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Last minute goal

December 22, 2014

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Johnson’s late strike gives Sunderland 1-0 win against Newcastle

Adam Johnson scored a dramatic 90th minute winner for Sunderland as they beat Newcastle United 1-0 and claim a third successive victory over their north-east rivals.

It was a high-tempo game in which both teams, especia ..

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Ronaldo returns home for statue unveiling

December 22, 2014

Ronaldo returns home for statue unveiling

World player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo returned to his home town of Funchal on Madeira yesterday to attend the unveiling of a statue sculpted in his honour. The Real Madrid star travelled to the Portuguese island from Marrakech where on Saturday he helped his club lift the Club World Cup, their fourth trophy of 2014.

“This ..

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Rondo makes successful debut

December 22, 2014

San Antonio Spurs v Dallas Mavericks

Rajon Rondo tallied six points and nine assists in his Dallas debut as he helped lead the Mavericks to a 99-93 win over the short-handed San Antonio Spurs on Saturday. The four-time all-star Rondo also had seven rebounds for the Mavericks who snapped a 10 game regular season losing streak to the reigning NBA champions. Point guard Rondo was acquired from the Boston ..

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Hirscher overtakes Klammer

December 22, 2014

Hirscher overtakes Klammer

Austria’s triple overall World Cup champion Marcel Hirscher claimed yesterday’s giant slalom in Alta Badia to overtake his legendary compatriot Franz Klammer in number of World Cup wins. This fourth success of the season took Hirscher’s tally to 27, one clear of Klammer, the former Olympic champion who dominated the downhill discipline in the 1970s. Hirscher still has some way to go t ..

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Afridi to quit ODI’s after world cup

December 22, 2014

Afridi to quit ODI’s after world cup

Dashing Pakistani all-rounder Shahid Afridi announced yesterday he would retire from one-day cricket after next year’s World Cup but continue to play Twenty20 until 2016. The 34-year-old led Pakistan for the last three one-day internationals in the series which they lost 2-3 against New Zealand this month, after regular captain Misbah-ul Haq was ruled out due to ..

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Marseille TRIUMPH

December 22, 2014

Marseille TRIUMPH

Batshuyai ensures Marseille finish year top of the table

Belgian striker Michy Batshuyai repaid Marseille coach Marcelo Bielsa’s faith in giving him his first start by scoring the decider in the 2-1 win over Lille yesterday to guarantee they top the table going into the New Year. Marseille, who last won the title in 201 ..

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Roberto Carlos quits Turkey’s Sivasspor

December 22, 2014

Roberto Carlos quits Turkey’s Sivasspor

Brazilian football legend Roberto Carlos yesterday resigned as coach of Turkish top flight side Sivasspor after a succession of poor results, reports said.

The board met immediately after Saturday’s 0-2 defeat to Istanbul’s Basaksehir and then with Carlos himself on Sunday morning where it was mutually agreed he should quit, ..

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S.Africa call up new boy Rossouw

December 22, 2014

S.Africa call up new boy Rossouw

Left-handed batsman Rilee Rossouw was named yesterday to replace injured wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock in South Africa’s squad for the remaining two Test matches against the West Indies.

De Kock was ruled out of the Tests and limited overs matches of the West Indian tour after tearing ankle ligaments during the first Te ..

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Buttin signs for Bordeaux-Begles

December 22, 2014

Buttin signs for Bordeaux-Begles

French rugby giants Clermont lost their second key player in as many days yesterday as French international fullback Jean-Marcellin Buttin signed for rivals Bordeaux-Begles, the buying side’s president Laurent Marti announced. The 23-year-old back -- capped twice and who has also played for France in their ..

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Chen Long wins superseries title

December 22, 2014

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China’s world champion Chen Long finished 2014 on a high by winning the World Super series Finals title yesterday, brushing past Hans-Kristian Vittinghus of Denmark 21-16, 21-10 in just 47 minutes. It was Chen’s fourth major title of the season and he secured it in some style with Vittinghus failing to win another point from 10-10 in the second game. “I’m h ..

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Goergl wins Val d’Isere super- G

December 22, 2014

Goergl wins Val d’Isere super- G

Elisabeth Goergl beat fellow Austrian Anna Fenninger in the women’s World Cup super-G at Val d’Isere yesterday as Lindsey Vonn crashed out.

Vonn was seeking to follow up Saturday’s downhill win in the French Alps which put her to within one of Annemarie Moser-Proell’s all-time World Cup record of 62. But as the American ..

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Bahrain Juniors third in GCC Championship

December 22, 2014

STORY 4Bahrain Juniors third in GCC Championship

Bahrain’s National Show-jumping Junior Team achieved third place at the teams’ level in the GCC Showjumping Junior Championship for Juniors, held during the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdulla bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Equestrian Festival in Riyadh.

Bahrain finished behind the overall winners and hosts Saudi Arabia, a ..

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It’s ninth draw for sampdoria

December 22, 2014

it’s ninth draw for sampdoria

Italian series A

Italy striker Manolo Gabbiadini confirmed he could quit Sampdoria in the January transfer window after heading a late equaliser to secure a share of the spoils in a 2-2 home draw with Udinese yesterday.

Gabbiadini has been linked with a move to Napoli and the highly-ra ..

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FCTG organises tennis fun competition

December 22, 2014

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The Filipino Club Tennis Group (FCTG) organised team tennis fun competition to celebrate the Bahrain National Day at the Bahrain Tennis Federation (BTF) Courts in Isa Town.  Eight teams participated in the tournament along with family, friends, and guests as spectators. Odd Vantage Tennis Republic (OVTR) Team 2 were champions after winning four of fives games agai ..

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Junior tennis camp next week

December 22, 2014

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The Bahrain Tennis Academy (BTA) in cooperation with the Capital School, will be running an intensive four-day camp for children from at the Dilmun Sports Club in Saar. Children from 3 to 8 years of age can join the first session from 8:30am-10:30am each day, while children 8 to 12 years can join the second session from 10:30am-1:30pm each day.

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Shaikh Rashid, Le Falher clinch title

December 22, 2014

Shaikh Rashid, Le Falher clinch title

Shaikh Rashid Al Khalifa and his young playing partner Yaseen Le Falher (88 points) clinched the crown of the 12th Annual National Day Tournament at the Royal Golf Club.

The total points was made up from the first day score and added to their second day total for the final aggregate, the pairing of Abdulla Khalifa Esa and Dena W ..

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World Congress gains praise

December 22, 2014

Shaikh Abdulla bin Rashid Al Khalifa

The concluded 56th ICHPER.SD Anniversary World Congress and Exposition in Bahrain on Saturday and organised by the Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC) in partnership with the International Council for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sports and Dance (ICHPER.SD) and the University of Bahrain was given a thumbs up by high-ranking Bahraini officials. Prominent figures in the field of sports a ..

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SHAIKH HAMAD, AL KOOHEJI WIN

December 22, 2014

STORY 1National Racing Festival, Shaikh Hamad, BMR 600 Championship

National Racing Festival  DT News Network Shaikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and Hussain Al Kooheji emerged as the stars of the National Racing Festival this weekend at the Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) in Sakhir. Both drivers enjoyed a fantastic double in their respective championships amidst a high level of competition along BIC’s 2.55-kilometre Inner Track. Shaikh ..

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Russia makes FB to shut critic’s page

December 22, 2014

Facebook Lawsuit

Russian authorities convinced Facebook to shut off a page inviting people to attend a rally in support of an opposition politician, drawing ire from Internet users Sunday.

Supporters on Friday created an event page for January 15, the day President Vladimir Putin's biggest critic Alexei Navalny will hear his verdict in a controv ..

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Sony hack an act of cyber vandalism, says Obama

December 22, 2014

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US President Barack Obama said that North Korea’s hack of Sony Pictures was an act of “cyber vandalism” and not an act of war.” “I think it was an act of cyber vandalism that was very costly, very expensive. We take it very seriously.”

“The US is mulling whether or not to place North Korea back onto its list of sta ..

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Pornography causes decline in marriages

December 22, 2014

There could be an unlikely contributor to the decline of marriage in the US. And it’s free pornography on the Internet.

A team of researchers, who published their findings in The Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Germany, determined that the rise of free Internet pornography is not only correlated with a pronounced dec ..

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Gunman kills 2 US top cops

December 22, 2014

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An African American gunman with an apparent grudge killed two New York police officers in a cold-blooded attack after weeks of outrage over police killings of unarmed black men.

President Barack Obama “unconditionally” condemned the murders, saying in a statement: “Tonight, I ask people to reject violence and words that ha ..

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Born to a prisoner family through sperm smuggling!

December 22, 2014

Whenever someone asked Majd where his father was, he would run to the sitting room and point to a poster hung on the wall.

 For the 15-month-old toddler, "baba" (Arabic for dad), was a picture, a voice on the other end of the telephone and a lot of stories that his mother, Lydia Rimawi, recited. This was because his father, Abd ..

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Pakistan executes four terror convicts

December 21, 2014

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 Four convicts, involved in an attack on former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf 11 years ago, were hanged to death Sunday at a district jail in Faisalabad following approval by the government to implement executions in terrorism-related cases.

Zubair Ahme ..

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Saudi teen killed during police raid

December 21, 2014

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 A teenager was accidentally killed during a Saudi raid against "terrorists" in a town populated by minority Shias, residents of the area said on Sunday.

The interior ministry said it killed four milit ..

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5.3 million eligible to vote; Results on Monday, Wednesday

December 21, 2014

TUNISIA-VOTE-PRESIDENT

Tunisians voted Sunday in the runoff of the first free presidential election in the country's history, the final leg of an at times bumpy four-year transition from dictatorship.

The second round vote pits 88-year-old favourite Beji Caid Essebsi, leader of the anti-Islamist Nidaa Tounes party, against incumbent Moncef Marzouki, w ..

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US delivers 10 Apache to Egypt

December 21, 2014

Army Air Corps Apache Helicopter Pilot Prepares forTake Off

The United States has delivered 10 Apache helicopters to Egypt in recent weeks after lifting part of a freeze on aid to the north African nation, a US official said Saturday.

US Secretary of State John Kerry had been promising Cairo's new leadership that the aircraft -- aimed to join counter-terrorism operations in the Sinai pen ..

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Suez Canal employee spied naval movements

December 21, 2014

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An Egyptian court has jailed a Suez Canal shipping services manager for 10 years on charges of spying for Israel about naval movements through the strategic waterway, state media reported.

 The court in the canal city of Port Said also handed down life sentences in absentia to two Israelis it found guilty of being the Egyptian' ..

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London ‘garden bridge’ gets official approval

December 21, 2014

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The project to create a garden bridge over the River Thames between Waterloo Bridge and Blackfriars got the final go-ahead on Friday, with the office of the London mayor announcing construction could start in 2015. "Construction of a new Garden Bridge over the River Thames could begin next year after the scheme was given the green light by the Mayor of London’s office," said an official stat ..

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Narendra Modi pips Obama in Harvard study

December 21, 2014

Narendra Modi is a contender for Time 'Person of the Year'

New Delhi Prime Minister Narendra Modi has emerged on top of the list for his development strategy in a Harvard study which measured global perception of world leaders like US President Barack Obama, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and British PM David Cameron. Modi topped the chart with a 87.8% approval for his policies, piping Obama (who was ranked 20th with 44.8%), Ca ..

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Arrest warrant against Taliban chief, Pakistan assures Lakhvi in jail

December 21, 2014

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Islamabad An anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Pakistan on Saturday issued non-bailable arrest warrants against Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) chief Mullah Fazlullah, spokesman Shahidullah Shahid and nine others even as Pakistan assured India that Mumbai terror attack mastermind Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi has not been released. The arrest warrants were issued against Fazlullah and ..

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No ‘magic formula’ in Keystone pipeline

December 21, 2014

No ‘magic formula’ in Keystone pipeline

US President Barack Obama downplayed the benefits of the Keystone XL pipeline yesterday, saying the disputed project to transport crude from Canada is not a “magic formula” for the US economy. The $5.3 billion project would carry crude oil to Gulf coast refineries from Canada’s tar sands. Republicans have long backed the plan, arguing it will boost US oil and ..

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BONDING RELATIONS

December 21, 2014

Bahrain-South Korea economic relations discussed

Chairman of the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry Khalid bin Abdulrahman Al-Moayyad has expressed happiness over the growing Bahraini-South Korean relations in all fields, especially in economic front. Speaking during a meeting with the South Korean Ambassador to Bahrain Jonha Yu in the presence of BCCI board members and CEO, Mr. Al-Moayyad expressed desire ..

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Injured cop undergoes surgery

December 21, 2014

Injured cop

One of the three policemen injured in the terrorist blast in Bani Jamrah on Friday had to undergo an eye surgery, DT News has learnt.

Reliable sources confirmed that two policemen who sustained minor injuries had been discharged shortly from Bahrain Defence Force (BDF) Hospital while the third victim had to undergo an u ..

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Blasts: Five remanded in custody

December 21, 2014

Blasts- Five remanded in custody

Five persons have been remanded in custody pending investigation in connection with the blast that left an on-duty policeman dead in Demistan on December 8.

The accused are also implicated in the terrorist bombing which caused the death of a Bahraini and injured an Asian the following day in Karzakan, Terror Crime Prosecution Ch ..

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COURT BEAT

December 21, 2014

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Defence lawyers to present arguments

Defence lawyers will present their arguments on December 29 in the trial of 15 defendants accused of rioting.

The Bahraini suspects have been referred to trial for their links with the violence, which broke out in A’ali earlier this year, where masked men burnt 10 tyres and poured o ..

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Foreign Minister honours Al Buainain

December 21, 2014

Shaikh Khalid with Mr. Al Buainain

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, hosted a ceremony in honour of Minister for Shura Council and Parliament Affairs, Ghanim Al Buainain.

The honouring ceremony was attended by Attorney General Dr. Ali bin Fadel Al Buainain and senior officials from the Foreign Ministry.

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Security, peace take centrestage

December 21, 2014

King Hamad during his meeting with King Abdulla

It was security and peace that took the prominent position during the meeting between His Majesty King hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and Jordanian King Abdulla Ibn Al-Hussein, who arrived in the Kingdom yesterday.

HM the King and King Abdulla also discussed latest Arab developments, stressing the need to consolidate solidarity betwee ..

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RAIL TO LINK VITAL SPOTS

December 21, 2014

The railway project aims at promoting GCC unity and economic development and will benefit individuals travelling across the GCC

GCC Railway project will be linked to vital spots in the Kingdom such as Khalifa bin Salman Port and Bahrain International Airport, sources informed our sister newspaper Al Ayam. 

Sources claimed that Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning Ministry in collaboration with the Electricity and Water Affairs Ministr ..

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Arab attacks drunk couple, flees

December 21, 2014

A drunk Asian couple was attacked in public by an Arab national on Thursday

A drunk Asian couple was attacked in public by an Arab national on Thursday.

The incident took place in Central Manama at around 3pm in the presence of 50 onlookers.

A vendor in the area, who preferred anonymity, told DT News that both the man and the lady were Nepalese nationals an ..

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Demistan and Karzakan terror blasts suspects in custody

December 21, 2014

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Manama Five people were today remanded in custody pending investigation in connection with the terror blast which left one on-duty policeman dead in Demistan on December 8. The accused are also implicated in the terrorist bombing which caused the death of a Bahraini and left one Asian injured the following day in Karzakan, Terror Crime Prosecution Chief Attorney General Ahm ..

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Inmate highlights role of Reformation and Rehab Centres

December 21, 2014

Inmate highlights role of Reformation and Rehab Centres

Reformation and Rehabilitation Centres in Bahrain aren’t any more places for inmates to serve their sentences. The centres also act as rehabilitation and correctional hubs to integrate them with the society.

An inmate, who was sentenced to 10 years in jail, revealed how these centres play a major role in changing the behaviour ..

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‘Lack of local assistance delayed flight’

December 21, 2014

Mr. Bagga

Mangalore bound Air India Express (AIE), which developed a technical snag was stranded in Bahrain for more than two days due to lack of local assistance, said Bahrain country manager of AIE, Rajneesh Bagga.

The flight was set to leave to the south Indian coastal city via Kuwait at 10.15am on Wednesday when a fuel leakage was not ..

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Nine Bahraini companies to participate in Gulfood

December 21, 2014

Mr. Rabeah

Nine Bahraini companies have announced their participation in the world's largest exhibition for food and hospitality ‘Gulfood 2015.’

Worksmart, the company responsible for organising the Bahraini pavilion at the exhibition, confirmed the participation of nine Bahraini companies along with nearly 2,500 other companies engage ..

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MP demands resumption of mosques revamping

December 21, 2014

The cabin where Al Louzy Government Housing Project residents pray

Citizens of Hamad Town have demanded the resumption of mosques-revamping projects in different areas. The projects were suspended more than three years ago.

All stages of the project were apparently completed, including the budget, engineering schemes and contractors’ tenders, while the execution stage remains suspended.

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Tunisians vote for post-revolution president

December 21, 2014

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Tunis Tunisians go to the polls Sunday to freely elect their president for the first time in the country's history, rounding off an at times bumpy four-year transition from dictatorship. The runoff pits 88-year-old favourite Beji Caid Essebsi, leader of the anti-Islamist Nidaa Tounes party, against incumbent Moncef Marzouki, who held the post through an alliance with the mo ..

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Smuggle attempt foiled: Two Bahrainis held in Egypt

December 21, 2014

The Cairo International Airport

Two Bahraini citizens were arrested at the Cairo International Airport for attempting to smuggle ancient Egyptian antique items and maps, sources said.

The duo was caught after their bags raised suspicions when they went through the X-ray scanner, according to reports appeared in the Egyptian Press.

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Prof Aouad appointed prez of Applied Science University

December 21, 2014

Prof. Aouad

Professor Ghassan Aouad has been appointed as the President of Applied Science University in the Kingdom.

Prior to this assignment, he was serving as the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Gulf University for Science & Technology (GUST) based in Kuwait. Prof. Aouad has also served as the President of the University of Wo ..

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Al Basta Market sees huge crowd

December 21, 2014

The market witnessed the presence of many local vendors. Moreover, the visitors were treated to various entertainments

The second day of the third edition of Al Basta Market witnessed a large number of people, both residents as well as citizens.

The market being organised under the patronage of Supreme Council for Youth and Sport Chairman, Bahrain Olympic Committee President and Royal Charity Organisation Chairman HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al K ..

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Car catches fire, driver escapes unhurt

December 21, 2014

The car on fire

It was a miraculous escape for a man, after the car he was driving, caught fire on Friday afternoon.

The mishap occurred in the Northern Governorate near Roundabout 14 in Hamad Town, after the driver lost control of the vehicle and directly drove into a palm tree planted in the roundabout.

Th ..

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Neighbours take knives to settle scores

December 21, 2014

Mr. Bu Farsan

An argument between two neighbours in Muharraq Governorate on Friday turned into a brawl in which knives and wooden sticks were used, causing several injuries on both sides.

Police broke up the fight which occurred in Al Busaiteen Housing project at around dusk while the injured were admitted to King Hamad University Hospital ( ..

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Gunman with possible revenge in mind kills two NYC police officers

December 21, 2014

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New York A gunman ambushed and fatally shot two New York City police officers on Saturday and then killed himself, police said, and a social media post indicated it may have been in revenge for the police chokehold death of an unarmed black man. If the killings do turn out to have been motivated by the death of Eric Garner, they could inflame tensions over race and law enfo ..

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Jet Airways turns full service

December 21, 2014

Jet Airways

Indian airline company, Jet Airways commenced the roll out of a full service product on all flights across its domestic network. Jet now offers a two class, full service product with a complimentary dining experience onboard all domestic flights. Apart from the enhanced service quality levels, it offers convenient connections on its domestic network to over 51 dest ..

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BILLION DOLLAR ATTACK

December 21, 2014

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Attack could cost Sony half a billion dollars

The devastating cyberattack on Sony Pictures could see the Hollywood studio lose hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue and incur massive recovery costs, experts say. The cancellation of “The Interview,” which President Barack Obama called a “mistake,” has significantly escalated the potent ..

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INVESTMENT INTERFACE

December 21, 2014

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Organisation of Islamic Cooperation Markets projected to grow at average of 5.4pc

Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB) and the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) announced the launch of the Global Islamic Investment Gateway, a platform to bring investors and cross-border Islamic investment opportunities together in some of the world’s fastest gr ..

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Yazidis cheer Kurds on Iraqi mountain for breaking Islamic State siege

December 21, 2014

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Iraqi Kurdish fighters flashed victory signs as they swept across the northern side of Sinjar mountain on Saturday, two days after breaking through to free hundreds of Yazidis trapped there for months by Islamic State fighters. A Reuters correspondent, who arrived on the mountain late Saturday, witnessed Kurdish and Yazidi fighters celebrating their gains after launching their offensive on Wed ..

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David captures world title

December 21, 2014

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Nicol David regained the world title in her most exciting final, and with her most memorable performance yet, saving four match points in a row to overcome the third-seeded Egyptian Raneem el Weleily yesterday.

David also extended her record of world titles to eight with her 5-11, 11-8, 7-11, 14-12, 11-5 win. But she but had to ..

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Premier league SOUTHAMPTON SWEEPS EVERTON

December 21, 2014

STORY 1

Southampton drew a line under a miserable run of five successive defeats with an emphatic 3-0 Premier League victory over Everton at St Mary's Stadium yesterday.

A first-half own goal from Romelu Lukaku and second-half strikes by Graziano Pelle and Maya Yoshida secured the win that brought relief to manager Ronald Koeman. Saints ..

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Johnson inspires Aussies to victory

December 21, 2014

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Mitchell Johnson inspired Australia to a four-wicket win over India to take a 2-0 series-lead with a day to spare in the second Gabba Test yesterday.

The ICC Cricketer of the Year condemned India to defeat with a hostile spell of three for 10 in the space of 11 balls, ripping the heart out of the tourists' top order in the morn ..

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Suarez opens league account, Messi at double

December 21, 2014

STORY 1

Luis Suarez scored his first La Liga goal and Lionel Messi netted twice as Barcelona moved to within a point of leaders Real Madrid with a 5-0 thrashing of Cordoba in their final game of the year yesterday.

The hosts got off to a flying start as Pedro Rodriguez, once again deputising for Neymar, opened the scoring with a smart f ..

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Atletico win inaugural league

December 21, 2014

Cricket star Sourav Ganguly earned bragging rights over former team-mate Sachin Tendulkar as his Atletico de Kolkata won the inaugural Indian Super League football tournament in Mumbai yesterday.

Substitute Mohammad Rafique scored the 90th minute goal to give Kolkata a 1-0 victory over Tendulkar's Kerala Blasters in the final. A ..

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Steyn spell Victory

December 21, 2014

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South African fast bowler Dale Steyn ripped through the West Indian batting to send the tourists crashing to a humiliating defeat by an innings and 220 runs on the fourth day of the first Test at SuperSport Park yesterday. Steyn took six for 34 in Centurion as the West Indies crashed to 131 all out after being 76 for two overnight. Even allowing for an ankle injury to Kemar Roach, which has ru ..

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SILVA LIFTS CITY

December 21, 2014

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Manchester City win over Crystal Palace

David Silva filled in for Manchester City's absent strikers as the champions beat Crystal Palace 3-0 yesterday to move level on points with Premier League leaders Chelsea.

City were missing Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic d ..

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Curtain falls on successful World Congress

December 21, 2014

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Bahrain has gained global recognition in hosting the 56th ICHPER.SD Anniversary World Congress and Exposition, which concluded yesterday at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Manama.

The conference was organised by the Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC) in partnership with the International Council for Health ..

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Ali Fadhel beat Nehayan Al Ezazi

December 21, 2014

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 Kuwait's Ali Fadhel defeated Nehayan Al Ezazi of the United Arab Emirates by 15 touches to 6 in the 'Foil' category yesterday.

It was on the concluding day of the Second International National Day Fencing Championship organised by the Bahrain Fencing Association (BFA) at the Khalifa Sports City in Isa Town.

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Hero’s welcome for S.Africa’s first Miss World

December 21, 2014

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 South Africa on Saturday welcomed back home its first Miss World winner in 40 years, Rolene Strauss, with wild cheers and ululations.

Hundreds turned up at O.R. Tambo International Airport to greet Strauss after the 22-year-old medical student was crowned Miss World 2014 at a glitzy final in London last Sunday.

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‘Clock is Ticking’

December 21, 2014

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 Russia will gladly take back the money it paid for French Mistral-class warships whose handover has been delayed by concerns over Moscow's role in the Ukraine crisis, a deputy defence minister said Saturday.

 Yury Borisov also indicated that Paris should make a decision before the new year.

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‘No one can Intimidate us’

December 21, 2014

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President Vladimir Putin said Saturday no country can "intimidate" or "isolate" Russia, after the West imposed new sanctions on Moscow over the Ukraine crisis.

"Of course, no one will be able to intimidate us, or contain and isolate Russia. No one has ever been able to and no one ever will," Putin said in a speech.

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Bolivia’s ‘black king’ defies slavery’s legacy

December 21, 2014

He doesn't have Queen Elizabeth's throne or Kate and Wills' paparazzi, but Bolivian peasant Julio Pinedo is New World royalty: a king who inherited his title from his African ancestors.

 Pinedo's calloused hands, the mark of a lifetime of farming, belie the royal blood passed down to him by the Congolese prince Uchicho, who was ..

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Indian diplomat in US row stripped of duty

December 21, 2014

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An Indian diplomat at the centre of a bitter row with the United States has been stripped of her duties over unauthorised statements to media, a government source and reports said Saturday. Devyani Khobragade was arrested and strip-searched in New York last December while serving as India's deputy consul-general on charges of mistreating her servant. She had denied the charge and subsequent ..

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Let’s crack It together

December 21, 2014

Sony Pictures Cancels Releaase Of "The Interview" After Hacker Threats

North Korea called Saturday for a joint investigation with the US into a crippling cyber attack on Sony Pictures, denouncing Washington's "slandering" after President Barack Obama warned Pyongyang of retaliation.

 The US blames the isolated state for the hacking which prompted the cancellation of the Christmas Day release of "T ..

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Modi threatened to quit?

December 21, 2014

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as reported by a Marathi newspaper, has threatened to resign if the RSS - the BJP's parent organisation - does not immediately control such leaders.

 The news that appeared in Maharashtra Times also claims that Modi's threat has caused 'much anxiety' among Sangh front organisations, which have now ..

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Security forces attack hideouts

December 20, 2014

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Seven people including a policeman and paramilitary soldier were killed in two separate incidents when Pakistani security forces hit militant hideouts in the restive northwest Saturday morning, officials said.

In the first incident, police and paramilitary soldiers raided suspected hideouts in Shabqadar, a town around 30 kilomet ..

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US drone kills five in Pakistan

December 20, 2014

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 A US drone strike killed at least five militants in Pakistan's restive tribal region near the Afghan border on Saturday, security officials said, warning that the death toll was expected to rise.

 The strike occurred in North Waziristan, one of the seven semi-autonomous tribal districts bordering Afghanistan, which is seen as ..

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Women ‘punished’ for marrying non-Jordanians

December 20, 2014

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Khaled al-Maani sat neatly on one of the brown velvet mattresses lining his parents' living room in southern Marka, Jordan, flipping through his schoolbooks.

The 13-year-old told Al Jazeera he "hated" school five years ago, when his teacher asked him to return textbooks she gave to him by "mistake". He was not entitled to them, ..

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IS has executed 100 foreigners trying to quit: report

December 20, 2014

The Islamic State extremist group has executed 100 of its own foreign fighters who tried to flee their headquarters in the Syrian city of Raqqa, the Financial Times newspaper said on Saturday.

 An activist opposed to both IS and the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who is well-known to the British business broadsheet ..

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US asks Israel to pay Lebanon 850mn compensation

December 20, 2014

The US General Assembly has nearly unanimously approved a resolution urging Israel to pay Lebanon some $850mn compensation to cover the clean-up cost of an oil spill caused  by an Israeli air attack on oil storage tanks in the direct vicinity of the Jiyeh electric power plant in Lebanon during the war with Hezbollah in 2006.

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US bank Ally Financial exits TARP bailout

December 20, 2014

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US bank Ally Financial, rescued during the 2008 financial crisis, has exited the TARP bailout programme, the Treasury Department said yesterday. The Treasury said it had sold its remaining stake of 54.9 million shares in Ally for $23.25 per share, gaining $1.3 billion for taxpayers. The sale marked the Treasury’s last major investment in the Troubled Asset Relief ..

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TOKYO UPBEAT

December 20, 2014

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BoJ strikes more upbeat view on economy, holds off fresh measures

The Bank of Japan yesterday struck a more upbeat view of the world’s number three economy, saying exports were showing signs of picking up while factory output has started to “bottom out”. The comments came as policymakers wrapped up a two-day meeting where they held off fresh ..

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Lanka opposition vows to withdraw casino tax breaks

December 20, 2014

Lanka opposition vows to withdraw casino tax breaks

Sri Lanka’s main opposition said yesterday that it would withdraw generous tax concessions for controversial foreign-funded resorts aiming to make Colombo a gambling hotspot in South Asia if it wins next month’s elections.  President Mahinda Rajapakse’s government is facing an unexpectedly tough challenge in the national elections from Maithripala Sirisena, ..

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EU VERSUS US

December 20, 2014

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EU launches new trade dispute with US over Boeing subsidies

The EU yesterday launched a fresh trade dispute at the World Trade Organisation, charging that the United States was providing “billions of dollars” in unfair subsidies to help Boeing build its new 777X jet. The European Union said the United States was breaking WTO rules by offering ..

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Alstom shareholders approve sale energy assets to GE

December 20, 2014

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Shareholders approved yesterday the 12.4-billion-euro ($15.2-billion) sale of Alstom’s energy assets to US group General Electric by which the French company will refocus on high speed trains. “It is the best solution for the future of Alstom,” chief executive Patrick Kron said at the meeting marked by sharp exchanges, saying the company had lost sufficient s ..

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Nigeria toughens currency trading curbs

December 20, 2014

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Nigeria’s central bank yesterday announced new measures to curb currency speculation as part of an effort to defend the naira which has been hit hard by the collapse in global oil prices. The move comes after a currency devaluation and a cut in the 2015 growth forecast and less than two months before general elections, with President Goodluck Jonathan trying to a ..

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EUROPE MIXED

December 20, 2014

European stocks mixed, oil markets rise

European stocks traded mixed yesterday following sharp gains the previous day, while oil futures rose after sharp falls amid huge volatility across global markets ahead of the festive shutdown. London’s FTSE 100 index of leading shares climbed 0.45 percent to stand at 6,495.39 points in afternoon trade. Frankfurt’s DAX 30 shed 0.91 percent compared with Thursda ..

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REELING FROM FALLING PRICE

December 20, 2014

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Gulf braces for tough times over oil price plunge

Gulf countries are bracing for tough times as vital oil revenues fall and after they missed a golden opportunity to diversify their economies in a decade of unprecedented windfalls, analysts say. The six nations of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) -- Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and ..

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Deputy Premier to patronise Al Ayam Cultural Fair

December 20, 2014

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Deputy Premier Shaikh Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khalifa will patronise the 21st Al-Ayam Cultural Fair, which will kick-start on December 25.

More than 150 Arab and foreign publishing houses will take part in the fair, which will run until January 3, 2015.

The ten-day cultural book festival, org ..

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NO NEED FOR INSTRUCTORS TO CHANGE CARS

December 20, 2014

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Traffic Culture Acting Director in the General Directorate of Traffic Major Osama Bahar said, soon citizens as well as residents could take the driving tests on cars having automatic transmission.

Speaking to DT News, he said, taking the test on automatic cars would be an option. “Instructors do not need to buy new cars ..

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December 20, 2014

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The third edition of Al Basta Market, organised by the Southern Governorate, kick-started yesterday.

The market is being held under the patronage of Supreme Council for Youth and Sport Chairman, Bahrain Olympic Committee President and Royal Charity Organisation Chairman HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa.

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BITTERSWEET BALL GAME

December 20, 2014

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It’s not yet time for the family of Irfan Ahmed Baksh Mohammed to sit and relax, as the woes are piling up each day.

Fortunately, the High Court had ordered to deposit the compensation in the bank account of Mr. Irfan, who had been brutally assaulted by anti-government thugs during the 2011 unrest.

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Attack on schools continues in Bahrain

December 20, 2014

Schools have been the regular targets of vandals in the Kingdom

Education Ministry stated yesterday that five schools were attacked in different parts of the country during the past few days.

The ministry’s Public Relations and Media Directorate stated that vandals broke into Al Qadisiya Elementary Girls’ School, damaging the school’s sports warehouse.

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COURT BEAT

December 20, 2014

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Court upholds jail sentence

The High Appeals Court has upheld the six-month-jail sentence awarded to a Bahraini convicted of theft.

The 28-year-old Bahraini was arrested in connection with a theft of an iPhone from a local cell phones shop.

He alleg ..

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TORTURING MONKEYS : BSPCA STEPS IN

December 20, 2014

BSPCA has taken the torture of monkeys in the Kingdom seriously

Bahrain Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BSPCA) has filed two complaints at two different police stations with regard to the cruelty meted out to monkeys in the Kingdom during the last two days.

Earlier DT News reported that a long-tailed macaque was spotted on the roof of a Mercedes car, which was speedi ..

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‘DESIGNER NEEDS TO BE UPFRONT’

December 20, 2014

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Following the success of last year’s Bahrain International Design Week, Fair Director at Design Days Dubai, Cyril Zammit has visited the art venue, ‘Market 338’ at Al Riwaq Gallery.

Mr. Zammit is also representing the Design Stories movement, which is a regional road show supported by Dubai Design District to raise awarene ..

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CODES THAT PROTECT KIDS

December 20, 2014

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A stranger approached an eight-year-old girl and asked her join him. He tried to lure her by telling that her mom had sent him to pick her. But the girl asked the stranger for the secret word. The man was puzzled after hearing her question. The girl ran away immediately.

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Fosun ups offer in Club Med bidding war

December 20, 2014

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Chinese conglomerate Fosun raised its offer to buy French holiday group Club Med yesterday, as it strives to win the longest bidding war in Paris market history against an Italian tycoon. Fosun bid 24.60 euros ($30.20) per share for Club Med, which values the iconic holiday brand at 939 million euros and trumps a previous bid from Italian businessman Andrea Bonomi ..

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PROTEST AGAINST AUSTERITY MOVES

December 20, 2014

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Anti-austerity, free trade protest snarls Brussels EU quarter

Several thousand people demonstrated against austerity and a massive EU-US free trade deal in central Brussels yesterday, burning an effigy of German Chancellor Angela Merkel near the European Commission headquarters. The protest, bringing together farmers on their tractors, trade unionists and environm ..

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Van Gaal waiting for ‘perfect’ United

December 20, 2014

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Louis van Gaal has told his predecessor Alex Ferguson he is still far from happy with Manchester United’s performances despite an impressive run that has catapulted them into the Premier League top three. At least the United manager looks set to have record signing Angel di Maria available for the busy holida ..

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Philander the destroyer: West Indies 76-2, trail South Africa

December 20, 2014

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Vernon Philander was the main destroyer as the West Indian batting crumbled on the third day of the first Test against South Africa at Super Sport Park yesterday. Philander took four for 29 as the West Indies were bowled out for 201 and forced to follow on, 351 runs behind South Africa’s first innings total of ..

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Ecclestone returns to F1 board

December 20, 2014

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Paris Formula One’s commercial ringmaster Bernie Ecclestone has rejoined the board of the Formula One group which runs the sport after stepping down to fight his bribery case in Germany. The 84-year-old F1 supremo’s reappointment was confirmed by F1’s official Twitter account yesterday. Ecclestone, who has run Formula One since 1978, was joined on the board - as non-executive dire ..

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Hart inks new City contract

December 20, 2014

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Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart signed a new contract yesterday which will keep him with the Premier League champions until 2019. City manager Manuel Pellegrini had revealed earlier this month that talks with Hart were approaching a successful conclusion and the England international has now been rewarded with ..

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Nigerian Ebola patient cured in the Netherlands The Hague

December 20, 2014

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The Nigerian UN peacekeeper infected with Ebola has been cured after treatment in the Netherlands. “The Nigerian patient has been cured of Ebola. He will stay at a military hospital of Dutch defence ministry until he can return home,” a statement from the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment said. The health of all those who have taken care of the patient will be ..

