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Nishikori fires to victory

October 2, 2014

Kei Nishikori hits a return against Ivan Dodig

Kei Nishikori thrilled his home fans as the US Open finalist posted a 6-3, 6-4 opening victory over Ivan Dodig yesterday to reach the second round of the Japan Open. The fourth-seeded Nishikori could do no wrong at the Ariake Colosseum, where the roof was closed due to intermittent rain after two days of sunshine in the capital. Nishikori, last week’s champion in ..

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N. KOREA TRIUMPH

October 2, 2014

Kim Unha (centre) vies with Azusa Iwashimizu (right)

N.Korea win football gold to repay Kim Jong-Un’s love

North Korea upset defending champions Japan 3-1 to win Asian Games women’s football gold yesterday -- and again it was all down to leader Kim Jong-Un for sharing his wisdom. Kim Yun-Mi, captain Ra Un-Sim and Ho Un-Byol were all on target as the North Koreans totally outplayed World and Asian Cup hold ..

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Hamilton hoping for straight battle

October 2, 2014

Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton is looking to join the greats of Formula One by winning at Suzuka and he is also hoping for a “straight battle” for the championship against Nico Rosberg. Although he won at Fuji in his debut season in 2007, Hamilton has only once finished on the podium at Sukuza - which returned to the calendar in 2009 - and that was on the bottom step.

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MARCHISIO FIRES ATLETICO WARNING

October 2, 2014

Claudio Marchisio

Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio has warned Atletico Madrid that his team only has victory in mind when it travels to the Vincente Calderon stadium. The Italians beat Malmo 2-0 in their Champions League Group A opener and travel to Spain having enjoyed a perfect start to the season. “We began this competition well by winning our first game, something we had ..

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British jets strike IS

October 2, 2014

A British Royal Air Force (RAF) Tornado fighter jet is seen at the Akrotiri airbase, near the Cypriot port city of Limassol yesterday

British fighter jets fired on Islamic State (IS) militants west of Baghdad overnight, the Ministry of Defence said yesterday, in their second strikes in as many days in Iraq.

Two Royal Air Force (RAF) Tornados based in Cyprus fired four Brimstone missiles on two IS vehicles, including an armed pick-up truck, the ministry said in ..

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Kurds defend key Syria town

October 2, 2014

Syrian Kurds wait near the southeastern town of Suruc in the Sanliurfa province after crossing the border between Syria and Turkey yesterday

Kurdish fighters backed by US-led coalition air strikes were locked in a fierce battle Wednesday to prevent a key Syrian border town from falling into the hands of jihadists.

The heavy clashes in Ain-al-Arab on the border with Turkey -- a crucial recent battleground in the fight against the Islamic State (IS) group -- left at le ..

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Rise of extremism: IS fighters near Turkish border

October 2, 2014

A Syrian Kurdish woman walks in the southeastern town of Suruc in the Sanliurfa province after crossing the border between Syria and Turkey yesterday

Islamic State (IS) fighters were closing in yesterday on a key Syrian town near the Turkish border, despite multiple US air strikes, as the Pentagon cautioned it “cannot bomb the militants into obscurity”.

US warplanes launched multiple strikes against IS jihadists in both Syria and Iraq on Tuesday, as Britain carried out it ..

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Eid season: Traders make A merry

October 2, 2014

BAHRAIN SOUQ

Shopping season is back in Bahrain as preparations for Eid Al Adha reached full swing.

Sales of garments, shoes and perfumes have hit their peak in Bahrain as Eid shoppers thronged the markets. The Eid shopping fervour saw malls, markets and commercial complexes witness an increased footfall with Manama Souq experiencing an impr ..

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Focus on technology: Bahrain to attend eGovt gathering

October 2, 2014

Dr. Al Khaja

A delegation from Bahrain, chaired by eGovernment Authority’s Vice CEO Dr. Zakareya Ahmed Al Khaja, will be  participating in the 2014 UN Global eGovernment Forum  which takes place in Kazakhstan from Oct. 6 to 8.

