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Garcia, Reed to face off Malaysia

October 30, 2014

Sergio Garcia

A resurgent Sergio Garcia goes toe-to-toe with US Ryder Cup sensation Patrick Reed at the CIMB Classic beginning today, as reigning FedExCup champion Billy Horschel looks to lift his game to an even higher level in the Malaysian event. Garcia, who will be paired with Reed, is enjoying some of his best form in years at 34. The Spaniard has won once in 2014, finish ..

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MOURINHO DISAPPOINTED WITH FRINGE PLAYERS

October 30, 2014

Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho has told some of his fringe players they have made his next team selection “easy” after their poor displays against Shrewsbury. Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has told some of his fringe players they have made his next team selection “easy” after they failed to make the most of their opportunity against Shrewsbury. Andre Schurrle, Mohamed Salah ..

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Rose targets career-high ranking

October 30, 2014

Justin Rose

Justin Rose has set his sights on a career-high ranking of world number two over the final events of the year as he headlines a weakened field at the BMW Masters from today. The Englishman can further his claims in Shanghai after fifth-ranked Henrik Stenson pulled out, joining world number one Rory McIlroy on the sidelines. But Rose believes it might be a step too ..

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Lisicki to make Fed Cup return

October 30, 2014

Sabine Lisicki

Sabine Lisicki, the world number 27, will make her return to the German team for the Fed Cup final against the Czech Republic, German captain Barbara Rittner announced yesterday. Lisicki, last year’s beaten Wimbledon finalist, replaces Anna-Lena Groenefeld, who accompanied Julia Goerges in the doubles in both of the last two rounds. “It was a difficult decision ..

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SUBAH LIFTS TITLE

October 30, 2014

Subah in action

Bahrain’s number one Habib Subah defeated Afghanistan’s number one Mohammed Saleh after coming from 0-3 frames down to win 5-4 (34-76, 8-63, 43-69, 76-28, 83-26, 54-17, 63-28, 33-58, 65-8) in a thrilling nine-frame final match last night in the Indian Club Centenary Trans Auto Rental Snooker Tournament at the club premises in Gudaibiya.

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Red Bull Drift, Wingsuit stunt to thrill fans

October 30, 2014

Jokke Sommer in action

A breath-taking stunt show known as a drift and wing suit dual performed by a pair of Red Bull daredevils is set to thrill race-goers at the FIA WEC Six Hours of Bahrain as part of the off-track entertainment lined up for the endurance racing weekend on November 14 and 15 in Sakhir.

It will feature Red Bull athletes Abdo Feg ..

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Arab weightlifting heroes honoured

October 30, 2014

The honorees with officials at the ceremony

Bahrain’s athletes at the recently-concluded Arab Weightlifting Championships in Tunisia have been honoured after winning 16 medals, a silver and 15 bronze in the men’s and women’s categories. At the honouring ceremony, which took place at the Bahrain Weightlifting and Bodybuilding Federation (BWBF) premises in Um Al Hassam, Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC) g ..

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More than hundred research papers submitted

October 30, 2014

Mr. Askar with organising committee and standing committee members at the meeting

The organising committee of the 56th ICHPER.SD Anniversary World Congress and Exposition has stepped up its preparations for the event, which will be held in Bahrain from December 18 to 20. It held its fifth meeting with the standings committees to follow up the latest preparations for this three-day international congress to be held here for the first time. The co ..

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Fans to enjoy Le Mans style-racing

October 30, 2014

An action from the race

Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) in Sakhir is all geared up to host this year’s FIA WEC Six Hours of Bahrain on November 14 and 15 in Sakhir for the third time in two weeks time with a massive grid of nearly 30 Le Mans Prototypes and GT racers set to roar around the track for the seventh and penultimate round of the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) ..

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SHAHZAD ZAFAR VICTORY

October 30, 2014

BFC Cricket Bahrain

Lanterns Restaurant crushed AJM Kooheji by 74 runs thanks to a fine century by Srijeeth Nair (104) in the latest matches of the BFC Cricket Bahrain (BCL-CBA Division) Premier League T20 Tournament at the Busaiteen Grounds in Muharraq. Batting first, Lanterns scored 194 without loss in 20 overs with Srijeeth and Afzal (79) carrying their bat throughout the innings. ..

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Widodo rapped over hardline defence minister

October 30, 2014

Joko Widodo

Indonesia’s reformist new president Joko Widodo has come under fire for appointing a hardline ex-general as defence minister, with activists saying yesterday it marks a step backwards for human rights. Widodo, the country’s first leader from outside the political and military elites, surprised observers by naming former army chief of staff, Ryamizard Ryacudu, t ..

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Ebola cases slowing in Liberia

October 30, 2014

Bruce Aylward

The rate of new Ebola infections appears to be slowing in hard-hit Liberia, but the crisis is far from over, the World Health Organization said yesterday. “It appears that the trend is real in Liberia and there may indeed be a slowing of the epidemic there,” WHO assistant director-general Bruce Aylward told reporters in Geneva. “There is increasing evidence t ..

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TENSIONS SPIKE

October 30, 2014

Gunther Oettinger talks to media yesterday

Ukraine, Russia tackle crisis

Ukraine and Russia went into another round of EU-brokered gas talks in Brussels yesterday aimed at ending a months-long supply cut that threatens to hit parts of Europe this winter. The negotiations come a day after Russia further stirred tensions with its war-torn neighbour by announcing plans to recognise polls pro- ..

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Bangladesh Islamist leader sentenced to hang

October 30, 2014

Motiur Rahman Nizami sits inside a van as he is taken to a prison

A Bangladesh court yesterday sentenced to death the leader of the country’s largest Islamist party for war crimes, a long-awaited verdict that triggered violent protests by his supporters. The war crimes tribunal found Motiur Rahman Nizami, head of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, guilty of mass murder, rape and looting during Bangladesh’s war of independence again ..

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Rousseff suffers post-poll reverse on ‘popular councils’

October 30, 2014

Dilma Rousseff

Freshly reelected Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff’s attempt to boost grassroots political participation via “popular councils” suffered a blow when Congress rejected her proposal Tuesday night. Having scored a narrow win Sunday over Social Democrat Aecio Neves, Rousseff wants to expand voters’ participation in the democratic process, in a bid to address ..

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ULTRAMARATHON SUPPORTS PROTESTS

October 30, 2014

Hong Kong Pro- democracy march

Hong Kong Pro- democracy march 

Two Hong Kong expatriates yesterday ran a 102 kilometre ultramarathon following a course in the shape of a giant umbrella to support pro-democracy protests in the southern Chinese city. The pair started at 4am and ran for over 18 hours on a path that took them from the city’s mountainous country trails to the mai ..

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Airline praises air navigation services

October 30, 2014

Mr. Saleem Mohammed Hassan(right)

The Ministry of Transportation’s Civil Aviation Affairs received high praise from Emirates Airline for the air navigation services provided by the Ministry’s Air Navigation Directorate. An award was presented by Emirate’s Manager Aeronautical Services and Air Traffic Management Department Peter John Roa - to Saleem Mohammed Hassan, Chief of the Air Traffic Ma ..

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JUFFAIR HEIGHTS WINS PROPERTY AWARD

October 30, 2014

Mr. Dadabhai

The highly successful Juffair Heights project has won international acclaim for both the project developer, Dadabhai Development and Property Management Company(DDPM), and its exclusive sales agent (Pegasus Real Estate). The two companies are amongst the winners of the prestigious Arabian Property Awards 2014-2015 in association with Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. DDPM ha ..

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ABC net profit up

October 30, 2014

Mr. El Kaber

Arab Banking Corporation (ABC) announced that its consolidated Group net profit for the first nine months of 2014 was US$197 million, an increase of 11 per cent over the US$178 million for the same period last year. Net profit for the third quarter was US$60 million, 9pc lower than the US$66 million reported for the third quarter last year.

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WFE APPROVES BHB’S FULL MEMBERSHIP

October 30, 2014

Shaikh Khalifa

The General Assembly and Annual Meeting of the World Federation of Exchanges (WFE) approved yesterday to provide  Bahrain Bourse (BHB) with a full membership status of the WFE during its 54th meeting at Seoul, South Korea. The WFE has voted for Bahrain Bourse to become a full member of the WFE after meeting all the membership criteria of the WFE.  On this occasio ..

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Innovative Transport system bags award

October 30, 2014

Innovative Transport system bags award

Under the patronage of  Kamal Ahmed Minister of Transportation and Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Economic Development Board, and in cooperation with the University of Bahrain, the Ministry of Transportation presented awards to the winners of a design competition held in cooperation with the University of Bahrain’s Faculty of Engineering.

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KINGDOM TO HOST ARABAL

October 30, 2014

Right to left- Mr. Shakeel, Mr.  Al-Ghannam,  Mr. Al Naki,  Ms. Hilal, and Mr. Fakhri, Qatalum

ARABAL underlines the growing aluminium industry in the GCC region

Arabal 2014, one of the significant events in the aluminium industry, will be held under the patronage of HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa the Prime Minster of the Kingdom of Bahrain from November 25 to 27 under the theme “GCC: An aluminium power house”. This was announced by the ..

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Sophia Antipolis Mentorship Programme

October 30, 2014

Sophia Antipolis Mentorship Programme

Kuwait Finance House – Bahrain announced the successful completion of the 9th Annual Bahrain Sophia Antipolis Mentorship Programme. It is a joint initiative between Kuwait Finance House-Bahrain and INJAZ Bahrain. H.H. Shaikha Hessa Bint Khalifa Al Khalifa congratulated the students for completing the programme successfully, saying that “INJAZ Bahrain aims to pr ..

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BATELCO PROFITS UP

October 30, 2014

Shaikh Hamad-Mr. Whelan

Batelco Group yesterday announced its results for the nine-month period ended 30 September. The net profits, representing a year-on-year increase of 11 per cent and 40pc compared to the third quarter of 2013, were positively boosted by strong contributions from the Group’s international operations and the success of cost reductions programmes across the Group, pa ..

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UNIDO to sign MoU with Intel Corp

October 30, 2014

Dr. HusseinMr. Adas

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is likely to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Intel Corporation to trigger the pilot project called ‘Innovation and Entrepreneurship Hub.’

“We are planning to have a strategic partnership to create a knowledge based economy. The initiative will sur ..

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EDIP graduation: Fifty entrepreneurs complete course

October 30, 2014

Dr. Fakhro, centre, with the entrepreneurs who were honoured in the graduation ceremony yesterday

Fifty entrepreneurs were honoured during a graduation ceremony for completing the Entrepreneurs Development Investment Programme (EDIP), held at the Industry of Commerce Ministry premises yesterday.

The special event was held under the patronage of Industry and Commerce Minister Dr. Hassan Fakhro.

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COURT BEAT

October 30, 2014

court beat

Rapist gets life term

The High Criminal Court sentenced a Bahraini man to life imprisonment after finding him guilty of raping an expat woman.

The convict reportedly posed as a policeman to manipulate his victim in a bid to have sex with her.

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FREEDOM IN TOTAL

October 30, 2014

A file picture-BAHRAIN

Integrity Coalition for Election Observation, the sole independent observer for the 2014 parliamentary and municipal elections, has noted that Bahrain does provide full monitoring rights as can be expected in any other developed democracy in the world.

“If there are some minor restrictions or differences, it is only because ..

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ELECTIONS: ‘EXPRESS FREE WILL’

October 30, 2014

King Hamad during his visit to RAP

His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa has urged the public to vote for their representatives in the upcoming municipal and parliamentary elections.

During his visit to the Royal Academy of Police (RAP), accompanied by Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalif ..

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‘It’s about political misunderstanding’

October 30, 2014

‘IT’S ABOUT POLITICAL  MISUNDERSTANDING’

Secretary General of the Parliament Abdulla bin Khalaf Al Dossary told DT News that he was hoping that Al Wefaq National Islamic Society would participate in the forthcoming municipal and parliamentary elections.

“I was hoping that Al Wefaq society would participate in the elections 2014 and exercise their right. Their ..

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Brutality: IS executes 46 tribesmen

October 30, 2014

IS executes 46 tribesmen

Jihadists from the Islamic State (IS) group have executed at least 46 members of a tribe that fought against them in Iraq’s Anbar province, sources said.

The men from the Albu Nimr tribe were killed in an area overrun by the militants last week north of the town of Heet, a local leader and a doctor said.

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Peshmerga, rebels move to Kobane

October 30, 2014

A Kurdish woman makes the victory sign as peshmerga convoys cross through the Habur border crossing along the Turkish-Iraqi border yesterday

Heavily armed Iraqi peshmerga fighters were set yesterday to reinforce fellow Kurds defending the Syrian border town of Kobane from the Islamic State group, as anti-regime rebels also joined the battle.

The Free Syrian Army (FSA) rebels crossed from Turkey to Kobane yesterday, officials said, to help Kurdish militia who have fac ..

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Hosny to enthrall petrolheads at BIC

October 30, 2014

Mr. Hosny

Multi-award winning Egyptian artiste Tamer Hosny will be performing live at the upcoming FIA WEC Six Hours of Bahrain, announced Bahrain International Circuit (BIC).

Hosny will be the major off-track attraction at the BIC endurance racing that will be held on November 14 and 15 in Sakhir.

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DT WOMAN: CONQUERING THE DESIGN REALM

October 30, 2014

DT WOMAN-Ms. Nass

She is the brain behind multiple furniture brands. A young businesswoman, Basma Nass had been exposed to beauty within environments since she was a very young child.

Completing her educational pursuit and experience in the corporate world, she returned back to Bahrain in 2007 to enter the design realm with all she learned.

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DT NEWS OVENHOT : A DELICIOUS MEATY TREAT

October 30, 2014

DT NEWS OVENHOT-Nigel Franz Duarte, Executive Sous Chef, Movenpick Hotel Bahrain

Born in India, Executive Sous Chef at Movenpick Hotel Bahrain, Nigel Franz Duarte,  pursued his dream in the hospitality industry which started off in Switzerland where he completed his Hotel and Restaurant Management degree from the Swiss school of hotel management in 2002.

He was confident of his ability to produce something ..

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BAHRAIN BUILDS UP SHENZHEN TIES

October 30, 2014

Mr.  Ahmed and Othman Alrayes, First Vice Chairman, of the Bahrain Chamber for Commerce and Industry (BCCI), met with Vice Secretarial General of the Shenzhen Government Zhu Tingfeng

Three MOUs were signed yesterday in Shenzhen as the Bahrain business delegation continues its tour of China’s principal commercial centres. The 10-day visit by the Economic Development Board (EDB) will culminate in Hong Kong.  An MOU has been signed between the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) and the Shenzhen branch of the China Council for the P ..

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Hagel orders quarantine for US troops

October 30, 2014

Chuck Hagel

Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel yesterday ordered a 21-day quarantine for all US troops returning from West Africa, calling it a “prudent” measure to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus. The move meant the military is adopting much stricter measures than those in place for civilian health workers sent by the US government to Liberia and Senegal, amid an intense de ..

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MUDSLIDE TRIGGERS

October 30, 2014

Sri Lankan residents stand at the site  of a landslide caused by heavy monsoon rains in Koslanda village

100 buried alive in Sri Lanka tea region

Around 100 people were buried alive in a tea-growing region of Sri Lanka yesterday as mudslides triggered by monsoon rains washed away their homes on a plantation, disaster officials said. One witness spoke of hearing a noise like thunder as part of a mountainside collapsed onto the estate, burying some of ..

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MURRAY SHINES

October 30, 2014

Andy Murray returns the ball

Andy Murray on brink of World Finals in Paris Masters

Andy Murray turned in a clinical performance yesterday as he joined Stan Wawrinka, David Ferrer and Milos Raonic in the next round of the Paris Masters. The two-time Grand Slam winner, who was absent last year after undergoing back surgery, overcame the challenge of French world number 28 Julien Bennetea ..

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Danger to marine life: Dolphin found dead in Karana

October 30, 2014

Illegal fishing activities, especially the use of illegal nets are the main factors behind the deaths of marine creatures

The Supreme Council for Environment (SCE) announced that a dolphin was found dead on the coast of Karana on Monday.

Chairman of the SCE, Adel Al Majid confirmed that the environmental inspection team, which visited the spot, identified it a bottlenose dolphin.

He added that the decayed corpse ..

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Shop robbed in Jidali

October 30, 2014

The robbed shop

Thieves decamped with money and consumer goods as a shop in Jidali was robbed yesterday. The shop owners, Ummer Farooq and Mohammed Ali, lodged a complaint stating that the shop named Aashira Traders located near Bu Ali Restaurant was robbed during the wee hours of morning.

According to Mr. Farooq, the incident came to light whe ..

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Education Ministry organises exhibition

October 30, 2014

Education Ministry organises exhibition

Ministry of Education organised a professional exhibition in Education Ministry’s hall in Isa Town in order to prepare students from public and private schools for their future.

Assistant Undersecretary for Special and Continuing Education, Dr. Abdulghani Al Shuwaikh inaugurated the event. Later, Dr. Al Shuwaikh toured around ..

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Arab League honours Isa Cultural Centre

October 29, 2014

Isa Cultural Centre

The Arab League's Secretary-General Dr. Nabil Al-Arabi honoured the Isa Cultural Centre's Executive Director Dr. Khaldoun Aba Hussain, in recognition of his substantial efforts regarding Arab documentation archives preservation. This came during a ceremony held by the Arab League on the "Arab Document's Day" under the motto "Palestine in Arab Documents". The event ..

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CIPD delegation to participate in 7th Human Resources Development Conference

October 29, 2014

jameel

 A high-level delegation of Chartered Institute of Personnel (CIPD) and Development will visit Bahrain on 10-11 November 2014 to participate in the Seventh Human Resources Development Conference and Exhibition. The event will be patronized by Labour Minister, Jameel bin Mohammad Humaidan, and organized by Origin Consulting Group.

CIPD Chief Executive, Peter ..

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Foreign Minister participates in Counter Piracy Conference

October 29, 2014

Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed al Khalifa attends the closing session of the 25th Arab Summit in Bayan Palace,Kuwait March 26, 2014. (file Picture)

The Ministry of Transportation’s Civil Aviation Affairs received high praise from Emirates Airline for the air navigation services provided by the Ministry’s Air Navigation Directorate. The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, today took part in the 4th Counter Piracy Conference whose activities kicked off early Wedne ..

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HRH Premier thanked by Chinese President

October 29, 2014

PM

His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa has received a cable of thanks from the Chinese President Xi Jinping, in reply to his congratulatory cable on China's National Day. President Xi Jinping expressed sincere thanks and appreciation to HRH Premier for his noble feelings, wishing him abundant good health and happiness and Bahrain ..

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Fencing team return to heroes’ welcome

October 29, 2014

Bahrain delegation members on return

Bahrain’s national fencing team have returned from Amman, Jordan where they took five medals - two gold, two sliver and a bronze at the recently-concluded week-long Arab Fencing Championships featuring top Arab fencers in different categories.

Medals were won by Abdulkarim Isa Abdulla (Epee) and Maram Ahmed Mohammed (Floret), ..

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GCC championship begins

October 29, 2014

Shaikh Ahmed and other BOC officials at their meeting with BTF representatives

Bahrain has stepped up its preparations for the GCC Tennis Championships, scheduled to take place from November 17-21 at the Bahrain Tennis Federation (BTF) premises in Isa Town following a visit by Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC) general secretary Abdulrahman Askar.

The five-day event comprises under-12 and under-16 competition ..

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SUBAH ENTERS FINAL

October 29, 2014

Indian Club Centenary Trans Auto Rental Snooker Tournament

Bahrain’s number one Habib Subah defeated India’s number four Faizal Khan in a thrilling nine-frame semi-final match last night in the Indian Club Centenary Trans Auto Rental Snooker Tournament at the club premises in Gudaibiya.

Habib who qualified for the knockout stage by winning Group C in the round-robin qualifiers beat ..

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Indian Club B, Central Cafe in semis

October 29, 2014

Indian Club B Team

Indian Club B defeated BCC A by six wickets in the quarter finals of the Indian Club Centenary Cricket Club and are set for the semi-finals tonight at the club premises in Gudaibiya.

Batting first, BCC A were bundled out for just 23 runs in 5.2 overs with Wasik (8) top scoring and Nishant (two for three) the pick of the bowler ..

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BOC, Sports associations hold discussions

October 29, 2014

BCC-Association officials at the meeting

Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC) and representatives of national sports associations recently held discussions on the amendments made on the latter’s statutes. Discussions were held during at the National Stadium Conference Hall in Riffa, where both sides had talks on the updates made on the sports associations statutes as well as the consolidated financial bylaw ..

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SUN GULF KANNADA SANGHA WIN

October 29, 2014

Cricket Bahrain

Sun Gulf Kannada Sangha crushed GT Abdullah by 181 runs in the latest matches of the Cricket Bahrain (BCL-CBA Division) Diamond League T20 Tournament at the Busaiteen Grounds in Muharraq. Battng first, Kannada Sangha scored 258 for five in its 20 overs thanks to fine knocks by (Abbas (79), Dhanish (55) and Kamal (55) with Amir (two for 55) the best of the bowlers ..

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BCCI Chairman attends Arab-British forum

October 29, 2014

BCCI

Chairman of Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry Khalid Al Moayed has participated in the 2nd Arab-British Economic Forum which took place in London-UK. Mr. Al Moayed praised the depth of the economic and trade relations between the United Kingdom and the Arab world in general and Bahrain in particular, pointing to the importance of exploiting further opportuni ..

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UBS BANK Q3 PROFITS UP

October 29, 2014

UBS

Banking giant UBS yesterday announced that its net profit had risen by 32 percent in the third quarter to 762 million Swiss francs (632 million euros, $802 million). The leap of almost one third compared to the same period of 2013 was fuelled by 1.3 billion francs’ worth of tax credits. That helped offset 1.8 billion francs in new provisions for litigation and re ..

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Air France-KLM denies Dutch job cuts

October 29, 2014

Air France-KLM

Air France-KLM yesterday denied Dutch media reports of massive job cuts planned at the Dutch national carrier, saying they spread “false information based on false figures”. Dutch daily tabloid Algemeen Dagblad ran a front-page article, saying that about 7,500 jobs, or one-in-four of the workforce, would be cut under a programme of restructuring and outsourcing ..

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FRENCH SANOFI HOLDS TARGETS

October 29, 2014

Sanofi Chief Executive Chris Viehbacher

French drugmaking group Sanofi reported yesterday that net profit slipped in the third quarter but that its main treatments were doing well and research for new drugs including a dengue fever vaccine looked promising. But the price of shares in the group was down 9.35 percent in early afternoon trading in response to the news that net profit had fallen by 2.4 perce ..

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BCCI signs MoU with Chinese Chambers

October 29, 2014

BCCI signs MoU with Chinese Chambers

Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) has signed two Memorandum of Understandings during a ten-day visit to China aiming to bolster the cooperation and boost trade and investments between the two friendly countries. The first MoU was signed with the Federation of Chinese Chambers for the Promotion of International Trade, and aims to promote mutual trade, ..

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MINISTER OPENS LABTECH-2014

October 29, 2014

Inauguration ceremony

Finance Minister, Minister in-charge of Oil and Gas Affairs and Chairman of National Oil and Gas Authority Shaikh Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa yesterday inaugurated the third International Laboratory Technology Conference and Exhibition (LABTECH- 2014) at the Gulf International Convention Centre under the theme “Towards Excellence in Laboratory Management”.

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Saudi executes another Asian

October 29, 2014

Saudi executes another Asian

Saudi Arabia beheaded a Pakistani convicted of heroin smuggling yesterday, the interior ministry said, bringing to four the number executed in two weeks.

It said a Saudi national was also executed in a separate case, raising to 61 the number of death sentences carried out in the kingdom this year, according to an AFP tally.

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Turkey not in favour of Kurds

October 29, 2014

Kurdish men and children sit around a fire outside a tent in the Rojava refugee camp in Kobane

Turkey wants the anti-Damascus Free Syrian Army (FSA) to control the Syrian border town of Kobane if Islamist jihadists are defeated, and not the forces of separatist Kurds or President Bashar Al-Assad, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said.

In an interview with the BBC broadcast yesterday, Davutoglu called for an “integrated st ..

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IraqI Kurds set for Kobane fight

October 29, 2014

Dozens of Kurdish peshmerga fighters leave a base in northern Iraq yesterday on their way to the battleground Syrian town of Kobane

Dozens of Kurdish peshmerga fighters left a base in northern Iraq yesterday headed for the battleground Syrian town of Kobane, an AFP journalist reported.

The town on the Turkish border has become a crucial front in the fight against the Islamic State (IS) group, which overran large parts of Iraq in June and also holds significa ..

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The Pet Project: Keep your bulbul nourished

October 29, 2014

THE PET PROJECT

Many types of bulbuls are quite social and exciting birds to be around with, but what’s interesting about them is the variety of diet that they have.

Their fruity diet includes a mixture of diced fruit of berries, apple, pear, banana and grapes. But what’s interesting is that bulbuls are unable to make Vitamin C in their bod ..

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Blood donation campaign to serve sickle-cell patients

October 29, 2014

SICKLE CELL

The Kingdom’s sickle-cell patients will benefit from the Imam Hussain Blood donation campaign as more than 50 per cent of the blood collected from donors will be used for transfusing their blood, organisers confirmed yesterday.

The blood donation drive which will take place next week is expected to bring together more than a t ..

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Gender-based disparities still a matter of concern

October 29, 2014

Gender-based

Bahrain seems to have fared badly in removing the gender-based disparities, ranking 124 out of 142 countries.

The Kingdom is scoring below  average on the parameters like economic participation, educational attainment and health and survival in the World Economic Forum’s 2014 gender gap index.

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Aerial diplomacy : Bilateral ties at new heights

October 29, 2014

(From left) Ms. Rajab, Gulf Air Chief Executive Officer Maher Salman Al Musallam, Shaikha Mai and Russian Ambassador to Bahrain Victor Smirnov jointly cuts the ribbon as Director of Corporate Affairs at Gulf Air Mohammed Hulaiwah

Gulf Air starts services to Moscow

Opening a new chapter in the bilateral ties between Bahrain and Russia, Gulf Air’s maiden flight took off to Moscow yesterday.

The launch of new aerial route comes in light of an official visit by His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and the preceding visit by Crown Prince, Deput ..

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Violence, accusations spoiling election mood

October 29, 2014

Mr. Alekri

The recent rise in violence against candidates can’t be completely pinned on the Opposition alone, said Bahrain Transparency Society yesterday.

“We are quite concerned about the naming of the Opposition as perpetrators or instigators of acts of violence and vandalism against candidates,” said Bahrain Transparency Society P ..

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Hosny to enthrall petrolheads at BIC

October 29, 2014

Mr. Hosny

Multi-award winning Egyptian artist Tamer Hosny will be performing live at the upcoming FIA WEC Six Hours of Bahrain, announced Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) yesterday.

Hosny will be the major off-track attraction at the BIC endurance racing that will be held on November 14 and 15 in Sakhir.

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Berlin Conference: Minister highlights bahrain’s efforts

October 29, 2014

Mr. Al Buainain along with other delegates at the conference

Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Ghanim Al Buainain, addressing the Syrian Refugee Situation Conference, stressed Bahrain’s great interest in providing all forms of support for Syrian refugees, in line with the directives of Bahrain’s leadership led by His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.

The event was held yester ..

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COURT BEAT

October 29, 2014

court beat

Budaiya incidentPolice to testify in blast case 

Police witnesses will appear before the court on November 27 to testify in the trial of six appellants involved in detonating a booby-trapped car.

They were earlier sentenced to 15 years in jail after the High Cr ..

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Intimidating electorate: Bridle vandals for candidates’ safety

October 29, 2014

Picture for representative purpose only

A mid Parliamentary and Municipal elections fast approaching, attacks on candidates have become a regular affair.

As many as seven candidates were targeted since the Election Commission announced the date of election. They include Abdulla Tarrar Sultan Ali, Ali Al Derazi, Jaffar Ibrahim Asfoor Hussein, Salman al Hamer, Mohammed ..

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Terrorism, extremism: Crown Prince toughens stand

October 29, 2014

Prince Salman during his meeting with Mr. Allen

Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, during his meeting with United States Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL General John R. Allen, stressed the Kingdom’s support in eradicating terrorism and combating all forms of extremism in the region.

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Al Wefaq suspended

October 29, 2014

Al Wefaq National Islamic Society

The Administrative Court has suspended the operations of Al Wefaq National Islamic Society for three months.

The Court ruled that Al Wefaq had violated the law on associations. It also gave the group three months to regularise its status.

Lawyer Abdulla Al Shamlawi told reporters that yesterd ..

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King Hamad award renewed by UNESCO

October 29, 2014

king

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO)’s Executive Council during its 195th session has renewed the UNESCO-King Hamad IT and Telecommunications in Education Award for the next six years.

The renewal of the award’s term comes in appreciation from the Council’s member countries of the i ..

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Israeli move termed a blatant challenge

October 29, 2014

Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed al Khalifa attends the closing session of the 25th Arab Summit in Bayan Palace,Kuwait March 26, 2014. (file Picture)

Foreign Affairs Minister Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa has urged the international community to assume its responsibility and firmly stand against Israel’s breach of international laws and conventions and recurrent assaults on the Palestinian occupied territories.

In a statement, Shaikh Khalid condemned Israel’s decisio ..

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BisB realises BD 6.6mn net profit

October 29, 2014

Mr. Al Qassim

Bahrain Islamic Bank(BisB) has realised BD 6.6 million as net profit for the nine months of the current year, after deducting BD 6.1 million net provisions, compared to BD 3.8 million as net profit for the same period of last year. This was announced by Chairman of the Board of Directors Abdul Razak Abdulla Hassan Al Qassim.

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BUSINESS PRIORITY

October 29, 2014

Media interviews with a range of leading Chinese business news publications in progress

EDB promotes Bahrain in Guangzhou

Visiting Bahrain delegation held a series of meetings in the Chinese city of Guangzhou over the last two days, aimed at promoting international investment in the Kingdom and boosting trade relations with businesses in the country. The delegation is led by Kamal Ahmed, Minister of Transportation and Acting Chief Executive of ..

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DECODE YOUR DREAMS

October 29, 2014

DECODE YOUR DREAMS

Dream 

“When I was twenty, I suffered one of the weirdest sensations. I was sleeping and was having a nightmare. I quickly realised it wasn’t real but even though I was trying to wake up, I just couldn’t get myself to open my eyes and it felt like there was this force upon me which is stopping me from waking ..

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Modi pledges to modernise Vietnam’s defences

October 29, 2014

Narendra Modi

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised yesterday to strengthen Vietnam’s military following talks between leaders of the two allies, in a move likely to rankle neighbouring nuclear-armed giant China. Modi said India would sell naval patrol boats to Vietnam under a $100 million line of credit to the Southeast Asian nation, which is trying to improve its defe ..

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Italy’s president testifies at Mafia trial

October 29, 2014

Giorgio Napolitano

Italian President Giorgio Napolitano gave evidence yesterday at a landmark trial in which state officials are accused of making a secret deal with the Mafia in the 1990s.

 The 89-year-old head of state, who is not accused of playing a role in the deal, took the stand as prosecutors attempt to unearth fresh evidence on mob bombi ..

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AQUINO RULES OUT SEEKING SECOND TERM

October 29, 2014

Benigno Aquino

Philippine President Benigno Aquino yesterday ruled out any attempt to seek a second term, a highly controversial proposition that would have required the rewriting of the constitution. Aquino in August had hinted at such a possibility. But he quickly ran into opposition in a nation still haunted by the dictatorial rule of the late president Ferdinand Marcos. Aquin ..

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Spanish PM apologises for party corruption scandals

October 29, 2014

Rajoy

Spain prime minister apologised for corruption scandals involving members of his conservative Popular Party yesterday, a day after police detained 51 people in nationwide graft raids. Police on Monday arrested 51 public officials and business leaders -- including top members of the ruling party -- as part of a probe into a kickback scheme. “In the name of the Pop ..

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MEXICO RECOILS

October 29, 2014

Prosecution officials and forensic personnel prepare to work at the site

More bodies found in search for missing students

Mexico recoiled in fresh horror yesterday over the discovery of yet another mass grave, in the futile monthlong search for 43 missing college students. President Enrique Pena Nieto ordered a meeting of security officials in hopes of “restoring order” in restive Guerrero state, site of the latest macabre f ..

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Hollande calls for calm as France reels from protester death

October 29, 2014

French President Hollande (centre)

France’s president scrambled yesterday to contain the fallout from the death of an eco-protester as authorities prepared to release forensic results that will determine whether riot police were responsible. Remi Fraisse was killed in the early hours of Sunday as people protesting against a controversial dam project in the southwestern Tarn region clashed with sec ..

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RUSSIA SUPPORTS REBEL POLLING

October 29, 2014

Boys, cadets of the Ukrainian Cadets Corps, stay on the line during a memorial ceremony in Kiev

Russia angers Ukraine with rebel polls

Russia announced yesterday that it will recognise separatist polls in Ukraine next weekend, fuelling tensions with the country’s newly elected pro-Western leaders as they negotiate on forming a coalition government. The rebel elections on Sunday should “go ahead as agreed,” Russian Foreign Minister Serg ..

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Trott gets England Lions call-up

October 29, 2014

Jonathan Trott

Batsman Jonathan Trott has been called up by the second-string England Lions for their 2015 tour of South Africa, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced yesterday.

South Africa-born Trott, 33, has not played international cricket since he withdrew from England’s Ashes tour of Australia last November due to a stres ..

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BLATTER OPPOSES WORLD CUP BOYCOTT

October 29, 2014

Sepp Blatter

World football boss Sepp Blatter yesterday opposed any boycott of the 2018 World Cup in Russia and backed the huge preparations undertaken by President Vladimir Putin’s government for the mega event.  “A boycott will never give any positive effect,” Blatter told. “We trust the country, its government.” “FIFA unconditionally supports the staging of the ..

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Suarez credits Rodgers for Liverpool success

October 29, 2014

Luis Suarez

Barcelona striker Luis Suarez has heralded Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers for finding the perfect tactical system for him during the two years they worked together at Anfield. Rodgers introduced a slick, passing style following his arrival from Swansea City in 2012 and Suarez was one of the chief beneficiaries, scoring 61 goals during his last two seasons on Mer ..

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ROBREDO ADVANCE

October 29, 2014

Tommy Robredo returns the ball

Spanish veteran Tommy Robredo survived a first round scare at the Paris Masters yesterday before prevailing 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (7/5) over Canada’s Vasek Pospisil.  Also at Bercy Arena, French hopes were badly dented when Shanghai Masters finalist and 15th seed Gilles Simon, crashed out in the second round against Spaniard Fernando Verdasco.  The world number 33 brok ..

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WORLD ISLAMIC BANKING MEET

October 29, 2014

WORLD ISLAMIC BANKING MEET

The organisers of the annual World Islamic Banking Conference (WIBC 2014) held a curtain-raiser Press conference yesterday to announce the launch of its 21st annual edition,which is scheduled to be held in Bahrain from 1st to 3rd December. It is held under the patronage of HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, The Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Bahrain and su ..

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Misbah hails crushing victory

October 27, 2014

Pakistani players celebrate after Australian batsman Mitchell Johnson was stumped during the fifth day of the first test cricket match between Pakistan and Australia at Dubai International Stadium

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul Haq hailed his side’s first Test victory over Australia in Dubai yesterday as “one of the finest wins” but added his team needed to remain focused to win the series. Pakistan thrashed Australia by 221 runs on the fifth and final day with just 21.5 overs remaining in the game. Australia were dismissed for 216 after left-arm spinner Z ..

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MARQUEZ SHINES

October 27, 2014

Marc Marquez celebrates with the trophy

Malaysian Grand Prix

Recently crowned world champion Marc Marquez broke another record by romping to his 12th win of the season in an eventful Malaysian Grand Prix yesterday. The Spanish Honda rider was followed by Yamaha teammates Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo, while his own teammate Dani Pedrosa crashed out. Marquez, who completed the Sepang ..

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Lahiri claims victory at Macau Open

October 27, 2014

Anirban Lahiri holds the winners trophy

India’s Anirban Lahiri secured a one-stroke victory at the US$900,000 Macau Open after frontrunner Scott Hend of Australia bogeyed the last hole yesterday. Lahiri started the final round two shots behind the overnight leader Hend and trailed by four at one stage at the Macau Golf and Country Club. But he rallied on the home stretch to beat Hend and Thailand’s P ..

