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We tried, but we’re slipping says Neymar

July 22, 2014

Neymar

Brazil starlet Neymar says his team strove hard for World Cup glory, but other countries have moved ahead of them and they must catch up. In an exclusive interview with Globo television broadcast Sunday, the 22-year-old said he and the team deserved at best seven out of ten for their showing. Brazil’s campaign came to a shattering conclusion when the hosts saw Ge ..

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GERRARD QUITS ENGLAND DUTY

July 22, 2014

Steven Gerrard

England captain Steven Gerrard retired from international football yesterday after becoming a pillar of the team in 114 appearances, but making way after the country’s disastrous World Cup campaign. Gerrard, 34, led England at the World Cup where they bowed out in the group stage. The Liverpool midfielder said he had “agonised” over the decision since returni ..

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Valverde waits for Tour leader’s ‘bad day’

July 22, 2014

Alejandro Valverde

Veteran Spanish rider Alejandro Valverde vowed yesterday not to give up hope of winning the Tour de France despite Vincenzo Nibali’s commanding lead. Italian Nibali’s dominance, particularly in uphill finishes, has left Valverde second overall at a distant 4min 37sec but locked in a five-way battle for a podium place. Yet Movistar’s Valverde, 34, denied he is ..

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MCILROY TARGETS WORLD DOMINATION

July 22, 2014

Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy wants to dominate world golf like Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus after joining them as the only players to win three of golf’s majors by the age of 25 with his Open Championship triumph on Sunday. The Northern Irishman, who moved up to second in the world rankings with the victory, carded a final-round 71 to seal a two-shot win over Rickie Fowler and ..

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Maya Jewellers beat BFC EZ Remits

July 22, 2014

Event organiser Naeem Butt, Press & Social Media Representative Sajid Rafiq Butt, Sport Secretary Waleed Bangush and Muhammad Naeem

Maya Jewellers Bassali defeated BFC EZ Remits by 22 runs in the semi final of Zain Ramadan Cricket Tournament held at Pakistan Club in the senior category. MJ Bassali, after winning the toss and electing to bat first, posted a daunting target of 68 runs. Remits were only able to to score 47 runs as Saqib bowled a maiden wicket over. In the under 15 semi final, Delt ..

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Open glory for Yoon

July 22, 2014

Jung Kyung Yoon

Club Member Jung Kyung Yoon narrowly won the Royal Golf Club’s version of The Open with a nett score of 214. Each competitor drew the name of one of the tour golfers playing The Open Championship at the Royal Liverpool from a hat prior to teeing off in the annual tournament, then their nett score was added to the gross score of their Open “partners” Thursday ..

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Bohra win thriller

July 22, 2014

Shiva of Sprite Sprite CC

Bohra CC defeated Friends XI in the Bahrain Finance Company sponsored Cricket Bahrain (BCL-CBA Division) Golden League T25 tournament. After electing to bat first Friends XI raked up 168 runs in 25 overs thanks to the half century of Aju (51). Bohra CC reached the target in the last ball of the innings as 

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Almajlis Clinches Title

July 22, 2014

AlMajlis team celebrates victory

The “1st Euro Motors Ramadan Tournament” ended yesterday at Soccer City, Bahrain’s premier football destination, in an exciting final match between AlMajlis and Raynears which ended in penalties, after the match ended in a 1-1 draw. The match also included a prize-giving ceremony with “Golden Boot”, Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the tournament and “Gold ..

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INDIAN STAR WIN

July 22, 2014

Team Chak De India

Indian Star beat BMMI by 4 wickets in the latest matches of the Indian Expat Seven-a-Side Softball Cricket Tournament. Put into bat first, BMMI lost the plot and had no clue whatsoever against some disciplined bowling to get bundled out for just 11 runs in 4.5 overs. None of their batsman could get into double figures. Stanley picked up 2 wickets for 1 runs. In rep ..

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Kenya police probe hate speech leaflets

July 22, 2014

Security forces have vowed to act against anyone who causes violence

Kenyan police said yesterday that they were hunting gunmen who killed four people in an apparent ethnic revenge attack and dropped leaflets demanding minorities leave the port city of Mombasa. “We are looking for them, we don’t know who the attackers are and that is why we are urging the public to work closely with us,” Mombasa police chief Robert Kitur said. ..

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LET NOT WEST TRADE IDEALS

July 22, 2014

The Global Times quoted an unidentified Beijing-based professor of political science as saying that China should set up its own system of core values to resist Western values

Communist Party issues circular

China’s ruling Communist Party has demanded that government officials be prevented from “being disoriented and losing themselves” to the influence of Western ideals, a newspaper with close ties to the party reported yesterday. A recent circular from the party’s powerful Organisation ..

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Philippines opens largest indoor arena

July 22, 2014

Philippines opens largest indoor arena

Philippine President Benigno Aquino presided over the opening yesterday of what is billed as the world’s largest indoor stadium, erected by a politically-influential religious sect.

The $175-million Philippine Arena, which can seat 55,000 people, was hailed as a showcase that will serve as a major venue for concerts and sports ..

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Julius Baer bank sees US tax probe settled

July 22, 2014

Julius Baer bank

Julius Baer said yesterday it expects to strike a deal with US authorities over a probe into the Swiss bank’s role in helping Americans evade taxes by the end of the year.

Analysts predict the Zurich-based bank could face a fine of up to $1 billion (740 million euros) as part of a US clampdown on tax evaders, which saw Credit ..

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CHINA, SWITZERLAND AGREE CURRENCY SWAP

July 22, 2014

A teller counting notes in a bank in Ganyu county, east China’s Jiangsu province. The Swiss and Chinese central banks signed a currency swap agreement in Beijing yesterday

The Swiss and Chinese central banks signed a currency swap agreement in Beijing yesterday, marking an important step in the development of a market for yuan in Switzerland, the Swiss central bank BNS said.

The agreement, highlighting steps towards international use of the yuan, ensures that Swiss francs will be available in Chin ..

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ABB, Volvo reveal tie-up

July 22, 2014

ABB, Volvo

Electric buses which can recharge their batteries fast when at bus stops are to be developed by Swiss-Swedish engineering group ABB and Volvo Buses of Sweden, ABB said yesterday.

The technology is targeted at electric buses and at buses with twin electric and conventional engines, which would be able to re-charge automatically a ..

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Mobile demand helps lift Taiwan exports

July 22, 2014

A customer plays with an HTC J smartphone in a mobile phone shop in Taipei. Export orders totalled $38.82 billion in June, boosted by continuing strong demand for electronic products

Taiwan’s export orders in June rose 10.6 per cent year-on-year to a 17-month high, largely boosted by continuing strong demand for electronic products, the government said yesterday.

Export orders totalled $38.82 billion in June after the highest on-year increase since 17.9pc growth posted in January 2013, and were also up 2.1 ..

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MCDONALD’S FACES NEW FOOD SCANDAL

July 22, 2014

Workers producing food at the Shanghai Husi Food Co., a factory of US food provider OSI Group, in Shanghai. Shanghai city officials have shut a Shanghai Husi factory of US food provider OSI Group

McDonald’s and KFC in China faced a new food safety scare yesterday after a Shanghai television station reported a supplier sold them expired beef and chicken.

The companies said they immediately stopped using meat from the supplier, Husi Food Co., Ltd. The Shanghai office of China’s food and drug agency said it was investig ..

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Saudi farmer hangs two wolves in public

July 22, 2014

The Saudi farmer is seen along with the wolves hanged by him

A Saudi farmer seeking revenge for the loss of his sheep chased two wolves for most of the day and killed them before hanging their bodies on a sign board in the area. Qayed Al Mutairi said he was determined to kill the two wolves after they devoured 18 of his sheep over the past few weeks.