The forum, held under the slogan ‘Smart Governance for Sustainable Development: New Opportunities for Partner ..

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COURT BEAT

October 2, 2014

court beat

Child abuse: Mom gets one year

The High Criminal Court has sentenced a woman to one year in prison for assaulting her child physically as well as mentally.

The woman, it’s alleged, would frequently drink alcohol with her brother-in-law with whom she had been living an ..

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STRANDED!

October 2, 2014

BAHRAIN-INDIAN-PASSPORT-LEAD

It’s the ignorance from the part of their parents that landed Raziya and Mohammed in the soup.

The two were born in Bahrain to an Indian father and his Bahraini wife, but they don’t have a country to claim – neither India nor Bahrain.

“They’re virtually stuck in a ‘no man’s land ..

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ROYAL GIFT TO NEEDY

October 2, 2014

His Majesty

His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa ordered the distribution of Eid Al Adha clothing grant to all widows and orphans registered with the Royal Charity Organisation (RCO).

His Majesty tasked the RCO, led by Supreme Council for Youth and Sport Chairman and Bahrain Olympic Committee President HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Kha ..

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DT WOMAN : THE BLONDE WITH A BLOG

October 2, 2014

DT WOMAN- Blonde in Bahrain-Georgina Jennesen

She is the diva who knows Bahrain, in and out. Georgina Jennesen, more popularly known by her blog Blonde in Bahrain, is a dynamic blogger whose ability to communicate and connect has allowed her to stay one step ahead of everyone else when it comes to what’s hot and happening in the Land of Pearls.

Born in Melbourne, A ..

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Japan’s shinkansen bullet train marks 50th birthday

October 2, 2014

The 50th anniversary ceremony of the Shinkansen bullet train is held at the Tokyo station

Japan’s “shinkansen” train, which led the world in super-fast rail transport technology, celebrated its 50th birthday yesterday with ceremonies hailing its contribution to the country’s post-war economy and its safety record.

A sleek, airplane-shaped N700A train left Platform 19 of Tokyo’s central station at 6:00 am, e ..

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CRISIS TO LINGER

October 2, 2014

Michel Sapin leaves the Elysee palace after the weekly cabinet meeting yesterday

Slow growth and high budget deficits to affect France

Crisis-hit France admitted it would suffer from slow growth and high budget deficits for the next three years at least, when it unveiled a gloomy annual budget yesterday.

Finance Minister Michel Sapin told reporters that France’s budget deficit would stay above the ..

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Bapco starts new campaign

October 2, 2014

Bapco starts new campaign

The Bahrain Petroleum Company (Bapco) has launched a new Sadeem promotion campaign, which is being held from 28 September to 6 October 2014 at the Bahrain City Centre.

Bapco’s Deputy Chief Executive (Refining & Marketing) Ebrahim Talib said: “Bapco has issued over 59,000 cards which are accepted at 18 stations in the Ki ..

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KUWAIT RECORDS BUDGET SURPLUS

October 2, 2014

The oil-rich emirate of Kuwait has now posted a budget surplus in each of the past 15 fiscal years

Second biggest budget surplus on record

Kuwait yesterday posted a budget surplus of $45 billion for the latest fiscal year, its second largest on record, but the IMF warned it of underlying risks despite the bumper returns.

The finance ministry said in a statement on its website that the surplus came in at 12.9bn dinars ..

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GULF AIR UPGRADES IT INFRASTRUCTURE

October 2, 2014

gulf air

Cisco solutions to revamp carrier’s major core components

Bahrain’s national carrier, Gulf Air, has successfully implemented a major initiative that realised a comprehensive redesign of the airline’s entire IT network infrastructure, upgrading its major core components with the latest available Cisco technologies and thereby strengthening a 15-year st ..

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Mondelēz doubles Bahrain investment

October 2, 2014

MONDELĒZ

Mondelēz International has selected the Kingdom of Bahrain as the preferred location for building a large biscuit plant aimed at supplying to the growing markets in the Middle East and Africa region.

