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No place for revenge as Di Matteo faces Chelsea

November 25, 2014

Schalke’s players joke during a training session

Roberto di Matteo insists there will be no place for revenge or sentimentality when Schalke 04 host his former club Chelsea in the Champions League yesterday.

The 44-year-old is just seven games into his new role as Schalke coach, his first job since being sacked by Chelsea in November 2012, just six months after winning the Cha ..

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Pak Lions hunt down Strikers

November 25, 2014

Bahrain (BCL-CBA Division) Premier League

Pak Lions defeated Strikers CC by 28 runs thanks to a fantastic unbeaten knock by Ehsan Ullah in the latest matches of the BFC Cricket

Bahrain (BCL-CBA Division) Premier League, T20 Tournament at the Busaiteen Grounds in Muharraq. Batting first, Pak Lions scored 163 for four in their 20 overs with the main scorer being opener Eh ..

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PSG FOCUS ON AJAX

November 25, 2014

Laurent Blanc (left) looks on as his players attend a training session at the Camp-des-Loges in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, west of Paris yesterday

French champions top the pool

Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc and his players say they are not taking the visit of Dutch side Ajax lightly as they face off in Champions League Group F action, despite the fact they have already qualified for the second round.

The two-time defending French champions top t ..

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Zain, BTC review arrangements

November 25, 2014

Zain Bahrain and BTC officials at the meeting

Zain Bahrain officials led by its Corporate Communication Manager Samya Hussain met with Bahrain Tennis Club (BTC) officials headed by its president Khamis Al Muqla ahead of the 12th Zain Bahrain Junior Tennis Tournament to be held at its premises in Juffair from December 7 to 18.

The tournament coincides with Bahrain’s Nation ..

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China reveals drugs ban for Olympic champ Sun

November 25, 2014

Sun Yang

Chinese swimming sensation Sun Yang served a three-month doping ban this season before returning to competition, officials revealed yesterday in the country’s biggest drugs case in years.

The double Olympic champion and 1,500 metres world record-holder, a superstar who is also known for his brushes with authority, won three go ..

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Preparations underway for endurance race

November 25, 2014

Endurance Ride will cover total distance of 120 kilometres

Supreme Council for Youth and Sports Chairman, Bahrain Olympic Committee President and Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation (BREEF) Honorary President HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa has urged BREEF to finalise all the administrative and organisational preparations for the Season-Opening Endurance Ride.

The ev ..

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RIO GAMES CHOOSE FELINE AS MASCOT

November 25, 2014

In this photo released by Rio 2016 Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, the mascots of Rio 2016 Olympic, right, and Paralympic Games pose for a photo at the Leme Fort in Rio de Janei

The animal is a mixture of Brazilian creatures

The Rio Olympic Games have their mascot, a yellow feline animal representing Brazil’s rich fauna and wildlife.

But it remains for the public to choose a name after Sunday night’s unveiling on Globo television.

The animal is ..

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Companeros down Al Keralawi

November 25, 2014

Indian Club Companeros with chief guest I.M Vijayan, former Indian footballer

Indian Club Companeros defeated Dadabhai Al Keralawi 3-1 in the final of the Open category to win the Indian Club Centenary UNEECO five-a-side Football Tournament at the club premises in Gudaibiya.

Scoring for Companeros were done by Titus with two goals and Reed, while Zakaria netted for Al Keralawi, earlier in the qualifying ..

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Hendricks wins promotional contest

November 25, 2014

Mr. Hendricks receives his Challenge Bahrain promotion prize

Jorrian Hendricks won a promotional contest for the Challenge Bahrain international triathlon championship to be held on December 6.

The organising committee of the event, organised by Challenge Family and Nasser bin Hamad Foundation, held the activity as part of the promotions for the upcoming triathlon.

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FERRARI CHIEF SHOWN THE DOOR

November 25, 2014

This file picture dated April 18, 2014 shows Ferrari’s team principal Marco Mattiacci talking to the media after the second practice session of the Formula One Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai

Marco Mattiacci sacked after the team went winless for the first time since 1993

Ferrari yesterday sacked team chief Marco Mattiacci after just seven months in the post and appointed Maurizio Arrivabene in his place, a team statement announced.

Arrivabene takes over only days after the team signed Germany’s four-time w ..

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British health workers strike for pay rise

November 25, 2014

Striking employees

Thousands of British nurses, midwives and hospital cleaners went on a four-hour strike yesterday calling for a pay rise, weeks after walking out for the first time in 32 years. Eleven health worker trade unions took part, calling on the government to approve a one-percent wage rise for National Health Service (NHS) employees recommended by an independent pay review ..

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NIGERIAN CRISIS

November 25, 2014

A file photo shows a poster promoting Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan’s 2015 re-election

Nigeria lurches from crisis to crisis as elections approach

Nigeria’s government took out a two-page advertisement in a number of national newspapers yesterday. Its message: President Goodluck Jonathan is the best leader the country has ever had. The checklist of claimed government successes appeared far removed from reality, with Africa’s most populous ..

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Uganda in shock at video of maid abusing baby

November 25, 2014

A boy plays with yellow ginkgo tree leaves in Tokyo yesterday. Local residents came out to admire some 150 ginkgo trees displaying their autumnal colours along the tree-lined promenade

Ugandan police have arrested a maid for attempted murder after she was seen on a film abusing a baby, reports said yesterday, in a case that has shocked the country. Worried parents, who installed a CCTV camera when they were at work, were shocked to see they had filmed the maid pushing the 18-month-old baby girl to the floor. She then kicked the child’s face and ..

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HEGEL RESIGNS

November 25, 2014

Obama listens as US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel speaks after announcing Hagel’s resignation

Major change in Obama Cabinet

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel resigned yesterday, the first major change to President Barack Obama’s Cabinet since his Democrats were routed in midterm elections three weeks ago.  Obama announced the resignation at a White House event with Hagel at his side. Hagel will remain in the job until a successor is in place.  ..

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US seeks to revive trade with India

November 25, 2014

Michael Froman

The United States is keen to expand trade with India, a US official said yesterday, after the two countries settled a bitter row over food subsidies and President Barack Obama announced he would visit in January.

US Trade Representative Michael Froman was speaking in New Delhi before the first meeting in four years of a key tra ..

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Bapco concludes Well-Being Programme

November 25, 2014

Bapco

Bahrain Petroleum Company (Bapco) organised its 5th Well-being Programme under the patronage of Shaikh Mohammed bin Abdulla Al Khalifa, Minister of State for Defence Affairs & President of the Bahrain Diabetes Society, in the presence of Bapco’s Chairman of the Board Adel Khalil Al-Moayyed and Chief Executive Dr. Peter Bartlett.

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Menatelecom unveils iPhone 6 series

November 25, 2014

Menatelecom

Menatelecom, the broadband provider in the Kingdom has announced the arrival of the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus and it is available at all branches. In addition to testing and subscribing to the most powerful 4G LTE packages, customers visiting its branches can also find the latest mobile and tablet devices released by Apple at competitive prices. All devices so ..

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AL BARAKA BANK EGYPT INCOME UP

November 25, 2014

Mr. Yousif

Al Baraka Bank Egypt, a subsidiary banking unit of Al Baraka Banking Group B.S.C. (ABG), announced that the Bank continued its fine run in the first nine months of 2014 financial results.The net income increased by 41per cent. Total assets also increased by 15pc, financing and investments by 13pc, customer deposits by 14pc and shareholders’ equity by 9pc at the e ..

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Gaza threatens to halt Israeli fruit imports

November 25, 2014

A Palestinian boy plays inside the wreckage of a car next to houses that were destroyed during the 50-day Gaza war between Israel and Hamas-led militants yesterday

Gaza’s Hamas-run agriculture ministry threatened yesterday to stop importing Israeli fruit to the Palestinian territory in response to what it said was vegetable exports being blocked.

The warning came months after a 50-day bloody conflict between Israel and militants in the Gaza Strip, leaving the enclave in humanitarian and ..

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Pope urges Sisi to ensure peace

November 25, 2014

Pope Francis, right, shakes hands with Al Sisi at the end of their meeting at the Vatican yesterday

Pope Francis urged Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi yesterday to ensure peace during his country’s political transition and called on Egypt to embrace its diplomatic role in the troubled Middle East.

Sisi met the 77-year-old pope at the start of his first European trip since ousting his Islamist predecessor and overseei ..

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Car bomb kills at least 10

November 25, 2014

Iraqi pro-government forces stand guard on a road during a major operation against Islamic State group fighters to retake the town and areas around Saadiyah northeast of Baghdad in Diyala province on Sunday

A car bomb exploded in a crowded Shia-majority area of the Iraqi capital yesterday, killing at least 10 people and wounding at least 31, security and medical officials said.

The blast in the Shaab area of northern Baghdad struck an area where minibuses gather near a market.

There was no imme ..

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Kobane battle : Kurds advance

November 25, 2014

People watch as smokes rises from the town of Kobane, also known as Ain Al Arab, on October 26, 2014

Kurdish fighters gained ground from jihadists of the Islamic State group in fierce battles in the Syrian town of Kobane overnight, a monitoring group said yesterday.

The town on the border with Turkey has become a highly symbolic battleground in the war against IS with the US-led coalition launching near daily air strikes in sup ..

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CSB trains 5,000 staff

November 25, 2014

A training session in progress. (File photo)

The Civil Service Bureau (CSB) has trained over five thousand employees at a cost of BD3,700,000, between January and August this year.

The Director of Human Resources Development directorate of CSB, Shaikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa said that the selection criteria for training programmes were conducted through classification of ..

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Website launched

November 25, 2014

Dr. Al Nuaimi during the website launch ceremony

Education Minister Dr. Majid Al Nuaimi has launched the new website of the Education Ministry’s Directorate of Special Education.

During the website launch at the Regional Centre for Information and Communication Technology, the minister affirmed the ministry’s dedication to provide all the necessary education services to st ..

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Campers urged to maintain distance

November 25, 2014

Officials of Tatweer Petroleum addressing media

Tatweer Petroleum has urged campers to keep a safe distance from oil and gas facilities and high voltage power lines.

Addressing media persons, Tatweer Petroleum Land Manager, Bari Sadler said that the company, in cooperation with the Southern Governorate and Southern Area Municipality, posted billboards in the field clearly dir ..

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Decade-long ordeal ends

November 25, 2014

Radhakrishnan

Hapless expatriate leaves for motherland

An expatriate who could not return to his home country for the past ten years, left the Kingdom yesterday after getting help from a group of volunteers.

Radhakrishnan, who belongs to the Indian state of Kerala, was stuck here as all his documents were destroyed in a fire, which e ..

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Philippine Labour Secretary to visit Bahrain

November 25, 2014

Ms. Dimapilis-Baldoz

Philippine Labour Secretary, Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz will visit Bahrain and meet with the Filipino community on November 29 from 4pm to 6pm.

The meeting will be held at the Philippine Embassy premises to discuss labour issues affecting the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) here.

According t ..

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News agencies’ role stressed

November 25, 2014

Ms. Rajab

The national news agencies’ key role in defending national interests has been stressed by a top government official.

Minister of State for Information Affairs and the official Government spokesperson Sameera Rajab, described the news agencies’ role as the main guarantor of the state’s voice in front of hundreds of regional ..

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COURT BEAT

November 25, 2014

court beat

Verdict due in murder case

Judges will issue their ruling on December 25 in the trial of a Bahraini accused of brutally killing his Thai girlfriend.

The defendant allegedly sexually assaulted, tortured and then murdered the victim.

Her body ..

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Bahrain committed to regional peace

November 25, 2014

Crown Prince during his meeting with Mr. Judeh

Affirming Bahrain’s commitment to international efforts in pursuit of sustainable regional peace,  Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa said, Bahrain remained fully committed to countering all forms of terrorism and violent extremism.

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‘Politics should support economy’

November 25, 2014

PM

Prime Minister HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa has warned against attempts  to politicise issues, stressing that “politics should support the economy; not cause its decline.”

While receiving scores of citizens at the Gudaibiya Palace, the Premier emphasised that security and stability would never be compromised.

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SETBACK TRIGGERS OPTIMISM

November 25, 2014

National Unity Gathering (ELECTION)

The recent poll debacle has failed to dampen the spirit of National Unity Gathering (NUG), it seems, as the organisation is now resolved to come back strongly.

The NUG, which fielded seven candidates each in parliamentary and municipality elections, has decided to launch various programmes to reach the people and understand them ..

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Bahraini nabbed abroad for drug case

November 25, 2014

Bahraini nabbed abroad for drug case

A Bahraini man was recently arrested in the Republic of Dagestan for being involved in a narcotic consumption related case, it has emerged.

A video, which was apparently shot by the Dagestan Police, showed an arrest operation, which resulted in capturing a Bahraini citizen red-handed while consuming drugs, along with two Dagest ..

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‘Al Wefaq, a body headed by Iranian clerics’

November 25, 2014

Al Wefaq National Islamic Society

Taking a dig at Al Wefaq National Islamic Society, an election observer termed the society’s criticism of Bahrain election as amusing, “considering how secretive its recent elections were.”

Despite Al Wefaq’s insistence that it is a genuine representation of the Opposition, questions have repeatedly been raised about i ..

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Narrow escape from deadly blaze

November 25, 2014

The fire damaged the main hall of the house

It was a narrow escape for a woman and her toddler son from the clutches of death as their house caught fire yesterday.

The neighbours told DT News that the woman and the child had suffered minor breathing problem, but their condition was reported to be stable.

The fire was believed to ..

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EDB IN EURO FINANCE WEEK

November 25, 2014

Dr.  Kotilaine

Officials from the Economic Development Board (EDB) attended the annual Frankfurt Euro Finance Week 2014 between November 17-21. Dr. Jarmo Kotilaine, Chief Economist at EDB gave a keynote address on Bahrain’s role as the hub of the MENA region.

 In the subsequent panel discussion, Dr. Kotilaine discussed opportunities and cha ..

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Swiss museum accepts part of Nazi art trove

November 25, 2014

‘Man and Woman at a Window’ by Wilhelm Lachnit

A Swiss fine art museum is to accept the controversial collection of modernist masterpieces recently discovered in the home of a German recluse.

The collection of Cornelius Gurlitt – hundreds of works amassed during the Nazi era, including paintings and drawings by Marc Chagall, Claude Monet and Pablo Picasso – will be give ..

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Lanka presidential candidate’s telecast blocked

November 25, 2014

Sri Lankan opposition presidential candidate Maithripala Sirisena (centre) offers flowers at the Buddhist temple of Tooth in the central town of Kandy

A private Sri Lankan television network said yesterday it had received complaints that two local pay TV operators had blocked its live telecast of an appearance by new opposition presidential candidate Mithripala Sirisena.

Sirisena resigned as health minister on Friday and said he would challenge President Mahinda Rajapaksa in ..

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FERGUSON WAITS ON GRAND RULING

November 25, 2014

Demonstrators march through the streets while protesting the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in St. Louis, Missouri

The shooting sparked angry demonstrations over issues of racism and police brutality

Schools were closed, barricades erected and stores boarded up yesterday as a tense St. Louis suburb awaited word on whether charges will be filed against a white police officer who shot and killed a black teenager more than three months a ..

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Bahrain School third in tennis

November 25, 2014

Ben Elswort

Bahrain School finished third at the recent Department of Defense Dependents Schools (DoDDS)-European Tennis Championships played in Wiesbaden, Germany.

The pairing of Frank Li and Moustafa Refai coached by Paolo Berdecio represented the Bahrain Falcon Tennis team and played exceptionally

wel ..

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BMW medal for Elsworth

November 25, 2014

Ben Elswort

Ben Elsworth (nett 71) had an easy victory in the final qualifying round of the Euro Motors BMW Monthly Medal Series at the Royal Golf Club staving off Todd Gillespie (79) a distant second.

In division two of the competition, Bijan Majidi (72) won first place followed by Nils Berge (74). In category three, Ashley Price (76) clai ..

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BOC devises strategies

November 25, 2014

Participants of the workshop during a photocall

Planning and Strategies Directorate of Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC) hosted first workshops for the committee staff at its premises in Seef.

The workshop aimed at spreading awareness on ways to apply the strategic plans of the committee and present to them the importance of daily planning, long-term planning and short-term pla ..

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Taha gets certificate from Canada university

November 25, 2014

Nabeel Taha (right) receives the certificate from Marc Schryburt

Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC) Sports Training and Development Section (STDS) head Nabeel Taha was recently awarded a certificate in positive psychology from the University of Ottawa.

Taha also received a second certificate to become director of the National Coaching Certification Programme in Bahrain. This certificate was pres ..

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BATTLE READY AT BIC

November 25, 2014

More than 100 drag racers from around the Gulf are expected to take part

Second round of Drag Racing Championship this week Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) will host the second round of the 2014/2015 Bahrain National Drag Racing Championship this week.

The action-packed race will kick off with back-to-back evenings of Test and Tune tonight and tomorrow night that will be followed by qualifying on Thursday leadin ..

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Al Tijaria enters in Real Estate Investment

November 25, 2014

Mr. Marafie

Chairman of the Commercial Real Estate Company “Al Tijaria” Abdulfatah Marafie said that the company has entered in a real estate investment in Oslo for 3.9 Million Kuwaiti Dinar, with a share of 49.64 per cent in alliance with a group of investors and in cooperation with ‘Arzan Wealth’ as a consultant for the investment deal. Investment is a property that ..

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Al Hawaj holds Beauty Week campaign

November 25, 2014

From left, Ms. Mandana Banahi - Credimax Marketing Communication Supervisor; Ms. Amira Ismail - Credimax Senior Manager, Head of Merchant Services & Sales; Jawad Al Hawaj- Al Hawaj Managing Director; Hussain Al Hawaj - Al Hawaj Director

Major cosmetics and perfumery dealer, Al Hawaj, will hold Beauty Week campaign in partnership with CrediMax from 26th November to 6th December at all Al Hawaj shops. Week will feature facials, makeover sessions, gifts with purchase, cash prizes, and special discounts and offers for top luxury brands in perfumes, cosmetics, watches, leather goods, bags and luggage, ..

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e Gov App store: RECORD DOWNLOAD

November 25, 2014

Dr. Al Khaja

eGovernment Vice CEO, Dr. Zakareya Ahmed Al Khaja announced that usage of eGov app store has increased by 27 per cent in last September, with applications being downloaded 146,991 times, indicating a growth in use of smart phone applications, a wider reach to society members, and high popularity than other eservice channels.

Amo ..

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PALACE IN BIG WIN

November 24, 2014

Liverpool’s Welsh midfielder Joe Allen (right) vies with Crystal Palace’s French-born Moroccan striker Marouane Chamakh

Woeful Liverpool suffer more pain at Crystal Palace

Liverpool suffered more Selhurst Park misery as struggling Crystal Palace came from behind to clinch a shock 3-1 win over the lacklustre Reds yesterday. Brendan Rodgers’ side saw their hopes of winning the Premier League title effectively ended when they conceded three late goals in a 3-3 draw ..

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Matsuyama win in playoff

November 24, 2014

Hideki Matsuyama

Hideki Matsuyama won the Dunlop Phoenix tournament on his return to Japan after winning a playoff following a dramatic final round yesterday. Overnight leader Matsuyama, who captured his maiden victory on the US PGA Tour earlier this season, won on the first extra hole after countryman Hiroshi Iwata had forced a playoff with a blazing round of 63 at the shoreline c ..

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AUSSIES TRIUMPH

November 24, 2014

Australia’s captain George Bailey (2nd left) celebtrates with teammates and the winning trophy

Australia edge S.Africa in last ODI to go top of rankings

James Faulkner hit the winning boundary with five balls to spare to give Australia a thrilling two-wicket victory over South Africa yesterday and push them to the top of the ICC one-day rankings. The Australians were cruising towards a rain-reduced victory target of 275 in Sydney but then l ..

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Anamul, Tamim set up easy win

November 24, 2014

Bangladesh cricketers Tamim Iqbal (right) and Anamul Haque (left) run between the wicket

Opening batsmen Anamul Haque and Tamim Iqbal each struck a half-century to set up an easy 68-run win for Bangladesh in the second one-day international against Zimbabwe in Chittagong yesterday. Anamul made 80 off 110 balls while Tamim cracked 76 off 98 balls as Bangladesh posted 251-7 before dismissing Zimbabwe for 183 runs in 44.5 overs to take 2-0 lead in the fiv ..

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STENSON WINS TITLE

November 24, 2014

Henrik Stenson

DP World Tour Championship

Henrik Stenson successfully defended his title at the $8 million DP World Tour Championship in dramatic fashion, making two birdies on the final two holes to win by two shots yesterday. A final-round two-under par 70 gave world number four Stenson a final tally of 16-under par 272, two better than his three Ryder Cup tea ..

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BAHRAIN TO FINALISE PREPARATIONS

November 24, 2014

Dr. Al Alawi chairing the Executive Committee meeting

World Sports Congress

The Kingdom of Bahrain will soon finalise arrangements to host the 56th ICHPER.SD Anniversary World Congress and Exposition next month. The congress is scheduled to take place from December 18 to 20, and is organised by the Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC) in cooperation with the International Council for Health, Physical Education, Rec ..

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Dutch completes recovery of MH17 wreckage: Government

November 24, 2014

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A week long operation to clear the wreckage from the crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in Ukraine has been completed, the Dutch government said yesterday.

A cargo train took pieces of the Boeing 777 aircraft to the eastern Ukrainian town of Kharkov. The wreckage will be transported to the Netherlands and reconstructed ..

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PUTIN BLAMES WEST FOR FROSTY TIES

November 24, 2014

Putin (right) attends the ceremony of unveiling the monument to Russian Emperor Alexander the First in the Alexander Gardens outside the Kremlin walls

‘Western sanctions against Moscow not to have catastrophic consequences’ 

President Vladimir Putin blamed the West for worsening relations with Russia since the Ukraine crisis and said Moscow would not allow itself to become internationally isolated behind another ‘Iron Curtain’.

In an interview published ..

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Philippines vows justice five years after massacre

November 24, 2014

Relatives and supporters of the victims of the infamouse Maguindanao massacre, including Philippine Justice Secretary Leila de Lima (C-partly hidden), release white balloons into the air

Top officials vowed yesterday to deliver justice as the Philippines marked the fifth anniversary of a political massacre that killed 58 with no one yet convicted and several would-be witnesses murdered. Under a burning sun hundreds of relatives and supporters of the victims, guarded by scores of military men, congregated on a hillside in the town of Ampatuan on the ..

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OVER 50 KILLED IN AFGHANISTAN

November 24, 2014

Of late, the US and other international troops have been handing over military facilities to their Afghan counterparts

About 50 people were killed and 60 others wounded when a suicide blast ripped through crowds at a volleyball game in eastern Afghanistan yesterday, the deadliest attack in the country since 2011. The explosion struck during a tournament between three local teams in Paktika province, a volatile region bordering Pakistan, with many children among the dead and injured ..

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HENKEL REPORTS SOLID RESULTS

November 24, 2014

HENKEL

Sales increased by 1.2pc in the third quarter of 2014

Henkel has reported solid performance in third quarter despite difficult market environment. Sales rose 1.2 per cent to 4,236 million euros during the period, Henkel CEO Kasper Rorsted said in a statement.

“With a strong increase in organic sales, emerging ..

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OIL PRICE DROP TO TEST SHALE BOOM

November 24, 2014

US shale producers are finding ways to lower their production costs

The US shale boom, which has challenged the rules of the global petroleum market, could soon face its own day of reckoning due to the supply glut it helped unleash.

The impact from the drop in US oil prices from more than $100 a barrel in June to about $75 a barrel has so far been limited. But a bigger decline would be bad for t ..

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Israel shoots dead Gazan

November 24, 2014

The wife (C-L) of Fadel Mohammed Halawa, 32, who was shot dead by Israeli forces near the border in northern Gaza, mourns during his funeral in Gaza City yesterday

Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian farmer near the border in northern Gaza yesterday in the first deadly shooting since an August truce ended a 50-day war, medics said.

Emergency services spokesman Ashraf Al-Qudra identified the dead man as Fadel Mohammed Halawa, 32, saying the bullet had hit him in the back.

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Volleyball woman released on bail

November 24, 2014

Ghavami

A British-Iranian woman controversially jailed months ago in Tehran after trying to attend a men’s volleyball match was released on bail yesterday pending an appeal court verdict, her family said.

The case of Ghoncheh Ghavami, a law graduate from London, has been surrounded by confusion since her lawyer said earlier this mont ..

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Fierce battle: Iraqi forces fight back

November 24, 2014

Iraqi pro-government forces stand guard on a road during a major operation against Islamic State (IS) group fighters to retake the town and areas around Saadiyah northeast of Baghdad in Diyala province yesterday

Iraqi security forces and pro-government fighters yesterday retook areas from jihadists near the Iranian border in an operation that left 20 Kurdish troops dead, security officials said.

The assault, launched early yesterday northeast of Baghdad in Diyala province, is the latest in a series of drives that have seen some territor ..

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CrediMax announces winners of ‘Cool Your Summer’ campaign

November 24, 2014

Majid Hussain Mohammed bagged the brand-new BMW

CrediMax, the pioneering credit card issuer and acquirer in Bahrain, has announced the winners of MasterCard ‘Cool Your Summer’ campaign at a raffle draw at the CrediMax headquarters.

CrediMax Chief Executive Yousif Ali Mirza and management team along with MasterCard Area Manager Somu Roy and Bahrain & Key Accounts were ..

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COURT BEAT

November 24, 2014

court beat

Witnesses to testify in court

Prosecution witnesses will be heard on December 23 in the trial of an Asian man accused of forcing two women into prostitution.

The defendant was arrested after one of the victims called the police and informed them that they were being held capt ..

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CFOS HOLD KEY: EXPERT

November 24, 2014

Mr. Sundaram

Meenakshi Sundaram H, is both a Chartered Accountant and a Cost Accountant with over 17 years of experience across Audit and Finance Management. He has been active in the Bahrain Chapter of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India for the last several years donning various roles including Secretary, Vice Chairman and Presently Chairman for the term 2014-15.< ..

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Electoral success hailed

November 24, 2014

Electoral success  hailed

The Kingdom’s leadership and people yesterday received accolades from various quarters for the grand success of the Parliamentary and Municipal elections. Hailing the elections, Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Secretary-General Dr. Abdullatif Al Zayani said that the massive voter turn-out reflected Bahrain’s strong resolve and firm commitment to the democratic p ..

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Cabinet congratulates Premier

November 24, 2014

HRH the Premier chairs the cabinet meeting

The Cabinet in its session yesterday congratulated Prime Minister HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa on his safe return to the Kingdom.

For his part, HRH the Premier expressed his delight to be back for resuming his work of serving the country, the King and the people of Bahrain. The Premier thanked Crown Prince, Deputy Su ..

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Competition a good sign

November 24, 2014

Mr. Al Saati -Mr. Al Kooheji

Indicating Bahrain’s democratic development was the increased competition between more candidates during the Parliamentary and Municipal elections held on Saturday.

Many constituencies witnessed tough triangular fights diminishing the possibilities of a single candidate to obtain more than 50 per cent of the total polled votes ..

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ONE BALLOT NOT ENOUGH

November 24, 2014

BAHRAIN

Majority of the seats contested during the Saturday’s elections to the Parliament and Municipal Councils didn’t have any winners, thanks to the intense competition that ensured difficulty for at least one candidate to obtain 50 per cent of the total votes polled in a single constituency. 

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Bahrain Bourse, BIBF to launch monthly training sessions

November 24, 2014

Bahrain Bourse (BHB) and BIBF-Shaikh Khalifa-Ms. Nicklos

Bahrain Bourse (BHB) and BIBF will jointly launch an initiative in which monthly training sessions will be organised on December 6. The sessions that will be conducted once a month on Saturdays focus on increasing the awareness of the public about the basics of investment. As per the schedule, the other two upcoming sessions will be held on January 10 and February ..

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IRAN WANTS SAUDI TO CUT OIL OUTPUT

November 24, 2014

An offshore platform takes shape in the Karan gas field

Iran will try to persuade Saudi Arabia to cut oil production when the oil ministers from the two OPEC members meet this week in Vienna, Iran’s semi-official Mehr news agency reported yesterday citing a television interview with the country’s oil minister.

The Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries meets on Novembe ..

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The Beauty Bloopers: I waxed my arm and ended up with rashes!

November 24, 2014

THE BEAUTY Bloopers

Whenever I leave my house, I always find my hair in a wavy and frizzy situation especially when my hair is wet. Then if finally dawned on me to try out those curling irons that all my friends have. So, I decided to buy a curling iron in the supermarket the next day. When I tried it, not only did it whiff a burning smoky smell around my scalp but guess what? It a ..

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BENEFITS OF BATH SALT

November 24, 2014

bath salts-Gloss Salon and Spa, AlAnood Al Khalifa

Bath salts carry many benefits that one could ever imagine, aside from smelling great too!

The benefits of soaking in salts are far-reaching and after using bath salts you will feel the difference not only in your skin but also in your mood!

Bath salts will benefit your skin in different ways ..

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Pope declares sainthood of two Indians, four Italians

November 24, 2014

Pope Francis

Pope Francis conferred sainthood on two Indians and four Italians yesterday, praising their “creative” commitment to helping the poor.

Francis added to the roster of Catholic saints a Keralan mystic nun, an Indian priest and social reformer, the former Bishop of Vicenza, and three members of the Franciscan order.

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TUNISIA VOTES IN LANDMARK ELECTION

November 24, 2014

Moncef Marzouki casts his vote at a polling station in Sousse, 140 kilometres south of the capital yesterday, during Tunisia’s first presidential election since the 2011 revolution

Wins international plaudits for largely steering clear of the violence

Tunisians voted yesterday in their first presidential election since the 2011 revolution that sparked the Arab Spring, in a ballot set to round off an often fraught transition to democracy.

The favourite among 27 ca ..

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Joy for Federer as Swiss win

November 24, 2014

(left-right) Switzerland’s Davis Cup team captain Severin Luthi and tennis players Roger Federer, Stanislas Wawrinka, Marco Chiudinelli and Michael Lammer celebrate with the trophy after winning the Davis Cup final

Roger Federer gave Switzerland and himself a first Davis Cup title yesterday in Lille, pounding Richard Gasquet of France in straight sets to ensure the winning point. Federer romped to a 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 win to hand the Swiss an unbeatable 3-1 lead after Stan Wawrinka had won the opening singles of the match and the world number two and four had teamed up to win the ..

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Cagliari hold Napoli in 3-3

November 24, 2014

Napoli’s Argentinian forward Gonzalo Higuain vies for the ball with Cagliari’s Italian defender Antonio Balzano (left)

Cool-headed Cagliari fought back from a two-goal deficit to claim a precious 3-3 draw away to Napoli yesterday, which left Rafael Benitez’s men six points behind second-placed Roma. Juventus restored their three-point lead at the top of Serie A with a 3-0 rout of Lazio at the Olympic Stadium on Saturday, after Roma had momentarily drawn level thanks to a 2-1 win ..

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HAMILTON CROWNED

November 24, 2014

Lewis Hamilton celebrates on the podium

Lewis Hamilton wins Abu Dhabi GP, claims world title

Lewis Hamilton clinched his second drivers’ world championship and became the first British multiple champion for 46 years when he won Sunday’s season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The 29-year-old Englishman, who took his first title in 2008 with McLaren, won not only the 55-lap race, but als ..

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Federer, Wawrinka give Swiss 2-1 lead

November 23, 2014

Roger Federer (left) celebrates with teammate Stanislas Wawrinka after winning the doubles tennis match

Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka gave Switzerland a 2-1 lead over France in the Davis Cup final with a commanding doubles win over Julien Benneteau and Richard Gasquet in Lille yesterday. The world number two and four were in charge from the start and bossed the rubber from the net and the baseline to win 6-3, 7-5, 6-4. The win means that the Swiss are just one win ..

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MAN CITY WIN

November 23, 2014

Manchester City’s Ivorian midfielder Yaya Toure (centre) scores his team’s second goal past Swansea City’s Polish goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski

Toure’s moment of magic lifts City

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure emerged from his recent slump to score a superb solo goal that gave the Premier League champions a much-needed 2-1 victory over Swansea at Eastlands yesterday. The result ends a run of just one victory in their previous six games for City, who now move on to a crucial Champions Leagu ..

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Stenson, Cabrera-Bello go three clear in Dubai

November 23, 2014

Henrik Stenson plays his second shot of the 9th hole from the bunker to the right of the fairway

World number four Henrik Stenson is on track to successfully defend his title at the DP World Tour Championship, but he will have to shake off the red-hot Rafael Cabrera-Bello after yesterday’s third round. The Spanish world number 104 shot a seven-under par 65 – the low round of the day for a second successive day – and finished on 14-under par 202 after 54 ..

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ROSBERG ON POLE

November 23, 2014

Nico Rosberg celebrates in the parc ferme

Nico Rosberg survived intense pressure and several nervous errors yesterday to claim what may be a vital pole position for the title-deciding Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, edging out his Mercedes teammate and arch-rival Lewis Hamilton. Rosberg, who secured his 11th pole of the season, has to come first and hope that Hamilton, who leads him by 17 points in the drivers’ ch ..

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Mardan on pole as Manila Masters reaches climax

November 23, 2014

Mardan Mamat

Singapore golfer Mardan Mamat put himself on pole position for a fourth Asian Tour win with a four-shot lead yesterday going into the final round of the Philippines’ Resorts World Manila Masters tournament. The 47-year-old winner of the 2004 Indian Open, 2006 Singapore Masters and the 2012 Philippine Open sank seven birdies against a single bogey for a six-under ..

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Everton win over West Ham

November 23, 2014

Leon Osman

Leon Osman ensured his 400th Everton appearance was one to savour as he scored the decisive goal in their 2-1 Premier League victory over West Ham United yesterday. Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku had put the Toffees ahead in the first half before Mauro Zarate equalised for the Hammers 11 minutes into the second period. But 33-year-old midfielder Osman helped Roberto ..

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Atletico close on leaders with Malaga win

November 23, 2014

Atletico Madrid’s Uruguayan defender Diego Godin (left) scores past Malaga’s Cameroonian goalkeeper Carlos Kameni (centre)

Atletico Madrid bounced back from their surprise defeat to Real Sociedad before the international break with a 3-1 win over Malaga yesterday to move to within a point of leaders Real Madrid. The hosts looked on course for a comfortable victory as Tiago nodded them into an early lead from Koke’s corner before Antoine Griezmann tapped home at the end of a flowing m ..

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SISSOKO SINKS QPR

November 23, 2014

Moussa Sissoko (left) celebrates scoring goal

Newcastle climbed to fourth in the Premier League after Moussa Sissoko’s second half strike clinched a 1-0 win over QPR yesterday. Sissoko’s goal 12 minutes from time at St James’ Park was enough to give Alan Pardew’s revitalised side their sixth successive win just weeks after they looked destined for another season of struggle. Pardew’s men have not con ..

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Americans urged to stop wasting food

November 23, 2014

Americans

In the run-up to Thanksgiving, a holiday to celebrate bountiful harvests, Americans are being urged to stop wasting food so much. Some 34 million pounds (15.4 million kilograms) of food is thrown away in the United States every year, the  Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said yesterday. That represents 21 percent of all food produced, harvested and purchased ..

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WEST EXPOSED

November 23, 2014

Lavrov.

Russia regime change West’s real aim in Ukraine row

Russia yesterday accused the West of seeking regime change in Moscow, raising tensions over the Ukraine conflict in the worst crisis in relations since the end of the Cold War. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov spoke out against Western sanctions on Russia after US Vi ..

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Thousands march against abortion in Spain

November 23, 2014

Anti-abortion supporters take part in a march in Madrid yesterday

Tens of thousands of Spaniards rallied in Madrid yesterday threatening to punish the government in elections next year unless it revives a plan to restrict women’s access to abortion. Waving white flags with the slogan “Every life counts”, demonstrators of all ages from across the country marched through the capital, whistling angrily as they passed the headq ..

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OBAMA DEFENSIVE

November 23, 2014

Obama

Critics urged to ‘pass a bill’ on immigration

Obama urged Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform as he used his weekly address yesterday to again defend his unilateral action shielding millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation. “I still believe that the best way to solve this problem is by working together –- both partie ..

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JC Bose House emerge winners

November 23, 2014

Indian School Bahrain (ISB) Annual Sports

Scoring 392 points JC Bose House emerged winners of the Indian School Bahrain (ISB) Annual Sports Day held in the Isa Town Campus of the school.  Vikram Sarabhai House, which scored 342 points was placed second and Aryabhatta House came third with 333 points.  CV Raman House, which scored 298 points was placed fourth in the 36th Annual Sports Day. In the march pa ..

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STUDENTS MAKE NIS PROUD

November 23, 2014

New Indian School (NIS)

The New Indian School (NIS) attained the third position in the girls under-14 category in the CBSE Cluster (Bahrain Chapter) Inter School Chess Competition held at The New Indian School. The winners in this category were Vaamika Babu (Class V), Rohana (Class V), Sophiya (Class VI), Angela Rodrigues (Class VII) and Mumtaz Fatima (Class VII).

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Students visit supermarket

November 23, 2014

St Chris

As part of the Design, Technology and Science learning, St Chris Year 4 students have been out on a field trip to Alosra Supermarket and Sadiq Farm. At the supermarket, pupils investigated the different types of fresh produce and how food is prepared and stored, with demonstrations in the butchery and bakery departments. The farm gave the children a chance to explo ..

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U13 girls volleyball team in best form

November 23, 2014

volleyball-St. Chris

The girls Under 13 Volleyball Team of St. Chris were very successful this season – winning both the tournament and the league! The school   competed against   MKS, IKNS, Bahrain School and the French School and emerged undefeated in both the league and the tournament. The team did face a very close and exciting match at the end of the tournament, against MKS. T ..

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Adventure in Oman

November 23, 2014

St Christopher’s School

Last month, fifty-six Year 8 students and six teachers from St Christopher’s School embarked on a camping adventure to Oman, which lasted for five days.  The trip was hosted by GET Adventure Travel and included many adventure sports such as abseiling, kayaking, mountain biking and trekking.

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KFH-Bahrain sponsors Shari’a Conference

November 23, 2014

Team KFH-Bahrain

Kuwait Finance House - Bahrain (KFH-Bahrain) has sponsored the 14th AAOIFI Annual Shari’a Conference held recently at the Diplomat Hotel.  The conference was held under the auspices of Central Bank of Bahrain and organised by the Accounting and Auditing Organisation for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI), the international organisation that formulates stand ..