According to a report by Emirates 24/ ..

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Crime Against humanity: UN

July 22, 2014

A convoy of the Iraqi security forces is seen during a patrol, as smoke rises from clashes with Islamic State fighters, in Diyala province

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Sunday that the persecution of Iraqi Christians who have been driven from their homes in Mosul by Islamic State militants could constitute a crime against humanity.

Hundreds of Christian families fled their homes in the northern city Saturday as an ultimatum threatening their community’ ..

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Labour Ministry formulates EOU

July 22, 2014

Mr.Humaidan

Labour Minister Jameel Humaidan has issued a ministerial edict stipulating the formation of the Equal Opportunities Unit (EOU) in the ministry.

The EOU will be presided over by Labour Ministry’s Undersecretary, Sabah Al Dossary.

Mr. Al Dossary said that the ministerial edict comes in compli ..

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Labourer found dead in his room

July 22, 2014

Arivazhagan Ramar

An Indian labourer was found dead inside his accommodation in the third floor of a residential building in Salmaniya on Monday.

Arivazhagan Ramar S/o Ramar, 26, was no longer breathing when his colleagues found him lying on his bed, at around 5.30pm inside his room. They suspected that he died of a heart attack.

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PREMIER THANKED

July 22, 2014

Al Qaisariya Suq (L) and Bait Al Ghous- prominent landmarks in the Pearl Route

Muharraq governor has thanked Prime Minister HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa for approving the implementation of the 3.5km long Pearl Route Project in their city.

The Cabinet, chaired by Prince Khalifa, gave green signal to the project on Sunday. The Cabinet has also agreed to increase the loan amount provided by the Is ..

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Labourer found dead in his room

July 22, 2014

Arivazhagan Ramar

An Indian labourer was found dead inside his accommodation in the third floor of a residential building in Salmaniya on Monday.

Arivazhagan Ramar S/o Ramar, 26, was no longer breathing when his colleagues found him lying on his bed, at around 5.30pm inside his room. They suspected that he died of a heart attack.

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Bombers get 15 years

July 22, 2014

File photo of the car after the explosion

Four Bahrainis convicted of detonating a car in Sanabis were handed down a sentence of 15 years in prison each on Monday.

According to reports, the defendants placed a gas cylinder inside a stolen white Nissan Sunny near Dana Mall last October.

One of the defendants, 21, told prosecutors that ..

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Forty-tonne consignment for Gaza Strip

July 22, 2014

Dr. Al Sayed

The National Committee in Solidarity with Palestinian People in Gaza has collected seventy tonnes of medical products.

"The medical stocks are stored at the warehouses of the Health Ministry pending shipment to Gaza Strip", Royal Charity Organisation (RCO) Secretary-General Dr. Mustafa Al Sayed said.

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Three remanded for smuggling drugs

July 22, 2014

Representative photo

One of the defendants, an Asian, was arrested at the Bahrain International Airport while attempting to smuggle 40 illegal psychotropic pills by hiding them in his luggage. The other two men, both Arab, were arrested at King Fahad Causeway.  

Three men caught smuggling illegal dr ..

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SCYS Chairman lauds Youth City’s role

July 22, 2014

Shaikh Nasser

Chairman of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sport (SCYS) and President of Bahrain Olympic Committee HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa emphasised the importance of training and grooming the youth to click on their potentials and engage them actively in the construction and modernisation process spearheaded by His Majesty the King.

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CABBIE SHUTS MURPHY MUM!

July 22, 2014

Cabbie shuts Murphy mum-waleed

If anything that works in perfect condition in this world of frequent breakdowns it has to be only Murphy’s Laws. Sample a few and you would agree: If you’re early the bus is late and if you’re late the bus is early! Two buses for the same places will always pull in together! There’re always more buses in the opposite direction! Waiting for a bus seems to b ..

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Govt. entities to come under ADA

July 22, 2014

Adel addressing media

Considering the employees’ interest, the Civil Service Bureau (CSB) will apply the  Performance Management System (ADA) in all government entities that come under the umbrella of CSB.

Addressing media on Monday, the director general of Police and Wages at CSB, Adel Haji Ibrahim said that the system would also be applied to as ..

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Turkey declares 3 days mourning

July 22, 2014

Bulent Arinc

Turkey on Monday declared three days of national mourning for the Palestinian victims of Israel’s military operation in the Gaza Strip, denouncing the assault as a “massacre”.

“We condemn Israel’s massacre of the Palestinian people,” Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc told reporters in Ankara in televised comments af ..

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Truce efforts intensify as toll hits 573

July 22, 2014

An Israeli soldier gestures on a Merkava tank

Carnage in full swing 

The death toll in Gaza rose to 573 on Monday following the bloodiest day in six years in the Palestinian enclave where Israel is pressing a punishing military operation.

According to figures released by emergency services s ..

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GFH enters Dubailand

July 22, 2014

Mr. Haide

Gulf Finance House has revealed its plans for a high-end residential community to be developed at their recently acquired plot in Dubailand.

Keen on entering the Dubai market for some time now, GFH has made its entry in Dubailand which is reputed to be one of the most ambitious leisure developments globally at US$64.3 billion. T ..

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BBK H1 PROFIT ZOOMS TO 7.8%

July 22, 2014

BBK

Posts BD27.2m of net profit in the first half of 2014

BBK registered net profit of BD27.2 million, a growth of 7.8 per cent in the first half of 2014 against the corresponding year’s figure of BD25.2m, Chairman of the bank Murad Ali Murad said. The earnings have also raised to 27fils from 25 per share.

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Twenty4 opens second store

July 22, 2014

The second store of twenty4 in Bahrain was opened at Enma Mall, Riffa

Twenty4 opened its second store in Bahrain on 17 July at Enma Mall in Riffa. twenty4’s young, cool and trendy collection offers incredible value to fashion conscious customers of any age. This formula has proven highly popular amongst consumers, who are spoilt for choice with the brand’s exciting variety of clothing and accessories for women, men, children and ..

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THAILAND SET TO OVERTAKE INDIA

July 22, 2014

Indian women farmers sow paddy in a field near Allahabad. India will lose its world’s top rice exporter status to Southeast Asian country Thailand owing to poor monsoon

The Southeast Asian country reclaims top rice exporter spot 

Thailand is set to reclaim its status as the world’s top rice exporter as weak monsoon rains curb India’s crop, helping the Southeast Asian country’s new military government offload bulging stockpiles.

Fewer Indian exp ..

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Italian navy rescues hundreds of migrants

July 22, 2014

The transfer of immigrants from the tanker “Torm Lotte” to tug boat “Grifone” in the middle of Messina’s marine channel following a rescue operation

More than 800 migrants were rescued overnight while attempting to cross the Mediterranean, the Italian navy said yesterday, while five bodies were recovered in the operation. The latest rescue comes amid a surge in the number of migrants attempting to reach Europe from Africa, as traffickers take advantage of calm summer seas to make the dangerous crossing. The nav ..

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STOP TAMPERING 

July 22, 2014

Barack Obama

Putin must force separatists to aid MH17 probe

 Russia must stop Ukrainian separatists tampering with the site of the Malaysian airline disaster, US President Barack Obama insisted yesterday, saying the chaos at the scene was an “insult” to the families of the dead. Russi ..

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No excuses for exiled Celtic

July 22, 2014

Ronny Deila

Celtic manager Ronny Deila insists his exiled side have no excuses for failing to perform in their crucial Champions League clash against KR Reykjavik today. Deila’s side have been forced to move to Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh for the second leg of their second qualifying round tie as their Parkhead stadium is out of commission ..