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FEDERER CRUISES

October 27, 2014

Roger Federer raises the trophy

Swiss Indoors ATP Title

Roger Federer outclassed David Goffin in the Swiss Indoors final yesterday, winning 6-2, 6-2 to claim a third ATP title from his last four events. Federer spent 51 minutes in pleasing his hometown crowd, setting up two match points with a fifth ace and effortlessly piloting over a winning drop shot on his first opportunity ..

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Llorente relief as Juve drought ends

October 27, 2014

Juventus’ French midfielder Paul Pogba (centre) fights for the ball with Palermo’s defender Eros Pisano (left) and Palermo’s midfielder Francesco Bolzoni

Fernando Llorente admitted his relief after ending his Serie A goals drought for Juventus in a 2-0 win over Palermo that moved the champions three points clear of Roma yesterday. Llorente has failed to impress so far having scored 16 goals last season in a 35-goal partnership with fellow striker Carlos Tevez on the way to Juve’s third consecutive scudetto under f ..

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Gattuso quits as coach of OFI Crete

October 27, 2014

Gennaro Gattuso

Former Italy midfielder Gennaro Gattuso quit as coach of OFI Crete yesterday after four-and-a-half months in charge. Gattuso, 36, made the announcement at a press conference following his side’s 3-2 home defeat to Asteras Tripolis in the Greek Super League. The loss by OFI left the team deadlocked in ninth place in the standings with nine points in seven matches. ..

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Ogier wins in Spain, retains world title

October 27, 2014

French driver Sebastien Ogier (right) celebrates with his co-driver Julien Ingrassia

Sebastian Ogier of France, driving a Volkswagen, retained his world title after victory in the Rally of Spain yesterday. Ogier, 30, finished ahead of team-mate Jari-Mari Latvala of Finland, the only man who could have overtaken him and prevented him from successfully defending the crown he won last year. Another Finn, Mikko Hirvonen, in a Ford Fiesta RS, was third. ..

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WOLVES DOWN MAINZ

October 27, 2014

Wolfsburg’s midfielder Daniel Caligiuri (right ) and Mainz midfielder Johannes Geis vie for the ball

VfL Wolfsburg went provisionally second in the Bundesliga as they inflicted Mainz’s first defeat of the season with a 3-0 win yesterday. Goals by Naldo, Ivan Perisic and Daniel Caliguri gave the hosts the three points and second spot on goal difference from Hoffenheim -- Borussia Moenchengladbach could regain second with a victory or draw over leaders and defendi ..

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Awan Red, BCC in Quarter Finals

October 27, 2014

Team  Awan Red

Awan Red defeated Al Namal Kannada Sangha by 11 runs and BCC beat Shaheen Group by five runs to secure berths in the quarter finals of the Indian Club Centenary Cricket Cup at the club premises in Gudaibiya. Batting first, Awan Red scored 54 for three off their six overs with mainstay and man of the match Shebaz (31 off 14 deliveries) top scoring. In reply, Al Nam ..

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Marketing beat Refining

October 27, 2014

Mr. Hubaishi

Marketing defeated Refining 6-2 in the sixth round of matches in the Bapco Interdepartmental Bowling League played at the Bapco Club in Awali.  Top scoring for Marketing was Ghassan Abdulla (246) high game and Mohammed Janahi (649) high series and for Refining Mazen Ahmed (248) game and Abdul Redha Haqiqi (603) series.

Informat ..

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Graduates receive awards

October 27, 2014

Mr.  Askar receives a commemorative gift from the Canadian Consulate

Bahrain Olympic Committee’s (BOC) general secretary Abdulrahman Askar deputised for Supreme Council for Youth and Sports general secretary and BOC vice-president Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa to attend the graduation ceremony for 775 participants. Graduates included 375 who took part in the National Coaching Programme and the Sports Management Programme, i ..

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Shaikh Salman receives invitation for Gulf Cup

October 27, 2014

Shaikh Salman receiving the invitation from Al Khamis

Asian Football Confederation (AFC) President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa received at his office yesterday the Saudi Arabian Football Federation general secretary and director of the 22nd Gulf Cup football tournament Ahmed Al Khamis, who handed over an invitation to attend the opening ceremony of the 22nd Gulf Cup starting  on November 13 and concluding  ..

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KHAN, MOHAMMED REACH SEMI-FINALS

October 27, 2014

Majid Dhaif, second from left, and  Mohammed Saleh, fifth from right, with Indian Club President Anand Lobo, centre, Acting Indoor Games Secretary Mahesh Kumar and tournament main sponsor Jojo Thariyan

India’s number four Faizal Khan and Afghanistan’s number one Saleh Mohammed booked their places in tomorrow’s semi-finals of the Indian Club Centenary Trans Auto Rental Snooker Tournament being played at the club premises in Gudaibiya.

Khan who won Group B in the round-robin stage qualifiers had to work hard coming back tw ..

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Egypt sentences 23 protesters

October 27, 2014

Egyptian Alaa Abdel Fattah (L), a top activist of the revolt against ex-president Hosni Mubarak, and his mother Laila Soueif

Morsi supporters at receiving end

An Egyptian court sentenced 23 pro-democracy activists yesterday to three years in prison each for holding an unlicenced and violent protest, after international calls to free the defendants.

The rights activists include Yara Sallam and Sanaa Seif, described by Amnesty International as ..

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Mujuru denies plotting Mugabe ouster

October 27, 2014

Joice Mujuru

Zimbabwe’s Vice President Joice Mujuru yesterday rejected “false claims” that she is plotting to topple President Robert Mugabe ahead of a ruling party congress in December. “Like any human being I have my own weaknesses, but people should not make false claims about me,” Mujuru told hundreds of supporters at a party to celebrate her obtaining a doctorate ..

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Botswana president re-elected

October 27, 2014

Ian Khama (centre) arrives on a quad bike to address an election rally

Botswana President Ian Khama saw off the biggest challenge posed by the opposition since independence, winning a second term in power yesterday as his ruling party secured a majority at the polls. Khama “has been re-elected as the President of the Republic” said High Court Chief Justice Maruping Dibotelo, after his party the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) garn ..

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Hong Kong’s Vote: H K PROTESTS IN DISARRAY

October 27, 2014

Pro-democracy protesters chat near tents at a protest site in the Mongkok district of Hong Kong yesterday

Leaders of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests yesterday abruptly postponed a vote on their next steps due to differing opinions about how to move the month-long campaign forward. Four weeks after tens of thousands of Hong Kongers took to the streets demanding free leadership elections for the semi-autonomous Chinese city, weary demonstrators remain encamped acros ..

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Darth Vader’s ambitions slain in Ukraine vote

October 27, 2014

Darth Vader is the official candidate of the Ukrainian Internet party

Darth Vader is in trouble in Ukraine -- again. A candidate posing as the iconic villain from the “Star Wars” movies already had his Ukrainian presidential ambitions thwarted by suspicious authorities in May. But the scary man from the dark side of the Force was not going down without a fight.

An impressive six Darth Vaders m ..

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ADVANTAGE ROUSSEFF

October 27, 2014

People queue at a polling station in Mare, a complex of favelas in Rio de Janeiro

Dilma narrow favourite as Brazilians turn out to vote

Brazilians voted yesterday for the next leader of the world’s seventh-largest economy, with opinion polls narrowly favoring President Dilma Rousseff after a topsy-turvy and bitter campaign. Some 143 million people are choosing between leftist incumbent Rousseff and Social Democrat Aecio Neves ..

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Ex-IMF chief Rato: fallen angel of Spanish finance

October 27, 2014

Rato (second left) leaves the High Court

Fraud allegations have driven a spectacular fall from grace for Rodrigo Rato, the man credited with Spain’s one-time economic boom and now destroyed by its bust. The 65-year-old former finance minister was hailed for kicking off a golden decade of growth in Spain’s economy from the late 1990s and later led the International Monetary Fund. Now, six years after t ..

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RENZI JUSTIFIES JOB REFORMS

October 27, 2014

Renzi

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi defended his job reform plans yesterday, comparing naysayers to grumpy pensioners, a day after a mass protest in Rome against the measures. “When a construction site opens there’s immediately a convention of pensioners who gather around the sides and say, shaking their heads: ‘That’s not the way to do it’,” Renzi told ..

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India chooses Israel for $525m missile deal

October 27, 2014

missile deal

India has chosen to buy anti-tank guided missiles from Israel, rejecting a rival US offer, as the right-wing government clears projects worth $13.1 billion to modernise its ageing military, official sources said yesterday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government will buy 8,356 Spike missiles and 321 launchers from Israel in a deal worth 32 billion rupees ($525 ..

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Kuwait fiscal reserves at $548bn

October 27, 2014

Kuwaiti Finance Minister Anas Al-Saleh (left) with IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde

The oil-rich Gulf state of Kuwait had accumulated reserves of $548 billion as of June 30 after continued growth in the first six months of 2014, a local daily reported yesterday. The reserves are invested in two state funds, the State Reserve Fund with $149 billion and the Reserve Fund for Future Generations with $399 billion, Al-Qabas newspaper said, citing a repo ..

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CRUDE EFFECTS

October 27, 2014

SABIC

Saudi petrochem giant SABIC Q3 net profit falls 4.5 pc

Saudi petrochemicals giant SABIC reported yesterday a 4.48 percent fall in profits for the third quarter of 2014, while its chief forecast that oil prices will recover over the long-term. SABIC, the largest publicly traded firm in the Gulf, said net profit for the three months up to September ..

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EUROZONE BANKS FLUNK ECB AUDIT

October 27, 2014

EUROZONE BANKS

Nearly one in five eurozone banks is still on shaky financial foundations, the ECB said yesterday after a crunch audit aimed at preventing a repeat of the crisis that nearly led to the euro’s collapse. The European Central Bank’s financial health check has become more pressing in recent weeks as the

eurozone is seen to again ..

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German trade delegation to visit Kingdom

October 27, 2014

Mr. Al Mahmoud

CEO of the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) Nabeel Abdulrahman Al Mahmoud has announced that a high-profile German trade delegation will visit the Kingdom at the beginning of 2015.

Speaking during a recent meeting with the German Trade Commissioner in KSA, Bahrain and Yemen,

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ETIHAD, AL-FUTTAIM, ADCB HR WINNERS

October 27, 2014

Award winners with officials

Etihad Airways, Al-Futtaim Group and Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank (ADCB) bagged top titles at the Middle East HR Excellence Awards . ‘Employer of the Year’ award went to the UAE’s national carrier, Etihad Airways, for demonstrating superior people development strategies resulting in a productive, engaged and motivated workforce. The award for the ‘Nationalisat ..

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Kobane fighting toll tops 800

October 27, 2014

A Youtube channel, which posts videos from areas under the Islamic State (IS) group’s control, allegedly showing an Islamic State group fighter firing a heavy machine gun in Kobane

More than 800 people have been killed in ground fighting for Kobane since Islamic State (IS) group militants attacked the Syrian Kurdish enclave on September 16, a monitoring group said yesterday.

The jihadists have lost 481 dead, while 313 Kurds have been killed fighting to defend the area, the Syrian Observatory for Human Righ ..

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Syria air strikes kill 13 children

October 27, 2014

Kurdish children make tea outside a tent in the Rojava refugee camp in Suruc, Sanliurfa province, near the besieged Syrian town of Kobane, yesterday

Syrian government air strikes on two besieged, rebel-held areas of the central province of Homs killed at least 31 people, 13 of them children, a monitoring group said yesterday.

Sixteen members of the same family were among 24 people killed in raids late Saturday and yesterday on the town of Talbisseh, the Syrian Observatory fo ..

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Syrian Qaeda warns Lebanon

October 27, 2014

Lebanese soldiers guard a position near Syria street during clashes with gunmen in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli yesterday

Al-Qaeda’s Syrian affiliates threatened yesterday to kill Lebanese soldiers it captured in fighting in August unless the army halts operations against Islamist militants in Lebanon’s second city Tripoli.

The Lebanese army, meanwhile, said gunmen kidnapped a soldier from his home in the port city, the second seized in norther ..

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THE PINK TRIANGLE IN MANAMA

October 27, 2014

SATHYA

Male hustlers take over Manama car park

The car park opposite to Manama Gold City, adjacent to the bus stop is not just a place to park the cars, but a place where some rush to satisfy their bodily needs.

Here, there are some who are attempting to bring back the existence of male prost ..

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COURT BEAT

October 27, 2014

court beat

Drug trafficker gets ten years

The High Criminal Appeals Court upheld the ten-year imprisonment term issued against a Gulf citizen convicted of drug smuggling.

Court reports revealed that the defendant was caught in a sting operation after the Drug Enforcement Administration re ..

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‘Black’ flies off shelves

October 27, 2014

Hussain Abuali at his stall at the special bazaar

It’s a time, which can be seen serenaded with the colour ‘black’.

Mourners of the martyrdom of the Shia Imam, Hussain Ibn Ali, attire themselves and their families in the dark shade to remember the fateful Battle of Karbala, which took place on Muharram 10, in the year 61 AH.

People are ..

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SALARIES SEE A RISE

October 27, 2014

Bahrain Dinar

Employees in Bahrain can look forward for a better 2015, as their increase in wages in 2015 will be higher than that in 2014.

The Kingdom will see a four per cent jump in wages in 2015 compared to the 3.47pc rise in the current year, according to the latest pay forecast data published by a global management consultancy.

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Call for active participation

October 27, 2014

Captain Mahmood-Shaikh Jassim

Expressing confidence that the upcoming parliamentary and municipal elections would be a great success, parliamentarian Captain Mahmood Al Mahmood urged the citizens to exercise their franchise without any fear.

Stating that the programmes of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa have been running successfully for the past 1 ..

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City International School offers quality education

October 27, 2014

Mr. Muzaffar

City International School Bahrain is an intersecting point where professional path meets the mentoring path. The school has highly professional engineers to train physics and math while doctors are employed for teaching biology.

City International School Bahrain is a heaven for the kids at Hidd, Arad, Amwaj, Busaiteen and Juffai ..

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Political societies need vision

October 27, 2014

Dr. Al Khuzaie

A US-based Bahraini political consultant has stated that political societies need a clear vision.

According to Managing Partner of Khuzaie Associates, Dr. Ahmed Al Khuzaie, having a better party system will bring in more professional candidates who adhere to their society’s ideology.

Bring ..

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FORMULA TO ERASE VANDALISM

October 27, 2014

A file photo of rioters

Do lack of recreational and educational facilities push the youth into vandalism?

Yes, says Hamad Town parliamentarian, Mohammed Ammadi, who urged the authorities to establish more recreational clubs in his area.

The MP noted that most of the youths engage in vandalism as they have no other o ..

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MILITARY TIES GET A FILLIP

October 27, 2014

Commander of the Royal Guard Colonel HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa held a meeting with a UK military delegation yesterday. During the meeting, Shaikh Nasser said that the Royal Guard

Welcoming a UK military delegation in London, the Commander of the Royal Guard Colonel HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa expressed his keen interest in strengthening the military ties between Bahrain and Britain.

Shaikh Nasser lauded the depth of the relations between the two kingdoms and highlighted the significance of exch ..

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Yusuffali tops Indian power list again

October 27, 2014

Mr. Yusuffali-Mr. Ravi Pillai

LULU Group Chief  Yusuffali MA has maintained his top position for the fifth time in a row at the Indian Power List which has been published by Arabian Business. The Kerala born businessman who runs the LULU Group has  strong presence in the middle east’s retail sector. His close proximity with the various rulers and ruling family members of the GCC countries w ..

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INVESTMENTS IN FOCUS

October 27, 2014

Mr. Ahmed meets with Mr. Guobao in Beijing

Business delegation  continues promoting the Kingdom in China

Visiting Bahrain Business delegation held various joint meetings with private sector representatives and Chinese investors to showcase the Kingdom as a best investment destination. The delegation is led by Kamal Ahmed, Minister for Transportation and Acting Chief Executive of the EDB. ..

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THE BEAUTY BLOOPERS: Lip gloss is annoyingly sticky!

October 27, 2014

THE BEAUTY Bloopers

Enough of the lip gloss! When I was younger, I used to think it served a natural look, but really, all it does is make your lips annoyingly sticky and kind of gross in the end, when all the dust particles have stuck onto your lips. Later on, I realized that no matter how timid or shy you look, a dark shade of lipstick is always eye catching, whether it be intimi ..

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MAGIC MILK FOR THE SKIN

October 27, 2014

L’occitaine

I have grown to love certain brands that make me feel safe and give me noticeable results.

L’occitaine is one of those brands that makes me go crazy over their moisturizers, hand creams and fragrances.

L’occitaine offers high quality products that are developed through the procedure of a ..

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Uruguay votes for Mujica successor

October 27, 2014

Uruguayan presidential candidate for the National Party, Luis Lacalle Pou

Uruguayans voted yesterday to elect a successor to folksy iconoclast President Jose Mujica, whose leftist coalition is fighting off youthful challengers from the country’s more conservative traditional parties. Mujica is looking to hand power back to his predecessor, cancer doctor Tabare Vazquez of the Broad Front (FA), who polls indicate is likely to win the fir ..

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UK FORCES END AFGHAN MISSION

October 27, 2014

Picture from the British Ministry of Defence via Defence News Imagery shows the lowering of the Union (front) and US (rear, obscured) flags during a handover ceremony at Camp Bastion-Leatherneck complex at Lashkar Gah in Helmand province

British forces yesterday handed over formal control of their last base in Afghanistan to Afghan troops, ending combat operations in the country after 13 years which cost hundreds of lives. The handover was hailed by British Prime Minister David Cameron but the southern Helmand province that foreign troops are leaving behind still confronts a resilient Taliban insur ..

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NEWCASTLE, EVERTON WIN

October 27, 2014

Premier League

Newcastle United soar as Burnley remain winless in Premier League

Newcastle climbed out of the Premier League bottom three with a 2-1 win away to Tottenham Hotspur while winless Burnley remained rooted in the relegation zone after a 3-1 loss at home to Everton yesterday. Fresh from their first victory of the season, at home to Leicester l ..

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Favourite pastime : Nightlife at Bengali Galli

October 27, 2014

Playing caroms game is the favourite pastime of people at Bengali Galli

Thirty-year-old, Subedhar Mansour, was leaning forward, with full concentration and staring on the pink coin, as well as on the other coin covering it.

After rubbing his fingers to strike the cover coin and chanting something in Bengali, Subedhar finally succeeded in striking the ‘Queen’ on the board.

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Industry and Commerce Minister receives Petrodar International Board Chairman

October 26, 2014

Dr. Hassan Abdullah Fakhro-Abdulkarim Al Sayed-Hussain Al Sayed

Industry and Commerce Minister Dr. Hassan Abdullah Fakhro received today Petrodar International Board Chairman and Chief Executive Abdulkarim Al Sayed and the company's Executive Director Hussain Al Sayed. They discussed economic and commercial issues and the key role played by Bahraini businessmen and investors in boosting the national economy and the kingdom's ..

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HH Shaikh Nasser launches King Hamad International Award for Invention

October 26, 2014

Dr. Hassan Abdullah Fakhro-Abdulkarim Al Sayed-Hussain Al Sayed

His Highness Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, His Majesty the King's Personal Representative for Charity Work and Youth Affairs, Supreme Council for Youth and Sport Chairman and Bahrain Olympic Committee President, has announced the launch of HM King Hamad International Award for Invention.

The award is in recognition of the ..

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HM the King thanked by HM Queen Elizabeth II

October 26, 2014

King Hamad

His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa has received a letter of thanks from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom in response to a letter sent by HM the King which expressed his support for a strong United Kingdom following the Scottish Referendum last month. In her letter, HM Queen Elizabeth II thanked HM the King for his kind message, and ext ..

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HRH Premier congratulated by Muharraq Governor

October 26, 2014

PM

Muharraq Governor Salman bin Isa bin Hindi has extended, on behalf of the Muharraq Governorate’s Coordination Council, utmost congratulations to His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa following the successful medical tests he underwent recently. Chairing the weekly meeting of the Muharraq Governorate’s Coordination Council, Go ..

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Indian wins Green Oscar for film on parrot

October 26, 2014

Ashwika

Ashwika Kapur, a 26-year-old science and natural history filmmaker from West Bengal, has won the Wildscreen Panda Awards also known as the Green Oscar for her film on a Kakapo parrot named Sirocco.

Kapur won the award at a ceremony in Britain’s Bristol city Friday in the Wildscreen Festival for her 15-minute film “Sirocco - ..

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Public schools ready to integrate students with special needs

October 26, 2014

Dr. Al Nuaimi with a special needs student

Minister of Education, Dr. Majid Al Nuaimi, stated that thanks to the great support received by the ministry from the Wise Leadership, the public schools are now ready to integrate students with special needs.

He added that they provide the necessary infrastructure and facilities, combined with tools that will help and ease the ..

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Two schools attacked by vandals

October 26, 2014

SCHOOL

The Ministry of Education announced that two schools have been added to the list of educational institutions attacked by vandals this year.

Vandals broke into the Shaikh Khalifa bin Salman Institute of Technology located at Muharraq and destroyed some of the school’s facilities.

Another sch ..

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lllegal gathering : Rioters jailed for five years

October 26, 2014

Rioters

The High Criminal Court sentenced two men to five years in prison for participating in a riot, which took place in Muqsha. The incident happened last February, when police received information about 300 rioters causing troubles in Muqsha. The vandals allegedly closed the Budaiya Highway with tree trunks and garbage, as well as nails. Police officers were given a hostile reception when t ..

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COURT BEAT

October 26, 2014

court beat

Man denies human trafficking charge

An Asian man accused of trafficking two women pleaded not guilty before the High Criminal Court.

The defendant was arrested after one of the victims called the police and informed them they were being held captive in a hotel.

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Lockdown disrupts normal life in Sinai

October 26, 2014

Sisi (4th from left) and Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab (3rd from left), walking during the funeral for 30 solders killed the day before in the Sinai

A state of emergency came into force yesterday across much of Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula after 30 soldiers were killed in a suicide car bombing by suspected jihadists.

It was the deadliest attack on the country’s security forces since the army deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi last year, to the fury of his supporters.

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Unending extremism: Lebanon troops attack gunmen

October 26, 2014

Lebanese armed forces

Lebanese troops attacked Islamist gunmen holed up in the historic market of the northern city of Tripoli yesterday, after deadly clashes rocked the long-time tourist attraction, an AFP correspondent reported.

A civilian caught in the crossfire and a gunman were killed, while nine soldiers, eight civilians and six militants were ..

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Court quashes Dolce & Gabbana fraud convictions

October 26, 2014

Italian designers Stefano Gabbana (left) and Domenico Dolce acknowledge the audience (file photo)

The Italian Supreme Court overturned fraud convictions and 18-month jail terms against celebrated fashion duo Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, their company announced. “We have always been honest and we are extremely proud of this recognition by the Italian Court of Justice. Viva l’Italia,” the two fashion house chiefs said in a statement. “The Italian S ..

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TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP

October 26, 2014

Australian Trade Minister Andrew Robb talks at the start of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

Momentum building on Pacific trade deal

Momentum is building towards a pan-Pacific trade agreement, representatives of Australia and the United States said yesterday as talks between trade ministers began in Sydney. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which would encompass 40 percent of the global economy and include 12 nations, has been the subject of neg ..

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Renault chief sees auto market slowing

October 26, 2014

Carlos Ghosn

French carmaker Renault chairman, Carlos Ghosn, said yesterday that he expects slower growth in Europe’s auto market next year as it continues to recover from the global economic crisis. Ghosn, who is also Renault’s chief executive officer, said the European market was growing at six percent so far this year -- the best since the 2007 crisis. “I’m expecting ..

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SpaceX ship leaves ISS for Earth

October 26, 2014

SpaceX ship

SpaceX’s unmanned Dragon spacecraft left the International Space Station to return to Earth yesterday after a month in orbit, NASA said. Astronauts at the orbiting lab manipulated the space station’s robotic arm to detach the Dragon on time, at 9:57 am (1357 GMT), in what the US space agency called a “very clean release.”

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INTERNET DISTRESS

October 26, 2014

INTERNET

Anger mounts in Hungary over internet tax

A proposed Hungarian tax on internet usage has sparked new accusations of an anti-democratic crackdown in the EU member as tens of thousands are expected to march against the measure today. Economy Minister Mihaly Varga said Tuesday that the tax -- 150 forints (0.50 euros, $0.61) on each transferred gigabyte of dat ..

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25 eurozone banks fail ECB health check

October 26, 2014

eurozone

Some 25 eurozone banks have failed a health check by the European Central Bank, reports claimed yesterday, citing leaked documents. Nearly one in five of the 130 banks surveyed failed the stress test, the Wall Street Journal and the Daily Telegraph said, ahead of the publication of the official results by the ECB today. The unprecedented health check of eurozone ba ..

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Court authorises extradition of Kazakh tycoon Ablyazov

October 26, 2014

Court authorises extradition of Kazakh tycoon Ablyazov

A French court authorised the extradition of exiled Kazakh oligarch Mukhtar Ablyazov to Russia and Ukraine, despite concerns over his safety if the move goes ahead. Ablyazov, a former minister turned opposition figure and banker turned fugitive, is wanted by Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan on embezzlement charges which he says were trumped up by his arch-foe Nursul ..

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ANTI-JOB REFORM RALLY IN ROME

October 26, 2014

Youngsters holding Italian General Confederation of Labour’s banners march during a demonstration organised by the union in central Rome

Some one million Italians took to the streets of Rome yesterday for a demonstration organised by Italy’s largest trade union to protest Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s plans to overhaul the labour market. As hundreds of thousands of Italians snaked through the capital calling for Renzi to do more to boost employment and protect the rights of new entries to the jo ..

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Ministry keeps a tab on Ashura preparations

October 26, 2014

Ministry keeps a tab on Ashura preparations

To get ready for Ashoora and to learn more about the supply and demand at the central markets, senior officials of the Ministry of Industry and Commerce visited several markets, including Manama Central Market for vegetables and fruits to oversee the stability of fruits and vegetables prices.

Major suppliers asserted the availab ..

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Tamkeen’s new programme: Encouraging transparency

October 26, 2014

The participants of the meeting

Officials from Tamkeen discussed their new enterprise support program scheme in Startup Bahrain’s fourth monthly morning meeting yesterday.

The morning meeting focussed on Tamkeen’s support scheme to discuss the new changes applied to the new scheme. The meeting also discussed encouraging a transparent dialogue between serv ..

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A real success: IGN Convention a hit among public

October 26, 2014

Cosplayers at the convention

Over 6000 Anime fans and Gamers attended Bahrain’s largest pop culture event in the past two days.

IGN Anime and Gaming Convention marked a new record attendance as more than 6000 people attended the two-day event over the weekend.

It beat its own record of 4000 recorded last year as fans ..

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OPERATIONAL EXCELLENCE

October 26, 2014

John Hague

Following are the edited excerpts from an Interview with John Hague, Senior Vice-President of ASPENTECH- ranked 11 in the Forbes’ Most Innovative Growth Companies list.

DT News: What kind of challenges and opportunities do you see in Bahrain and in GCC countries?

The challenge ..

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Finance Minister attends GCC meetings

October 26, 2014

Shaikh Ahmed

Finance Minister Shaikh Ahmed bin Mohammed Al-Khalifa attended the 69th meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Financial and Economic Committee. He took part in the joint meeting of the GCC monetary agencies and centrals banks with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The minister participated in the inauguration of the IMF Centre, on the sidelines of the ..

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LAGARDE WELCOMES GCC PERFORMANCE

October 26, 2014

Finance Ministers and Central Banks Governors of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries pose with International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde (centre) during their annual meeting

Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Ms. Christine Lagarde welcomed GCC’s strong economic performance. She was speaking at the conclusion of a meeting in Kuwait with the finance ministers and central bank governors of the Gulf Cooperation Council and the inauguration of the IMF-Middle East Centre for Economics and Finance yesterday. The IMF- ..

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UN climate talks shuffle to a close in Bonn

October 26, 2014

UN climate

Concern was high at a perceived lack of urgency as UN climate negotiations shuffled towards a close in Bonn with just 14 months left to finalise a new, global pact. The six-day meeting of senior officials in the former West German capital was meant to lay the groundwork for the annual round of ministerial-level UN talks in Lima in December. In turn, the Lima forum ..

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UKRAINE ELECTION UNDER WAR SHADOW

October 26, 2014

Members of district electoral commission stamp ballots during preparations at a polling station in Kiev

Ukrainian leaders made final appeals to voters ahead of snap parliamentary elections today that are intended to give impetus to democratic reforms, but are overshadowed by deepening conflict with Russia and pro-Russian rebels. “At last we will elect a pro-Ukrainian and not pro-Moscow, an anti-corruption and not pro-bribery, a pro-European parliament,” President ..

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Modi breaks the ice with media at first meet

October 26, 2014

Narendra Modi

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached out to journalists yesterday for the first time since taking office, aiming to mend his rocky relations with the press. The right-wing leader, whose Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came to power in a landslide election in May, has never given a press conference and prefers using state media as well as his huge Facebook an ..

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BOTSWANA’S RULING PARTY LEADS POLL

October 26, 2014

Polling officers count ballot boxes at a counting centre in Gaborone

Botswana’s ruling party was yesterday leading in local constituencies as results trickled in from a general election held the previous day, but opposition parties made a strong showing in the capital, the electoral commission said. There had been delays in the counting of parliamentary ballots and no results had been received so far, a spokesman for the Independe ..

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Russian clocks back to permanent Winter Time

October 26, 2014

Time

Russia today is set to turn back its clocks to winter time permanently in a move backed by President Vladimir Putin, reversing a three-year experiment with non-stop summer time that proved highly unpopular. Russia will also tinker with its time zones in order to revert to the full 11 zones from Kamchatka in the Pacific to Kaliningrad on the borders of the European ..

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IMPLEMENT UKRAINE ‘PEACE DEAL’, KERRY

October 26, 2014

John Kerry

US Secretary of State John Kerry has urged Moscow to fully implement last month’s ceasefire agreement on Ukraine, the State Department said in a statement yesterday. The peace deal reached last month in the Belarussian capital Minsk between Kiev, Moscow and the pro-Russian separatists in east Ukraine includes monitoring and verification by the Organisation for Se ..

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Thousands march for gay rights in Taiwan

October 26, 2014

Local participants wear balloons during the annual gay parade in Taipei

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Taipei yesterday for Asia’s largest gay rights parade, with many urging parliament to push through a controversial bill recognising same-sex marriage. Supporters from Taiwan and abroad waved placards reading “equal marriage rights” and “support gay marriage” as they marched through the capital for the 12t ..

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CANDIDATES CLOSE VOTE CAMPAIGNS

October 26, 2014

The Presidential candidate for the Brazilian Workers’ Party and current President Dilma Rousseff and the presidential candidate for Brazilian Social Democracy Party Aecio Neves shake hands before the start of a television debate in Rio de Jane

Brazil election

Brazil’s leftist President Dilma Rousseff and center-right challenger Aecio Neves wrapped up their campaigns yesterday in the hardest-fought election in the country’s recent history. Brazilians vote today in a run-off to choose the next leader of the world’s seventh-largest economy, with the incumbent in the lead by six to eight points ..

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Central Cafe, Spartans book Quarter final spots

October 26, 2014

Team Central Cafe

Central Cafe defeated SuperKings CC by four wickets to book a place in the quarter finals of The Indian Club Centenary Cricket Cup at its premises in Gudaibiya.

Batting first, SuperKings scored 54 for three in its six overs with Prashant (20) top scoring and in reply, Central Cafe got off to a fine start with man of the match ..

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Askar meets Lebanese Olympic Committee chief

October 26, 2014

Askar welcomes Hammam on arrival

Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC) general secretary Abdulrahman Askar yesterday received Lebanese Olympic Committee President Jan Hammam, who was on a short visit to Bahrain to attend the final of the 17th Under-20 Asian Volleyball Championships.

  Hammam was also welcomed on arrival by Bahrain Volleyball Association (BVA) genera ..

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IRAN CHAMPION

October 26, 2014

Iran teammates celebrate the trophy

Iran beat China to lift U-20 Asian volleyball crown

Third seeds Iran were last night crowned champions of the U-20 Asian Volleyball Championships after defeating three-time champions China 3-0 (25-19, 25-18, 25-19) at Isa Town Sports City in Riffa for their fifth Asian championship trophy and first since 2008.

Playmaker ..

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Sanchez double downs Sunderland

October 26, 2014

Arsenal’s Chilean striker Alexis Sanchez (righty) vies with Sunderland’s English midfielder Lee Cattermole

Alexis Sanchez scored twice as Arsenal beat Sunderland 2-0 at the Stadium of Light yesterday to ensure veteran manager Arsene Wenger avoided his worst start to a Premier League season. Chile forward Sanchez seized on two defensive errors to take his tally to eight goals in 15 appearances for the Gunners since his £30 million pre-season transfer from Barcelona.

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MARQUEZ ON POLE

October 26, 2014

Marc Marquez of Spain (centre), teammate Dani Pedrosa of Spain (left) and Movistar Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo of Spain (right) pose after the qualifying session

Marc Marquez grabs record 13th pole in Malaysian MotoGP

Recently crowned world champion Marc Marquez will start in top position for today’s Malaysian MotoGP, surpassing the record for the most poles in a single season. The Spanish Repsol Honda rider clocked a record lap time of one minute 59.791 seconds in yesterday qualifying at Sepang, 0.182 seconds ahe ..

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Dortmund slip further after fourth defeat

October 26, 2014

Hannover’s Hiroshi Kiyotake (centre) celebrates his goal

Borussia Dortmund’s horror run of Bundesliga results continued yesterday as they lost 1-0 at home to ten-man Hanover 96 to drop to 15th after a fourth straight defeat. Dortmund’s terrible Bundesliga form is in stark contrast to their Champions League campaign, where they top their group with three straight wins after Wednesday’s impressive 4-0 victory at Gala ..

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MURRAY EDGES OUT FERRER

October 26, 2014

Andy Murray returns a ball

Andy Murray took a huge step towards sealing his place in the ATP World Tour finals as he beat top seed David Ferrer 6-4, 7-5 to reach the Valencia Open final yesterday. Murray has put himself in prime position for a seventh consecutive appearance at the season-ending tournament in London with a run of 17 wins in his last 19 matches, including victory over Ferrer i ..

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SAKHO STARS

October 26, 2014

West Ham United’s New Zealand defender Winston Reid (right) vies with Manchester City’s Bosnian striker Edin Dzeko (left)

West Ham United beat Manchester City in Premier League

Diafra Sakho struck for a sixth successive Premier League game to secure West Ham’s shock 2-1 victory over Manchester City as the champions missed out on the chance to increase the pressure on leaders Chelsea yesterday. Senegal striker Sakho, signed during the close season for £4.5 million from Metz, ..

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Ogier closes in on title in Spain

October 26, 2014

Sebastien Ogier

Sebastien Ogier was on target to wrap up his second successive world title at the Rally of Spain after maintaining his lead over Volkswagen team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala yesterday. The Finn, the only driver who can prevent Ogier defending his crown, is lying 27.3 seconds adrift in second after yesterday’s six specials. Ogier turned up in Spain with a 27-point lead ..

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PSG make Bordeaux pay penalty

October 26, 2014

Paris Saint-Germain’s Brazilian defender David Luiz (left) vies with Bordeaux’s Italian Argentinian forward Emiliano Sala

Two penalties by Lucas Moura and a clever chip by Ezequiel Lavezzi helped champions Paris Saint Germain beat Bordeaux 3-0 in Ligue 1 yesterday and put pressure on leaders Marseille. Resurgent Marseille have 25 points ahead of their game today at Lyon, where they can clinch a club record 10th straight league win. PSG are second with 21 having played a game more. Bor ..

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REAL MADRID VICTORY

October 26, 2014

Cristiano Ronaldo scores a penalty goa

Barca beaten by Real Madrid on Suarez debut

Luis Suarez’s Barcelona debut ended in defeat as Real Madrid cut the gap on the La Liga leaders to just a point as they came from behind to win El Clasico 3-1 yesterday. Playing for the first time in a competitive game since being handed a fourth month ban for biting Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup, ..