The new biscuit manufacturing facility planned at an estimated cost of $90 million will start its production by 2016 and will cre ..

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PARIS REVS UP

October 2, 2014

A file photo shows visitors walking in stands during the Press days at the Paris Motor Show. The 2014 show runs from October 4, to October 19, this years

Legendary Mustang arrives for motor show

The long-awaited arrival of the Ford Mustang in Europe and an experimental car that will put gas-guzzlers to shame -- the Paris motor show kicks off this week with renewed optimism after a mammoth industry crisis.

More than a million visitors are expected to flock to the 16-day me ..

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UN staffer dies of ‘probable’ Ebola

October 2, 2014

A health worker in protective suit checks his equipment at MSF’s (Doctors Without Borders) Ebola treatment centrE in Monrovia yesterday.

The United Nations said yesterday a staff member in Liberia has died from “probable Ebola,” while the World Health Organisation said it was optimistic that an Ebola vaccine could be available for mass vaccination campaigns as early as 2015. The spokesman for Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told reporters that the death of the Liberian national is the first of a U ..

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London turns its classic red phone boxes green

October 2, 2014

The first traditional London telephone box (right) to be transformed into a solar-powered mobile phone charger for use by the public, is pictured next to a traditional red telephone box in central London

London’s famous red telephone boxes are turning green thanks to a new phone booth unveiled yesterday that runs on solar power and allows people to charge up their mobile devices. Largely made redundant by the prevalence of mobile phones, the green boxes are an attempt to breathe life back into a British national icon that often lingers on in a dilapidated state. ..

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SILVA CHASES PROTEST VOTE

October 2, 2014

Brazil’s presidential candidate for the Brazilian Socialist Party (PSB) Marina Silva (centre) arrives for a campaign rally in Sao Paulo

Rousseff’s administration points to increased investment in health and education

Brazilians who took to the streets last year in protests that shook the country are torn between those planning to boycott Sunday’s elections and those seeking the “least worst” option. Out to regain the initiative after incumbent Dilma Rousseff erased her initial lead ..

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Ten killed in Donetsk on back-to-school day

October 2, 2014

A pro-Russian separatist soldier checks yesterday a burnt out bus after a shell exploded near a bus stop in Donetsk

Ukraine’s largest rebel-controlled city of Donetsk was shaken by violence yesterday as 10 people were killed, some of them teachers and parents showing up for the first day of school. Terrified children were forced to shelter in the basement as the shelling yielded the highest single civilian toll since a tenuous ceasefire was struck between Kiev and pro-Russian ..

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HONG KONG PROTEST LEADER THREATENS

October 2, 2014

Hong Kong-born lawyer Grace Ho speaks as people gather at the Chinese embassy in Washington on October 1, 2014 in support of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong

A student leader threatened yesterday to step up Hong Kong’s huge pro-democracy protests -- including a possible occupation of government offices -- unless the city’s leader steps down within a day, as support for the movement grew around the world. The announcement came as tens of thousands of people poured onto the streets for a fourth straight night in prot ..

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Fears over fate of 43 missing Mexican students

October 2, 2014

Mexican army soldiers conduct an inspection on a vehicle during a military search operation

The fate of 43 missing Mexican students remains a mystery days after they vanished amid a police shooting: A survivor saw dozens bundled into patrol cars but authorities say they may be hiding. The teachers-in-training disappeared after a weekend of violence that left six people dead and 25 wounded in Iguala, a town surrounded by thick forests in the crime-plagued ..

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VOLCANO ERUPTION

October 2, 2014

Rescue workers board a defence force helicopter heading for the top of Mount Ontake during a search operation yesterday

Japan volcano death toll hits 47 as new bodies found

The death toll from a sudden volcanic eruption in Japan hit 47 yesterday as rescuers discovered 11 new bodies in so-far unexplored areas of the ash-covered peak. The figure makes the eruption of Mount Ontake, which was packed with hikers when it burst angrily to life on Saturday lunchtime, the w ..