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TROICKI CELEBRATES

July 22, 2014

Viktor Troicki

Swiss Open

Viktor Troicki made the most of his return to tennis after serving a one-year ban as the Serb defeated Austria’s Dominic Thiem 7-6 (7/4), 6-4 yesterday to reach the second round of the Swiss Open. Troicki took down eighth seed Thiem, tipped as a name of the future, with the win helping to boost the Serb’s f ..

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SHARMA LIFTS INDIA

July 22, 2014

India’s Ishant Sharma (centre) celebrates taking the wicket of England’s Ben Stokes (left)

Lord’s Test

Ishant Sharma took seven wickets as India ended a run of 15 Tests without an away victory courtesy of a 95-run win over England at Lord’s yesterday. This victory, only India’s second in 17 Tests at Lord’s, put the tourists 1-0 up in the five-match series after the drawn opener at Trent Bridge ..

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Social Development Minister receives RI delegation

July 21, 2014

Social Development Minister Dr. Fatima bint Mohammed Al-Balooshi

 Social Development Minister Dr. Fatima bint Mohammed Al-Balooshi received here today the President of Rehabilitation International (RI)-Arab Region Khalid Al-Mohtar, Deputy RI President Mohammed Abdulrahman Al-Sayad and their accompanying delegation. Khalid Al-Mohtar reviewed with RI’s efforts to activate its initiatives to protect people with special needs, a ..

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HRH Premier thanked by Muharraq Governor, citizens

July 21, 2014

pm

Muharraq Governor extended on behalf of the Muharraq citizens earnest thanks and appreciation to His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa for giving the green light for the implementation of the 3.5-km Pearl Trail Project in their city.

Under the project, registered in the UNESCO Heritage List, 15 h ..

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China sweeps clean at FINA World Cup

July 21, 2014

hina’s Shi Tingmao dives at the 19th FINA Diving World Cup in Shanghai

China’s all-conquering divers made a clean sweep at the FINA World Cup in Shanghai when Yang Jian clinched the gold in the Men’s 10m platform yesterday.

The victory was the ninth title to be claimed by Chinese divers in the biannual tournament, which was last held in London in 2012 when China also pulled off the same feat. C ..

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Spurs close in on Ben Davies

July 21, 2014

Ben Davies

The Swansea City full-back Ben Davies is set to undergo a medical ahead of completing a move to Tottenham Hotspur, with Gylfi Sigurdsson potentially moving in the opposite direction.

Davies has attracted interest from Spurs and Liverpool, with both clubs seeing the 21-year-old as a long-term solution to their problems at left-ba ..

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ENGLAND STARING DOWN THE BARREL

July 21, 2014

Ian Bell is bowled by Indias Ishant Sharma (not pictured) for 1 run

India eye Lord’s triumph

India were on the brink of just their second Test win at Lord’s as Alastair Cook’s latest failure with the bat prolonged the debate about his future as England captain.

England were 105 for four at stumps the fourth day yesterday, needing a further 214 runs to reach their victory target of ..

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Steyn, Morkel sink Sri Lanka

July 21, 2014

Dale Steyn (centre) celebrates with teammates after dismissing Sri Lankan batsman Dilruwan Perera during the final day of the opening Test match between Sri Lanka and South Africa

Dale Steyn grabbed a match haul of 9-99 as South Africa thrashed Sri Lanka by 153 runs on the fifth and final day of the first Test.

Steyn’s figures, the best by a quick at the Galle ground, helped the visitors bowl Sri Lanka out twice despite a wicket which offered little help.

It was only ..

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MCILROY CLINGS ON CLARET JUG

July 21, 2014

Rory McIlroy celebrates as he holds the Claret Jug after winning the British Open Championship at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, northern England

Wins his first British Open title

Rory McIlroy joined the elite list of golfers to have won three of the four major titles at Hoylake yesterday, but he had to battle all the way against Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler before bagging his first British Open title.

At 25, McIlroy joined legends Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus ..

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Kristoff snatches stage 15

July 21, 2014

Alexander Kristoff celebrates as he crosses the finish line at the end of the 222 km fifteenth stage of the 101st edition of the Tour de France cycling race

Alexander Kristoff gained his second victory of the Tour de France yesterday as he came home first on the 222km 15th stage from Tallard to Nimes.

The Norwegian powered through in a sprint finish to deny New Zealander Jack Bauer, who came within 100 metres of winning after a breakaway of more than 200km. German Heinrich Haussler ..

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AUSSIES BANK ON SWIMMERS

July 21, 2014

In a file picture taken with an underwater camera Australia Cate Campbell (centre) competes in the heats of the women’s 50-metre freestyle swimming event in the FINA World Championships.

Australia have topped the medals count at the last six Commonwealth Games and are expected to do so again in Glasgow although with a reduced number of medals, according to team officials.

Australia came away with 178 medals, 74 of them gold, at the last Games in Delhi in 2010, but team officials are expecting a smaller total bec ..

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Al Seef, Smashers make light work of rivals

July 21, 2014

Central Cafe team members

Al Seef Jewellers, Indian Club B, Indian Club A, SuperKings CC, Smashers and Central Cafe posted victories in the pre quarter finals of Indian Club 7-a-side expat cricket tournament.

Al Seef Jewellers defeated Midal Cricket team by 19 runs, Indian Club B won their match by 6 wickets against Wellflow Gulf Mars XI while Indian Clu ..

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Lane wins Ladies TaylorMade

July 21, 2014

Royal Golf Club Golf Operations Manager Jamie Skinner with Q2 winners (from left) Lane, Thompson, Quintino and Lady Captain Dena Wales

Royal Golf Club Member Debbie Lane won the Ladies TaylorMade Stableford Order of Merit for the second quarter of 2014 with a total of 21 points. Sara Thompson was the runner up with 17 points and Lady Vice Captain Anne Quintino narrowly won third place with 13 points on count back. The lady members of the Club compete every week throughout the quarter for the covet ..

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Kingdom ready for ACC cup

July 21, 2014

Bahrain 18-member Under 16 squad

Cricket Bahrain Association under the aegis of GOYS and Bahrain Olympic Committee has announced the 18 member squad for Asian cricket council (ACC) under 16 premier cup to be played in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from August 12 to 20.

The tournament consists of top six non test playing nations team in Asia and Bahrain under 16 is ran ..

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HEAVY BOUT IN THE OFFING

July 21, 2014

Nasser 7

Nasser bin Hamad patronises Nasser 7 closing festival

Under the patronage of the Chairman of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports (SCYS) and President of Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC) HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Bahrain National Stadium will host the closing festival ..

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Sky News apologises for the ‘search’

July 21, 2014

Sky News apologises for the ‘search’

British broadcaster Sky News apologised after one of its presenters searched through luggage at the crash site of downed flight MH17 live on air on Sunday.

In a news broadcast, presenter Colin Brazier was shown rooting through personal belongings in an opened suitcase at the site, picking up a set of keys before saying: “We sh ..

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Rowling plans more thrillers

July 21, 2014

JK Rowling

Author JK Rowling has revealed plans to pen many more crime thrillers and create ‘a series’ that will run for longer than her hugely successful seven Harry Potter books.

The 48-year-old novelist, who has written two thrillers under the pen name Robert Galbraith, says she loves the crime genre because she can create as many t ..

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REBELS TAKE CONTROL

July 21, 2014

A piece of the wreckage of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 is pictured in a field near the village of Grabove, in the region of Donetsk yesterday

Plane crash bodies recovered from downed Malaysia Airlines Flight

Rebels in eastern Ukraine took control yesterday of the bodies recovered from downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, and U.S. and European leaders demanded that Russian President Vladimir Putin make sure rebels give international investigators full access t ..