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TRA CHILD ONLINE SAFETY CHALLENGE

November 23, 2014

Dr. Khalid

Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) held Bahrain’s Child Online Protection Challenge in collaboration with the International Telecommunications Union, ITU- Regional Cyber Security Center and General Organisation for Youth & Sports in honour of Universal Children’s Day.

The event, which was led by TRA Bahrain’ ..

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GFH PLATINUM SPONSOR IN WIBC

November 23, 2014

Mr. Al Rayes

Bahrain based Financial Group GFH yesterday announced its Platinum Sponsorship of The 21st Annual World Islamic Banking Conference (WIBC 2014) to be held in the Kingdom under the patronage of HRH Prince Khalifa Bin Salman Al Khalifa, The Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Bahrain. GFH will lend its support to the Islamic summit and is also backed by the Central Bank ..

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Armed Islamist on video grew up in small French village

November 23, 2014

An image grab taken from the propaganda video shows Mickael Dos Santos, a jihadist believed to be a French citizen and member of the IS group

One of three Kalashnikov-wielding Islamists seen burning their French passports on a propaganda video this week grew up in a small French village in southern France, the mayor said yesterday.

The 26-year-old, who goes by the name of Abou Ossama Al-Faranci in the Islamic State (IS) Internet video, in fact was said to be Quentin l ..

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Over 20 tribesmen killed in Ramadi

November 23, 2014

Members of the Iraqi police special forces march as they parade in Iraq’s holy city of Najaf before heading to fight IS group jihadists on November 19

The Islamic State jihadist group killed at least 23 tribesmen during a major attack in the Ramadi area, a tribal leader and a police officer said yesterday.

Parts of Anbar capital Ramadi have been outside government control since January, but IS struck on Friday with hours of shelling, car bombs and attacks by gunmen from four d ..

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Fire breaks out in Arad

November 23, 2014

Fire fighters dousing the fire (L) and the building, which was damaged in fire

A major fire broke out in Arad yesterday noon. Civil Defence doused the fire which broke out in a carpentry shop.

A thick black smoke emanated from Opec Carpentry Shop located near Mid Way Supermarket, Arad at 2.20 pm, causing panic among locals. However, the police officials confirmed that no casualties have been reported in t ..

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Vandals block road

November 23, 2014

The miscreants left no stone unturned to prevent access to the citizens to voting centres yesterday

In an attempt to prevent voters from reaching polling stations, several roads were blocked with bricks, steel chains and burning tyres. The vandals especially targeted the roads leading to election centres.

According to several eyewitnesses, some roads were blocked from the wee hours yesterday, mainly in the Northern and Capital ..

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Dr. Mirza to patronise thinkers’ forum

November 23, 2014

Dr. Mirza

Minister of State for Electricity and Water Affairs Dr. Abdul Hussain Mirza yesterday received Managing Director of Origin Group, Ahmed Mohammed Al-Banna.

During the meeting, Mr. Al Banna presented to the minister his request for patronising a global thinkers’ forum organised by the company on December 8 and 9. He said well-kn ..

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YMCA to celebrate International Week of Prayer

November 23, 2014

Bro. George Cherian

YMCA will be holding its concluding session of the week of prayer  tomorrow from 7.30pm onwards at the New Millennium School auditorium in Zinj.

 Bro. George Cherian, General Secretary of Missions India will be the main speaker on the occasion. YMCA choir will be leading the singing sessions, said the Press release.

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Food festival a big draw at Geant

November 23, 2014

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Which is tastier? The imported varieties jumbo apples, red grapes and strawberries are in a stiff competition and the denizens of the Kingdom have an opportunity to make the pallets tastier.

The food festival organised by Geant Hypermarkets is drawing a huge crowd. According to the organisers, every products including the fruits ..

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Miscreants attack Al Duraz School

November 23, 2014

The school targeted by the attackers

Al Duraz Intermediate Boys’ School in the Northern Governorate was attacked for the third time in a week, the Education Ministry has said.

The ministry’s Public Relations and Media Directorate said that the total losses due to attacks on schools have crossed BD2 million by the end of the previous school year.

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CHOICE MADE

November 23, 2014

KING

Bahrainis, in thousands, flocked to forty polling stations across the Kingdom yesterday to practise their civil right.

In a Press conference held at the Isa Cultural Centre last night, Justice, Islamic Affairs and Endowments Minister and Supreme Elections Supervisory Committee Chairman Shaikh Khalid bin Ali Al Khalifa pointed ou ..

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Celebrating the democracy

November 23, 2014

HH Shaikh Nasser, HH Shaikh Khalid and Interior Minister Shaikh Rashid casting their votes

The Kingdom voted yesterday to elect its new Parliament and Municipal councils.

Voters, young and old, were seen making a beeline to exercise their franchise at polling booths across the Kingdom.

Many even ignored their disabilities and reached the polling booths to exercise their civil right ..

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A few violations amid public vote

November 23, 2014

Children seen campaigning for a candidate

Several violations were detected across the voting centres, during the Parliamentary and municipal elections yesterday.

According to certified observers, violations included buying votes, child labour and other serious infringements.

As many as eight civil observation societies were certified ..

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Dancers evoke patriotic sentiments

November 23, 2014

Dancers performing Ardah in Muharraq

The celebration of Kingdom’s political achievement was accompanied by cultural festivities as a few Ardah dancers took on stage to motivate the voters of Muharraq constituency to become part of the democratic process.

Carrying long, shining swords and heavy guns supported by rhythms drawn by the drums, more than 20 men in trad ..

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Boycott campaign didn’t gather support

November 23, 2014

Boycott campaign  didn’t gather support

The boycott campaign has ultimately ended in failure, stated Integrity Coalition for Election Observation.

The boycott campaign by anti-nationals including the attempt to prevent voters from reaching polling stations, tyre burnings and roadblocks did not yield any results, said Integrity Coalition for Election Observation Genera ..

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Law and order under control

November 23, 2014

Ministry of Interior personnel securing the Kingdom’s roads yesterday

The Interior Ministry yesterday adhered to its responsibility to protect the security and general order surrounding the Parliamentary and Municipal elections.

A strong police presence was visible in Bahrain throughout the day and police were on heightened alert for any possible trouble.

The c ..

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Judge accused of misbehaviour

November 23, 2014

Mr. Al Kooheji

A candidate yesterday alleged that an electoral judge misbehaved with a disabled voter at a polling booth in Muharraq. Isa Al Kooheji who is seeking reelection told DT News that he has filed a complaint against Judge Adeela Rajab to the Supreme Election Supervisory Committee for harassing a voter. According to Mr. Al Kooheji, a senior citizen entered the Halat Bu Maher hall in Muhar ..

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CONSUMER PRICE INDEX STEADY

November 23, 2014

CPI and the Inflation Rate issued by the Central Informatics Organisation follows a precise methodology

There was no change in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) in the Kingdom in October compared to last month. It stood at 123 points, the data released by Central Informatics Organisation showed.  CPI increased by 2.6 percent in October 2014, compared with the same period of 2013, as shown by the increase in the CPI from 119.9 points in  October 2013 to 123 points in O ..

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Batelco expansion to meet global demand

November 23, 2014

Mr. Adel Daylami

Leading integrated communications services provider, Batelco is employing its  experience and knowledge to expand its varied services to businesses of all sectors around the globe. It has 21 active Point-of-Presence (PoP) covering the Middle East region and Europe. Batelco has been actively establishing a strong reputation in the Middle East telecommunication indu ..

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Holistic healers on the block

November 23, 2014

Holistic therapy

An artist, writer and craftsman, Simon Lilly was born and brought up in Solihull in the English Midlands and had been trained as a sculptor and printmaker at the University of Edinburgh and Edinburgh College of Art.

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HK democracy movement split

November 23, 2014

Pro-democracy protesters stage an occupy protest outside the British consulate

Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protesters are at a crossroads -- as public support fades after nearly two months of mass sit-ins and gridlocked traffic, activists are split on whether to retreat or ramp up their campaign. With little hope of fresh dialogue between protesters and government, the spectacle of a small faction smashing up a side entrance to Hong Kong’s ..

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SCANDAL ERODEs DiLMA’S IMAGE

November 23, 2014

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff

A month after winning re-election, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff is battling the toughest of starts to her second term with a huge corruption scandal at state-owned oil giant Petrobras threatening to engulf her government. Investigators are looking into claims by a detained former Petrobras director that politicians, mostly presidential allies, received billi ..

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BAHRAIN SIGN OFF IN STYLE

November 23, 2014

Action from the third-place beach handball match between Bahrain and Pakistan

Bahrain yesterday completed their adventure at the Fourth Asian Beach Games in Thailand on a high note, adding a gold medal to their overall tally. On the penultimate day of the Games, Bahrain took the bodybuilding competition’s Fly Weight category gold medal through young bodybuilder Ali Abdulrasool. The 25-year-old Bahraini (19 points) came on top in this categ ..

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Play bigger role: Biden to Turkey

November 23, 2014

Biden with Erdogan at Beylerbeyi Palace yesterday

US Vice President Joe Biden on Friday arrived in Turkey for a three-day visit aimed at persuading Turkish leaders to play a bigger role in the coalition against Islamic State (IS) militants.

Biden is expected to seek to soothe tensions that have emerged between the two NATO members, traditionally strong allies, over Turkey’s r ..

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Pakistan salvage draw

November 22, 2014

Pakistani batsman Asad Shafiq (right) plays a shot as New Zealand wicketerkeeper BJ Watling (left) and teammate Tom Latham (centre) look on

Pakistan salvaged a draw in the second Test against New Zealand in Dubai yesterday after being set a challenging target of 261 off 72 overs on the back of a brilliant hundred by Ross Taylor.  The early loss of four Pakistani wickets meant all results were possible come tea but in the end Pakistan finished 65 runs short of victory when bad light ended play five ove ..

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STENSON SHINES

November 22, 2014

Henrik Stenson of Sweden plays his second shot of the 16th hole

Henrik Stenson leads at midway stage in Dubai

Henrik Stenson continued his amazing dominance at the Earth course of Jumeirah Golf Estates as his 11th consecutive round in the 60s gave him a two-shot lead halfway through the $8 million DP World Tour Championship yesterday. The Swede, who is also a brand ambassador for the golf course, shot a six-under par 66 ..

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Wawrinka gives Switzerland 1-0 lead

November 22, 2014

Wawrinka returns a backhand

Stan Wawrinka gave Switzerland the perfect start to the Davis Cup against France yesterday by defeating French number one Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2. With Roger Federer to follow against Gael Monfils in the second singles clash, the Swiss, who have never won the premier tennis team trophy, hoped for a 2-0 first day lead. Watched by an all-time Davis Cup ..

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SMITH STARS

November 22, 2014

Steven Smith bats

Australia down South Africa to take series

Steve Smith hit a thrilling century to propel Australia to a three-wicket victory over South Africa to clinch the five-game one-day international series in Melbourne yesterday. Man-of-the-match Smith cracked 104 off 112 balls as Australia stormed home to overhaul South Africa’s 267 for eight to win with ..

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Simeone treating game like final

November 22, 2014

Diego Simeone

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has warned his side there is “no room for error” against an improving Malaga on Saturday. Malaga won five games in a row before the international break, climbing to sixth in the table only two points behind Atletico in fourth “We have no room for error, we must treat the game like a final,” Simeone said in his pre-game pr ..

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Shaheen Group beat Star Eleven

November 22, 2014

Thilini-Bahrain Cricket BTC T20 League

Shaheen Group crushed Star Eleven by 130 runs in the latest match in the Bahrain Cricket BTC T20 League played at the Busaiteen Grounds in Muharraq. Batting first, Shaheen Group scored 130 for five in 20 overs with opener Thilini (105 off deliveries, 1x4, 1x5, 10x6) the stat performer, with the wickets claimed by Anurjana Kirthi (two for 34) in four overs, Arun Kus ..

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Interior Ministry, Contax Partners lead

November 22, 2014

An action from the Tournament

The Independent 3 team of the ministry of the Interior (51.3 points) stayed on top of the Championship category after the second day of the three-day 17th American Mission Hospital Island Classic Charity Golf Tournament at His Majesty the King’s private golf course at Al Safriya. This popular annual event is being played under the patronage of His Majesty King Ha ..

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LIVERPOOL WOES IN FOCUS

November 22, 2014

Mr. Aldridge, left, and Mr. McAteer

Former Liverpool and Republic of Ireland international stars striker John Aldridge and midfielder Jason McAteer believe Liverpool will have to take some drastic action if they are to turn around their season very quickly. The pair were here in Bahrain last night to give an after dinner speech organised by Sports Speaker MENA who served up yet another great evening ..

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ARABCO Saudi in finals

November 22, 2014

The ARABCO Saudi and Ruby KCA teams

ARABCO Saudi were last night playing Indian Club at press time in the final of the Kerala Catholic Association (KCA)-Zayani Motors International Volleyball Tournament 2014 supported by Lulu and UAE Exchange at its premises in Segaiya. Pool B winner ARABCO reached the final after coming from two sets down to defeat Pool A runners-up Ruby KCA 20-25, 22-25, 25-22, 25- ..

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Winners of Police Sports Association triathlon honoured

November 22, 2014

Winners on the podium

Supreme Council for Youth and Sports Chairman and Bahrain Olympic Committee President HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, along with members of the Bahraini triathlon team, participated in an Olympic triathlon race that was organised by the Police Sports Association yesterday. The event was part of Bahrain’s preparations to host the “Challenge Bahrain” int ..

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ATHLETES OPEN MEDAL ACCOUNT

November 22, 2014

Billsuma Gelassa, centre, along with Aweke Yimer and Abubaker Kamal

Bahrain yesterday opened its medal account at the Fourth Asian Beach Games, being held in Thailand.

With only two day remaining for the Games, the Bahrainis stamped its authority in the cross country event and clinched six medals – including four gold and two silver – on the inaugural day of athletics events at Naiyang.

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HK democracy activists protest outside British consulate

November 22, 2014

Pro-democracy protesters(file photo)

Dozens of protesters gath- ered outside Hong Kong’s British consulate yesterday, accusing the former colonial power of failing to pressure China to grant free elections in the city and protect freedoms guaranteed in a joint treaty. The demonstration comes after the last UK governor of the territory Chris Patten u ..

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Legal action against Catalan president

November 22, 2014

People wave Second Spanish Republic and Catalonia independence flags during an anti-monarchy demonstration in central Valencia(file photo)

Spanish prosecutors launched a legal case yesterday against Catalan president Artur Mas for going ahead with a symbolic independence referendum in defiance of a court injunction. Mas, along with his deputy Joana Ortega and the Catalan government’s education minister, Irene Rigau, will be prosecuted for civil disobedience, abuse of power, usurpation of duties and ..

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MINISTER DEFECTS

November 22, 2014

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Sri Lanka minister defects to challenge president in polls

A senior minister quit Sri Lanka’s ruling party yesterday to stand as the main opposition’s candidate in January elections, accusing President Mahinda Rajapakse of leading a corrupt “dictatorship”. As organisers confirmed the election would be held on January 8, Health Minister Maithripala ..

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INVESTORS CAUTIOUS OVER DOWNTURN

November 22, 2014

Singapore

Tokyo investors are likely to be cautious next week about a possible market downturn, analysts said yesterday, while political developments in Japan will be a focus ahead of an election next month. “The market continues to show all the signs of being technically overbought and potentially ready for a pullback,” said Masayuki Doshida, senior market analyst at Ra ..

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Blue diamond sells for record $32.6m

November 22, 2014

The Zoe Diamond, property from the collection of Mrs. Paul Mellon

A magnificent blue diamond has fetched $32.6 million in New York, breaking the world auction record for any diamond of its colour, auction house Sotheby’s announced. The stunning 9.75 carat, pear-shaped diamond was bought by a Hong Kong private collector after 20 minutes of competitive bidding on Thursday evening, Sotheby’s said. The price also set a new world ..

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Russia considers cutting oil production

November 22, 2014

Russia considers cutting oil production

Russia is considering cutting its oil production in a bid to revive prices, energy minister Alexander Novak said yesterday as the falling price of crude along with Western sanctions over Ukraine have led to the ruble plunging in value. “Is Russia ready to lower production to support prices? This question needs to be looked into carefully since the budget is stron ..

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REGULATING TAXI BOOKING APPS

November 22, 2014

Singapore

Singapore yesterday announced new rules for mobile taxi booking apps, including US-based Uber, in the latest move by governments around the world to regulate the increasingly popular services.

Taxi-booking and ride-sharing apps like Uber, Hailo and Lyft have spread rapidly in recent years, drawing protests from cabbies in cities ..

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BRIDGING ASIA AND EUROPE

November 22, 2014

Turkey poised for growth

Turkey to bridge the Dardanelles in new mega project

Turkey is planning to build a bridge across the famed Dardanelles strait to help ease traffic congestion in Istanbul, a minister said, revealing the latest in a string of mega projects under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The straits, which separate Europe and Asia, were last bridged by Xerxes the Great, ..

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Skymark Airlines shares soar

November 22, 2014

Skymark Airlines

Shares in Skymark Airlines soared 25.6 percent yesterday on a report that the troubled Japanese carrier was in tie-up talks with Japan Airlines (JAL). The Tokyo-listed stock skyrocketed 50 yen to at 245 yen ($2) after the leading Nikkei business daily’s online edition said the firm was negotiating code-sharing with JAL on some routes. The deal would broaden Skyma ..

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India targets reforms in new parliament session

November 22, 2014

Arun Jaitley

India’s Finance Minister Arun Jaitley promised yesterday to make progress during the upcoming parliamentary session on a string of economic reforms, including a national tax to create a single internal market. The right-wing government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi was elected in May with the biggest parliamentary mandate in three decades on a pledge to tak ..

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GLOBAL OIL MARKET CLIMBS ON HOPES

November 22, 2014

World oil prices

Global oil prices rallied yesterday on fresh hopes that the OPEC cartel will overcome internal resistance to trim output, while upbeat US economic data also provided support, analysts said. Nearing midday, Brent North Sea crude for delivery in January jumped $1.27 to $80.60 a barrel. US benchmark West Texas Intermediate for January advanced 93 cents to $76.78 per b ..

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COURT BEAT

November 22, 2014

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Three stripped of citizenship

The High Criminal Court, under a new anti-terror law, has stripped three accused men of their citizenship for taking part in terror-related activities.

The defendants have also been jailed for 10 years after being convicted of possession of explosi ..

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‘Statement lacks proof’

November 22, 2014

Mr. Fulad

Al Wefaq’s statement, which claims that 300,000 Bahrainis are boycotting elections is a blatant lie, stated Integrity Coalition for Election Observation yesterday.

The statement is just an attention seeking bluff, said Integrity Coalition for Election Observation(ICEO) General Coordinator Faisal Fulad.

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BAHRAIN GOES TO POLLS TODAY

November 22, 2014

Elections today

The wait has ended, and the time is here again as the nation is all set to cast its franchise today.

All preparations have been completed by the elections executive committee to ensure a smooth polling.

The voters will cast their franchise under the supervision of 56 judges and 300 monitors f ..

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Buses brave road of fear

November 22, 2014

Syrian-Aleppo

At dawn Syrian civil servants Abu Asaad and Abu Abdo each begin their commutes across the war-torn city of Aleppo, a once-short journey that now takes 10 hours.

A frontline slices through the former economic hub from north to south, with rebels in control of more than half of the devastated city.

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Incumbents brush aside allegations

November 22, 2014

Mr. John (sixth from left)  along with panel members at the Press conference

Dismissing all allegations raised by the Progressive Parents Alliance (PPA) - the major opposition group at the Indian School Bahrain (ISB), the sitting administration has stated that the audit account for the year reflected the school’s healthy and sound financial condition.

The panel, during a Media conference held yesterday ..

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Overflowing sewage troubles pedestrians

November 22, 2014

sewage  troubles pedestrians

Stinking sewage that has been overflowing from at least three manholes is making lives difficult for passers-by at Salmaniya and Bengali Galli in Manama.

Residents of these localities as well as pedestrians in the area are worried as overflowing sewage could trigger infectious diseases.

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Bouygues shares soar on Altice telecoms interest

November 22, 2014

Numericable

Shares of French group Bouygues rose yesterday after Altice, the parent company of cable operator Numericable, showed interest in its telecoms subsidiary, signalling another possible tie-up in France’s mobile phone market. In morning trade in Paris, the stock climbed 3.66 percent to 29.89 euros in a market up 0.94 pc. Altice, which signalled its interest in Bouyg ..

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NEW POLICY FRAME WORK

November 22, 2014

Draghi

ECB ready to act ‘without undue delay’: Draghi

European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said yesterday that the ECB is ready to roll out new policy measures to ward off deflation in the euro area “without any undue delay.” “We will use all means available to us, within our mandate, to return inflation towards our objective -– and without any ..

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IMMIGRATION PLAN RILES REPUBLICANS

November 22, 2014

speaker of the house john boehner

Barack Obama’s Republican rivals yesterday heaped scorn on his plans to offer up to five million undocumented migrants protection from deportation, as the US president went on the road to defend the bold measures.The controversial overhaul provides three-year relief for millions of undocumented people who have lived in the country for more than five years and hav ..

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House to fight against Obama

November 22, 2014

Obama

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner yesterday said that President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration has sabotaged chances for bipartisan legislation.

Boehner said House of Republicans intend to fight the president’s action, which was announced on Thursday, but did not detail a course of action. He indicated Obama’ ..

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UKRAINE DECLARES NATO AMBITION

November 22, 2014

A woman lays flowers next to portraits of dead people at the Monument of Heavenly Hundred  during a memorial ceremony in Kiev yesterday

Protests Anniversary

Ukraine’s new coalition government made joining NATO a priority yesterday in a move likely to provoke fresh Russian anger as thousands gathered in Kiev to mark the first anniversary of protests which unleashed a year of turmoil. A crowd of several thousand gathered in Kiev’s Independence Square, known as Maidan, late yesterday to re ..

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China building possible airfield

November 22, 2014

Philippine military’s Western Command (WESTCOM) shows Chinese fishing vessels anchored at Fiery Cross Reef (Kagitingan) on the disputed Spratly islands

China is building a massive island in the South China Sea that could host an airfield in an area where Beijing is locked in bitter territorial disputes with neighbouring states, a US military spokesman said yesterday. The vast land reclamation project on the Fiery Cross Reef in the Spratly Islands is one of several pursued by China but the first that could accommod ..

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SNOW STORM

November 22, 2014

This aerial photo obtained courtesy of the Erie County Sheriff’s Office shows the snowbound Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, NY

Toll rises to 13 in NewYork state

The death toll rose to 13 yesterday from a killer snowstorm in western New York state where rising temperatures and heavy rain will compound misery by causing severe flooding into next week.

Blizzards dumped a year’s supply of snow in just days south of Buffalo city, bringing down 30 b ..

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HAMILTON TOPS

November 22, 2014

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

World championship leader Lewis Hamilton struck the first blow over his Mercedes team-mate and only title rival Nico Rosberg in yesterday’s opening free practice ahead of Sunday’s decisive Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. On a hot day of blue skies and a track temperature of 44 degrees, with an air temperature of 28 degrees ..

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Qaeda vows onslaught

November 22, 2014

Students demonstrate against the deployment, at Sanaa University campus, of armed Yemani militia from the Shia Huthi movement in the capital Sanaa in this November 12, 2014 file picture

The Al-Qaeda military chief in Yemen has vowed to launch fierce attacks against Shia Huthi militiamen sweeping across the country, in an audio message posted yesterday on jihadist websites.

“To the Huthis we say: brace yourselves for horrors that will make the hair of children turn white,” said Qassem Al Rimi, the military c ..

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Barbaric: IS deserters face death

November 22, 2014

IS militants stand just before explosion of an air strike on Tilsehir hill near Turkish border on October 23, 2014, at Yumurtalik village, in Sanliurfa province

Several foreign jihadists who joined the Islamic State in Syria but then tried to desert have faced arrest and execution at the hands of the radical group, activists said yesterday. Those who have tried to flee are usually young and mostly non-Arabs who regretted joining the IS once they saw the reality on the ground, several activists told AFP via the Internet. The reports came a day afte ..

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MCILROY BACK FOR SEASON FINALE

November 20, 2014

Rory McIlroy

Race to Dubai

World number one Rory McIlroy may have already won the Race to Dubai crown, but there is a lot at stake this week at the $8million DP World Tour Championship, which starts at the Earth course of Jumeirah Golf Estates today. The top-60 players on the European Tour’s year-long Race to Dubai standings have qualified for the season-ending tourna ..

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Federer again unable to practise

November 20, 2014

Roger Federer

Roger Federer’s hopes of being fully fit to play for Switzerland in Friday’s opening two rubbers of the Davis Cup final against France dimmed even further when he again missed training yesterday. The 17-time major winner, who has never won the Davis Cup, injured his back playing in the semi-finals of the World Tour Finals in London on Saturday.

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NEW ZEALAND EYE BIG LEAD

November 20, 2014

Pakistani batsman Asad Shafiq (left) leaves the ground after his dismissal as New Zealand cricketers celebrate

New Zealand push Pakistan hard in second Test 

New Zealand bowled with discipline and, despite Azhar Ali and Younis Khan’s half-centuries, looked set for a lead in the second Test against Pakistan in Dubai yesterday. Pakistan lost Asad Shafiq in seamer Tim Southee’s penultimate over for 44 to close the third day on 281-6, still trailing by 122 runs on ..

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AL HAKAM LIFTS TITLE

November 20, 2014

Women’s gold medalist Ms. Jeffery with runner up Ms. Flavia and third-placer Ms. Johnson-The top three golfers on the podium

World Military Golf championship

Host country’s Abdulla Sultan Al Hakam (289 gross) yesterday was crowned champion of the Eighth World Military Golf Championship at the Royal Golf Club. On the fourth and concluding day of the tournament, Al Hakam extended his solid comeback to the competition with a superb all-round performance to win the singles category ..

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Mills, Irfan win Monday Madness Golf

November 20, 2014

From left, Sheldon Cameron, Royal Golf Club Golf Operations Manager, centre with week two winners Mills, left and Irfan

Rob Mills and playing partner Faraan Irfan (30.2 nett) clinched top place in the second competition of the new VIVA Monday Madness Night Golf Series at the Royal Golf Club. In second place were Abdulaziz Ahmed and Sam Jong Kim (30.5) which combined with their third place points from the previous week, puts them at the top of the overall series order of merit.

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Askar chairs World Congress executive panel meeting

November 20, 2014

Mr. Askar chairs the Executive Committee meeting

Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC) general secretary Abdulrahman Askar chaired the seventh meeting of the Executive Committee of the 56th ICHPER.SD Anniversary World Congress and Exposition, which will take place in Bahrain from December 18 to 20. During his meeting with representatives of the committee, held at the BOC premises in Seef, Mr. Askar was briefed on detai ..

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Spartan beat Kids and Teens

November 20, 2014

BFC Cricket Bahrain

Spartan crushed Kids and Teens by 98 runs in the latest matches of the BFC Cricket Bahrain (BCL-CBA Division) Golden League T20 Tournament at the Busaiteen grounds in Muharraq. Batting first, Spartan scored a massive 223 for three in 20 overs with Ali Khawaja (80 not out) top scoring and receiving good support from Zaheer (44) and Danish (44) with Karthik (two for ..

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BAHRAIN BOW TO PAKISTAN

November 20, 2014

Bahrain players attack Pakistan goal

Asian Beach Games handball

Bahrain yesterday suffered their first defeat in the group stages of the handball competition at the Fourth Asian Beach Games, losing 6-8 in a penalty shoot-out to Pakistan in the top-of-Group ‘B’ clash which saw Bahrain settle for second place in the preliminary round being held in Phuket, Thailand. Abdulla Salman and Jaafar ..

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Pope Francis turns as Santa

November 20, 2014

Pope Francis waves to the crowd from the popemobile during his general audience at St Peter’s square yesterday

Pope Francis is raffling off unwanted gifts including a Fiat Panda, tandem bike and coffee machine to raise money for the homeless.

For just 10 euros ($12.50) those hoping to get their clutches on perfume, pens and even a panama hat given to the pope can enter a draw, the proceeds of which will go to a papal charity set up to he ..

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MORE THAN 1.5M FLEE NIGERIA

November 20, 2014

Nigerian refugees wait in a stadium in Mora, in the extreme north-west of Cameroon, hoping to be taken into the only refugee camp in the region

Crisis of enormous concern, says UN

Growing violence by Islamist extremists has forced more than 1.5 million Nigerians to flee their homes and is deepening an already dire humanitarian situation in Nigeria, the UN warned yesterday.

“Nigeria is without question of enormous concern,” said Robert Piper, who coordinates ..

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Germany warns against giving up on Ukraine truce

November 20, 2014

Frank-Walter Steinmeie

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, fresh from a tense mission to Ukraine and Russia, said yesterday he had not given up on a tattered truce agreement between the sides. Steinmeier warned after talks in Berlin with his Polish counterpart Grzegorz Schetyna against calling the two-month-old ceasefire agreed in Minsk “history”.

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CLASHES

November 20, 2014

Pedestrians walk under banners at a protest site in the Mongkok district of Hong Kong yesterday

Hong Kong protesters attempt to break into parliament

Hong Kong police clashed with pro-democracy demonstrators yesterday after a small group tried to break into the city’s legislature, as splits emerged within the movement before the expected clearance of protest camps. The clashes were sparked when around a dozen masked protesters smashed their way thro ..

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Zain Bahrain wins Quiz night

November 20, 2014

Zain

FinMark Communications announced Zain Bahrain as the winners of the Industrial Quiz night in the augural night’s challenge of the Business Quiz Show. The first live show featured a lively showdown between Zain, Bahrain Airport Services (BAS), Midal Cables and Bahrain Polytechnic.

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GCC construction heads north

November 20, 2014

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the UAE continue to lead market shares

With $72 billion worth of building construction projects forecasted to be completed by end of 2014, the GCC building construction market is showing a positive uptrend in 2014 (+7.7 per cent from 2013), according to the Ventures ME research commissioned by dmg events, the organiser of INDEX and workspace at INDEX exhibitions.

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EBOLA IDLES WORKFORCE

November 20, 2014

Red Cross volunteers get trained in Paris before intervening in zones where the deadly disease is not over

The disease has killed over 2,800 people in Liberia

Nearly half of the workforce in Liberia is no longer working since the onset of the deadly Ebola epidemic just a few months ago, the World Bank said yesterday.

The disease has killed over 2,800 people in Liberia, ravaging the local economies and leaving many with too li ..

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VIDEO GAMES AND E-COMMERCE BOOM

November 20, 2014

Games tailored for local users are expected to increase

Video game and e-commerce markets are growing exponentially across the Middle East and North Africa, driven by the mobile revolution and new youth-produced content, according to a study.

The gaming market is expected to nearly triple in size, from $1.6 billion (1.3bn euros) in 2014 to $4.4bn (3.5bn euros) in 2022, said the study ..

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DIB AND AIR ARABIA SIGN FINANCING DEAL

November 20, 2014

Dr. Chilwan and Mr. Ali at the signing ceremony

The $230m facility to finance the delivery of new aircraft

Dubai Islamic Bank (DIB) and Air Arabia signed an aircraft financing deal to facilitate the delivery of six new Airbus A320 aircrafts in 2015. The signing ceremony was held in the DIB head office in the presence of senior executives from both parties.

The $230mil ..

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Customs Affairs starts imposing fines

November 20, 2014

Customs Affairs Directorate logo

The Customs Affairs Directorate began to enforce from November 18, the rules imposing fines on customs clearing agents who unnecessarily delay clearing their products for more than four hours on King Fahd Causeway. The rules requires them to pay BD50 fine divided among their customs clearance office, the businessman and the transporter. The Customs Affairs has also ..

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COURT BEAT

November 20, 2014

court beat

Man gets 20 years for assault

The High Criminal Court has sentenced a 20-year-old Bahraini to 10 years in jail for sexual assault.

The defendant reportedly sexually assaulted a 12-year-old boy twice after he got acquainted with ..

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Minister to open media centre today

November 20, 2014

Ms. Rajab

Minister of State for Information Affairs and official Government spokesperson Sameera Rajab will open the media centre of the Parliamentary and Municipal elections at the Isa Cultural Centre today.

The opening ceremony will be attended by senior officials, ambassadors, the High Elections Committee, journalists and correspondent ..

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GCC relations: King lauded for his crucial role

November 20, 2014

King

Parliament Chairman Khalifa Al Dhahrani hailed the efforts exerted by His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa in consolidating the bonds of brotherliness and mutual respect between Bahrain and other GCC-member countries.

Mr. Al Dhahrani lauded the outcomes of the GCC Summit in Riyadh.

He sa ..

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‘Women empowerment major goal’

November 20, 2014

Participants of the workshop-Dr. Fakhro

Industry and Commerce Minister Dr. Hassan Fakhro yesterday said that the status of women is now considered as an important benchmark in measuring the reform initiatives of the Kingdom.

Addressing a workshop organised by the Bahrain Businesswomen’s Society in collaboration with the UNIDO, the minister added that the National Ac ..

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Dash that saved a life

November 20, 2014

Srilankan lifeguard Evanta Fernando and British Navy personnel Wayne Tomlinso

Two men at different points of time dashed into the life of a girl, who met with an accident while performing water sports, to save her.

For 32-year-old Evanta Fernando, a life guard and 30-year-old Wayne Tomlinson, British Navy personnel, the act was just part and parcel of their life, and they firmly believe it’s their duty. ..

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Bank robbery: Suspects to be tried on Dec 7

November 20, 2014

Police cars at the scene

Two persons, suspected to have committed the broad daylight robbery at Al Ahli Bank in Budaiya, are set to appear before the First High Criminal Court for trial on December 7.

One suspect is facing charges of burglary at gunpoint, theft, possession of firearm and ammunition without a licence and causing damages while the other i ..

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SCALING UP BY MILLION

November 20, 2014

Dr. Al Kaabi along with ministry officials during their visit to the market yesterday

During his visit to Sitra Central Market yesterday, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning Minister Dr. Juma Al Kaabi announced that the revamping and expanding project of the market is expected to complete within the next two years, with a total cost of BD1.8 million.

Soon, the market will include 88 vending points and shops ..

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‘Rasoi by Vineet’ comes to Bahrain

November 20, 2014

Mr. Bhatia

The Gulf Hotel has joined hands with renowned Indian chef and holder of the much-coveted Michelin stars, Vineet Bhatia to open a ‘Rasoi by Vineet’ in the Kingdom.

Mr. Bhatia earned his first Michelin star in 2001 to become the first Indian chef-restaurateur to receive the accolade.

In 200 ..

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‘Respect rules, avoid troubles’

November 20, 2014

Mr. Bahaa

Prominent hoteliers in Bahrain have issued an urgent call to all four star hotels to refrain from violating the rules.

Four-Star Hotels Committee Vice Chairman and Mercure Grand Hotel Seef General Manager, Yasser Bahaa asked the fellow hoteliers to follow the rules to avoid penalties from Culture Ministry.

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DT WOMAN : Art in emotions

November 20, 2014

Ms. Majdi-DT WOMEN

Ever since she could remember, Fatema Majdi’s family has always supported her in her artistic talent. Her mother would always motivate her by taking her to art classes and meeting other talented artists.

But Fatema did not stop there. She turned to other forms of art, like literature and photography.

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Bahrain kick starts GEW celebrations

November 20, 2014

Mr. Haider speaking at GEW dinner

Tenmou, Bahrain’s first ‘Business Angels’ organisation, in strategic partnership with the Economic Development Board kick-started the celebrations of the Global Entrepreneurship Week 2014 at a networking dinner reception at the Awal Ballroom, Gulf Hotel.

During the dinner, Chairman of Tenmou Sami Jalal officially inaugurat ..

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HACKERS AIM SMARTPHONES

November 20, 2014

Mobile security firm

Mobile security firm Lookout yesterday warned that Android-powered smartphones or tablets are being targeted with malicious software that puts them at the mercy of hacker overlords.

The persistence and sophistication of malware dubbed NotCompatible is another sign that cyber criminals are hitting smartphones and tablets with tac ..

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Target rebounds in third quarter

November 20, 2014

The company is successfully moving beyond a massive data breach disclosed a week before last Christmas

Target reported a 3.2 per cent rise in its third-quarter profit and beat Wall Street expectations as shoppers spent more on beauty products, toys and back-to-school items.

The results, which marked its first increase in a key revenue measure in a year, shows how the company is successfully moving beyond a massive data breach dis ..

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US collects record penalties in 2014

November 20, 2014

U.S. Department of Justice

The U.S. Department of Justice collected a record $24.7 billion in penalties from fraud and other cases in fiscal year 2014, the agency said yesterday, as fines against banks for financial misconduct soared. Collections from civil and criminal actions, including money collected on behalf of other agencies, was $8 billion in 2013, and $13bn in 2012.

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DT NEWS OVENHOT : Salty-sweet ka’ak

November 20, 2014

Yemeni Ka’ak-DT NEWS OVENHOT - Salty-sweet ka’ak

‘Ka’ak’ or ‘kahqa’ is the Arabic word for cake. And, the Yemeni ka’ak is a cross between a biscuit and a cookie.

A staple for any special occasion, Yemeni ka’ak, which is a bit savoury and sweet, could be served even with the afternoon tea.

There are different versions, includin ..

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Ashram standoff leaves six dead

November 20, 2014

Indian followers leave the ashram of self-styled ‘godman’ Rampal Maharaj in Hisar, some 175 kilometres (108 miles) north of New Delhi yesterday

At least six people have died in a standoff between Indian police and a religious leader who is believed to be holed up inside his sprawling ashram along with thousands of devotees.

The guru, 63-year-old Rampal Maharaj, is wanted for questioning in a 2006 murder case, but has repeatedly ignored orders to appear in court.

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Miss Honduras winner and sister found dead

November 20, 2014

Undated picture taken in San Pedro Sula shows Maria Jose Alvarado (right)

Honduran authorities say they have found the bodies of Miss Honduras, María José Alvarado, and her sister Sofía near the spa where they were last seen six days ago.

“We are 100 per cent sure that it’s them,” police chief Leando Osorio said yesterday.

Earlier on the day, national poli ..