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WANDERERS IN FINALS

October 2, 2014

Western Sydney Wanderers player Shannon Cole (right) heads past FC Seoul players Kim Chiwoo (2nd right) and goalkeeper Yu Sanghun (left)

AFC Champions League

Western Sydney Wanderers became the second Australian team to reach the AFC Champions League final with a 2-0 win over FC Seoul in Sydney yesterday. Goals from Mateo Poljak and Shannon Cole in both halves sent the Wanderers, playing for the first time in the competition, through 2-0 on aggregate to the two-leg final against Sa ..

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China Open: DJOKOVIC, SHARAPOVA WIN

October 2, 2014

Maria Sharapova returns a shot-Novak Djokovic celebrates victory

Novak Djokovic continued his 100 percent record at the China Open yesterday as he overcame late resistance from Vasek Pospisil, while Maria Sharapova also won but Caroline Wozniacki crashed out. The number one seed in Beijing was playing at his dominating best in the first set, breaking serve in the third and final games as he appeared in control. But the Serb lost ..

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BTC to host ITF Junior Championship

October 2, 2014

Khamis Al Muqla

Bahrain Tennis Club (BTC) president Khamis Al Muqla has stated that the club is ready to host the Sixth Bahrain ITF Junior Tennis Championships at its premises from October 13-18. The championship is being held in cooperation with the General Organisation for Youth and Sports and the support of a number of leading companies who are gold sponsors.

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Michael Steer secure Volvo Golf Challenge

October 2, 2014

From left, Trevor Fletcher, Michael Steer, Bijan Majidi from Volvo

Michael Steer (45 stableford points) enjoyed a comfortable win in the fourth Volvo World Golf Challenge Bahrain Qualifier at the Royal Golf Club, giving him a full six point lead over runner up Andy Love (39), while Sam Jong Kim (37 on count back) narrowly clinched third place. Nearest the pin side contests on holes 2 and 16 were won by Abdulhadi Al Noaimi and Kha ..

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Indian club win

October 2, 2014

Indian Club A Team

The Indian Club ‘A’ beat Team Renault by five wickets in Group E in the  latest matches of the Indian Club-Centenary Cup Cricket Tournament at its premises in Gudaibiya. Batting first, Team Renault were dismissed for 22 in 5.3 overs and the Indian Club reached the target in 1.5 overs scoring 23 without loss with Kishan (16) the man of the match.

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KHAMIS, ADEKOYA WIN GOLDS

October 2, 2014

Ali Khamis with the men’s 400m hurdles gold medal

Asian Games

Ali Khamis and Oluwakemi Adekoya yesterday each won a gold medal as Bahrain took its overall medal tally to 11 yesterday at the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea. The 21-year old Adekoya won her second gold medal of the games as she raced victory in the women’s 400m hurdles ..

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MERS is back…

October 2, 2014

Coronavirus

Coronavirus threat

Saudi Health Ministry has reported that an expat in Taif has been infected with the MERS coronavirus.

“The 40-year-old worker was suffering from various diseases,” Arab News reported quoting Saudi Health Ministry sources.

The ministry also added that another MER ..

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HRH Premier congratulates Chinese leadership on National Day

October 1, 2014

PM

His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa today sent a cable of congratulations to President Xi Jinping of the People's Republic of China marking his country's National Day. HRH Premier, in the cable, wished the Chinese President good health and happiness and the people of China further progress and prosperity. HRH Premier also se ..

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Parliament Speaker congratulates leadership on advent of Eid Al Adha

October 1, 2014

Mr. al dhahrani

Speaker of the Representatives Council Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Dhahrani today sent a cable to His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, in which he extended to him sincere congratulations on the advent of Eid Al-Adha. He prayed Allah Almighty to bless HM the King with abundant good health and happiness and guide him on the right path of success, and grant the king ..