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‘GET OUT’

July 21, 2014

Michael Fallon

Britain says time for Russia to quit Ukraine

Britain’s Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said yesterday that it was time for Russia to “stop interfering” and “get out of eastern Ukraine”. He added that the “sponsored war” in the region was “completely unacceptable”. Fallon said Russian President Vladimir Putin was encouraging the ethnic Rus ..

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Brazil eyeing help in oil project

July 21, 2014

Abe

Brazil plans to use Japanese technology in building a floating structure and ships for its huge offshore oil development project, media reports said yesterday. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff will announce the use of Japanese technology in building a so-called “logistics hub” for the project when they meet in Brazil on ..

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BOLSTERING TRADE TIES

July 21, 2014

Argentine vice president Amado Boudou (left) gives an Argentine football team jersey to China’s president Xi Jinping (2nd-right)

China’s President Xi Jinping departed Argentina yesterday for Venezuela, the next-to-last stop of a Latin American tour aimed at bolstering trade with the region.  The Chinese leader’s charm offensive seeks to secure new bilateral trade deals -- particularly for coveted raw materials. Xi hopes to further develop his country’s strategic relationship with Vene ..

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Oil spill reported at Italy shipwreck site

July 21, 2014

Oil spill reported at Italy shipwreck site

Salvage workers in Italy yesterday cleaned up a small oil spill from the wreck of the Costa Concordia as the cruise ship was refloated further before it is towed away. “A small amount of hydrocarbons was spotted” late on Saturday, the removal operation team said in a statement.”The oil spill response team was immediately activated and the area was cleaned thr ..

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COUNTER OFFENSIVE

July 21, 2014

A man dressed in the colours of the American Stars and Strips flag, joins a protest near the US embassy in Awkar yesterday

Syrian regime lost 60 soldiers

The Syrian regime offensive to retake a gas field in the centre of the country after jihadists killed 270 people has left 60 soldiers dead, a media report said yesterday. Citing a military source, Al-Watan newspaper which has strong government links announced the regime had suffered the loss of “60 martyrs”.

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BRICS BOOM

July 21, 2014

BRICS

By creating their own multilateral financial institutions, the BRICS emerging-market powers are shaking up global economic governance but remain far from dismantling the post-war system dominated by the West. For the past 70 years, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank have been the pillars of the world’s economic system, coming to the rescue of coun ..

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NBHA holds awareness drive

July 21, 2014

Nasser bin Hamad International Youth Creativity Award committee members during their visit to schools and universities

The Nasser bin Hamad International Youth Creativity Award (NBHA)’s Executive Committee has conducted an awareness campaign in many schools and universities.

The Award is one of the leading initiatives provided to Bahraini and international youth talents. The committee toured 36 public and privates schools, nine universities an ..

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Leading the way in food security

July 21, 2014

A Bahrain farmer is seen pushing a wheelbarrow as he works on a farm in Bori in this December 25, 2013 file picture

The Economic Development Board (EDB), in a white paper issued on Sunday, said Bahrain’s favourable policies had ensured food security in the nation, thanks to Kingdom’s ability to stabilise food prices, secure imports and operate advanced food safety and monitoring systems.

According to the white paper, the Kingdom fared wel ..

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‘Devise investment friendly policies’

July 21, 2014

HRH the Premier holding meeting with ministers and senior officials

Prime Minister HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa has urged to carry on economic policies that stimulate investment in the Kingdom, particularly in financial and banking sectors, in order to achieve more economic progress.

Speaking to the Shura Council Chairman Ali Saleh Al Saleh, MPs and senior officials at the Gudaibiya ..

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Regional issues steal spotlight

July 21, 2014

Prince Khalifa

Saudi-Bahrain ties

Regional developments were a key theme in yesterday’s weekly Cabinet session. The Cabinet discussed closer Saudi-Bahraini ties and extended full support to Palestine.

Returning from the recent trip to Saudi Arabia, Prime Minister HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Kh ..

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STAR WARS

July 21, 2014

Thirty-four luxury hotels have agreed to slash the rates starting August. A view of Al Areen Resort and Spa, which is among the hotels that has signed a deal with the Culture Ministry to reduce room rents

After banning the sales and service of alcohol in three-star hotels, the authorities, it seems, are trying to upgrade the status of the customers to four and five stars.

This became evident on Sunday when as many as thirty-four hotels in the category of four and five stars struck a deal with the Culture Ministry, agreeing to sla ..

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Israeli action condemned

July 21, 2014

Delegates at the conferen

Bahrain reiterates its strong condemnation of Israel’s settlement policies aimed to swallow up the Palestinian land, said Foreign Affairs Minister Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, while speaking at the opening ceremony of the Conference of Palestinian Ambassadors to Arab countries on Sunday.

“What is happening, to our dea ..

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‘SUSPEND AL WEFAQ’

July 21, 2014

Al Wefaq National Islamic Society

Ministry of Justice, Islamic Affairs and Endowments has approached the court seeking the suspension of Al Wefaq National Islamic Society for deviating from the objectives of legitimate political activities. 

The Ministry of Justice, Islamic Affairs and Endowments has ..

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TOURISM IN FOCUS

July 21, 2014

Prince Khalifa chairs the Cabinet meeting

One of Bahrain’s key tourism spots received a major boon on Sunday as the Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, approved the budget for the site’s rehabilitation.

The Pearl Route Project, which aims to restore and rehabilitate 15 out of the 17 historic buildings inscribed on the UNESCO ..

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Iraq rallies behind Christians

July 21, 2014

Iraqi Christians pray during a mass at the Saint-Joseph church in Arbil

The Islamic State on Sunday claimed responsibility for deadly Baghdad bombings, as the Christians they drove out of Mosul grieved for their lost homes and uncertain future in Iraq.

The flight of the centuries-old Christian community from Iraq’s jihadist-held second city drew messages of solidarity and pledges of aid, both from ..

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Gaza burns – BLOODIEST SINGLE DAY

July 21, 2014

A Palestinian man carries children in the Shejaia neighbourhood, which was heavily shelled by Israel during fighting, in Gaza City

100 Gazans, 13 Israeli soldiers killed; toll hits 437

At least 100 Palestinians and 13 soldiers were killed Sunday as Israel ramped up a major military offensive in the bloodiest single day in Gaza in five years.

As regional leaders met in Doha for urgent talks on a ceasefire ..

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Belgian King urges speedy govt formation

July 21, 2014

King Philippe

Belgium’s King Philippe yesterday urged his country’s fractious politicians to form a national government as speedily as possible as negotiations drag on after May elections. “You elected the men and women to represent you for the next five years on May 25,” the king said in his first national day address since coming to the throne after his father, Albert ..

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MINISTER WARNS ECB

July 21, 2014

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble warned the European Central Bank yesterday that a loose monetary policy runs the risk of causing asset bubbles. “We can’t just leave the avoidance of bubbles to government supervision,” he told the Handelsblatt business daily. “Central banks also need to keep an eye on that in their decisions about the money supply ..

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Twenty4 Bahrain in Ramli Mall

July 21, 2014

Twenty4 in Bahrain Ramli Mall

Twenty4, the latest value-fashion brand in Bahrain is all set to launch its second outlet at the Ramli Mall. What sets twenty4 apart from the competition is that its cool, new trendsetting fashions can be picked up at  affordable prices.  The latest offering from BMA International, a highly successful retail group, twenty4 opened its first Bahrain outlet in Novem ..