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Lawzy project gets green signal

October 26, 2014

Dr. Al Kaabi

The Al Lawzy lake development project has been given official clearence, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning Minister Dr. Juma Al Kaabi said.

The first phase of the development project costing BD288,000 has been awarded to a specialised company.

The minister pointed that the natural res ..

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Student’s body flown to India

October 26, 2014

The deceased Stella

The body of the Asian School student Stella Thomas was flown to Mysore, India, yesterday.

The tenth grader was found dead at her home in Umm Al Hassam on Thursday night.

Stella’s father Thomas Devasya and mother Achamma Thomas accompanied the body to India.

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INSULT PROVES COSTLY

October 26, 2014

Mr. Al Tamimi angrily reacting during the parliament session on April 29

The unruly behaviour proved costly for former MP Osama Al Tamimi as the Interior Ministry took him into custody for insulting an on duty policeman.

The incident occurred when the former MP, known for stirring up controversies, visited the elections supervisory committee office to appeal the rejection of his nomination for the fo ..

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King Hamad Award for Innovation launched

October 26, 2014

At the ceremony, Shaikh Nasser was honoured as an innovation leader

Supreme Council for Youth and Sport Chairman, Bahrain Olympic Committee President and Royal Charity Organisation Chairman HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa has launched HM King Hamad International Award for Invention yesterday in London.

The award is in recognition of the prominent role that is being played by His Majesty Ki ..

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Adamant Iran hangs woman

October 26, 2014

Ms. Jabbari

Defying international pressure, Iran has executed a woman convicted of murdering a former intelligence officer.

Iranian actors and other prominent figures had campaigned for clemency on behalf of Reyhaneh Jabbari, 26, who was hanged yesterday.

The execution drew condemnation from the United N ..

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Vidic defiant as EPL veterans struggle

October 23, 2014

Nemanja Vidic

Under-fire Inter defender Nemanja Vidic claimed he is still adapting to life in Serie A as the jury remains out on former English Premier League stars who have failed to spark in Italy’s top flight. “I always try to train and adapt as much as I can, but it’s not for me to say who should evaluate if the system is affecting or not my performances,” Vidic told ..

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NADAL CRUISES

October 23, 2014

Rafael Nadal returns a ball

Rafael Nadal shrugged off his impending date with appendix surgery by routing outclassed Pierre-Hugues Herbert of France 6-1, 6-1 yesterday to reach the Swiss Indoors quarter-finals. Second seed Nadal, who last played the Basel event in 2004 and returned with a 0-2 record to the St Jakobshalle, needed just 56 minutes to beat the French qualifier. The Spaniard took ..

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Froome considering skipping 2015 Tour

October 23, 2014

Chris Froome

Chris Froome has said he may skip the 2015 Tour de France because the course, which was revealed in Paris yesterday, doesn’t suit him. Speaking on his personal website the 2013 champion said he may focus on the Giro d’Italia instead as it is a more “balanced” route whereas the Tour is aimed predominantly at climbers.

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SUAREZ FEARED FOR BARCA MOVE

October 23, 2014

Luis Suarez

Luis Suarez has revealed he thought he had blown his chance of joining Barcelona after his infamous bite on Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup. The Uruguayan was banned for four months from all football activity following his bite on Chiellini during Uruguay’s 1-0 win over Italy at this summer’s finals in Brazil. In the wake of the ban Suarez’s future at Live ..

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Pak extends work on Ajmal’s action

October 23, 2014

Saeed AjmaL

Pakistan cricket authorities said yesterday that banned spinner Saeed Ajmal would receive a further two weeks of work on his illegal bowling action before being sent to England for assessment.  Ajmal, 37, was suspended in September and has been receiving the help of former Pakistan spinner Saqlain Mushtaq to correct his action. The Pakistan Cricket Board said he h ..

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Arsenal turn to third-choice Martinez

October 23, 2014

Arsene Wenger

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, on his 65th birthday, was forced to hand a start to third-choice goalkeeper Emilio Martinez for yesterday’s Champions League Group D meeting with Anderlecht in Brussels. Argentinian Martinez, 22, makes his Champions League debut with regular first-choice goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny suspended after his sending-off in the 4-1 win ove ..

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Bayern can improve on Roma rout

October 23, 2014

Arjen Robben

Arjen Robben says Bayern Munich still have room for improvement and must keep their feet on the ground despite routing Roma in the Champions League’s group stages.

The Netherlands winger scored twice in Tuesday’s romp at Rome’s Olympic Stadium as Bayern raced into a 5-0 half-time lead and the hosts suffered their heaviest ..

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HALEP STUNS WILLIAMS

October 23, 2014

Simona Halep reacts

Romania’s Simona Halep stunned Serena Williams 6-0, 6-2 at the WTA Finals in Singapore yesterday, dealing the world number one her heaviest defeat in 16 years. The diminutive Romanian, who was 0-3 against Williams, took advantage of the American’s horrendous serving to clinch the biggest match win of her career and go top of Red Group in the eight-player season ..

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Gillespie, Newport win Monday Madness Golf

October 23, 2014

Fifth week winner Newport, left, with Sheldon Cameron, Royal Golf Club Golf Operations Manager at the prize giving ceremony

The pairing of Todd Gillespie and Graeme Newport (30.5 nett) clinched first place in the penultimate competition of the current VIVA Monday Madness Night Golf Series at the Royal Golf Club.

This win puts the pair in second place in the overall order of merit, just a point behind husband and wife Nils and Dagfrid Berge (31.25) wh ..

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Asian powerhouses face daunting tasks

October 23, 2014

Bahrain’s under-20 team celebrate after their 3-1 win over Thailand in the concluding Group ‘A’ match

Hosts Bahrain will take on Chinese Taipei, while defending champions Japan meet six-time winners South Korea, in the quarter-finals of the 17th Asian Men’s Under-20 Volleyball Championships, being held at the Bahrain Volleyball Association sports hall, located inside Isa Sports City, Riffa.

The other two matches at the same v ..

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Riffa CC, Indian Star advance

October 23, 2014

Riffa CC

Riffa CC defeated Smashers/Fildex by four wickets and Indian Star beat BMMI also by four wickets in the Round of 16 knockout stages of The Indian Club Centenary Cricket Cup at its premises in Gudaibiya. Batting first, Smashers/Fildex scored 41 for four in six overs with Purna (23) top scoring, while Riffa CC reached the target scoring 44 for two thanks to man of t ..

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BRITISH CLUB B WIN

October 23, 2014

DHL Bahrain Netball League

DHL Bahrain Netball League

British Club B defeated GNT Sri Lanka Club 18-13 in a closely fought match in the fourth round of the DHL Bahrain Netball League at the Dilmun Sports Club in Saar. The British Club trailed 4-5 to Sri Lanka after the opening quarter but came back stronger in the second quarter to level at 9-9. In the third quarter British Club won ..

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Hollande to host talks on Nagorny Karabakh crisis

October 23, 2014

Francois Hollande

French President Francois Hollande will on Monday mediate talks between the leaders of arch-foes Armenia and Azerbaijan in a bid to revive talks on a separatist conflict that has dragged on for over two decades. At the heart of the dispute is the fate of Nagorny Karabakh, a region mostly inhabited by ethnic Armenians that broke away from Azerbaijan with the help of ..

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EU’s Juncker wins green light

October 23, 2014

Jean-Claude Juncker

The EU’s incoming chief executive Jean-Claude Juncker vowed yesterday to seize the “last chance” for the bloc as his team of commissioners won parliamentary approval to start work on a stalling economy and foreign policy challenges. The European Parliament in Strasbourg voted by 423 to 209 in favour of Juncker’s European Commission, which will have a five-y ..

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SPAIN ORDERS BORDER POLICE

October 23, 2014

A police vehicle drives past migrants having a meal

Spain said yesterday it would order police guarding its borders with Morocco to take care to prevent injuries when tackling migrants who scramble over the fences into Spanish territory, after evidence of abuse by officers sparked outrage.

A video filmed by a rights group on October 15 showed Spanish Civil Guards beating an Afric ..

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Protesters torch city hall in Mexico

October 23, 2014

Members of the Mexican Gendarmerie take part in the search

Protesters yesterday set fire to the city hall building in Iguala, Mexico, in a display of rage over the unsolved disappearances of 43 students almost a month ago. Thousands of teachers and students took part in the demonstrations, an unspecified number of whom torched the building, which at the time had no workers inside. Mexican authorities have searched in vain ..

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WHO TO LAUNCH VACCINE TRIALS

October 23, 2014

Photo released by the World Health Organization yesterday shows reception by Geneva University Hospital (HUG) of batch of experimental rVSV Ebola vaccine developed at the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg, Canada

Ebola riot in SLeone kills two

Tensions surrounding the Ebola epidemic raging in west Africa sparked a deadly riot in Sierra Leone as the World Health Organisation prepared yesterday to coordinate clinical trials of an experimental vaccine against the killer virus. Some 1,600 doses of the vaccine arrived in Geneva which the WHO, under fir ..

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Masdar to build $125-million wind farm in Oman

October 23, 2014

wind farm

Abu Dhabi energy company Masdar said  yesterday that it will build a 50-megawatt wind farm in neighbouring Oman that will provide 16,000 homes with clean energy. The $125-million project, the first large-scale wind farm in the six nations of the Gulf Cooperation Council, would be constructed in the southwestern region of Dhofar, Masdar said in a statement. Masdar ..

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Air bag warning affects 7.8mn cars

October 23, 2014

Air bag warning

US auto safety officials yesterday expanded an urgent warning over of autos with potentially deadly defective Takata air bags to 7.8 million vehicles, 3.1 million more than previously stated. Owners of the cars should “take immediate action” to address the airbag issue, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said. The agency said that recalls due to ..

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EU MARKETS ON RISE

October 23, 2014

EU MARKETS

Europe’s main stock markets pushed upwards, helped by speculation that central banks may take further stimulation measures and put off rate hikes to support global economic growth. London’s benchmark FTSE 100 index climbed 0.43 percent to close at 6,399.73 points, but sterling was under pressure after minutes from the latest Bank of England meeting showed no ru ..

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IRINATECH CLOCKS UP 1 MN HOURS

October 23, 2014

Team Irinatech

ABB Switzerland congratulated Irinatech for achieving the daunting milestone of 1 Million Man Hours without LTI between the period of Sep 2010 and July 2014 at the Bahrain II Projects. In a letter of appreciation, Senior HSE Advisor of ABB Switzerland, Chelladurai Manikandan, thanked all team members of Irinatech WLL working on the Bahrain II Projects for their sup ..

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Iraqi Kurd leaders approve deploying forces to Kobane

October 23, 2014

A picture taken from the southeastern Turkish village of Mursitpinar in the province of Sanliurfa shows people looking at smoke rising in the sky following an explosion in the Syrian town of Kobane yesterday

Iraqi Kurdish regional lawmakers yesterday approved the deployment of security forces to the Syrian town of Kobane to help Kurds battling the Islamic State jihadist group, the parliament speaker said.

Massud Barzani, the president of Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan region, had sent a letter asking its legislature to give him the app ..

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High-intensity crackers on sale?

October 23, 2014

Crackers on display at a shop in Manama

Flouting ban, many roadside vendors were seen selling high-intensity crackers in Manama yesterday as Indians in the Kingdom kicked off their Diwali celebrations.

The cost of crackers ranged between BD1 and BD5 and many vendors were selling them along with flowers, earthen lamps (diyas) and photographs of Laxmi (the Indian goddes ..

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ATM card fraud: Outfoxing skimmers

October 23, 2014

Mr. Abdulrahman

With allegations of card skimming gaining momentum, panic has gripped many residents in the Kingdom.

According to various reports, criminals have been stealing information from magnetic strips of credit/debit cards from ATM machines at different locations before creating duplicate cards for illegal purchases.

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Award for medical research

October 23, 2014

KHUH building

Under the patronage of Deputy Prime Minister HH Shaikh Ali bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, the seventh celebration of Dr. Mohammed Bin  Abdulla award for medical research will be held today at the main lectures hall of King Hamad University Hospital (KHUH).

The awards will be distributed to the winners of the best medical research that ..

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COURT BEAT

October 23, 2014

court beat

Six months for disturbing public peace

 A Bahraini convicted of insulting Prophet Mohammed’s companion Khalid ibn Al Walid online was sentenced to six months in jail  yesterday before the Lower Criminal Court.

The convict earlier admitted that he had posted the defamatory c ..

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IS affiliates’ report: Another Bahraini ‘IS’ jihadist dies

October 23, 2014

The picture of the alleged Bahraini jihadist fighter who reportedly died on Tuesday, posted on Twitter by IS affiliates

Twitter users affiliated with the terrorist organization the ‘Islamic State’ (IS) announced on Tuesday the death of another young Bahraini jihadist, who was fighting in conflict zones.

The fighter, whose fellow jihadists identified as Abu Al Moatasem Al Bahraini, was reportedly killed in Deir ez-Zor. However, neither the c ..

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Charities used to defeat campaign ban

October 23, 2014

Mr. Fulad

Many candidates had violated the ban on election campaigning that existed until early this week, revealed an election observer yesterday, pointing at a few loopholes that were used as a conduit for exploitation.

The revelation attains immense significance in light of the High Election Commission clearly prohibiting all kinds of ..

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SANCTUARY FOR EXPATS

October 23, 2014

Bahrain

Expats in Bahrain have a valid reason to cheer; the Kingdom has been chosen as the fifth best destination in the world for expatriates.

The seventh Expat Explorer Survey, conducted by YouGov, an international internet-based market research firm based in UK, clearly indicated that Bahrain ranks top in various factors including ac ..

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DT WOMAN: A PASSION FOR ART

October 23, 2014

Shahnas Ali Habib-DT WOMEN

Twenty years of having a business and office-oriented lifestyle, did not prevent Shahnas Ali Habib, from running after her dream and surrounding herself with ‘art and grace.’

Although the interests of Shahnas’ mother and sisters were focused in gardening and art back then, art was something that was not really considered t ..

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PUTTING PEDAL TO THE METAL!

October 23, 2014

Mr. Al-Omair -along with members of Bahrain Cancer Society

Fighting breast cancer 

In his efforts to spread awareness on breast cancer, a Saudi national is cycling across all GCC nations.

Omar Al-Omair, 35, who was here in Bahrain, as part of the campaign, told DT News that he expected to complete the mission in 25 days.

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Bahrain business delegation arrives in China

October 23, 2014

Mr. Ahmed

Building on the successful visit by His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa to Beijing in September 2013 and the two nations celebrating 25 years of bilateral relations earlier this year, a high-level business delegation from Bahrain has begun a 10 day visit to China that aims to strengthen economic and trade ties between the two countries.

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CRUDE PRESSURES

October 23, 2014

Mr.  Hansen

Dollar, quantitative easing and oil

In an email exchange with DT News, Ole S. Hansen, Head of Commodity Strategy at Saxo Bank answered a few questions. Here are the excerpts

DT News: Regarding Dollar strength, how geopolitics could be affected by continued Dollar strength? How, do you think, BRIC nations wi ..

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Pomodorini restaurant opened

October 23, 2014

Team Pomodorini

With Bahrain pushing the envelope on cosmopolitan flavours, an upcoming neighbourhood restaurant hopes to beef up the initiative by adding a ‘twist of taste’ to the menu. Newly launched Pomodorini from Unique Restaurants’ promises customers generous servings of authentic food with a side of culinary eclecticism - Italian style. A group of companies renowned i ..

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Sadara committed to driving growth

October 23, 2014

Shaikh Ahmed and Mr. Al Labban at the event

Ethylene Middle East Technology 2014 (EMET) Forum was held in Bahrain between 19 – 21 October. The forum focused on the developments of the single phase construction of Sadara Chemical Company (Sadara) project. It was held  under the patronage of Shaikh Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, Finance Minister and Minister in Charge of Oil and Gas Affairs. More than 450 e ..

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Motorcity organises event for taxi drivers

October 23, 2014

Motorcity

Motorcity, the distributor of SsangYong, CMC and Luxgen cars in the Kingdom, has successfully organised a dedicated event for Taxi drivers at the Bahrain City Centre on 10th October. More than 80 taxi owners attended. The vehicles displayed included SsangYong Rodius, CMC Z7 and Luxgen MPV.

Arun Kumar, Senior Sales Manager at Mot ..

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CANADA’S PARLIAMENT ATTACKED

October 23, 2014

Police patrol along Elgin St. steps away from the National War Memorial

A gunman attacked Canada’s Parliament yesterday, with gunfire erupting near a room where Prime Minister Stephen Harper was speaking, and a soldier was fatally shot at a nearby war memorial, jolting the Canadian capital.

The gunman in the parliament building was shot dead, and Harper was s ..

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MURRAY, FERRER EASE THROUGH

October 23, 2014

MURRAY, FERRER

Valencia Open

Andy Murray’s return to form continued as he progressed to the second round of the Valencia Open yesterday with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Austria’s Jurgen Melzer. Top seed David Ferrer was also victorious 6-3, 7-5 over Italy’s Andreas Seppi, but second seeded Czech Thomas Berdych crashed out 6-3, 6-2 against Spaniard Pablo Andujar. T ..

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Erdogan criticises US airdrops

October 23, 2014

Aamaq News, a Youtube channel which posts videos from the areas under the Islamic State (IS) group’s control, purportedly shows an IS militant pointing towards a crate attached to a parachute near Kobane, on the Syr

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday criticised as “wrong” the airdrops of ammunition and weapons by US planes to Kurdish fighters battling jihadists in the Syrian town of Kobane.

In an indication of the tensions that remain between Washington and Ankara on how to deal with the Islamic State (IS) group, Erdogan s ..

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Bertelsmann to buy US e-learning firm

October 22, 2014

Bertelsmann

German media company Bertelsmann said yesterday that it would buy online education provider Relias Learning, its biggest US acquisition since taking over Random House in 1998. It did not name a price for the e-learning company but said it would pay around half a billion dollars to private equity firm Vista Equity Partners. Relias Learning offers some 2,500 professi ..

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APPLE SUSPECTS ICLOUD ATTACKS

October 22, 2014

APPLE

Apple said yesterday that its iCloud server has been the target of “intermittent” attacks, hours after a security blog said Chinese authorities had been trying to hack into the system. Apple did not specifically mention China, but posted a security bulletin citing the hack attempts, and indicating its cloud computing platform had not been breached. “We’re a ..

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Land Rover Discovery Sport makes its Paris debut

October 22, 2014

Land Rover

The new Land Rover Discovery Sport made a uniquely British public debut earlier this month, ahead of the Paris Motor Show. The two Discovery Sports put on a true show of Land Rover capability, flanked by seven pairs of brightly coloured, giant-sized Wellington boots – created to represent the family-friendly SUV’s versatile 5+2 seating layout along with Land Ro ..

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GEARING UP EFFORTS

October 22, 2014

BCCI meet in progress

BCCI industrial sector explores upcoming events

The Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI)’s Industrial Sector Committee held a meeting chaired by BCCI’s Board of Directors member Abdul-Hameed A.J. Al-Kooheji to discuss some of the functions planned by the committee for implementation before the end of this year (2014). The Meeting discussed sc ..

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UAE signs Mars mission partnership

October 22, 2014

MARS MISSION

UAE has  signed a partnership agreement between the Emirati Mars probe teams in the presence of  Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai for Mars mission. Under the seven-year deal, which will create the Arab world’s first mission to another planet, the UAE Space Agency will supervise and finance the Emira ..

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WOMEN POWER

October 22, 2014

Dr. Shaikha Mariam opens the Exhibition

2nd “Women and Labour” Exhibition opened

Her Royal Highness Princess Sabeeka bint Ebrahim Al Khalifa, Wife of HM the King and President of the Supreme Council for Women (SCW), has deputised the SCW Deputy President Dr. Shaikha Mariam bint Hassan Al Khalifa to open the Second Exhibition for Women and Labour - Opportunities and Choices’, which will run ..

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US arms drop falls into jihadist hands

October 22, 2014

An image grab taken from a video released yesterday by Aamaq News, a Youtube channel which posts videos from the areas under the Islamic State (IS) group’s control, purportedly shows an IS militant displaying the content

A US military airdrop of weapons meant for Kurdish fighters fell into the hands of their jihadist foes near the Syrian battleground town of Kobane, a monitor said yesterday.

The US Air Force parachuted crates of weapons, ammunition and medical supplies on Sunday night to resupply Kurds defending the Syrian town of Kobane from t ..

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Car bombs kill at least 18 in Iraq

October 22, 2014

Iraqi boys stand in front of burnt cars at the site of two car bombs explosions that hit the car park of a large restaurant yesterday, in northeast of Baghdad

Three car bombs exploded in the northeast Baghdad yesterday, killing at least 18 people, Iraqi security and medical officials said.

Two blasts hit the car park of a large restaurant in the Talbiyah area, while a third exploded near a police patrol which passed by later, also wounding a total of more than 50 people.

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Syria man stones daughter to death

October 22, 2014

Syria man stones daughter to death

An elderly Syrian took part in stoning his daughter to death for alleged adultery, in a video posted on YouTube by the Islamic State (IS) group yesterday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the execution took place in August or September in an IS-controlled rural area in the east of the central province of Hama.

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WORLD CHAMPION OF PUBLIC SPEAKING TO VISIT BAHRAIN

October 22, 2014

Mr. Hettiarachchi

The World Champion of Public Speaking for 2014, toastmaster Dananjaya ​Hettiarachchi is scheduled to visit Bahrain from November 6 to 8.

Mr. Hettiarachchi won this prestigious award in August at the annual Toastmasters convention held in Malaysia, which had seen the participation of nearly 30,000 people from 126 countries.

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Manama Toastmasters Club to celebrate 50 years

October 22, 2014

Ms. Tiwary, centre, along with members of the Core Organising committee

The Manama Toastmasters Club’s Golden Jubilee Panel Discussion will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on November 22.

The high-profile panel will include celebrated personalities from the US, Qatar, Saudi Arabia  and Bahrain.

Indian Ambassador to Bahrain Dr. Mohan Kumar will also be part o ..

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Smoking around your pets

October 22, 2014

the pet project

We mostly keep in mind to be more cautious of smoking when a new baby joins the household, but let’s keep in mind that second hand smoking can be just as cancerous for people and children just as it is for pets.

Toxic smoke particles that can cling to hair, clothes, cars and carpet can linger long enough for pets to easily ..

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COURT BEAT

October 22, 2014

court beat

Drug peddling case ruling on Nov. 27

Two Thai women accused of smuggling cocaine into the Kingdom will learn their fate on November 27.

The first defendant was arrested at the Bahrain International Airport, while her associate was nabbed in a local hotel during a raid.

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Haqqanis landed, but not arrested

October 22, 2014

SATHYA

Interior Ministry confirms

The General Director of Criminal Investigation and Forensic Science yesterday confirmed that two Haqqani terrorists landed in Bahrain. However the officials denied the Wall Street Journal report, which mentioned that the duo was arrested from Bahrain.

 According to a statement from the Interio ..

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HERE, GREEN MEANS RED

October 22, 2014

traffic signal at the Diplomatic Road

The major traffic junction on the Diplomatic Road is a nightmare for the road users as there is something wrong with the timing of the signal.

The drivers of those vehicles heading to Bahrain Bay have to negotiate the green signal and take a U-turn before proceeding.

Many drivers complained a ..

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Health coverage for all

October 22, 2014

Shaikh Mohammed (4th from left) with the Health Minister Sadiq Al Shehabi (3rd) along with officials from the Health Ministry and the World Bank

The Kingdom has taken a major initiative to implement an important welfare scheme as the Minister of State for Defence Affairs, Lt. General Dr. Shaikh Mohammed bin Abdulla Al Khalifa hinted at covering Bahrain under health insurance scheme.

Once implemented, the citizens as well as the residents of the Kingdom will  benefit fro ..

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Flying high: A day to remember

October 22, 2014

Amina ( second from left) with other young particpants

Sitting beside a professional female pilot and manoeuvring the controls of a flight simulator for an Airbus 330 is definitely a great experience for young Amina, who wants to be a pilot. This is what the Gulf Aviation Academy (GAA) offered yesterday.

Amina joined other 22 young boys and girls, who are cancer patients and members ..

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‘Casting votes is constitutional right’

October 22, 2014

Casting votes is constitutional right

Southern Governor, Shaikh Abdulla bin Rashid Al Khalifa has asserted that participation of citizens in the upcoming elections through contesting or as casting votes is a constitutional right of Bahrainis and represents loyalty to the nation.

His remarks came during his visit to a Majlis of Dr. Yousif Al Mushal in the third const ..

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Nation first: Crown Prince backs BIC National Day fest

October 22, 2014

Prince Salman

Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister, HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa has extended his support to the  Bahrain International Circuit’s (BIC) National Day Festival, the BIC announced yesterday.

The event, which will take place from December 13 to 17, will celebrate His Majesty King Hama ..

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GCC Cigre International conference

October 22, 2014

Conference briefing

Under the patronage of Dr. Abdul Hussain Mirza, Minister of State for Electricity and Water Affairs, Cigre, in cooperation with Bahrain Electricity and Water Authority is organising the 10th GCC Cigre International conference and the 19th exhibition for electrical equipment “GCC POWER 2014” in Manama from 10 to 12 November. The three-day conference aims at givi ..

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REMARKABLE PROGRESS

October 22, 2014

The inaugural session

Deputy Premier patronises National Insurance Health seminar

On behalf of His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister, Deputy Premier Shaikh Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khalifa patronised the National Health Insurance Seminar, organised by the Supreme Council for Health in coop ..

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Sweden gets two new sightings

October 22, 2014

The Swedish corvette HMS Visby under way on the Mysingen Bay on their fifth day of searching for a suspected foreign vessel in the Stockholm archipelago

Sweden’s military is working on two new observations that could be evidence of suspected “foreign underwater activity” near the country’s capital, a senior naval officer said yesterday.

Swedish forces have been scouring the sea off Stockholm since Friday, after what the military called three credible reports of activity ..

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US imposes Ebola travel restrictions

October 22, 2014

Passengers arrive at Los Angeles International Airport as fear of the Ebola virus continues to grow in the US

The Obama administration has announced America’s first Ebola-related travel restrictions, forcing passengers originating from affected countries in west Africa to fly via US airports with screening procedures in place.

The limited move comes after days of mounting political pressure to introduce outright travel bans on such pa ..

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NO BREAKTHROUGH

October 22, 2014

A woman (centre) who had called for pro-democracy protesters to leave, and was being jeered at by the crowd as she shouted at them about Chinese history, is reflected in a mirror held up by activists in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong

Hong Kong protest talks deadlocked

Hong Kong’s government held its first talks yesterday with pro-democracy protest leaders but made no breakthrough in their bid to end three weeks of disruptive mass rallies which have posed a major challenge to Beijing.

Student leaders faced off with government negotiators d ..

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Surgeons confirm cluster bomb usage

October 22, 2014

A cluster bomblet found in Donetsk in August

Surgeons in east Ukraine’s rebel hub of Donetsk, where dozens of civilians have died in recent weeks, confirmed yesterday that some patients were victims of cluster bombs as alleged by Human Rights Watch.

Although Kiev vehemently denied that its troops battling the pro-Russian insurgency in the east are using the controversial ..

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Congo doctor Mukwege wins EU human rights prize

October 22, 2014

In this February 26, 2014 file photo, actor and Eastern Congo Initiative Founder Ben Affleck, right, applauds Dr. Denis Mukwege, founder of Panzi Hospital in the Democratic Republican of the Congo, on Capitol Hill in Washington

European lawmakers have awarded their top human rights prize to Congolese gynecologist Denis Mukwege who campaigns against sexual violence targeting women in war.

At plenary session, the legislature made the unanimous decision to pick Mukwege for the Sakharov Prize.

Mukwege, 59, set up the Pa ..

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PISTORIUS GETS FIVE-YEAR TERM

October 22, 2014

Paralympian Oscar Pistorius holds the hands of family members as he is taken down to the holding cells after being sentenced to five years imprisonment for the culpable homicide killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp

Reeva Steenkamp shooting

Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius started his five-year jail sentence yesterday for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, marking the end of a trial that has gripped South Africa and millions around the world.

His uncle, Arnold Pistorius, indicated he would not appeal.

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No compromise with China on territory

October 22, 2014

PM Modi (left) with Chinese leader Xi. (File photo)

India wants to resolve its border row with China but will not compromise on territory, the country’s new national security advisor said yesterday, after a tense stand-off between troops on the disputed border last month. Hundreds of Chinese troops allegedly moved into territory claimed by India ahead of a visit by China’s President Xi Jinping last month. The tr ..

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NEGLIGENCE RESPONSIBLE

October 22, 2014

File photo shows Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (centre) greets France’s oil giant CEO of Total Christophe De Margerie (left)

Russia blames ‘negligent’ airport bosses for Total CEO’s crash

Russian investigators yesterday accused senior airport officials of criminal negligence over a plane crash at a Moscow airport that killed the head of French oil giant Total, Christophe de Margerie, whose private jet hit a snowplough on takeoff. Several executives would be suspen ..

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Cleric calls off Pakistan parliament protest

October 22, 2014

Canadian-Pakistani cleric Tahir ul Qadri (centre) arrives for an anti-government protest in front of the Parliament in Islamabad yesterday

A Canadian-Pakistani cleric whose supporters have camped outside the country’s parliament building since August, demanding the government resign, called off his sit-in protest yesterday to take the demonstrations countrywide. Tahir-ul-Qadri arrived in Islamabad in mid-August along with cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan and thousands of their supporters, wit ..

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LEADERS HOPEFUL

October 22, 2014

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier (right) and Nigeria’s Foreign Affairs Minister Aminu Wali address the media after talks in Berlin

Nigeria minister ‘optimistic’ Boko Haram will free girls Nigeria’s foreign minister said yesterday that Abuja hopes to end the conflict with Islamist militant group Boko Haram soon and win the release of more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls. “I can say with some optimism, cautious optimism, that were are moving towards a situation where we’d be able t ..

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de Villiers anchors South Africa

October 22, 2014

de Villiers

South Africa captain AB de Villiers anchored his side to a six-wicket victory over New Zealand, whose bowling and fielding was far superior to a poor batting performance in the first game of their three match one-day series yesterday.

De Villiers (89 not out) combined with JP Duminy (58 not out) in an efficient 139-run partnersh ..

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CITY IN TROUBLE

October 22, 2014

Sergio Aguero (right) challenges CSKA Moscow’s defender Georgy Schenniko

Premier League champions let slip lead

Manchester City face a massive task to qualify from Champions League Group E after letting slip a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with CSKA Moscow yesterday.

The Premier League champions desperately needed a win in Moscow after an opening defeat to Bayern Munich and a draw with AS Roma, and they ..

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Wozniacki outshines Sharapova

October 22, 2014

Caroline Wozniacki returns to Maria Sharapova

Caroline Wozniacki raged at the stadium lighting and an errant line-call as she stunned French Open champion Maria Sharapova in a marathon three-setter at the WTA Finals yesterday.

The relentless Dane won a thrilling encounter 7-6 (7/4), 6-7 (5/7), 6-2 in Singapore as she dented Sharapova’s hopes of overtaking Serena Williams ..

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QATAR AND TAIPEI REACH LAST EIGHT

October 22, 2014

Bahrain’s Mahmood Abdulwahed performs a spike against Thai blockers

Japan make it three out of three

Qatar and Chinese Taipei yesterday registered vital victories to complete the quarter-finals line-up in the 17th Asian Men’s Under-20 Volleyball Championships.

Some deciding matches took place on the concluding groups stages at Isa Sports City in Riffa, where the participating ..

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BOC to conduct training for coaches

October 22, 2014

One of the Dartfish courses in progress

As part of its ‘100 Days Centenary Celebration Programme’, the Indian Club-Bahrain will be organizing a special 5-a-side football tournament - The Indian Club Centenary INDIAN EXPATRIATE  5 - A – Side Football Tournament  2014 - at its premises in Gudaibiya.

The event will be on from November 9 to 20 and will include fou ..

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INDIAN CLUB ANNOUNCES BAHRAIN CHALLENGE 2014

October 22, 2014

Organisers of International Challenge 2014 at the Press conference

Indian Club-Bahrain will conduct Li-Ning Bahrain International Challenge 2014, the biggest badminton championship ever held in the Kingdom, as part of its centenary celebrations.

The event, sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) and the Badminton Asia Confederation (BAC), will be held from November 4 to 8 at the cl ..

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Abdulrahim attends Arab Sport seminar

October 22, 2014

Mr. Abdulrahim with Prince Abdulla

President of the Bahrain and International Sport for All Federations and member of the Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC) Isa Abdulrahim recently attended the Arab Sport for All Forum in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia’s Youth Welfare General President Prince Abdulla bin Musaed bin Abdulaziz had sent invitation to Mr. Abdulrah ..

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BOC power past Havelock

October 22, 2014

Shaheen Group team members after defeating Ruby Contracting

Shaheen Group outplayed Ruby Contracting by 29 runs in Group C match of the Indian Club Centenary Cricket Cup as the round-robin stage draws to close.

Batting first, Shaheen Group scored 43 for five off six overs, a score proved too strong for Ruby Contracting as they were bowled out for 14 in 4.1 overs at Indian Club premises ..

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RASHDAN, HASAB LIGHT UP BIKC

October 22, 2014

Bahrain International Karting Circuit (BIKC) -BIC

Hasab wins in Junior Max class, Rashdan in Senior class

Najashi Rashdan and Hussain Hasab were the stars of the night in the opening round of the 2014/2015 Bahrain Rotax Mojo Max Challenge (BRMMC), held at Bahrain International Karting Circuit (BIKC) as they claimed a double apiece in their respective BRMMC classes.

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EU HITS BIG BANK GROUPS

October 22, 2014

European Central Bank

Small European banks, including Germany’s powerful regional lenders, will contribute considerably less to a new eurozone rescue fund than the big banking groups that dominate the industry, European Commission plans showed yesterday. To prevent a repeat of the financial crisis, the European Union earlier this year agreed a landmark Single Resolution Mechanism (SRM ..

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Honey Care wins prestigious Nestlé award

October 21, 2014

Honey Care logo

Honey Care Africa, a fair trade honey company working with 35,000 farmers in South Sudan to help them become professional beekeepers, has bagged Nestle Creating Shared Value (CSV) Prize.

The $525,000 prize was shared between the winner and two runners-up for their innovative businesses that create value for their communities by ..

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TAKAUD APPOINTS METIVIER AS CEO

October 21, 2014

Mr. Metivier

Mr. Metivier has 26 years of experience in the financial services industry

Takaud, the specialist savings and pensions provider for the MENA region, has appointed Luc Metivier as new chief executive officer. Mr. Metivier takes over the mantle from acting Chief Executive Officer Eric Van Biesen, who will resume his role in the company as chief financial off ..

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AIMING HIGHER RUNG

October 21, 2014

Shaikh Al Maktoum

Strategy to make UAE among the most innovative nations in the world 

UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum yesterday unveiled National Innovation Strategy that aims at making the UAE among the most innovative nations in the world within seven years.

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EU urges Turkey to open border

October 21, 2014

Kurdish people observe smoke rising from the Syrian town of Kobane, following an explosion as seen from the southeastern Turkish village of Mursitpinar in the Sanliurfa province yesterday

European Union foreign ministers called on Turkey yesterday to open its border so as to help the Syrian town of Kobane, under attack from Islamic State (IS) jihadi fighters.

“The situation in Kobane and in other areas under siege and experiencing fierce fighting against IS is a matter of serious concern,” the 28 EU foreign m ..

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US drops weapons to Kurds in Syria

October 21, 2014

This photo provided by the US Navy shows an EA-18G Growler launching from the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) as the ship conducts flight operations in the US 5th Fleet

The American military airdropped weapons, ammunition and medical supplies on Sunday to Kurds fighting the Islamic State (IS) group in the flashpoint Syrian town of Kobane, in a move that could anger ally Turkey.

It is the first time the US has made airdrops to Kurdish fighters defending Kobane and it represents an escalation in ..

