, 2014

qatar airways

Qatar Airways has announced increased frequencies to the popular cities of Tehran, Islamabad and Muscat. The additional flights, which include four for Tehran, two for Islamabad and four for Muscat per week, will commence on September 1, 3 and 16 respectively. The additional flights are part of a surge in increased frequencies to a number of destinations across Qat ..

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Atlantic City’s Revel Casino to close

August 13, 2014

A view from the boardwalk of several casinos in Atlantic City, New Jersey,. Revel, the latest casualty in Atlantic City’s struggling game industry,  has filed for bankruptcy protection

The bankrupt Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City is set to close by September 10 after its owner failed to find a buyer for the 1,400-room resort, marking the latest casualty for the struggling New Jersey gambling centre.

Revel Entertainment Corp, which operates Atlantic City’s newest casino, filed for bankruptcy protection in ..

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ABC PROFIT RISES 22PC

August 13, 2014

Saddek El Kaber

Net profit for the first half of 2014 stands at $137m

Arab Banking Corporation (ABC) said consolidated group net profit for the first half of 2014 stood at $137 million, an increase of 22 per cent when compared to $112 million for the same period last year. Net profit for the second quarter was $66m, 18pc higher than $56m reported last year.

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A BOWL OF RESPONSIBILITY

August 13, 2014

THE PET PROJECT

I’ve heard it many times- people who have tight spaces, allergies or even the excuse of being too lazy or busy to provide the proper care for pets like dogs and cats, feel more inclined towards getting a fish. Getting a bowl of water and dumping a pretty goldfish inside, so that you can enjoy the calamity of it swimming across the water, how hard can it be to tak ..

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COURT BEAT

August 13, 2014

court beat

Twelve get seven years

The Fourth High Criminal Court has sentenced twelve persons to seven years in jail for illegal gathering and attacking policemen with Molotov cocktails, iron rods and stones in Bilad Al Qadeem.

One policeman was injured in the incident when he w ..

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KFCA signs contract

August 13, 2014

Badr bin Abdulla and Abdulla Khalid signing the deal

The King Fahd Causeway Authority (KFCA) has signed a deal of SR168 millions for the operation, maintenance and complete test of the causeway.

The contract would cover 26 kilometres from Saudi side tollgates to Bahraini side tollgates and the facilities on the border island and other few areas.

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Nakhool City brings cheers

August 13, 2014

Kids are seen actively participating at the workshop

As more and more artists gathered themselves for an exciting and productive event, Bahrain Summer Festival’s Nakhool City proved its success in capturing children’s interests.

The parents felt that the organisers had put more efforts this year, compared to previous events. Appreciating the Culture Ministry’s initiatives, o ..

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Give house they hoot!

August 13, 2014

A small boy is seen holding a placard demanding a house for his family in Budaiya

Food, cloth and shelter are the three basic necessities of life. The Kingdom certainly knows why it is important to fulfill these basic necessities.

This reflected when the Housing Ministry almost immediately came up with a clarification when a group of citizens in Budaiya alleged arbitrary allotment of houses.

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Catch them before they vanish

August 13, 2014

Shooting star

Shooting stars or Vanishing torches have started lighting up the skies of Bahrain starting on Tuesday.

 The annual celestial show, which lasts for three days, would be visible till Thursday.

The shooting stars would mostly be visible before dawn. However, their visibility would depend on sky ..

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For the record

August 13, 2014

Dr. Juma Al Kaabi

Muharraq Municipality has won the Al Khalidiya award for the best municipality in the Kingdom.

The award, instituted by Al Khalidiya Youth Society is being given to municipalities and individuals on the basis of municipal works and other services they offer to citizens and residents.

The awar ..

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‘Give them a better chance’

August 13, 2014

Visitors air their views at the majlis hosted by MP Adnan Al-Maliki

The role younger generation has to play in the Kingdom’s development was discussed at a majlis hosted by lawmaker Adnan Al-Maliki, which coincided with the International Youth Day.

Speaking at the majlis, the Parliamentarian pointed out that the nerves and backbone of a country are the youths and hence it was very important to ..

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9 out of 10 for breastfeeding

August 13, 2014

The campaign volunteers during a photocall

Over 90 per cent of mothers in the Kingdom breastfeed their children, reveals a study conducted by the Ministry of Health (M0H).

According to MoH, the numbers reflect a landmark achievement in the area of maternal and child health.

As of now, the average duration of breast-feeding in the coun ..

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New action plan drawn

August 13, 2014

PM Parliament4

Prime Minister HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, in a work meeting held on Tuesday, directed ministers and officials to optimise health services, broaden the sphere of housing projects and stabilise the labour market.

On the health front, HRH the Premier ordered them to develop a proper treatment protocol at all hospital ..

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Unveiling the reality

August 13, 2014

Unveiling the reality

A simple cloth that covers the head of a woman who follows Islam, hijab has been unnecessarily subjected to controversial debates and discussions.

Why should there be such debates on personal choices of individuals? Or does it have any link to West’s Islamophobia?

Fashion Designer and Blog ..

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AL AHLIA EARNS BD712,112 NET

August 13, 2014

Fadi Al Khatib

Second quarter results 

Al Ahlia Insurance Company has reported net profit of BD 712,112 in the second quarter of 2014 compared to the figure of BD 2,155,646 recorded in the corresponding period of previous year. “This transient decline was due to the reduction in the actu ..

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Hundreds of migrants try to enter Spain

August 13, 2014

An African migrant smiles holding a blanket in a sports centre after being rescued by a Spanish coast gaurd vessel in Tarifa yesterday

Spain picked up more than 700 African migrants trying to enter the country by boat on Tuesday while hundreds more tried to scramble over a border fence into the Spanish territory of Melilla. The coast guard said it intercepted 78 small boats carrying 755 sub-Saharan Africans across the Strait of Gibraltar, part of a surge of migrants crossing the Mediterranean to r ..

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Pakistan announces probe – ELECTION RIGGED?

August 13, 2014

People listen to a broadcasted speech by Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on a television in an electronics market in Islamabad on Tuesday

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday announced the Supreme Court would probe allegations of rigging in last year’s elections, in an apparent bid to diffuse a political crisis that was immediately rejected by an opposition leader. The announcement was made two days ahead of the country’s Independence Day celebrations, when followers of cricketer t ..

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S.Africa Triumph

August 13, 2014

South Africa’s bowler Dane Piedt (centre) appeals for a wicket

Dane Piedt recorded the best figures by a South African spinner on his debut as the tourists wrapped up a nine-wicket win over Zimbabwe in the one-off Test at Harare Sports Club on Tuesday. Piedt’s four for 62 in the second innings helped bowl Zimbabwe out for 181 midway through the final session of day four, before South Africa’s top three knocked off the 41 r ..

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LMRA Online facility gains popularity

August 13, 2014

Ali Mohd Al Kooheji

More than 1100 people utilised the online transaction facility offered by Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA), it has emerged.

The transaction, recorded from the beginning of June to end of July 2014, was mostly made for booking appointments with officials and to avail other services offered by the authority, a statement s ..

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Health minister reactivates blog

August 13, 2014

Sadiq bin Abdul Kareem Al Shehabi  copy

In a bid to enhance communication with public, Health Minister Sadiq Al Shehabi  on Tuesday reactivated his blog on the eGovernment portal Bahrain. Bh.

The blog, according to the minister, will act as a platform to enhance public partnership and transparency, listen to their feedback and identify their needs without barr ..

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HRH Premier receives Royal family members, state officials

August 12, 2014

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His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa received at the Gudaibiya Palace today some members of the Royal Family, as well as a number of state officials. HRH Premier praising the values of solidarity and fraternity prevailing among the Bahraini society. He said that the Bahraini citizens’ exemplary patriotism has led to the m ..

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HRH Premier receives Thai students who graduated from UoB

August 12, 2014

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His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa received at the Gudaibiya Palace today a number of Thai Muslim students who finished their higher studies in the Kingdom of Bahrain. HRH Premier congratulated the students on completing their high studies, affirming the government’s support for cooperation in the field of education with fri ..

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Juniors benefit from Kids squash Summer camp

August 12, 2014

Jose Mourinho

The Mercury MENA sponsored Bahrain Badminton and Squash Federation (BBSF) Youth Summer programme camp is proving to be a smash hit with sports enthusiasts.

The Squash Federation Kids Squash Summer Camp for juniors and children offers them the chance to learn to play Squash after being launched on 7 July at Khalifa Sports City in ..

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Fabregas can fill Lampard’s boots

August 12, 2014

Coaches teach Kids Tactics and Maneuvers on the Squash Court

Cesc Fabregas is the future of Chelsea and ideally suited to stepping into Frank Lampard’s central midfield boots, manager Jose Mourinho said on Monday. Former Arsenal captain Fabregas, 27, signed for Chelsea from Barcelona in June after the London club’s record goalscorer Lampard left under freedom of contract at the end of last season.

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MORE TO MADRID THAN RODRIGUEZ

August 12, 2014

Sevilla coach Unai Emery

Sevilla coach Unai Emery warned his players on Monday not to fixate on Real Madrid’s star signings James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos in today’s UEFA Super Cup in Cardiff. The midfield pair joined Madrid after shining at the World Cup -- Rodriguez for quarter-finalists Colombia, Kroos for champions Germany and are both in line to make their debuts in the Welsh capi ..

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GROWTH STRONG IN UK

August 12, 2014

Employees of Monette company are seen at work on December 18, 2012 in Bourg-en-Bresse, central eastern France. The latest OECD data has showed that France is on a stable growth path

Leading economies are showing a steady growth trend overall, although Britain is doing particularly well and Japan and Germany are showing signs of losing pace, the OECD said on Monday.

The eurozone as a whole, and France, are on a stable growth path, the latest OECD data showed, contrasting with several recent indicators sugges ..

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IT BOOSTS BULGARIA

August 12, 2014

Employees work in a call centre in Bulgaria’s capital Sofia. Excellent IT and language skills have enabled Bulgaria’s outsourcing sector to boom

A number of global players have also set up shop in Bulgaria

Excellent IT and language skills have helped Bulgaria’s outsourcing sector boom, raising hopes that it could prop up the badly stagnating economy of the EU’s poorest country.

After a timid start 15 years ago, the Balkan country is now a hub for information ..

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BAC ties up with BEONTRA

August 12, 2014

Mohamed Yousif Al Binfala

Bahrain Airport Company, the manager and operator of Bahrain International Airport, recently signed a deal with BEONTRA, a Lockheed Martin company, for the implementation of its cutting-edge route analysis tool B Route Development.

With air travel expected to rise 5.8pc over 2014 the technology will allow BAC to calculate, analy ..

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Vistara eyes October launch

August 12, 2014

Staff members of TATA SIA Airlines Limited (TSAL) pose during the launch of the new brand name Vistara for the new airline in New Delhi

India’s newest airline announced on Monday that flights could begin in October, saying it was “bullish” about the future even as a rival carrier reported a big loss.

The new airline, to be called Vistara -- a Sanskrit word meaning “limitless expanse” -- is 49-per cent-owned by Singapore Airlines, while the Mumbai-based ..

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GHG PROFIT ZOOMS 28PC

August 12, 2014

Farouk Almoayyed

Gulf Hotels Group (GHG) has achieved a total Gross Operating Revenue of BD17.906 million in the first half of 2014 compared to BD16.284m recorded in the corresponding period last year, an increase of BD1.622m or 9.96 per cent.

The group has generated net profit of BD7.569m in the first half of the year in comparison with BD5.900 ..

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Iraq turning page on Maliki’s reign

August 12, 2014

A displaced Iraqi man from the Yazidi community carries his daughter as they cross the Iraqi-Syrian border at the Fishkhabur crossing, in northern Iraq

Iraq moved closer to turning the page on Nuri Al Maliki’s controversial reign on Monday when his own clan spurned him for another prime minister to save the country from breakup.

The much-awaited political breakthrough in Baghdad came as Kurdish troops backed by US warplanes battled to turn the tide on two months of jihadist e ..

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Unfresh challenges of Gaza fishermen

August 12, 2014

A Palestinian fisherman casts his net as he wades on the surf off on the beach in Gaza City

After two hours waist-deep in the sea, Sameer Al Hissi says his paltry haul of tiny fish is not the only consequences he and Gaza’s fishermen are suffering from Israel’s offensive.

Ashore, he lifts up his t-shirt to show red-brown blotches across his chest and stomach, the result, he says, of spending his mornings in a sea h ..

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All quiet in Gaza strip

August 12, 2014

GAZA STRIP

A semblance of normal life returned to Gaza on Monday as a 72-hour truce took hold and negotiators sat down in Cairo to seek a permanent end to hostilities.

Quiet returned to the enclave from midnight (2100 GMT on Sunday), the fruit of days of Egyptian-brokered mediation to stem violence which has killed 1,940 Palestinians and ..

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Fees hike debunked

August 12, 2014

Ghazi Al Murbaty speaking at the Majlis on Monday

Social, economical and political issues in the Kingdom were discussed in a majlis hosted by Ibrahim Al Doy in Muharraq.

Speaking at the majlis, Muharraq Municipal Council member Ghazi Al Murbaty criticised Muharraq Muncipality for increasing citizens’ service fees.

“The municipality shoul ..

