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LMRA President receives National Anglican Church Pastor

September 21, 2014

LMRA President receives National Anglican Church Pastor

Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA)'S CEO Ausama Abdullah Al-Absi received the Pastor of Bahrain's National Evangelical Church, Rev. Hani Aziz.

Pastor Aziz was briefed on LMRA's procedures and examined the management system of expatriate worker permit issuance at the All-in-One Transactions Terminal aimed to save time and ..

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Deputy Premier receives Pakistani National Assembly Speaker

September 21, 2014

1 Deputy Premier receives Pakistani National Assembly Speaker

Deputy Premier Shaikh Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khalifa received at the Gudaibiya Palace today the Speaker of the Pakistani National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq and his accompanying delegation including representatives of various parties and parliamentary blocs, in the presence of the First Deputy Speaker of the Representatives Council MP Abdulla bin Khalaf Al-Dossary ..

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Wozniacki, Ivanovic reach Pan Pacific final

September 21, 2014

Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark stretches for the ball

Ana Ivanovic of Serbia ousted top seed Angelique Kerber in straight sets yesterday to reach the final of the $1 million Pan Pacific Open against US Open finalist Caroline Wozniacki. Third seed Ivanovic charged back from 3-5 down in the first set to beat the 26-year-old German favourite 7-5, 6-3 in the semi-finals. Denmark’s Wozniacki, seeded second and looking to ..

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ARSENAL TRIUMPH

September 21, 2014

Aston Villa’s English striker Gabriel Agbonlahor (left) chases Arsenal’s German midfielder Mesut Ozil (centre)

Arsenal stopped Aston Villa going top of the Premier League with a 3-0 win yesterday. Villa had conceded just one league goal in their previous four league matches but all that changed as Arsenal fired in three inside four minutes at Villa Park. The much-criticised Mesut Ozil put the Gunners in front in the 32nd minute and former Manchester United striker Danny Wel ..

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Education Ministry marks World Peace Day

September 21, 2014

Mr. Al Nuaimi

Education Minister Dr. Majid bin Ali Al-Nu'aimi said that the Ministry has plan in place to develop "Citizenship Education" curricula.

The Ministry's plan aim to reinforce the concepts of tolerance, mutual respect and peaceful co-existence in cooperation with the Geneva-based UNESCO in line with the Ministry's vision since the l ..

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Niculescu claims second career title

September 21, 2014

Monica Niculescu hits a return

Unseeded Romanian Monica Niculescu clinched her second career title yesterday with a 6-4, 6-0 win over French second seed Alize Cornet in the Guangzhou tournament. Niculescu came back from 4-2 in the first set to take victory in tough humid conditions, adding the Chinese title to her maiden WTA trophy at Florianopolis in 2013. “I was so happy to finish in the end ..

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Li leads China into semis

September 21, 2014

Li Xuerui

World number one Li Xuerui led China into the Asian Games women’s team badminton semi-finals yesterday as they enjoyed a crushing 3-0 win over Malaysia. The Chinese women had a bye in the first round and they made short work of Malaysia, with the longest match running to just 41 minutes. Li defeated Tee Jing Yi 21-9, 21-8 while doubles pairs Zhao Yunlei and Tian ..

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North Korean breaks weightlifting world record

September 21, 2014

Om Yun-Chol

Olympic champion Om Yun-Chol broke his own world record for the clean and jerk on his way to North Korea’s first gold medal of the Asian Games yesterday. Om raised 170kg above his head to better his record set last year by 1kg in the men’s 56kg class. He also set a games record with a combined total of 298kg as the men’s weightlifting got off to an explosive ..

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SOUTHAMPTON VICTORY

September 21, 2014

Southampton’s English defender Nathaniel Clyne (left) vies with Swansea City’s English midfielder Wayne Routledge

Victor Wanyama’s first Southampton goal proved enough to finally end the resistance of 10-man Swansea yesterday as the visitors won 1-0 to go second in the Premier League. It looked as if Swansea, who had Wilfried Bony sent off in the 39th minute, would hold out for a point. But, 10 minutes from time, Kenya midfielder Wanyama’s angled finish secured victory for ..

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Donaldson best of Ryder Cup trio

September 21, 2014

Jamie Donaldson

Jamie Donaldson was best placed of the trio of Ryder Cup players at the Wales Open, the local star carding a third round 68 yesterday to be placed six shots behind Joost Luiten. Donaldson’s European Ryder Cup colleague Lee Westwood also shot a 68 after a birdie-eagle finish to leave him a further five shots down the field with Thomas Bjorn firing a level par 71 t ..

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“REAL” MADRID

September 21, 2014

Real Madrid’s Colombian midfielder James Rodriguez, Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo and Mexican forward Javier Hernandez celebrates

Cristiano Ronaldo scores hat-trick as Real Madrid beat Deportivo

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick as Real Madrid equalled their biggest ever away win in La Liga with a 8-2 thrashing of Deportivo la Coruna yesterday. Ronaldo opened the scoring with a fantastic header from Alvaro Arbeloa’s cross, but the Portuguese ..

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Information Minister highlights media development projects

September 21, 2014

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Minister of State for Information Affairs also the Government's Official Spokesperson Sameera Ebrahim bin Rajab said that the Media Strategy launched last year has begun to yield its anticipated fruits. The Minister added that 30% of the Media Strategic Plan has been already completed topped by the Bahrain News Agency (BNA) latest development matching with its c ..

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Shaikh Khalid misses early lead

September 21, 2014

Shaikh Khalid rides his car

Shaikh Khalid bin Faisal Al Qassimi of the UAE and co-driver Chris Patterson produced an incredible performance in Cyprus winning SS2 in the morning to hold an early lead behind the wheel of his Citroën DS3 RRC yesterday in the Rally of Cyprus, which is the fifth round of the FIA Middle East Rally Championship. Al Qassimi said, “We had a good lead in morning ..

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BAHRAIN EASE PAST MONGOLIA

September 21, 2014

Team before their match against Mongolia

Bahrain’s national handball team got off to an excellent start yesterday with an emphatic 57-14 victory over an inexperienced Mongolia side in the opening Group A match in the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea. The national team made light work of the Central Asian side which also features Saudi Arabia whom Bahrain play tomorrow to conclude the group, ..

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Lama slams killings in the name of religion

September 21, 2014

Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama yesterday condemned mindless violence in the name of religion, saying the concept of jihad was being misused and misinterpreted by Islamist extremists. The Nobel Peace prize winner was referring to bloodshed unleashed by the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq where it has overrun swathes of territory.

“Killin ..

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SCOTTISH WORRIES

September 21, 2014

Alex Salmond

Having rejected independence and lost First Minister Alex Salmond, Scotland woke up to an unsettled future yesterday as fears grew that new powers promised by London will prove a disappointment. Violent scenes in Glasgow’s main square on Friday night may not been repeated elsewhere but many Scots see their nation as divided and are looking to the next few months ..

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Delhi rally against climate change ahead of UN talks

September 21, 2014

INDIA

Hundreds of demonstrators rallied in New Delhi yesterday, calling on the Indian government and world leaders to take urgent steps against climate change at a high-stakes UN summit next week. Carrying placards that read “I want to save forests” and “Coal kills”, around 300 protesters shouted slogans and danced to pounding drum beats.The protest came a day ah ..

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THIRD TERM

September 21, 2014

John Key

New Zealand’s conservative Prime Minister John Key swept to a historic election victory yesterday, securing a third term as voters ignored campaign allegations of dirty tricks and mass spying. The resounding win makes Key the first New Zealand leader able to govern in his own right since proportional voting was introduced in 1996 and means his centre-right Nation ..

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Tunisia president to stand for re-election

September 21, 2014

Moncef Marzouki, centre, submits his candidacy for the upcoming Presidential elections yesterday

Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki announced yesterday he would stand for re-election in November, in a key vote almost four years after a revolt that sparked the Arab Spring uprisings.

The polls, along with parliamentary elections in October, are seen as the final step in Tunisia’s transition after more than two decades under ..

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Mass exodu: KURDS IN SYRIA POUR INTO TURKEY

September 21, 2014

Syrian Kurds cross the border from Syria into Turkey near the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province

Tens of thousands of Syrian Kurds flooded into Turkey yesterday, fleeing an onslaught by the jihadist Islamic State group that prompted an appeal for international intervention.

The massive influx came as 46 Turks kidnapped by IS jihadists in Iraq in June were freed and returned home for emotional reunions with their families.

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Forum seeks ways to contain conflicts

September 21, 2014

A speaker interacting with the audience at the forum

Questioning War, the forum hosted by Tasa’ol, a community organisation promoting discussions on community, gender, media and conflict, served a platform for many young enthusiasts to discuss the challenges faced by the region’s society.

The discussions attained immense significance amid the world observing Peace Day today.

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‘Don’t try to reverse the progress march’

September 21, 2014

Visitors of the majlis in conversation

Al Wefaq is trying to put a full stop to the democratic reforms the country has been witnessing since 2002, observed visitors of the majlis hosted by Prof. Sami Al Share in Galali.

“They think they can block the process, but they are terribly mistaken, the country won’t lose anything even if they keep away from the forthcomi ..

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Al Zayed to lead delegation

September 21, 2014

Mr.Al Zayed

The President of Civil Service Bureau (CSB) Ahmed bin Zayed Al Zayed will head the Bahraini delegation at the thirteenth meeting of the ministers and presidents of civil service departments and human resource departments from the region.

The meeting, which will he held in Kuwait on September 23, will review the Kingdom’s exper ..

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Two deaths in two days: Mishap kills one, injures another

September 21, 2014

The deceased Abdulrahman

An Asian national died, while another sustained injuries in a traffic accident occurred on Shaikh Isa bin Salman Highway yesterday.

Interior Ministry stated that “the incident involved two vehicles and happened near Um Al Hassam area.”

The crash involved a pickup truck and trailer. Accord ..

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Minister keen on Edu-infra boost

September 21, 2014

An-artist’s-impression-of-the-Busaiteen-Social-Centre

Education Minister Dr. Majid Al Nuaimi said that the Ministry of Education is building many new academic buildings across the Kingdom in order to meet the increasing demand from the part of schools to provide excellent educational services in all governorates apart from ensuring education for students in areas adjacent to their residence.

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VIOLATORS TO FACE THE LAW

September 21, 2014

Aerial shot of the rally last Friday

Northern Governorate Police General Director Brigadier Ibrahim Al Sheeb stated yesterday that the rally, which was organised on Budaiya Highway, by Al Wefaq opposition society on Friday, witnessed a number of  violations.

The Director explained that around 4000 individuals took part in the rally, affirming that the violations w ..

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COURT BEAT

September 21, 2014

court beat

Vandalism: Teen rioter gets three years

A Bahraini teenager was sentenced to three years in prison after he was found guilty of rioting by the High Criminal Court.

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IS STEERS THE TECH WAGON

September 21, 2014

A military training in progress at a base near the northern Iraqi city of Sulaimaniya

A techie from Saudi Arabia has revealed how Islamic State (IS) is effectively using social media to propagate its ideology. 

The techie, who hacked and blocked many social media accounts used by IS, said the terrorist organisation used more than 25,000 social m ..

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‘Block funding to stop terror’

September 21, 2014

Shaikh Khalid addressing the session

Reaffirming Bahrain’s support to fight terrorism, Foreign Affairs Minister, Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa stated that stopping the flow of fighters and financial resources to terrorist organisation Islamic State (IS) is crucial in defeating it.

Combating extremism

Addressing the United Nations Security Council’s ..

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DT NEWS OVENHOT : Sweet and spicy

September 21, 2014

By Yann Bernard Lejard The Ritz Carlton, Bahrain-DT NEWS OVEN HOT

Born in Paris and holding a degree in cooking since the age of 16, chef Yann has been working in many Michelin star restaurants and leading hotels of the world. He worked in more than ten countries believing that one can only be truly experienced if he challenges himself by starting all over again in different places.

Through hi ..

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DECODE YOUR DREAMS

September 21, 2014

DECODE YOUR DREAMS

Dream 

I am surrounded by lions or sometimes dogs or some other beast with sharp teeth. They don’t hurt me, but hold me tight and not let me go. I want to run away, but they will not let me. Somehow, I feel they love/like me.

(Lions are always part of my dreams)

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Top 3 beauty bloopers

September 21, 2014

THE BEAUTY Bloopers

• Too much make up

Myth: Extra coverage conceals everything.

Truth: Too much make up can emphasise fine lines and wrinkles.

Solution: Instead of trying to camouflaging your fine lines and w ..

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Practical and simple: Coffins shoo thieves away

September 21, 2014

Scrapyard manager Rita Gathino prepares to close a displayed coffin used to scare away thieves near their entrance gate in this August 27 file picture

Many properties in crime-ridden South Africa are secured by electronic burglar alarms and high concrete walls topped with high-voltage electric fences, but in the quaint small diamond mining town of Cullinan, coffins are the latest security gadgets.

Following a spate of robberies in the semi-rural town of around 28,000 people, s ..

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Disputed Afghan election result today

September 21, 2014

Afghan President Hamid Karzai (centre) and Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah (right) listen to the national anthem during a ceremony to mark the third anniversary of the assassination of Islamic scholar&political leader Burhanuddin R

The result of Afghanistan’s disputed election will be declared today, officials said yesterday, as last-minute talks between the two rival candidates continued on a proposed power-sharing deal. The stalemate between Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah since the June 14 vote has plunged Afghanistan into a political crisis as US-led NATO troops end their 13-year war ..

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NATO REVIEWS RUSSIAN TIES

September 21, 2014

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite listens as General Knud Bartels, chairman of the NATO Military Committee, gives his opening speech during a meeting of the NATO Military Committee in Vilnius yesterday

NATO’s top military commanders are meeting in Lithuania yesterday to discuss relations with Russia as the warring sides in Ukraine agreed to pull back troops under a new peace plan reached overnight in Belarus. General Knud Bartels, who chairs NATO’s Military Committee, said defence chiefs from the 28 nation alliance are set to review “future relationship wit ..

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Renzi under scrutiny as his father faces fraud probe

September 21, 2014

Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi

Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi came under increasing scrutiny yesterday as media interest grew in a bankruptcy fraud probe of his father, who has spoken out to defend his innocence. News broke earlier this week that Tiziano Renzi was under investigation as part of a probe into a newspaper distribution and advertising firm he owned before it was dissolved. It ..

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CAMPAIGN INTENSIFIES

September 21, 2014

Brazilian President and presidential candidate Dilma Rousseff greets supporters during a campaign rally in Sao Paulo yesterday

Brazil ex-leader Lula key to Rousseff re-election bid

Keen to secure his political legacy, former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is campaigning energetically for successor Dilma Rousseff as she struggles to win a second term. Lula, the 68-year-old former union leader who became president in 2003, was wildly popular for most of his e ..

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HAMILTON PIPS ROSBERG

September 21, 2014

Lewis Hamilton steers his car

Singapore Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton snatched a dramatic last-gasp pole position from his Mercedes team-mate and championship leader Nico Rosberg for today’s Singapore Grand Prix with a phenomenal lap in the final seconds of yesterday’s qualifying session. The 29-year-old Briton left it late, crossing the line after ..

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Brutal act: Lebanese soldier executed

September 21, 2014

Lebanese soldiers carry the casket of their comrade during his funeral in the southern Lebanese city of Sidon yesterday

A Lebanese soldier has been executed by the Al Nusra Front, the Syrian affiliate of Al Qaeda, the government said yesterday.

The soldier “was killed by terrorist groups who threatened to kill other hero soldiers in captivity”, Defence Minister Samir Moqbel said after meeting security officials.

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Prince plays down talk of ‘racist’ abuse

September 20, 2014

South Africa’s Ashwell Prince

South Africa’s Ashwell Prince indicated yesterday he did not feel there had been a racist element to the verbal abuse he had received from Yorkshire’s Andrew Gale. Yorkshire captain Gale was banned for two matches after being reported by the umpires for verbally abusing Prince, playing for arch-rivals Lancashire, following a bust-up with the Proteas batsman at ..

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KERBER, WOZNIACKI REACH THE SEMIS

September 20, 2014

ngelique Kerber of Germany follows her shot

WTA Pan Pacific Open

Top two seeds Angelique Kerber of Germany and Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki roared into the semi-finals of the WTA Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo yesterday. Top-seeded Kerber outplayed sixth-seeded Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova 6-3, 6-0 and Wozniacki, a former world number one, overcame Spain’s Carla ..

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Lahiri maintains lead

September 20, 2014

Lee Westwood

Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri continued his flying form by firing a four-under-par 68 to maintain a two-shot lead at the halfway stage of the Asian Tour’s Selangor Masters yesterday. The 27-year-old, who fired 10 birdies in his impressive opening round, dropped just one shot for a 10-under 132 total to keep ahead of Australian Cameron Smith (66) and four clear of ..

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VAN GAAL KEEN ON RONALDO RETURN

September 20, 2014

Cristiano Ronaldo

Manchester United manger Louis van Gaal said yesterday he would like to bring Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford but accepts that Real Madrid would be reluctant to sell the Portuguese winger There has been renewed speculation that United could make a move for the 29-year-old, who left Old Trafford for the Spanish capital in an £80 million move in 2009. Former ..

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Floods shut down Manila, 3 killed

September 20, 2014

Residents who evacuated their homes because of a flood stay at a basketball court-turned evacuation centre in Marikina City, suburban Manila

Torrential monsoon rains worsened by a tropical storm flooded large swathes of the Philippine capital and nearby provinces yesterday, leaving at least three people dead and displacing tens of thousands just days after the region was drenched by a typhoon.

Authorities said more than 470,000 residents of Metro Manila and other pro ..

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China troops withdraw from India border

September 20, 2014

Indian police personnel detain exiled Tibetan youth during a protest against a visit to India by Chinese President Xi Jinping

Chinese troops have begun pulling back from the disputed border with India, sources said yesterday, as President Xi Jinping wrapped up a rare visit to New Delhi overshadowed by the stand-off at the remote frontier.

The row over an alleged incursion by hundreds of Chinese troops into territory claimed by India has dominated Xi’ ..

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SCOTS TO STAY

September 20, 2014

Pro-union supporters celebrate as Scottish independence referendum results are announced at a ‘Better Together’ event in Glasgow, Scotland

The United Kingdom will stay united. Voters in Scotland resoundingly rejected independence in a historic referendum that shook the country to its core.

But No to a break-up doesn’t mean a return to the status quo. The referendum led to promises of further powers for each of the four nations in the United Kingdom - a pledge tha ..

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Japan cuts view of the economy

September 20, 2014

Shinzo Abe

Japan yesterday downgraded its assessment of the economy for the first time in five months, as a string of weak data hammers hopes for a quick recovery following Tokyo’s April sales tax hike.

The monthly report acknowledged spending at home had stalled, throwing into question Tokyo’s plans to hike sales taxes again next year ..

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APPLE LOSING COOL FACTOR

September 20, 2014

A sales assistant holds 50 euro bills on the day of the launch of the iPhone 6 at the Apple Store in Paris

Survey shows Apple had become less cool in the last two years

Holly Riggle, a 29-year-old white-collar worker from Ohio, is just the kind of everyday customer Apple Inc would love to have for its new iPhone 6, which launched yesterday.

But Riggle is sticking to her Android smartphone, ..

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Nikkei at highest level since 2007

September 20, 2014

A pedestrian walks in front of a quotation board displaying the Nikkei key index of the Tokyo Stock Exchange (left) and the foreign exchange yen rate against one US dollar (right) in Tokyo

Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 index closed at its highest level in nearly seven years yesterday as the tumbling yen propelled the Japanese market, while investors breathed a sigh of relief over Scotland’s vote to stay in the United Kingdom.

The benchmark Nikkei rose 1.58 per cent, or 253.60 points, to finish at 16,321.17, its best fini ..

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Chocolate museum opens to sweeten senses

September 20, 2014

Chocolate creations are on display during a preview of the Belgium Chocolate Village, a museum dedicated to Belgium’s chocolate-making history, in Brussels

It likes to call itself the “country of chocolate” and now Belgium has a new treat for visitors: a museum dedicated to the confectionary featuring a Willy Wonka-style factory and cocoa tree jungle.

Chocolate is a national treasure in Belgium. It is home to such illustrious brands as Godiva, Neuhaus, Leonidas and Cote d’Or. ..

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GSK FINED $490M IN CHINA PROBE

September 20, 2014

People walking in a factory of GlaxoSmithKline (Tianjin) Co., Ltd. in Tianjin

A Chinese court yesterday fined British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline 3.0 billion yuan ($490 million) following a nearly year-long bribery probe, the company said.

The firm’s former head of China operations, Mark Reilly who would be deported, and four other ex-officia ..

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Iran returns to Nuke-talks table

September 20, 2014

The US Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power (2nd right) addresses the United Nations Security Council meeting yesterday at the United Nations in New York

Iran and six world powers returned to the negotiating table yesterday with only two months left to overcome key differences hindering a deal on curbing Tehran’s nuclear programme.

No major breakthroughs are expected at the talks that are to continue until the end of next week, but the pressure is on both sides to find ways to ..

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Rebels nod to stop fighting

September 20, 2014

Yemeni supporters of Shia rebels chant slogans during a rally in the capital Sanaa yesterday

Yemeni Shia rebels agreed yesterday to stop fighting Islamists and troops north of Sanaa, which has killed dozens this week, in their campaign for a new government and greater political clout.

The fighting became so intense that, by yesterday, international airlines suspended flights in and out of the nearby airport and state te ..

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COURT BEAT

September 20, 2014

court beat

Rapist gets ten years

A Bangladeshi man, who allegedly lured a 13-year-old mentally ill boy into a labour camp and repeatedly sexually abused him, has been slapped with a ten-year imprisonment term.

It was learnt that the 50-year-old carpenter lure ..

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A tale of hardship : Cracks in roofs, walls and hearts

September 20, 2014

A combination of photos shows the tumbledown state of the house

Occupants of a dilapidated building in Block 808, Isa Town, for the past 15 years, a ten-member Bahraini family is pleading for help to get their house repaired.

Although DT News couldn’t reach out to the family members, Amna Khalid, a representative of the family who has been knocking many doors seeking help, explained ..

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Premier lauds Royal wisdom

September 20, 2014

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Prime Minister HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa paid tribute to His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa for his wisdom and visionary policy.

Prince Khalifa said that HM the King’s statesmanship has placed Bahrain at a new phase of development towards a promising future.

HRH the Pr ..

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LAURELS FOR THE LEADER

September 20, 2014

HM the King

His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa has won the much-coveted Foundation for Ethnic Understanding (FFEU) Award.

His Majesty’s Personal Representative HH Shaikh Abdulla bin Hamad Al Khalifa received the award on behalf of King Hamad during a ceremony held at Washington, marking the silver jubilee of the foundation.

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Korean-Bahraini ties reach new heights

September 20, 2014

Mr. Yu

Three years into the reinstatement of a South Korean ambassador in Bahrain and relations between South Korea and Bahrain have undergone resurgence.

The various high level visits such as the visit of South Korean Prime Minister Jung Hong-won to Bahrain and the visit of HRH Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa to Korea happene ..

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Al Zayani hails King Hamad’s statesmanship

September 20, 2014

Dr. Al Zayani

GCC Secretary General Dr. Abdullatif Al Zayani paid tribute to His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, hailing the unrelenting royal efforts to complete the democratic march and push the reform process towards achieving its goals.

“HM the King always proves, through his sincere words and deeds, his farsightedness, wisdom an ..

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Their case needs special attention

September 20, 2014

Picture for representative purpose only

Special needs children

Being assigned to different countries frequently, the difficulty in seeking education for her special needs son has always been an issue with Natasha Al Sabbagh. The circumstances of Ms. Al Sabbagh and her husband’s work demand their relocation to various countries for years at a time. But in Bahrain, she felt the most difficulty in ..

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Shaikh Khalid to attend UN General Assembly

September 20, 2014

Shaikh Khalid

Foreign Minister Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa yesterday arrived in New York to take part in the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly.

In a statement issued, Shaikh Khalid affirmed that Bahrain’s participation in this session stems from its commitment to the principles of the United Nations Charter and its ..

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Instil true belief to thwart dangers

September 20, 2014

Shaikh Salah            Shaikh Jassim                   Shaikh Jassim

The Friday sermons held at various mosques across the country highlighted the need to instil true belief among the people of the Kingdom in order to overcome the dangers faced by the society.

Delivering his sermons, Galali Mosque Khateeb Shaikh Salah Al Jowder said that self-introspection is one of the best ways to attain peace. ..

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Farmers’ market opens on Nov 22

September 20, 2014

A farmer with his produce at one of the previous markets

The third edition 

The Agriculture and Marine Resources Directorate at the Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning Ministry yesterday announced that the applications for the participation in the third edition of the Farmers’ Market will be accepted electronically or directly from September 21 to October 22.

The farm ..

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GPIC honours employees for academic success

September 20, 2014

Mr. Essa and Mr. Al-Noaimi with Dr. Jawahery and senior GPIC management officials at the function

The Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (GPIC) honoured its two employees, who recently obtained master’s degrees.

Mohamed Essa from the Safety, Health and Environment Department and Yasser Al-Noaimi from the Technical Services Department were officially handed over their University degrees by Company Managing Director Youse ..

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ALPEN CAPITAL COMMENCES SAUDI ARABIA OPERATIONS

September 20, 2014

Mr. Walia

Alpen Capital Saudi Arabia has been licensed by the Capital Markets Authority (CMA) to commence operations. The company has established its first office in Riyadh and hired a team of professionals who are well versed with the local market.

Alpen Capital Saudi Arabia will provide conventional and Sharia based corporate finance ad ..

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SAVING GRACE

September 20, 2014

This icebreaker, the U. S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy, broke through sea ice in file photo so that the Russian tanker Renda could deliver fuel to snowbound Nome, Alaska

Yamal, Russia’s gas megaplan, becomes symbol of sanctions defiance

Dozens of Russian energy ventures are in jeopardy due to Western sanctions on technology and funding. Looming over them all, a giant project the Kremlin is bent on saving no matter what.

The Yamal plan, a $27 billion investment to tap vast natural gas r ..

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Oracle founder Larry Ellison resigns

September 20, 2014

Larry Ellison

Billionaire tech pioneer Larry Ellison stepped down as chief executive, ending one of the most profitable runs for a leader in business history.

Ellison has been Oracle’s only chief executive since he founded the company in 1977. Over 35 years Ellison, now 70, has built the company into one of the world’s largest database-so ..

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ALIBABA POPS

September 20, 2014

Chinese online retail giant Alibaba founder Jack Ma (centre) rings a bell to start the trading of his company’s stock on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange

Shares surge in Wall Street debut

 A buying frenzy sent Alibaba shares sharply higher yesterday as the Chinese online giant made its historic Wall Street trading debut.

In early trades after the record public share offering, Alibaba leapt from an opening price of $68 to nearly $100 and, while it dropped back, wa ..

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Hillary Clinton hits campaign mode

September 20, 2014

Hillary Clinton speaks at the Democratic National Committee’s Women’s Leadership Forum Issues Conference in Washington

Democrat Hillary Clinton launched herself into the thick of the US midterm election campaign yesterday, announcing her support for multiple congressional candidates in President Barack Obama’s party.

“The midterms really matter,” the former secretary of state and prospective 2016 presidential candidate told some 400 women ..

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New hunger crisis looms in Somalia

September 20, 2014

Displaced Somali children queuing as they wait for food-aid rations at a distribution centre during a visit to assess the progress of relief efforts by UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Mogadishu

When African peacekeepers and Somali troops launched an offensive against Islamist militants in Somalia’s small seaside town of Marka, Rukia Nur and her 10 children joined the stream of thousands who have fled to the capital in past months.

They now make their home in a sprawling camp in Mogadishu’s outskirts - a place at th ..

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WEST SCRAMBLES TO AID WEST AFRICA

September 20, 2014

Liberian Red Cross health workers, wearing protective suits, carry the body of an 18-old-month baby, victim of the Ebola virus in a district of Monrovia

Western militaries readied aid missions yesterday to help Africa’s Ebola-hit nations battle an epidemic which has sparked killings in panicked southern Guinea and forced a nationwide shutdown in Sierra Leone. The United States said a 3,000-strong contingent of troops due to deploy to Liberia would help train health workers, while Germany and France unveiled plans ..

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Sarkozy announces return to politics

September 20, 2014

Nicolas Sarkozy leaves his office in a car yesterday

Former president Nicolas Sarkozy announced his return to French politics yesterday, taking to Facebook to offer disenchanted voters a “new political choice” amid a deep economic crisis. After several months of ‘will he, won’t he’, France’s ex-leader announced his return to the cut-throat political front-line despite being directly or indirectly involved ..

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NEW UKRAINE PEACE TALKS

September 20, 2014

The US Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power (2nd right) addresses the United Nations Security Council meeting yesterday at the United Nations in New York

Warring parties in Ukraine meet yesterday to try to find a lasting solution to a brutal conflict that has killed around 3,000 people and stoked Western alarm about Russia’s territorial ambitions. The talks take place in Minsk two weeks since a fragile European-brokered ceasefire aimed at halting five months of bloodshed was agreed in the Belarussian capital with ..

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Assou-Ekotto gets three-match ban

September 20, 2014

Benoit Assou-Ekotto

Tottenham Hotspur defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto was banned for three games and fined by the Football Association yesterday after sending Nicolas Anelka a message of support following his controversial ‘quenelle’ gesture last season. Former France striker Anelka made the gesture -- widely regarded as anti-Semitic -- having scored for West Brom against West Ham on ..

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Hughes prepared for QPR backlash

September 20, 2014

Mark Hughes

Stoke boss Mark Hughes is ready to meet the QPR boo-boys head on when he goes back to Loftus Road on Saturday for the first time since his sacking 18 months ago. Hughes managed to keep Rangers in the Barclays Premier League after taking over from Neil Warnock in January 2012, albeit by the narrowest of margins on the final day of the campaign as they lost to champi ..

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Nishikori expresses shock over Li retirement

September 20, 2014

Kei Nishikori

Japan’s Kei Nishikori expressed shock over Chinese star Li Na’s injury-forced retirement yesterday but added that he hopes to become the new leader of tennis in Asia. The US Open finalist, now Asia’s top-ranked player at eighth, was speaking after 32-year-old Li quit over knee problems, just months after winning the Australian Open. “It is a shock for me an ..

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COSTA WILL FACE CITY VOWS MOURINHO

September 20, 2014

Jose Mourinho

Diego Costa will face Manchester City on Sunday despite Jose Mourinho admitting the Chelsea striker needs rest to clear up a hamstring problem. Mourinho revealed this week the forward started Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Schalke on the bench because Costa’s condition means he is unable to play more than once a week. But the striker -- who suffered th ..

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Mixed Welsh fortunes for Ryder Cup stars

September 20, 2014

Lee Westwood

European Ryder Cup wild cards Stephen Gallacher and Lee Westwood experienced contrasting fortunes at the Wales Open yesterday, one week out from the showdown with the United States. Gallacher missed the cut at Celtic Manor with a two-round total of 148 to be 15 shots behind leader Shane Lowry while Westwood survived the cut by two shots after second round 69 left h ..

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Al Qassimi fourth fastest in Cyprus

September 20, 2014

Shaikh Khalid in action

Shaikh Khalid bin Faisal Al Qassimi from the UAE and co-driver Chris Patterson set the fourth fastest time amongst MERC and ERC drivers in the Cyprus Rally qualifications behind the wheel of their Citroën DS3 RRC. Hence, Al Qassimi was the fourth driver to have the liberty of choosing the Rally’s start position and it was number 10. The starting position has bee ..

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COLOURFUL START

September 20, 2014

Bahrain’s parade at the opening ceremony

Asian Games Kicks off with a special opening ceremony

The 17th Asian Games got underway yesterday with a special opening ceremony at the Incheon Asiad Main Stadium in Incheon, South Korea. There are 9,429 participants from 45 nations vying for more than 1,300 medals in 439 events in 36 sports, which m ..

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US targets IS training camp

September 20, 2014

Iraqi gunmen, who took up arms alongside security forces to defend the town of Dhuluiyah from jihadists, hold a position on the front line in the Jubur area on Wednesday

US aircraft have targeted a training camp for Islamic State jihadists in northern Iraq, bombing buildings, fighters and vehicles in the first such air strike, military officers said on Thursday.

“In total, one air strike near an ISIL (Islamic State group) training camp southeast of Mosul destroyed an ISIL armed vehicle, two IS ..

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France carries out air strike

September 20, 2014

French President Francois Hollande makes a statement at the Elysee presidential palace in Paris yesterday

French jets carried out their first air strike against Islamic State militants in Iraq yesterday, successfully destroying their target, President Francois Hollande announced, vowing that more operations would follow.

“This morning at 9:40, our Rafale planes carried out a first strike against a logistics depot of the terrorist ..

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Tevez back in the frame for Argentina

September 18, 2014

Will Carlos Tevez wear national colours again

Recently-appointed Argentina coach Gerardo Martino said yesterday that he is set to hand Juventus striker Carlos Tevez an international lifeline after the former Manchester United and City star was left out of their World Cup squad.

Martino said the 30-year-old, who began his career with Boca Juniors and then Corinthians before ..

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THOUSANDS FLOOD IN

September 18, 2014

A woman walks past a poster showing mascots of the 17th Asian Games in Incheon

Gala opening of Incheon Games tomorrow

Thousands of athletes and officials gathered in Incheon yesterday as the clock ticked down to Asia’s biggest sports spectacular and organisers fretted over low ticket sales.

Long queues formed at South Korea’s Incheon airport two days ahead of the start of the Asian Games, an Ol ..

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OCA throws Iran official out of Asiad

September 18, 2014

Husain Al Musallam

The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) has reiterated its zero tolerance policy towards sexual harassment cases at the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea. OCA had striped off the accreditation of an Iranian football official after Amereh Ahmad allegedly harassed a Games volunteer.