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ALBA wins USA Safety Award

July 21, 2014

Mr. Murray

Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba) wasrecently granted the 2014 Occupational Excellence Achievement Award run by the National Safety Council – USA. This award is granted to organisations that meet strict criterions based on the results in their safety performance in accordance with the OSHA requirements in the USA. Alba won the award based upon the tremendous reduct ..

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IT’S ABOUT THE OTHER WOMEN IN MARRIAGE

July 21, 2014

The Mother-in-Law- The other woman in your marriage”

Young Indian women fear and loathe her. Soap operas showcase her iron-fisted rule. And sociologists spend hours debating the torment she is accused of unleashing across the country.

Mothers-in-law have long been demonised and parodied all over the world. But they have an especially fearsome reputation in India, where stories of ..

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Indonesia to announce results in presidential poll

July 21, 2014

Indonesian presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto (centre) with president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (left)

Jakarta governor Joko Widodo is expected to be declared the winner of Indonesia’s disputed presidential election this week but his rival, ex-general Prabowo Subianto, is set to mount a legal challenge that could prolong the political deadlock. Both candidates claimed victory in the July 9 poll after a bitterly fought campaign in the world’s third-biggest democr ..

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Libya militias locked in battle for Airport – DEADLY BATTLE

July 21, 2014

Smoke billows from the site of clashes on the road leading to the airport in the Libyan capital Tripoli

Islamist-led militiamen stepped up their assault yesterday on Libya’s main airport, two days after the collapse of a truce with rival ex-rebels who control the facility, a security official said. The renewed fighting, which killed at least five civilians, was condemned by the European Union, which urged restraint and dialogue. A coalition of militias led by Islam ..

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UOB, BOC sign MoU

July 21, 2014

Dr. Janahi, third from left, and Mr. Askar with other officials during the signing of the MoU

The University of Bahrain (UoB) and Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) regarding UoB's participation in an upcoming international conference as a major scientific partner.

BOC will organise an international conference, in collaboration with the International Council for Health, Physic ..

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Housing Ministry’s Scale Rating System

July 21, 2014

Mr. Alhamer

Housing Minister Basim Alhamer said that the ministry has embarked on activating the pilot phase of its ‘Scale Rating System, 'which allocates temporary apartments for applicants on the ministry's housing waiting list.

Mr. Alhamer said that the ‘Scale Rating System’ measures the total income of the individual applicant and ..

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Muharraq STP Plant, a strategic milestone

July 21, 2014

Dr. Bin Daina

The Muharraq Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) will ease the pressure on Tubli recycling station. Supreme Council for the Environment (SCE) Chief Executive Officer Dr. Mohammed Bin Daina stressed on Sunday the strategic importance of the STP plant, which was built on reclaimed land in Muharraq.

"The water treatment plant represents a ..

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Tamkeen’s Equal Opportunity Unit commended

July 21, 2014

Ms. Al Ansari

A unit has been established at the Labour Fund (Tamkeen) in a bid to promote the culture of equal opportunities.

The move followed an edict issued Tamkeen Board Chairman and Acting Chief Executive Officer Shaikh Mohammed bin Isa Al Khalifa.

Supreme Council for Women (SCW) Secretary-General H ..

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Verdict due in Rolex robbery

July 21, 2014

CTV footage of the suspects after they committed the robbery

A verdict is due on August 10 in the trial of two men in the Rolex robbery case.

Eight suspects were charged in connection with the robbery, which occurred last September.

However, only two men, an American and a Turkish, are in police custody while their co-defendants are still at large.

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Capital Governor visits three injured firemen

July 20, 2014

Capital Governor visits three injured firemen

Capital Governor Shaikh Hesham bin Abdulrahman Al Khalifa visited at Salmaniya Medical Complex three firemen who were injured while performing their duty in putting out a blaze that broke out in a building in Salmaniya.

He got assured about their health condition and conveyed to them the greetings of the leadership and the Inter ..

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HRH Premier orders early pay of July Salary

July 20, 2014

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His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa ordered early salary release for July 2014 for public and private sectors employees to enable citizens to cater for their needs on the advent of Eid Al Fitr. Consequently, the Finance Ministry, the Civil Service Bureau and the Social Insurance Organisation will take the needed procedures to p ..

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Cabinet hails Saudi supportive stances, approves Pearl Trail project

July 20, 2014

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His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa thanked Saudi leaders for the warm welcome and gracious hospitality accorded to him and his high-level delegation during his last visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Following today’s cabinet meeting, chaired by HRH Premier at the Gudaibiya Palace, Minister of State for Information Affair ..

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Late Steyn penalties bring Sharks victory

July 20, 2014

Patrick Osborne (centre) of the Highlanders is tackled by Francois Steyn (left)

Francois Steyn kicked two late penalties to give the Coastal Sharks a 31-27 victory over the Otago Highlanders yesterday after a thrilling Super 15 play-off in Durban.

The first of his kicks on 74 minutes at Kings Park nudged the home team into a one-point lead and he scored again in the final minute to clinch victory.

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Brazil eye Dunga as Scolari successor

July 20, 2014

Brazil eye Dunga as Scolari successor

Brazil could appoint former coach Dunga to replace Luiz Felipe Scolari as national team boss, media reports indicated yesterday, despite ex-Corinthians coach Tite being considered the long time favourite.

The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) earlier confirmed it will unveil its choice of Scolari’s successor on Tuesday in ..

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Nibali distances rivals again

July 20, 2014

Nibali

Rafal Majka made up for the disappointment of finishing second on Friday by winning yesterday’s 14th stage of the Tour de France as Vincenzo Nibali continued to distance his rivals.

Pole Majka broke away from an 11-strong escape group on the final first category climb to Risoul and managed to hold off a charging Nibali to win ..

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STARS ALIGN

July 20, 2014

General view of the newly refurbished Hampden Park in Glasgow. Hampden Park will be the venue for almost 50 track and field events during the Commonwealth Games

Bolt, Farah headline cast at Glasgow Commonwealths

Olympic champions Usain Bolt and Mo Farah lead a cast of the world’s leading athletes descending on Glasgow to compete in the Commonwealth Games starting in Scotland’s biggest city on Wednesday.

World-record holders, decorated Olympians and novice participants make u ..

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‘Efforts needed to encourage swimming’

July 20, 2014

Shaikh Salman with members of the Bahrain Swimming Association board

Supreme Council for Youth and Sports general secretary and Bahrain Olympic Committee vice-president Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa stressed the importance of mobilising the efforts and harnessing all the available abilities in order to develop swimming in Bahrain.

Shaikh Salman also called for the adoption of suitable plan ..

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Lanka keeps victory hopes alive

July 20, 2014

Sangakkara (right) is watched by South African wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock (left) as he plays a shot

Kumar Sangakkara smashed his 49th half-century as Sri Lanka launched a fightback on the fourth day of the first Test against South Africa yesterday.

The prolific left-hander also shared 96 runs for the unbroken second wicket with Kaushal Silva (37) to take Sri Lanka to 110-1 at stumps.

The ho ..

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VIJAY THWARTS ENGLAND CHARGE

July 20, 2014

Murali Vijay (left) acknowledges the crowd after reaching  50 runs not out as MS Dhoni watches on

Murali Vijay anchored India’s second innings with a painstaking fifty after England threatened to take charge of the second Test at Lord’s yesterday.

India lost three wickets for five runs in 19 balls to be 123 for four -- just 99 runs in front.

But by the close of the third day they were ..