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British cop killed in assault

December 20, 2014

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A police officer died following an early morning assault near a nightclub in Liverpool city centre on Friday, media reported. Two of his colleagues were injured in the attack.

Merseyside Police confirmed that an off-duty police officer, Neil Doyle, 36, died as a result of his injuries following the incident.

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KIWIS THUMP PAK; New Zealand beat Pakistan to take series 3-2

December 20, 2014

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Skipper Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor hit half-centuries while paceman Matt Henry recorded career best bowling figures as New Zealand thumped Pakistan by 68 runs in the fifth and final one-dayer in Abu Dhabi yesterday. Williamson’s 97 and Taylor’s 88 were the cornerstone of New Zealand’s 275-4 before Hen ..

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Scientists make headway in tsunami warning

December 20, 2014

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The 2004 tsunami led to greater global cooperation and improved techniques for detecting waves that could reach faraway shores, even though scientists still cannot predict when an earthquake will strike.

The world’s main monitoring body, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre headq ..

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Cuba will change, but not overnight: Obama

December 20, 2014

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Washington US President Barack Obama said on Friday that Cuba would change as a result of the communist-ruled island’s rapprochement with Washington, but the improvements will not happen “overnight.” “I don’t anticipate overnight changes,” Obama told reporters. “It could happen fast. It could happen slower than I would like,” he added. But “it’s going to happen ..

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Spurs shine brightest powered by young talents

December 20, 2014

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The NBA’s defining moment in 2014 was supposed to be the San Antonio Spurs return to championship glory, but that was before the Donald Sterling saga took on a life of its own. With the perfect blend of youth and experience, the Spurs dismantled the Miami Heat in one of the most lop-sided finals in league hi ..

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Politico in soup

December 20, 2014

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Lawmaker’s comment “Too ‘ugly’ to rape” creates a flutter in Brazil   Brasília A debate about sexual violence in Brazil sparked by a lawmaker’s comments on the floor of Congress has spread beyond government chambers, triggering a national debate about rape and sexism in the South American nation. Opposition congressman Jair Bolsonaro told Maria do Rosa ..

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Army keeps the heat on militants

December 20, 2014

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Pakistani security forces killed more than 50 suspected militants on Friday. 

An ambush by security forces in the northwest on Friday left at least 32 militants dead, the military said, to add to 27 killed in air strikes and ground operations on Thursday. In a separate operation on Friday, 18 more militants wer ..

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National Day endurance race begins today

December 20, 2014

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DT News Network The National Day Endurance Race gets underway today starting at 7am at the Bahrain International Endurance Village in Sakhir. The race, being held under the patronage of Supreme Council for Youth and Sports Chairman and Bahrain Olympic Committee President HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, is  being over a distance of 120km with an 80km qualification race also takin ..

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Ban on umbrellas in Macau

December 20, 2014

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President Xi Jinping visited a drizzly Macau on Friday for the 15th anniversary of the gambling hub’s return to Chinese rule, with onlookers barred from using umbrellas -- the emblem of democracy protests in nearby Hong Kong. The two-day trip to the former Portuguese enclave comes just days after Hong Kong police cleared the last of three camps where protesters had spent nearly three months ..

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Pak to challenge bail for Lakhvi

December 20, 2014

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A Pakistani government prosecutor said on Friday that he will challenge a court order granting bail to the alleged mastermind of the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai, which sparked strong condemnation from India.

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FIR against cleric for pro-Taliban remarks

December 20, 2014

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First Information Report (FIR) has been registered against Lal Masjid’s chief cleric Maulana Abdul Aziz at Aabpara Police Station upon unremitting pressure exerted from protesting civil society on Friday night. The head of a hardline Islamabad mosque on Friday called an army offensive against the Taliban “un-Islamic” and said the militants’ massacre of 133 ..

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School massacre ‘Pak’s 9/11’

December 20, 2014

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A Taliban massacre at a school is “Pakistan’s 9/11”, the country’s top foreign policy official said on Friday.

Sartaj Aziz, foreign affairs and national security advisor to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, said the assault, the deadliest terror attack in Pakistan’s history, was a “game changer”.

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Origi set to leave Lille for Liverpool

December 20, 2014

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Belgian forward Divock Origi will cut short a season-long loan at Lille in January to return to parent club Liverpool, who will pay six million euros for the privilege, according to a source close to the deal. The 19-year-old, who was bought by Liverpool from Lille in the summer for a reported £10m after impressing ..

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Tough anti-terror policy agreed

December 20, 2014

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Pakistan’s top political and military leaders on Friday agreed to pursue a tough policy against the militant groups.

The prime minister visited the military headquarters in Rawalpindi and chaired a high-level meeting on national security and strategy against the armed groups.

The meeting, a ..

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No hang-ups, Policy clear

December 20, 2014

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Forty eight hours after the Peshawar massacre which left 146 dead, the world saw Pakistan taking a slew of measures to rein in the militants on a rampage. DT News brings compiles Friday’s developments for a quick roundup.

About 24 hours after the chief of Pakistan army asked Prime M ..

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Nicol David in finals

December 20, 2014

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World number one Nicol David reached her eighth world final after a rare ordeal yesterday, coming back from two games to one down to defeat Egypt’s Omneya Kawy 11-9, 9-11, 8-11, 11-5, 11-5. It was a mental triumph for David with the cool court perfect for Kawy’s shot-making brilliance, the atmosphere becoming mo ..

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Timmermans win title

December 20, 2014

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Dutchman Jesse Timmermans comfortably clinched the men’s super singles title when he defeated Frenchman Ossel Hered 6-1, 6-1 in the final late on Thursday evening in the Indian Club Centenary Tennis Tournament played at its premises in Gudaibiya. Timmermans had reached the final after successfully defe ..

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Raed Mahmood, Salman Isa placed 19 and 21

December 20, 2014

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DT News Network  Bahrain Royal Endurance team members Raed Mahmood and Salman Isa proved themselves in the Saeed bin Hamdan Endurance Challenge, when they were placed 19th and 21st respectively in the event, held yesterday at Dubai International Endurance City with more than 300 riders taking part. The race was held under the patronage of Dubai Deputy Ruler Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al ..

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Turkish court acquits dissident sociologist

December 20, 2014

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A Turkish court on Friday acquitted Turkish dissident sociologist Pinar Selek, who has taken refuge in France, over a 1998 explosion that killed seven people, the official Anatolia news agency reported.

The ruling, delivered by a high criminal court in Istanbul -- came at a hearing on Selek’s retrial, after a life sente ..

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Iran unveils memorial for slain Jewish heroes

December 20, 2014

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Tehran has unveiled a monument to slain Iranian Jewish soldiers who died during the country’s long and bitter war with Iraq between 1980 and 1988. Death tolls for the hideous conflict differ, but casualty counts usually reach more than 1 million for both countries.

A public ceremony marked the memorial’s opening, with speech ..

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World Congress focuses on building new system

December 20, 2014

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DT News Network  The second and penultimate day of the 56th ICHPER.SD Anniversary World Congress and Exposition, being held in the Kingdom of Bahrain, focused on the conference all-new theme “Towards Building a New Sport System”. It is being organised by the Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC) in partnership with the International Council for Health, PhysicalEducation, Recreation, Spor ..

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Rocket fired from Gaza hit south Israel: Police

December 20, 2014

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A rocket fired from Gaza hit southern Israel on Friday, the Israeli police said, adding that it fell on open ground without causing casualties or damage. It was the third rocket attack since the end of 50-day Gaza War in August. The last incident was on October 31.

Hamas and Israel agreed a ceasefire on August 26, brokered by E ..

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Blake gallops to victory

December 20, 2014

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Outsider William Blake owned by Al Nasseriyeh, trained by Allan Smith and ridden by Brett Doyle won the feature race for the National Day Cup by a short head which was open to imported handicap (0-15) horses over 2,400 metres and worth BD5,000 metres in prize money yesterday at the seventh meeting of the ..

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Malnutrition hits Yemeni children

December 20, 2014

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A doctor in a bare, rural clinic here decided to extend his working week to five days from two, to cope with the rush of hollow-eyed children who kept showing up in the mornings.

Already this year, two severely malnourished local boys had been so withered that they were beyond saving. The doctor, Abdu Ali Saad, kept pictures of ..

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IS threatens to execute soldiers held hostage

December 20, 2014

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A French-speaking jihadist threatened on Friday to execute Lebanese soldiers held hostage by the Islamic State group, saying three prominent anti-IS Lebanese politicians would be responsible for their deaths.

The threat was made in a video obtained from a Salafist cleric, Wissam al-Masri, who is mediating the release of 25 poli ..

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Obama warns N. Korea over Sony hack

December 20, 2014

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US President Barack Obama on Friday warned North Korea it would face retaliation over a cyber attack on Sony Pictures and pledged not to bow to dictators, as an envoy for Pyongyang denied involvement.

Threats issued after the November attack prompted the movie giant to cance ..

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8 children killed in OZ; Mother arrested

December 20, 2014

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Cairns One of Australia’s worst mass murders, leaving eight children from the same family dead, has left the city of Cairns in shock. The grim discovery of the bodies of children aged 18 months to 15 years was reportedly made by their adult brother at their home in Manoora, in the north Queensland city’s west. The mother of seven of the children, 34, is being treated ..

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OIC Secretary General welcomes European Parliament Resolution

December 19, 2014

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Riyadh The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Iyad Ameen Madani, welcomed the adoption of a resolution by the European Parliament that supports recognition of the state of Palestine and the two state solution, as this would support the rights of the Palestinian people and contribute to enhancing international efforts aiming at putting an end to ..

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Suspected Boko Haram gunmen kidnap 100 women, children in Nigeria

December 19, 2014

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Maiduguri Suspected Boko Haram gunmen kidnapped more than 100 women and children and killed 35 other people on Sunday during a raid on the remote northeast Nigerian village of Gumsuri, a security source and resident said on Thursday. Although no one has claimed it yet, the attack bore the hallmarks of Boko Haram, which abducted more than 200 women in April from a secondary school in Chibok, ..

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Eight children killed in Australia in reported mass stabbing

December 19, 2014

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Sydney Eight children have been killed and a woman injured, police said on Friday, during what several media outlets reported was a mass stabbing in Australia's tropical northern city of Cairns. Australia is already in a state of heightened alert after police stormed a Sydney cafe early on Tuesday morning to end a 16-hour hostage standoff in which three people were killed, ..

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AMLA, VAN ZYL SIZZLE, S. Africa declare first innings at 552 for five against West Indies

December 19, 2014

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Centurion Hashim Amla hit his third Test double century and Stiaan van Zyl made a hundred on his debut before South Africa declared their first innings at 552 for five on the second day of the first Test against the West Indies at SuperSport Park yesterday. Amla declared half an hour before the scheduled tea break but rain prevented the start of the West Indian reply. Amla made 208 a ..

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Nicol David reaches 11th world semis

December 19, 2014

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Cairo Top-seeded Nicol David battled hard yesterday to reach her 11th semi-final in the World Championships. David, the first player ever to top the world rankings for 100 consecutive months, overcame Camille Serme, the world number six from France, by 11-9, 11-7, 13-11, in an increasingly well-contested match. Though not always at her best David was playing well enough by the end to ha ..

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Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams named 2014 world champions by ITF

December 19, 2014

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Paris Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams were named as men’s and women’s World Champions for 2014 yesterday by the International Tennis Federation (ITF). It is the fourth time that Djokovic has taken the top award after he won Wimbledon, the ATP World Tour finals and finished the year ranked number one in the world by the ATP. The 27-year-old Serb is one of only four men to be named ..

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Smith defies India with third unbeaten knock

December 19, 2014

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Brisbane Steve Smith again proved the elusive wicket for India as the new captain fashioned an Australian fightback on day two of the second Test yesterday.  Smith, who was not dismissed by India in last week’s Adelaide Test win with scores of 162 and 52, continued to be the bane of the tourists with another defiant knock. He has scored 279 so far in the series.  His intuitive strok ..

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Balotelli gets one-match ban

December 19, 2014

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London Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has been suspended for one match, fined £25,000 and ordered to attend to an education course after making racist and anti-semitic comments. Balotelli had already accepted a charge of an aggravated breach of Football Association rule E3, relating to references of ethnic origin, colour, race, nationality or religion or belief, after his posting of ..

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National Day Fencing Championship begins

December 19, 2014

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The Second International National Day Fencing Championship organised by the Bahrain Fencing Association (BFA) is set to get underway today with an opening ceremony this morning followed by action today and tomorrow at the Khalifa Sports City in Isa Town. The championship will b ..

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Juventus ease to Cagliari win

December 19, 2014

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Milan Reigning champions Juventus are certain to top Serie A at Christmas after a 3-1 win at Cagliari yesterday in their final league game of 2014. Early strikes by Carlos Tevez and Arturo Vidal and a Fernando Llorente counter in the second half put Juve out of sight before Luca Rossettini got a goal back for the hosts. While Cagliari remain in the relegation zone after seeing their run ..

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BIC Set for Double-header today

December 19, 2014

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DT News Network Track temperatures are set to rise at Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) today with an action-packed double-header featuring two top-class national championships. The two championships are the BIC 2,000cc Challenge – one of the circuit’s longest-running car racing series – and the all-new BRM 600 – a one-make motorbike championship that is all set for its mu ..

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Vandewater, Wyman crowned Champions

December 19, 2014

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DT News Network Alan Vandewater and Andrew Wyman (12 points) were crowned champions of the VIVA Monday Madness Night Golf Series at the Royal Golf Club, finishing a full three points clear or their nearest rivals, Graeme Newport and Todd Gillespie (9). Consistent performances and top five finishes in four of the weekly competitions were enough to give the duo top place on the overall o ..

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Zain Juniors Tennis Championships: Ali clinches title

December 19, 2014

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Bahraini top seed Ali Dawani comfortably clinched the boys 16 years and under singles title after last night after defeating second seed Turkish player Mert Ekici 6-2, 6-1 as the 12th Zain Bahrain Juniors Open Bahrain Tennis Championships concluded at the Bahrain Tennis Club (BTC) premises in Juffair after almost two weeks of action.

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ROYAL TEAM RIDERS TO COMPETE IN DUBAI ENDURANCE RACE

December 19, 2014

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DT News Network Under the directives of Bahrain Royal Endurance Team Leader, the Bahrain Royal Endurance team will participate in the Saeed bin Hamdan Endurance Challenge, to be held today 7 am at Seeh Al Salam in Dubai International Endurance City. The ride is being held  under the patronage of Dubai Deputy Ruler Shaikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum and is considered the first competit ..

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Crimea FACES fresh eu ban

December 19, 2014

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The European Union (EU)  has imposed additional sanctions on Crimea, banning all investment and cruise ships from its ports to force home the message the bloc will not recognise Russia’s “illegal annexation” of Ukraine territory.

“The annexation is illegal and what we are doing is part of the non-recognition” policy, ..

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Village votes to expel HIV-infected boy in China

December 19, 2014

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The plight of an eight-year-old Chinese boy with HIV, reportedly ordered to leave his village by 200 petitioners, sparked intense online soul-searching on Thursday in a country where discrimination against sufferers remains rife. The boy’s guardian, his grandfather, was among those in southwestern Sichuan province who signed an agreement to expel the child to “protect villagers’ health ..

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Fasten your seatbelts and prepare… to stay at home

December 19, 2014

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Looking for that perfect gift for the aviation fan who has everything? One Japanese airline has the answer: a seat from a retired jumbo jet.

If you know someone who just can't get enough of sitting on an airplane, and you've got a spare $5,000, All Nippon Airways will sell you what it calls a "premium" seat from a decommissioned ..

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Mass grave of 230 killed by jihadists found in Syria

December 19, 2014

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The bodies of 230 people killed by the Islamic State group have been found in a mass grave uncovered by their relatives in Syria’s Deir Ezzor province, a monitoring group said on Wednesday.

The discovery brings the number of Shaitat tribal members slain during the jihadists’ summer advance in Deir Ezzor province near Iraq to ..

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UN seeks $8.4 bn to help victims of Syria war

December 19, 2014

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he UN appealed for $8.4 billion on Thursday so as to provide emergency aid and longer-term help to nearly 18 million people in Syria and across the region hit by the drawn-out conflict.

 For the first time, the United Nations' appeal includes funding for life-saving food, shelter and other humanitarian aid as well as developmen ..

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Several IS leaders in Iraq killed in air strikes: US officials

December 19, 2014

US air strikes have killed several leaders of the Islamic State group in Iraq in recent weeks, dealing a blow to the jihadist forces, defense officials said Thursday.

"These were the result of a series of air strikes this month carried out over the course of several days," a US official told AFP on condition of anonymity. ..

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Food deliver app an addiction in Big Apple

December 18, 2014

A woman named Kris Ruby said she spends an outrageous $11,000 a year using food delivery app Seamless to have sushi dropped at her doorstep. Ruby, 27, who owns her own PR firm and will soon appear on the new Bravo show, “Friends to Lovers,” tells The Post that she didn’t realize she had been spending so much money until she had to borrow her father’s credi ..

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Growth hormone pills take to 120?

December 18, 2014

The US tech entrepreneur Peter Thiel is taking human growth hormone pills as part of his quest to live until he is 120 years old. In a television interview, the PayPal cofounder and Facebook investor explained how he hoped the technology would dramatically increase his lifespan.

Thiel is famous for his belief that human life cou ..

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150 women killed for refusing to marry ISIS militants in Iraq

December 18, 2014

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In another gruesome incident at least 150 women were killed by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria after they apparently refused to marry the militants.

According to the Iraq's Ministry of Human Rights, the incident took place in the western Iraqi province of Al-Anbar, where the IS fighters attacked Fallujah and buried the victi ..

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Turkey unveils new high speed train

December 18, 2014

 Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday inaugurated a high speed train link from Istanbul to the Anatolian city of Konya that cuts journey times by nearly nine hours, the latest in a string of infrastructure projects under his rule.

The president himself opened the line at a ceremony in Konya, 460 kilometres (285 m ..

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Kurds press northern Iraq offensive against jihadists

December 18, 2014

Kurdish forces backed by foreign jets pressed an ambitious operation against the Islamic State group in northern Iraq on Thursday, taking on the jihadists in the heart of their "caliphate".

After mass bombing by aircraft of the US-led coalition paved the way for ground troops Wednesday, Iraq's Kurdish peshmerga retook several vi ..

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Social media: the hostage that eluded Sydney siege gunman

December 18, 2014

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Sydney

One hostage the Sydney siege gunman failed to take this week was social media.

After traditional media refused to air or print details of phone calls his hostages made, Man Haron Monis turned to Facebook and YouTube, forcing his captives to use their personal accounts to issue his de ..

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New Zealand level series

December 18, 2014

Kane Williamson plays a shot during the fourth day-night international match between Pakistan and New Zealand

Kane Williamson hit a brilliant hundred as New Zealand won the fourth day-night international against Pakistan by seven runs in an exciting finish in Abu Dhabi yesterday.

Pakistan went ahead with the match despite calls to postpone it after the Taliban attack on a school in  Peshawar on Tuesday which left 148 people dead, 132 o ..

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Shaikh Nasser lends a helping hand

December 18, 2014

Shaikh Nasser rides horse with Ghanem

Supreme Council for Youth and Sports Chairman and Bahrain Olympic Committee President HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa helped disabled Qatari Ghanem Muftah achieve his dream of riding a horse.

In a warm and humanitarian gesture, Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad took Ghanem on a tour of Arabian horses.

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DOUBLE DELIGHT FOR AREEJ FAREH

December 18, 2014

(From left) Indian Club Tennis Secretary Sabrish Kodoor, Mohammed Mansoor, ladies singles finalists Claire Pilapil, Areej Fareh and Indian Club President Anand Lobo

Areej Fareh won both ladies singles and the mixed doubles titles last night on the penultimate day of Indian Club Centenary Tennis Championship in Gudaibiya.

In the ladies singles final Fareh from Chinese Taipei edged out Filipina Claire Pilapil in straight sets 6-3, 7-5 despite her opponent making it particularly tough in the s ..

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All set for World Congress

December 18, 2014

International Council for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sports and Dance (ICHPER.SD)

Bahrain is all set to host International Council for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sports and Dance (ICHPER.SD) Anniversary World Congress and Exposition. The three-day conference will get underway at the Crown Plaza Hotel at 9am today with the opening ceremony to be held under the patronage of Supreme Council for Youth and Sports chairman and Bahrain Oly ..

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Garcia resigns from Fifa ethics committee

December 18, 2014

Michael Garcia

The American lawyer who led the investigation into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bid process has resigned from the Fifa ethics committee in protest over the handling of his findings.

Michael Garcia cited a “lack of leadership” at the top of Fifa in a resignation statement yesterday. He also says he lost confidence in the indep ..

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RIZK CLINCHES MARCOM TITLE

December 18, 2014

Winners of the Gulf Marcom Tennis Tournament

Kadri Rizk clinched top place in the Gulf Marcom Tennis Tournament held at the Bahrain Tennis Club (BTC) in Juffair on Tuesday.

The tournament, coinciding with Bahrain’s 43rd National Day, was open to club members and guests.

Abdulla Mohammed Ahmed finished runner-up, while Sami Dannish was ..

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Action begins at Khalifa Sports City

December 18, 2014

Bahraini players undergoing a training session

The Second International National Day Fencing Championship organised by the Bahrain Fencing Association (BFA) will get underway with a technical meeting involving all the heads of delegations today. The championship will be held under the patronage of the Chairman of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports and President of the Bahrain Olympic Committee HH Shaikh N ..

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Grizzlies snap Warriors run

December 18, 2014

Vince Carter (#15) of the Memphis Grizzlies drives against the Golden State Warriors

The Memphis Grizzlies dealt Golden State their first defeat in more than a month, snapping the Warriors NBA winning streak at 16 games with a 105-98 triumph.

Spanish centre Marc Gasol scored 24 points and grabbed seven rebounds for Memphis in the battle between the top two teams in the league.

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BREEF BRACES UP FOR RACE

December 18, 2014

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120km Endurance Championship on Saturday

The Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation (BREEF) is gearing up for the 120km National Day Endurance Championship race to be held under the guidance of Supreme Council for Youth and Sports Chairman and Bahrain Olympic Committee President HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa at the Bahrain International E ..

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Turkey unveils new high speed train to Anatolia

December 18, 2014

Turkey unveils new high speed train to Anatolia

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday inaugurated a high speed train link from Istanbul to the Anatolian city of Konya that cuts journey times by nearly nine hours, the latest in a string of hugely ambitious infrastructure projects under his rule. The president himself opened the line at a ceremony in Konya, 460 kilometres (285 miles) southeast of Istanb ..

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Uber fights French ban at EU

December 18, 2014

Taxi drivers in Madrid protest against Uber(file photo)

Uber, the taxi app company under fire around the world, has filed an EU complaint against a French ban on amateur drivers doubling as chauffeurs, the European Union said yesterday. “We have received a complaint and we are currently analysing it,” said European Commission spokeswoman Lucia Caudet, who also handles internal market issues, without providing more d ..

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TRADE CORRIDOR

December 18, 2014

From left, Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic, Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban pose during a signing ceremonyt

China signs Balkan bullet train deal to drive Europe trade

China signed a huge deal yesterday to finance a high-speed bullet train between Budapest and Belgrade, a key link in Beijing’s expanding network for getting its goods to European markets. “This will put in place a corridor between China and Europe,” Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang told repor ..

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GULF STOCKS RECOVERED

December 18, 2014

GULF STOCKS

Most Gulf stock markets recovered yesterday after four straight days of losses, even though oil prices, which have driven the slide, plumbed new multi-year lows. The Saudi and Abu Dhabi bourses made a strong comeback, with Qatar and Oman also ending in positive territory. Dubai market shed early gains to close down, while Kuwait ended slightly lower. The Saudi Tada ..

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EMBARGO BITES

December 18, 2014

Christmas Food staff in Central Moscow

Russia makes knock-off European cheese 

The Camembert made near Moscow might look -- or even smell -- like the famous French fromage, but it’s part of a booming knock-off market in Russia as stocks of banned European cheeses disappear. Mozzarella made in the Russian region of Bryansk and Roquefort from Altai in Siberia are also part of the flourishing tr ..

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India launches biggest ever rocket into space

December 18, 2014

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Bengaluru India successfully launched its biggest ever rocket on Thursday, including an unmanned capsule which could one day send astronauts into space, as the country ramps up its ambitious space programme. The rocket, designed to carry heavier communication and other satellites into higher orbit, blasted off from Sriharikota in the southeast state of Andhra Pradesh. "This was a very si ..

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GF resumes flights to Hyderabad

December 18, 2014

Gulf Air resumed its direct services between Bahrain and Hyderabad on 15th December in a ceremony held at Hyderabad International Airport. Above, Mr. Rahman Gulf

Gulf Air has celebrated the resumption of its direct services between Bahrain and Hyderabad with a ribbon-cutting ceremony held at Hyderabad International Airport in India.

The ceremony was attended by Gulf Air Country Manager for India, A. Hussain A. Rahman, Chief Executive Officer of GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd (GH ..

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BHB-DFM SIGN MOU

December 18, 2014

Mr. Al Saei (second from right) receiving the award on behalf of Microsoft from  Mr. Ahmed

Bahrain Bourse (BHB) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with  Dubai Financial Market (DFM) to enable the investors to transfer their shares easily and quickly. DFM listed securities currently include three Bahraini companies: Gulf Finance House, Al Salam Bahrain Bank, and Arab Insurance Group-ARIG. A total of 4,707,846,560 shares in those companies have be ..

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Ruble crisis could shake Putin’s grip on power

December 18, 2014

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Moscow

Russia failed to halt the collapse of the ruble on Tuesday, leaving President Vladimir Putin facing a full-blown currency crisis that could weaken his iron grip on power.

A 6.5 percentage point interest rate rise to 17 percent overnight failed to prevent the currency hitting record l ..

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Man’s fun is pain to monkey

December 18, 2014

The monkey on top of the car

Migin Vincent, an Indian national could not believe his eyes when he saw a monkey dressed in t-shirts and shorts on the top of a car.

In a rare incident, a long-tailed macaque was spotted on roof of a Benz car which was speeding at more than 100 km/hr.

According to the witness, the car was he ..

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Motorists ruin spirit

December 18, 2014

Many were found spraying foam on the roads and other cars, while others performed stunts with their vehicles

National Day celebrations went out of hands on some roads in Bahrain as a few motorists exhibited rogue behaviours.

Many were found spraying foam on the roads and other cars, while others performed stunts with their vehicles, triggering panic among other road users.

A person was arrested ..

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Video of gunman, rioters goes viral

December 18, 2014

Video of gunman, rioters goes viral

A video of a man using a gun to disperse rioters went viral yesterday, drawing attention from across the Kingdom.

A man dressed in the traditional Arab clothes uses a shot-gun to ward off vandals. According to the Interior Ministry, the vandals were blocking the road by burning tyres before the gun wielding man chased them a ..

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COURT BEAT

December 18, 2014

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Forgery lands couple in jail 

A Bahraini couple has been sentenced to six months in jail in a forgery case. The duo, aged 29, was convicted in connection with forging a salary certificate which was submitted to a local bank for an auto loan.

Court files stated that the wife wa ..

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Pope leads global praise for ‘historic’ US-Cuba rapprochement

December 18, 2014

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Paris Pope Francis led a chorus of global plaudits for Wednesday's breakthrough in US-Cuban relations, hailed as "historic" in Europe and South America and prompting celebrations on the streets of Havana. In a personal coup for the pope, it emerged that the Vatican had played a central role in bringing together the global capitalist superpower and the tiny communist island. The Argentini ..

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Mogul who lays bare the truth

December 18, 2014

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He is neither Mark Zucherberg, the founder of Facebook nor Evan Williams, the co-founder of Twitter.

But, the 41-year-old Bahraini man judiciously exploits these media for promoting the good deeds in the Kingdom and to condemn the anti-government thugs.

DT News had a chat with Baseem ..

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Australian PM says cafe siege ‘horrific wake-up call’

December 18, 2014

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Sydney
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Thursday admitted Sydney's cafe siege was "a horrific wake-up call" as details emerged of the final minutes of the standoff that left the gunman and two hostages dead. Abbott has ordered an urgent inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the tragedy and why deranged self-styled Islamic cleric Man Haron Monis was not under surveillance ..

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ON THE RIGHT TRACK

December 18, 2014

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Bahrain is moving forward in the right track as a technology expert said, in four years, the nation would be a regional technology hub. The growth of cloud computing and big data in Bahrain in the last three years has been exceptional, said BTECH Chairman Ubaydli Al Ubaydli. “One of the main elements needed for Bahrain to achieve results in these technologies is to have the human resour ..

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OIL SLIP LEAVES BUDGET JITTERS

December 18, 2014

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The road ahead is not smooth for the National Assembly (Shura Council and Parliament), and it has to negotiate many difficult curves in the upcoming four years.

The drop in the international oil prices has set the alarm bells ringing as the nation’s budget depends mainly on the oil income of the oil industry.

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BAHRAIN NOOR EL AIN A BIG HIT

December 18, 2014

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Bahrain Noor El Ain, launched this week, has been drawing huge crowds.

The two-month festival kicked-off  by treating visitors to a one-of-its-kind Street Bazaar on Monday. The bazaar is all set to end on Saturday.

Hundreds of customers flocked to the festival. The shopping atmosphere was bu ..

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Tennis: Injured Tsonga out of Hopman Cup

December 18, 2014

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Sydney

French number one Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Thursday pulled out of January's mixed team Hopman Cup in Australia due to an arm injury, organisers said.

Tsonga, who with partner Alize Cornet won the tournament this year, said he was disappointed at not being able to defend the title.

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DT WOMAN: CHALLENGE REDEFINE

December 18, 2014

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Since her younger days, Sameera Al Bitar has been nurturing a passion for sports.

As she grew up, her parents encouraged her to try hands at different sports. And, swimming happened to be the sport that has had an impact on her life for the past 18 years.

 “To many, swimming is just a spor ..

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DT NEWS OVENHOT : YUMMY, HEAVY FATTA

December 18, 2014

DTNEWS OVENHOT

Considered a Nubian dish, Fatta is usually prepared on special occasions.

It consists of layers of rice and fried bread, covered in a garlic and vinegar meat soup.

Large chunks of stewed beef and deep-fried poached eggs are usually served along with the rice and bread base.

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Microsoft Bahrain bags CSR Award

December 18, 2014

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Microsoft Bahrain was awarded the ‘Best Corporate Social Responsibility 2014 Award’ for the ‘Imagine Cup’ competition. The award was presented by Kamal Ahmed, Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications to Hamad Al Saei, Public Sector Manager, Microsoft Bahrain during the opening ceremony of MEET ICT Conference & Exhibition 2014. The award recogni ..

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RESIDENTIAL SALES MARKET BUOYANT

December 18, 2014

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Cluttons released its Dubai Winter 2014 Residential Market Outlook report

Despite the stagnation in capital value growth and the fall in the overall level of transactions being recorded in Dubai, the off plan sales market has for the most part retained its momentum, with investors taking a longer term view of the market, according to latest research release ..

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AMLA, AB MAKE MERRY

December 18, 2014

AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla celebrate their tons

Captain Hashim Amla and his senior lieutenant AB de Villiers both hit centuries as South Africa took command after early setbacks on the first day of the first Test against the West Indies at SuperSport Park yesterday.

South Africa were 340 for three at the close.

Amla, captaining South Afric ..

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AUSSIES WILT

December 18, 2014

Vijay’s day as India subdue hosts at fortress Gabba

Vijay’s day as India subdue hosts at fortress Gabba  

Murali Vijay made Australia’s bowlers toil in the brutal Brisbane heat with a defiant century as India frolicked in the second Test at the Gabba yesterday.

Vijay profited from two dropped catches by Shaun Marsh to score his fourth Test century against A ..

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Bahrain condemns Yemen terrorist blast

December 18, 2014

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Bahrain strongly condemned the terror blast which left dozens of innocent people dead among students and civilians in Al-Bayda province, Yemen. In a statement, it extended condolences to Yemen government, people and bereaved families, wishing the injured quick recovery in the aftermath of this heinous terror bombing. It backed the efforts of Yemeni President Abd Rabbo Manso ..

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EU summit to discuss crisis-hit Russia, economic plan

December 18, 2014

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Brussels

EU leaders on Thursday will discuss tense relations with Russia and punishing sanctions imposed over Moscow's actions in Ukraine at a summit led for the first time by Poland's Kremlin-wary former premier Donald Tusk.

Leaders will also back a huge 315-billion-euro ($380-billion) inv ..

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American jailed for 15 years for helping Al-Qaeda

December 18, 2014

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Miami A naturalized American was jailed for 15 years in Miami on Wednesday for conspiring to provide thousands of dollars to Al-Qaeda and its affiliates in Syria and Somalia, US justice officials said. Gufran Ahmed Kauser Mohammed, 31, admitted to the court in July that he conspired to provide money and recruits to Al-Qaeda, the Al-Nusra Front in Syria and the Shebab in Somalia, a Justice D ..

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Afghan saffron pickers offer alternative to opium crop

December 18, 2014

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Kabul
Saffron cultivation needs lots of land and a lot of labour, but the world's most expensive spice might be an economic lifeline for Afghanistan with international financial support set to fall in the coming years. In the western province of Herat, elderly women and young girls make their way slowly through a field of tiny saffron plants, carefully plucking the valuable flowers f ..

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US, Cuba Restore ties

December 18, 2014

The United States and Cuba made a historic breakthrough in their Cold War stand-off on Wednesday, moving to revive diplomatic ties and launch measures to ease a five-decade US trade embargo.

In the wake of a prisoner exchange, President Barack Obama said the United States was ready to review trade ties and to re-open its embassy ..

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Uber in hot waters over ‘God View

December 18, 2014

Online taxi service Uber Technologies Inc has limited employee access to its “God View”, a real-time taxi monitoring tool, amid increasing privacy concerns.

God View, which lets the company see all Uber cabs in a city and waiting customers who have hailed cars, is now available only to “employees working in operations or o ..

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Novel way promises better rechargeable batteries

December 18, 2014

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A research team led by Indian origin scientist Vasant Kumar, Cambridge, has designed a novel method to develop high-capacity, rechargeable lithium-sulphur batteries for smartphones, laptops and other electronic devices.

The specific energy densities of Lithium-sulphur batteries are considerably greater than lithium ion batteries ..

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Fastest public Wi-Fi available in 20 countries

December 18, 2014

Rotten Wi-Fi, a testing service that evaluates public Wi-Fi networks based on speed and customer satisfaction, claims to have found the 20 countries in the world that offer the best public Wi-Fi experience.

The company says its user base has measured and evaluated the quality of public Wi-Fi hotspots in 172 countries around the ..

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Less fun together

December 18, 2014

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A new study suggests that men and women don’t necessarily enjoy working with members of the opposite gender, but that teams with an even split of the two tend to be more productive.

Economists from George Washington University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology studied eight years of employee survey data from a pro ..

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Afghan Taliban condemn Pakistan school attack

December 17, 2014

There might not be a better epitome for paradox as the ‘bizarre’ statement of Afghan Taliban condemning the Pakistan school attack. The Afghan Taliban, ostensibly empathising with the victims, spoke against the attack, saying killing innocent children was against Islam.

Survivors said militants gunned down children as young ..

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Pakistan mourns school carnage victims

December 17, 2014

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Pakistan on Wednesday mourned 148 people, mostly children, killed by the Taliban in a school massacre that prompted global revulsion and put the government under new pressure to combat the scourge of militancy.

Across the country many schools closed as a mark of respect, while others held special prayers for those killed on Tues ..

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Taliban suicide attack on Afghan bank kills 10

December 17, 2014

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Ten people including 5 civilians and 5 policemen were killed after Taliban militants detonated a suicide bomb and stormed a bank in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday.

Farid Ahmad Obaidi, Helmand's police spokesman, confirmed the incident, which comes as Afghanistan police and army take over security duties nationwide as US-led N ..

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Evidence of life on Mars could have been found by Nasa’s Curiosity Rover

December 17, 2014

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Florida
Mysterious spikes of methane that cannot easily be explained by geology or other theories have been found by an instrument on the robot, which landed on the planet in 2012. Scientists can’t be sure what is causing the spikes, but it is possible that it could be very small, bacteria-like living organisms. If the gas is coming from living microbes then it would mark one of th ..