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SNOWSTORM POUNDS US

November 20, 2014

A street in south Buffalo, covered by snow

At least five dead as icy temperatures grip US

A brutal storm of ice, snow and record cold temperatures has killed at least five people near Buffalo, New York, as a system of freezing temperatures and heavy precipitation swept toward the US east coast.

The early snowfall heaped five feet of snow in some areas, trapping ..

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AUSSIES CRUISE

November 20, 2014

Aaron Finch of Australia celebrates his century

Finch, Smith spearhead Australia to big win over South Africa

Australia cruised to a 73-run victory over South Africa in their third one-day international yesterday on the back of big-hitting innings by Aaron Finch and Steve Smith. Opener Finch cracked 109 off 127 balls and Smith hit a swashbuckling unbeaten 73 off 55 bal ..

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Kurds get $500m from Iraq

November 20, 2014

A Kurdish fighter flashes the victory sign on November 12, 2014 in the Turkish town of Suruc, Sanliurfa province, during the funeral of a People’s Protection Units (YPG) fighter, who died during battle

The Iraqi government transferred $500 million to the autonomous Kurdish region yesterday as part of a deal aimed at ending long-running oil and budget disputes, the finance minister said.

The move eases tensions between the federal and regional governments, paving the way for a lasting settlement as well as possible increased c ..

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McIlroy wants to close season in style

November 19, 2014

Rory McIlroy

Already assured of the Race to Dubai crown, Rory McIlroy has now set his sights on the other trophy – the $8million DP World Tour Championship title – to end his fantastic season on a high. The world number one Northern Irishman won two majors (the British Open and the US PGA Championship), a World Golf Championship title (WGC-Bridgestone) and the flagship even ..

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NEW ZEALAND STRIKE

November 19, 2014

New Zealand batsman BJ Watling (centre) plays a shot as Pakistani wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed (right) and teammate Shan Masood look on.

Pakistan in trouble after New Zealand total 403

Pakistan were under pressure after losing both their openers for 34 in reply to New Zealand’s big total of 403 in the second Test in Dubai yesterday. Azhar Ali (four) and Younis Khan (one) were unbeaten at close on the second day after Shan Masood (13) and Taufeeq Umar (16) departed early to give N ..

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FIFA lodges criminal complaint

November 19, 2014

Joseph Blatter

Football’s world governing body FIFA has lodged a criminal complaint with the Swiss attorney general over “possible misconduct” by individuals in connection with the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. It follows a recommendation by FIFA’s ethics judge Hans-Joachim Eckert as part of his final summary of the Garcia investigation into the controversial ..

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NAPOLI FUTURE UNCLEAR FOR RAFAEL BENITEZ

November 19, 2014

Rafael Benitez

Rafael Benitez has refused to confirm that he will be in charge of Napoli at the start of next season, but insisted that if he isn’t it won’t be down “to money or signings”. The Spaniard’s current contract expires at the end of the campaign and the former Liverpool manager is seemingly in no rush to sign a new deal. “Experience tells me we have to work ..

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Nada–Bahrain Relay Marathon held

November 19, 2014

Nada–Bahrain Relay Marathon held

A  total of 169 teams took part in the 34th Bahrain Marathon Relay as organizers said it was the biggest turnout in recent times. The event was organised by the Bahrain Round Table in association with the Bahrain Athletics Association (BAA) to raise funds for local charities. Now in its 34th year, The Bahrain Marathon Relay is an annual event that encourages compa ..

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BAHRAIN STORMS

November 19, 2014

Bahrain players celebrate their victory

Asian Beach Games handball semi-finals

Bahrain yesterday ensured a place in the handball competition semi-finals at the Fourth Asian Beach Games, being held in Phuket, Thailand. The national team clinched their fourth straight victory in the tournament, beating Bangladesh 2-0 (24-14, 21-9) in their penultimate Group ‘B’ clash at the Saphan Hin ..

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New Millennium School–DPS shines

November 19, 2014

Winning girls team with the principal and coach

The New Millennium School(NMS)-DPS lifted the Tennis titles in both the boys and girls under-14 categories in the CBSE Cluster (Bahrain Chapter) Inter School Tennis Competition held earlier this month at the Indian Club. The school also finished as runners-up in both the boys and girls under-19 categories. School Chairman Dr. Ravi Pillai, Managing Director Mrs. Gee ..

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His Majesty the King to patronise AMH Golf tournament

November 19, 2014

AMH Golf tournament

A delegation from the American Mission Hospital (AMH) led by its chief executive officer Dr George Cheriyan yesterday met His Majesty the King’s Adviser for Youth Affairs and Sports, Saleh bin Isa bin Hindi ahead of the 17th Annual AMH Island Classic Charity Golf Tournament which begins tomorrow at the King’s private golf course in Safriya.  Dr Cheriyan comme ..

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Askar commends University and Education Ministry

November 19, 2014

Abdulrahman Askar at his meeting with Dr Mona Al Ansari and Dr Shaikha Al Jeeb

Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC) general secretary Abdulrahman Askar has expressed appreciation for the continued cooperation with the Ministry of Education’s (MoE) Physical Education, Scouting and Girls Guidance Directorate and the University of Bahrain’s (UoB) Physical Education and Physiotherapy College in hosting the 56th ICHPER.SD Anniversary World Congress ..

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AL HAKAM LEADS

November 19, 2014

Golfers tee off at the Royal Golf Club’s course

Abdulla Al Hakam (215 gross) yesterday climbed to the top of the standings in the Eighth World Military Golf Championships being held at the Royal Golf . The Bahraini veteran golfer put on a splendid show on the third and penultimate day of this prestigious competition to clinch a deserving three-stroke lead. S Kannler (218) of Germany also moved up one spot to cla ..

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India quarantines man from Liberia recovering from Ebola

November 19, 2014

Some of the ultrastructural morphology displayed by an Ebola virus virion is revealed in this undated handout colorized transmission electron micrograph (TEM)

India has quarantined a man who was cured in Liberia of Ebola but showed traces of the disease in his semen samples after arriving in the country, the health ministry said yesterday.

The 26-year-old Indian national showed a certificate during mandatory screening at Delhi airport on November 10 to show he had successfully undergo ..

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STRAIN IN TIES

November 19, 2014

Vladimir Putin (centre) inspects medical equipment as he visits an exhibition “Made in Russia” in Moscow yesterday

US will never subdue Russia - Putin

The United States wants to subdue Moscow, but will never succeed, Russian President Vladimir Putin said yesterday.

“They do not want to humiliate us, they want to subdue us, solve their problems at our expense,” Putin said at the end of a four-hour meeting with his core support gro ..

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German spy says Berlin under cyber attack

November 19, 2014

Hans Georg Maassen

German government and business computers are coming under increasing cyber attack every day from other states’ spy agencies, especially those of Russia and China, Germany’s domestic intelligence (BfV) chief said yesterday.

Addressing a cybersecurity conference in Berlin, Hans Georg Maassen said that of an estimated 3,000 dai ..

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TENSIONS RISE IN HONG KONG

November 19, 2014

Security staff members remove a barricade outside the CITIC Tower building near a protest site in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong yesterday

A small group of Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters broke into the city’s legislature via a side door early yesterday, and police stopped others storming the building as tensions jumped following a period of calm.

The incident came just hours after court bailiffs managed to clear part of a protest camp in the heart of the cit ..

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INTERNET USAGE SURGES: SURVEY

November 19, 2014

Mr. Bubashait

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of the Kingdom of Bahrain (TRA) has recently released the results of its 2014 survey of residential users of telecommunications services.

According to the survey undertaken in May 2014, 80 per cent of respondents have access to the internet at home, which represents a continuing trend ..

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Blast kills senior politician in Yemen

November 19, 2014

Yemeni bystanders look on at the vehicle after the blast

A car bombing yesterday killed a leading member of Yemen's powerful Sunni Al Islah party whose supporters have been battling Shia militias, a security official said.

Al Islah Assistant Secretary General Sadeq Mansur died "immediately" when a device inside the door of his car exploded in the country's third city Taez southwest o ..

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Synagogue attack stuns Jerusalem

November 19, 2014

Ultra-Orthodox Jews walk during the funeral procession of Rabbi Moshe Tabersky in Jerusalem, one of the victims of the attack

Two Palestinians armed with a gun and meat cleavers burst into a Jerusalem synagogue yesterday and killed four Israelis before being shot dead in the city’s bloodiest attack in years.

It was a rare assault on a place of worship and sent shock waves through the country, raising fears that the already deadly Israel-Palestinian c ..

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The Pet Project: Maintaining your fish tank

November 19, 2014

The Pet Project

In order to ensure that your pet fish will stay healthy, it is very important to maintain the water quality of your aquarium every week.

It can be quite an inconvenience to change the water of the tank every week, but there are ways to make it easier on yourself.

Factors that involve the plac ..

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Suspended principal resumes duty

November 19, 2014

Dr.Al Nuaimi

A school principal who was suspended last Thursday, because of a car accident which took place in the school that left three students injured, finally resumed her duty yesterday.

The principal went back to work after investigations revealed that she was “not responsible” for the mishap.

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Student injured after teacher pushed him

November 19, 2014

Ammar’s head was injured in the incident

A teacher in a public school in the Northern Governorate allegedly pushed a 12-year-old student towards the wall and left him bleeding for three hours.

To make matters worse, student Ammar, allegedly did not get any medical attention from the school and his parents were not informed by the authorities concerned about the incide ..

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Overseas voting: Voters turn out in full force

November 19, 2014

Overseas voting

Voters turned out in full force yesterday to Bahrain embassies, consulates and diplomatic missions abroad to take part in the much-awaited Parliamentary elections.

President of the Legislation and Legal Opinion Commission and the elections Executive Director Advisor Abdullah bin Hassan Al Buainin said registered and non-register ..

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COURT BEAT

November 19, 2014

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Jailed for faking documents

The High Criminal Court sentenced a woman to one year behind bars for faking her secondary school certificate for employment purposes. Ironically, the defendant was reported to police by her husband, who back-stabbed her after she lodged a divorce lawsuit against him.

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‘Riyadh Summit positive’

November 19, 2014

Shaikh Rrashid Abdulla

Praising the positive results of the recent Riyadh Summit, Interior Minister Lt General Shaikh Rashid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa said, Qatar had stopped the naturalisation process.

The minister stressed the organisational procedures, which stipulate mutual respect of the laws of both countries to serve the general interests and bond ..

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Dumb and bedridden

November 19, 2014

Mr. Nabi with Irfan at BDF Hospital

He is paralysed and is unable to speak as vandals had ripped off his tongue after brutally assaulting him during the 2011 anti-government protest.

After three years of treatment at the Bahrain Defence Force (BDF) Hospital, twenty-seven-year-old Irfan Ahmed Baksh Muhammad had been shifted to parent care centre. And, his silence s ..

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Bahrain lays out red carpet for Premier

November 19, 2014

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As the Royal Court of Prime Minister HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa announced yesterday that the Premier would return to Bahrain tomorrow, a wave of joy swept the Kingdom.

Many citizens have posted billboards all over Bahrain, welcoming Prince Khalifa and congratulating him on the successful medical checkups.

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Shining start to Jewellery Arabia

November 19, 2014

Deputy Prime Minister HH Shaikh Ali bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, deputised by Prime Minister HRH Prince Khalifa, opened Jewellery Arabia 2014

Deputy Prime Minister HH Shaikh Ali bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, deputised by Prime Minister HRH Prince Khalifa, opened Jewellery Arabia 2014, at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre (BIECC) yesterday.

The Deputy Premier affirmed the Government’s support for the exhibition  industry.

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‘Expedite housing projects’

November 19, 2014

Mr. Alhamer delivering a presentation to King Hamad

His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa yesterday received Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa and Housing Minister Bassim Alhamer at Sakhir Palace, to review plans aimed at expediting the completion of housing projects in the Kingdom.

During the meeting ..

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Road works in Sanad achieves 72pc progress

November 19, 2014

The work in progress

The Works Ministry (MoW) has achieved a progress of 72 per cent in the paving of dirt roads in Sanad Blocks 743-745, in addition to Roads 4394 and 4580 and the surround area.

Roads Projects and Maintenance Director of MoW, Raed Al Salah said that the project is part of the government’s programme aimed at improving infrastructu ..

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Culture Minister receives French ambassador

November 19, 2014

Shaikha Mai and Mr. Pellerin during the meeting

Culture Minister Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa yesterday received French Ambassador Bernard Régnauld-Fabre.

The ambassador presented her with an invitation from her French counterpart Fleur Pellerin to visit Paris to discuss ways of bolstering bilateral cultural cooperation.

The minis ..

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TAKAFUL CELEBRATES 25TH ANNIVERSARY

November 19, 2014

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Employees who have completed 10 years of service to be honoured

Takaful International is celebrating 25 years of its presence in the Kingdom this month.

The celebrations to be held at the Gulf Hotel aims to honour its employees who have completed 10 years of service with the company.

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ARCAPITA BANK RAISES $100M

November 19, 2014

Mr. Abdulmalik

New equity will be used to fund Shariah compliant private equity

Bahrain’s Arcapita Bank has raised $100 million from shareholders to fund a return to dealmaking.

The new equity will be used to fund Shariah compliant private equity and real-estate investments in Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman ..

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Bahrain participates in eGovernance conference in Portugal

November 19, 2014

Mr. Buhazza takes part in the 8th ICEGOV

Bahrain’s eGovernment Authority, represented by Director of eService Delivery and Channel Enhancement Ahmed Mohammed Buhazza, took part in the 8th International Conference on Theory and Practice of eGovernance, ICEGOV.

The ICEGOV, held in Guimarães, Portugal in October last, is a series of International Conferences on Theory ..

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KPMG holds discussion for entrepreneurs

November 19, 2014

KPMG experts taking part in the discussion

KPMG Fakhro held an event for entrepreneurs to discuss the challenges and opportunities associated with scaling up and expanding. The event featured talks from a number of speakers from the Bahrain business world, subject matter experts and KPMG experts.

Managing Partner of KPMG Fakhro Jamal Fakhro said: “We are delighted to p ..

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British Council inks deal with Al Iman Schools

November 19, 2014

Officials during the signing ceremony

The British Council has signed a contract with Al Iman Schools - Girls’ Section to implement a comprehensive programme to improve the teaching and learning of English language at the school.

Director Tony Calderbank, signed the contract on behalf of British Council and Principal Fourat Tuleimat, signed the contract on behalf o ..

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Al Noor students visit Al Matrook

November 19, 2014

Al Noor International School

The Grade 11 and 12 students from the CBSE section of Al Noor International School visited the Al Matrook Conductive Rehabilitation Centre on November 9 and 10, as part of their Community Outreach Programme.   The students gave educational toys to the group of disabled children, hoping that it will enrich their lives. This was an emotional experience for the Al No ..

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Students get a taste of foreign language

November 19, 2014

Bahrain School

Bahrain School (BS) students took part in a one-week intensive language conference in Wiesbaden, Germany.

DoDDS Europe Language Institute (DELI) brings together students from all DoDDS Europe schools to learn six world languages and their respective cultures, using the ‘immersion methodology.’

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German FM warns of Ukraine danger

November 19, 2014

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (right) speaks with his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier

Germany’s foreign minister warned of a “dangerous situation” in eastern Ukraine ahead of crunch Moscow talks yesterday as NATO flagged a build-up of Russian troops in Ukraine and on its border. The meeting between Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov came as the West keeps up pressure on Moscow over Ukraine after last week’s bad-tem ..

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MYANMAR RULES OUT CONSTITUTIONAL CHANGE

November 19, 2014

Aung San Suu Kyi

Election 2015

Myanmar’s parliament speaker said yesterday the current junta-drafted constitution, which bars opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from becoming president, cannot be changed before elections in November 2015. The comments by Shwe Mann came days after visiting US President Barack Obama backed Suu Kyi’s attempts to change the charte ..

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JAPAN TRIUMPH

November 19, 2014

Japan’s midfielder Yasuyuki Konno (3rd left) celebrates with his teammates after he scored a goa-Japan- 2 Australia- 1

Okazaki wonder goal gives Japan edge over Australia

Japan striker Shinji Okazaki scored with a swashbuckling backheel as the Asian champions beat fierce rivals Australia 2-1 in a friendly yesterday. Okazaki’s right-foot flick in the 68th minute made it 2-0 to the home side in Osaka, and was a goal which Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi would ha ..

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Syria Kurds advance

November 19, 2014

A file picture taken on November 8, 2014, shows Kurdish Peshmerga fighters posing for a picture during a break in fighting against IS in the Syrian besieged border town of Kobane

Syrian Kurds fighting the Islamic State group in the flashpoint town of Kobane made new gains yesterday, expelling the jihadists from several central buildings and seizing weapons, a monitor said.

The advance came hours after the US-led coalition launched four strikes against IS positions in central Kobane, according to the Syri ..

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Turkey feels Aleppo jitters

November 19, 2014

Syrian Kurdish refugees sit outside a tent at a refugee camp in Suruc, Sanliurfa province, on November 11, 2014

Turkey fears another two to three million Syrian refugees could cross its borders if the region of Syria’s second city of Aleppo is overrun either by Islamist extremists or  regime forces, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said yesterday.

Turkey is already hosting at least 1.5 million refugees displaced by the Syrian conflict ..

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Srinivasan cleared of corruption

November 18, 2014

Srinivasan

An investigation into corruption and betting scandals has exonerated world cricket chief Narayanaswami Srinivasan, clearing the way for his comeback as head of the sport in India, a court heard yesterday. Srinivasan, considered the most powerful man in world cricket, was among top officials probed by a Supreme Court-appointed panel looking into scandals last year i ..

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VICENTE DEL BOSQUE PROMISES FIREWORKS

November 18, 2014

Vicente del Bosque

Spain boss Vicente del Bosque has demanded his players put on a show as his rejuvenated side prepare to welcome Germany, the team that succeeded them as world champions, in Vigo today. “When you get this kind of match there’s almost no difference whether the game is an official one or like in this case a friendly,” said Del Bosque, whose side go into the game ..

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Federer in Davis Cup battle

November 18, 2014

Roger Federer

Switzerland’s hopes of a first ever Davis Cup win lay in the balance yesterday as the team awaited word on just how badly Roger Federer had injured his back ahead of this week’s final against France in Lille. The 17-time Grand Slam winner shocked thousands of fans and his opponent Novak Djokovic in London Sunday evening when he withdrew from the final of the se ..

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SCOTLAND WIN ‘NOT A BLOODBATH’

November 18, 2014

Gordon Strachan

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan yesterday dismissed suggestions that his team had adopted an overly aggressive approach during their 1-0 victory over the Republic of Ireland last week. The Euro 2016 qualifier in Glasgow was a physical contest that Scotland shaded thanks to a well-worked late goal by Shaun Maloney. England back-up goalkeeper Ben Foster, whose side ..

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Marketing ease past Tatweer

November 18, 2014

l Bowling League at the Bapco Club

Marketing defeated Tatweer 6-2 in the eighth week of action in the eighth round of matches in the Bapco Interdepartmental Bowling League at the Bapco Club in Awali.

Top scorers for Marketing were Mohammed Hassan Janahi (227) high game and his captain Abdulla Abdul Kareem (626) high series and for Tatweer Ahmed Aqeel Faqihi (245) ..

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Bahrain team bag third win

November 18, 2014

Bahrain players attack the Indian goal

Bahrain’s national beach handball team yesterday recorded a third straight win in the Fourth Asian Beach Games in Phuket, Thailand. A well-deserved 2-0 victory over India at the Saphan Hin beach extended Bahrain’s unbeaten run in the beach handball competition and a step closer towards reaching the semi-finals. Coached by national tactician Khalid Al Hiddi, Bah ..

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MASSEY TOPS

November 18, 2014

Eighth World Military Golf championship

Eighth World Military Golf championship

J Massey of the US took an early lead in the Eighth World Military Golf Championship, being held in the Kingdom of Bahrain. The American put on a superb show on the Montgomerie’s Royal Golf Club Course amidst fierce competition from 81 golfers from 16 countries. Massey (140 gross) leads and is followed by ..

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Indian Club win

November 18, 2014

Team Indian Club

Indian Club edged out Castle Boys 1-0 thanks to a goal from Titus in the Open Category for Seniors in the Indian Club Centenary Five-a-Side-Football Tournament 2014-15 at its premises in Gudaibiya. Dadabhai Al Keralawi required a goal from Zakaria for a narrow 1-0 victory over Riffa Ford Challengers and Navelim Sporting were 2-0 victors over Salcette United 2-0 w ..

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Nasser bin Hamad winners to attend World Congress

November 18, 2014

Shaikh Nasser presents award to Ahmed Mubarak Salem

Winners of the 2013 edition of Nasser bin Hamad Scientific Research Award in the field of sports will again take part in the 56th ICHPER.SD Anniversary World Congress and Exposition to be held in the Kingdom of Bahrain from December 18 to 20. Researchers Ahmed Mubarak Salem presented his research on a proposed strategy to invest in sports clubs in Bahrain, while Dr ..

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1000 ATHLETES TO COMPETE

November 18, 2014

Shaikh Nasser

‘Challenge Bahrain’ Triathlon

Supreme Council for Youth and Sports Chairman and Bahrain Olympic Committee President HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa announced that the entries for the “Challenge Bahrain” International Triathlon Championship closed at the weekend with more than a 1,000 athletes from 51 countries registered. The event ..

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Jordan jails five

November 18, 2014

Syria refugees

A Jordanian court yesterday sentenced five people to jail for being members of the Islamic State group and promoting the jihadist organisation on the Internet.

Two other trials of suspected jihadist supporters, including a man accused of operating as a cook for Al Qaeda’s Syria branch, also got underway as part as a crackdown ..

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Czechs mark Velvet Revolution

November 18, 2014

Demonstrators show red cards for Czech President Milos Zeman during a rally to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution

Thousands of Czechs marched through Prague yesterday to mark the the 25th anniversary of the fall of communism, waving soccer-style red penalty cards as a warning to a president they see as drifting too close to Moscow.

Hundreds of protesters prevented President Milos Zeman from speaking by whistling and shouting as he unveiled ..

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Modern slavery affects more than 35m people

November 18, 2014

Five countries accounted for 61pc of slavery, according to a report

More than 35 million people around the world are trapped in a modern form of slavery, according to a report highlighting the prevalence of forced labour, human trafficking, forced marriages, debt bondage and commercial sexual exploitation.

The Walk Free Foundation (WFF), an Australia-based NGO that publishes the annual global sl ..

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CHINA MAKES WAY FOR AUSTRALIAN PRODUCTS

November 18, 2014

Xi Jinping (left) shakes hands with Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott (right) after statements to the media following the signing of a free trade agreement at Parliament House in Canberra

China and Australia signed a preliminary free-trade deal yesterday that would give Australia’s service industry unsurpassed access to the Chinese market and Australian agriculture advantages over competitors from the United States, Canada and the European Union, officials said.

Chinese President Xi Jinping witnessed the signin ..

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Nigeria extends emergency law

November 18, 2014

Police officers escort trucks loaded with the casket containing the remains of 74 South Africans killed in a Nigerian church building collapse leaving the Waterkloof air base in Pretoria, South Africa

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan will ask the national assembly to extend a state of emergency in three northeastern states hit by an Islamist insurgency when it expires this week, the justice minister said yesterday.

Jonathan ordered troops into Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states in May last year.

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Artillery explosions shake Donetsk airport

November 18, 2014

Artillery explosions shake Donetsk airport

Loud explosions and artillery fire rocked Donetsk airport in eastern Ukraine yesterday, despite attempts to negotiate an end to a battle that is undermining a ceasefire in regions held by separatists.

A reporter near the strategically important airport saw flashes of artillery fire in several places and heard frequent blasts in ..

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BIRD FLU FOUND IN UK, NETHERLANDS

November 18, 2014

Barns containing poultry are illuminated at dusk at a duck breeding farm where a case of bird flu has been identified on in Nafferton, East Yorkshire yesterday

Authorities say little risk to humans

Bird flu was found on a duck farm in England yesterday days after it was discovered in Dutch chickens, forcing authorities to destroy poultry and restrict exports, although it was not a strain known to be deadly to humans.

Health officials said the outbreak may have been brought to E ..

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Romania’s new president vows to tackle corruption

November 18, 2014

Klaus Iohannis

Hours after pulling off Romania’s biggest political earthquake since the revolution which overthrew Nicolae Ceausescu, the country’s soft-spoken new president followed through yesterday on his vow to tackle corruption.  Klaus Iohannis, the ethnic German mayor of the medieval Transylvanian city of Sibiu won a shock second-round election victory on Sunday, defea ..

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N. KOREA ENVOY IN MOSCOW

November 18, 2014

Kim Jong-Un

A special envoy of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un arrived in Moscow yesterday for talks with President Vladimir Putin as Pyongyang seeks allies to fend off a UN resolution calling for a probe into crimes against humanity. Choe Ryong Hae, who holds the rank of vice marshal and is the former director of the North Korean army’s powerful political bureau, is set to ..

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TRA gears up for COP Challenge

November 18, 2014

Dr. Khalid

Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) Bahrain, in collaboration with International Telecommunications Union (ITU), and General Organisation for Youth & Sports (GOYS) is gearing up for the event entitled: Child Online Protection Challenge or COP Challenge. The event will be held in Bahrain in commemoration with Universal Children Day on November 20.

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Kuwait to let banks trade derivatives

November 18, 2014

The central bank had reportedly communicated its new policy with banks

Kuwait’s dinar rose sharply against the U.S. dollar in the forwards market yesterday in response to news that the Kuwaiti central bank would allow local banks to deal in derivatives with foreign banks.

Al Rai newspaper in Kuwait quoted an unnamed source as saying the central bank had “informed treasury managers at banks that ..

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DUBAI PARKS AND RESORTS LAUNCHES DHS2.5BN IPO

November 18, 2014

Hollywood inspired theme park Motiongate

Dubai Parks and Resorts, the recently-created subsidiary of Dubai-based developer Meraas Holding, which is building a mega theme park complex in the emirate, announced that it has launched its Initial Public Offering (IPO) on the Dubai Financial Market.

The offering, which will comprise 2,528,731,083 ordinary shares, represents ..

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Syria refugees need help as winter looms

November 18, 2014

Syria refugees

Syrians forced by nearly four years of war to flee their homes are in desperate need of more aid as winter approaches, a humanitarian group warned yesterday.

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said the enormous numbers of Syrians displaced by the war faced plummeting temperatures and heav ..

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Tikrit next target, says Iraqi army

November 18, 2014

Iraqi pro-government forces brandish their weapons as they gather on a road near the town of Jurf Al Sakhr, located between Baghdad and the shrine city of Karbala, on October 30, 2014, after retaking the area from the IS fighters

The Iraqi army’s next target is to isolate militants holding the city of Tikrit, after having broken the Islamic State group’s hold on Baiji and its refinery, a senior officer said yesterday.

“Over the next three days, we will work on reinforcing our capacity because we are planning to clear areas on three sides of Tikrit, ..

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Analysts differ on IS fortunes

November 18, 2014

An image grab taken from a propaganda video released on November 16, 2014 by Al Furqan Media allegedly shows members of the Islamic State jihadist group preparing the simultaneous beheadings of at least 15 men described as Syrian military personnel

In its latest propaganda video, the Islamic State group tried to project unwavering confidence and unstoppable growth, in what some analysts saw as a reply to a string of setbacks.

A 15-minute video released on Sunday shows the severed head of US aid worker Peter Kassig, who was kidnapped in Syria. His death was confirmed by Was ..

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Culture Ministry decision welcomed

November 18, 2014

Mr. Bukhammas

MP in the current parliament and the candidate for the upcoming parliamentary elections, Hassan Bukhammas has stated that the recent clampdown on violating entertainment outlets of four-star hotels will reduce nuisance in Juffair.

“It is a good news to Juffair residents, who have always complained of annoying drunkards leav ..

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Works Minister visits Juffair

November 18, 2014

Mr. Khalaf inspecting the work

With the aim of overseeing the work progress, Works Minister Essam Khalaf toured the Awal Avenue revamp project in Juffair yesterday.

During his visit, the minister stated that the work has commenced to complete a number of projects, as part of ministry’s plans to revamp the roads network in Juffair, which is one of the vital ..

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Leading hotelier denies charges

November 18, 2014

Mr. Halwachi

A leading hotelier has denied allegations that he abused a Culture Ministry official.

Four Star Hotel Committee chairman and Al Safir Hotel board member and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Hameed Halwachi was reported to have been summoned by public prosecution for allegedly abusing Culture Ministry officials.

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Spreading sectarianism: Ulama Council’s appeal rejected

November 18, 2014

The Ministry of Justice and Islamic Affairs building

The Cessation Court, the highest court in Bahrain, has rejected the appeal of the Ulama Islamic Council (UIC) against a verdict to dissolve it and liquidate its assets.

Thus, the UIC has exhausted all the legal options against the High Administrative Court’s order to dissolve the council, following a lawsuit lodged against it ..

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COURT BEAT

November 18, 2014

court beat

Lawyer asks court to summon minister

Defence lawyer Abdulrahman Ghunaim has requested the High Criminal Court to summon  Minister of Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning, Dr. Juma Al Kaabi, to appear as a witness to testify in a corruption case.

The lawyer is repre ..

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ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER HEIST

November 18, 2014

The crime scene-Armed bank robbery

A day after armed robbers made off with cash from a leading bank in Bahrain, an ATM kiosk of another bank was robbed yesterday around 6am.

Sources attached to the bank said, as much as BD10,000 had been looted from the kiosk located in a busy stretch.

“The kiosk is adjacent to a shopping c ..

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Candidate’s car set ablaze

November 18, 2014

The damaged car being removed from the spot

The list of candidates who are being targeted by unscrupulous vandals are getting longer as the elections are closing in.

During the past month, several municipal and parliamentarian candidates have been targeted by vandals, in an attempt to scare them away from participating in the upcoming polls.

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Jewellery Arabia to open today

November 18, 2014

Jewellery Arabia 2014 logo

Jewellery Arabia 2014 under the patronage of Prime Minister HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa is set for a grand opening today at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre.

The international exhibition, organised by Arabian Exhibition Management, will feature over 600 local and international exhibitors fr ..

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Overseas voters up

November 18, 2014

Mr. Al Mejbil-Mr. Al Buainain

The overall number of Bahraini voters living abroad has surged to 1,667 this year, up from 1,195 in 2010.

Legislation and Legal Opinion Chief, Elections 2014 Executive Director Abdulla bin Hassan Al Buainain yesterday released the updated figures, stressing voters’ enthusiasm to exercise their constitutional right and elect th ..

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Project launched to boost labour market

November 18, 2014

Mr. Humaidan and Ms. Tomlinson signing the agreement

A new project to enhance Bahraini labour market was inaugurated yesterday.

The project will be implemented in cooperation between Labour Ministry and the UK based Tribal Group for education support services.

Labour Minister Jameel Humaidan signed an agreement with the Group’s Chief Executi ..

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Candidate demands reopening of road

November 18, 2014

The blocked road-Ms Al Haiki

A parliamentary candidate has demanded for the reopening of a vital road in Aali, which was closed due to security reasons during the 2011 unrest.

Avenue 38, which connects Aali and Jiri Al Shaikh villages, remains blocked since the 2011 unrest.

Candidate of the sixth constituency in the Nor ..

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Tamcon, Naba undertake largest housing project

November 18, 2014

Tamcon and its Saudi Arabian partner Naba officials at the signing ceremony

Tamcon and its Saudi Arabian partner, Naba International Commercial Enterprises, signed BD75.56 million contract for the provision of 1560 homes in the Southern Governorate.  The landmark deal, backed by Saudi Fund for Development, comes as direct response to the housing requirements of the province.

The project will start next ..

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JAPAN SKIDS INTO RECESSION IN Q3

November 18, 2014

Customers check clothes at an apparel shop in Tokyo yesterday. Japan’s economy sank into recession in the third quarter

Stage set for a snap election

Japan’s economy unexpectedly slipped into recession in the third quarter, setting the stage for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to delay an unpopular sales tax hike and call a snap election two years before he has to go to the polls.

The recession comes nearly two years after Abe returned to pow ..

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General’s abduction throws Colombia talks into crisis

November 18, 2014

This hand out picture released by Colombian Presidency Press Office shows Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos (centre) during a Press conference at Army headquarters in Bogota

Colombia’s FARC rebels came under heavy pressure yesterday to free a general whose kidnapping prompted the government to suspend peace talks, throwing the two-year-old negotiations into crisis.

The talks, the most promising effort yet to end Colombia’s 50-year-old conflict, were derailed on Sunday when General Ruben Alzate d ..

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‘CLIMATE AGREEMENT TO HAVE BIG IMPACT’

November 18, 2014

Smog down a main street of Linfen, in China’s Shanxi province, regarded as one of the cities with the worst air pollution in the world

China will have to make profound changes to meet commitments

China must make significant investments now to meet the targets of last week’s agreement with the United States on greenhouse gas emissions, a senior US official said yesterday, predicting a big impact on its economy.

The agreement announced in Beijing by Chi ..

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LATHAM SHINES

November 18, 2014

Latham celebrates after scoring a century

New Zealand scored 243-3 after day one in second Test

Opener Tom Latham scored his second successive hundred to guide New Zealand to 243-3 on the opening day of the second Test against Pakistan in Dubai yesterday. The 22-year-old followed his 103 in the first Test with another confident unbeaten 137 to help his team cash into the early advantage o ..

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HENKEL INNOVATION CHALLENGE BEGINS

November 18, 2014

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Focus on GCC students following last year’s performance

The eight edition of Henkel Innovation Challenge got underway as the registration for the event to be held under the slogan ‘Create. Learn. Grow’ has begun.

Henkel is inviting students from all over the world to submit their innovative ideas for sustainable pr ..

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Bangladesh sweep Zimbabwe series

November 17, 2014

Bangladeshi cricket captain Mushfiqur Rahim (right) walks off the field after winning the third cricket Test match

Hosts Bangladesh thrashed Zimbabwe by 186 runs in the third and final Test in Chittagong yesterday to sweep the series 3-0. The tourists, set a tough winning target of 449, were bowled out for 262 in their second innings just before tea on the fifth day in the port city. Regis Chakabva with 89 not out was the only batsman to offer much resistance as wickets tumbled ..

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MCILROY SECURE

November 17, 2014

Rory McIlroy

World number one Rory McIlroy yesterday was assured of capturing the 2014 Race to Dubai crown, rewarding the top European PGA Tour golfer of the year. The Northern Irishman was not playing this week in the season’s penultimate tournament in Belek, Turkey, but made it past the post anyway when none of his nearest challengers were able to win. That meant that no pl ..

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Qatar vows to change ‘kafala’ law

November 17, 2014

Workers are seen at a construction site in Doha yesterday

Qatar, host of the 2022 football World Cup, pledged yesterday to introduce new legislation to replace the controversial “kafala” sponsorship system and improve conditions for migrant workers by early 2015. The current law, which limits the rights of movement for foreign workers, would make way for legislation that was “currently under review,” said the labo ..

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INDIA UNBEATEN

November 17, 2014

Virat Kohli raises his bat after reaching a century

Kohli ton helps India win against Sri Lanka

A sublime Virat Kohli hunted down Sri Lanka’s 286 to complete India’s absolute domination in this series, while checking off the only conspicuous individual milestone that had been missing from the tour thus far - a Kohli hundred. Five India batsmen have hit centuries in the series, but for poise and executio ..

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‘Dartfish’ course concludes

November 17, 2014

Jehad Khalfan presents a certificate to a participant

A new course on statistics, using computer programme ‘Dartfish’, concluded recently with 20 coaches from Bahrain and abroad taking part. It was organised by the Bahrain Olympic Committee’s (BOC) Sports Training and Development Section (STDS) at its pemises in Juffair. The five-day course was part of the committee’s plan to prepare and develop the abilities ..

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Standing panels review efforts

November 17, 2014

Mr. Askar chairs the executive committee meeting

Preparations are in full swing for the 56th ICHPER.SD Anniversary World Congress and Exposition, to be held in Bahrain from December 18 to 20. The three-day congress is organised by the Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC) in cooperation with the International Council for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sports and Dance (ICHPER.SD) and the University of Bahrain. ..

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Race fans back in action

November 17, 2014

BIC

Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) just a couple of days after the Seventh Round of the World Endurance Championship tonight host the E K Kanoo Drag and Drift Night, powered by Motor City in Sakhir. The widely popular double-header is one of the most sought-after public activities at the circuit and calls on drag racing and drifting enthusiasts alike to take thei ..

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BAHRAIN TRIUMPH

November 17, 2014

Bahrain players in action against Thailand

Kingdom edge Thailand to top beach handball group

Bahrain’s national beach handball team yesterday won its second successive victory in the Fourth Asian Beach Games, being held in Phuket, Thailand. Coached by national tactician Khalid Al Hiddi, Bahrain defeated host nation Thailand 2-0 in their second Group B match, which took place at the Sap ..

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Qatar Wanderers win

November 17, 2014

A rider in action

Qatar Wanderers defeated Saudi B with goals from Rohit and Savio to win the Indian Club Centenary Lulu International Exchange Six-a-Side Hockey Tournament 2014-15 at its premises in Gudaibiya. A total of 10 teams participated in the weekend tournament - Don Bosco Kuwait A, Don Bosco Kuwait B, Kuwait Hockey A, Kuwait Hockey B, Qatar Wanderers, Saudi A, Saudi ..

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Ghazwan wins Grand Prix in opening showjumping event

November 17, 2014

Ghazwan wins Grand Prix in

Sami Ghazwan won the Grand Prix category in the Opening Showjumping event of the season held on Saturday at the Military Sports Association Field in Sakhir.

The event, sponsored by Sports One, was held under the patronage of Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation (BREEF) President Shaikh Faisal bin Rashid Al Khalifa. ..

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SCHMID SHINES

November 17, 2014

An action from the race

Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge

Clemens Schmid completed a fantastic double on Saturday to cap a perfect weekend in the opening round of the 2014/2015 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East, held as part of the weekend’s events in the FIA WEC Six Hours of Bahrain at Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) in Sakhir.

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Israel will never limit E.Jerusalem settlement building

November 17, 2014

Avigdor Lieberman

Israel will never agree to limit its construction activity in annexed east Jerusalem, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said yesterday. “One thing should be clear: we will never accept the definition of building in Jewish neighbourhoods of Jerusalem as settlement activity,” he said at a news conference with his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier. “We ..