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HM the King ratifies, issues three laws

October 1, 2014

King

His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa today ratified and issued, following the approval of legislative branch, law 60 of 2014 on cybercrimes, law 61 of 2014 on Motor Vehicle Accident Fund and law 62 of 2014 on combating commercial fraud. (BNA)

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Roche signs up for Team Sky

October 1, 2014

Nicolas Roche

Irish rider Nicolas Roche was yesterday unveiled at Team Sky along with four other new names for 2015.  The 30-year-old, who has a wealth of Grand Tour experience, is joined at the British squad by Scot Andrew Fenn, Czech rider Leopold Konig, Dutchman Wout Poels and Lars Petter Nordhaug, who has re-signed for Team Sky after two years away. Roche’s signing is sig ..

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NANI HAPPY IN LISBON

October 1, 2014

Marco Silva

Sporting Lisbon coach Marco Silva believes Nani is in the best place he could be after his return ‘’home’’ on loan from Manchester United. The Portugal international is in line to play Chelsea in Champions League Group G at Estadio Jose Alvalade on Tuesday night after United appeared to lose patience with the enigmatic forward. ‘’He came home,’’ the ..

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Yorkshire duo eye England honours

October 1, 2014

Adam Lyth (left) and Alex Lees

Yorkshire’s title-winning openers Adam Lyth and Alex Lees both made clear their desire to play for England after winning awards from the Cricket Writers’ Club yesterday. The pair’s partnership was central to Yorkshire winning England’s first-class County Championship title, with Lyth named the Cricket Writers’ Club Championship Player of the Year and Lees ..

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Ronaldo the best I have ever coached

October 1, 2014

Carlo Ancelotti

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has hailed Cristiano Ronaldo as the best player he has ever coached after the Portuguese’s blistering start to the season. Ronaldo has scored 13 goals in nine appearances this season, including back-to-back hat-tricks as Real got their league season back on track with thrashings of Deportivo la Coruna and Elche last week.

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Phelps arrested on DUI charge

October 1, 2014

Michael Phelps

Olympic swimming superstar Michael Phelps was arrested yesterday in his home state of Maryland and charged with driving under the influence, police said. Phelps was pulled over in the early hours after his white Land Rover was clocked at 84 miles per hour in a 45 mph zone in Baltimore’s Fort McHenry Tunnel, Maryland Transportation Authority Police said.

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BAYERN SCRAPE WIN

October 1, 2014

CSKA Moscow’s forward from Nigeria Ahmed Musa (right) runs past Bayern Munich’s Moroccan defender Mehdi Benatia

Mueller penalty enough to see off CSKA

A first-half penalty by Thomas Mueller was sufficient for Bayern Munich to beat Russian champions CSKA Moscow yesterday and make it two wins from two matches in their Champions League group stage campaign. Bayern, winners in 2013 but beaten by eventual champions Real Madrid in the semi-finals last season, have six poi ..

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Ryder Cup stays in Europe

October 1, 2014

Six Hours of Bahrain logo

Europe have won the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles after holding their nerve in Sunday’s singles matches to clinch a 16½ -11½ victory over USA. The hosts started the final day needing four-and-a-half points to maintain their recent dominance over America in the bi-annual event and early wins from Northern Ireland duo Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell teed them up ..

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Awan Red, Central Café win in Centenary Cup

October 1, 2014

Team Awan Red

Indian Star defeated Dadabhai Travels by 24 runs in Group D of the latest matches in the Indian Club-Bahrain Centenary Cricket Cup at its premises in Gudaibiya.  Batting first, Indian Star made 47 for three in their six overs with man of the match Jana (14) top scoring and in reply, Dadabhai Travels were dismissed for just 23 in 5.1 overs.

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Khan, Kim win Monday Madness Golf

October 1, 2014

rom left, Khan and Kim

Naeem Khan and playing partner Sam Jong Kim (net 29.10) comfortably clinched first place in the second competition of the new VIVA Monday Madness Night Golf Series at the Royal Golf Club.

Second place went to the pairing of Nils Berge and Petter Nyberg (31.50) while youngsters Taimur Malik and Yaseen Le Falher (32.6) came in thi ..