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Rushworth takes 15-95 in Durham rout

September 18, 2014

Chris Rushworth

Durham seamer Chris Rushworth set a new club record by taking 15 wickets for 95 runs in his team’s rout of relegated Northamptonshire in the English County Championship.

Rushworth, 28, claimed nine wickets for 52 runs in the first innings and six for 43 in the second at Chester-le-Street to beat the previous record held by Ala ..

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KERBER ADVANCES

September 18, 2014

Angelique Kerber returns a shot against Elina Svitolina

Top-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany beat Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina 6-4, 6-4 to reach the quarter-finals of the $1 million Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo. Kerber, the world number eight, grabbed two straight games after the pair were 4-4 in the first set and overcame a 1-3 deficit in the second set to defeat the 35th-ranked Svitolina in 86 minutes.

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PALESTINIAN BAGPIPERS BACK SCOTS

September 18, 2014

A file picture taken on January 6, 2012, Orthodox Christmas celebrations kick off in the traditional birthplace of Jesus in the West Bank town of Bethlehem to the sound of bagpipes and protests by Palestinians accusing church leaders

Scottish independence campaigners have found an unexpected source of support ahead of a landmark referendum on the fate of the United Kingdom -- Palestinian bagpipers.

In a small hall in the occupied West Bank, far from the tussle over Scotland’s future, pipers and stick-twirling drummers burst into action as local scout troop ..

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ADB warns Pakistan’s economy

September 18, 2014

Asian Development Bank

Asian Development Bank President Takehiko Nakao warned yesterday that an ongoing political impasse could damage Pakistan’s recently stabilised economy, as the country’s finance minister said Islamabad would miss its growth target due to recent floods. Speaking at a joint press conference, Nakao and finance minister Ishaq Dar praised the government of Prime Mini ..

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CHRONO CLASSIC OWES TO SWISS KNIFE

September 18, 2014

Victorinox Swiss Army watches

Victorinox Swiss Army watches are the worthy heirs of the Swiss Army knife. The 2014 version of Chrono Classic is a perfect example with its guilloché dial that calls to mind the cladding on one of the brand’s most famous knives.  Victorinox Swiss Army is proud of the heritage and values that have guided the company for the past 130 years. Chrono Classic is ins ..

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Qatar Airways takes A380 delivery

September 18, 2014

qatar airways-Mr. Al Baker and Mr. Brégier at the handover ceremony

Qatar Airways on Tuesday  took delivery of its highly anticipated first A380. With 10 Airbus A380-800s on order, Airline is preparing to take delivery of four of them before the end of this year. Speaking at the Press conference Group Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker said: “This has been a moment more than a decade in the making and we are so delighted to unveil a ..

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BAC IN WORLD ROUTES FORUM

September 18, 2014

BAC officials with the members of the delegation

Bahrain Airport Company (BAC), the manager and operator of Bahrain International Airport (BIA), is participating in the upcoming 20th World Routes Development Forum and Exhibition  in Chicago, from the 20th – 23rd September.  BAC will also be leading Bahrain’s delegation during the flagship event and will host a dedicated BIA pavilion in an effort to promote ..

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Qatar not backing extremists: Amir

September 18, 2014

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, and Shaikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani shake hands after a joint press conference yesterday

Qatar’s Amir said in Germany yesterday that his wealthy Gulf state does not back Islamic “terrorist organisations”, and Chancellor Angela Merkel said she had no reason to doubt him.

The leaders spoke in Berlin where the Amir was visiting, some three weeks after a German minister angered Doha by linking it to financing of t ..

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Dozens die in Syria air strikes

September 18, 2014

Syrian government forces look inside a cave which they say opposition fighters were using as a base as they patrol the area on the outskirts of Syria’s central Hama province on Monday

Syrian air strikes on a besieged rebel town in the heart of the country have killed nearly 50 people in recent days, a monitoring group said yesterday

A rebel commander, seven women and a child were among 25 people killed in air strikes on Talbisseh in Homs province on Tuesday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

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Jihadists face rising pressure

September 18, 2014

Iranian Kurdish female members of the Freedom Party of Kurdistan (PAK) take part in a training session in Dibis, some 50 kms northwest of Kirkuk, on Monday

Elite Iraqi troops backed by US jets battled jihadists near Baghdad yesterday as Washington devised a strategy for expanded operations against the Islamic State group.

President Barack Obama prepared to meet with US commanders to decide how to turn the tide on the powerful and brutal extremist organisation while keeping a promis ..

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Forum discusses ways to tackle medical errors

September 18, 2014

Dr. Rafie

Medical errors are nightmares that haunt doctors and patients alike, observed President of the Bahrain Medical Society Dr. Mohammed Abdullah Rafie while delivering a speech at the Second Gulf Forum for Medical Management.

The forum served a platform for discussing measures to tackle the increasing number of deaths caused by medi ..

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‘Smear campaign is undemocratic’

September 18, 2014

Smear campaign is undemocratic

With the parliamentary and municipal elections fast approaching, it seems the right time has arrived to spread rumours with an intention to carry out smear campaign against prospective candidates.

Both local media and social media are carrying reports and articles targeting candidates and their manifestos.

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Toddler dies in hospital

September 18, 2014

The deceased Amal

A toddler died in a hospital yesterday after suffering from severe lung-infection.

In a post published on a local social media account, Amal’s mother had pleaded to the public to pray for her daughter’s speedy recovery.

About seven hours after the posting, Amal was announced dead and the ..

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KBMC: A decade of excellence

September 18, 2014

Mr. Jawahery (centre) and other officials during the event

KIMS Bahrain Medical Centre (KBMC) officials vowed to continue providing service excellence in the Kingdom and to maintain its leading role in serving the community.

This came during a Press conference marking KBMC’s 10th anniversary in the presence of high-level dignitaries, along with KMBC’s top directors and media represe ..

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COURT BEAT

September 18, 2014

court beat

Crime of passion: Husband killer to stand trial

A 27-year-old Indian woman will stand trial for allegedly killing her husband during a brutal atta ..

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OUTCAST CLERIC SPILLED ‘IS’ VENOM

September 18, 2014

Turki

Shedding more light on Bahraini cleric Turki Albinali’s connection with Islamic State (IS), a London based Arabic newspaper stated that the cleric had been active in proving the legitimacy of IS through his sermons in Iraq and Syria.

Quoting the statements of a Bahraini identified as Abu Mohammed, the report said, Turki was ba ..

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Ministry offers deal to erring societies

September 18, 2014

A buldozer overturned in Hamad Town yesterday. The incident occurred near roundabout 7, the sources said

The Justice, Islamic Affairs and Endowments Ministry yesterday offered to drop the lawsuits against two opposition societies if they agree to rectify their violations.

The ministry is prosecuting Al Wefaq National Islamic Society and the National Democratic Action Society (Wa’ad) after accusations of violating the local socie ..

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Leaders highlight importance of election

September 18, 2014

Prince Khalifa and Prince Salman during the meeting

Prime Minister HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa received the Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa at the Gudaibiya Palace yesterday.

Prince Khalifa underlined the importance of consolidating the role of the existing constitutional institutions, incl ..

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Citizenship row: Interior Minister cautions Qatar

September 18, 2014

Shaikh Rrashid Abdulla

Sending a strong message to Qatar on citizenship issue, Interior Minister Lt. General Shaikh Rashid bin Abdullah Al Khalifa yesterday said that there was a general resentment towards Qatar’s policy of offering citizenship to some Bahrainis.

The minister asserted that such a conduct is incompatible with the brotherly and cooper ..

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Dreams aren’t castles in air!

September 18, 2014

DT WOMAN

Have you ever thought of becoming a source of happiness to others? It’s not an easy task as, for us, wiping off selfishness is something difficult to even think of.

Eman Nooruddin is among the rarest tribe, who has been inspiring the Kingdom by becoming a perennial source of happiness for many terminally-ill children who are c ..

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Magic Island records triple-digit visitor growth

September 18, 2014

Magic Island

Within ten days of its re-opening, Seef Mall’s new Magic Island has attracted nearly 15,000 local and regional visitors, an increase in numbers compared to the same time last year. The theme park recently underwent a BD 2.7 million refurbishment. Commenting on the successful opening of Magic Island, Robert Addison, General Manager, Seef Properties said, “At See ..

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BCCI GEARS UP FOR BIZ MEETS

September 18, 2014

Mr. Al Mahmood

Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry has received invitations for Bahraini business owners and chamber members to attend and participate in a wide range of economic events locally, regionally and internationally. CEO of BCCI  Nabeel Al Mahmood  urged the concerned members to take advantage of the opportunities. Interested people   can contact the Events Cent ..

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ROLLS-ROYCE DEAL

September 18, 2014

Officials after the signing ceremony-ROLLS-ROYCE

Luxury Entrepreneur Stephen Hung orders largest fleet of Rolls-Royce

Luxury entrepreneur Stephen Hung has purchased the largest Rolls-Royce Phantom fleet in the world, placing an order for 30 Bespoke Extended Wheelbase Phantoms for his Louis XIII hotel in Macau. This transaction represents the world’s single largest order of Rolls-Royces ever. Two of the ..

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UAE Exchange initiates Loyalty Programme

September 18, 2014

UAE Exchange

UAE Exchange has come up with an offer that would allow its customers to get registered with its Gold Card scheme. The registered customers will receive various value-added services and benefits apart from a compensatory benefits up to BD2,000. Details of the scheme can be tracked online, said the company in a statement issued yesterday, adding that the Gold Card is a life time card and carrie ..

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SONY BLAMES MOBILE UNIT

September 18, 2014

SONY XPERIA

Sony yesterday said it would lose $2.14 billion this fiscal year, more than four times its earlier forecast as the Japanese electronics giant blamed a downturn in its mobile phone business. The company also said it would cut the smartphone unit’s global staff by 15 percent -- about 1,000 jobs -- and not pay dividends for the first time since its shares started tr ..

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France is ‘sick’, says economy minister

September 18, 2014

Emmanuel Macron

Crisis-hit France is “sick”, the country’s new economy minister said yesterday, urging immediate reforms to tackle sky-high unemployment and an economy that has failed to grow in six months. “France is sick. It’s not well. We have to describe the situation as it is,” Emmanuel Macron told French radio. “There has been a fever for several years in this ..

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PHILIPPINE VOLCANO SPEWS DEADLY LAVA

September 18, 2014

Lava flows from the crater of Mayon volcano seen from Legazpi City, Albay province, southeast of Manila yesterday

Lava cascaded down the Philippines’ most active volcano yesterday as authorities rushed to evacuate thousands ahead of a possible deadly eruption.Mostly women, children and the elderly carrying bags of clothes were hauled out of farming villages near Mayon volcano’s slopes on board army trucks and minibuses. Soldiers went from house to house asking residents to ..

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Xi makes maiden visit to India

September 18, 2014

Xi Jinping holds a traditional Gujarati umbrella as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi looks on as they watch traditional dancers

India’s new prime minister rolled out the red carpet for Xi Jinping in his hometown yesterday, as the Chinese president began a maiden visit with Asia’s rival superpowers seeking to reset relations.

Narendra Modi pulled out all the stops for Xi, organising an intimate riverside dinner in Ahmedabad, the main city in his home ..

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Poles mark 75 years of Soviet invasion

September 18, 2014

Flowers and candles rest on a memorial dedicated to the victims of communism, to mark the 75th anniversary of the Soviet invasion of Poland at the start of WWII, in Katowice, Poland

Poles yesterday marked 75 years since the Soviet Union invaded, after plotting with Nazi Germany to wipe Poland off the map during World War II.

“Seventy-five years ago today, while Poland fought Hitler alone, the Soviet Union stabbed us in the back,” Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski said in a tweet marking the Sept ..

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SCOTS VOTE ON UK FATE

September 18, 2014

Pro-independence (foreground) supporters wave the scottish flag as they rally opposite pro-union activists (background) in Glasgow’s George Square, in Scotland on the eve of Scotland’s independence referendum

The campaign for Scotland’s independence referendum went down to the wire yesterday ahead of a knife-edge vote that will either see Scotland break away from the United Kingdom or gain sweeping new powers. The “Yes” and “No” camps mobilised thousands of volunteers to take to the streets across Scotland in a final push to win over undecided voters in a heat ..

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MERCEDES DUO SET FOR STREET FIGHT

September 18, 2014

Rosberg leads Hamilton by 22 points but the momentum and crowd sentiment are on the Briton’s side

Mercedes team mates Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton renew their sometimes hostile rivalry on the floodlit streets of Singapore this weekend at a circuit where mistakes or collisions normally result in race retirement.

With six races remaining in the 19-round season, Germany’s Rosberg leads Hamilton by 22 points but the momentu ..

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Think Pink Golf Day next month

September 18, 2014

Last year’s Think Pink Bahrain Ladies Charity Golf Day participants

Royal Golf Club has announced that the ninth annual Think Pink Bahrain Charity Golf Day will be held at the Club on October 16. In a change to previous years, both the ladies and gents tournaments will be organised on the same day.

“With the help of the local community we look forward to raising funds this year for a great cau ..

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Al Qubaisi braces for new challenge

September 18, 2014

Al Qubaisi

Proton Competition driver Khaled Al Qubaisi is relishing the challenge of driving on untested terrain when he competes in the fourth round of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) in the 6 Hours of the Circuit of the Americas at Austin, Texas.

The race, which will start today, is considered one of the most challenging of en ..

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BAHRAIN TAKES UP ‘CHALLENGE’

September 18, 2014

triathlon championship

200 youths to participate in triathlon championship

Efforts are underway to engage as many as 200 Bahraini youth with Challenge Bahrain triathlon championship, Bahrain Triathlon Association (BTA) President Shaikh Sager bin Salman Al Khalifa has said.  “As per the directive of Supreme Council for Youth and Sports Chairman and Bahrain Olympic Committee Pre ..

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ABCs via music: Learn language through songs

September 18, 2014

Ms. Downing (fifth from left) at the workshop

By singing rather than reading, a language specialist is demonstrating the effectiveness of music in learning the language.

Johnette Downing, who is on her third visit to the Kingdom, is also a musician and a children’s books author. She shared with DT News that her books just consisted of songs that allowed reluctant r ..

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Woods in no hurry to get swing coach

September 17, 2014

Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods is “in no hurry” to hire a new swing coach - as he has yet to swing a club during his latest injury lay-off. The former world number one’s last PGA Tour action came on August 3, when he withdrew after eight holes of his final round at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational having aggravated a back problem.

Since then ..

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INJURY STRIKES RIBERY AGAIN

September 17, 2014

Franck Ribery

Bayern Munich have been dealt a blow ahead of their opening Champions League game against Manchester City today after it emerged that French midfielder Franck Ribery will miss out through injury. Ribery made a goalscoring comeback against VfB Stuttgart in the Bundesliga on Saturday in his first appearance of the season.

But in a ..

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Valverde extends deal with Movistar

September 17, 2014

Alejandro Valverde

Spanish cyclist Alejandro Valverde has celebrated his third place finish in the Tour of Spain by signing a new three-year deal with Movistar yesterday.  “I am very happy. It is what both parties wanted,” he said in a statement released by the team.

There had been some doubt over Valverde’s future at Movistar as his positi ..

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SCHALKE SUFFERING DEFENSIVE CRISIS

September 17, 2014

Jens Keller

Schalke boss Jens Keller faces a defensive injury crisis for the Champions League Group G opener at Chelsea. Howedes did not travel to London due to a hip problem, giving Keller further cause for concern against a Chelsea side he believes is stronger than the Blues side of last term, which recorded two 3-0 victories over his men. “Of course it’s very difficult ..

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Radwanska off the mark

September 17, 2014

Agnieszka Radwanska

Top seed Agnieszka Radwanska eased into the second round of the Korea Open with a regulation straight sets victory over Polona Hercog. Radwanska, who is currently ranked fifth in the world, progressed with a 6-3 6-3 victory over the Slovenian. The reigning champion saw off the challenge for Hercog, who took a 2-0 lead in the second set, to claim victory in one hou ..

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Roma’s Euro credentials set for test

September 17, 2014

Francesco Totti

Roma icon Francesco Totti admits his side could face an uphill struggle on their return to European competition as Italian clubs have fallen behind their continental rivals in recent years. Roma will end a four-year wait to compete in the Champions League when they host CSKA Moscow in the Italian capital today. The Giallorossi last competed in Europe’s premier cl ..

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MOURINHO CONFIDENT OF EDEN HAZARD DEAL

September 17, 2014

Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho expects Eden Hazard to sign a long-term deal with Chelsea after announcing the Belgium playmaker is discussing a contract extension. The 23-year-old signed for a reported £32 million from Lille in 2012 and has become a key figure in his two years at Stamford Bridge.

Hazard has three years to run on his current dea ..

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World hunger eases: agencies

September 17, 2014

Women collect maize flour from a food distribution centre in South Sudan, where conflict has plagued efforts to reduce hunger

The number of hungry people in the world has fallen sharply over the past decade but 805 million, or one in nine of the global population, still do not have enough to eat, three U.N. food and agriculture agencies said yesterday.

The number of chronically undernourished people dropped by more than 100m, equivalent to a country th ..

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Orange ramps up telecom war

September 17, 2014

Headquarters of Spanish fixed-line operator Jazztel in Madrid

French group Orange launched a bid yesterday to extend its reach in a Europe-wide telecom turf war with an offer for Spanish fixed-line operator Jazztel.

Orange, formerly known as France Telecom, announced late on Monday the offer worth a total of 3.4 billion euros ($4.4bn) when stock options held by some Jazztel managers are in ..

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US MILITARY TO BATTLE EBOLA

September 17, 2014

Volunteers wearing t-shirts of the UNDP show a placard to raise awareness on the symptoms of the Ebola virus to students of the Sainte Therese school in Abidjan

Assigns 3,000 personnel to fight deadly disease

The Obama administration is ramping up its response to West Africa’s Ebola crisis, preparing to assign 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the afflicted region to supply medical and logistical support to overwhelmed local health care systems and to boost the number of beds needed to isolate and treat victims of ..

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France PM wins confidence vote

September 17, 2014

Manuel Valls (centre) addresses members of the parliament

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls won a vote of confidence yesterday in a tense ballot, allowing him to push through economic reforms that have divided his Socialist Party.

The government’s once comfortable margin was diluted in the 269-244 vote, with 53 abstentions, but still allows Valls to carry out reforms aimed at liftin ..

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BRITAIN PLEDGES FUNDING TO SCOT

September 17, 2014

Pro-independence cyclists display “Yes” placards in favour of Scottish independence on their bikes as they ride through Glasgow

Britain promised to guarantee Scotland high levels of state funding, granting Scots greater control over healthcare spending in a last-ditch attempt to shore up support for the United Kingdom before tomorrow’s vote on independence.

With polls showing the decision on the fate of the United Kingdom is too close to call, welfare ..

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Typhoon hits Hainan after shutting down Hong Kong

September 17, 2014

A man cycles on a road amid heavy rainfall and strong winds as typhoon Kalmaegi makes landfall in Haikou, south China’s Hainan province

A powerful typhoon slammed into southern China yesterday, swamping ships, grounding flights and forcing thousands -- many of them still recovering from a previous storm -- to leave home. Typhoon Kalmaegi made landfall on the east coast of Hainan island packing winds of 144 kilometres an hour, the China Meteorological Administration said.

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SUICIDE ATTACK

September 17, 2014

US soldiers and Afghan security personnel stand at the site of a suicide attack in Kabul yesterday

Three NATO soldiers killed in Kabul suicide bombing

A Taliban suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden car into a NATO convoy in Kabul yesterday, triggering a massive blast that killed two Americans and one Polish soldier as well as wounding at least 13 civilians. NATO troops gave first-aid to bloodstained comrades besi ..

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Russian ruble drops to historic low

September 17, 2014

Russia’s currency

Russia’s currency dropped to an all-time low against the dollar yesterday as investors fret about long-term economic damage from Western sanctions.

The United States and the European Union last week imposed a new round of sanctions against Russia for its actions in Ukraine that consisted in, among other things, blocking off We ..

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Qatar Airways to welcome A380 Super Jumbo

September 17, 2014

Qatar airways

Qatar Airways’ first A380-800 will be welcomed into the fleet of the airline at an inaugural ceremony at Hamad International Airport tomorrow.

The ceremony, under the patronage of Prime Minister and Interior Minister of Qatar Shaikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani, will see Qatar Airways reach another milestone, as it ..

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OIL PRICES REBOUND

September 17, 2014

OIL

World oil prices rebounded sharply yesterday after the head of OPEC indicated that the crude producers’ cartel could cut its production target for 2015.

The widely-reported comments came from Abdullah El-Badri, Secretary-General of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), after talks with Russian Energy Mi ..

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CIM acclaim for BIBF

September 17, 2014

Ms. Nicklos

BIBF recently received three letters of commendation from the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) for achieving outstanding results in the June 2014 series of examinations.

BIBF Director Solveig Nicklos said that the CIM award, only given to UK and overseas CIM-accredited study centres, was bestowed upon BIBF for achieving 1 ..

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Bapco hosts safety course

September 17, 2014

Attendees of Health and Safety Course during a photo call

The Bahrain Petroleum Company (Bapco) recently held a one day Health and Safety Course for its Managers at the Bapco Club in Awali.

The initiative was held in line with Bapco’s commitment to strive for excellence in all aspects of our business and the subject course served as a refresher to reinforce attendees’ know-how on t ..

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DIYAR TO ATTEND CITYSCAPE GLOBAL

September 17, 2014

Dr. Al Shaer

Diyar Al Muharraq to showcase its projects in Dubai

Diyar Al Muharraq, one of the leading urban developers in the Kingdom of Bahrain, will participate in the Middle East’s largest property exhibition, Cityscape Global 2014 to be held in Dubai. Diyar Al Muharraq will be exhibiting its master plan and status updates on its projects including residential, co ..

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CURBS START TO BITE

September 17, 2014

India’s home-grown iron ore output has fallen short of domestic steel production needs

An oversupplied global iron ore market may find some relief from an unlikely source as former No.3 exporter India turns into a big importer due to a cutback in domestic production.

The country may ship in up to 45 million tonnes over the next three years as home-grown iron ore output falls short of domestic steel production need ..

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NIIT students join Bin Hindi

September 17, 2014

Mr.Al-Abbasi with new employees

As many as seven Bahrainis have joined A. A. Bin Hindi Group after they successfully completed Automotive Diploma from National Institute for Industrial Training (NIIT).

The joining comes as a result of the agreement signed between Tamkeen and A. A. Bin Hindi group in June, 2011 to train and employ 15 Bahrainis in the company’ ..

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ALBA BACKS INJAZ

September 17, 2014

Alba has sponsored inJAz Bahrain’s 9th annual ceremony

Aluminium Bahrain (Alba) reaffirmed its commitment towards programmes that empower the youth by sponsoring inJAz Bahrain’s 9th annual ceremony held at Crowne Plaza on September 11.

The ceremony was held to recognise institutions and companies that supported and sponsored programmes of the foundation, as well as volunteers who ..

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Kerzner, Sevens to sign agreement

September 17, 2014

Kerzner International Holdings Limited-Bahrain

Kerzner International Holdings Limited, which through its subsidiaries, is a leading international developer and operator of destination resorts and luxury hotels, has entered into an agreement with Sevens Holding, a diverse company catering to different segments in the private sector including hospitality and real estate, to develop and operate a new One&Only ..

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Palestinians fire mortar into Israel

September 17, 2014

Palestinians push a motorcycle amid the rubbles of houses which were destroyed by Israeli strikes during the summer’s fierce offensive on the Gaza Strip

Palestinians fired a mortar round into southern Israel yesterday in the first attack since an August 26 ceasefire, without causing any casualties, the Israeli army said.

“For the first time since operation Protective Edge, a mortar shell fired from Gaza hit southern Israel,” Lieutenant Colonel Peter Lerner said on Twitter, r ..

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End funding armed groups, urges Assad

September 17, 2014

Assad

Syria’s President Bashar Al Assad said yesterday that any campaign against “terrorism” must start with pressure on countries that support armed groups in Syria and Iraq.

“The battle against terrorism starts with pressure on the countries that support and finance terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq and pretend that they wa ..

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IS jihadists down Syria warplane

September 17, 2014

An image grab taken from an AFPTV video yesterday shows a jihadist from the IS group standing on the rubble of houses after a Syrian warplane was reportedly shot down by IS militants over the Syrian town of Raqa

Jihadists shot down a Syrian warplane conducting strikes on the Islamic State group stronghold of Raqa yesterday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said.

“IS fighters fired on a military aircraft which crashed,” the Britain-based group said.

“It is the first aircr ..

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Kurds recapture Christian villages

September 17, 2014

An Iranian Kurdish female member of the Freedom Party of Kurdistan (PAK) keeps a position in Dibis, some 50 kms northwest of Kirkuk, yesterday

Kurdish peshmerga forces yesterday recaptured seven Christian villages in northern Iraq in clashes with Islamic State (IS) jihadists, an officer and a cleric said.

Tens of thousands of Iraqi Christians, most of them Chaldeans, fled their homes when IS militants launched a renewed drive in the north in early August.

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Are flea collars safe?

September 17, 2014

THE PET PROJECT

Since flea collars are readily available in pet stores of Bahrain, one should consider the potentially harmful effects of flea collars on cats and dogs.

There are three kinds of flea collars; high frequency, gas-based and absorption collars.

The high frequency collar works by sending out ultr ..

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COURT BEAT

September 17, 2014

court beat

Verdict on Rolex heist due tomorrow

A verdict is finally set tomorrow, after being postponed several times, in connection with the trial of two men involved in the Rolex watches heist.

Eight male foreigners hit the headlines last year when they dressed up as Arab women, in abayas and hijabs, ..

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Money laundering: Lawyer attacked in court

September 17, 2014

Bahraini lawyer Ghalib Al Shreeti was attacked BY 2 MEN AT THE COURT HOUSE

Two men, a man and his son, yesterday had turned the courtroom into a wresting ring when they  attacked a lawyer, who was representing the father’s wife in a money laundering case.

Bahraini lawyer Ghalib Al Shreeti was attacked yesterday by the duo during a courtroom hearing in connection with the aforesaid trial in which the ..

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Minister pays surprise visit

September 17, 2014

Dr. Al Nuaimi at the school

Education Minister, Dr. Majid Al Nuaimi paid a surprise visit to the Shaikh Isa bin Ali Secondary Boys School.

He met the administrative and teaching staff, and received information about the educational process.

He also inspected the school facilities and was informed about the projects bein ..

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CHILLING REALITY

September 17, 2014

ice bucket challenge-ALS BAHRAIN

While the world has gone crazy behind the ice bucket challenge, a family in Bahrain is struggling to meet the medical expenses of an ‘Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis’ (ALS) patient.

The four daughters of 57-year-old Shaikh Mohammed Khalid, are finding it difficult to manage their father’s treatment along with their household ..

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Award to become global

September 17, 2014

Mr. Bu Hazaa

The annual Shaikh Isa bin Ali Al Khalifa Award for Voluntary Work, which honours socially-committed individuals from the Middle East and North Africa, is all set to become a global prize starting next year.

The award is constituted by the Arab Voluntary Work Union, an affiliate of the Arab League, a gathering of Arab nations alo ..

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Royal call: Premier visits Muharraq

September 17, 2014

Muharraq citizens greeting Prince Khalifa

Prime Minister HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa yesterday held a meeting with the Muharraq Governorate’s citizens, in the presence of ministers.

During the meeting, HRH the Prime Minister directed to build a new health centre in Galali and conduct a feasibility study on the establishment of another in Busaiteen, build ..

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New role for Ali Al Meshal

September 17, 2014

Mr. Meshal

Bahrain Internet Society (BIS) Board Member and Director of Strategic Alliances Ali Al Meshal has been appointed the new Vice Chair of the Asian, Australasian and Pacific Islands Regional At-Large Organisation (APRALO) Leadership Team. The appointment is for a period of two years and he will be holding the office until November 2016.

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Facebook mom creates furore!

September 17, 2014

SAthya-Facebook mom

 Acquiring motherhood via social media

Mark Zuckerberg, founder of the social networking site Facebook would have never mused that one day his innovation would rob mothers off their sons.

Sending waves of panic to all parents across the country, a 20-year-old Indian student has decided to swap his real mother fo ..

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‘None died in mishap’

September 17, 2014

Bahrain

An accident involving six vehicles caused a long traffic tailback on Shaikh Isa bin Salman Highway yesterday.

However, the Interior Ministry, in a statement issued, refuted rumours about a person dying from the accident which occurred at around 12:00pm.

According to a source, it all began wit ..

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TAKING THE NEXT STRIDE

September 17, 2014

Prince Salman

CP meets community figures

Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa yesterday met community leaders and key figures to discuss the significance of resuming the National Dialogue.

According to a statement issued by the Court of the Crown Prince, the meet ..

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Investcorp acquires US properties for $250m

September 17, 2014

Mr. Al-Shroogi

Investcorp, a leading provider and manager of alternative investment products with more than $11 billion of assets under management, has announced that its U.S.-based real estate arm, through separate transactions, has acquired a portfolio of office and industrial properties in Durham, Seattle, WA and Jacksonville for approximately $250 million.

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FORUM SEEKS WAYS TO ADDRESS OBSTACLES

September 17, 2014

(From left) Mr. Al Hawaj, Mr. Sajid and BATC Vice Chairman Manoj Bhatia interacting with attendees during the function

Around 200 business leadters of the Asian communities residing in Bahrain discussed their grievances, complaints and recommendations during the first open-talk of Bahrain Asian Traders Committee (BATC) yesterday.

Hosted by the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) under the slogan of “difficulties faced by Asian inve ..

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Traffickers ‘laughed’ as they rammed refugee boat

September 17, 2014

Women and children disembark from a boat at the Brindisi harbour, southern Italy, following rescue operations of immigrants off the coasts of Sicily

Survivors of Europe’s most deadly migrant shipwreck in years have described the horrifying moment traffickers capsized their boat and left them to drown, as the EU cried murder and vowed to step up the fight against people smugglers. Fresh witness testimony confirmed around 500 people drowned after their boat sank off Malta today, including up to 100 children who ..

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THOUSANDS EVACUATED

September 17, 2014

Mayon volcano spews a small amount of white smoke as seen from Legaspi City, Albay province, southeast of Manila yesterday

Thousands of people living near the Philippines’ most active volcano began leaving their homes yesterday as lava trickled down its slopes and authorities warned of a dangerous eruption. Mayon, a volcano famed in equal parts for its near-perfect cone and brutal volatility, had begun to stir again with magma rising to the top and small earthquakes rattling deep ins ..

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CHANDERPAUL SHINES

September 17, 2014

Shivnarine Chanderpaul connects off a delivery

Chanderpaul emulates Lloyd to turn screw on Bangladesh

Shivnarine Chanderpaul’s 30th Test century put the West Indies firmly on course to win the second Test with Bangladesh as the tourists were struggling on 55-2 at lunch in their second innings chasing an unlikely target of 489 on the fourth day of the match at Beausejour Stadium yesterday. Following un ..

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Titans of tug of war

September 17, 2014

An action from the game

Tug of War is a contest in which two teams pull against each other at opposite ends of a rope. But we often hear the figurative use of tug of war which means a struggle between two people or groups to win control or possession of something. But here is  a group of expatriates who literally are titans of tug of war.

Since 2011 t ..

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Lanes win Order Of Merit title

September 17, 2014

Tournament Coordinator Sohail Singh, centre with overall series winners Debbie and Rob Lane

The Couples Rob and Debbie Lane (12 points) were crowned BMMI Monday Madness Night Golf Series Champions at the Royal Golf Club in the six week series, followed by Steve Middleton and Ashley Price (9) who were runners up with JP Scerri and Anders Sandstrom (8) comong in a close third.

The final competition in the series was pla ..

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BIC : OPEN TRACK NIGHT SET

September 17, 2014

An action from the race

As the summer heat continues to cool down, the track temperature at Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) is beginning to rise fast as the new national racing season has flagged off in Sakhir and another action-packed event awaits race fans this weekend.  Following the success of the Open Track Night exclusive for motorbikes last week, BIC is this time hosting an Op ..

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Bangladesh under the hammer

September 16, 2014

Kraigg Brathwaite connects for a 4 off a delivery

West Indies declined to enforce the follow-on against Bangladesh and were 12 without loss in their second innings, an overall lead of 231, at lunch on the third day of the second and final Test at the Beausejour Stadium yesterday.

Despite having the option of putting the tourists in again after they were dismissed for 161 half-a ..

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RODGERS BACKS MARIO BALOTELLI

September 16, 2014

Mario Balotelli

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes Mario Balotelli has the experience required to lead the line when they return to Champions League action for the first time in five years at Anfield today. Italy striker Balotelli is likely to be the senior striker in a Liverpool side, with Daniel Sturridge set to be sidelined for at least another fortnight with a thigh st ..

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Woods takes McIlroy comments in stride

September 16, 2014

Tiger woods with Rory McIlroy

Tiger Woods, his 39th birthday looming in December, laughed off 20-something Rory McIlroy’s recent estimation that the 14-time major winner and compatriot Phil Mickelson are in the back nine of their careers. “I thought it was funny,” a relaxed Woods said yesterday as he promoted the Hero World Challenge unofficial event he will host in Florida in December.

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Basel ready to challenge Madrid, Liverpool

September 16, 2014

Paulo Sousa

Basel coach Paulo Sousa believes his side can trouble the established powers of Real Madrid and Liverpool in their quest to qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League for just the second time in the club’s history. The Swiss champions open their Group B campaign at the Santiago Bernabeu, home of reigning champions Real, today night before hosting Liv ..