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KASSIG KILLED BY IS

November 17, 2014

Peter Kassig in front of a truck somewhere along the Syrian border

Murdered US aid worker Peter Kassig had ‘calling’ to help Syrians

Peter Kassig, an American aid worker jihadists claim to have killed, had a “calling” to help Syrians suffering due to the devastating civil war in their country. The 26-year-old former soldier disappeared on October 1, 2013 and was being held by the Islamic State group, whic ..

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Sarkozy, Hollande clash over gay marriage law

November 17, 2014

Sarkozy (left) with Hollande

French President Francois Hollande insisted yesterday that a gay marriage law was increasingly being accepted, after his predecessor Nicolas Sarkozy called for the highly divisive law to be scrapped. Waging a closely-watched political comeback, Sarkozy made his strongest comments yet against the law during a debate with two rival candidates vying to lead the centre ..

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MH17 WRECKAGE REMOVAL BEGINS

November 17, 2014

Ministry team workers of the emergency situation of the self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic and members of the Dutch expert team collect parts of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 at the crash site

Work started yesterday to remove the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 from rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine, four months after it was shot down, killing 298 passengers and crew. Dutch experts supervised a crew from the separatist self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic’s emergency ministry as they began cutting pieces of debris with metal saws ..

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Qatar Holidays launches payback promotion

November 17, 2014

Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways Holidays has launched a 100 per cent payback promotion for its GCC customers. One lucky winner who books a holiday package by 30th November will win a voucher worth 100 pc of the value of the original holiday purchased. The promotion is valid for travel until 10th December to select destinations across the Middle East, Europe, Africa, Asia Pacific and ..

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Zain Tech Conference to support strategic direction

November 17, 2014

Mr.  Gegenheimer

Zain Group, a pioneer in mobile telecommunications in eight markets across the Middle East and Africa, is set to host its 4th annual Zain Technology Conference (ZTC) from 17th to 19th November in Istanbul. The conference theme is “Enabling an Inspiring Digital Lifestyle Experience”, and the occasion allows Zain a prime opportunity to assess and adapt its ambiti ..

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ABENOMICS POLITICS

November 17, 2014

Abe

Third-quarter Japan GDP figures catalyst for snap election

Economic data due in Japan today looks likely to determine the fate of “Abenomics”, with expectations that poor third-quarter GDP figures will prompt a snap general election. Unless the July-September Gross Domestic Product figure is unexpectedly strong, today’s release is likely to provide th ..

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New Head for ASRY Offshore Services

November 17, 2014

Mr.  Bryant

ASRY, the ship and rig repair yard in the Arabian Gulf, has promoted Rob Bryant to be the new General Manager of the Offshore Services Division. Bryant brings more than 40 years worth of shipyard management experience with global leaders such as A&P Group, CTC Marine, and KVASIR. He will lead the Offshore Services division of ASRY which focuses on rig repair wo ..

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ARAB-ASIA SUMMIT TO FOCUS HEALTHCARE

November 17, 2014

The Arab-Asia Business Partnership Summit 2014

The Arab-Asia Business Partnership Summit 2014 announced that the Summit would explore investment opportunities in the healthcare sector at the inaugural summit taking place in the Kingdom of Bahrain under the theme ‘Reinventing Regional Markets’.

 The Summit , which is comprised of both an exhibition and conference, will t ..

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BRISBANE THOUGHTS

November 17, 2014

World leaders-A silent protester sits in front of the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre

G20 leaders target trillions in new economic growth

G20 leaders representing the bulk of the world’s economy yesterday committed to reform measures to lift their collective growth by an extra 2.1 percent by 2018, despite evidence of a slowdown in some major nations. The pledge -- known as the Brisbane Action Plan - will push their combined growth beyond t ..

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PineBridge appoints new CFO

November 17, 2014

PineBridge

PineBridge Investments Middle East B.S.C. (c) (“PBME”), the regional arm of the leading global multi-asset-class investment manager, has appointed John Hopley as Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Hopley brings over 20 years of corporate finance experience in the Middle East, North America, Latin America and Asia, particularly in the areas of private equity and banki ..

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AL BARAKA TURK BANK PROFIT UP

November 17, 2014

Mr. Yousif

Al Baraka Turk Participation Bank, a subsidiary banking unit of Al Baraka Banking Group B.S.C. (ABG), announced that it had achieved a distinguished increase of 21 per cent in its net profit in the first nine months of 2014 compared to the same period of 2013. It also increased its equity by 11pc, total assets by 26pc, deposits by 23 pc and financing and investment ..

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AMA graduation ceremony: It’s a day to cherish

November 17, 2014

AMA graduation ceremony

It was a day, which they had been waiting eagerly for long. And, when it finally came yesterday, all the 685 graduates of AMA International University – Bahrain (AMAIUB) were on cloud nine.

The presence of their loved ones, friends and families added colour to the graduation ceremony of the students, held under the patronage o ..

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Witnesses set to testify on Dec. 3

November 17, 2014

Ali Albinali

A December 3 date has been set to hear the defence witnesses, as well as the closing arguments in the trial of a renowned unionist convicted of fraud charges.

Ali Albinali, the Bahrain Free Labour Union Federation  (BFLUF) international and Arab relations head was previously sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment at a High C ..

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Maid pours boiling water on infant

November 17, 2014

The 10-month-old victim suffered second degree burns after the maid poured hot water on him

An Indian domestic worker allegedly poured boiling water on a 10-month-old Bahraini child, inside the toilet after she was scolded by the child’s mother for misconduct and abusing her children.

The incident took place recently while the victim's parents were outside their home and he was left alone with his two-year-old brothe ..

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COURT BEAT

November 17, 2014

court beat

Two Arabs get five years for fraud

The High Criminal Court sentenced two Arab men to five years in jail after it found them guilty of fraud.

The duo reportedly obtained the information of several debit and credit cards, which they used them to make illegal banking transactions.

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Cabinet stresses duty of voters

November 17, 2014

Prince Salman chairing the cabinet meeting

Highlighting the importance of upcoming parliamentary and municipal elections, the Cabinet meeting yesterday concluded that taking part in the elections is a national duty that shows responsibility and care towards Bahrain.

 The meeting, chaired by the Deputy Prime Minister Shaikh Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khalifa urged citizens ..

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No money lost: BFC

November 17, 2014

Bahrain Financing Company

Higher officials attached to Bahrain Financing Company (BFC) affirmed to DT News that the money exchange had not lost any money when two masked men barged into its premises and shot a security man on Saturday night.

“The suspects after firing three bullets on the security guard tried to enter the company. However, they ..

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BANK ROBBED AT GUNPOINT

November 17, 2014

Police cars at the scene

Hardly it took ten minutes for a man, suspected to be an Arab, to loot cash worth more than BD10,000 from a leading bank located in Budaiya yesterday, that too in broad daylight.

Eyewitnesses told DT News that the man had threatened the employees of the bank with a handgun before making off with the money.

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Hotels likely to be downgraded

November 17, 2014

Bahrain -hotel

Four-star Hotel committee Vice Chairman Yasir Bahar expressed his fear that hotels could face downgrade based on the new rating system, which the ministry would be implementing soon.

“The ministry is working on a rating system in which  it will scrutinise many aspects of the hotel including the size of the rooms, size ..

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GFH announces new approach

November 17, 2014

GFH

Gulf Finance House ( GFH ) is repositioning itself as a financial group with interests in commercial banking, asset management and wealth management, and corporate real estate development.  Addressing the Press conference, Dr. Ahmed Khalil Al- Mutawa, Chairman of the board of directors and Hisham Al Rayes, CEO of GFH, outlined the group’s new initiatives and cha ..

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OPEC TO KEEP OUTPUT CEILING

November 17, 2014

OPEC

OPEC will keep its production ceiling steady at its “toughest ever” meeting this month, a former adviser to oil kingpin Saudi Arabia said after global crude prices hit a four-year low. The 12-nation OPEC cartel, including the world’s biggest crude producer Saudi Arabia, will meet on November 27 in Vienna.

Mohammed Suroor A ..

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The Beauty Bloopers: Hair dye made my hair thinner!

November 17, 2014

THE BEAUTY Bloopers

I am the kind of girl who constantly uses tweezers at home, but this one night my girlfriends were so excited about all of us going to the salon together for this big party. I gave in to peer pressure so I decided to have my eyebrows and upper lip done.  When I woke up the next day, it was not pleasant to see my face at all. Rashes formed all over the area of m ..

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A magnificent beauty palette

November 17, 2014

 LORAC

LORAC Pro palette is a great one to have! It’s very popular to make-up artists who rely on it for their work. In fact, I absolutely love this magnificent palette so much and if you’d ask me if I should get this or the Urban Decay “Naked” Palettes, my answer would be LORAC!

This is because the palette has fantastic pigmen ..

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Petrobras graft probe could ‘change Brazil forever’

November 17, 2014

Dilma Rousseff

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff believes investigations into the corruption scandal rocking state-owned oil giant Petrobras could “change Brazil forever” by ending a culture of impunity, reports said yesterday. Rousseff, who has been forced onto the defensive over the scandal, spoke publicly about the scandal for the first time in remarks to Brazilian journa ..

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PROTEST IN SPAIN OVER WESTERN SAHARA

November 17, 2014

People shout slogans and gesture during a demonstration stage in support of the independence of the Western Sahara in Madrid

Several thousand people demonstrated in Madrid yesterday in support of independence for the disputed territory of Western Sahara, a former Spanish colony in northwestern Africa. About 3,000 protesters marched from Atocha railway station to the central Plaza de la Provincia behind a banner declaring “Sahara Free now!”, an AFP photographer said. Banners from many ..

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S.AFRICA VICTORY

November 17, 2014

South African bowler Morne Morkel (centre) with teammates

Morkel takes five to set up South Africa win second ODI

South Africa struck back with a vengeance in the second one-day international against Australia at the WACA Ground in Perth yesterday, levelling the series with a three-wicket win. Proteas skipper AB de Villiers had vowed his side would be seeking redemption after being beaten by 32 runs in the series ..

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Inter need to start winning again

November 16, 2014

Roberto Mancini

Roberto Mancini said he hopes to get stuttering Inter Milan back to winning ways quickly after returning to the Serie A giants for a second spell as coach on a two-and-a-half-year deal yesterday. “I don’t have a magic wand,” Mancini told reporters in Milan. “In football you don’t have much time. So as of today, we have to start working hard and get back t ..

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MOMINUL STARS

November 16, 2014

Mominul Haque

Mominul Haque ton sets Zimbabwe record target

Mominul Haque scored his fourth Test century to leave Zimbabwe chasing a world record 449-run target to win the third and final Test against Bangladesh in Chittagong yesterday. Mominul made an unbeaten 131 as Bangladesh, seeking a 3-0 sweep after winning the first two Tests, p ..

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Hodgson relaxed over contract talks

November 16, 2014

Hodgson

England manager Roy Hodgson is happy to wait until the end of Euro 2016 before starting negotiations over a new contract. Public support for Hodgson remains relatively strong, despite England’s early exit from the World Cup, and he appears to have the full backing of his players too. Leighton Baines revealed earlier this week that the whole England squad would be ..

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ORMSBY TAKES LEAD

November 16, 2014

Wade Ormsby in action

Turkish Airlines Open

Australia’s Wade Ormsby is set to celebrate a 200th European Tour event in style after muscling his way to a one stroke lead after three rounds of the Turkish Airlines Open in Belek yesterday. Ormsby, 34 brilliantly eagled his ninth hole in a round of a four under par 68 to move one stroke clear of his rivals at 12-under par on the M ..

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Fans meet drivers

November 16, 2014

WEC drivers

Fans yesterday had a close-up with the WEC drivers who signed autographs, posed for photos and had a good look at the cars during a pitwalk before the Six Hours of Bahrain Race.

During the Autograph Session, fans were asked to take selfies with their favourite drivers and post their pictures on Instagram using the hashtag #6HBah ..

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Double joy for Toyota

November 16, 2014

Toyota team celebrating

Toyota Racing had twice the reason to celebrate last night at a floodlit Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) after winning the Seventh Round of the FIA WEC Six Hours of Bahrain with 27 cars starting at the grid and also clinching the FIA World Endurance Drivers’ Championship for Anthony Davidson and Sebastien Buemi.

The trio o ..

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‘It was a great weekend’

November 16, 2014

Khaled Al Qubaisi of Proton Competition

Khaled Al Qubaisi of Proton Competition, the Emirates Global Aluminium and Abu Dhabi Racing-backed team said prior to the WEC Six Hours of Bahrain race yesterday that it was a great weekend and great to be racing in Bahrain.

“It is like being at home racing in Bahrain being a neighbouring country and for my season at this leve ..

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Shaikh Nasser participates in Aquathlon

November 16, 2014

Shaikh Nasser receives memento from Dr Ibrahim Janahi

Supreme Council for Youth and Sports Chairman and Bahrain Olympic Committee President HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa participated in the University of Bahrain Charity Aquathlon Race, which was held under the patronage of Supreme Council for Youth and Sports First Vice-Chairman and Bahrain Athletics Association President HH Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa. ..

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BAHRAIN CHAMPION

November 16, 2014

Bahrain and Kuwait battle it out in the handball tournament opener

Bahrain beat Kuwait in Asian Beach Games handball opener

Bahrain’s national beach handball team had a perfect start to their title bid in the Fourth Asian Beach Games in Phuket, Thailand yesterday. The nationals defeated bitter rivals Kuwait 2-0 in the opening game at Saphan Hin beach to top five-team Group ‘B’, which also includes Pakistan, India, Th ..

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Lebanese food scandal leaves bitter taste

November 16, 2014

A Lebanese chef wraps a chicken Shawarma sandwich at a restaurant in Jounieh

Lebanon, a nation fiercely proud of its cuisine, has been left with a case of severe indigestion after a scandal over restaurants and supermarkets selling tainted food. Health Minister Wael Abu Faour has won plaudits but also faced harsh criticism for publicly naming and shaming establishments that failed food safety tests. His recent graphic press conferences have ..

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FORCES BREAK JIHADIST SIEGE

November 16, 2014

Iraqi federal troops and their members climb up Adhaim dam after reportedly recapturing the dam from Islamic State (IS) group militants in the ethnically mixed Diyala province

Iraqi forces broke the Islamic State group’s months-long siege of the country’s largest oil refinery yesterday as America’s top officer flew in to discuss the expanding war against the jihadists. Completely expelling IS fighters from the area around the refinery would be another significant achievement for Baghdad, a day after pro-government forces retook the ..

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Brazil police widen Petrobras probe

November 16, 2014

File picture of the facade of the Petrobras building in Rio de Janeiro

Police made 27 arrests in raids across Brazil the other day in a widening investigation into allegations of a multi-billion-dollar kickback scheme at the state-owned oil giant Petrobras. Among those swooped on by 30 police teams that fanned out across the country was Renato Duque, the former Petrobras director of engineering and services, while several prominent co ..

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HURDLES CLEARED

November 16, 2014

Obama’s administration for years has held up approval of the Keystone pipeline

Keystone pipeline passes one US legislative obstacle

The US House of Representatives the other day approved construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline to bring oil from Canada, but the measure could still find itself blocked in the Senate. The project, which would bring oil from tar sands in Alberta province to US refineries, passed th ..

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THE IGNORED EUROPEANS

November 16, 2014

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Its lands may be part of European Union, but for the several hundred thousand Northern Cypriots, their existence and their rights, are not even valid.

Yesterday, DT News was present during the 31st celebration of independence of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC). Although the annual parade of armed forces is ..

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Chelsea Pensioners visit students of BSB

November 16, 2014

British School of Bahrain

On Sunday, 9th of November the British School of Bahrain enjoyed an audience with the Chelsea Pensioners - Private Samuel Cameron, Warrant Officer Patrick Teegan and Corporal Peter Caiger.

 The visit began with a musical welcome, which included performances of “In Flanders Fields”, “The Hymn to the Fallen”, “The Last ..

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ISB youth festival concludes in style

November 16, 2014

The Indian School Bahrain (ISB) Youth Festival

The Indian School Bahrain (ISB) Youth Festival which showcased the talents of students from class IV to XII concluded yesterday in style with the grand finale at the Isa Town campus of the school.  Earlier Hon. Chairman Abraham John lighted the ceremonial lamp for the youth festival. The Executive Committee Members, Principal   V R Palaniswamy,  Vice-Principal M ..

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Brilliant victory for Team ISB

November 16, 2014

Indian School

The Indian School won the CBSE Bahrain Cluster Table Tennis tournament in Group Championship for Under 19 and 16 Boys Category and Individual Championship in Under 19 and Under 14 Category which was held in the New Millennium School .  The ISB team included Srikrishna  ,  Sreeram Ravi ,  Vinoy Wilson ,  Avinash Ram ,  Vaishnav Unni  ,  Dev K Prajapathi. See ..

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NMS–DPS clinch badminton title

November 16, 2014

New Millennium School-DPS

New Millennium School-DPS lifted the badminton title in the CBSE Cluster (Bahrain Chapter) Inter School Badminton Competition. NMS – DPS teams were winners in the under-14 (Girls), Under-16 (both boys and girls) and runners up in the under-14 (boys) and Under-19 (girls) category. The winners will be representing Bahrain Chapter in the All India meet, which is sch ..

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31 students swear in as council members

November 16, 2014

Al Noor International School

The thirty-one newly elected members of the Al Noor International School Student Council were formally inducted during a ceremony held in the school’s multi-purpose hall on Sunday, November 9.   This special occasion was attended by the Principal   Rashid Mandi, School Director   Muhammad Mashood,   Vice-Principal   Amin Hulaiwah, the Head Teachers of the di ..

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Bin Hindi Informatics Samsung ranked top

November 16, 2014

Samsung

Bin Hindi Informatics Samsung Customer Service Centre has been ranked No.1 position by Samsung ASC Evaluation System, a key assessment carried out by Samsung Gulf Electronics. The Evaluation programme for MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region aims at improving the quality of service center performance to manage Samsung repair Service centers efficiently and ec ..

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BUILDING RELATIONS

November 16, 2014

SFS HOMES

SFS HOMES - TRUSTED TO DELIVER BY GENERATIONS OF WORLD NRIS

SFS has earned the trust of the people of Kerala by delivering on all its promises for almost three decades. The company is Kerala’s highest CRISIL rated developer with the rating of DA2. Apart from securing the DA2 CRISIL rating, the company has been awarded for its pioneering work in promoting ..

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Business quiz kicks off tomorrow

November 16, 2014

A file picture of Tamkeen quiz participants

FinMark Communications yesterday announced that the Fourth Annual Business Quiz Show is set to commence tomorrow at the Riyadat Mall, at 7pm.  The show, which kicks off with a competition among industrial sector teams, is open to the general public, with free admission and will have the chance to take part in the business-focused quiz challenge and to compete for ..

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CSB supervision in Government entities

November 16, 2014

Shaikha Rana bint Abdulrahman Al Khalifa

Twelve administrative observations in Government entities have been monitored during the ten visits done by Civil service Bureau (CSB). The observations were on training, organisational performance system application, annual appraisal, disbursement of incentives & awards. Also the Bureau had received sixty administrative complaints.

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EU APPROVES ETIHAD ALITALIA ALLIANCE

November 16, 2014

EU APPROVES ETIHAD ALITALIA ALLIANCE

The European Commission approved a deal that will see Etihad Airways take a 49-percent stake in Alitalia, effectively rescuing the struggling Italian company. Brussels gave the merger the go-ahead under the condition that the airlines opened up the Rome-Belgrade route to competitors.After months of difficult negotiations, Etihad and Alitalia signed a deal on August ..

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SIX MONTHS TO SAVE 6000 JOBS

November 16, 2014

The future of Bahrain textile industry depends on the government initiative

Bahrain textile industry, which grew rapidly in the last decade, is staring at a bleak future as the duty-free access to US markets will end by December 2015.

Unless Bahrain Government makes the renewal of duty-free access a state-agenda, Bahrain textile industry will lose its sole advantage. Therefore, negotiating with the Obam ..

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Security personnel shot in Salmabad

November 16, 2014

attempted armed robbery

A security guard was shot at his work place in Salmabad last night. The crime occurred at a currency exchange company, in an attempted armed robbery.

Interior Ministry confirmed the incident, explaining that “the guard was shifted to the hospital for treatment.” However, the ministry didn’t reveal the man’s condition.

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COURT BEAT

November 16, 2014

court beat

Third suspect arrested

The General Director of Southern Governorate Police announced yesterday the arrest of a third suspect in the gas station arson attack in Zallaq on November 13.

He added that the suspect confessed to the charges against him and also admitted to participating in a ..

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‘Hotels flouted moral norms’

November 16, 2014

Shaikh Khalid

Defending its decision to suspend the licences of four-star hotels and banning them from hiring musical bands, Culture Ministry Assistant Undersecretary for Tourism Shaikh Khalid bin Humood Al Khalifa said that as many as 155 violations were reported since 2013.

“The decision was taken after surveying 154 violations at 28 four ..

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Ex-legislator warns of economic collapse

November 16, 2014

Mr. Al Dirazi

The latest clampdown on the hospitality sector came under severe criticism from a former MP, who asserted that the move would destabilise the industry. Speaking to DT News, Former Member of Economic and Financial Affairs in the Parliament Ali Al Dirazi said that the Culture Ministry’s decision would not only harm the hospitality sector but also the economy as a whole. “Hospitali ..

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ECONOMY AT CROSSROADS

November 16, 2014

textile industry in the Kingdom

He pointed out that 12 other four-star hotels did not flout the rules and regulations governing the tourism sector while 28 others violated the law. On the other hand, the textile industry, which grew rapidly in the last decade, is staring at a bleak future as the  duty-free access to US markets will end by December 2015. Unless the authorities concerned make the renewal of duty-free acces ..

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Man injured in blaze mishap

November 16, 2014

The buiding that was destroyed in the fire

A man sustained first-degree burns, while saving his family from a fire that erupted at their residence in Ras Rumman yesterday.

The fire completely gutted the apartment, which is located on the first floor and partially damaged the nearby apartments.

The Indian national who preferred anonym ..

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A ROYAL AID

November 16, 2014

Screenshot of the video showing the deteriorated conditions of the cabin

After her plight went viral in social media, an elderly Bahraini woman, who is living in a car garage, has received help from Supreme Council for Youth and Sport Chairman, Bahrain Olympic Committee President and Royal Charity Organisation Chairman HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa.

Speaking on the video of the divorced woman ..

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Bold reforms must to fill the oil well

November 16, 2014

Mr. Fakhro

Bahrain’s economy, according to Managing partner of KPMG Bahrain and the First Vice Chairman of the Shura Council Jamal Fakhro, is heading towards deep trouble.

And, to come out of the looming crisis the government has to come up with bold reforms including introduction of taxes, regulatory body for accounting practices.

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Hungary PM dismisses US corruption claims

November 16, 2014

Orban

Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban dismissed yesterday the corruption claims cited by Washington as the reason for US entry bans on six senior Hungarian officials that have soured already frayed bilateral ties. “This is just a scrap of paper,” Orban said in an interview with state radio, referring to a document published by the government on Thursday said ..

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AmCham Bahrain appoints Board of Directors

November 16, 2014

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The American Chamber of Commerce Bahrain (AmCham Bahrain) yesterday announced the appointment of two new board members, David Caston, who serves as Tamimi Group Commercial Division Business Development Manager, and Ms. Zahraa Taher, Managing Director of FinMark Communications.

Commenting on the appointment Qays Zu’bi, Presiden ..

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Retailers upbeat on Noor El Ain

November 16, 2014

Bahrain Noor El An

Bahrain Noor El Ain said that retailers have been quick to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the upcoming Bahrain Noor El Ain festival, which is scheduled to be held from December 15 to February 16, 2015.

The nation-wide festival is being led by a committee that comprises of Tamkeen, Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and ..

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LIABILITY EQUAL

November 16, 2014

Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott (centre-front) points to photographers as he joins other world leaders during the G20 Summit “family photo” in Brisbane

Obama tells G20 US cannot ‘carry world economy’

The United States cannot “carry the world economy”, President Barack Obama said yesterday, as the G20 readies an action plan that could boost growth prospects for rich and poor nations alike. Leaders of the world’s top industrial economies are meeting in Brisbane to nail down ways to boost ..

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PUTIN TO QUIT G20 SUMMIT

November 16, 2014

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin (left) and Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz (right) talk through their interpreters during the plenary session of the G20 Summit

Russian President Vladimir Putin is to walk out of a G20 summit in Australia, an aide said yesterday, after he faced scorn and scepticism from Western leaders over Ukraine despite venturing to paper over Europe’s deepest chill in relations since the Cold War. The abrupt decision threatens to upend the annual summit’s focus on revamping the global economy and fi ..

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Djokovic Advances

November 16, 2014

Djokovic

Gritty Djokovic subdues Nishikori to reach final

Novak Djokovic survived his first serious test of the ATP Tour Finals as the world number one advanced to the final with a 6-1, 3-6, 6-0 victory over Japan’s Kei Nishikori yesterday. Djokovic had swept through the group stage at London’s O2 Arena in imperious style, but he was pushed harder by N ..

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Sofitel Bahrain hosts Frederic Simonin

November 16, 2014

Mr. Simonin

Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea and Spa hosted Michelin-starred chef Frederic Simonin on his first visit to the region from November 11 to 15 giving Sofitel’s guests the chance to experience Michelin star gastronomy. Remarkable guests including diplomats, government officials and members of the community attended the event.

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ISB elections : Upp pulls socks up

November 16, 2014

UPP representatives at the Press conference

The United Parents Panel (UPP) which supports the current executive committee (EC) of the Indian School Bahrain (ISB) has announced that their panel is all set to contest the election to the EC for 2014-2017 which falls on December 5, the day of the ISB general body meeting wherein the election will take place.

This was announce ..

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GERMANY TO FIELD STRONGEST TEAM

November 13, 2014

Germany’s Jonas Hector (left), Matthias Ginter (fourth right) and midfielder Thomas Mueller (centre) attend a training session at the Herta Berlin Amateurstadion near the Olympiastadion in Berlin

World champions Germany will field their strongest team against European minnows Gibraltar in tomorrow’s Euro 2016 qualifier in Nuremberg, looking for a big score to boost confidence after a rocky start to the campaign.

Germany have been nursing a World Cup hangover since their triumph in Brazil in July and are third in Group ..

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Bangladesh openers shatter records

November 13, 2014

Imrul Kayes and Tamim Iqbal put on 224 to break the Bangladesh record

Imrul Kayes and Tamim Iqbal elevated Bangladesh and themselves to a new high in the Test series against Zimbabwe. On the first day of the third Test yesterday, their individual centuries and record opening stand dominated a beautiful day in Chittagong where the only disappointment for them was a very small crowd witnessing these milestones, one of which belonged to ..

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Ruthless India aim to continue winning streak

November 13, 2014

Indian coach Duncan Fletcher with Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja and Umesh Yadav during a practice session

Unchallenged by Sri Lanka so far, India would look to keep the foot on the pedal in their pursuit for a series whitewash when the two teams face off in the fourth and penultimate cricket one-dayer at Eden Gardens today.

Sri Lankan have added some sting to their attack by bringing back spinner Ajantha Mendis and have sought to ..

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PAKISTAN ON VERGE OF WIN

November 13, 2014

New Zealand batsman BJ Watling is bowled by Rahat Ali

Pakistan declare their innings for the fifth consecutive time

Pakistan are two wickets away from a comprehensive victory over New Zealand in the first test after the tourists slumped to 174-8 in their second innings at stumps on the fourth day in Abu Dhabi yesterday. After their first-innings run feast of 566-3, Pakistan declared their second innings at 175 ..

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Lady Warriors prevail

November 13, 2014

FCVG teams with sponsors and guests

Lady Warriors defeated Charz 25-15, 25-22 in the third week of action in the women’s division of the Third Filipino Club Volleyball Group (FCVG) and Xpress Money/UAE Exchange at the Muharraq Club gym in Aead.

In other matches, Zayani easily beat Takuza  25-14, 25-15, Fil-Am overcame Dabarkadz Team 25-20, 19-25, 15-13 and Fil- ..

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ABM Climax spank Public Security

November 13, 2014

BFC Professional League Cup organised by Cricket Bahrain

ABM Climax defeated Public Security Red by nine wickets in the BFC Professional League Cup organised by Cricket Bahrain Association and supported by Cebarco at the Hunainiya Valley in Riffa.

Batting first, Public Security could only manage 95 with Khursheed (43) top scoring with Rizwan Shah the pick of the bowlers claiming four ..

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WEC VROOMS

November 13, 2014

World Endurance Championship has finally returned to BIC

Seventh And Penultimate Round Starts Today

The sound of roaring engines is set to fill the air in Sakhir from today as action gets underway in the FIA WEC Six Hours of Bahrain at Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) which is the weekend for the seventh and penultimate round of the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). This year’s event marks ..

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Indian Club Hockey Cup from today

November 13, 2014

joaquim Carvalho

As part of its 100 days of celebrations The Indian Club Centenary Lulu Exchange Six-a-Side Open Hockey Tournament 2014 will be held today and tomorrow.

The event features 10 teams from the GCC including Don Bosco Kuwait and Qatar Wanderers who will be battling it out for the prestigious Centenary Cup. Adding extra spice to the e ..

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Sports programmes reviewed

November 13, 2014

Mr. Khalfan and BDSF officials at the meeting

Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC) Sports Associations Affairs Executive Director Jehad Hasan Khalfan yesterday received at his office in Seef Bahrain Disabled Sports Federation (BDSF) representatives, led by president Shaikh Mohammed bin Daij Al Khalifa.

Both parties held talks on the federation programmes, which include the natio ..

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Rooney to win 100th England cap

November 13, 2014

Wayne Rooney is set to become the ninth player to win 100 caps for England

Wayne Rooney is about to enter an illustrious club of centurions but does not think he can be regarded as an England great until he wins a tournament with the national side. Rooney, who will become just the ninth England player to reach 100 caps on Saturday when he leads the team out for their Euro 2016 qualifier against Slovenia at Wembley, said: “To get 100 cap ..

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SUPPORT TO TRIATHLON CHAMPIONSHIP LAUDED

November 13, 2014

Gulf Air, Bahrain Triathlon Federation and BOC officials during the signing ceremony

Gulf Air is the official airline of the upcoming international triathlon championship, ‘Challenge Bahrain’, which will be held on December 6. An agreement in this regard was signed by the national carrier and ‘Challenge Bahrain’ organising committee recently.

Supreme Council for Youth and Sports Chairman and Bahrain Oly ..

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US Republicans slam Obama-China climate deal

November 13, 2014

US President Barack Obama (back, left) and Chinese President Xi Jinping (back, right)  in Beijing

House Speaker John Boehner warned that President Barack Obama was waging a “crusade” against affordable energy after the United States and China reached agreement Wednesday on curbing greenhouse gas emissions. “This announcement is yet another sign that the president intends to double down on his job-crushing policies no matter how devastating the impact for ..

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SPAIN REJECTS CATALAN VOTE

November 13, 2014

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy gestures during a Press conference in Madrid

Brands Catalan breakaway vote a failure

Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy yesterday branded the Catalonia region’s symbolic vote on independence a failure and rejected its call for a full referendum on breaking away from Spain. In his first public reaction to the ballot, he invited Catalan leaders to propose constitutional reforms to further their de ..

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Israeli settlers torch mosque

November 13, 2014

Palestinian men stand outside a mosque that was set ablaze by Israeli settlers in Al-Mughayir

Israeli settlers torched a mosque near the West Bank town of Ramallah overnight, Palestinian security officials said yesterday, as violence intensified in the occupied territory.

“The settlers set fire to the whole of the first floor of the mosque” in the village of Al-Mughayir, near the Shilo settlement, a security official ..

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Liquidity Management Centre (LMC) net profit USD3. 38mn

November 13, 2014

Mr. Abbas

Liquidity Management Centre “LMC” (wholesale Islamic Bank) announced its Third quarter results with a net profit of USD 3.38 million compared to USD 2.80 million for the same period  last year. The net profit resulted in a return on paid up capital equivalent to 8.4per cent annualised while the average interbank rate remains below 0.5pc. Net profit for the Thi ..

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ALBA BAGS GREEN APPLE AWARDS

November 13, 2014

(Right to left)- Mr. Al Ansari and Ms. Al Aradi with the trophy and certificate

Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba), a leading aluminium producer in the world has been recognised as  the Gold Winner in the Environmental Best Practice category of the prestigious International Green Apple Awards 2014 for its project on ‘Fluoride Emission Reduction’.Alba’s Chief Operations Officer, Isa Al Ansari and Manager for Training & Recruitment, Rawd ..

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MAURITIAN B2B EXPORTERS MEET

November 13, 2014

The business team with the officials

Enterprise Mauritius, the National Trade Promotion Organisation of Mauritius, operating under the Ministry of Industry, Commerce   and  Consumer

Protection organized B2B meeting for promoting Mauritian products among local companies in Bahrain yesterday. The Trade Mission comprised of 10 producers / manufacturers from Mauritiu ..

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KPMG to hold Bahrain entrepreneurs event

November 13, 2014

KPMG

KPMG Fakhro will hold an event for entrepreneurs under the theme “Challenges   and opportunities associated with scaling up and expanding”. The event is an initiative of entrepreneurship forum – a group set up to facilitate development for entrepreneurs and start-up   businesses.  Speaking about the upcoming event Harish Gopinath, KPMG Fakhro’s Partner a ..

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ASRY signs MoU with OISA

November 13, 2014

ASRY and OISA officials at the signing ceremony

ASRY, the ship and rig repair yard in the Arabian Gulf has signed a memorandum of a “permanent mutual cooperation” with the Organisation of Islamic Ship Owners’ Association (OISA) yesterday. Chief Executive Officer, Nils Kristian Berge said that MoU will help ASRY hold wider meetings with the owners of such companies and decision makers. The memorandum will s ..

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RECOMMEND TO EMERGE ELECTRICITY MARKET

November 13, 2014

The conference in progress

GCC Power conference and exhibition 2014 concluded with a recommendation to emerge GCC electricity market with the Arabs in order to create larger scale that eventually extends to an international market. The conference urged the integration of the electricity market through coordinated development of natural gas and electrical interconnections for the benefit of  ..

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UoB resumes PCAP

November 13, 2014

UNIVERSITY OF BAHRAIN

The University of Bahrain (UoB) resumed its Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PCAP), which was earlier offered by the York St. Johns University.

UoB’s President, Dr. Ibrahim Janahi said that the eighth edition differs from its previous editions. The programme has now been accredited by the UK-based Higher Educatio ..

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‘No power misuse, only transparency’

November 13, 2014

Mr. Natarajan (sixth from left) addressing media

The opposition groups of Indian School Bahrain, united under PPA, assure academic excellence, transparency in administration and financial stability

Alleging the down trend of educational performance and poor financial stability at the Indian School Bahrain, opposition groups including Innovators, Indian School Parents’ ..

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KNIFE-WIELDING THUGS THREATEN DELIVERY BOY

November 13, 2014

A representative photo

Amidst heavy traffic and just in front of the Naim police station, a 30-year-old man was being threatened with a knife by a three-member gang while trying to take away his bike.

Sohail (name changed on request) who is working as a delivery boy with a leading restaurant in the Kingdom became the latest victim of the gang.

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COURT BEAT

November 13, 2014

court beat

Teenager jailed for assault  

A 17-year-old boy has been sentenced to three years behind bars for sexually assaulting an 8-year-old boy.

The teenager allegedly lured the victim to his house by offering to give him chocolate bars.

However, ..

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IN DIRE STRAITS

November 13, 2014

Bahrain textile

Owing to a possible lapse in the free trade agreement between Bahrain and the US, the textile industry in the Kingdom is on the verge of extinction.

As many as 5000 expatriates and 1200 Bahrainis will lose their jobs if immediate steps are not taken by the authorities, DT News has learnt.

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EXPLORING HEART OF VOLCANO

November 13, 2014

Just before entering the volcano

For the passionate photographer Premjith Narayanan it was not like any other travel experience he had in his life as this time he had a rare opportunity to see a volcano from its heart!

The dormant Thrihnukagigur volcano in Iceland, last erupted over 4,000 years ago, is the only volcano where people can enter. He made the trip t ..

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Joint drill concludes

November 13, 2014

Major General Shaikh Abdul Aziz

An anti-terrorism drill, titled ‘Cooperation 1’ concluded in Kuwait yesterday.

The exercise was jointly carried out by a number of Bahrain National Guard personnel and their Kuwaiti counterparts.

Deputy Commander of the Kuwaiti National Guard, Shaikh Mesha’al Al Ahmed Al Sabah praised t ..

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WAKE UP EARLY!

November 13, 2014

Andalus Garden

Delay in Andalus Garden gate opening irks daily walkers

With earphones plugged in and chats with friends, a group of people including youngsters and senior citizens enjoy their morning strolls at 4am at Andalus Garden, Gudaibiya since past few years. And this has become a routine for them.

But unfortunately, th ..

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Standard Chartered to close up to 100 branches

November 13, 2014

Standard Chartered

Standard Chartered will close up to 100 bank branches next year in Asia, Africa and the Middle East in an attempt to improve its profitability. The UK bank plans to cut about 8% of its global network of more than 1,200 branches to save $400m (£251m) a year.

The announcement was made on the first day of a three-day meeting with ..

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Al Ahlia Insurance profit up

November 13, 2014

Mr. Al Khatib

General Manager of Al Ahlia Insurance Company Fadi Al Khatib announced its financial results for the 3rd quarter ended  30th September 2014. The company has reported a net profit of BD 1,319,042 compared to BD 2,577,592 for the same period of last year with a decrease of 49 per cent, this transient decline was due to the reduction in the actual realised gains on s ..

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BAHRAIN TAKES 36 KM

November 13, 2014

BAHRAIN

GCC Rail to be operational by 2018

The GCC rail project which will connect all six member-countries will be operational by 2018, according to the latest media reports. The project that is estimated to cost US $15.4 billion will cover a distance of 2117 km and will include a rail connection between Saudi and Bahrain, according to sources. Bahrain will have 3 ..

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DT NEWS OVENHOT: A HEALTHY VEGIE TREAT FROM EGYPT

November 13, 2014

DT NEWS OVENHOT

The first thing to do is to prepare the onion garnish. You can do this by heating sufficient oil in a saucepan, adding the onions and deep-frying until dark brown. After that, remove from the oil and drain on paper towel. Leave it to cool.