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Asian Games: BAHRAIN ATHLETES ON COURSE FOR MEDALS

October 1, 2014

Shaikh Khalid with Bahrain delegation officials at the stadium

Bahrain yesterday stayed on course towards building up their medal count at the 17th Asian Games in Incheon,  South Korea after the fourth day of athletics events at the Asiad Main Track, which saw eight of Bahrain’s finest athletes in qualifying heat races. Recently-crowned women’s 400m gold medalist Oluwakemi Mujidat Adekoya lived up to expectations by winni ..

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New UN Ebola chief vows swift response to crisis

October 1, 2014

Anthony Banbury

The new head of the UN Ebola response team vowed yesterday to take swift action on the crisis, saying ambitious targets must be met to prevent the spread of the virus worldwide. Anthony Banbury’s pledge came after warnings that Liberia was on the brink of collapse and that thousands of children who have lost parents to the epidemic faced being treated as outcasts ..

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EUROPEAN UNION TO KEEP SANCTIONS

October 1, 2014

Servicemen of the National Guard of Ukraine line up after receiving a combat equipment and ammunition on their training base in Novi Petrivtsi, outside Kiev yesterday

Clashes resume in Ukraine

The European Union yesterday decided to keep in place biting economic sanctions on Russia over its alleged backing of pro-Kremlin insurgents who have largely ignored a four-week Ukrainian truce. The bloc’s announcement came just moments before NATO reported the continued presence of ..

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CHINA TO EASE RESTRICTIONS

October 1, 2014

A boat on the Huangpu River passes the skyline of the Lujiazui Financial District in Pudong in smog in Shanghai

Policy makers relax property restrictions for the first time since the global financial meltdown

Chinese policy makers eased property restrictions for the first time since the global financial crisis as a real-estate slump’s threat to economic growth overtakes worries about housing affordability.

People applying for a ..

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STOCKS POST STRONG GAIN

October 1, 2014

Dubai had a weaker second quarter

Shrug off oil price slump

Stock markets in the energy-rich Gulf surged in the third quarter after a generally weaker April-June period, to accumulate healthy gains for the first nine months.

The rebound in July-September was led by Dubai Financial Market (DFM) rising 27.9 per cent, followed by Qatar Exchange with 19.5pc, ..

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Kurd troops target IS

October 1, 2014

A Syrian Kurdish woman stands in front of military truck after crossing the border between Syria and Turkey after several mortars hit both sides near the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province

Kurdish troops backed by warplanes battled the Islamic State (IS) group on three fronts in northern Iraq yesterday, clawing back land they lost to the terrorists in recent months.

The Kurdish peshmerga struck before dawn against the town of Rabia on the Syrian border, north of the jihadist-controlled second city Mosul, and south ..

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The Pet Project: Experiment with homemade recipes for your cat

October 1, 2014

the pet project

When thinking about cheaper and alternative ways to feed your cat, maybe trying out a homemade remedy would be beneficial for your cat since dry kibble foods are often contaminated with bacteria and other contaminants.

 It is important to remember that a cat needs a balanced diet of both raw and dry food.

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COURT BEAT

October 1, 2014

court beat

Fifteen in jail for money laundering

Fifteen defendants accused in connection with a money laundering case were jailed for terms ranging between three and eight years yesterday by the Lower Criminal Court. Also judges imposed up to BD130,000 fine on the defendants who worked for  a renowned foreign exchange company opera ..

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Adolescence: Sweat it out to stay fit

October 1, 2014

Awareness material distributed at the event

Bahrain joined the rest of the GCC countries in marking the Gulf Adolescent Youth Health Day yesterday.

Marking the day, the  School Health Services Department of the Health Ministry organised an event under the theme ‘Promoting healthy lifestyle through physical activities’ at Bahrain Medical Society premises in Juffair.

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Al Watan aims at uniting people

October 1, 2014

Mr. Al Saati

Al Watan Society yesterday held a Press conference to explain its goals and mission.

Addressing media, MP Ahmed Al Saati said that the society aims at achieving national unity. “The society has a desire to contribute to the political movement of our beloved Kingdom, achieving coexistence among all communities,” he added.