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Indian Clubs advance

July 20, 2014

Indian Club ‘B’ Team

Al Seef Jewellers, Indian Club B and Indian Club A posted pre quarter final wins in the Indian Club 7-a-side Indian expat tournament.

In the match between Al Seef Jewellers and Midal Cricket team, the former were in a spot of border but 25 runs in the last over propelled them to a total of 52 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in 6 ..

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Supreme Council wins BOC title

July 20, 2014

Askar presents the trophy to the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports team

The Supreme Council for Youth and Sports team were crowned champions of the Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC) six-a-side football tournament.

Five teams competed in the day-long gathering, played in a single round robin format. The Supreme Council for Youth and Sports team topped the championship with 12 points from four successiv ..

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ALL SET FOR THE NASSER 7 FINALE

July 20, 2014

NASSER 7

BD25,000 prizes await spectators 

Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Seventh Football Championship (Nasser 7) Executive Committee said that more prizes have been allocated for lucky spectators of the final match of the Championship scheduled tomorrow.

Committee Head Tawfeeq Al Salehy ..

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Firefighters battle wild blazes in Spain

July 20, 2014

Firefighting helicopter drops water to extinguish a wildfire in the province of Guadalajara, near Veguillas city yesterday

Spanish firefighters yesterday battled forest blazes that have destroyed hundreds of hectares of parched land and forced scores of people from their homes, authorities said. Nearly 500 emergency workers were fighting two blazes in the central province of Guadalajara, according to the regional Castile-la-Mancha agriculture ministry.

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COMMITMENT REAFFIRMED

July 20, 2014

Australia’s Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb (right) and his New Zealand counterpart Tim Groser in Sydney

G20 trade ministers reaffirmed yesterday that their commitment to free trade as a central driver of growth and to streamline the flow of goods through borders. The ministers met in Sydney for the latest round of talks among the world's leading economies, with Australia's Trade Minister Andrew Robb saying all nations were still committed to the Bali agreement struck ..

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Decode your dreams

July 20, 2014

Decode  your dreams

About the interpreter: Maryam Al Baroudi has a Degree in Art Psychology from (Leeds Met University) UK and is specialised in Art therapy - Dream interpretation through Art - Sensation and perception. She has several years of experience of interpreting dreams.   ..

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Iraq president home after 18-month convalescence

July 20, 2014

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Iraqi President Jalal Talabani flew back to his Kurdish fiefdom of Sulaimaniyah on Saturday after more than 18 months in Germany for medical treatment, sources in his Patriotic Union of Kurdistan said.

The 80-year-old head of state arrived on a private aircraft, but access to the airport was restricted to his close entourage, an ..

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Sardonic Saturday

July 20, 2014

Protesters run by a fire barricade near the aerial metro station of Barbes-Rochechouart

46 Palestinians,  2 Israeli troops die; toll hits 342

Israel’s operation against Hamas saw one of its bloodiest days on Saturday, with 46 Palestinians killed in Gaza and two Israeli soldiers dying in a clash with militants who infiltrated the Jewish state. ..

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Simple security rules to safeguard your business

July 20, 2014

Dr. Haji

If you’re a small business manager you’ve probably got other things on your to do list. Desperately trying to survive in a competitive market and growing your business is way up there. With so much on your plate, it’s no wonder if your attention to information security lags behind.

The reality is small businesses are just ..

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RCO raises $5.5m for Palestinians

July 20, 2014

A Palestinian mother mourns during the funeral of her sons Emad and Qassim Elwan, who were both killed in an Israeli tank shell the day before, on Saturday

The Royal Charity Organisation (RCO) has raised more than $5.5 million to help the Palestinians targeted by Israeli forces.

The fund-raising campaign was launched by RCO chairman HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa following directives from His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.

Secreta ..

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Public synergy reduces crime

July 20, 2014

Police

Previous year saw a remarkable reduction in crime rates, thanks to high public awareness and public-police cooperation.

General Director of Muharraq Governorate Police, Brigadier Zuhair Rashid Al Absi has stated that most of the cases reported in his governorate were related to physical attack, residency violation, robberies, in ..

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Boy turns superhero

July 20, 2014

an excited Abbass with his idol

What he actually thought, it was just a screening of one of his favourite characters. But it turned out to be a biggest day in his life. Six-year-old boy Abbass Fadhel, diagnosed with leukaemia three years ago, was given a surprise yesterday by a charitable organisation called ‘Dream Society.’ He was invited to watch the Amazing Spiderman 2 at City Centr ..

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Post office to get a facelift

July 20, 2014

POST OFFFICE BAHRAIN

Culture Ministry stated yesterday that it would continue the revamp of the Manama Post Office building following the request by the Transportation Ministry.

The ministry also pointed out that its cooperation with the Transportation Ministry aimed to preserve Manama’s heritage features and identity.

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Fire hits labour camp in Manama

July 20, 2014

pics by biju haridas Fire and smoke coming out from one of the windows of the building on Sunday

A fire broke out in a two-storey residential building in Manama at around 1pm on Sunday.

The Interior Ministry confirmed the incident, stating on its official Twitter account that Civil Defence personnel doused the flames, which broke out in a residential building in Salminiya.

Genera ..

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SIM cards for terrorists

July 20, 2014

SIM cards for terrorists

Illegal trade

Police arrested four Asians accused of selling SIM cards to terrorists, who used these cards to detonate bombs across Bahrain, it emerged.

The four suspects were busted after police received a tip-off regarding their illegal activity.

According to reports, the defendants ..

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GAME OF DIVISION

July 20, 2014

Metal Gear Solid, Call of Duty and Crash Bandicoot

There’s hardly any child out there who doesn’t like Metal Gear Solid, Call of Duty and Crash Bandicoot. Yes, it’s their world, the world of games.

Gaming is so popular,  it can influence children of impressionable age. This being the reality, here are two games, which literally spew venom and create c ..

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DT NEWS OVENHOT – Scrummy red mullets

July 20, 2014

Alfred Zuberbuhler

A Chef never gets bored because there is always something to be done, feels Alfred Zuberbuhler, senior chef at Movenpick Hotel.

Born in Appenzell, Switzerland, Chef Alfred grew up on a farm. He says that it was his humble upbringing coupled with keenness to bring smiles on the faces of people around that served an inspiration t ..

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A brush with philosophy – THE QUESTION

July 20, 2014

A brush with philosophy

I am being continuously asked questions.  When I was a child, my teachers asked, “Why do you want to come to school if your intention is not to study?” After becoming an adult, my bosses nagged me, “Why did you do it this way?”  A few days into marriage my wife fussed, “Now that you’ve become responsible, can’t you become a new man?” After the bi ..

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‘Using old make up brushes gave me acne’

July 20, 2014

THE BEAUTY Bloopers

It seemed like a mistake that only amateurs could make and not those who have had years of experience, and yet it could happen to anyone, as it did to me. I thought no one could notice something as simple as having a blot of dark colour stain on the teeth, only to have someone else point that out to you! It was truly an embarrassing ..

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HUMAN POWERED ROBOTS

July 20, 2014

Brazilian neuroscientist Miguel Nicolelis poses with a robotic exoskeleton in Sao Paulo

Medical advances turn science fiction into science fact

Exoskeletons helping the paralysed to walk, tiny maggot-inspired devices gnawing at brain tumours, machines working tirelessly as hospital helpers: in many respects, the future of medicine is already here.

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President’s lead narrowing ahead of vote

July 20, 2014

Dilma Rousseff

Leftist incumbent Dilma Rousseff maintains a lead ahead of Brazil’s October presidential elections but could face a second round dead heat against her main rival, said a poll out yesterday. Rousseff, who succeeded Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva four years ago to keep the Workers Party (PT) in office, would currently receive 32.2 percent of the vote, down from 31.6 in ..