Now, the next step is to make the sauce. Place a saucepan over moderate heat and add the o ..

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Ebola death toll passes 5,000-mark

November 13, 2014

People who survived the Ebola virus gather at Hastings treatment center in Hastings, on the outskirts of Freetown

The World Health Organisation said yesterday that 5,160 people have so far died of Ebola acorss eight countries, from a total 14,098 cases of infection.

The numbers supersede figures the UN health agency gave last Friday, when it reported 4,960 deaths and 13,268 cases.

WHO has acknowledged th ..

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A COSMIC FIRST

November 13, 2014

Journalists film near a giant screen featuring European Space Agency scientists celebrating after the announcement of the first-ever landing on a comet

European spacecraft lands on comet  

Hundreds of millions of miles from Earth, a European spacecraft made history yesterday by successfully landing on the icy, dusty surface of a speeding comet - an audacious first designed to answer big questions about the universe.

The landing on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasime ..

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BERDYCH BREEZES PAST MARIN CILIC

November 13, 2014

Czech Republic’s Tomas Berdych returns to Croatia’s Marin Cilic during their Group A singles match on day four of the ATP World Tour Finals tennis tournament in London yesterday

Berdych to meet world number one Novak Djokovic 

Tomas Berdych rebounded from an opening defeat to revive his hopes at the ATP World Tour Finals by demolishing Croatia’s Marin Cilic at the O2 Arena yesterday.

Berdych’s 6-3 6-1 victory in Group A was the fifth year in succession he had hit back to win his second grou ..

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Pak in command

November 12, 2014

Tom Latham (right) plays a shot as Pakistani wicketkeeper Sarfarz Ahmed (left) and Younis Khan look on

Opener Tom Latham hit a maiden hundred but Pakistan still managed to secure a big lead in their bid to win the first Test against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi yesterday. The left-handed opener scored 103 to defy the Pakistani bowlers as wickets fell from the other end with paceman Rahat Ali (4-22) and spinner Zulfiqar Babar (3-79) wrapping up New Zealand’s first inni ..

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NEW BOSS AT REAL SOCIEDAD

November 12, 2014

David Moyes

David Moyes set to take over

David Moyes will return to football with Spanish strugglers Real Sociedad today following his disastrous 10-month spell as Manchester United manager, the Basque club announced yesterday. A club read: “The new Real Sociedad coach David Moyes will arrive in San Sebastian mid-afternoon (Tuesday), as such it will be the coaches of ..

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Froome revises stance on Tour participation

November 12, 2014

Chris Froome

Former Tour de France champion Chris Froome hinted yesterday that he may elect to compete in next year’s race after previously suggesting he was considering sitting it out. The mountainous route for the 2015 Tour de France does not favour Froome, who won the race in 2013, and he said last month that he could decide to skip it and focus instead on the Giro d’Ita ..

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PODOLSKI TO SEEK TALKS WITH ARSENAL

November 12, 2014

Lukas Podolski

Germany star Lukas Podolski will seek talks with Premier League side Arsenal about his future as Gunners’ boss Arsene Wenger continues to leave him on the bench, he said yesterday. “I have to worry about what will happen in the winter and will look for talks with the club,” he said in a Berlin Press conference ahead of Germany’s Euro 2016 qualifier against ..

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Salcette United beat Riffa Ford Challengers

November 12, 2014

Salcette United

Salcette United defeated Riffa Ford Challengers 3-1 in the under-19 category The Indian Club Centenary Indian Expatriate Five-A-Side Football Tournament 2014 at its premises in Gudaibiya. Scoring for Salcette were Freddy, Rocky and Salman and Mohammed Ghaffar added a solitary goal for Riffa.

In other games in the category, FC ..

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“Challenge Bahrain” launches SMS contest

November 12, 2014

Challenge Bahrain” international triathlon championship logo

The organising committee of the “Challenge Bahrain” international triathlon championship taking place on December 6 and organised jointly by Challenge Family and Nasser bin Hamad Foundation, announced yesterday a public contest which is keen to support the crowd who will follow up the global event which will feature many elite triathletes from around the world ..

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Delegations arrive in Phuket

November 12, 2014

Bahrain football team arrives at Phuket International Airport

Four Bahraini sports team delegations have arrived in Thailand for the Fourth Asian Beach Games, which gets underway on November 14. Delegations of beach football, handball, volleyball and swimming touched down in Phuket, with Ahmed Al Amer heading the football team. Other delegation members are administrator Bassim Mahjoob, coach Joao Almeida, assistant coach Mahm ..

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DATES APPROVED

November 12, 2014

GCC Women’s Sports Organising Committee members at a photo call

4th GCC Women Games in Oman

The GCC Women’s Sports Organising Committee approved the dates for the next GCC Women’s Games, due to take place in Oman. The fourth edition will be held from March 8 to 18 in 2015, and feature five events - volleyball, basketball, handball, bowling and athletics. It will also bring athletics, shooting, tennis, taekwondo, an ..

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Sterilisation drive leaves 8 dead in India

November 12, 2014

Indian women who underwent sterilisation surgeries receive treatment at the CIMS hospital in Bilaspur, in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh, yesterday

Eight Indian women have died and 20 others were in critical condition yesterday after undergoing sterilisation surgeries in a free government-run programme to help slow the country’s population growth.

A total of 83 women, all poor villagers under the age of 32, had the operations on Saturday in a hospital outside Bilaspur cit ..

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Polish police use water cannon to push back rioters

November 12, 2014

Right-wing nationalist protesters clash with the police during a far-right annual march that coincides with Poland’s National Independence Day in Warsaw yesterday

Police in the Polish capital used water cannon and fired rubber bullets into the air yesterday to push back several hundred masked men who broke away from a far-right march and threw stones and flares at lines of riot police.

Nationalist groups who believe traditional Polish values are under threat march through Warsaw each year ..

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CHINA WINS SUPPORT FOR NEW FREE TRADE

November 12, 2014

US President Barack Obama (left) walks with China’s President Xi Jinping (centre) and an unidentified translator (right) at the Zongnanhai leaders compound, ahead of a dinner in Beijing yesterday

The 21-member forum accounts for nearly half of world trade

Asia-Pacific leaders yesterday backed China’s roadmap for a vast new free trade area rivalling US plans for the region at a summit in Beijing where Russian leader Vladimir Putin had a tense showdown with Barack Obama.

Chinese President Xi Jinping hailed endor ..

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Monitors fear rising violence in eastern Ukraine

November 12, 2014

Dutch investigators look at parts of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 plane at the crash site near the Grabove village in eastern Ukraine yesterday

International observers issued a stark warning over escalating violence in eastern Ukraine yesterday as Dutch investigators hoping to recover debris from a doomed airliner left the MH17 crash site with little progress. The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) said there was a “rising” risk that unrest in the war-torn region would get worse ..

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PROTESTERS ANGRY

November 12, 2014

Riot police stand guard near the airport

Mexico protesters torch ruling party regional HQ

Protesters angry at the alleged massacre of 43 Mexican students set fire yesterday to the ruling party’s regional headquarters in the southern state of Guerrero in a new demonstration over the crime. Riot police clashed with protesters in running street battles as black smoke billowed from the two-story whi ..

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KPMG holds seminar on financial regulations

November 12, 2014

Zain Bahrain sponsored the second edition of ‘Live UoB’ youth competition organised by students of College of Arts at the University of Bahrain. The sponsorship comes in line with the telecom operator’s eagerness

KPMG yesterday held a seminar for the financial services industry to help explain the impacts of the new accounting standard on financial instruments.

Financial Instruments Topic Team Member of the KPMG International Standards Group Venkat Vishwanath, presented the seminar.

The International ..

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Emax renovates Muharraq showroom

November 12, 2014

EMAX

Emax, the largest electronics store in the Middle East, recently opened their renovated Oasis Centre showroom at Muharraq.

Located at Level 2, the new Emax showroom offers a range of products from various categories namely, IT, mobiles, cameras, televisions, home entertainment and accessories. The consumer electronics market in ..

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MAN WINS ORDER FOR 127 BUSES

November 12, 2014

MAN Truck & Bus

The buses will be deployed for enhancing city transportation network

MAN Truck & Bus, the leading international bus manufacturer, has won order from Ministry of Transport to deliver 127 buses. The buses will be deployed for enhancing city transportation network and airport transfers.

The production of 88 Midi buses a ..

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ARIG NETS $4.9M IN THIRD QUARTER

November 12, 2014

Yassir Albaharna

The Arig Group has posted consolidated net profits of $9.6 million for the first nine months of 2014 against the corresponding 2013 figures of $12.6m. A higher combined ratio of 97.8 per cent (nine months 2013: 90.3pc) lowered underwriting returns to $1.4m (2013: $6.0m).

The combined ratio for Arig alone was 95.2pc after the thi ..

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FILLIP FOR ICT

November 12, 2014

Mr. Al Qaed and Mr. Al Aujan during the signing ceremony

eGA, BDB launch the Technopreneur Bahrain programme

The eGovernment Authority (eGA) and Bahrain Development Bank Group (BDB) launched the Technopreneur Bahrain programme to support and foster ICT innovative ideas and initiatives of Bahraini youths by providing training, consultancy, financing and incubation services to them.

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Who’s who at the IS group

November 12, 2014

Baghdadi

Top figures with the Islamic State group, including possibly its chief, have been targeted in air strikes by the US-led coalition in Iraq.

Reports of IS leaders being wounded or killed are raising questions about how the jihadist group is organised in the territories under its control in Iraq and Syria.

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Kurds recapture areas of Kobane

November 12, 2014

A Kurdish man looks through his binoculars at the city of Kobane, from the Turkish border village of Mursitpinar, Sanliurfa province

Kurds battling the Islamic State jihadist group in Kobane were making advances in the flashpoint Syrian town on the border with Turkey, local officials and a monitor said.

Top Kurdish officials told AFP their fighters were advancing “street by street” and voiced confidence that IS would soon be ejected from the town.

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Israeli troops kill Palestinian

November 12, 2014

A supporter of the Palestinian Fatah movement holds a portrait of Yasser Arafat as she chants slogans during a rally to mark the tenth anniversary of his death in front of the Al-Azhar University in Gaza City yesterday

Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian during clashes in the West Bank yesterday as a wave of unrest gripped the country, raising fears of a new Palestinian uprising.

The death of the 22-year-old near Hebron came as troops tried to disperse about 150 Palestinians who were hurling rocks and Molotov cocktails at passing cars close ..

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The Pet Project: Let not your pets miss you!

November 12, 2014

The Pet Project

It is important to remember that dogs are social animals and spending time with your pets is a crucial element in sustaining their mental health.

In simple words, if you don’t have time to spend with pets it wouldn’t be a great idea to raise one. Like humans, pets also need special care for fostering their physical as well a ..

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BAHRAIN READY TO TACKLE EBOLA

November 12, 2014

Mr. Al Shehabi along with WHO officials and Health Ministry officials at the Press conference

The World Health Organisation (WHO) and Ministry of Health officials jointly confirmed that there were no Ebola cases in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

After a three days’ inspection in the Kingdom, the WHO officials, during a Press conference held yesterday, said that Bahrain is completely prepared to tackle the disease.

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Bahrain to attend GCC security forum

November 12, 2014

BAHRAIN

Minister of State for Defence Affairs Lt General Dr. Shaikh Mohammed bin Abdulla Al Khalifa reached Kuwait yesterday to take part in the 12th Joint Security Defence Council of the GCC Defence Ministers.

The minister's participation in the meeting is in line with the Kingdom's keenness on consolidating military cooperation and st ..

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Southern Governorate receives 4889 cases

November 12, 2014

The headquarters of Southern Governorate Police Directorate

The Southern Governorate has received 4889 cases between September 18, 2013 and September 18, 2014, said General Director of the Southern Governorate Police Directorate, Brigadier Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa.

Speaking to Al Amn Magazine, published by Police Media Directorate at the General Directorate of MoI Court. he added tha ..

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Injured woman all alone in SMC: Swollen eyes rolling in pain

November 12, 2014

SMC

In a cubicle partitioned with curtains, she lies all alone with just the nurse around. Even during the visitors’ time, her conscious mind might be searching for a familiar face to visit her. But unfortunately, none have turned up and DT News was the first to visit the woman, apart from the officials.

The 22-year-old wom ..

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COURT BEAT

November 12, 2014

court beat

Court releases teens  from Juvenile centre

A thirteen-year-old girl and her 14-year-old partner, who impregnated her, were released from the Juvenile Care Centre yesterday.

The pair was set free yesterday from the Juvenile Care Centre after their parents made an appeal before the High Criminal App ..

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IHF World Championships : Emirates rally behind Bahrain

November 12, 2014

IHF World Championships

In an apparent political boycott, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has joined the Kingdom in pulling out of the 2015 men’s World Handball Championships.

The International Handball Federation (IHF) announced the latest withdrawal on Monday without giving a reason. Bahrain’s boycott was announced last Friday.

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Counter-terrorism drill underway

November 12, 2014

Counter-terrorism drill underway

Bahrain National Guard and its Kuwaiti counterpart have kicked off a counter-terrorism military drill. National Guard Commander Lieutenant-General Shaikh Mohammed bin Isa Al-Khalifa directed the two-day “Taawun 1” under the protocol signed between the two sides.

The exercise aims at bolstering joint military coordination, ex ..

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Vehicle fire ‘makes him candidate’

November 12, 2014

The car that caught fire in Tubli

While vandals burnt ten vehicles of candidates during the past month, social media networks “burnt the eleventh one” yesterday.

False news circulating on social media networks with regard to the ongoing election campaigns has been a source of nuisance, not only to candidates, but also to citizens.

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Governorate submits report

November 12, 2014

A safety personnel at the site of ceiling collapse. (a file picture

Southern Governor Shaikh Abdulla bin Rashid Al Khalifa announced yesterday that a comprehensive report on the circumstances that led to the collapse of a portion of the ceiling of Enma Mall has been submitted to Minister of Interior Lt General Shaikh Rashid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa.

The governor pointed out that the report was on ..

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Ex-Parliament Vice Chairman pulls out of polls

November 12, 2014

Shaikh Adel

Former MP and Vice Chairman of the Parliament Shaikh Adel Al Muawada has decided to withdraw his candidature from the upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled to be held on November 22.

Sources close to Shaikh Adel said, the ex-MP would hold a ceremony to honour the people of Muharraq constituency. The programme will start at ..

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LAST POST SENDS A 100 VIBES

November 12, 2014

LAST POST SENDS A 100 VIBES- wreath

This Armstice Day, which was marked at the Old Christian Cemetery on Zubara Avenue in Manama yesterday was a fitting tribute to the fallen heroes of the First World War, a hundred years ago in 1914.

During the solemn occasion, the Last Post was sounded with military personnel from many nations stationed in the Arabian Gulf salut ..

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Tamweely brings laurels to KFH-B

November 12, 2014

Mr. Broom presenting the awards to Mr. Rafea at KFH-B headquarters

Kuwait Finance House-Bahrain (KFH-B) recently won two prestigious awards instituted by CPI Financial.

KFH-B received Best Personal Finance and Best New Retail Financial Product awards for its Tamweely Personal Finance scheme at The Banker Middle East Product Awards Bahrain 2014.

Chief Executi ..

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CINEMATIC CITY ON CARDS

November 12, 2014

Ms. Rajab being honoured at the summit

The State Ministry for Information Affairs is conducting a study on setting up a cinematic city in Bahrain, said Minister of State for Information Affairs and official Government spokesperson Sameera Rajab while speaking at the BroadcastPro Middle East’s Summit and Awards 2014 in Dubai.

The scheme is part of the ministry’s f ..

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MONKEYS GO ON SALE!

November 12, 2014

A caged monkey at a pets’ shop in Riffa

Animal lovers in the Kingdom turned outrageous after coming to know about the sale of monkeys at a pet store located in Riffa.

They alleged that monkeys were being mistreated, kept in poor conditions and were not fed on time at Al Jareh Birds situated near to Heneneya Neighbourhood.

Other tha ..

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ALBA NET JUMPS

November 12, 2014

Shaikh Daij bin Salman Al Khalifa & Tim Murray

Net income for the third quarter jumps to $78m

Alba has recorded $593 million (BD223.2m) worth of total sales in the third quarter of 2014 compared to $488m (BD183.3m) posted in the corresponding period of previous year.

Total sales for the nine months of 2014 totalled $1.6 billion (BD599.6m) versus $1.5bn (BD565.9m) in ..

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DECODE YOUR DREAMS

November 12, 2014

DECODE YOUR DREAMS

Dream 

I was walking outside my old neighbourhood park where I grew up as a child. However, a little later, I noticed that all my clothes had suddenly disappeared and I became somehow naked outdoors. After a short while I woke up. This dream of suddenly being naked occurred t ..

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Watch fetches $21.3m at auction

November 12, 2014

A Patek Philippe gold watch

A Patek Philippe gold watch billed as the most expensive -- and most complicated -- in the world fetched a record $21.3 million yesterday when it went under the hammer in Switzerland.

The sale of the “Henry Graves Supercomplication”, a handcrafted timepiece named after its original owner, a New York banker who ordered it in ..

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South Korea jails captain for 36 years

November 12, 2014

Lee Jun-seok, 69, seated second from left, the captain of the Sewol ferry that sank in April, waited with fellow crew members for the verdict in Gwangju, South Korea, yesterday

The captain of a South Korean ferry that capsized in April killing 304 passengers was jailed for 36 years yesterday after a court found him guilty of negligence, but was acquitted of homicide for which prosecutors had sought the death penalty.

The court convicted the ship’s chief engineer of homicide for not aiding two injured ..

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EUROPE MARKS ARMISTICE DAY

November 12, 2014

A member of the armed forces with prosthetic legs pays his respects at the Armed Forces Memorial in the National Memorial Arboretum on Armistice Day near Lichfield, Staffordshire, central England yesterday

2014 is the centenary of the start of World War I

Europe marked Armistice Day yesterday with ceremonies and moments of silence as France opened an international memorial on a former battlefield.

This year’s events had special significance because 2014 is the centenary of the start of World War I. Yesterday was the 96th ..

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FEDERER IN SEMIS

November 12, 2014

Rodger Federer returns to Kei Nishikori

ATP Tour Finals

Roger Federer is on the verge of qualifying for the semi-finals of the ATP Tour Finals after cruising to a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Japan’s Kei Nishikori at London’s O2 Arena. Federer, bidding for his seventh title at the prestigious season-ending event, took just 69 minutes to secure his second Group B win and the world number two will be ..

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Kwiks win Monday Madness Opener

November 12, 2014

From left, week one winners Stan and Hilde Kwik with Sheldon Cameron, Royal Golf Club Golf Operations Manager

Husband and wife Stan and Hilde Kwik (25 points) narrowly won the opening competition of the new VIVA Monday Madness Night Golf Series at the Royal Golf Club, putting them at the top of the series leader board. Alan Vandewater and playing partner Andrew Wyman (24) were runners up, while Abdulaziz Ahmed and Sam Jong Kim (23) clinched third place.  The competition w ..

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Shaikh Salman heads to Riyadh

November 12, 2014

Shaikh Salman

Asian Football Confederation (AFC) President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa today will head for Riyadh to attend the opening ceremony of the 22nd Gulf Cup football tournament starting tomorrow. The tournament organised every two years will this time take place in Saudi Arabia at King Fahd International Stadium.

Shaikh Salm ..

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KINGDOM ROARS INTO ACTION

November 12, 2014

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BIC set for action-packed Six Hours of Bahrain

The FIA WEC Six Hours of Bahrain roars into action this weekend at Bahrain International Circuit (BIC), and fans attending the mega event are in for some serious neck-and-neck racing amongst the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) competitors. Being the seventh and penultimate round of the season, the stakes ..

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Rosberg needs help from friends

November 11, 2014

Nico Rosberg

Nico Rosberg may need some help from his friends, but he is utterly convinced he can win the season-ending “double jeopardy” Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and claim the drivers’ world title.   After ending championship leader and Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton’s run of five straight wins, the 29-year-old German shrugged aside concerns over the much-criticised an ..

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PAK TAKE CHARGE

November 11, 2014

Ahmed Shahzad (right) avoids a bouncer as New Zealand wicketkeeper BJ Watling looks on

Centurion Shehzad fractures skull in first Test

Ahmed Shehzad hit a career-best 176 before being rushed to hospital with a fractured skull as Pakistan’s batsmen smashed New Zealand around the ground in the first Test yesterday. Younis Khan and Misbah-ul Haq also hit dominant tons to put Pakistan in control on 566 for three declared. But Shehzad ..

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Peyron win transatlantic Route du Rhum

November 11, 2014

French skipper Loick Peyron celebrates in Pointe-à-Pitre after winning the Route du Rhum sailing race in record time yesterday

Frenchman Loick Peyron won the single-handed transatlantic Route du Rhum race in a record time yesterday cementing his reputation as one of his country’s best ever yachtsmen. Peyron who stepped in at the last minute to take control of the trimaran Banque Populaire VII and at one stage considered abandoning, dominated the race, aided in his quest when rival Thoma ..

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SPAIN TO ASSESS FABREGAS FITNESS

November 11, 2014

Cesc Fabregas

Spain will assess Cesc Fabregas’ fitness yesterday to see whether he will be able to link up with the squad. Fabregas played the whole of Chelsea’s 2-1 Premier League win over Liverpool on Saturday but Blues boss Jose Mourinho admitted afterwards he had taken a “gamble” with the 27-year-old’s hamstring problem. Mourinho also said that Fabregas could link ..

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Bayern playing better this season

November 11, 2014

Pep Guardiola

Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola yesterday hailed the unbeaten Bundesliga champions as playing better this season than during the same period last year. Guardiola, 43, took over from Juup Heynckes for the start of the 2013/14 season, winning the Bundesliga title with a record seven matches remaining. And the Bavarians opened up a seven-point lead at the top of the ..

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Mertesacker demands improvement

November 11, 2014

Per Mertesacker

Per Mertesacker says Arsenal must heed the lessons of back-to-back collapses against Anderlecht and Swansea and start playing “serious football”. It was groundhog day for Arsenal and their supporters at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday afternoon following Alexis Sanchez’s 63rd minute goal - the Chilean’s 12th of the season and sixth in his last four games - lo ..

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McIlroy wins Race to Dubai, Scott aims for revenge

November 11, 2014

Adam Scott hits the ball-Rory McIlroy

Adam Scott has called on Australian Open organisers to let him go head-to-head against Rory McIlroy, who secured the European Tour’s Race to Dubai title Sunday without swinging a club. Second-ranked Scott finished tied 12th in the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai on Sunday, and said after that he would love to be paired with McIlroy in Sydney for at least the first ..

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OSCAR EXTENDS CHELSEA STAY

November 11, 2014

Oscar

Brazilian international Oscar has signed a new five-year contract with Chelsea that will keep him at Stamford Bridge until 2019, the English Premier League leaders announced yesterday. The 23-year-old attacking midfielder joined the London club from Internacional in 2012 and has since scored 27 goals in 126 appearances, including 92 starts, for the Blues. “I am s ..

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Top officials arrive for GCC sports meeting

November 11, 2014

Noora Al Suwaidi is received by Shaikha Hayat upon arrival

High-ranking sports officials touched down in Bahrain yesterday ahead of the 19th meeting of the GCC Women’s Sports Organising Committee taking place in the Kingdom. Shaikha Naima Al Ahmed Al Sabah of Kuwait, chairwoman of the present GCC Women’s Sports Organising Committee chaired the committee meeting held last night at the Inter Continental Regency Hotel in ..

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Bahrain Globe Trotters win

November 11, 2014

Team Bahrain Globe Trotters

Bahrain Globe Trotters opened its campaign with a 2-0 win over FC Marvik thanks to both goals by Connor in the under-15 category on the opening day of The Indian Club Centenary Indian Expat Five-a-Side Football Tournament 2014 at its premises in Gudaibiya.

Dadabhai Strikers got off to a winning 2-0 start against Omega FC with th ..

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Raffii, Mattar looking to overcome odds

November 11, 2014

Mohammed Mattar (left) and Raed Raffii

The Team Bahrain drivers Raed Raffii and Mohammed Mattar will be looking to overcome the odds when they take to the track this weekend for the first round of the 2014/2015 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East. They are competing in one of two supports race series, the other being the India-based MRF Formula 2,000 Series as part of the FIA WEC Six Hours of Bahrain ..

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SHAIKH NASSER, SHAIKH HAMDAN PATRONISE

November 11, 2014

Shaikh Nasser

“Challenge Dubai” International Triathlon Championship

Supreme Council for Youth and Sports Chairman and Bahrain Olympic Committee President HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa announced the joint-organisation of the Challenge Dubai’ international Triathlon championship to be held in Dubai, UAE on February 27 and organised by Challenge Family and ..

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Catalans vote to secede in symbolic ballot

November 11, 2014

An electronic board shows the countdown clock for time remaining before the symbolic vote on independence for Catalonia as anti-independence Catalans hold a rally at Sant Jaume square in Barcelona

Close to two million Catalans voted in favour of seceding from Spain, the regional government said, in a symbolic referendum that supporters hope will fuel the independence debate despite opposition from Madrid.

The “consultation of citizens” plebiscite in the wealthy northeastern region followed a legal block by the central ..

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CHINA URGED TO PARTNER IN KEEPING WORLD ORDER

November 11, 2014

Barack Obama (left) is greeted by Chinese President Xi Jinping (centre) and his wife Peng Liyuan as he arrives for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit banquet at the National Aquatics Centre in Beijing

U.S. President Barack Obama said yesterday that a successful China was in the interests of the United States and the world but Beijing had to be a partner in underwriting international order, and not undermine it.

Speaking to growing concerns among U.S. and other companies about the Chinese business environment after arriving in ..

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Frosty handshake between China and Japan

November 11, 2014

Xi Jinping (right) shakes hands with Shinzo Abe (left) at the Great Hall of the People on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Beijing

An uneasy handshake between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe marked the first meeting between the two men since either took power, and an awkward first gesture toward easing two years of high tensions.

As the two men approached each other, stern-faced, to shake hands in front of cameras, Abe br ..

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SERBIAN AND ALBANIAN LEADERS HOLD MEETING

November 11, 2014

Edi Rama (left) and his Serbian counterpart Aleksandar Vucic (right) give a Press conference after their meeting in Belgrade yesterday

Billed as a new chapter in Balkan history, the first visit by an Albanian leader to Serbia in 68 years descended yesterday into a public row between prime ministers over the independence of the majority-Albanian former Serbian province of Kosovo.

Serbia sees Kosovo as the cradle of its nation and faith, but the vast majority of ..

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ASRY brings MAN to Bahrain

November 11, 2014

ASRY and MAN Diesel & Turbo officials during the signing ceremony

ASRY, the leading ship and rig repair yard in the Arabian Gulf, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with MAN Diesel & Turbo, the world’s leading supplier of large diesel engines and turbomachinery.

The new MAN workshop area to be set up at ASRY as per the deal will provide authorised support to their products on vesse ..

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ABG INCOME UP 5PC

November 11, 2014

ABG INCOME UP 5PC

Business model pursued by the Bahrain based bank pays off

The Bahrain based Al Baraka Banking Group B.S.C (ABG) has achieved net income of $207 million in the first nine months of 2014, an increase of 5 per cent on the corresponding figures of previous year. Total assets increased by 8pc during the same period, investments and financing portfolio by 7pc, cu ..

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Two Gaza fishermen wounded in Israel firing

November 11, 2014

An Israeli forensic policewoman works at the scene of a stabbing attack in Tel Aviv yesterday

Two Gaza fishermen were wounded and four missing yesterday after the Israeli navy fired on two boats off the coast, officials from the Hamas-run security services said.

It was not immediately clear whether the four had been arrested, the officials added.

The Israeli military confirmed that na ..

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Iraq president to visit Saudi

November 11, 2014

Masum

Iraqi President Fuad Masum will visit Saudi today for the highest-level talks between the two neighbours in years.

The official Saudi Press Agency gave no details of the programme for Masum’s visit in a short announcement yesterday.

There have been years of tension between Saudi Arabia and ..

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IS head Baghdadi fate unknown

November 11, 2014

Baghdadi

The US military said yesterday that the coalition had carried out 23 strikes in Syria and 18 in Iraq between November 7 and November 10.

The Pentagon said earlier that strikes late on Friday hit a gathering of IS leaders in areas of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, sparking reports that IS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi may have ..

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Abandoned building posing threat to public

November 11, 2014

Mr. Al Shaikh

Calling for the immediate intervention of Muharraq Governorate and the Housing Ministry, the municipal candidate Musaab Al Shaikh stated that an abandoned building located on the borders of Aref Residential Housing Units in Busaiteen has turned into a den of illegal activities.

Speaking to DT News, he added that the forme ..

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No campaigning at religious places

November 11, 2014

Dr. Al Meftah

Justice, Islamic Affairs and Endowments Ministry’s Undersecretary for Islamic Affairs, Dr. Farid Al Meftah has stated that candidates to the parliamentary and municipal elections are banned from delivering religious sermons or leading worshippers in prayers throughout the electoral campaign, warning that violators will be held legally accountable.

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‘Police committed to secure elections’

November 11, 2014

Al Hassan

The Chief of Public Security Major-General Tariq Al Hassan yesterday announced that police are taking all necessary steps to protect the freedom and democracy initiatives of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.

The chief said that the police are committed to securing the upcoming parliamentary and municipal elections using ..

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Easy Taxi rolls out cab metres

November 11, 2014

Metering improves transparency and service to customers-Easy Taxi

Easy Taxi, the global taxi hailing service operating in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and Jordan within the Middle East, has announced the implementation of metres in its cabs throughout the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, starting with its Jeddah fleet.

In Jeddah, Easy Taxi has enforced metering starting on ..

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COURT BEAT

November 11, 2014

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Jailed for smuggling drugs into prison

A Bahraini man was sentenced to ten years behind bars for smuggling drugs to a jailed former police officer. The latter was also given a jail term, however, a lighter sentence of two years for drug consumption.

The case was h ..

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Study, travel made easy

November 11, 2014

Ministry of Foreign Affair-e-government portal

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in association with the eGovernment Authority launched the (e-Register Service) for Bahrainis wishing to study or travel abroad.

The service is launched on both: the Ministry of Foreign Affair’ website: www.mofa.gov.bh, and e-government portal http://www.bahrain.bh.

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40,000 housing units in six years

November 11, 2014

Mr.  Alhamer inspects the work site of East Hidd Housing project

Housing Minister Bassim Alhamer affirmed that in line with the directives of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, the ministry has plans to build 40,000 housing units across Bahrain’s governorates in the next six years.

The minister affirmed that the move would contribute significantly to meet the growing demand for hous ..

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Test flight of US drone replica successful: Iran

November 11, 2014

A file handout picture released by the official website of Iran’s Defence Ministry website on September 23, 2014, shows newly made drone during an unveiling ceremony in Tehran on September 23, 2014

Iran said yesterday that a copy of an American drone downed over its territory in 2011 had successfully completed its first test flight, promising to release footage of the experiment.

Tehran captured the US RQ-170 Sentinel in December 2011 while it was in its airspace, apparently on a mission to spy on the country’s nuclear s ..

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A TICKING TIME BOMB

November 11, 2014

Nuclear plant in Bushehr province, Iran

Iran’s nuclear plant, located just 300 kilometres away from Bahrain is posing a major threat to the Kingdom. It is at this juncture that the National Centre for Radiation becomes significant. Talking to DT News, Supreme Council for Environment (SCE) Director of Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Mirza Salman Khalaf said the centre would be opened by the end of this year or by ear ..

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Isa Town souq all set for trade

November 11, 2014

Dr. Al Kaabi at the souq

The popular Isa Town souq is all set to serve the customers with full capacity as the Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning Ministry has announced the completion of its construction work.

The project was carried out in line with the directives of Prime Minister HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa.

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Souq Al Markazi bags international accolade

November 11, 2014

A shot from Central Market movie

Among the bigwigs of Indian film industry and quality film enthusiasts, a Bahraini short film is all set to be screened.

The short film named ‘Souq Al Markazi’ (Central Market) has been shortlisted to be screened under Short Films category in 20th Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF).

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GCC Power gets underway

November 11, 2014

Dr. Mirza opens ‘GCC Power 2014’ at the Gulf Hotel yesterday

Minister of State for Electricity and Water Affairs Dr. Abdul-Hussain Mirza yesterday patronised the opening ceremony of ‘GCC Power 2014’.

Organised by the GCC Regional Committee for Electric Systems (GCC CIGRE), the three-day conference being held at Gulf Hotel is attracting more than 350 high-level industry attendees.

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AGENCIES PAINT MIXED PICTURE

November 11, 2014

AGENCIES PAINT  MIXED PICTURE

High income levels, a reasonably well-diversified economy and a strong external balance sheet continue to support Bahrain’s sovereign credit profile, said Moody’s Investors Service in a report yesterday.

But, it also added that deteriorating government finances and high reliance on oil revenues may trouble economy.

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AU in talks on Burkina Faso transition

November 11, 2014

Abdel Aziz (second left) attends a meeting with Burkina Faso’s army-appointed leader, political, religious and traditional leaders and members of the military in Ouagadougou

The head of the African Union held urgent talks in Burkina Faso yesterday on the west African country’s transition following the ouster of veteran president Blaise Compaore, warning time was running short.

With the military regime that took power after Compaore’s exit under heavy international pressure to quickly hand over t ..

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EBOLA FINDS NEW HOTSPOTS

November 11, 2014

A worker sweeps at the entrance of a health centre in Lokomasama near Port Loko. The biggest chiefdom in Port Loko province has 160 000 people and has been severally hit by the Ebola

Liberian town lost about 10pc of its population

A schoolteacher brought his sick daughter from Liberia’s capital to this small town of 300 people. Soon he and his entire family were dead and buried in the forest nearby, along with an increasing number of residents.

The community of Jenewonde has become a new hotspot f ..

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Quake experts win appeal in ‘science on trial’ case

November 11, 2014

A file photo taken on July 8, 2009 shows a police officer walking by the Palazo de Governo in downtown

Seven Italian scientists who faced jail for failing to predict a deadly 2009 earthquake were cleared yesterday of manslaughter convictions that had sparked international outrage The seven men were sentenced to six years in jail in October 2012 after a court in the medieval town of L’Aquila found them guilty of causing multiple deaths by having negligently downpla ..

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MH17 FAMILIES MOURN

November 11, 2014

Relatives of victims attend a memorial ceremony yesterday in Amsterdam

Fears of all-out Ukraine war grow

New columns of tanks, trucks and heavy artillery rumbled towards the pro-Moscow rebel stronghold of Donetsk yesterday as fears grew of a return to all-out fighting in war-torn eastern Ukraine. The Netherlands meanwhile held an emotional ceremony for the 298 victims of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 which was shot d ..

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WAWRINKA ROUTS BERDYCH

November 11, 2014

Wawrinka celebrates after winning his Group A singles match

ATP Tour Finals

Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka opened his ATP Tour Finals campaign in scintillating style with a 6-1, 6-1 demolition of Tomas Berdych yesterday. Wawrinka, the reigning Australian Open champion, had been in poor form heading into the prestigious event at London’s O2 Arena, but the world number four was back in the groove against th ..

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GULF HOTELS PROFIT SWELLS

November 11, 2014

Mr. Almoayyed

Gulf Hotels Group (GHG) has recorded Gross Operating Revenue of BD24.534 million in the third quarter of 2014 against the figure of BD23.089m posted during the corresponding period of 2013, an increase of BD1.445m or 6.26pc.

The group generated net profit of BD9.465m in comparison with BD8.076m of the same period 2013; an increa ..

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Gulf Air backs Challenge Bahrain

November 11, 2014

gulf air

Gulf Air and Challenge Bahrain have announced a partnership deal under which the carrier will become the official airline partner of the Kingdom’s annual triathlon event, scheduled to take place this December 06, 2014.

Challenge Bahrain is the first branded international triathlon to be held in the Middle East and will see pro ..

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Chowrasia win Panasonic Open

November 10, 2014

S.S.P Chowrasia posing with the trophy

Shiv Chowrasia of India clinched his third Asian Tour title when he defeated compatriot Rahil Gangjee and Mithun Perera of Sri Lanka in the play-off to win the Panasonic Open yesterday. Chowrasia, who began the final round five shots off the lead, made a remarkable comeback by rolling in a 15-foot birdie in the play-off to win the $300,000 event at the Delhi Golf C ..

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MARQUEZ STARS

November 10, 2014

Marquez celebrates winning the championship

Marc Marquez breaks season record with 13th win in Valencia

MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez claimed a record 13th win of the season at the Valencia Grand Prix yesterday ahead of Valentino Rossi and teammate Dani Pedrosa. Marquez’s victory lifted him past the previous record mark held by Australian rider Mick Doohan of 12 victories in 17 races ..

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Ton-up Shehzad flays New Zealand

November 10, 2014

Ahmed Shahzad celebrates

Opener Ahmed Shehzad hit a brilliant hundred to steer Pakistan to 269-1 at close on the opening day of the first Test against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi yesterday.  Shehzad was 126 not out for his third Test hundred -- all made this year -- but fellow opener Mohammad Hafeez missed his by four runs as New Zealand’s pace-cum spin attack toiled hard on an unresponsiv ..

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NISHIKORI DOWNS ANDY MURRAY

November 10, 2014

Kei Nishikori celebrates victory

ATP Tour Finals 

Kei Nishikori made a dream start to his ATP Tour Finals debut as the Japanese star clinched a surprise 6-4, 6-4 victory over Andy Murray yesterday. Nishikori is the first Asian singles player to qualify for the prestigious season-ending tournament at London’s O2 Arena and he rose to the occasion with his first ever victory over ..

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Wolves trim Bayern’s lead

November 10, 2014

Wolfsburg’s Vieirinha (left) vies with Hamburg’s Nicolai Mueller

VfL Wolfsburg’s ex-Chelsea winger Kevin de Bruyne produced another top-class performance in yesterday’s 2-0 win over strugglers Hamburg to trim Bayern Munich’s lead to four points in the Bundesliga. The 23-year-old Belgium international provided superb passes for veteran striker Ivica Olic and attacking midfielder Aaron Hunt to score either side of half-time ..