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COURT BEAT

August 12, 2014

court beat

 Busted lust - Illicit affair lands woman in trouble

A housemaid, who was having an illicit affair with a man she barely knew, was remanded in court for allowing her lover to enter her sponsor’s house without permission.

The woman’s forbidden love ..

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MEATY STUFF MIGHTY STEP!

August 12, 2014

A tribal woman walks early morning in a settlement in West Africa

Amid Ebola fears looming large, the Ministry of Health decides to ban livestock , fresh and frozen meat imports from West African countries. 

As the world scrambles for a magic potion that will eliminate the Ebola virus, the Kingdom on Monday came up with a number of pre-emptive measures.

They included ..

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‘DEFEND BAHRAIN’

August 12, 2014

HRH the Premier in conversation with distinguished citizens

Bahrainis must unitedly stand against all elements that seek to target the Kingdom’s safety and security, said Prime Minister HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa while receiving lawmakers, municipal members, clerics, scholars, intellectuals, media persons, businessmen and scores of citizens representing various segments of the Bahraini society on Monday.

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ROBIN WILLIAMS FOUND DEAD AT AGE 63 AT HIS HOME

August 12, 2014

Robin Williams

Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams was found dead at his home in California from suspected suicide, police said August 11, 2014. A statement from the Marin County Sheriff's Department said the 63-year-old funnyman was found shortly before midday at his home in Tiburon, northern California.

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Stop grumbling Start dreaming

August 12, 2014

The Fish Transporters

Here is a story of three youngsters who marked their presence in fish trading

Every nation’s future lies in its youth.  And if policy-makers fail to address the issues faced by the youngsters, that could even drive a country to a disastrous phase. As we celebrate the International Youth Day today, < ..

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F5 SOLUTIONS FOR GULF AIR

August 12, 2014

Gulf Air and F5 networks officials during the signing ceremony

Gulf Air has roped in global application delivery networking leader F5 networks to optimise the availability, reliability and security of around 100 critical business applications for better connectivity, collaboration and innovation among the employees within and outside the organisation.

The national carrier of the Kingdom had ..

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Spain rescues 267 migrants

August 12, 2014

Would-be immigrants rest at Tarifa’s harbour after being rescued off the Spanish Coast

Spain’s coastguard said it had rescued 267 sub-Saharan African migrants yesterday, including 39 women and three children who were among those trying to reach Spanish soil on a flotilla of small boats.

The migrants were picked up in the Strait of Gibraltar and taken to Tarifa, Spain’s southernmost port, a spokesman for the co ..

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POPE BEGINS NEW EFFORT

August 12, 2014

Pedestrians walk past banners welcoming Pope Francis in central Seoul

When Pope Francis was a young Jesuit, he wanted to follow in the great Jesuit tradition and become a missionary in Asia. Health problems kept him home, but he is finally getting his chance, travelling to Asia as the world’s most visible and popular Catholic missionary.

During his visit to South Korea this week, he’ll bring a ..

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Russia to send humanitarian convoy into Ukraine

August 12, 2014

Ukrainian soldiers sit on their APC

Russia said on Monday it was sending a civilian aid convoy to eastern Ukraine in cooperation with the Red Cross, despite Western fears the mission might be used as cover for intervention. Kiev said an aid mission was planned but that Western nations would be involved and Russia was not acting alone. “The Russian side is sending a humanitarian convoy to Ukraine in ..

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DRUG FOR EBOLA?

August 12, 2014

People read a poster bearing information for travellers arriving in or departing from areas affected by the Ebola virus

As the world scrambles to stem the rapid spread of the killer Ebola virus, the World Health Organisation hosted a meeting on Monday to discuss the ethics of using experimental drugs. The talks come as countries ravaged by the tropical disease in west Africa were gripped by panic, with drastic containment measures causing transport chaos, price hikes and food shorta ..

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Aguirre to get tough with Japan players

August 12, 2014

Javier Aguirre (right) shakes hands with Japan Football Association (JFA) president Kuniya Daini (right) after a press conference in Tokyo yesterday

New Japan coach Javier Aguirre has promised to take a hardline approach with his players following their World Cup flop, warning the Blue Samurai he will not tolerate prima donnas. The 55-year-old, who steered his native Mexico to the last 16 of the 2002 and 2010 World Cups, told a news conference in Tokyo on Monday that reputations would count for nothing on his w ..

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BRUNT SIGNS WEST BROM

August 12, 2014

Chris Brunt

West Brom captain Chris Brunt has signed a new three-year contract with the Barclays Premier League club. Earlier this summer, the Baggies had activated a 12-month option on the 29-year-old midfielder’s previous contract, but he has now agreed improved terms until 2017.

Albion head coach Alan Irvine said: “I’m delighted we ..

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Ajmal reported for suspect action

August 12, 2014

Saeed Ajmal

Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal, the world’s top-ranked bowler in one-day cricket, has been reported for a suspect action, the world governing body said on Monday, the second such incident in his career. Match officials at the just-ended first Test between Sri Lanka and Pakistan in Galle “cited concerns over a number of deliveries that were considered to be su ..

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NICKLAUS SAVOURS MCILROY SHOW

August 12, 2014

Jack Nicklaus

Jack Nicklaus hailed the US PGA Championship won by Rory McIlroy as great theatre after the Northern Irishman’s dramatic success in near darkness at Valhalla. Nicklaus, winner of 18 major championships, witnessed McIlroy claim his second major title in four weeks and a third win in succession. The 25-year-old carded a closing 68 at Valhalla to finish 16 under par ..

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Watson trusting Tiger on Ryder Cup health report

August 12, 2014

Tom Watson

Tom Watson will decide on making injured Tiger Woods a captain’s pick for the US Ryder Cup team largely on trusting the 14-time major winner to evaluate himself. The 64-year-old leader of the American squad that will try to recapture the trophy from Europe in six weeks at Gleneagles, Scotland, said on Monday that he will rely upon Woods to admit if his nagging ba ..

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KLOSE RETIRES

August 12, 2014

Miroslav Klose

Record holder Miroslav Klose quits from international football

German striker Miroslav Klose, the all-time World Cup top scorer, announced his retirement from international football on Monday. The 36-year-old leaves the German national team as a World Cup winner after last month helping Joachim Loew’s side to their first global crown since 1990 when they ..

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S.Africa leads

August 12, 2014

South Africa’s batsman Quinton de Kock (centre) is seen in action

John Nyumbu became the second Zimbabwean to record a five-wicket haul on Test debut but South Africa still put themselves in the driving seat on day three of the one-off Test on Monday. Nyumbu sank to his knees and pointed to the heavens after taking figures of 5 for 157 in a South African total of 397 all out, which gave the tourists a lead of 141 on first innings ..

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HRH Crown Prince thanked by Egyptian President

August 11, 2014

Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa

His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister, today received a cable of thanks from the Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi in reply to his congratulatory cable on the July 23rd Anniversary. President Al-Sisi expressed sincere thanks and appreciation to HRH Crown Prince his ..

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HRH Premier thanked by Sultan Qaboos

August 11, 2014

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His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al-Khalifa has received a cable of thanks from Sultan Qaboos bin Said of Oman in reply to his congratulatory cable on the Renaissance Day. Sultan Qaboos expressed sincere thanks and appreciation to HRH Premier his noble fraternal feelings, wishing him abundant good health and happiness and Bahrain and ..

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HM the King thanked by Egyptian President

August 11, 2014

King

His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa today received a cable of thanks from the Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi in reply to his congratulatory cable on the July 23rd Anniversary.

President Al-Sisi expressed sincere thanks and appreciation too HM the King for his noble fraternal feelings, wishing him abundant good hea ..

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Interior Minister receives French Ambassador

August 11, 2014

Shaikh Rrashid Abdulla

Minister of Interior Lt-General Shaikh Rashid bin Abdullah Al Khalifa received here today the outgoing French Ambassador to Bahrain Christian Testot.

The Interior Minister expressed his thanks and appreciation to the Ambassador for his the efforts to enahnce bilateral relations, and wished him every success in his future assignm ..

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S. Africa battle defensive Zimbabwe

August 11, 2014

South African batsman Quinton de Kock in action

South Africa overcame a sluggish spell to attain a position of strength on day two of their one-off Test against Zimbabwe on Sunday as they reached stumps on 201 for four. Faf du Plessis’ unbeaten 69 left the Proteas just 55 runs behind Zimbabwe’s first innings total of 256 all out, but not before South Africa had been drawn into a scrap by some canny Zimbabwea ..

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THOMAS VERMAELEN SIGNS BARCELONA

August 11, 2014

Thomas Vermaelen

Defender Thomas Vermaelen has completed his move to Barcelona after signing a five-year deal on Sunday. The 28-year-old, who has played 150 times for Arsenal in five seasons, has switched the Emirates Stadium for the Nou Camp after putting pen to paper on the contract that will see him join the Primera Division club. Barcelona said in a statement on their website: ..

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Abu Dhabi chance for young Bahraini driver

August 11, 2014

A classroom of F1A Institute

One of Bahrain’s top young talents could earn a chance to build a career in motor sport by winning a place at the renowned FIA Institute Young Driver Excellence Academy (YDEA).  Previous academy graduates include Formula One reserve drivers Alexander Rossi, Stoffel Vandoorne, and Robin Frijns, and World Rally Championship drivers Andreas Mikkelsen, Pontus Tidema ..

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Al Qassimi to skip Rally of Lebanon

August 11, 2014

Shaikh Khalid Al Qassimi

Abu Dhabi Racing (ADR) driver Shaikh Khalid Al Qassimi will skip round four of the FIA Middle East Rally Championship (MERC), the International Rally of Lebanon, scheduled for 29 August due to the security situation in that country. The former Middle East rally champion, who is also chairman of ADR, was keenly looking forward to the Lebanon event in the hope of se ..

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Asian Games flame for Incheon 2014

August 11, 2014

Incheon 2014

The flame for the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, next month was lit in the birthplace of the Asiad on Saturday in New Delhi, India.  In a ceremony befitting of Olympia in ancient Greece, a High Priestess lit the torch from the rays of the sun reflected in parabolic mirror at the MDC National Stadium – home of the first Asian Games in 1951. The ceremon ..

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AZIZ, FAREED WIN

August 11, 2014

An action from the game

The outdoor area of Al Ahli Club in Zinj witnessed unparalleled action on Saturday evening as Mahmood Aziz and Hessa Fareed battled their way to the top, to represent Bahrain in the World Finals on September 6, at the prison exercise yards of Samasana Island, Taiwan. This is the second year Aziz was crowned King, while Fareed beat her sister and earned the coveted ..

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‘Ninja Turtles’ in box office romp

August 11, 2014

A life-size model of the character ‘Donatello’ is pictured at the premiere of ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ in Los Angeles, California

‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ romped to the top of the US box office, dethroning ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ in their first weekend in theatres, industry figures showed on Sunday.

The fighting turtles, on a mission to save New York from the clutches of evil-doers, made off with $65 million in receipts, industry tracker Ex ..

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PAK BRACES FOR HUGE PROTESTS

August 11, 2014

A woman gestures during a demonstration called by Muhammad Tahirul Qadri, Sufi cleric and leader of political party Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT), outside his residence in Lahore on Sunday

Cleric announces march to topple government

A populist Pakistani cleric on Sunday announced a march on Islamabad to overthrow the government, hours after being charged with murder for the death of a policeman injured in clashes with his supporters.

Tahir-ul-Qadri said he will take to the streets on the same day that opp ..

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Four killed in Kabul suicide attack

August 11, 2014

US soldiers part of NATO-led International Security Assistance force (ISAF) and Afghan security forces inspect the wreckage of an armored vehicle at the site of a suicide attack in Kabul on Sunday

A suicide attacker targeted a NATO convoy in Kabul on Sunday, killing four civilians and wounding at least 35 others, officials said, in the latest violence to hit the capital as politicians wrangle over election results. The NATO force said none of its soldiers had been killed, but did not give any details of injuries in the blast, which came as foreign troops wi ..

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HALONG SLAMS INTO JAPAN

August 11, 2014

Passengers walk through the Haneda airport terminal in Tokyo on Sunday

Typhoon Halong slammed into western Japan on Sunday, leaving dozens of people injured while the coastguard searched for a man who went missing apparently while surfing when the storm hit. Halong was over the Sea of Japan (East Sea) as of 5:00 pm, some 60 kilometres northwest of the central city of Kanazawa, after making landfall on the largest and most populous isl ..

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CHINA INFLATION UP 2.3PC: GOVT

August 11, 2014

Employees work at a production line of a chicken processing factory in Shenyang, Liaoning province. China posted mild consumer inflation well below the annual target in July

China’s annual inflation rose 2.3 per cent in July, official data showed, remaining stable and allowing authorities space to further stimulate growth in the world’s second-largest economy if needed.

The country’s consumer price index (CPI) -- a main gauge of inflation -- also rose by 2.3pc in the first seven months of the ..

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KHCB launches new campaign

August 11, 2014

Khalil Al  Meer

Khaleeji Commercial Bank (KHCB), one of Bahrain’s fast growing Islamic retail banks in Bahrain, launched its customer focused Consumer Finance Campaign where customers will be rewarded with Gulf Air Airmiles equivalent to their finance amount up to BD 200,000. The campaign will run from the July 27 to September 27.

Chief Execu ..