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FERDINAND CHIPS AWAY AT MOYES

September 16, 2014

Rio Ferdinand

Rio Ferdinand has revealed what he believes were a series of mistakes David Moyes made during his unsuccessful stint as manager of Manchester United -- including the banning of chips the night before matches. Former United defender Ferdinand -- who made an unhappy return to Old Trafford when his QPR side were hammered 4-0 in the Premier League by his old club on Su ..

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BICC badminton tourney from Oct. 10

September 16, 2014

The championship logo was unveiled at a ceremony attended by BKS and BBSF officials along with sponsors

The Bahrain Keraleeya Samajam (BKS) in association with the Bahrain Badminton and Squash Federation (BBSF) will present the BKS-Optima Bahrain International Club Championship (BICC) Badminton Tournament at the BKS Diamond Jubilee Hall from October 10-31.  This championship is an event sanctioned by the BBSF with a prize fund of  $6000 and attracts top ranked play ..

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Shaikh Isa hails sports development strategy in Arab area

September 16, 2014

Shaikh Isa bin Rashid All Khalifa

First vice-president of the Union of Arab National Olympic Committees (UANOC) Shaikh Isa bin Rashid Al Khalifa recently chaired the committees’ extraordinary General Assembly meeting held in Amman, Jordan. He was joined at the meeting by Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC) general secretary Abdulrahman Askar and committee sports advisor Abduljalil Asad. The meeting ..

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TITANS CC VICTORIOUS

September 16, 2014

Cricket Bahrain (BCL-CBA Division) Diamond League, T20 tournament

Titans CC defeated Sprite CC by four wickets in the latest matches of the Cricket Bahrain (BCL-CBA Division) Diamond League, T20 tournament  at the Busaiteen grounds in Muharraq.

Batting first, Sprite scored 185 for seven in its 20 overs thanks to a fine knock by Umar (74) and support from Waseem (24) with Wasim (two for 30) an ..

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Triathlon challenge begins on Dec 6

September 16, 2014

Shaikh Nasser

Under the directives of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa preparations are ongoing ahead of the Bahrain International Triathlon Challenge set to take place on December 6.

This was announced by Chairman of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports and President of Bahrain Olympic Committee, HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Kh ..

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Chinese city builds cellphone sidewalk lane

September 16, 2014

Residents walk on a lane painted with instructions to separate those using their phones as they walk from others in southwest China’s Chongqing Municipality

Taking a cue from an American TV programme, the Chinese city of Chongqing has created a smartphone sidewalk lane, offering a path for those too engrossed in messaging and tweeting to watch where they’re going.

But the property manager says it’s intended to be ironic - to remind people that it’s dangerous to tweet while wal ..

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XI WOOS MALDIVES

September 16, 2014

Xi Jinping bows to a Maldivian Guard of Honour

Wins backing for maritime silk route

China’s President Xi Jinping secured Maldivian support for a “21st century maritime silk road” as he began a South Asian tour in the strategically located Indian Ocean atoll nation.

The Maldives is best known for its tourist industry but also straddles major international shippi ..

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Cameron appeals to keep Britain intact

September 16, 2014

David Cameron addresses a press conference in Aberdeen, Scotland

British Prime Minister David Cameron used his last visit to Scotland before a historic independence referendum this week to implore Scots to remain part of the United Kingdom, warning that a breakaway vote would be irreversible.

With opinion polls suggesting the referendum remains too close to call, Cameron, the leader of the ru ..

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CEASEFIRE STRAINS

September 16, 2014

Pro-russian militants patrol on an armoured vehicle, on a street in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine

Fresh shelling rocks Donetsk

Fighting broke out again in Ukraine’s rebel-held city of Donetsk yesterday as President Petro Poroshenko prepared to unveil a risky plan to give the separatist-minded east “special status” in a bid to end a conflict that has killed over 3,000 people.

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BIBF attends GAIF conference

September 16, 2014

(From left) Dr. Al Shaikh, GAIF Secretary General Abdulkhaliq Raoof Khalil and Mr. Al Ajmi

BIBF recently participated in the 30th General Arab Insurance Federation (GAIF) General Conference held in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.

BIBF Deputy Director Dr. Ahmed Al Shaikh and Head of the Centre for Insurance Husain Al Ajmi represented BIBF at the conference held under the patronage of president of Egypt Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

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MENATELECOM TO BRACE NETWORK

September 16, 2014

Mr. Jawahery

Menatelecom, the leader in nationwide 4G LTE services, has invested in the enhancement of its fibre optic network to all businesses in the Kingdom.

Menatelecom is a major business solutions provider that owns and operates its own independent Fibre Optic Network with multiple international links offering reliability, resilience a ..

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Topics finalised for Arabal

September 16, 2014

Arabal Organising Committee members at the Oasis Hall in Alba

Aluminium Bahrain (Alba), a leading aluminium producer in the world, has announced the topics to be discussed for the 18th International Arab Aluminium (Arabal) Conference.

The topics chosen during a meeting with the Arabal Organising Committee at the Oasis Hall in Alba the other day include GCC smelters in focus with the CEOs ..

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BCCI hails PM’s directives

September 16, 2014

Mr. Al Moayed

Chairman of Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry Khalid Al Moayed hailed Prime Minster HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa for his wise directives in promoting Bahrain’s economy. Mr. Al Moayed was visiting the Premier’s Majlis the other day.

The policies have revived trade and investments thereby supporting the priv ..

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WIBC IN DECEMBER

September 16, 2014

Participants at the WIBC 2013 are seen in the file photo. The 2014 edition will be attended by renowned market leaders and experts

The 21st annual edition of the World Islamic Banking Conference (WIBC 2014), which will be held under the patronage of Prime Minister HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa and supported by the Central Bank of Bahrain, is scheduled to be held in the Kingdom from December 1 to 3.

More than 1,300 high-level industry attendees fr ..

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Caged fox torched to death in Saudi

September 16, 2014

A screen grab of the video that is being circulated online

Saudi Wildlife Commission has launched an appeal to the public to help identify a group of young men who burned a caged fox to death, reports Gulf News.

The act of torture was captured in a video clip that went viral on social networks and sparked wide condemnations and uncompromising calls for stringent action against th ..

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Rebels, army clash in Yemen

September 16, 2014

Yemeni Shia Huthi anti-government protesters pray during a protest in Sanaa on September 12

Shia Huthi rebels clashed yesterday with Yemeni army forces and loyalist tribes northeast of Sanaa as a UN envoy kept up mediation efforts, tribal sources said.

Fierce gunfights erupted when rebels attacked troops and armed tribesmen in the flashpoint Al Ghayl district of Jawf province, tribal sources said.

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Tehran rejects US-led coalition

September 16, 2014

Kurdish Peshmerga fighters fire a Duskha heavy machine gun as they hold a position on the front line in the Gwer district, 40 kilometres south of Arbil, the capital of the Kurdish autonomous region in northern Iraq, yesterday

Iran said yesterday it rejected a US request for its cooperation against the jihadist Islamic State as part of an international coalition whose true aim Tehran sees as regime change in Syria.

Seen from Tehran, which has helped both Damascus and Baghdad to confront IS advances, the coalition lacks credibility because some of its ..

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Support pours in for Baghdad

September 16, 2014

Iraqi men watch French President Francois Hollande speak, at an international conference to shore up support for an anti-jihadist coalition in Paris, at a cafe in Baghdad yesterday

The world’s top diplomats pledged yesterday to support Iraq in its fight against Islamic State militants by “any means necessary”, including “appropriate military assistance”, as leaders stressed the urgency of the crisis.

Representatives from around 30 countries and international organisations, including the United St ..

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Longer jail term for driver

September 16, 2014

The deceased Noora

The High Criminal Appeals Court yesterday upgraded the jail time imposed on an Asian driver implicated in a road accident that killed a 10-year-old girl, on prosecution appeal.

Having found the previous verdict as an inadequate punishment to deter other reckless drivers, the state had lodged an appeal after the High Criminal Cou ..

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Retrial ordered for school owner

September 16, 2014

Rashid Fadhel Buzuhaira

Death inside school bus

The Cessation Court, the highest one in Bahrain, has ordered a retrial for a school owner convicted in connection with the death of a five-year-old-pupil.

Al Rawabi School student, Rashid Fadhel Buzuhaira, died after being locked inside a school bus for three-an ..

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Bahrain committed to protecting ozone layer

September 16, 2014

Shaikh Abdulla

Personal Representative of His Majesty the King and Chairman of the Supreme Environment Council Shaikh Abdulla bin Hamad Al Khalifa has emphasised anew Bahrain’s commitment to all agreements and conventions on protecting the environment and the ozone layer by switching to more secure alternatives.

Marking the ‘International ..

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Princess Sabeeka congratulates Mounira bin Hindi

September 16, 2014

Princess Sabeeka

Wife of His Majesty the King and Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Women (SCW), HRH Princess Sabeeka bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa, sent a cable of congratulations to Shura Council member Mounira bint Saleh bin Hindi on her appointment as Goodwill Ambassador for Women by the International Peace and Development Organisation.

Princ ..

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COURT BEAT

September 16, 2014

court beat

Court upholds robber’s sentence

The High Criminal Court has supported the three-year jail sentence imposed earlier on a Bahraini defendant convicted of theft.

The convict reportedly broke into a cosmetic-supplier company and stole 50,000 Saudi Riyals (BD5000), which was placed inside a black bag.

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Hajj season: Jeddah consulate to work round-the-clock

September 16, 2014

Mr. Al Muslimany

Bahrain Consulate in Jeddah has announced that it will operate for 24 hours during the Hajj season.

Consul Ibrahim Al Muslimany affirmed that the consulate will remain open to serve Bahraini pilgrims, who will be visiting Mecca and Madina to perform holy rites during Hajj season.

“A tempora ..

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TARGET ON TERROR

September 16, 2014

Shaikh Khalid at the conference in Paris

Playing a crucial role in defeating terrorism, Bahrain is all set to host an international conference, which would focus on finding ways to block terror funding.

During the Paris Conference on Peace and Security, Foreign Affairs Minister Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa has asserted the Kingdom’s readiness to host the confer ..

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Southern Governor condemns terrorism

September 16, 2014

Shaikh Abdulla attending the Majlis

Southern Governor, Shaikh Abdulla bin Rashid Al Khalifa yesterday highlighted the importance of focusing on community partnership with families and residents to enhance religious awareness among all segments of the society, especially youth to fight the spreading of extremism.

Addressing the Majlis of Late Salem Mohammed Al Nuai ..

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‘New causeway to strengthen bond’

September 16, 2014

Shaikh Rashid with Mr. Al Otaishan and others

Hailing the brotherly ties between Bahrain and Saudi, Interior Minister Lt. General Shaikh Rashid bin Abdullah Al Khalifa stated that the King Hamad Causeway will strengthen the solid bilateral bonds.

Holding a meeting with the Director-General of the of King Fahd Causeway Authority (KFCA), Bader bin Abdullah Al Otaishan, the mi ..

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Call for vigil on extremism

September 16, 2014

Prince Khalifa while meeting with citizens, media persons and businessmen at Gudaibiya Palace

Defeating evil

Prime Minister, HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa has urged for more vigilance and determination to face subversive groups, whose members intimidate people by their terrorist actions and provoke them by inciting sedition.

Receiving the scores of citizens, led by clerics, media persons and businessme ..

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‘Save minors from doing immoral acts’

September 16, 2014

Mr. Murad speaking at the Parliament

The involvement of minors in immoral activities was extremely condemned by a lawmaker yesterday.

The legislator even called to include four-star hotels within the Culture Ministry’s recent decision, which banned the sale of alcohol beverages and presenting musical performances at three-star hotels, in order to curb illegal and ..

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TWITTER FOR ALL

September 16, 2014

TWITTER

Policy makers vs social media 

They tweeted trouble 

Three citizens were detained during the past three weeks for “misusing” the social network site Twitter.

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Islamic unity vital for region

September 16, 2014

Shaikh Jassim

A leading Khateeb in the Kingdom has urged the citizens to observe true faith in order to overcome the threats faced by the society.

Shaikh Jassim Al Saeedi, Khateeb of Isa Town Mosque said that the Arab society can only succeed by forging Islamic unity. “Forces that threaten the human existence are thriving because of the la ..

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‘No society can disregard retirees’

September 16, 2014

Mr. Al Fadhel with other dignitaries at the function

No society can brush aside the retirees as they are the people who have laid its founding stone, observed Central Governor Mubarak Al Fadhel, while speaking at a  function organised by retirees yesterday.

“Retirees are an important part of any society and the government is committed to serve their requirements and demands,” ..

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Driving toddlers set alarms ringing

September 16, 2014

blatant violation of traffic law

Prevention better than cure 

In a blatant violation of traffic law, many careless parents are allowing their children to sit on the driver’s seat of moving vehicles and this has come to limelight after many pictures showing kids behind the wheels were circulated over social media.

A ..

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Air France scraps 60pc of flights

September 16, 2014

A passenger walks through a check-in hall at the Lyon-Saint-Exupery airport yesterday French flag carrier Air France said it would be forced to scrap half its flights

French flag carrier Air France scrapped half of its flights yesterday as pilots began a strike against the company’s plan to develop its low-cost subsidiary.

The company said 60 per cent of its flights would be cancelled today with fears that the week-long protest -- the longest at the company since 1998 -- could spell travel ..

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TRADERS OPEN FORUM TO PROP INVESTMENT

September 16, 2014

Asians dominate many business sectors in the Kingdom

The Bahrain Asian Traders Committee (BATC) of Bahrain Chamber of Commerce & Industry (BCCI) is organising an open forum of Bahrain-based Asian investors today at Bait Al Tijjar as part of the BCCI efforts to promote Bahrain’s trade with Asian countries and encourage investments in the Kingdom.

The forum entitled ‘Challen ..

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Admiring vintage vogue

September 16, 2014

Constanze Pelzer, dressed in 1940’s vintage clothes is seen sitting among clothes and paraphernalia in her vintage shop “Glencheck” in the Wilmersdorf area of Berlin

With her blotted red lipstick, perky coiffed curls and fitted 1940s skirt suit, Constanze Pelzer looks like she’s stepped off a World War II film set.

From head to toe, the 49-year-old German is the picture of 1940s elegance -- from the little glasses and striking jewellery to her red sling-backs, her entire outfit is authenti ..

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Hurricane Odile thrashes Mexico resorts

September 16, 2014

People look at the destruction after hurricane Odile knocked down trees and power lines in Cabo San Lucas, in Mexico’s Baja California peninsula yesterday

Looters took food and water from shops in Mexico’s Los Cabos beach resorts yesterday after Hurricane Odile blew away wooden homes, flooded streets and damaged hotels housing thousands of tourists. Dozens of people, including children, ransacked at least five small convenience stores, making off with batteries and alcoholic drinks, before troops arrived to stop th ..

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SHIPWRECK

September 16, 2014

Women disembark from a boat at the Brindisi harbour, southern Italy, following rescue operations at sea yesterday

Worst tragedy leaves 500 migrants feared dead in Mediterranean

As many as 500 migrants are feared to have drowned after traffickers reportedly rammed and sank their boat in what the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) described yesterday as “the worst shipwreck in years”.

Horrific details of the shipwreck, ..

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Anelka signs for Indian Super League

September 16, 2014

Nicolas Anelka

Controversial French striker Nicolas Anelka sought to relaunch his career yesterday by signing up for the nascent Indian Super League, six months after being sacked from English football in an anti-semitism row. The 35-year-old former Arsenal, Chelsea, Juventus and Real Madrid star announced that he would be playing for Mumbai City in the inaugural edition of the e ..

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BENCIC UPSETS KUZNETSOVA

September 16, 2014

Belinda Bencic returns a shot

Pan Pacific Open

Rising Swiss star Belinda Bencic upset two-time Grand Slam champion Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-3, 6-0 in the first round of the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo yesterday, maintaining recent impressive form.

The wildcard broke the Russian veteran’s serve twice in the first set a ..

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WINNING START

September 16, 2014

North Korea’s Ri Yong-Jik (right) vies for the ball with China’s Chang Feiya

North Korea rout China 3-0

North Korea’s footballers dismantled China 3-0 yesterday as they got off to a rousing start at the Incheon Asian Games cheered on by fans waving the Korean Unification Flag. Goals from Sim Hyon-Jin, So Kyong-Jin and Ri Hyok-Chol gave North Korea’s men an easy win as the large delegation from across the militarised border taste ..

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Minister makes a surprise visit

September 15, 2014

Dr. Al Nuaimi interacting with children inside a school bus

Education Minister Dr. Majid Al Nuaimi made a surprise visit to a number of school bus stops across the Kingdom.

The visit was aimed at ensuring the safety of students at all bus stops apart from affirming the provision of quality services.

As of today, the ministry provides transportation se ..

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Sojourns top spending list

September 15, 2014

American Express Middle East Survey

American Express Survey 

Affluent Bahrainis have emerged as the top holiday spenders in the region, according to the recent American Express Middle East Survey.

Conducted by YouGov across the Middle East and North Africa, the American Express Middle East Survey revealed that 80 per cent of Bahrain-based respondents rank ..

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Retirees coast to win

September 15, 2014

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Retirees team defeated Information Technology Department (ITD) 6-2 on the opening week of the Bapco Interdepartmental Bowling League at the Bapco Club in Awali.

Top scoring for Retirees was team coach Khalifa Khalfan (224) high game and 606 (high series) and for ITD it was Waleed Othman (210) game and Saeid Al Gazeri (588) se ..

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BOC delegation meets Bahrain TV officials

September 15, 2014

BOC Media officials during their meeting with the TV Sports Channel representatives

Representatives of the media delegation from the Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC) held meeting with Bahrain TV Sports Channel director Fawaz Shamsan to coordinate coverage of events during the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea from September 19 to October 4.

During the meeting, both parties reviewed all necessary arrangeme ..

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VUELTA GLORY FOR CONTADOR

September 15, 2014

Alberto Contador

Spaniard takes Grand Tour successes to six

Alberto Contador won his third Vuelta a Espana as Italian Adriano Malori took victory on the final stage 9.7km timetrial in Santiago de Compostela yesterday.

Spaniard Contador finished 1min 40sec down on Malori on the rain-affected course as he took no chances.

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Devvarman draws India level against Serbia

September 15, 2014

Somdev Devvarman returns a shot from Filip Krajinovic of Serbia

India’s top player Somdev Devvarman won the first reverse singles in the Davis Cup World Group play-off tie to help the hosts draw level 2-2 with Serbia yesterday.

Devvarman, ranked 144th in the world, rallied past number 61 Dusan Lajovic 1-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in a thrilling four-hour encounter on the hard court of Bangalore ..

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Kim Hyo-Joo edges Webb to win Evian title

September 15, 2014

Kim Hyo Joo competes during the Evian golf Championships

In a dramatic finale, South Korean teenager Kim Hyo-Joo held off the experienced Karrie Webb to win the Evian Championship by one shot.

It was the first time Kim had played in a women’s major and she held her nerve to hole a 15-foot birdie putt at the 18th to finish ahead of veteran Webb yesterday.

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INTER THRASH SASSUOLO 7-0

September 15, 2014

Inter Milan’s Argentinian forward Mauro Icardi (left) scores beating Sassuolo’s defender Emanuele Terranova

Mauro Icardi scored a hat-trick and Pablo Osvaldo added a brace as Inter routed Sassuolo 7-0 for the second successive season in Serie A yesterday.

Elsewhere, Napoli suffered a shock 1-0 home defeat to Chievo thanks to Maxi Lopez’s strike, hosts Fiorentina were held to a scoreless draw by Genoa, Lazio routed Cesena 3-0 and Ata ..

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Mayweather wins rematch over Maidana

September 15, 2014

Floyd Mayweather Jr. (left) hits Marcos Maidana with a left in the fourth round

Champion boxer Floyd Mayweather ran his unbeaten streak to 47 straight fights by beating Argentine slugger Marcos Maidana by a unanimous decision in their bad-tempered rematch.

Mayweather, who hasn’t lost a fight since the 1996 Olympics, successfully defended his World Boxing Association and World Boxing Council welterweight b ..

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OFF THE MARK

September 15, 2014

Rossi celebrates on the podium after winning the MotoGP race at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli in San Marino

Rossi claims maiden win of the season at San Marino

Italian great Valentino Rossi led a Yamaha one-two to claim his maiden win of the season at the San Marino Moto GP and launch his bid for a 10th world title. Rossi, a nine-time world champion in all categories, finished the 28-lap race ahead of Spanish teammate Jorge Lorenzo with Dani Pedrosa, on a Honda, ..

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Preacher suggests sabotage over building collapse

September 15, 2014

Nigerian building collapse(file photo)

Nigerian preacher and televangelist TB Joshua yesterday linked a deadly building collapse at his Lagos megachurch to a suspicious aircraft but rescue workers ruled out the theory of foul play. Joshua, dubbed “The Prophet” by fanatical followers because of his purported predictions and healing powers, showed footage of the moments leading up to the collapse on h ..

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Sweden vote: LEFT WINS

September 15, 2014

Swedish opposition leader Stefan Loefven of the Social Democratic party walks next to his wife Ulla Loefven as they make their way from the polling station during the Swedish general elections in Stockholm yesterday

Voting for Sweden’s parliament ended yesterday at 1800 GMT with an exit poll suggesting a win for a Social Democrat-led left-green trio of parties and a major gain for the far-right Sweden Democrats. The Social Democrat-led group was tipped to get 44.8 percent of the votes, according to the exit poll by public broadcaster SVT, while the anti-immigration Sweden De ..

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Typhoon Kalmaegi hits northern Philippines

September 15, 2014

Water logging last year

Typhoon Kalmaegi slammed into the northern Philippines yesterday, causing flash floods and widespread heavy rains as communities braced for landslides and possible storm surges. The typhoon, packing winds of 160 kilometres (100 miles) per hour, struck the town of Divilacan on the northeastern coast around sundown and moved westward across the main island of Luzon, ..

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MERKEL PLEDGES ZERO TOLERANCE

September 15, 2014

MERKEL PLEDGES ZERO TOLERANCE

Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed yesterday to resolutely combat anti-Semitism, speaking at a rally to condemn a spate of hate speech and attacks against Jews in Germany during the latest Gaza conflict. About 5,000 attended the event, held under the banner “Stand Up: Jew Hatred - Never Again!”, which coincided with the first ever annual meeting of the World Jewish ..

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Evil not so banal

September 15, 2014

banality of evil

Commanded by an authoritarian figure, and wishing to conform, we could bulldoze homes, burn books, separate parents from children or even slaughter them, and our much-prized conscience would not as much as flicker.

What prompts ordinary people to commit acts of evil?

The question has been debated by philosophers, ..

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NBK to finance mega oil project

September 15, 2014

NBK

The National Bank of Kuwait’s investment arm has been selected as exclusive financing adviser for a $12-billion clean fuel refineries project, the bank said in a statement yesterday. State-owned Kuwait National Petroleum Co. (KNPC), which owns the mega project, and NBK Capital signed a 12-month contract under which the bank will assess funding requirements and he ..

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TRASH PLANT SPARKS ANGER

September 15, 2014

Protests against Waste Incinerator Project

Thousands of people gathered yesterday in southern China to protest against a proposed trash incinerator, protesters said, as the government sought to allay anger by saying the location was not finalised. In the latest in a series of protests in China over the feared health impact from development projects, thousands of people marched in Boluo county in Guangdong p ..

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BACK TO BASICS

September 15, 2014

A worker in a rice field at a farm that uses organic methods

Food safety fears see farming return to high-rise Hong Kong

It’s a rural tradition that faded out decades ago as Hong Kong turned into a neon-lit megacity: rice seedlings being dropped into watery paddy fields with gentle plops. But now a new wave of farmers are growing the staple again in sleepy Long Valley in the city’s northern New Territories, where ..

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Emotional return: Tears as kids are back to school

September 15, 2014

Palestinian children returned to school in Gaza

As hundreds of thousands of Palestinian children returned to school in Gaza yesterday, Azhar recited a poem eulogising her father, killed by Israeli shelling in the enclave’s recent conflict.

“Daddy, what can I tell you, if I say I love you it’s not enough,” the nine-year-old, who was beginning the fourth grade, read to ..

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SCD claims 37th victim

September 15, 2014

The deceased Helal

Bahrain yesterday mourned its fourth Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) patient during the month of September, taking this year’s death toll to 37.

Bader Helal, 42, was declared dead following SCD complications.

The father of two, who was also suffering from cardiac problems, will be buried today mo ..

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Nut vendor mowed down

September 15, 2014

The scene of the accident

A nuts vendor was killed in a traffic accident that occurred in Umm Al Hassam last night.

Forty seven-year-old Bangladesh national Abul Bashar Mia was announced dead on the spot by the police at around 9pm.

According to sources, an unheeding driver reversed his vehicle hitting the victim on ..

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Theft at cold store: Goods, cash carried off

September 15, 2014

COLD STORE_THEFT

Goods and cash worth more than BD1,000 had been allegedly stolen from a cold store in Gudaibiya during the wee hours of Saturday.

The sources told DT News that the thieves entered Al Areej Foodstuff by breaking the main lock.

Apart from stealing appliances, calling cards and other item ..

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Call for an institute to promote moderation

September 15, 2014

Mr. Al Mahmoud

A Bahraini religious scholar has called for an institute to be set up to train preachers to promote moderation in religious speeches and discourse.

“We need to have an institute that is open on all sects and schools of thought,” Head of the National Unity Gathering and member of the Supreme Council for Judicial Affairs, Abd ..

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Golden trick fails to click

September 15, 2014

FAKE GOLD

A fraudster, who tried to flee the Kingdom with more than one kilogram of gold, was arrested just before he could leave the country.

The accused, reportedly an Asian, duped the gold sellers by exchanging fake bangles with golden ones at more than 10 jewellery shops in the Kingdom.

“He pret ..

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KEY INFRA BOOST FOR MUHARRAQ

September 15, 2014

Muharraq

As part of its initiatives to boost infrastructure, the Works Ministry will pump in BD53,60,000 to expand the road network of Muharraq.

This was revealed by Works Minister Essam Khalaf while speaking to a local daily.

When asked about the Gulf railway route within Bahrain, the minister said t ..

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Premier reaffirms support to national industries

September 15, 2014

Prince Khalifa looking at some of the national products

Receiving the Industry and Commerce Minister Dr. Hassan Fakhro, Prime Minister HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa yesterday urged to adopt initiatives to promote national products and make them a favourable choice at regional and international markets.

HRH Premier expressed pride in the progress of Bahraini industries than ..

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Strengthening law: Cabinet discusses citizenship issues

September 15, 2014

Prince Khalifa chairs the Cabinet meeting

The Cabinet meeting, chaired by Prime Minister HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, yesterday discussed a memorandum presented by the Interior Ministry on the draft ministerial edict aiming to set the necessary rules and procedures to implement the provisions in the articles of the Bahraini Citizenship Act.

Addressing media ..

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Qatar Airways launches ‘The World is Yours’

September 15, 2014

qatar airways

Qatar Airways is offering customers in Bahrain and around the world great savings during its latest three-day “The World is Yours” global sale. A discount of up to 25 percent will be offered for return travel on Qatar Airways in Economy and Business Class for travel originating from Bahrain.

The discount is also offered in F ..

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RECORD UREA PRODUCTION

September 15, 2014

Dr. Abdulrahman Jawahery(centre)

GPIC logs 10mn-tonne target

The Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (GPIC) yesterday announced that it had completed 10 million tonnes of Urea production. The record was achieved on September 9th, 16 years after the Urea plant started production. Speaking during a ceremony to mark the occasion, GPIC President Dr. Abdulrahman Jawahery said this was yet ano ..

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GCC logistics : COMPETITION HEATS UP

September 15, 2014

logistics

When Kingdom enjoys the highest level of intra-regional trade of all the GCC nations, it faces challenges as major regional transport infrastructure comes online, according to a new report by ICAEW. The latest quarterly Economic Insight report highlights this concern. According to  the report, the relatively deeper links Bahrain has established with other economie ..

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EMMAR SEEKS $1.58 BN IPO

September 15, 2014

EMMAR

Dubai’s Emaar Properties began yesterday selling shares in its retail division, aiming to raise $1.58 billion in the emirate’s biggest initial public offering since a financial crisis. Emaar Malls Group is hoping to sell two billion shares representing 15.4 percent of the share capital, with a price range set at between 2.5 dirhams and 2.9 dirhams, it said, whi ..

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Dutch stage tomato fight against sanctions

September 15, 2014

Participants are covered with pulp at the Dam square in Amsterdam after joining a tomato fight

Hundreds of young Dutch men and women turned Amsterdam’s central Dam square into a blizzard of red goop yesterday, as they pelted each other mercilessly with overripe tomatoes.

In theory, the event was set up as a protest against Russian sanctions blocking imports of European fresh produce. In practice, most participants turne ..

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Pope marries couples who have cohabited

September 15, 2014

A general view shows brides and grooms during their wedding ceremony celebrated as part of a mass by Pope Francis at St Peter’s basilica

Pope Francis married 20 couples yesterday, some of whom had already lived together and had children, in the latest sign that the Argentine pontiff wants the Catholic church to be more open and inclusive.

In the first wedding he has performed in his 18-month-old papacy, Francis took each couple through their vows in turn -- inclu ..

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FEVER PITCH

September 15, 2014

Pro-independence “Yes” campaigners stage a demonstration outside the BBC Scotland Headquarters in Glasgow yesterday

Scots independence battle reaches its zenith

Thousands of independence supporters took to the streets of Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow, yesterday as polls showed the rival camps running desperately close just five days before a referendum which could bring the break-up of the United Kingdom.

Separatist and unionist ..

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Lisicki ends trophy drought

September 15, 2014

Sabine Lisicki with winner’s trophy

German top seed Sabine Lisicki recovered from a woeful start to beat Czech Karolina Pliskova 7-5 6-3 in the final of the WTA Hong Kong Open for her first title in more than three years.

The world number 31, who received a wild card to play in the $250,000 tournament, suffered two early breaks to fall behind 5-1 in the opening se ..

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Chanderpaul holds Windies together

September 15, 2014

Shivnarine Chanderpaul lofts over the leg side during his innings

Bangladesh’s seamers ripped through the West Indies middle-order but an unbeaten 69 from Shivnarine Chanderpaul was holding the innings together at 341 for eight at lunch on the second day of the second and final Test yesterday.

Al-Amin Hossain claimed two wickets in two balls after Robiul Islam separated the fourth-wicket pai ..

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SWISS JOIN FRANCE

September 15, 2014

Switzerland captain Severin Luethi (left) and Wawrinka (right) carry Federer as they celebrate winning the Davis Cup semi-final against Italy

Two European nations to battle in Davis Cup final

France will host Switzerland in the Davis Cup final in November after Roger Federer gave the Swiss the winning point against Italy in Geneva yesterday. Federer reached the first Davis Cup final of his career with a comfortable 6-2, 6-3, 7-6 (7/4) win over Fabio Fognini in the first of the semi-final’s reve ..

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RAMPAGE

September 15, 2014

Manchester United’s Spanish midfielder Juan Mata (right) shoots past Queens Park Rangers’ Brazilian midfielder Sandro

Man Utd crush QPR 4-0

Radamel Falcao made his debut as Manchester United belatedly kickstarted their season with a breezy 4-0 win at home to Queens Park Rangers in the Premier League yesterday.

The 28-year-old Colombia striker, a loan signing from Monaco, made his entrance as a 67th-minute replacement for Juan Mata, but ..

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Aid worker’s murder: Britain tough on IS killers

September 15, 2014

An image grab taken from a video released by the IS and identified by private terrorism monitor SITE Intelligence Group on Saturday purportedly shows aid worker David Haines dressed in orange and on his knees in a desert landscape speaking

British Prime Minister David Cameron vowed yesterday that Britain would hunt down the killers of an aid worker beheaded by the Islamic State, which he described as the “embodiment of evil”.

Cameron said, Britain was prepared to “take whatever steps are necessary” after David Haines became the third Western hostage to be ..

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COURT BEAT

September 15, 2014

court beat

Lawyer pockets client’s money

A lawyer is on trial for embezzling BD44,000 which was supposed to be a compensation to one of his clients following a lawsuit.

The victim stated that the lawyer who represented him in a lawsuit had pocketed the money, which belonged to h ..

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Ambassador thanks Indian authorities

September 15, 2014

Mr. Bin Daina

Following the heroic stances shown by the Indian security authorities, in rescuing four Bahraini citizens, who were stranded in the flood stricken state of Jammu and Kashmir, Bahraini Ambassador to India Tariq Bin Daina expressed his utmost gratitude to the Indian authorities.

Mr. Bin Daina said, “I would like to convey my app ..

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USA target world title repeat

September 14, 2014

The Americans have an average winning margin of 32.5 points

The United States will attempt to become the first repeat world champions since 2002 and tie the mark for the most titles when they take on Serbia in final of the 2014 basketball World Cup today.

The Americans come into the title game against Serbia with a perfect 8-0 and an average winning margin of 32.5 points. The closest res ..

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Ribery on target in Bayern win

September 14, 2014

Franck Ribery (left) plays to score against Stuttgart’s goalkeeper Sven Ulreich

Bayern Munich playmaker Franck Ribery scored in his first game this season as the champions moved joint top of the Bundesliga yesterday, while Shinji Kagawa also enjoyed a goalscoring return as Borussia Dortmund saw off Freiburg.

Mario Goetze put the defending champions ahead in the first half before Ribery came off the bench to ..

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NEYMAR BRACE SINKS BILBAO

September 14, 2014

Neymar celebrates with Messi after scoring against Athletic Club Bilbao at the Camp Nou stadium

Barcelona made it three wins from three under new boss Luis Enrique as Neymar came off the bench to score twice in a 2-0 win over Athletic Bilbao yesterday.

The Brazilian had been left out of the starting line-up after his exertions in captaining his country for the first time in wins over Colombia and Ecuador in the past week, ..