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Now Uber in hot waters over ‘God View’ tool

December 17, 2014

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Bengaluru
Online taxi service Uber Technologies Inc has limited employee access to its "God View", a real-time taxi monitoring tool, amid increasing privacy concerns. God View, which lets the company see all Uber cabs in a city and waiting customers who have hailed cars, is now available only to "employees working in operations or other areas, like fraud prevention," Uber said in a l ..

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Suicide bomb, gunfight at Afghan bank, civilians inside – witnesses

December 17, 2014

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Suspected Taliban militants detonated a suicide bomb then stormed a bank branch in the southern Afghan province of Helmand on Wednesday, engaging in a firefight with security forces while an unknown number of civilians were inside, police said. A Reuters witness at the scene heard the blast and the gunfire. Employees who escaped said that when the attack happened, the ban ..

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Bahrain condemns Peshawar terror attack

December 17, 2014

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The Kingdom of Bahrain has strongly condemned the horrible terrorist attack which targeted a school in Peshawar in Pakistan, that claimed the lives of 141 school children and teachers. In a statement, the Kingdom affirmed their full support to Pakistan in confronting and defeating terrorist groups, and offered condolences to the Pakistani government, people and relatives of th ..

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Putin holds late-night talks on Ukraine with European leaders

December 17, 2014

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Moscow Russia's President Vladimir Putin and his French, German and Ukrainian counterparts agreed in a phonecall early Wednesday that they wanted talks between Kiev, Moscow and rebels controlling parts of eastern Ukraine to resume as soon as possible. The telephone conversation came after the White House confirmed that US President Barack Obama will sign into law fresh sanctions against Rus ..

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Pakistan to end death penalty moratorium in terror cases: PM’s office

December 17, 2014

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Islamabad Pakistan is to end its moratorium on the death penalty in terror-related cases, the prime minister's office announced Wednesday, a day after Taliban militants killed 141 people in an attack on a school. The assault on the army-run school in the northwestern city of Peshawar, the deadliest terror attack in Pakistan's history, has triggered widespread revulsion. Political and mil ..

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Security stepped up as Australia orders siege probe

December 17, 2014

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Sydney
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Wednesday ordered an urgent enquiry into why a deranged Islamic gunman was not under surveillance and how he obtained citizenship, as security was stepped up after a fatal cafe siege. Iranian-born Man Haron Monis, 50, had a history of extremism and violence and was on bail for a string of charges, including sexual offences and abetting ..

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Drone strike in Afghanistan kills 4 Pakistani Taliban, 7 others – official

December 17, 2014

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Kabul
A U.S. drone strike in eastern Afghanistan killed four Pakistani Taliban and seven other insurgents, a district official said Wednesday. Mahlem Mashuq, the governor of Sherzad district in Nangarhar province, said the drone's missiles hit a pickup truck killing all 11 occupants on Tuesday afternoon, as members of the Pakistani Taliban were staging a siege on a school in the Paki ..

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Dalai Lama says world must push for democracy in China

December 17, 2014

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New Delhi The Dalai Lama has said the world has a "moral responsibility" to push for democracy and rule of law in China. But he said seeking closer ties with the world's second-largest economy was a "realistic" policy for cash-strapped Western nations such as Britain. "Free world have moral responsibility to bring China to mainstream of democracy... Chinese people also want that," the ex ..

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UN chief to travel to Ebola-hit countries: UN sources

December 17, 2014

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United Nations
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will travel to Ebola-hit countries in West Africa this week to raise awareness about the health crisis, UN officials said Tuesday. Ban is to make the announcement at a year-end press conference at the United Nations on Wednesday, UN official said. The UN chief is to visit Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Mali to take stock of intern ..

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Abbott says will not rest till Australians safe as possible

December 17, 2014

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Sydney Prime Minister Tony Abbott vowed Wednesday not to rest until he was assured Australians were safe, as he formally announced a review into the fatal Sydney cafe siege. "I will not rest until I am confident that you are as safe as any government can possibly make you," he said in confirming an official probe into the tragedy and how the Iranian-born Islamist gunman gained citizenship. ..

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Afghan Taliban condemns school attack by Pakistani Taliban

December 17, 2014

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Kabul The Afghanistan Taliban have condemned an attack by the Pakistani Taliban on a school in Pakistan that killed 141 people on Tuesday. "The intentional killing of innocent people, children and women are against the basics of Islam and this criteria has to be considered by every Islamic party and government," Zabihullah Mujahid said in a statement. The Pakistani Taliban are separate f ..

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Pakistan in mourning as parents bury children after school attack

December 17, 2014

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Peshawar
Pakistan woke up to a day of mourning on Wednesday after Taliban militants killed 132 students at a school in the city of Peshawar in a grisly attack which shocked the nation and put pressure on the government to do more to tackle the insurgency. People around the country lit candles and staged overnight vigils as parents prepared to bury their children during mass funerals ..

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Abbott says will not rest till Australians safe as possible

December 17, 2014

TONY ABBOTT INDONESIA PRESSER

Sydney Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott vowed Wednesday not to rest until he was assured Australians were safe, as he formally announced a review into the fatal Sydney cafe siege. "I will not rest until I am confident that you are as safe as any government can possibly make you," he said in confirming an official probe into the siege and how the Islamist gunman gained citizenship.

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Tunisia looks to cap off revolution with presidential vote

December 17, 2014

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Tunis 
Tunisians vote in the second round of a presidential election on Sunday, capping off four years of a sometimes chaotic transition since their country sparked the Arab Spring. Incumbent Moncef Marzouki faces political veteran Beji Caid Essebsi in the vote -- the first time Tunisians will be allowed to freely elect ..

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Heavy snow hits northern Japan

December 17, 2014

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Tokyo
Northern Japan was in the grip of a blizzard Wednesday as strong winds and heavy snow forced the cancellation of almost 300 flights and vehicles were buried in snow, officials and reports said. More than 70 centimetres (28 inches) of snow had fallen on parts of the northern main island of Hokkaido in the 24 hours to 0100 GMT, according to the weather agency. The snow storm f ..

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BCCI chairperson praises HM the King’s National Day speech

December 17, 2014

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Manama The business community today saluted the keynote speech, delivered by His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa on the Kingdom's celebrations of its National Days on December 16 and 17. "The royal keynote address has embodied the aspirations of Bahrainis in the march of modernization, reform and development", Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) Chairman Khalid Abdulrahman ..

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US to bid for 2024 Olympics

December 17, 2014

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The United States Olympic Committee announced Tuesday it will bid to host the 2024 Summer Games, but the candidate city won't be selected until early next year.

Los Angeles, Washington, Boston and San Francisco all made their final pitches for staging the four-yearly showpiece to ..

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OIC condemns assault on Pakistani school

December 17, 2014

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Riyadh

 The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), vigorously condemned the bloody assault perpetrated on December 16, against a school in Peshawar, Pakistan in which 140 people were killed, most of them being school children.

Madani extended his solidarity and c ..

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Solidarity for Australian Muslims

December 17, 2014

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One of the bouquets left on Tuesday in a sea of flowers at the site of the Sydney siege read, “I will ride with you.” It was as much a wholehearted message to Australia’s Muslim community as to the incident’s victims.

Those words are the theme of a Twitter campaign of solidarity, offering to accompany any Muslims who fea ..

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British embassy in Cairo reopens to the public

December 16, 2014

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The British embassy in Cairo said on Tuesday it has resumed services to the public, nine days after they were suspended over security concerns about the mission's main building.

The Canadian embassy next to the British embassy, which also suspended services, remained shut to the public.

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Nearly 200 dead as Syria bases lost to Qaeda: monitor

December 16, 2014

Nearly 200 dead as Syria bases lost to Qaeda: monitor

Nearly 200 combatants on both sides were killed in 24 hours when the Syrian branch of Al-Qaeda took two regime bases in Idlib province.

 The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which is based in Britain but gleans its information from a wide network of activists and medics on the ground, said Al-Nusra Front attackers also capt ..

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Three arrested in raid on British ‘slave’ factory

December 16, 2014

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British police arrested three suspected slave masters after a raid on a factory freed 20 Eastern European migrants paid 25 pounds ($39, 31 euros) to work 80-hour weeks on Monday.

Police said that the factory in Manchester in northwest England was producing pictures and frames for "major high street companies" and had contracts w ..

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Kenya shuts 510 NGOs, some for ‘terrorism financing’

December 16, 2014

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Kenya closed over 500 non-governmental organisations, including 15 for alleged fundraising for terrorism, as part of a security crackdown following repeated attacks on Tuesday.

The government's non-governmental organisation (NGO) coordination board said in a statement it had "de-registered 510 organisations for non-compliance wi ..

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Dutch launches ‘intelligent bicycle’ that warns of danger

December 16, 2014

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The Netherlands on Monday launched its first-ever "intelligent bicycle", fitted with an array of electronic devices to help bring down the high accident rate among elderly cyclists in the country.

 Developed for the government by the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO), the intelligent bicycle prototy ..

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Carnage as Taliban storm Pakistan school, kill 130

December 16, 2014

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Peshawar Taliban insurgents killed at least 130 people, most of them children, after storming an army-run school in Pakistan on Tuesday in one of the country's bloodiest attacks in recent years. Witnesses described how a huge blast shook the Army Public School in the northwestern city of Peshawar and gunmen went from classroom to classroom, shooting children. Distraught parents thronged ..

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Peshawar school attack: 84 children among more than 100 killed by Taliban

December 16, 2014

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At least 84 students were among more than 100 people killed Tuesday when Taliban militants stormed an army-run school in Pakistan's Peshawar city and opened indiscriminate fire. A group of 8-10 suicide attackers wearing paramilitary Frontier Corps uniforms entered Army Public School on Warsak Road and started indiscriminate firing, killing more than 100 people, including 84 ..

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Japan confirms bird flu case, culls 4,000 chickens

December 16, 2014

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Tokyo Japan's Agricultural Ministry on Tuesday confirmed a case of a highly pathogenic H5 strain of avian influenza at a poultry farm in Miyazaki prefecture in southwestern Japan. Three chickens tested positive at the farm and all of the roughly 4,000 chickens there have been culled, an official at the Miyazaki prefectural government said. The local government also asked nearby poultry f ..

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Taliban take hundreds hostage at Pakistani military school, 18 dead

December 16, 2014

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Taliban gunmen took hundreds of students hostage at a military-run school in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar on Tuesday, and at least 18 people were killed, including 16 pupils, officials said. A Reuters journalist at the scene heard heavy gunfire from inside the school as soldiers surrounded it. Helicopters hovered overhead and ambulances ferried wounded childre ..

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UN: Tens of thousands dead in S Sudan war

December 16, 2014

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Security Council says feuding leaders "personal ambitions" fomented crisis, as nation marks one year since start of war.

Tens of thousands of people have died in South Sudan during one year of war and the country's leaders are putting their "personal ambitions" ahead of the young nation' ..

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“Lone wolf” Australian hostage-taker had violent, unsettled past

December 16, 2014

Hostage-taker identified as Man Haron Monis

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The self-styled sheikh behind a siege at a Sydney cafe had been charged as an accessory to murder and with multiple sexual offences. He also harboured deep grievances against the Australian government and had found little kinship in the city's large Muslim community, where he was seen as deeply troubled. Man Haron Monis, an Iranian refugee described by those who knew him as a ..

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Gunmen hold 500 students hostage in Pakistani city of Peshawar

December 16, 2014

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Gunmen in Pakistan took hundreds of students and teachers hostage on Tuesday in a school in the northwestern city of Peshawar, military officials at the scene said. A Reuters journalist at the scene could hear heavy gunfire from inside the school as soldiers surrounded it. Military officials said at least six armed men had entered the military-run Army Public School. Abou ..

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Haiti awaits new government after prime minister resigns

December 16, 2014

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A caretaker government was running Haiti on Monday after the weekend resignation of Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe plunged the Caribbean nation into uncertainty as political forces jockeyed to fill the void.

The western hemisphere's poorest country is still recovering from an ..

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Bahrain’s flag decorates Riyadh’s Kingdom Tower façade

December 16, 2014

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Riyadh HRH Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal of Saudi Arabia, has issued orders to decorate the facade of the Kingdom Tower, in the Saudi capital Riyadh with the flag of Bahrain. The initiative marks the Kingdom of Bahrain's celebrations of its National Days on December 16 and 17, marking the anniversary of the establishment of the modern state of Bahrain as an Arab and Muslim country in 1783 by i ..

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Obama vows no safe haven for Islamic State

December 16, 2014

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Washington President Barack Obama used a holiday season visit to a U.S. military base on Monday to issue a tough warning to Islamic State militants, saying a U.S.-led coalition will permit no safe haven to the group and will destroy it eventually. Obama spoke to hundreds of camouflage-wearing troops in a hangar at Fort Dix to thank the U.S. military for its actions around the world. In a di ..

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HM the King pardons 105 convicts

December 16, 2014

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Manama: His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa issued a decree pardoning 105 convicts who served part of their prison terms. The royal pardon is part of  the country’s National Days’ celebrations on December 16 and 17, marking the anniversary of the establishment of the modern state of Bahrain as an Arab and Muslim country in 1783 by its founder Ahmed Al-Fateh, the 43rd Anniversary of ..

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Turkish prez hits out at EU

December 16, 2014

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday lashed out at the European Union (EU) for criticising the mass arrests targeting opposition media outlets, telling Brussels to “mind its own business.”

“The European Union cannot interfere in steps taken ... within the rule of law against elements that threaten our national ..

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Occupy protest declared ‘over’

December 16, 2014

Hong Kong’s leader declared an end to more than 11 weeks of sit-in protests by pro-democracy demonstrators after police cleared the last remaining camp and arrested a handful of peaceful protesters on Monday.

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4 fishermen killed for refusing to share catch

December 16, 2014

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A group of upper-caste men shot dead four lower-caste fishermen after they refused to hand over their catch said the police on Monday. The victims were killed on Sunday while they were fishing at a pond in their village in impoverished Bihar state in India. Angry over the killings, scores of villagers halted traffic on roads and burnt tyres on Monday near Paliganj town, some 55 kilometres ..

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Is this psycho killer insane?

December 16, 2014

Jury must decide whether 'Canadian Psycho' killer really 'insane

A jury must decide whether to send ‘Canadian Psycho’ killer Luka Magnotta to prison for life or to hospital indefinitely, after hearing final arguments in his trial Monday. Magnotta has admitted to killing 33-year-old Chinese student Lin Jun, but he has pleaded not guilty to first degree murder, committing indignities to a body, harassing Canada’s prime minister and other charges. Hi ..

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Grammys to pay tribute to Stevie Wonder

December 16, 2014

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The Grammys will pay tribute to Stevie Wonder with a special performance after the music industry’s annual award night.

Grammy organisers announced that a two-hour show in the Motown legend’s honour will be recorded on February 10 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, two days after the awards.

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Uganda toddler abuse maid jailed for four years

December 16, 2014

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A Ugandan maid was jailed for four years Monday for abusing a toddler in a case that shocked the country after a graphic video of the assault was made public.

The 22-year-old maid, Jolly Tumuhiirwe, originally pleaded guilty last week to torture, but later the charge was reduced to abuse, to which she also pleaded guilty on Fri ..

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Olympics: Rio names mascots Vinicius and Tom

December 16, 2014

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Vinicius will be the name of the mascot of Rio Olympic Games that will be held in South Africa in August 2016, whereas the Paralympic Games mascot will be called Tom.

The names are in honour of two greats of Brazilian music, Vinicius de Moraes and Tom Jobim, said the organizers said on Sunday.

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Power outage blacks out US State Department

December 16, 2014

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An unusually severe power outage plunged the US State Department into darkness on Monday, officials said.

The power cut struck at 9:00am local time (1400 GMT), knocking out lights, computers and phones. Emergency generators restored power to allow “essential operations” to some phones and computers, the official said.

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Indonesian landslide toll rises to 56

December 16, 2014

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National disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said 17 bodies, including those of four children, were retrieved Monday, taking the death toll of the Indonesian landslide to 56.

Fifty-two people are still unaccounted for landslide that swallowed houses in Jemblung village on Java island late Friday. Officials say the cha ..

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Royal penalty; Spanish princess pays court 587,000 euros in graft case

December 15, 2014

Spanish princess pays court 587,000 euros in graft case

The sister of Spain’s King Felipe VI on Monday paid a deposit of 587,000 euros ($750,000) to cover her alleged liability in a graft case which has damaged the monarchy’s standing.

Prosecutor Pedro Horrach said last week that there was no evidence to try the princess Cristina but said she should pay 587,413.58 euros to cover ..

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Belgium cut off from world

December 15, 2014

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Belgium ground to a halt in its biggest strike in years on Monday as trade unions grounded flights, cut international rail links and shut sea ports to protest the new government’s austerity plans.

In the climax to a month of industrial action against new Prime Minister Charles Michel’s policies, striking workers stopped all ..

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Italian teacher disciplined over crucifix removal

December 15, 2014

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An Italian teacher has been disciplined under fascist-era rules for removing a crucifix from the wall of his classroom in a move denounced as "stupefying" by campaigners for secular education on Monday.

Davide Zotti, a philosophy teacher in a state school in Trieste, said he had taken down the crucifix to protest the "homophobic ..

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‘Ghost ship’ scam steals millions from Italy treasury

December 15, 2014

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Italy's financial police on Monday arrested six people accused of stealing millions of euros from the state with a fake contract to refuel a shipwrecked navy tanker.

Three navy officers were arrested for their part in the plot, which saw Italian businessmen with ties to the Rome criminal underworld supply on paper 11 million lit ..

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Kuwait’s Ambassador congratulates Bahrain

December 15, 2014

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Manama, Dec. 15 – (BNA): The Doyen of Diplomatic Corps and Ambassador of the State of Kuwait to the Kingdom of Bahrain Sheikh Azzam Mubarak Al-Sabah expressed sincere congratulations on the occasion of the Kingdom of Bahrain National Days celebrations.

The ambassador congratulated His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, His ..

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Gulf stocks rebound after heavy losses

December 15, 2014

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Stock markets in most Gulf Arab states rebounded on Monday after days of heavy losses triggered by the plunge in the price of oil, mainstay of the region's finances.

However, the markets remained volatile, fluctuating sharply during the first session of trading following weeks of plunging oil prices that impacted Gulf markets wh ..

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Israel PM rejects any Palestinian ultimatum through UN

December 15, 2014

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday rejected any Palestinian attempt to set an ultimatum for Israel to end its occupation of their lands through a UN Security Council resolution.

"We will not accept attempts to impose unilateral measures upon us by a set date, at a time when radical Islam is spreading throughout the worl ..

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Indonesian landslide death toll rises to 51

December 15, 2014

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Indonesian rescuers dug through mud with shovels and their bare hands for a third day Monday in the hunt for dozens of people still missing after a landslide engulfed a village, as the death toll rose to 51.

Fifty-seven people are still unaccounted for after heavy rain triggered the landslide that swallowed up houses in Jemblung ..

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Steven Smith to lead Australia in Test series against India

December 15, 2014

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Cricket Australia put all speculations to rest on Sunday when they announced Steven Smith's name to lead the Australian side for the remaining Test series against India.

The Australian cricket board chose the youngster over the veteran wicket-keeper batsman Brad Haddin to lead the pack after regular skipper Michael Clarke was ru ..

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Bahrain’s Embassy in Doha celebrates National Days

December 15, 2014

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Doha, Dec. 15 -- (BNA): The Ambassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain to the State of Qatar, Waheed Mubarak Sayyar, hosted a reception to mark Bahrain's National Days on December 16 and 17, the anniversary of the establishment of the modern state of Bahrain as an Arab and Muslim country in 1783 by its founder Ahmed Al-Fateh, the 43rd Anniversary of its accession to the UN as a full member and the 15th ..

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Five hostages run out of Sydney siege cafe

December 15, 2014

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Five people ran out of a Sydney cafe where a gunman has taken hostages and displayed an Islamic flag against the window, witnesses and police said Monday, adding that no one has yet been harmed.

Three hostages, all men, emerged from the Lindt chocolate cafe almost six hours after the standoff began with two women fleeing around ..

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Indonesian landslide death toll rises to 39

December 15, 2014

Indonesian rescuers dug through mud with their bare hands and shovels for a third day Monday in the hunt for scores of people still missing after a landslide engulfed a village, as the death toll rose to 39.

Sixty-nine people are still unaccounted for after heavy rain triggered the landslide that swallowed up houses in Jemblung ..

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Executed Chinese teenager found innocent 18 years on

December 15, 2014

A Chinese teenager executed after being convicted of murder and rape 18 years ago was declared innocent by a court Monday, in a rare overturning of a wrongful conviction.

The 18-year-old, named Hugjiltu and also known as Qoysiletu, was found guilty and put to death in Inner Mongolia in 1996, but doubt was cast on the verdict whe ..

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Miss South Africa crowned Miss World

December 15, 2014

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Miss South Africa, 22-year-old Rolene Strauss, was crowned Miss World 2014 at the contest's glitzy final in London on Sunday, with an estimated billion viewers watching on television around the globe.

Miss Hungary, Edina Kulcsar, was judged the runner-up and Miss United States, Elizabeth Safrit, came third in the 64th annual com ..

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Japan economy key after Abe landslide: analysts

December 15, 2014

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was getting down to a second consecutive term in office Monday after a thumping election win, with analysts warning he needed to make good on his promise to fix Japan's economy.

His ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and its junior partner Komeito swept the ballot on Sunday, with an unassailable two- ..

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Oil prices plunge to fresh five-year low in Asian trade

December 15, 2014

Oil prices sank to a fresh five-year low in Asia on Monday after a top OPEC official said the relentless plunge was not just because of a global supply glut.

US benchmark West Texas Intermediate for January delivery fell 25 cents to $57.56 while Brent crude for January was down one cent to $61.84 in mid-morning trade. Most oil ..

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Palestinians push UN bid as Kerry meets Netanyahu

December 15, 2014

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday to meet the Israeli prime minister two days before Palestinians push for a draft UN resolution to end the Israeli occupation.

Amid a high-stakes diplomatic drive by the top US diplomat, the Palestinians upped the ante late Sunday by revealing in a surprise move they would put the ..

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French cabs to block Paris roads in Uber taxi war

December 15, 2014

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Parisian taxi drivers have vowed to block roads leading into the French capital on Monday to protest a court’s refusal to ban urban ridesharing service UberPOP.

Like their counterparts in large cities across the globe, Parisian taxi drivers are fed up with what they see as unfair competition from Uber’s popular smartphone ta ..

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Kerry in Rome for Palestine

December 15, 2014

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US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Rome on Sunday for a flurry of meetings about a looming UN showdown amid a European-led drive to push moves towards Palestinian statehood.

US officials told reporters accompanying Kerry on his plane that Washington wanted to learn more about the European position.

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Syrian wins Arab reality contest

December 15, 2014

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A Syrian from war-torn Aleppo was declared the winner of this year’s ‘Arab Idol’ singing contest at the grand finale of the gruelling four-month television competition in Beirut this weekend.

The audience at Saturday’s finale broke into applause and cheers, chanting “ ..

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US raises concerns, condemns arrests

December 15, 2014

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The United States expressed concern over the arrests of leading media figures. The operation was the most significant yet against supporters of US-based exiled cleric Fethullah Gulen, a former ally of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who the Turkish strongman has accused of running a parallel state from abroad.

Turkey packs off media chiefs to jail

December 15, 2014

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Tstanbul Turkish police on Sunday arrested the editor of the country’s biggest selling newspaper and at least two dozen other media figures in a new crackdown on supporters of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s exiled rival, Fethullah Gulen. At least 25 people were held in raids across Turkey, including Ekrem Dumanli, the editor-in-chief of Zaman whose arrest in Ista ..

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Get ready for Dubai Brand number plates

December 15, 2014

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Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) will offer the Dubai Brand vehicle plate numbers from tomorrow.

RTA will thus become the first government entity to integrate Dubai Brand in its promotional campaign.

“The Dubai Brand vehicle plate numbe ..

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Kurdish forces kill 16 jihadists

December 14, 2014

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Kurdish forces killed at least 16 Islamic State group fighters in an attack on Saturday in northeast Syria near the border with Turkey, informed the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The Britain-based monitoring group said that the assault targeted IS positions south of the t ..

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Colossal statue of Amenhotep III unveiled in Egypt

December 14, 2014

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Archaeologists on Sunday unveiled a restored colossal statue of Amenhotep III that was toppled in an earthquake more than 3,000 years ago at Egypt’s famed temple city of Luxor.

The statue showing him in a striding attitude was re-erected at the northern gate of the king’s fun ..

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Collision kills 13 in Suez canal

December 14, 2014

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Cairo At least 13 Egyptian fishermen were killed and 13 others missing after a vessel rammed into a fishing boat carrying 40 men on Sunday, said Bakri Abul Hassan, the head of Egypt’s main fishermen’s trade union. The accident occurred in the Gulf of Suez between Ras Ghareb on the Egyptian mainland and El-Tor on the Sinai Peninsula. The bodies of 13 fishermen were retrieved fr ..

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10 charred to death as gas tanker explodes in India

December 14, 2014

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Jaipur At least ten people were charred to death and another 12 injured when a gas tanker exploded after being hit by a truck with the massive blaze also gutting six other trucks and a car on a highway near Jaipur in India. The condition of two of the injured in the accident, which occurred late Saturday night at Beelpur village, 35km from Jaipur, was stated to be critical. The tanke ..

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32 dead, 76 missing in Indonesian landslide

December 14, 2014

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Jemblung Rescuers searching for more than 70 people missing after a landslide in Indonesia deployed bulldozers and excavators to clear roads strewn with debris as the death toll from the disaster rose to 32 on Sunday. Torrential downpours triggered the landslide hitting Jemblung village in central Java late Friday, National Disaster Management Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho sa ..

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Tweets to tackle post-terror trauma

December 14, 2014

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A study that analysed emotional reactions on Twitter in 95 cities worldwide following the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, may help governmental agencies in understanding how to best handle public fear after a terrorist attack.

In a first large-scale analysis of fear and socia ..

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Climate changes, Deal done finally; But campaigners warn “not sufficient”

December 14, 2014

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International negotiators at the Lima climate change talks have agreed on a plan to fight global warming that would for the first time commit all countries to cutting their greenhouse gas emissions. The plan, agreed at United Nations talks on Sunday, was hailed as an important first step towards a climate change deal due to be finalised in Paris next year. The proposals call on ..

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Ministry: BD 400,000 road revamp project awarded

December 14, 2014

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The Director of Roads Projects & Maintenance Directorate at the Ministry of Works, Municipalities & Urban Planning Raed Mohammed Al-Salah revealed that the Ezil Avenue Revamp Project was awarded to Hajji Hassan Group at a cost of BD398,120. According to Al-Salah, the project comprises of creating a one-way road at each direction; extending from Avenue 38 ..

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Military Museum opens to public on Tuesday, Wednesday

December 14, 2014

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The General Headquarters of the Bahrain Defence Force (BDF) announced that the Military Museum of Bahrain Defence Force will be open to the public during the Kingdom of Bahrain's National Days from 9:00 am until 6:00 pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, December 16-17, marking the anniversary of the establishment of the modern state of Bahrain as an Arab and Muslim country in ..

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Foreign Minister hosts farewell ceremony for the US Ambassador

December 14, 2014

US Ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain Thomas Krajeski

Minister of Foreign Affairs Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa hosed here today a farewell ceremony in honour of outgoing US Ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain Thomas Krajeski. The Minister commended the efforts exerted by Ambassador Krajeski during his term, as well as his contributions and crucial role in bolstering the friendly ties and coopera ..

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BSB celebrates National Days

December 14, 2014

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The British School of Bahrain (BSB) celebrated the Kingdom of Bahrain's National Days marking the anniversary of the establishment of the modern state of Bahrain as an Arab and Muslim country in 1783 by its founder Ahmed Al-Fateh, the 43rd Anniversary of its accession to the UN as a full member and the 15th Anniversary of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa's ..

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Justice Minister: Parliament to consider key service projects

December 14, 2014

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Minister of Justice, Islamic Affairs and Endowments Shaikh Khalid bin Ali Al Khalifa said that there are many key service projects within the Government's Action Plan that serve Bahraini citizens.

The Minister expressed hope that cooperation between the Government and Parliament will achieve many of the Bahraini people ..

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New Kenya security laws threaten freedoms: rights groups

December 14, 2014

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Kenyan proposals to boost security laws risk returning the country to a "police state", rights groups said Sunday, but the government says they are vital to the nation's protection. Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International said in a joint statement that, if passed, the "far-reaching" amendments to security laws being debated in parliament would "limit the rights of arrested and accused peo ..

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Pakistan meet Germany in final

December 14, 2014

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Pakistan edged out hosts India 4-3 in a thrilling semi-final yesterday to set up a Champions Trophy field hockey title clash against Olympic gold medallists Germany in Bhubaneswar. Arslan Qadir was Pakistan’s hero, scoring his team’s first goal and also netting the winner 90 seconds from the end to silence a 7,000-strong Indian crowd at the Kalinga stadium.

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Bryant falls short of passing Jordan

December 14, 2014

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Sometime between Ed Davis’ phantom basket and his short jumper that rattled around the rim and out, Kobe Bryant realised this wasn’t going to be his milestone night.

The Los Angeles Lakers star came into NBA game needing 31 points to pass Hall of Famer Michael Jordan for third place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list as he ..

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LYON ROARS

December 14, 2014

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Bowls Australia to epic victory

Australia beat India by 48 runs in a thrilling end to the first test at Adelaide Oval yesterday, with Nathan Lyon picking up seven wickets after Virat Kohli scored an inspired century for the visitors.

A match that had begun in high emotion after the dea ..

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Cricket: Coach Lehmann doubts injured Clarke is finished

December 14, 2014

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Team coach Darren Lehmann said Sunday he doubts injured skipper Michael Clarke has played his last game for Australia.

But Clarke's immediate playing future is up in the air as he attempts to take his place in the World Cup, which starts in Australia and New Zealand on February 14.

Clarke was ..

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BTC President arrives in Dubai

December 14, 2014

Mr. Al Muqla at the Hamdan Sports Complex in Dubai

Bahrain Tennis Club President Khamis Al Muqla recently attended the inaugural International Premier League Tennis Tournament at the Hamdan Sports Complex in Dubai.

Among tennis stars participating in the tournament are Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Gael Monfils, Tomas Berdych, Novak Djokovic, Sania Mirza, Ana Ivanovic, Caroline Wozniacki, ..

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Bayern thrash Augsburg to go 10 clear

December 14, 2014

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Bayern Munich underlined their status as Bundesliga champions-in-waiting as 4-0 thrashing of Augsburg moved them 10 points clear at the top of the German league.

With second-placed Wolfsburg playing Paderborn on Sunday, Bayern seized the chance to extend their lead at third-placed Augsburg and remain on course for a third straig ..

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BARCA SLIP

December 14, 2014

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Barcelona’s La Liga title hopes suffered a blow as they fell four points behind leaders Real Madrid after being held to a disappointing 0-0 draw at Getafe yesterday.

In a bitty first half at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez the visitors were indebted to goalkeeper Claudio Bravo, who kept his side on level terms with a top-drawer sav ..

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DHAIF PIPS AL QHATTAM

December 14, 2014

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Oshinowo upsets second seed Ashraf

Top seeded Yousif Dhaif of Bahrain needed a third set tie-breaker to defeat compatriot Hassan Al Qhattam 6-1, 4-6, 10-2 in the semi-finals of the boys 14 years and under singles semi-finals yesterday on the ninth day of the 12th Zain Bahrain Juniors Open Tennis Championships at the Bahrain Tennis Club premises in ..

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Holders look to sneak ahead

December 14, 2014

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Defending champions Team Abu Dhabi Racing by Black Falcon are placed second overall at the half-way stage of the Gulf 12 Hours at the Yas Marina Grand Prix Circuit in Abu Dhabi.

Abu Dhabi Racing’s Khaled Al Qubaisi, fresh from securing a third overall team championship in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), and team-ma ..

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Pilapil to meet Farah in final

December 14, 2014

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Claire Pilapil eased her way into the ladies singles final with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Alina Alex on the 12th day of action in the Indian Club Centenary Tennis Tournament at the club premises in Gudaibiya.

Pilapil now faces Areej Farah in the ladies final.

In men’s doubles action, Serwin Rampe ..

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Mukherjee outlasts Verbeek

December 14, 2014

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The semi-finals and finals of the Capital School Junior Tennis Tournament, organised by Bahrain Tennis Academy (BTA), were completed yesterday at the Dilmun Club in Saar in the six-and-under, eight-and-under and 10-and-under age groups. In the six-and-under category Vyom Gupta was victorious over Abdulaziz Albetairi. The eight-and-under final was a tightly conteste ..

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SANGAKKARA TON SECURES SERIES

December 14, 2014

Kumar Sangakkara plays a shot during the sixth One Day International (ODI) match between Sri Lanka and England at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Pallekele

Sri Lanka take unassailable lead in ODI series

Sri Lanka beat England by 90 runs in the sixth one-day international at Pallekele yesterday to take an unbeatable 4-2 lead in their seven-match series. Kumar Sangakkara completed his 20th one-day international century to help the home team post a healthy total of 292 for seven. England could only muster 202 in ..

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BOC conducts three workshops

December 14, 2014

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The Strategic Planning Directorate at the Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC) organised three workshops for the committee staff to develop the quality of all employees.

The first workshop, organised on October 30, highlighted the importance of strategic planning and quality. It aimed at focusing on the importance of applying the str ..

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Buhindi, Matar into final of Kart Fight

December 14, 2014

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Bahrainis take P1 and P2 national tittles

Veterans Abdullah Buhindi and Mohammed Matar won P1 and P2 respectively at the 2014 Red Bull Kart Fight title in the Bahrain National Final held at the Bahrain International Karting Track in Sakhir on Friday.

The championship, held in collaboration with Ford Middle East, Batelco, ..

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World Congress to cheer up Bahrain

December 14, 2014

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Physical Education and Physiotherapy College Dean at the University of Bahrain Dr. Mona Saleh Al Ansari said the 56th ICHPER.SD Anniversary World Congress and Exposition will catapult Kingdom to new heights.

This four-day event, to be held from December 18 to 21, is organised by the Bahrain Olympic Committee at the Crowne Plaza ..

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SHAIKH KHALID WINS TOP SPORTS AWARD

December 14, 2014

Mr.Abdulrahman, left, receives the award on behalf of Shaikh Khalid

BAA President had completed 35 km swimming earlier this year

Supreme Council for Youth and Sports First Deputy Chairman and Bahrain Athletics Association President HH Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa has won the most innovative sports event award, constituted by the India-based CSR as part of the African Leadership Awards.

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Cantata wows audience

December 14, 2014

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An audience including parents, grandparents, siblings and peers were wowed by the children of  St Chris Year 1 as they performed their cantata, Mr Skellybones.

The show was a resounding success – all children sang their songs beautifully and danced with gusto, and the narrators delivered their lines with fluency and confidenc ..

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St Chris excels

December 14, 2014

St Chris

The culmination of the World Scholar’s Cup competition took place in November at Yale University, USA.

Two teams of St Chris students took part after securing their invitation at the Global Round of the competition in Singapore in June.

As before, the competition consisted of four rounds, f ..

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NIS wins rolling trophy

December 14, 2014

The New Indian School (NIS) won the Rolling Trophy at the Al Mahd Inter-School Debate, held on December 6

The New Indian School (NIS) won the Rolling Trophy at the Al Mahd Inter-School Debate, held on December 6.

Gopika Babu and Devika Babu of Class VIII bagged the first and third positions respectively in the Junior category and Shubhra Batra of Class IX secured the second spot in the senior category. The School Chairman T. T. Thom ..

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Honing the tennis skills

December 14, 2014

U-8 participants with organisers and sponsors

The preliminary rounds of the Capital School Junior Tennis Tournament, organised by Bahrain Tennis Academy (BTA), were completed at the Dilmun Club, Saar.

The tournament featured Under-6, Under-8 and Under-10 age groups.

U-6 players took part in a skills competition whereby they scored points ..

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BS students take part in ‘Hours of Code’

December 14, 2014

‘Hours of Code’ 2 is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in over 180 countries

Over 30 Bahrain middle and high school students, enrolled in the Middle School Computer Apps and High School Robotics Classes, participated in the ‘Hour of Code’.