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Inmate gets married in jail

October 21, 2014

Invitation for the wedding             The cake for the couple

The Sharia Court witnessed on Sunday an odd event when an inmate serving a total of  21 years in jail held a wedding ceremony.

Mohammed Turaif was convicted in connection with several major terror cases, including amputating a prayer caller’s tongue, and bombing a car near the Bahrain Financial Harbour.

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Terrorism: Haqqani leaders held in Bahrain

October 21, 2014

Anas Haqqani-Hafiz Rashid

Two top leaders of Al Qaeda linked ‘Haqqani’ network were detained in  Bahrain by security forces on October 12, according to the Wall Street Journal. 

The detainees were identified as Anas Haqqani, son of the Taliban affiliated network’s founder Jalaluddin Haqqani and Hafiz Rashid, a military commander.

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COURT BEAT

October 21, 2014

court beat

COP ATTACKERS GET 15 YEARS

A man convicted of attempted murder has been sentenced to 15 years in jail yesterday in the presence of his elderly tearful father.

Six other accused are implicated in the case, which was heard at the High Criminal Court which also slapped them ..

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Ban on use of mosques for campaigning

October 21, 2014

Ban on use of mosques for campaigning

The Sunni Endowments Directorate has banned the use of mosques, public halls and their premises for electoral campaigning.

In a statement issued yesterday, the directorate said that its board of directors had prohibited Imams, preachers, muezzins and halls’ supervisors from allowing those facilities to promote parliamentary or ..

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KING BAGS UN ACCLAIM

October 21, 2014

King Hamad                        Ban Ki-moon

His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa has received a letter from UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, commending His Majesty for holding the forthcoming elections and commitment to dialogue and reform.

In his letter, Ban Ki-moon expressed his hope that all political stakeholders in the country would participate in the elector ..

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Candidate‘s car set ablaze

October 21, 2014

Shaikh Majeed Al Asfoor

The car of a parliamentary election candidate was set ablaze by unknown thugs in Sitra less than two days after he filed the nomination papers.

Cleric Shaikh Majeed Al Asfoor’s vehicle, which was parked in front of his home, was burned in the early hours of yesterday.

Confirming the incide ..

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5000 cards allegedly skimmed

October 21, 2014

ATM-Skimming operation

More than 5000 ATM cards have allegedly been affected by a mass card skimming operation at a major shopping centre in the country, according to an unconfirmed report.

While the management of the mall was unreachable for a comment, the report states that the operation went on throughout two weeks through ATM machines located at t ..

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Countdown begins for Halloween feast

October 21, 2014

Halloween feast

Bahrain is gearing up for the annual Spooktacular Halloween carnival, the biggest night of terror.

Set to take place on October 30 and 31 at the Bahrain School, more than 2000 guests and 400 volunteers are expected to attend this year.  Students, parents, and military volunteers are busy making decorations, preparing haunted ..

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Risks unlimited: ‘Internet is not always secure’

October 21, 2014

From left, Mr. Sridhar, Shaikh Salman and Mr. Rice

Director General of Information Systems of Central Informatics Organisation, Shaikh Salman bin Mohammed Al Khalifa yesterday urged the public exercise caution while browsing or socialising online as social media websites like Facebook and Twitter do utilise data from the users’ account in order to tailor the advertising.

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‘No Ebola virus contaminated meat in Bahrain’

October 21, 2014

Ebola virus

Commenting on the rumours being circulated on social media that meat from Somalia may have contaminated with the Ebola virus, head of Department of Food Control in Health Ministry, Mujtaba Abdulmohsen confirmed that the meat in Bahrain is being monitored to ensure its safety.

He also confirmed that inspectors from the ministry a ..

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King issues two decrees

October 21, 2014

king

His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa yesterday issued Royal Decree 74 for this year, appointing Mohammed Ahmed Mohammed Hassan as an Assistant Under-Secretary for Financial Affairs at the Finance Ministry.

In another Decree, Dr. Fawzi Abdulrahman Jassim Al Jowdar was appointed as Director-General of the Bahrain Training Ins ..

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Outcomes of Royal visit to Russia discussed

October 21, 2014

Dr. Fakhro holding the meeting

Industry and Commerce Minister, Dr. Hassan Fakhro chaired the eighth meeting on following up the outcomes of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa’s visit to Russia, which led to a number of agreements in various fields.

The meeting was attended by Russian Ambassador, Victor Smirnov, a number of members of Bahrain Chamber ..

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Bahrain, Thai agree on synergy

October 21, 2014

Prince Khalifa with his Thai counterpart during the meeting in Bangkok

Bolstering bonds

Bahrain and Thailand have discussed ways to enhance bilateral cooperation in the economic, trade, investment and cultural sectors through activating the agreements and memoranda of understanding (MoU) signed between them.

This came as Prime Minister HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa held talks wit ..

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BAHRAIN TO REAP FROM OIL SLIDE

October 21, 2014

Philippe Dauba-Pantanacce, Marios Maratheftis (centre) and John Davies (right)

Bahrain is one of the countries which will benefit from the low price of oil according to Philippe Dauba-Pantanacce, Senior Economist, MENAT, Standard Chartered. Two-third of Bahrain’s import bill is from oil and the contribution of the non-oil sector to the economy has leapfrogged in recent years.

He also said that the GDP of ..

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BBK profit leaps

October 21, 2014

Mr.Murad

BBK has reported net profit of BD 37.3 million for the nine months ended 30 September this year, an increase of 8 per cent year-on-year, chairman Murad Ali Murad has said. Earnings per share was 37 fils (2013: 34 fils).

“The strong results testify that we are successfully executing our strategy and we believe that we have put ..

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Students, government stand their ground

October 21, 2014

A man walks his dog on an empty street leading to the main pro-democracy protest site in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong yesterday

Hong Kong students and the government stood their ground yesterday ahead of talks aimed at defusing more than three weeks of pro-democracy protests that have blocked traffic around the Chinese-controlled city, but expectations of a breakthrough were low.

Student-led protesters are calling for free elections in the former British ..

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NIGERIA IS EBOLA-FREE

October 21, 2014

A picture taken in Oshodi Heritage park in Lagos yesterday shows an electronic information board on Ebola reading in pidgin English “No Shaking ! We go Chase Ebola Comot” which means “No cause for worry, we will chase Ebola away”

This is a spectacular success story - WHO

Nigeria was declared free of the deadly Ebola virus yesterday after a determined doctor and thousands of officials and volunteers helped end an outbreak still ravaging other parts of West Africa and threatening the United States and Spain.

Caught unawares when ..

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Che photographer Burri dies aged 81

October 21, 2014

Swiss photographer Rene Burri

Swiss photographer Rene Burri, celebrated for his portraits of Che Guevara and Pablo Picasso, died yesterday in Zurich aged 81, the Magnum agency said.

Burri, who lived between Zurich and Paris, had been suffering from a long illness, according to the photo agency.

“Not only was he one of t ..

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JOKOWI SWORN IN AS INDONESIA PRESIDENT

October 21, 2014

Tens of thousands of people gather to witness Indonesian President Joko Widodo’s speech at National Museum park next to the presidential palace yesterday

President was elected from outside the military elite

Indonesia’s Joko Widodo has taken over as president of the world’s third-largest democracy, with high hopes among supporters but pressing economic problems set to test the former furniture businessman.

The former Jakarta governor leader, widely ..

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ROUSSEFF LEADS

October 21, 2014

Dilma Rousseff

Brazil poll

With a week to go before Brazil’s presidential elections, a new poll shows incumbent Dilma Rousseff edging ahead of rival Aecio Neves in a race that is still too close to call. The poll by MDA consulting gave Rousseff 45.5 percent to 44.5 for Neves, a Social Democrat who is mounting a stiff challenge for the ..

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Swedish navy widens search for submarine

October 21, 2014

Swedish corvette HMS Stockholm patrols at Jungfrufjarden in the Stockholm archipelago yesterday

The Swedish navy stepped up its hunt yesterday for a suspected foreign submarine in its waters with fingers pointing at Moscow in a throwback to the Cold War. Swedish soldiers and sailors were scouring the sea southeast of the capital Stockholm in the biggest operation of its kind for years, while the public was warned for the first time to keep a distance and airs ..

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Japanese ministers quit after allegations

October 21, 2014

Yuko Obuchi

Two Japanese cabinet ministers, including one tipped to become the country’s first female leader, have resigned amid allegations of financial impropriety involving political funds, dealing a blow to the prime minister, Shinzo Abe’s attempts to raise the profile of women in the workplace.

Yuko Obuchi, who served as trade and ..

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Vuitton museum kicks off art-rich week

October 21, 2014

The Louis Vuitton Foundation, a private cultural centre and contemporary-art museum designed by Frank Gehry

Antoine Froidefond/ Fran Blandy Emerging from the woods at the edge of Paris like a glass ship, the hyper-modern Louis Vuitton art museum was inaugurated yesterday, kicking off an art-filled week in the French capital.

French President Francois Hollande hailed architect Frank Gehry’s “fabulous idea” of the futuristic buil ..

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EARLY BIRD

October 21, 2014

A woman votes next to US President Barack Obama as he casts an electronic ballot while participating in early voting in Chicago, Illinois

Obama votes early in Chicago

US President Barack Obama cast his ballot yesterday during a visit in his hometown of Chicago two weeks ahead of November 4 midterm elections.

“I love voting. Everybody in Illinois, early vote. It’s a wonderful opportunity,” Obama said after submitting his vote at the Martin Luther King ..

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Centenary Cup wins for Indian Star, BOC and Smashers / Fildex

October 21, 2014

Indian Star team

Indian Star defeated Zayani Motors by 18 runs in the latest Group D match of The Indian Club Centenary Cricket Cup at the club premises in Gudaibiya. Batting first, Indian Star scored a modest 40 for five in six overs and then dismissed Zayani Motors for 22 in 4.5 overs with man of the match Ganesh (two for three) the best of the bowlers.

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Youngsters dominate BMW Medal

October 21, 2014

Yaseen Le Falher

Promising 14-year-old golfer Yaseen Le Falher (nett 68) clinched victory in the October competition of the Euro Motors BMW Monthly Medal Series at the Royal Golf Club ahead of Bahrain National Team player Nasser Yacoob (71) who had to settle for the runners up spot. Another youngster, 11-year old Taimur Malik (70) also enjoyed a comfortable win in the second divis ..

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Records fall In Drag Racing Opener

October 21, 2014

An action from the race

Two new class records and a pair of hotly contested finals decided by a mere two-hundredths-of-a-second were among the many highlights during an electrifying opening round in the 2014/2015 Bahrain National Drag Racing Championship.  A total of 105 participants from Bahrain and across the GCC flocked to Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) in Sakhir on Friday night ..

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JAPAN, THAILAND WIN

October 21, 2014

Kazakhstan players try to block a Japan attack

Asian Volleyball

Reigning champions Japan and fellow East Asians Thailand yesterday ensured place in the quarter-finals of the 17th Asian Men’s Under-20 Volleyball Championship, being held in Manama, in Bahrain. In their third and crucial Group B clash with Kazakhstan, the Japanese extended their impressive performances with a convincing 3-0 (25-16, 25-19 ..

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Snooker Tournament underway

October 21, 2014

Jojo K Tharian inaugurates the snooker tournament

The Indian Club Centenary Snooker Tournament got underway last with an inaugural ceremony at the club premises in Gudaibiya and will run until October 29. The event features 20 leading players including India’s number four Mohammed Faisal Khan and Afghanistan’s number one Mohammed Saleh who was the 2013 Asian Open champion and the first Asian player to score a ..

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BIC to host Track Experience on Saturday

October 21, 2014

A racing car on the track

Motorsport enthusiasts will have the chance to enjoy one of Bahrain International Circuit’s (BIC) most popular public activities on Saturday when Track Xperience takes place at the Sakhir facility and offers fans a taste of the unique thrills of racing in some the world’s most powerful cars, including a Mitsubishi Evolution X, a Hyundai Genesis 2.0T and a Cater ..

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BOC to meet associations officials

October 21, 2014

Jehad Khalfan

The Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC) will today at 6.30pm have a meeting with representatives of all national sports associations at the National Stadium’s Conference Hall in RIffa. It will focus on updates on the main statute as well as the consolidated financial bylaw of the sports associations, and the national teams overseas participations bylaw. BOC Sports Af ..

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PREPARATIONS UNDERWAY

October 21, 2014

Executive Committee members at the meeting

Shaikh Nasser International Youth Creativity Award

Preparations are on for the second edition of Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad International Youth Creativity Award, which has achieved tremendous success in the first edition held earlier this year.

These preparations were reviewed during the ..

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Neymar relishing partnership with Messi, Suarez

October 21, 2014

Neymar gestures prior to a Press conference

Barcelona forward Neymar is looking forward to welcoming Luis Suarez into his and Lionel Messi’s star-studded strike partnership when the Uruguayan returns from a four-month ban this weekend. Suarez looks set to make his debut for the Catalans on the biggest stage of all as Barca face Real Madrid for the first time this season at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday ..

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NADAL SHINES

October 21, 2014

Rafael Nadal returns a ball to Simone Bolelli

Swiss Indoors

An ongoing appendix problem didn’t affect Spanish former world number one Rafael Nadal as he breezed through 6-2, 6-2 in his first round match with Italian journeyman Simone Bolelli at the Swiss Indoors yesterday.

The 28-year-old Spaniard -- who has been on a 10-day antibiotic regime for an appe ..

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Hulkenberg to stay at Force India

October 21, 2014

Nico Hulkenberg

German driver Nico Hulkenberg is staying with the Force India team for the 2015 Formula One season, the team announced yesterday. The 27-year-old has enjoyed his strongest Grand Prix season to date this year since returning to the Silverstone-based outfit. “It’s good to confirm my plans for next season. This is a team I know extremely well and we’ve enjoyed a ..

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PELLEGRINI RETAINS FAITH IN TOURE

October 21, 2014

Manuel Pallegrini

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini believes Yaya Toure is ready to deliver as he returns to the scene of last year’s Russian controversy. Toure was racially abused by home supporters when City played CSKA Moscow at Khimki Arena in the Champions League last October. He will now take to the same field again almost exactly a year on after this season’s draw ..

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WTA FINALS: SERENA ADVANCES

October 21, 2014

Serena Williams reacts after defeating Ana Ivanovic

An all-action Serena Williams eased concerns over her injured knee as she opened the WTA Finals with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Ana Ivanovic yesterday. The world number one withdrew from this month’s China Open with a left knee problem but she showed no discomfort during an entertaining round robin win in Singapore.

    With no ..

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Rossi triumphs at Philip Island

October 20, 2014

Valentino Rossi of Italy leads the pack.

Italian legend Valentino Rossi won his first Australian MotoGP in nine years after world champion Marc Marquez crashed out while holding a big lead at Phillip Island yesterday. Rossi, one of the sport’s greats with nine world championships across all classes, swept to the front when Marquez came off his bike on the 19th lap, to beat home teammate Jorge Lorenzo an ..

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LIVERPOOL VICTORS

October 20, 2014

Liverpool’s English midfielder Raheem Sterling (centre) runs with the ball

Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling ended a difficult week on a high as the teenager inspired his side’s dramatic 3-2 win over QPR in an incredible finish featuring three goals in stoppage time at Loftus Road yesterday. Sterling had endured widespread derision after England manager Roy Hodgson revealed the Reds star had told him he was too tired to play in last weekend ..

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Murray boosts London bid

October 20, 2014

Andy Murray reacts after a point

Andy Murray wasted no time in hopping on a jet yesterday for his next ATP event in Spain after boosting his chances of making the ATP World Tour Finals by winning the Austrian Open. The Scot claimed the 30th title of his career as he defeated Spain’s David Ferrer 5-7, 6-2, 7-5, lifting the title on his Austrian debut as he played his 44th career final. The 27-yea ..

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Volvo World Match Play title: ILONEN SHINES

October 20, 2014

Mikko Ilonen watches his drive

Mikko Ilonen of Finland pulled off the biggest win of his career at London Golf Club yesterday, defeating top seed Henrik Stenson of Sweden 3 and 1 in the final of the Volvo World Match Play championship. Ilonen clinched the win, in what was the 50th anniversary of the celebrated European PGA Tour tournament, on the 17th green when Stenson, already 2 down, conceded ..

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Golovkin KOs Rubio to keep middleweight crown

October 20, 2014

Gennady Golovkin

World Boxing Association middleweight world champion Gennady Golovkin stopped Mexico’s Marco Antonio Rubio in the second round Saturday to keep his title, taking his 18th consecutive knockout triumph in emphatic fashion. The unbeaten 32-year-old from Kazakhstan, a 2004 Olympic silver medalist, improved to 31-0 with 28 knockouts, the latest coming 79 seconds into ..

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Deportivo, Atletico win

October 20, 2014

Atletico Madrid’s Argentinian defender Cristian Ansaldi (left) vies with Espanyol’s defender Javier Lopez

Valencia’s unbeaten start to the season came crashing to an end as they were beaten 3-0 away at struggling Deportivo la Coruna yesterday. Los Che are now tied with Atletico Madrid in fourth place after the champions beat Espanyol earlier in the day thanks to goals from Tiago and Mario Suarez. Valencia had started the weekend just two points adrift of leaders Barc ..

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Mueller expects ‘knife-edge’ clash with Roma

October 20, 2014

Germany midfielder Thomas Mueller

Germany midfielder Thomas Mueller expects Tuesday’s Champions League clash at AS Roma to be a tight affair as Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich travel to face his former club. “It won’t be decided quickly, but will be the sort of game which hangs in the balance,” said the Bayern star after training in Munich on Sunday ahead of the Group E showdown in Rome. ..

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STOKE RALLY TO BEAT SWANSEA

October 20, 2014

Swansea City’s Welsh defender Neil Taylor (right) vies for the ball with Stoke City’s Senegalese striker Mame Biram Diouf.Swansea- 1

English Premier League

Stoke came from behind to beat Swansea 2-1 at the Britannia Stadium yesterday as they climbed to 10th in the English Premier League table. Victory left Mark Hughes’s men level on points with Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur. It was a tale of two penalties as the first half ended all square at 1-1. Referee M ..

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Shaikh Salman congratulates Al Qadisia

October 20, 2014

Shaikh Salman with Al Qadesia team

Asian Football Confederation (AFC) President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa has congratulated Al Qadesia Club of Kuwait on its team winning the AFC Cup for the first time in its history. Shaikh Salman crowned Al Qadesia Club following a 4-2 penalty shoot-out win over Arbil of Iraq in the final match on Saturday at Maktoum bin Rashid Stadium in Dubai, UAE. In ..

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China upset South Korea in volleyball

October 20, 2014

China player performs a spike against two South Korean blockers

Six-time champions South Korea yesterday suffered a shock defeat to China in the 17th Asian Men’s Under-20 Volleyball Championship in at the Isa Sports City Hall in Riffa, Bahrain. In the much-awaiting third day clash, China coached by Genyin Yu produced a huge upset in the competition by winning easily 3-0 (25-15, 25-18, 25-16) to extend their lead in Group   ..

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BCL Cricket League: AMGARD MATRIX WIN

October 20, 2014

BCL Cricket League

Amgard Matrix easily beat LuLu Lions by 113 runs in the latest tound of matches in the Cricket Bahrain (BCL-CBA Division) Diamond League T20 Tournament at the Busaiteen Grounds in Muharraq.

    Batting first, Amgard Matrix scored an impressive 200 for five in 20 overs with the key scorers being Sonu (51), Nazar (45) and Dine ..

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Israeli defence minister in US

October 20, 2014

Yaalon

Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon sought to calm fresh tensions with Washington yesterday as he began a five-day trip to the United States.

In a statement released ahead of his departure, Yaalon warned that no dispute should be allowed to “cast a shadow” over Israel’s crucial relationship with its closest ally.

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Iraq PM to visit Iran

October 20, 2014

Al Abadi

Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar Al Abadi is to visit Iran today for talks on Baghdad’s battle against the Islamic State (IS) group, which holds swathes of the country, his office said.

The one-day trip is part of Abadi’s bid “to unite the efforts of the region and the world to help Iraq in its war against the terrorist group, ..

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COURT BEAT

October 20, 2014

court beat

Gross indecency: Maid jailed for seducing boy

The High Criminal Court has sentenced an Indonesian woman to one year behind bars for causing a teenager to engage in sexual intercourse.

DT News reported last month that the 32-year-old defendant go ..

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Giving A new life

October 20, 2014

Cabinet meeting

The Cabinet meeting chaired by the Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister, HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa yesterday stressed the importance of developing fair and objective solutions that can help restart stalled projects whilst protecting the interests of both big and small investors.

The meeting also reviewed the curre ..

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Preying on job aspirants

October 20, 2014

Employment fraud

An Asian, seeking job in Bahrain, had almost fallen in a trap laid by a fake job agency, which had demanded BD150 from him as  processing fees.

But the timely intervention of his friend in Bahrain saved him from the clutches of the fraudsters.

According to sources, many job aspirants have fa ..

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Man with a mission: Doyen who advocated taximeter

October 20, 2014

Defying age, Shaikh Khalid still runs the company he founded about 40 years ago

At 83, he is very much at the helm of a company that has pioneered and experimented new approaches in the Kingdom’s transport system.

This member of Bahrain’s ruling family believes that innovators always evade ageing by taking a road less travelled.

Like all visionaries who have he ..

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GPIC supports Bahrain Roadrunners

October 20, 2014

GPIC and Bahrain Roadrunners officials during the signing ceremony

The Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (GPIC), which has policy of supporting Bahrain’s clubs and sporting institutions, and to promoting charitable activities, is silver sponsor of the Bahrain Roadrunners.

The sponsorship will not only be helpful to Bahrain Roadrunners members but also assist them in their various activiti ..

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MANPOWER CHEERS BAHRAIN ECONOMY

October 20, 2014

Dr. Fakhro

GDP expands by 80 per cent

Bahrain’s gross domestic product (GDP) has expanded by 80 per cent and employment by 130pc.

In 2014, Real Gross Domestic Product is expected to be around 4pc.

Bahrain’s strong figures could be attributed to trained local manpower, said the Ministe ..

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NCB SHARES GO ON SALE

October 20, 2014

National Commercial Bank

Largest IPO worth $6bn

Shares in National Commercial Bank went on sale yesterday in Saudi Arabia’s largest-ever initial public offering, which at $6 billion is also one of the biggest in the world this year.

The IPO comes despite opposition from the Kingdom’s top religious leader and follows a difficult week on Gulf ..

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‘Hospitality industry heads north’

October 20, 2014

Four Seasons Hotel has 273 guest rooms-Bahrain Bay

Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay on massive recruitment drive

Luxury hotel room capacity in Bahrain will see sharp increase in the coming days, General Manager Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay Greg Pirkle has said.

The 68-storey Four Seasons Hotel, which will be thrown open in th ..

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INDIGO’S BIG BET

October 20, 2014

IndiGo has relied almost entirely on the sale and leaseback model to fuel its growth

India’s low-cost carrier buys 430 jets from Airbus 

Almost four years ago a handful of people gathered in Airbus sales chief John Leahy’s spacious country house outside Toulouse and argued long into the evening over curry and cigars.

Last weekend they met up again at a Parisian hotel for more haggling, with breaks t ..

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Asry shortlisted for innovation award

October 20, 2014

Asry LOGO

Asry, the leading ship and rig repair yard in the Arabian Gulf, has been nominated for the Ship Repair Innovation Award at Seatrade Maritime Awards. The shipyard made the shortlist for Project Jupiter that is expected to make Asry regional leader in onsite specialist contractors. The winners will be announced in Dubai on 27 October.

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GE SHOWS MIGHT

October 20, 2014

The products featured in the exhibition include centrifugal compressors, turboexpanders for ethylene plants and hypercompressors

DTS division exhibits advanced technologies at technology conference

GE Oil & Gas is showcasing its advanced technologies to maximise the production efficiency of ethylene at the Ethylene Middle East Technology Conference and Exhibition 2014.

The Platinum Sponsor of the event, GE Oil & Gas’ Downstream ..

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Samsung leads Compact System Camera segment

October 20, 2014

Samsung Electronics-CAMERA

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has achieved a leading position in the Compact System Cameras (CSC) market once again, accounting for 67.9 per cent volume market share according to the latest figures from Gfk’s August data.

The highest market share value ever achieved in this category, Samsung’s success in the market is largely ..

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Mystery deepens over reported Russian sub in Sweden

October 20, 2014

Sweden armed forces pressed more than 200 men, stealth ships, minesweepers and helicopters into service

Mystery deepened yesterday over a Swedish military operation triggered by “foreign underwater activity” off the coast of Stockholm, amid an unconfirmed report of a hunt for a damaged Russian submarine.

Late Saturday, Swedish armed forces stepped up an operation -- involving more than 200 men, stealth ships, minesweepers and ..

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POPE BEATIFIES PAUL VI

October 20, 2014

Pope Francis greets the crowd from the popemobile after a papal mass for the beatification of Paul VI

Council failed to reach consensus on welcoming gays

Pope Francis yesterday beatified Pope Paul VI, concluding the remarkable meeting of bishops debating family issues that drew parallels to the tumultuous reforms of the Second Vatican Council which Paul oversaw and implemented.

Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI was on hand for ..

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4,000 take part in Mount Fuji eruption drill

October 20, 2014

A volcano nearby Mount Fuji blew its top and killed at least 56

Nearly 4,000 people took part yesterday in a mass evacuation drill to test responses to a possible eruption of  Japan’s highest peak Mount Fuji, weeks after a nearby volcano blew its top and killed at least 56.

The 3,776-metre (12,389-foot) Fuji last erupted in 1707 but geologists have included it as one of 47 volcanoes in t ..

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NORTH, SOUTH KOREA EXCHANGE GUNFIRES

October 20, 2014

South Korean soldiers on the fortified border, where clashes erupted after balloons carrying propaganda were sent towards the north

Tension rises along border 

Troops exchanged gunfire yesterday along the border between North and South Korea, the second outbreak of hostilities in the past 10 days. There were no reports of injuries or damage, but the 10 minutes of shooting highlighted rising tensions between the divided countries.

The shootout began ..

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Hungarians march to celebrate ‘Roma Pride’

October 20, 2014

Local Roma and their sympathizers march with a banner reading “Roma Pride Day” to demonstrate against racism and discrimination that the Roma community faces in Europe in Budapest yesterday

Hundreds of Hungarians took part in a “Roma Pride” march in Budapest yesterday to celebrate the country’s largest ethnic minority, a community scarred by widespread prejudice. Around 500 people walked through the city centre chanting “Opre Roma!” (Up Roma!) and holding placards of famous figures of ethnic-Roma background like British actor Charlie Chaplin ..

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‘CEASEFIRE’ DOUBTS

October 20, 2014

Supporters of the #BringBackOurGirls campaign march

Release of kidnapped girls

Nigeria’s announcement of a ceasefire with Boko Haram has surprised many and convinced few, particularly when talks with the militants on the possible release of 219 kidnapped schoolgirls had been at a frustrating standstill. The insurgents have had the upper hand in fighting in the far northeast in recent months, reportedly s ..

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Rescuers find 34 more trekkers after Nepal storm

October 20, 2014

An Israeli Himalayan snowstorm survivor (right), treated for frostbite, is discharged from a hospital

Nepalese teams yesterday rescued 34 more trekkers and guides stranded in the Himalayas since a snowstorm struck five days ago at the height of the hiking season  but also found 12 more bodies,  officials said. Rescuers using helicopters found the bodies buried in the highly popular Annapurna Circuit trekking route hit by the storm, with the total number of those ..

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‘Foreign forces’ at work in Hong Kong protests

October 20, 2014

A pro-democracy protester wearing a Guy Fawkes mask stands at a barricade during a stand-off with police in the Mongkok district of Hong Kong yesterday

Hong Kong’s embattled leader yesterday said “foreign forces” were at work in the pro-democracy movement that has paralysed parts of the city, as demonstrators accused police of using excessive violence during ugly clashes. Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said “external forces” from other countries had been encouraging the mass sit-ins that have blocked ma ..

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RULING PARTY MAKES GAINS

October 20, 2014

Narendra Modi is greeted by BJP President Amit Shah (right) as Modi arrives at the party headquarters to attend the BJP Parliamentary Board meeting in New Delhi yesterday

India’s right-wing ruling party secured strong victories yesterday in two important state elections, tightening its grip on power after storming to power nationally five months ago. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was assured of victory in Maharashtra, of which financial hub Mumbai is the capital, over its centre-left rival the Congr ..

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PAVLYUCHENKOVA MARIN CILIC WIN

October 20, 2014

PIC 1Marin Cilic of Croatia kisses the winner’s cup

Kremlin Cup titles

US Open champion Marin Cilic continued his fine season by beating fifth seeded Spaniard Roberto Bautista-Agut in straight sets to win the Kremlin Cup in Moscow yesterday. The 26-year-old Croat, a career-high eighth in the ATP rankings fired 10 aces in a 6-4, 6-4 victory, his first ev ..

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Tech guru Rice to attend cyber summit

October 20, 2014

MR.RICE

Renowned technology guru and Co-CEO and Director of Impervio Technologies Bernie Rice will attend the Cyber Security Summit 2014 – Bahrain’s only regional Conference focused on meeting the specialised cyber security and risk management needs of a fast growing economy.

The three-day summit, which will kick-start today, will b ..

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Election: CANDIDACY FILING OFFICIALLY ENDS

October 20, 2014

A scene at one of the registration centres yesterday

Submission of candidacy for the November parliamentary elections was officially closed yesterday.

From October 15, candidates have been registering at five registration centres in the Capital, Muharraq, Northern, Central and Southern Governorate.

A total of 493 candidates for both parliamenta ..

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Kurds resist IS advance

October 19, 2014

Flames rise from an explosion in Kobane, after a US-led coalition strike as seen from the Turkish border in the southeastern village of Mursitpinar, Sanliurfa province yesterday

Kurdish forces in the Syrian town of Kobane repulsed a new attempt by Islamic State (IS) fighters to cut off the border with Turkey yesterday as troops battled the jihadists in neighbouring Iraq.

A Kurdish official reported five new US-led strikes around Kobane overnight as the coalition kept up its air support for the town’s ..

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Lebanon limits refugee entry

October 19, 2014

Alleged Islamic State (IS) militants stand on a hill on the western outskirts of the Syrian town of Kobane yesterday, as seen from the Turkish side of the border

Lebanon has all but closed its borders to refugees fleeing Syria’s civil war, overwhelmed by an influx of over one million people displaced by fighting, UN and Lebanese officials said yesterday.

Quoted by Lebanon’s Al-Akhbar newspaper, Social Affairs Minister Rashid Derbas said Lebanon “no longer officially receives any di ..

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Workshop held

October 19, 2014

The workshop in progress

The social service group of the Education Ministry organised a workshop titled ‘Effective Social Communication Skills,’

A total of 60 specialists participated in the Hall of Isa Town Primary School for Girls.

Social service specialist, Fawzia Buhamood conducted the workshop, which provide ..

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Ministry focusses on schoolbag

October 19, 2014

Dr. Al Nuaimi with students

Education Ministry held an awareness campaign on school bags, in order to educate students and parents on the best way to reduce school bag weight.

Education Minister, Dr. Majid Al Nuaimi, attended a meeting for the kindergarten and primary school boys. The meeting included instructions for students on the right way to organise ..

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CSB issues directives

October 19, 2014

Civil Service Bureau Logo-CSB

Leave for candidates

Issuing directives to government entities, the Civil Service Bureau (CSB) has stated that the employees of the government bodies who are contesting upcoming parliamentary or municipal council elections are eligible to take leave as per CSB norms.

CSB president, Ahmed bin Zayed Al Zayed stated that th ..

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Indian Club hosts reception for navy

October 19, 2014

Indian Club hosts reception for navy

The Indian Club yesterday hosted a reception for the Indian Navy personnel, who are on a goodwill visit to Bahrain. The event saw the participation of people from all walks of life. The audience was treated to a musical band by the Indian Navy team.  Indian Ambassador Dr. Mohan Kumar was present on the occasion.

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Creating awareness: A day for the blind

October 19, 2014

Though the smooth flow of traffic was affected, the drivers were not all hostile

It was a day dedicated fully for the visually impaired section of the society, as scores of residents, both citizens and residents, took part in the walkathon organised by the Friendship Society for the Blind.

The walkathon, held under the patronage of Capital Governor Shaikh Hisham bin Abdulrahman Al Khalifa started from the Co ..

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Gulf Air to resume flights to Shiraz

October 19, 2014

Gulf Air

Gulf Air yesterday announced that it would resume its flights to Shiraz. Becoming the airline’s 40th destination, the capital of Fars Province in Iran, will be served with three weekly flights, starting from December 15, 2014.

Gulf Air Acting Chief Executive Officer Maher Salman Al Musallam commented on the airline’s latest ..

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COURT BEAT

October 19, 2014

court beat

Court rejects appeal of abuser

A Bahraini woman found guilty of physically abusing her Asian maid saw her appeal rejected by the High Criminal Appeals Court.

The defendant allegedly tied and shaved the hair of the victim, which resulted in the Lower Criminal Court earli ..

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VOTE FOR FUTURE

October 19, 2014

A file picture-BAHRAIN

Stating that the right to vote is one of the important pillars of democracy, the Human Rights Ministry has urged the Bahraini citizens to exercise their franchise in the upcoming elections. The ministry is confident that the parliamentary and municipal council elections would be a grand success as the Kingdom has always exercised restraint and acted responsibly eve ..

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Al Watan not to field candidates

October 19, 2014

Mr. Al Saati

A newly-formed political society, Al Watan has announced its decision not to contest in this year’s elections although its leader has not ruled out the possibility of its members running independently.

MP Ahmed Al Saati yesterday announced his withdrawal from the elections, sev ..

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NASS Corp leads the race

October 19, 2014

NASS Corporation, Bahrain

NASS Corporation, Bahrain and its partner KCC Engineering, Kuwait have emerged as the lowest bidder by quoting BD46.85 million for upgrading Shaikh Jaber Al Ahmed Al Sabah Highway, Alba and Nuwaidrat Interchanges project.

The upgrading of the highway is part of the Strategic Road Master Plan projects under the Road Projects and ..

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GPIC in celebration mode

October 19, 2014

Dr. Jawahery during the ceremony

The Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (GPIC), one of the leading companies in the Kingdom has exported a total of 10 million tonnes of granular urea, making Bahrain proud.

The record was achieved on Tuesday, with the completion of its ship number 341 after 16 years of the urea plant operations, which started operation in 199 ..

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DT NEWS OVENHOT: UTTERLY DELICIOUS

October 19, 2014

By Executive Chef Guy Gateau, Culinary Divisions, The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain- OVEN HOT

When the word ‘Gateau’ means ‘Cake’ in French, it becomes obviously believing that chef Guy Gateau, is probably one of the sweetest chefs in Bahrain and this is why we decided to feature the talented culinary genius for a second time.

For a man who is so passionately dedicated to his work, a sweet dish is an amazing trea ..

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DECODE YOUR DREAMS

October 19, 2014

DECODE YOUR DREAMS

Dream 

A very dear relative of mine passed away recently. He was like a father to me and during his last few years of fighting the deadly disease cancer, he lived with me and my family too. After his demise, I am feeling a huge void. It was then that I saw a dream which remained in my mind for a long time.

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The Beauty Bloopers: Scaly skin ruins the night out!

October 19, 2014

THE BEAUTY Bloopers

In my hurry to look my best in a bold dress that showed off some skin, I neglected the need to keep the skin looking smooth by putting moisturizer. Only when I reached my party venue, did I realize how scaly my skin was, especially around the knees and elbows. Note to self- always keep a small moisturizer tube in the bag, because scaly skin ruins the night out! ..

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‘The Magic of Neem’

October 19, 2014

Neem oil from Dr. Haushka

The bark, leaves, and oil of a Neem tree have been used in India for several thousand years, and are still used today.

About 75% of Ayurvedic remedies contain a form of Neem oil and Indians would call the sacred Neem tree ‘The village pharmacy’ due to their faith in its limitless abilities. However, claims about the Neem tre ..

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Sleeping in A swamp

October 19, 2014

A photo taken on October 10 shows internally displaced South Sudanese children standing outside the flooded UNMISS compound housing thousands in Bentiu

South Sudan civilians struggle to survive

Inside the barbed wire, knee-deep mud sucks at the legs of the nearly 50,000 South Sudanese who live in the cramped, fetid camp, protected by United Nations peacekeepers.