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India stay alive against Serbia

September 14, 2014

Leander Paes (right) of India and his partner Rohan Bopanna (left) celebrate after winning the men’s doubles match against Serbia

Veteran Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna won the crucial doubles to keep India afloat in the Davis Cup World Group play-off tie against Serbia in Bangalore yesterday.

With the hosts 0-2 down in Friday’s opening singles, it was left to 41-year-old Paes and Bopanna to keep the tie alive with a thrilling five-set win over Nenad Zim ..

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FRANCE IN FINAL

September 14, 2014

Richard Gasquet (right) returns the ball next to his teammate Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

Gasquet-Tsonga defeat Berdych-Stepanek

France reached the Davis Cup final for the first time since 2010 yesterday when they took an unassailable 3-0 lead over two-time defending champions Czech Republic in their semi-final.

In the November 21-23 final, France will tackle either Switzerland or Italy whose semi-final in ..

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Iran edge Japan

September 14, 2014

Players in action during the final between Iran and Japan

Five-time defending champions and top ranked Iran defeated third ranked Japan (25-11, 25-22, 25-23) yesterday in the final match to clinch the Asian Under-18 Youth Volleyball Championships at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

The Iranians coached by Reza Vakili won all of its eight matches against Qatar, ..

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Wattel storms to three-shot lead

September 14, 2014

France’s Romain Watte

France’s Romain Wattel carved out a three-shot lead at the Dutch Open to put himself in prime position for a maiden European Tour title with one round left to play. The 23-year-old carded seven birdies and just one bogey as a six under par 64 took him to 14 under for the week.

Scotland’s Richie Ramsay is three off the pace, ..

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CONTADOR ALL SET FOR VUELTA CROWN

September 14, 2014

Alberto Contador celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the 20th stage

Wins 20th stage in Tour of Spain

Alberto Contador is on the brink of claiming a third Tour of Spain victory after winning 20th and penultimate stage over 185.7km from Santo Estevo de Ribas to Puerto de Ancares yesterday.

With only today’s 9.7km timetrial left, Contador is virtually certain to claim overall victory in S ..

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Swedish Social Democrats set to win back power

September 14, 2014

Leader of the Christian Democrats Party, Goeran Haegglund (right) speaks standing next to his coalition partners Sweden’s Prime minister and leader of the Moderate Party, Fredrik Reinfeldt (left)

Swedish politics seems set for the biggest change in nearly a decade in elections today, with the Social Democrats likely to win narrowly while the far right vote could soar. Stefan Loefven, a 57-year-old former union leader with a working-class background and no parliamentary or senior governmental experience, is favourite to become the next prime minister. Accord ..

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ARMY DOUSES PEACE HOPES

September 14, 2014

Thai Prime Minister and Army chief General Prayut Chan-O-Cha

A bomb suspect held for two weeks without charge in Thailand’s insurgency-battered south says an army dragnet following the coup is calcifying hostility towards the kingdom -- and undercutting a fresh bid for peace. The decade-long conflict has claimed more than 6,100 lives across Thailand’s lush, forested Muslim-majority southern provinces, where shadowy rebe ..

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‘WIPEOUT HIS AIM’

September 14, 2014

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (right) with the PM Arseniy Yatsenyuk

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk yesterday accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of wanting to wipe out Ukraine as an independent country despite a truce deal. “His aim is not just to take Donetsk and Lugansk,” Yatsenyuk said at a conference in Kiev, referring to the separatist regions in eastern Ukraine where fighting has been raging for five mont ..

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Thousands still stranded by killer floods

September 14, 2014

Kashmiri houses inundated by floodwaters

Rescuers struggled to reach more than 200,000 people still stranded yesterday in Indian Kashmir as deadly floodwaters receded, revealing horrific devastation in the Himalayan region including neighbouring Pakistan, officials said. A smell of death hung in the air as animal carcasses lay in the roads of Indian Kashmir’s normally scenic main city of Srinagar, a top ..

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‘Ikran’ flies out of Avatar

September 14, 2014

Ikran’ flies  out of Avatar

Fossil hunters have found the remains of a pterosaur whose jaw suggests the flying reptile skimmed fish from surface water and stored the prey in a pelican-like throat pouch, they said.

The unusual creature has been named Ikrandraco avatar -- a tribute to the pterosaur-like flying creatures, ‘ikran’, in James Cameron’s sci ..

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MoW awards nine tenders

September 14, 2014

Mr. Al Khayyat

Ministry of Works Assistant Undersecretary for Technical Services Ahmed Abdul Aziz Al Khayyat yesterday revealed that the ministry awarded nine tenders worth BD74,20,861 and also invited bids for seven tenders worth BD40,90,073 in August 2014.

According to Mr. Al Khayyat, the tenders for which bids were invited in the roads sect ..

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Jewel thief in custody

September 14, 2014

Footage of Mr. Meng taken by a security camera in Malaysia

A Chinese national who stole a diamond ring worth USD 1.5 million from a jewellery in the Kingdom has been arrested in Switzerland.

Jianguo Meng, 46, was arrested along with an accomplice in Zurich and he has been identified by the jewellery store employee, said a statement issued by Interpol.

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Readers’ VIEW

September 14, 2014

Letters

Self Leadership Challenge

Dear Sir,

An important factor to start positive change in our lives is to have a passion, a powerful force that leads us and a final goal that keeps us motivated.

It is important to set ..

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Bahrainis urged to uphold unity

September 14, 2014

Shaikh Jassim Al Thawadi

A leading Khateeb in the Kingdom has asked Bahrainis to defeat sectarian elements for the ultimate development of the country.

Shaikh Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa Mosque in Safra Khateeb Shaikh Jassim Al Thawadi criticised the West for its divide and rule policy.

“The western ambitions have f ..

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‘Childrens’ safety MoI’s top priority’

September 14, 2014

Major Bahar (left) at the talk show

Stressing on the need to curb illegal transporters of students, Traffic Culture Acting Director in the General Directorate of Traffic Major Osama Bahar said that punishments would be toughened in the days to come.

The official was talking at Al Amn radio show, when he made the statement.

High ..

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Portal to link patients, docs

September 14, 2014

-Screenshots of the app.Mr. Mannai

A Bahraini innovator and young businessman is working towards creating a portal that would, exclusively, facilitate online medical consultation.

Khalifa Mannai, 23, is in his endeavour to create a digital platform for medical consultations through a portal, which include a digital band, app and website by exploring the “phoen ..

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COURT BEAT

September 14, 2014

court beat

Parking row : Man gets three months for assault

The High Criminal Court has upheld the three-month-jail sentence which was imposed earlier on a Bahraini man for damaging his neighbour’s vehicle, following an argument on a parking lot.

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e-Visa to be issued from Oct. 1

September 14, 2014

VISA

Preparations are in full swing to commence the new electronic visa issuance system on October 1. The new cyber scheme was discussed yesterday during the coordination meeting between officials from the Interior Ministry and the Foreign Affairs Ministry.

Assistant Undersecretary for Nationality, Passports and Residence Affairs Sh ..

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Economy takes a northern route

September 14, 2014

Gross Domestic Product

Bahrain is marching ahead as the statistics showed that the rate of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the Kingdom has risen during the second quarter of 2014 by 5.6 per cent at constant prices and 7% at current prices compared to the same quarter of 2013.

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TEARS AND SMILES

September 14, 2014

Bahrainis -  Hussain Mahdi and Adel Al Taitoon

Bahrain International Airport witnessed an emotional reunion yesterday when the two Bahrainis -  Hussain Mahdi and Adel Al Taitoon - who had been stranded in India following the flash floods in Jammu and Kashmir, returned home safely. They were received at the airport by friends and family members with bouquet and garlands, and lots and lots of love.

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Bahrainis shine at ARTDO conference

September 14, 2014

Bahrainis shine at ARTDO conference

Three Bahrainis from Bahrain Society for Training and Human Resources Development have won seats in the Board of Directors of the Asian Regional Training and Development Organisation (ARTDO) which was established in 1974.

Isa Bou Ali clinched the post of chairman, while Hassan Ismail was elected as regional director for the Midd ..

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DT NEWS OVENHOT: CREAMY AND YUMMY

September 14, 2014

DT OVEN HOT-By Joel Datu, Ramee Grand  Hotel and Spa, Seef

Chef Joel loved cooking and it was one of his most favourite hobbies from a very young age. And while many veteran chefs groomed their skills while assisting in family businesses or hotel kitchens, Joel took his passion to the sea as he served on a ship for 11 years.

After he was graduated from a course in hotel and restaurant ..

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DECODE YOUR DREAMS

September 14, 2014

DECODE YOUR DREAMS

Dream 

Dear Nausheen, I don’t have a particular dream I would like to know the meaning of, but what I would like to know whether it is true that dreams that are experienced during dawn stand a fairly good chance of becoming true and, is there a way for a person to wish for a good dream ..

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Gazans move into mobile homes

September 14, 2014

Palestinians work inside a mobile home yesterday

Fifty Palestinian families made homeless by Israeli bombing during the summer’s fierce offensive on the Gaza Strip were rehoused yesterday in mobile homes in the southern town of Khan Yunis.

During the 50-day conflict, 9,800 homes were totally destroyed and another 8,000 left uninhabitable, according to data from the housing m ..

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No shelling of civilian areas, says Iraq PM

September 14, 2014

A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter holds a position at a frontline yesterday in Baqrt, 10km south of the Iraqi city of Makhmur

Iraq’s new Prime Minister, Haidar Al Abadi, said yesterday he had ordered a halt to the bombardment of populated areas in a bid to minimise civilian casualties.

“I have ordered the Iraqi Air Force to halt (the) shelling of civilian areas, even in those towns controlled by ISIS,” he said, using one of the Islamic State (IS) ..

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HIGH PITCH CAMPAIGN

September 14, 2014

Members of the Grand Orange Lodge of Scotland march in Edinburgh on Saturday. Thousands of members of the Protestant Orange order marched through Edinburgh in a show of strength against Scottish independence

Thousands march for UK as Scotland vote nears

Thousands of members of the Protestant Orange order marched through Edinburgh yesterday in a show of strength against Scottish independence, as the final weekend of campaigning for the referendum got underway with everything to play for. Up to 15,000 supporters of retaining the United Kingdom were expected to jo ..

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Snowden didn’t raise internal concerns

September 14, 2014

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The National Security Agency was unable to find evidence that leaker Edward Snowden ever raised concerns internally about its sweeping surveillance programmes, after an exhaustive search that included deleted emails, court documents showed.

NSA Associate Director for Policy and Records David Sherman said that the agency had laun ..

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Lara makes a surprise visit

September 14, 2014

cricket legend Brian Lara

Manama resident Sunil Shetty usually carries his camera when he takes his son Saakshar to cricket tourneys or practice matches. His camera lens always focuses on his son while he plays.

Yesterday, his son was playing for the youngster’s team selected for Bangalore tour against veterans of Awali at the Bapco stadium. As usual, ..

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COSTA RULES

September 14, 2014

Diego Costa

Diego Costa plundered a hat-trick as Chelsea moved three points clear at the Premier League summit by coming from behind to beat Swansea City 4-2 yesterday.

John Terry’s own goal from Neil Taylor’s left-wing cross gave previously unbeaten Swansea an 11th-minute lead at Stamford Bridge, but Costa equalised on the stroke of ha ..

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Wallabies see off Argentina challenge

September 14, 2014

Nicolas Sanchez (centre) of Argentina splits the defence during the Rugby Championship match between Australia and Argentina

The Wallabies held on grimly to deny Argentina their first win in the Rugby Championship, scraping home 32-25 on the Gold Coast yesterday.

Australia looked set for a convincing win with a 29-13 lead and 20 minutes left, but the Pumas stormed back with two late tries to have the home side clinging on inside their own quarter.   ..

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Lorenzo ends pole drought

September 14, 2014

Lorenzo rides during the qualifying session ahead of the San Marino Moto Grand Prix

Spain’s two-time world champion Jorge Lorenzo took the 30th pole position of his career but first of the season when he posted the fastest time in qualifying on his Yamaha for the San Marino MotoGP at Misano yesterday.

The 27-year-old -- who is bidding for a fourth successive win in the race -- will be accompanied on the front ..

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KINGSTON HILL WINS ST LEGER

September 14, 2014

Kingston Hill justified his favourite’s tag by winning English classic

Delivers first classic for Varian and Atzeni

Kingston Hill gave trainer Roger Varian and jockey Andrea Atzeni a memorable first classic win when he justified his favourite’s tag to win the final English classic of the season the St Leger at Doncaster yesterday.

The winner, who was also owner Paul Smith’s first win in ..

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KHUH holds 1st International Obstetric Symposium

September 14, 2014

KHUH officials and guest speakers during the event

The ‘1st International Obstetric Symposium’ was held at the main lecture hall of the King Hamad University Hospital (KHUH) yesterday.

Organised by the Directorate of Education and Proficiency, KHUH, the first-of-its-kind symposium featured the latest updates in Obstetrics and was designed for healthcare professionals involve ..

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News proves wrong: Report utterly false, says MoF

September 14, 2014

Shaikh Khalid

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoF) has dismissed media reports, which said that the Kingdom hailed Iran’s participation at the international conference in Paris to tackle the threats from Islamic State (IS).

In a statement issued yesterday, the ministry refuted a report that appeared in a local English daily, according to w ..

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Materazzi joins Indian Super League

September 13, 2014

Marco Materazzi

Former Italy defender Marco Materazzi has joined Chennai in the new Indian Super League (ISL) following in the footsteps of former national team mate Alessandro Del Piero. The 41-year-old Materazzi will be player-manager of the team co-owned by Bollywood actor Abhishek Bachchan, a league spokesman said on Friday.

Materazzi is ex ..

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Barcelona to drop home kit for Catalan colours

September 13, 2014

Barcelona have never worn the colours of the Senyera at Camp Nou throughout the club’s illustrious 115-year history

Barcelona are set to drop their home kit today, a move which has delighted followers of the Catalonia independence movement. Their yellow and red change kit features the colours of the Catalan flag, the Senyera.

Thursday marked the National Day of Catalonia and the weekend’s game at the Camp Nou will be the first time the team ..

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MEXICO RETURNS ON F1 CALENDAR

September 13, 2014

Organisers test the lighting at the Marina Bay circuit

The Formula One calendar will expand to a record-equalling 20 races next season with Mexico returning in November after a 23-year absence, the governing FIA said on Friday. This year’s calendar had 19 races.

The November 1 race in Mexico City will be paired with the U.S. Grand Prix in Austin, Texas, the previous weekend. Mexic ..

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Lisicki to face Schiavone in last-four

September 13, 2014

Lisicki celebrates her victory against Zheng Saisai

Top seed Sabine Lisicki and former French Open champion Francesca Schiavone will meet in the last-four of the WTA Hong Kong Open after winning their quarter-final matches. Lisicki, from Germany, defeated China’s Zheng Saisai 6-4, 6-3 in rain-interrupted play at the southern Chinese city’s Victoria Park yesterday, while Schiavone also triumphed in straight sets. ..

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Phil Jones out for a month

September 13, 2014

Phil Jones is out for a spell after being taken off with a hamstring injury while playing for England

Manchester United defender Phil Jones has been ruled out for up to a month with a hamstring injury, manager Louis van Gaal said on Friday.

Jones limped off during the second half of England’s 2-0 win in their Euro 2016 qualifier in Switzerland on Monday and he is now likely to be out of action for at least four weeks.

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CONTADOR CLINGS TO OVERALL LEAD

September 13, 2014

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Hansen claims 19th stage

Australian Adam Hansen timed his attack to perfection to win the 180.5km 19th stage of the Vuelta a Espana from Salvaterra do Mino to Cangas do Morrazo on Friday.

The 33-year-old Lotto-Belisol rider took off with just over 4km remaining and held off a charging peloton to win by 5sec to German John Degen ..

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Chelsea sweating on Costa’s fitness

September 13, 2014

Diego Costa

Chelsea are sweating on the fitness of Diego Costa and the Premier League leaders will do all they can to get him fit to face Swansea City today.

The powerful striker has made a blistering start to his Stamford Bridge career, scoring four goals in three appearances since leaving Spanish champions Atletico Madrid.

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Lampard set to make City debut

September 13, 2014

Frank Lampard trains ahead of the match against Arsenal

Frank Lampard is “ready” to play for Manchester City and the former Chelsea midfielder could make his debut against Arsenal today, manager Manuel Pellegrini said.

The 36-year-old Lampard, who is on a six-month loan from City’s affiliate club New York, has been training with the Premier League champions for the last month b ..

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LINCICOME AT HALFWAY MARK

September 13, 2014

Lincicome competes during the Evian golf Championships

Brittany Lincicome squandered a chance to win a second major title at the LPGA Championship last month. But a best of second round 65 put the American in pole position at the halfway stage of the Evian Championship.

Lincicome, 29 next Friday, made light of the trickier second day windy conditions with a flawless six birdie round ..

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Japan take on Iran in title clash

September 13, 2014

Kazakhstan defeated Saudi Arabia 3-1

Japan will take on five-time defending champions Iran in today’s final following semi-final wins on Friday over Chinese Taipei and China respectively on the penultimate day of the Asian Under-18 Youth Volleyball Championships at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

The Japanese ranked third eased past fifth ..

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Anil, Shabeer set up win for FOG Printing

September 13, 2014

Cricket Bahrain (BCL-CBA Division) Golden League T20 tournament

FOG Printing defeated Muharraq Eagles by 50 runs in the Cricket Bahrain (BCL-CBA Division) Golden League T20 tournament at the Busaiteen grounds in Muharraq.

Batting first, FOG managed to score 184 for three in 20 overs thanks to fine knocks by Anil (82 not out off 57 deliveries, 7x4, 4x6) and Shabeer (76) who shared a second w ..

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MEEKE ON TOP

September 13, 2014

Kris Meeke tightens grip on the overall lead until the seventh special stage

British driver maintains overall lead in FIA Championship

Two consecutive fastest times for Kris Meeke put Citroën DS3 driver on top of Coates Hire Rally Australia, the 10th Round of the FIA World Rally Championship midway through Friday’s opening leg.

The task was not easy on the British driver as he was fiercely de ..

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Malala’s attackers arrested says army

September 13, 2014

Pakistani Major General Asim Bajwa arrives to speak with media representatives, where he announced the capture of the militants

The Taliban gunmen who tried to kill Pakistani schoolgirl campaigner Malala Yousafzai in the country’s restive northwest two years ago have been arrested, the army said on Friday. Militants boarded the teenage activist’s school bus and shot her in the head in October 2012 for her outspoken views on girls’ education, in an attack that also wounded two of her f ..

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NIGERIA MILITARY CLAIMS SUCCESS

September 13, 2014

US special force in Nigeria (file photo)

Nigeria’s military on Friday claimed to have routed Boko Haram militants near the Borno state capital Maiduguri, as residents in another under-siege town complained of food shortages and slavery. Army spokesman Timothy Antigha said in a statement that the Islamists launched a “massive” attack on the town of Konduga, about 35 kilometres (22 miles) from Maidugu ..

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Lesotho deadlock prompts fresh crisis summit

September 13, 2014

S.African President Jacob Zuma (left) is welcomed to the Kingdom Lesotho by Prime Minister Thomas Thabane(file photo)

Lesotho’s deadlocked political parties failed to meet yesterday deadline for a fresh peace deal, prompting South Africa to call an emergency meeting of regional leaders. After promising South African President Jacob Zuma that they would decide by Friday when to re-open Lesotho’s parliament, rival leaders failed to resolve a crisis sparked two weeks ago by an ab ..

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CAMPAIGN SWITCHES FOCUS TO GLASGOW

September 13, 2014

Scotland’s Deputy First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon poses for pictures as ‘yes’ and ‘no’ campaigners jostle for space during a pro-independence rally in Glasgow

Scottish Referendum

Campaigners for and against Scotland’s independence focussed their efforts on Glasgow on Friday as separatist leader Alex Salmond said he was confident of victory despite a new poll showing the pro-UK campaign recovering lost ground. Salmond hit the streets under a leaden sky in the city with actor Peter Mullan, lashing out against wha ..

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‘Grand Theft Auto V’ to hit PS4 and Xbox One

September 13, 2014

Grand Theft

Rockstar Games on Friday announced that the latest installment of its crime-themed blockbuster video game “Grand Theft Auto” will hit PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles in November. “Grand Theft Auto V” will be packed with enhancements when it is released for play on the new-generation consoles from rivals Microsoft and Sony, according to publisher Take-Tw ..

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JOBLESS MESS

September 13, 2014

Photo shows Swede Angelica Bergh working at Wayne’s Coffe in Oslo attending to customers. Close to 90,000 Swedish citizens were working last year in Norway, the oil-rich neighbour where the unemployment rate is less than half what it is in Sweden

Unemployment pushes young Swedes across Norway border

Sweden’s general election campaign has spilled over into Norway as political rivals pursue votes among the tens of thousands of mostly young Swedes emigrating to find work. The Swedish economy and its AAA credit rating might be envied by most European countries, but unemployment among people aged 15 to ..

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Erdogan passes law tightening grip on Internet

September 13, 2014

Erdogan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has approved a bill giving telecoms authorities more power to monitor online users and block websites, the latest move tightening state control over the Internet. The new measures, contained in a bill that was submitted to parliament by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), come after the introduction of a law in Feb ..

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PUTIN DEFIANT

September 13, 2014

European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso (right) and European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Stefan Fule  hold talks with the Ukrainian president in Kiev

The United States and European Union hit Russia with tough new sanctions on Friday in a coordinated riposte to Moscow’s “unacceptable behaviour” in Ukraine. Moscow responded by accusing its foes of seeking to derail a fragile ceasefire that came into force just a week ago, aimed at halting a conflict that has killed more than 2,700 people and inflicted heavy ..

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ELECTION FEVER IN LATIN AMERICA

September 13, 2014

Uruguayan Presidential candidate  Jose Mujica (left)

Three Latin American countries hold elections next month -- Brazil, Uruguay  and Bolivia -- a crunch test for ruling leftists seeking to bolster budding dynasties in the face of a regional slowdown. All three countries have become symbols of the region’s leftward tilt in recent years, but only Bolivia looks sure to continue the trend. In Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, ..

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Poland resumes gas deliveries to Ukraine

September 13, 2014

Poland’s state-owned pipeline

Poland’s state-owned pipeline operator on Friday said it resumed gas deliveries to war-torn Ukraine, following a brief interruption brought on by slashed supplies. Warsaw stopped sending the daily four million cubic metres of gas to Ukraine on Wednesday, accusing Russia’s Gazprom of only delivering 45 percent of its gas order that day. The allegations came as t ..

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EUROZONE SEEKS ‘BALANCING ACT’

September 13, 2014

European ministers

European ministers struggled to strike a balance on Fridy between turning around a moribund eurozone economy with more spending and cutting bloated national budgets burdened with debt. Eyes at a eurozone group meeting in Milan were especially on France, the bloc’s second-biggest economy, which has become a European problem-child hit by high unemployment, no growt ..

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Kerry Seeking Turkey Support

September 13, 2014

John Kerry, left, speaks to Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu during a meeting at the prime minister’s office in Ankara on Friday

US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Ankara on Friday for talks aimed at building a coalition against Islamic State jihadists, a visit that comes after Turkey said it would not allow its air bases to be used for strikes on the extremists.

The top US diplomat, touring the Middle East to establish a coalition of more than 4 ..

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US gives Lebanon Hellfire missiles

September 13, 2014

Lebanese soldiers

The United States has delivered Hellfire missiles to the Lebanese army and will also provide it with light aircraft including an armed Cessna, the US ambassador to Lebanon said on Friday.

David Hale, in a statement after meeting Prime Minister Tammam Salam, said the aircraft would be bought with Saudi funds recently pledged to t ..

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Mideast fears: Australia raises terror alert level

September 13, 2014

A handout photo from the Australian Federal Police taken and received by AFP on September 10, 2014 shows Australian Federal Police officers arresting two suspects after raiding an Islamic centre in Brisbane and seizing two me

Australia on Friday raised the terror threat level to “high” for the first time in a decade, on concerns about Australians returning from fighting in Iraq and Syria.

The heightened alert after years on “medium” officially means a “terrorist attack is likely”.

“There are people w ..

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Mideast fears: Australia raises terror alert level

September 13, 2014

A handout photo from the Australian Federal Police taken and received by AFP on September 10, 2014 shows Australian Federal Police officers arresting two suspects after raiding an Islamic centre in Brisbane and seizing two me

Australia on Friday raised the terror threat level to “high” for the first time in a decade, on concerns about Australians returning from fighting in Iraq and Syria.

The heightened alert after years on “medium” officially means a “terrorist attack is likely”.

“There are people w ..

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Iraq crisis: France looks for vital role

September 13, 2014

French President Francois Hollande, left, and Iraqi Kurdish leader Massud Barzani give a joint press conference in Arbil, the capital of the Kurdish autonomous region in northern Iraq, on Friday

Eleven years after refusing to follow Britain and the United States into Iraq, France is now trying to take centre stage in a country overrun by jihadists with a leading diplomatic - and possibly military - role.

Just days before an international conference in Pa ..

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Extremism threat to state’s stability

September 13, 2014

Shaikh Salah Al Jowder

Prominent religious leader and former MP, Shaikh Salah Al Jowder in his Friday sermon at Al Khair mosque in Galali, stated that the security and stability of the nation are more important than the basic needs like food, shelter and clothing.

“Communities, countries and organisations dedicate all their means to strengthen stabi ..

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Al Wefaq Society denies allegations

September 13, 2014

From left, Mattar Mattar and Tom Malinowski

Al Wefaq Islamic Society member Mattar Mattar has denied the statements in relation to participation in the upcoming elections published in local publications on his behalf.

The reports highlighted Mattar’s recent visit to the United States and meetings with the officials there, where he allegedly announced that “The opposit ..

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‘Brotherhood lost a great opportunity’

September 13, 2014

Dr. Amr Moussa (left) addressing the gathering and dignitaries at the function

Joint action need of the hour

“I had hoped that Muslim Brotherhood would succeed in transforming Egypt into a great nation. And I was first in the line who believed that they must be given an opportunity for attaining social achievement. But, unfortunately they didn’t grow up to the nation’s expectations,” said former Secretary General of Arab Leag ..

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Hearing set for witnesses

September 13, 2014

human trafficking

The High Criminal Court is set to hear police witnesses on October 13 in the trial of two defendants accused of human trafficking.

The duo, which includes a Bangladeshi man and a Filipino woman, allegedly held a woman captive in an apartment in Hoora where they forced her to engage in commercial sex acts.

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Maid seduces boy, makes him a dad!

September 13, 2014

BABY

Prosecutors are investigating the case of a 32-year-old Asian housemaid, who gave  birth to a child, following an illicit affair with a 13 year-old-boy, it has emerged.

Sources who are well informed of the case revealed to DT News that the woman got pregnant after having sex with her sponsor’s son. Reports indicated th ..

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Thief caught on camera

September 13, 2014

CCTV footage of the woman and the cashier she victimised

A woman, who is believed to be an Arab national, was caught on CCTV camera while cheating a cashier and running off with the money.

It is believed that the woman has already victimised several shops because of her adeptness in cheating cashiers at the stores.

Her technique is to ask cashiers ..

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COURT BEAT

September 13, 2014

court beat

Drug abuse: Family driver gets three years

An Asian driver sponsored by a local family was sentenced to three years in prison after he was found guilty of drug abuse.

The Judges als ..

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Missing boy found

September 13, 2014

Isa Hani

A Bahraini boy, reportedly missing since Thursday afternoon in the Central Governorate, was finally found at his cousin’s house on Friday late evening.

According to one of his family members, 12-year-old Isa Hani left the family’s house in Zaid Town at around 4 pm on Thursday.

His elder ..

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TRIALS SEE NO ENDING

September 13, 2014

Binilkumar Damodara

Binilkumar is another victim of travel ban, which is haunting many expats again and again

There are many expatriates in the Kingdom, it seems, who are the fellow-travellers of misery.

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BRC TO LEND HELPING HAND

September 13, 2014

Dr. Fawzi (left) during his visit to a hospital

Medical assistance to Gazans 

Serving an impetus to the Kingdom’s efforts to aid the war-stricken people of Gaza, the Bahrain Red Crescent (BRC) announced that it will provide medical services to about 30, 000 Palestinians.

This was stated during BRC General Secretary Dr. Fawzi Ameen’s visit to Gaza Strip.

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Revamp work begins in Riffa

September 13, 2014

A view of Shaikh Ahmed bin Salman Avenue

As part of Works Ministry’s programme to revamp old and deteriorated roads in residential areas in the cities of the Kingdom, the ministry has commenced the revamp work of Shaikh Ahmed bin Salman Avenue in Riffa 905.

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Bahraini couple safe: Ambassador

September 13, 2014

Kashmiri houses submerged by floodwaters are seen from an Indian Air Force helicopter during rescue and relief operations in Srinagar on Wednesday

Bahrain’s Ambassador to India Tariq Bindainah stated on Friday night that the Bahraini couple stuck in the flood stricken Jammu and Kashmir State in India was shifted to a safe place.

The couple is being put up at a refugee camp in Leh city and will be taken back to New Delhi in an airplane within the next 24 hours, he added.< ..

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Celebrations start in style

September 13, 2014

The newly-built centenary wall being inaugurated

About 1,200 people flocked to Indian Club’s premises last night to become part of its centennial celebrations, which hosted many dignitaries and high-ranking officials.

Present among them were Ex-Union Indian Minister Oscar Fernandes, Assistant Undersecretary for Tourism at the Ministry of Culture Shaikh Khalid bin Humood Al K ..

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Vietnam Airlines set for partial privatisation in November

September 13, 2014

Vietnam Airlines

Vietnam Airlines said it will be partially privatised in November, part of a long-delayed drive to sell off the communist country’s mostly inefficient state-owned enterprises. Around 25 percent of the national carrier will be sold in an Initial Public Offering (IPO), the company said in a statement released on Friday.

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LAGARDE BACKS ABE

September 13, 2014

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (centre) meets with participants of the World Assembly for Women

Gender drive

IMF chief Christine Lagarde on Friday commended Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s efforts to power the economy by boosting the female workforce, but added he needs to do more, including accepting more immigrants. “The global economy is not making use of great potential that is available. And that needs to change, not just for women’s s ..

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Pistorius found guilty of culpable homicide

September 13, 2014

Oscar Pistorius (centre) leaves the High Court in Pretoria

The Olympic and Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius has been found guilty of culpable homicide for the fatal shooting of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp and bailed ahead of sentencing.

The guilty verdict on the manslaughter charge, a day after the judge Thokozile Masipa cleared him of murder, means Pistorius could receive anything ..

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EBOLA TOLL HITS 2,400

September 13, 2014

A Liberian Red Cross health worker wearing a protective suit disinfects a courtyard under the eyes of citizens after the body of a victim of the Ebola virus was found in a district of Monrovia

Cuba pledges medics

The worst-ever Ebola outbreak has killed more than 2,400 people, the UN said on Friday, as Cuba pledged the largest foreign medical team deployed so far in the west African health crisis.

World Health Organisation chief Margaret Chan warned the spiralling epidemic of the murderous tropical virus deman ..

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FEDERER PUTS SWISS ON TOP

September 13, 2014

Federer returns a ball to Italy’s Simone Bolelli

France also build lead in Davis Cup

France and Switzerland both moved to within one point of the Davis Cup final on Fridday when they swept the opening two singles rubbers in their respective semi-finals. In Geneva, Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka both won to put Switzerland 2-0 up against Italy.

In Paris, Richard Gasque ..

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Ramsey eases injury fears

September 11, 2014

Aaron Ramsey

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey on Wednesday played down fears he could miss his side’s showdown with Manchester City on Saturday after twisting his ankle on international duty with Wales. The 23-year-old sustained the injury during the latter stages of Wales’s 2-1 win away to Andorra in their opening Euro 2016 qualifier on Tuesday, with national coach Chris Co ..

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FERRARI HEAD STEPS DOWN

September 11, 2014

Former Ferrari chairman Luca Cordero di Montezemolo (right) gestures during a news conference with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) chairman Sergio Marchinne in the Ferrari headquarters in Maranello on Wednesday

Ferrari, a byword for flashy sports cars, hit rough ground on Wednesday with the shock announcement that its president of 23 years, Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, has been pushed out. Just days after saying he wanted to stay, Montezemolo -- dogged by six years of Formula One racing failure -- announced he will step down on October 13.

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Neymar creator as Brazil do the minimum

September 11, 2014

Neymar

Brazil’s media were underwhelmed on Wednesday following a 1-0 win over Ecuador in New Jersey which saw Neymar turn creator, setting up a Willian goal to give new coach Dunga a second friendly success since replacing Luiz Felipe Scolari. It has fallen to Dunga to rebuild in time for the 2018 finals in Russia. He took over the reins for a second time in four years ..

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LISICKI VICTORY

September 11, 2014

Sabine Lisicki

Hong Kong Open

Top seed Sabine Lisicki kept her cool on a searing night on Wednesday to power past Grace Min 6-1, 6-1 and into the quarter-finals of the Hong Kong Open. Lisicki had spent almost two-and-a-half sapping hours on court the previous night in getting past Romania’s Monica Niculescu in three sets, but was in a big hurry 24 hours later. The Germa ..

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Bin Hindi receives Hungarian Consul

September 11, 2014

Saleh Isa bin Hindi, left and Balaz Garamvolgyi

His Majesty the King’s advisor for Youth and Sports Affairs Saleh Isa bin Hindi received Hungarian Honorary Consul Balaz Garamvolgyi and discussed relations between Bahrain and Hungary in various fields particularly youth and sports, noting to the significant role played by the consul in strengthening the bonds of cooperation between the two countries.

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Triathlon duo to make debut

September 11, 2014

Bahrain triathlon team

Bahrain is set to debut in the 17th Asian Games’ triathlon event, a year after the Bahrain Triathlon Association (BTA) was officially founded. In the games, two of the nation’s finest athletes will line up along with some of the continent’s best in two different competitions. Nawaf Al Daen and Mohammed Al Qaisi, who have already taken part in several Ironman ..