‘Hours of Code’ is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in over 180 countries. The purpose is to demystify code and show that anybody can le ..

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BNI BEST RATED

December 14, 2014

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A.M. Best Affirms Ratings of The Bahrain National Insurance Company BSC (c)

A.M. Best has affirmed the financial strength rating of B++ (Good) and the issuer credit rating of “bbb+” of The Bahrain National Insurance CompanyBSC (c) (BNI) (Bahrain). The outlook for both ratings is stable. The ratings reflect BNI’s overall robust operating performance, s ..

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Brussels to file complaint against Uber

December 14, 2014

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Web-based taxi company Uber risks being banned in the Belgian capital Brussels in just the latest legal challenge to its services. Belgian authorities will back a local taxi firm which alleges unfair competition from Uber and file a complaint with the Brussels prosecutor, regional transport minister Pascal Smet told Belgian newspapers yesterday. Smet told Le Soir t ..

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GFH BAHRAIN JV FOR $3BN

December 14, 2014

Gulf Finance House (GFH)

Gulf Finance House Bahrain has announced that it has signed a joint venture with France’s Alliance International Holding which is likely to kick-start the Tunis Bay project. Tunis Bay is part of the overall $3 billion Tunis Financial Harbour project. Alliance International Holding is a French consortium which specialises in the building of golf course projects an ..

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Blaze alive even after two days

December 14, 2014

Flames and smokes were still visible at the mishap site

Flames were visible yesterday at the industrial complex in Salmabad, where a major fire broke out on Thursday. Smoke could still be seen rising from the destroyed property, that included paper products, furniture and warehouses of disinfectant chemicals and workshops. The blaze was brought under control after 26 fire tenders and 70 Civil Defence personnel continuously fought for more than n ..

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NATIONAL DAY CELEBRATIONS: PATRIOTISM TO FORE

December 14, 2014

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The Kingdom embraced the fervour of festivities as various cultural programmes were organised throughout Bahrain yesterday ahead of National Day celebrations.

The National Day Festival kicked off at Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) in the presence of over seven thousand people. The festival featured several group performances ..

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Opening of legislative term to be patronised by HM today

December 14, 2014

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His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa will patronise the inauguration of the first session of the fourth legislative term of the Parliament and Shura Council at Isa Cultural Centre.

HM the King has issued Royal Ordinance 62 / 2014 calling on the Parliamentarians and Shura Council members to convene today.

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KING ADORNS BURJ AL ARAB

December 14, 2014

King adorns Burj Al Arab

His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa extended deepest appreciation and thanks to UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, for his noble gesture to have Burj Al Arab decorated with a portrait of HM the King on the occasion of Bahrain’s National Day.

HM the King said, the ..

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BURIED ALIVE IN THE RUBBLES

December 14, 2014

Civil Defence personnel at the accident site

As flies to wanton boys,

are we to gods.

They kill us for their sport…

Thus goes Shakespeare’s lines in the tragedy King Lear. And, never in their dreams would have Ali Sultan and Ahmed Al Qaseer thought that their friendship would ..

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Premier declares holidays on December 16, 17

December 14, 2014

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Prime Minister HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa has issued a circular on the National and Accession Days holidays.

Ministries, state bodies and institutions will be closed on Tuesday and Wednesday to mark the National Day and the 15th anniversary of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa’s accession to the throne.

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AUTO OPTION SPARKS HOPES

December 14, 2014

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Driving licence

Taking the driving test on a manual car will not be mandatory starting from January 2015, as the driving licence aspirants will be offered the option of choosing an automatic car for the test, sources said. However the licence obtained by taking the test in an automatic car will not be valid for manual cars, added sources at the driving ins ..

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MODEST GROWTH

December 14, 2014

BAHRAIN

S&P Rating on Kingdom revised

Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services have revised its outlook on the Kingdom on 10th December.  As per the report,the successful disbursement of GCC funds will replace government expenditures as a key growth contributor, and real GDP growth will  slow only moderately to average just above 3 pc over 2014-2017.

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Islamic finance: Principles vital

December 14, 2014

Khalid Ferdous Howladar

The Arabic terminology used in the Islamic Finance industry is the badge, says Global Head-Islamic Finance, Moody’s Investors Service, Khalid Ferdous Howladar.

“The industry needs to ascertain whether it has to follow the principles of Islamic finance or it has to carry all the badges associated with Islamic finance,” he t ..

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BLUES, CITY HOLD COURSE

December 14, 2014

Frank Lampard swoops to open the scoring

Leaders Chelsea and nearest rivals Manchester City preserved the status quo at the top of the Premier League table with a pair of unspectacular victories yesterday.

Eden Hazard and Diego Costa scored as Chelsea won 2-0 at home to Hull City, who had Tom Huddlestone sent off, while champions City beat Leicester City 1-0 despite lo ..

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Nigeria’s opposition leader slams Boko Haram ‘reign of terror’

December 14, 2014

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Nigeria's main opposition leader Mohammadu Buhari on Saturday condemned deadly Boko Haram attacks this weeks in two cities repeatedly hit by the extremist group, which seeks to impose an Islamist state in the mainly Muslim north.

At least 31 people were killed on Thursday following a twin blast in central city of Jos, near the s ..

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US mass rallies attract thousands over police killings

December 14, 2014

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At least 25,000 protesters paralysed parts of New York and thousands more marched in Washington on Saturday, stepping up demonstrations across the United States demanding justice for black men killed by white police.

   The rallies in the capital, New York, Boston and in several Californian cities were among the largest in a g ..

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20 dead, 88 missing in Indonesian landslide

December 14, 2014

Indonesia Landslide

Rescuers continued to search for more than 80 villagers still missing after a landslide on Indonesia's main island of Java killed at least 20 people, officials said Sunday.

"As of Sunday, 20 people were killed... and 88 people were still missing," the National Disaster Management Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said.

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Oil price slump muddies ECB’s mission

December 14, 2014

Mario Dragi

FRANKFURT: The plunge in oil prices is making it tougher than ever for the European Central Bank to achieve its core mission of keeping prices stable at a time it faces looming deflation, analysts say.

In the short-term, the collapse of crude prices to five-year lows will curb inflation.

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Radicals rampage through normally tranquil Zurich centre

December 14, 2014

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Geneva, Switzerland

Police fired tear gas and water cannon in central Zurich late Friday to disperse some 200 masked radicals who attacked officers and set cars, trees and trash bins on fire, sending terrified residents fleeing in the upscale and normally tranquil neighbourhood.

The rioters ..

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Thai prince divorces amid anxiety over monarchy’s future

December 14, 2014

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Bangkok, Thailand by Jerome Taylor Thailand's crown prince has divorced his wife, in a dramatic fall from grace for a senior princess at a time of heightened anxiety over the health of the country's revered but ailing monarch. A statement published by the palace in the early hours of Saturday in the Royal Gazette said Princess Srirasmi had relinquished her royal status, a move that ends ..

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Washington takes on Uber with its own taxi app

December 13, 2014

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Washington is developing a smartphone app to enable its taxis to compete head-on with Uber and other ride-sharing services, the US capital's taxi commission said Friday.

Beta testing of the Universal DC TaxiApp is scheduled to begin in March, and if all goes well it could be full ..

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Ukraine cheers US vote for military aid, Russia outraged

December 13, 2014

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By Eric Raldolph Ukraine on Friday welcomed a US bill that would allow Washington to provide lethal military assistance to the embattled country, but Russia expressed outrage at the "openly confrontational" legislation. The bill, passed late on Thursday and due to get final approval in Congress on Friday before being sent to US President Barack Obama, opens the way for up to ..

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Troubled climate talks scrabble for exit strategy

December 13, 2014

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Lima, Peru

 By Mariette Le Roux / Richard Ingham

Negotiations on forging a UN pact to fight climate change headed into an unscheduled 13th day on Saturday in a frantic quest to bridge a rift between rich and poor countries.

Ministers and senior officials ..

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Indian police arrest ‘jihadi tweeter’

December 13, 2014

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Bengaluru

by Gulab Chand

Indian police on Saturday arrested a 24-year-old believed to be the handler of an influential Twitter account supporting the Islamic State group, officials said.

Mehdi Masroor Biswas, now under arrest, works for an Indian food co ..

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Zuckerberg gives thumbs down for ‘dislike’ button on FB

December 13, 2014

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San Francisco, United States

Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg wants people to be able to quickly express broader range of feelings at the leading online social network, but a ‘dislike’ button doesn't make the cut.

During a question and answer session with the audience at the Facebook head ..

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Man arrested in latest US school shooting

December 13, 2014

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Los Angeles, United States

 The police of northwestern US state of Oregon arrested a man Saturday in connection with the shooting outside a high school in Portland that left three people injured on Friday.

A 22-year-old suspect was arrested following a manhunt launched by the police.

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Dressed as women but shot dead

December 13, 2014

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Sanaa
Yemeni troops Saturday shot dead five Al-Qaeda suspects disguised as women who fired at a soldier during a checkpoint inspection of their Saudi-bound bus, officials said. Another suspect and the driver were wounded in the shooting in Harad, a town 15 kilometres (nine miles) from the Saudi border, the officials said, adding that two of those killed we ..

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Saudi beheading: Activists slam Philippine govt

December 13, 2014

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Activists slammed the Philippine government Saturday for not doing more to save a Filipino who was beheaded for murder in Saudi Arabia.

Carlito Lana, 37, was executed in Riyadh on Friday for shooting a Saudi national before running him over with a car, the Saudi Press Agency reported ..

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Children of Egypt; Raped, tortured and killed

December 13, 2014

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Cairo

by Haitham El-Tabei

Eight-year-old Rahma was on her way home from school when she was raped -- another victim of a surge in child abuse that has been overshadowed by turmoil in Egypt.

Two months on, she is still receiving psychotherapy and dreads g ..

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Car bomb kills 12, injures 17; shoots down helicopter

December 13, 2014

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Baghdad

 Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) on Saturday mounted two suicide car-bomb attacks aimed at security checkpoints at the main entrance into Haditha city.

The city, in Iraq's western Anbar province, is currently mostly under the control of the government, with troops and t ..

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Labour cooperation with Indonesia discussed

December 13, 2014

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Manama

Chief Executive of the Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) Osama Abdullah Al Absi discussed with an Indonesian delegate a draft agreement on comprehensive cooperation between LMRA and the National Board for the Placement and Protection of Indonesian Overseas Workers in the field of labour. He also discussed with t ..

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Korean Air CEO sorry for daughter

December 13, 2014

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Korean Air CEO Cho Yang-Ho publicly apologised after his daughter triggered public anger and ridicule by kicking the head of cabin crew off a flight because of the way she had been served some nuts. Addressing a televised press conference, Cho apologised for his daughter Cho Hyun-Ah’s “foolish act” and suggested he should share some of the blame for not bringing her up correctly.

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Russia strongly condemns terror blasts

December 13, 2014

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Manama
Russia has strongly condemned twin terror bomb blasts that killed a policeman and a 72-year-old Bahraini citizen. In a statement to "Akhbar Al-Khaleej" newspaper, published today, the Russian Ambassador Victor Smirnov condemned the blasts which claimed the lives of Jordanian Ali Mohammed Ali in Demistan and Abdulkareem Mansoor Al Basri in Karzakan. "Such heinous terror crim ..

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US defence secretary nominee undergoes back surgery

December 13, 2014

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Washington

US President Barack Obama's Defence Secretary nominee Ashton Carter has undergone a long-planned back surgery ahead of his confirmation process in the Senate, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said.

In a statement issued last night, the spokesman said the surgery was successful, b ..

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Boxer Khan to wear 24-carat shorts

December 13, 2014

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Britain’s Amir Khan will wear boxing’s “most expensive shorts” when he steps into the ring to face Devon Alexander in a welterweight bout in Las Vegas this weekend. Former Olympic silver medallist Khan will wear shorts, made of white nappa leather, silk and featuring a waistband made of 24-carat gold thread, with a reported value of at least £20,000 ($31,4 ..

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Bracelet turns skin into touchscreen

December 13, 2014

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From Apple’s forthcoming smartwatch to the Fitbit, there is fierce competition to get consumers hooked on wearable devices. And soon there will be a bracelet that turns your skin into a touchscreen using a tiny built-in projector.Wearers of the Cicret bracelet will be able to check an email or watch a film that’s projected onto their forearm, and control the pi ..

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China supports to clear Hong Kong protest sites

December 13, 2014

Protesters block a street near government headquarters in Hong Kong

Beijing : china’s central government Friday said it supports the Hong Kong government and the police’s decision to clear the protest sites and roads.

The central government “fully agrees with and firmly supports” the Hong Kong government and the police’s decision to stop these illegal activities, thereby mainta ..

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Job losses as 175 Australian govt agencies face scrap: reports

December 13, 2014

SYDNEY

SYDNEY: Australia's government warned of further job losses Saturday as media reports said around 175 government agencies working in areas as diverse as Antarctic science and drought will be scrapped.

The conservative administration of Prime Minister Tony Abbott has consistently argued that government had become too big and wast ..

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CIA revelations put UK spies under scrutiny

December 13, 2014

CIA

LONDON: British spy agencies are under growing pressure to reveal how closely they worked with their US counterparts following 9/11 after a damning US Senate report exposed how the CIA tortured terror suspects.

The revelations, published on Tuesday, have dragged Britain's domestic spy agency MI5 and its foreign intelligence coun ..

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Italian government presents tougher anti-corruption bill

December 13, 2014

Florence mayor Matteo Renzi looks on during a political meeting in Turin

ROME: The Italian government Friday presented a bill of stricter rules to fight widespread corruption, days after a high-profile probe uncovered a mafia-style criminal ring in the country`s capital.

The bill includes harsher penalties for certain corruption-related offenses. Minimum penalty will be increased from four to six yea ..

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Deila wants more from Celtic

December 13, 2014

Ronny Deila

Celtic boss Ronny Deila has urged his players to shake off their European disappointment when they take on St Mirren in the league on Sunday. The Hoops suffered a 4-3 defeat to Dinamo Zagreb in their final Europa League group match on Thursday, although the Scottish Champions had already qualified for the final 32. The Scottish champions rested several top team sta ..

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FENG LEADS BY FIVE

December 13, 2014

Feng Shanshan

Dubai Ladies Masters

China’s Feng Shanshan continued to motor towards her second Dubai Ladies Masters title in three years when the world number five shot a six-under par 66 in the penultimate round of the 500,000 euros season-ending championship of the Ladies European Tour and leads by five shots going into the final day. Shanshan, the highest ..

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Ormsby, Strange lead at halfway

December 13, 2014

Wade Ormsby

Australians Wade Ormsby and Scott Strange upstaged defending champion Adam Scott to lead the Australian PGA Championship after the second round at Royal Pines yesterday. Ormsby shot a five-under-par 67, highlighted by a six-hole run including an eagle and four birdies on his front nine to storm into contention at the third and final Australian major of the season. ..

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SIMPSON SET FOR CITY CHALLENGE

December 13, 2014

Danny Simpson

Danny Simpson insists Leicester can shock Manchester City when the champions visit the King Power Stadium on Saturday. The right-back believes the Foxes can use home advantage to end their 10-game winless run with a surprise victory over in-form City. Leicester are bottom of the Premier League and have not won since beating Manchester United 5-3 in September, but S ..

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Maze storms to giant slalom win

December 13, 2014

Tina Maze competes during the first run

Åre

Olympic champion Tina Maze consolidated her overall World Cup lead yesterday when she produced a stunning second giant slalom run to clinch an impressive victory. The Slovenian had trailed in seventh from the first leg earlier in the day in Are, but finished with a combined time of 2 minutes 23.84 seconds, 0.2sec ahead of Sweden’s Sarah Hector and 0. ..

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Warner puts Aussies on top

December 13, 2014

David Warner celebrates as he reaches century

David Warner’s second century put Australia in control of the first Test against India but umpires twice had to intervene as tempers flared in Adelaide. Warner’s batting again caused trouble for India, scoring 102 to go with his emotional first-day 145 as Australia built a healthy lead in the first of the four-Test series. At the close, the Australians had exte ..

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GRACE MOVES FIVE SHOTS CLEAR

December 13, 2014

Branden Grace

Alfred Dunhill Championship

South Africa’s Branden Grace strengthened his lead going into the weekend at the European Tour’s Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek Country Club yesterday with a second-round 66 to move to 16 under. Grace followed up a stunning 10-under-par opening round of 62 on Thursday with a six-under-par 66 that was m ..

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INFLATION EASES

December 13, 2014

RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan

India’s industrial output contracts

India’s monthly industrial output contracted and inflation hit a near three-year low, official data showed yesterday, fuelling hopes of a rate cut next year. Production by India’s factories, mines and utilities was down 4.2 percent in October from a year earlier. Meanwhile consumer inflation fell to 4.38 percent in ..

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France’s Sanofi to start production in Saudi

December 13, 2014

France’s Sanofi

Drug maker Sanofi, one of France’s largest companies, will start commercial production early next year from a factory in Saudi Arabia, a spokeswoman said yesterday. After product testing and regulatory approval “the first commercial batches” should be available in February, Rajiah Meir, Sanofi’s communications manager for Saudi Arabia, told AFP.

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Swiss targets corruption in sports with ‘FIFA bill’

December 13, 2014

SWISS FIFA

GENEVA: Swiss deputies on Friday passed a law making it easier to bring corruption charges against the leaders of international sporting bodies such as FIFA, which have faced years of sleaze allegations.

The law will affect about 60 multi-billion dollar sporting federations, including football's governing body and the Internatio ..

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Qatar firm buys London’s storied Savoy Hotel

December 13, 2014

Qatar firm buys London’s storied Savoy Hotel

A firm owned by the Gulf emirate of Qatar has acquired a 50 percent stake in London’s legendary Savoy Hotel, its Saudi-based partner said yesterday. Katara Hospitality Co purchased its share of the hotel, formally known as Fairmont Hotel the Savoy, from Lloyds Banking Group, Kingdom Holding Co said. KHC, 95 percent owned by Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin ..

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Halliburton slashes 1,000 jobs in eastern hemisphere

December 13, 2014

Halliburton

Halliburton, the world’s second biggest oil services company, said yesterday that it is slashing 1,000 jobs in its eastern hemisphere offices amid tumbling global oil prices. The layoffs, which are effective immediately, represent 1.25 percent of Halliburton’s 80,000-person workforce.   The layoffs will take place in Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and A ..

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OIL EFFECT

December 13, 2014

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Global oil prices tanked yesterday to fresh five-year lows, sending European and US stocks sliding, after a gloomy crude demand downgrade from the International Energy Agency and more weak Chinese economic data. US benchmark West Texas Intermediate (WTI) for January delivery lost $1.19 in early trading in New York to plunge to $58.76 p ..

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Venting grief, the ‘Antigone’ way

December 13, 2014

Handout pictures released by Aperta Productions shows, Isra Al-Abdu on stage the workshop titled ‘Antigone of Syria’

A group of Syrian refugee women took to the Beirut stage this week to tell their stories of war and flight through a new version of the ancient Greek tragedy ‘Antigone.’

The adaptation of the classic by ancient Greek playwright Sophocles, tells of arrests at government checkpoints, harassment by rebel factions, the search f ..

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Schools attacked

December 13, 2014

A total of 380 academic institutions have been attacked during the past three years

Vandals attacked three schools during the past few days, Education Ministry said yesterday.

The ministry’s Public Relations and Media Directorate stated that vandals broke into Tubli Elementary Boys’ School and robbed the school’s vault from the administration building.

The directorate ..

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Interior Minister visits Jordan

December 13, 2014

The minister in Jordan

Minister of Interior, Lt-General Shaikh Rashid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa visited Jordan and conveyed the condolences of Bahrain’s leadership, to the family of the martyred policeman Ali Mohammed Ali.

The policeman died in Bahrain in a terror act in Damestan village on December 8. He also conveyed the condolences of policemen and ..

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COURT BEAT

December 13, 2014

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Drug peddler sentenced

An Asian accused of drug trafficking has been jailed for five years and was also slapped with a fine of BD3000 for the same crime.

The verdict was delivered by the High Criminal Court which also ordered for his deportation once he completes his jail time.

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The Sleeping Tree to debut at DIFF

December 13, 2014

The Sleeping Tree

Bahraini film, The Sleeping Tree, will have its world premiere at the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) on December 13 at Madinat Jumeirah Arena.

The festival, that runs until December 17, is set to showcase 15 films competing in the Muhr Feature Awards, including The Sleeping Tree.

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National Day: BIC celebrations to feature F-16 jets

December 13, 2014

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Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) along with Bahrain Defence Force (BDF) and the Royal Bahraini Air Force will jointly organise a breath-taking air show, featuring F-16 jet fighter planes, as part of BIC National Day celebrations.

The five-day event, taking place from Saturday to Wednesday at BIC in Sakhir, will be a c ..

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BAR LOWERED

December 13, 2014

Ambassador Mr. Khan, centre, Mr Shah, sitting left to the ambassador and Mr. Muhammed Ahad (Head of Chancery) along with Pakistan community members

The medical practitioners holding the FCPS (Fellow College of Physicians and Surgeons) certificates from Pakistan will soon be eligible to serve in the Kingdom as doctors.

After a full length discussion with the senior officials attached to Ministry of Health (MOH), Pakistan Ambassador, Muhammed Saeed Khan and other officials fr ..

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Cloudy days ahead

December 13, 2014

Bahrain

For the next few days, Bahrain is expected to experience cloudy weather, with a chance of rain later this week.

Ministry of Transportation Meteorological Directorate stated that the weather will continue to be cloudy for the next few days.

Tomorrow, there is a chance of mist or fog patche ..

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DEALS GO TO SCREENS

December 13, 2014

DEALS GO TO SCREENS

If everything goes well, by 2016, Bahrain will see the launch of Geographic Information System (GIS), which would come handy while purchasing a house or an apartment.

The new technology, which is still in its implementation stage in the Kingdom, could potentially enable public to make well-informed decision on property purchase ..

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Ringing the winged beauties

December 13, 2014

Indian Clamorous Reed Warbler

Their work starts much before the day wakes up. And, these bird watchers were seen waiting for a flock of varied birds at Alba Marsh in the Kingdom with an aim of ringing the birds.

Meet Jem Babbington and Nicole who drove all the way from Saudi to witness the wintering birds in Bahrain.

To t ..

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BHP says days of $100 iron ore prices likely over

December 13, 2014

BHP

The world’s biggest miner BHP Billiton says iron ore prices are unlikely to rise above US$100 a tonne again as the commodity trades at five-year lows amid a supply glut and weak Chinese demand. Iron ore prices have slumped some 40 percent this year as output from resources giants such as BHP, Rio Tinto and Brazilian mining powerhouse Vale increases, hurting highe ..

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NORWAY SCRAPS SEAL HUNTING SUBSIDY

December 13, 2014

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) activists stage a demonstration against the seal hunting in front of the World Trade Organization (WTO) headquarters(file photo)

Norway’s much-criticised commercial seal hunt could grind to a halt following parliament’s decision to scrap a hefty subsidy for the controversial practice. A majority of lawmakers voted yesterday to cull a 12-million-kroner (1.3-million-euro, $1.6-million) subsidy for the seal hunt from the 2015 budget. Governmental support represents up to 80 percent of seal ..

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Apple sold by Jobs fetches $365,000 at auction

December 13, 2014

APPLE

A 1976 Apple computer sold by Steve Jobs from his parents’ garage fetched $365,000 at auction in New York yesterday, falling short of its pre-sale estimate in a competitive computer relic market. Christie’s says the Apple-1 is the only surviving such computer documented to have been sold directly by the late Apple founder to a customer from the garage in Los A ..

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Protests fill Italy’s piazzas : HIRE AND FIRE

December 13, 2014

People take part in a demonstration as part of a general strike called by several trade union organisations to protest against the government’s economic policy in Rome yesterday

Tens of thousands of Italians took to the streets yesterday in boisterous protests against government policies that are struggling to haul the recession-bound country out of the economic mire. Labour unions said some 40,000 people had turned up in Rome to voice their opposition to Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s reforms, while many more had stayed away from work ac ..

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US INACTION

December 13, 2014

Christine Lagarde

IMF’s Lagarde ‘disappointed’ on reforms

International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde said yesterday that she was disappointed that the US Congress failed this week to ratify crucial IMF reforms supported by other major countries. She said the US inaction on the reforms, delayed now more than two years by Washington, would force the ..

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Microsoft lets US shoppers pay with Bitcoin

December 13, 2014

BITCOIN

Microsoft began yesterday letting US shoppers at its online Windows Store pay with digital currency Bitcoin. Bitcoin, traded in at market value through a partnership with payment processor BitPay, could be used to add money to Microsoft accounts that provide funds for buying games, music, video or applications for Xbox consoles or computers powered by the US techno ..

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Methary gallops to victory

December 13, 2014

Dr. Jawahery with winners

The favourite Methary owned by Shaikh Mohammed bin Abdulla bin Isa Al Khalifa, trained by James Naylor and ridden by Ali Al Saffar won the feature race for the GPIC Cup for all classes of locally bred four years and upwards over 2,400 metres and worth BD2,000 yesterday in the sixth meeting of the season at the Rashid Equestrian and Hor ..

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Black Falcon in third place

December 13, 2014

An action from the race

Team Abu Dhabi Racing by Black Falcon qualified in third place for the Gulf 12 Hours Endurance at the Yas Marina Grand Prix Circuit yesterday. Abu Dhabi Racing’s Khaled Al Qubaisi, who is fresh from securing a third overall team championship in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), and team-mates Jeroen Bleekemolen and Bernd Schneider are hoping to defend t ..

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Zain Juniors Open Championships : QASSIM OBAIDAN CHAMPION

December 13, 2014

At the prize presentation ceremony, from left, BTC executive director Hamdi Abdul Jawad, Qassim, Arvind and BTC honorary president Dr Ali Fakhro

Top seeded Qassim Obaidan of Saudi Arabia comfortably defeated India’s Arvind Pemmaraju 6-0, 6-0 in the boys 12 years and under singles final yesterday on the sixth day of the 12th Zain Bahrain Juniors Open Tennis Championships at the Bahrain Tennis Club premises in Juffair. Arvind an 11-year old student at Dunes International School in Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia op ..

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FLEETWOOD EDGES AHEAD

December 13, 2014

Tommy Fleetwood hitting a shot during round two

Thailand Golf Championship

England’s Tommy Fleetwood took a one stroke lead after firing a three-under 69 in the second round of the $1 million Thailand Golf Championship at Amata Spring Golf and Country Club yesterday. For the second day running, gusting winds and the thick rough troubled the entire field. Fleetwood was on four-under for the ..

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Interior Minister conveys condolences in Jordan

December 12, 2014

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Amman

 Interior Minister, Lt-General Shaikh Rashid bin Abdullah Al Khalifa visited Jordan to convey the condolences of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa and His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Comman ..

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Bahrain Permanent Mission to the UN in Geneva marks National Days

December 12, 2014

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Manama

As part of Bahrain's celebrations of its National Days on December 16 and 17, marking the anniversary of the establishment of the modern state of Bahrain as an Arab and Muslim country in 1783 by its founder Ahmed Al-Fateh, the 43rd Anniversary of its accession to the UN as a full member and the 15th Anniversary of His M ..

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GOYS President affirms Khalid bin Hamad League success

December 12, 2014

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Manama

 President of the General Organisation for Youth and Sport (GOYS) Hesham Mohammed Al-Jowdar has affirmed the outstanding success of the Khalid bin Hamad League for Youth Centres. He attributed such a success to the support of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sport First Deputy Chairman, Bahrain Athletics Association' ..

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Muharraq Governorate marks National Days in style

December 12, 2014

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The Muharraq Governorate held a massive rally at the Khalifa bin Salman Park in Hidd, in the presence of a number of MPs, municipal councilors, and scores of citizens from Muharraq and other governorates.

The festivity is part of the Kingdom of Bahrain's celebrations of its National ..

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Bahraini women’s military contributions documented

December 12, 2014

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 Manama The Supreme Council for Women (SCW) issued a number of booklets on the sidelines of this year's Bahrain Women's Day, themed "Women in the Military Fiel ..

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FENG LEADS IN DUBAI

December 11, 2014

Feng Shanshan

Two-shot advantage for the Order of Merit crown

China’s Feng Shanshan, the highest ranked player in the field at world number 5, overcame a mystery illness to master the tough afternoon conditions and join Sweden’s Carin Koch on top of the leaderboard at the end of the opening day’s play of the 500,000 euros Dubai Ladies Masters.

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Pereira downs Lester Ferao

December 11, 2014

(From left) Ronald Anacin, Cassius Pereira, Lester Ferao and Uday Shanbhag

Cassius Pereira booked his place in the men’s veteran’s final following his 6-2, 6-4 defeat of Lester Ferao in the Indian Club Centenary Tennis Tournament at its club premises in Gudaibiya.

In men’s doubles action, Bader Abdul A’al and Rashid Obaidly got the better of Abdul Rahman Showaiter and Mohammed Sayyar with a 6-2 ..

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England bowlers restrict Sri Lanka

December 11, 2014

Chris Woakes (second left) celebrates with teammates after dismissing Tillakaratne Dilshan

England’s bowlers kept Sri Lanka on a tight leash in Kandy yesterday in the crucial fifth match of their seven-game one-day international series.

England, lagging 3-1, must win to stay in the series and their bowlers -- especially seamer Chris Woakes -- gave them a fighting chance.

Woakes d ..

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MATHIAS TO TAKE ON SAIRAGHAV IN FINAL

December 11, 2014

12th Zain Bahrain Juniors Open Tennis Championship

Mathias Hopman defeated Josh Hurst 6-1, 6-4 in the semi-finals of the Unisex (Mixed) 10 years and under yesterday on the fourth day of the 12th Zain Bahrain Juniors Open Tennis Championships at the Bahrain Tennis Club mini courts at its premises in Juffair. Meeting Mathias in the category final will be Sairaghav Balakrishnan who was a 10-4 game winner over Zainab O ..

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BTC joins National Day celebrations

December 11, 2014

Mr. Al Muqla, (right) receives a memento from BTC President Khamis Al Muqla

Bahrain Tennis Club (BTC) is celebrating the 43rd National Day and the 15th year of accession of His Majesty King Hamad to the throne by organising a Tennis Festival as well as a walk.

On December 16, various tennis competitions will be held at the club premises in Juffair for different age groups including children.

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World Congress to power Bahrain

December 11, 2014

Dr. Al Ansari

Physical Education and Physiotherapy College Dean at the University of Bahrain Dr. Mona Saleh Al Ansari said the 56th ICHPER.SD Anniversary World Congress and Exposition will catapult the Kingdom as a leading nation in organising scientific conferences.

The December 18-21 event is organised by the Bahrain Olympic Committee at th ..

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Salem shines at Awali desert course

December 11, 2014

Winners of Russell Cup and Memorial Trophy with Mr. Bartlett and Abdul Elah Fakhroo

Hamed Salem held his nerve to see off Khalid Salem in a closely fought Russell and Memorial Trophy, played over 36 holes, at the desert course of Awali Golf Club last Friday and Saturday.

The day’s events were sponsored by Awali Golf Club’s primary sponsor, Bapco and prizes were presented by the Company’s Chief Executive P ..

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LAKERS EDGE KINGS

December 11, 2014

Kobe Bryant (#24) of the Los Angeles Lakers dunks against the Sacramento Kings at STAPLES Centre in Los Angeles, California

Bryant scores 32, needs 31 points to pass Jordan

Kobe Bryant, closing in on Michael Jordan for third on the NBA’s all-time scoring list, scored 32 points to help the Los Angeles lakers to a 98-95 NBA victory over Sacramento.

Bryant scored 21 points in the second half, including a breakaway dunk and a three-pointer that ..

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Back to drawing board for Liverpool

December 11, 2014

Steven Gerrard (left) commiserates Martin Skrtel after the final whistle of the UEFA Champions League match between Liverpool and Basel

Liverpool can only hope that their elimination from the Champions League heralds the end of a vertiginous downward spiral that began with Steven Gerrard’s infamous slip against Chelsea last season.

Since Gerrard lost his footing on April 27, gifting Demba Ba a goal that set Chelsea on their way to a 2-0 win that tilted the Pre ..

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Riffa Club delegation arrives in Kuala Lumpur

December 11, 2014

Mr. Fahad

A delegation from Riffa Club headed by secretary Abdullah Fahad arrived in Kuala Lumpur to attend the draw for the Asian Champions League and Cup 2015 and participate in a workshop organised by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).

The draw for the Champions League will be held today at 10am (Bahrain time) and team representa ..

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Baubles sizzles in netball tournament

December 11, 2014

Participants during a photocall

Team B known as the Jingle Baubles were winners of the pre-festive season Annual Charity Tinsel Tournament Netball competition played at the British Club premises in Mahooz.

The one-night competition featured three mixed teams playing in a round-robin format and made up of players from the eight teams in the DHL Bahrain Netball ..

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HUMANE GESTURE

December 11, 2014

Shaikh Nasser emphasises links between sports and charity in the Kingdom

Proceeds of Challenge Bahrain go to diabetes, cancer patients

Supreme Council for Youth and Sports Chairman and Bahrain Olympic Committee President HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa has directed to donate the proceeds coming from Challenge Bahrain International Triathlon Championship to diabetes and cancer patients in Bahrain.

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Ebola survivors, doctors named Time “person of the year”

December 11, 2014

Ebola survivors, doctors named  Time “person of the year

Time magazine named those fighting Ebola its 2014 “Person of the Year,” applauding the work of medical relief teams, doctors, nurses, ambulance drivers and burial teams working in western Africa, where an outbreak of the virus has killed thousands.

“For tireless acts of courage and mercy, for buying the world time to boost ..

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France’s last hostage returns home

December 11, 2014

Serge Lazarevic (left) embraces French President Francois Hollande

France’s last hostage abroad returned home yesterday after three years in captivity and was welcomed by President Francois Hollande who warned citizens not to travel to high-risk zones.

The release of 50-year-old Serge Lazarevic, who was kidnapped by al Qaeda’s North African wing AQIM in northern Mali in late 2011, was a boo ..

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MALALA AND SATYARTHI RECEIVE NOBEL PRIZES

December 11, 2014

Malala Yousafzai (left) and Kailash Satyarthi wave to well-wishers from the balcony of the Grand Hotel ahead of the Nobel Banquet following the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo

The Pakistani girl becomes by far the youngest laureate

Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai, shot by the Taliban for refusing to quit school, and Indian activist Kailash Satyarthi received Nobel Peace Prizes yesterday after two days of celebration honouring their work for children’s rights.

Malala became by far the you ..

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HK protest leaders to ‘stay to the end’ as police swoop looms

December 11, 2014

A general view of the crowd at the pro-democracy movement’s main protest site is pictured in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s student protest leaders said yesterday that they would “stay to the end” as police prepared to swoop on the city’s main rally site after more than two months of mass pro-democracy demonstrations.Setting up a final showdown with the authorities, pro-reform lawmakers said that they would join student protesters Thursday morning when police clear t ..

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TRUCE HOLDS

December 11, 2014

Ukrainian Defence Minister Stepan Poltorak (right) speaks next to Canada’s Minister of National Defence Rob Nicholson during a Press conference

Ukraine ceasefire

A day-old ceasefire largely held along the bloodied frontline in eastern Ukraine yesterday but hopes of peace talks and pulling back heavy weaponry still hung in the balance. Residents in the main rebel stronghold of Donetsk experienced an unfamiliar silence overnight as both Ukrainian and rebel forces called off shelling. “It was quiet ..

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HIGH EXPENSES ALARM SAVINGS

December 11, 2014

Mr. Qasim Al Ali sharing the results at the 2014 Savings Index in Dubai

National Bonds Corporation announces GCC Savings Index

National Bonds Corporation has revealed the results of its annual Savings Index for the GCC. The index includes the results of a comprehensive annual survey that tracks the saving and spending habits of residents. Bahrain registered the most negative sentiment towards saving among the GCC countries, wit ..

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BMW revamps Supervisory Board

December 11, 2014

Mr. Krüger

Supervisory Board of BMW AG initiated a generational change at the head of the company’s Board of Management and Supervisory Board. Harald Krüger will become Chairman of the Board of Management. The current Chairman of the Board of Management, Dr. Norbert Reithofer, will move forward for election to the Supervisory Board. The Supervisory Board expressed its supp ..