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ALBA EARNS GREEN APPLE

August 11, 2014

ISA Al Ansar

Aluminium Bahrain (Alba), a leading aluminium producer in the world, has been named a winner in the Environmental Best Practice category of the prestigious International Green Apple Awards 2014. This win brings international recognition to Alba’s commitment towards creating and maintaining a sustainable environment.

Hailed as ..

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Building projects for Gaza

August 11, 2014

Dr. Al Sayed

In line with His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa’s directives and under the patronage of Supreme Council for Youth and Sport Chairman, Bahrain Olympic Committee President and Royal Charity Organisation (RCO) Chairman, HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, RCO and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) sig ..

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Rolex case set next month

August 11, 2014

CTV footage of the suspects after they committed the robbery

The robbery case of eight defendants, who broke into a Rolex shop at the Bahrain City Centre (BCC) last year and stole 81 Rolex watches worth BD563,000, has  been postponed for the second time to September 16.

The Judge decided on the second postponement of the hearing on Sunday.

It was lear ..

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Projects well on track

August 11, 2014

Sameera Rajab

All projects that feature in the 2011-14 Government Action Plan would get completed before the new action plan is rolled out, it was revealed in the cabinet meeting chaired by Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa at the Gudaibiya Palace on Sunday.

Minister ..

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New bridge planned – A solution to tailbacks

August 11, 2014

An aerial view of Bahrain Bay. Busiateen beach is seen on the top left, where the bridge is planned to be constructed

Works Ministry is planning to construct a fourth bridge that will connect Manama with Muharraq, it has emerged.

Speaking to a local daily, Works Minister Essam Khalaf said the ministry would conduct a study pertaining to the construction of the bridge.

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Alarab TV, DurAlpha Group sign contract

August 11, 2014

Alarab TV and DurAlpha Group heads signing the pact

With an aim of creating the region’s most innovative news programming channel, Alarab TV on Sunday signed a deal with Riyadh-based media company, DurAlpha Group.

Commenting on the deal, CEO of Alarab TV, Fahad Al Sukeit said that their goal is to change the way the Arab world thinks about news. Their staff member ..

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Al Naim gets youth centre

August 11, 2014

Ghazi Abdulmohsin-Ebtisam Hejres

Residents of Al Naim area in Manama will finally get a youth services centre, bringing an end to 57-year-long wait.

The decision came as per the directives of the Prime Minister HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, following a parliamentary proposal submitted by MP, Ebtisam Hejres back in 2012.

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Eye on polls she’s hopes

August 11, 2014

Ms. Faidh Ali Alshargawi

Not many women step into the world of politics. Even if a few of them do, they shy away from the election battles.

Ms. Faidh Ali Alshargawi is not like that. She is smart, talkative and frank. Mother of three children, she has already made up her mind to contest the upcoming elections.

 If ..

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Hope gives a new life!

August 11, 2014

Zeeshan

“Hope is a good thing, may be the best of things,” the classical dialogue from the Hollywood blockbuster Shawshank Redemption would have inspired many movie buffs across the world. Pinning his hopes on the word “hope”, a movie-maker in the Kingdom has added more value to the word by exploring its healing abilities. Read how he survived the cancer scare pinn ..

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HER HOPES DID NOT GO IN VAIN

August 11, 2014

Hassan after reaching his residence in Tashan

He was travelling to Saudi Arabia with his mother and fiancée for a final shopping before his wedding.

However, the journey to Saudi turned out to be his hell as the police there arrested and threw him up behind bars for seven long years.

Yes, Hassan Dashti – the unfortunate lad – was ar ..

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JOB HOPES RIDE HIGH

August 11, 2014

are you a graduate

There is a reason for the citizens to smile as unemployment rate in the Kingdom dropped to 3.7 pc during the second quarter of this year. The declaration made by Labour Minister Jameel Humaidan during the cabinet session on Sunday is interesting and encouraging. The statistics disclosed by the minister, also has a subtle message to the citizens that under-graduate jobseekers are less likely ..

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Virus threat – Cabinet reviews Ebola alertness

August 11, 2014

Prince Salman chairing the cabinet meeting

The cabinet on Sunday reviewed a report on Ebola issued by the Ministerial Committee, chaired by Deputy Prime Minister, HH Shaikh Ali bin Khalifa Al Khalifa.

The report included the measures taken to prevent Ebola virus from entering the Kingdom.

Briefing media after the cabinet meeting, Mini ..

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Israel, Palestine agree new truce

August 11, 2014

A Palestinian man standing in a crowd of onlookers reacts to watching a soap factory go up in flames moments after it was hit by an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City

Israel and the Palestinians agreed to a fresh 72-hour ceasefire in Gaza on Sunday, accepting an Egyptian invitation to resume talks to end fighting that has killed more than 2,000 people.

The ceasefire deal, which was to come into effect at one minute past midnight (2101 GMT on Sunday), clinched days of frantic mediation to stem ..

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Iran plane crash leaves 39 dead

August 11, 2014

A picture obtained from Iran’s ISNA news agency shows Iranian rescue personnel inspecting the scene of a plane crash near Tehran’s Mehrabad

An Iranian passenger plane crashed on Sunday moments after takeoff from Tehran, killing 39 people on board and narrowly avoiding many more deaths when it plummeted near a busy market.

The plane was headed to the eastern city of Tabas, the IRNA and Fars news agencies said, when it crashed at 9:18 am (0448 GMT), after leaving Mehr ..

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BMI posts robust performance

August 11, 2014

Jamal Al-Hazeem

Total assets and total loans and advances of BMI Bank stood at BD 0.76 billion and BD 0.37bn respectively in the first half of the 2014 against BD0.73bn and BD 0.37bn recorded in the corresponding period last year.

The underlying business of the bank, a subsidiary of Al Salam Bank – Bahrain, continues to be robust and profitab ..

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ABG H1 NET UP

August 11, 2014

ABG H1 NET UP

Net income of the group reaches US$143m

The Bahrain based leading Islamic banking group Al Baraka Banking Group (ABG) has posted net profit of US$ 143 million for the first half of 2014.

While balance sheet items increased moderately, total assets increased by 5 per cent, tot ..

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Harvesting culinary delicacy

August 11, 2014

Sergio Baamonde collects seaweed off Picon beach in Ortigueira

Three young Spaniards in wetsuits plunge into the sea to harvest a culinary delicacy that promises them a way out of troubled financial waters: seaweed.

Armed with stainless steel scythes, they swim in low tide from rock to rock cutting down codium seaweed and kombu kelp, which they gather up in bags.

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Kerry vows support for Myanmar

August 11, 2014

John Kerry (right) shakes hands with Myanmar Foreign Minister Wunna Maung Lwin (left)

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday said Myanmar faced “significant challenges” in its democratic transition but pledged Washington’s support as the former pariah moves towards “benchmark” elections. Washington’s top diplomat said he held “frank” discussions with Myanmar President Thein Sein on the sidelines of Southeast Asian meetings, warni ..

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UKRAINE REBEL BASTION POUNDED

August 11, 2014

People stand at the entrance of a makeshift bomb shelter in Donetsk on Sunday

Russia urges ‘humanitarian’ mission

Ukraine’s army shelled the main rebel bastion of Donetsk on Sunday as Russia called for a humanitarian ceasefire, which the West warned could be a pretext by Moscow to send in troops. Shelling started early in the morning and continued throughout the day in the one-million stro ..

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Cook’s resolve impresses England coach

August 11, 2014

Alastair Cook

England coach Peter Moores insisted yesterday he was always confident captain Alastair Cook had it in him to lead the team out of their lengthy slump. When India beat England by 95 runs to win the second Test at Lord’s and go 1-0 up in the five-match series, Cook had presided over a run of 10 Tests without a win, including seven defeats. Several former England sk ..

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ARSENAL DOWN CITY

August 11, 2014

Arsenal’s Spanish midfielder Santi Cazorla (right) vies with Manchester City’s Spanish midfielder Jesus Navas (left)

Arsenal delivered a rousing demonstration of their Premier League title credentials by overwhelming league champions Manchester City 3-0 in the Community Shield at Wembley on Sunday. Buoyed by last season’s FA Cup success over Hull City, Arsene Wenger’s side took charge with first-half goals from Santi Cazorla and Aaron Ramsey before substitute Olivier Giroud a ..

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GLOBAL STARS CHASE MCILROY

August 11, 2014

Rory McIlroy hits a shot from a bunker on the 17th hole

PGA drama begins

Leader Rory McIlroy eyed his fourth major title on Sunday at the PGA Championship with a host of the world’s top golfers on his heels at rain-drenched Valhalla. The last round of the year’s final major tournament began under overcast skies with McIlroy awaiting a mid-afternoon start in the final gr ..

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Nasri confirms France retirement

August 11, 2014

Samir Nasri

Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri has confirmed his retirement from international football with France. The 27-year-old dropped a strong hint last week that he had decided to cut short his chequered international career, having been omitted from the France squad that went to the World Cup by coach Didier Deschamps. “I will only be 29 in 2016 for the European ..

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LANKA CHAMPION

August 11, 2014

Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene (left) gesture during the final day of the opening Test

Sri Lanka beat the rain to down Pakistan in first Test

Retiring Mahela Jayawardene took on the unusual role of opening batsman to hand Sri Lanka a thrilling seven-wicket victory on the final day of the first Test against Pakistan in Galle on Sunday. The hosts, needing 99 to win in a minimum ..

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MICRO-FLATS LATEST TREND IN HONG KONG

August 11, 2014

A woman waits at a pedestrian crossing surrounded by residential buildings in Hong Kong. The southern Chinese city has been hit with a serious housing shortage as property prices have doubled, becoming unaffordable for many

Dearth of new affordable homes has spurred protests

At a glitzy show stall for a new residential development in Hong Kong, property agents with loudspeakers are promoting the latest trend in the overcrowded city -- high-end “micro-flats” which still come with an eye-watering price tag.

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OBSERVER CAPITAL BUYS SOURCEMEDIA

August 11, 2014

Mohammed Al-Shroogi

Investcorp, a global provider and manager of alternative investment products, has said that it completed the sale of SourceMedia to Observer Capital. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Investcorp acquired SourceMedia, inclusive of its Accuity affiliate, from the Thomson Corporation in 2004. Through Investcorp’s stewa ..

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GCC organises Health, Sport and Entertainment Workshop

August 10, 2014

GCC organises Health, Sport and Entertainment Workshop

A special youths workshop has been organized by the GCC General Secretariat in Dubai on August 10-11. Senior officials and personalities from GCC-member countries attend the two-day workshop related to health, sports and entertainment. The Assistant Undersecretary for Human and Environmental Affairs in the GCC's General Secretariat Dr. Abdullah bin Oqla Al-Hash ..

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BDF Chief-of-Staff meets UAE Ambassador

August 10, 2014

BDF Chief-of-Staff meets UAE Ambassador

The BDF Chief-of-Staff Lt-General Shaikh Duaij bin Salman Al Khalifa met in his office at the BDF Headquarters the Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to the Kingdom of Bahrain, Mohammed bin Sultan Al-Suwaydi. Welcoming the Ambassador, the BDF Chief-of-Staff praised increasingly-growing solid brotherly bilateral relations between the peoples of both countries ..

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Gulf Air Executive Management Team meets Russian Ambassador

August 10, 2014

Gulf Air Executive Management Team meets Russian Ambassador

Following its recent announcement of the upcoming launch of direct flights betweenBahrain and Moscow, Gulf Air the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, hosted a meeting between H.E. Mr. Victor Smirnov, the Russian Ambassador to Bahrain and the airline’s executive management team, at the carrier’s headquarters. During the meeting, Gulf Air Acting Chief ..

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Shura Council Chairman receives French Ambassador

August 10, 2014

Shura Council Chairman receives French Ambassador

Chairman of the Shura Council Ali bin Salah Al Salah received here today the outgoing French Ambassador to Bahrain Christian Testot. Al-Salah lauded the advanced level of the Bahraini-French relations in all fields, and the steadily-growing joint cooperation. He commended the tremendous diplomatic efforts exerted by Ambassador Testot to strengthen the existin ..

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Federer beat Ferrer for semi-final spot

August 10, 2014

Roger Federer celebrates victory

Roger Federer marked his 33rd birthday by beating David Ferrer for the 15th straight time to reach the semi-finals of the ATP Tour’s Toronto Masters tournament on Friday. A sellout crowd sang Happy Birthday to the second seed early in the second set, and cheered post-match as the 17-time grand slam winner was presented with an oversized chocolate cake to mark the ..

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JESUS GAMEZ SIGNS ATLETICO

August 10, 2014

Jesus Gamez

Spanish champions Atletico Madrid have signed full-back Jesus Gamez from Malaga on a three-year contract. The 29-year-old has spent his entire career at La Rosaleda, making 266 league appearances for Malaga, but swaps the south coast for the capital and a shot at defending the Primera Division title. Atletico director of sport Jose Luis Perez Caminero told the club ..

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Vermaelen agrees Barcelona move

August 10, 2014

Thomas Vermaelen

Barcelona finally won the race to sign Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen on Saturday. The Spanish club had been battling with Manchester United for the Belgium international’s signature over the last few weeks and Luis Enrique’s team got their man for a reported fee of £15 million. United had initially been the front-runners to sign Vermaelen, who was said to ..