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BIC ALL SET FOR OPEN TRACK NIGHT

September 11, 2014

An action from the race

Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) kick starts another exciting season of racing thrills and world-class entertainment with the hosting of an Open Track Night exclusive for motorbike enthusiasts tomorrow evening in Sakhir.

An exciting three-hour activity that will bring the bikers as close to the real racing experience as possi ..

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Bahrain for UANOC meeting

September 11, 2014

Mr. Askar.

High-ranking sports officials from Bahrain will today leave for Amman, in Jordan to attend the Union of Arab National Olympic Committees (UANOC) meeting on Saturday. UANOC first vice-president Shaikh Isa bin Rashid Al Khalifa will head Bahrain’s delegation, which also includes Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC) general secretary Abdulrahman Askar and committee spor ..

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Scent of victory energises Scottish campaign

September 11, 2014

Scotland’s Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon (centre) and First Minister Alex Salmond (right) greet supporters during a visit to Edinburgh in Scotland on Wednesday

Pounding the streets of Edinburgh, campaigners for Scottish independence are more hopeful than ever that they can win next week’s referendum -- and a last-minute visit by British Prime Minister David Cameron cannot dampen their enthusiasm. The atmosphere in the Scottish capital is electric as a sharp narrowing of opinion polls has ma ..

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HOLLANDE HITS BACK

September 11, 2014

Holande with first lady Trierweiler(file photo)

French President Francois Hollande yesterday launched a fresh salvo against a scathing memoir written by his former partner, saying he had been particularly “hurt” by claims he secretly despises the poor. In an interview with Le Nouvel Observateur, parts of which were published online a day before the weekly hits newsstands, the president defended his commitmen ..

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LIFE INSIDE MMA CAGE

September 11, 2014

Two men engaged in a Cambodian cage fight for a local television  programme

He is schooled in ancient Cambodian martial arts, but Tok Sophon hopes to turn his pugilism skills into wealth and international glory in the modern cage-fighting arena -- a transition some fighters fear will wipe out their craft.

Heavy thuds fill the room as Sophon aims ferocious kicks into pads held by his coach, one of a grow ..

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Final serch for victims remains urged

September 11, 2014

This memorial is in tribute to Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 at Schiphol Airport, near Amsterdam

Malaysia’s defence minister on Wednesday called for experts to carry out a final search at the crash site of downed flight MH17 in east Ukraine to recover any remains left behind before winter hits. “It is important for us before the onset of winter in Ukraine to make one final sweep to comb the areas for any remaining passengers who have not been found,” His ..

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MODEST GROWTH

September 11, 2014

MODEST GROWTH

Higher salaries will pave road to true recovery

The global economy will see only modest growth this year, the UN said on Wednesday, calling for wage hikes to boost the demand and investment needed to move towards true recovery. “Six years after the onset of the global economic and financial crisis, the world economy has still not found a sustainable growt ..

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ECONOMY IN DIFFICULTY

September 11, 2014

Shoppers carry their bags while walking through the central business district in Sydney. Australia’s economy lost pace in the second quarter of 2014 after a sharp fall in exports

As Australia approaches a sharp fall-off in resources investment later this year, the question dominating the outlook for the mining-dependent economy is where growth will come from next. The search for the next growth cycle became more urgent following the recent corporate earnings season, where dividend payments reportedly reached a record US$63.3 billion, cost-c ..

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Obama eyes air strikes in Syria

September 11, 2014

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks on the phone with Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah from the Oval Office

Hunt for IS

US President Barack Obama seemed poised to authorise air strikes against the Islamic State in Syria on Wednesday, ahead of a speech to brace his nation for a long duel with the jihadists.

In a much -anticipated White House address, Obama was also expected to announce a plan ..

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A shining light on labourers’ plight

September 11, 2014

Maqsood Shah

One of the three main issues that Pakistan’s expatriate labour community currently faces in Bahrain is the unlawful withholding of their passports, an official told DT News.

Pakistan Embassy community welfare attache Maqsood Shah stated that the biggest concern was the plight of the low-paid workers, who state that thei ..

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Expats trade jobs to take the wheels

September 11, 2014

The illegal taxi drivers either use rented cars or, in certain cases, use their own

It’s the money that is involved in the ‘lucrative’ illegal taxi business that lures many expatriates, mostly Asians, to the driver’s seat. Even those who quit their white-collar jobs to take the wheels are not less.

Of late, the number of expatriates who operate illegal taxis has been on the rise, and these men mostly fr ..

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ILLEGAL TAXIS ON ROUGH TERRAIN

September 11, 2014

Shaikh Abdulrahman

Noose tightened

Traffic authorities have come down heavily on illegal taxi drivers, mostly expatriates, in the Kingdom for using private vehicles for running their businesses, endangering the lives of the people and affecting the livelihood of licenced taxi drivers and operators.

Speaking to Al Amn Magazine, Direc ..

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COURT BEAT

September 11, 2014

court beat

Five years for robber

The High Criminal Court sentenced a Bahraini man to five years in prison on grounds of theft.

According to court files, the defendant snuck into the home of a Bahraini couple through a window.

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Man held for defamation

September 11, 2014

TWITTER

Disrupting peace

A Bahraini accused of insulting Prophet Mohammed’s companion Khalid ibn Al Walid online was ordered to be remanded, pending the case.

The suspect had earlier admitted that he had posted the defamatory comment on his Twitter account during questioning, but he pleaded not guilty before a remand ..

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Housing units allocation begins

September 11, 2014

Housing units allocation begins

Housing Ministry began the allocation of 225 housing units of Nabih Saleh project to applicants on Wednesday.

The ministry said that 80 per cent of the project’s construction works has already been completed.

Electronic draw process on the project, which began on Wednesday, will continue fo ..

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FATE PLAYS CRUEL JOKE

September 11, 2014

Ibrahim Ali

His dream was to spend his twilight of life in a peaceful ambience of the house provided by the Housing Ministry. Therefore, he patiently waited for those emotional moments for 20 years. But destiny had something else in store for him.

The 65-year-old Bahraini died on Wednesday at the Housing Ministry’s premises in diplomatic ..

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Bahrainis missing in Kashmir – ‘Terror theory groundless’

September 11, 2014

A woman waves her scarf to call for help from a partially  submerged house in a flood-affected area of Srinagar

Rubbishing the rumours behind the two missing Bahraini students in flood stricken Kashmir, sources in the Bahraini government said that the involvement of these youths in any terrorist activity was far from truth.

The students, Hussain Mahdi from Sanabis and Adel Al Taitoon from Aali, were in Srinagar when the state was hit by h ..

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MISSION TO SERVE

September 11, 2014

DT WOMAN- NOORA ABDULLA

Bahraini women are active partners in nation building. In fact, more and more women are taking on more prominent and crucial roles in the parliament, municipal councils or associations.

The number continues to rise due to the Bahraini women’s strong presence in the academic field and their growing awareness and desire to serve ..

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BAC launches passenger amenity initiative

September 11, 2014

BAC officials near the kiosks

Bahrain Airport Company (BAC) launched a new initiative to gauge passenger’s satisfaction levels with the facilities and services provided at Bahrain International Airport (BIA) by introducing HappyOrNot® kiosks at the departure and arrival halls.

The HappyOrNot® kiosks are a customer-friendly tool that captures feedback on ..

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ISLAMIC FINANCE IS GROWING FAST

September 11, 2014

Tun Musa Hitam

Islamic countries need to work together as the global Islamic economy is in its high growth trajectory, said Malaysian Prime Minister’s Envoy Tun Musa Hitam during a media roundtable during his visit. “The Islamic economy has now grown substantially and it can no longer be ignored. Islamic finance and Takaful have caught fire and is now a bright spot of the glo ..

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Brent crude slides to new 17-month low

September 11, 2014

World oil prices

World oil prices tumbled on Wednesday, with Brent hitting a new 17-month low after the OPEC oil cartel trimmed its oil demand growth forecasts. The market was also pushed lower following signs of weaker-than-expected crude demand in top consumer the United States. In late afternoon deals, Brent North Sea crude for October sank to $97.72 per barrel -- the lowest poi ..

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APPLE ELATE

September 11, 2014

Moon Ray (left) and her husband Jason Ray talk on skype as they wait in line outside the Apple Store on 5th Avenue in New York

Hopes secret sauce can reshape markets

It’s not the first with a smartwatch or mobile payments system, but Apple is likely to use its market muscle and sense of style and innovation to redefine those categories. With its ambitious series of product announcements, Apple has returned to its familiar formula -- without creating any new product categories, it ..

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GADGETS TALK

September 11, 2014

Visitors take a look on G3 smartphones at  “Internationale Funk Ausstellung “(IFA) in Berlin

Tech giants bet on ‘smart home’ revolution

It’s long been the stuff of science fiction, but tech giants hope the “smart home”, where gadgets talk to each other and the fridge orders the milk, will soon become reality.  The futuristic vision of wireless domestic bliss that puts people and their smartphones or tablets at the centre of an “Interne ..

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MERKEL TOUGH

September 11, 2014

Merkel

EU urged to go ahead with Russia sanctions

German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Wednesday for the European Union to move quickly on new sanctions against Russia, saying they could always be lifted if a Ukraine ceasefire holds. Merkel told parliament that the 28-country bloc needed to bring pressure to bear against Moscow now to foster an end to fightin ..

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Aquino files bill giving autonomy to Muslims

September 11, 2014

Mohager Iqbal (left), chief peace negotiator of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), hands over the draft of the Bangsamoro basic law to Senate President Franklin Drilon (2nd-right) at the Malignancy Palace in Manila

Philippine President Benigno Aquino sent to parliament on Wednesday a proposed law to grant autonomy to minority Muslims, a crucial step in his attempt to end one of Asia’s longest rebellions. The submission to Congress is seen as significant as it means Aquino and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) have agreed, after months of tense talks, on the entire le ..

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DEGENKOLB WINS STAGE

September 11, 2014

John Degenkolb

German sprint specialist John Degenkolb won his fourth stage of this year’s Tour of Spain on Wednesday when he took the 17th, a 190.7 kilometres ride from Ortigeira to La Coruna. The 25-year-old’s victory -- which sees him move to within one of the total he won on the 2012 edition -- didn’t affect the overall standings as two-time champion Alberto Contador wi ..

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PETTERSEN SET FOR EVIAN TITLE

September 11, 2014

Suzann Pettersen

Suzann Pettersen starts her defence of the Evian Championship today and the bad news for her rivals is she is enjoying an outstanding run of form and is hitting the ball further and better than last year. The 33-year-old Norwegian has finished in the top seven in her last five tournaments, including a tie for second in the last major, the Women’s British Open at ..

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Wall of pride

September 11, 2014

A general view of the newly constructed Indian club boundary wall

Indian club centenary wall inauguration on Friday

The newly built centenary boundary wall of the Indian Club Bahrain will be inaugurated on Friday.

Inaugural meeting will be held at Zuabara Avenue from 7.00pm onwards, said the club executive committee in a statement.

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Develop arab Strategy: PM

September 11, 2014

The Premier in discussion with Dr. Amr

Prime Minister HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa on Wednesday called on Arab nations to develop a security strategy capable of protecting Arab interests and to neutralise challenges.

The Prime Minister said this while having a discussion with former secretary-general of the Arab League Dr. Amr Musa, who is in Bahrain to t ..

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Japan hold Venezuela

September 10, 2014

Japan’s defender Yuto Nagatomo (right) and Venezuela’s defender Roberto Rosales vie for the ball

Asian champions Japan twice squandered the lead in a 2-2 home draw with Venezuela on Tuesday after another calamitous display of defending. The Blue Samurai had contributed to their own downfall in last Friday’s 2-0 defeat by Uruguay, their first match under Mexican coach Javier Aguirre. Lightning struck again in Yokohama as Japan failed to capitalise on goals fr ..

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VERTONGHEN TO SIGN NEW DEAL

September 10, 2014

Jan Vertonghen

Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen is close to agreeing a new contract after ‘positive’ talks with the club. The 27-year-old Belgium international, who has four years remaining on his current deal, has held preliminary discussions via his representative and hopes to put pen to paper as soon as possible. Vertonghen’s agent stated publicly earlier in the summer ..

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Wilshere happy with holding role for England

September 10, 2014

Jack Wilshere

Jack Wilshere always expected England to confound the doubters by getting a result in Switzerland. Yet at the same time, he knows that performance will not be enough to end the negativity surrounding the national team. The last few months have been tough for all those associated with the Three Lions, with their disastrous World Cup leading to anger, apathy and, as ..

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BULGARIA EDGE AZERBAIJAN

September 10, 2014

Bulgaria’s Georgi Milanov (left) vies with Azeri Ruslan Abishov

Euro 2016 qualifying campaign

A late header from Ventsislav Hristov meant Bulgaria began their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign with a 2-1 victory over Azerbaijan. Iliyan Mitsanski had given the visitors to the Tofiq Bahramov Stadium a first half lead before the hosts, who struggled to create opportunities in the opening ..

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Athletes eye glory at Asian Games

September 10, 2014

Bahrain’s athletics team

Twenty eight athletes from Bahrain will be looking to honour their nation in the upcoming edition of the Asian Games in South Korea. The 17th Asian Games will be hosted in the city of Incheon from September 19 to October 4, where Bahrain athletes are scheduled to compete in a variety of athletic events and hope to improve on their performances of the 2010 Games in ..

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BIC GEARS UP FOR SIX HOURS

September 10, 2014

From left, Benoît Tréluyer, Shaikh Salman and Gerard Neveu

Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) on Tuesday announced in a press conference at the Capital Club Bahrain at Bahrain Financial Harbour, Manama  an action-packed programme of events to launch the Six Hours of Bahrain weekend of November 14-15 in Sakhir. This year’s Six Hours of Bahrain is the seventh and penultimate round of the 2014 FIA World Endurance Champi ..

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A novel approach to showcase talents

September 10, 2014

Abdulla Al Jowder

With more than 6,000 followers, an Instagram account created by a Bahraini to showcase the talents of fellow nationals has become a huge hit.

Fakhar Al Bahrain was created in January, 2014, by Abdulla Al Jowder, a 27-year-old Bahraini engineer to highlight Bahraini youths whose achievements could inspire the society.

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GREECE TOUGHENS ANTI-RACISM LAW

September 10, 2014

GREECE TOUGHENS ANTI-RACISM LAW

Greece on Tuesday ratcheted up its punishments for racism, anti-Semitism and hate speech, in a move prompted by the surprise rise of a neo-Nazi party. A new law approved by parliament sets prison sentences of up to three years -- up from two years -- and fines of up to 20,000 euros ($26,000) for “inciting acts of discrimination, hatred or violence” over race, r ..

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Europe readies ‘space plane’ for sub-orbital test flight

September 10, 2014

Project manager Giorgio Tumino (left) and test manager Jose Maria Gallego stand in front of a replica of the ESA’s space plane IXV during the presentation at the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in Noordwijk

The European Space Agency on Tuesday put the final touches to its first-ever “space plane” before blasting it into sub-orbit for tests aimed at eventually paving the way to the continent’s first space shuttle.Assembled in Italy, the Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle (IXV) is undergoing final ground tests at the ESA’s headquarters in Noordwijk, north of The ..

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UK cancer boy has good chance of recovery

September 10, 2014

Ashya King arrives in hospital

Cancer-stricken boy Ashya King, whose case made headlines after his parents removed him from a British hospital, underwent scans in Prague on Tuesday as Czech doctors said he had a 70-percent chance of survival if the treatment goes well.

The five-year-old’s parents sparked an international manhunt after taking him from hospit ..

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RACE NARROWS

September 10, 2014

Presidential candidates addresses television debate in Sao Paulo(file photo)

Rousseff, Silva almost neck and neck in Brazil election

Incumbent Dilma Rousseff has closed the gap on rival Marina Silva, with the pair running almost neck and neck ahead of next month’s presidential elections, a new poll showed  on Tuesday. The poll by the National Transport Confederation (CNT), which carries out polling in parallel with the main polli ..

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Philippine titan to regain control of PAL

September 10, 2014

Philippine

The Philippines’ second richest man will regain full control of Philippine Airlines by buying back a 49-percent stake from San Miguel, the firms said on Tuesday, in a deal reportedly worth $1 billion. Lucio Tan is to take back the stake he sold to San Miguel two years ago, according to disclosure statements filed with the stock exchange that did not disclose the ..

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REMOTE GAMBLING

September 10, 2014

REMOTE GAMBLING

Singapore to curb overseas gambling sites

Singapore plans to impose a sweeping ban on sports betting via overseas websites, but experts said on Tuesday that virtual private networks (VPNs) would erode the effectiveness of the move.A “remote gambling” bill filed in parliament on Monday will give the government broad powers to block access to the websit ..

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19BN FOR W AFRICA

September 10, 2014

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Countries of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) on Tuesday secured commitments from Gulf states to invest $19 billion in infrastructure projects across the eight-nation bloc.

Pledges agreed at a UEMOA forum in Dubai came mostly from the UAE firms, which are to enter public-private partnerships to implement the ..

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BCICAI organises general assembly

September 10, 2014

Officials and participants during the event.  Pics by Santhosh Rajendran

Holding its first event after electing its new Executive Committee, the Bahrain Chapter of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, organised its Annual General Meeting (AGM), on Tuesday at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

The event began with their AGM where the efforts of the past executive committee were highlighted.

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MH17 REPORT OUT

September 10, 2014

MH17

Flight hit by numerous ‘high energy objects’

A Malaysian passenger jet which blew up over rebel-held east Ukraine with the loss of all 298 people on board was hit by numerous “high-energy objects”, according to a report on Tuesday which appears to back up claims it was downed by a missile. While the preliminary r ..

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“Meenumix” Water Dispensers launched in Bahrain

September 10, 2014

“Meenumix”  Water Dispensers

Home Tech Electronics W.L.L announced the launch of Meenumix Water dispensers in Bahrain. The company has introduced three models of water dispenser one which is table top, one with cabinet and the other special one with Tempered Glass Design Cover and Refrigerator. Meenumix brand has been serving the users for the past 45years in India and it is the leading Heavy ..

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Kingdom leads in Telecom liberalisation

September 10, 2014

BAHRAIN TELECOM ON PAR WITH EU

The World Bank has published a report on the status of broadband services and infrastructure across the Middle East and North Africa region. The report examines the competitive and regulatory environments in the MENA countries, and emphasises the need to promote competitive markets to drive future broadband development. According to the report, Bahrain has been at ..

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TAKAFUL CONTRIBUTION ESTIMATES US$ 20 BN

September 10, 2014

TAKAFUL

Takaful industry globally is expected to reach US$20 billion by 2017. A report forecasts continued double-digit growth momentum of the global takaful market of approximately 14 per cent between 2013-16. This is against a backdrop of continued buoyancy in the estimated US$2 trillion global Islamic finance markets. The Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) countries and As ..

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US bombs IS near Haditha

September 10, 2014

An Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighter fires at Islamic-State (IS) militant positions

US warplanes carried out more airstrikes against jihadists in western Iraq, the Pentagon said on Tuesday, as President Barack Obama prepared to present his plan to defeat the Sunni extremists.

American fighter jets, attack and drone aircraft conducted five bombing raids on Monday and Tuesday near the massive Haditha Dam in Anbar ..

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Attack kills 28 rebel leaders

September 10, 2014

Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) members drive during a military parade in the Kurdish town of Efrin

An attack on a meeting of a Syrian rebel chiefs in the north of the war-ravaged country on Tuesday killed at least 28 leaders from one group, a monitor said.

“Twenty-eight heads of the Ahrar Al Sham group were killed in an explosion that targeted a meeting tonight... in Idlib province,” Syrian Observatory for Human Rights di ..

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Nurturing cockatiels

September 10, 2014

The pet project

Commonly known as companion parrots, Cockatiels are birds that are very affectionate and friendly in nature. Having a lifespan of up to 20 years these birds are also easy to be taken care of if proper care is given. What’s more appealing about cockatiel is that upon establishing a gentle relationship they could be trusted to roam around outside their cage.

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‘Judgement matters most’

September 10, 2014

Visitors of the majlis

The majlis hosted by Sami Al Shaer offered a platform for open discussions which emphasised as to how a right candidate could be elected by the voters.

Participating in the discussions, lecturer Dr. Ahmed Al Khozaee explained the homework voters have to engage in before casting their ballot.

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Embracing the silence forever

September 10, 2014

Suicide Prevention Day

A mid world observing suicide prevention day today, experts and healthcare activists have warned that “suicide” could emerge a major killer in the coming years unless policy makers and psychologists come up with efforts to tackle depression and other mental disorders.

According to World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates, ..

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New app to fix appointments

September 10, 2014

Mahmoud Shabaan

A Bahraini architecture student at the University of Bahrain has come up with an application that facilities fixing appointments with doctors, booking tickets at cinemas or reserving chairs at restaurants.

Mahmoud Shabaan, the young innovator told DT News that the application eases up the process of selecting a desired d ..

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Car driven through showroom window

September 10, 2014

The broken glass window of the showroom

A cleaner at a car showroom accidentally pressed the gas pedal of one of the displayed cars on Tuesday morning, driving it directly through the window onto the road.

Apparently, the cleaner, who used to warm up the cars at the showroom daily, accidently pressed the gas pedal without noticing that the transmission stick had been ..

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Van turns turtle

September 10, 2014

The scene of the accident

A minivan turned turtle on Khalifa bin Salman Highway, opposite Bahrain City Centre on Tuesday morning.

Sources said, the driver lost control of the vehicle after another vehicle entered the lane all of a sudden.

Authorities concerned soon reached the spot and restored traffic flow.

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Police clear Eker roads

September 10, 2014

Eker roads

The police, in cooperation with the Ministry of Municipality and Urban Development, cleared on Tuesday morning several roads in Eker that had been blocked with debris and barriers. Rioters had blocked the roads at the entrance of the village and its internal roads. The police decided to clear the roads after receiving several complaints from the residents regarding the barricades on the roa ..

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COURT BEAT

September 10, 2014

court beat

Wa’ad case  adjourned

The High Administrative Court has adjourned the case filed by the Justice, Islamic Affairs and Endowments Ministry against the National Democratic Action Society (Wa’ad) for violating societies’ law to September 17.

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Accusations baseless: MoI

September 10, 2014

Colonel Nasser Saad

Mistreatment of detainees

Denying the accusation of mistreatment, Interior Ministry’s Rehabilitation and Reform Director, Colonel Nasser Saad has said that the ministry follows the utmost level of transparency while dealing with the detainees.

Several international human rights organisations, activists and inmates’ f ..

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Catching pulse of development

September 10, 2014

Prince Salman

Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the Economic Development Board (EDB), HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa on Tuesday said that the upcoming substantial development and infrastructure projects, totalling US $22 billion will help the Kingdom in achieving the goal of sustainable economic growth.

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Strong Bahraini presence expected at Islamic Forum

September 10, 2014

Tun Musa Hitam

During the 10th Anniversary Edition of the World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF), Bahrain is expected to send a large delegation, according to visiting officials from the forum.

Malaysian Prime Minister’s special envoy and WIEF Foundation chairman, Tun Musa Hitam along with WIEF Foundation Secretary-General, Tan Sri Ahmad Abdul ..

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‘Bahrain committed to human rights’

September 10, 2014

Prince Khalifa receiving the report from NIHR chairman and members

Expressing pride in Bahrain’s commitment to protecting all rights of its citizens, Prime Minister HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa has affirmed that human rights achievements have reached advanced stages in the Kingdom.

Receiving the annual report of National Institution for Human Rights (NIHR), submitted by its chairm ..

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iPhone 6 unveiled – WAIT OVER!

September 10, 2014

Apple -iphone6

It’s that time of the year again, just like Eid, Halloween and Christmas. Apple has finally announced the launch of iPhone 6, ending the desperate longing of hundreds of iPhone fans in the Kingdom. With the new iPhone (iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus) and Apple Watch ready to hit the market by the end of this year, the announcement caused euphoria on social media sites as many shared pictures and ..

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Batelco introduces Panasonic PBX systems

September 10, 2014

Mrs. Hala Almoayyed, and Adel Daylami, signing the agreement in the presence of representatives from both companies

Batelco, the business communications solutions provider introduced two new Panasonic small PBX systems to meet the requirement of the residential and small business market. PBX (Private Branch Exchange) systems have a long established, invaluable position in the medium to large enterprise division but smaller businesses are realising the benefits of using PBX syste ..

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IN EL DORADO GOLD IS RED

September 10, 2014

Moroccan children collecting red seaweed

Harvesting mineral-rich seaweed on Morocco’s Atlantic coast, Attibari Lemkhanter worries that the plant known locally as “red gold” is becoming increasingly scarce.

“There are more and more divers and less and less red seaweed,” Lemkhanter sighed as he worked on a beach in El Jadida, about 100 kilometres (60 miles) sou ..

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BOURSE TRADING RULES CLARIFIED

September 10, 2014

Shaikh Khalifa and other officials at the Press conference

The new market rules that  Bahrain Bourse has implemented from 1st September were clarified on Tuesday at a Press conference. The new rules applied by the stock exchange Bahrain Bourse (BHB) have come to better serve the investors and to secure the stock exchange, said BHB Chief Executive Officer Shaikh Khalifa bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa at BHB Premises in Bahrain Fin ..

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UN chief calls on Afghan candidates to form government

September 10, 2014

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urged Afghanistan’s feuding presidential candidates on Tuesday to reach a deal on a unity government amid growing fears of post-election turmoil. The appeal came after Abdullah Abdullah declared himself the winner over rival Ashraf Ghani, dimming hopes of a power-sharing deal.

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DESTINATION SCOTLAND

September 10, 2014

Former British Labour prime minister Gordon Brown addresses pro-union supporters in Glasgow on Tuesday ahead of Scotland’s independence referendum

British party leaders head to Scotland as vote tightens

The leaders of Britain’s three main political parties announced a last-minute trip to Scotland on Tuesday to boost the campaign against independence after a surge in separatist support ahead of next week’s referendum. Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron and ..

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Ajmal suspended over bowling action

September 10, 2014

Saeed Ajmal

Top-ranked Pakistani off-spinner Saeed Ajmal was on Tuesday suspended indefinitely from international cricket for an illegal bowling action but vowed to return in time for next year’s World Cup. The world’s leading one-day international bowler blamed the International Cricket Council (ICC) ruling on his “not usual” right elbow and said he would appeal. Ajma ..

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SCHUMACHER LEAVES HOSPITAL

September 10, 2014

Michael Schumacher

Former Formula One champion Michael Schumacher has left a Swiss hospital and will continue his treatment at home after a devastating ski accident in December, his family said on Tuesday. In a surprise announcement, a spokeswoman for the family of the retired German racing star said he was being moved from a top-notch hospital in the Swiss city of Lausanne to his ho ..

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WINDIES TRIUMPH

September 10, 2014

Mushfiqur Rahim plays a shot

West Indies overcome sloppy catching to defeat Bangladesh

West Indies overcame their own atrocious catching and a defiant hundred by Mushfiqur Rahim to defeat Bangladesh by ten wickets before lunch on the fifth and final day of the first Test at the Arnos Vale Stadium in St Vincent on Tuesday. After miss ..

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Saudi to host talks with Kerry

September 10, 2014

John Kerry

Saudi Arabia is to host talks between regional foreign ministers and John Kerry on Thursday as the US secretary of State seeks to build a coalition against Islamic State jihadists, state media confirmed.

The meeting will bring together ministers from Egypt, Jordan, and Turkey as well as the six Gulf Arab states, the official Sau ..

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Gaza needs $550 million

September 10, 2014

Palestinians attend a rally demanding for the breaking of Israel’s eight-year blockade on the Gaza Strip, in Gaza’s seaport

The United Nations and the Palestinian government called on Tuesday for international donors to provide $550 million in aid to help hundreds of thousands of Gazans affected by a devastating war with Israel.

The appeal comes two weeks after Israel and Hamas ended 50 days of bloodshed that killed more than 2,100 people, mostly civ ..

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Alonso says he could have finished fifth

September 9, 2014

Fernando Alonso

Fernando Alonso believes he could have finished a strong fifth for Ferrari ahead of Daniel Ricciardo if he had not suffered an Energy Recovery System (ERS) failure in Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix. It was his first mechanical failure and retirement in five years - and came in front of the tifosi at their home race. But he gave the home fans a positive message about ..

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CONTADOR VICTORY

September 9, 2014

Alberto Contador celebrates as he crosses the finish line

Tour of Spain

Alberto Contador moved a huge step closer to his third Tour of Spain victory as he saw off Britain’s Chris Froome to win a gruelling 152.2km stage from San Martin del Rey Aurelio to La Farrapona on Monday. Contador’s first stage victory of the race in a ti ..

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Pietersen unlikely to feature in final matches

September 9, 2014

Kevin Pietersen

Kevin Pietersen’s faint hopes of an England recall suffered another blow on Monday when Surrey confirmed he was unlikely to play any first-class cricket in the final weeks of the season. Pietersen has only played Twenty20 cricket since being axed by England in the aftermath of their miserable Ashes defeat in Australia earlier this year, but it was recently sugges ..

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FOOTBALL SAVED ME

September 9, 2014

Medhi Benatia

Medhi Benatia

Bayern Munich defender Medhi Benatia does not know what would have become of him had football not “saved” him as a child. The son of Moroccan and Algerian parents grew up in a town just beyond the suburbs of Paris, where criminality is high and football, according to Benatia, was one of the only ways to steer clear of trouble. And the 27-y ..

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Golf hero gets Oman invite

September 9, 2014

John Singleton points the way ahead to his caddie

John Singleton, the Liverpool factory worker who qualified to play alongside the world’s best players at this year’s Open Championship at Hoylake, will continue his dream as a professional golfer thanks to an invitation to play in this year’s National Bank of Oman Golf Classic at Almouj Golf, The Wave, Muscat from 30 October to 2 November. “I can’t wait ..

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England coach prolongs Cook’s World Cup limbo

September 9, 2014

Alastair Cook

Alastair Cook faces a wait to discover if he will captain England at the World Cup, according to coach Peter Moores. Cook’s position as both captain and an opening batsman in one-day internationals has been the subject of fevered debate and this intensified during England’s recent 3-1 home ODI series defeat by world champions India. Much of the tone of that deb ..

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FABREGAS COMMITS LOYALTY TO BLUES

September 9, 2014

Cesc Fabregas

Spain midfielder Cesc Fabregas is fully committed to the “important project” at Chelsea, but maintains he will always hold Arsenal close to his heart. The former Gunners captain feels comfortable working under Blues boss Jose Mourinho, with Arsenal having decided against taking up an option to bring him back from Barcelona to the Emirates Stadium. Fabregas, 27, ..

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Askar briefed on administrative delegation needs

September 9, 2014

Abdulrahman Askar at his meeting with the administrative delegation of the Asian Games

Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC) general secretary Abdulrahman Askar asserted the importance of the concerted efforts and working as one team in order to ensure Bahrain’s participation at the 17th Asian Games to be held in Incheon.

This came at his meeting with the administrative delegation to the Games, headed by Fajer Jassim ..

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GEN SECRETARY ASSURES HELP

September 9, 2014

Abdulrahman Askar, Faisal Al Qanai and other officials during the meeting

Asian sport media

Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC) general secretary Abdulrahman Askar has expressed pride in choosing Manama to host the Secretariat headquarters of the Congress of the Asian Sports Press Union (ASPU). Abdulrahman said the decision is clear evidence of Bahrain’s outstanding reputation in this field, and ..

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US to send field hospital to Ebola-hit Liberia

September 9, 2014

Liberian street artist Stephen Doe paints on Monday a mural to inform people about the symptoms of the deadly Ebola virus in Monrovia

The US military will send a field hospital to Liberia for medical staff fighting the Ebola virus, the Pentagon said on Monday, as part of an expanded effort to stem the epidemic. The move comes after President Barack Obama promised the American military would offer logistical support to aid countries facing the Ebola outbreak, and amid warnings the number of Ebola ..

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ROUSSEFF UNTAINTED

September 9, 2014

Brazilian President and presidential candidate for the Workers’ Party (PT), Dilma Rousseff (centre), greets supporters during a rally in downtown Sao Paulo

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has insisted a corruption scandal at state oil giant Petrobras does not involve her government, as she fends off a new threat to her re-election bid. “I think this does not place the government under any suspicion, as nobody in the government has been officially accused of anything,” Rousseff said in comments made Sunday and c ..

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Balloons to illuminate 15 km of Berlin Wall

September 9, 2014

Berlin governing mayor Klaus Wowereit attends a presentation of a light installation to mark the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall during a press conference

Highlighting Berlin’s long and painful division, 8,000 illuminated balloons will light the course of the old East-West border to mark 25 years since the fall of the Wall, organisers said on Monday. The inflated balloons, fixed to the ground with ropes to resemble lamps, will mark a 15-kilometre (9.3-mile) stretch of the Wall’s route for three nights leading up ..

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UKRAINE CEASEFIRE A FRAGILE VICTORY

September 9, 2014

President Putin (left) talks with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev during their meeting in Putin’s residence

The fragile ceasefire between government forces and pro-Moscow rebels that has stemmed the bloodshed in east Ukraine is a victory for Russian President Vladimir Putin but does not guarantee an end to the fighting, analysts said. Kiev and separatist representatives on Friday inked a twelve-point plan in Minsk mapping out a roadmap to resolving five months of brutal ..

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They know what they are doing

September 9, 2014

Scenes from Stanley Milgram’s 1962 documentary, Obedience, about the experiments (Yale University Library Manuscripts and Archive

Evil not so banal, says disturbing new probe What prompts ordinary people to commit acts of evil?

The question has been debated by philosophers, moralists, historians and scientists for centuries.