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KVITOVA LEADS CZECHS

November 10, 2014

Petra Kvitova of Czech Republic (centre) celebrates with the members of Czech Fed Cup team

Fed Cup title

Petra Kvitova handed the Czech Republic their third Fed Cup title in four years after beating Angelique Kerber in the final yesterday to give her team an unbeatable lead over Germany. Kvitova, the Wimbledon champion and world number four, beat 10th-ranked Kerber in a three-set rollercoaster rubber pitting the teams’ number one play ..

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Mourinho happy about Costa rest

November 10, 2014

Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho believes striker Diego Costa will be back in prime condition when the BPL resumes after the international break. The Spain international has been plagued by hamstring and pelvic injuries since joining from Atletico Madrid for £32million but that has not stopped him scoring 10 goals already, including the winner in the 2-1 victory against Liverpool on ..

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Rosberg win in Brazil

November 10, 2014

Nico Rosberg celebrates on the podium

Nico Rosberg kept alive his world title hopes when he won yesterday’s Brazilian Grand Prix ahead of his Mercedes team-mate and championship leader Lewis Hamilton. Rosberg’s triumph ended Hamilton’s run of five straight wins and reduced the Briton’s lead in the championship from 24 points to 17 with one race remaining, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on November 23 ..

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World Congress organisers receive research papers

November 10, 2014

Dr Mona Al Ansari

Organisers of the 56th ICHPER.SD Anniversary World Congress and Exposition is finalising its preparations for the event, which will be held in Bahrain from December 18 to 20. The Scientific Committee has received 132 research papers in total, including 92 in Arabic and 40 in English. They will be screened and studied by the purpose-formed Judging Committee, featuri ..

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Shaikh Salman meets DPR Korea FA vice-president

November 10, 2014

Shaikh Salman at his meeting with Ms Han

Asian Football Confederation (AFC) President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa asserted the confederation’s plan to continue implementing a variety of programmes, aimed to develop football in Asia.

This came during his meeting with vice-president of the DPR Korea Football Association and AFC Executive Committee member Ms Ha ..

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PREPARATIONS UNDERWAY

November 10, 2014

A scene from the BIC

BIC gets all geared up for Six Hours Bahrain Weekend

Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) was buzzing with activity yesterday as preparations reached fever pitch ahead of this weekend’s FIA WEC Six Hours of Bahrain, which hosts the seventh and penultimate round of the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) on Friday and Saturday in Sakhir.  ..

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CATALAN DIVIDED

November 10, 2014

President of Catalonia’s regional government, Artur Mas (right), greets people after casting his ballot

Benefits of independence

While Catalonia’s leaders wrestle with Spain over the right to independence, companies in the rich region are arguing among themselves about whether a breakaway would be good for business. Company bosses kept largely quiet as the recent independence drive intensified, but with Catalonia defying Madrid by staging a symbolic indepen ..

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HK farmers protest over tycoon land grab

November 10, 2014

A fenced parcel of land is seen with a sign that reads “private property do not enter”, in an area where farmers with larger parcels of land cultivate organic food next to areas for gardening in Hong Kong

Hong Kong farming villages bordering mainland China are locked in a bitter struggle against property developers accused of “land hoarding”, as resentment of the city’s vast wealth gap fuels democracy protests. Now in their second month, the protests were sparked by Beijing’s insistence on vetting candidates in Hong Kong’s next leadership elections in 2017 ..

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OBAMA TAKES RESPONSIBILITY

November 10, 2014

Obama

Democrats’ election rout

US President Barack Obama has taken responsibility for his party’s crushing defeat in last week’s midterm elections. “We got beat,” Obama told CBS News in an interview broadcast yesterday. “The buck stops right here at my desk. And so whenever, as the head of the party, it doesn’t do well, I’ve got to take responsibi ..

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SHARED STANCE

November 10, 2014

Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin

Xi, Putin to ‘harvest the fruits’ of deepening ties

Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin promised ever-closer cooperation yesterday as they met for the 10th time in less than two years. The two men, who held talks in Beijing, have increasingly stressed their shared outlook which mirrors the countries’ converging trad ..

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Batelco employee wins CCNA Netriders competition

November 10, 2014

Ms Alnowakhda with (from left to right)  Nawaf Zaghmout, Ahmed Alasfoor and Eshan Fathi

Batelco announced that one of its Networking Academy representatives has won the top prize in the Middle East, North Africa, Turkey and Pakistan division of the 2014 EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) CCNA Netriders competition. This is the first time that a representative from Bahrain has won the top award at the annual CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate) reg ..

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“Planning for Agility” makes a splash

November 10, 2014

The session in progress

Mindshare,  global media agency network, helping clients to make collaborative and adaptive decisions held a media summit recently  under the theme “Planning for Agility,” It brought together the industry’s brightest minds to discuss harmonising Paid, Owned, and Earned channels to maximise brand awareness and marketing effectiveness.

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WBF ORGANISES BRANDING AWARDS

November 10, 2014

From right,  Mr. Al Muqla with Mr. Pek and Mr. Rowles

World Branding Forum(WBF), a nonprofit organisation registered in England and Wales organised the World Branding Awards in London last month. The award focussed  to provide benefit to all those involved in the branding community, including those who work in the branding, design, marketing, advertising, public relations and communication disciplines worldwide. The ..

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BIBF ORGANISES TRAINING MEET

November 10, 2014

Solveig Nicklos addressing the audienc

BIBF held its semi-annual consultation meeting with training managers from the government and private sector at their premises the other day. The objective of the meeting was to address the requirements of the various industries, discuss improvement opportunities and introduce new programmes that will be launched in 2015 to meet the growing needs of a highly skille ..

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Yemen cabinet sworn in

November 10, 2014

Newly appointed Yemeni Prime Minister Khalid Bahah holds a press conference after his cabinet was sworn in at the Presidential Palace yesterday in the capital Sanaa

Yemen’s new cabinet was sworn in yesterday despite calls by former president Ali Abdullah Saleh and Shia militias allied to him for it to be boycotted.

Twenty-nine ministers including members of Saleh’s powerful General People’s Congress (GPC) and others seen as close to the Shia Huthi insurgents attended the inauguration ..

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Fatah cancels Arafat memorial

November 10, 2014

A Palestinian young woman uses a mobile phone bearing a portrait of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat on November 5, in the West Bank city of Ramallah

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas’ Fatah movement said yesterday it is cancelling this week’s Gaza ceremonies marking the 10th anniversary of Yasser Arafat’s death due to security concerns.

Gaza-based Fatah spokesman Fayez Abu Eita told AFP that Hamas said it could not guarantee security at the memorial events scheduled f ..

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ALEPPO GIRL DEPICTS HARSH REALITY OF SYRIA

November 10, 2014

An image grab taken from a video uploaded to YouTube by Lamba Media Production shows nine-year-old Rasha (R) in the introductory scene of the YouTube show “Umm Abdo al-Halabiya”

YouTube comedy

A nine-year-old girl has become the star of a YouTube comedy that depicts with bittersweet humour the harsh reality of everyday life in rebel-held areas of Syria’s Aleppo.

Rasha plays the role of “Umm Abdo Al-Halabiya”, a housewife who must make do in a city devastated by more than three years of vi ..

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Curbing radioactive materials

November 10, 2014

Mr. Khalaf

In a bid to preserve the environment and protect lives, Bahrain is training its workforce to control the naturally occurring radioactive materials by following a two-year programme with the help of an international organisation.

Following the path of Saudi Arabia, Qatar and UAE, Supreme Council for Environment (SWE) in partnersh ..

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Transparency in records assured

November 10, 2014

A file photo of a woman casting her vote during the 2010 elections-Mr. Al Kuwari

Candidates’ financial disclosure

In the wake of the upcoming parliamentary and municipal elections, the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) ensures that the financial statement of every elected representative will be disclosed to the public, before they could join the council.

In statement issued by the Ministry of Interior ..

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Unending quest to serve mankind

November 10, 2014

The volunteers in action

They came together with a purpose of serving the mankind. Now their community has grown, enabling them to widen their service. That’s how the Bahrain Medical Aid Society, launched by a group of 10 Bahrain-based medical doctors, has been able to provide medical aid in impoverished countries too.

It all started in 2011 when the ..

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BIC ALL SET FOR UNLIMITED FUN

November 10, 2014

Some of the activities

Absolute entertainment

Two days of non-stop family entertainment can be enjoyed on the sidelines of this weekend’s FIA WEC Six Hours of Bahrain at Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) in Sakhir during the seventh and penultimate round of the FIA World Endurance Championship on Friday and Saturday.

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Cyber security: What’s up with WhatsApp?

November 10, 2014

A screengrab of the message users are getting

Citizens and residents yesterday expressed their anger after receiving a hoax message containing a contact attachment on the popular smart phone application WhatsApp.

The message has gone viral across the social media during the past two days, which prompted information and technology experts to issue a warning to the pub ..

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COURT BEAT

November 10, 2014

court beat

Justice Ministry drops case against Wa’ad

The Justice, Islamic Affairs and Endowments Ministry announced yesterday that it has submitted a request to the High Administrative Court to drop its lawsuit against  the National Democratic Action Society (Wa’ad) after the latter elected a new secretary general.< ..

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Family suffers as maid resorts to sorcery

November 10, 2014

Scars on Fatima’s forearm after she injured herself using blade

A Bahraini family alleges that its members have become victims of paranormal activities after a former housemaid practised black magic with an intention to harm them.

The trouble was brewed by an African housemaid who lived with the family for almost four years, according to a member.

Um Moh ..

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Weapons seized, suspects nabbed

November 10, 2014

Seized weapons

Police have confiscated a number of guns, ammunition, bomb-making materials and knives at one of the search locations, said the General Director of Criminal Investigation and Forensic Science last night.

However, the General Director didn’t specifically mention the location as to where the search took place.

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Ebola experts in Bahrain

November 10, 2014

Some of the ultrastructural morphology displayed by an Ebola virus virion is revealed in this undated handout colourised transmission electron  micrograph (TEM)

A World Health Organisation (WHO) delegation yesterday began its three-day visit to Bahrain to assess the precautionary measures aimed at countering any potential outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus.

During the visit, the WHO experts will evaluate the facilities of the Health Ministry so as to bolster its preparedness to prevent ..

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Cabinet praises Bahrain’s efforts

November 10, 2014

HRH the Premier chairs the cabinet meeting

The Cabinet held yesterday welcomed Bahrain’s decision to hold a global meeting for combating the financing of terrorism, according to a statement issued by the Secretary General of Cabinet Dr. Yaser Al Nasser.

The session chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Shaikh Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khalifa noted that the decision testified ..

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GUM UP TERROR FINANCE

November 10, 2014

Cautioning global community

Cautioning global community on the impending dangers, Foreign Affairs Minister Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa said that world leaders must do more to cut off funding for terrorist groups and prevent them from profiting from illegal businesses.

He was addressing a gathering of international delegates yesterday organised with ..

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BKIC NET PROFIT UP

November 10, 2014

Bahrain Kuwait Insurance Company (BKIC)

Chairman of Bahrain Kuwait Insurance Company (BKIC)  Murad Ali Murad  announced the quarterly results of the company. The net profit for the period ended 30th September  increased by 30 per cent from BD 2.8 million last year to BD 3.7 million this year, while the net profit for the 3 months ending 30th September amounted to BD 1.1 million as compared to BD 828,0 ..

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3D PRINTING GAINS PACE

November 10, 2014

Visitors look at a 3D printer printing an object, during “Inside 3D Printing” conference and exhibition in New York, in this April 22, 2013, file photo

Many manufacturers are at an early stage of discovering the benefits of 3D printing, but one of the clearest strengths is customisation.

At Normal, consumers can use a mobile app to photograph their ear, transmit the shots to the New York startup’s 3D printing facility and then receive customised earphones within 48 hours.

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THE BEAUTY BLOOPERS: Don’t trust your friends when it comes to lipstick!

November 10, 2014

THE BEAUTY Bloopers

I’ve learnt that I cant just pull of everything, I’m tired of beauty products that are mostly aimed at light skinned people, I have a dark complexion and I find it quite hard to find products or styles that fit my skin, most of the time I find myself importing products or even going online to find the best way to mix products to produce something that fits m ..

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French opposition in turmoil

November 10, 2014

Francois Fillon (right) and Jean-Pierre Jouyet

France’s former prime minister Francois Fillon yesterday complained of a “plot” against him, amid media revelations he sought to interfere in legal procedures against Nicolas Sarkozy, a rival in the right-wing opposition. Leading daily Le Monde claimed that Fillon had in June urged President Francois Hollande’s chief of staff to push along the several legal ..

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Ukraine rebels bolster frontline

November 10, 2014

A picture shows а burned apartment building after shelling in Kievsky area in Donetsk yesterday

Armoured convoys headed to bolster rebel positions in east Ukraine yesterday as shelling rocked separatist stronghold Donetsk and fears mounted of a return to full-scale fighting. Reflecting growing concerns, the European Union’s foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, said reports of military reinforcements in Ukraine’s separatist areas were a “very worryi ..

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MERKEL HAILS BERLIN WALL’S FALL

November 10, 2014

People walk along the preserved segment of the Berlin Wall called East Side Gallery

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said yesterday that the fall of the Berlin Wall 25 years ago was a message to a conflict-torn world that “dreams can come true”. She spoke as Germany celebrated the milestone on November 9, 1989, that ended its Cold War division by throwing a huge open-air party at Berlin’s iconic Brandenburg Gate. More than a million people we ..

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NEWCASTLE UNITED, STOKE CITY WIN

November 10, 2014

STOKE CITY-sports

Newcastle into top half as Baggies beaten

Newcastle United’s impressive revival continued as they climbed into seventh place in the English Premier League table with a 2-0 win away to West Bromwich Albion yesterday. Goals from Ayoze Perez and Fabricio Coloccini at The Hawthorns saw north-east side Newcastle, who struggled at the start of the sea ..

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Sea mammals on the edge

November 9, 2014

The corpse of a dolphin that was found in Karrana being removed

Strolling along the coastal areas in Bahrain, where waves lap against shores, it is easy to forget that the ocean has washed ashore as many as nine dead endangered marine mammals since January this year.

Sometimes, bottlenose dolphins wash ashore alive, emaciated and labouring with their final breaths. It’s found that some lac ..

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Czechs lead Germany in Fed Cup final

November 9, 2014

Petra Kvitova returns a ball to Andrea Petkovic

Petra Kvitova and Lucie Safarova gave the Czech Republic a 2-0 lead over Germany in the Fed Cup final in Prague yesterday after winning their opening rubbers in straight sets. Kvitova, the Czech number one player and world number four, overcame Germany’s number two Andrea Petkovic 6-2, 6-4 in an hour and 17 minutes. Safarova then needed an hour and 28 minutes to ..

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ROSSI ON POLE

November 9, 2014

Valentino Rossi

Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi took advantage of world champion Marc Marquez’s misfortune to claim his 50th career MotoGP pole position for today’s Valencia Grand Prix. Marquez is hoping to make history with a record 13th win of the season with victory on home soil after equalling Australian rider Mick Doohan’s mark of 12 victories in 17 races from 1997 after w ..

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McDowell, Poulter angry at ‘ridiculous’ pace

November 9, 2014

Graeme McDowell reacts at the 4th hole

Graeme McDowell lashed the snail-like pace of play yesterday at the WGC-HSBC Champions as “ridiculous” after a third round of one-under-par 71 reduced his lead to a single shot. McDowell has led for all three days of the $8.5 million Shanghai event known as “Asia’s Major”, but he and playing partner Ian Poulter were angered by having to spend more than fi ..

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BARCA AHEAD

November 9, 2014

Ximo Navarro (left) vies for the ball with Neymar da Silva

Suarez inspires Barcelona revival at Almeria

Two assists from Luis Suarez inspired Barcelona to come from behind and snap a two-game losing streak in La Liga with a 2-1 win at Almeria yesterday. Suarez had started the game on the bench alongside Neymar as Barca boss Luis Enrique made five changes from the side that defeat ..

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Mueller claims hat-trick

November 9, 2014

Thomas Mueller (left) tries to score past Frankfurt’s goalkeeper Felix Wiedwal

Defending champions Bayern Munich opened a seven-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga yesterday as Thomas Mueller netted a hat-trick in their 4-0 romp at Eintracht Frankfurt. With main rivals VfL Wolfsburg and Gladbach playing Sunday, Pep Guardiola’s Bayern claimed their eighth win in 11 league games to pull clear of the chasing pack against Thomas Schaaf’s ..

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Villa hold West Ham

November 9, 2014

Aston Villa’s Gabriel Agbonlahor (2nd left) has an unsuccessful shot as West Ham United’s Welsh defender James Collins (right) closes in

Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan produced a string of fine saves as his side held in-form West Ham United to a 0-0 draw at Upton Park yesterday. The point was sufficient to take West Ham back into the Premier League’s top four at the expense of Arsenal, who visit Swansea City today, but one would have been three had it not been for the reflexes of Guzan.

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Rosberg snatches late pole

November 9, 2014

Nico Rosberg takes part in the third free practice

Nico Rosberg secured pole position for today’s Brazilian Grand Prix and his 10th this season by the narrowest of margins yesterday when he outpaced world championship leader and Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton. In a tense and dramatic qualifying session, both men broke the Interlagos lap record several times as Rosberg finally topped the times with a best lap i ..

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MAN UNITED VICTORY

November 9, 2014

Angel Di Maria (right) runs with the ball under pressure from Crystal Palace’s Marouane Chamakh (centre) and James McArthur (left)

Mata finds key to Palace for rusty Manchester United

Substitute Juan Mata eased the tension at Old Trafford with the only goal as an injury-hit Manchester United edged Crystal Palace 1-0 in the Premier League yesterday. The Spaniard scored with a slightly deflected shot four minutes after coming on in the second half to give Louis van Gaal’s team a first ..

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Shaikh Ahmed re-elected ANOC chief

November 9, 2014

Abdulrahman Askar and Abduljalil Asad congratulate Shaikh Ahmed Al Fahad

The Kingdom of Bahrain was one of six nations to receive a special award for winning its first-ever medal at the Olympics during the inaugural ANOC awards gala in Bangkok, Thailand. The award was granted after Bahrain’s Maryam Jamal won the women’s 1,500m bronze medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach pre ..

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Shaikh Hamad maintains winning ways

November 9, 2014

An action from the race

Shaikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa continued his strong start to the new BIC 2,000cc Challenge season after claiming a fine double in round two on Friday at Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) in Sakhir. Having won both races in the season-opener last month, Shaikh Hamad returned to  the track and enjoyed a near-perfect weekend in his white Honda Civic hatchback.

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Ahmed Al Dossary win

November 9, 2014

Shaikh Nasser

Ahmed Al Dossary won the Qualifying Endurance Race over 80km held yesterday at the Bahrain International Endurance Village in Zallaq. The event was the opening round of the national endurance racing season, and it was held in the presence of Supreme Council for Youth and Sports Chairman, Bahrain Olympic Committee President and Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance ..

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Shaikh Nasser bags third spot

November 9, 2014

Shaikh Nasser

Supreme Council for Youth and Sport Chairman and Bahrain Olympic Committee President HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa has climbed one step to secure the third position in the International Championship Dubai Triathlon.

Initially Shaikh Nasser had finished the competition fourth, but the technical committee after reviewing t ..

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KHOLIK LIFTS TITLE

November 9, 2014

Ashwini Ponnappa with tournament organisers

Unseeded Indonesian Firman Abdul Kholik came from a game down to beat favourite and second seed Anand Pawar of India 20-22, 21-13, 21-13 in the final of the men’s singles last night at the conclusion of the five-day Indian Club Centenary Li-Ning Bahrain International Challenge 2014 at the club’s Sanskar Hall in its Gudaibiya premises.

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Catalan leader warns against disrupting vote

November 9, 2014

Basque demonstrators supporting Catalonia independence hold up their regional flag during a rally in front of the Catalan government headquarters in Barcelona

Catalan leader Artur Mas said yesterday that any steps taken by Spain’s central government to disrupt a symbolic vote on independence in the wealthy region would be “a direct attack on democracy”. Spain’s Constitutional Court this week ordered the Catalan government to suspend Sunday’s vote but Catalonia’s nationalist government has vowed to press ahead ..

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MEXICO HORRIFIED

November 9, 2014

Teachers, students and relatives of the 43 missing students at a Press conference

Suspected massacre of 43 students

Mexico was confronted yesterday with possibly one of the grisliest massacres in years of drug violence after gang suspects confessed to incinerating the bodies of 43 missing students and dumping them in a river. The disappearance of the students six weeks ago has gripped and revulsed Mexico. Gang-linked police attacked the ..

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Fishing countries to discuss bluefin quotas

November 9, 2014

Bluefin tuna on display

Against the backdrop of an apparent Atlantic bluefin tuna recovery, fishing nations gather in Genoa, Italy, next week to set new limits, closely watched by environmental groups and scientists. In 2013, the bluefin tuna spawning stock in the east Atlantic and Mediterranean surged to 585,000 tonnes -- nearly double the levels of the 1950s, according to International ..

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ELECTION MAULING

November 9, 2014

Obama

Obama heads to Asia fresh from poll drubbing

Still smarting from his election night mauling, President Barack Obama heads this weekend to China seeking to reassure Asian nations of America’s commitment to its much-vaunted pivot to the region. Assailed on all sides by global crises, from Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria to the conflict in Ukraine and th ..

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Kingfisher shares face suspension

November 9, 2014

Mr. Mallya (centre)

Shares of India’s grounded Kingfisher Airlines face suspension, stock exchanges have announced, hammering another nail in the coffin of the carrier founded by self-crowned “King of Good Times” tycoon Vijay Mallya. The heavily indebted airline, once India’s second-largest by passenger share, has never turned a profit since its launch in 2005. The company has ..

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US RESISTANCE, APEC CAUTIOUS

November 9, 2014

China’s President Xi Jinping (centre) speaks to other leaders attending the Dialogue On Strengthening Connectivity Partnership at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing

A Pacific Rim summit yesterday voiced cautious support for a vast free-trade zone proposal being pushed by China in the face of reported resistance from the United States, which is promoting its own regional trade pact. China’s promotion of the Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific (FTAAP) idea -- and the narrative of Sino-US trade rivalry on the issue -- has loom ..

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Turkey urged to end seismic surveys

November 9, 2014

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi (centre), Cyprus’ President Nicos Anastasiades (left) with Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras

Egypt, Greece and Cyprus urged Turkey yesterday to end oil surveys in the island’s offshore waters, as its president slammed Ankara for hindering peace talks through “provocative actions”. Last month Cyprus suspended participation in UN-led peace talks with Turkey amid tensions over Ankara’s determination to search for oil and gas in the same area where the ..

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Mexico defends decision to scrap Chinese train deal

November 9, 2014

Mexico defends decision to scrap Chinese train deal

Mexico defended its abrupt decision to scrap a bullet train deal with a Chinese-led consortium and seek new bids after the opposition questioned the legality of the process. President Enrique Pena Nieto canceled the $3.75 billion tender late Thursday, just three days after the sole bidder, a group headed by the China Railway Construction Corp., won the contract to ..

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DISNEY’S REVENUE UP

November 9, 2014

DISNEY’S REVENUE UP

Company reported a 7pc increase in quarterly revenue to $12.39bn 

US entertainment giant Walt Disney’s fourth quarter revenue beat market expectations thanks to its recent blockbuster movies.  The company reported a 7per cent increase in quarterly revenue to $12.39bn (£7.8bn), above expectations of $12.36bn.  Hit films Guardians of the Galaxy r ..

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Battling extremism: Air raids hit Syria oil field

November 9, 2014

A Syrian rebel fighting group climbs down the side of a mountain on the Syrian side of the Qalamun hills close to the Lebanese borders yesterday

US-led air strikes hit jihadist positions in the north and east of Syria, including an oil field, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said yesterday.

The raids against the Islamic State (IS) group came as the jihadists shelled a camp for people displaced from the flashpoint Syrian town of Kobane, killing two civilians, said ..

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The hero who won Palestinian hearts

November 9, 2014

Yasser Arafat

For decades, Yasser Arafat was the incarnation of the Palestinian fight for independence. Ten years after his death, he remains a national hero for a still stateless people.

When he died on November 11, 2004, he was the president of a moribund Palestinian Authority, an interim body set up in 1994 which was to have handed power t ..

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Israeli aggression : Activist criticises selective silence

November 9, 2014

Mr. Al Fadhala

The crisis in the Middle East could escalate very quickly if Israel keeps disrespecting Al Aqsa Mosque, opined Nassar Al Fadhala, a leading activist for Palestine and Ex-Parliamentarian.

The activist’s statement attains significance in light of Israeli forces closing Al Aqsa Mosque, Islam’s third holiest site, for a day last ..

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COURT BEAT

November 9, 2014

court beat

Robbery verdict on November 27

The court will pronounce its verdict in the trial of two Asians accused of robbing a restaurant owner on November 27.

The duo is accused of robbing BD300 from the victim after encountering him with two other unknown persons in a public place. ..

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Concerted efforts to combat terror funding

November 9, 2014

Mr. Krajeski

Highlighting that Islamic State (IS) presents more complicated terrorist financing challenge, the US Ambassador Thomas Krajeski has stated that the anti-IS coalition is leading a three-pronged effort to combat the financial foundation of IS.

In a press release issued on the sidelines of an international conference organised by B ..

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AD FIRMS JOIN THE POLL FRAY

November 9, 2014

Vote-Bahrain

Whether new parliamentarians and municipal councillors serve Kingdom’s citizens or not, the campaign season has brought windfall to advertisement agencies. Candidates are contesting against each other in the number of flex boards, banners, flyers and giveaways while advertisement agencies are capitalising on the opportunity. Many advertising experts have also eme ..

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Artesian Wells Project inaugurated in Somalia

November 9, 2014

Dr. Al Sayed

Following directives from His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, and under the patronage of Supreme Council for Youth and Sport Chairman, Bahrain Olympic Committee President and Royal Charity Organisation (RCO) Chairman HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, RCO Secretary General Dr. Mustafa Al Sayed inaugurated the Artesian Water Walls Projects in Somalia, imp ..

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Passport must for voting

November 9, 2014

Bahrain passport

Citizens have been urged to bring their valid passports so as to cast their ballots in the upcoming Parliamentary and municipal elections.

“The passport is the essential identity document for voting, along with the ID card,” said Legislation and Legal Opinion Chief, Parliamentary Elections Executive Director Abdulla Al Buain ..

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Inmate’s death: MoI offers condolences

November 9, 2014

Shaikh Rrashid Abdulla

Interior Minister Lt. General Shaikh Rashid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa yesterday offered sincere condolences to the family members of the inmate who was allegedly killed at the Reformation and Rehabilitation Centre.

Shaikh Rashid stated that the death of the man, thought to have been at the hands of three of Ministry personnel, was ..

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GCC Power 2014 opens tomorrow

November 9, 2014

Dr. Mirza

Minister for Electricity and Water Affairs Dr. Abdul-Hussain Mirza  will patronise the opening ceremony of “GCC Power 2014” tomorrow. Organised by the GCC Regional Committee for Electric Systems (GCC CIGRE), the conference will be held between 10th and 12th November. It will attract more than 350 high-level industry attendees. The conference aims at giving par ..

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BOOSTING RELATIONS

November 9, 2014

Visiting delegation with  Dr. Jawahery

Chinese delegation visits GPIC

The Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (GPIC) welcomed Vice-Chairman and Secretary-General of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference  Zhang Qingli and team. Company President, Dr. Abdulrahman Jawahery, members of the Executive Management, the c ..

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Bringing an inner transformation

November 9, 2014

The New Indian School

An enlightening and enriching session was conducted for the students of The New Indian School for classes X-XII. Eminent spiritual Gurus Santosh M. and Santosh Subramaniam of the Chinmaya Mission addressed the students. Director and Principal, Dr. V. Gopalan welcomed the gathering. Emphasis was laid on bringing about an inner transformation of students in order to ..

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Meaningful tips to stress-free life

November 9, 2014

The Asian School

Tenth standard students of The Asian School had counselling sessions conducted by Dr. Bhramara of Royal Bahrain Hospital and Rev. Fr. Gasper Fernandes of the Sacred Heart Church. It was an enlightening session, which highly impressed the students. While Dr. Bhramara’s session emphasised “stress-free learning”, Fr. Gasper Fernandes enthralled students with his ..

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Know India Project

November 9, 2014

British School of Bahrain

Year 2 students at the British School of Bahrain toured India to learn more on the country’s cultural mosaic including its cuisine, textiles, arts, crafts, stories, dance, music, games and geography. The tour is being conducted as part of the project, in which students are asked to create their own Indian museum.

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India’s growth saga to continue

November 9, 2014

Siddhartha Singh

CEO of PineBridge Investments - Mumbai, India , Siddhartha Singh is upbeat about the current investment climate in India. During a recent visit to Bahrain, Mr. Singh gave an insight into the investment opportunities in India.

Here are the excerpts of an interview he had given to DT News.

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Twitter to set up shop in Hong Kong

November 9, 2014

Hong Kong

Twitter plans to set up shop in Hong Kong early next year, focusing on ad sales instead of the one-to-many messaging service banned in China. The San Francisco-based service that has served as a platform for dissent and free speech wants to tap into booming growth in Greater China by selling ads to businesses such as exporters. US Internet titans Google and Faceboo ..

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‘FOX HUNT’

November 9, 2014

China’s Premier Li Keqiang (right) talks to Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper during a signing ceremony on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit

Asia-Pacific ministers pledge to step up graft fight

China secured backing from Asia-Pacific ministers yesterday to deepen anti-graft efforts, in a move that dovetails with a high-profile Communist Party “fox hunt” for corrupt officials who have fled abroad. The anti-corruption proposal is said to have been pushed by China and backed by the United State ..

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CHELSEA UNBEATEN

November 9, 2014

Liverpool’s Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho (centre) plays the ball under the eye of Chelsea’s Serbian midfielder Nemanja Matic (2 right) and Chelsea

Diego Costa strike leaves Liverpool reeling

Diego Costa scored his 10th goal of the campaign as Premier League leaders Chelsea continued their unbeaten start to the season by winning 2-1 at Liverpool yesterday. Bidding to avenge their costly 2-0 loss in last season’s corresponding fixture in April, scene of captain Steven Gerrard’s infamous slip, Liverp ..

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Arab-Israeli shot dead

November 9, 2014

Palestinian youths use sledgehammers to break parts from a concrete segment of the controversial Israeli separation wall in the West Bank village

Security forces yesterday shot dead a young Arab-Israeli during a confrontation triggered by the attempted arrest of a relative, police said.

The dawn killing in Kfar Kana in northern Israel comes against a backdrop of soaring Israeli-Palestinian tensions in annexed east Jerusalem where there have been near-daily clashes in flas ..

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I’ll be remembered as one of the best ever

November 6, 2014

Cristiano Ronaldo

World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo believes he will be considered one of the greatest footballers to have ever played the game by the time he retires. The 29-year-old picked up the third Golden Boot award of his career for being joint top-goalscorer in Europe last season in Madrid yesterday and is also the odds-on favourite to win the Ballon d’Or for a th ..

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MASAKADZA RESISTS

November 6, 2014

Hamilton Masakadza reacts after scoring a century

Hamilton Masakadza’s century boosts Zimbabwe in second test against Bangladesh.

Hamilton Masakadza defied Bangladesh’s spinners with an unbeaten 154 to take Zimbabwe to a respectable position in the second Test in Khulna yesterday. The tourists had reached 331-5 in their first innings by stumps on the third da ..

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National races Double-Header begins

November 6, 2014

Racing cars on the track

An action-packed double-header is set to take place at Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) tomorrow with plenty of exciting night racing on the cards. The second round of the 2014/2015 BIC 2,000cc Challenge will headline the evening’s programme, while an all-new national motorbike championship will be making a rousing and highly anticipated debut the same night, ..

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Drag and Drift tonight at BIC

November 6, 2014

BIC

Motorsport enthusiasts from around the Gulf are invited to enjoy plenty of high-octane thrills tonight at the Ebrahim K Kanoo Drag and Drift Night, powered by Motor City at the Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) in Sakhir. The widely popular activity is catered for for drag racing and drifting lovers who can put their skills to the test as they push their very own ..

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ABM Climax beat Imperial CC

November 6, 2014

e BFC Professional T25 League Cup organised by Cricket Bahrain

ABM Climax defeated Imperial CC by five wickets in the latest matches of the BFC Professional T25 League Cup organised by Cricket Bahrain Association and supported by Cebarco at the Hunainiya Valley in Riffa. Batting first, Imperial CC managed 194 with the main scorers being Shahid Khan (109) and Huzaifa Akram (40) with Adeel the best of the bowlers pivking up thre ..

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EDB SUPPORT PIVOTAL

November 6, 2014

Shaikh Nasser

Bahrain Triathlon Challenge

Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa emphasised his great appreciation for the significant role played by His Royal Highness Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Deputy Supreme Commander and Chairman of the Economic Development Board (EDB), in supporting the Kingdom’s development process and working to raise the na ..

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Youngsters win Monday Madness title

November 6, 2014

Overall winners Taimur & Yaseen

Promising young golfers Yaseen Le Falher, aged 14, and 11-year-old Taimur Malik (11 points) were crowned overall order of merit winners of the Monday Madness Night Golf Series at the Royal Golf Club. The pair were runners up in the final competition of the six week series with a nett score 31 and picked up the top prize of a Samsung Galaxy S5 each. The winners of t ..

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Workshops set to carry out committee strategies

November 6, 2014

Mr. Abdullatif

Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC) has prepared a number of workshops for its employees to sensitise them on ways to implement their strategic plan. These activities also aim to and brief them on the importance of short, average and long term planning as well as providing them with the needed skills.

BOC Planning and Strategy Direc ..

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Endurance season begins with preliminary race

November 6, 2014

Shaikh Nasser

Under the patronage of Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation (BREEF) Honorary President and Bahrain Royal Endurance Team leader HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the 2014-2015 endurance season will start on Saturday with the Preliminary Endurance Race at the Bahrain International Endurance Village in Sakhir. Shaikh Nasser gave his directives to ..

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SHAIKH NASSER LEADS

November 6, 2014

The team in training

Dubai Triathlon to feature more than 1000 athletes

 Supreme Council for Youth and Sports Chairman and Bahrain Olympic Committee President HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa will lead the Bahrain Triathlon Team in the Dubai International Triathlon Championship tomorrow in the UAE.

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ZAIN PARTNERS WITH STARTUP

November 6, 2014

For a fresh start up

Zain Bahrain has signed an agreement with Startup Bahrain with an aim to strengthen the reach of the operator to Bahraini entrepreneurs as per the company’s strategy. Startup is Bahrain’s first independent digital publication for startup companies and entrepreneurs. Readers rely on its interactive, educational and inspirational content to help start and grow th ..

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DESIGNER SHAIK AWARD DEDICATED TO KING

November 6, 2014

Mr. Al Asfoor receiving the award from Nobel laurate Dr. Muhammed Yunus

Mohammed Al Asfoor, the brainchild behind the House of Designer Shaik , dedicated his recent award to His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and to the friendship between Bahrain and Saudi.He had won the ‘Best Existing Project Prize’ in the Prince Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah Global Entrepreneurship Award.

The award is a first ..

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UAE ECONOMY RECOVERING

November 6, 2014

UAE

The United Arab Emirates economy, the Arab world’s second largest, is recovering at pace from the global financial crisis but remains threatened by low oil prices, the IMF said yesterday. “Economic recovery has continued at a solid pace, supported by construction, logistics and hospitality,” a team from the International Monetary Fund said after visiting the ..

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S&P assigns “A-”rating to Trust Re

November 6, 2014

S&P assigns “A-”rating to Trust Re

Trust Re has announced that Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services has assigned it an A- long-term rating. The A- rating is an affirmation of S&P’s assessment of Trust Re’s financial stability and strong capacity to meet financial commitments. The announcement was made during the  25th anniversary celebration and comes as a result of extremely strong ris ..

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St Christopher’s Sixth Form aims excellence

November 6, 2014

practical session

No matter where your child is currently studying for their GCSEs, MYP (or equivalent), consider bringing them to St Christopher’s for their Post-16/Pre-University education says management. The Sixth Form (Y12/13 UK system, Grades 11/12 in US and Bahrain systems) there reflects the constantly changing world. St Christopher’s offers a choice of either an AS/A2 L ..

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Al Ahsa shooting toll rises to eight

November 6, 2014

Qatar and the GCC Secretary-Gereral have condemned the attack

The death toll from Monday night’s shootings in eastern Saudi Arabia has risen to eight, from five reported previously, with another 12 injured, the Interior Ministry told.

Seven of the eight people were killed at a place of worship in the village of Al Dalwah in Al Ahsa district of Eastern Province. The other person was found ..

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Dolphin found dead

November 6, 2014

The corpse of the dolphin

A dolphin was found dead on the coast of Juffair yesterday evening. Experts have identified the mammal as a bottlenose dolphin.

According to the sources, the corpse of the dolphin was found ashore in Juffair around 4 pm. He also added that the corpse was partly decayed.

The bottlenose dolph ..

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Riding high on the art of speaking

November 6, 2014

Mr. Hettiarachchi

Thinker, trainer, orator and World Champion of Public Speaking, Dananjaya Hettiarachchi is in Bahrain with the aim to inspire.

Public speaking changed the life of Mr. Hettiarachchi, who was a mischievous rebel in his younger years, before finding his feet in public speaking.

He was an eccentr ..

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AMAIUB RESEARCH COLLOQUIUM

November 6, 2014

Dr. Amin El Meligi, Mr. Nejib Friji, Ms. Buena Gracia Canzana and Prof. Nabil El Kadhi

The 2nd AMA International University-Bahrain (AMAIUB) Research Colloquium was held  on  1st November at the  University Auditorium. In her speech AMAIUB’s Head of Administration Ms. Buena Gracia A. Canzana  emphasised the social, cultural, economic and environmental impacts of research in the society.

Dr. Nabil El Kadhi, u ..

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COURT BEAT

November 6, 2014

court beat

Two Egyptians get life for murder 

Two Egyptians implicated with murdering a compatriot in Juffair because of a money dispute were slapped with life imprisonment terms.

Their verdict was announced yesterday by the High Criminal Court, which also handed down the duo an additio ..

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ASSAULT ADDS TO RESOLVE

November 6, 2014

Chairs and ACs were completely damaged in the incident

Vandalism continued in the Kingdom as two tents belonged to a parliamentary candidate were set ablaze by the miscreants in the wee hours yesterday.