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ADVANTAGE AIRLINES

December 11, 2014

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Economic Performance of the Air Transport Industry by IATA

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced an outlook for improved industry profitability in its Economic Performance of the Air Transport Industry report. Airlines are expected to post a collective global net profit in 2014 of some $19.9 billion (up from the $18.0 billio ..

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KPMG survey identifies Audit committee challenges

December 11, 2014

KPMG

KPMG Gulf Cooperation Council conducted a survey of approximately 100 audit committee members, including several in Bahrain to help identify the pressing challenges facing audit committees. The survey focused on  issues including financial reporting and disclosures, audit quality and oversight of internal and external auditors, risk management and crisis readiness ..

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ALBA TO SUPPORT GIF

December 11, 2014

from left, Mr. Suleiman, Mr. Janahi, Mr. Abdulrahman and Mr. Lati

Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C (Alba) renewed its strategic support for Gulf Industry Fair (GIF) 2015 to support initiatives that showcase Bahrain’s aluminium sector as well as highlight the Kingdom as an investor-friendly destination. Organised by Hilal Conferences & Exhibitions, GIF 2015 will be under the patronage of His Royal Highness the Prime Minister of the K ..

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FESTIVE TREATS AT RAMEE GRAND HOTEL & SPA

December 11, 2014

FESTIVE TREATS

As the magic of Christmas spreads its wings, Ramee Grand Hotel & Spa is ready to give you a warm festive welcome. Spend some quality time with your loved ones and celebrate the festive season in comfort and style.

Ramee Grand Hotel & Spa is the perfect venue for festive treat. The warm, relaxed atmosphere, paired with ou ..

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MEMC to organise walkathon on Dec 18

December 11, 2014

MEM-MIDDLE EAST MEDICAL CENTRE

Middle East Medical Centre (MEMC), will organise a walkathon to celebrate its first anniversary on Thursday, December 18 at 3pm.

The 3kms-walkathon, being organised in cooperation with the Hidd Sports Club, will start from the centre in Hidd and around 1,500 people are expected to participate.

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Passport renewal takes the e-route

December 11, 2014

Shaikh Ahmed addressing media

As part of its initiatives aimed at streamlining and simplifying the process for government services, the General Directorate of Nationality, Passports and Residence Affairs (NPRA) has launched the online passport renewal Service.

The programme was launched in conjunction with the eGovernment Authority (eGA), through the nationa ..

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Over 700 Iraqi Kurds killed since June

December 11, 2014

Kurdish Peshmerga members take part in routine military exercises in Koya, 100 kms north of Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, on Tuesday

Six months into the jihadist offensive in Iraq, the autonomous Kurds said yesterday they had lost more than 700 fighters and argued the burden of hosting a million displaced civilians was becoming unsustainable.

Since the Islamic State group launched a devastating offensive from Syria on June 9, Iraq’s Kurds have been involved ..

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Clash with Israel forces kills official of Palestine

December 11, 2014

A Palestinian protester runs for cover as an Israeli military vehicle (background) sprays a foul-smelling spray known as “skunk” during clashes following a demonstration

A senior official in the government of Palestinian died yesterday following a violent confrontation with Israeli troops in a West Bank village near Ramallah.

Ziad Abu Ein, who dealt with the issue of Israeli settlements and the separation wall, died as he was being rushed to hospital after becoming involved in clashes with Isra ..

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Diabetes emerges number one killer

December 11, 2014

The meeting in progress

Diabetes has emerged number one killer in the Kingdom, revealed a higher committee meeting of the Ministry of Health chaired by the Health Minister Sadiq Al Shehabi yesterday.

The meeting saw the Head of the Clinical Audit Department Dr. Najat Abu Al Fateh presenting the vital statistics of the country that revealed the causes o ..

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E-PAY ON THE CARDS

December 11, 2014

MASTERCARD

Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) will collaborate with MasterCard International and Payment International Enterprise to provide facilities to employers in the Kingdom in order to pay the salaries of the domestic workers electronically, said LMRA Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Ausamah Al Absi while announcing the launch of LMRA annual awards yesterday.

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Blast victim’s family rubbishes rumours

December 11, 2014

Mr. Al Basry-A screen shot of a video showed on Bahrain TV yesterday, showing the authorities examining the explosion site in Karzakkan, while Mr. Al Basry’s dead body is seen lying on the ground

Family members of the Bahraini victim killed in the explosion in Karzakkan on Tuesday denied reports that they will delay his burial, until the results of the investigations are handed over to them.

Speaking to DT News yesterday, the son of the deceased, Ahmed Al Basry confirmed that the body of his father, Abdulkarim Al ..

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DT WOMAN : Macrame, her success mantra

December 11, 2014

Ms. Al A’amari-DT WOMAN

Born and raised in the Kingdom of Bahrain, her love for jewellery started from a very tender age – while studying in the elementary school.

She would macramé chokers and earrings and gift them to her friends and family. Today, Yathreb Al A’amari successfully replaced all these wax cord and wooden beads with zircon stones a ..

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Bapco brings in advanced lubricants

December 11, 2014

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Bahrain Petroleum Company (Bapco) has launched a range of advanced automotive lubricants in Bahrain. The company showcased the new range for the first time at a specially organised event at the Bahrain International Circuit  yesterday. The event was held under the patronage of Bapco’s Chief Executive Dr. Pete Bartlett, in the presence of Bapco’s Chairman Adel ..

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BUSINESS AVENUES

December 11, 2014

Mr. Al Moayyed opens the Partnership Summit

Arab-Asia Business Partnership Summit Exhibition opened

Under the patronage of the Minister of Industry and Commerce Zayed bin Rashid Al Zayani, Undersecretary of Commerce Affairs Nader Khalil Al Moayyed opened the first edition of the Arab-Asia Business Partnership Summit under the theme ‘Re-inventing Regional Markets’. The Summit is being organised by ..

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DT NEWS OVENHOT : A perfect way to beat the chill

December 11, 2014

DT NEWS Ovenhot

A dish of grape, cabbage or chard leaves rolled around a filling usually based on minced meat, or a sweet dish of filo dough wrapped around a filling often of various kinds of chopped nuts, Sarma dish is found in the cuisines of the former Ottoman Empire from the Middle East to the Balkans and Central Europe.

In Turkey, the ..

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Thousands in Lima march for the planet

December 11, 2014

French Minister of Foreign Affairs Laurent Fabius (right) speaks with the president of Mary Robinson Foundation and Climate Justice, Mary Robinson, during a session of the UN COP20 and CMP10 conferences in Lima, Peru

Thousands of people marched in central Lima against Earth’s exploitation yesterday, urging ministers haggling over a world climate deal to ensure a global switch to 100-percent clean energy by 2050. Students, environmentalists, workers, women’s defenders, anti-poverty activists and indigenous groups joined the “People’s Climate March” in the Peruvian capi ..

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INHUMANE TORTURE

December 11, 2014

Ashraf Ghani (centre) speaks during a press conference at the Presidential Palace in Kabul yesterday

Afghan president Ghani condemns CIA’s actions

Afghanistan’s new President Ashraf Ghani yesterday condemned CIA torture detailed in a US Senate report, saying the United States’ actions violated “all accepted norms of human rights” and were part of a vicious cycle of violence. Ghani’s speech came as his government attempts to revive a moribund ta ..

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OZ BIND INDIA

December 11, 2014

Michael Clarke and Steven Smith walk off because of rain

Smith, Clarke shine on gloomy day at Adelaide Oval

Michael Clarke’s gritty 128 after pain-killing injections in his injured back may have lit up a rain-soaked Adelaide Oval yesterday, but it was his baby-faced batting partner Steven Smith who offered hope of a brighter future.

Smith’s unbeaten 162 was almost overshad ..

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Diyar Al Muharraq completes Land reclamation works

December 11, 2014

Diyar Al Muharraq

Diyar Al Muharraq,  the urban developers in the Kingdom announced the completion of land reclamation works for the whole of the project. With this, the shore protection rock armour work is near completion and is expected to be finished by the 1st quarter of 2015. They assigned the joint venture company “Great Lakes Nass” for the reclamation and shore protectio ..

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Shanbhag, Joseph win in tennis doubles

December 10, 2014

From left, Uday Shanbhag, Stalin Joseph, Pradeep Nathoo and Saleem Khan in veteran’s doubles

Uday Shanbhag and Stalin Joseph defeated Pradeep Nathoo and Saleem Khan 6-3, 6-1 in a veteran’s doubles match as part of The Indian Club Centenary Tennis Tournament at the club premises in Gudaibiya. In other action, Areej Fareh and Abdul Lateef defeated Claire and Ronald Anacin easily 6-1, 6-1 in a mixed doubles match, while in veteran’s singles, Lester Ferao ..

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National Day Fencing Championship begins

December 10, 2014

National Day Fencing Championship logo

Bahraini Fencing Assocaition (BFA) are organising the Second International National Day Fencing Championship to be held at Khalifa Sports City in Isa Town from December 18 to 20. A total of 28 Bahrainis are set to compete which features 14 countries - Italy, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Iraq, Egypt, Jordan, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia ..

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Lanes Win Monday Madness Golf

December 10, 2014

Golf Operations Manager Sheldon Cameron, centre, with the winners Debbie and Rob Lane

Pairs Rob and Debbie Lane (33 nett) won this week’s Monday Madness Night Golf competition at the Royal Golf Club to catapult them into third place in the overall series order of merit. Graeme Newport and playing partner Todd Gillespie (33.5) clinched second place, while Abdulaziz Ahmed and Abdulrahman Al Amar (33.75) came in third. With only one week of the curre ..

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Zain Juniors Open Championships : ARYAN BEATS ISA

December 10, 2014

Zain Juniors Open Championships

Aryan Ashwin defeated Isa Al Ghattan 4-1 games in the the semi-finals of the Unisex (Mixed) 8 years and top seed Tristan Manners was a 4-1 winner over Rakan Kawash yesterday on the third day of the 12th Zain Bahrain Juniors Open Tennis Championships at the Bahrain Tennis Club mini courts at its premises in Juffair. The result sets up the final match of the category ..

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World Congress a tributary for all researchers

December 10, 2014

Mr. Askar chairs the standing committees meeting

Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC) general secretary and Executive Committee chairman Abdulrahman Askar said the 56th ICHPER.SD Anniversary World Congress and Exposition taking place in the Kingdom of Bahrain this month is a tributary for all sport specialised researches. Mr. Askar added having this prestigious event in Bahrain for the first time is in line with the k ..

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Bahrain gets full marks

December 10, 2014

Fadi Humaidan with other participants in Brazil

The Kingdom of Bahrain has won full marks at the recently-concluded 2014 Brazilian School Youth Games for successfully hosting the Mini Olympics last year in April. The Games took place from November 6 to 12 in Joao Pessoa in Paraiba. During his visit, Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC) Technical Directorate Senior Specialist Fadi Humaidan made a presentation in front ..

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KERALA XI BEAT BULLS

December 10, 2014

Jayanth

BCL Cricket League

Kerala XI crushed Bulls by 163 runs in the latest matches of the BFC Cricket Bahrain (BCL-CBA Division) Golden League,T-20 Tournament at the Busaiteen grounds in Muharraq. Batting first, Kerala smashed a massive 235 for five thanks to a fine knock by Jayanth (94) with good support from Rathish (45) and Vinod (38), while Bulls in reply wer ..

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Malaria deaths halved since 2000

December 10, 2014

A Thai health official performs a blood test on children at a Malaria clinic in Kanchanaburi province near the Thai-Myanmar border

The number of people dying from malaria has almost halved since 2000, although progress in west Africa risks being reversed by the Ebola outbreak, the World Health Organisation said yesterday.

The UN agency also warned of continuing gaps in access to mosquito nets and anti-malaria treatments, as well as worrying signs of resista ..

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EDUCATION FOR ALL

December 10, 2014

Nobel Peace Prize laureates Malala Yousafzai (left) and Kailash Satyarthi (right) give a joint press conference at the Norwegian Nobel Institute in Oslo yesterdayNobel Peace Prize laureates Malala Yousafzai (left) and Kailash Satyarthi (right)

Nobel Peace Prize winners stress importance of uniting people across borders Nobel Peace Prize winners Malala Yousafzai from Pakistan and Kailash Satyarthi of India yesterday stressed the importance of uniting people across borders and religions by educating children and freeing them from poverty.

The 17-year-old Malala, who was shot in the head two year ..

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Putin to expand ties with india

December 10, 2014

Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin has voiced hope for expanding ties with India during his visit there and sought to assuage New Delhi’s concern about Moscow’s ties with Pakistan. Putin, speaking in an interview with the PTI news agency released by the Kremlin yesterday, hailed a “privileged strategic partnership” between Russia and India and said the two nations would move to expand it fu ..

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Police to clear Occupy protest zones

December 10, 2014

Protesters’ tents lining all the lanes of the road, at the main anti-government protest site at Admiralty in Hong Kong

Hong Kong police announced plans to clear away the last of the “Occupy” protest encampments that have blocked key roads in the financial hub for over two months, setting up what could be a final showdown with pro-democracy activists yesterday.

A police spokesman, Cheung Tak-keung, said police would help implement a court-ord ..

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DAY OF SILENCE

December 10, 2014

Cadets of the Crimean Cossack Corps stand near a statue of late Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin during celebration marking the Heroes of the Fatherland Day in Simferopol

Ukraine army, rebels down arms 

Ukrainian government troops and separatists said their forces were complying with an agreed “Day of Silence” in Ukraine’s war-torn east yesterday, marking an attempt to forge an effective ceasefire which may lead to a new round of peace talks.

In a further step toward normalisation, ..

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Winnie-the-Pooh illustration sells for record price

December 10, 2014

A handout picture received from Sotheby’s London shows E H Shepard’s original ink drawing of Winnie-the-Pooh, Christopher Robin and Piglet on the “Poohsticks” bridge

The original drawing of an iconic literary illustration depicting Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends playing “poohsticks” sold at auction in London for a record-breaking £314,500 ($490,470 or 399,170 euros).

The sale of EH Shepard’s ink drawing of the much-loved AA Milne characters Pooh, Christopher Robin and Piglet broke th ..

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‘Movember’ at St. Chris

December 10, 2014

‘Movember’ at St. Chris

The male staff and Sixth Form boys of St. Chris Senior School decided to remain hairy once again during the month of November to raise money for Men’s Health in Bahrain.

This was according to Barry Hobday, Head of Geography and Movember Coordinator.

“Movember is a worldwide charity event ..

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Annual day celebration of the Sneha School

December 10, 2014

Indian Ladies Association (ILA) celebrated the annual day of the Sneha School for Mentally Challenged Children on  December 6 at the Baan Saeng Thai Restaurant, Adliya. Sneha Children performed  on the stage during the event

Indian Ladies Association (ILA) celebrated the annual day of the Sneha School for Mentally Challenged Children on  December 6 at the Baan Saeng Thai Restaurant, Adliya. Sneha Children performed  on the stage during the event.  ILA patron Mala Mohankumar was the chief guest.

 

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‘Faber-Castell Spectra 2014’ Grand Finale held

December 10, 2014

Officials and the winners pose for a group photo during the Grand Finale of Faber-Castell Spectra 2014

The Grand Finale of Faber-Castell ‘Spectra 2014’ was held on December 5 at the Bahrain Keraleeya Samajam (BKS) Auditorium.

 The annual art festival, organized by the Indian Community Relief Fund (ICRF) had an overwhelming response this year.

ICRF works under the patronage of the Embassy ..

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Al Noor student wins Spectra contest for third time

December 10, 2014

Binscal Pascal Paul holds his trophy after winning in the contest

Grade 11 student at Al Noor International School, Binscal Pascal Paul, won the first prize in the annual ‘Faber Castell Spectra Art Competition’ which was held on November 14, 2014.

He holds the unique distinction of having won the competition three times since the start of the event.

Al ..

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‘October Toys’ for St. Chris’ pupils

December 10, 2014

Above, Ayleen and George Gaspar speaking before the students (below) during the event 1

St. Christopher’s Year 2 students were visited on November 27 by freelance toy designers, Ayleen and George Gaspar, from California, who run a company called ‘October Toys.’

The toy designers have worked on many high profile projects such as designing Star Wars, The Walking Dead, Ninja Turtles and WWE Wrestling toys.

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Long-term resident dies

December 10, 2014

Mr. Chacko

Mathew Chacko, a long-term Bahraini resident who spent almost 25 years in the Kingdom, breathed his last on last Monday in Indian state of Kerala.

Mr. Chacko, hailing from Harippad, Muttam in Kerala had worked for Down Town Construction in the Kingdom.

His mortal remains will be laid to rest ..

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ICT event attracts scores of people

December 10, 2014

The conference brought together technology experts, investors, business owners and other experts

More than 450 technology enthusiasts are attending a key Information and Communication Technology (ICT) event which opened yesterday and will conclude tomorrow, at the Bahrain International Exhibition Convention Centre (BIECC).

The three-day conference called ‘MEET ICT Bahrain 2014’ brought together technology experts, inve ..

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Kingdom to organise medical conference

December 10, 2014

Dr. Rafea addressing media

The Kingdom will host a key international medical conference to highlight the dangers of spreading contagious diseases.

The three-day conference titled, ‘Infectious Diseases and Epidemics: Imminent Danger and Bright Prospects,’ will open on February 24 at the Gulf Hotel under the patronage of Prime Minister HRH Prince Khalif ..

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Ombudsman, NIHR get Chaillot Prize

December 10, 2014

File photo of Palais de Chaillot in Paris

The European Union in Riyadh  has presented Bahrain National Institution for Human Rights (NIHR) and Interior Ministry’s Ombudsman with The Chaillot Prize in a ceremony at the Sheraton Hotel Bahrain yesterday.

The prizes were awarded on the occasion of the Human Rights Day,  being observed by the international community ..

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Full-scale emergency exercise at BIA

December 10, 2014

The Rescue Team on standby during the emergency exercise at BIA

A telephone rang, followed by the echoing siren of fire trucks rushing at the tarmac of the Bahrain International Airport (BIA).

At 1:00 pm, all eyes were on the Airbus A320, which was surrounded by orange fumes.

This was not a real life situation but a full-scale emergency exercise organise ..

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COURT BEAT

December 10, 2014

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Kiss lands man in jail

An Asian man who kissed his girlfriend publicly had his one-month-jail-sentence upheld before the High Criminal Appeals Court.

The pair was allegedly caught kissing at a public garden located in Qalali.

They were spotted by ..

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Al Qaeda claims car bomb attacks

December 10, 2014

Yemeni men inspect the damage outside the house of a member of the Shia Huthi movement after it was targeted by an explosion on Monday

Al Qaeda claimed responsibility for twin suicide car bomb attacks yesterday that killed seven soldiers in Yemen, as fresh violence shook the increasingly unstable country where rival militias are battling for control.

The attacks targeted an army headquarters in Yemen’s southeast, a stronghold of Al-Qaeda where two hostages - ..

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BBK launches e-channels campaign

December 10, 2014

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To create more convenient ways to connect with the bank and a comprehensive electronic banking experience for its clients, BBK has launched its e-channels campaign ‘Let BBK’s e Channels take you to the legendary Spanish League’.

By using any of BBK’s e-channels, clients have the chance to fly to the home of FC Barcelona, ..

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TWO DAYS, TWO BLASTS; TWO DEAD

December 10, 2014

The explosion site in Damestan

Northern Governorate had seen two explosions that claimed the lives of two persons in the last two days.

While the first explosion occurred in Damestan on Monday night, killing an on-duty policeman, the second explosion at Karzakkan yesterday morning claimed the life of an elderly Bahraini.

T ..

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TERRORISM CORNERED

December 10, 2014

A handout picture made available by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit media centre shows King Hamad along with other GCC leaders

Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) leaders yesterday stressed their solidarity with Bahrain in all the measures the Kingdom is taking to confront terrorism.

The leaders also strongly condemned the terrorist bombings that killed innocent people and threatened Bahrain’s security and stability.

Th ..

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Kuwait leader hails successful elections

December 10, 2014

Shaikh Sabah

The Amir of Kuwait Shaikh Sabah Al Ahmed Al Jaber Al Sabah hailed Bahrainis for their massive participation in the recent parliamentary and municipal elections.

He lauded Bahrainis for their high patriotic spirit and resolve to stand united with their leaders, under the reform project initiated by His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa ..

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‘DON’T INTERFERE IN RIGHTS PRETEXT’

December 10, 2014

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Prime Minister HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa described as “unacceptable” the attempts to infiltrate societies and violate their specific cultural and civilisational features in the pretext of human rights, adding such interference would put civil peace at risk.

Calling upon the international community to exert mor ..

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HEFTY RENT PUTS HAWAR IN A FIX

December 10, 2014

People like Abdulabaqi will miss the physical training, if the Hawar centre is closed

Fourteen-year-old Abdulabaqi Jalal Abdulaal, a victim of Cerebral Palsy, can now balance his body and has a better hand-eye coordination. Thanks to ‘Loay,’ a horse at Hawar Horse Riding Centre.

Along with horse riding training, the centre had been providing physical therapy with the help of the experts to people like Abdulab ..

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National Day: Preparations in full swing

December 10, 2014

Shaikh Hesham and other officials at Al Fateh Corniche

Barely a few days away, the Capital Governorate and Trustees have begun preparing for the National Day Celebrations, marking the anniversary of the establishment of the modern state of Bahrain as an Arab and Muslim country in 1783 by its founder Ahmed Al Fateh.

The celebration also marks the 43rd anniversary of its accession to ..

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The Pet Project: Even dogs experience ‘winter blues’

December 10, 2014

Even dogs experience ‘winter blues’-The Pet Project

The changes in the weather, especially in wintertime, affect dogs in the same way it affects people.

Winter seasons can affect dogs especially if they are really active and outgoing dogs.

One of the best ways to lighten up your pet’s day is to brighten up the lights in your house. It create ..

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Alba backs MaintCon

December 10, 2014

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Aluminium Bahrain (Alba), a leading aluminium producer in the world, provided gold sponsorship for the 3rd Middle East Maintenance Conference & Exhibition (MaintCon) 2014. Organised by the Gulf Society of Maintenance Professionals in co-operation with the Bahrain Society of Engineers, MaintCon2014 is being held from December 7 to 10, 2014 at the Gulf Internatio ..

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BATELCO IS ICT COMPANY OF YEAR

December 10, 2014

Ms. Al Hashemi receives the award from Mr. Mohammed as BTECH President Ubaydli Ubaydli (second from left) and Worksmart Chairman Ahmed Al Hujairy (left) look on

Batelco has been named ICT Company of the Year for 2014 at the 5th MEET ICT event, which is underway at Bahrain International Exhibition Centre.

The award was presented to Batelco Bahrain Acting Chief Executive Muna Al Hashemi by the Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications Kamal Ahmed.

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SICO announces changes in organisational setup

December 10, 2014

Securities & Investment Company (SICO)-Mr. Narayanan-Mr. Haddad

Securities & Investment Company (SICO) has appointed Anantha Narayanan as Chief Operating Officer and Wissam Haddad as Head of Corporate Finance.

Mr. Narayanan, who joined SICO in 2008 as head of internal audit, has more than 24 years of experience in audit and risk management in the banking industry.

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CHINA OVERTAKES RUSSIA

December 10, 2014

“Yixin’ou” cargo train arriving at the Abronigal railway station in Madrid

Longest railway route to Madrid launched

The first freight train to link China directly to Spain arrived in Madrid yesterday after covering over 13,000 kilometres (8,000 miles) in a test run of a planned regular service between the two nations.

The train departed Yiwu in eastern China, ..

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Toyota head visits E.K. Kanoo

December 10, 2014

Mr. Ihara with Ebrahim K. Kanoo officials at the Toyota showroom in Sitra

Ebrahim K. Kanoo, the sole distributor of Toyota and Lexus in Bahrain, received Executive Vice President and Member of the Board at Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) Yasumori Ihara yesterday.

Mr. Ihara toured the Toyota showroom in Sitra and met with Chairman of Ebrahim K. Kanoo Group Mohammed Ebrahim Kanoo and the company’s top ..

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JAPAN FLEXES MUSCLES IN ARAB–ASIA SUMMIT

December 10, 2014

Mr. Kuckreja,  Mr. Yamada and Mr Hosogai at the press conference

Japan to explore ways to set up a permanent ICCJ office in Bahrain

Eight famous Japanese companies are participating in the Arab–Asia Business Partnership Summit that took off at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre yesterday.

The event will be packed with conference sessions, attended by business ..

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Climate talks set for record carbon footprint

December 10, 2014

Performers wait to participate in the inauguration ceremony of the high lever segment during the UN COP20 and CMP10 climate change conferences being held in Lima yesterday

The current U.N. climate talks will be the first to neutralise all the greenhouse gas pollution they generate, offset by host country Peru’s protection of forest at three different reserves, organisers say. Now the bad news: The Lima conference is expected to have the biggest carbon footprint of any U.N. climate meeting measured to date.

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Mugabe fires deputy, seven ministers

December 10, 2014

Robert Mugabe

Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe has fired his deputy, Joice Mujuru, and seven government ministers, his cabinet secretary said yesterday, in the latest twist in a power struggle over the choice of his successor. The move took place days after Mugabe, 90, publicly rebuked Mujuru, who was seen just months ago as the most likely to take his place when he dies or ..

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REPORT DETAILS CIA TECHNIQUES

December 10, 2014

REPORT DETAILS  CIA TECHNIQUES

Methods far more brutal than the CIA told the public

“Enhanced interrogation” techniques used by the CIA on militants detained in secret prisons were ineffective and never produced information which led to the disruption of imminent terrorist plots, a declassified report by the Senate Intelligence Committee found. The report released yesterday said the ..

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Kosovo gets new government

December 10, 2014

Newly elected Prime Minister Isa Mustafa arrives to address lawmakers yesterday in Pristina

Kosovo’s lawmakers yesterday backed a new coalition government led by veteran politician Isa Mustafa, ending a six-month political crisis in the former Serbian province. The election of Mustafa, a 63-year-old economist, followed a surprise deal struck on Monday between his party and that of outgoing prime minister Hashim Thaci. The agreement, which involved Musta ..

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CONNOR WICKHAM SIGNS NEW DEAL

December 10, 2014

India hockey captain Sardar Singh (left) celebrates with teammate

Connor Wickham has signed a new four-and-half-year deal which will keep him at Sunderland until the summer of 2019. The England U21 internationals previous contract was scheduled to run out at the end of this season and he would have been able to speak to other clubs from January.

The 21-year-old played a key role in keeping the ..

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Argentina, India win

December 10, 2014

Connor Wickham

Argentina crushed Olympic gold-medallists Germany 3-0 and hosts India stunned the Netherlands 3-2 as the preliminary league ended in a flourish in the Champions Trophy field hockey yesterday. In other matches on day three of the eight-nation tournament, England and Belgium drew 1-1 and world champions Australia defeated Pakistan 3-0 to record their first win after ..

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McIlroy wins Golf Writers Trophy

December 10, 2014

Rory McIlroy

World number one Rory McIlroy has won the Golf Writers Trophy for the second time in three years after a season that saw him win two major championships and help Europe to Ryder Cup success. The 25-year-old Northern Irishman was the overwhelming choice for the prestigious award following votes cast by members of the Association of Golf Writers.  “First of all I ..

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CITY SHOWDOWN IS ROMA’S ‘CUP FINAL’

December 10, 2014

Rudi Garcia attends a press conference

Roma’s decisive final Champions League group game with Manchester City on Wednesday is “like a Cup final”, coach Rudi Garcia said on the eve of the match. Roma, who finished second in Serie A last season in Garcia’s first campaign in charge, can ensure they reach the knockout stage for the first time since the 2010/11 season by beating City. A draw would al ..

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WARNER LEADS AUSSIES

December 10, 2014

David Warner celebrates as he reaches his century

Australia 354 for 6 at close in 1st Test

Australia’s David Warner dedicated his stirring century to tragic team-mate Phillip Hughes yesterday as emotions over the batsman’s death dominated the delayed first Test against India. Warner’s determined 145 off 163 balls, studded with glances to the heavens, was the mainstay of Australia’s innings as they ..

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Steady progress: US Defence chief

December 10, 2014

Hagel

US Defence chief Chuck Hagel yesterday hailed “steady progress” in the war on the Islamic State group but Iraq appealed for increased military assistance to break the back of the jihadists.

Meeting Hagel in Baghdad, Prime Minister Haider Al Abadi said that Iraqi forces were advancing on the ground against IS fighters who hav ..

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Syria strikes kill three

December 10, 2014

A Syrian Kurdish woman crosses the border between Syria and Turkey at the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province in this September 23 file picture

Syrian warplanes carried out air strikes in a border region of eastern Lebanon overnight, killing three people and injuring two others, Lebanon’s official news agency said yesterday.

The National News Agency said, the strikes hit the outskirts of the border town of Arsal, which has regularly been targeted by Syrian government ..

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Sampras says US men’s game in sad decline

December 9, 2014

Pete Sampras

American legend Pete Sampras lamented yesterday the decline of US men’s tennis, saying he didn’t know anyone capable of breaking into the top ranks for his home country. Fourteen-time Grand Slam winner Sampras blamed the increasingly global and competitive nature of top-level tennis, saying it would “take time” before American men were dominant again. “We ..

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SWANSEA APPEAL FABIANSKI RED

December 9, 2014

Referee Chris Foy (left) sends off Swansea City’s Polish goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski (right) with a straight red card

Swansea City announced on Monday that they have appealed against goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski’s dismissal during their 3-1 loss at West Ham United in the Premier League yesterday. The former Arsenal goalkeeper was sent off in the 68th minute at Upton Park, with the score at 2-1, for racing out of his area and impeding Diafra Sakho as the West Ham substitute bore d ..

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Clarke to lead Australia

December 9, 2014

Michael Clarke

Michael Clarke was yesterday passed fit to lead Australia in the emotional opening Test against India in Adelaide, with the late Phillip Hughes symbolically named 13th man. Clarke had been in doubt for the series opener starting Tuesday with recurring hamstring problems and in the wake of the heart-wrenching death of his close friend Hughes, which plunged the crick ..

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MARCHISIO CALLS FOR FLAWLESS JUVE DISPLAY

December 9, 2014

Claudio Marchisio attends a press conference on the eve of the UEFA Champions League football match

Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio has called for a flawless display against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League make-or-break clash today that he considers their “most important game of the season”. “We’ve worked hard the past few months to get where we are now, so tomorrow we can’t put a foot wrong,” Marchisio told reporters at the club’s Vin ..

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Simeone not alone for FIFA award

December 9, 2014

Massimiliano Allegri

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has backed Diego Simeone for the FIFA World Coach of the Year award, but said the other two shortlisted nominees would also be worthy winners. “Simeone’s doing really well. Winning the Spanish league when you’ve got Real Madrid and Barcelona is not easy, and neither is making it to the Champions League final,” Allegri tol ..

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O’Sullivan relieved after trumping Trump

December 9, 2014

Ronnie O’Sullivan

Ronnie O’Sullivan joked “I feel like retiring” after edging Judd Trump 10-9 in a nail-biting final to claim his fifth UK Championship title. O’Sullivan led 9-4 at one stage of Sunday’s contest at York’s Barbican Centre, only for Trump to reel off five frames in succession, taking the match to a deciding frame. But O’Sullivan, who broke his ankle while ..

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MOYES BEMOANS LACK OF QUALITY

December 9, 2014

David Moyes

David Moyes conceded his first defeat as Real Sociedad coach was thoroughly deserved as Villarreal ran out 4-0 winners. Former Manchester United boss Moyes had seen Sociedad pick up four points from his opening two Primera Division games in the hotseat while drawing with Real Oviedo in the Copa del Rey last 32 first leg. The Basque side had also not conceded a goal ..

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Almost 200 for World Congress

December 9, 2014

Coordination and Follow up Committee chairman Dr. Mamoon Al Khateeb

Close to 200 have recently approved their participation in the 56th ICHPER.SD Anniversary World Congress and Exposition, set to take place in the Kingdom of Bahrain later this month. The four-day event organised by the Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC) is scheduled to take place from December 18 to 21 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Manama. It will be held in cooperatio ..

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Tristan Manners win

December 9, 2014

Tristan Manners

Top seeded Tristan Manners defeated A Razaq Al Kooheji 5-3 games in the quarter finals of the Unisex (Mixed) 8 years and under yesterday on the second day of the 12th Zain Bahrain Juniors Open Tennis Championships at the Bahrain Tennis Club mini courts at its premises in Juffair. In other quarter final matches, Rauan Kawash edged out Shadi Khallel 5-4 and there wer ..

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AL QUBAISI LOOKS TO DEFEND TITLE

December 9, 2014

An action from the race

Team Black Falcon by Abu Dhabi Racing’s driver Khaled Al Qubaisi is hoping to defend their title behind the wheel of a Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 when the fourth edition of the Gulf 12 Hours gets under way at Yas Marina Grand Prix Circuit on Saturday. Al Qubaisi fresh from securing a third overall team championship in Proton Competition’s debut season in the FIA Worl ..

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Uber banned after driver accused of rape

December 9, 2014

Indian police escort Uber taxi driver and accused rapist Shiv Kumar Yadav following his court appearance in New Delhi

Authorities in Delhi have banned US-based taxi firm Uber from operating in the Indian capital after one of its drivers was accused of raping a passenger.

There was outrage locally after it was alleged that the driver, who appeared in court briefly to be remanded in custody yesterday, was arrested for a sexual assault three years ..

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Rowling unveils Christmas gift for fans

December 9, 2014

Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling

British author J. K. Rowling will publish new Harry Potter material every day from December 12 to 23 on her website Pottermore.com as a gift to fans.

The author made the announcement on Facebook yesterday, saying the stories will be available each day from 13:00 GMT for fans who solve an online riddle. The new material will incl ..

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HAGUPIT WREAKS HAVOC

December 9, 2014

Damaged houses in Borongan, in the eastern Samar province, in central Philippines, a day after typhoon Hagupit hit the province

Storm kills at least 21 in Philippines

At least 21 people have been reported dead in the Philippines after typhoon Hagupit made first landfall.

Many of the victims drowned as flood waters rose in Borongan, the main town in Eastern Samar. The Philippines had evacuated more than a million people as the typhoon approached t ..

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Obama, Prince William chat amiably

December 9, 2014

US President Barack Obama meets with Britain’s Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, in the Oval Office at the White House in Washingto

President Barack Obama met with Britain’s Prince William at the White House yesterday as part of the prince’s short visit to the United States.

The two men chatted amiably in the Oval Office while reporters and photographers snapped pictures. Members of the media were ushered in and out of the room in less than two minutes. ..

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Belgian strike disrupts international flights, trains

December 9, 2014

A woman takes part in the blockade of one of Brussels’ main main entrance as part of an action of several unions in Brussels

A strike against austerity measures by Belgium’s new government yesterday paralysed public transport and caused havoc with international flights and train services in the capital.

All underground trains, buses and trams were halted in Brussels while high-speed train links to cities in France, the Netherlands and Germany were ..

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UN APPEALS FOR $16BN

December 9, 2014

Orphaned Syrian children, who lost their parents in the three and a half year conflict ravaging their country, play with balloons at a school for orphans during a party organised by a non-governmental organisation

The UN appealed yesterday for a record $16.4 billion (13.4bn euros) to provide aid to nearly 60 million people worldwide next year, with almost half the amount aimed at helping victims of Syria’s drawn-out conflict.

“We are facing needs at unprecedented levels,” said United Nations humanitarian chief Valerie Amos.

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Qatar Airways flies to Asmara

December 9, 2014

Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways has continued its expansion into Africa with the launch of services to its twelfth new destination this year, the Eritrean capital Asmara. Launched on December 4, the new route will provide passengers to and from Eritrea with two weekly flights connecting Asmara via Doha to more than 140 destinations around the world.

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OIL TUMBLES

December 9, 2014

A state-owned oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico

Brent crude oil fell more than $2 a barrel yesterday to a new five-year low on predictions that oversupply would keep building until next year after OPEC decided not to cut output.

In a report dated December 5, Morgan Stanley said oil prices could fall as low as $43 a barrel next year. The U.S. investment bank cut its average 20 ..