One idea that carries much weight today is this: you, me -- almost anyone -- is capable of carrying out atrociti ..

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Ryanair orders 100 Boeing 737 planes

September 9, 2014

Ryanair

Irish budget airline Ryanair agreed to buy 100 aircraft from Boeing for $11 billion, with an option to purchase another 100 planes from the aerospace giant, the companies announced on Monday. The order, potentially worth up to $22 billion, unveiled the 737 Boeing MAX 200, a new version of Boeing’s popular, fuel-efficient 737 model. The latest design will accommod ..

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SECOND AIRPORT CAPACITY 120M

September 9, 2014

Dubai airport

Dubai target

Dubai has relaunched an ambitious project to develop its second airport, touted originally as the world’s largest, to handle 120 million passengers a year. The plan aims to expand Al-Maktoum International airport within eight years to shift the growing operations of Emirates Airlines from Dubai In ..

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60 British women join Islamic state

September 9, 2014

Aqsa Mahmood

As many as 60 British women have reportedly joined an all-female sharia police unit for the Islamic State (ISIS), reprimanding those who fall foul of the jihad’s strict rules.

The Al Khansaa Brigade is believed to be operating in the Syrian city of Raqqa, which is controlled by ISIS jihadists and works as their Syrian headquar ..

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Prostate surgery for Iran’s leader

September 9, 2014

A handout photo showing Ayatollah visited by former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani (R) and Hassan Khoemeini (C), grandson of the late founder of Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, at a hospital in Tehran

Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei successfully underwent prostate surgery, official media announced on Monday in an unprecedented public statement on his health, which has long been subject to speculation.

The 75-year-old cleric, who has ruled since the death in 1989 of the Islamic republic’s founder Ayatollah Ruh ..

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Iran arrests IS volunteers

September 9, 2014

A Pakistani man reads a pamphlet, allegedly distributed by the Islamic State (IS), in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar

Afghan and Pakistani nationals who were planning to join the ranks of Islamic State jihadists fighting in Syria and Iraq have been arrested in Iran, a government minister announced on Monday.

“People from Afghanistan and Pakistan wanted to cross Iran but we prevented them passing and we have arrested others,” Interior Minist ..

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Crackdown – UAE tries 15 for terrorism

September 9, 2014

Members of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) help displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, who are fleeing violence from forces loyal to the Islamic State in Sinjar town

The trial began in the UAE on Monday of 15 Islamists charged with joining and financing Syria’s Al Qaeda franchise and a rebel group there, the official WAM news agency said.

Eleven of the defendants, whose nationalities were not disclosed, appeared at a first hearing before the Federal Supreme Court in Abu Dhabi, WAM said.

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Parents need a complaint book

September 9, 2014

Ms. Taqawi

MoE urged to establish direct communication channel with parents

Parliament’s foreign affairs, defence and national security committee head MP Sawsan Taqawi has proposed to strengthen Education Ministry’s (MoE) efforts to improve the communication services in order to receive complaints and suggestions about schools in the Kingdom.

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Pharmaniaga plans to invest in Bahrain

September 9, 2014

Meeting

Malaysia-based company Pharmaniaga, one of the world’s leading manufacturers and distributors of generics, and distributors of medical devices, has plans to make investments in the Kingdom, it emerged.

The company executives held a second round of meetings with Transport Minister and Acting Chief Executive of Bahrain Economic ..

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Value Engineering Conference held

September 9, 2014

Delegates attending the event

The use of value engineering and its role in Bahrain were discussed during the two-day International Value Engineering Conference held under the patronage of Works Minister, Essam Khalaf.

Speaking at the event, organised by the Origin Group in collaboration with Logic Institute and the Works Ministry, the minister said, “In th ..

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‘American retreat did the damage’

September 9, 2014

Sanjay Baru (c) at the conference

The gradual retreat of US from the region including the pull-out of troops from Iraq has led to “power-play” fuelled by sectarianism, observed many speakers at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) Geo-Economics and Strategy Conference held on Sunday.

Airing his thoughts, IISS geo-economics and strategy di ..

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BAHRAIN TELECOM ON PAR WITH EU

September 9, 2014

BAHRAIN TELECOM ON PAR WITH EU

The World Bank has published a report on the status of broadband services and infrastructure across the Middle East and North Africa region. The report examines the competitive and regulatory environments in the MENA countries, and emphasises the need to promote competitive markets to drive future broadband development. According to the report, Bahrain has been at ..

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Juffair Heights launches North Tower

September 9, 2014

Juffair Heights properties

Bahrain real estate agency Pegasus Realty has announced the launch of the second tower of its housing project in Juffair. Booking of apartments in the North Tower of the Dadabhai Development and Properties Management Company’s (DDPM) Juffair Heights is now open after the most of the 192-unit South Tower has been lapped up, an official said on Monday. Unveiled in ..

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UNITED AGAINST IS BEASTLINESS

September 9, 2014

Ahmed Al Saati

Arab states have agreed to take the necessary measures to confront Islamic State (IS) militants, Arab League chief Nabil Al Arabi said.

Welcoming the move, Bahrain’s Parliament Human Rights Committee Head and MP, Ahmed Al Saati said that the IS should be eliminated immediately as it threatens not only the region, but also the ..

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Prime Minister’s directives hailed

September 9, 2014

jameel

Labour Minister and LMRA Board Chairman Jameel Humaidan has lauded the sound directives of Prime Minister HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa related to supporting the national workforce.

In a statement issued to media, the minister affirmed that the premier’s directives reflected the unlimited interest of the government, ..

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Bridging relations – New causeway to cost $5 bn

September 9, 2014

Route of the King Hamad Causeway highlighted in red ink

A second causeway linking Bahrain with Saudi Arabia and providing a route for a regional railway network being built by Gulf monarchies will cost about $5 billion, said Transport Minister and Acting Chief Executive of the Economic Development Board, Kamal Ahmed.

“The cost of the causeway will be roughly $5 billion,” the min ..

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Event management doyen passes away

September 9, 2014

Savio with his daughter Samara. (A file picture)

Savio Dsouza, a popular businessman and owner of one of the Kingdom’s leading event management company passed away on Monday after suffering a cardiac arrest.

A successful entrepreneur, Savio had carved out a niche for himself in the area of event management. Many outstanding events were organised by his firm Samanna Events in ..

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Budaiya beach gets a facelift

September 9, 2014

A view of Budaiya beach

The second phase of Budaiya beach will be opened tomorrow, it was learnt.

The opening ceremony will be held under the patronage of Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning Minister Dr. Juma Al Kaabi.

Recently, Prime Minister HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa has issued directives to r ..

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Foreign Minister meets Egyptian counterpart

September 9, 2014

Shaikh Khalid

Minister of Foreign Affairs Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed bin Al Khalifa met here on Monday his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shukri, at the Egyptian Foreign Ministry’s headquarters in Cairo.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs expressed pride in the steadily growing strong historical relations between Bahrain and Egypt.

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Former CEO jailed for corruption

September 9, 2014

VISA-PLATINUM-CREDIT CARD

Former CEO of Bahrain Polytechnic, John Scott, was sentenced to five years in absentia, after being found guilty of financial corruption charges.

John was relieved in 2012 from his duties upon the disclosure of the findings of an audit investigation, which revealed huge irregularities.

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Woman hurt in road accident

September 9, 2014

Woman hurt in road accident

A Bahraini woman sustained minor injuries in a traffic accident that involved two vehicles on Arad Highway on Monday morning.

The accident occurred opposite to Bahrain International Airport runway.

According to eyewitnesses, the woman driver crossed the red signal, en-route to Muharraq, driv ..

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UoB registration ongoing

September 9, 2014

Students participating in the registration

Many students were seen flocking to the University of Bahrain premises to register themselves for the forthcoming semester.

The registration period, which started on September 1, will run until September 11.

Each batch is given two days to separate the registration attendance details in an ef ..

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SMC employees jailed for 5 years

September 9, 2014

SMC

Four employees at Salmaniya Medical Complex (SMC) morgue were handed down on Monday a five-year-jail term each after being found guilty of taking bribes to accelerate the repatriation of bodies.

Judges at the High Criminal Court also imposed a fine of BD100 on each of the convicted Bahrainis.

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Gulf Air introduces Symantec Solutions

September 9, 2014

Another milestone to enhance service quality

Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) announced on Sunday that it has been selected by Gulf Air to deploy its NetBackup and Enterprise Vault products to increase productivity. The implementation of Symantec’s archiving and recovery solutions is part of Gulf Air’s dedication to automation and cloud computing technologies that benefit both passengers and airline staff. M ..

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ROBUST GROWTH

September 9, 2014

Kamal Ahmed

GCC fundamentals strong says  Kamal Ahmed

GCC has the strongest fundamentals of any region in the world, including strong resilient economic growth, sustainable public finances and household balance sheets, current account surpluses, strong government revenues from hydrocarbons and bright prospects for future growth a ..

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India-Pak flood disaster prompts frantic rescue bid

September 9, 2014

Indian National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel queue to board an Indian Air Force IL-76 aircraft to travel to Srinagar take part in relief efforts

Authorities in India and Pakistan made frantic efforts on Monday to pluck tens of thousands of people to safety from floods which have killed at least 350 as desperate residents huddled on rooftops. With phone lines down and roads cut off, the full scale of the disaster in the cross-border Kashmir region and in Pakistan’s Punjab province was still to emerge but v ..

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CAMPAIGNERS HIT STREETS

September 9, 2014

A pro-independence supporter wearing a “Yes” tshirt shouts slogans as Scottish MP Jim Murphy addresses crowds in support of the pro-union “Better Together” campaign in Edinburgh on Monday

Campaigners against independence took to the streets of Scotland’s oil capital Aberdeen with just days to go to a momentous referendum, with polls showing support for the “Yes” growing and voters now almost evenly split for and against. Oil is at the heart of the debate over whether Scotland can afford to go it alone or would be better off remaining part of B ..

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RUSSIA SWEEPS LIECHTENSTEIN

September 9, 2014

Russia’s midfielder Aleksandr Samedov (left) vies for the ball with Liechtenstein’s defender Andreas Christen

Euro 2016 qualifying campaign

Russia got more than a helping hand as they began their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign with a 4-0 victory over Liechtenstein in Group G. Coming off a disappointing World Cup, Russia needed a reassuring win over the part-timers from Liechtenstein, but while the score looked good, the manner in which it was achi ..

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Remy had no Chelsea hesitation

September 8, 2014

Loic Remy

Loic Remy was prepared to stay at Queens Park Rangers, but did not hesitate to join Chelsea once the opportunity arose. The France international completed a move to Chelsea before the transfer window closed after a deal with Liverpool collapsed earlier in the summer. Remy, who joined QPR in January 2013 from Marseille before spending last season on loan at Newcastl ..

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NIEMIEC SECURE

September 8, 2014

Przemyslaw Niemiec rides towards the finish line

Poland’s Przemyslaw Niemiec won the 15th stage of the Vuelta a Espana on Sunday as Alejandro Valverde cut fellow Spaniard Alberto Contador’s overall lead. Niemiec was part of an early breakaway group and held on for his first Grand Tour stage victory in a time of 4hr 11min 09sec over the 152.2km ride from Oviedo to Lagos de Covadonga. Valverde finished second, ..

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Ireland downs Georgia

September 8, 2014

Ireland’s Robbie Keane (right) heads the ball with Georgia’s Solomon Kverkvelia

Aiden McGeady fired the Republic of Ireland to a priceless 2-1 Euro 2016 victory in Georgia as he chose the perfect moment to produce his best form in manager Martin O’Neill’s first competitive game. The Everton winger had given the Republic a 24th-minute lead with the fourth goal of his senior international career on his 70th appearance, but the advantage was ..

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MORGAN STARS

September 8, 2014

Eoin Morgan acknowledges the crowd after reaching 50

England captain Eoin Morgan laid the platform for a thrilling three-run win over India in the lone Twenty20 international at Edgbaston on Sunday. Morgan top-scored with a dashing 71 in England’s 180 for seven after he won the toss. Nevertheless, India -- in the final match of their tour of England -- were cruising to victory while Virat Kohli (66) was at the crea ..

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Bapco bowling league begins

September 8, 2014

Winners from last season in a photocall

The new season of the Bapco Interdepartmental Bowling League gets underway this evening from 5.30pm at the Bapco Club in Awali featuring  10 teams and running until June next year. The league organising committee with the cooperation of Bapco’s sports committee and public relations have made some amendments in the rules and regulations for the league to have a ..

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Shaikh Khalid hands gold to Shaikh Hamdan

September 8, 2014

Shaikh Khalid (left) and the winner Shaikh Hamdan

International Equestrian Federation (FEI) Group VII Chairman Shaikh Khalid Bin Abdulla Al Khalifa presented the Individual Gold medal to Dubai Crown Prince Shaikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum the winner of the recent 160-km Endurance Race at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy, France. Shaikh Hamdan (eight hours eight minutes and 28 seconds) r ..

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SHAIKH SALMAN TO CHAIR FIFA MEETING

September 8, 2014

Shaikh Salman

Asian Football Confederation (AFC) President and FIFA Executive Committee member Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa will today chair the first meeting at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich to join the task force team to determine the dates of the 2022 World Cup finals in Qatar.

This meeting is scheduled to begin with a speech by ..

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Afghan rape gang sentenced to death

September 8, 2014

(From left) Azizullah, Samiullah, Mustafa, and Jamil, four of seven men convicted of gang-raping four women on August 23, look on during a court trial in Kabul

An Afghan judge on Sunday sentenced seven men to death for the gang-rape of four women in a case that has sparked nationwide outrage, with angry protests outside the court and proceedings broadcast live on television. The seven men, who stood in the dock dressed in brown traditional clothing, were found guilty of kidnapping and attacking the female members of a gro ..

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BOKO HARAM RAMPAGE ON

September 8, 2014

Praying for a better tomorrow

Christians in northeast Nigeria are paying a heavy price at the hands of Boko Haram, even if they are not being targeted specifically by the militants in their bloody quest for an Islamic state. Several towns in the northeastern states of Yobe, Borno and Adamawa have been attacked in recent weeks, sending thousands of residents fleeing and raising concerns about th ..

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Thousands trapped in deadly floods

September 8, 2014

kashmiri

Soldiers were battling on Sunday to rescue thousands trapped by Indian Kashmir’s worst flooding for half a century which has killed at least 150 people and left the main city of Srinagar under water. Some 350 villages have also been submerged since torrential monsoon rains triggered flooding and landslides across the picturesque Himalayan region of Jammu and Kash ..

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OBAMA CRITICISED

September 8, 2014

Immigration activists

President Barack Obama faced criticism from foes and allies on Sunday after his decision to delay immigration reform until after November’s midterm elections. Republicans and Democrats both condemned Obama’s decision, announced on Saturday, to delay using his executive power to break the deadlock until after this year’s polls. The decision was widely interpre ..

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Here Pizza is love, Pizza is life

September 8, 2014

PIZZA

Nowhere does pizza quite like Naples, and the Italian city is determined to maintain its reputation as the spiritual home of one of the world’s favourite foods.

For the last week, the gritty southern port has been playing host to “Napoli Pizza Village” -- an extra-large celebration of the art of combining bread and tomato ..

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Dubai Holding unit posts $572.2 mn profit

September 8, 2014

Dubai Holding

A unit of Dubai Holding, a conglomerate owned by Dubai’s ruler, said on Friday that it earned 2.1 billion dirhams ($572.2 million) in net profit in the first half of 2014. Dubai Holding Commercial Operations Group (DHCOG), a hospitality, media and property group, said revenues in the six-month period reached 5.6 billion dirhams ($1.53 billion) thanks to a “str ..

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Greek economy to grow in third quarter

September 8, 2014

Antonis Samaras

Greece will return to growth in the next quarter after six years of crippling recession, its prime minister announced on Saturday. “In the third quarter of 2014, the Greek economy will register growth for the first time in 24 quarters,” Antonis Samaras said at the opening of an international trade fair in northern Greece.

At ..

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FISHING TROUBLES

September 8, 2014

Workers load consignments of fish for transport after being sold at Peterhead fish market in Peterhead, northeast Scotland

Choppy waters feared for Scottish fishing as vote looms

“One, two, two. One, three, four. One, three, six,” the auctioneer bellows in a rich Doric accent native to Aberdeenshire in northeast Scotland. With each new price, his warm breath creates plumes of steam in the near freezing, cavernous hall that is Peterhead wholesale fish market. Around him, buy ..

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Turkey protest at death of 10 workers in lift horror

September 8, 2014

Protestors face Turkish riot police on Sunday in Istanbul

Hundreds protested in Istanbul on Sunday a day after 10 workers were killed when a lift crashed to the ground from the 32nd storey of a building. “This is not an accident, this is murder!” the crowd of up to 1,000 people, angry at Turkey’s abysmal workplace safety record, shouted as they gathered near the construction site in Istanbul’s central Mecidiyekoy ..

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TRADE WORRIES

September 8, 2014

Crystal Cruise in Panama

Panama, Suez, Nicaragua canal schemes miss business

Vast projects to expand the Suez and Panama canals are being talked up as the biggest upheaval for decades in global maritime traffic, but experts say they could be outflanked by a trade shift towards Asia. In recent years, freight traffic travelling from Asia to the east coast of the United Stat ..

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Smartphone makers dial up growth

September 8, 2014

An Indian mobile phone vendor shows a display unit for a low-end smartphone, an unlicensed copy of a Vertu luxury mobile phone, in New Delhi

Smartphone-makers are in a race to the bottom of India’s economic pyramid as they battle for customers in the fast-growing low-end market segment where analysts say opportunities are vast. India is now the quickest-expanding smartphone market globally and the third-largest market after China and the United States, according to Britain-based consultancy Canalys.

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‘DESTINY’ ENTERS MARKET

September 8, 2014

Halo

Bold new video game manifests tomorrow

The video game studio that won players’ devotion with blockbuster hit “Halo” is out to eclipse its enviable success with the tomorrow launch of massive new science-fiction action title ‘Destiny.’ “We’re really proud of the world we created with ‘Halo,’ and the mi ..

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Japan’s industry chief visits Fukushima plant

September 8, 2014

Yuko Obuchi(left)

Japan’s new industry minister Yuko Obuchi on Sunday visited the disaster-stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant, days after assuming her new post. Obuchi, a 40-year-old mother of two, was tapped by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe last week as the country’s first female minister of economy, trade and industry, overseeing the power sector. “For Japan’s future and F ..

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Japan’s industry chief visits Fukushima plant

September 8, 2014

Yuko Obuchi(left)

Japan’s new industry minister Yuko Obuchi on Sunday visited the disaster-stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant, days after assuming her new post. Obuchi, a 40-year-old mother of two, was tapped by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe last week as the country’s first female minister of economy, trade and industry, overseeing the power sector. “For Japan’s future and F ..

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Abbas may end unity with Hamas

September 8, 2014

Palestinians hurl stones during clashes with Israeli police

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas has threatened to break off a unity agreement with Hamas if the Islamist movement does not allow the government to operate properly in the Gaza Strip.

And Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah told AFP a dispute with Hamas over the payment of salaries to thousands of its employees had become the main i ..

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‘IS must be CONFRONTED’

September 8, 2014

Kurdish Peshmerga fighters take their positions during clashes with the Islamic State (IS)

Changing priorities  

Arab League chief Nabil Al Arabi on Sunday called for a military and political confrontation with Islamic State jihadists and other militants he said threatened the existence of Arab states.

Arabi’s remarks, at a meeting of Arab foreign ministers, came as the United States expanded air strikes ag ..

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New steps to help patients

September 8, 2014

HRH the Premier chairs the cabinet meeting

The cabinet chaired by Prime Minister HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, on Sunday, approved the draft decision to establish a committee for foreign medical treatment.

At the session, the draft to set up a “Higher Committee for Treatment Abroad” was presented by the Minister of State for Defence Affairs and Ministeria ..

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Majlis focuses on Gaza

September 8, 2014

Participants of the majlis

Palestine was the core issue that featured in the majlis hosted by Isa Salmeen in Riffa on Sunday.

The majlis saw the participation of dignitaries like Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning Minister Juma Al Kaabi, Palestinian Ambassador to Bahrain Taha Mohammed Abdul Qader, parliamentarians and renowned religious figures.

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BD2m fillip to education

September 8, 2014

Children are seen in a jubilant mood as they head to school on the first day of the new academic year

Facilitating studies 

Ministry of Works (MoW) has completed the renovation works at 42 government schools by spending BD2,235,000 before the start of the new academic year on Sunday.

Director of Building Maintenance at MoW, Huda Mirza said, the objective of the renovation carried out at public schools was to ensure bett ..

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Pakistan Assembly Speaker to visit Bahrain

September 8, 2014

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq

In a move that would further strengthen the bilateral relations, Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan Sardar Ayaz Sadiq is expected to land in Bahrain for a five-day visit, starting September 20.

Reliable sources from the Pakistan Embassy in Bahrain told DT News that the speaker’s visit followed an invitation by ..

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Riding high in kitesurfing

September 8, 2014

Five times Kitesurfing World Champ, Aaron Hadlow, surfing near a fishermen’s village in the Kingdom of Bahrain

Proposed new beaches

The recent announcement about the government’s plan to open ten more beaches in Bahrain was music to the ears of kite surfers in Bahrain.

The kitesurfing enthusiasts viewed the move as something that would aid their further development.

Kite surfers have been cr ..

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One injured as car overturns

September 8, 2014

A picture of the accident posted online

A Bahraini ambulance driver was admitted to a hospital, after he suffered several injuries in a car accident in Muharraq Governorate on Sunday afternoon.

According to eyewitnesses, the vehicle overturned on Raya Avenue, opposite to Al Dair village main entrance, near Bahrain International Airport runway fence.

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Punch on terrorism

September 8, 2014

COURT

In one of the major cases involving the largest number of suspects, 61 defendants have been referred for trial at the High Criminal Court.

The defendants have been accused of joining and running an extremist group, which targeted the security forces and planned attacks on vital locations.

Nor ..

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‘Unify, defeat adversaries’

September 8, 2014

pm

The people of Bahrain are capable of thwarting all conspiracies targeting the Kingdom and its stability as they possess high awareness and national responsibility, observed Prime Minister HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa.

“Bahrain is lucky for having such a people, whose honourable stances have represented milestones i ..

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Taking the PPP course

September 8, 2014

Shaikha Mai

Boosting tourism

The cabinet chaired by Prime Minister HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa on Sunday discussed efforts to develop the tourism sector by inviting the participation of private players.

Emphasising on Public-Private Partnership (PPP), Culture Minister Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa presented a pla ..

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Notes for publicity!

September 8, 2014

The BD1 note used by the restaurant for advertising

Unique channel for advertising

As the technology is advancing, the advertisers are using new channels like social media and mobile phones to reach customers. But here is a hotel, which is using a unique channel to get publicity, that too without much expense!

The hotel, located in Jid Ali, has used Bahraini currency note ..

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Programme bears fruits

September 8, 2014

The meeting in progress

A programme launched by the Labour Ministry in last June with an aim to support unemployed citizens in the Kingdom has started showing positive results, it emerged.

According to Labour Ministry sources, 966 citizens have been already employed through the programme and 1,265 citizens are expected to be employed soon.

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GCC INTERNATIONAL TELECOM PLAN READY

September 8, 2014

Adel Darwish

Telecommunications Regulatory Authority Bahrain (TRA) in conjunction with the GCC Roaming Working Group has published a consultation document on the subject of International Mobile Roaming in GCC region. The document reviews the existing regulation of roaming services within the GCC. Submissions are invited from interested parties on the proposed changes.

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THE NEXT BIG THING IS HERE

September 8, 2014

Apple-tim cook

Apple’s mystery unveiling tomorrow is expected to be a watershed moment for the California giant -- and the entire tech industry. Chief executive Tim Cook will seek to vanquish the notion that Apple lost its magic when its famed co-founder Steve Jobs died. Cook could help Apple establish its dominance in a new category with an “iWatch” at the event set in the ..

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Police tear-gas protesters to open airport road

September 8, 2014

Protesters run away to take cover from tear gas fired by riot police during clashes with Shia Huthi rebels after they blocked the road to Sanaa airport

Yemen police fired tear gas on Sunday to disperse Shia rebels and activists who had blocked the road to Sanaa airport in an attempt to widen their anti-government protest campaign. Police hurled tear gas canisters and deployed water cannon against demonstrators who had camped along the road near the interior ministry, an AFP correspondent said. The move came after ..

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MARITIME LINKS

September 8, 2014

Japanese Prime Minister Abe  shakes hands with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa

Japan-Lanka agree waterways

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Sri Lanka’s president agreed on Sunday to forge stronger maritime links between their two countries in a move partly aimed at countering China’s influence in the region. Abe held talks with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse shortly after arriving from Bangladesh as part of ..

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Switzerland game an untimely test

September 8, 2014

Roy Hodgson

England manager Roy Hodgson admitted on Sunday that his team will face a “big test” when they open their 2016 European Championship qualifying campaign away to Switzerland on Monday. Having been knocked out of the World Cup in the group phase, England returned to action with an unconvincing 1-0 win over Norway in a friendly on Wednesday and in Group E rivals Sw ..

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DAVID LIPSKY WIN

September 8, 2014

David Lipsky

European Masters

American David Lipsky opened his European Tour account with a play-off victory over overnight leader Graeme Storm at the European Masters in Crans-Montana on sunday. Lying fourth, three shots off Storm after the third round, Lipsky parred the first sudden death hole, with Storm making a five after his wayward tee shot ended up nes ..

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HAMILTON WINS IN MONZA

September 8, 2014

Lewis Hamilton holds his trophy on the podium

Two weeks after their collision at the Belgian Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg were on speaking terms again on Sunday, putting on a united front for Mercedes after the team’s seventh one-two triumph of the year in the Italian Grand Prix.

Hamilton, aggressive and flawless, drove with great speed and daring to turn a ..

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Nominations for “Isa Award’ until November

September 8, 2014

A file photo of King Hamad with Dr. Jemilah Mahmood

The Board of Trustees for the “Isa Award for Service to Humanity” has announced that nominations for the award are still open through the website till the end of November, 2014.

They highlighted that the nomination was open since June last year where many applications were received so far from around the world.

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Car stolen from Souq Waqef

September 8, 2014

CAR

A car that was stolen from a local market in the Northern Governorate last week, was finally found and brought back to its owner on Sunday evening, after an extensive campaign was launched across the Kingdom.

Explaining the details of the incident to DT News, owner Hesham Thani said that the car was with his son on Thurs ..

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Safety awareness projects launched

September 8, 2014

(From left) Major Bahar and other traffic police officials during the show

Acting Director of Traffic Culture Major Osama Bahar graced the Thursday episode of the weekly Al Amn Radio show, organised by the Police Media Directorate at the Ministry of Interior, in cooperation with Bahrain Radio.

During the show, Major Osama said his directorate has launched many awareness programmes to guid ..

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COURT BEAT

September 8, 2014

court beat

Rioter gets three years

The High Criminal Court sentenced a young Bahraini to three years behind bars for participating in a riot.

The teenager was reportedly among the 40 vandals, who set up blockades in a vital road in Karbabad, hindering the traffic in the area. The vandals ..

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England can’t afford slow start

September 7, 2014

Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney admits England can’t afford a slow start to their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign against Switzerland on Monday. Roy Hodgson’s team head to Basel desperately in need of a strong performance and result to erase the bitter taste of their miserable World Cup campaign.

The road to the Euros in France starts with a pot ..

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DU PLESSIS STARS

September 7, 2014

DU PLESSIS STARS

Dale Steyn ripped the heart out of Australia’s batting and Faf du Plessis came within a whisker of yet another century as South Africa cruised to a six-wicket victory to clinch the triangular series cricket trophy on Saturday.

Steyn swung the ball at pace to rip out three quick wickets and record figures of 4 for 35 as Austral ..

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Fletcher hopeful Scots can slay German giants

September 7, 2014

Darren Fletcher (left) and Scotland’s national football team coach Gordon Strachan give a press conference of the Scottish national football team in Dortmund on Saturday

Scotland captain Darren Fletcher is hopeful that his team can spring a surprise when they take on world champions Germany in their opening European Championship qualifier today. The Scots have yet to beat the hosts in six competitive games but they travelled to Dortmund’s Signal Iduna Park looking to extend a six-match unbeaten run. The visitors will also draw co ..

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HESJEDAL TAKES STAGE

September 7, 2014

Hesjedal celebrates as he crosses the finish line

Canada’s Ryder Hesjedal pipped Swiss rider Oliver Zaugg in a brutal climb to the finish line to win the 14th stage of the Vuelta a Espana as Alberto Contador extended his overall lead on Saturday.

  Zaugg looked to have the stage victory wrapped up when he broke away from the leading group with two kilometres of the 8.3km cli ..

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Deschamps set to mix it up

September 7, 2014

Didier Deschamps

France coach Didier Deschamps is set to make seven changes to the side that beat Spain as he expects a stiff friendly test against Serbia in Belgrade today. As hosts, France need not worry about qualifying for Euro 2016, but got their two-year run of friendly matches off to a winning start with a 1-0 success against Spain in Paris on Thursday. To prepare for their ..

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COURTOIS IS READY TO COMMIT TO CHELSEA

September 7, 2014

Thibaut Courtoi

Thibaut Courtois expects to sign a contract extension at Chelsea once he returns from international duty with Belgium. A five-year deal is on the table at Stamford Bridge, with Jose Mourinho looking to secure the services of his new first-choice goalkeeper for the foreseeable future. Courtois has had to be patient in his efforts to earn recognition in England, with ..

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Beckham open to England role in future

September 7, 2014

David Beckham

David Beckham has revealed he would be ‘proud’ to have some role with England in the future. The 39-year-old earned his 115th and final cap for the Three Lions in 2009 and his only duties with the national team off the pitch were when he served as a ‘player liason’ as part of Fabio Capello’s backroom staff at the 2010 World Cup despite having not retired ..

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NISHIKORI SHINES

September 7, 2014

Kei Nishikori celebrates victory

Nishikori shocks Djokovic for US Open final place

Japan’s Kei Nishikori became the first Asian man to reach a Grand Slam final when he swept past seven-time major winner Novak Djokovic in the US Open semi-finals on Saturday. The 10th seed braved on-court temperatures nudging the 40-degree mark to clinch a famous 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 (7/4), 6-3 victory over the w ..

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New phase of MH370 search to begin

September 7, 2014

Malaysia’s PM Najib Razak (right) shakes hands with his Australian counterpart Tony Abbott after a joint press conference at the Prime Minister’s Office in Putrajaya, outside Kuala Lumpur on Saturday

An intensified underwater search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 will start in about two weeks’ time, Australian premier Tony Abbott said on Saturday as he visited Malaysia to discuss the issue. Abbott said the hunt for the jet, which inexplicably veered off its Kuala Lumpur-Beijing route on March 8 with 239 people aboard, would continue for as long as ..

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STATUS DILEMMA

September 7, 2014

UK nuclear plant

Britain’s future as a nuclear-armed nation could be thrown into doubt if Scotland votes for independence on September 18, experts say, raising serious questions about its future status in the international community. The UK’s Trident nuclear submarines are currently based at Faslane naval base on a sea loch west of Glasgow surrounded by dramatic mountain scener ..

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Military under fire over Boko Haram response

September 7, 2014

Nigerian military officials(file photo)

When Nigeria’s new chief of defence staff was appointed earlier this year, he promised a swift end to the deadly violence being waged by Boko Haram Islamists. “If we do our work cohesively, I can tell you we will finish that thing (the counter-insurgency) in no time,” Air Marshal Alex Badeh said at his investiture on January 20. Eight months on, Boko Haram lo ..

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TOKYO REDEEMS CHINA INFLUENCE

September 7, 2014

Japanese Prime Minister Abe (right) and Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina (left) pose for a photo after a signing ceremony at the Prime Minister’s office in Dhaka on Saturday

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe won Dhaka’s support for Tokyo’s bid for a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council as he began a three-day visit to Bangladesh and Sri Lanka aimed at offsetting China’s mounting influence in South Asia. Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said Dhaka would withdraw its candidacy in favour of Tokyo in view of Japan ..

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Explosions rock Ukraine ruining fragile ceasefire

September 7, 2014

A woman cries in front of her ruined house in Pervomayskiy

Loud explosions were heard on Saturday evening on the eastern outskirts of the Ukrainian city of Mariupol, according to AFP, despite a fragile ceasefire being put in place.

Numerous explosions were heard and a thick smoke was visible on the horizon. A checkpoint held by Ukraine loyalists seemed to be on fire, according to AFP jo ..

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Morsi leaked intel to Qatar

September 7, 2014

Mohamed Morsi

Egypt’s deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi will be tried on charges of giving Qatar documents relating to national security, the state prosecutor said on Saturday.

The former head of state already faces the death penalty in several trials, and his supporters have been the target of a deadly crackdown by the authorities s ..

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IRAN FORCE-LANDS US CHARTER PLANE

September 7, 2014

A flydubai air plane is seen landing in this undated file picture

Midair drama

A charter plane carrying 100 people, including Americans, out of Afghanistan was ordered to land in southern Iran because of errors in its flight plan, a Tehran-based official said on Saturday.

The rare incident prompted a flurry of reaction in the United States but the problem was solved and the aircraft h ..

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Bringing diversity into Fashion

September 7, 2014

Bethann with Iman

A model-turned-New York agent-turned-scourge of fashion industry prejudice, Bethann Hardison pioneered the campaign for diversity on the catwalk with the message that fashion isn’t only white.

She strutted the runway herself in the 1960s and 1970s, then carved out a career finding and promoting the coolest models of any skin ..

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The Beauty Bloopers – Too much make up and accessories will ruin your look.

September 7, 2014

THE BEAUTY Bloopers

Once, while I was waiting to be called in for an interview for my dream job, I realised what a huge nerve wreck I was, when I sat down in front of the interviewer. I discovered that I had chipped off most of my manicure, including the top layer of the nail. Thank goodness that he did not notice it because I ended up getting the job after all.- Serena J ..