Outside, in the war-zone state of Unity, citizens say they are too fearful to venture, frightened o ..

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MH17 discussion with Putin ‘constructive’

October 19, 2014

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Russian President Vladimir Putin was cooperative and constructive when asked for his help in allowing investigators access to the MH17 crash site in Ukraine, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said yesterday. Bishop met the Russian leader on the sidelines of the Asia-Europe Meeting, just days after Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott warned he would confron ..

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LONDON MARCH

October 19, 2014

People holding an inflatable sign walk past the Ritz hotel as thousands march in London yesterday

Tens of thousands of people marched through central London yesterday to protest against falling real wages and public spending cuts introduced to tame Britain’s deficit. Organisers the Trades Union Congress (TUC), a federation of the country’s main trade unions, estimated that around 80,000 supporters had gathered on the banks of the River Thames. Led by TUC ch ..

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Top south Indian politician freed on bail

October 19, 2014

Supporters of India’s former southern Tamil Nadu state chief minister J. Jayalalithaa display her photographs

A powerful south Indian film-star turned-politician, jailed last month for corruption, was freed on bail yesterday and drew a jubilant reception from supporters. Hundreds of loyal fans lined up to cheer 66-year-old Jayalalithaa Jayaram as her convoy sped to the airport from the jail in the southern city of Bangalore where she had spent 22 days in the women’s det ..

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STAGE SET FOR TALKS

October 19, 2014

Pro-democracy demonstrators gather in Admiralty district in Hong Kong yesterday

H.K. govt to open talks with democracy protesters

Hong Kong’s embattled government said it will open talks with student demonstrators Tuesday, after three nights of violent clashes between police and protesters who have paralysed parts of the city with mass pro-democracy rallies. The city’s leader Leung Chun-ying made a dramatic U-turn Thursda ..

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Benazir’s son makes political debut

October 19, 2014

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, chairman of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), waves to supporters during his arrival for a public gathering

Tens of thousands of Pakistanis gathered yesterday to hear Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the son of slain ex-premier Benazir Bhutto, address a massive rally billed as his formal political debut. Ultra-tight security measures were in place for the rally in Pakistan’s biggest city Karachi, where huge crowds of supporters sang and danced, waving the flag of Bhutto’s mai ..

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ANXIOUS MOMENTS

October 19, 2014

Protesters with the “Bring Back Our Girls” campaign shouts slogans during a demonstration in front of the Nigerian consulate in New York(file photo)

Anxious wait for Nigeria girls after Boko Haram ‘deal’

Relatives of Nigeria’s kidnapped schoolgirls yesterday dared voice cautious hope of seeing the teenagers finally freed after officials claimed to have reached a deal with Boko Haram militants. Senior government and military officials on Friday said they had struck a ceasefire agreement w ..

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Sweden intensifies search for suspected submarine

October 19, 2014

Swedish Navy fast-attack craft patrols in the the Stockholm Archipelago, Sweden yesterday

The Swedish armed forces stepped up a military operation off the coast of Stockholm yesterday where they were investigating a report of “foreign underwater activity”. More than 200 men, Swedish stealth ships, minesweepers and helicopters have been searching an area of the Baltic Sea about 50 kilometres (30 miles) east of the Swedish capital since Friday evening ..

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BERMUDA ASSESSES HURRICANE DAMAGE

October 19, 2014

People clear trees from the road in the aftermath of the hurricane Gonzalo

Hurricane Gonzalo made a direct hit on Bermuda as a strong category two storm, knocking down trees, damaging a hospital and cutting power to most of the island’s residents. Gonzalo, which had already killed one person and caused property damage in the Caribbean, buffeted the British overseas territory in the Atlantic with maximum sustained winds of 110 miles (175 ..

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CHELSEA PRESS ON

October 19, 2014

Sergio Aguero shoots for his fourth goal

High-flying Southampton thrashed Sunderland 8-0 in the Premier League yesterday as unbeaten leaders Chelsea remained five points clear at the top with a 2-1 win away to Crystal Palace.

Sergio Aguero scored all Manchester City’s goals in a 4-1 defeat of 10-man Tottenham Hotspur as the champions remained second while Arsenal nee ..

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Leaders Bayern steamroll Bremen

October 19, 2014

Bayern Munich celebrate their first goal against Werder Bremen

Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich earned their fifth straight victory yesterday as Spainiard Xabi Alonso netted his first Bundesliga goal in their 6-0 rout of Werder Bremen. Bayern warmed up for Tuesday’s Champions League clash at Roma by maintaining their four-point lead at the top of the table, boosting their goal difference to plus 19 as former Germany captain ..

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Stroll for Kannada Sangha

October 19, 2014

Al Namal Kannada Sangha players

Al Namal Kannada Sangha comfortably defeated Dadabhai Travels by six wickets in the latest Group D match of The Indian Club Centenary Cricket Cup at the club premises in Gudaibiya.

In the first match of the evening, Dadabhai Travels batting first were dismissed for just 21 in 4.5 overs and in reply Al Namal knocked off the runs ..

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RONALDO DOUBLE PROPELS MADRID

October 19, 2014

Cristiano Ronaldo

Real Madrid ensured they will head into a big week full of confidence with a 5-0 thrashing of Levante ahead of their meetings with Liverpool and Barcelona.

Cristiano Ronaldo stretched his fine scoring streak at club level to nine games as he opened the scoring from the penalty spot before Javier Hernandez headed home to double M ..

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Last-gasp All Blacks beat Australia

October 19, 2014

New Zealand players celebrate as Colin Slade kicks the decisive conversion to hand them victory

Malakai Fekitoa’s converted try in the dying seconds denied Australia as the All Blacks snatched a breathtaking 29-28 victory in the Bledisloe Cup yesterday. Australia had looked certain to take a famous win when they led 28-22 with time all but up, but the world champions dashed their hopes when Fekitoa crossed with just three seconds left.

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Injury-hit Fraser on top in Hong Kong

October 19, 2014

Marcus Fraser

Australian Marcus Fraser will take a one-shot lead into the final round of the $1.3 million Hong Kong Open, his first tournament in eight months, after a five-under-par 65 yesterday.

The 36-year-old has spent most of this year “sitting on the couch” after surgery for a hand injury but sits top of the leaderboard in the south ..

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STENSON LIGHTS UP LONDON CLUB

October 19, 2014

Swedish golfer Henrik Stenson prepares to play a shot

The apprentice made the sorcerer fight all the way before top seed Henrik Stenson scrambled a two-hole victory over fellow Swede Jonas Blixt at the Volvo World Match Play Championship yesterday.

World number five Stenson next meets George Coetzee in the semi-finals after the South African, a late replacement this week for the in ..

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Bahrain edge out Saudi

October 19, 2014

Bahrain players celebrate their win over Saudi Arabia

Hosts Bahrain yesterday ensured a place in the quarter-finals of the 17th Asian Men’s Under-20 Volleyball Championship after winning 3-1 (25-9, 25-19, 24-26, 25-18) over Saudi Arabia in a well-contested Group A clash at the Isa Sports City’s main hall in Riffa.

Jumal Al Atawi, Mohammed Anan and Mahmood Abdulwahed were the k ..

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HOGBANI TURNS GIANT KILLER

October 19, 2014

The winners with organisers and guests

Unseeded wildcard entrant and Saudi born Ammar Al Hogbani upset hot favourite and top seed Kareem Allaf of Syria 6-7(6), 6-4, 6-2 to clinch the boys singles title yesterday on the concluding day of the Sixth Bahrain International ITF Junior Tennis Championships at the Bahrain Tennis Club (BTC) premises in Juffair.

The 15-year o ..

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Serena gets kind draw for title defence

October 19, 2014

WTA Finals title

The American is gunning for her third straight win

World number one Serena Williams was handed the best possible draw for her WTA Finals title defence with the 33-year-old American grouped with two injury doubts and avoiding the in-form players.

Williams was pooled in the Red Group yesterday for the WTA’s sea ..

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MARQUEZ EQUALS RECORD

October 19, 2014

Marquez reacts after he swept to pole position

Champion scorches to 12th pole position of season

World champion Marc Marquez underlined his dominance of MotoGP when he swept to a record-equalling 12th pole position of the season on a good day for Spain at the Australian Grand Prix yesterday.

The 21-year-old Honda rider, ..

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Iraq MPs approve ministers

October 19, 2014

Mr. Al Obeidi (L) and Mr. Al Ghabban

Iraqi lawmakers approved defence and interior ministers yesterday after weeks of delay, as security forces battle jihadist militants who hold swathes of the country.

Khaled Al-Obaidi of parliament’s Sunni Arab Itihad Al-Quwa Al-Wataniyah bloc was voted defence minister and Mohammed al-Ghabban of the Shia Badr bloc was picked f ..

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Yemen crisis: Fighting resumes

October 19, 2014

A Yemeni rides his bike past an office of a government-owned bank that was burnt by suspected Al-Qaeda militants as they captured the town of Al-Udain in the Ibb Governorate, in southwest Yemen

Rebels sweeping across Yemen met deadly resistance from both tribesmen and Al Qaeda yesterday as they pushed south with the security forces largely absent.

Rival armed groups, including both the rebels and Al Qaeda, have sought to step into the power vacuum.

In Ibb province, the rebels lost 1 ..

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Reef Arabia: A voyage via sea of success

October 18, 2014

Ms. Engineer

Established in 2012 with its manufacturing base in Bahrain, Reef Arabia provides solutions in mitigating marine environmental impact.

Marine habitats have been severely impacted by construction activities and over-fishing. Talking to DT News, Managing Director of Reef Arabia Halel Engineer said, she was aiming to rehabili ..

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Windies deny calling off India tour

October 18, 2014

The West Indian team standing behind Dwayne Bravo at the toss

The West Indies have not called off the ongoing tour to India despite reports earlier that Sri Lanka had stepped in to take their place, the West Indies Cricket Board said yesterday.

“The West Indies Cricket Board advises, that, contrary to media reports, it has taken no decision to discontinue the ongoing tour to India,” a ..

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Azam, Sohail hit centuries

October 18, 2014

Babar Azam cruises to century

Babar Azam and Haris Sohail hit hundreds for Pakistan ‘A’ as Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon took two wickets in a warm-up match in Sharjah yesterday.

Azam, who turned 20 on Wednesday, was 114 not out to stake claims for a Test place with another hopeful Haris Sohail batting on an unbeaten 103 as Pakistan ‘A’ reached ..

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del Bosque to leave Spain

October 18, 2014

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Vicente del Bosque has confirmed that he plans to stand down as Spain coach after their attempt at a third successive triumph at Euro 2016.

“In life you cannot be absolutely sure about anything but it is my intention to continue until France 2016 and then leave,” Del Bosque told the Spanish newspaper As. “In my case, the f ..

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CHELSEA SEEK PALACE COUP

October 18, 2014

John Terry

Title race not over - Blues captain Terry

Chelsea head to London rivals Crystal Palace today eager to maintain or even extend their five-point lead at the top of the Premier League table as domestic action resumes after the international break.

Palace surprised Chelsea, and t ..

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Els leads in Hong Kong, Jimenez misses cut

October 18, 2014

Ernie Els is presented with a birthday cake after shooting a 65 to lead at the Hong Kong Open

Els marked his 45th birthday in style by grabbing the halfway lead at the $1.3 million Hong Kong Open yesterday, as defending champion Miguel Angel Jimenez missed the cut.

Four-time major winner Els shot a five-under-par 65 to lie on nine-under, two strokes ahead of the chasing pack at the co-sanctioned European/Asian Tour event ..

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SHIKAWA HEROICS PROPEL SF GIANTS

October 18, 2014

Travis Ishikawa of the San Francisco Giants celebrates after he hits a three-run walk-off home run

Giants will face American League champions Kansas City for crown

Travis Ishikawa’s walk-off ninth-inning blast lifted the San Francisco Giants to a 6-3 win over St. Louis and into baseball’s World Series.

Ishikawa’s three-run homer gave San Francisco the victory in the best-of-seven National League final four games ..

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Patriots hold off Jets for win

October 18, 2014

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Chris Jones blocked Nick Folk’s 58-yard field goal attempt on the final play as New England held on for a 27-25 NFL win over the New York Jets. The Jets trailed 27-19 when quarterback Geno Smith connected with Jeff Cumberland on a 10-yard scoring pass with 2:31 left in the contest. But Smith missed Jace Amaro on the Jets’ ensuing attempt at a two-point conversi ..

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Kohli ton sets up series win

October 18, 2014

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Virat Kohli cracked his 20th ODI hundred, Suresh Raina and Ajinkya Rahane made fifties as India comfortably downed a seemingly eager-to-leave West Indies in Dharamsala.

The news that West Indies’ tour had been cut short due to the players’ payment dispute with their board broke during India’s innings, and the visitors back ..

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MURRAY ON SONG

October 18, 2014

Andy Murray played it safe against Struff

Reaches Vienna semi-finals

Andy Murray reached the Austrian Open semi-finals, playing it safe against an unknown opponent, keeping German Jan-Lennard Struff on a tight leash for a 6-2, 7-5 win.

Murray’s debut at the indoor event continued on song, with the second seed staying alive in the race for one of the remaining ..

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German stimulus measures could backfire, warns Bundesbank

October 18, 2014

Bundesbank president Jens Weidmann

The German economy, currently slowing sharply, does not need additional stimulus and any such measures could backfire, the head of the central bank or Bundesbank, warned yesterday. “With the economy operating at normal capacity utilisation, Germany is not in need of stimulus,” Bundesbank president Jens Weidmann told a conference in Riga. “On the contrary, in ..

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FRENCH ECONOMY POISE FOR GROWTH

October 18, 2014

President Hollande

Reforms could add 3.7pc to French growth over 10 years 

The moribund French economy could get a sharp boost each year over a decade if highly controversial reforms to help businesses are enacted, predictions from the OECD showed yesterday. Such changes could add 0.4 percent to economic output every year over the next 10 years, it said, with the tota ..

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ECB to begin asset purchases ‘within days’

October 18, 2014

Member of the European Central Bank Executive Board Benoit Coeure speaks during an international conference on the European financial crisis in Riga

The ECB expects to begin buying private-sector debt instruments within days as part of its drive to beef up the bank’s assets and channel money into the economy, a senior bank official said yesterday. “We are now in an implementation phase and will start... within the next days, to purchase the assets foreseen under our new asset purchase programmes,” said EC ..

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GREECE EXPLORING CAREFUL CREDIT

October 18, 2014

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Greece doesn’t need a new bailout plan, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras said yesterday, despite markets lashing the country over the government’s intention to exit its IMF aid programme early. Greece is open to keeping open a precautionary credit line from the ESM -- the eurozone’s bailout fund -- if it exits its IMF programme early, Prime Minister Antonis Sam ..

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Naqsh Film Festival: Platform for local talents

October 18, 2014

Participants at the venue during the event

Following his successful battle against cancer, producer Zeeshan Shah is excited to have his film screened at the ongoing ‘Naqsh Short Film Festival’ (NSFF).

Mr. Shah, who was diagnosed with kidney cancer a few months ago, was working on the idea of a black and white silent film with his friends Saleh Al Sharif and Zahid Al ..

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Conference for NGO societies starts today

October 18, 2014

Dr. Al-Balooshi

Under the patronage Social Development Minister, Dr. Fatima Al Balooshi,, the National Centre for NGO Support (NCNS), has organized the fourth conference for NGO societies’ expertise exchange under the theme “Civil Societies’ Funding, Overview of Alternatives” which will kick off today at Rami Grand Hotel in Seef area.

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Measures to ensure fishermen’s safety

October 18, 2014

Dr. Kumar

Measures are being taken to ensure the safety of Indian fishermen who come to Bahrain to fish, said Indian Ambassador Dr. Mohan Kumar.

The new measures that are being undertaken include regulating immigration of the fishermen from India to Bahrain, establishing  stronger relationships with the fishermen community in Bahrain and ..

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‘LOCAL BRANDS NEED SUPPORT’

October 18, 2014

Models participating at the event

A top executive stated that while Bahrain is emerging as one of the leading fashion destinations in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), the local brands still need to be given the support in order to shine in the spotlight.

Speaking to DT News, during a fashion event, City Centre, Senior Mall Manager, Duaij Khalifa Al ..

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COURT BEAT

October 18, 2014

court beat

Al Daih blast case: Witnesses to testify in court

Defense witnesses are set to testify on October 30 in the trial of ten suspects implicated in connection with a bomb blast that killed three policemen and injured 13 people in Al Daih.

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IGN Convention to see record participation

October 18, 2014

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5000 Anime fans and Gamers are expected to participate in the largest event of its kind in Bahrain later this week.

IGN Anime and Gaming Convention, the largest event of its kind in the Kingdom, will be held this Friday at Bahrain International Circuit(BIC).

The main star of the event will be ..

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Preachers all praise for PM

October 18, 2014

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During the Friday sermons, preachers in Kingdom stressed their loyal support to Prime Minister HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa and lauded the Premier’s landmark contributions towards the development and progress of the Kingdom.

The Preachers and Imams of the Sunni Endowments Directorate, in unison, said, HRH the Premi ..

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IT’S NASTY

October 18, 2014

Integrity Coalition for Election Observation

The scare tactics adopted by certain unscrupulous people in a bid to upstage the election process in the Kingdom has earned the wrath of the Integrity Coalition for Election Observation.

The coalition, which was formed for the purpose of monitoring the 2014 Parliamentary elections, slammed those who are persuading the public to ..

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Polling booths go up by two

October 18, 2014

Polling booths go up by two

The number of polling booths for the upcoming Parliamentary and Municipal elections has gone up by two, compared to the previous years.

Legislation and Legal Opinion Chief, Bahrain Elections 2014 Executive director Abdulla Al Buainain said, as many as twelve general polling stations would be opened for Bahrainis to cast their fr ..

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Stuntmen, stay off road

October 18, 2014

Stuntmen- Bahrain

A senior official at the General Directorate of Traffic has warned thrill-seekers who perform deadly stunts on the highway and film their reckless behaviour, in order to gain the admiration of others.

“Motorists who drive recklessly and perform stunts on the road, are promoting a dangerous trend by showing it off on social m ..

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18 die in Libya fighting

October 18, 2014

Fighters of Libya’s Fajr Libya (Libyan Dawn) hold a position, their group took from a rival militia, south of the town of Wershfana last Monday

At least 18 people were killed yesterday as Islamists and pro-government forces clashed in Libya’s second city of Benghazi, hospital sources said.

Benghazi Medical Centre said the dead were mostly soldiers and civilians fighting alongside the army in the central district of Al-Majouri.

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Yemen crisis: Yemen clashes leave 20 dead

October 18, 2014

Supporters of the Huthi movement chant slogans before dismantling part of their protest camp in Sanaa on Thursday

Shia rebels sweeping across Yemen clashed with Sunni tribesmen and Al-Qaeda militants yesterday in violence that left 20 people dead, officials said.

Twelve Shia rebels and eight tribesmen died in a battle for control of the predominantly-Sunni provincial capital Ibb which the rebels overran earlier this week, local government o ..

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Cuba’s black market thrives

October 18, 2014

Cuban market

From foreign DVDs to perfume, rum and coffee, Cuba’s shelves are packed with pirated and counterfeit goods, which are sold as authorities turn a blind eye -- using the longstanding US embargo as justification. The more than 50-year US trade freeze with communist-ruled Havana has bred a healthy appetite for smuggled goods, including TV series, films, music and sof ..

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NO PROGRESS IN GAS DEAL

October 18, 2014

Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko leaves after a multilateral meeting on the Ukraine’s crisis on the sidelines of the 10th ASEM summit in Milan

Ukraine leader says no agreement with Putin on gas dispute

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said talks with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin yesterday brought no practical results on the gas dispute between the two countries. “We could not reach any practical results on the gas issue,” he told journalists after speaking with Putin for less than an ..

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Latin America: MIDDLE CLASSES ARE RESTLESS

October 18, 2014

People march in Montevideo against the proposal to reduce the minimum age of criminal responsibility

“Juan Middle Class” may be a cartoon, but the problems he faces -- expensive schools, crummy healthcare, ballooning grocery bills -- are all too real for millions of newly middle-class Latin Americans. The Uruguayan cartoon character speaks to the frustrations of more than 50 million Latin Americans who made a mass exodus from poverty during the region’s so-c ..

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Fed chief concerned over growing inequality

October 18, 2014

Janet L. Yellen speaks at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen warned yesterday that the gap between the rich and poor in the United States is widening and is near the highest levels seen in 100 years. In a speech at a conference on inequality in Boston, Yellen did not mention monetary policy nor the current turmoil in financial markets.

Instead, she focus ..

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US GIANTS RECORD HIGHER EARNINGS

October 18, 2014

A General Electric jet engine is prepared at a G.E. plant in Peebles, Ohio

US industrial giant General Electric reported higher earnings for the third quarter and said global economic growth remains solid, if uneven, with the US especially strong. GE chief executive Jeff Immelt said the company has seen a mix of conditions in different markets, with the US clearly picking up.

“It fits a pattern that ..

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Snapchat weaves ads into message service

October 18, 2014

Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel at his company’s headquarters in Los Angeles

Snapchat said yesterday it will begin weaving ads into the popular service for sending ephemeral smartphone messages, but promised not to be “rude” to its members.

The first Snapchat ad were to appear in the United States this weekend in a section of the service devoted to “recent updates,” the Los Angeles-based startup ..

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Hong Kong police, activists clash in protest zone

October 18, 2014

Pro-democracy protesters and bystanders gather around a police line in the Mong Kok district of Hong Kong

Hong Kong riot police struggled to hold back hundreds of defiant pro-democracy activists who returned to a protest zone officers had partially cleared earlier yesterday.

Police used pepper spray and batons to fend off a huge crowd that had gathered in Mong Kok, and several protesters were seen knocked to the ground or carried aw ..

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PEACE HOPES RISE

October 18, 2014

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (bottom right), Russia’s President Vladimir Putin (left), French President Francois Hollande (third right) and Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko (right) attend a meeting in Milan yesterday

Ukrainian, Russian leaders sound optimistic note

Russian and Ukrainian leaders sounded optimistic after marathon, Europe-brokered talks yesterday, signalling progress on both a definitive peace settlement in Ukraine and a gas dispute that threatens to disrupt supplies to Europe this winter.

While Russian President Vladim ..

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New protest in Mexico for 43 missing students

October 18, 2014

Masked students take over the tollbooths across the Chilpancingo-Acapulco highway, which is controlled by teachers and students during a protest in Mexico

Thousands of protesters marched in Acapulco yesterday to demand the safe return of 43 students who went missing in southern Mexico after an attack by gang-linked police last month. Chanting “they took them alive, we want them back alive,” the students, teachers and machete-wielding farmers also called for the resignation of Guerrero state Governor Angel Aguirre ..

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CHINA’S JINPING TO TIGHTEN CONTROL

October 18, 2014

Xi Jinping

China’s Communist rulers gather next week for a key meeting devoted to the “rule of law”, but observers say the conclave will in fact mark another tightening of control by party leader Xi Jinping after crackdowns on internal dissent and graft. The Fourth Plenum brings together the party’s 205-strong Central Committee and around 170 reserve members, along wi ..

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London reigns as world divorce capital

October 18, 2014

London reigns as world divorce capital

Las Vegas may be the best place for marriage but London is known as divorce capital of the world -- and a Malaysian beauty queen’s bid for a big money split in court yesterday is only the latest in a long line of foreign break-ups.  Thousands of wealthy Chinese, Russians, Americans and Europeans, many of whom work in the City of London financial district or own ..

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COURT SUMMONS US MARINES

October 18, 2014

Alliance of Concerned Teacher rally in front of the gate of the US embassy as they shout anti-US slogans in Manila.US serviceman

Philippines transgender murder case

Five US Marines have been summoned to appear before a prosecutor in the northern Philippines after Filipino police accused one of them of murdering a transgender sensual worker, the foreign department said. The Americans were ordered to attend a hearing by the prosecutor of Olongapo city next week in a politically-charged case that th ..

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Bahrain ease past Maldives

October 18, 2014

Bahrain players celebrate their victory over  Maldives

Bahrain made a perfect start to their title quest in the 17th Asian Men’s Under-20 Volleyball Championship as they defeated the Maldives in straight sets 25-12, 25-8, 25-9 at the Shaikh Isa Sports City’s Bahrain Volleyball Association facility in Riffa in less than an hour.

This one-sided game was an opportunity for Bahrain ..

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VIKTORIA TRIUMPHS

October 18, 2014

Mr. Al Mosawi, Mr. Al Muqla and Mr. Haider with winners during the prize distribution ceremony

Unseeded Slovakian Viktoria Morvayova proved too strong for her unseeded Turkish opponent Lara Biter as she defeated her 6-2, 6-1 to clinch the Girls singles title yesterday evening on the penultimate day of the Sixth Bahrain International ITF Junior Tennis Championships at the Bahrain Tennis Club (BTC) premises in Juffair.

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LUITEN DUMPS MCDOWELL OUT

October 18, 2014

World Match Play Championship

Title holder loses by two holes to the Dutch 

Defending champion Graeme McDowell crashed out of the World Match Play Championship yesterday after losing by two holes to Holland’s Joost Luiten.

Northern Ireland’s McDowell had reached the quarter-finals of the event on his debut in 2011, the final i ..

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Iraq top priority: US commander

October 18, 2014

Iraqi families fleeing Islamic State (IS) group arrive to take refuge in a Kurdish-controlled area in Mullah Abdullah, some 25 kms west of Kirkuk

Confronting the Islamic State group in Iraq is the “main” priority for the US-led fight against the jihadists, while strikes in Syria are designed to disrupt the group’s supply lines, the US commander overseeing the air war said yesterday.

Even with the world’s attention fixed on the fate of the northern Syrian town of K ..

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MCDOWELL MAKES WINNING START

October 16, 2014

McDowell

World Match Play title

Graeme McDowell said he was eyeing more major success after the increasingly “focused” Northern Irishman made a winning start to the defence of his World Match Play title yesterday. McDowell, who came from three down to beat Jordan Spieth 2 and 1 in the opening singles match of Europe’s Ryder Cup win over the United States at Gl ..

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Suarez receives top scorer award

October 16, 2014

Former Liverpool coach Kenny Daglish (left) shakes hands with Barcelona’s Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez

Barcelona’s Luis Suarez received the Golden Boot award as Europe’s top scorer last season from Kenny Dalglish, who signed him for Liverpool in 2011, yesterday. The Uruguayan scored 31 times to help Liverpool into second in the Premier League. Now with Barcelona, the 27-year-old shared the award with Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, who ended the campaign with ..

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MURRAY KEEPING EMOTIONS IN CHECK

October 16, 2014

Andy Murray

Race to London tightens

Andy Murray admitted yesterday that he is prepared for all possibilities as the race for the last handful of spots at the World Tour Finals heats up with less than three weeks left in the season.

 “It ( ..

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North and South Korea talks end in stalemate

October 16, 2014

Kim Jong-un visiting the Wisong Scientists Residential District in Pyongyang

The first military talks between North and South Korea in more than three years have ended in stalemate, with the rivals failing to narrow their differences on how to ease animosity after two shooting incidents last week.

Generals from both sides met yesterday at Panmunjom, the “truce village” that straddles the heavily fort ..

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POLICE SUPPRESS DEMONSTRATIONS

October 16, 2014

Pro-democracy protesters gather near the central government offices in Hong Kong yesterday

Hong Kong officers beat pro-democracy protester 

Video footage showing a group of Hong Kong police officers beating a pro-democracy protester has galvanised the city, ratcheting up tensions in demonstrations that have paralysed large swaths of the city for more than two weeks.

The Hong Kong television station TVB ..

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BBK launches home loan to NRIs

October 16, 2014

Mr. Kota (left) and Head of BBK NRI Business, Bahrain, Mudit Mathur address media persons

In what could be termed as a boon to Non Resident Indians (NRIs), who wish to own property in India, BBK Bahrain has launched new and improved mortgage loan product.

The mortgage loan product, conceived on competitive terms, will cater to the growing needs for NRIs through its branches in India. The minimum and maximum loan amou ..

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INDIA TAMES INFLATION

October 16, 2014

INDIAnalysts have noted high year-ago figures had helped improve inflation numbers.

Annual wholesale inflation slowed to a five-year low

India’s new government declared yesterday it had controlled rising food prices, a burning issue in a country where one-quarter of the population lives in deep poverty, after the country posted better inflation data.

Annual wholesale inflation slowed to a five-year lo ..

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GLOBAL MARKETS TUMBLE ON FEARS

October 16, 2014

A visitor walks beneath a display of stock market information at the Hellenic Exchange in Athens yesterday

Global markets suffered sharp falls again as investor fears of an economic slowdown were reinforced by a poor set of US data.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average has dropped 246 points or 1.5 per cent by the time European markets closed to 16,068, compared to its recent high of 17,265 reached on 18 September - the day before the re ..

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Kerry slams Yazidi slavery

October 16, 2014

Iraqi Yazidis visit Lalish temple during the”Feast of the Assembly” on October 6 in the mountain village of Lalish near Dohuk, 430 km northwest of Baghdad

US Secretary of State John Kerry slammed the Islamic State (IS) group for “abhorrent” abuses on Tuesday after the jihadists boasted of selling captured women and girls as slaves.

IS militants said abducted Yazidi women and children had been divided among its fighters according to sharia law.

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Egypt: 12 injured in bomb explosion

October 16, 2014

Egyptian policemen inspect the site where a bomb exploded in the centre of the Egyptian capital Cairo late on Tuesday

A bomb exploded in the centre of the Egyptian capital Cairo late on Tuesday wounding 12 people, security and medical officials said.

A police officer on the scene told AFP the explosive device was placed near the entrance of a metro station close to the courthouse, apparently targeting policemen standing guard.

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Ban Ki-moon visits Bahrain school in Gaza

October 16, 2014

Ban Ki-moon

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited the Kingdom of Bahrain Middle School for Boys in Tal Al Hawa district in the Gaza Strip, which is regarded as a major shelter where many displaced Palestinian families have taken shelter.

During his visit, Ban inspected the facilities and lauded the school’s key role in shel ..

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‘Election commission should be independent’

October 16, 2014

Mr. Fulad

Bahrain Human Rights Watch Society (BHRWS) has called for a more independent election commission that will be active not only during parliamentary elections but also during other elections of national importance.

Speaking to DT News, BHRWS Secretary-General Faisal Fulad said, “The High Election Commission should have be ..

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COURT BEAT

October 16, 2014

court beat

MAN RAPES SISTER, GETS 10 YEARS

A 32-year-old man was slapped with10 years in prison by the High Criminal Court yesterday after being convicted of raping his own 14- year-old sister.

Court files show that the defendant had sexually assaulted his victim, who is suffering from a mental disorder, on multiple occasio ..

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RED ALERT

October 16, 2014

red alert -tree

The GCC nations are in for hotter and humid climate in the near future as emissions of carbon dioxide and chlorofluorocarbons are inviting wrath of the nature.

According to environmentalist Abdul Majeid Haddad, the Gulf nations would see a rise of 4-5 degrees celsius in mercury levels in the coming period if they continue to tur ..

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Minister for regulations on social media

October 16, 2014

Samira Rajab

During the opening of the 22 nd meeting of the GCC Information Ministers held in Kuwait yesterday, Minister of State for Information Affairs and official Government spokesperson Sameera Rajab has called for the need to develop a clear strategic vision on the organisation and management of mass media and set special regulations and standards for the use of social ne ..

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GCC states joint naval force soon

October 16, 2014

GCC states joint naval force soon

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) nations sit on 40 per cent of global crude reserves and a quarter of the world’s natural gas. Therefore, the GCC states have taken the protection of its coasts seriously. That’s why they have planned to launch a joint naval force.

According to a Kuwaiti defence official, military officials ..

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DT WOMAN : ON A MISSION TO BEAT CANCER

October 16, 2014

DT WOMAN - Ms. Sprakel

It can be a heartbreaking moment when someone in the family is diagnosed with breast cancer.

The news can be hard to handle, and it’s even harder to know how to proceed, no matter what the person’s prognosis is.

However, having self-awareness and knowledge of taking precautions, may alter ..

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Oil prices hit new depths on supply glut

October 16, 2014

Oil prices

Oil prices reached new multi-year low points yesterday owing to a supply glut and weak global demand, before clawing back some ground as poor US retail data pressured the dollar.

Brent struck $83.37 a barrel -- the lowest level for nearly four years -- and the WTI contract dropped to $80.01, a point last seen more than two years ..

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INVEST IN BAHRAIN FORUM UNDERWAY

October 16, 2014

The ninth edition of Invest in Bahrain Forum was opened by Shaikh Mohammed yesterday

Kingdom’s GDP expanded by 80 per cent - Dr. Fakhro

Deputy Prime Minister Shaikh Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khalifa opened the ninth annual Invest in Bahrain Forum yesterday.

The event, organised by the Ministry of Industry and Commerce under the patronage of HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, was attended by more t ..

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Mega Mart/Macro Mart signs deal with Tesco

October 16, 2014

Mega Mart -Macro Mart officials celebrate new chapter in the history of retailer

Mega Mart/Macro Mart is now the only retailer in Bahrain authorised to stock the full range of Tesco private label products.

This wide range includes grocery, health and beauty, frozen, non-food and fresh products and will be rolled out to all stores over the next few weeks. Over 1,500 Tesco products are currently available in t ..

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BIG DEALS AT LULU

October 16, 2014

LULU-Bahrain

Hypermarket giant celebrates seventh anniversary of Bahrain operations  

Lulu Hypermarket is celebrating its seventh birthday and promotions ranging from 50 per cent to 20pc in discounts on wide range of items including household goods to electronics and food items to the amazing offer of winning one of eight spanking-new Ford Explorer 2014 cars for just B ..

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BANKS TO FACE EU CRACKDOWN

October 16, 2014

The announcement is likely to have an impact on UK banks such as Barclays, HSBC and the bailed-out Royal Bank of Scotland

Announcement by European Banking Authority has implications for 39 financial institutions

Europe’s top banking regulator is cracking down on major banks, warning them they should not try to get around the EU’s cap on bonuses by handing their staff extra payments.

The announcement b ..

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Italy confirms Putin-Poroshenko meeting

October 16, 2014

Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko in Milan on Friday, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said yesterday. Renzi said the two men at the centre of Europe’s worst security crisis in years would meet at 8:00 am (0600 GMT) on the sidelines of a summit of Asian and European leaders (ASEM). The talks will also be atte ..

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Thai PM faces protest on first outing

October 16, 2014

Prayut Chan-O-Cha

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha is expected to be greeted by protests on Thursday as he makes his first outing on the world stage since seizing power in a military coup in May. The head of the junta is due in Milan for the ASEM summit of European and Asian leaders to the fury of democracy activists, who have urged the European Union to increase its pressure o ..

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GONZALO STRENGTHENS

October 16, 2014

NASA GOES Project satellite photo shows Hurricane Gonzalo (R) in the western Atlantic Ocean

Major hurricane

Gonzalo gathered strength as a major hurricane yesterday, packing winds of 125 mile  an hour as it headed over the Atlantic toward Bermuda, US forecasters said. Gonzalo surged to a Category Three hurricane on the five-point Saffir-Simpson scale late Tuesday and the power of its winds continued to pick up through the night. A hurricane watch ..

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Catalan parties urge snap election over independence

October 16, 2014

Artur Mas delivers a speech during an ordinary session at the Catalan Parliament in Barcelona yesterday

Opposition parties in Catalonia yesterday demanded a snap regional election after pressure from Madrid forced leaders to water down plans for a vote on independence from Spain. The region’s conservative president, Artur Mas, said on Tuesday the non-binding ballot called for November could not go ahead as planned -- a move hailed by Spain’s Prime Minister Marian ..

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HIMALAYAN SNOWSTORM

October 16, 2014

An injured survivor of a snow storm is assisted by army personel into a Nepalese Army helicopter in Manang District, along the Annapurna Circuit Trek

Avalanche kills 17 trekkers in Nepal

A snowstorm and avalanche in Nepal’s Himalayas has killed 17 trekkers and guides -- nine foreigners and eight Nepalis -- on a popular hiking route, while more than 100 others remain out of contact, officials said yesterday. Severe weather triggered by the tail end of Cyclone Hudhud, which battered neighbouring India ..