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Moody’s finds Kuwait, Qatar more resilient

December 9, 2014

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Moody’s Investors Service has said that while the six sovereign states in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) can

withstand the pressure of oil prices averaging around Moody’s estimate of $80 to $85 a barrel in 2015, Bahrain and Oman’s credit profiles will be the most adversely affected, because the two sovereigns exhibit a ..

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EU pins hopes on intelligence sharing

December 9, 2014

Mogherini

New European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said in Turkey yesterday she hoped increased intelligence-sharing would help stop the flow of foreign fighters joining the ranks of Islamic State militants.

Mogherini was speaking after talks in Ankara on her first trip to Turkey since taking office.

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Syria blames Israel

December 9, 2014

An injured Syrian man sits at a makeshift hospital in the rebel-held Damascus suburb of Douma yesterday, following two reported air strikes by government forces

Syria accused Israel of bombing its main international airport on Sunday as the UN announced talks with rebel leaders on a ceasefire in its war-battered second city of Aleppo.

The accusation came hours ahead of an appeal by humanitarian organisations yesterday for countries to take in around 180,000 refugees as the number of peo ..

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Lebanese PM seeks more help

December 9, 2014

Shia gunmen check vehicles on a road in the village of Bazzaliyeh which leads the eastern Lebanese town of Arsal in the Bekaa valley, near the border with Syria

Lebanon needs more international help to fight jihadist forces that have launched a series of attacks against the army and kidnapped security forces, the country’s prime minister told AFP.

Tammam Salam, speaking ahead of a visit to France this week, welcomed French arms deliveries due “in the coming weeks”, but said his co ..

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Yemen raid killed civilians: Tribe

December 9, 2014

Yemeni security forces are deployed on the street in the southern city of Aden during clashes following a demonstration by members of the separatist Southern Movement

Seven civilians were killed in a US-Yemeni raid to rescue an American hostage at the weekend that also left him and a kidnapped South African dead, a tribal chief said yesterday.

Tarek Ferid Al Daghari, who heads the influential Al Awlaki tribe in Shabwa province, said his tribe would press for compensation from the Yemeni gover ..

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CSB holds workshop

December 9, 2014

Guests addressing the gathering-Civil Service Bureau (CSB)

Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of Gulf Air Board of Directors, Shaikh Khalid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa opened a workshop organised by the Civil Service Bureau (CSB). The two-day workshop has been organised on the experience of the Kingdom in the infrastructure development in civil service.

Addressing the gathering, Shaikh Khali ..

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Parliamentary votes: Court to decide on election results

December 9, 2014

Mr. Al Maliky                        Mr. Al Shaer

The Cassation Court will decide today the winner of the parliamentary seat of the first constituency in the Southern Governorate.

Challenging the election results, former MP and candidate Adnan Al Maliky had filed a case against the victory of Khalid Al Shaer.

Speaking to DT News yeste ..

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Traffic plans urged for future events

December 9, 2014

The passengers had to walk a long distance to reach the airport yesterday

Minister of Interior, Lieutenant-General Shaikh Rashid bin Abdullah Al Khalifa received on Monday the General Director of Traffic, Shaikh Nasser bin Abdulrahman Al Khalifa, who highlighted to him the obstacles faced in the implementation of the traffic plan for the Bahrain International Triathlon Challenge Championship on Saturday.

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‘MY EMPLOYER BLACKMAILED ME’

December 9, 2014

BLACKMAIL

A Bahraini man claims he was being ‘exploited’ and ‘blackmailed’ by his former employer, who refused to pay his salaries.

A training company based in Manama, allegedly terminated the contract of a Bahraini employee, despite owing him an amount of BD 1650.

Subsequently, Bahraini Hass ..

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Money not for ads: CBB

December 9, 2014

A file photo of a Bahraini  dinar with an advertisement printed on it

Currency notes should not be used as a means of advertising, asserted the Central Bank of Bahrain (CBB).

Correcting the recent statements made by one of its employees, the CBB stated that writing or printing advertisements on currency notes is a wrong practice.

In September, a CBB official st ..

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COURT BEAT

December 9, 2014

court beat

Public servant jailed for misconduct

A former public servant accused of criminal sexual misconduct during working hours will spend the next three years behind bars after the High Criminal Court confirmed the charges against him.

The ex-Ministry of Municipalities’ empl ..

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‘Join hands to fight against corruption’

December 9, 2014

Shaikh Rrashid Abdulla

Interior Minister Lt. General Shaikh Rashid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa called upon civic society members to participate in the fight against corruption.

The minister also spoke about the need to reinforce transparency to ensure the success of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa’s ongoing reform project.

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COP KILLED IN EXPLOSION

December 9, 2014

COP KILLED IN EXPLOSION

A policeman was killed in a blast that occurred in the Northern Governorate at around 9pm last night.

Interior Ministry confirmed the incident stating on its official Twitter account that “an on duty policeman was killed in a terrorist attack in Damestan.”

Sources told DT News t ..

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FOCUS ON CITIZENS

December 9, 2014

Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister   HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa-Cabinet

Prime Minister HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa urged the lawmakers to embark on preparing a draft government blue print for the next four years.

Chairing the first Cabinet meeting in the presence of Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister   HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Prem ..

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BRITISH EMBASSY FLAYS AL WEFAQ

December 9, 2014

Mr. Hammond  Mr. Al Saati

The British Embassy in Bahrain has vehemently criticised the statements of Al Wefaq National Islamic Society that claimed the British base in Bahrain was “a reward for the silence on human rights abuses.”

British Foreign Secretary Rt Hon Philip Hammond told DT News, Bahrain was a strategic partner for them in the Gulf ..

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Rotten fish seized in Hidd

December 9, 2014

This file photo taken last year shows fishermen selling fish in Hidd

Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning Ministry’s Agriculture and Marine Resources Affairs confiscated large quantities of rotten fish in Hidd on Sunday night.

Issuing a Press release, the authority stated that the fish came from unknown sources and it was found in the possession of a groups of Asian fish sellers during a s ..

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Dubai Shopping Festival to showcase vibrancy

December 9, 2014

The organisers of DSF during the Press conference in Manama yesterday

The month-long 20th edition of the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) will kick off on January 1, with the theme, ‘A Journey of Celebrations.’

Addressing media in Manama, Saeed Mohammad Mesam Al Falasi, Director, Strategic Alliances Division, The Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE), an agency of the Department of Tour ..

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Batelco sponsors National Day Festival

December 9, 2014

Batelco Public Relations Specialist Mohamed Al Faraj presenting the sponsorship to Bahrain International Circuit Senior Manager – Sales Bader Naser

Batelco has announced its diamond sponsorship for the Bahrain International Circuit 2014 National Day Festival. The Festival, which celebrates the pride the people of Bahrain have towards their homeland, will take place at the BIC’s public arena from 13 to 17 December.

The event will showcase the many talents that Bahrain’s ..

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Hong Kong splinter groups fast-track rearguard action

December 9, 2014

Demonstrators speak to a police officer in a march against police brutality during the pro-democracy protests, in the Wan Chai district of Hong Kong

Splinter protest groups calling for democracy for Hong Kong are springing up and fast-tracking action plans as student-led demonstrators consider a retreat from the main campsite which has blocked key downtown arteries for more than two months.

Protesters were thin on the ground yesterday ahead of an expected mid-week clearance ..

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LIMA TALKS HEAD FOR BREAKTHROUGH

December 9, 2014

Members of the Association of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil, demonstrate in demand of their rights during the UN COP20 and CMP10 climate change conferences in Lima

Negotiators pored over draft outlines for a UN pact to curb global warming yesterday, hoping for a breakthrough ahead of the arrival in Lima of ministers and the UN chief.

With a week of talks gone and only five days left, parties remain deeply divided on key aspects of a deal they are supposed to sign in Paris in December next ..

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British millionaire Dewani cleared of honeymoon murder

December 9, 2014

Shrien Dewani

Millionaire British businessman Shrien Dewani walked free yesterday after a South African judge cleared him of murdering his Swedish bride after a sensational trial where his sexuality played a key role.

The shock judgement in what became known as the “honeymoon murder” case left Dewani’s mother weeping with relief in cour ..

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Kosovo set to name new PM

December 9, 2014

The head of the Democratic Party of Kosovo, Hashim Thaci (left), and the head of the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK), Isa Mustafa, shake hands after signing a coalition agreement in Pristina yesterday

Kosovo’s two main political parties yesterday struck a surprise deal calling for the nomination of veteran politician Isa Mustafa as prime minister, in a move to end a nearly six-month political crisis. Kosovo President Atifete Jahjaga officially proposed Mustafa as prime minister-designate to parliament following the deal between Mustafa’s Democratic League of ..

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COMBAT WINDS DOWN

December 9, 2014

The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) color guard marches during the ISAF Joint Command (IJC) and XVIII Airborne Corps colour lowering and casing ceremony

NATO closes Afghan command centre

Flags were lowered at Kabul airport yesterday as the US-led NATO force in Afghanistan held a ceremony to mark the closure of its combat command centre after 13 years of fighting the Taliban. NATO’s combat mission will end on December 31 although some troops will remain to support the Afghan army and police, who ..

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Enma Mall reopens ground floor

December 9, 2014

Enma Mall

Al Enma’a House for Real Estate has announced the re-opening of the ground floor of Enma Mall - Riffa.

The following shops are located on the ground floor of Al Enma Mall which will be open from 10am today; Batelco, Le Chocolat, Tony Romas, Larissa, Kuwait Finance House – Bahrain, Sayed Junaid, Asghar Ali, Dar Al Teeb Perfum ..

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BCCI ATTENDS LONDON FORUM

December 9, 2014

The meeting highlighted the role of the Arab-British Chamber in enhancing relation between the Arab region and the U.K

Chairman of Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry Khaled Al Moayyed and board member Khaled Al Zayani has participated in the GCC-British Economic Forum, organised by the Arab British Chamber of Commerce.

The forum, attended by Prince Andrew the Duke of York, was among the pantheon of prominent political, business and communi ..

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SOHAIL STARS

December 9, 2014

Haris Sohail plays a winning shot

Pakistan win over New Zealand

Newcomer Haris Sohail batted with maturity during his maiden one day international half-century to steer Pakistan to a three-wicket win in the first day-night international against New Zealand in Dubai yesterday. The 25-year-old left-hander scored 85 off 109 balls and added 110 for the seventh wicket with veteran Shahid Afridi ..

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HAMMERS TRIUMPH

December 8, 2014

West Ham United’s English striker Andy Carroll (centre) celebrates scoring West Ham’s second goal

Carroll double fires West Ham up to third

Andy Carroll scored his first goals since March as West Ham United came from behind to beat Swansea City 3-1 yesterday and claim third place in the Premier League. Wilfried Bony put Swansea ahead against the run of play, but Carroll, who missed the first three months of the season with an ankle injury, scored twice ..

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Streaking Warriors down Bulls

December 8, 2014

Draymond Green #23 shoots the ball against the Chicago Bulls

Draymond Green’s career-high 31 points helped the Golden State Warriors stretch their NBA winning streak to a club record 12 games Saturday with a 112-102 victory over Chicago. Green made seven three-pointers and provided seven rebounds, four steals and three blocks for the Warriors, who improved their league-leading record to 17-2. The Warriors, under the guidan ..

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SANGAKKARA STARS

December 8, 2014

Kumar Sangakkara plays a shot

Kumar Sangakkara hit 86 as Sri Lanka squeezed past England with six wickets and two balls to spare in the fourth one-day international yesterday to take a 3-1 lead in the seven-match series. James Taylor missed a maiden one-day century by 10 runs as England, electing to take first strike, scored 265 before they were all out off the last ball of their 50 overs in Co ..

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Federer hails new IPTL

December 8, 2014

Indian Aces player Sania Mirza (right) and Swiss player Roger Federer return the ball

World number two Roger Federer hailed the new International Premier Tennis League as “crazy but fun” after sauntering through his debut matches in the Indian capital yesterday. A laughing and joking Federer downed Czech world number seven Tomas Berdych in the new team competition’s third leg in New Delhi, where the Swiss veteran was playing for the first time ..

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Napoli stunned by Empoli draw

December 8, 2014

Empoli’s defender from Albania Elseid Hysaj (left) fights for the ball with Napoli’s forward from Belgium Dries Mertens

Second-half goals by Duvan Zapata and Jonathan De Guzman rescued a point for Napoli as their winless streak continued in a shock 2-2 home draw with Empoli yesterday. Empoli took a 1-0 half-time lead at the San Paolo thanks to Simone Verdi’s 19th minute opener, and the visitors doubled their lead shortly after the restart thanks to Daniele Rugani. Napoli, who had ..

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HARRINGTON WIN

December 8, 2014

Padraig Harrington posing with the trophy

Indonesia Open

Irishman Padraig Harrington toppled a battling Thanyakon Khrongpha of Thailand by two shots to win the Bank BRI Indonesia Open yesterday. The three-time Major winner held a four-shot lead at the start of the final round but stumbled at the turn in 37 as Thanyakon birdied three in his opening five holes to lead by two shots after nine holes. H ..

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Willett claims Nedbank title

December 8, 2014

Danny Willett

Danny Willett claimed his second career European Tour title with a convincing four-shot victory in the Nedbank Golf Challenge yesterday as overnight leader Luke Donald saw his 37th birthday turn sour. Willett, 27, fired a final round six under par 66 at the Gary Player Country Club to add the Sun City title to his only previous triumph at the BMW International Open ..

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Lacazette shines as Lyon leaves it late

December 8, 2014

Lyon’s French forward Alexandre Lacazette (centre) evades Evian’s French midfielder Olivier Sorlin (Bottom)

A stoppage-time penalty from Ligue 1’s leading scorer Alexandre Lacazette allowed Lyon to win 3-2 at Evian yesterday and move back into third place. Lyon twice trailed in Annecy to goals from the veteran Cedric Barbosa, who scored either side of a Yassine Benzia counter, but Lacazette equalised with nine minutes left before hammering home from the spot four minu ..

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VIETNAM SECURE

December 8, 2014

Vietnam’s Nguyen Van Quyet (centre) scores a goal against Malaysia

Vietnam have one foot in the AFF Suzuki Cup final after goals by Vo Huy Toan and Nguyen Van Quyet secured the 2008 champions a 2-1 away win over Malaysia in the first leg of their semi-final yesterday. The home side were ahead with a Safiq Rahim penalty but Huy Toan levelled in the 32nd minute before Van Quyet fired home the winner on the hour to reward a fine perf ..

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Juniors Open Tennis Championships: Tristan, Aryan register victory

December 8, 2014

From left, Ugarkovic, A. Razaq and Khallel

The 12th Zain Bahrain Juniors Open Tennis Championships got underway yesterday with 24 matches played in the Unisex (Mixed) eight years and under and 10 years and under on the Bahrain Tennis Club mini courts at its premises in Juffair.

The championship is being held under the patronage of Zain Bahrain general manager Mohammed Zi ..

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Tennis Championship: Stalin seals berth in final

December 8, 2014

Stalin Joseph and Omar Ramirej

Stalin Joseph defeated Omar Ramirej 6-2, 6-1 in the veteran’s singles semi-finals last night in the Indian Club Centenary Tennis Championship at its premises in Gudaibiya.

Joseph had earlier beaten Sami Samaco 6-1, 7-5 in the quarter finals, while in other action Serwin Ram Prasad edged out Ali Dawani in three sets and Ronald ..

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Tatweer beat Engineering

December 8, 2014

Marketing team member

Tatweer defeated Engineering 8-0 in the tenth week of matches in the Bapco Interdepartmental Bowling League at the Bapco Club in Awali. Top scoring for Tatweer was Mohammed Ali (254) high game and (702) for the high series for the week and for Engineering Abdul Hadi Al Baggali (227) game and (627) series.

Retirees beat Projects ..

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Uber taxi driver allegedly rapes woman

December 8, 2014

Uber taxi driver allegedly rapes woman

An Uber taxi driver allegedly raped a 25-year-old passenger in the Indian capital before threatening to kill her, police said yesterday, in a blow to the company’s safety-conscious image. New Delhi special commissioner Deepak Mishra said police were hunting the driver who abandoned the taxi and fled after attacking the woman on Friday night in a secluded part of ..

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CHARRED REMAINS FOUND IN LANDFILL

December 8, 2014

People hold signs reading “Bye Pena” referring to Mexican Presdient Enrique Pena Nieto as they protest demanding justice and clarification of the disappearance of 43 students from Ayotzinapa

Fears that 43 Mexican students missing since September were slaughtered by a police-backed gang have risen after one of the young men was identified among charred remains found in a landfill. Authorities sent badly burned remains to an Austrian medical university last month after a police-backed gang confessed to killing the students and incinerating their bodies i ..

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Prince William to break new ground with US trip

December 8, 2014

Prince William (right) and wife Kate

Prince William and his pregnant wife Kate head to New York yesterday for a glitzy visit that marks a step up in their role representing Britain abroad, royal commentators said.The three-day trip will see the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, both 32, mix diplomacy with supporting their favourite causes and promoting British business interests. Crucially for William, h ..

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TYPHOON TEARS DOWN HOMES

December 8, 2014

A man walks past destroyed houses in Tacloban, central Philippines

Typhoon Hagupit tore apart homes and dumped fierce rains across the eastern Philippines yesterday, killing at least two people while creating more misery for millions after a barrage of deadly disasters. The typhoon roared in from the Pacific Ocean and into remote fishing communities on Samar island on Saturday night with wind gusts of 210 kilometres (130 miles) an ..

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Syria army repels jihadist advance

December 8, 2014

A rebel fighter monitors a street in the old city of Aleppo

Syrian troops have repelled an attack by jihadists from the Islamic State group on a key military airport in the eastern Deir Ezzor province, a monitoring group said yesterday.

“Troops and pro-regime militia stopped the attack that Islamic State launched on the Deir Ezzor military airport,” the Syrian Observatory for Human R ..

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US defends failed rescue operation

December 8, 2014

Luke Somers (L) and Pierre Korkie

US officials have said they had no choice but to launch a special forces rescue operation in Yemen that ended with Al-Qaeda killing an American photojournalist and a South African teacher.

The hostages -- 33-year-old American Luke Somers and 57-year-old South African Pierre Korkie -- were killed by their captors when US commando ..

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Civil Service Bureau holds specialised workshop

December 8, 2014

Mr. Al Zayed Shaikh Khalid

The President of the Civil Service Bureau (CSB) Ahmed bin Zayed Al Zayed revealed that the Bureau is holding a specialised workshop on the experience of the Kingdom of Bahrain in the development of civil service infrastructure, this morning under the patronage of Deputy Prime Minister and President of the Civil Service Board, Shaikh Khalid bin Abdullah Al Khalifa i ..

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KIA 5-Day Year End Offer begins

December 8, 2014

A. A. bin Hindi Group

A. A. bin Hindi Group  has announced a 5-Day Year End Offer from 7th to 11th December as part of its  50th Anniversary celebrations. The limited sale features the latest award-winning KIA cars includes Optima, the KIA flagship Luxury KIA Quoris, the evergreen ‘value-for money’ Sportage and SUV Sorento. Te offer also features the sale of KIA models, Rio, Cerat ..

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Mirza opens Middle East Maintcon 2014

December 8, 2014

Dr. Mirza along with other dignitaries at the function

Minister of Energy Dr. Abdul Hussain Mirza opened the third Middle East Maintcon 2014 Conference and Exhibition at the Gulf International Exhibition Centre - Gulf Hotel in Bahrain yesterday. The event was organised by Gulf Society for Maintenance Professionals (GSMP) and Bahrain Society of Engineers (BSE), supported by the Global Forum for Maintenance and asset man ..

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Management change at BMI Bank

December 8, 2014

Jamal Al-Hazeem

BMI Bank, a subsidiary of Al Salam Bank – Bahrain (ASBB) yesterday announced that Jamal Al-Hazeem, Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Bank had stepped down. Jamal, a veteran Bahraini Banker who took on the helm of BMI Bank in 2010 as CEO, has cited personal reasons for his resignation and called the decision to step down as CEO of the Bank as “mutual a ..

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KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT

December 8, 2014

Mr. Al Mahmood

CEO of Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry Eng. Nabeel Al Mahmood urged the private sector to participate in the National Skills Gap Survey being conducted by the Secretariat General of the Higher Education Council by visiting the Secretariat General’s official website and filling the survey.

 Al Mahmood said that the su ..

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Batelco Wins Customer Service Award

December 8, 2014

Muna Al Hashemi receives the CommsMEA 2014

Batelco, the integrated communications provider has been named as Customer Service Provider of the Year at the annual CommsMEA Awards, held in Dubai on 3rd December at the Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa.The CommsMEA Awards set out to celebrate and pay tribute to the telecoms industry professionals and operators that have demonstrated outstanding performanc ..

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GPIC shines at Dubai forum

December 8, 2014

Delegates at the forum

Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (GPIC) Managing Director Yousef bin Abdulrahman Al Zamil has hailed the company’s participation at the Ninth Annual Gulf Petrochemical and Chemical Association (GPCA) Forum in Dubai.  GPIC had set up a  pavilion  to show case its products, manufactured at its state of the art facilities, which drew visitors from across the ..

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IS, fall in oil prices to dominate GCC summit

December 8, 2014

IS, fall in oil prices to dominate GCC summit

The Gulf Cooperation Council meets tomorrow for an annual summit freshly reconciled but facing a growing threat from Islamic extremism and falling prices of its main source of revenue -- oil.

Gathering in Qatar, whose support for the Muslim Brotherhood caused months of acrimony with fellow members Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the U ..

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Musical extravaganza at BIC National Day Festival

December 8, 2014

Khalid Fouad

Renowned Kuwaiti singing group Miami and much-loved Bahraini singer Khalid Fouad will be performing on the stage at the Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) later this month for a series of free concerts at the ‘BIC National Day Festival.’

The festival is being held with the support of Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander a ..

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Death on the road: Party ends in tragedy

December 8, 2014

The deceased Basheer

It was just a weekend party for 35-year-old Indian national Mohammed Basheer Vazhathoppil and his three friends but it turned out to be a nightmare instead.

Mr. Basheer was killed in a freak road mishap, which occurred on Saturday night at Al Fateh Highway.

The victim, along with three of his ..

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COURT BEAT

December 8, 2014

court beat

Robbery Case: Accused plead not guilty

Two suspects implicated in connection with an armed robbery at Ahli United Bank (AUB) last month, yesterday pleaded not guilty before the High Criminal Court. The duo including a Bahraini and a Pakistani who were serving as policemen have both made their first appearance yesterday at the ..

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‘High Elections Committee an autonomous body’

December 8, 2014

Mr. Al Buainain

High Elections Committee is an entity entirely separate from the government, stated a senior election official from the committee.

President of the Legislation and Legal Opinion Commission and Executive Director of the Elections Abdulla Al Buainain said that the committee was not being governed by the Ministry of Justice, Islami ..

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NEW CABINET : PEOPLE MUST BE THE TOP PRIORITY

December 8, 2014

His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa,PM

The Government and the Legislature should work hand in hand to achieve citizens’ aspirations of leading a decent life, said His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa yesterday.

The statement was made as HM the King chaired the first session of the new Cabinet following the oath-taking ceremony in the presence of Prime Minister ..

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SHAIKH NASSER REGRETS TRAFFIC DISRUPTION

December 8, 2014

Shaikh Nasser

Chairman of Supreme Council for Youth and Sport,  President of Bahrain Olympic Committee and Royal Charity Organisation Chairman HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa expressed deep regret for the disruption of normal traffic flow in some areas during the Challenge Bahrain International Triathlon Championship which was held on Saturday with the participation of 1, ..

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ICT INITIATIVES

December 8, 2014

Shaikh Mohammed

Nomination for eGovernment Award 2015 opens

Under the patronage of  Deputy Prime Minister, Chairman of the Supreme Committee for Information and Communication Technology Shaikh Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khalifa, the organising committee of the eighth eGovernment Excellence Award 2015 has announced the acceptance of nomi ..

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THE BEAUTY BLOOPERS: ‘The foundation made me look like a ghoul’

December 8, 2014

THE BEAUTY Bloopers

I went to the salon to get my hair permanently straightened and I was told by the lady in the salon not wash my hair for four days. After I washed my hair, it went from curly to Barbie hair,  so I had to go to the salon again. The hairdresser had the straightening treatment done again, but all it did was made my hair fall like crazy w ..

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HAIR FOR ALL SEASON

December 8, 2014

L’Oreal Professional Aminexil Advanced

As an owner of a beauty centre, I meet on a daily basis women who suffer from hair thinning which eventually leads to hair loss.

Depending on the case, however, what I would normally recommend the L’Oreal Professional Aminexil Advanced.

This is a revolutionary programme containing a dual-ac ..

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Scottish independence leader running for UK parliament

December 8, 2014

Alex Salmond

Alex Salmond, who quit as Scotland’s first minister after losing the independence referendum, announced yesterday that he will run for a seat in the British parliament in the May general election. Salmond, who led the campaign for Scotland to leave the United Kingdom, said he wanted to return to politics in London to “make sure that Scotland gets what it’s pr ..

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PARTY POLL

December 8, 2014

Merkel

German conservatives to fete Merkel at party congress

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will rally the conservative faithful this week at their party congress, which is all but certain to jubilantly re-elect her as their unchallenged party chief. The only real question is whether she will match or even top the 97.94 percent she won in the 2012 vote, the lates ..

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PORSCHE GT3 CUP CHALLENGE: RAFFII SHINES

December 8, 2014

Podium finish, from left Saeed Mehairi, Hasher Al Maktoum and Raed Raffii

Team Bahrain’s Raed Raffii showed outstanding consistency with a third place finish in the silver category and ninth in the overall standings in the second race of round two of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East at Dubai Autodrome. The overall race was won by Al Nabooda’s Clemens Schmid with Kuwait’s Zaid Ashkanani second and Emirati driver Hasher Al M ..

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MANAMA DIALOGUE COMES TO AN END

December 8, 2014

Mr. Fitzpatrick delivers his speech in the presence of other officials during the event

The ‘10th Regional Security Summit, Manama Dialogue,’ which was organised by the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) during the past three days, concluded yesterday at the Ritz Carlton Hotel, Bahrain.

The final day of the event highlighted regional security changes during the past ten years. It also discusse ..

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Shaikh Khalid disappointed with FIA’s final decision

December 7, 2014

Shaikh Khalid

Following Shaikh Khalid bin Faisal Al Qassimi’s victory in Dubai International Rally on November 29th, an appeal was raised by Qatari driver Nasser Bin Saleh Al Attiyah’s team to the Dubai International Rally stewards to reconsider the result. The appeal was rejected by the stewards because Shaikh Khalid’s tracking was identified as legal during the Rally. Fo ..

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Cook remains as captain in World Cup squad

December 7, 2014

Alastair Cook

England confirmed Alastair Cook as captain for next year’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand after naming their provisional 30-man squad yesterday. National selector James Whitaker had made it clear before England embarked on their current one-day international tour of Sri Lanka that Cook would be in charge for the World Cup despite questions about his leade ..

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NEWCASTLE UNBEATEN

December 7, 2014

Newcastle United’s Senegalese striker Papiss Cisse (right) scores the opening goal past Chelsea’s Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois (left)

Cisse brace ends Chelsea’s unbeaten start

Substitute Papiss Cisse scored twice as leaders Chelsea’s hopes of completing the Premier League season unbeaten were dashed by a 2-1 defeat at Newcastle United yesterday. Cisse scored twice in the second half and despite Steven Taylor being sent off for Newcastle and Didier Drogba replying late on for ..

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Indians focused on Test as Dhoni arrives

December 7, 2014

MS Dhoni

India’s players say they are focused on next week’s opening Test as MS Dhoni’s arrival in Australia yesterday raised hopes he may lead his team against the home side at the Adelaide Oval. The tourists, like the Australians, are coming to terms with the tragic death of Test batsman Phillip Hughes, which plunged the cricket world into mourning. The Indians are ..

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GERRARD BENCHED

December 7, 2014

Liverpool’s English midfielder Raheem Sterling (centre) is chased by Sunderland’s English midfielder Adam Johnson (right) and Sunderland’s Spanish midfielder Jordi Gomez (left)

Liverpool fire a blank

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers’s decision to rest captain Steven Gerrard backfired as his side were held to a disappointing 0-0 draw by Sunderland in the Premier League yesterday. Gerrard was brought on after 67 minutes at Anfield as Rodgers desperately sought what would have been a third league victory in eight days. But the for ..

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Donald edges towards Sun City title

December 7, 2014

Luke Donald

Former world number one Luke Donald edged closer to a first European Tour title since 2012 yesterday when a third round three under par 69 gave him a one-shot lead in the Nedbank Golf Challenge. Donald is on 13 under for the tournament with English compatriot Danny Willett keeping up the pressure in second place while first round leader Ross Fisher is a shot furthe ..

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Harrington tightens grip

December 7, 2014

Padraig Harrington gesturing during the third round

Padraig Harrington of Ireland held a commanding five-shot lead before the weather interrupted the Bank BRI Indonesia Open and the third round abandoned yesterday. The three-time Major winner was 16-under through 13 holes before play was called off at the Damai Indah Golf in north Jakarta. He will return on Sunday morning alongside 44 other players to complete the r ..

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ATLETICO VICTORY

December 7, 2014

Atletico Madrid’s Uruguayan defender Jose Maria Gimenez (centre) celebrates with his teammates

Atletico Madrid up to second with Elche win

Reigning Spanish champions Atletico Madrid leapfrogged Barcelona into second in La Liga with a hard-fought 2-0 victory away to Elche yesterday.  Jose Maria Gimenez opened the scoring in spectacular fashion just past the quarter-hour mark with his first goal for the club, and a Mario Mandukic strike just after the ..

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Zain Open Junior Championships underway

December 7, 2014

Mr.  El Abidine

The 12th Zain Bahrain Open Junior Tennis Championships get underway today from 4pm with 24 matches on the mini-courts set to be played in the Under-8 and 10 years and under Unisex (Mixed) categories at the Bahrain Tennis Club (BTC) premises in Juffair. It is being held under the patronage of Zain Bahrain general manager Mohammed Zine El Abidine and coincides with t ..

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RAFFII THIRD FOR BAHRAIN

December 7, 2014

Raed Raffi

Team Bahrain’s Raed Raffii produced a composed and professional performance to secure a third place finish in the silver category in race one of the second round of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East at Dubai Autodrome, but finishing eighth overall which was won by Skydive Dubai’s Saeed Al Mehairi with Zaid Ashkanani second and Hasher Al Maktoum third. R ..

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New sight hope for six left blind by cataract surgery

December 7, 2014

An Indian doctor inspects the eye of a patient who lost his eyesight after undergoing free cataract surgery

Doctors may be able to restore the vision of at least six of the 20 people blinded by botched free cataract surgery in northern India, a government official said yesterday. Authorities have suggested poor surgical hygiene may be to blame for the loss of sight after what are normally considered low-risk operations, in the latest scandal to highlight poor medical car ..

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Zimbabwe ruling party puts Mugabe and wife in top posts

December 7, 2014

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe (right), accompanied by wife Grace

Zimbabwe’s ruling party yesterday wrapped up a key congress once again anointing veteran President Robert Mugabe as party leader and putting his wife Grace on a path to follow him into power. “I want to thank you profoundly for once again choosing me to lead you,” Mugabe told the thousands of cheering supporters at the ZANU-PF’s elective congress. “I know ..

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DEADLOCK DEFUSING

December 7, 2014

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin (left) bids farewell to French President Francois Hollande as he escorts him to his plane

Putin, Hollande attempt to defuse Ukraine tensions

French President Francois Hollande yesterday became the first European leader to fly to Russia in an attempt to defuse the standoff with Vladimir Putin over Ukraine, where the latest round of peace talks will take place next week. Meeting with Putin in the diplomatic terminal of an airport outside the capit ..

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AMAIUB represented at ECE Paris Fair

December 7, 2014

AMAIUB representatives at the ECE Paris Fair

AMA International University-Bahrain (AMAIUB) was represented by its Head of Administration Buena Gracia A. Canzana and College of Computer Studies Dean Dr. Jaber Jemai at the recently concluded ECE Paris International Fair.

The two-day fair was attended by more than 40 universities around the world, which featured their corre ..

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BS students explore creative avenues

December 7, 2014

Bahrain School (BS)

The four Bahrain School (BS) students who got an opportunity to explore new creative avenues and refine their skills to the highest levels for one week said that the experience was a great thrill and opened up new perspectives in their lives.  Creative Connections 2014, a visual and performing arts symposium for talented high school students, was held in Oberwesel ..

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St Christopher’s holds sports days for juniors

December 7, 2014

St Christopher’s holds sports days for juniors

Sports Days for the Year 3, 4, 5  and 6 students of St Christopher’s School took place in November at the Saar Campus. The athletes were in fine form and battled their way over obstacle courses, threw javelins and raced over 75m. They worked with their peers in teams of 5 or 6 and the sportsmanship and effort on display was immense.

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World Kindness Day observed at St. Chris

December 7, 2014

World Kindness Day observed at St. Chris

World Kindness Day, an internationally-recognised initiative, was celebrated by everyone at St Christopher’s. Children in every year group were carrying out Random Acts of Kindness at school and at home, and it was clear that everyone was infected with the kindness bug!

The Junior School had their very own St Christopher’s ..

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Festive Fayre at St Chris

December 7, 2014

Festive Fayre    at St Chris

The festive season started on 28 November at St Chris, with our annual Festive Fayre at the Saar campus.  The event is organised by the Friends of St Chris (FOSC), as the school’s largest fundraiser of the year. A variety of games, activities, entertainment, vendor stalls and festive food were on offer. Despite the very unexpected downpours of rain, thunder and ..

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My World Global Survey launched

December 7, 2014

AMA International University-Bahrain  (AMAIUB)

AMA International University-Bahrain  (AMAIUB) and the United Nations Information Center (UNIC) launched UN’s My World Global Survey for a Better World on November  23, at the University Auditorium.

Nejib Friji, Director of United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) in Bahrain headed the launching of the survey.

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Bulgarian deodorant brings Smelling sweet

December 7, 2014

An employee empties a crate of candy in a candy factor

There are sprays, roll-ons and sticks. Now one Bulgarian candy-maker is offering a new kind of deodorant: in the form of delicious sweets. “It’s an old saying that true beauty comes from inside.... Why not from a candy?” Ventsislav Peychev, owner of Bulgaria’s small Alpi candy factory owner, told AFP.  He claims his Deo Perfume Candy can neutralise body od ..

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IMF TO ASSESS UKRAINE NEEDS

December 7, 2014

People greet servicemen of the Ukrainian volonteer battalion “Kiev 12” who took part in anti-terrorists operation (ATO)

The International Monetary Fund said yesterday that it would dispatch a team to Ukraine to determine how much extra aid the war-wrecked and energy-starved nation will need to make it through winter. The nine-day visit due to start on Tuesday comes as Ukraine suffers rolling blackouts and resentment grows over severe IMF-prescribed austerity measures. The Fund has h ..

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VIVA photography-video contest

December 7, 2014

VIVA

In celebration of Bahrain’s upcoming National Day, VIVA Jusoor is inviting the local community to participate in a photography-video contest to capture various iconic locations of the Kingdom and its cultural heritage and lifestyle.

The contest is open to VIVA subscribers till 12th December offering an opportunity for ..

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HACKERS E-MAIL WARNS SONY STAFF

December 7, 2014

SONY

Sony Pictures staff received a threatening email on Friday claiming to be from the hackers who breached the entertainment giant’s computer network, reportedly with warnings that they and their families were “in danger.” The email from a group calling itself Guardians of Peace (GOP) also warned that “all hope will leave you and Sony Pictures will collapse, ..

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PPA overthrows UPP in Indian School elections

December 7, 2014

Progressive Parents Alliance (PPA)

Progressive Parents Alliance (PPA) had a stunning victory in the elections held to the governing body of the Indian School yesterday.

All candidates filed by the PPA, which was at the opposition, won their seats defeating the rivals, who were representing the incumbent United Parents Party (UPP).

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Military agreement signed with Britain

December 7, 2014

Crown Prince with Shaikh Khalid and Mr. Hammond, who signed the agreement

In the presence of Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Bahrain and Britain signed a landmark defence agreement on Friday, on the sidelines of the tenth Manama Dialogue.

Foreign Minister Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa and the British Foreign Secretary ..