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BMI Bank Ramadan Games conclude

August 10, 2014

The winners with Eyad, standing fifth from left

The Second Annual Ramadan Games organised by BMI Bank, a subsidiary of Al Salam Bank recently concluded after its second staff members from various departments took part in a basketball, PS4 and billiards tournament during the holy month of Ramadan. Mohammed Alkoohji was declared the most valuable player in the basketball tournament, while Manmood Sangoor and Ebr ..

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BCL cricket tournament – ACL DEFEAT SUPER KINGS

August 10, 2014

The deceased Billal  (left) and Younus

Niazi and Z XI played out a thrilling tie in the latest matches of the Cricket Bahrain (BCL-CBA Division) Premier League T25 tournament at the Busaiteen grounds in Muharraq. Batting first, Niazi were dismissed for 149 in 24.3 overs with Waqas (50) top scoring and Asif (two for 16) being the best of the bowlers. Z XI in reply finished on 149 all out in 22.3 overs w ..

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Iconic Kiev protest camp cleared away

August 10, 2014

A fire brigade aims the water canon on the barricade which went up in flames at Independence Square in Kiev

Hundreds of volunteers and city workers yesterday demolished what was left of the protest camp at the central Kiev square at the heart of the movement that toppled president Viktor Yanukovych in February.

Tyres were briefly set ablaze and occasional scuffles broke out but the operation was mainly peaceful as the iconic Independe ..

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Japan issues red alert over Typhoon Halong

August 10, 2014

Vehicles drive down a flooded road in the city of Tsu, Mie prefecture as Typhoon Halong brings rain

Japan’s weather agency on Saturday issued its highest alert as Typhoon Halong barrelled towards the southwest of the country, warning of heavy rain and strong winds from a storm that has grounded more than 470 flights.

The warning means that the storm poses a threat to life and could inflict massive damage, the meteorological ..

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OBAMA WARNS OF EXTENDED STRIKES

August 10, 2014

Straps secure water bundles aboard a C-17 Globemaster III before a humanitarian airdrop over Iraq

France, the UK have agreed to lend their support to help civilians

President Barack Obama warned on Saturday that the US offensive in Iraq was a “long-term project” to rout out militants and deliver aid to beleaguered civilians.

Recognising there was no US military solution to reverse Islamic State fighters’ advanc ..

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Israel pounds Gaza, 5 killed

August 10, 2014

Palestinian firefighters inspect a car, which witnesses said was targeted in an Israeli air strike in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip

Israeli warplanes carried out 30 air strikes over Gaza on Saturday, killing five Palestinians, as militants fired six rockets into Israel, leaving international mediators scrambling to rescue ceasefire talks.

Gaza emergency services said two men were killed in a strike on a motorcycle in Al-Maghazi camp and that the bodies of th ..

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EGYPT BANS WING OF BROTHERHOOD

August 10, 2014

A file picture taken on June 7, 2014, shows Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie gesturing as he shouts from inside the defendants cage during his trial in the capital Cairo

An Egyptian court on Saturday ordered the dissolution of the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), the political wing of the already banned Muslim Brotherhood movement.

The decision follows the designation of the Brotherhood as a “terrorist organisation” in December, after the military overthrew Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.< ..

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DECODE YOUR DREAMS

August 10, 2014

DECODE YOUR DREAMS

About the interpreter 

Nausheen Adenwalla is a Clinical Psychologist with more than five years of experience in dream interpretation. She received her professional certification from Institute of Professional Psychology, Bahrain University, Pakistan and University of Wales, Bangor, United Kingdom.

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Kabaddi gets a new life

August 10, 2014

A raider of Dabang Delhi attempts to tag players of Bengal Warriors during the match between Dabang Delhi and Bengal Warriors in the Pro Kabaddi League in New Delhi

Despite years as one of the India’s top players of kabaddi -- a traditional contact sport that mixes tag and wrestling -- Ajay Thakur was not well known in his homeland. Until now.

Since the high-profile launch last month of a new Pro Kabaddi League, with live television coverage, corporate sponsors and brightly coloured lycra ..

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Gulf Air to avoid Iraqi airspace

August 10, 2014

GILF AIR

Gulf Air on Saturday stated that it has rerouted its European flights to avoid Northern Iraqi airspace, because of deteriorating security in Iraq.

The airline’s European flights, which operate over Northern Iraqi airspace, will use more secured flight paths and the change will apply until further notice, said Gulf Air in a pre ..

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Shaikh Jassim holds majlis

August 10, 2014

Shaikh Jassim holding the majlis

Parliamentarian and religious cleric, Shaikh Jassim Al Saeedy held his weekly majlis on Friday, where several social issues were discussed by attendees.

They demanded the Kingdom’s leadership to implement stringent laws against terrorists and inciters of violence.

The political tension and ..

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Orphans need you, not money

August 10, 2014

pic by biju haridas Dr. Mustafa and Juzer Rupawala at the workshop.pic by biju haridas Dr. Mustafa and Juzer Rupawala at the workshop.pic by biju haridas Dr. Mustafa and Juzer Rupawala at the workshop

More than financial support, orphans need society’s acceptance, said Royal Charity Organisation Secretary General, Dr. Mustafa Al Sayed.

During a summer programme inaugurated on Saturday at the LuLu Hypermarket in Hidd organised in partnership with LuLu, he said, “Orphans in Bahrain are well taken care of. But mere financial ..

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20 doctors to leave for Gaza

August 10, 2014

BMS members during the Press conference

At least 20 Bahraini doctors will travel to Gaza Strip to provide medical assistance to the injured Palestinians, stated Bahrain Medical Society (BMS) on Saturday.

The decision to send doctors was made during a meeting of the society’s disasters and relief committee, which discussed the worsening situation in Gaza.

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Red Bull tourney – Fun amid challenges

August 10, 2014

The players at the event

The Red Bull King of Rock returned to the Kingdom on Saturday as a total of 16 men and eight women fought it out amid cheers at Al Ahli Club in Zinj to get an opportunity to represent Bahrain in the finals.

A diverse group of Bahraini, American and Filipino players participated in the qualifier round of the basketball tourney, w ..

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Nakhool keeps children busy

August 10, 2014

Kids busy in workshops

Bahrain Summer Festival’s Nakhool City continued to host creative workshops for children on Saturday as kids made good use of their hands using imagination in the fun-filled environment.

Many young Bahraini students assisted the organisers in running and conducting workshops themselves to help children.

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COURT BEAT

August 10, 2014

court beat

FUGITIVE CONVICT GETS FIVE YEARS

The High Criminal Court sentenced in absentia a fugitive convict to five years  for breaking out of prison and assaulting a policeman. Implicated in 84 offences, the Bahraini defendant, merely 24, possesses a long criminal record.

He w ..

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Revitalising cultural ties

August 10, 2014

Visiting Bahraini delegation at the festival

Bahrain has become a key participant at the sixth version of Aseela International Cultural Festival, currently being held in Morocco.

Representing Bahrain at the festival, which showcases a variety of cultural forums, shows and activities, was a delegation headed by the Deputy Prime Minister Shaikh Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khalif ..

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EBOLA – VISA BAN LIST TO GET EXPANDED

August 10, 2014

Some of the ultrastructural morphology displayed by an Ebola virus virion is revealed in this undated handout colorized transmission electron micrograph (TEM)

Bahrain is all set to add more countries to its ‘visa ban list’ following the global threat posed by Ebola virus.

 A Health Ministry source said the decision was taken after recent reports that a person in Saudi had succumbed to the deadly virus.

Bahraini authorities, notably, had suspen ..

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CHAMPS TRIPPED

August 10, 2014

Al Ghazal

Edamah sacked disabled employees. But does it know most of them had competed in international sporting events including Olympics winning medals for the Kingdom?

It has now emerged that many of the disabled employees who were recently fired from their parking lot jobs a ..

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Bahrain to host ASPU Congress Secretariat

August 10, 2014

Bahrain Athletics Association President, HH Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa

Supreme Council for Youth and Sports (SCYS) First Deputy Chairman and Bahrain Athletics Association President, HH Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa, on Saturday expressed pride in choosing Manama to host the Secretariat headquarters of the Congress of the Asian Sports Press Union (ASPU).

Shaikh Khalid also expressed his appreci ..

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In soup – Blame falls on operator

August 10, 2014

The Labour Minister at the accident spot

A man was detained for accidentally killing two men in a building cement plant in Hidd Industrial Area on Thursday.

This was announced by the Public Prosecution on Saturday.

The Public Prosecution also stated that investigations would continue and added that it had assigned a coroner to visi ..

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DT NEWS OVENHOT – Delicious, cheesy cake

August 10, 2014

Bhuban Shrestha, Ramee Grand Hotel and Spa, Seef

Passion fruit cheesecake with Candied Granny Smith apple, Cranberry coulis and Strawberry tuile

While much of his family is involved in running a business, chef Shrestha Bhuban always wanted to do something different. The Nepali national went to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for work and joined as a kitchen helper in the ..

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A brush with philosophy – LIVE FOR YOURSELF. IT’S NO TABOO

August 10, 2014

A brush with philosophy

I have been pondering over the phenomenon - disappointment – which comes and goes. I don’t know what prompted me to think about it. But, maybe, it could be because I was disappointed with something or someone.

Is this disappointment a permanent condition? I do not think so. For, we always have a tomorrow to look forward to. ..

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The Beauty Bloopers – “Suede boots and beaches don’t go together”

August 10, 2014

THE BEAUTY Bloopers

“I once bought a lipstick that was advertised as ‘silk pout’ and when applied, it did feel like it was a silk wear for the lips. It was smooth and it had an unbelievable shine to it. However, after a while the colour seemed to be dripping... literally. I felt the lipstick was getting smeared outside the lines and I had to run to the restroom to wipe it ..

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Nagasaki marks anniversary of atomic bombing

August 10, 2014

Pigeons fly around the peace statue during a memorial service for victims of the 1945 atomic bombing, at Nagasaki Peace Park on Saturday

Tens of thousands marked the 69th anniversary of the US atomic bombing of Nagasaki on Saturday, as the city’s pacifist mayor urged the Japanese government to listen to increasing concerns over controversial plans to expand the role of its military. Crowds gathered to remember the more than 70,000 people who died in the initial blast or from after-effects in the months and years following the ..

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SEA ROW MARS ASEAN TALKS

August 10, 2014

John Kerry (sixth, left) joins hands with ASEAN foreign ministers and officials before the ASEAN-U.S. Ministerial Meeting in Naypyidaw

Kerry calls on all parties to refrain from actions

China on Saturday vowed “clear and firm reactions” to defend its interests in the South China Sea but rejected suggestions of aggression, as America’s top diplomat urged restraint from all claimants to the bitterly contested waters.

A series of incidents between Be ..

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Greenpeace ship returns to warm welcome

August 10, 2014

A woman holds a Greenpeace flag and waves as Greenpeace’s Dutch-flagged Artic Sunrise ship returns to the Netherlands in IJmuiden harbour

Greenpeace’s Arctic Sunrise ship arrived home to a warm welcome in The Netherlands yesterday, almost a year after it was seized by Russia during a protest against Arctic oil drilling.

“It’s great to have her back,” veteran Greenpeace skipper Pete Willcox, who captained the Arctic Sunrise at the time of the seizure, told ..

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NEW PHASE

August 10, 2014

Abdullah Abdullah

Afghanistan will see dispute over fraud-tainted elections end - Abdullah

Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah said on Saturday that his country was entering “a new phase” in an interview with AFP, raising hopes that a bitter dispute over fraud-tainted elections might soon be resolved.

Abdullah and his bitt ..

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Arsenal harness Community spirit

August 10, 2014

Arsenal are setting their sights on bigger prizes this season, midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, seen in the picture (left ) vying with Manchester City’s English midfielder James Milner,  has said

Vindicated by their FA Cup triumph, Arsenal approach Community Shield face-off with Manchester City today buoyed by the belief that they are now credible challengers for the Premier League title.

May’s 3-2 win over Hull City ended a long and painful nine-year trophy drought for the North London club, and as they return to Wemb ..

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Phelps bested in 100m fly

August 10, 2014

Michael Phelps reacts after finishing behind Tom Shields in the Men’s 100 Meter Freestyle Prelims

Olympic great Michael Phelps settled for silver in the 100m butterfly at the US Swimming Championships.

Tom Shields edged Phelps by one-hundredth of a second, taking the gold in 51.29sec to Phelps’s 51.30.

It was a disappointment for Phelps, the 18-time Olympic gold medalist who had clocked ..

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EAGER BEAVER

August 10, 2014

Sangakkara acknowledges the crowd after scoring a double century

Sangakkara’s 10th double ton puts Sri Lanka ahead

Kumar Sangakkara struck a sparkling 221 to move to the second spot in the all-time list of test double centurions as Sri Lanka grabbed lead before declaring their first innings on day four of the first test against Pakistan yesterday.

Sangakkara’s 10th doubl ..

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Mourinho admits Lampard is impossible to replace

August 10, 2014

Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho admits it will be impossible to find a replacement for Chelsea legend Frank Lampard. Lampard was released by the Blues at the end of last season and has since signed for new MLS franchise New York FC, while also agreeing to play for Manchester City on loan until his new club start training in January. The 36-year-old established himself as one of Chel ..