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Karting aces back into action

October 16, 2014

An action from the race

Track temperatures are set to heat up at Bahrain International Karting Circuit (BIKC) on Saturday as the Bahrain Karting Sprint Championship (BKSC) gets back into action in a big way as the event promises plenty of close-knit grassroots racing with many of the

Kingdom’s most talented drivers taking to the tarmac in two highly ..

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Kareem Allaf, Sanjana Sudhir advance

October 16, 2014

Kareem Allaf

Top seeds Kareem Allaf of Syria and India’s Sanjana Sudhir stayed on course to win the boys and girls singles titles respectively as they comfortably won through in their quarter final ties in the Sixth Bahrain International ITF Junior Tennis Championships at the Bahrain Tennis Club premises in Juffair. In the boys singles, Kareem ranked 376 internationally defe ..

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Zayani Motors edge out Awan Red

October 16, 2014

Team Zayani Motors

Zayani Motors edged out Awan Red  by three wickets in a Group D match in The Indian Club Centenary Cricket Cup at the club premises in Gudaibiya. Batting first, Awan Red were dismissed for 28 in their six overs and in reply, Zayani Motors struggled a bit but reached the target scoring 29 for three off 5.3 overs with Sameer of Zayani Motors taking the man of the ..

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DONG MIN SUH WIN

October 16, 2014

Winner Dong Min Suh, left, with Trevor Fletcher, Sales Manager for Volvo Motorcity

Dong Min Suh (39 stableford points) steered himself into the Bahrain final of the prestigious Volvo World Golf Challenge after winning the penultimate qualifying event at the Royal Golf Club, while Matthew Deakin (37 on count back) narrowly claimed the runners up spot with Peter Thompson (37) in third.

Nearest the pin side conte ..

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FCVG to launch tournament

October 16, 2014

Filipino Club Volleyball Group

The Filipino Club Volleyball Group (FCVG) is set to launch another tournament with an opening ceremony starting tomorrow morning at Muharraq Sports Club Gym from 7.30am with a Team’s Parade at 8:00am. Special Awards will be given to “Best Muse”, “Best Uniform”, “Most Organised Team” and “Early Bird Team”. FCVG in collaboration with sponsors Xpres ..

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Administrative stability would boost Iraqi football

October 16, 2014

Shaikh Salman at his meeting with Mr. Masoud

Asian Football Confederation (AFC) President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa affirmed the importance of taking advantage of the administrative stability of the Iraqi  Football Federation in order to boost football in the country. This came during his meeting with Abdul Khaliq Masoud, president of the Iraqi Football Federation (IFA) in Bahrain on Tuesday.

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Bahrain, Saudi to host Fencing Championships

October 16, 2014

Bahrain Fencing Association President Shaikh Ebrahim bin Salman Al Khalifa

Bahrain and Saudi Arabia have won a combined bid to win the right of hosting their first-ever Asian Junior and Youth Fencing Championships scheduled to take place in 2016.

  Both efforts by Bahrain and Saudi Arabia fencing federations paid off at the end as they won 22 votes out of 29,beating other bids from China, Thailand and ..

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TOP OFFICIALS TO ATTEND VOLLEYBALL

October 16, 2014

Bahrain’s under-20 volleyball team

17th Asian Under-20 Volleyball Championship

High-ranking officials have confirmed their attendance at the 17th Asian Men’s Under-20 Volleyball Championship, which gets underway from tomorrow until October 25. According to president of the Bahrain Volleyball Association and Arab Volleyball Organisation Shaikh Ali bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, leading the invit ..

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Saudi killing: No proof of extremism

October 16, 2014

A child watches as a Saudi man shows a shell casing at the scene of a shooting attack in the Saudi capital Riyadh, on Tuesday

The gunman suspected of killing an American in Saudi Arabia’s capital had no known links to “extremist” organisations, the interior ministry said, as Washington sought clarification about the killer’s motive.

Abdulaziz Fahad Abdulaziz Alrashid, 24, the alleged shooter who authorities say was wounded in a gunfight with se ..

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INA war veteran Capt. Abbas Ali passes away

October 13, 2014

Abbas Ali.

Freedom fighter and Indian National Army war veteran, Captain Abbas Ali, 92, died of cardiac arrest on last Saturday at the Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College and Hospital in Aligarh UP India. His relative in Bahrain Ali Mohd Akbar Khan told DT: “Captain Sahab was active till the last minute”.  Capt. Abbas Ali Sahab was born on 3 January 1922 in Bulandshahr d ..

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Bosnians cast ballots amid economic woes

October 13, 2014

Zeljko Komsic (right), member of Bosnia’s tripartite Presidency and candidate for next term, is seen while being identified before voting at one of polling stations in Sarajevo center yesterday

Bosnia voted in general elections yesterday amid mounting social discontent over endemic corruption, ethnic disputes and economic woes that have troubled the country’s rapprochement with the European Union. Nearly 20 years since a devastating war between its Croats, Muslims and Serbs, Bosnia-Hercegovina is one of Europe’s poorest and remains split along ethnic ..

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US-NATO: GERMANY REGRETS AFGHAN ‘MISTAKES’

October 13, 2014

rank-Walter Steinmeier

Germany’s foreign minister said yesterday that Berlin had made serious mistakes in its military engagement in Afghanistan since 2001 and warned against a hasty withdrawal. Ahead of the end of US-led NATO combat operations in the war-ravaged country this year, Frank-Walter Steinmeier offered a sobering assessment of the 13-year mission.

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Second US Ebola case raises questions

October 13, 2014

Williford, Battalion Chief for the Dallas Fire Department, walks past a barrel containing waste material that was removed from the apartment where a second person has been diagnosed with the Ebola virus yesterday

A Texas health care worker who treated an Ebola victim has tested positive for the deadly virus, dealing a blow to the global battle to stem the epidemic and sparking questions about safety precautions. Top US health officials have said a breach of protocol was to blame for the new Ebola case -- which if confirmed would be the second diagnosed outside Africa and t ..

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Ukraine leader sacks third defence minister

October 13, 2014

Petro Poroshenko

President Petro Poroshenko dismissed Ukraine’s third defence minister of the year yesterday in a surprise decision ahead of high-level talks with Moscow on bringing peace to the Western-backed former Soviet republic. Poroshenko’s official website said he would nominate a new defence chief on Monday after “accepting the resignation” of Valeriy Geletey. But t ..

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AECIO NEVES WINS KEY ENDORSEMENT

October 13, 2014

Aecio Neves (centre), speaks during a Press conference at the basilica of the National Sanctuary of Aparecida

Brazilian presidential hopeful Aecio Neves yesterday earned a key endorsement in his bid to defeat incumbent Dilma Rousseff -- from environmentalist candidate Marina Silva. The Social Democrat Neves lost to Rousseff in the first round a week ago, but opinion polls now show him in a statistical dead heat with her ahead of the October 26 run-off -- making Silva’s b ..

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Israelis, Palestinians join to combat Ebola

October 13, 2014

A team of funeral agents specialised in the burial of victims of the Ebola virus carry a body prior to putting it in a grave at the Fing Tom cemetery in Freetown, on Friday

Israeli and Palestinian officials met at the weekend to draw up an action plan to prevent the Ebola epidemic from spreading to the territories they control, the Israeli military said yesterday.

“During the meeting (on Saturday evening), updates were exchanged between the parties, and transfer of information was agreed upon by ..

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UN chief to visit Gaza tomorrow

October 13, 2014

UN chief Ban Ki-moon

UN chief Ban Ki-moon told a donor conference in Egypt yesterday that he would visit the Israeli-blockaded Gaza Strip tomorrow.

“I will visit Gaza on Tuesday to listen directly to the people of Gaza,” Ban Ki-moon told reporters in Cairo, adding that he would also travel to Israel.

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Aids flood to Gaza

October 13, 2014

Palestinian children walk amidst the rubble of a building destroyed from the 50-day conflict between Hamas and Israel, in Shejaiya neighbourhood in the east of Gaza city yesterday

International donors pledged hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to rebuild the battered Gaza Strip yesterday and urged Israel and the Palestinians to renew peace efforts.

Gas-rich Qatar led the way at a donors conference in Cairo with a promise of US$1 billion in aid to the coastal enclave, devastated by its 50-day summer co ..

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UN chief urges action

October 13, 2014

Ban Ki-moon

UN chief Ban Ki-moon yesterday urged action to prevent a “massacre” of civilians in the Syrian town Kobane, saying thousands of lives were at stake as jihadists battled Kurdish defenders.

“Thousands of lives are at stake. I once again call on all the parties to stand up to prevent a massacre of civilians in Kobane,” Ban ..

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Jolt for IS: Kurds thwart IS in Syria town

October 13, 2014

Smoke rises after a strike on the Syrian town of Kobane, as seen from the Turkish-Syrian border, in the southeastern village of Mursitpinar

Islamic State jihadists met dogged Kurdish resistance yesterday in the high-profile Syrian battleground town of Kobane but in Iraq they put forces under strong pressure, prompting US-led relief drops.

A roadside bomb killed the police chief in Iraq’s Anbar province, between Baghdad and the Syrian border, where Pentagon officia ..

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Cabinet’s top priority: Cabinet keeps eye on ebola

October 13, 2014

File photo of pilgrims performing Hajj

Growing international concern on the rise of Ebola has topped the agenda of government this week, as the Cabinet directed the Health Ministry to follow-up on efforts to prevent the disease from reaching Bahrain.

“The Cabinet gave its directives to Health Minister Sadiq Al Shehabi to follow up on the updates of Ebola Virus in t ..

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COURT BEAT

October 13, 2014

court beat

Physical assault: Punch on the nose lands man in jail

A ruling will be declared on November 5 in the trial of a 32-year-old man accused of physical assault.

The defendant has reportedly broken the nose of his brother-in-law with a punch during a heated row.

The fight between the tw ..

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Huge demand for small office space

October 13, 2014

small space office

In a report on Bahrain’s commercial market outlook, International real estate consultancy Cluttons said, demand for smaller, ‘plug and play’ offices (50 sqm to 100 sqm) have remained buoyant as the number of start up businesses continued to grow.

The research report of Cluttons says, “The strength of the retail market h ..

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WELL-OILED GDP BOOM!

October 13, 2014

Gross Domestic Product -Bahrain

There is good news! Our Kingdom has clocked a 5.6pc growth in its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the second quarter of 2014. This growth is, in fact, a quantum leap compared to the 3.2pc in the first quarter, oil sector staging a riveting performance.

The Kingdom has proved the Western-oriented economic pundits who had earlier ..

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Bahrain-Kremlin ties get stronger

October 13, 2014

King Hamad with Putin

The Bahrain-Russia relations are on an upward swing. The meeting between His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and the Russian President Vladamir Putin yesterday at the presidential palace in Sochi underscores this fact.

The meeting between the leaders gains significance, because both Bahrain and Russia, next year, will cele ..

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DT News intervenes in time

October 13, 2014

Buji Elpa

It was at about 12.15am our correspondent Rajeev Vellikoth alerted us that a lady with minor injuries had reached the Indian Embassy.

We immediately asked our photographer Santhosh Rajendran to reach the spot to get first-hand information.

Wasting no time, Santhosh ..

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Qatar pledges $1 billion at Gaza donor meet

October 13, 2014

UN Secretary  General Ban Ki - moon (right) greets Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sabah Al-Khalid Al-Sabah during the Gaza Donor Conference in Cairo

Qatar promised $1 billion in reconstruction aid for Gaza at a donor conference in Cairo yesterday, topping US and European pledges for the devastated Palestinian enclave. “Qatar announces its participation with $1 billion for the reconstruction of Gaza,” said Khalid bin Mohammad Al Attiyah, the foreign minister of the gas-rich country. Meanwhile  International ..

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KUWAIT EXPECTS OIL PRICE RISE

October 13, 2014

KUWAIT

Kuwaiti Oil Minister Ali Al-Omair said yesterday that he expects falling crude prices to recover in winter but that OPEC was unlikely to counter the slide in the short term. “We expect (oil prices) to increase in the winter season or at least preserve its current level,” said Omair, cited by the official KUNA news agency. The minister also said he believes that ..

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GULF INVESTMENTS IN AFRICA US$30BN

October 13, 2014

African Industry showcased

A study by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, has revealed that Gulf entities have provided at least US$30bn of funding to African infrastructure over the past decade, which amounts to between 7 to 10 per cent of total inflows, of which approximately US$15bn in loans and grants from Gulf development agencies and approximately US$15bn in direct investments ..

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URBAN DECAY WORRIES PHILIPPINE ECONOMY

October 13, 2014

Manila is clogged with traffic as two overhead trains whiz by in the centre lane. Manila already loses 2.4 billion pesos ($53 million) in potential income daily due to traffic jams, according to a study by the Japan International Cooperation Agency

Manila’s creaking train network means a miserable three-hour work commute for salesman Gerard Galang -- just one example of major infrastructure woes that analysts say threaten to cool the Philippines’ red-hot economy. Peak-hour hell comes in many forms in the city of 12 million people, with commuters experiencing a sweaty, stinky crush on dilapidated trains an ..

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MINISTRY TO UNVEIL INVESTMENT MOMENTS

October 13, 2014

Bahrain

Invest In Bahrain 2014

Under the patronage of His Royal Highness Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, the Prime Minister, the Ministry of Industry and Commerce is ready to launch 58 new investment opportunities in the important Economic Forum during “Invest in Bahrain 2014”; investment opportunities will include many sectors such as metal, plastic, fib ..

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China’s economic rise challenges IMF

October 13, 2014

International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde speaks during a discussion on ethics and finance at the 2014 IMF - World Bank Annual Meetings at George Washington University’s Jack Morton Auditorium

The International Monetary Fund was launched in 1944 with the world’s new superpower, the United States, in position as the key force and shareholder in the global crisis bank. Today, China is on the verge of becoming the world’s largest economy. But its voice at the IMF -- wrapping up its annual meeting this weekend in Washington -- remains that of a minor cou ..

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BARCELONA MARCH AGAINST CATALONIA

October 13, 2014

Anti-independentist Catalans take part in a demonstration for the unity of Spain on the occasion of the Spanish National Day

Thousands took to the streets of Barcelona yesterday, Spain’s national day, to oppose moves to make their Catalonia region an independent state. Less than a month from a November 9 referendum date set by Catalonia’s leaders for a vote on secession, some 40,000 people demonstrated in the Catalan capital, according to police. Waving Spanish and Catalan flags, the ..

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Cyclone Hudhud pounds Indian coast

October 13, 2014

Tidal waves hit the beach as Cyclone Hudhud reaches Visakhapatnam yesterday

At least four people have been killed in Andhra Pradesh and Odisha by Cyclone Hudhud which pounded Visakhapatnam with relentless force yesterday. It is still raining in and around the port city. Andhra Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu said that phone lines are down and cellphone towers have been damaged, making it tough to assess the scale of devastation. The exten ..

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Hong Kong leader says protests have ‘almost zero chance’

October 13, 2014

Elderly anti Occupy “Blue Ribbon” group members hold heart shaped placards reading “Love Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protesters have an “almost zero chance” of changing Beijing’s stance and securing free elections despite more than two weeks of rallies, the city’s embattled leader Leung Chun-ying said yesterday. Demonstrators calling for Beijing to grant full democracy to the former British colony have paralysed parts of Hong Kong, prompting cl ..

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CHINA’S LI IN RUSSIA

October 13, 2014

Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang (right) reviews an honour guard during an official welcoming ceremony at Vnukovo airport outside Moscow

Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang yesterday arrived in Moscow for talks with President Vladimir Putin as Russia is struggling with its most pronounced isolation since the end of the Cold War. “It is a major event in the bilateral relations,” Chinese Vice Minister Cheng Guoping said ahead of Li’s visit. He said both sides would sign a joint communique and abou ..

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Courtois defends Chelsea’s treatment of head injury

October 13, 2014

Thibaut Courtois

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois insists he has no complaints about the club’s handling of the head injury he suffered against Arsenal.CCourtois was left dizzy and bleeding from one ear after sustaining the blow in a collision with Arsenal winger Alexis Sanchez during Chelsea’s 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge last weekend.

The ..

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Shahid brings home first MMA championship belt

October 13, 2014

Mohammed Shahid

Mohammed ‘The Hawks’ Shahid after recent injury defeated Afghan fighter Mohammed Yunus in a championship bout in the middleweight division of the Body Force.

This is the first time any fighter from Bahrain has won a championship bout and makes him the first Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter to win the middleweight Championshi ..

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Al Qubaisi finishes fourth

October 13, 2014

An action from the race

Proton Competition, the Emirates Global Aluminium and Abu Dhabi Racing-backed team, driver Khaled Al Qubaisi had finished fourth place at the 6 Hours of Fuji in the fifth round of the FIA World Endurance Championship in Japan. After starting the Japanese race sixth in the LMGTE Am class behind the wheel of Porsche 911 RSR they climbed to fourth place and were just ..

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Shaikh Nasser praises Al Bitar

October 13, 2014

Shaikh Nasser with Sameera Bitar

Chairman of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports (SCYS) and President of the Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC) HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa  has praised the performance of Bahraini Sameera Bitar who came in first place amongst the women athletes in the Sixth Ritz-Carlton Bahrain Hotel and Spa Aquathlon held on Saturday. The event was part of many athle ..

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JUNIOR TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP FROM TODAY

October 13, 2014

Adham Hesham Gabr in action

The Sixth Bahrain International ITF Junior Tennis Championships are set to get underway from 8.30am this morning following the conclusion of the qualifying competition yesterday at the Bahrain Tennis Club premises in Juffair.

In the third and final round of qualifiers for the main draw of the boys event four spots were up for gr ..

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Former ECB chief slams Pietersen bullying claims

October 13, 2014

Kevin Pietersen

Kevin Pietersen’s controversial allegations of bullying within the England team have been slammed by former England and Wales Cricket Board chief executive David Collier. Pietersen used his autobiography, which went on general sale on Thursday, to make a series of incendiary claims against a number of figures within the England set-up, with former head coach Andy ..

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Levy crowned Portugal champion

October 13, 2014

Alexander Levy poses with the trophy

France’s Alexander Levy claimed a second career title yesterday when he won the Portugal Masters after the third and final round had to be abandoned due to heavy rain in Vilamoura. In a tournament already reduced to 54 holes by lightning and heavy rain, another deluge left parts of the course unplayable shortly after the final group had teed off at 1pm. The resul ..

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England beat Estonia, Russia held again

October 13, 2014

England’s forward Wayne Rooney (left) vies for the ball against Estonia’s Captain Ragnar Klavan (right)

Wayne Rooney scored his 43rd international goal as England beat Estonia 1-0 to preserve their perfect Euro 2016 qualifying record yesterday while his former boss Fabio Capello saw Russia held 1-1 by Moldova. Even after Estonia captain Ragnar Klavan was sent off for a second booking early in the second half in Tallinn, Hodgson’s side still laboured to see off the ..

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FENG SURGES TO VICTORY

October 13, 2014

Feng Shanshan poses with her trophy

China’s Feng Shanshan ripped four birdies and an eagle through the final eight holes to shoot an eight-under 63 and overtake Pornanong Phatlum for victory at the LPGA Sime Darby Malaysia yesterday. Feng, 25, notched a three-stroke win over the Thai, who cooled down the stretch just as Feng was heating up, giving the 2012 LPGA Championship winner her fourth Tour w ..

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Gibbs hails England spirit

October 13, 2014

Kieran Gibbs

Roy Hodgson’s England could not be more together in their desire to qualify for Euro 2016, according to defender Kieran Gibbs. Danny Welbeck has been given a bit of light-hearted ribbing after crossing the north/south divide at the England dinner tables. Striker Welbeck was one of five Arsenal players in the Three Lions squad for the Group E ties against San Mari ..

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FEDERER VICTORY

October 13, 2014

Roger Federer celebrates with his trophy

Federer edges Simon to win Shanghai Masters

Roger Federer edged a resilient Gilles Simon of France 7-6 (8/6), 7-6 (7/2) to win the Shanghai Masters and claim the 81st title of his career yesterday. The 17-time Grand Slam winner had blown away world number one Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals but he found a stubborn opponent in Simon at Shanghai’s Qizhong ..

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Courtois defends Chelsea’s treatment of head injury

October 13, 2014

Thibaut Courtois

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois insists he has no complaints about the club’s handling of the head injury he suffered against Arsenal.CCourtois was left dizzy and bleeding from one ear after sustaining the blow in a collision with Arsenal winger Alexis Sanchez during Chelsea’s 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge last weekend.

The ..

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INDIA LAUNCHES FOOTBALL LEAGUE

October 13, 2014

Atletico De Kolkata footballers congratulate Spanish teammate Borja Fernandez (centre, kneeling) for their team’s second goal

Atletico de Kolkata beat Mumbai City in first match

India’s new football league kicked off yesterday with a spirited clash and a glitzy pyrotechnic opening ceremony that organisers hope will ignite the country’s passion for the “beautiful game”. Atletico de Kolkata trounced Mumbai City 3-0 in the first match of the Indian Super League (ISL), that ha ..

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HAMILTON CRUISES

October 13, 2014

Lewis Hamilton celebrates on the podium

Mercedes take teams’ crown

A supreme Lewis Hamilton made history in Sochi yesterday when he won the inaugural Russian Grand Prix for his fourth straight victory to extend his lead in the F1 title race and secure Mercedes a maiden constructors’ title. Starting from his 38th pole position, the 29-year-old Briton cruised to the 31st success of his career ..

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SOCIAL MEDIA’S ROLE IN ELECTION

October 13, 2014

SOCIAL MEDIA’S ROLE IN ELECTION

Powerful platform

The Internet has become an integral part of human life and the social media, in particular, has changed the way people live and the way things are being done, in every aspect of society, including politics.

Different sectors of society have turned to social media to s ..

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OURS ONLY!

October 12, 2014

OURS ONLY

What is the thing that the journalists hate most? Pose this question to any journalist who is absolutely passionate about his job, pat would come his reply: the dry day!

A dry day is a challenge that would prop up at times mocking and giggling at the faces of the editor and his team members. It happens with every newspaper organ ..

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IS executes four women

October 12, 2014

IS

The Islamic State group has executed at least four women, including two doctors and a politician, in their northern Iraq strongholds this month, relatives and rights activists said yesterday.

In the IS hub of Mosul, the jihadists executed three women on Wednesday including two doctors, Hanaa Edwar, a human rights activist who he ..

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Kurds protest in Germany

October 12, 2014

Pro-Kurdish demonstrators hold a banner reading “long live the resistance in Rojava, Shingal and Kobane” as they gather yesterday in Duesseldorf, Germany

More than 20,000 Kurds protested against the Islamic State group in the western German city of Duesseldorf yesterday, according to the police.

Several Kurdish organisations called the demonstration to protest attacks by IS jihadist militants on Kurdish towns in Syria, particularly the besiegement of the city of Kobane.

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IS assault: Kurds battle for Kobane

October 12, 2014

urds battle for Kobane

Kurdish fighters halted a thrust by Islamic State (IS) group jihadists towards the heart of the battleground Syrian town of Kobane yesterday, after the UN warned thousands of civilians risked massacre.

The pre-dawn attack came after the IS militants overran the Kurdish headquarters in the border town on Friday, sparking fears th ..

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Alba denies blast rumours

October 12, 2014

The photo of alleged blast being circulated on social media

Aluminium Bahrain (Alba) last night denied rumours of explosion spread on social media. In a statement, the management of the company stated that the allegations made on social media were totally untrue.

“The production operations are proceeding normally without any disruption,” Alba said, stressing its keenness on its emplo ..

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BIA to get passenger boarding bridges

October 12, 2014

The minister during the site visit

In line with its mission to continuously improve the airport’s infrastructure, the Transportation Ministry (MoT) in partnership with Bahrain Airport Company (BAC) and Bahrain International Airport (BIA), has recently started the installation of new state-of-the-art passenger boarding bridges at the airport terminal.

The passen ..

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Contradiction: Dead IS fighter calls his father!

October 12, 2014

Abdulaziz

In a dramatic twist, a young Bahraini jihadist, whose fellow fighters had announced his death a few days ago, called his father while the latter was accepting condolences on his demise.

Abdulaziz Al Jodar, 19, fighting for the Islamic State (IS) was thought to be dead after several twitter accounts belonging to other IS fighters ..

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Sameera Rajab congratulates Prime Minister

October 12, 2014

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Congratulating the Prime Minister HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa for his successful completion of medical check-up abroad, Minister of State for Information Affairs and the official Government spokesperson Sameera Rajab sent a cable yesterday.

The minister also extended the congratulations on behalf of the affiliates o ..

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BICI launches its new-look website

October 12, 2014

Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry(BICI)

The Follow Up Unit of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI) launched its new website www.biciunit.bh yesterday.

Head of the BICI Follow Up Unit, Dana Al Zayani, stated that the website, with its new design and updated content, will provide the latest news on the unit’s activities.

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Third Customer Service Conference on Tuesday

October 12, 2014

Mr. Al Banna at the press conference

The third instalment of the Customer Services Conference would be held at the Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel on Tuesday. The event organized by Origin Group is being held as part of the International Customer Service Week.

Industry and Commerce Minister Dr. Hassan Fakhro will be the patron of the event. The conference would includ ..

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Public sector must be more ‘customer service oriented’

October 12, 2014

Mr. Hyken

Governments should not take their citizens for granted by following customer service principles that are used by the private sector, said Shep Hyken, a leading international customer service expert.

 Mr. Hyken worked with organisations as well as governments around the world and advocates the application of customer service to ..

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Write from the heart: Tale of trials

October 12, 2014

Mr. Divakaran

A Bahrain-based author has released a novel portraying the hardships faced by Indian expatriates in the Middle East.

Rajith Divakaran had written the novel – Algebra of Hope - with an aim to encourage the struggling expatriate community who are going through hard times.

The story portrays ..

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Strategic plan to develop fishermen ports

October 12, 2014

Mr. Khalaf and other officials during the meeting

Minister of Works, Essam Khalaf, met with Agriculture and Marine Resources Undersecretary Shaikh Khalifa bin Isa Al Khalifa and Ministry of Municipalities and Urban Planning’s Director of Fisheries, Ibtisam Khalaf to discuss how to protect the marine sources of the Kingdom.

During the meeting, the ministries discussed a securi ..

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Opposition to boycott polls

October 12, 2014

ELECTION

The Opposition group yesterday announced that they will boycott the Parliamentary elections scheduled next month, saying the vote would cement “totalitarian” in the Kingdom.

Four opposition groups, including Al Wefaq, also vowed to pursue “peaceful protests” in Bahrain until their demands are met.

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‘What’s my nationality?’

October 12, 2014

Screenshot of the Facebook page

Siblings Nabilah and Nahilah Mohiddin could not help but feel furious when they saw a tearful Ruksana come out from the Indian Embassy premises in early 2013.

And this prompted the sisters to create a Facebook page called ‘What’s my nationality?’ to pool up the public support for the plight of Ruksana, who has no pa ..

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Nepali community to hold ‘Mela Festival’

October 12, 2014

NEPAL MELA

Members of the Nepali community are organising a one-of-a-kind event called the ‘Nepal Mela Festival’ on October 31 from 10am until 11pm.

The special event will be held at the Baan Saeng Thai Restaurant in Adliya.

Ashim Moktan, a member of the cultural team in the Nepali community said, ..

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Going the extra mile: Encore to make fuelling easy

October 12, 2014

The new fuelling unit ‘Encore’

While every fuel filling unit at Estiqlal petrol station near Isa Town has vehicles queued up, a new one stands alienated. And in the coming days, probably this would be the most-sought-after fuelling unit, once it starts functioning.

The reason is, the machine accepts any monetary cards including ATM cards and credit cards to o ..

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COURT BEAT

October 12, 2014

court beat

Technician nabbed for selling drugs

An Asian man, who was nabbed while peddling marijuana, was sentenced to ten years in prison by the High Criminal Court.

According to court files, the defendant, an electrical technician, was caught red-handed in a sting operation after an officer in ..

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Gender equality: ‘E-Government will reduce disparity’

October 12, 2014

Mr. Al Qaed (c) and other dignitaries during the launch of the survey

The United Nations Department of Economics and Social Affairs has released the Arabic version of the UN eGovernment Survey 2014 yesterday after it has been translated into Arabic language.

The ceremony was attended by Bahrain’s eGovernment Authority CEO,  Mohammed Ali Al Qaed, Chief of eGovernment Branch-Department of Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations ..

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Two-year course, but unending tests

October 12, 2014

Diploma woes-Vijay Kurien

A person, who received his diploma certificate from a private institution, is now struggling to get it accredited. Interestingly, it took the Indian national Vijay Kurien almost 16 years to get the diploma programme certificate.

Mr. Kurien enrolled the diploma programme at the National Institute of Information Technology Bahrai ..

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Crime thriller: Cracking down mystery murder

October 12, 2014

sathya

The perpetrator killed his friend, stole a dinar from his wallet and went on to order a sumptuous meal. But little did he realise the Kingdom’s smart detectives would pounce on him within 24 hours!

The cops at Ministry of Interior (MOI) recently received an alert about a Bangladeshi National found dead inside a flat at an apartment complex located at Mana ..

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DRESS TO IMPRESS

October 12, 2014

Get Vogued-Ashwathy Shyamkumar

Meet Ashwathy Shyamkumar, an artist with a passion for fashion and design. The freelance designer, illustrator and stylist, graduated from fashion school with the Best Designer award and even showcased at Bahrain Fashion Week 2010.

DT News has collaborated with the popular fashionista to bring her exciting personal style ..

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The Beauty Bloopers

October 12, 2014

THE BEAUTY Bloopers

There was a time when I owned more shades of lip liners than actual lipsticks, because for me, the perfect outline of the mouth was the most important part of my beauty regime, However, after wearing it so dark in a few outings, I was told by colleagues that it should complement the lipstick and not overshadow it, as I wore my lip liner darker than my lipstick- ..

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KALI-FICATION OF THE BARBIE

October 12, 2014

KALI-FICATION  OF THE BARBIE

A brush with philosophy:

Man is the only animal, in this universe, who carries multiple identities.  His voyage into the world of identity, in fact, starts with his name. Then, as time passes, he takes pride in the identity of his caste, creed, colour, religion and nationality to mention a few.

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DECODE YOUR DREAMS

October 12, 2014

DECODE YOUR DREAMS

Dream  Dreams that show a rush of colours, do you know whether they hold any particular meaning. I sometimes have this dream where I feel like I’m in a maze and there are many colours changing, very bright and colourful. I’m curious as to why do such occurrences happen and I can never associate them with anything. Kindly help me in interpreting them. Thanks I am 27-yea ..

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KINGDOM RIDES HIGH

October 12, 2014

CEO Mohammed Ali Al Qaed

eGovernment DT News caught up with Bahrain’s eGovernment Authority CEO Mohammed Ali Al Qaed on the sidelines of the launch of the Arabic version of the United Nations eGovernment Survey 2014 in Bahrain yesterday. He shared the challenges and the process followed by his team in turning the country into a better eGovernment hub. UN eGovernm ..

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What an idea!: Walls that speak art

October 12, 2014

Mr. Isa

Restaurants usually put their best efforts to satisfy our tastebuds at the highest level and win long-term loyalty. Therefore, restaurants work in diligence to bring forward the best of services. But here is an eatery, which has gone a step further to make its customers feel welcomed.

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Maestro talks: Music pushes rivalry backstage

October 12, 2014

The audience were treated to a musical extravaganza

Bahrain was able to witness first-hand how music bridges all differences, when two of the finest European philharmonic orchestras, who used to be the biggest rivals and competitors in the world of classical music, presented a breath-taking performance under the united ensemble ‘Chamber Orchestra Vienna Berlin’, at the Cultural Hall last night.

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Snowden’s girlfriend living with him

October 12, 2014

Lindsay Mills(left) and Snowden

Fugitive US intelligence analyst Edward Snowden, who was granted asylum by Moscow after revealing the extent of US government surveillance, has been joined by his American girlfriend in Russia, a documentary reveals.

The nearly two-hour film “Citizenfour” by Laura Poitras paints an intimate portrait of Snowden holed up in a ..

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PRO-GOVERNMENT GROUP THREATENS

October 12, 2014

People react to pro democracy protests in Hong Kong’s Mongkok district

H.K. protest sites

A Hong Kong pro-government group said yesterday that demonstrators occupying main roads to protest for full democracy would find themselves surrounded if the city’s administration failed to clear the barricades. The Blue Ribbon Movement said the authorities should dismantle three sites the protesters have closed to traffic by Tuesday n ..

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Greek PM narrowly wins parliamentary confidence vote

October 12, 2014

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras (centre) salutes lawmakers after receiving a vote of confidence at the Greek parliament in Athens

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras late Friday won a parliamentary confidence vote, which he called in a bid to rally support, but which provided him with only a narrow majority.

The conservative prime minister secured the support of 155 of the 300 elected deputies, with not a single independent or opposition member backing hi ..

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TYPHOON CHURNS TOWARDS JAPAN

October 12, 2014

Cars drive past a potted plant blown onto the road by strong wind caused by Typhoon Vongfong in Naha, on Japan’s southern island of Okinawa

Powerful Typhoon Vongfong churned towards Japan yesterday, injuring at least 20 people as it pounded the southern Okinawan islands with ferocious winds and driving rain. The monster storm was estimated to be about 110 kilometres (68 miles) southeast of Naha City in Japan’s southernmost area of Okinawa at 0800 GMT, according to the nation’s meteorological agency ..

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‘Thousands’ monitored by security services in UK

October 12, 2014

Boris Johnson

Britain’s security services are monitoring “thousands” of people in London, the city’s mayor Boris Johnson said in an interview yesterday, amid heightened fears of attack by homegrown jihadists. Johnson’s comments came as Scotland Yard continued to question five men arrested in the capital on Tuesday on suspicion of planning a terrorist act. “In London ..

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NEGOTIATIONS PROGRESS

October 12, 2014

eople walk in a shopping area in Donetsk

Ukraine, Russia leaders to meet in a bid to rescue truce

Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko yesterday said that he will meet with Russia’s Vladimir Putin next week as Kiev reported rebel attacks have subsided, signalling the possibility of rescuing a truce in the six-month conflict. Pro-Russian rebels and the Ukrainian military in the eastern Donetsk ..

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New right-wing coalition takes office in Belgium

October 12, 2014

Charles Michel

Belgium’s new right-wing coalition government was sworn in yesterday after four months of horsetrading with francophone liberal leader Charles Michel becoming the country’s youngest prime minister since 1840.

For the first time a coalition of four parties -- three Dutch-speaking, including the nationalist New Flemish Allianc ..

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LI PLEDGES INNOVATION

October 12, 2014

China’s Premier Li Keqiang (right) shakes hands with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier after their speeches at the closing lunch of Sino-German summit

Sino-German summit

China’s Premier Li Keqiang said yesterday that the world’s second-biggest economy must open further to harness the innovative and creative talents of its 1.3 billion people. After three decades of reforms, China -- often called the world’s manufacturing workshop -- had launched administrative and market reforms “to boost creation ..

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Bahrain hopefuls crash out in Qualifiers

October 12, 2014

Mert Ekici

Three of Bahrain’s hopefuls crashed out yesterday in the qualifying rounds of the Sixth Bahrain International ITF Tennis Championships at the Bahrain Tennis Club premises in Juffair. Yousif Dhaif was first on court in the morning and was beaten by Bahrain-based Indian Juqal Boruah in straight sets 6-1, 6-0. In other first round qualifiers Nihal Ranjit of Saudi ..

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Big win for BCC

October 12, 2014

Members of the BCC team

BCC defeated Al Mahroos Cricketers by a crushing 47 runs in Group C as he penultimate week of group action in The Indian Club-Bahrain’s Centenary Cricket Cup came to a close.

Batting first, BCC scored an impressive 73 for 3 off six overs with man of the match Rizwan (41) top-scoring, in reply Al Mahroos finished well short of ..