According to the Northern Governorate’s eighth constituency candidate Dr. Isa Turki, the attack was intentional and it cost him around BD4000 to 6000.

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‘Bahrain a model of coexistence, amity’

November 6, 2014

His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa yesterday received Anglican Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf Bishop Rt. Revd Michael Lewis

Bahrain, which embraces all people without any discrimination, will remain as a model of coexistence and amity between all religions and doctrines, said His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.

His Majesty’s statements came as he received Anglican Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf Bishop, Rt. Revd Michael Lewis yesterday.

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BAHRAIN STRIDES IN FOCUS

November 6, 2014

Mohammed bin Ibrahim Al Mutawa

e-government index

Minister of State for Follow-up Affairs Mohammed bin Ibrahim Al Mutawa highlighted Bahrain’s progress achieved in e-government index and its 18th position globally.

While taking part in the 2014 Dubai Forum for Government’s Best Practices being held at Dubai World Trade Centre under the patronage o ..

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Dreamliners,Boeing 777 join Qatar fleet

November 6, 2014

Qatar airways

Qatar Airways took delivery of three new aircraft in a day last week as two Boeing 787 Dreamliners and one Boeing 777 joined its rapidly expanding fleet. The delivery which took place in Seattle, brought the airline’s fleet count up to 139 passenger and cargo aircraft. With the receipt of its newest aircraft, the airline now has 17 Boeing 787 Dreamliners, and 37 ..

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INVESTCORP ACQUIRES DAINESE

November 6, 2014

Mr. Al Shroogi.

Investcorp, a global provider and manager of alternative investment products, announced yesterday that it has reached an agreement with

Lino Dainese, founder and president of Dainese to acquire the specialist Italian retailer Dainese at an enterprise value of €130 million. Mr Dainese will retain a minority stake in the busines ..

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A DELIGHTFUL CHOCOLATE TREAT

November 6, 2014

DT news -Girish Kumar (Pastry Chef), Ramee Grand Hotel and Spa, Seef Ovenhot

Chef Name: Girish Kumar (Pastry Chef), Ramee Grand Hotel and Spa, Seef.

Favourite things: 

Making new pastry desserts with local Ingredients

 Most memorable day: 

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Power struggle plunges Georgia in turmoil

November 6, 2014

Mindia Janelidze

Georgia yesterday plunged into political crisis after its youthful prime minister sacked his hugely popular defence minister and the foreign minister resigned in protest. In the ensuing political turmoil in the pro-Western Caucasus nation, Irakli Alasania -- who was fired in a surprise move on Tuesday -- said his Free Democrats party was leaving the ruling coalitio ..

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Rajapakse seeks court nod for third term

November 6, 2014

Mahinda Rajapakse

Sri Lanka’s president has asked the top court to rule on whether he can seek a third term after the opposition insisted his snap re-election bid was illegal, officials said yesterday. President Mahinda Rajapakse has sought an urgent Supreme Court ruling on his decision to contest a third term in early elections expected in January 2015.  Rajapakse removed the tw ..

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CHILDREN IN SHOCK

November 6, 2014

People sit inside a makeshift bomb shelter in the Kuybeshevski area in Donetsk yesterday

Mortars kill Ukraine school footballers

Darkness was just falling at school number 63 in east Ukraine’s rebel-held Donetsk when three mortars hit the playing field where a group of teenage friends were having a kick-about. Two of them -- one 14, the other 18 -- were killed instantly. Four more were injured, one seriously. An elderly woman sobbed as the bo ..

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Putin beats Obama again in Forbes ranking

November 6, 2014

Combination of file photos shows US President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin

For a second year in a row, Russian President Vladimir Putin has beaten Barack Obama to the title of world’s most powerful leader as ranked by Forbes. In a year in which Russia annexed Crimea, stoked a conflict in Ukraine and clinched a multi-billion-dollar gas pipeline deal with China that Forbes called the world’s largest construction project, Putin remained ..

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CATALONIA VOWS TO VOTE SUNDAY

November 6, 2014

Pro-independence Catalans, members of Omnium Cultural and National Assembly of Catalonia -ACN- demonstrate in support of the independence referendum planned for November 9 at Catalunya square in Barcelona yesterday

Catalonia’s leader vowed yesterday that a symbolic independence vote banned by the Spanish government will go ahead on November 9, setting up a constitutional conflict unprecedented in post-Franco Spain. Defying the latest in a string of legal challenges by Madrid, regional president Artur Mas promised to defend Catalans’ “right to decide”, despite an order ..

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Suu Kyi says Myanmar reforms ‘stalling’

November 6, 2014

Suu Kyi in a Press meet

Myanmar’s reform process is “stalling”, opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi said yesterday, warning the United States against over-optimism before a visit by President Barack Obama to the former pariah state. Suu Kyi, who has long looked to the West to bolster her efforts to promote democracy, voiced caution at the pace of reforms since the country began emerg ..

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OBAMA’S DEMOCRATS GOT THUMPED: BAD DAY

November 6, 2014

A reporter works in front of a screen showing news coverage about US President Barack Obama, in the media center of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit venue in Beijing

Intense frustration with President Barack Obama, an abandonment of Democrats by independent voters and failure to convince Americans that the economy was improving propelled Republicans to a game-changing midterm election victory. When the smoke cleared early yesterday, Republicans had seized seven Senate seats, tightened their grip on the House of Representatives ..

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TOP GOLFERS SET FOR SHANGHAI MAJOR

November 6, 2014

Adam Scott

WGC HSBC Championship

Forty of the world’s top 50 golfers will tee off in Shanghai today when “Asia’s major”, the World Golf Championships (WGC) HSBC Champions tournament, gets under way. World number one Rory McIlroy and big drawcard Phil Mickelson have not made the long trip to China, but fifth-ranked Henrik Stenson is at Sheshan International Gol ..

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S.AFRICA TRIUMPH

November 6, 2014

South Africa beat Australia by seven wickets

Rossouw, De Kock guide Proteas to easy T20 win over Aussies

Rilee Rossouw scored a breezy 78 to lead South Africa to a commanding seven-wicket victory over Australia in the first of three Twenty 20 internationals yesterday. Rossouw, making his T20 international debut, smashed three sixes and seven fours in his 50-ball knock to get the Proteas home ..

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Police kill car attacker

November 6, 2014

Israeli police and rescue workers inspect the car a Palestinian man deliberately rammed it into a crowd of pedestrians in Jerusalem yesterday

Tension escalates in Jerusalem

A Palestinian driver was shot dead by Jerusalem police after deliberately ramming his car into a crowd of pedestrians, wounding 10, one of them critically, police and medics said.

Police described the incident as a “hit and run terror attack” and said it took place in the same area as ..

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Thousands of Gaza civil servants strike

November 5, 2014

Palestinian employees of the former Hamas government queue up outside a post office in Gaza City on October 29 to receive USD1200 each, which is part of their wages that has been delayed for months

About 20,000 civil servants in the Gaza Strip went on strike yesterday to protest the Palestinian unity government’s refusal to pay military and security employees of the Islamist movement Hamas.

All ministries and other institutions run by Hamas in Gaza were shut and gated, except for schools, after the walkout by mostly admi ..

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Saudi, France seal $3bn weapons deal

November 5, 2014

Tyres  being burnt on October 29 in Beirut during a demonstration of the families of the Lebanese soldiers who were captured in Arsal, to ask for their release and draw attention to the plight of their relatives

Saudi Arabia and France sealed an agreement yesterday for Riyadh to finance the delivery of $3 billion worth of French weapons to the Lebanese army, which has come under mounting jihadist attack.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius hailed the conclusion of the deal, first announced last December, as a major boost to the Leban ..

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Baghdad attacks kill at least 16

November 5, 2014

Water fills a crater left behind following a car bomb that targeted a tent set up to host Shia pilgrims

A suicide bombing and shelling targeting Shias in Baghdad killed at least 16 people ahead of major religious commemorations, Iraqi security and medical officials said yesterday.

Shelling struck a street in the Tunis area of northern Baghdad where Shias were distributing refreshments from a tent on Monday, after which a suicide ..

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Height of barbarism: IS jihadists tortured kids

November 5, 2014

Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters fire with a heavy machine gun at IS militant positions on the outskirts of the Syrian town of Kobane yesterday

Islamic State jihadists subjected a group of teenagers from the Syrian battleground town of Kobane to a string of abuses, including torture, during six months in captivity, Human Rights Watch said yesterday.

A group of 153 schoolchildren was taken hostage by IS in May en route to their hometown of Kobane after sitting exams in t ..

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The Pet Project: Natural remedies to prevent fleas

November 5, 2014

The Pet Project

What better and more assuring way of preventing fleas for dogs than preparing a more natural remedy to make those fleas go away.

 Instead of buying a potentially harmful flea collar, how about soaking a bandana collar with some drops of cedar oil, lavender oil and water.

Not only is this eas ..

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Affordable housing project : American firm bags contract

November 5, 2014

American firm  bags contract

Hill International, a US based construction management firm, was awarded a contract to provide project management services in connection with the Bahrain Affordable Housing Public-Private Partnership project. The contract was awarded by Ithmar Development Company.

The contract wil ..

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COURT BEAT

November 5, 2014

court beat

Drug trafficking: Witnesses to testify in drug case

Defence witnesses will testify on November 30 in the trial of a German woman and a Bahraini man, both of whom were charged in connection with drug trafficking.

The 39-year-old ..

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His Majesty thanked for unrelenting support

November 5, 2014

Shaikh Rrashid Abdulla

His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa yesterday received a cable of thanks from Interior Minister Lt-General Shaikh Rashid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa.

The minister paid tribute to HM the King, on behalf of all the ministry’s personnel as well as the families of martyrs of duties and the policemen who sustained injuries as they ..

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High-level delegation from China arrives today

November 5, 2014

Mr. Al Saleh

Shura Council Chairman Ali Saleh Al Saleh has affirmed that exchanged visits between Bahraini and Chinese leaders, senior officials and parliamentarians over the past years reflect the solidity of bilateral ties, and will contribute to opening up new horizons of joint cooperation and rapprochement.

Mr. Al Saleh praised His Majes ..

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Bahrain deplores terrorist attacks

November 5, 2014

The blast site in Al-Ahsa Province

The Kingdom of Bahrain yesterday strongly condemned the heinous cowardly terrorist attack which took place in Al-Ahsa Province, Saudi Arabia. The blast had claimed the lives of five individuals.

In a statement issued yesterday, the Kingdom stressed that such a despicable act is alien to all human values and is in contradiction w ..

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New app to help voters

November 5, 2014

New app to  help voters

In an era where the palm-sized electronic gadget has become an artificial limb, Kingdom of Bahrain cannot avoid the use of technology while conducting its elections.

Authorities have already come up with an application named “Bahrain Elections 2014” to provide required information to the voters.

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MANDATE LEANS ON NEW MEDIA

November 5, 2014

NEW MEDIA

A mid few weeks left for the Kingdom to go to the polls, new media tools including social media networks and smartphone applications have overtaken their traditional rivals such as flex boards, banners or posters in the campaign trail.

While almost all candidates are active on Facebook and Twitter, a few others have even gone t ..

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Envoy speaks : Gulf security is on Chinese radar

November 5, 2014

Mr. Chen

With economic ties between China and nations in the region taking a northward course, Beijing wants to see more security and stability across the Middle East, said Chinese Ambassador Li Chen during an interaction with DT News.

“We’ve always been committed towards maintaining the peace and security of this region. It i ..

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Overseas treatment for wounded policemen

November 5, 2014

Overseas  treatment  for wounded  policemen

His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa has issued directives to treat all security personnel who were injured seriously and lost some of their body parts while performing their sacred duty in specialised hospitals outside the kingdom so as to enable them to exercise their life naturally.

HM the King also ordered an allowance ..

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Consolidating food security a top priority

November 5, 2014

Dr. Al Kaabi at the National Mariculture Centre

Municipalities and Urban Planning Minister Dr. Juma Al Kaabi yesterday stated that the Kingdom will go ahead with its strategy to consolidate its food security, especially regarding fish production.

Speaking as he visited an aquaculture project at the National Mariculture Centre in Ras Hayan, Dr. Al Kaabi said that investment in ..

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Elections reflect democratic growth

November 5, 2014

Elections reflect  democratic growth

The forthcoming elections are a testimony to the democratic march the Kingdom has been witnessing under the leadership of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, opined candidates as the nation gets ready to go to polls within a few days.

Speaking to DT News, Khalifa Al Mawda, a candidate from Busaiteen contesting for ..

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‘Both elections are equally important’

November 5, 2014

Mr. Al Namliti

The “less glamorous” municipal elections, contrary to popular belief, is just as important as the run towards the Parliament, opined a prominent social activist as he urged the public to pay equal attention to both the elections.

The public attention and media coverage for the upcoming Bahrain Elections 2014 has been dispr ..

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IIRA, Dagong assign ratings for Al Baraka Banking group

November 5, 2014

Al Baraka

Islamic International Rating Agency (IIRA) and Dagong Global Credit Rating Company Limited (Dagong) jointly assigned an investment grade credit rating for Al Baraka Group at BBB+ (long term) / A3 (short term).   IIRA also assigned a rating of A+ (bh) / A2 (bh) as a national scale rating.  The outlook on both ratings is stable.  In addition IIRA assigned an overa ..

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Sustainable chemical industry need of the hour: Dr. Jawahery

November 5, 2014

Dr. Jawahery speaking at the conference

Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (GPIC) President Dr. Abdulrahman Jawahery, who headed a company delegation to the Second Gulf Petrochemical and Chemical Association (GPCA) Sustainability Conference in Dubai, delivered a keynote speech at its opening session.

Dr. Jawahery’s address, on “Building a truly sustainable chem ..

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EGOVERNMENT CONCLUDES TRAINING PROGRAMME

November 5, 2014

Mohammed Sayyar (centre) Assistant Director of Human Resources and Finance of the eGovernment Authority with trainees

As part of its commitment and corporate social responsibility, the eGovernment Authority recently completed a training programme for graduates. The eGA welcomed a number of graduate trainees from different universities within the Kingdom that underwent the annual eGA training progamme from July to October 2014 .

Trainees from di ..

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Gulf Air wins threefold at GITEX Technology Week

November 5, 2014

Dr Jassim Haji (right) receives the award

Gulf Air was recognised threefold during the recent GITEX Technology Week 2014, a renowned IT expo that was held in Dubai, winning the GITEX 2014 Cloud Award for ‘Best Big Data Solution’, the ACN Arab Technology Award for Harnessing Innovation of the Year and the Global Enterprise Connect (GEC) Award for Best Company/Organisation for Green IT initiatives. Winni ..

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MID EAST CARGO ACCELERATES

November 5, 2014

Gulf Air

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets showing an acceleration of demand in September. Measured by freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), volumes rose 5.2per cent compared to September last year, which is 0.8 percentage points ahead of the 4.4pc average growth in demand reported for the year-to-date. Capacity grew ..

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STUDENTS VISIT CYPRUS

November 5, 2014

British School BahrainSTUDENTS VISIT CYPRUS

Eighteen of the Year 11 Geography Class of British School Bahrain travelled to Cyprus last week to carry out research and data collection for their Controlled Assessment. They stayed at the Environmental Study Centre, in Kritou Terra, western Cyprus. This is the fourth consecutive year in which BSB students are visiting the Centre. The fresh, cool mountain air, pea ..

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BSB students, teachers participate in marathon

November 5, 2014

British School of Bahrain

Two teams from the British School of Bahrain took part in the Bahrain Relay Marathon 2014 on Friday, 31st October. The teams - one consisting of teachers and the other comprising students, were sponsored by Gama Hotel Management and Geant respectively.

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Toppers with teachers

November 5, 2014

St. Christopher’s students

St. Christopher’s students came out in flying colours at the GCSE A-level and IB examinations held during last summer. From left, Mahira Essa, Natalie Howe; Monica Jinsi, Jude Al Mutawa, Sophie Bury, Manon Cote,  Suad El Jawhari, Anuja Jaiswal, Donovan Mongelos, Alexandra Pafford and Yasmina Thomure.  Also in the picture are Nick Wilson, Head of Senior School a ..

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Tennis guru arrives in Bahrain

November 5, 2014

Renato Amaral

Experienced Tennis Professional, Renato Amaral has arrived from London to join Bahrain Tennis Academy (BTA), which is based at the Dilmun Club, Saar.

Coach Renato, 35, has extensive coaching experience from his native Portugal where he taught all ages and levels before deciding to move to London in 2012 to further his career. Th ..

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A great day of swimming

November 5, 2014

St Christopher’s Senior School

St Christopher’s Senior School held their annual Swimming Gala on October 28. More than 400 students participated in the event and the day saw over 17 records being broken. Falcon House emerged Overall winners.

 

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Mexico catches mayor blamed for students’ disappearance

November 5, 2014

Police patrol outside the Deputy Attorney’s Office Specialised in the Investigation of Organized Crime (SEIDO) building where the  ex-mayor and his wife are allegedly detained

Mexican police detained yesterday a fugitive ex-mayor and his wife accused of ordering a police attack that left six people dead and 43 college students missing since last month. Jose Luis Abarca, the former mayor of the city of Iguala, and Maria de los Angeles Pineda were captured by federal officers before dawn in Mexico City’s populous working-class district o ..

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COLLISION COURSE

November 5, 2014

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy (left) and president of Catalonia’s regional government Artur Mas(file photo)

Catalonia presses ahead with independence vote

The government of Spain’s wealthy Catalan region put itself on a collision course with Madrid yesterday by vowing to press ahead with a symbolic independence vote this weekend despite a court-ordered block. Catalan government spokesman Francesc Homs said “everything is ready” for Sunday’s referendum, wh ..

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US-China ties will help shape 21st century

November 5, 2014

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry discusses current relations between the U.S. and China at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies

The relationship between the United States and China is the “most consequential” in the world today, US Secretary of State John Kerry said yesterday before a high-profile trip that includes a stop in Beijing. Ties between the world’s top two economies will “do much to determine the shape of the 21st century,” Kerry said, before key meetings in China prepa ..

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SENATE BATTLE

November 5, 2014

Voters cast their ballots at a polling place at Eastern Market in Washington, DC

Voting starts in US

Americans trooped to the polls yesterday in key midterm elections, with Republicans expecting to claim the Senate majority on a day of reckoning for Democrats weighed down by an unpopular president. Although many battlegrounds may go down to the wire, Democrats could lose Senate seats in as many as 10 states, a result that would hamstrin ..

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Burkina army vows to restore civilian rule

November 5, 2014

Burkina Faso’s army-appointed leader, Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Zida (left) escorts African Union representative Edem Kodjo ( centre)

Burkina Faso’s army promised yesterday to return power to a civilian government, an influential traditional chief said as the poor west African nation faced intense international pressure for a speedy transition following a military takeover. Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Zida made the vow in a meeting with the Mogho Naba, the “king” of Burkina Faso’s leading Mo ..

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PUTIN SUPPORTERS MARCH IN KREMLIN

November 5, 2014

A man plays the accordion as Kremlin supporter march in central Moscow yesterday

Tens of thousands of supporters of President Vladimir Putin and a smaller group of ultra-nationalists marched through Moscow yesterday to mark Russia’s Unity Day. The huge, highly organised rally of Putin backers through the centre of the capital showcased the Kremlin’s patriotic agenda at a time of growing international tension over the war in neighbouring Ukr ..

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Spain court blocks symbolic Catalan independence vote

November 5, 2014

Artur Mas

Spain’s Constitutional Court yesterday blocked a symbolic independence referendum planned by the wealthy northeastern region of Catalonia for this weekend, at the request of the nation’s central government. The head of the Catalan regional government, Artur Mas, had called the symbolic vote after the court on September 29 suspended his initial bid to hold an of ..

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Merkel urges swift action

November 5, 2014

Angela Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel called yesterday for thieves of a gate to the former Nazi concentration camp at Dachau to be swifty brought to justice, as she received an award from Holocaust survivors. Jewish leaders have reacted with outrage over the theft of the iron gate, which bears the chilling inscription “Arbeit Macht Frei” (Work Will Set You Free), in ..

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OBAMA TO MEET SUU KYI

November 5, 2014

Barack Obama

US-Asean Summit

US President Barack Obama will meet Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi in Yangon on November 14, during a six-day trip that also includes stops in China and Australia, the White House said yesterday. Earlier in the November 12-14 Myamar stop, Obama will participate in a US-ASEAN ..

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Macleod gets Scotland call

November 5, 2014

Lewis Macleod

Rangers midfielder Lewis Macleod was yesterday awarded his first call-up for Scotland’s 2016 European Championship qualifier at home to the Republic of Ireland and friendly at home to England. The 20-year-old has been capped at every international level from under-16 to under-21 and has impressed national coach Gordon Strachan with his recent performances, scorin ..

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Lara backs Windies to survive India crisis

November 5, 2014

Brian Lara

Brian Lara believes West Indies cricket will overcome the threat of complete financial collapse caused by the team’s controversial withdrawal from the tour of India. The already cash-strapped West Indies Cricket Board was left facing a $42 million claim by their Indian counterparts for lost earnings after their side quit the tour following the fourth ODI in Dhara ..

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CARRICK READY TO FILL THE VOID

November 5, 2014

Michael Carrick

Michael Carrick is happy to solve Manchester United’s injury crisis by playing at centre-back in the coming weeks. Carrick made his first appearance of the season on Sunday when he came off the bench to replace injured centre-back Marcos Rojo in United’s 1-0 defeat to Manchester City. United expect Rojo, who dislocated his left shoulder sliding in for a tackle, ..

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Gunners hope to pin down Walcott

November 5, 2014

Theo Walcott

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has revealed Theo Walcott is in talks with the club about signing a new contract. Walcott penned a new three-and-a-half-year deal reportedly worth £100,000 a week in January 2013 but that commitment will have less than 18 months to run at the turn of the year. The pacey winger has started only two matches in 2014 after injuring a cruciat ..

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SCOTT DELIGHTED WITH CADDIE OFFERS

November 5, 2014

Adam Scott

World number two Adam Scott said yesterday he had been flooded by candidates offering to become his caddie after Steve Williams retired following September’s Tour Championship. Williams, 50, who was on the bag as Tiger Woods won 13 of his 14 majors between 1999 and 2011, announced he was calling it a day earlier this year after more than 30 years on tour.

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Chappell rejects Tendulkar’s claim

November 5, 2014

Greg Chappell

Former India cricket coach Greg Chappell yesterday vehemently denied Sachin Tendulkar’s claims that the former Australian great tried to have the Indian captain removed before the 2007 World Cup. In his autobiography “Playing It My Way”, extracts of which were released on Monday, Tendulkar says Chappell asked him to take over from Rahul Dravid as captain ahea ..

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FELLAINI TO FACE NO ACTION FROM FA

November 5, 2014

Marouane Fellaini

Marouane Fellaini will face no action from the Football Association after he was cleared of intentionally spitting at Sergio Aguero in Sunday’s Manchester derby. United midfielder Fellaini and striker Aguero clashed in the first half of City’s 1-0 victory at the Etihad Stadium last weekend. Aguero tumbled to the floor after Fellaini kicked his standing leg and ..

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BANGLA CHARGES

November 5, 2014

Tamim Iqbal plays a shot-Shakib Al Hasan

Tamim, Shakib hit tons in Bangladesh 433

Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal scored centuries as Bangladesh took charge of the second Test against Zimbabwe in Khulna yesterday. The hosts, who plodded to 193-3 on the opening day after electing to bat, made 433 in their first inn ..

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INDIAN CLUB BADMINTON TOURNEY ON

November 5, 2014

Players in action yesterday

The largest-ever badminton event to be held in Bahrain was inaugurated last night as the five-day Indian Club Centenary Li-Ning Bahrain International Challenge 2014 world ranking points event sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) and Badminton Asia Confederation (BAC) got underway at the club’s Sanskar Hall in its Gudaibiya premises.

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Sanchez brace sends Arsenal into top four

November 2, 2014

Arsenal’s English striker Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (centre) vies with Burnley’s Republic of Ireland defender Stephen Ward (left) and English defender Jason Shackell (right)

Alexis Sanchez scored twice and Calum Chambers added another as Arsenal won 3-0 at home to bottom club Burnley yesterday to claim fourth place in the Premier League. Arsenal’s early-season anxieties about the battle for a Champions League place seem to be easing, and it is largely because the excellent Sanchez has already found his feet following his transfer fro ..

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BREEF showjumping meet held

November 2, 2014

Discussion of new season schedule in progress

The 2014-15 Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation (BREEF) showjumping schedule has been adopted following a meeting headed by chairman of the BREEF committee Shaikh Khalid bin Mohammed Al Khalifa with the competing local stables to discuss laws and regulations governing the forthcoming season and development of the sport. The season starts on November 1 ..

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Indian Club Triumph

November 2, 2014

Cricket Bahrain Association (CBA) BFC Professional League Cup

Kumar century helps Indian Club to victory in the latest matches of the Cricket Bahrain Association (CBA) BFC Professional League Cup supported by Cebarco at the Hunainiya Valley in Riffa. Batting first, Indian Club scored 186 thanks to a fine knock by Kumar (108) with Abdul Jabbar and MIshtiaq pickling up a couple of wickets each ABM Climax finished on 166 with Wa ..

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PORSCHE CAPTURES POLE POSITION

November 2, 2014

A racing car on the track

Six Hours of Shanghai

Porsche captured pole position in tremendously exciting fashion for today’s Six Hours of Shanghai in China. The German manufacturers claimed their starting spot despite finishing with the exact same average time of chief rivals Toyota in today’s qualifying session. The no. 20 Porsche car a 919 Hybrid of Romain Dumas, Neel Jani and ..

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Real Madrid move top of La Liga

November 2, 2014

Real Madrid’s French forward Karim Benzema (left) vies for the ball Granada’s French defender Jean Sylvain Babin

Real Madrid moved to the top of La Liga for the first time this season as goals from Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and a James Rodriguez double handed them a 4-0 win at Granada. It took Ronaldo just 100 seconds to register his 22nd goal of the season when he swept home Benzema’s cut-back to punish some lax Granada defending. There was nothing the hosts could d ..

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Hamilton remains on top

November 2, 2014

Lewis Hamilton drives

Championship leader Lewis Hamilton topped the times again in yesterday morning’s third and final free practice session for Sunday’s United States Grand Prix. The 29-year-old Briton, who was fastest in both practice sessions on Friday, was more than seven-tenths of a second clear of his Mercedes team-mate and title rival Nico Rosberg. It was another dominant per ..

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CHELSEA VICTORY

November 2, 2014

Queens Park Rangers’ English defender Steven Caulker (right) pressures Chelsea’s Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas (left)

Eden Hazard’s late penalty ensured Chelsea maintained a four-point lead at the Premier League summit following a hard-fought 2-1 victory at home to Queens Park Rangers yesterday. Hazard’s spot-kick settled the west London derby, but Jose Mourinho’s side were made to work for the points after Charlie Austin’s 62nd-minute effort had cancelled out Oscar’s ou ..

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UKRAINIAN SOLDIERS KILLED

November 2, 2014

Pro-Russian gunmen patrol in the Kuybeshevski area in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine yesterday

Six Ukrainian soldiers were killed by pro-Russian rebels, officials said yesterday on the eve of separatist elections that Ukraine and its Western backers say will undermine an increasingly hollow truce accord. Losses in the last 24 hours “as a result of fighting were six servicemen killed and 10 wounded,” Volodymyr Polyovy, spokesman for the National Security ..

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Afghan first lady backs French veil ban

November 2, 2014

Rula Ghan

Afghanistan’s cosmopolitan new first lady has backed France’s controversial ban on the niqab, comparing the full veil to “blinders” as she prepares to campaign for more respect for women in her conservative adopted homeland. However Rula Ghani defended the wearing of headscarves, including the hijab, in public spaces for religious reasons, saying she did no ..

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Army officer takes over in Burkina Faso

November 2, 2014

Isaac Zida(centre)

Burkina Faso’s army yesterday named a high-ranking military officer, Isaac Zida, to lead a transition government after a violent uprising toppled long-ruling president Blaise Compaore. Compaore resigned on Friday after unrest over plans to extend his 27-year rule exploded into violence that saw parliament set ablaze, in protests closely watched across a continent ..

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POLL REVIVES OLD GEOGRAPHICAL DIVIDE

November 2, 2014

Indigenous teachers from different tribes ask for support for their children and make other demands during a protest in front of Planalto Palace in Brasilia

Leftist President Dilma Rousseff’s re-election in Brazil has exposed a deeply divided country, reviving the old wounds of class struggle. Last week’s vote showed huge support for the incumbent in the impoverished northeast, where millions receive benefits from huge welfare programmes Rousseff’s Workers Party (PT) has rolled out over the past decade. The progr ..

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UAE Exchange Bahrain celebrates 7th anniversary

November 2, 2014

UAE Exchange

UAE Exchange Bahrain celebrated its 7th anniversary yesterday. They commenced operation in 2007 and it has 13 branches in the Kingdom. The growth for the company was tremendous as it became Bahrain’s favourite brand for remittances, foreign exchange, payroll solutions and bill payments. Bahrain acts as a second home to a large group of migrants from all over the ..

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TRA staff complete Dispute Resolution course

November 2, 2014

Telecommunications Regulatory Authority

Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) Bahrain has successfully completed a specialised course for key staff members on Dispute Resolution which took place at Le Meridian Hotel in the Seef District recently. This course concludes a three-part training programme which was developed by Bond University based in Gold Coast, Australia, with the aim of broadening ..

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AUSTRALIA CONFIDENT OF MARINE RESERVE

November 2, 2014

Antarctica marine reserve

Australia said yesterday that it was confident its plans for a marine reserve to protect biodiversity in East Antarctica would succeed next year, after international talks in Hobart failed to agree on the measure. The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) meeting closed late Friday with the 25 members unable to reach consensu ..

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Zain Bahrain supports INJAZ programme

November 2, 2014

Pakiza Abdulrahman

Zain Bahrain has joined a team of volunteers mentoring school students as a part of INJAZ Bahrain’s three-month programme aimed at empowering the youth. Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, Pakiza Abdulrahman, will be mentoring the students at Khawla Secondary School for Girls as a part of a programme rolled out by INJAZ Bahrain called, ‘The Company’. “ ..

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COSTLY AUCTION

November 2, 2014

Alberto Giacometti’s Chariot, which is a part of Sotheby’s New York November Evening auctions items, is displayed during a media preview in New York yesterday

A bronze sculpture by Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti valued at more than $100 million and 20 works by pop art icon Andy Warhol headline New York’s fall art auction season next week. Art worth at least $1.7 billion from impressionist and modern; post-war and contemporary go under the hammer at Christie’s and Sotheby’s at combined evening and day sales from N ..

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Kurds protest in Turkey

November 2, 2014

Turkish Kurds and others rally in support of Kurdish fighters including peshmerga fighters who have gone to defend the Syrian town of Kobane, in the central Turkish city of Ankara yesterday

Thousands of people yesterday took to the streets in Turkey in an international day of solidarity with the mainly Kurdish Syrian town of Kobane which has been besieged by jihadists for over six weeks.

Around 1,000 pro-Kurdish supporters took part in a march in central Istanbul, which was so far peaceful following warnings from t ..

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At Least 1273 killed in October

November 2, 2014

Iraq violence

Violence in Iraq killed at least 1,273 people during October, according to UN figures released yesterday, while the government gave a significantly higher toll.

According to the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), at least 856 civilians and 417 security forces members were killed and more than 2,000 were injured. ..

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King visits bustard conservation project

November 2, 2014

HM the King along with Shaikh Abdulla, Shaikh Nasser and Shaikh Khalid at the conservation project site

His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa yesterday visited the project site launched in Houbara to conserve bustard birds in the Kingdom.

HM the King was accompanied by 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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Fading hopes: Despair brings them together

November 2, 2014

Relatives of Lebanese soldiers being held hostage in Syria by Islamic extremists stage a sit-in at the entrance of Lebanon’s governmental palace in downtown Beirut in order to pressure the government to work on their release

Outside Lebanon’s government headquarters, where relatives of soldiers and police captured by jihadists have held a weeks-long sit-in, a message on a photograph reads: “We are waiting for your return”.

For the past three months, 27 families from across Lebanon have been brought together in anguish by threats by the Islamic ..

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Asian sentenced for forging certificate

November 2, 2014

Picture for representative purpose

An Asian, who forged his secondary school certificate for employment purposes has been jailed for three years by the High Criminal Court.

Judges found the defendant guilty of forging his academic certificate after faking the stamps of the Bahraini Consulate in Karachi. The convict had earlier denied the allegations.

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Umrah trip takes a tragic turn

November 2, 2014

accident

In a tragic incident, four Bahrainis, who were on their way back to the Kingdom after finishing Umrah, lost their lives in Saudi Arabia on Friday.

The incident occurred as the car driver lost the control of his vehicle due to tyre puncture. Three other passengers, who suffered severe injuries in the accident are undergoing treat ..

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COURT BEAT

November 2, 2014

court beat

Cross-examination on November 20

A murder-accused will be cross-examined before the High Criminal Court on November 20.

The defendant has been admitted at King Hamad University Hospital (KHUH) for a mental health check-up following a court’s order as the judges wanted to ascertain h ..

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Twelve polling stations for voters to cast ballots

November 2, 2014

Mr. Al Bouainain

Twelve general polling centres will open their doors countrywide on November 22 from 8:00am to 8:00pm for voters to cast their ballots in the upcoming parliamentary and municipal elections.

The centres will make it easier for citizens to cast their ballots as they cover all constituencies, taking into account geographic distribu ..

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10 DAYS, 13 DEALS

November 2, 2014

Mr. Ahmed

It was a fitting tribute to the growing Sino-Bahrain relations as the high-level business delegation from the Kingdom, visiting China and Hong Kong, was able to ink 13 deals with Chinese businesses and trade organisations in 10 days.

The high-level business delegation, which concluded its visit to China and Hong Kong yesterday, ..

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One injured as mall ceiling collapses

November 2, 2014

Enma Mall in East Riffa collapsed

One person sustained moderate injuries as a portion of the Enma Mall in East Riffa collapsed yesterday evening.

Confirming the incident, the Interior Ministry tweeted: “Part of the ceiling of a shopping mall in Riffa fell down, one person sustained minor injuries and referred to hospital for treatment”.

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PAKISTAN BECKONS

November 2, 2014

Khan Muhammad Tanoli

The current economic and social scenario of Pakistan make it perfect for the businessmen in Bahrain to prioritise the South Asian nation when it comes to investments, affirmed a prominent member of the Pakistani community.

Khan Muhammad Tanoli, Chairman of Al-Noor International Development, President of Al-Wasmiya Group of Compa ..

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RBH participates in “Career expo for women 2014”

November 2, 2014

RBH team at the event

According to its vision to support the youth empowerment in Bahrain, Royal Bahrain Hospital (RBH) participated in the “career expo for women 2014”, which was held under the patronage of His Majesty the King’s wife and Chairwoman of the Supreme Council for Women Her Royal Highness Princess Sabika bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa.

Th ..

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EU COMMISSION ASSUMES OFFICE

November 2, 2014

Jean-Claude Juncker

The new European Commission led by EU veteran Jean-Claude Juncker formally took office yesterday, promising to “get down to work” as Europe faces a host of political and economic challenges. The agenda is heavy, with Juncker making it his first task to launch a 300 billion euro ($380 billion) investment plan by Christmas to kickstart a faltering economy plagued ..

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APPLE PAYMENT LACKS THRUST

November 2, 2014

Apple

Apple Pay, meant to inject momentum into a fragmented market for the emerging mobile payments sector, has instead highlighted the squabbles between retailers and the banking and payments industry. Since Apple Pay made its debut on October 20 for US customers with the iPhone 6, several major retailers have said they would not use it. That includes number one retail ..

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‘Invest in people to develop nation’

November 2, 2014

Mr. Engineer explaining as to how innovative products change people’s lives

Co-founder of KB Proto, the first-of-its kind 3D printing company in the Kingdom, Khalid Engineer is one of the unique innovators whose achievements are beyond any reckoning. He was in the forefront of many research activities and has served a true representative of Bahrain’s scientific development, right from his childhood. Having written a research paper dedica ..

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Millions across Philippines honour their dead

November 2, 2014

Relatives light candles, offer flowers and say prayers at the tomb stone of their departed loved ones at a cemetery in Manila yesterday

Millions across the Philippines packed into cemeteries yesterday to pay respects to their dead, in an annual tradition that combines Catholic religious rites with the country’s penchant for festivity. The Church appealed for a solemn and prayerful observation of the “day of the dead” and urged against turning gravesites into picnic spots. Police set up friski ..

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CATALAN LEADER THREATENS SPAIN

November 2, 2014

Catalan protesters hold a banner reading “Catalonia, New European State.” (file photo)

A powerful leader in Catalonia threatened yesterday that the rich region could drive Spain to default on its debts if the government refuses to negotiate on Catalan calls for independence. Oriol Junqueras, leader of the Catalan Republican Left party (ERC), sharpened the tone in a tense standoff with Madrid a week ahead of a planned symbolic independence vote that ..

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Higuain, Callejon down Roma in Napoli win

November 2, 2014

Roma’s Greek defender Jose Holebas (right) fights for the ball with Napoli’s Spanish forward Jose Maria Callejon

A spectacular early strike from Gonzalo Higuain and a late Jose Callejon goal handed Napoli a precious 2-0 win over title challengers Roma that moved Rafael Benitez’s men up to provisional third in Serie A yesterday. The sides met at Napoli’s San Paolo stadium for the first time since the death of 31-year-old Ciro Esposito, a Napoli fan who was killed by a har ..

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RAONIC IN FINALS

November 2, 2014

Milos Raonic returns the ball

Paris Masters

Milos Raonic reached the final of the Paris Masters yesterday with a bruising 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 win over Tomas Berdych. It is just the second time that the fast-rising Canadian has made it through to the final of a Masters Series event, losing in straight sets to Rafael Nadal on home soil at Montreal in September, 2013. For Berdych the de ..

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Hulk defends Brazil absence

November 2, 2014

Hulk

Brazil forward Hulk has defended his absence from the national squad for his country’s first post-World Cup friendlies under new coach Dunga, who appears to have frozen him out for missing the games in September. Dunga, who replaced Luiz Felipe Scolari in July after Brazil’s World Cup semi-final drubbing by Germany when Hulk was substituted at half-time, called ..