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US PGA – MCILROY STARS

August 10, 2014

Rory McIlroy watches his tee shot on the seventh hole

Rory McIlroy was chasing more golf history as the third round of the PGA Championship teed off on Saturday with the world number one leading by a stroke at Valhalla. The 25-year-old Northern Irishman could become the fourth-youngest player to win a fourth career major after Young Tom Morris, Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus. He would be the first man since Padraig Har ..

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ENGLAND ROUT INDIA

August 10, 2014

Moeen Ali (left) delivers a ball to India’s Ravichandran Ashwin (right)

Moeen Ali stars as England crush India to take a 2-1 lead in the series. 

Moeen Ali starred in a dramatic England victory for the second time in as many matches as they crushed India by an innings and 54 runs to win the fourth Test at Old Trafford on Saturday with more than two days ..

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RAP summer camp kicks off today

August 10, 2014

Officials at a preparatory meeting

Royal Academy of Police (RAP), in collaboration with Tamkeen, will launch its summer camp activities today with an aim to develop leadership, disciplinary spirit and self-reliance skills among Bahraini youths.

The event, held for the sixth year in a row, also aims to reinforce the security and stability of the homeland, besides ..

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Bahrain favourite tourist hotspot

August 10, 2014

bahrain

Boost to economy

It seems like Bahrain has bettered its image as one of the favourite tourist destinations in the Middle East. The jump in the passenger traffic recorded at the Bahrain International Airport during the first half of the year simply points to this fact.

The inc ..

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Royal call for concerted efforts to face challenges

August 9, 2014

Deputy Prime Minister Shaikh Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khalifa

His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa paid tribute to Moroccan monarch King Mohammed VI and the Moroccan people for hosting Bahrain as Guest of Honour of the 36th edition of Aseela International Cultural Forum which kicked off today in Aseela city. Deputy Prime Minister Shaikh Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khalifa gave a speech on behalf of HM the King in the inau ..

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HRH Premier condoles Al-Bahar family

August 9, 2014

HRH Premier condoles Al-Bahar family

His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa today delegated Deputy Prime Minister, Shaikh Ali bin Khalifa Al Khalifa to offer condolences and sympathy to Al-Bahar family in the State of Kuwait on the demise of dignitary Mohammad bin Adulrahman Al-Bahar, may God rest his sole in peace. 

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Public Security Chief visits King Fahad Causeway

August 9, 2014

Public Security Chief visits King Fahad Causeway

Chief of Public Security, Major-General Tariq Al Hassan has visited the King Fahad Causeway Police Directorate. He was received by Deputy Chief of Public Security, Major-General Naji Al Hashel, Assistance Chief of Public Security of Training Affairs, General Directors of Exists and senior officers.

The visit was part of the dire ..

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RCO Secretary General visits LuLu summer camp 2014

August 9, 2014

Dr. Al Sayed

The development of the deprived and socially challenged Bahraini children is close to the heart of His Majesty the King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, said Dr Mustafa Al Sayed, Secretary General of the Royal Charities Organisation. The secretary general visited the Hidd LuLu Hypermarket for a first hand view of the 'Summer Skills camp 2014' iniated by the management of ..

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Leaders congratulate Singapore President

August 9, 2014

king pm cp

His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa today sent a cable of congratulations to the Singapore President Dr. Tony Tan Keng Yam on his country’s National Day.

HM the King wished President Tony Tan Keng Yam continuous good health and happiness and the friendly Singapore people further progress and prosperity.

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Drogba announces international retirement

August 9, 2014

Didier Drogba

Veteran Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba on Friday announced his retirement from international football at the age of 36. “It is with much sadness that I have decided to retire from international football,” Drogba wrote in a message on his Twitter account. “These past 12 years in the national team have been full of emotions. From my first full call up to my ..

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Phelps strong in 100m fly qualifying

August 9, 2014

Michael Phelps

Olympic great Michael Phelps posted the fastest time in the world this year to lead the way into the 100m butterfly final at the US Swimming Championships on Friday. Phelps won his heat in 51.17sec -- faster than the previous season-best of 51.29 set by South African Chad Le Clos at the Commonwealth Games. It wasn’t near Phelps’s world record of 49.82 -- set in ..

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Serena battles into semi-finals

August 9, 2014

Serena Williams serves

World number one Serena Williams clinched a gutsy 4-6, 7-5, 7-5 victory over Caroline Wozniacki on Friday to reach the semi-finals of the WTA hardcourt tournament at Montreal. Williams, who lifted her third Canadian crown last year when the tournament was held in Toronto, battled back from a set and a break down to stretch her career head-to-head record over the 13 ..

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BEHBEHANI BROTHERS WIN

August 9, 2014

Bahrain Finance Company Sponsored Cricket Bahrain

BCL Cricket Tournament

Behbehani Brothers scored a massive 281 for seven in 25 overs to defeat Tornado A by 184 runs in the Bahrain Finance Company Sponsored Cricket Bahrain (BCL-CBA Division) Golden League T25 tournament at the Busaiteen grounds in Muharraq. Top scoring for Behbehani were Aseetha (72), Farhan ..

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Pakistan frees Indian guard

August 9, 2014

Released Indian border guard Satyasheel Yadav (centre) waves from the Indian side of the border after his release by Pakistani officials at the border post

Pakistani officials on Friday released an Indian border guard arrested for allegedly violating their de-facto border in the disputed Himalayan territory of Kashmir, officials said.

The guard, whom officials named as Satyasheel Yadav, was swept onto the Pakistani side of the River Chenab after a patrol boat he was in capsized on ..

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TROPICAL STORM BUFFETS HAWAII

August 9, 2014

HAWAII

Itselle lost steam as it lashed Hawaii with strong winds and heavy rain early on Firday, as a second, more powerful storm headed for the holiday paradise.

While forecasters downgraded Iselle to a tropical storm from a hurricane shortly before it was due to make landfall on the Big Island, the ferocious system still spawned dange ..

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S. China Sea row looms as SE Asia talks begin

August 9, 2014

Thein Sein delivers a speech during the opening ceremony

China’s increasing assertiveness in maritime disputes was at the heart of Southeast Asian regional talks on Friday as diplomats began a series of meetings also expected to highlight concerns over host Myanmar’s reform progress. Myanmar President Thein Sein began the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) foreign minister meetings with a plea for the reg ..

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UNITY DEAL

August 9, 2014

John Kerry (right) and Afghan presidential candidates Ashraf Ghani (centre) and Abdullah Abdullah hold a joint press conference at the United Nations Compound in Kabul yesterday

Afghanistan’s feuding presidential candidates signed a deal on Friday to form a national unity government, opening an apparent way forward in a dispute over the fraud-tainted election that threatens to revive ethnic conflict.

Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah vowed to work together whoever becomes president after an ongoing a ..

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McDonald’s sales fall on China scandal

August 9, 2014

Passers by walk past a McDonald’s store in Tokyo. McDonald’s July sales dropped, the US food chain has said

McDonald’s suffered a drop in July sales after reports that it was using unsafe meat in China hit sales in Asia, the company said of Friday.

Global comparable sales at the US fast-food giant dropped 2.5 per cent, with sales in the Asia/Pacific, Middle East and Africa region plummeting 7.3pc.

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CHINA TRADE SURPLUS ROCKETS TO $47.3 BN

August 9, 2014

Buses wait to be exported in Lianyungang port in Lianyungang, east China’s Jiangsu province on Friday. China’s monthly trade surplus leaped to a record $47.3bn in July

China’s monthly trade surplus leaped to a record $47.3 billion in July, nearly tripling year-on-year, official data showed on Friday, as the world’s second-largest economy saw export growth accelerate while imports surprisingly shrank.

Exports increased 14.5 per cent year-on-year to $212.9bn, the General Administration of Cu ..

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Australia set to tighten Russia sanctions

August 9, 2014

Prime Minister Tony Abbott

Australia is preparing to tighten sanctions on Russia, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Friday as he warned President Vladimir Putin against sending his troops into Ukraine.

Fears are mounting that Moscow is preparing to deploy troops in conflict-torn east Ukraine, with NATO accusing Russia of massing some 20,000 troops on the ..

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BOJ WARNS OF WEAK EXPORTS

August 9, 2014

Pedestrians walk under Japanese national flags outside a railway station at a business district in Tokyo

The Bank of Japan on Friday warned the country’s export and factory output picture was worsening but it held fire on launching more stimulus, saying the world’s number three economy was still on a path to recovery.

The decision to stand pat was widely expected and investors have now turned their focus to a regular post-meeti ..

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ADIDAS AIMS TO OUTSHINE NIKE

August 9, 2014

ADIDAS

Sportswear firm Adidas probably thought it had hit the marketing jackpot when Adidas-sponsored Germany beat Adidas-sponsored Argentina to win the Adidas-sponsored World Cup. But arch rival Nike may have stolen much of its soccer branding thunder with quirky videos, innovative boots and amusing Tweets, not to mention the odd sponsorship coup of its own such as signi ..

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Australia central bank cuts GDP forecasts

August 9, 2014

A woman walks past a store in Sydney’s central business district. Australia’s central bank has cut its growth forecasts

Australia’s central bank on Friday cut its growth forecasts as it reinforced a “period of stability” in interest rates and highlighted the challenges the economy faces as it moves away from mining-led expansion.

The Reserve Bank of Australia lowered its GDP forecasts for 2014 and 2015 by 25 percentage points, and said the ..

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ASIAN MARKETS MIXED AS IRAQ FEARS WEIGH

August 9, 2014

A man looks at a board showing the numbers for various stock markets from around the world in Tokyo

Asian stocks were mixed on Friday, after US President Barack Obama said he had authorised air strikes against Sunni extremist militants in Iraq as concerns grew about the security situation there.

Tokyo stocks dropped to a two-month low, falling 2.98 per cent, or 454.00 points, to close at 14,778.37. Sydney was down 1.34pc, or 7 ..

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PREMIER THANKED

August 9, 2014

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Support for labour rights

Prime Minister HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa has received a cable of thanks from the Chairman of the Executive Council of the Bahrain Free Labour Unions Federation (Al Hurr) Yaqoob Mohamed Yousif for his support towards the working class in the Kingdom.

Yaqoob said that under HRH the ..

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Roads paved in Zinj, Tubli

August 9, 2014

The completed road will benefit 65 residential units.

Works Ministry (MoW) confirmed on Friday that 60 pc of works on unpaved roads in Zinj and Tubli had been completed.

The revamps were implemented in Blocks 358 and 711, in addition to Road 1101 in the Central Area Towns.

The ministry’s Road Maintenance and Projects Director Raed Al Salah sta ..

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Delegation offers condolence

August 9, 2014

Hamoud Al Mutairi

A delegation consisting of prominent figures in the Kingdom’s society travelled to Dammam, Saudi Arabia on Wednesday.

The group offered condolence to the family of social worker Hamoud Al Mutairi, who was killed in a car accident in Bahrain last Saturday.

Heading the delegation were MPs, so ..

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A preferred destination

August 9, 2014

2.Dr Al Ansari

There has been a sharp increase in the number of expatriate domestic workers during the first half of 2014, making Bahrain one of their preferred destinations.

According to statistics furnished by the Labour Ministry officials, around 20,000 work permits for domestic employment were issued during the first half of 2014.

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MYSTERY DECODED

August 9, 2014

Deceased Haris Kanu Miah

How was he killed? Who found the body? There have been conflicting reports on the suitcase murder  case. DT News  brings you an accurate version. Plus the untold story how police succeeded in cracking the case in record time.

On August 3, a suitcase containing the body of a man who was brutally ki ..

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THE ART OF PLASTICS

August 9, 2014

Burca presenting one of her works. An octopus created using plastic bottles.

Though harmful, plastics are an integral part of human life.

Discovering its gravity in the world of creativity, a visiting Turkish artist has proved that the organic compound can be even explored to create work of arts.

Burca Kizilcay, who is conducting workshops at the Nakhool City as part ..

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Court Beat

August 9, 2014

court beat

SIU received 11 complaints

The Special Investigation Unit (SIU) received 11 complaints in July, including five cases of ill-treatment, three cases of use of excessive force and three other complaints of torture allegation, SIU member Ebrahim Al Kawari stated.

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FIRE GUTS MAJLIS

August 9, 2014

The remains of the gutted Majlis

A prospective parliamentary candidate suffered a huge loss after his own Majlis was gutted by fire, which broke out in East Riffa on Thursday.

The owner of the Majlis, Mohammed Al Orfi, who is said to be running in the next parliament elections, believed that the fire broke out because of an electrical short circuit.

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Never ending trouble – US gets back to war in Iraq

August 9, 2014

US Navy

American jets drop 225kg laser-guided bomb on ISIL mobile artillery

American aircraft bombed positions held by Islamic State insurgents in northern Iraq on Friday in the first major US military action since it withdrew troops, the Pentagon said.

A day after President Barack Obama publicly authorised the use of force to a ..

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Singapore economy expands 3.5pc

August 9, 2014

A general view of the container port in Singapore. Singapore’s economy grew 3.5 per cent in the first half

Singapore’s trade-sensitive economy grew 3.5 per cent in the first half and was on track for 2.5-3.5pc expansion this year, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on Friday.

“Our economy grew 3.5 per cent in the first half of 2014, and is forecast to grow 2.5-3.5pc for the year,” he said in a message on the eve of National Da ..