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IT’S DOUBLE SUCCESS FOR SHAIKH HAMAD

October 12, 2014

An action from the race

BIC 2,000cc Challenge Shaikh Hamad raced to an impressive double success in a drama-filled opening round of the 2014/2015 BIC 2,000cc Challenge on Friday at the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir.   It was the first time that the challenge had been held under the BIC’s state-of-the-art track lighting system and joining Shaikh Hamad on the podium for both of the night ..

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Shaikh Nasser participates in Aquathlon

October 12, 2014

Shaikh Nasser

Chairman of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports and President of the Bahrain Olympic Committee HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa yesterday participated in the Ritz Carlton Hotel and Spa Aquathlon along with more than 220 other athletes. The race was a continuation of preparations for the Challenge Bahrain Triathlon set to be hosted for the first time by B ..

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Yao, Liu strike gold for China

October 12, 2014

ao Jinnan (centre) reacts after her winning results

Yao Jinnan and Liu Yang upset the established order as they claimed gold for hosts China with their maiden individual titles at the world gymnastics championships yesterday.  Yao, 19, pipped defending champion and compatriot Huang Huidan in the women’s uneven bars for her first world crown, which follows her four-gold rampage at the Asian Games last month.

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Keane leads Irish rout of Gibraltar

October 12, 2014

Republic of Ireland’s James McClean (right) vies for the ball against Gibraltar’s Scott Wiseman

Robbie Keane scored a hat-trick as the Republic of Ireland made easy work of beating minnows Gibraltar 7-0 in a Euro 2016 qualifier at Dublin’s Lansdowne Road yesterday. Victory saw the Republic make it two wins from two matches ahead of Tuesday’s Group D clash away to world champions Germany. For Gibraltar, European football governing body UEFA’s 54th and yo ..

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INDIA COMEBACK

October 12, 2014

Virat Kohli plays a shot

West Indies implode as hosts level series

India relied on their bowlers to stage a remarkable recovery scripting a comfortable 48-run win in the second cricket One-day international against the West Indies to level the five-match series 1-1, at Feroz Shah Kotla yesterday. Chasing a 264-run target, West Indies were cruising at one stage as they were 170 ..

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Pornanong grabs three-shot lead

October 12, 2014

Pornanong Phatlum watches her shot from the fairway on the eight hole

Thailand’s in-form Pornanong Phatlum shot six-under-par-65 yesterday to seize a three-stroke lead on the third day at the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia. Pornanong surged to the top of the leaderboard after firing a string of birdies while others struggled in humid conditions at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club. The Thai star notched an impressive eight birdies, bett ..

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FEDERER VANQUISH

October 12, 2014

Roger Federer celebrates victory

A feisty Roger Federer overcame Novak Djokovic in a gripping Shanghai Masters semi-final yesterday, ending the Serb’s incredible winning streak in China and his hopes of clinching a third successive title. A brilliant attacking display from the 17-times Grand Slam winner, who served with aggression and spent much of his time at the net, unsettled the world numbe ..

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Bale believes Wales are on the way back

October 12, 2014

Gareth Bale

Wales hero Gareth Bale is convinced his country have “turned a corner” in their quest to qualify for the 2016 European Championship finals. Only two goals from the 100 million euros Real Madrid star saw Wales win 2-1 away to part-timers Andorra in their opening qualifier. But Chris Coleman’s side were far more impressive in a goalless draw at home to Bosnia-H ..

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HAMILTON SECURE

October 12, 2014

Lewis Hamilton celebrates victory

Drivers honour absent Bianchi in Russian Grand Prix

World championship leader Lewis Hamilton maintained his stunning speed and supremacy with another sizzling lap in yesterday’s qualifying session when he took pole position for today’s inaugural Russian Grand Prix. Six days after Jules Bianchi’s life-threatening crash at the Japanese Grand Prix, the F ..

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TARDELLI HERO

October 12, 2014

Diego Tardelli reacts after scoring a goal

Messi penalty miss as Brazil beat Argentina

Lionel Messi missed a first-half penalty as Brazil beat Argentina 2-0 in a fiercely contested “Superclasico” friendly in Beijing yesterday. Journeyman Diego Tardelli was the unlikely hero with his first two goals for Brazil as Messi fluffed his lines with a tame spot-kick at the Bird’s Nest stadium. Atletico ..

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Claiming Germany scalp bigger motivation

October 11, 2014

Joachim Loew

Joachim Loew says Germany must adapt to their status as world champions when his new-look side face Poland in today’s Euro 2016 qualifier, with opponents increasingly eager to topple them. Nearly three months after lifting the World Cup in Rio de Janeiro, Loew brings a very different squad to Poland from the one which triumphed in Brazil. Injury and retirements m ..

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Russian Grand Prix: HAMILTON ON TOP

October 11, 2014

Lewis Hamilton drives during the second practice session at the Sochiautodrom circuit

Championship leader Lewis Hamilton put aside his concerns for Jules Bianchi and produced a dazzling lap to top the times in yesterday’s second free practice session ahead of this weekend’s inaugural Russian Grand Prix. The 29-year-old Briton, who was second fastest behind his Mercedes team-mate and title rival German Nico Rosberg in the morning’s opening sess ..

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Diploma-less Zidane threatened with ban

October 11, 2014

Zinedine Zidane

France legend Zinedine Zidane has been threatened with suspension from his current role as Real Madrid’s reserve team coach because he has not validated his coaching badge, according to a club source. “We’ve received a notification (from the Spanish Federation) detailing a possible suspension. We have 10 days to present our defence, which is what Real will do ..

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Blatter calls for end to away goals rule

October 11, 2014

Sepp Blatter

FIFA president Sepp Blatter yesterday called for an end to the away goals winner rule in clashes with two matches. Blatter said the rule favours clubs who play away in the second leg because extra time can give an extra opportunity to get a goal with double value. “It is time to rethink the system,” Blatter said in a column for the FIFA publication The Week. Aw ..

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Biles retains world all-around title

October 11, 2014

Simone Biles waves to the cheering audience

American Simone Biles retained her world women’s all-around gymnastics title yesterday, fighting off a late challenge from Romania’s Larisa Andreea Iordache. The 17-year-old Biles finished the four-apparatus final at 60.231 points, 0.466 better than Iordache at 59.765. Fellow American Kyla Ross, the 2013 runner-up to Biles, finished third at 58.232 in the final ..

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HODGSON BACKS ROONEY TO BREAK RECORD

October 11, 2014

Roy Hodgson

Rooney’s first-half penalty in Thursday’s 5-0 win over San Marino moved him to within seven goals of Sir Bobby Charlton’s all-time scoring record. The England captain, who has found the net 42 times for his country, could have had at least a couple more if he had taken his chances, particularly in the second half when he attempted to lob Aldo Simoncini when i ..

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Yousif kicks off Bahrain Challenge

October 11, 2014

Alisa Deen

Bahrain’s Yousif Dhaif is set to take part in the boys first round of qualifying this morning at 8.30am when he takes on India’s Jugal Boruah on the quest for a place in the Sixth Bahrain International ITF Tennis Championships at the Bahrain Tennis Club premises in Juffair.

A total of four first round qualifiers will take p ..

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Centenary Snooker Tournament announced

October 11, 2014

Centenary Snooker Tournament announced

As part of its centenary celebrations The Indian Club Centenary Snooker Tournament was announced following a Press conference at its premises in Gudaibiya that will take place from October 20-29. The event will feature 20 leading players including India’s number four Mohammed Faisal Khan and Afghanistan’s number one Mohammed Saleh who was the 2013 Asian Open ..

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Australia thump Pakistan

October 11, 2014

Glenn Maxwell plays a shot

Australia continued their dominance over Pakistan with a hard fought five-wicket win in the second day-night international, taking an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. Pakistan blew an opening stand of 126 through openers Sarfraz Ahmed (65) and Ahmed Shahzad (61) and were bowled out for 215 in 49.3 overs with paceman Mitchell Johnson taking 3-40. Glenn ..

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JAPAN EDGE JAMAICA, AUSSIES HELD BY UAE

October 11, 2014

International Friendly-FOOTBALL

International Friendly

Asian champions Japan gave Javier Aguirre his first win with a laboured 1-0 victory over Jamaica yesterday while Australia struggled to a 0-0 draw in sweltering Abu Dhabi. Japan, like Australia, building towards the Asian Cup in January, squandered several chances against Jamaica in Niigata but an own goal from Nyron Nosworthy in the ..

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Use of placebos in Ebola drug trials unethical

October 11, 2014

Ebola

Health experts from around the globe said yesterday it would be unethical in drug trials to give non-active placebos to people infected with the killer Ebola virus. The disease is so deadly, with a mortality rate as high as 70 percent, that doing so would amount to withholding “at least the possibility” of a cure, said the experts including Peter Piot, who co-d ..

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Republicans angry: GUANTANAMO CLOSURE

October 11, 2014

US President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama is considering shutting Guantanamo and transferring its terror-suspect detainees to US soil, according to a US news report that raised the ire of Republican lawmakers yesterday. The report in the Wall Street Journal said that Obama is mulling moving the Guantanamo inmates to US soil without first obtaining congressional consent. While adminis ..

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Ukraine president replaces Donetsk governor

October 11, 2014

President Petro Poroshenko(right)

Ukraine’s president yesterday fired a millionaire businessman who failed to stop the advance of pro-Russian rebels while governor of war-torn Donetsk and replaced him with a hardline nationalist general. Sergiy Taruta was one of several pro-Western tycoons put in charge of restless Russian-speaking provinces after the revolution that ousted a Kremlin-backed presi ..

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PROTESTS INTENSIFY

October 11, 2014

Pro-democracy supporters gather at Admiralty district after the government called off talks with protest leaders in Hong Kong yesterday

Hong Kong democracy protesters digging in for long haul

Thousands of pro-democracy supporters took to Hong Kong’s streets yesterday night after protest leaders implored them to dig in for the long haul following the collapse of talks with the government. The mass rally attracting an estimated 15,000 drew the biggest crowd of the week, with numbers swellin ..

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Infosys second-quarter net profit up

October 11, 2014

Infosys

Indian IT giant Infosys reported yesterday a better-than-expected 29 percent jump in second-quarter net profit, helped by a strong US dollar and cost reductions, while it announced a bonus stock issue, sending its shares soaring.

The country’s second-largest IT services exporter said July-September net profit hit 30.96 billion ..

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Japan court orders Google to delete data

October 11, 2014

Google

A Japanese court has ordered Google to delete search results linking the claimant to a crime he did not commit, the latest in a series of rulings around the world on what search engines should tell users. The Tokyo District Court this week placed a provisional order that Google delete about half of 237 entries that appear after the plaintiff’s name is entered, t ..

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TARGETS TOUGH

October 11, 2014

The new European Union Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Canete, from Spain, attends his hearing at the European Parliament in Brussels

EU struggles to agree 2030 climate targets for October summit 

European Union leaders face difficult negotiations to agree a package of climate change targets for 2030 at an end-of-October summit, with coal-reliant Poland leading objections, sources said yesterday. Plans to cut greenhouse gases by 40 percent, make renewables account for 27 pc of energy use ..

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Gazprom to store natural gas in Hungary

October 11, 2014

Russia’s Gazprom

Russia’s Gazprom will store 700 million cubic metres of natural gas in Hungary to help ensure deliveries over the winter in case disruptions, Hungary’s state-owned energy firm MVM said yesterday. While MVM has been filling up its reservoirs with gas it has bought, it is unusual for the company to store gas still owned by Gazprom, which is locked in a dispute wi ..

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CHINA’S PREMIER VISITS GERMANY

October 11, 2014

Li Keqiang (left), Angela Merkel (centre) in Berlin during the “7th German-Chinese Forum for economic and technological cooperation

China’s Premier Li Keqiang met German Chancellor Angela Merkel yesterday for the year’s third top-level talks between the Asian and European export powers despite growing disquiet over human rights and business rules. The visit comes at a sensitive time as China grapples with Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests while the host nation gears up to celebrate a qua ..

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‘We must negotiate with IS’

October 11, 2014

Diane and John Foley, the parents of US journalist James Foley, stand in the war reporters’ memorial after the unveiling of a stone in honour of the war reporters killed in 2014, on Thursday

The father of James Foley, the US reporter beheaded at the hands of Islamic State militants in August, said Friday he believed governments would have to negotiate with the extremists “eventually”.

John Foley told French radio: “Eventually, I think we are going to have to negotiate. This situation is not going to be solved ..

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Recognise Palestinian state: Christian clerics

October 11, 2014

A member of a coalition of organisations supporting the Palestinian cause participates in an all-day rally in front of the offices of U.S. Senators Charles and Kirsten Gillibrand on Monday

Three leading Christian clerics in the Holy Land appealed yesterday for more European governments to recognise a Palestinian state with east Jerusalem as its capital.

The call from the Catholic, Greek Orthodox and Lutheran prelates - all of them Palestinian - came after EU member Sweden last week announced its intention to recog ..

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287,000 driven out of homes

October 11, 2014

Fighters of Libya’s Fajr Libya (Libyan Dawn) militia fire a cannon against a rival militia as they protect a position after they took control of the town of Wershfana, some 27 kilometers West of the Libyan capital Tripoli

A spike in clashes between rival militias in Libya has pushed the number of people driven from their homes to an estimated 287,000, the United Nations’ refugee agency said yesterday.

UNHCR spokesman Adrian Edwards told reporters that some 100,000 people had fled over the past three weeks from Warshefana, on the outskirts of t ..

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Syrian Kurds head to Iraq

October 11, 2014

Syrian and Turkish Kurds pray during the Friday prayer at the Turkish-Syrian border opposite the Syrian town of Ain Al Arab, known as Kobane by the Kurds, in the outskirts of Suruc, Sanliurfa province, yesterday

Thousands of Syrian Kurds who fled the Islamic State jihadists’ assault on the town of Kobane have moved from Turkey to Iraq or back to safer parts of their homeland, the UN said yesterday.

“We are seeing growing numbers choosing to continue their journey, either by heading to the Kurdistan region of Iraq or else crossing ba ..

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Jihadists seize Kurdish HQ

October 11, 2014

Smoke rises after strikes from the US-led coalition in the Syrian town of Ain Al Arab, known as Kobane by the Kurds, in the southeastern village of Mursitpinar, Sanliurfa province, yesterday

Jihadists captured the headquarters of Kurdish fighters defending the battleground Syrian town of Kobane yesterday as a UN envoy warned of a looming “massacre” by the Islamic State group.

Outgunned Kurdish militia were struggling to prevent the jihadists closing off the last escape route for the thousands of civilians still ..

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Debut Contemporary launches special exhibition

October 11, 2014

Mr. Ceric  (left) and Mr. Martin

Debut Contemporary opened an incredibly special exhibition titled ‘ Human Suffering at Times of Crisis’ recently, where the London art and business influencers mingled with 30 participating artists.

British artist Barry Martin and founder and CEO of Debut Contemporary, Samir Ceric, curated the show.

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CANCER CHARITY RAISES BD15,000

October 11, 2014

Left, people coming from all walks of life participating in the event and right, Mr. Khalaf, launching the activity

Charity was the big winner yesterday with around BD15,000 raised, as more than 2,000 people from all backgrounds and nationalities participated in the ‘Run, Walk 4 Cancer’ charity fundraising event, organised by the Bahrain Cancer Society (BCS).

Minister of Works Essam Khalaf launched the event, which was held at the Al Gh ..

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Explosion at ATM: Panic fails to fade away

October 11, 2014

BAHRAIN

It’s not the explosion, but the panic it created is haunting many a Bahraini after a low-intensity bomb went off at the ATM centre of a renowned bank in Bahrain.

The explosion occurred on the eve of Eid Al Adha (October 5) and an Asian had suffered minor injuries in the blast.

Speaking to < ..

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COURT BEAT

October 11, 2014

court beat

Russian couple jailed for 10 years

A Russian couple convicted of human trafficking was slapped with a sentence of ten years each in jail.

The couple 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 their child, in return for a monthl ..

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IS, a real cause for concern

October 11, 2014

Smoke rises from an airstrike on the outskirts of the Syrian town of Kobane

The recent deaths of two Bahraini youths, who died while fighting along the Islamic State (IS) militants, have sparked grave concern to the members of the Bahraini society.

Talking to DT News, they have expressed their doubt whether more Bahrainis have joined hands with the IS, than the 100 earlier reported.

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Anoushka Shanker fails to turn up at music festival

October 11, 2014

Anoushka

People who share an equal passion for the purest form of classical music and the progressive world music had thronged the Cultural Hall near Bahrain National Museum yesterday.

 They, in fact, had turned up in hundreds to watch the much-awaited performance of Anoushka Shankar, the internationally acclaimed sitar player and compo ..

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King leaves for Russia today

October 11, 2014

king

His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa will leave today for Sochi on a visit to Russia during which he will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The two leaders will discuss bilateral relations and ways of boosting cooperation between both countries, as well as the latest regional and international developments, the Royal C ..

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ON TRACK

October 11, 2014

A map released by Housing Ministry, showing the area of the housing project

Housing Ministry, in a statement, has said that the Al Ramli Housing Project was on track and the works on the project would begin early next year.

The massive development project, which includes more than 3500 housing units, had been initiated some two years back.

While in the process of app ..

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Youth empowerment: PSD wins regional school contest

October 11, 2014

The winning team of PSD, with  Mr. Glang (seventh from left, standing ) and other officials during the event

Philippine School Doha (PSD), Qatar has won the overall championship of the ‘12th Inter-Schools Academics, Talents and Skills Competition’ held recently at Ramada Palace Hotel.

The International Philippine School (IPS) of Al Khobar, Philippine School Bahrain (PSB) and Al Jazeera International School (AIS) won the 1st, 2nd an ..

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Emaar Properties to announce AED 9 bn dividend

October 11, 2014

EMAAR

Dubai based property behemoth Emaar’s Board of directors has recommended a dividend payout of AED Nine billion, a staggering amount, as dividend to its shareholders.

The Board’s recommendation will be placed before the Ordinary General Meeting of the company shareholders, which will be convened shortly. Unconfirmed media rep ..

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China to buy 70 A320 planes worth $6.6 bn

October 11, 2014

China Aviation -airbus

Airbus said yesterday that China Aviation Supplies Holding Company (CAS) has signed an agreement to buy 70 A320 family aircraft, an order worth $6.6 billion (5.2 billion euros) at list prices. The order reflects the strong demand from Chinese carriers for single-aisle aircraft for domestic, low cost, regional and international operations, the European aircraft manu ..

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BAPCO BOUNCER!

October 11, 2014

BAPCO

“T ell me thou company, I will tell thee what thou art”, so goes the adage. The modern-day proverb is little different. It says: “Tell me your technology, I will tell you what company you are!” The yardstick to measure the modernity of a corporate house is not confined to its progressive HR policies, innovation in R&D or its commitment to Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR) ..

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GFH DENIES TUNIS BUZZ

October 11, 2014

Gulf Finance House (GFH)

The proposed   $3 billion financial park and real estate development project of GFH has attracted many potential bidders and negotiations are on to finalise the bidder said GFH. Earlier Tunisian media had reported on 6th October that GFH has reached a deal with Makni group for the Tunis Financial Harbour Project.  This project was conceived by the state of Tunisi ..

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Philippine health workers sought for Ebola-hit west Africa

October 11, 2014

Enrique Ona (right), Philippine Health Secretary gestures as he speaks at a Press conference during the national Ebola virus summit in Manila

The Philippines is considering deploying substantial numbers of health workers to West Africa amid a global appeal to deal with the Ebola virus, Health Secretary Enrique Ona said yesterday. The United States and United Kingdom have both specifically asked Manila to provide “human resources”, Ona said, adding that the nation’s high number of qualified health p ..

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MALALA, SATYARTHI WIN NOBEL PEACE PRIZE

October 11, 2014

Chairman of the Norwegian -Thorbjorn Jagland, poses with pictures of Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai (right) and Kailash Satyarthi (left), Indian anti-child labour activist, who have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize 2014

The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded jointly yesterday to 17-year-old Pakistani Malala Yousafzai, who survived being shot in the head by the Taliban, and to India’s anti-child labour activist Kailash Satyarthi for their championing of children’s rights. Malala, the youngest ever Nobel laureate, heard the news while at school in Birmingham, England, where she was t ..

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Pietersen accepts England career may be over

October 11, 2014

Kevin Pietersen

Kevin Pietersen conceded yesterday he may “potentially” have played his last match for England as the controversy surrounding his autobiography continues. During an intensive publicity campaign, South Africa-born batsman Pietersen -- England’s all-time leading run-scorer -- has indicated a wish to resume an international career abruptly cut short in February ..

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SEMIS SET

October 11, 2014

Djokovic, Federer to clash in Shanghai semi-finals

Djokovic, Federer to clash in Shanghai semi-finals

World number one Novak Djokovic and 17-times Grand Slam winner Roger Federer will battle for a place in the Shanghai Masters final after they powered through their quarter-final matches yesterday. Gilles Simon of France and Spaniard Feliciano Lopez will also meet in today’s semi-finals as the tournament r ..

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Ozil not to play again until 2015

October 9, 2014

Ozil is not expected to play again this year

Mesut Ozil has been ruled out for between ten and 12 weeks with a partial knee ligament tear which he suffered during Arsenal’s 2-0 loss to Chelsea on Sunday.

The Germany midfielder played on through the pain to complete the 90 minutes and he reported the problem to Arsenal’s medical staff after the game. It did not seem ove ..

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GIANTS, CARDINALS ADVANCE TO FINALS

October 9, 2014

Trevor Rosenthal (#26) of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrates with teammates after defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers

The St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants booked a National League finals showdown after each team won to advance in the Major League Baseball playoffs.

Matt Adams smashed a three-run home run in the seventh inning to lift St. Louis over the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2, while Joe Panik scored on a bases-loaded wild pitch in t ..

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Berge, Dagfrid win Monday Madness

October 9, 2014

Week three winners Nils and Dagfrid Berge with tournament coordinator Sohail Singh

Nils Berge and his wife Dagfrid (32.20 nett) narrowly won first place in the third competition of the new VIVA Monday Madness Night Golf Series at the Royal Golf Club.

Second place went to the all female pairing of Hanne Hansen and Sanne Smith (32.30), while another husband and wife duo, Rob and Debbie Lane (32.80) came in thir ..

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Racism in English football is overt: Fifa

October 9, 2014

Jeffrey Webb

The head of Fifa’s anti-racism task force has said that discrimination in English football is “right in front of your face” and backed calls for the introduction of the Rooney Rule.

Jeffrey Webb, the Concacaf president and Fifa vice-president, said the lack of black and ethnic minority figures in the dugout and the boardro ..

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On the trot wins for Riffa

October 9, 2014

Awan Boyz won by four wickets

Awan Boyz defeated Ramzana Jewellers Bassali by four wickets in the latest Group E matches at The Indian Club Centenary Cricket Cup tournament at its premises in Gudaibiya.

Batting first, Ramzana Jewellers were dismissed for just 25 in five overs with the wickets going to man of the match Afzal (two for one) and Aqeeb (two for ..

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STARS GROUNDED

October 9, 2014

Nadal reacts after losing a point against Feliciano Lopez

An ailing Rafa Nadal added his name to the list of upsets at the Shanghai Masters after the Spaniard suffered a 6-3 7-6(6) loss to Feliciano Lopez in the second round yesterday, as fourth seed Stan Wawrinka and in-form Kei Nishikori also made early exits.

World number one Novak Djokovic kicked off his title defence with a 6-3 6- ..

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Trial race held as prelude to Challenge Bahrain

October 9, 2014

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Under directives from Supreme Council for Youth and Sports Chairman and Bahrain Olympic Committee President HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, nearly 100 cyclists participated on Tuesday in the first race held as a trial event as part of the Kingdom’s preparations to host the upcoming ‘Challenge Bahrain’ international triathlon championship on December 6 ..

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SALAHUDDIN LOOKS TO DEFEND TITLE

October 9, 2014

Salahuddin won eight of last season’s 16 races

BIC 2,000CC Challenge kicks off 2014-15 season

History will be made at Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) tomorrow when the BIC 2,000cc Challenge holds its races at night for the very first time.  This event kicks off the 2014/2015 season in style as the challengers will be battling each other under a state-of-the-art lighting system under BIC’s 2.55 ..

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Militia searches for 43 missing Mexican students

October 9, 2014

Vigilant checkpoint

Hundreds of civilian militiamen scoured a southern Mexico town yesterday in search of 43 missing students amid fears they were executed by a gang working with local police. As the self-defense forces and federal police carried out the search in the town of Iguala, thousands of people protested in Guerrero state capital Chilpancingo to demand justice in a case that ..

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Juncker suffers blow as first commissioner rejected

October 9, 2014

Jean-Claude Juncker

Incoming EU chief Jean-Claude Juncker suffered the first casualty from his new team yesterday after the Brussels parliament overwhelmingly rejected Slovenia’s commissioner. Former Slovenian prime minister Alenka Bratusek was voted out after she failed to win the confidence of lawmakers during a bruising confirmation hearing on Monday for her role as vice presiden ..

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US TO SCREEN FOR EBOLA

October 9, 2014

US Secretary of State John Kerry points to a TV screen with the graphic of the financial contributions in the fight with the Ebola virus during a joint Press conference with the British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond

Five US airports will begin screening the temperatures of passengers arriving from West Africa as the United States ramps up its response to a deadly Ebola outbreak, officials said yesterday. “The vast majority of people” coming from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone -- the three countries hit hardest by the epidemic -- will be screened, White House spokesman Jo ..

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Online voting not ready for worldwide roll-out

October 9, 2014

Online voting

Online voting has the potential to boost election participation around the world, but is not yet ready to be widely rolled out due to security risks, a study released yesterday said. The research, produced by the Atlantic Council think tank and the online protection firm McAfee, concluded that “security will need to be vastly improved” before it becomes feasibl ..

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UKRAINE LOBBIES

October 9, 2014

Two people sit in an ambulance waiting to be treated after a Grad rocket slammed into a shopping mall in Donetsk

Top envoys dispatched to NATO and IMF

Ukraine dispatched top envoys to Washington and Brussels yesterday to secure help in the face of a surge in clashes with pro-Russian insurgents that killed eight more civilians and troops. A one-month truce in Ukraine is teetering on the verge of collapse just weeks before a general election meant to reunify the country ..

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SPEND MORE FOR JOBS, CUT DEBT

October 9, 2014

(From left to right) Chinese media star Yang Lan, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim and World Bank Group Chief Economist Kaushik Basu - world economy yesterday

IMF to advanced economies

The International Monetary Fund said yesterday that advanced economies still hold too much debt, but even as they trim it they need to spend more to generate jobs. After government debt loads soared in the crisis that began in 2008, they have now stabilised, the IMF’s new assessment of global fiscal strength says. But d ..

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BAHRAIN BOURSE TARGETS REITS

October 9, 2014

BAHRAIN

Bahrain Bourse, the stock exchange in the Kingdom has lined up a range of Islamic investment products, that include equity-based murabaha financing tool and Islamic real estate investment trusts (REITs), according to industry sources.  Bahraini stock market is seeking to attract regional funds in the face of heavy competition from countries like Saudi Arabia, Qata ..

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PRICES PUSH CAFES UNDERGROUND

October 9, 2014

Customers get their hot drinks from “Attendant”-FOOD

With spiralling land prices turning even the darkest corners of London into potential goldmines, the city’s forgotten spaces, including 19th-century public toilets, are blossoming into restaurants, cafes and boutiques. Many Victorian urinals remained abandoned for decades after World War II, but encouraged by local officials keen for fresh sources of income, the ..

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France backs safe zone plan

October 9, 2014

Erdogan-Hollande

France said yesterday it backed a proposal by Ankara to create a safe zone along its border with Syria to ensure Turkey’s security and host refugees fleeing Islamic State militants.

In a phone call with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President Francois Hollande “gave his support to the idea... of creating a bu ..

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Pilot killed: Iraqi chopper shot down

October 9, 2014

The photo is for representative purpose only

An Iraqi military helicopter was shot down by suspected jihadist fighters yesterday, five days after a similar incident in the same location north of Baghdad, officers said.

The helicopter was a Bell 407 flying back from the Baiji refinery, 200 kilometres north of Baghdad, where federal forces have been fending off Islamic State ..

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Girl suffocated to death in school bus

October 9, 2014

Naziha

A four-year-old Indian school girl who was found dead in the bus in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday was left asleep for several hours after the van was locked by the driver and the bus supervisor, a senior police officer was quoted as saying by Emirates 24/7 website.

Naziha Lal Ahmed, who was in the private Al Worood school, was fo ..

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Qaeda attacks kill policemen

October 9, 2014

Yemen crisis

Suspected Al Qaeda militants, including a suicide bomber, killed at least 10 Yemeni police yesterday in attacks on security forces in the restive country, officials said.

The wave of violence in the central town of Baida targeted a command centre, a police post and an army checkpoint.

Nine po ..

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‘Parliament needs lawyers’

October 9, 2014

Mr. Ubaydli-Mr. Alhujairy

National Unity Assembly (NUA) Candidate Ahmad Arad, during the recent NUA gathering held this week, highlighted the importance of having ‘experts in law’ in the Parliament.

“The Parliament is the House where the laws come from. Therefore, although we need different sectors to be well represented, we need to have parliament ..

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COURT BEAT

October 9, 2014

court beat

Another 15 days for two in custody

The High Criminal Court yesterday extended the remand of two men accused of murdering an on duty police officer, pending investigations. The duo is standing trial in connection with the killing of Special Forces officer Mahmood Fareed on July 7.

They are suspected o ..

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Integrated infrastructure for Busaiteen residents

October 9, 2014

Mr. Maouda speaking to Busaiteen residents

Works Ministry yesterday organised a meeting for the people of Busaiteen to view the project of fixing the asphalts of the road in blocks 226 and 228.

The project also includes integrated services such as developing a network for the disposal of rainwater and working on lights, to ensure quality roads for people of Bahrain.

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Bahraini resident to attend laughter yoga conference

October 9, 2014

K.M. Thomas

Bahraini resident K.M. Thomas has  been invited  as a guest speaker  for  the first Italian Laughter Yoga conference to be held from October 14 to 19 at Cervia, Italy.

The six-day event will host around 300 participants, including laughter professors, master trainers and laughter  ambassadors around the world.

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ALTRUISTIC

October 9, 2014

Volunteers collecting clothes from a kiosk

Members of Bilad Al Qadeem Charity Fund (BAQCF) upheld the spirit of sacrifice during Eid Al Adha as they helped nearly 175 less-privileged families in the Kingdom during the occasion.

They collected approximately 10,000 pieces of clothes during the last couple of months and exported them to Africa, raising a considerable amount ..

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Countdown begins for Leona show

October 9, 2014

Leona Lewis

Music lovers of the Kingdom are in for a treat as 23rd Bahrain International Music Festival kicks off tonight.

The music festival will begin with the performance of British female solo artiste, Leona Lewis at the Bahrain National Theatre.

According to a ticket sales representative at the Virg ..

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DT WOMAN: SKETCHING CREATIVITY

October 9, 2014

Wafa Al Obaidat-DT WOMAN

Bahrain is blessed to have people whose focus and efforts are to identify and nurture the talent of local artists and designers and one such lucky charm for the country is Wafa Al Obaidat.

With a fiery passion to uplift the country’s artistic and entrepreneurial sector, she has constructed effective platforms for emerging desi ..

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EU’s deficit divisions on show at jobs summit

October 9, 2014

French President Francois Hollande (centre) attends a European Union (EU) extraordinary summit “Growth and Employment” in Milan

European Union leaders headed to Milan yesterday for an emergency jobs summit that was set to be overshadowed by a deepening split over the rules governing the euro. Matteo Renzi, Italy’s reform-minded young prime minister, called the meeting to kickstart a discussion on balancing budget deficit ceilings which he and others blame for aggravating the current econo ..

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EAST INDIAN DEAL SEALED

October 9, 2014

Mr. Yusuffali and Mr. Mehta, along with Mr. Mathai, Mr. Al Muthaiwe, Mr. Bhiwandiwala, and other dignitaries during a function in London yesterday

Yusuffali to invest US $ 85m

EMKE LuLu Group of companies Chief, MA Yusuffali has picked up significant stakes in the historical East India Company. An agreement to this effect was signed in London  yesterday. As per the deal Mr. Yusuffali has put in US$ 60 million immediately and is expected to plough in another US$ 25 million in phase 2. Mr. Yu ..

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Apple plans iPad event

October 9, 2014

apple ipad

Apple yesterday sent out invitations to an October 16 event expected to spotlight updates to its line of iPad tablet computers.The gathering is set for an auditorium on Apple’s main campus in the Silicon Valley city of Cupertino and comes on the heels of a major launch of large-screen iPhones.

Apple trackers believe that the c ..

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MICROSCOPE WORKS WIN NOBEL PRIZE

October 9, 2014

Co-winners of the 2014 Nobel Chemistry Prize (from left) Stefan Hell of Germany, Eric Betzig and William Moerner of the USA

U.S. researchers Eric Betzig and William Moerner and German scientist Stefan Hell win chemistry prize

Three researchers won a Nobel Prize yesterday for giving microscopes much sharper vision than was thought possible, letting scientists peer into living cells with unprecedented detail to seek the roots of disease.

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Ozil not to play again until 2015

October 9, 2014

Ozil is not expected to play again this year

Mesut Ozil has been ruled out for between ten and 12 weeks with a partial knee ligament tear which he suffered during Arsenal’s 2-0 loss to Chelsea on Sunday.

The Germany midfielder played on through the pain to complete the 90 minutes and he reported the problem to Arsenal’s medical staff after the game. It did not seem ove ..

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GIANTS, CARDINALS ADVANCE TO FINALS

October 9, 2014

Trevor Rosenthal (#26) of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrates with teammates after defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers

Matt Adams smashes a three-run home run for St. Louis

The St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants booked a National League finals showdown after each team won to advance in the Major League Baseball playoffs.

Matt Adams smashed a three-run home run in the seventh inning to lift St. Louis over the Los Angel ..

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WI THUMP INDIA

October 9, 2014

Samuels drives through the off side

Samuels hits career-best equalling 126

West Indies put behind an acrimonious pay dispute with their Board to spank number one ranked India by a huge margin of 124 runs in the first one-dayer to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series yesterday.

The Caribbeans, who were on the verge of boycotting the ODI, rode on Marlon ..

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BILES ANCHORS US

October 9, 2014

US gymnast Simone Biles (centre) celebrates the team’s victory with teammate Madison Desch (right)

Women team wins second straight world title Simone Biles led the United States to win a second straight women’s team title at the world gymnastics championships yesterday as she geared up for her defence of the individual all-around title. The 2012 Olympic champions collected 179.280 points through four apparatus events with hosts China second on 172.587 and Russia third ..

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Turkey army imposes curfew

October 9, 2014

raqi Kurdish supporters of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) hold banners with a portrait of PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan during a demonstration against the threat imposed by the Islamic State

Turkey’s military yesterday imposed a curfew in parts of the southeast after at least 18 people were killed in pro-Kurdish protests over the government’s failure to act against jihadists attacking the Syrian border city of Kobane.

The disturbances were the worst outbreak of such pro-Kurdish violence in years and risked derai ..

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Fighting extremism: IS faces stiff resistance

October 9, 2014

US Air Force handout photo, a B-1B Lancer disengages from a KC-135 Stratotanker after refuelling after airstrikes on Islamic State jihadists in Syria

Intensified US-led air strikes helped drive back jihadists fighting for a strategic Syrian border town yesterday as deadly pro-Kurdish protests over the fate of its residents shook neighbouring Turkey.

US and coalition aircraft kept up bombing raids on IS jihadists near the town, launching six attacks to help Kurdish fighters on ..

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Family behind BMW tops rich list

October 8, 2014

Stefan Quandt, Johanna Quandt and Susanne Klatten

The Quandt family, shareholders of carmaker BMW, have overtaken the founders of discount supermarket chains Aldi and Lidl as Germany’s wealthiest family, weekly Manager Magazin said yesterday.

The personal fortune of Johanna Quandt, widow of the late industrialist Herbert Quandt, and her two children Stefan Quandt and Susanne ..