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At least 1,100 French citizens have joined IS

December 7, 2014

Mr. Le Drian

French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian stated that “at least 1,100 French nationals are fighting among the Islamic State (IS) lines and are executing suicidal attacks.”

The minister affirmed that the French government was sparing no effort to retrieve these fighters, highlighting that “France is currently going through ..

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‘IS not an affiliate of any religion’

December 7, 2014

Mr. Al Jaffari

The Islamic State (IS) is nowhere near any religion or belief, said Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim Al Jaffari, while speaking at the second session of Manama Dialogue titled “Iraq, Syria and regional security.”

He pointed out that those who compare Islamic State with Islam were doing a big mistake.

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Saudi minister hails strong GCC relations

December 7, 2014

Mr. Madani

In his speech at the Manama Dialogue, Saudi State Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr. Nezar Madani said that Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states’ unity is “firmer than ever,” insisting that GCC governments priorities revolves around the nation’s unity, stability and security.

The minister pointed to the various experience ..

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‘Joint strategy need of the hour’

December 7, 2014

Dr. Al Zayani

GCC Secretary-General Dr. Abdullatif Al Zayani highlighted the importance of developing a collective approach to address security and strategic issues while speaking at the tenth Manama Dialogue Forum yesterday.

He pointed out that a number of the regional countries faced great difficulties, because they did not fully consider t ..

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NEW CABINET TAKES SHAPE

December 7, 2014

HM the King                                HRH the Premier

His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa issued the Royal Decree 83, forming the new Cabinet yesterday.

The ministers have been decided after Prime Minister HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa handed over the list of prospective ministers earlier.

The decision is in line with the Royal ..

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DANGERS OF TERRORISM SPOTLIGHTED

December 7, 2014

HRH the Premier receiving the delegation

Minister of Foreign Affairs Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa highlighted the dangers of ‘State-sponsored terrorism’ in an apparent reference to Hezbollah.

During his speech at the First Plenary Session of Manama Dialogue, titled ‘Strategic Priorities in the Middle East’, Shaikh Khalid said, “We must not forget that s ..

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NOOR EL AIN SHINES AT EXPO

December 7, 2014

NOOR EL AIN SHINES AT EXPO

Bahrain Noor El Ain (BNEA) a partner of the inaugural Challenge Bahrain triathlon event, had its own expo stall located on site at the Challenge Bahrain concluding event location where attendees met the BNEA team and found out about the special offers available throughout the festival.

Held from Thursday until yesterday, expo at ..

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TRIATHLON SCRIPTS SUCCESS

December 7, 2014

Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister HRH Prince Salman with Shaikh Nasser at the presentation ceremony

German triathlete Michael Raelert and Denmark’s Helle Frederiksen won their respective men’s and women’s professional categories in the first-ever Challenge Bahrain Triathlon Championship yesterday.

On the other hand, Supreme Council for Youth and Sport Chairman, Bahrain Olympic Committee President and Royal Charity Organi ..

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TRAFFIC DIVERSION CAUSES CHAOS

December 7, 2014

airline passeng

Hundreds of airline passengers and employees landed in a fix yesterday morning as roads were blocked because of the triathlon championship.

Passengers missed their flights or had to walk long distances to reach the airport for hours because of a lengthy traffic jam near the airport. As an impact, about 16 flights were delayed be ..

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RAELERT, FREDERIKSEN BAG TRIATHLON GLORY

December 7, 2014

Raelert (L) and Frederiksen being awarded by Prince Salman as Shaikh Nasser looks on

German triathlete Michael Raelert and Denmark’s Helle Frederiksen won their respective men’s and women’s professional categories in the first-ever Challenge Bahrain Triathlon Championship yesterday as both winners pocketed $100,000 each in prize money out of a total purse of $500,000.

The championship was held under the pa ..

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MAN DIES IN MISHAP

December 7, 2014

The burnt car following the accident

A driver was burnt to death after he got stuck in his vehicle that was involved in a traffic accident on Al Fateh Highway yesterday.

Interior Ministry clarified that the accident involved two vehicles and occurred when he was en route to the Mina Salman Junction.

The ministry had urged drive ..

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S&P lowers Saudi, Oman outlook on low oil price

December 7, 2014

petrol

Standard and Poor’s has lowered the outlook for the world’s top oil exporter Saudi Arabia to stable from positive and its Gulf partner Oman to negative on sliding oil prices. However, the ratings agency affirmed the strong “AA-/A-1+” long- and short-term foreign and local currency sovereign credit ratings for Riyadh over the “strong external and fiscal po ..

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GCC BANKS STABLE

December 7, 2014

GCC BANKS

The 2015 outlook for GCC banks seems to be stable, but it is negative for those in the rest of the MENA region, according to Moody’s Investors Service report  titled “2015 Outlook --Middle East and North Africa Banks” released recently.  “It is driven by strong operating conditions coupled with expa ..

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1,000 US troops to stay in Afghan

December 7, 2014

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani (right) gestures as he walks with visiting US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (left) for a joint press conference in Kabul

An additional 1,000 US troops will remain in Afghanistan next year to meet a temporary shortfall in NATO forces, US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said yesterday during a visit to Kabul. President Barack Obama approved the move despite an earlier plan to limit the US force to a maximum of 9,800 troops in 2015. A protracted Afghan election delayed the signing of secu ..

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JOSHUA CALLS OFF HUNGER STRIKE

December 7, 2014

Joshua Wong (right) addresses protesters at the movement’s main protest site in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong

Joshua Wong, the teenage face of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement, said yesterday that he has ended a four-day hunger strike designed to force the government into further talks on political reform. “Under the strong urging of the doctor, I have stopped the hunger strike,” Wong, who had not eaten in 108 hours, said on his Facebook and Twitter feeds. The 18-y ..

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TYPHOON SMASHES INTO PHILIPPINES

December 7, 2014

Residents are evacuated to a safer place in Legazpi City, Albay province, southeast of Manila yesterday

Terrifying winds and intense rains pounded the eastern Philippines yesterday as millions sheltered from a giant storm that threatened more devastation for a nation battling to recover from a catastrophic super typhoon. Typhoon Hagupit roared in from the Pacific Ocean and crashed into remote fishing communities of Samar island on Saturday night with wind gusts of 21 ..

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QPR CHAMPION

December 7, 2014

Burnley’s English defender Jason Shackell (left) vies with Queens Park Rangers’ English striker Charlie Austin (right)

Austin lifts QPR before seeing red

Charlie Austin scored his eighth Premier League goal of the season before seeing red as Queen’s Park Rangers won 2-0 at home against Burnley yesterday. Austin had helped Leroy Fer open the scoring six minutes after the break and gave QPR a two-goal cushion on 74 minutes but just over a minute later was walking off the pi ..

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IS seizes part of air base

December 7, 2014

A rebel fighter guards a building under his groups’ control in the old city of Aleppo yesterday

Jihadists from the Islamic State group seized part of the key regime air base at Deir Ezzor in eastern Syria in fierce fighting yesterday, a monitoring group said.

“IS mounted a dawn attack on Deir Ezzor military airport and entered several areas as fierce clashes unfolded between the jihadists and regime forces there,” the ..

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Christians being driven from Mideast, says Pope

December 7, 2014

Pope Francis waves as he leads the Angelus prayer from the window of the Apostolic palace at the Vatican

Pope Francis said Christians are being “driven from the Middle East” in a message to Iraqi Christians forced to flee by Islamic State group jihadists.

“Christians are being driven from the Middle East in suffering,” the pontiff said, according to a transcript of the video address during a visit by French Cardinal Philipp ..

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Iron Lady sets new backstroke record

December 6, 2014

Katinka Hosszu

Katinka Hosszu set her second world record in the space of 24 hours as she claimed the 200m backstroke title in 1 min 59.23sec at the World Short-Course Swimming Championships in Doha yesterday.

The swimmer has lived up to her ‘Iron Lady’ nickname by bouncing back from being completely upstaged by Spaniard Mireia Belmonte on ..

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Course in biomechanics concludes

December 6, 2014

Participants with course officials

A three-day course in biomechanics, organised by the Bahrain Olympic Committee’s Sports Training and Development Section concluded recently.

The course, part of the section’s annual plan and aimed at qualifying coaches in different categories, involved 32 coaches including 20 from Bahrain and 12 others from other GCC countr ..

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CAVALIERS EDGES KNICKS

December 6, 2014

Kyrie Irving #2 of the Cleveland Cavaliers goes for the lay up against the New York Knicks

Kyrie Irving scored a game high 37 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers avenged an opening night loss to the New York Knicks with a 90-87 victory.

LeBron James also had two clutch baskets down the stretch for the Cavaliers, who dropped a 95-90 decision to the Knicks on October 30.

The Cavaliers ..

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All set for Showjumping Championship

December 6, 2014

Today’s championship features two races for the junior level and two for advanced riders

The Second Showjumping Championship event is all set for today. The championship will be held under the patronage of Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation (BREEF) President Shaikh Faisal bin Rashid Al Khalifa at the BDF Equestrian Centre in Sakhir.

BREEF has set the number of competitions for today’s championship w ..

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Luke Donald lights up Sun City

December 6, 2014

Luke Donald

Former world number one Luke Donald had to dodge a charging baboon before grabbing the lead at the Nedbank Challenge in South Africa yesterday.

The Englishman missed the course record by one shot after sinking nine birdies to open up a two-shot advantage at Sun City’s Gary Player Country Club, but is likely to remember his rou ..

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RAFFII STARTS TENTH ON GRID

December 6, 2014

Raed Raffii in action

Clemens Schmid and Saeed Al Mehairi to start from first gird

Team Bahrain’s Raef Raffii started from tenth on the grid for the opening race of round two of the Sixth Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East on the demanding Dubai Autodrome circuit.

After securing a strong sixth and eight finish during the first round of t ..

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Real sign Mallorca starlet Asensio

December 6, 2014

Marco Asensio

Real Madrid yesterday confirmed the signing of highly-promising teenage midfielder Marco Asensio from Mallorca on a six-year deal.

“Real Madrid CF and RCD Mallorca have reached an agreement for the transfer of Marco Asensio, who will join our club for six seasons,” the European champions announced on their website.

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MAN CITY SEEK CONSOLIDATION

December 6, 2014

Chelsea’s players celebrate scoring during the UEFA Champions League match against Schalke 04

With the frantic Christmas fixture schedule looming on the horizon, Chelsea and Manchester City will look to consolidate their positions as Premier League pace-setters in this weekend’s matches. The two teams enjoyed breezy wins in mid-week, Chelsea beating Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 and City winning 4-1 at Sunderland, and while the London club remain six points clear ..

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South Africans celebrate Mandela

December 6, 2014

South African children cheer and pose beside the Nelson Mandela statue at the Union Buildings in Pretoria

South Africa marked the first anniversary of former President Nelson Mandela’s death yesterday with tributes to his struggle against white-minority rule and sober reflections on the country’s failure to capitalise on the freedom he fought for.

Veterans of the anti-apartheid struggle lay wreaths at the foot of a towering stat ..

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Hundreds evacuated from path of Philippine typhoon

December 6, 2014

Fishermen carry their outrigger to higher ground in Legazpi City, south of Manila ahead of the landfall of Typhoon Hagupit

Around half a million people fled coastal villages and landslide-prone areas in the central Philippines yesterday, a day before a powerful typhoon was expected to hit the island nation where thousands died in a storm 13 months ago. Typhoon Hagupit weakened slightly as it churned slowly across the Pacific, dipping below the category 5 “super typhoon” level, the ..

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OUTRAGE GROWS IN NEW YORK

December 6, 2014

A protestor hold up her hands in front of the NYPD as she and others block traffic on the West Side Highway during demonstrations in New York City

Police officer who killed an unarmed black man set free

The outrage over a grand jury’s decision not to indict a New York police officer in the chokehold death of an unarmed black man showed no sign of abating yesterday, as activists promised a fresh round of protests.

The city was also preparing for the funeral of an ..

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Georgia accuses Russia of growing designs on rebel region

December 6, 2014

Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili (left) and his Polish counterpart Bronislaw Komorowski (right) shake hands during a welcoming ceremony before their meeting

Georgia accused Russia yesterday of planning to broker a deal with the breakaway Georgian region of South Ossetia that would cement Moscow’s dominance over another former Soviet territory. Last month, Russian President Vladimir Putin inked a “strategic partnership” agreement with Georgia’s rebel Abkhazia region that increased Moscow’s military, economic a ..

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PENTAGON CHIEF INHERITS FRICTION

December 6, 2014

Obama (right) reaches to shake the hand of Ash Carter after nominating him for Secretary of Defense in Washington

Ashton Carter

President Barack Obama’s pick to be the next defense secretary, Ashton Carter, will inherit a tense relationship between the US military and the White House that is unlikely to ease even with a fresh face at the Pentagon. Carter, 60, a policy wonk with degrees in medieval history and theoretical physics, is a bona fide defense expert but als ..

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German far-left makes historic debut at state helm

December 6, 2014

Bodo Ramelow (second right) of the Left party (Die Linke) is congratulated by Christine Lieberknecht, former state premier of Thuringia, after succeeding her, in parliament in Erfurt

Germany’s far-left took the helm of a state government yesterday for the first time since the Berlin Wall fell 25 years ago, stoking heated debate about its communist roots. Its tie-up with two other left leaning parties has raised the question of whether such a coalition may one day challenge Chancellor Angela Merkel at the national level. Regional lawmakers in ..

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UNABATED FIGHTING

December 6, 2014

Ukrainian Defence Minister Stepan Poltorak (left) salutes at the “Monument for the Motherland Defenders”, in memory of fighters who died since the start of the crisis

Soldiers still dying as Ukraine creeps towards ceasefire

Ukraine said yesterday that it had lost another six soldiers in the past day amid fresh reports of intense fighting for control of a flashpoint eastern airport despite tentative steps towards a comprehensive truce. Military spokesman Andriy Lysenko said six troops h ..

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Ex-IMF chief denies bank fraud

December 6, 2014

Rodrigo Rato

Ex-IMF head Rodrigo Rato denied yesterday that bailed-out Spanish lender Bankia misrepresented its accounts ahead of its doomed 2011 stock listing while he was chairman of the bank. The allegations came in a Bank of Spain report submitted to a court investigating the public listing of Bankia, many of whose customers lost their savings. The financial evaluation of B ..

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HONDA RECALL

December 6, 2014

Honda expands US airbag recall to six million

Japanese automaker Honda said yesterday that it was extending its US recall nationwide on cars with potentially deadly airbags made by auto parts maker Takata, in a further blow to the embattled firm. Malfunctioning Takata airbags have been linked with five deaths, including a woman driving a 2003 Honda City in Malaysia, and hundreds of injuries. Honda said it is r ..

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Tokyo stocks buoyant on falling yen, oil price

December 6, 2014

Tokyo stocks

Tokyo stocks closed at a seven-year high yesterday -- extending their winning streak for a sixth straight day -- as a falling yen and oil prices continue to boost investor spirit. The positive sentiment could continue as participants await to hear if the Japanese government will on Monday revise upward the July-September GDP figure, with many economists expecting i ..

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CHINESE OFFER SPARKS UNEASE

December 6, 2014

Charles de Gaulle airport

French airport stake

The planned sale to a Chinese consortium of a 49.99 percent government stake in a major French airport where Airbus tests and assembles planes has sparked a wave of unease. Paris announced on Thursday that it had decided to sell the 308-million-euro ($381-million) stake in the company that manages Tou ..

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Malaysia Airlines gets new CEO

December 6, 2014

Christoph Mueller

Troubled Malaysia Airlines has picked the head of Irish flag carrier Aer Lingus, Christoph Mueller, as its future CEO as the airline struggles to recover from its two devastating disasters this year, it was announced yesterday. Mueller will take over by mid-2015, said an announcement by Khazanah Nasional, the Malaysia state investment fund that controls the ailing ..

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EUROPEAN STOCKS BOUNCE BACK

December 6, 2014

EUROPEAN STOCKS BOUNCE BACK

European stock markets rebounded yesterday following heavy losses the previous day, as investors closed out the trading week looking ahead to key US jobs data. London’s benchmark FTSE 100 index climbed 0.75 percent to stand at 6,729.62 points around midday in the British capital. Frankfurt’s DAX 30 surged 1.41 percent to 9,990.11 points and the CAC 40 in Paris ..

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REVOLUTION, DREAMS DIE

December 6, 2014

A Syrian man carries two girls covered with dust following a reported air strike by government forces in the northern city of Aleppo in this July 9 file picture

With regime troops and jihadists battling for control of Syria, sidelined activists who led a pro-democracy uprising in 2011 say their revolution has died along with their dreams of freedom.

On the ground, where foreign fighters have flocked to join the Islamic State group and rival Al-Qaeda-linked militants, the reality could b ..

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COURT BEAT

December 6, 2014

court beat

Fifteen years for assault

Two Arabs and a third African co-defendant serving 15 years for rape charges had their appeals rejected by the High Criminal Appeals Court.

The trio reportedly sexually assaulted four Asian women in an apartment. They also physically attacked the victi ..

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DEFEAT EVIL THEOCRACIES

December 6, 2014

Prince Salman along with other dignitaries at the opening dinner of the 10th IISS Manama Dialogue at the Ritz Carlton Hotel yesterday

Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa called for an end to ‘evil theocracies’, pervading the Middle East, while speaking at the opening dinner of the 10th IISS Manama Dialogue at the Ritz Carlton Hotel yesterday.

Calling for the end to extremist ideologi ..

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OVERARCHING STRATEGY NEEDED TO COMBAT IS

December 6, 2014

Shaikh Khalid

Foreign Affairs Minister Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa has affirmed the importance of developing a comprehensive strategy to eliminate the Islamic State (Daesh), stressing that combating terrorism should not be restricted to military strikes.

He pointed out that dealing with the danger of Daesh should be in various forms, i ..

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Triathlon to be broadcast live

December 6, 2014

Shaikh Nasser along with Shaikh Khalid appraise the final preparations

The Media Committee of “Challenge Bahrain” International Triathlon Championship have announced the event will be broadcast live on the air starting from 7:00am until 4:00pm through the sports channel of Bahrain TV and Channel 55, and on Bahrain Radio FM station 99.5 in English commentary. The race can also be followed online through the Bahrain News Agency webs ..

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Bahrain Team completes training

December 6, 2014

Shaikh Khalid speaking to Media

Bahrain’s Triathlon Team led by Supreme Council for Youth and Sports Chairman and Bahrain Olympic Committee President HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa concluded their training sessions ahead of the start of the “Challenge Bahrain” championship which kicks off this morning at 7.30pm.

Shaikh Nasser led the running train ..

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Equipment delivered to Bahrain Bay

December 6, 2014

Shaikh Nasser and Shaikh Khalid at the venue

Supreme Council for Youth and Sports Chairman and Bahrain Olympic Committee President HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa and Supreme Council for Youth and Sports First Vice-Chairman and Bahrain Athletics Association President HH Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa, along with the Bahrain triathlon team members, delivered their equipment to the organising committe ..

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ALL ROADS TO BAHRAIN BAY

December 6, 2014

Shaikh Nasser during the practice session

Bahrain International Triathlon Challenge begins today

Under the patronage of Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the “Challenge Bahrain” international triathlon championship is set to start today at 7am at Bahrain Bay. More than 1,000 athletes ..

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IISS gets new executive director

December 6, 2014

Sir John

The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) has appointed Sir John Jenkins as the Executive Director of the IISS-Middle East, which is based in Manama. Sir John will take charge in January 2015.

At present, Sir John is serving as the UK ambassador to Saudi Arabia. Previously he has been UK ambassador to Iraq, to Syr ..

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Farmers market to kick off today

December 6, 2014

A farmer with his produce at one of the previous markets

The Agricultural Centre under the Municipalities and Urban Planning Affairs Ministry will host its third edition of Bahraini Farmers market from today at the Budaiya Botanical Garden.

Apart from 34 farmers and four fishermen, floriculturists and poultry farmers will also take part in this year’s market.

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GPIC sponsors women for Arab World Economic Conference

December 6, 2014

Dr. Jawahery-Shaikha Hind-GPIC

The Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (GPIC) has sponsored 63 businesswomen for the Arab World Economic Conference, under the theme ‘Our Bridges to the World’ next year. It will be held under the patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Sabeeka bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa, wife of His Majesty the King, from 23rd to 25th March.

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REFORM ON HOLD

December 6, 2014

European Central Bank

EU may scrap bank reform plans

The EU may scrap plans to force banks to separate risky trading activities from their core business following fierce opposition by the bloc’s most influential states, a document seen by AFP showed yesterday. Axing the plan would be the first tough decision for the EU’s new financial services commissioner, Jonathan Hill, an ..

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COFFEE BUZZ NEW ENERGY

December 6, 2014

A worker collects coffee beans at La Hermandad farm in San Ramon, about 30km from Matagalpa, Nicaragua

That morning cup of coffee gives many of us a needed boost, but Central American coffee farmers have found a new source of energy in their beans: turning agricultural wastewater into biogas. An often-overlooked byproduct of the world’s favorite stimulant, the water used to process raw coffee beans is usually dumped back into the environment untreated. In Central ..

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Germany pledges support to Afghanistan

December 6, 2014

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (right) and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani address a joint press conference in Berlin

Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged yesterday to support Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and his new unity government after NATO combat troops withdraw from the country at the end of more than a decade of fighting Islamist insurgents.

Afghanistan’s 350,000-strong military and police forces have taken over security in mo ..

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China to have longest metro rail network

December 6, 2014

Nineteen cities have recently extended their metro systems

China is expected to build 8,500 km of subway systems by 2020, giving it the world’s longest metro rail network, the government said yesterday.

Nineteen cities have recently extended their metro systems, with total mileage expected to hit 3,000 km by the end of the year, Chinese Minister of Transport, Yang Chuantang was quoted ..

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ORION IS SUCCESS

December 6, 2014

The United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket carrying NASA’s first Orion deep space exploration craft takes off from its launchpad in Cape Canaveral, Florida

NASA spaceship completes test run

A U.S. spaceship designed to one day fly astronauts to Mars made a near-bullseye splashdown in the Pacific Ocean yesterday, wrapping up a flawless, unmanned debut test flight around Earth.

The Orion capsule blasted off aboard a Delta 4 Heavy rocket, the biggest in the U.S. fleet, just a ..

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Azizi steals the show

December 6, 2014

Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke paying tribute to Phillip Hughes during the funeral service at Macksville High School Stadium in Macksville

The favourite Azizi owned by Mohammed Juma, trained by Sami Saloom and ridden by Kieren Fox won the feature race the Lexus Cup for imported three and upwards yesterday in the fifth meeting of the season at the Rashid Equestrian and Horse Racing Club in Sakhir yesterday.

The race was held for a distance of over 3,000 metres and w ..

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Hughes casts shadow

December 6, 2014

Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke paying tribute to Phillip Hughes during the funeral service at Macksville High School Stadium in Macksville

The death of Phillip Hughes will inevitably cast a long shadow over Australia’s delayed series against India when it finally gets underway next week at the former test batsman’s last home ground, Adelaide Oval.

There will undoubtedly be minutes of silence and black armbands to remember Hughes and his death will be still on t ..

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DUO BOOKS VOLVO CHALLENGE SLOTS

December 6, 2014

Alan van der Water (left) and Faraan Irfan

Faraan Irfan, Alan van der Water clinch Bahrain places

Faraan Irfan (40 points) and Alan van der Water (37 points) yesterday at the Royal Golf Club in Riffa clinched the two Bahrain places for next year’s Volvo World Golf Challenge Tournament organised by Motorcity to be hosted by Shanghai, China from April 25 ..

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NZ DRAW SERIES

December 6, 2014

New Zealand wicketkeeper Luke Ronchi (left) celebrates after bowled out of Pakistani batsman Ahmed Shehzad

Kiwis beat Pakistan by 17 

New Zealand fought hard to beat Pakistan by 17 runs in the second Twenty20 international in Dubai to level the two-match series at 1-1 yesterday. Set a challenging 145-run target Pakistan lost wickets at regular intervals with opener Ahmed Shehzad (33) and captain Shahid Afridi (28) the only ones who stayed long enough t ..

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IS near air base

December 6, 2014

A Syrian refugee woman sells lottery tickets as she sits on the sidewalk in downtown Beirut on Tuesday

Islamic State group jihadists are closing in on the government-held Deir Ezzor air base in eastern Syria, nearly surrounding its beleaguered garrison, a monitoring group said yesterday.

IS fighters seized the village of Al Jaffrah, adjacent to the base, leaving it surrounded except for a narrow corridor to the west, the Syrian O ..

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Amnesty slams rich nations

December 6, 2014

A Syrian refugee woman sells lottery tickets as she sits on the sidewalk in downtown Beirut on Tuesday

Wealthy nations have only taken in a “pitiful” number of the millions of refugees uprooted by Syria’s war, placing the burden on the country’s ill-equipped neighbours, Amnesty International said yesterday.

In a statement ahead of a December 9 donors’ conference in Geneva, the London-based rights group blasted as shocki ..

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Emotional farewell for Hughes

December 4, 2014

Gregory Hughes (left) carries the coffin of his son Phillip Hughes during the funeral service

Cricketing greats bid an emotional farewell to Phillip Hughes at a funeral service in his home town yesterday, as Australia stopped to remember the batsman whose death from a freak injury sent shockwaves through the sport. A lone cricket bat rested against the coffin at a packed service in his former high school hall in Macksville on the New South Wales coast in fr ..

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RODGERS REVELS IN GERRARD INFLUENCE

December 4, 2014

Brendan Rodgers

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said Steven Gerrard’s goal-scoring display in a 3-1 win away to Leicester was proof he could still be a key player for the Merseysiders, albeit in a changed role. Gerrard scored the crucial second goal to help the visitors come back from 1-0 down against the Premier League strugglers at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday. Gerrard ..

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Challenge Bahrain to be broadcast Live on Tv, Radio and Online

December 4, 2014

The BIC media centre

The Media Committee of “Challenge Bahrain” International Triathlon Championship have announced the event will be broadcast live on the air starting from 7:00am until 4:00pm through the sports channel of Bahrain TV and Channel 55, and on Bahrain Radio FM station 99.5 in English commentary.  The race can also be followed online through the Bahrain News Agency we ..

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Traffic Directorate to close roads

December 4, 2014

Challenge Bahrain International Triathlon Championship

The General Directorate of Traffic at the Ministry of Interior has set all the preparations for the road closures which will be required for the Challenge Bahrain International Triathlon Championship. Roads closed are King Faisal Road from 6:00am to 11:30am (vehicles will not be allowed to pass through). Shaikh Isa bin Salman Highway will be closed from 7:40am to ..

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Shaikh Nasser invites fans to follow Challenge Bahrain Live

December 4, 2014

Shaikh Nasser

The Supreme Council for Youth and Sports Chairman and Bahrain Olympic Committee President HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa has invited all Bahrain youth to attend the “Challenge Bahrain” International Triathlon Championship on Saturday. Shaikh Nasser stressed that the presence of the public will have a positive impact on the race and it will encourage part ..

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STARTING SITES READY

December 4, 2014

A scene from the stadium

Challenge Bahrain” International Triathlon Championship

The organising committee of the “Challenge Bahrain” International Triathlon Championship announced the completion of all the technical procedures at the swimming, cycling and running sites of the event, which takes place on Saturday. The committee, with the cooperation of various supporting autho ..

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BTC celebrates disabled’s day

December 4, 2014

Ms. Amal Ahmed, left, and Ms Roba Al Amri

Bahrain Tennis Club (BTC) yesterday celebrated the International Day of Persons with Disabilities in co-operation with the Bahrain Disabled Sports Federation (BDSF) at its premises in Juffair, it was held under the patronage of Munira bin Hindi, member of the Shura Council and Goodwill Ambassador for Women.

Other prominent guest ..

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Askar welcomes partnership proposal

December 4, 2014

Mr. Askar, right, presents a commemorative trophy to Mr. Kutner

Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC) general secretary Abdulrahman Askar expressed the committee’s keenness to build bridges of cooperation with the French commune of Schiltigheimin in all areas, especially in boxing. This statement was announced after Mr. Askar’s meeting with representatives from Schiltigheim, the largest suburb of the city of Strasbourg, in North- ..

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DRAG AND DRIFT NIGHT BEGINS

December 4, 2014

An action from the race

Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) will host another exciting edition of the E K Kanoo Drag and Drift Night, powered by Motor City in Sakhir next Monday.  The night allows drag racing and drifting enthusiasts alike to take their very own cars or motorbikes and push them to their limit within a completely safe setting at BIC, while watched by scores of fans. BIC ..

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Corruption pervades economies

December 4, 2014

Corruption pervades economies

The governments of some of the world’s fastest growing economies are showing signs of becoming more corrupt as civil society and political opposition groups are stifled, and incidents of fraud and bribery become more common.

China, Turkey and Angola – whose GDPs all grew by more than 4 per cent last year – fell furthest in ..

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UN weather agency: 2014 on track for hottest year

December 4, 2014

Snowcapped Antisana volcano, in the Ecuadorean province of Pichincha. Land temperatures were the fourth or fifth highest since record-keeping began in the 19th century

With temperature data showing 2014 currently tied for the hottest year on record, the U.N. weather agency yesterday rejected claims that global warming has paused.

The World Meteorological Organisation said the global average temperature in January-October was 0.57 Celsius (1.03 Fahrenheit) above average, the same as in record h ..

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JINPING’S POWER RAISES HUMAN RIGHTS CONCERNS

December 4, 2014

Obama addresses a group of business leaders at the quarterly meeting of the Business Roundtable in Washington,DC

Obama says Xi consolidated power quickly

U.S. President Barack Obama said yesterday Chinese President Xi Jinping has consolidated power more quickly than any Chinese leader in decades and that is raising human rights concerns and worrying China’s neighbours.

Obama, who met Xi last month in Beijing, told the Business Ro ..

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Italy cries ‘democracy emergency’

December 4, 2014

Italian police shows Salvatore Buzzi, a collaborator of Italian mobster Massimo Carminati, during police investigations

An anti-mafia investigation which has shaken Rome widened yesterday, as fresh details emerged about a network run by an art-loving mobster who swapped the drug trade for the more lucrative “immigration business”. The Italian capital’s infamous Magliana crime gang -- which wielded enormous influence in Rome in the 1970s and 80s -- appeared to be back. Investig ..

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US CALLS FOR COMPETITIVE HONG KONG ELECTIONS

December 4, 2014

Daniel Russel

The United States yesterday gave its strongest backing yet to protestors in Hong Kong calling for “competitive” 2017 elections, but came under fire for muting its support for fear of angering China. “The legitimacy of Hong Kong’s chief executive will be greatly enhanced if the promise of universal suffrage is fulfilled,” the top US diplomat for Asia, Dani ..

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Over 150 killed in Boko Haram raid

December 4, 2014

Residents look at a burnt motorcycles outside the central mosque in northern Nigeria’s largest city of Kano

More than 150 people, including 38 police, were killed in a dawn raid by Boko Haram on the northeast Nigerian city of Damaturu this week, emergency services said yesterday. The violence on Monday saw intense fighting on the streets of the Yobe state capital and coincided with a double female suicide bombing in the main city of neighbouring Borno state, Maiduguri. B ..

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Britain launches new tax on multinationals

December 4, 2014

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The British government yesterday slapped a new tax rate on multinational companies that seek to avoid paying their fair share to Treasury coffers. The levy -- nicknamed the ‘Google tax’ because of the high number of technology firms seeking to avoid tax -- will come into force in April, finance minister George Osborne said in a budget update.

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French delegation visits BCCI

December 4, 2014

French business delegation with BCCI officials

A prominent French business delegation presided over by Jean-Marie Kutner, the Mayor of Schiltigheim, visited Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry recently. The delegation, comprising representatives from the Construction sector and the Engineering sector met with their counterparts from Bahrain and deliberated about the investment opportunities available in ..

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CHINA OUTLOOK SMOGGY

December 4, 2014

A delivery courier drives his three-wheeler through a street in Beijing. China’s manufacturing growth skidded  in November, an official survey has showed

Manufacturing at its weakest in at least six months

The euro zone economy may face another contraction after business activity grew less than expected in November, although although Asian readings were more upbeat, while U.S. data was mixed in global surveys published yesterday.

Firms across the euro zone cut prices agai ..

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EDB promotes Bahrain in Japan, S. Korea

December 4, 2014

EDB recently visited Japan and South Korea to promote Bahrain as a preferred regional destination for investment

Officials from the Economic Development Board (EDB) recently visited Japan and South Korea to promote Bahrain as a preferred regional destination for investment, specifically in the the ICT sector.

The visit to Japan followed an MOU signed by the EDB and the Japan Information Services Association (JISA) in September. The memoran ..

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BAHRAIN TO SET SHARIA BOARD

December 4, 2014

BAHRAIN

The central bank to introduce new sharia governance rules 

Bahrain’s central bank is setting up a central sharia board to help oversee Islamic finance products in the Kingdom and will introduce new rules to strengthen governance in the sector, central bank governor Rasheed al Maraj said.

Sharia boards are groups of sc ..

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Americans watch less TV, stream more

December 4, 2014

Streaming video and content continues to be a top driver of bandwidth consumption in North America

Americans are turning away from live TV on the tube and tuning in to streaming services, a Nielsen report says.

That’s bad news for cable and satellite TV providers. Americans are increasingly watching TV shows and movies on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon streaming and other services. CBS and HBO have announced standalone streaming ser ..

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GEFF TO SEIZE OPPORTUNITIES

December 4, 2014

Mr. Shaikh and Mr. McLean at the WIBC 2014

MEGA, a leader in Islamic and ethical finance conferences across the world, and the Islamic Finance Council UK (UKIFC), a not-for-profit promotional body focused on advancing the Islamic and ethical finance industry, have announced their support to Global Ethical Finance Forum (GEFF 2015).

GEFF will be held in Edinburgh in Septe ..

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BIS upbeat on student strength

December 4, 2014

Mr. Menon-BIS-BAHRIAN INDIAN SCHOOL

With 142 classrooms, the newly established Bahrain Indian school (BIS) is expected to accommodate over a thousand students by next year, said Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan (Bhavans) Middle East Chairman, NK Ramachandran Menon.

BIS, which is affiliated to Bhavans, opened its doors earlier this year, teaching students from LKG to 4th gr ..

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Crown Prince holds talks with US officials

December 4, 2014

Prince Salman with Ms. Patterson during the meeting yesterday at Riffa Palace

Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister, HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, yesterday met US Assistant Secretary of the Near Eastern Affairs Bureau, Anne Patterson and the Assistant Secretary of the Democracy, Human rights and Labour Bureau, Tom Malinowski at Riffa Palace.

During the meeting, ..

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King issues new decrees

December 4, 2014

king

His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa has issued several decrees-by-law, some of them related to economic development in the Kingdom while others pertain to achieving more security and stability for citizens.

The five decrees-by-law issued by HM the King, in the economic field, aims to attract and encourage foreign investmen ..

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COURT BEAT

December 4, 2014

court beat

Child beater appeals in court 

An Asian domestic worker sentenced to three months for assault yesterday lodged an appeal against her conviction.

The defendant was earlier found guilty by the High Criminal Court of beating her sponsor’s three-year-old daughter.

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ISB ELECTION TOMORROW

December 4, 2014

ISB ELECTION-Mr. Natarajan-Mr. Abraham

Campaigning for the election to the Executive Committee of the Indian School Bahrain (ISB), one of the largest expatriate schools in the Arabian Gulf with strength of over 12000 students, has reached its peak, as the parents will decide the members of the committee for the period of 2014-17, tomorrow.

The election will take plac ..

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ALL SET FOR NEW CABINET

December 4, 2014

Cabinet-Bahrain

Bahrain will soon be able to see its new Cabinet as Prime Minister HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa has submitted a list of prospective ministers to His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.

The Premier, in his letter addressed to the King had mentioned that the recommended names were selected “in line with His Majest ..

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NEW SYSTEM TO ENHANCE ECONOMY

December 4, 2014

From left, Mr. Al Khuzai and Mr. Al Umran

The heads of the newly formed Capital General Secretariat Board are hopeful that the board will contribute to the growth of the national economy.

According to the chairman of the board, Mohammed Ali Ahmed Al Khuzai, highly experienced and qualified persons are heading the board, which was formed under the Royal Decree 81 issued ..