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MALAYSIA AIRLINES TO BE PRIVATISED

August 9, 2014

Malaysia Airlines planes parked at the terminal at Kuala Lumpur Intenational Airport (KLIA) in Sepang. Deeply troubled Malaysia Airlines will be de-listed and taken private ahead of a major restructuring

The 68-year-old flag carrier to be delisted

Malaysia Airlines will be de-listed after being taken over by the country’s state investment fund as part of plans announced on Friday for a “complete overhaul” of the company to rescue it from oblivion after two crippling air disasters.

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House on the corner

August 9, 2014

A man walks past the “Stura maja” or “Corner house”

Latvia’s former KGB headquarters gives up its dark secrets

The “House on the Corner” was one of the most feared places in Latvia during Soviet times, but now people are flocking to the former KGB headquarters in the capital Riga, keen to uncover its dark secrets.

As Rus ..

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Thai junta-led assembly in debut meet

August 9, 2014

Members of the National Legislative Assembly attend the first meeting at Parliament in Bangkok on Friday

Thailand’s new military-stacked National Legislative Assembly convened for the first time on Friday, electing a president in a key step towards crafting a new constitution likely to embed the army’s political influence.

Of the 197-strong assembly, just over half are serving or former military top brass, with the remainder al ..

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RUSSIA SANCTIONS BATTLE HEATS UP

August 9, 2014

Pro-Russian militants kiss icons during their service in eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk on Friday

Fierce battles on Ukraine’s porous eastern border left 15 government troops dead as fears of a possible Russian invasion swirled yesterday despite NATO urging Moscow to withdraw its troops along the frontier. International tensions also rose as Western countries slammed a Russian food embargo imposed as revenge for sanctions slapped on Moscow over its backing for ..

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Fonte commits to Southampton

August 9, 2014

Jose Fonte

Southampton defender Jose Fonte has signed a new deal with the Barclays Premier League club, manager Ronald Koeman has announced. Portuguese defender Fonte, 30, has pledged his future to the St Mary’s outfit and will remain at the south coast club until at least 2017.

“We are very happy because we like to keep the good playe ..

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Schneiderlin unsettled over transfer snub

August 9, 2014

Morgan Schneiderlin

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman admits France midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin is not in the right frame of mind to play for the club after being told he won’t be allowed to join the St Mary’s exodus. Schneiderlin has attracted interest from Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal, but Koeman is determined to hang onto the 24-year-old following a series of star departure ..

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PGA Championship – MCILROY LEADS

August 9, 2014

Rory McIlroy

World number one Rory McIlroy eagled the par-5 10th hole on Friday at Valhalla to seize a two-stroke lead at the PGA Championship in his quest for consecutive major titles. McIlroy, who captured the British Open last month at Royal Liverpool, put his approach just short of the green, 32 feet from the cup, then holed out from there to stand on eight-under for the ch ..

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Atletico sign Gamez from Malaga

August 9, 2014

Jesus Gamez

Spanish champions Atletico Madrid have signed full-back Jesus Gamez from Malaga on a three-year contract. The 29-year-old has spent his entire career at La Rosaleda, making 266 league appearances for Malaga, but swaps the south coast for the capital and a shot at defending the Primera Division title.

Atletico director of sport J ..

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Suarez bids to have FIFA biting ban halved

August 9, 2014

Suarez

Luis Suarez on Friday pleaded his case before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to halve his four-month FIFA ban for biting. Barcelona’s Uruguayan striker, in a blue checked shirt and jeans, was tight-lipped as he ran the gauntlet of press photographers on his way into the hearing shortly before 10 am local time. He emerged almost five hours later, still r ..

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PELLEGRINI DEFENDS MAN CITY TRANSFERS

August 9, 2014

Manuel Pellegrini

Manuel Pellegrini has declared his happiness with the club’s summer transfer window dealings so far - and confidence that they have all been above board. Over the last few days the spotlight has been on City’s recruitment of Frank Lampard and Bacary Sagna following comments made about both signings from Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.

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SANGAKKARA SHINES

August 9, 2014

Mahela Jayawardene (left) and Kumar Sangakkara share a light moment

Rain-hit third day of the first Test

Kumar Sangakkara rose to fourth place in the list of century-makers as he and the retiring Mahela Jayawardene plundered Pakistan’s bowlers on the rain-hit third day of the first Test in Galle on Friday. The hosts, who began the day at 99-1 in reply to Pakistan’s 451, carried their first innings to 252-2 by tea before ..

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Hundreds of refugees return to Syria

August 9, 2014

Syrian refugees, fleeing the recent fighting in Arsal, wait by trucks in Majdel Anjar in the Bekaa valley

Several hundred Syrian refugees who had been sheltering in a Lebanese town where the army and jihadists have been fighting crossed back into Syria on Friday, a nun assisting them said.

Sister Agnes, a nun based in Syria, told AFP a first group of 350 of some 1,700 refugees who left the town of Arsal passed through the Masnaa bor ..

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FIRST VICTIM A GAZAN BOY

August 9, 2014

A child holds a sign reading “No More Killing” during a rally denouncing Israel’s air strikes in Gaza

Deadly hostilities engulfed Gaza once again where a 10-year-old boy was killed on Friday and Israeli warplanes struck targets in retaliation for dozens of Palestinian cross-border rocket attacks.

But Egypt, mediating indirect talks between Israelis and Palestinians, said negotiations were making progress despite the violence and ..

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Liverpool seal loan move for Manquillo

August 7, 2014

Javier Manquillo shows Liverpool jersey

Liverpool have signed Spanish right-back Javier Manquillo on loan from reigning La Liga champions Atletico Madrid, the English Premier League club announced on Wednesday. Liverpool did not confirm the length of the loan, but 20-year-old Manquillo is reported to have committed to a two-year stay at Anfield.

“I’m very happy to ..

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McIlroy to defend Australian Open title

August 7, 2014

Rory McIlroy crosses a bridge during a practice round prior to the start of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club

World number one Rory McIlroy said on Wednesday he will defend his Australian Open title, crediting his win last year in Sydney as the launchpad for a return to form.

The Northern Irishman overhauled crowd favourite and fierce rival Adam Scott for victory last November -- his first win in more than 12 months.

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Goetze breaks silence

August 7, 2014

Mario Goetze and his girlfriend Kathrin Brommel carry the twin daughters of teammate Jerome Boateng, Soley and Lamia, at the end of during their 2014 World Cup final against Argentina

Germany’s World Cup hero Mario Goetze said he did not have time to think about what he was doing when he controlled the ball with his chest before sweeping a sweet volley past Argentina’s Sergio Romero in the final.

“You don`t really think very much when you´re in a situation like that,” Goetze, 22, said in the Bild new ..

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TIGER TURNS UP

August 7, 2014

Tiger Woods of the United States arrives to the course for a practice round prior to the start of the 96th PGA Championship

The American arrives at Valhalla on PGA Championship eve

 Louisville Tiger Woods arrived at Valhalla Golf Club on Wednesday, apparently intent to play in the PGA Championship only days after suffering back spasms and withdrawing from a tournament.

Woods has booked an afternoon practice round at the same venue wh ..

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Anas leaves Young Star in tatters

August 7, 2014

Wellmed sponsored Cricket Bahrain (BCL-CBA division) Diamond League T25 tournament

Pak CC and Indian School Parents were comfortable winners against their respective opponents in the Wellmed sponsored Cricket Bahrain (BCL-CBA division) Diamond League T25 tournament. Pak CC, after sending Falcon CC to bat first, won the match by five wickets, courtesy the half century from Zubair (52) and some clean hitting by Waqas (41).

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Bahrain team leaves for Malaysia

August 7, 2014

Bahrain under-16 cricket squad

Under-16 cricket squad of the Kingdom has left for Malaysia to compete in the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) Premier Cup, scheduled to be held from 13 to 20 this month. The 17-member team that included Manager Mukunda Warrier and coach Rexy Arulvasagam departed for Kuala Lumpur on Sunday night.

The team, which has 14 players, will ..

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HAMAD TAKES HELM

August 7, 2014

Adnan Hamad

Former Iraq coach signs two-year deal

Former Iraq and Jordan coach Adnan Hamad will lead Bahrain to next year’s Asian Cup in Australia after he was appointed as the replacement for Englishman Anthony Hudson.

Hudson’s abrupt resignation last week to take up the vacant post in charge of the New Zealand national team th ..

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Standard Chartered faces money-laundering probe

August 7, 2014

Standard Chartered

Standard Chartered confirmed on Wednesday that it faces fresh US fines over alleged breaches in its anti-money laundering systems, two years after it paid massive penalties for violating American sanctions. Media reports said the probe by New York’s financial regulator followed allegations that the London-based, Hong Kong-listed lender failed to spot millions of ..

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GERMANY DISMISSES HOLLANDE’S APPEAL

August 7, 2014

Hollande

Germany on Wednesday rejected a fresh call from French President Francois Hollande to do more to promote economic growth in Europe, saying it was already pulling its weight. Asked about comments made by the French leader this week calling for “stronger support of growth” by Germany, a government spokeswoman said Berlin saw “no reason” to change tack.

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YACHT BIZ TO BOOM IN CHINA

August 7, 2014

Yacht, the new Chinese star.

With a fortune made in Chinese finance, Li Wang already has six cars including a Bentley and a Porsche, and his eye on his next multi-millionaires’ toy: a boat. “I only know a little about yachts at the moment,” acknowledged the chubby 27-year-old, strolling in golden sunglasses among the sailboats, catamarans and motor cruisers lining the jetties at a boat s ..

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Want to study abroad?

August 7, 2014

Want to study abroad

Bahrainis have always been positively predisposed towards studying abroad, given the chance and this has led to the Northern Cypriot representative Office to encourage more students to study in their country.

Education is quite a big industry in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. With at least eight universities in a count ..

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Third hottest july on record

August 7, 2014

bahrain

If your energy bills shocked you during July, just don’t put all the blame on the air conditioners alone as the month was also the third hottest since records began in 1902.

Besides being hot, the month was also the second sunniest since records began in 1968, says a report from the Head of Climate and Observation section in M ..

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Cleric in poll fray

August 7, 2014

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A renowned religious cleric in the second largest district in Bahrain has announced his intention to contest in the upcoming municipal elections.

Mohammed Al Nuaimi told DT News that he will participate in the municipal elections in Muharraq Governorate.

Mohammed stated that several i ..

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Tamkeen organises networking programme

August 7, 2014

The participants at the event-tamkeen

In an effort to connect students with local businesses, Intelaaq, Tamkeen’s student business consultancy programme, organised a networking event titled ‘I’m Almost Done With University – Now What?”

The event included a panel discussion headed by the Chairman of the MENA Centre for Investment, Dr. Zakariya Hejris as wel ..

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BMS participates in Gaza mission

August 7, 2014

Dr. Mohammad Rafie in Palestine

Medical officials from Bahrain took part in delivering one of the first aid consignments to the war-stricken Gaza strip in Palestine.

Bahrain Medical Society (BMS) on Wednesday affirmed its partnership with Bahrain National Committee for Supporting the Palestinian People in Gaza.

BMS Presiden ..

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DT WOMAN – Writing from the heart

August 7, 2014

DT WOMAN - Writing from the heart - Ms. Sunderam

Who wants to become a writer? And why? Because it’s the answer to everything... to make a great flower out of life, even if it’s a cactus.’ 

This quote from celebrated British author and playwright Enid Bagnold might as well refer to writer Rohini Sunderam.

The ..

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Riffa residents rally behind Shaikh Jassim

August 7, 2014

Residents of the first district in Riffa attending the majlis

In the Majlis of MP Shaikh Jassim Al Saeedi, residents of the first district in Riffa expressed their intention to elect Shaikh Jassim to represent their district in the coming parliamentary elections.

The residents told DT News that Shaikh Jassim is the best candidate to convey their demands to the authorities concerned ..

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HEC inspects AOU campus

August 7, 2014

Residents of the first district in Riffa attending the majlis

Higher Education Council (HEC) officials paid an inspection visit to the Arab Open University (AOU) new campus in Aali on Wednesday. The new campus is scheduled to open by the next academic year.

HEC General Secretary, Dr. Riyadh Yousif, accompanied by other officials viewed the premises to determine its readiness to accommodate ..

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Butterfly team gets a warm welcome

August 7, 2014

Alaa and Marwa at the BIA with their relatives and well wishers

A warm welcome was accorded at the Bahrain International Airport on Wednesday to Butterfly team which returned home after winning the third place in the Innovation Category in the Microsoft Imagine Cup 2014, the world’s premier technology competition.

Alaa Abdulraheem and Marwa Buhaila from Bahrain represented the Arab World ..

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Crown Prince raps terrorism

August 7, 2014

Crown Prince (R) and the US Ambassador

Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister, HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, on Wednesday said that collective efforts are required to address all forms of extremism and sectarianism which pose threat to the unity and security of all countries.

During a meeting with the United States Ambassador ..

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King commends Gaza initiative

August 7, 2014

King

His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa has praised the efforts of the Bahrain National Committee on Supporting the Palestinian People in Gaza led by the Royal Charity Organisation (RCO) Chairman, HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa.

HM the King hailed the committee for delivering 80 tonnes of aid to Gaza strip within record ..