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DOCTOR IS IN

September 7, 2014

Doctor is in-Dr. Shuchi Nagori

Homoeopathic Practitioner and Nutritionist, Dr. Shuchi Nagori, answers DT News’ readers queries on healthy living.

1. I have heard margarine has some very harmful effects on the body and should never be substituted for butter. Is there some truth to it? -Mohammed Ahmed

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About the interpreter 

September 7, 2014

DECODE YOUR DREAMS

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.

Dream  ..

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DT NEWS – OVEN HOT – Fine blend of veg and chicken

September 7, 2014

Executive Chef, Guy Gateau, Culinary Divisions,  The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain

Born in France, chef Guy Gateau’s childhood in the vineyards of the Loire Valley in France inspired him to pursue a culinary career, which began in Michelin-star restaurants such as Le Galant Verre, Restaurant Alain Chapel, and Restaurant Laurent.

“Since I was a young boy, I was attracted to the world of food. It was my adve ..

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Mahmoud not to contest polls

September 7, 2014

Mahmoud Al Namliti

Vice President of the National Committee for Manama Souq Mahmoud Al Namliti has changed his mind, deciding not to run for the upcoming Parliamentary elections.

While speaking to DT News, he said, he would continue to support the election process as a voter.

Mahmoud stressed that all th ..

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New treatment for bile stone removal at RBH

September 7, 2014

Dr. Mustafa Al Abdullah

In line with its efforts to provide the community with the best medical practices, Royal Bahrain Hospital (RBH) has introduced an incision-free endoscopic technique designed to safely remove stones from the biliary ducts.

Patients suffering from bile stones could now get their treatment at RBH, using the most-advanced Endoscopic ..

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Cert treads a smooth path

September 7, 2014

Ahmed Jaber Al dossary

Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) has launched its first consultative initiative, allowing government entities to participate in the decision making as well as security policy development process.

Announcing the launch, Security Advisor of Central Informatics Organisation (CIO) Ahmed Jaber Al Dossary said the initiative se ..

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Schools reopen in cheery mood

September 7, 2014

School kids

Over 120,000 students will get back to their schools as the Kingdom opens its new academic year (2014-2015) today.

In a statement issued to  the media, Education Minister Dr. Majid Al Nuaimi said that all departments and institutions under his ministry had finalised their preparations in the wake of schools’ opening.

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Value Engineering Conference starts tomorrow

September 7, 2014

Essam Khalaf

Minister of Works Essam Khalaf will launch the ‘International Value Engineering Conference’ on Monday, September 8.

The Ministry of Works (MoW) is patronising the conference believing that value engineering is extremely important for any vital project and helps implement high quality governmental projects with less cost.

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BCCI launches its electronic newsletter

September 7, 2014

Mr. Al Mahmood

The Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) has launched its first electronic newsletter, which is now available on its website (www.bcci.bh).

In this regard, BCCI CEO Nabeel Al Mahmood said, “The launching of such newsletter comes in line with the board’s strategy, which stresses enhancing and facilitating co ..

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COURT BEAT

September 7, 2014

court beat

Verdict due for Russian couple

A Russian couple accused of human trafficking will learn their fate on October 9.

The man and his wife allegedly locked up a 27-year-old fellow Russian victim for two months after convincing her to travel to Bahrain and work as a nanny for ..

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Engaging India Inc!

September 7, 2014

india

Opening a new chapter in India-Bahrain economic relations, India’s External Affairs and Overseas Indian Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj arrived in the Kingdom on Saturday with an entourage consisting of more than 100 Indian business figures and investors.

Addressing the Overseas Indian Facilitation Centre (OIFC) Diaspora Engage ..

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SEVERAL HURT IN ROAD MISHAPS

September 7, 2014

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Manama

Several injuries were reported in two traffic accidents that occurred on Saturday. A vehicle overturned around noontime on Shaikh Salman Highway near Safra. Sources confirmed that three Bahrainis sustained minor injuries and were taken to the hospital for treatment. The concerned authorities restored the traffic flow a ..

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King back from Saudi

September 7, 2014

king back

Manama

His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa on Saturday returned to Bahrain following a visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. During his visit, HM the King held discussions with Custodian of Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. Their discussions featured ways to bolster bilateral relations, apart from regi ..

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Taking stock of opportunities

September 7, 2014

taking stocks

The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) has announced that it would launch its first office in the Middle East in Bahrain at the OIFC Diaspora Meet.

“The GCC is one of India’s most important trade and investment partners and the CII’s Bahrain office will aim to build on this relationship by encouraging Indian investment ..

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OBAMA WILL HAVE TO WAIT

September 7, 2014

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Washington

President Barack Obama will wait until after November’s midterm elections to reform the US immigration system, in a clear bid to shield lawmakers crucial to the Democratic Party’s hopes of clinging on to the Senate.

The move, announced by a White House official on Saturday, fol ..

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HESJEDAL TAKES STAGE

September 7, 2014

hesjedal

La Camperona

Canada’s Ryder Hesjedal pipped Swiss rider Oliver Zaugg in a brutal climb to the finish line to win the 14th stage of the Vuelta a Espana as Alberto Contador extended his overall lead on Saturday.

Zaugg looked to have the stage victory wrapped up when he broke away from the lea ..

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HAMILTON ENDS POLE DROUGHT

September 7, 2014

hamilton

Lewis Hamilton claimed his first pole position in eight attempts on Saturday when he finally outpaced his Mercedes team-mate and championship leader Nico Rosberg in qualifying on Saturday for Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix.

The 29-year-old Briton clocked a best lap of 1minute 24.109 seconds to take pole by more than two-tenths of ..

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Navarro wins 13th stage

September 6, 2014

Cofidis’ Spanish cyclist Dani Navarro celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the 13th stage

Spain’s Dani Navarro claimed his first Grand Tour stage victory as he won the 188.7km 13th stage of the Vuelta a Espana from Belorado to Obregon as compatriot Alberto Contador retained his overall lead on Friday.

Navarro make a break on the climb to the finish line through Parque de Cabarceno with little over two kilometres to ..

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ROSBERG ON TOP

September 6, 2014

Mercedes’ German driver Nico Rosberg steers his car during the second practice session ahead of the Italian Formula One Grand Prix

Championship leader Nico Rosberg topped the times ahead of title rival and Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton in second free practice session for the Italian Grand Prix on Friday.

The German, who leads Hamilton by 29 points in the title race, clocked a best time of 1min 26.225sec early in the 90-minute session, long before Hamilt ..

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Little ‘Monster’ Inoue defends WBC title

September 6, 2014

Naoya Inoue (right) punches Samartlek Kokietgym of Thailand during their WBC light flyweight boxing title match

Japan’s new boxing sensation Naoya Inoue made a successful first defence of his WBC light flyweight crown with a brutal technical knockout over Thai challenger Samartklek Kokietgym on Friday.

However, Akira Yaegashi lost his WBC flyweight belt in the second contest of a title doubleheader in Tokyo when he was stopped by Nicara ..

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Sturridge in fitness scare

September 6, 2014

Sturridge is pictured during a team training session at St George’s Park

England striker Daniel Sturridge has suffered a fitness scare ahead of his side’s opening Euro 2016 qualifier against Switzerland next week.

Sturridge sustained an unspecified injury during a training session with Roy Hodgson’s squad at their St George’s Park base on Friday.

The Liverpo ..

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‘MORE TO COME’

September 6, 2014

Sweden’s forward and team captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic (centre) celebrates after scoring his 50th goal for his country

Having equalled Sweden’s goalscoring record with a thumping left-foot volley, Zlatan Ibrahimovic set a new milestone in typically outrageous fashion, sweeping the ball into the net with the inside of his heel for his 50th international goal.

In the arena that he has made his own since scoring four goals against England on its ..

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Sprint king Adrian unafraid of Phelps

September 6, 2014

Adrian

As the reigning Olympic champion in the 100 metres freestyle, Nathan Adrian knows what it is like to hunt and be hunted in the water. Two years ago, at the London Olympics, the American was chasing Australia’s world champion James Magnussen for the gold medal in swimming’s blue-riband event.

Adrian got his fingernail on the ..

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Mirza-Soares win mixed doubles

September 6, 2014

Sania Mirza and Bruno Soares of Brazil with the trophy

India’s Sania Mirza captured her third Grand Slam mixed doubles title on Friday, winning the US Open crown with Brazilian partner Bruno Soares.

Mirza and Soares defeated American Abigail Spears and Mexico’s Santiago Gonazalez 6-1, 2-6, 11-9.

Soares claimed a second US Open mixed doubles t ..

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URUGUAY SPOIL AGUIRRE DEBUT

September 6, 2014

Edinson Cavani (right) vies with Japan’s defender Tatsuya Sakai  to score during the first half

Edinson Cavani set Uruguay on their way to a comfortable 2-0 win over Japan on Friday as Mexican Javier Aguirre endured a painful first game in charge of the Asian champions.

If Aguirre was under any illusions as to the scale of the task he faces in rebuilding Japan’s World Cup flops, they were soon extinguished in Sapporo, Ca ..

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Lanka, Australia win

September 6, 2014

Australia needed to work hard to come from 2-1 down to defeat Kazakhstan

Hosts and sixth ranked Sri Lanka had a comfortable 25-14, 25-15, 25-19 Group A win over Saudi Arabia on Friday the opening day of the 10th Asian Under-18 Youth Volleyball Championships at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium in Colombo.

A total of 15 teams have been drawn into four groups playing round-robin with the top two in ..

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Captains’ meeting convened

September 6, 2014

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Cricket Bahrain Association-Bahrain Cricket League (CBA-BCL) under the umbrella of the General Organisation for Youth and Sport (GOYS) and the Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC) kicked off 2014-2015 season with a gala captains’ meeting recently held at Ramee International Hotel in Juffair.

Head-Technical and Media/PR Sudhir Ba ..

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GATLIN POWERS TO 100M TITLE

September 6, 2014

Justin Gatlin crosses the finish line to win the 100m event

US sprinter Justin Gatlin rolled back the years to scorch to a season’s fastest time of 9.77sec in winning the men’s 100m at the final Diamond League meet of the season on Friday. The 32-year-old American, the 2004 Olympic 100m gold medallist and double sprint world champion in 2005 before serving a 2006-10 doping ban, had set the fastest times of the year in b ..

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UN vows to contain Ebola

September 6, 2014

Ban Ki-moon holds a press conference regarding the outbreak of Ebola throughout western Africa on Friday in New York City

The United Nations has set a goal of stopping the spread of the world’s worst-ever Ebola outbreak within six to nine months, UN chief Ban Ki-moon said on Friday. After meeting with top health officials, Ban said the “next few weeks will be crucial” to step up international efforts and called on countries to contribute to a $600 million appeal for supplies to ..

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CEASEFIRE WELCOMED

September 6, 2014

Obama

US President Barack Obama said on Friday that he hoped the Ukraine ceasefire would hold but said he remains sceptical the pro-Russian rebels and Moscow would implement it. “Obviously, we are hopeful, but based on past experience, also sceptical ... so it has to be tested,” Obama said at the close of a NATO summit dominated by the Ukraine crisis and the alliance ..

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Poaching crisis a ‘national disaster’

September 6, 2014

Kenya

Kenya’s government was under renewed pressure on Friday to declare a “national disaster” because of the rampant slaughter of elephant and rhino, with two major newspapers dismissing wildlife authority claims that the situation was under control. Conservation groups have repeatedly said the state-run Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) is losing the fight against poa ..

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LUFTHANSA GROUNDED

September 6, 2014

Lufthansa

Lufthansa, Germany’s biggest airline, on Friday cancelled 200 flights, affecting 25,000 passengers, ahead of a pilots’ strike to be held later in the day. The pilots’ union Vereinigung Cockpit has called for a six-hour walk-out between 5:00 pm and 11:00 pm (1500-2100 GMT) over plans to change the airline’s early retirement policy. The industrial action is f ..

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SANCTIONS BITE POLISH APPLES

September 6, 2014

Ryszard Wozniak-Applw -Polish

His apple trees are bending under the weight of ripening fruit, yet Polish orchard-owner Ryszard Wozniak is worried: a Russian embargo on apples from Poland, the world’s top exporter, has floored prices and could cause a glut on European markets. Under a brilliant blue sky, Ukrainian seasonal workers hand-pick a sweet Gala variety in the 10-hectare (25-acre) orch ..

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US stocks lower after jobs report

September 6, 2014

US STOCK

Wall Street stocks on Friday moved lower in early trade after the Labor Department reported the US economy added just 142,000 jobs in August. About 50 minutes into trade, the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 35.69 points (0.21 percent) to 17,033.89. The broad-based S&P 500 shed 4.30 (0.22 percent) to 1,993.35, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index lost ..

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IT’S MOTO TIME

September 6, 2014

Motorola- MOTO Watch

Motorola kicked off sales of its new smartwatch on Friday, in a series of product launches which could be the last before the Google-owned electronics firm is sold to China’s Lenovo. The company said its Moto 360 watch, which uses the Android Wear platform from Google for wearable technology, was going on sale starting at $249 for US customers. Motorola also unve ..

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The new enemy – IS dominates NATO summit

September 6, 2014

NATO leaders are pictured as they watch a flypast of military aircraft on the second day of the NATO 2014 Summit at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, South Wales

Western powers on Friday discussed the emerging threat from Islamist militants in Syria and Iraq, on the second day of a NATO summit dominated so far by the actions of their old foe Russia over Ukraine.

The US is trying to build up a “coalition of the willing” to take on jihadists and the talks brought together foreign minis ..

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‘Don’t cover up for Israel’

September 6, 2014

Palestinian men walk on the rubble of their destroyed houses in the Tufah neighbourhood in eastern Gaza City on August 31, 2014

The “biased” stances of several human rights organisations, which recently held a meeting at the headquarters of Human Rights Watch (HRW) organisation in London, United Kingdom, were highly criticised by the Arab Association of Human Rights.

The association, which is mainly concerned about the Palestinian Arab minority in Is ..

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Exploring new horizons – For a future without oil

September 6, 2014

Dr. Fatima touring the exhibition with officials

If what researchers predict is correct, Saudi Arabia will cease to be an oil exporter by 2030. Not scared enough? Then better read this along with the fact that the neighbouring Kuwait has already started importing LNG gas from Russia. Not to mention the plight of Bahrain which is sharing its main offshore Abu Sa’afa field with Saudi Arabia. Adding to the woes is ..

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COURT BEAT

September 6, 2014

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Housemaid jailed for theft CASE

A housemaid was sentenced to five years in prison after she was found guilty of theft.

The Asian woman had allegedly withdrawn a total of BD150 using her sponsor’s ATM card after she stole it.

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Colossal forum in a few hours

September 6, 2014

Dr. Mohan Kumar, along with other embassy officials, speaking to media

Over 500 prospective investors, CEOs, businessmen and government officials are expected to be part of a colossal gathering today at an investment forum organised by the Overseas Indian Facilitation Centre (OIFC) at the Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel.

The event is seen as a reflection of the growing momentum in economic relations be ..

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New shores new hopes!

September 6, 2014

beaches

Ten new beaches aim to serve a stimulus to Bahrain’s tourism sector

In a major boost to the Kingdom’s tourism sector, as many as ten beaches will be opened in cooperation with the private sector in the coming months.

The initiative is part of the Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning Ministry’s 2013-2014 plan, ..

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Second causeway named King Hamad

September 6, 2014

King Hamad holding discussions with King Abdullah

A second causeway connecting Bahrain and Saudi Arabia will soon become a reality.

The announcement was made by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud while receiving His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa on Friday.

During the meeting, King Abdullah as w ..

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Drunk driver crashes into parked cars

September 6, 2014

The accident spot in Hamad Town1

A traffic accident, involving six vehicles including a Traffic Police patrol jeep, occurred near Souq Waqef in Hamad Town on Friday afternoon.

Eyewitnesses said, the accident was caused by a drunk Asian driver who lost control of his vehicle and crashed into several parked cars, including the police vehicle. No serious injuri ..

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Muharraq Grand Park project – Claims far from truth, says MoW

September 6, 2014

An artist’s impression of the project

Works Ministry took a dig at the recent allegations raised by a councillor of the Muharraq Governorate, accusing the ministry of purposefully delaying Muharraq Grand Park project.

“What Councillor Mohammed Al Mottawa stated is far from the truth and objectivity. His accusations lack credibility and evidence,” said the minist ..

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OVERCOMING FIRST DAY JITTERS

September 6, 2014

OVERCOMING FIRST DAY JITTERS

The first day of school opening is always stressful and nerve-wracking. Parents are excited about their children going to school, after a long and tiring preparation, while the young ones are having ‘first day jitters.’

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Australia, India sign civil nuclear energy deal

September 6, 2014

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (left) gestures while talking with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott about the Dancing Shiva or Nataraja idol

Conservative leaders Tony Abbott and Narendra Modi sealed a long-awaited nuclear energy deal on Friday, paving the way for Australia to sell uranium to India crippled by power shortages and blackouts. The two prime ministers hailed the agreement as “a concrete symbol” of strengthening ties following their talks in the Indian capital. The agreement signing came ..

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ECB CRITICISED

September 6, 2014

Mario Draghi, President of the European Central Bank (ECB) arrives to give a press conference (file photo)

Dragging on reform could undermine its efforts

The European Central Bank has charged to the rescue of the eurozone once again, but governments’ foot-dragging on reform could undermine its efforts, analysts said on Friday. ECB chief Mario Draghi insisted that no deals had been made over radical action announced on Thursday to make money easily available, i ..

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Hollande faces bleak future

September 6, 2014

Francois Hollande

French President Francois Hollande knew his September would be bad, but he surely cannot have imagined it this bad. Record lows in the opinion polls, record highs in the jobless lines and then what the French press called the “killer blow” -- the vengeful memoirs of his former partner Valerie Trierweiler, who painted him as cold, callous and contemptuous. “Ho ..

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HK ACTIVISTS BLAST UK

September 6, 2014

Students at the Chinese University of Hong Kong meet to discuss a possible student strike

Hong Kong democracy activists hit back on Friday at comments from Britain welcoming Beijing’s plans for limited voting rights in the southern Chinese city, describing them as “shameful” and “cowardly”. Activists in the former British colony had their hopes for genuine democracy dashed after China announced on Sunday that the city’s next leader would be ..

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CONSOLATION FOR ENGLAND

September 6, 2014

India’s Shikhar Dhawan (centre) sprays champagne as the team celebrates winning their one-day cricket series against England

Root hundred helps England avoid whitewash

Joe Root’s hundred in his first one-day international at his Yorkshire home ground laid the platform for England’s much-needed 41-run win over India at Headingley on Friday.

India still won the series 3-1 but England’s victory ..

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35 bodies found in retaken town

September 6, 2014

Iraqi men exhume the remains of bodies from a mass grave that were found

Iraqi Kurdish forces and Shia militiamen discovered mass graves containing 35 bodies after retaking the town of Sulaiman Bek from jihadists, an officer and a doctor said on Friday.

It was not clear when the shooting deaths took place, as the town north of Baghdad has fallen from government control several times this year, most r ..

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ISRAEL TO BUILD 283 NEW HOMES

September 6, 2014

A partial view of the Israeli settlement of Elkana

Israel said on Friday it published tenders for 283 new homes in a West Bank settlement, just days after announcing its biggest land grab on occupied Palestinian territory for three decades.

The expansion of the Elkana settlement, in the northwest of the West Bank, was approved in January and the tenders published on Thursday, Is ..

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Man United move ‘a dream’, says Falcao

September 3, 2014

Radamel Falcao

Colombian striker Radamel Falcao said that he had fulfilled “a dream” after completing a loan move to Manchester United from Monaco in the early hours of on Tuesday morning. “For me, it was a dream to play in the Premier League,” he told. “I always wanted to be here because this league is very good, it has very good teams, and Manchester United is the bes ..

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AUSSIES TRIUMPH

September 3, 2014

Mitchell Marsh plays a shot

Marsh’s virtuoso display sees Australia into final

An eye-catching all-round performance by Mitchell Marsh helped Australia return to winning ways as they beat South Africa by 62 runs on Tuesday in Harare to secure their place in the triangular series final. Marsh struck a brutal 86 not out from 51 balls to boost the Australian total to 282 for seven, and then t ..

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Westwood, Poulter and Gallacher get Ryder Cup callups

September 3, 2014

Paul McGinley

Europe’s Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley on Tuesday made his three wildcard picks for Gleneagles, selecting Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter and Stephen Gallacher. But there was no place for former world number one Luke Donald, despite being ranked higher in the world than the three chosen ahead of him to complete the 12-strong team. Already assured of a place in the Eu ..

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MARTIN WINS STAGE

September 3, 2014

Toni Martin sprints towards  the finish line

Contador takes Overall lead in Tour of Spain

Two-time Tour of Spain winner Alberto Contador took the overall lead in this year’s edition on Tuesday as German Tony Martin won the 10th stage, a 36.7-kilometre time-trial. Contador, 31 and who finished fourth, 39 seconds slower than triple time-trial world champion Martin, replaced Colombian rider Nairo Quint ..

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Schweinsteiger named Germany captain

September 3, 2014

Bastian Schweinsteiger

Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger was on Tuesday named the new captain of world champions Germany by manager Joachim Loew. Loew turned to the 30-year-old to succeed Philipp Lahm, who stepped down from international duty after skippering Germany to the World Cup in July.

   “Bastian will be a great and dignified ..

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US Open – PENG SHUAI IN SEMI-FINALS

September 3, 2014

Shuai Peng celebrates victory

Unseeded Peng Shuai of China swept past Swiss teen Belinda Bencic 6-2, 6-1 on Tuesday to reach the US Open semi-finals. Peng joins two-time Grand Slam winner Li Na and Zheng Jie as the only Chinese to reach the final four of a Grand Slam -- and she did it in her 37th appearance in a major tournament. “Thirty-seven times Grand Slam,” Peng said, then had to stop ..

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BOC, Polytechnic discuss cooperation plans

September 3, 2014

BOC and Bahrain Polytechnic representatives at the meeting

Bahrain Polytechnic is seeking to benefit from the expertise of the Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC) in regards to sports plans and activities held in Bahrain. This came during a meeting attended by representatives of the BOC and the Bahrain Polytechnic to discuss means of cooperation in an attempt to allow a group of students from the university to explore their ab ..

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Audi R8 LMS to debut in Abu Dhabi

September 3, 2014

An action from the race

The Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi will be the finale for the debut race of the Audi R8 LMS Cup on December 12-13 alongside the Gulf 12 Hours race. The Audi R8 LMS Cup is the first Audi one-make sprint race series in the world and has its home base in China and since the series was introduced in that country it has gained vast popularity amongst racing fans ..

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Sports Congress and Exposition – KINGDOM STEPS UP PREPARATIONS

September 3, 2014

Dr Khalid Al Alawi chairs the Executive Committee meeting

The Executive Committee of the 56th ICHPER.SD Anniversary World Congress and Exposition, which will be held in Bahrain have stepped up preparations to host the three-day event from December 18-20. Chaired by Executive Committee general secretary Dr Khalid Al Alawi and attended by heads of the standing committees, the second meeting was to discuss a number of subje ..

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Turkey hosts Internet forum

September 3, 2014

Istanbul Internet forum

Turkey on Tuesday began hosting a major UN-backed forum on Internet governance despite criticism of its “abysmal” record for limiting Internet rights. The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is an annual global gathering that aims to bring together governments, activists and business to discuss how to regulate and encourage use of the web. “We need to spread know ..

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Hollande affair actress wins privacy suit

September 3, 2014

Julie Gayet

French actress Julie Gayet, whose affair with President Francois Hollande made headlines worldwide, on Tuesday won a privacy case against a photographer who snapped her in her car. A court in the western Paris suburb of Nanterre also fined two senior executives of French glossy magazine Closer, which splashed the photograph only a week after revealing the affair in ..

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RIVAL CLAIMS VICTORY

September 3, 2014

Militants in action

Boko Haram-Nigeria battle

Boko Haram have seized a strategic town in Nigeria’s far northeast, prompting denials from the military, as experts said the government risked losing control and the region was “on the brink” of takeover. Residents in Bama and a local lawmaker said some 400 t ..

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Hong Kong rebels admit defeat

September 3, 2014

Pro-democracy rally(a file photo)

Organisers of a pro-democracy group who vowed to take over Hong Kong’s streets admitted on Tuesday that they were powerless to change China’s plan to vet candidates for the city’s next leader, but said their protest would go ahead. The admission came after activist leaders promised a new “era of civil disobedience” in front of thousands of supporters at a ..

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PHILIPPINES FOILS BOMBING PLOT

September 3, 2014

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima (right) and National Bureau of Investigation director Virgilio Mendez (left) display seized improvised firebombs and firearms in Manila

Three men arrested over a foiled attempt to bomb the Philippine capital’s airport were also planning to attack the Chinese embassy and one of Manila’s biggest malls, authorities said on Tuesday The men, who were detained on Monday at the airport with a van containing petrol bombs and firecrackers, had planned a series of attacks apparently to publicise their an ..

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Court bans Uber car pick-up service

September 3, 2014

TAXI-Germany

A German court has slapped an injunction on the popular car pick-up service Uber across Germany because it lacked the necessary legal permits, it was announced on Tuesday. The ruling, which Uber has indicated it will appeal, was issued by the Frankfurt regional court last week but only made public  on Tuesday.

The San Francisc ..

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AIRPORT BID FAILS

September 3, 2014

Thames Estuary Airport

New London project

London mayor Boris Johnson’s grand plan for a new airport in the Thames Estuary was rejected on Tuesday, leaving few options on the cards for the city to stay an international hub. The Airports Commission turned down the idea in a report, with its director Howard Davies saying the island airport proposal had “attraction” but would b ..

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Dutch minister named for EU Commission job

September 3, 2014

Frans Timmermans

The Netherlands has named Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans as its candidate to be a commissioner in the new administration of EU President Jean-Claude Juncker, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said on Tuesday. “The cabinet has nominated Frans Timmermans as the Dutch candidate for European Commission membership,” Rutte announced ahead of a debate in the Dutch Pa ..

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UKRAINE RESCUE REQUIRES $17BN

September 3, 2014

Members of Ukraine’s State Security Administration (top) clash with members of the Euromaidan movement’s self-defence units during a rally in Kiev

The International Monetary Fund vowed on Tuesday to stand by Ukraine despite the growing likelihood that a worsening pro-Russian uprising would cripple the economy so badly that its current $17.1-billion (13.0-billion-euro) rescue will prove too small. The IMF said it was releasing the second $1.39-billion batch of its lifeline despite “major uncertainties” and ..

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Oil price sinks on weak data

September 3, 2014

A man filling up a three-wheeler cab with subsidized gasoline at a fuel station in Jakarta.

US oil prices plunged more than $3 on Tuesday following weak manufacturing data from China and Europe and amid generous supplies around the world.

US benchmark West Texas Intermediate for October delivery sank $3.08 to $92.88 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, its lowest level since January. NYMEX was closed Monday du ..

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WORLD ‘LOSING EBOLA BATTLE’

September 3, 2014

A boy holds a wheelbarrow next to a bag of rice on the ground as others wait during a food distribution by the World Food Programme (WFP) in Dolo’s Town, some 60 km east of Monrovia

International medical agency Medecins sans Frontieres said on Tuesday that the world was “losing the battle” to contain Ebola as the United Nations warned of severe food shortages in the hardest-hit countries. MSF told a UN briefing in New York that world leaders were failing to address the epidemic and called for an urgent global biological disaster response t ..

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Land grab erodes Israel support: FM

September 3, 2014

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) sits next to Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon during a graduation ceremony of Israeli naval officers

Finance Minister Yair Lapid warned on Tuesday that Israel was eroding its international support, as criticism abroad mounted of its biggest grab of Palestinian land since the 1980s.

Lapid complained the security cabinet had not been consulted about Sunday’s announcement of the confiscation of 400 hectares (988 acres) of land i ..

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Deepening crisis – Protestors storm Iraqi parliament

September 3, 2014

Iraqi members of Iranian-backed  Badr Organization raise up their weapons as they celebrate

Iraqi forces made more progress on Tuesday in their fightback against jihadists, even as anger boiled over in Baghdad where protesters stormed parliament over the fate of missing soldiers who surrendered in June.

After breaking a months-long jihadist siege of the Shia Turkmen-majority town of Amerli by Islamic State (IS) fighter ..

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Treats for the good boy!

September 3, 2014

Pet Project

In the discipline of psychology, positive reinforcement is a key concept within the field of behaviour, using which a child’s behaviour could be moulded. This method of training, using a reward-based system, received further attention when animal trainers like Karen Pryor started advocating that the method is useful in training poodles too.

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Al Doy Majlis focuses on economy

September 3, 2014

Participants at the majlis

The visitors of Al Doy Majlis that was held in Muharraq observed that the top priority of lawmakers should be to work on legislations that would strengthen the national economy.

They also emphasised on the need to address issues in various sectors including housing, youth affairs and education.

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Turkey’s strays amaze activist

September 3, 2014

The machines that collect cans-turkey

Bahrain Strays founder and animal rights activist Fathiya Al Bastaki, who recently visited Turkey, said, she was amazed to see the difference of treatment received by strays there.

She told DT News that majority of the dogs in Turkey roamed comfortably around tourist spots, parks and market places, and she came to l ..

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Teaching etiquettes – Park properly or be an ‘idiot’

September 3, 2014

A car is seen parked haphazardly at a parking lot

Next time if you chance to see a note ‘You Park Like an Idiot’ on your car or see the picture of your car being circulated online, please don’t get irritated, you are at fault.

It’s the ‘StoptheRoadhog’ campaign launched in Russia that inspired a group of activists in Bahrain to come up with a similar drive, ‘Bahra ..

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SMC theft: Trial to start on Oct 13

September 3, 2014

The facade of SMC

The Public Prosecution has completed its investigations into the theft of medical instruments at the Salmaniya Medical Complex (SMC).

The conclusion of investigations will pave the way for the six accused whose trial will begin at the First High Criminal Court on October 13.

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False report – Not a blaze, just a spark

September 3, 2014

The burnt portion of the ceiling

The blaze which apparently engulfed a wedding hall near Sanabis on Monday night has turned out to be a hoax as the owners of the hall termed it a false news.

Denying reports that were circulated on local media and social networks, the owners stated that it was just a spark and not a blaze, pointing out that none was injured in t ..

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COURT BEAT

September 3, 2014

court beat

Police custody for drug case accused

The High Criminal Court on Tuesday sent a Bahraini man along with a Russian woman accused of possessing drugs to police custody pending investigations.

They were arrested following a tip-off received by ..

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Court postpones Al Wefaq hearing

September 3, 2014

Al Wefaq National Islamic Society

Notice to wrong addressee 

Holding its first session, the High Administrative Court adjourned the case in which the Ministry of Justice, Islamic Affairs and Endowments filed a lawsuit against the Al Wefaq National Islamic Society, to October 21 as the court notice was sent to a wrong address.

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Summer woes – Bus commuters plead for shade

September 3, 2014

Waiting for bus under scorching sun is really a challenging task

As the mercury soars during summer days, it is highly difficult to bear the scorching sun in the Kingdom. Obviously, every person tries to escape the merciless sun during summer days.

But a section of the Kingdom, which depends on public transport for its daily travelling, cannot escape the sun so easily. On top of that, lack of ..

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Plans revealed for One&Only resort

September 3, 2014

A representative photo

Hotel operator Kerzner International Holdings Limited said on Monday that it has entered into an agreement to develop and operate a new One&Only resort in Bahrain.

Kerzner said it is joining hands with Sevens Holding on the luxury resort in Seef which is scheduled to begin welcoming guests in 2016.

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210 families find shelter

September 3, 2014

Shaikh Abdulla and Basim Alhamer at the contract handover ceremony

His Majesty’s Personal Representative, HH Shaikh Abdulla bin Hamad Al Khalifa on Tuesday presented the Zallaq Housing Project beneficiaries with the contracts of their units.

Addressing the gathering on behalf of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, Shaikh Abdulla commended the efforts of the Housing Minister Basim Alham ..

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RCO inks pact to treat Gaza patients

September 3, 2014

Dr. Mustafa Al-Sayed and other officials during signing ceremony

Royal Charity Organisation (RCO) has signed an agreement with Palestine Red Crescent Society to treat 100 injured people from Gaza at Palestine Hospital in Egypt.

The medical treatment will be given in cooperation with Bahrain Red Crescent Society, Bahrain Medical Society and Egypt Red Crescent Society.

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Jose Goris joins ASRY

September 3, 2014

Jos Goris

ASRY, the ship and rig repair yard in the Arabian Gulf, has appointed Jos Goris as the new General Manager of the Operations division, effective 1st  October. Goris brings more than 20 years of shipping experience with global leaders such as Damen, Maersk and Shell. He will lead the newly restructured Operations division of ASRY which is the backbone of the yard ..

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MIDDLE EAST FREIGHT MOVEMENT STRONG

September 3, 2014

Gulf Air

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets showing a strong increase in air cargo in July. Compared to last year, freight tonne kilometers (FTKs) rose 5.8 per cent. This is an acceleration in growth from June when cargo demand grew at less than half that rate of 2.4 pc. The strong growth mirrors positive developm ..

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ALL SET FOR THE NEXT BIG THING

September 3, 2014

Mobile tabs phones

Berlin’s gigantic IFA consumer electronics fair opens this week, with the shadow of Apple looming large even if the iconic US brand traditionally snubs the event. IFA, one of Europe’s biggest showcases of the latest electronic gadgets, is scheduled to open on September 5 and run until September 10. But news that Apple will stage a mystery unveiling of its own o ..