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PROBE AGREED

July 20, 2014

Merkel(left) with Putin(file photo)

Merkel, Putin agree on international probe of MH17 crash

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin have agreed for an international investigation into the downing of a Malaysian Airlines plane over Ukraine, Berlin said yesterday. The two leaders, who spoke on the telephone, “agreed that an international, independent commission u ..

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Gatlin runs his fastest 200m

July 20, 2014

Jamaica’s Nickel Ashmeade (left), USA’s Justin Gatlin (centre) and France’s Christophe Lemaitre compete in the 200m men event during the IAAF Diamond League Herculis meeting at the Stade Louis II in Monaco

The speedy Monaco track provided a host of world-leading times at the Diamond League meeting, with the controversial US sprinter Justin Gatlin blitzing a high-class 200m field.

Gatlin had never run sub-20 seconds but his winning time of 19.68 is the best of 2014 while also making him the eighth fastest runner of all time. Gatlin ..

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IN CHARGE

July 20, 2014

Rory McIlroy gestures on the 13th green during his third round 68, on day three of the 2014 British Open Golf Championship at Royal Liverpool Golf Course in Hoylake, north west England

McIlroy soars with double eagle finish at British Open

A sensational double eagle finish from Rory McIlroy gave him a six-stroke cushion going into the final round of the British Open as he crushed a chasing pack of challengers who tried and failed to hunt him down during a rain-hit third round.

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ROSBERG ON POLE

July 20, 2014

Nico Rosberg speeds to win the qualifying

Hamilton crashes, to start 15th

Formula One leader Nico Rosberg put Mercedes on pole position for his home German Grand Prix yesterday after a brake failure dumped title rival and team mate Lewis Hamilton out of qualifying.

Hamilton, who is four points behind Rosberg in the standings after nine of 19 races, end ..

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SMC staff busy as a bee

July 20, 2014

SMC Building, (inset) Dr. Faroukh

Owing to the increasing number of patients during the Holy Month of Ramadan, medical personnel at the Emergency and Accident Department at the Salmaniya Medical Complex (SMC) are getting rushed off their feet.

Pediatric Emergency Consultant and Emergency and Accident Department Head Dr. Khadija Faroukh told DT News on Saturday t ..

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Bahrain best for education

July 20, 2014

Students at a local university

A recent regional labour market report revealed that Bahrain’s recent higher education graduates are the most satisfied with their education experience in the entire region.

In the Fresh Graduates in MENA survey conducted by Bayt.com and YouGov, fifty per cent of Bahraini respondents gave their highest satisfact ..

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GOLDEN TOAD

July 19, 2014

GOLDEN TOAD

A giant inflatable toad is seen floating on a lake at the Yuyuantan Park in Beijing, July 19, 2014. The "golden toad", which represents wealth and good fortune in traditional Chinese culture, is 22 metres (72.2 feet) tall and was displayed in the park from Saturday, local media reported.

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Malaysian Airlines flight MH17

July 19, 2014

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A boy lights candles at a candlelight vigil for passengers killed on Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 in Klang valley July 19, 2014. Ukraine accused Russia and pro-Moscow rebels on Saturday of destroying evidence of "international crimes" as guerrillas and foreign observers faced off over access to the wreckage of the downed Malaysian airliner. As Kiev raised the sta ..

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RC Speaker condemns Palestinian genocide

July 19, 2014

Mr. al dhahrani

Representatives Council Speaker Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Dhahrani strongly condemned the land attack of the Zionist forces on Gaza. He described the brutal Israeli offensive as a heinous genocide by the most atrocious and criminal military power which is supported by the most biased, arrogant and conspiratorial international alliances. Speaking in a statement t ..

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HM the King stresses national unity, solidarity

July 19, 2014

His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa

His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa today hosted an iftar banquet at Al-Rawdha Palace, in the presence of His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Premier. Senior Royal Family members, Speaker of the Representatives Council, Shura Council Chairman, religious figures, ministers and gu ..

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Lahm ends Germany duty

July 19, 2014

Philipp Lahm

Tributes poured in yesterday for Germany captain Philipp Lahm who ended his international career just five days after leading his country to a World Cup triumph. The announcement that the 30-year-old Bayern Munich full back, who played 113 games for Germany, was withdrawing from the international stage took many by surprise. “It will not be easy to replace Philip ..

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HAMILTON ON TOP

July 19, 2014

Lewis Hamilton drives in the first practice session

Lewis Hamilton clocked the fastest lap in yesterday afternoon’s second free practice session for this weekend’s German Grand Prix, the Briton outpacing Mercedes team-mate and championship leader Nico Rosberg. On a scorching hot day at the Hockenheim circuit, with air temperatures touching 34 degrees Celsius and the track temperature reaching 58 degrees, the Mer ..

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Woeful start leaves Woods needing late surge

July 19, 2014

TIGER

Tiger Woods, again started dreadfully at the British Open yesterday as his second round began with a double bogey, bogey, stripping the American of three valuable strokes to leave him eight off the lead. The 2006 champion at Royal Liverpool, the 12th of his 14 majors, recorded a double bogey to start a round in a major for the first time since 2009. A wayward tee s ..

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COOK FAILS

July 19, 2014

COOK FAILS

England captain Alastair Cook suffered yet another failure with the bat as the top order collapsed against India on the second day of the second Test at Lord’s yesterday. Cook was out for 10, caught behind by opposing skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni off Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Fast-medium bowler Kumar also dismissed Australia-born opener Sam Robson and Ian Bell, England ..

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Steyn rips through Sri Lanka

July 19, 2014

South Africa cricketer Dale Steyn (left) celebrates with teammates

Fast bowler Dale Steyn grabbed five wickets as South Africa seized control on the third day of the first Test against Sri Lanka yesterday. Steyn, 31, unleashed some fiery bowling without much help from a dry and flat track to finish with figures of 5-50, his 23rd five-wicket haul in Tests. At stumps, Sri Lanka were 283-9, still trailing the visitors by 172 runs wit ..

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NIBALI WINS

July 19, 2014

Vincenzo Nibali wearing the overall leader’s yellow jersey celebrates as he crosses the finish line

Vincenzo Nibali tightened his grip on the 2014 Tour de France by riding away to his third stage victory on the 197.5km, 13th stage from Saint-Etienne to Chamrousse yesterday. Nibali attacked 6.6km from home and put almost a minute into nearest rival Alejandro Valverde, who finished fourth on the stage but moved up to second overall. Pole Rafal Majka was second on t ..

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Van Gaal gives kids chance to shine on US tour

July 19, 2014

Louis van Gaal

Louis van Gaal will take a close look at Manchester United’s next generation of talent after including several youngsters in his squad for the club’s pre-season tour to the United States. Van Gaal is keen to see what United’s youth academy has to offer and, with a handful of first-team stars missing the tour as they recover from the World Cup, the Dutchman ha ..

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Mourinho taunts Arsenal over Fabregas deal

July 19, 2014

Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho has taunted Arsenal by claiming he needed just 20 minutes to persuade Cesc Fabregas to join Chelsea because the former Gunners midfielder didn’t want to return to his old club. Mourinho signed Fabregas from Barcelona for £27 million earlier in the close-season despite Arsenal having first option to take back the Spain star. Arsenal manager Arsene W ..

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Shaikh Salman hails referees contributions

July 19, 2014

Shaikh Salman receives a memento from the Bahraini referees

Supreme Council for Youth and Sports general secretary and Bahrain Olympic Committee vice-president Shaikh Salman received at the supreme council office in Seef three football referees – Nawaf Abdulla Shukralla, Yaser Khalil Tulefat and Ebrahim Mubarak Saleh, who recently returned from Brazil. The trio Bahrainis were among 25 referees and eight supporting duos ap ..