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SAMSUNG FLAGS PROFIT PLUNGE

October 8, 2014

SAMSUNG

Q3 profit hurtles down near 60pc

Samsung Electronics yesterday flagged a near 60 per cent on-year plunge in its third quarter operating profit, as its key smartphone sector continued to struggle in the face of increased competition.

Operating profit for the July-September period was estimated at 4.1 trillion won ($3.8 bi ..

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Growth strong in Gulf, says IMF

October 8, 2014

Dubai Marine beach resort. The IMF has said growth in the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states is projected to remain strong

The International Monetary Fund has lowered its economic growth forecasts for most Arab countries over unrest in the region but said growth would remain generally strong in the oil-rich Gulf states.

In its semi-annual World Economic Outlook released yesterday, the IMF said the Middle East and North African (MENA) region would gr ..

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IMF TRIMS GLOBAL GROWTH FORECAST

October 8, 2014

Blanchard speaks on a panel to discuss World Economic Outlook

The International Monetary Fund slightly lowered its outlook for global economic growth this year and next, mostly because of weaker expansions in Japan, Latin America and Europe.

The IMF said yesterday that the global economy will grow 3.3 per cent this year, one-tenth of a point below what it forecast in July. World growth sho ..

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Aquatic snails: Pets or Pests?

October 8, 2014

the pet project

Before getting an aquarium full of aquatic life, make sure that the size of the snail corresponds well with your other fish.

You must also make sure that the other fish are not bigger and aggressive enough to eat your snail.

 When it comes to their diet, snails eat mostly plants, algae and f ..

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Call for better communication

October 8, 2014

Mr. Bu Ali

Works Ministry spokesman Fahad Bu Ali said that the ministry received a total of 117 complaints and suggestions from the national suggestion system called ‘Tawasul’.

He added that the response period is shortened for filing a complaint, which is one of the initiatives taken by the ministry to improve government communication ..

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Opposition urged to join election

October 8, 2014

Mr. Bukhamas

“Our Leadership always puts the citizens and their aspirations in mind and in the focus of interest, so that they could exercise their right to participate in the democratic feast, witnessed in the country for the fourth time, in light of the reform project of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa,”said MP Hassan Bukhamas.

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Environment: Bahrain’s marine life threatened?

October 8, 2014

Mr. Schneider with the carcass of the baby whale

If the sight of dumped oil bottles and other waste like plastic bags, fishing lines and diapers at local beaches wasn’t horrifying enough, a recent washed up carcass of a baby whale, at one of the Kingdom’s beaches, is truly a cause of concern for all.

While marine debris has been affecting the beautiful coastlines of the ..

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Illegal trade: Bootlegger arrested

October 8, 2014

A FILE PHOTO

The High Criminal Appeals Court upheld a one-month jail ruling against an Asian convicted of peddling alcohol illegally.

The defendant was captured while selling alcohol bottles to labourers in Sitra.

Ten boxes containing alcohol bottles, as well as BD130, were seized from him following his a ..

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Services provided for senior citizens highlighted

October 8, 2014

Dr. Al-Balooshi

Minister of Social Development, Dr. Fatima  Al Balooshi, has highlighted the ministry’s interest in providing social and health care to ensure a decent living for senior citizens.

Dr. Al Balooshi said that the ministry has provided a number of services for senior citizens, including accommodation, social and health services, ..

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Additional visits for inmates’ families during Eid Al Adha

October 8, 2014

Families of inmates are given additional visits during Eid

The Director  of  Reformation and  Rehabilitation announced yesterday that as part of the directives of  the Interior Minister Lt-General Shaikh Rashid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa and under the supervision of Interior Ministry Undersecretary, Major-General Khalid Salem Al Absi, the department organised additional visits for families of inmates and detainees at all r ..

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COURT BEAT

October 8, 2014

court beat

Lying lands man in jail

An Asian who filed a false complaint saw his appeal rejected by the High Criminal Appeals Court.

The defendant was jailed for two months after he had maliciously accused four men of abducting him for almost four ..

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YOU-DUPED!

October 8, 2014

extremist organisation Islamic State (IS)

Money laundering is a serious offence. Most countries have taken tough measures against converting the proceeds of crimes into legitimate money or assets, especially after the 9/11 attacks. But the extremist organisation Islamic State (IS) has found a ‘legal’ way to earn money, that too with the help of YouTube. How does it earn money via interne ..

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Dubai the favourite

October 8, 2014

Dubai

People wait for holidays to come by. That is the time to spend some quality time with the family unwinding all the pressures of work. Unlike past, these days, people make use of their holidays to take off to far off countries. This Eid season, according to several travel agencies in the Kingdom, many Bahrainis travelled to Dubai, Kuwait, India, Thailand, Lebanon, I ..

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132,896 people enter Bahrain during Eid

October 8, 2014

King Fahad Causeway, which experienced heavy traffic pressure during Eid holidays

Assistant Undersecretary of Exits, Search and Follow-up at the Nationality, Passports and Residence Affairs (NPRA) announced yesterday that the number of travellers who entered Bahrain during the Eid holidays from October 4 to 7 had reached 132,896.

The statistics revealed that 114,542 people had entered through King Fahd Causew ..

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Areva to cut investments, sell assets

October 8, 2014

Areva net loss for the first half of 2014

Areva said yesterday it would cut investments further and step up sales of non-strategic assets as the French nuclear power group tries to shore up its finances.

The company, which is 87.0-per cent owned by the French state, said it would cut planned capital expenditure by 200 million euros over the next two years to bring it to ..

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TAMKEEN SUPPORTS MINERAL INDUSTRY

October 8, 2014

Tamkeen, Imerys Al-Zayani Fused Minerals and Al-Zayani Investments officials at the signing ceremony

Signs deal with Imerys and Al Zayani Investments

Tamkeen recently signed an agreement with Imerys Al-Zayani Fused Minerals, a joint venture between Imerys, a French multinational company specialising in the production and processing of industrial minerals, and Al-Zayani Investments, a leading Bahrain-based business group, to support the newly-established co ..

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GM raises ignition-switch death toll

October 8, 2014

GM

General Motors has raised its ignition-switch death toll as compensation claims flood into the automaker following its long-delayed recall of millions of flawed cars.

As of October 3, the number of people killed in crashes because of the defective ignition switches was 24, said Kenneth Feinberg, the attorney in charge of the ind ..

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ASIAN SHARES DOWN

October 8, 2014

A businessman watches a share prices board anxiously in Tokyo

Landmark hotel in New York sold for $1.95bn

Asian markets were mixed yesterday, taking a lead from Wall Street ahead of the start of the corporate reporting season, while Hong Kong enjoyed a third straight rally as a protest that hit the city last week winds down.

The euro dipped, but was holding up after rebounding in N ..

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EU SNAGS AMAZON

October 8, 2014

Amazon has come under intense pressure from politicians and public campaigners over their tax deals-U Commissioner for Competition Joaquin Almunia

Anti-trust regulators to examine Amazon’s tax arrangements with Luxembourg

The EU snagged US Internet shopping giant Amazon yesterday in a widening probe into sweetheart tax deals for major multinationals, saying they were unfair to competitors and taxpayers.

The move follows similar probes announced last month into US ..

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Thai martial law to stay: PM

October 8, 2014

Prayuth Chan-ocha

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha yesterday dismissed calls to lift martial law, saying it would continue until sweeping national reforms are in place, despite calls by tourism bodies to scrap a measure that has deterred many visitors.

Martial law was declared on May 20, two days before the army seized power in a bloodless c ..

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Spain seeks to prevent spread of Ebola

October 8, 2014

File picture shows the entrance to the Carlos III hospital in Madrid

Spain intensified efforts yesterday to contain any spread of Ebola from an infected health worker as the government came under increased pressure from the political opposition and the European Union. The health worker, a nurse who has not been identified, was described as being in a stable condition. Her husband and two other people were quarantined, and monitoring ..

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LED WINS NOBEL

October 8, 2014

Nobel Prize in physics-LED

Two Japanese and a Japanese-born American scientists win Physics Nobel

Two Japanese scientists and a Japanese-born American won the Nobel Prize in physics yesterday for inventing blue light-emitting diodes, a breakthrough that has spurred the development of LED technology to light up homes, computer screens and smartphones worldwide.

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Russians praise ‘Herculean’ Putin on birthday

October 8, 2014

A column of people forming the Russian national flag colours march along a street during a rally in honour of Vladimir Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin marked his 62nd birthday roaming the Siberian wilderness yesterday, as supporters compared his takeover of Crimea to a Herculean labour and 100,000 marched in Chechnya in his honour.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Putin had taken a day off from his “extremely intense” schedule to celebr ..

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Karnataka HC rejects Jayalalithaa bail plea

October 8, 2014

Shocked AIADMK workers in Chennai express their grief following the rejection of Jayalalithaa’s bail plea by the Karnataka High Court

The Karnataka High Court yesterday refused to suspend the sentence imposed on AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa and her three aides in the disproportionate assets case and refused to order their release on bail.

Justice A V Chandrashekar passed the interim order rejecting the pleas of all the four convicts for suspending the sentence im ..

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WAR FEARS HANG

October 8, 2014

A Ukrainian serviceman walks next to tanks in a base camp near the town of Debaltseve in the Donetsk region

12 die despite truce in Ukraine

Ukraine faced the threat yesterday of a resumption of all-out warfare as 12 more people, mostly civilians, died in increasingly bloody clashes with pro-Russian rebels despite a truce deal. The toll was one of the highest reported since the two rivals signed the Moscow-backed peace pact in the Belarussian capital Minsk on Sept ..

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Juncker faces pressure to reshuffle team

October 8, 2014

Jean-Claude Juncker

The European Union’s incoming boss Jean-Claude Juncker was under pressure yesterday to reshuffle his new team after parliamentarians savaged several of his candidates in confirmation hearings. Lawmakers in Brussels have raised doubts over key members of the European Commission, the EU’s executive arm for the next five years, including the British, Spanish, Hung ..

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KENYAN LEADER HEADS TO ICC

October 8, 2014

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta (2nd left) arrives at Schiphol airport yesterday

Crimes against Humanity

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta headed to The Hague yesterday for a landmark appearance before the International Criminal Court, where prosecutors asked judges to rule that Kenya was failing to cooperate in his case. Kenyatta, who will become the first sitting president to appear before the chamber on crimes against humanit ..

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Mexico seeks answers in police attack on students

October 8, 2014

Rural special unit policemen are deployed in downtown Iguala, Guerrero state, Mexico yesterday

Federal forces yesterday patrolled a southern Mexican city where 43 students disappeared following an attack by gang-affiliated police, as investigators sought the motive in a case that has shocked the nation. Hundreds of federal police took over security in Iguala, 200 kilometers south of Mexico City, on Monday after the discovery of a mass a grave on the outskirt ..

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TALKS MAKE PROGRESS

October 8, 2014

A woman walks past a wall of post it messages of support near an occupied area in Hong Kong yesterday

Small groups of pro-democracy demonstrators remained on Hong Kong’s streets yesterday after protest leaders agreed to talks with the government and students returned to school for exams. Talks between the government and student leaders are progressing at a snail’s pace, although even protest organisers are now acutely worried that further disruption could alien ..

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Bianchi has traumatic brain injury

October 8, 2014

Parents of Marussia driver Jules Bianchi of France, Philippe (right) and Christine (left) stands at the entrance with physical trainer Andrea Ferarri (centre) prior to leaving the Mie General Medical Centre in Yokkaichi yesterday

French Formula One driver Jules Bianchi remains in a critical but stable condition in hospital in Japan after suffering a traumatic brain injury, a joint statement by his family and the hospital said yesterday. “Jules remains in the Intensive Care Unit of the Mie General Medical Center in Yokkaichi. He has suffered a diffuse axonal injury and is in a critical but ..

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DI MATTEO TAKES OVER

October 8, 2014

Roberto Di Matteo

German club Schalke 04 yesterday appointed former Chelsea manager Roberto di Matteo as coach to replace the sacked Jens Keller. Di Matteo, who will be presented to the media on Wednesday, has signed a contract through to June 30, 2017 at the Veltins Arena. Keller’s fate was sealed by a 2-1 defeat to Hoffenheim on Saturday, which left the Gelsenkirchen club 11th i ..

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China win sixth straight men’s team title

October 8, 2014

Members of the Chinese gymnastics team (left-right) Zhang Chenglong, Lin Chaopan, Deng Shudi, Cheng Ran, You Hao, and Liu Rongbing celebrate their victory

Hosts China won a record sixth straight world men’s gymnastics team title yesterday with their final performer overturning the lead of arch rivals Japan at the last moment. China finished the six-apparatus team competition with 273.369 points, just 0.1 points ahead of Japan at the Guangxi Gymnasium in the southern China city of Nanning. The United States came in ..

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TAVECCHIO BANNED

October 8, 2014

Carlo Tavecchio

UEFA punishes Carlo Tavecchio over racist remarks

UEFA yesterday banned Italian Football Federation boss Carlo Tavecchio from its next congress and ordered him to hold an anti-racism event in punishment for widely condemned remarks. In a statement, European football’s governing body said that its ethics division had decided to impose the penalty ..

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Jokanovic named fourth coach of season

October 8, 2014

Slavisa Jokanovic

Watford announced yesterday that former Chelsea midfielder Slavisa Jokanovic has replaced Billy McKinlay as manager, making him the English second-tier club’s fourth head coach of the season. Former Scotland midfielder McKinlay, 45, had only been in the role for eight days, having taken over from Oscar Garcia after the Spaniard suffered a health scare.

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Les Ferdinand returns to QPR

October 8, 2014

Les Ferdinand

Former England and QPR striker Les Ferdinand answered his former club’s call yesterday and agreed to become head of football operations in a bid to help turn around the fortunes of the Premier League’s bottom club. The 47-year-old -- whose previous coaching experience was as assistant to Tim Sherwood at Tottenham Hotspur last season -- will be involved with coa ..

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AUSSIES TRIUMPH

October 8, 2014

Australian batsman Steven Smith plays a shot

Smith, Johnson lead Australian rout of Pakistan

Steven Smith scored a maiden one day hundred while paceman Mitchell Johnson took three wickets to help Australia beat Pakistan by 93 runs in the first day-night international yesterday. Smith, who had never scored a half-century in one-day games before, managed a sedate 118-ball 101 to guide Australia to a cha ..

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Al Qubaisi is ready for challenge

October 8, 2014

An action from the race

Proton Competition, Emirates Global Aluminium and Abu Dhabi Racing-backed team driver Khaled Al Qubaisi is looking forward to the challenge of the 6 Hours of Fuji this weekend. The race weekend from Friday until Sunday is round five of the FIA World Endurance Championship and Al Qubaisi is ready for the challenge. This race is considered to be one of the most chall ..

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ITF championship training begins

October 8, 2014

Sixth Bahrain ITF Juniors Tennis Championships

Bahrain’s hopefuls have begun daily training at the Bahrain Tennis Club premises in Juffair ahead of the Sixth Bahrain ITF Juniors Tennis Championships from October 13-18. Under the supervision of national coach Essam Abdul A’al they will train each day from 5pm-6pm on the centre court at the club.

   Bahrain will be repr ..

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Team YKA pass Rolls Supply

October 8, 2014

Team YKA

Team YKA defeated Rolls Supply by 17 runs in the latest Group B match of The Indian Club-Bahrain Centenary Cricket Cup as the knockout stage moves closer at its premises in Gudaibiya. Batting first, Team YKA scored 45 for four in its six overs with man of the match Zeeshan (18) top scoring and in reply, Rolls Supply struggled and were eventually bowled out for 2 ..

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BCL Cricket League: SHAHZAD ZAFAR BASSALI WIN

October 8, 2014

BCL Cricket League

Shahzad Zafar Bassali easily beat Pak Lions by eight wickets in the latest matches of the Cricket Bahrain (BCL-CBA Division) Premier League T20 Tournament at the Busiateen Grounds in Muharraq. Pak Lions were dismissed for a paltry 52 with only Saqib (13) reaching double figures as Basit (three for one) and Zaman (three for 13) ripped through the innings. Shahzad Z ..

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MURRAY SHINES

October 8, 2014

Andy Murray of Britain returns a shot

Shanghai Masters

Andy Murray’s bid to make the end of season ATP World Tour Finals remains on course as he powered through his Shanghai Masters opener yesterday, defeating Russia’s Teymuraz Gabashvili 6-1, 7-5. The 27-year-old Scot is desperate to book his place in next month’s tournament, which features the world’s top eight players, and ..

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Erdogan calls for ground operation

October 8, 2014

Erdogan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned yesterday that the Syrian border town of Kobane is on the verge of falling to jihadists, saying a ground operation was needed to defeat the militants.

“The terror will not be over... unless we cooperate for a ground operation,” Erdogan said in a televised speech in the eastern ci ..

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Kurds clash with Turkish police

October 8, 2014

Kurdish people throw stones at a Turkish armoured vehicle as the Turkish army

Pro-Kurdish protesters clashed yesterday with Turkish police in Istanbul in a new show of anger over the lack of action by the government against jihadists fighting for a key Syrian town.

The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) government has so far not intervened militarily against Islamic State (IS) jihadists fighting f ..

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Kurds fight IS: Hundreds killed in fierce battle

October 8, 2014

Smoke rises from the southwest of the Syrian town of Ain al-Arab, known as Kobane by the Kurds, following air strikes as seen from the Turkish-Syrian border in the southeastern town of Suruc, Sanliurfa province yesterday

Kurdish militia backed by US-led air strikes fought fierce street battles yesterday with advancing jihadists whose three-week assault on a key Syrian border town has left hundreds reported dead.

The fall of Kobane to the Islamic State (IS) group would mark a major victory for the jihadists, who are fighting for a long stretch of ..

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Fighting IS: US dominates

October 8, 2014

A US Navy EA-6B Prowler supporting operations against IS, after being refuelled by a KC-135 Statotanker over Iraq

Arab and other allied countries have carried out about 10 per cent of the nearly 2,000 air raids against the Islamic State (IS) group in Iraq and Syria since early August, US defence officials have said.

US warplanes have conducted 1,768 air strikes since August 8, while other coalition aircraft have carried about 195 air raids ..

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Prior vows to respond to Pietersen attack

October 7, 2014

Matt Prior

England wicketkeeper Matt Prior yesterday pledged to respond to former international team-mate Kevin Pietersen’s claims that he was “back-stabbing” and a “bad influence” on the team. Pietersen made the accusations in an explosive interview with British newspaper the Daily Telegraph published yesterday, ahead of the release of his autobiography on T ..

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KABOUL READY FOR CITY TEST

October 7, 2014

Younes Kaboul

Tottenham were embarrassed home and away by Manchester City last season, but captain Younes Kaboul is confident there will be no such humbling when the teams meet again in a fortnight. Spurs were ripped apart by eventual champions City last term, with Andre Villas-Boas’ side returning from the north west on the back of a 6-0 defeat in November. Things did not go ..

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Bianchi family at driver’s bedside

October 7, 2014

Lotus driver Pastor Maldonado (left) enters a taxi after visiting the Yokkaichi General Medical Centre in Yokkaichi yesterday

The parents of Formula One driver Jules Bianchi arrived at his bedside in Japan yesterday where he is in a critical but stable condition after one of the sport’s worst crashes in nearly two decades. Philippe and Christine Bianchi entered the hospital without speaking to journalists, as a row brewed in the rarefied world of F1 over why race organisers had pressed ..

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POCHETTINO STILL LOVES SOUTHAMPTON

October 7, 2014

Mauricio Pochettino

Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino holds no ill feeling towards the Southampton fans that heckled him yesterday. All eyes were on the former Argentina defender at White Hart Lane as he took on his former club for the first time since ending a successful 18-month stint at St Mary’s to take the reins in north London. Spurs deservedly ran out 1-0 victors thank ..

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St Chris students receive scholarships from the French Embassy

October 7, 2014

Bottom row – Lulu Al Sugair, third from right Nayanika Cherian, second from left

Two St Chris  senior students, Nayanika Cherian and Lulu Al Sugair were awarded French Scholarships  to study in Nice this past summer.  Lulu reports: “Have you ever imagined spending two weeks on your own in the French Riviera? This summer, I was fortunate to be selected by the French Embassy to travel to Nice in order to develop  and practise the use of the ..

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BIS Daddy’s Day Out

October 7, 2014

BIS Daddy’s Day Out

Bahrain Indian School (BIS) managed by Bahratiya Vidya Bhavan came up with a unique concept of Daddy’s Day Out.

At BIS it was fun and entertainment all the way. The eyes of children were twinkling with joy and happiness beyond word. Daddy’s day out at Bahrain Indian School turned out to be a remarkable event leaving everyone ..

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BTA classes resume

October 7, 2014

Family Tea Party at St Chris

Bahrain Tennis Academy (BTA), based at the Dilmun Club in Saar, has resumed classes for the 2014/15 season with a programme that has been revamped to align with the latest international standards.

Students as young as three years can enjoy the game using specialised equipment appropriate to their specific age and level.

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Family Tea Party

October 7, 2014

Family Tea Party at St Chris

The recent Year 1 Family Tea Party at St Chris  was blessed with an abundance of warmth, as Moms and Dads  arrived in the Year 1 classes and Activity Street to work alongside their sons and daughters to complete a colourful family tree – part of school’s   current ‘Ourselves’ topic.

Everyone had a fun time, as five-ye ..

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A NEW BEGINNING

October 7, 2014

AMA SCHOOL

Welcome! Ahlan! Bienvenue! The very words used to greet the parents, students and guests during the “Open House” held at the new home of AMA International School – Bahrain on September 20, 2014 in Salamabad, Kingdom of Bahrain.

The purpose of the event was to showcase the parents and guests the new school campus built unde ..

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NATO for Turkey rescue

October 7, 2014

NATO for Turkey rescue

The new head of NATO said yesterday it would protect member Turkey against attacks from the jihadist Islamic State group, which is fighting to capture territory in Iraq and Syria near the Turkish border.

“Turkey is a NATO ally and our main responsibility is to protect the integrity, the borders of Turkey,” NATO Secretary Gen ..

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Battle rages in key Syrian town

October 7, 2014

A handout picture released yesterday by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) shows a cave that they say opposition fighters were using as a base in the village of Zour Al-Mahrouka near the northern Syrian city of Mhardeh in the Hama province

Fighting IS

Kurdish militia in Kobane came under renewed assault by the Islamic State group yesteday, as 20 jihadists were reported killed after entering the key Syrian town for the first time.

IS militants were trying to storm Kobane on the border with Turkey from both east and west o ..

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Readers’ VIEW

October 7, 2014

Letters

A great experience

Dear sir,

Crossing all the borders of nationality and religion, a visit to Grand Mosque is a different experience as mentioned in your article ‘Everyone has a valid reason’ published yesterday.

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Eid has many meanings

October 7, 2014

EID BAHRAIN

Eid Al Adha, the feast of sacrifice is a time of festivity and celebration. Though sacrificing a sheep, goat or buffalo and sharing the meat with relatives, friends and the needy is the major ritual of the feast, meeting friends and relatives and sharing the joy of Eid make the celebration a memorable one. Since the government declares a long holiday during Eid, ma ..

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India reaches Gulf via Arabic portal

October 7, 2014

Diplomatic relations

Expanding its diplomatic outreach to the Arab world, the External Affairs Ministry of India has launched its website in Arabic too (http://mea.gov.in/index-ar.htm).

This finest step, which came into effect yesterday, aims at strengthening relationships between India and the countries of the Middle East like Bahrain, Egypt ..

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Thousands attend Eid Open House

October 7, 2014

People get an insight into Islam

Thousands of people attended the two-day Eid Al Adha Open House held by the Ahmed Al Fateh Grand Mosque  in Juffair.

The event catered to expatriates and non-Muslims in an effort to introduce to them the true peaceful nature of Islam.

Sensitive topics, from the role of women in Islamic socie ..

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Eid bouncer: TAILORS CAST ASIDE!

October 7, 2014

The din of the modern-day festivities is dampening the spirit of the tailors

Casual men’s wear, fancy women outfits, branded boutiques, Eid Al Adha celebrations, these days, have undergone a radical change. The leap towards modernity is quite understandable.

But the din of the modern-day festivities is dampening the spirit of the tailors, at the Manama Souq, who once used to stitch traditional outfits ..

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Pomeranz concert enthrals Bahrain

October 7, 2014

Pomeranz kept audience spellbound yesterday at BIC

Through the voice of American Grammy-award winning singer, composer, lyricist and writer David Pomeranz, harmony spread across the Kingdom when he took centre stage and performed live before hundreds of adoring fans in an unforgettable concert held at the Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) yesterday.

The rare event, organised b ..

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Court Beat

October 7, 2014

court beat

Court upholds punishments

The High Criminal Court has upheld the sentences issued against two men convicted of theft.

The pair, including a Bahraini national and an Asian citizen, was earlier jailed for six months and three months respectively for their offence.

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Indian worker falls to death

October 7, 2014

The deceased Kowda

A 42-year old Indian national was killed yesterday after he fell down from a building under construction. The incident took place at a work site in Isa Town and the deceased has been identified as Narasimhalu Kowda, a native of Andhra Pradesh.

Ministry of Interior (MOI) confirmed the incident and said the victim, a construct ..

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STRANDED 2

October 7, 2014

PASSPORT

Nothing can be more agonising than finding oneself in a ‘no-man’s land.’ DT News had earlier reported the story of two siblings who had been wandering through the corridors of the Indian Embassy for obtaining their passports.  Despite a favourable court verdict, their wait still continues.

Here is another case of R ..

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HOTELS RIDE HIGH

October 7, 2014

BAHRAIN

Hospitality industry in the Kingdom is on cloud nine, as they have witnessed boom time during the Eid Al Adha holidays, this time around.

Even, the three-star hotels enjoyed brisk business, despite the ban on the sale of alcohol in its premises.

The Eid season has always been a good one for t ..

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Germans train Kurds

October 7, 2014

German military experts instruct Kurdish Peshmerga fighters during training at a shooting range in Arbil

On a dusty firing range outside the Iraqi Kurdish capital of Arbil, peshmerga fighter Ardalan Aziz Hamad hefts his new German-made assault rifle and is clearly impressed.

“This is a good rifle,” Hamad says, under the watchful eye of instructors from Germany’s Bundeswehr armed forces. “Its weight is good; it’s not too h ..

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Holy city of Mecca: Annual Hajj concludes

October 7, 2014

An aerial view shows the Clock Tower and the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Mecca

Two million Muslim pilgrims began leaving the holy city of Mecca yesterday, concluding the annual Hajj during which Saudi leaders lashed out at Islamic extremism.

The faithful symbolically stoned the devil for a third day in the Mina Valley before many moved to nearby Mecca.

There, they were ..

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DISNEY BAILS OUT DISNEYLAND PARIS

October 7, 2014

Disney character Mickey posing in front of the Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland park

US parent company Disney to infuse $526m

The operator of struggling Disneyland Paris, a top European tourist attraction, unveiled a billion-euro refinancing package yesterday as it battles a drastic fall in visitor numbers and a debt mountain.

The news sent Euro Disney shares plummeting by as much as 21 per cent on the P ..

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Obama meets top financial regulators

October 7, 2014

US President Barack Obama at the meeting with advisors and financial regulators

President Barack Obama yesterday met with top financial regulators at the White House to discuss progress implementing Wall Street rules, a year after warning that bank overseers needed to display more urgency about limiting risky practices in the financial industry.

The meeting included new Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, w ..

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BAHRAIN ENTERING DEAL, A DOUBLE-EDGED SWORD

October 7, 2014

The delegation has affirmed that international trade creates many opportunities for investment

Shura Council delegation discusses pros and cons of WTO deal

At the conclusion of their participation in the World Trade Organization General Forum in Geneva, which took place on October 1-3, the Shura Council parliamentary delegation affirmed that international trade plays a vital role in the economical, social and cultu ..

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US clears way for gay marriage in more states

October 7, 2014

Rev. Robin Gorsline, left, marries Nicole Pries, centre and Lindsey Oliver in Richmond, one of the first same-sex couples in Virginia married yesterday

Same-sex couples will soon be able to wed in up to 30 US states after the Supreme Court yesterday declined to consider -- for now -- a nationwide ruling on the divisive issue.

In a surprise move, the court snubbed appeals from Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin where state-level bans on gay marriage had been deemed ..

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Chechnya to act tough on suicide bombing

October 7, 2014

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Chechnya’s Kremlin-backed leader promised a tough response yesterday to a suicide bombing that killed five policemen, shattering a period of relative calm in the turbulent North Caucasus region.

Sunday’s attack, in which 12 policemen were also wounded, hit the entrance to a concert hall in the Chechen capital, Grozny, where ..

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PROTESTS FADE

October 7, 2014

A man on a deserted highway blocked by barricades of pro-democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong

Hong Kong protest numbers dwindle as exhaustion sets in

Ending the Hong Kong democracy protests is up to the government, a student leader has said, as demonstrations dwindled and exhaustion began to set in.

Schools reopened and government employees returned to work – one or two wearing yellow ribbons, a symbol of suppo ..

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Kenyan president to attend ICC

October 7, 2014

Uhuru Kenyatta

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said yesterday he will go to the International Criminal Court, where he faces charges of crimes against humanity, becoming the first sitting president to appear.

But the son of Kenya’s first president and independence hero Jomo Kenyatta he said he would first temporarily hand over power to his d ..

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NOW, DRONES TO MONITOR TRUCE

October 7, 2014

An Ukrainian serviceman pushes a broken-down truck, as a column of military trucks drives through the destroyed village of Semenovka, near the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk

Winter supplies from Germany also reach Ukraine

The first European drones landed in Ukraine yesterday and a top US envoy visited Kiev in an urgent bid to bolster its crumbling truce with pro-Russian fighters.

Ukraine also announced the arrival of winter supplies from Germany for towns and cities devastated by nearly six ..

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White House rejects Panetta critique of Obama

October 7, 2014

Leon Panetta

The White House yesterday rejected claims by ex-Pentagon chief Leon Panetta that President Barack Obama is too reticent to take on opponents and lacks the passion to lead. Obama’s spokesman Josh Earnest also pointedly questioned the etiquette of former senior US officials dishing the details of their relationship with the president while he is still in office. Ea ..

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Brazil’s ruling PT takes lower house

October 7, 2014

Dilma Rousseff

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff’s Workers’ Party (PT) preserved its plurality in the lower house of Congress in Sunday’s elections but lost 18 seats and will face a more deeply divided legislature. The leftist party won 70 seats in the 513-member Chamber of Deputies, retaining its place as the largest caucus but losing 18 seats, according to figures releas ..

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MEXICO LEADER VOWS JUSTICE

October 7, 2014

Parents and peers of killed or missing students during a Press conference yesterday in Ayotzinapa, Mexico

Mexico’s president vowed yesterday to punish those responsible for violence that left 43 students missing, as relatives of the victims voiced doubts they are among bodies in a mass grave. President Enrique Pena Nieto made his pledge after the weekend discovery of six adjoining pits containing 28 unidentified bodies outside the Guerre ..

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TRIO WINS NOBEL FOR BRAIN GPS DISCOVERY

October 7, 2014

(From left)- A giant screen displays the image of British-American researcher John O’Keefe and Norwegian duo May-Britt Moser and Edvard I Moser at a Press conference of the Nobel Committee

British-US and Norway scientists win Nobel in medicine

British-US scientist John O’Keefe and married couple May-Britt and Edvard Moser from Norway have won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for discovering the brain’s “inner GPS”.

The “place cells” and “grid cells” they discovered make it possible ..

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Underwater search for Malaysian airliner resumes

October 7, 2014

Malaysia Airlines flight MH370

The hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 resumed in a desolate stretch of the Indian Ocean, more than six months after the jet vanished.

The GO Phoenix, the first of three ships that will spend up to a year hunting for the wreckage far off Australia’s west coast, is expected to spend 12 days hunting for the jet before heading ..

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KARLOVIC, ISNER ADVANCE

October 7, 2014

ohn Isner hits a return-Ivo Karlovic hits a return

Shanghai Masters

US Open champion Marin Cilic suffered a shock defeat at the Shanghai Masters yesterday, as the Croatian desperately chases points to make the end of season ATP World Tour Finals. The ninth seed in Shanghai lost to compatriot Ivo Karlovic 7-5, 2-6, 7-6 (7/2) at a pivotal moment in his season. Cilic is sixth in the race to London an ..

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Meeke, Nagle clinch podium

October 7, 2014

Meeka and Nagle in action

The Citroen Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team of Kris Meeke and Paul Nagle claimed another podium at Rallye de France-Alsace in their DS3 WRC which is Round 11 of the FIA World Rally Championship.

Reaching another podium position for Meeke and Nagle followed on from Monte-Carlo, Argentina and Finland and their seventh in all thi ..

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Keane admits to Schmeichel brawl in new book

October 7, 2014

Roy Keane

Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane has revealed he once left team-mate Peter Schmeichel with a black eye following a pre-season brawl, in extracts from his autobiography released yesterday. In the book, The Second Half, which is published on Thursday, the former Ireland midfielder also lifts the lid on his acrimonious departure from United in 2005 and criti ..

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Pak, Australia focus on spin

October 7, 2014

Australian batsman David Warner (left) salutes the crowd

Pakistan and Australia will focus on spin when they start a three-match one-day series in Sharjah today, despite the absence of top bowler Saeed Ajmal, who is suspended over his suspect bowling action. Pakistan have been hard pressed to compensate for the missing Ajmal, who has single-handedly won them matches in all three formats of the game in the last five years ..

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ITALY COACH DEFENDS BALOTELLI OMISSION

October 7, 2014

Mario Balotelli

Italy coach Antonio Conte has defended his decision to again omit Mario Balotelli from the national team. The Liverpool striker was overlooked by Conte in his first squad selection last month and Conte feels the ex-Manchester City striker needs more time to focus adjusting to life at Liverpool. Balotelli, who played for Italy at the World Cup in Brazil, has now als ..

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Riffa in latest Centenary Cup win

October 7, 2014

Team Riffa CC

Riffa CC defeated Ramzana Jewellers by six wickets in a Group E match as The Indian Club Centenary Cricket Cup moved into the third week of action at the club premises in Gudaibiya. Batting first, Ramzana Jewellers managed 37 for five in six overs with Farhan (23) to scoring, then Ramzana Jewellers in reply reached the target easily, scoring 40 without loss off jus ..

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Shaikh Khalid honours Kingdom’s athletes

October 7, 2014

Shaikh Khalid

On behalf of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, the Supreme Council for Youth Deputy Chairman and the Bahrain Athletics Association (BAA) HH Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa honoured Bahraini athletes following their record medal haul at the concluded 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea. Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC) Secretary-General Abdulrahman ..

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SHAIKH NASSER EXPRESSES PRIDE IN BAHRAIN SUCCESS

October 7, 2014

Shaikh Nasser and Shaikh Khalid celebrate with athletes

HM the King’s Personal Representative for Charity Work and Youth Affairs, Chairman of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports (SCYS) and President of the Bahrain Olympic Committee HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, has conveyed HM the King’s greetings to Bahrain’s delegation at the concluded 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea. This came after rec ..

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HILTON TO SELL ASTORIA HOTEL

October 7, 2014

Waldorf Astoria New York hotel

Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc said it would sell the landmark Waldorf Astoria New York hotel to Chinese insurer Anbang Insurance Group Co Ltd for about $1.95 billion.

The property is the flagship hotel of Hilton’s luxury brand, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, which owns 27 properties across cities such as Amsterdam, Chic ..

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MUSICAL DYNAMITE READY TO EXPLODE

October 3, 2014

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Manama The man who stepped out of the arrival area at the Bahrain International Airport (BIA) at 5pm yesterday seemed just like an ordinary visitor to the Kingdom, except that this man was ‘no ordinary visitor.’ Suddenly, someone from the crowd shouted, ‘David is here!’ and people screamed, ‘David! David!’ and they started to run towards the man, who arrived quietly, without any ..

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YEP, WE DIVED TO NET DAVID!

October 3, 2014

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Popular American singer, composer, lyricist and writer David Pomeranz arrived in the Kingdom of Bahrain yesterday for his upcoming concert on October 6, at the Bahrain International Circuit, as part of the ‘Bahrain in Harmony’ Eid celebrations, organized by Reem Events Management. Considered as one of the most prolific and multi-talented artists in the music world, David is set to capture ..

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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