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Netanyahu likened to terrorist leader

October 1, 2014

Netanyahu

A senior Palestinian official yesterday likened Benjamin Netanyahu to the leader of the Islamic State (IS) group, after the Israeli prime minister compared Hamas to the jihadist organisation.

“Netanyahu is trying to disseminate fear of the IS led by Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi, but Netanyahu forgets that he himself leads the Jewish ..

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Hajj pilgrims denounce IS

October 1, 2014

A general view shows Muslim pilgrims arriving for the evening prayer at Mecca’s Grand Mosque

As they gather in Saudi Arabia’s holy city of Mecca for the annual Hajj, some pilgrims have denounced atrocities by Islamic State group jihadists as “a virus” threatening the world.

But many also expressed concerns about the US-led air war against them.

“Islam is innocent from actions ..

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Fire in hotel: Bahrainis safe in Mecca

October 1, 2014

Shaikh Abdulnasser

No Bahraini was there in the hotel in Mecca, where a fire incident was reported on Monday.

Bahrain Hajj Mission General Secretary Shaikh Abdulnasser Abdulla stated yesterday that the hotel was occupied by East Asian pilgrims and no Bahrainis were residing in it.

However, Shaikh Abdulnasser ex ..

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Parliamentary elections: Minister assures transparency

October 1, 2014

Ms. Rajab addressing the media

As Bahrain’s parliamentary elections are held for the first time since the unrest, the government has assured that the elections will be fully transparent.

The Minister of State for Information Affairs and official Government spokesperson Sameera Rajab briefed the local and international Press about the developments concerning ..

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DIPPY DEVILS!

October 1, 2014

Islamic State (IS)

Minister of State for Information Affairs and official Government spokesperson Sameera Rajab came down heavily on Bahrainis fighting for Islamic State (IS) in Syria and Iraq, stating that their participation is nothing but a ‘foolish’ act.

Admitting that there are about 100 Bahrainis involved with IS, she described them as h ..

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Trying times for gold traders

October 1, 2014

Shoppers at a Jewellery shop in Riffa Souq

Gold merchants in Riffa Souq are going through hard times as thieves are frequently targeting their businesses.

The increase in the number of robberies in recent times has forced the gold merchants to urge the security authorities to intensify their presence in the souq.

Around BD16,500 worth ..

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Facelift for public transport

October 1, 2014

Mr. Ahmed during the signing ceremony

A transport company based in the United Kingdom is expected to begin bus services in the Kingdom in February 2015, bringing relief to the daily commuters, who struggle everyday to reach their destinations.

As per a new agreement signed by the Transport Ministry, about 140 public buses will ply on Bahrain roads. The buses will a ..

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Qatar Airways, Veuling in codeshare deal

October 1, 2014

QATAR AIRWAYS

Qatar Airways and Vueling have signed an interline agreement that will enable Qatar’s five-star national airline to increase the number of passengers to Europe, while strengthening Vueling’s hubs in Rome and Barcelona.

The agreement will also improve trans-European traffic by providing passengers with an even greater range o ..

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TAMKEEN OVERHAULS SUPPORT PROGRAMME

October 1, 2014

Shaikh Mohammed

Tamkeen yesterday officially launched its revamped Enterprise Support Programme.

The revamp was done as part of the re-structuring of its operations and programmes in line with its strategic focus on enhancing quality, focusing on customers and achieving results.

The programme was restructure ..

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EBAY HIVES OFF PAYPAL

October 1, 2014

EBAY-PAYPAL

US online auction giant eBay announced plans to spin off PayPal, a move designed to help the unit compete better in the fast-moving online payments segment.

The plan, to take effect next year, comes after months of pressure from activist investor Carl Icahn, who had assailed eBay for poor management and claimed that keeping eBay ..

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World’s first microbe ‘zoo’ opens

October 1, 2014

Visitors at Micropia being scanned to check their own microbes

The world’s first “interactive microbe zoo” opened in Amsterdam yesterday, shining new light on the tiny creatures that make up two-thirds of all living matter and are vital for our planet’s future. The 10-million-euro Micropia museum is next to Amsterdam’s Artis Royal Zoo, whose director came up with the idea of exposing an array of living microbes in a ..