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BD 4 million for minors’ investment baskets

August 7, 2014

Shaikh Khalid

Minister of Justice, Islamic Affairs and Endowments Shaikh Khalid bin Ali Al Khalifa chaired on Wednesday the meeting of the Council of Guardianship on the Money of the Minors and their Equivalents.

Discussions focused on issues on the meeting’s agenda and ways of boosting investment of the minors’ money and streamline servi ..

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Man gets 3 yrs for assault and abduction

August 7, 2014

court beat

The High Criminal Court on Wednesday sentenced a Bahraini defendant to three years behind bars for beating and abducting a man.

It was learnt that the defendant confronted his victim with five other unidentified men and they physically assaulted him before taking him to an undisclosed area.

T ..

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Bomb blasts near police station

August 7, 2014

Policemen are seen investigating the site of explosion

A bomb explosion rocked the eastern part of the capital late night on Wednesday, spreading fears of fresh terrorist attack among the residents.

The explosion, suspected to be from a homemade device, damaged a parked car and shattered the windows of the nearby buildings and shook houses in the immediate vicinity.

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Kiddies all set to join Dora’s treasure hunt!

August 7, 2014

Dora’s Pirate Adventure will open a whole new world filled with imagination, dancing and pure laugher

Children in Bahrain are in for a treat as they could join their favourite character Dora in the search for pirate treasure.

Starting Thursday at 5pm, ‘Dora’s Pirate Adventure’ will feature in the Bahrain Summer Festival. The family musical event will be on until Sunday at Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Cen ..

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SPOT TO HANG ON

August 7, 2014

The model of the proposed hanging garden

A part from Tree of Life, Dilmun Burial Mounds, Arad Fort et al, Bahrain will soon get another addition to its long list of tourist destinations, as the first-of-its-kind hanging garden is all set to be opened by the first half of 2015.

Beyond attracting tourists, the hanging garden also serves as an effective way to utilise th ..

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NO MORE NATIONALS

August 7, 2014

Criminal

Nine Bahrainis stripped off their nationalities for terrorism

The Kingdom has sent out a strong message that it would not tolerate terrorism in any form.

This became evident when the High Criminal Court on Wednesday strippe ..

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Ebola suspect dies in Saudi 

August 7, 2014

Some of the ultrastructural morphology displayed by an Ebola virus virion is revealed in this undated handout colorized transmission electron micrograph (TEM)

A Saudi Arabian who travelled to Sierra Leone and suspectedly to have contracted Ebola virus died on Wednesday following a heart attack.

“The patient died of cardiac arrest, despite efforts by the medical team to resuscitate him,” the Saudi heath ministry said.

The ministry added that th ..

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Calm returns slowly to Gaza

August 7, 2014

Palestinians salvage items from the rubble of destroyed buildings in part of Gaza City’s al-Tufah neighbourhood

Life in the battered Gaza Strip began returning to normal on Wednesday as a ceasefire held for a second day and Egyptian mediators engaged in shuttle diplomacy on extending the truce.

Shops, banks and markets reopened around the devastated enclave where residents seemed more confident that the 72-hour ceasefire, which began on T ..

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Arig posts profit on investment returns

August 7, 2014

Yassir Albaharna

The Arig Group’s investment returns were up and underwriting result was lower at the half-year mark 2014 when comparing against the same period of 2013. Arig delivered net profits of US$ 4.7 million for the first two quarters of the year (six months 2013: US$ 5.2 million). Claims from the Indian sub-continent and Re-Takaful interest pushed up the Group’s combin ..

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IMPRESSIVE PERFORMANCE

August 7, 2014

Fahad Al-Rajaan

Ahli United Bank B.S.C. reports US$ 262.5 Mn   profit

Ahli United Bank B.S.C. (AUB) reported a net profit attributable to its shareholders of US$ 262.5 million for the half year ended 30 June 2014. This reflected an increase of 38.1per cent over the core net profit of US$ 190.1 million achieved in H1/2013. The overall H1/2013 result of US$ 403.0 million in ..

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Alitalia strike causes passenger misery

August 7, 2014

Alitalia

Airport authorities in Rome were racing on Wednesday to deal with a wildcat baggage handlers strike that has delayed summer holiday passengers and left thousands of people without their luggage. Baggage handlers and maintenance staff walked out of Fiumicino airport on Monday at one of the busiest periods of the year in protest over negotiations to downsize Italy’ ..

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BRITAIN TO EXPLORE BITCOIN POTENTIAL

August 7, 2014

bitcoin

British finance minister George Osborne said on Wednesday that the government would further explore the potential of digital currencies such as Bitcoin. The regulation of virtual and digital currencies, and the risks associated with them, will be examined in a bid to boost Britain’s Financial Technology (FinTech) sector, Osborne said. The government is set to pub ..

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SECURITY CONCERNS

August 7, 2014

Obama with African leaders

President Barack Obama said on Wednesday that the United States wants to help Africa fight extremist unrest and international terrorism, as a high-level summit turned to security challenges on the continent.A day after announcing $33 billion in investment and finance for the continent, Obama told 45 African heads of state and government at the Washington talks that ..

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Foursquare unveils revamped app

August 7, 2014

foursqaure & Swarm

The location-based social network Foursquare unveiled its new local search and recommendation service yesterday after splitting off its app enabling friends to keep track of each other.The “all-new Foursquare” debuts as a personalised tool that learns about users’ tastes and interests through their smartphone habits.”Our phones should learn about us -- our ..

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‘Fight for our girls’ says Michelle Obama

August 7, 2014

First lady Michelle Obama makes opening remarks at a Spousal Symposium at the John F. Kennedy Center

US First Lady Michelle Obama on Wednesday called on her fellow presidential spouses from across Africa to “fight for our girls,” saying no girl should fear getting an education. Obama alluded indirectly to the plight of schoolgirls kidnapped by Islamist rebels in Nigeria in a panel discussion with former first lady Laura Bush on the closing day of a US summit w ..

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HISTORIC RENDEZVOUS

August 7, 2014

A close up detail focusing on a smooth region on the base of the body section of comet

Comet joined by space probe after 10 years

Turning what seemed like a science fiction tale into reality, an unmanned probe swung alongside a comet on Wednesday after a 4-billion mile chase through outer space over the course of a decade.

Europe’s Rosetta probe will orbit and study the giant ball of dust and ice as it h ..

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CAMERON’S CHALLENGER

August 7, 2014

Boris Johnson

London Mayor Boris Johnson indicated on Wednesday that he would stand for election to the House of Commons next year, a move that could eventually position him as a successor to Prime Minister David Cameron. The comments from Johnson, known for his messy shock of blond hair and clownish soundbites, end months of speculation about whether he would return to national ..

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Radwanska advances at Montreal tournament

August 7, 2014

Radwanska celebrates a point against Strycova

Polish third seed Agnieszka Radwanska rallied to beat Barbora Zahlavova Strycova 6-4, 6-4 to become the first player to reach the third round of the WTA Montreal hardcourt tournament.

Radwanska, who lost in her opener in Stanford last week, came into the $2.4 million event at Uniprix Stadium having never lost her opening match i ..

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CONTRASTING WINS FOR FEDERER AND WAWRINKA

August 7, 2014

Roger Federer returns a shot to Peter Polansky of Canada

Two-time champion Roger Federer turned on the style but Swiss compatriot Stan Wawrinka had to work much harder to advance on Wednesday at the ATP Toronto Masters.

Second seed Federer showed no mercy against Canadian Peter Polansky in a 6-2, 6-0 second-round thrashing which took just 52 minutes. Federer converted on six of seven ..

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Webb calls time on 25-year career

August 7, 2014

Howard Webb

Howard Webb has retired from a refereeing career which included a World Cup final to become technical director of the body which selects and governs Premier League match officials.

Webb ends a 25-year professional career in which he became the first man to officiate showpiece matches of both the Champions League and World Cup in ..

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INDIA EYE RECOVERY

August 7, 2014

James Anderson, Alastair Cook and Steven Finn look on during a training session before the fourth test match against India at the Old Trafford

England face the welcome problem of dealing with the consequences of winning ahead of the fourth Test against India at Old Trafford starting today.

Victory by the huge margin of 266 runs in the third Test at Southampton last week saw England level the five-match series at 1-1.

It also ended a ..

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YOUNIS TON LIFTS PAK

August 7, 2014

Mahela Jayawardene (second right) is congratulated by Younis Khan at the end of the first day’s play

Veteran batsman Younis Khan hit an unbeaten 133 to steer Pakistan out of trouble on the opening day of the first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle yesterday.

The tourists, electing to bat in overcast conditions, slumped to 56-3 before Khan’s rescue act helped them recover to 261-4 when bad light ended play two overs early at the ..

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SLOW DOWN

August 7, 2014

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Planning to gas up and hit the road for a high-speed afternoon jaunt? Then know that your ride won’t be that smooth as you might think. As the government is determined to slow you down and save as many innocent lives as possible by installing speed humps on your way.

The decision, according to Mow’s Roads Assistant Undersecr ..

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Chief-of-Staff inspects BDF Unit

August 6, 2014

BDF Chief-of-Staff Lt-General Shaikh Duaij bin Salman Al Khalifa

BDF Chief-of-Staff Lt-General Shaikh Duaij bin Salman Al Khalifa on Wednesday paid an inspection visit to one of the BDF units . Shaikh Duaij assessed the Unit's readiness posture and workflow, praising the high morale of the its personnel as he was briefed on the Unit's development plan and examined its preparations and training programmes. He hailed HM King Ha ..

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National Guard President receives Saudi National Guard Assistant Undersecretary

August 6, 2014

1 National Guard President receives Saudi National Guard Assistant Undersecretary

President of the National Guard His Highness Lt-General Shaikh Mohammed bin Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa on Wednesday received the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's National Guard Assistant Undersecretary for the Eastern Sector's Military Affairs, Major-General Abdullah Mohammed Al-Mufeez, and his accompanying delegation, who paid a courtesy visit to His Highness. His Highne ..

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Deputy Premier receives French Ambassador

August 6, 2014

Christian Testot-Deputy Prime Minister His Highness Shaikh Ali bin Khalifa Al Khalifa

Deputy Prime Minister His Highness Shaikh Ali bin Khalifa Al Khalifa on Wednesday received the outgoing Ambassador of the French Republic to the Kingdom of Bahrain, Christian Testot. His Highness praised the Ambassador's remarkable efforts in boosting the bilateral relations between the two friendly countries, citing the constant growth of Bahraini-French rela ..

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Distinguished Bahraini-French ties hailed

August 6, 2014

Mr. al dhahrani

Speaker of the Representatives Council Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Dhahrani has affirmed the crucial role played by diplomats in consolidating the kingdom’s relations with the European Union (EU) countries, particularly France, be it at the official or popular levels and in various parliamentary and legislative levels. He made the remarks as he received here today ..

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India call up Samson, Karn

August 6, 2014

Sanju Samson

Uncapped wicketkeeper-batsman Sanju Samson and leg-spinning all-rounder Karn Sharma were both included on Tuesday in India’s 17-man squad for the five-match one-day series and lone Twenty20 against England.

The 19-year-old Samson was a member of the India side that finished fifth at this year’s Under-19 World Cup in the Unit ..

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SRI LANKA CAUTIOUS

August 6, 2014

Sri Lankan players warm up during a practice session at the Galle International Cricket Stadium in Galle

Swansong for Mahela Jayawardene

Rusty Pakistan and overworked Sri Lanka are set for an enthralling contest when they open a two-Test series in Galle today, the last for the retiring Mahela Jayawardene.

The former Sri Lankan captain, whose elegant batting has seen him rise to sixth place in the all-time scorers’ list wi ..

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All Black Carter to miss start of Championship

August 6, 2014

Dan Carter

All Black superstar Dan Carter will be sidelined for at least half of New Zealand’s Rugby Championship campaign after cracking a calf bone in last weekend’s Super 15 final, officials said on Tuesday.

Carter left the field during the Canterbury Crusaders 32-33 loss to the NSW Waratahs in Sydney after an injury to his lower le ..

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‘Arsenal set for golden era’

August 6, 2014

Alexis Sanchez is expected to turn the fortunes of Gunners

Arsenal’s second-biggest shareholder Alisher Usmanov predicts a golden era lies ahead for the club and has backed Arsene Wenger to keep spending.

He praised Arsenal’s approach in the transfer market this summer after the club spent more than £60 million on Alexis Sanchez, Mathieu Debuchy, David Ospina and Calum Chambers.

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FEDERER TUNES UP

August 6, 2014

Roger Federer during Sportsnet Ball Hockey Challenge game at Rexall Centre at York University in Toronto

The Swiss is seeded second in Toronto

Roger Federer is enjoying the good life.

At 33, he has 17 Grand Slam titles and a family now four children deep after his wife gave birth to twin boys in May. Now, as he awaits a U.S. Open tuneup at the Rogers Cup, he considers himself “more laid back” than at any time in his car ..

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Anto-Anoop duo wins

August 6, 2014

Winners with their trophies

K. Anto and P. Anoop saw off Nishant and Prashobh 21-12, 08-21, 21-13 in the final of flight I doubles category at the third BKS-Syed Modi Badminton tournament organised by Bahrain Keraleeya Samajam.

In the flight II doubles final, Ben George and Jisham Kunju defeated Paulson and Rohit 17-21, 24-22, 22-20 while D. Alias and ..