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LPGA Taiwan Championship: PARK KEEPS SOLE LEAD

November 2, 2014

Park In-Bee

World number one Park In-Bee of South Korea carded a three-under 69 to retain her sole lead after the third round of the Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship in Taipei yesterday. Park held a four-shot lead going into the final round after finishing the day with four birdies, three bogeys and a key eagle on the par-5 12th at the Miramar Golf Country Club. She described th ..

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PEREZ THE HERO

November 2, 2014

Newcastle United beat Liverpool in Premier League

Newcastle United beat Liverpool in Premier League

Liverpool slumped to their fourth defeat of the Premier League season yesterday as Spanish substitute Ayoze Perez earned in-form Newcastle United a 1-0 victory at St James’ Park. Liverpool, for whom striker Mario Balotelli endured another frustrating afternoon, were beaten when Perez pounced on a ..

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Violating public decency: Egypt jails eight men

November 2, 2014

Eight Egyptian men on trial for doing a video prosecutors claimed was of a gay wedding hide their identities as they sit in the defendant's cage during their trial in Cairo yesterday

An Egyptian court jailed eight men for three years yesterday over a video prosecutors claimed was of a gay wedding, which went viral on the Internet.

Homosexuality is not specifically banned under Egyptian law, so the men, arrested in September, were convicted of broadcasting images that “violated public decency.”

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One academy clinches title

November 1, 2014

Winners of the championship along with organisers

One Academy Baminton of Malaysia clinched the Bahrain Keralaya Samajam (BKS) Optima International Club Championship (BICC 2014) title last night with a 3-2 victory over Garuda Badminton Club of Indonesia at the club’s Diamond Jubilee Hall premises in Segaiya.

The championship was organised in co-operation with the Bahrain Badm ..

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BUEMI, DAVIDSON STEER TOYOTA TO TOP

November 1, 2014

An action from the race

FIA World Endurance Championship

The Toyota Racing pair Sebastien Buemi and Anthony Davidson steered their TS040 Hybrid to the top of the timesheets yesterday in both free practice sessions that kicked off the Six Hours of Shanghai in China.

The meeting is the sixth round of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), ta ..

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Westwood ace keeps him in hunt

November 1, 2014

Lee Westwood

Lee Westwood conjured the shot of the day with a hole-in-one on a 225-yard par 3 to jump into contention at the halfway stage of the CIMB Classic in Malaysia yesterday. Westwood’s seven-under-par 65 brought the former world number one to within just three shots of leader Billy Hurley III. The Englishman is one of seven players tied for third at seven-under, inclu ..

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Hamilton tops opening practice

November 1, 2014

Lewis Hamilton drives during practice

Championship leader Lewis Hamilton topped the times ahead of his Mercedes team-mate and title rival Nico Rosberg in yesterday’s opening free practice session for Sunday’s United States Grand Prix. The 29-year-old Briton clocked a best lap time of one minute and 39.941 seconds to wind up two-tenths of a second clear of the German after the pair took their time t ..

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Shaikh Salman to attend Champions League Final

November 1, 2014

Shaikh Salman

Asian Football Confederation (AFC) President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa will arrive in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia today to attend the second leg of the AFC Champions League final between hosts Al Hilal and Australia’s Western Sydney Wanderers.  Shaikh Salman asserted the game between the two clubs promises to bring top-of-the-class excitement and has receive ..

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RIFFA CC CHAMPION

November 1, 2014

The finalists with organisers, sponsors and the guest of honour

Riffa CC defeated Central Cafe by five wickets to clinch the Indian Club Centenary Cup Seven-a-Side Cricket title and the $2,000 winner’s prize late on Thursday night at the club premises in Gudaibiya. Put into bat, Central Cafe who as runners-up picked up $1,000 scored 52 for five in six overs with the main scorers being opener Suraj (23 off 20) top scoring and ..

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ECB dons new hat as eurozone banking supervisor

November 1, 2014

An overview taken from the top of Frankfurt’s Maintower shows the headquarters of the Deutsche Bank in the district “Bahnhofsviertel” of Frankfurt am Main, western Germany

The European Central Bank takes over as Europe’s banking watchdog yesterday in a historic shake-up of the financial system aimed at preventing a repeat of the crisis that nearly led to the collapse of the euro. The ECB, in charge of monetary policy for the single currency countries since the start of 1999, has seen its role of central bank drastically redrawn in ..

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ORBAN SCRAPS INTERNET TAX

November 1, 2014

A woman holds her dog next to a banner which reads “No internet tax” during an anti-government rally(file photo)

Hungary’s prime minister yesterday scrapped plans to introduce an Internet tax that had sparked major demonstrations and further concerns about civil liberties in the central European EU member state. Proposed changes to the tax code that would have imposed a new levy on online data transfers “cannot be introduced in its current form,” the right-wing Viktor O ..

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RBS sets aside £400m for forex scandal

November 1, 2014

Britain’s Royal Bank

Britain’s Royal Bank of Scotland has set aside £400 million for risks from probes into alleged rigging of the foreign exchange market, but switched sharply into third-quarter profit, it said yesterday.  This was the second such huge provision in two days by a leading British bank for possible costs and penalties arising from several probes into suspected price- ..

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SONY’S HALF-YEAR LOSS BALLOONS

November 1, 2014

SONY

Sony yesterday announced a whopping $1.0 billion six-month loss, underlining the Japanese electronics giant’s struggle to drag itself out of the red, while it falls further behind rivals Panasonic and Sharp. As the trio published their half-year earnings, Sony said the challenges of a fiercely competitive smartphone business had weighed on its bottom line. The co ..

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Juncker’s EU Commission takes office

November 1, 2014

Juncker

The new European Commission formally takes office today under Jean-Claude Juncker, whose skills at getting things done in the labyrinthine corridors of power in Brussels face their biggest challenge yet. The prime minister of Luxembourg for 19 years, Juncker says he wants to make the EU’s executive arm less bureaucratic and more political, with a high-powered tea ..

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Cyprus court ruling opens way for bailout funds

November 1, 2014

Cyprus bailout protesters(file photo)

The Cypriot supreme court ruled as unconstitutional the four bills on bank foreclosures whose passage by parliament prompted international lenders to halt payments on the country’s 10-billion-euro ($12.7-billion) bailout.

The decision should open the way for Nicosia to receive the next tranche of 436 million euros, which was b ..

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ANTARCTIC MARINE RESERVES PLAN FAILS

November 1, 2014

Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) meet, file photo

Two marine reserves proposed for Antarctica failed to win approval at international talks in Australia yesterday, campaigners said, adding the decision left one of the world’s last untouched wildernesses vulnerable. Australia had hoped for support for its joint French and European Union plan for a Marine Protected Area (MPA) to protect biodiversity in East Antarc ..

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Oil market pressured by strong dollar

November 1, 2014

Oil market

Oil prices slid yesterday, pressured once again by a stronger dollar, as dealers speculated over whether the Federal Reserve will lift interest rates sooner rather than later, analysts said. In midday London trading, Brent North Sea crude for delivery in December shed 90 cents to $85.37 a barrel. US benchmark West Texas Intermediate for December fell 90 cents to $8 ..

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EUROPEAN STOCKS RALLY, EURO DROPS

November 1, 2014

EUROPEAN STOCKS

European stocks rose sharply yesterday, boosted by Bank of Japan stimulus and upbeat earnings, but the euro and gold fell heavily. The euro dived below $1.25 for the first time for more than two years, driven by speculation that the US Federal Reserve could raise interest rates sooner than expected. And with problems crowding in on the Russian economy, the ruble fe ..

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Turki President questions West

November 1, 2014

Edrogan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday took aim at Western leaders for focusing too much on the battle over the strategic Syrian border town of Kobane.

Speaking to reporters after a meeting with French President Francois Hollande, Erdogan said: “Why are coalition forces continually bombing this town of Kobane?”

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Peshmerga leave eatery without paying bill!

November 1, 2014

A Peshmerga fighter waves a flag of Kurdistan

They came, they saw and they left, purportedly, without paying the bill.

Amid confusion over the plans of the Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters set to cross from Turkey to fight jihadists in Kobane, a Turkish restaurant owner is up in arms after they ate a full meal without paying a hefty bill, the Hurriyet daily reported yesterd ..

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COURT BEAT

November 1, 2014

court beat

Drug trafficker gets ten years

The High Criminal Court sentenced one defendant to ten years behind bars for drug trafficking, while his girlfriend received a one-year imprisonment term for consumption.

The defendants were nabbed after police received information about their illegal act ..

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Minister highlights Bahrain’s progress

November 1, 2014

Ms. Rajab during an interaction with Russian journalists

Minister of State for Information Affairs and official Government Spokesperson Sameera Rajab highlighted the developmental path traversed by the Kingdom while speaking at a reception ceremony in Russia.

Addressing the event which was attended by Russian journalists, she outlined political developments and wide-ranging achievemen ..

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Securing the nation: Royal Guard’s efforts thanked

November 1, 2014

Crown Prince receives salute at the BDF Headquarters

Like other nations, it is important for the Kingdom to strengthen its defence and military capabilities, said Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa while visiting the Royal Guard on Thursday.

The Crown Prince was received at the Bahrain Defence Force (BDF) h ..

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Fired without notice, expat seeks respite

November 1, 2014

Indian Ambassador Dr. Mohan Kumar along with other embassy officials listen to complaints from Indian expatriates

Anil Kumar, an expatriate from India could not resist his desperation, and he started pouring words of agony while complaining about his employer during the Open House held at the Indian Embassy yesterday.

Mr. Kumar, who had been working as a designer for the past 18 years in a Bahraini firm was allegedly fired. The complainant, ..

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DRIVER’S LICENCE, OH NO!

November 1, 2014

DRIVER’S  LICENCE

Owing to the procedural difficulties, many expatriates in the Kingdom have given up their dreams to obtain a driver’s licence. Let down for many reasons, they most often find it difficult to hire proper driving instructors capable of mentoring them before appearing for tests. They allege that these instructors hardly do justice to them by fixing same timings for ..

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Clashes erupt again

November 1, 2014

A Palestinian protester uses a slingshot to throw stones towards Israeli security forces

East Jerusalem again witnessed violence yesterday as clashes erupted in the West Bank after weekly Muslim prayers.

In the West Bank about 300 Palestinians threw stones at Israeli security forces at the Qalandiya checkpoint just north of Jerusalem.

The Israelis responded with live fire and ru ..

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Nepal comes to Bahrain : Showcasing rich culture with pride

November 1, 2014

Nepali artistes performing at NEPA MELA 2

An overwhelming joyous crowd of Nepalese gathered last night to celebrate the first-of-its-kind Nepalese festival in Bahrain called NEPA MELA at Baan Saeng Thai.

The event attended by more than 1,400 people was organised by the Cultural Team of the Nepali Community in Bahrain with an aim to showcase the Himalayan country’s ric ..

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JERUSALEM’S ENDLESS ORDEAL

November 1, 2014

Palestinian plight

Palestinian plight

Fourteen-year-old Hisham, who was born around the start of the second Palestinian intifada, dreams of a new uprising so he can play his part in “defending” Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque.

Al-Aqsa, situated in the heart of Jerusalem’s Old City, is the bu ..

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Danone announces baby-food step in China

November 1, 2014

Danone

French dairy giant Danone took a new step in China yesterday, announcing a tie-up in the booming market for baby milk products. Six years after a scandal over contaminated baby milk in China pushed consumers towards foreign brands, Danone said it was paying 437 million euros ($547.3 million) for 25.0 percent of Chinese firm Yashili. This will be achieved by means o ..

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DEAL DONE

November 1, 2014

EU, Russia, Ukraine seal breakthrough gas accord

EU, Russia, Ukraine seal breakthrough gas accord

Russia agreed to resume gas deliveries to war-torn Ukraine through the winter in an EU-brokered, multi-billion dollar deal signed by the three parties in Brussels yesterday. In a hard-fought accord the EU hopes will ease the broader crisis over Ukraine, Russia agr ..

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Italy ignores pleas, ends boat migrant rescue operation

November 1, 2014

Migrants wait to disembark from the “Fiorillo” coast guard boat in the port of Palermo

Italy yesterday ignored the pleas of aid agencies and confirmed the end of its search and rescue operation “Mare Nostrum”, responsible for saving tens of thousands of boat migrants stranded in the Mediterranean. “From tomorrow a new operation called ‘Triton’ begins,” deputy prime minister and interior minister Angelino Alfano told journalists at a Press ..

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Modi stokes Sikh massacre row

November 1, 2014

Narendra Modi

India’s Premier Narendra Modi yesterday called the massacre of Sikhs after former prime minister Indira Gandhi’s 1984 assassination a “dagger” blow to national unity, as his government snubbed a ceremony marking the anniversary of her death. Modi’s statements drew Congress party opposition charges he had politicised the normally non-partisan commemoration ..

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MYANMAR MAY CHANGE CONSTITUTION

November 1, 2014

Aung San Suu Kyi (centre), chairman of National League for Democracy (NLD) and lower house member of Parliament arrives prior to her meeting with Myanmar President Thein Sein (not pictured) at the president’s resident office in Naypyidaw yesterday

Myanmar’s parliament will consider amending the country’s constitution -- which currently bars opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from becoming president -- ahead of crucial elections next year, an official said yesterday. Suu Kyi is trying to change key sections of Myanmar’s charter ahead of 2015 polls that are widely expected to be won by her National Leagu ..

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Mugabe to set up commission

November 1, 2014

Robert Mugabe

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe will set up a commission to probe allegations of factionalism threatening to divide his ZANU-PF party ahead of an elective congress in December, the party spokesperson said yesterday. “The President was candid enough and frank enough to tell us the factions he has been advised are existing, accordingly he will set up a commissio ..

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Italy swears in new foreign minister Gentiloni

November 1, 2014

Paolo Gentiloni

Italy’s former communications minister Paolo Gentiloni has been sworn in as foreign minister, the President’s office said yesterday. Gentiloni, a member of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s centre-left Democratic Party (PD), replaces Federica Mogherini, who was set to take on her new role as foreign policy chief in Brussels today. “I thank President Giorgio Nap ..

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CLIP OBAMA; BUT COOPERATE

November 1, 2014

A biker drives past a mayoral race sign and “legalize” poster for a referendum about legalising pot in Washington yesterday

Goals of a Republican Congress

US Republicans battling for full control of Congress appear increasingly likely to get their wish in Tuesday’s midterm elections. But they will be under pressure to show they can actually work with their Democratic rivals to push through legislation on everything from the fight against Islamic extremism to health c ..

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BACK TO COLD WAR

November 1, 2014

Jens Stoltenberg

Russia probes NATO defences

Nuclear-capable Russian bombers in European airspace, NATO intercepts, a foreign submarine in Swedish waters -- the fall-out from the Ukraine crisis feels like a return to Cold War days. NATO has intercepted Russian aircraft on more than 100 occasions so far this year, three times more than all 2013, its new head Jens Stoltenbe ..

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Mourinho confirms Costa will face QPR

November 1, 2014

Diego Coste

Jose Mourinho said yesterday that star striker Diego Costa would return for Premier League leaders Chelsea’s all-London clash at home to strugglers Queens Park Rangers today. “It is good for us,” Mourinho told. “It’s difficult when you only have one striker available, but when you have two the situation improves,” the Blues’ manager added.   But Mour ..

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BERDYCH IN SEMIS

November 1, 2014

Tomas Berdych celebrates victory

Tomas Berdych reaches Paris semi-finals and London finale

Tomas Berdych guaranteed his place at the season-ending World Tour finals for the fifth straight year yesterday as he defeated South African Kevin Anderson to reach the semi-finals of the Paris Masters.  The Czech number one, who won the Bercy tournament on his debut in 2005, his ..

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Zidane cleared to coach during appeal

November 1, 2014

Zinedine Zidane

Zinedine Zidane has been cleared to continue coaching Real Madrid’s reserve side while the Spanish Court of Arbitration for Sport (TAD) considers his club’s appeal against a three-month ban, Real said yesterday. On Monday, Zidane was banned for three months for not having the necessary qualifications to coach in Spain. Real appealed the decision and now the Fra ..

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PARK CLAIMS LEAD

November 1, 2014

Park In-Bee

World number one Park In-Bee of South Korea pulled off a 10-under-par to claim the sole lead after the second round of the Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship in Taipei yesterday. Park held a three-shot advantage over China’s Feng Shanshan with a two-day total of 126 when she pared in after the 15th to finish with a 62 for the $2 million tournament at the par-72 Miram ..

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Israel reopens Al-Aqsa mosque

November 1, 2014

Israeli security forces keep watch backdropped by the dome of Al-Aqsa Mosque yesterday

Israeli police deployed heavily around Jerusalem’s flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound as it reopened yesterday for Muslim prayers after a rare closure during clashes over the killing of a Palestinian by security forces.

The streets of east Jerusalem were calm before the prayers at midday but teeming with additional police, inc ..

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Clashes erupt after prayers

November 1, 2014

A Palestinian argues with Israeli anti-riot police

Clashes erupted in the West Bank yesterday after weekly Muslim prayers while security forces deployed heavily around Jerusalem’s flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque which reopened following the killing of a Palestinian by police.

Jerusalem was relatively calm yesterday a day after youths clashed with police following the shooting dead o ..

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Toyota poised for victory

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Toyota Racing are in a position to take home the top honours at today’s WEC grand final following an electrifying performance at yesterday’s Qualifying session at Bahrain International Circuit (BIC), Sakhir. Toyota drivers Alex Wurz, Nicolas Lapierre and Kazuki Nakajima set the pace in LMP1 after putting up a best lap time of 1 minute 42.170 seconds. Their team ..

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Lotus confirm Maldonado signing

November 30, 2013

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Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado has been named as Lotus’ driver for the 2014 season alongside France’s Romain Grosjean, the team officially confirmed yesterday. Maldonado has spent three seasons with Williams, winning the Spanish Grand Prix in 2012, but only notched up one point this season with his 10th place in Hungary.

The 28 ..

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Lehmann calls for more Aussie aggression

November 30, 2013

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Coach Darren Lehmann said yesterday there will be no let-up as Australia continues its aggressive in-your-face cricket against England in the current Ashes Test series. Amid the rancour over a spiteful opening Test in Brisbane which Australia won by 381 runs last weekend, Lehmann said he wants to take Australian cricket back to the golden eras of Dennis Lillee and ..

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BIC gears up for night race

November 30, 2013

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The Bahrain International Circuit has announced that it is trialing the first phase of its new state of the art permanent lighting system at the World Endurance Championships (WEC). Once development is fully complete, the track floodlighting –comprising 495 lighting poles and suitable for high definition TV broadcasting – will be put into action for Bahrain’s ..

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BTC set for action-packed December

November 30, 2013

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Bahrain Tennis Club (BTC) have announced they will be conducting a number of events during December including the National Day celebrations at its premises in Juffair. The meeting was held under the chairmanship of BTC President Khamis Al Muqla to discuss the agenda and programme for the coming month. Events include the Zain Bahrain Youth Championships which will t ..

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Scott, McIlroy battle at Australian Open

November 30, 2013

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Adam Scott clawed his way back to the top of the leaderboard at the Australian Open at Royal Sydney yesterday, putting himself two shots ahead of Rory McIlroy. The reigning Masters champion shot a two-under-par 70 to move to 12 under par and two strokes clear of Northern Ireland’s McIlroy who posted a seven-under-par 65 and finished 10 under par.

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Mourinho has no need for new strikers

November 30, 2013

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho revealed yesterday he will not bring in a new striker when the transfer window opens in January. Mourinho has just three experienced front men to call upon in Fernando Torres, Demba Ba and Samuel Eto’o as Belgium international Romelu Lukaku was allowed to go out on loan to top-flight rivals Everton in August.

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Schmid on track

November 30, 2013

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Al Nabooda’s Clemens Schmid got off to a fine start in his defence of his title winning the opening round of the fifth season of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East yesterday at the Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) in Sakhir.

Starting in pole position on the 20-car grid Schmid was dominant to claim maximum points hold ..

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Bahrozian clinches Men’s title

November 30, 2013

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UAE number one Omar Bahrozian defeated compatriot and number two Ahmed Janahi 6-2, 6-4 to clinch the Men’s Super Singles title last night at the conclusion of the 65th Indian Club Open Tennis Tournament at its premises in Gudaibiya.

Both players from the UAE are experienced Davis Cup players and gave a delightful display of te ..

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Injury woes for Guardiola

November 30, 2013

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Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola admitted yesterday to having concerns about his team’s mounting injury problems. Last season’s treble winners have not yet lost in this campaign, winning 11 and drawing two matches in the Bundesliga while winning all five Champions League encounters.

But ahead of today’s visit of Eintracht ..

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Obama to look to Sasha

November 30, 2013

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President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will take a cue from daughter Sasha on where to live after his second term ends in 2017, and that means that they might end up staying in Washington, ABC News reported yesterday.

The president’s older daughter, Malia, will likely be in college but Sasha will be only a high s ..

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Thai protesters target army

November 30, 2013

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Defiant Thai opposition protesters stormed the army headquarters and besieged Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s party offices yesterday, intensifying their fight to bring down her government. Boisterous demonstrators have targeted key government buildings in Bangkok in the biggest street protests since mass rallies in 2010 degenerated into the kingdom’s wors ..

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China jets scrambled in air zone

November 30, 2013

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China says it scrambled fighter jets to monitor US and Japanese planes as they flew in its newly declared air defence zone in the East China Sea yesterday.The zone covers territory claimed by China, Japan, Taiwan and South Korea.

China said last week that all aircraft crossing through the zone must file flight plans and identify ..

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Nikkei down on profit-taking

November 30, 2013

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Asian markets were mixed yesterday, with Japanese investors cashing in after the Nikkei ended at a near six-year high, sending the index lower despite upbeat data showing a strong rise in inflation. The yen edged down against the dollar, and against the euro sat at lows not seen since the beginning of the financial crisis after official figures showed Japanese infl ..

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Americans jam stores

November 30, 2013

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The holiday shopping season started as a marathon, not a sprint. More than a dozen major retailers from Target to Toys R Us opened for 24 hours or more on Thanksgiving Day through Black Friday, the traditional start to the holiday shopping period.

As a result, crowds formed early and often throughout the two days. About 15,000 p ..

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Indian Q2 GDP grows 4.8 per cent

November 30, 2013

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India posted faster-than-expected quarterly economic growth of 4.8 per cent yesterday, boosted by robust farm output, spurring hopes that an end to the country’s prolonged downturn may be in sight. The official data for the second financial quarter to September beat market forecasts of 4.6pc growth and topped the 4.4pc expansion India logged in the previous three ..

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World stock index near 6-year high

November 30, 2013

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A major index of world equities rose to near a six-year high yesterday, helped by gains in U.S. stocks, on faith in an improving global economy and support from central banks, while U.S. crude oil rebounded from recent declines.

The U.S. stock market rose in light trading in what will be an abbreviated session following Thursday ..

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Netherlands downgraded

November 30, 2013

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Standard & Poor’s agency cut the Netherlands’ credit rating yesterday, reducing the euro zone club of full triple-A nations to just three, while rewarding Spain for efforts to reform its public finances. S&P lowered the Netherlands, which is suffering from an anaemic economy, slumping house prices and falling consumer confidence, to “AA+” from “AA ..

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S. Korea output accelerates

November 30, 2013

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South Korea’s industrial output grew at its fastest pace for 11 months in October on the back of increased production in the manufacturing sector, government data showed yesterday. Production in the mining, manufacturing, gas and electricity industries rose 1.8 per cent from the previous month, Statistics Korea said. It was the fastest monthly growth since Novemb ..

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Walmart to open stores in US capital despite protest

November 30, 2013

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Walmart, the biggest retailer in the United States, is opening its first-ever stores in the US capital - but some aren’t giving it a warm welcome.

Wooed by Mayor Vincent Gray, the big box discounter has made plans to eventually open six locations, ultimately creating as many as 1,800 jobs in a city that, in some neighborhoods, ..

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World’s oldest bank hits revival mode

November 30, 2013

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The board of troubled Italian lender Monte dei Paschi di Siena - the world’s oldest bank - has approved a restructuring plan which it said will create a “profoundly different” bank by 2017. The plan, which includes significant job and branch cuts and the sale of small subsidiaries, had been given the green light by the European Commission.

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Oil set for big gain

November 30, 2013

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Brent crude oil firmed slightly yesterday and looked set to post the biggest monthly gain since August as prolonged unrest in Libya kept supply disruptions in focus.

More than 40 people were killed in an explosion at an army depot in southern Libya after locals tried to steal ammunition, the latest in a series of clashes highlig ..

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Short movie in LIFF race

November 30, 2013

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A short movie, filmed in Bahrain, after its success at the Orlando Film Festival (OFF) 2013, is in its race to appear at another international film forum in Lucerne. The eight-minute long movie titled ‘The Green Line,’ a venture of a group of residents, is expected to be screened at the Lucerne International Film Festival (LIFF). The movie from Aurora Light Pro ..

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Syed Junaid Alam to host ‘11th Quran Competition’

November 30, 2013

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Supporting the virtues of the recitation of the Holy Quran, Bahrain-based renowned perfumers Syed Junaid Alam, will sponsor the ‘11th International Annual Quran Recitation Competition’ on December 4, to be followed by the prize distribution ceremony the next day. The preliminary rounds kicked off last Thurday. The event, under the patronage of His Majesty’s P ..

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Bahrain among world’s top ‘LinkedIn’ users

November 30, 2013

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Bahrain has one of the highest percentage of LinkedIn users in the world, according to experts. LinkedIn is luring Bahrain’s online community to it because it aids job seekers and businesses. The social media tool, which is designed mainly for professional networking, has gained a lot of attention from Bahrain’s public due to its popularity and a study by Socia ..

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THE THRILL OF A LIFETIME!

November 30, 2013

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Aside from the racing fever which gripped the Kingdom yesterday during the World Endurance Championship (WEC), spectators got the thrill of their lives in a packed schedule of events throughout the day at the Bahrain International Circuit (BIC), Sakhir. Internationally renowned French DJ John Revox kept the crowd excited and on their feet, with his world class perf ..

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Sunshine after rainy days…

November 30, 2013

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People in Bahrain having a gala time after showers

The quotation “There is always sunshine after a rainy day” has really come true in Bahrain as the climate mood here changed dramatically after rains. After few days of shower, which disturbed almost all the people, the weather decided to be nice. Ever since ..

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Minister emphasises human rights strides

November 30, 2013

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Minister of State for Human Rights Affairs Dr. Salah bin Ali Abdulrahman yesterday highlighted the efforts and initiatives of the wise leadership and the government to achieve stability and continue the national-building process and landmark reforms, while interacting with the Chairman and members of the National Human Rights Commission of the Republic of Korea. He ..

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‘It won’t be easy to hunt talents’

November 30, 2013

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Expert stresses on the need for intellectual transfer

Acquisition of talent is a real challenge for companies, considering the demography in most countries, stated an expert, while explaining the concept ‘war for talent’. “There is only a limited number of highly educated and skilled people available in t ..

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Bahrain remains model for the region

November 30, 2013

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The Kingdom has proportionately large number of women policy makers

The potential and talent of women that lay untapped and hidden, must be encouraged in order to bring about key changes in politics and policies, observed a female lawmaker. In Bahrain, the regime is more adva ..

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Quake did not damage nuclear plant, Iran tells IAEA

November 29, 2013

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Iran has told the International Atomic Energy Agency an earthquake near the city of Bushehr did not damage the country's sole nuclear power plant and it continues to operate normally, the IAEA said on Friday.

At least seven people were killed in Thursday's earthquake that hit a region near the Bushehr nuclear power plant, state ..

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China scrambles jets to new defence zone, eyes U.S., Japan flights

November 29, 2013

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China scrambled jets on Friday in response to two U.S. spy planes and 10 Japanese aircraft, including F-15 fighters, entering its new air defence zone over the East China Sea, state news agency Xinhua said, raising the stakes in a standoff with the United States, Japan and South Korea.

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Bangladesh garments factory destroyed in blaze

November 29, 2013

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A devastating fire ripped through a Bangladesh garment factory supplying major Western retailers, police and industry officials said on Friday, in a blaze set by workers angered over rumours of a colleague's death in police firing. Garments are a vital sector for the South Asian nation, whose low wages and duty-free access to West ..

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Model United Nation Conference

November 29, 2013

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The opening sessions of the Ninth Model United Nations Conference took place on friday at the Gulf Hotel's Convention Centre, where young participants from different universities from Bahrain and other countries discussing several issues on their agenda.

Shura Council member Dr Abdulaziz Abul presented the first session of the G ..

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Pak clinches thrilling win

November 28, 2013

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Pakistan clinched their first series win against South Africa when they pulled off a thrilling one-run win in the second one-day international in Port Elizabeth yesterday. Hashim Amla (98) and AB de Villiers (74) took South Africa to the brink of victory but they could score only seven runs off the last nine balls, while losing two wickets, to finish on 261 for six ..

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Porsche GT3 Cup

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The official launch of fifth season of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East will be held at the Bahrain International Circuit today. Michelin and Mobil 1 are the official sponsors and is managed by Lechner Racing on behalf of Porsche Middle East and Africa.

Created to offer a platform into the world of international GT and ..

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Curtain rises for Endurance Championship

November 28, 2013

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The countdown to the endurance racing event ends today as the curtain rises on the 2013 World Endurance Championship (WEC) Six Hours of Bahrain. Seven championship titles will be decided at Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) in Sakhir.

The eighth round of championship features competition in four categories – the LMP1, LMP2, ..

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Chelsea losebut in, Ajaxstun Barcelona

November 28, 2013

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Chelsea became the latest team to qualify for the Champions League knockout stages though it was not in the fashion manager Jose Mourinho would have wanted as the 2012 champions lost 1-0 to Basel yesterday.

However, with Schalke only drawing 0-0 away at bottom side Steaua Bucharest the permutations work out in Chelsea’s favour ..

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Bapco Ladies defeat RCS

November 28, 2013

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Bapco Ladies defeated the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) 85-35 in the second match of the First Bahrain Basketball Association (BBA) Ladies Basketball League in Muharraq. The Bapco Ladies bounced back after its loss to l Najma with a fine professional and comprised a mixture of players from the Bahrain national team and some new squad members with the ..

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Sixth King Hamad Golf

November 28, 2013

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Around 100 golfers are set to tee-off this morning from 7am in the Sixth King Hamad International Golf Trophy under the patronage of HM King Hamad at the Royal Golf Club. The three-day event will feature top national players from Bahrain along with the best from around the GCC, other Arab countries and elsewhere around the world and being organised by the Bahrain G ..

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Dhawan flattens West Indies

November 28, 2013

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Shikhar Dhawan hit his fifth ODI hundred of his magical year and the struggling Yuvraj Singh hit his first ODI half-century in 11 innings as India cruised to their sixth successive one-day series win of the year. The talk at the toss was about how the first hour would be a challenge for the batsmen. West Indies negotiated that phase well losing only one wicket, and ..

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Mystery of floating fire ants

November 28, 2013

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The mystery of how groups of fire ants survive floods has baffled biologists for decades. But now scientists have worked out how the ants bind together in order to build a kind of raft that enables them to float ‘effortlessly’ for days. Biologists and engineers used mathematical modelling and time-lapse photography to unravel how the fire ants self-assemble int ..

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Whooping cranes face threat

November 28, 2013

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Jane Chandler raises the rarest cranes in the world. For them to have a chance at surviving in the wild, the young birds must never see her face, hear her speak, or know her to be human. If they did, these whooping cranes, named for their characteristic calls, would also come to think of themselves as human. Then they would not find a mate in the wild, or understan ..

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William rocks out with Jon Bon Jovi

November 28, 2013

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Prince William stunned crowds at Kensington Palace last night by jumping on stage with Taylor Swift and Jon Bon Jovi for an ‘off-the-cuff’ rendition of Livin’ On A Prayer. The Duke of Cambridge met Swift and Bon Jovi at a drinks reception before the start of the Winter Whites Gala in aid of the Centrepoint charity.

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Political protest spreads

November 28, 2013

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Thai political protests spread outside Bangkok

Thailand’s mass political protests spread outside the capital yesterday as opposition demonstrators stepped up their attempts to overthrow Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s government, plunging the country deeper into crisis. Demonstrators have paralysed government ..

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Alba supports SMEs

November 28, 2013

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Aluminium Bahrain (Alba) has implemented numerous cost-saving strategies that not only enhance the company’s productivity but also support the Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) of the Kingdom. Alba’s Supply Chain Group has achieved greater efficiency by focusing on procurement activities, which includes reviewing of total cost of ownership of materials, inten ..

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BHB signs agreement with Tadawul

November 28, 2013

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MoU to explore opportunities in capital market development

Bahrain Bourse (BHB) and Saudi Stock Exchange (Tadawul) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) yesterday to strengthen the relationship between the two bourses. The MoU, signed by Chief Executive Officer of Bahrain Bourse Fouad A. Rahman Rashid and C ..

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Diyafa Holding ties up with Einstein Kaffee

November 28, 2013

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Diyafa Holding, a wholly owned subsidiary of Global Banking Corporation, has signed a master franchise agreement with Einstein Kaffee, a leading Café chain from Berlin, Germany. The agreement covers the six GCC countries and is a strategic move aimed at strengthening Diyafa Holding’s diversified hospitality portfolio and opening up new business opportunities in ..

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Qatar Airways launches mobile application

November 28, 2013

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Qatar Airways, one of the world’s fastest growing airlines, has launched a new mobile application for BlackBerry, Android, iPhone handsets and revamped the new mobile site. With the new app, customers can search for, book flights, check their flight status and follow travel alerts. Besides, the members of airline’s Privilege Card frequent flyer programme can fa ..

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Expo win to fuel boom

November 28, 2013

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Dubai’s success in bidding to host the 2020 World Expo will trigger billions of dollars of investment in the emirate, but it may risk a repeat of the boom-and-bust cycle which nearly caused financial collapse just a few years ago. Four years ago, the emirate of 2.2 million people nearly defaulted on its debt after a real estate bubble burst, causing property pric ..

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Green investment comes to the fore

November 28, 2013

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Terra Nex Financial Engineering (Terra Nex), a Swiss-based wealth management company, hosted a delegation of over 50 high-net worth private and institutional German investors, who explored the investment opportunities in the Kingdom. The delegation met Economic Development Board Business Development and International Relations Manager Yousef Al-Khan, members of bus ..

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Convocation held

November 28, 2013

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AMA International University - Bahrain (AMAIUB) held its Ninth Commencement Exercises 2013 at the Gulf Convention Centre in Gulf Hotel yesterday. The event was patronised by AMAIUB President, AMA Education System Chairman Emeritus and Philippine President’s Special Envoy to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Ambassador Amable R. Aguiluz. Around 719 graduates of s ..

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Pearl road enters world heritage

November 28, 2013

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UNESCO has added Bahrain’s Pearl Road to its list of World Heritage Site, which is also the second in Bahrain to get this status after the Bahrain Fort, which achieved the status in 2005. Announcing the status, Head of the Arab Countries Division at UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre Nada Al Hassan presented Crown Prince Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Pr ..

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Amateur Mr. Olympia Championship next month

November 28, 2013

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Bahrain will host the third International Federation for Bodybuilders and Fitness (IFBB) Amateur Mr. Olympia Championship at Khalifa Sports City in Isa Town between Dec. 5 and 7. About 110 players from 16 countries have already registered for the contest. Only Bahrainis and residents of the Kingdom will compete on the first day in the National Day championship, whi ..

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Bahraini research selected

November 28, 2013

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Nayef bin Abdulaziz Prize

Two out of four selected for the Nayef bin Abdulaziz Prize for Security Research are Bahraini researchers and institutions, it was announced yesterday. Maysoon Nedham Awadh of the University of Bahrain and the Bahrain Royal Academy of Police secured the third and fourth place respectively, while first and second places we ..

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Lives stuck in sewage pipes

November 28, 2013

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There is hardly any need to describe how a foul smelling broken sewage pipe can make life ‘hell’, even if that happens for a day. But when it continues for more than six months, ‘hell’ is not enough to describe the pain. People in Hoora and Gudaibiya are enduring such a scenario. Authorities, according to the residents are turning a deaf ear to their repeat ..

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Three initiatives, one aim

November 28, 2013

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‘Tarahum’ hopes to fulfill its three humanitarian projects, worth BD45,000 by the end of this year, to help people affected by the Syrian crisis. Operating under the umbrella of the ‘Good Word Society’ and headed by Shaikh Khalid bin Abdulla bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the projects target providing education, medicine and bakery items to devastated and isolated s ..

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Embattled Thai PM easily survives no-confidence vote

November 28, 2013

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Thailand's embattled Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Thursday breezed through a no-confidence vote in parliament where her party holds a commanding majority, but faced mounting pressure from widening anti-government protests.

The vote, however, is unlikely to defuse tensions or end the biggest anti-government protests sinc ..

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Customer loyalty key for success

November 28, 2013

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According to one of India’s Cabinet ministers, only those airlines will survive in this competitive world that strive towards customer loyalty, which is built on consistent and quality services. India’s Civil Aviation Minister Chaudhry Ajit Singh believes that the aviation industry is the leading hub in promoting other sectors including hotel industry, tourism. ..

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Fundraising dinner by PWA

November 28, 2013

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The Pakistan Women Association (PWA) will organise a fundraising dinner to help children with financial constraints to their rights of education. PWA president Saadia Sharaf informed DT News, “We have a list of more than 100 students from various schools who cannot afford to pay their school fees. We have set the target at BD250, which means a person can sponsor ..

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Aviation sector to grow in Mideast

November 28, 2013

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Middle East is expected to double its air traffic in the next decade as it moves towards dominating the aviation sector, opines an expert. Speaking at an event organised by Bahraini French Business Club, Airbus Middle East Vice President and Managing Director Fouad Attar said that the Middle East is viewed as the centre of the world, therefore, its positional advan ..

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THE ‘DIVA’ IS BACK!

November 28, 2013

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The German cruise ship Aida Diva, carrying 2,038 tourists and 668 staff, docked at Bahrain’s Khalifa bin Salman Port (KBSP) yesterday, as part of the Kingdom’s ‘Cruise Ship Season’ that was launched last Thursday, marked with the arrival of the luxurious cruise ship MS Europa 2.

This was the fifth time that the cruise sh ..

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