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DT WOMAN : THE PAIN THAT MADE A WRITER

December 4, 2014

Ms. Al Shomily-DT WOMAN

Every writer in his career has to go through the pangs of writing, but for Juwaireya Al Shomily, it is the other way around. It was the pain that made her a writer.

She was just 12 years old when fate played a cruel sport with her, for Ms. Al Shomily was dignosed with leukaemia.

After undergo ..

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DTNEWS OVENHOT : DELECTABLE BABA GHANOUSH

December 4, 2014

DTNEWS OVENHOT - DELECTABLE  BABA GHANOUSH

Baba ghanoush is a Levantine dish of cooked eggplant mixed with onions, tomatoes, olive oil and various seasonings. The Arabic term means “pampered papa” or “coy daddy”, perhaps with reference to a member of a royal harem.

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ONLINE SHOPPING BLOOMS IN ASIA

December 4, 2014

The past two years has seen a noticeable shift in Indonesia with many starting to shop online

Indonesia leads the pack in e-commerce

Indonesia is set to lead a boom in online shopping across Southeast Asia as Internet access explodes and investors pour money into a rapidly growing host of retail startups, analysts say.

Much like China several years ago, the region is enjoying a rapid increase in web access that o ..

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AL FAQIH WINS TOP WIBC AWARD

December 4, 2014

The winners during the award ceremony held at the Gulf Hotel with Mr. Al Maraj

Chief Executive Officer, Bank of Khartoum, Fadi Salim Al Faqih was voted as the Islamic Banker of the Year.

The annual WIBC Awards were held on the sidelines of the 21st Annual Edition of the World Islamic Banking Conference (WIBC 2014) at the Gulf Hotel in Bahrain.

The achievements, innovati ..

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Kerry arrives in Basel for OSCE talks

December 4, 2014

Kerry (left)meets with Burkhalter

US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Basel yesterday evening for a meeting of top diplomats from some 50 OSCE countries which will focus on the spiralling Ukraine crisis. Kerry is set to meet today with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov as a long-awaited truce around an airport in rebel-held Donetsk in eastern Ukraine appeared under threat, just hours af ..

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SWEDISH PM CALLS SNAP ELECTION

December 4, 2014

Sweden’s Prime Minister Stefan Lofven (right) (Social Democtrats) and Minister of Education Gustav Fridolin, (Green Party) give a press conference yesterday

Losing budget Vote

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Loefven called the country’s first snap election in over half a century yesterday after a far-right party torpedoed his two-month-old government’s budget in a parliamentary vote. The announcement of March 22 polls came after the ruling minority coalition failed to push its budget past the populist Sweden ..

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IAAF candidate Coe proposes calendar re-think

December 4, 2014

Sebastian Coe holds up his campaign manifesto after a Press conference

British athletics great Sebastian Coe vowed to shake up the sport’s global calendar yesterday as he launched his bid for the presidency of world governing body the IAAF. The two-time Olympic 1,500 metres champion wants to attract more young people to the sport by creating ‘street athletics’ events and also pledged to crack down on the scourge of doping. Coe, ..

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BOATENG WANTS TO BE FIRST BLACK CAPTAIN

December 4, 2014

Jerome Boateng

Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng has said it would be a “huge honour” to one day lead Germany out as the first black captain of the World Cup holders. When Philipp Lahm retired after winning the World Cup in July, Bastian Schweinsteiger succeeded him as Germany skipper, but Boateng says he wants to lead out the world champions in the future. Boateng, whose ..

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ENGLAND TRIUMPH

December 4, 2014

Jos Buttler (left) and Joe Root celebrate after their victory

Ali inspires England win over Sri Lanka

Opener Moeen Ali hit a dazzling 58 off 40 balls to inspire England to a five-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the rain-affected third one-day international in Hambantota yesterday. The tourists, chasing a revised Duckworth-Lewis target of 236 in 35 overs, cruised home with eight balls to spare to record their first win in ..

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Car bomb hits Yemen home of Iran envoy, one killed

December 4, 2014

Yemeni security forces inspect the scene of a car bomb, which struck the residence of Iran’s ambassador in the Yemeni capital Sanaa yesterday

One person was killed and 17 wounded yesterday when a car bomb struck the residence of Iran’s ambassador in Yemen, where Tehran is accused of backing Shia militia.

Ambassador Hassan Sayed Nam was not at home when the attack took place in the diplomatic district of Hada in the capital Sanaa, according to a security official.

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BEATING IS COULD TAKE MANY YEARS

December 4, 2014

shows a Kurdish Peshmerga fighter holds a rocket propelled-grenade (RPG) near a flag of the Islamic State (IS) group hoisted on the other side of a bridge at the frontline of fighting against Islamist milita

The US-led coalition against the Islamic State group said yesterday it was finally stopping the advance of the jihadists across Iraq and Syria, but warned it could take years to finally defeat them.

Washington meanwhile said that arch-foe Iran had launched its first air strikes against the Sunni extremist organisation, but denie ..

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Red Bull speed Vettel on his way

December 3, 2014

Sebastian Vettel poses in front of Red Bull’s trophy cabinet during a farewell visit to the team’s Milton Keynes factory

Red Bull waved Sebastian Vettel off to Ferrari yesterday with some gifts that might come in useful in Italy and the promise of eventually being reunited with one of his title winning Formula One cars.

However, as team principal Christian Horner explained to the four times champion in front of staff at the Milton Keynes factory, ..

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Easy win for Kodoor

December 3, 2014

Kodoor (left) and Qaed

The Indian Club Centenary Open Tennis is underway with Sabarish Kodoor defeating Ebrahim Qaed in straight sets 6-2, 6-2 in the first round of the men’s singles at the club premises in Gudaibiya.

In other first round matches, Mohammed Yousif beat Tariq Mohammed 6-3,6-2, Abdul Rehman Janahi eased past Kaustbh Joshi 6-0;6-0 and ..

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Bahrain to attend ISSF meeting

December 3, 2014

ISSF meeting

Bahrain will be present tomorrow at the extraordinary meeting of the Islamic Solidarity Sports Federation (ISSF) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC) general secretary Abdulrahman Askar is heading the Bahrain delegation to the meeting and will be joined by BOC sports advisor Abduljalil Asad and Arab Relations ..

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ARSENAL UNITED: ARSENE WENGER

December 3, 2014

Arsene Wenger

Gunners lacked consistency this season

Arsenal are united as a club and are in the process of creating something special despite a turbulent start to the season, manager Arsene Wenger said yesterday.

Arsenal, who beat West Bromwich Albion 1-0 on Saturday, have lacked consistency this season and are sixth in the Premier L ..

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Red Bull kart fight qualifiers end tomorrow

December 3, 2014

Action from the previous edition

Karting enthusiasts since late October have been flocking to the Bahrain International Karting Circuit (BIKC) for a chance to qualify in the Red Bull Kart Fight Bahrain Final. Anyone up for this challenge can still participate which ends tomorrow evening with more than 300 participants so far having participated with registration on-line. The final top 40 who set t ..

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Challenge Bahrain officially begins today

December 3, 2014

Challenge Bahrain officially begins today

The Challenge Bahrain international triathlon championship officially starts today at 10.30am, with the media accreditation to be held at Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) to be followed by a reception ceremony for the media and professional athletes at 5pm. The organising committee of the event has finished all the administrative and regulatory procedures to lau ..

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Media Committee meets Challenge Family

December 3, 2014

The meeting in progress

The Media Committee of the Challenge Bahrain International Triathlon Championship held a meeting with Bahrain TV Sports Channel and Challenge Family media officials ahead of Saturday’s event. It was held as part of the directives from Supreme Council for Youth and Sports Chairman and Bahrain Olympic Committee President HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa in ord ..

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BAHRAIN UPBEAT

December 3, 2014

Bahrain players attend a training session ahead of Challenge Bahrain

Supreme Council for Youth and Sports Chairman (SCYS) and Bahrain Olympic Committee )BOC) President HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, with SCYS First Vice-Chairman and Bahrain Athletics Association President HH Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa, led the Bahrain Triathlon Team in training for the upcoming Challenge Bahrain International Triathlon Championship, ..

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Akeel and Butt win Monday Madness

December 3, 2014

Golf Operations Manager Sheldon Cameron (centre) with winners Akeel (left) and Butt

After rain stopped play last week’s VIVA Monday Madness Night Golf competition at the Royal Golf Club, the duo of Iftikhar Butt and Mohammed Akeel (28 points) were delighted to win this week’s competition without a soaking.

Second place went to Andrew Wyman and Alan Vandewater (27) with third place to Ebrahim Al Hasel and pl ..

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MIND GAME

December 3, 2014

Chelsea players attend a training session

Chelsea stranglehold on Spurs not important, says Mourinho

Chelsea’s remarkable record against Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge was of no interest to manager Jose Mourinho as he prepared for today’s London derby.

Mourinho’s club have not been beaten at home by Spurs since 1990 when former England marksman Gary ..

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Dutch retirement homes offer frat house alternative

December 3, 2014

Anton Groot Koerkamp, 85, uses computer at the Humanitas retirement home in Deventer, eastern Netherlands

Ninety-two-year-old Johanna beams at the 20-year-old stepping into her room -- not a visiting grandson, but rather a housemate at her retirement home. Town planning student Jurrien is one of six who have chosen to live in the yellow-brick home in Deventer in the eastern Netherlands as part of a unique project that benefits everyone. The university students pay no r ..

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NATO MINISTERS SUPPORT UKRAINE

December 3, 2014

NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg (centre-left) speaks with US Secretary of State John Kerry (centre-right) as they pose for a family photo during a NATO foreign ministers at the NATO headquarters in Brussels

NATO foreign ministers announced new support for Ukraine’s military and slammed Moscow for backing rebel forces yesterday in a meeting that also focused on the alliance’s upcoming move to a training mission in Afghanistan. “We strongly condemn Russia’s continued and deliberate destabilisation of eastern Ukraine in breach of international law,” said a stat ..

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Bahraini Women’s Day celebrated at ISB

December 3, 2014

Bahraini female staff members with school officials

The Indian School Bahrain (ISB) celebrated Bahraini Women’s Day   to commemorate the achievements and service rendered by them.  The Bahraini women staff were welcomed to auditorium wherein all the Bahraini students assembled. School Chairman   Abraham John, Principal   V.R. Palaniswamy, member (sports) Stalin Joseph and Vice Principal   Maria Waltin greeted ..

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ISB celebrates French Day

December 3, 2014

The prize winners with teachers and school officials

The French Department of the Indian School celebrated French Day. The Chief Guest was French Embassy Director for Higher Studies Vincent Mérieux.  School Chairman   Abraham John and Principal V. R. Palaniswamy inaugurated the function. The Head of Department of French M.S. Pillai welcomed the gathering.  Prizes were distributed to the winners of the various Int ..

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MTE Studios represented at SAASTEC in South Africa

December 3, 2014

Prof. Mike Bruton

MTE Studios, a Dubai-based consultancy specialising in themed architecture and interactive learning experience centres was represented at the recent (SAASTEC) conference by Mike Bruton, Imagineering Director of MTE Studios.

The 16th Annual Conference of the South African Association of Science and Technology (SAASCTEC) was held ..

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Menatelecom launches new broadband packages

December 3, 2014

MenatelecoM

Menatelecom, the broadband provider in the Kingdom and 100per cent owned subsidiary of Kuwait Finance House (Bahrain), has launched its latest bouquet of residential broadband packages at new prices.

The new packages offer benefits such as “half day on you and half day on us” which encompasses free data downloads from 12am t ..

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BCCI attends Moroccan-Bahraini Joint Business Council

December 3, 2014

Council in progres

A business delegation from Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry headed by Jawad Al Hawaj Second Vice-Chairman and Ms. Ahlam Janahi Board Member and head of the Bahraini side of the Moroccan-Bahraini Joint Business Council participated in the “4th GCC-Morocco Investment Forum & Expo” which took place in Casablanca- Morocco, and embraced prominent busine ..

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MALABAR GOLD & DIAMONDS FESTIVAL BEGINS

December 3, 2014

MALABAR GOLD

Malabar Gold & Diamonds announced the  details of the 4th edition of ‘Malabar Gold & Diamonds Festival’ in GCC and Singapore. The festival that runs between 1st December to 31st January 2015 in Bahrain will display distinctive pieces of jewellery from across the world and offer massive gifts and irresistible offers. The festival is one of the biggest j ..

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Diyar Al Muharraq-Bin Faqeeh deal for Dragon Apartments

December 3, 2014

Building relation

Diyar Al Muharraq,the urban developers in the Kingdom has signed a major corporate deal with Bin Faqeeh Real Estate Development Company for the development of a major residential complex. The signing ceremony, for the development of Dragon Apartments  was attended by Chief Executive Officer of Diyar Al Muharraq Dr. Maher Al Shaer, Chairman of Bin Faqeeh Faisal bin ..

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Bapco conducts ER Exercise

December 3, 2014

An emergency response exercise in progress

With the aim of evaluating the overall resilience in response to emergencies, Bapco held an Emergency Response Exercise on 25 November. The exercise, code named INJAZ, lasted for 5 hours,   exercising level 1 and 2 response of the Bapco Crisis and Emergency Response Plan (CERP), and   involved fighting a simulated fire in the Marketing Terminal at Sitra. More tha ..

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CAPITAL CLUB BUSINESS MEET

December 3, 2014

Club members

Capital Club Bahrain held its annual Business Outlook event focusing on key industries in the Kingdom. Managing Partner of KPMG, Jamal Fakhro, moderated the panel discussion, which was sponsored by Elian. The speakers included Dr. Dawood Nassif, Advisor at the National Oil and Gas Authority (NOGA); Talal Al Zain, Chief Executive Officer of PineBridge Investments; a ..

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Iraq PM bats for reconstruction fund

December 3, 2014

Al Abadi

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al Abadi flew to Brussels yesterday to attend a meeting of the 60-state coalition against the Islamic State jihadist group and to call for funding, his office said.

Abadi, who is also due to meet French President Francois Hollande in Paris today, will brief his allies in the Belgian capital on latest ..

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Recognise Palestine, France urged to act

December 3, 2014

A Palestinian woman looks at the debris as another woman wails amid destroyed buildings in the northern district of Beit Hanun in the Gaza Strip

The Palestinian leadership urged France to act on a parliamentary vote yesterday in favour of recognising Palestine as a state, expressing its “gratitude” to the French lawmakers.

“We call on the French government to translate its parliament’s vote into action,” Hanan Ashrawi, a senior leader in the Palestine Liberatio ..

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Iraq government, Kurds strike deal on budget, oil

December 3, 2014

Al Abadi

Iraq’s government and the autonomous Kurdish region announced yesterday an agreement resolving their longstanding disputes over the budget and oil exports, boosting prospects of closer cooperation against jihadists.

Despite months of bad blood, the deal shows that the federal and Kurdish regional government still need each oth ..

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Syria war: Over 200,000 dead

December 3, 2014

A rebel fighter holds a position in a rebel-held area of the Syrian northern city of Aleppo in this September 18 file picture

Syria’s civil war has killed more than 200,000 people in less than four years, a monitoring group told AFP yesterday, adding that most were fighters from the two sides.

“We have documented the killing of 202,354 people since March 2011,” Syrian Observatory for Human Rights director Rami Abdel Rahman said, adding tha ..

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Al Safir Hotel Landmark of Luxury

December 3, 2014

Al Safir Hotel Landmark of Luxury

The Al Safir Hotel & Tower is located in the Juffair neighborhood. A visitor is only a short distance from the Al Fateh Mosque and the family friendly Al Fateh Corniche. Sites like the National Museum, Bab Al Bahrain Gate and the Manama Souq are close to the property as well.

Majestic furnishing, polished wooden flooring, co ..

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Fly the Gulf Air Way to Bangkok

December 3, 2014

GULF AIR

GF’s Services Undergo Extensive Revamp

In the last three years Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, has embarked on an aggressive and proactive re-fleeting and product enhancement strategy.

A critical element of the airline’s new business offering is its newly retrofitted A330 aircraft which feat ..

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Relaxing Pressure

December 3, 2014

Thailand-Bahrain people-to-people connection

Sawadee Ka and welcome to Ann¹s Spa and Authentic Thai Massage. Warm smiles, high quality products, reasonable prices along with friendly professional service sets Ann’s Spa apart from other Spas.

Ann¹s Spa first opened its doors in the Al Safir Hotel in Juffair in 2005 and has enjoyed helping thousands of customers with the ..

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THE THAI CONNECTION

December 3, 2014

Al Hassanain Company

Best wishes from Al Hassanain Company

 

Chairman’s Message

On the occasion of Thailand’s National Day and His Majesty King Bhumibol’s 87th Birthday Anniversary, on behal ..

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BANGKOK: A CITY FOR KIDS

December 3, 2014

Bangkok

When one thinks of Bangkok, Thailand, many things come to mind: a wild, sometimes chaotic tropical metropolis; the hub of not only Thailand but Southeast Asia, a gateway city; a city of contradictions, containing stunning temples and world-class nightlife; perhaps a city one can explore for years and never come close to really knowing.

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Six Days in Heaven

December 3, 2014

Six Days in Heaven

Every year on the 17th of March is the national celebration of Muay Thai in Thailand – a day where thousands of people come from all over the world to the ancient city of Ayutthaya to pay respect to the father of Muay Thai - Nai Khanomtom.  Last year four of my students and I were privileged to attend this great ceremony in the ancient city of Ayutthaya.  It is ..

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Thailand’s roadmap to reforms

December 3, 2014

Thailand’s roadmap to reforms2

After almost a year of political struggle, the National Council for Peace and Order temporarily took over the administration of the country with the sole purpose of putting Thai democracy on the right path through a political and social reform. It has since then started implementing a 3-stage administrative roadmap to move the country forward.

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THE YEAR 2014 THAILAND-BAHRAIN FRIENDSHIP GROWS STRONGER

December 3, 2014

Bilateral meeting between HRH Prime Minister of Bahrain and Prime Minister of Thailand

The friendship between Thailand and Bahrain has become deepened over nearly four decades since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1977. The year 2014 witnesses the successful visits to Thailand by H.R.H. Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, Prime Minister of Bahrain. In October 2014, H.R.H. Prime Minister of Bahrain was the first foreign Head of Governme ..

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KING BHUMIBOL ADULYADEJ OF THAILAND

December 3, 2014

H.M. the King -King Bhumibo -images

Never stops working for his people and his country

At the age of 87 years old, His Majesty the King of Thailand is still very much active keeping his promise which he pledged on the day he was crowned King of Thailand. In 1950, he promised that he would “reign with righteousness for the benefit of the Siamese (Thai) peo ..

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THAILAND CELEBRATES NATIONAL DAY

December 3, 2014

HIS MAJESTY KING BHUMIBOL ADULYADEJ OF THE KINGDOM OF THAILAND-HIS MAJESTY KING HAMAD BIN ISA AL KHALIFA OF THE KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN

“Strength, resilience and friendship in the face of adversity”

Message of H.E. Mr. Vichai Varasirikul, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Thailand to the Kingdom of Bahrain

Upon this auspicious occasion of ..

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The Pet Project: Can cats and birds live together?

December 3, 2014

THE PET PROJECT

Have you ever been frustrated because you love cats and birds so much but due to the stereotyped relationship between the two, you always end up worrying about leaving the cat “alone” with your pet bird?

Well, nothing is impossible if you’re really determined enough to do something about it.

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Readers’ VIEW

December 3, 2014

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An equal opportunity for all 

Dear editor,

When I read about the letter, “Taking pictures before meals”, it reminded me of a  young man,  who works as a delivery assistant  for a-24 hour store at the Fontana Towers in Juffair.

 As stated in the letter, the writer an ..

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National Income grows by 1.74pc

December 3, 2014

National Income  grows by 1.74pc

Kingdom of Bahrain’s GDP grew by 1.74 per cent during the fourth Quarter that ended in September 2014 compared to the third quarter, according to the figures released by Central Informatics Organisation yesterday.

The major contributors to the GDP growth are the manufacturing sector which grew by 7.2 pc, the construction secto ..

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COURT BEAT

December 3, 2014

court beat

Illicit affair : Lover boy’s appeal rejected

An Asian man, who had sexual relations with his girlfriend inside her sponsor’s house, saw his appeal rejected before the High Criminal Appeals Court.

He was earlier sentenced to one month in jail by the High Crim ..

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NIHR, Ombudsman bag Chaillot Prize

December 3, 2014

NIHR

Bahrain’s National Institute for Human Rights (NIHR) and Ombudsman have bagged the prestigious Chaillot Prize 2014 for their remarkable efforts towards the promotion of human rights in GCC.

And to add feather to the crown, these organisations in Bahrain are the first public/government organisations to receive the award.

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ADVISERS RELIEVED

December 3, 2014

HM the King

His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, through a Royal Ordinance, annulled the position of ministers sans portfolio, previously appointed by a Royal Order, and relieved the advisers appointed in this rank at the Royal and Crown Prince Courts of their duties.

In another Ordinance that was also issued yesterday, His Majesty se ..

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WILL MALINOWSKI RETURN TODAY?

December 3, 2014

Mr. Malinowski

Tom Malinowski, the US Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights, who was ordered to leave Bahrain about five months ago, will return to the Kingdom today, reported The New York Times yesterday.

“Mr. Malinowski who is currently visiting Kuwait will travel to Bahrain with Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern ..

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Al Safar quit to ‘focus on business’

December 3, 2014

Adel Al Safar

A former parliamentary candidate who apparently withdrew from a political society clarified that he “stepped-out of the political scene to focus on his business.”

Business man and former candidate of the fifth constituency in the Capital Governorate Adel Al Safar told DT News yesterday that the decision was based on ..

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CANDIDATES SPLURGED BD10M FOR CAMPAIGNS

December 3, 2014

Bahrain elections 2014

Amid worries of elections being market driven, various sources revealed yesterday that candidates splurged more than BD10 million during the elections to Parliament and Municipalities.

With each candidates spending more than BD20,000 on their campaigns, the total amount spent for the election has reached an all time high, the so ..

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FIRE KILLS FORMER MINISTER’S BROTHER

December 3, 2014

The house, which was damaged in fire

According to sources, the victim died due to suffocation

A man was killed after his house was gutted in a fire last night at Al Qadam area near Budaiya.

The deceased has been identified as Bahraini citizen Sayyed Hilal Al Alawi.

The deceased is the brother of former Labour M ..

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WIBC 2014 OPENED

December 3, 2014

Baroness Warsi-Mr. Al Maraj

The 21st annual edition of the World Islamic Banking Conference (WIBC 2014) opened yesterday with attendance from over 1,300 industry leaders from over 50 countries representing over 300 organisations. Convened under the patronage of HRH Prince Khalifa Bin Salman Al Khalifa, the Prime Minister of Bahrain and held with the official support of the Central Bank of Bah ..

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Pakistan adds home-made fighter jets to airforce

December 3, 2014

Delegates visit an exhibit from China during the International Defence Exhibition And Seminars (Ideas) in Karachi

The head of Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) said yesterday that Pakistan had introduced 50 home-assembled multi-role JF-17 Thunder fight jets into its airforce. Air Marshal Javed Ahmed, chief of the state-owned Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC), said the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) had already received 50 of the home-made aircraft and that the supply of the seco ..

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JAPAN KICKS OFF ELECTION

December 3, 2014

Surrounded by candidates of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (2nd right) waves from a top of a campaign car

Official campaigning kicked off in Japan yesterday before a December 14 election which Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has described as a referendum on his faltering “Abenomics” growth blitz. “We are determined to win,” Abe told hundreds of voters at his initial stump speech in the northern port of Soma. “I promise to make Japan a country that can shine again a ..

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Speaker lineup ready for World Congress

December 3, 2014

Dr. Adel El Nashar

The Executive Committee of this month’s 56th ICHPER.SD Anniversary World Congress and Exposition has approved the list of speakers for the four-day event to be held from December 18 to 21.

Leading the speakers are South Korea’s Dr. Dang Yang, honorary president of the International Council for Health, Physical Education, Rec ..

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HAPLESS SIXERS PLUNGE TO 0-17

December 3, 2014

Alexey Shved of the Philadelphia 76ers goes to the basket against the San Antonio Spurs at the Wells Fargo Centre in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia 76ers one step closer to infamy

Kawhi Leonard tallied 26 points and 10 rebounds to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 109-103 win over the Philadelphia 76ers, who moved one step closer to infamy.

Philadelphia can tie the 2009-10 New Jersey Nets (0-18) for the worst start to a National Basketball Assoc ..

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Arsenal Soccer School to shape Bahraini talents

December 3, 2014

Arsenal Soccer School

Young Bahraini soccer enthusiasts now have the opportunity to become world stars and lead a professional life as soccer players with the new Arsenal Soccer School Bahrain’s scholarship programme.

This programme aims to discover young Bahraini talents and sponsor them in order to hone their football skills to reach the level of ..

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Taijul grabs hat-trick on debut

December 2, 2014

Bangladesh cricketers Shakib Al Hasan (centre) and Taijul Islam (third right) walk off the field after the Zimbabwe innings during the fifth and the final one-day international (ODI) match between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe

Left-arm spinner Taijul Islam became the first cricketer to claim a hat-trick on his debut in a one-day international as he set up a five-wicket victory for Bangladesh over Zimbabwe yesterday.

The win in Dhaka gave Bangladesh a clean sweep in the five-match ODI series against their fellow cricketing minnows.

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TRIO SWEEP SPRINTS

December 2, 2014

Bangladesh cricketers Shakib Al Hasan (centre) and Taijul Islam (third right) walk off the field after the Zimbabwe innings during the fifth and the final one-day international (ODI) match between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe

Bahrain karters steal show at BIKC

Three of Bahrain’s most talented karters were in unbeatable form during the latest edition of the Bahrain Karting Sprints Championships (BKSC) at Bahrain International Karting Circuit (BIKC) in Sakhir.

Mohammed Abdulaziz, Hussain Hasan and Mohammed Mattar each claimed fantas ..

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Draft to start Sport Jury ready

December 2, 2014

Mr. Askar chairs the meeting

The initiative of Supreme Council for Youth and Sports (SCYS) chairman and Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC) president HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa to form a ‘SportJury’, tasked at resolving sports disputes in the gulf region, was finally put down on paper.

This statement was announced after a four-member committee co ..

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Rich haul of medals by Kickboxing team

December 2, 2014

The Interior Ministry Kickboxing team in a photo call on return from Amman

The Interior Ministry Kickboxing team won three gold and two bronze medals at the recently concluded 5th Arab Club Championship at the Al Hussain Boxing Arena in Amman, Jordan.

A total of 145 fighters from 21 clubs in seven Arab countries —  Egypt, Iraq, Libya, Sudan, Palestine, Bahrain and hosts Jordan competed in the six-da ..

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Shaikh Nasser ratifies programmes

December 2, 2014

Shaikh Nasser at the venue

Supreme Council for Youth and Sports (SCYS) Chairman and Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC) President HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa has confirmed the general programme for the Challenge Bahrain International Triathlon Championship.

Tomorrow the Media Centre at Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) will host all media accredit ..

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‘FORM PERFECT’

December 2, 2014

Swimming training in progres

Shaikh Nasser leads Bahrain triathlon team in swimming training

Supreme Council for Youth and Sports (SCYS) Chairman and Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC) President HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa led the Bahrain Triathlon team in swimming training yesterday at the Khalifa Sports City pool in Isa Town.

The session wa ..

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Henry confirms New York exit

December 2, 2014

Thierry Henry

French striker Thierry Henry has played his last game for the New York Red Bulls after four and a half years at the club, he announced on their website yesterday.

“Unfortunately Saturday was my last game for the New York Red Bulls,”, the 37-year-old who is France’s top international scorer said.

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Unique CC, Riffa Star play out thrilling tie

December 2, 2014

Ganesh Shetty-Asim

Unique CC and Riffa Star played out a thrilling tie in the Cricket Bahrain (BCL-CBA Division) Diamond League,T-20 Tournament at the Busaiteen Grounds in Muharraq.

Batting first, Unique CC were dismissed for 97 in 20 overs with Askar (28) top scoring and the wickets shared by Anas (three for 18, Noor (two for 11) and Ranjith (two ..

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Malik wins third Junior Saturday Series

December 2, 2014

PGA Instructor David Edwards with winners. From left- Eid Adel, Ali Babtain, Taimur Malik and Ali Mohamed Alkowari

Promising 12-year old golfer Taimur Malik (29 points) narrowly won the fourth Junior Elite competition in the VIVA Junior Saturday Series at the Royal Golf Club for the third consecutive time, finishing ahead of runner up Ali Babtain (30).

In the Junior Academy category designed for young golfers new to the game, Ali Mohamed Alk ..

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KOBE SHINES ON HISTORIC NIGHT

December 2, 2014

Kobe Bryant (#24) of the Los Angeles Lakers shoots against the Toronto Raptors at STAPLES Centre

The 19-year veteran scores his 20th career triple-double

Kobe Bryant wanted this one badly, especially after missing a clutch free throw in the final minute of regulation. And by the time the Los Angeles Lakers had beaten the Toronto Raptors, the 19-year veteran had his 20th career triple-double.

Bryan ..

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Tom to attend Rugby World Cup

December 2, 2014

Tom Watson with Steve Thompson

DHL Express, the leading express and logistics provider has announced that 12-year old Tom Watson is the lucky child from Bahrain to get the opportunity of a lifetime to attend the Rugby World Cup (RWC) 2015 in London and deliver the official match ball onto the field of play prior to the kick-off match in September 2015.

Held e ..

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Webber survives high-crash

December 2, 2014

Mark Webber

Former Formula One driver Mark Webber had a lucky escape from a high-speed crash at the World Endurance series race in Brazil.

The 38-year-old Australian’s Porsche 911 made contact with Matteo Cressoni’s Ferrari on the final corner of the six-hour race in Sao Paulo and slammed into a track barrier.

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AL QUBAISI IMPRESSIVE

December 2, 2014

Porsche 911 RSR races ahead at the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) in Sao Paulo

Seals third place overall in class on WEC debut

Proton Competition, the Emirates Global Aluminium and Abu Dhabi Racing-backed outfit, return to the UAE with a team bronze medal following their debut campaign in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) in the 6 Hours of Sao Paulo in Brazil. With this new achievement for the UAE motorsport at the ..

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ICC upholds conviction of Lubanga

December 2, 2014

Warcrimes suspect Thomas Lubanga of the Democratic Republic of Congo speaks to his lawyers as he awaits judges’ verdict on the appeal

Appeal judges at the International Criminal Court yesterday upheld the conviction of Congolese war criminal Thomas Lubanga and confirmed his 14-year prison sentence, bringing to a close the permanent war crimes court’s first case.

The milestone risks being overshadowed by the slow pace of justice at the institution - set up mo ..

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WHO says Liberia, Guinea meeting Ebola targets

December 2, 2014

A healthcare worker in protective gear is sprayed with disinfectant after working in an Ebola treatment centre in the west of Freetown, Sierra Leone

Liberia and Guinea have met a December 1 target for isolating 70 per cent of people infected with Ebola and safely burying 70 percent of those who die but Sierra Leone has not, the World Health Organisation said yesterday. Only last week, the U.N. health agency said only Guinea was on track to meet the targets for getting the Ebola outbreak under control in the thr ..

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NATO DESTABILISES BALTICS: MOSCOW

December 2, 2014

A Russian Su-27 SM fighter jet lands on the airfield of Belbek military airport outside Sevastopol

Russia accused NATO yesterday of destabilising northern Europe and the Baltics by carrying out drills there and announced new military exercises of its own, increasing tension over the Ukraine crisis.

Endless military exercises weaken northern Europe - Russia minister

NATO responded by blaming Moscow for instability in t ..

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Pro-European parties eye coalition after Moldova poll win

December 2, 2014

Moldovan citizens cast their ballots at a polling station in the Moldovan embassy in Bucharest

Pro-European parties in Moldova pledged yesterday to pull together a coalition to steer the ex-Soviet country on a path towards EU integration after securing a narrow win in a  weekend parliamentary poll. Three parties backing EU integration together won about 44 percent in Sunday’s vote, which was held against the backdrop of the bloody conflict in neighbouring ..

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UN CLIMATE TALKS BEGIN

December 2, 2014

Nobel Peace Prize 2007, Indian Rajendra Pachauri, head of the UN panel of climate scientists, participates in the opening ceremony of the UN COP20 and CMP10 conference in Lima

To fresh warnings and appeals to seize the political momentum, UN talks opened in Lima yesterday tasked with drawing the outlines of a 2015 deal to roll back climate change. Gathering 195 states, the 12-day meeting also has to agree on the pact’s heart -- a format for nations to make pledges to reduce Earth-warming carbon pollution. These national commitments wou ..

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Thailand, Malaysia set conditions for fresh peace talks

December 2, 2014

National Security Council of Thailand, Lt-Gen Paradorn Pattanatabut (2nd left)

The Thai and Malaysian premiers agreed yesterday that stalled talks on ending southern Thailand’s deadly Muslim insurrection could only resume once all rebel attacks cease and its various insurgent groups come to the table as one. The conditions spelled out by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, agreed in a meeting with hardline new Thai leader Prayut Chan-O-Ch ..

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SUICIDE ATTACK

December 2, 2014

Residents look at a burnt motorcycles outside the central mosque in northern Nigeria’s largest city of Kano

Nigeria rocked by new Boko Haram raid

Boko Haram yesterday launched two separate attacks on state capitals in northeast Nigeria, when two female suicide bombers hit a busy market and fighters launched a major assault on police. The blasts in Maiduguri and dawn raid in Damaturu came just days after a deadly mosque attack in the northern city of Kano left at ..

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ISLAMIC FINANCE NEW FRONTIER

December 2, 2014

Dr. Alamsyah addressing the seminar

Signs of economic recovery is visible all over the world but growth is still low and volatile said Deputy Governor of Bank Indonesia Dr. Halim Alamsyah. He was delivering key note address in IIFM Industry Seminar on Islamic Financial Market yesterday. Although the United States has begun to demonstrate consistent indications of recovery, its medium and long term gr ..

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Diseases plague IS-held city in Iraq

December 2, 2014

A Turkman family who were displaced from the northern Iraqi city of Mosul after Islamic State group militants took control of the area in June 2014 sit in a house that they rent in Baghdad during a visit by humanitarian

When Islamic State group fighters swept into northern Iraq’s second city Mosul in a lightning June offensive, their propaganda trumpeted a better life for the people under jihadist rule.

Now, nearly six months later, residents there are suffering from a lack of clean water and also a shortage of medicine to treat illnesses cau ..

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IS kills 16 border guards in Iraq

December 2, 2014

An Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighter fires at Islamic-State (IS) militant positions, from his position on the top of Mount Zardak

At least 16 Iraqi border guards were killed yesterday in a dawn assault by the Islamic State jihadist group on their post near the Syrian frontier, provincial and security officials said.

“Sixteen border guards, including a captain, were killed and four wounded in an attack targeting their headquarters in Al-Walid, near the Sy ..

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Uncertainty as UN suspends food aid

December 2, 2014

Syrian refugee children eat offered bread during their sit-in protest in front of the Greek Parliament in Athens on November 26

The World Food Programme (WFP) yesterday suspended food aid to more than 1.7 million Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries, blaming a financing crisis caused by unhonoured cash pledges.

The Rome-based UN agency said refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt risked going hungry this winter if donors do not urgently ..

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Newly-elected MPs flay US statement

December 2, 2014

Newly-elected MPs  flay US statement

In their first official statement, Parliamentarians yesterday criticised the US State Department Spokesperson’s statement on the elections process in Bahrain, commenting that the “unstable” statement attempted to portray the boycotting societies as representatives of a massive section of the society.

“The statement didn ..

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Noor El Ain Festival to start from Dec 15

December 2, 2014

Bahrain Noor El An

Coinciding with Bahrain’s National festivities, Bahrain is set to host a nationwide shopping festival starting on the 15th of December 2014. The festival will end on February 16, 2015.

The festival is a national celebration of patriotic feelings, and serves a fitting platform for all Bahrainis to express their love for their c ..

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Bahrain attends OPCW session

December 2, 2014

Mr. Abdulla at the conference

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs Undersecretary and Chairman of the National Committee for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, Ambassador Abdulla Abdullatif Abdulla, headed the Kingdom of Bahrain delegation in the 19th session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

The confe ..

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