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Zain clinch regional title

August 6, 2014

Zain Bahrain team members celebrate after the match in Dubai

Zain Bahrain has won the Galaxy 11 football regional title defeating Dubai Team in the final held in Dubai. Zain had defeated Batelco at Riffa Club sports hall in June 14 last to book final berth in the tournament organised by Bin Hindi Informatics and Samsung.

Bin Hind Informatics is the sole distributor for Samsung mobiles, la ..

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USA CUT ROSTER

August 6, 2014

James Harden (right) drives against Kevin Durant during a practice session at the Mendenhall Centre

Washington Wizards guards John Wall and Bradley Beal and Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap were cut by USA Basketball on Tuesday as they pared down to 16 finalists for the 12-man team for this month’s World Cup in Spain.

The 20-player pool had already lost Indiana Pacers forward Paul George, who suffered a compound fracture o ..

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Food woes as Philippine inflation rises sharply

August 6, 2014

A vendor selling garlic at a market in Manila

Philippine inflation shot up to a nearly three-year high of 4.9 percent in July, as millions of poor Filipinos endured steep price rises for essential foods, official data showed on Tuesday. The consumer price increase was the highest since it spiked by 5.2 pc in October 2011. “This was mainly due to the jump in the growth of the heavily-weighted food and non-alc ..

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BMW Q2 PROFITS UP

August 6, 2014

BMW

German top-of-the-range carmaker BMW said on Tuesday that profits rose in the second quarter of 2014 on the back of increased demand for its vehicles worldwide. BMW said in a statement that its bottom-line net profit rose by 27.2 percent to 1.771 billion euros ($2.4 billion) in the period from April to June.Underlying or operating profit was up 26 pc at 2.603 billi ..

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Putin orders response to Western sanctions

August 6, 2014

PUTIN

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday ordered his government to draft a response to “unacceptable” Western sanctions over Moscow’s perceived backing of pro-Kremlin rebels in Ukraine’s volatile east. But, he said, authorities will have to move carefully to make sure the steps do not hurt Russians. “Political instruments of pressure on the economy ar ..

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STRONG ROLE

August 6, 2014

Former US President Bill Clinton (left) moderates a panel discussion during US-Africa Business Forum

US announces $14 bn in new investments at Africa summit

The United States heralded $14 billion worth of new investments in Africa on Thursday as Washington seeks to demonstrate it is ready to take a strong role in the continent’s economic takeoff. President Barack Obama is to announce the projects later in the day to some 45 African heads of state and gov ..

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Accidents reduced during Eid Al Fitr

August 6, 2014

Osama Bahar

Bahrain this year witnessed a reduction in the number of accidents occured during Eid Al Fitr holidays, when compared to that in the prior year period.

Acting Director of Traffic Culture at the General Directorate of Traffic, Major Osama Bahar said on Tuesday that 11 traffic accidents, including four with serious injuries were r ..

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Security at fingertips

August 6, 2014

A file picture showing an airport fingerprint scanner verifying the fingerprints of a passenger

It might be easy for a bird to enjoy free flight across the Kingdom’s airport into the city, but not for those coming with forged passports.

Armed with biometric fingerprint scanners and stringent security measures, Interior Ministry’s Exits Directorate had managed to catch 898 instances of passport forgeries in the period b ..

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Nose print of dogs

August 6, 2014

PET PROJECT

Here is some cool news for all those pet owners who are living constantly under the threat of their precious pooches getting dognapped. Latest reports show that just the way humans could be identified by their fingerprints, dogs could be identified by their nose prints.

Hard to believe!  Then just have a close look at the nose ..

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‘We’re made scapegoats’

August 6, 2014

Most of the three-star hoteliers said their business was down by half, thanks to Culture Ministry’s decision

With the alcohol ban in place, it emerged, the three-star hotels in the Kingdom were wading through troubled waters.

Economics apart, the hoteliers told DT News, they felt they were being made scapegoats for all the immoral activities that prevailed in the hotel sector in the Kingdom.

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Body flown back

August 6, 2014

Arivazhagan Ramar

The body of Ramar Arivazhagan, an Indian national who died on July 21 following a cardiac arrest, was finally flown back to his native place on Tuesday.

As Arivazhagan was an illegal resident, his friends in the Kingdom were finding it difficult to fly the body back owing to legal problems.

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Israel pulls out, so does Google

August 6, 2014

Post its launch on July 29, the game was downloaded by at least 1000 users of Google app store 1

On a day when Israel withdrew its military from the Gaza strip, paving an end to the 20-day ground operation in the Palestinian territory, Google has removed the controversial game ‘Bomb Gaza’ from its app store.

The game had sparked widespread controversy around the globe. Analysts are of the view that the game is of sectar ..

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MP slams decision to sack disabled

August 6, 2014

Mahmood Al Mahmood

A lawmaker has criticised the recent administrative decision taken by a semi-government company to dismiss people with disabilities.

Terming the decision of Bahrain Real Estate Investment Company (Edamah) to sack employees with disabilities at the Regency Parking Facility as a slap in the face of humanity, MP Mahmood Al Mahmood ..

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COURT BEAT

August 6, 2014

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Defendants deny robbery charges

Three suspects accused of robbery pleaded not guilty on Tuesday when they appeared before a remand judge.

The trio is standing trial in the High Criminal Court after being charged with looting a cold store in daylight. Thr ..

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THREAT 1- Because, Saudi Arabia confirms a suspected Ebola cas

August 6, 2014

A medical personnel demonstrates personal protective equipment to educate team members on Ebola virus

Ebola, the killer virus, appears to have reached Saudi Arabia if one is to go by the statement issued by the foreign ministry there on Tuesday.

If the patient admitted to a hospital in Red Sea city of Jeddah in a critical condition tests positive, it would become a source of worry for Bahrain, which is only a few kilometers from Saudi.

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V C BANK PROFIT UP

August 6, 2014

Bahrain-based Islamic investment bank, Venture Capital Bank BSC © (“VC Bank”)

Bahrain-based Islamic investment bank, Venture Capital Bank BSC © (“VC Bank”), reported a net profit of US$ 15 million for the year ended 30 June 2014 representing an 84 percent increase over the prior 12 month period net profit and a return on net paid up capital of 8.3 pc. This marks a sustained period of almost 3 years of excellent performance.

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Gulf Air in SITA Council

August 6, 2014

SITA Council

Arab Air Carriers Organisation (AACO) nominated  Gulf Air as its representative on the SITA Council.  Director of Information Technology, Dr. Jassim Haji will be the nominee. Commenting on the achievement, Acting Chief Executive Officer, Maher Salman AlMusallam said, “ Gulf Air is proud to be given this opportunity to participate in the SITA Council and play a ..

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LIFELINE TO LISTING

August 6, 2014

cartoon “stickers”-japan

A messaging app launched in the aftermath of Japan’s 2011 earthquake and tsunami, Line is moving towards a possible dual listing in Tokyo and New York as it jostles for space in an increasingly crowded and imaginative market. Combining instant messaging with shopping, gaming and other features such as letting users send each other cute cartoon “stickers”, Li ..

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Israelis wary of truce as troops withdraw

August 6, 2014

Israelis wary of truce as troops withdraw

Waving her son goodbye as he boarded a bus carrying his unit away from Israel’s border with Gaza, Orly Doron was relieved but apprehensive about the lull in fighting Tuesday.

Doron comes from Kfar Aza kibbutz close to Gaza, where her son has been involved in the intense fighting that has left areas of the Palestinian enclave i ..

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Moments of terror – Hoax bomb threat on Qatari jetliner

August 6, 2014

A man is escorted off a Qatar Airways aircraft by police at Manchester airport in Manchester, northern England

British police on Tuesday arrested a man suspected of making a hoax bomb threat that forced a Qatar Airways plane to make an emergency landing under military jet escort.

Footage of the incident appeared to show an Royal Air Force Typhoon jet escorting the Airbus A330 to Manchester Airport in northwest England.

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Sudanese, Eritreans battle in overcrowded camps

August 6, 2014

French policemen stand among migrants who clashed together during a food distribution in Calais, northern France

Migrants flowing into Europe in unprecedented numbers are causing a tense summer in France, as clashes break out among asylum-seekers in overcrowded camps and police fire tear gas to quell the chaos.

Sudanese and Eritreans battled in the sweltering heat in France’s port city of Calais, frustrations rising as the Africans jocke ..

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UN WARNS OF MASS EXODUS

August 6, 2014

A Ukrainian army tank sits in position in a sunflowers field near the village of Maryinka, a suburb of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine. Terrified residents fled the besieged rebel bastion of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine along a perilous humanitarian corridor

At least two civilians were killed in heavy clashes on the outskirts of the main rebel-held bastion of Donetsk in east Ukraine on Tuesday, as the UN warned of a “massive exodus and destruction” if fighting intensified.

Powerful explosions rocked the western Petrovksy suburb of the sprawling million-strong city, the local adm ..

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Turkey bans Erdogan election video

August 6, 2014

Erdogan

Turkey’s top election body on Tuesday banned a television advertisement by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in his campaign for president on the grounds that it contained excessive religious symbolism.Erdogan, a pious Muslim who leads the Islamic-rooted Justice and Development Party (AKP), is the hot favourite to become the 12th president of modern Turkey in t ..

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FORCED EXILE

August 6, 2014

The leader of the Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau (centre), referring to the Bring Back Our Girls campaign in favour of young women abducted by the group.(file photo)

Boko Haram has forced 650,000 Nigerians from homes

Attacks by Boko Haram Islamists in Nigeria’s crisis-hit northeast have forced nearly 650,000 people from their homes, the United Nations humanitarian office (OCHA) said on Tuesday, an increase of nearly 200,000 since May. The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) for its part reported that about 1,000 people trying t ..

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China school ruins echo carnage of Sichuan quake

August 6, 2014

People carry tents onto a train that would transport relief supplies to disaster-hit Zhaotong in Yunnan province from Beijing

Textbook pages flutter in the wreckage of a Chinese school after the country’s latest devastating earthquake, asking wordlessly whether any lessons were learned from a previous disaster. More than 5,000 of the 80,000-plus victims of a 2008 earthquake in Sichuan were schoolchildren, crushed to death when their shoddily-built classrooms collapsed around them as the ..

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PENTAGON CONFIRMS

August 6, 2014

An Afghan National Army soldier gestures outside the gates of a British-run military academy

US general shot dead

An Afghan soldier shot dead a US general on Tuesday at an army training centre in Kabul -- the highest-ranking American officer to be killed since the September 11, 2001 attacks. The shooting, which left more than a dozen other soldiers including a senior German officer wounded, rocked the U ..

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McIlroy eyes hat trick

August 6, 2014

Tiger Wood

Top-ranked Rory McIlroy took his first look at the Valhalla layout on Monday ahead of the 96th PGA Championship while Tiger Woods was in Florida having treatment on his aching back.

Golf’s current and former superstars were on vastly different trajectories for the year’s final major tournament with McIlroy going for a hat tr ..

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Ecclestone ends bribery trial

August 6, 2014

Ecclestone (centre) is escorted past the waiting media as he leaves after his trial at the regional court in Munich

A German court ruled on Thursday that Formula One tycoon Bernie Ecclestone can make a controversial $100-million payment to end his trial on bribery charges.

In a move that will likely see him stay at the helm of the lucrative sport, the 83-year-old Briton struck an accord with prosecutors on the record payment which then got t ..

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XAVI BOWS OUT

August 6, 2014

Xavi Hernandez played only in the first game of Spain’s World Cup campaign in Brazil

Spain midfielder to stay with Barca

Spain midfielder Xavi Hernandez announced on Thursday the end of a dazzling international football career crowned by La Roja’s 2010 World Cup triumph and two European Championships.

“I have decided to leave the national team. I think my ..

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MAN UTD HEAD HOME ON HIGH

August 6, 2014

Manchester United players celebrate their victory over Liverpool in the Guinness International Champions Cup Final

Rally to win 3-1 over Liverpool in US tour finale

Manchester United ended their US pre-season tour on a high note, rallying for a 3-1 triumph over English Premier League rivals Liverpool.

In the final of the International Champions Cup friendly tournament, Louis van Gaal’s ..

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Project to benefit 51 residential units

August 6, 2014

newly-implemented sewerage network in Block 351 in Swaifiya

Fifty one residential units will benefit from the newly-implemented sewerage network in Block 351 in Swaifiya.

The project was part of the ministry’s plan to improve sanitary services in the Kingdom, said MoW Engineering, Planning and Projects Director Asma Murad on Tuesday.

It comprised ex ..

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Stern action demanded

August 6, 2014

Ibrahim Al Doy along with other attendees during his majlis held in Muharraq

A plethora of challenges confronted by the Kingdom was discussed at a majlis hosted by Ibrahim Al Doy in Muharraq on Monday.

Distinguished citizens who attended the majlis called for sterner actions from the part of authorities to tackle acts of terrorism and vandalism in the country.

Highli ..

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‘Palestine needs lasting solution’

August 6, 2014

Prince Salman with Iain Lindsay during a discussion held at Gudaibiya Palace

Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa on Tuesday urged the  international community to find a lasting, peaceful solution to the ongoing crisis in Palestine.

Stressing on the need to curb all forms of terrorism and extremism, Prince Salman also highlighted t ..

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