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H K PROTESTERS REJECT DEMANDS

October 1, 2014

Pro-democracy demonstrators check their smart phones in the central district as they gather for the third night in Hong Kong yesterday

Hong Kong demonstrators rejected demands immediately to end rallies that have paralysed the city’s downtown, their numbers swelling for a third night before a national holiday today expected to put their campaign for free elections into overdrive. Protest leaders are confident of mustering massive crowds, angered at Beijing’s refusal to grant full democracy, ov ..

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Japan suspends recovery of volcano victims

October 1, 2014

Firefighters carrying an injured climber down from Mount Ontake in Nagano prefecture

Search and recovery efforts for at least two dozen victims of Japan’s worst volcanic eruption in decades were called off yesterday due to worries about rising volcanic activity, including the chance of another steam explosion.

Hundreds of military searchers had been preparing to enter Mount Ontake by foot and helicopter to res ..

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Catalonia fights on for independence vote

October 1, 2014

Pro-independence Catalans protest in front of a Spanish government delegation in Barcelona

Catalan leaders launched a legal battle yesterday to get their drive for a referendum on independence from Spain back on track after a court suspended it.

Angry separatists in the region planned protests after Spain’s Constitutional Court halted the plan to hold the vote on November 9. The speaker of the wealthy northeastern r ..

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US STAYS PUT

October 1, 2014

Afghan National Security Adviser Hanif Atmar (second, right) and NATO’s Senior Civilian Representative in Afghanistan Maurits Jochems

Afghanistan, US sign security pact

Afghanistan and the United States signed a security pact yesterday to allow U.S. forces to remain in the country past the end of year, ending a year of uncertainty over the fate of foreign troops supporting Afghanis as they take over responsibility for the country’s security.

Afghan, ..

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MODI TO OBAMA: TFA DEAL SOON

October 1, 2014

Narendra Modi pays his respects at a statue of Mahatma Gandhi in front of the Indian embassy in Washington

Obama makes pitch for affections of Modi government

President Barack Obama yesterday hailed the “energy” and “determination” of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, flexing the symbolism of his office to make a strong pitch for the affections of the new Indian government.

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Juventus game like a final for Atletico

October 1, 2014

Diego Godin

Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin believes his side have to take a do-or-die approach into their crucial Champions League clash with Juventus today.  La Liga champions Atletico surprisingly lost their opening group game 3-2 away to Olympiakos two weeks ago leaving them in need of a win to enhance their chances of progression to the last 16. “For us it is a fi ..

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KOREAS TO SQUARE OFF

October 1, 2014

South Korea’s Lee Jongho (left) attempts to tackle Thailand’s Promrak Adison

Hosts South Korea overpowered Thailand 2-0 yesterday to set up a titanic Asian Games football final against North Korea, whose star forward scored the winning goal then got himself sent off. The two countries, which straddle the world’s most fortified border, each won their semi-finals, giving the men’s tournament a blockbusting gold medal clash full of politic ..

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CHINA OPEN: NADAL, DJOKOVIC ADVANCE

October 1, 2014

CHINA OPEN-Novak Djokovic& Rafael Nadal returns a shot

Rafael Nadal made an emphatic return to singles competition yesterday after being sidelined for three months, sweeping aside Richard Gasquet of France in the $5.4 million China Open. The 14-times Grand Slam winner won his first round match in Beijing 6-4, 6-0, overcoming sporadic resistance in the first set before crushing his 22nd-ranked opponent in the second. Th ..

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HE WAS RIGHT THEN, WOULD HE BE NOW ?

October 1, 2014

Rahuram Rajan

Indian Rupee at 66/$, current-account deficit at record highs threatening the very existence of the economic-framework, an uneasy feel of policy paralysis, agencies which intimidated with a downgrade threat, there came a rescuer, who turned the tide with such deft steps, now it is hard to believe that India was reeling under so much economic pressure in 2013.

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