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Saving Kenya’s Rhinos

September 3, 2014

Saving Kenya’s Rhinos

With camouflage uniforms, assault rifles, night vision goggles, thermal imaging devices and radios, wildlife rangers in Kenya’s Ol Jogi rhino sanctuary prepare for night patrol in the “war” against poaching.

As the late afternoon sun creeps towards the horizon and shadows lengthen on the sweeping plains dotted with rocky o ..

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Pak minister condemns protests

September 3, 2014

Canadian cleric Tahir ul Qadri (left) joins hand with Imran Khan during an anti-government protest near the prime minister’s residence in Islamabad on Tuesday

Pakistan’s interior minister on Tuesday slammed violent anti-government protests as a “revolt against the state” as lawmakers backed beleaguered Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Parliament met for an emergency session after three days of clashes between police and club-wielding demonstrators demanding Sharif’s resignation, which have left three dead and nearly ..

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NATO A THREAT SAYS MOSCOW

September 3, 2014

Soldiers disembark Ukrainian wounded soldiers which arrived on board of German army Airbus A310 at Berlin’s Tegel airport on Tuesday

Moscow declared NATO a “threat” to its security on Tuesday after the Western military alliance announced plans to reinforce defences in eastern Europe because of Russia’s alleged stoking of war in Ukraine. Moscow’s surprise declaration of a shift in its military doctrine came just ahead of a NATO summit in Wales on Thursday at which beleaguered Ukrainian Pr ..

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INDIA ROUT ENGLAND

September 3, 2014

Shikhar Dhawan (right) and Virat Kohli celebrates victory

Rahane, Dhawan power India to series win  

Ajinkya Rahane’s maiden one-day international hundred set the seal on a crushing nine-wicket series-clinching win over England in the fourth ODI at Edgbaston on Tuesday. Victory saw world champions India take an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the five-match series. Bhuvneshwar Kuma ..

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IS beheads US reporter

September 3, 2014

A video purportedly showing Steven Sotloff in an unknown location in this still image from a video released by Islamic State

Jihadists claim to have beheaded second US reporter

The so-called “Islamic State” has murdered a second American reporter, releasing another propaganda video on Tuesday showing a masked militant with a British accent cutting the throat of a US captive.

In the la ..

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New York hands Wozniacki chance to shine

September 2, 2014

Caroline Wozniacki

After the trauma of her split with fiance Rory McIlroy, New York is proving the perfect pick-me-up for rejuvenated Caroline Wozniacki as she targets a place in the US Open semi-finals. The 24-year-old enjoyed her best Grand Slam performance at Flushing Meadows in 2009 when she made the final. Such is her affection for the city that she has even signed up for the Ne ..

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REAL MADRID SIGNS JAVIER HERNANDEZ

September 2, 2014

Javier Hernandez

European champions Real Madrid confirmed the signing of Mexican international striker Javier Hernandez on a season-long loan from Manchester United on Monday. “Real Madrid and Manchester United have reached an agreement for the loan of Javier Hernandez, who will be tied to the club for this season,” the Spanish club said in a statement. “Real Madrid reserves ..

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Ashwin glad to have England in a spin

September 2, 2014

Ravichandran Ashwin

India off-break bowler Ravichandran Ashwin said on Monday that spin had put the world champions in a “pretty comfortable” position in their ongoing one-day international series with England. World champions India lead 2-0 with two to play ahead of today’s fourth ODI at Edgbaston. Spin bowling, which England have long struggled against in one-day cricket, has ..

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ALONSO THRILLED WITH BAYERN MOVE

September 2, 2014

Xabi Alonso

Xabi Alonso said it is “an honour and a privilege” to be a Bayern Munich player after he was officially presented on monday. The former Spain midfielder was in action just 24 hours after his move from Real Madrid went through, helping Bayern to a 1-1 draw at Schalke on Saturday. With his first few days with the club now behind him the 32-year-old reflected on a ..

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After Zimbabwe shock, Australia seek boost

September 2, 2014

Michael Clarke

Australia must overcome the embarrassment of losing to Zimbabwe and the departure of captain Michael Clarke to injury when they take on South Africa in the fifth match of a one-day triangular series today. Clarke’s hamstring problem flared up during his innings of 68 against Zimbabwe on Sunday, and insult was added to injury when the hosts chased down a target of ..

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FALCAO SET FOR MAN UNITED

September 2, 2014

Radamel Falcao

Manchester United’s mooted loan swoop for Monaco’s Colombian striker Radamel Falcao was the headline news as the transfer deadline loomed closer for England’s Premier League clubs on Monday. According to widespread reports in the British media, United have agreed a season-long loan move for the prolific 28-year-old marksman for a fee of around 10 million euro ..

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Contador sets sights on Vuelta victory

September 2, 2014

Alberto Contador

Two-time Tour of Spain champion Alberto Contador has publicly admitted for the first time that he can compete to win the race for a third time just a month after suffering a broken shinbone. The Tinkoff-Saxo rider had originally ruled himself out of even taking part in his homeland after complications in the healing of the wound he suffered in crashing out of the T ..

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Sailing team set for challenge

September 2, 2014

Bahrain national sailing team

Five sailors will be spearheading Bahrain’s challenge at the 17th Asian Games. The team are set to compete in two different classes as skipper Ebrahim Salman and his brother Abdulrahim Salman, along with Ahmed Abdulaziz and Ebrahim Al Dossary are all lined up for the Match Racing event. Abdulla Janahi will be the lone Bahraini sailor compete in the Laser Standard ..

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FCVG hosts back-to-back events

September 2, 2014

Participants in last weekend’s event

The Filipino Club Volleyball Group (FCVG) hosted back to back events last Friday at the Muharraq Club gym with the FCVG Invitational One Day League featuring the participation of Filipino Club players from Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the US Navy in Bahrain.  The second event was the awarding ceremony of the “FilEx International Cargo and FCVG Volleyball Tournament S ..

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DJOKOVIC DOWNS KOHLSCHREIBER

September 2, 2014

Novak Djokovic celebrates victory

Novak Djokovic didn’t let Philipp Kohlschreiber stand in the way of another Grand Slam quarter-final berth on Monday, reaching the US Open last eight with a straight-sets win over the German. Serbia’s world number one defeated Kohlschreiber 6-1, 7-5, 6-4 on another muggy day at Flushing Meadows, reaching the last eight at the US Open for the eighth straight yea ..

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Turkey summons US envoy

September 2, 2014

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Turkey on Monday said it had summoned the US charge d’affaires in Ankara to demand an explanation over a leak by Edward Snowden that Washington has spied intensively on Turkish leaders since 2006. Der Spiegel reported that as well as sharing intelligence with NATO partner Turkey, the United States and its ally Britain have been conducting extensive electronic sur ..

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Nigerian troops battle Boko Haram pre-dawn raid

September 2, 2014

Troops on alert

Boko Haram militants on Monday launched a pre-dawn raid on Nigerian troops as they prepared for a major offensive to retake a town that the group’s leader declared part of his Islamic caliphate. Scores of Boko Haram fighters stormed the town of Bama as soldiers readied for an attack on the nearby town of Gwoza, which was seized by the Islamists on August 7. Bama ..

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TRIPOLI UNDER  MILITIA CONTROL

September 2, 2014

Libyans hold placards during a rally in support of “Fajr Libya” (Libya Dawn)

Tripoli Libya’s toothless outgoing government admitted on Monday that from its safe refuge in the east of the country that it has in effect lost control of Tripoli to armed militias. The interim government led by prime minister Abdullah Al-Thani, which resigned last week, said armed groups, mostly Islamist militias, were in control of ministries and blocking acc ..

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Erdogan on two-state solution on Cyprus visit

September 2, 2014

Erdogan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday visited breakaway northern Cyprus and pressed for a two-state solution on the divided island, on his first trip abroad since his inauguration. Erdogan flew in on Turkey’s new presidential plane, an Airbus delivered last week that has already been painted in the national colours and dubbed by the press as his “Air ..

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PAK PROTESTERS STORM TV STATION

September 2, 2014

Pakistani supporters of cricketer-turned politician Imran Khan and Canadian cleric Tahir ul Qadri beat a riot policeman during an anti-government protest in Islamabad

Hundreds of protesters trying to topple Pakistan’s government briefly seized the state broadcaster on Monday, intensifying the fortnight-long political crisis that has gripped the nuclear-armed nation. Defence minister Khawaja Asif told AFP a cross-party negotiation team was set to approach opposition groups, in a bid to end a standoff that has seen three killed ..

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India, Japan will shape 21st century says Modi

September 2, 2014

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (right) and Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shake hands before their talks at the state guest house in Tokyo on Monday

Conservative soulmates Narendra Modi and Shinzo Abe declared on Monday ties between India and Japan were moving to a “new level”, during a summit pregnant with promise for a relationship they hope will offer a counterweight to China. Modi’s first foreign visit outside the Indian sub-continent has been a relaxed display of personal chemistry between the leader ..

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KIEV WARNS ‘GREAT WAR’

September 2, 2014

A military attache examines a Russian T-64BV tank displayed in Kiev

Ukrainian forces ceded a strategic eastern airport to pro-Russian insurgents on Monday as the government in Kiev accused Moscow of launching a “great war” that could claim tens of thousands of lives. The sense of foreboding in Kiev came as European-mediated talks over the fast-escalating crisis opened in the Belarussian capital Minsk behind closed doors, attend ..

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Taiwan’s budget airline set for maiden flight

September 2, 2014

airline

Taiwan’s first budget airline said on Monday that it was scheduled to launch its maiden flight later this month, tapping into the robust demand for cheap travel in Asia. Tigerair Taiwan -- a joint venture by China Airlines, the island’s leading air carrier by fleet size, and Singapore’s low-cost carrier Tigerair -- is slated to start its service on September ..

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RUSSIA-CHINA GAS PIPELINE

September 2, 2014

Putin (left) with President Xi Jinping (file photo

Russia launched construction on Monday of a 770 billion ruble ($20.8 bn) gas pipeline that will help bring gas from the far east of the country to China. “We are today starting the biggest construction project in the world,” President Vladimir Putin said at the ceremonial joining of the first sections of the 3,968-kilometre (2,466-mile) Siberian Strength pipeli ..

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BisB appoints Ahmed Hassan as acting CEO

September 2, 2014

Mohammed Hassan-Bisb Acting CEO

Abdul Razak Abdulla Hassan Al Qassim, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Bahrain Islamic Bank announced that the bank has appointed Mohammed Ahmed Hassan as Acting CEO, who replaces Mohammed Ebrahim Mohammed. Mohammed Ahmed Hassan is a veteran Banker with banking and finance experience exceeding 40 years. He joined BisB in 2007 as GM Support after assuming v ..

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El-Qaq joins Al Baraka Group

September 2, 2014

M. Elqaq's

The Bahrain based Islamic banking group, Al Baraka Banking Group B.S.C (ABG) announced the joining of Mohammed Abdullah El-Qaq to the executive management of the Group as a Senior Vice President and Head of the Commercial Banking Department. Expertise of in commercial banking and banking relationships with companies and financial institutions extends for more than ..

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Aims to strengthen cooperation – EDB-JISA SIGN MoU

September 2, 2014

For a stronger tie up

The Economic Development Board of Bahrain (EDB) signed a memorandum of cooperation with Japan Information Technology Services Industry Association (JISA) at the EDB headquarters in Seef area on Monday. The MoU comes as a part of a visit of a business Japanese delegation to the Kingdom to attend business meetings and events from September 1 to 3.

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Muntather’s BMW dream come true

September 2, 2014

Muntather being shown a BMW car front bumper

A huge fan of BMW cars, Muntather, a 14-year-old boy was on cloud nine Monday when his dream to customise his room with BMW car parts became a reality.

Muntather, who suffers from Sickel Cell Anaemia, realised his dream with the help of the Dreams Society’s ‘30 Dreams in 30 Days’ campaign and  Euro Motors.

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Fire during wedding injures four women

September 2, 2014

Fire during wedding injures four women

Four people were injured when a fire sparked by a short-circuit swept through a wedding reception held in Sanabis late night on Monday.

The fire was doused by Civil defence firefighters who immediately reached the scene.

Interior ministry, confirming the incident, said, in a statement, “Fou ..

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Summer ban ‘huge success’

September 2, 2014

A file picture showing construction workers at a worksite in Bahrain

The two-month summer work ban enforced by Bahrain was a huge success with 98.06 percent of the employers strictly adhering to the law.

Labour Minister Jameel Humaidan on Monday said that 98.06 per cent of the companies and establishments complied with the outdoor work ban.

Labour Ministry Und ..

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COURT BEAT

September 2, 2014

court beat

Trio charged for defamation

Three defendants are in the dock for insulting religious figures.

The Bahrainis are accused of defaming Prophet Mohammed’s wife, Aisha and his companions online on smartphones’ app Instagram. Acting Pre ..

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PARKING TROUBLE

September 2, 2014

A parking cabin occupying public space

No doubt, for human beings, food, shelter and clothing are basic needs. But in the Kingdom, the list requires an immediate amendment- parking space for vehicles.

Anyone out there may wonder, but believe it or not, vehicles are a “costly affair” and people are going to turn violent if they don’t find a geometric shape to fi ..

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School bags dictate style

September 2, 2014

Bags with popular cartoon characters are higher in demand

When it comes to buying ‘back to school’ essentials, choosing school backpacks is always the hardest and most time-consuming task. It is where the children’s preference gets the upper hand and many choose trendy over comfort.

Mariam Ali, a mother to five and eight-year-old kids, shared that it was really a challenging task ..

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Back to studies: School season boosts sales

September 2, 2014

Parents and kids are flocking to uniform and stationery shops ahead of school reopening

As the schools are all set to welcome students after summer vacation, stationery and uniform shops in the Kingdom are buzzed with parents and kids.

House of Uniforms, a major retailer in school uniforms in the Kingdom, stated that the sales usually go up between summer and September.

Yacoob A ..

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Improve infrastructure, visitors tell authorities

September 2, 2014

A file photo used for representative purpose

The visitors of the Al Bayt Oud majlis that was held in Muharraq discussed several matters related to the public services in the governorate.

The discussions were centred on improving the infrastructure and public amenities on Block 203 in the governorate.

Many visitors criticised the poor in ..

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LMRA chief visits post offices

September 2, 2014

Ausama Al Absi in conversation with an official

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) Ausama Al Absi along with other officials paid visits to post offices across the Kingdom in order to ensure the smooth delivery of domestic workers’ permits to prospective employers.

LMRA had entered an agreement with the Ministry of Transport to de ..

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A strong message – Save water or else…

September 2, 2014

WATER TAP

If not used judiciously, the Kingdom’s water resources will deplete throwing the country into a crisis, warned Minister of State for Electricity and Water Affairs Dr. Abdul Hussain Mirza.

In an exclusive interview with Al Ayam, the minister said that preserving underground reserves of water remained the only viable opti ..

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Merkel calls anti-euro party success a ‘protest vote’

September 2, 2014

Angela Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel dismissed on Monday an anti-euro party’s success in a weekend state election as a “protest vote” but admitted her party must do more to address constituents’ frustrations. Speaking at her conservative Christian Democratic Union’s headquarters about the poll in the eastern state of Saxony on Sunday, Merkel said voters gave t ..

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MAGIC ISLAND PARK REOPENS

September 2, 2014

Dr. Hassan Fakhro (centre) opens the renovated them park at the Seef Mall

Seef Mall officially re-opened the Magic Island indoor theme park on Monday after undergoing a US$7 million revamp. Industry and Commerce Minister Dr. Hassan Fakhro accompanied by senior Seef Properties officials opened the Mall for the public. “Annually, we used to get about nine to ten per cent increase in footfall. But last few days Magic Kingdom witnessed a ..

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Syria, rebels clash at Israel doorsteps

September 2, 2014

Irish members of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights

Syrian troops and Islamist rebels battled close to the armistice line with Israel in the Golan Heights on Monday, as the UN pressed efforts to free 44 peacekeepers held by the insurgents.

The unrest on Israel’s doorstep followed a spillover of mortar and gunfire into Israeli-controlled territory, putting the Jewish state on hi ..

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Creating land bank- Egypt slams Israeli move

September 2, 2014

The Israeli settlement of Har Homa (foreground), built in East Jerusalem, is seen in front of the West Bank city of Bethlehem

Israel plans to expropriate 400 hectares of West Bank land 

Egypt on Monday denounced Israeli plans to expropriate West Bank land, saying the move violates international law and is an obstacle to efforts for a lasting Palestinian-Israeli settlement.

On Sunday, Israel said it would expropriate 400 hectares (988 acres) of ..

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SERENA, PENNETTA ADVANCE

September 2, 2014

Serena Williams

Five-time champion Serena Williams reached her first Grand Slam quarter-final of the year at the US Open on Monday, setting up a clash with Flavia Pennetta in a duel between the two oldest women left in the draw. World number one Williams, the two-time defending champion, eased past world number 50 Kaia Kanepi, 6-3, 6-3, for a fourth win over the Estonian. “It’ ..

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Zallaq Housing Project- Beneficiaries to receive contracts

September 2, 2014

Picture for representative purpose only

Under the patronage of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, the Housing Ministry will today host a ceremony to distribute contracts to 210 beneficiaries of the Zallaq Housing Projects, whose names are registered in the Southern Governorate’s waiting lists.

HM the King’s Personal representative HH Shaikh Abdulla bin Ham ..

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Extending care – Menu with raised dots

September 2, 2014

Spotlight activists during a photocall

A few social activists have launched a campaign aimed at offering braille menu to prominent restaurants in the Kingdom.

According to them, most restaurants in Bahrain don’t have braille menu, which is nothing but a discrimination against the visually-impaired.

Speaking to DT News, F ..

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Chelsea seal deal for Remy

September 1, 2014

Loic Remy

France international striker Loic Remy has joined Chelsea from Queens Park Rangers on a four-year contract, the two Premier League clubs announced on Sunday. The announcement came a day after Chelsea reportedly triggered a £10.5 million release clause in the 27-year-old’s contract, prompting him to withdraw from QPR’s squad to face Sunderland. “I feel very h ..

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MARQUEZ SHINES

September 1, 2014

Marc Marquez celebrates with the trophy on the podium

Runaway world championship leader Marc Marquez made it 11 wins from 12 races this season on Sunday as he won the British MotoGP at Silverstone. The 21-year-old Spanish Honda rider -- who on Saturday claimed his 10th pole position of the campaign -- prevailed in a stunning duel with compatriot and two-time world champion Jorge Lorenzo on a Yamaha. Lorenzo’s team-m ..

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Marin beat Li Xuerui

September 1, 2014

Carolina Marin

Spain’s Carolina Marin pulled off a monumental upset as she beat Chinese world number one Li Xuerui to win the women’s singles title at the Badminton World Championships in Copenhagen on Sunday. The 21-year-old ninth seed recovered from dropping the opening game to the top seed and Olympic champion to complete an incredible 17-21, 21-17, 21-18 victory and earn ..

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ANACONA WIN NINTH STAGE

September 1, 2014

Anacona celebrates as he crosses the finish line

Vuelta a Espana

Colombian Winner Anacona was victorious in the ninth stage of the Vuelta a Espana on Sunday as his compatriot Nairo Quintana moved ahead in the general classification. Anacona broke clear on the 8km, first category climb to the finish of the 185km stage from Carboneras de Guadazon to Aramon Valdelinares to move into fourth p ..

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Errani outlasts Lucic-Baroni

September 1, 2014

Sara Errani of Italy returns a shot

Sara Errani’s softly-softly approach paid off on Sunday as she booked her US Open quarter-final berth with a 6-3, 2-6, 6-0 victory over Mirjana Lucic-Baroni. The 13th seeded Italian was the first woman into the last eight, where she could find former champion Maria Sharapova or Caroline Wozniacki waiting for her. Sharapova and Wozniacki, both former world number ..

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HISTORIC!

September 1, 2014

Zimbabwe captain Elton Chigumbura lifts his hands in victory

Chigumbura guides Zimbabwe to remarkable win over Aussies

Elton Chigumbura hit an unbeaten half-century as Zimbabwe recorded a famous three-wicket victory over No. 1-ranked Australia in a one-day triangular series match in Harare on Sunday for only their second win over their opponents in 31 years. Chigumbura finished on 52 not out and shared an unbroken st ..

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Cycling team eye glory

September 1, 2014

Mansoor Mohammed

Bahrain’s national cycling team have stepped up their preparations for the cycling events at the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea. The games take place from 19 September to 4 October with approximately 20,000 participants, comprising 13,000 athletes and team officials from the 45 National Olympic Committees and 7,000 media representatives. Spearheading t ..

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Athletes return from Nanjing

September 1, 2014

Abdulrahman Askar with members of the Bahrain delegation on arrival at Bahrain International Airport

Bahrain’s delegation to the recently concluded Second Summer Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China were given a warm welcome on their return yesterday. The squad of five competed in athletics events during the 16-day event and managed to win four medals in three different competitions. Salwa Eid Nasser opened Bahrain’s account in the Olympics taking home the gi ..

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BARCELONA TRIUMPH

September 1, 2014

Barcelona’s Argentinian forward Lionel Messi (left) vies with Villarreal’s defender Victor Ruiz

Sandro hands Barcelona win at Villarreal

Barcelona made it two wins in as many games under new coach Luis Enrique as 19-year-old Sandro Ramirez’s debut goal eight minutes from time was enough to hand them a 1-0 win at Villarreal on Sunday.  Sandro had replaced the ineffective Pedro Rodriguez for the final 20 minutes as Barca looked set ..

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‘END CRISIS’

September 1, 2014

A Pakistani supporter of Canadian cleric Tahir ul Qadri (centre) returns a tear gas shell towards police during clashes with security forces near the prime minister’s residence in Islamabad

Fighting continues between police and protesters

Pakistan’s powerful army called on the government and protesters to resolve their differences peacefully last night but ominously warned it was “committed to playing its part in ensuring security of the state”, after clashes left three dead.

The meeting of top genera ..

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Lava eruption prompts aviation alert

September 1, 2014

The lava flows on the ground after the Bardabunga volcano erupted again on Sunday

Lava fountains danced along a lengthy volcanic fissure near Iceland’s subglacial Bardarbunga volcano on Sunday prompting authorities to raise the aviation warning code to the highest level and close the surrounding airspace.

No volcanic ash has been detected, however, and the Civil Protection Department said all Icelandic airp ..

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HK activists vow civil disobedience campaign

September 1, 2014

Protesters attend a pro-democracy rally next to the Hong Kong government complex on Sunday

Hong Kong democracy activists vowed on Sunday to embark on an “era of civil disobedience” including mass sit-ins after China announced rules giving it control over candidates in the city’s next leadership election. The standing committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC), China’s rubber-stamp parliament, decided that the next chief executive will be ..

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PUTIN CALLS FOR IMMEDIATE TALKS

September 1, 2014

Vladimir Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday raised the stakes in the Ukraine conflict by calling for the first time for statehood to be discussed for the restive east of the former Soviet state. The remarks came just hours after the European Union gave Moscow -- which the bloc accuses of direct involvement in the insurgency -- a week to change course or face new san ..

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Shoes that show you the way

September 1, 2014

Krispian Lawrence poses with the inner soles (L) and a pair of  GPS-enabled smart sports shoes

“Wizard of Oz” heroine Dorothy only had to click her ruby red slippers together and they would spirit her home to Kansas.

Now, an Indian high-tech start-up is promising to do the same in real life with a new, GPS-enabled smart sports shoe that vibrates to give the wearer directions.

The f ..

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India nears $2.5bn deal with Boeing

September 1, 2014

Apache helicopters fly over Tahrir Square, in Cairo. India has decided to acquire Boeing’s Chinook and Apache helicopters

India has decided to acquire Boeing’s Chinook and Apache helicopters, a defence ministry official said on Sunday, in a deal valued at $2.5 billion that could ease strained ties between New Delhi and Washington.

The new nationalist-led government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has grand plans to vastly strengthen India’s mil ..

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EMAAR MALLS TO LAUNCH IPO

September 1, 2014

People have their pictures taken near an Emaar sign outside the Dubai Mall

Emaar Properties, the developer behind one of the world’s largest shopping malls and the world’s tallest tower, said on Sunday it will launch an initial public offering for part of its retail business in Dubai next month.

The Dubai-based developer said in a statement that it expects to sell at least 15 per cent of the compan ..

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Batelco continues to seek payment

September 1, 2014

Batelco

BMIC Limited (BMIC), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Batelco Group of Companies, has successfully obtained over recent months from the High Court of England both a judgment against Chinnakannan Sivasankaran and Siva Limited for the sum of $212 million and an indefinite worldwide freezing order against the defendants’ assets.

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MUMTALAKAT LAUNCHES DIRECTORS PROGRAMME

September 1, 2014

Mahmood Al Kooheji

Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company (Mumtalakat), the investment arm of the Kingdom of Bahrain, has launched International Directors Programme, a corporate governance training initiative for its nominee directors appointed to the boards of its portfolio companies.

The training programme is held under the patronage of Deputy Prime ..

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Alan Whelan to lead Batelco

September 1, 2014

Alan Whelan- Shaikh Hamad

Batelco Group Chief Executive Alan Whelan will lead the company’s Bahrain operations following resignation of Bahrain Chief Executive Rashid Abdulla, Chairman Shaikh Hamad Bin Abdulla Al Khalifa has said.

Rashid served Batelco for 40 years after joining the company in engineering cadre and went on to hold several management ro ..

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Israel downs Syria drone

September 1, 2014

An Israeli soldier walks near the Quneitra border crossing in the Israeli occupied Golan Heights

Israel downed a drone over the occupied Golan Heights on Sunday, the army said, amid mounting tension on the UN-patrolled armistice line with Syria on the strategic plateau.

Air defences “successfully intercepted an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that breached Israel airspace above the border with Syria,” an army statement sa ..

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Flashpoint – ‘Greatest escape’

September 1, 2014

In this handout photo taken on October 2013 shows officers and men of the 7th Philippine peacekeeping force bound for the Golan Heights posing for photos during their send-off ceremony at the army headquarters in Manila

Dozens of Filipino UN peacekeepers performed the “greatest escape” from besieging Syrian rebels, slipping away under the cover of night after rebels rammed their Golan Heights outpost with armed trucks, the Philippine military said on Sunday.

All 75 soldiers serving with a United Nations peacekeeping force in the Middle East ..

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Now you can track flights

September 1, 2014

A  screen shot of the updated website

MoT launches new look meteorology website

Gone are the days in which one has to wait tediously for the television or radio broadcasts to know about the weather changes.

All that needed now is logging on to the new look website ‘bahrainweather.gov.bh’ launched by the ministry of ..

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Tackling troubles – PM urges to FIGHT terror

September 1, 2014

The Prime Minister in discussion with the parliament and shura council members during a meeting held at the Gudaibiya Palace

In a terse statement, Prime Minister HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa on Sunday urged all to stave off agendas aimed at destabilising the security and unity of the Kingdom by working together.

The Prime Minister, while chairing a meeting at Gudaibiya Palace, also called on the Arab countries to stand united in the fight ..

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MPs urged to fulfil promises

September 1, 2014

Visitors of the majlis

The visitors of the majlis hosted by prominent citizen Waheed Al Dossary in Qalali observed that lawmakers should consider public housing, education and youth empowerment as their top priorities.

They emphasised that the lawmakers couldn’t adopt a myopic view towards the issues faced by the people, adding that the MPs should f ..

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Malaysian leaders congratulated

September 1, 2014

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Prime Minister HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa sent a cable of congratulations to Sultan Almu’tasimu Billahi Muhibbuddin Tuanku Alhaj sir Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Badlishah of Malaysia on his country’s National Day.

HRH the Premier wished him abundant good health and happiness and further pro ..

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Chasing dreams via eyepiece

September 1, 2014

Mohammed Ebrahim

Movies are his passion. And, it’s the driving force for this Bahraini film-maker Mohammed Ebrahim.

The 27-year-old former Mass Communication student of University of Bahrain, who started his career some six years ago, has many prestigious awards in his kitty, including those he had won at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival.

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Oldest mosque to get a FACELIFT

September 1, 2014

The Culture Ministry said, the renovation of Al Khamis mosque would cost an estimated BD1.5 million

The Culture Ministry has started the renovation works of the oldest mosque in the region, Al Khamis mosque, in tune with the directives of Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa.

The mosque, which is one of the major landmarks in the Kingdom, is considered to ..

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RCSI Bahrain gets new president

September 1, 2014

Professor Sameer Otoom

Professor Sameer Otoom has been appointed President of RCSI Bahrain. The decision was ratified at a recent meeting of the Higher Education Council.

Professor Sameer Otoom has been a central figure in successfully establishing the University, previously serving by turns as Professor of Clinical Pharmacology, Dean, Vice President ..

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COURT BEAT

September 1, 2014

court beat

Betrayal - Wife divorces lying husband

A Bahraini woman, who was seeking a divorce from her husband, whom she accused of lying to her before their marriage, reluctantly paid over BD4000 to achieve her goal after an 11-month legal battle at the Sharia Court.

The woman took her husband to court after she d ..

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Curtains fall on cultural carnival

September 1, 2014

Students  along with their favourite characters during a photcall

Bahrain Summer Festival- the one-month long cultural bonanza that presented a wide range of events including entertainment workshops, theatrical performances, concerts and musicals ended on Sunday. Launched by the Culture Minister Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa, the festival attracted hundreds of elders and children who flocked to the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centr ..

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King returns from France

September 1, 2014

HM the King being received at the airport

His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa returned from France on Sunday evening after concluding his successful France visit.

During the visit, HM the King held talks with the French President Francois Hollande on ways to reinforce and develop the existing close bilateral relations.

They als ..

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Indian minister to visit Bahrain

September 1, 2014

Sushma Swaraj

India’s External Affairs and Overseas Indian Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj will visit the Kingdom next week to attend the Diaspora Engagement Meet, to be held on September 6 in Manama.

Ms. Sushma will deliver the keynote address at the event, organised by Overseas Indian Facilitation Centre (OIFC) and Confederation of Indian ..

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Stimulus for localisation

September 1, 2014

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The cabinet has decided to hike minimum salary for Bahrainis in hospitality sector

In a major boost to localisation drive, the cabinet on Sunday decided to increase the minimum salary of Bahrainis working in the hospitality sector to BD300.

To reach this minimum salary, the government will subsidise the gap betw ..

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Dolphins spotted in Bahrain waters

September 1, 2014

Dolphins spotted in Bahrain waters

The rare species of hunch-backed dolphins (sousa chinesis) were sighted off Sitra Island, a few days ago.

According to the Supreme Council of the Environment (SCE) experts, a female dolphin accompanied by a swarm of dolphins was seen attempting to resuscitate her dying youngster who eventually succumbed.

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Youth activist arrested for tweet

September 1, 2014

Yaqoub Al Slaise

Prominent member of the Al Fateh Youth Coalition, Yaqoub Al Slaise, was arrested on Sunday for his controversial post on Twitter.

The coalition stated that Yaqoub would remain behind bars for a week, pending investigations, as per the Public Prosecution’s order.

However, there was no ..

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Death sentence affirmed

September 1, 2014

The deceased Mohammed

Chief Prosecutor, Muhanna Al Shaeji, stated that the High Criminal Court of Appeal has affirmed the death sentence issued against an accused in the murder of policeman Mohammed Asif Khan Afridi in Sehla last year.

The same court rejected appeals filed by two suspects, and sentenced the rest of suspects to 10 years imprisonment.< ..

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BFH appoints new CEO

September 1, 2014

Ahmed Ebrahim

Bahrain Financial Harbour Holding Company (BFHHC) has appointed Ahmed Ebrahim Al Moataz as new chief executive officer and board member of the Bahrain Financial Harbour Holding Company (BFHHC) and the Financial Centre Development Company (FCDC).

Ahmed Ebrahim is an experienced strategist and financial consultant and advisor with ..

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GULF AIR CUTS DEFICIT IN H1

September 1, 2014

Maher Salman-Shaikh Khalid-Shaikh Khalid

National carrier reduces year-on-year losses by over 30pc

Gulf Air has reduced its year-on-year losses by over 30 per cent riding on the airline’s strategic restructuring strategies, which put Bahrain’s national carrier firmly on track towards achieving long-term commercial sustainability in the first half of 2014.

I ..

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42 children killed in Syria attacks

September 1, 2014

A Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) fighter looks out towards villages surrounding Jazaa

At least 42 children have been killed in government air strikes and shelling across Syria in the last 36 hours, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said on Sunday.

The Britain-based Observatory said 25 children had been killed between midnight on Saturday and Sunday afternoon, with 17 more killed between Fri ..

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Trapped in Amerli- Iraq breaks jihadist siege

September 1, 2014

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

Iraqi forces broke through to the jihadist-besieged Shia town of Amerli on Sunday, where thousands of people have been trapped for more than two months with dwindling food and water supplies.

It is the biggest offensive success for the Iraqi government since militants led by the Sunni Islamic State (IS) jihadist group overran la ..

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DEFLATION POSES THREAT FOR ECB

September 1, 2014

Mario Draghi

Financial markets are looking to the European Central Bank to open the cash floodgates next week after consumer price data showed the 18-country eurozone is flirting with deflation, analysts said.

Speculation is rising that the ECB’s decision-making governing council could signal plans for what is known as “quantitative easi ..

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LIVERPOOL BEAT SPURS AS ARSENAL DRAW

September 1, 2014

LLiverpool’s Spanish defender Javier Manquillo runs with the ball -Leicester City’s Belgian defender Ritchie De Laet (left) blocks a cross from Arsenal’s Spanish defender Nacho Monreal (right)

Liverpool reasserted their Premier League title credentials with a breezy 3-0 win at Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, but Arsenal were held to a 1-1 draw at Leicester City. Raheem Sterling, Steven Gerrard and Alberto Moreno scored the goals for Liverpool at White Hart Lane to give Brendan Rodgers victory in his 100th game as manager and end Tottenham’s 100 percent re ..

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