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SPARTANS BEAT INDIAN CLUB B

July 19, 2014

Team Spartans

Spartans beat Indian Club B by 10 runs in the latest matches of the Indian Expat Seven-a-Side softball Cricket Tournament. Put into bat first, Spartans were all out for 52 runs in 6 overs. Rohan top scored with 21 runs. Sushant Sagar picked up 2 wickets for 2 runs. In reply Indian Club ‘A’ could only manage 42 runs for the loss of 3 wickets in 6 overs. Charan A ..

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Manila urges unity of South East nations

July 19, 2014

U.S. military Amphibious Assault Vehicle (AAV)

The Philippines is pushing for a meeting among four Southeast Asian nations with conflicting claims to waters in the South China Sea so that they can hammer out a common stand in dealings with China, Manila’s foreign minister said yesterday.

Manila is waging a territorial dispute with China over the Spratlys and the Scarboroug ..

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WORLD REMEMBERS MADIBA’S LEGACY

July 19, 2014

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu holds the hand of a child whilst reading to a group of children during a Mandela Day event at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, South Africa

Observes 1st Mandela Day since icon’s death

South Africans cleaned schools, planted vegetables and adopted penguins on Friday to celebrate “Mandela Day” for the first time since the death of the iconic leader on what would have been his 96th birthday.

People around the world volunteered 67 minutes of their time for ..

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Spain slams British ‘interference’ in Gibraltar sea row

July 19, 2014

Cars sit in line at the border crossing between Spain and Gibraltar

Spain accused Britain yesterday of “unacceptable interference” for launching a diplomatic protest over a maritime dispute off the contested British territory of Gibraltar. It was the latest in a long string of diplomatic skirmishes over the tiny Mediterranean peninsula which has been governed by Britain since 1713 but is claimed by Spain. Britain summoned Spani ..

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TIES INTACT

July 19, 2014

German chancellor Angela Merkel arrives for a press conference yesterday

Chancellor Angela Merkel said yesterday that Germany had serious differences with the United States over privacy issues amid a bitter spying row but stressed the enduring strength of transatlantic ties. Striking a conciliatory tone, Merkel said the only way to get past the deep rift between the NATO allies was through “continued dialogue”, adding she was commit ..

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Leaders urge G20 reforms

July 19, 2014

Australia’s Treasurer Joe Hockey (centre) and Trade Minister Andrew Rob

Business leaders in Australia yesterday called on G20 leading economies to implement recommendations on structural reforms and free trade that could boost global growth by $3.4 trillion and create millions of jobs.

The business chiefs, who are in Sydney for a two-day B20 summit, said their list of 20 recommendations -- if adopte ..

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UKRAINE ECONOMY SHRINKS FASTER

July 19, 2014

A woman pushes a pram in front of Mykhaylo Gold Domes cathedral in Kiev. The IMF review was completed before Europe’s most explosive standoff in decades erupted again on Thursday

Uprising hits Ukraine’s vital industrial east: IMF

The International Monetary Fund warned yesterday that the pro-Russia uprising engulfing Ukraine’s vital industrial east had dealt a “notable” blow that would shrink its economy faster than feared.

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US indicts FedEx

July 19, 2014

FedEx

The US Justice Department announced that package-delivery giant FedEx has been indicted for allegedly facilitating the distribution of controlled substances and prescription drugs sold by illegal online pharmacies.

A federal grand jury in San Francisco indicted the company for having “knowingly and intentionally conspired to d ..

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Alibaba plans US IPO

July 19, 2014

Alibaba

The highly-anticipated US stock offer by Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba will take place after September 1, the official Xinhua news agency yesterday quoted an anonymous source as saying.

The source said the roadshow for the initial public offering (IPO), which could rival Facebook’s flotation, was originally scheduled for la ..

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GE PROFIT RISES

July 19, 2014

GE

GE’s second-quarter net income rose to $3.55bn

General Electric Co reported a 13-per cent jump in quarterly net income yesterday on improved sales of its jet engines and oil and gas equipment, and said it was targeting the initial public offering of its private-label credit-card business for the end of the month.

The U ..

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Talabani to return from medical exile

July 19, 2014

Talabani

Iraqi President Jalal Talabani was to return from months of treatment abroad, with his crisis-hit country on the brink of breakup but his native Kurdistan buoyant with statehood hopes.

“President Talabani is coming home on Saturday July 19 after receiving successful health treatment in brotherly Germany,” his Patriotic Union ..

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Mass exodus -CHRISTIANS FLEE MOSUL

July 19, 2014

People who fled from the violence in Mosul walk inside the Khazer refugee camp on the outskirts of the Kurdish city of Arbil on Thursday

Christians were fleeing Iraq’s jihadist-held city of Mosul en masse on Friday after mosques relayed an ultimatum giving them a few hours to leave, the country’s Chaldean patriarch and witnesses said.

“Christian families are on their way to Dohuk and Arbil,” in the neighbouring autonomous region of Kurdistan, Patriarch Lo ..

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Middle East crisis likened to apartheid 

July 19, 2014

former archbishop Desmond Tutu

Two South African winners of the Nobel Peace Prize urged Israel and the Palestinians on Friday to negotiate peace, with former archbishop Desmond Tutu comparing the regional crisis to apartheid.

Tutu was speaking alongside fellow laureate and former president FW de Klerk at a news conference on this year’s annual summit of pea ..

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Toll reaches 115

July 19, 2014

Smoke rises after a weapon was fired by a Free Syrian Army fighter loyal to Syria’s President Bashar Al Assad, in the southern part of Maarat Al Nouman, Idlib

Jihadists killed at least 115 Syrian regime fighters, civilian security guards and employees when they seized a gas field in Homs province, a monitoring group said Friday, updating an earlier toll.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights described Thursday’s takeover of the Shaar field as “the biggest” anti-regime operatio ..

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Alcohol ban sets off alarm bells

July 19, 2014

Mr. Halwachi

Banning the sale of alcohol in three star hotels presents a ‘warning’ for the four star segment according to the country’s association of four star hotels.

“If four star hotels’ standards are not kept, then the ministry might take a similar decision for us,” Four Star Hotels Association President Hameed Halwachi told ..

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Divorce attributed to early marriage

July 19, 2014

Mr. Al Ruwailey during the lecture.

The increasing divorce rates in the Kingdom have been attributed to early marriage by a leading social expert.

Social and Moral Relations Expert, Faleh Al Ruwailey, confirmed that one of the major causes of divorce in Bahrain, is the lack of awareness, preparation and sense of responsibility on the part of newly wedded couples.< ..

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Traffic Directorate detects insurance fraudsters

July 19, 2014

Shaikh Nasser

Traffic General Director Shaikh Nasser bin Abdulrahman Al Khalifa announced that a group involved in cheating insurance companies, was detected by the General Directorate of Traffic, as a result of the investigations carried by Operations and Traffic Observation Directorate’s Traffic Accidents Investigation teams.

According to ..

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Shaikh Nasser inaugurates fundraising campaign

July 19, 2014

Shaikh Nasser with officials

Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Royal Charity Organisation (RCO) HRH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa on Friday inaugurated the week-long ‘National Fundraising Campaign,’ launched by RCO’s ‘National Committee for Supporting the Palestinian People in Gaza,’ in cooperation with Bahrain TV.

Upon arrival ..

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KREMLIN CORNERED

July 19, 2014

A woman holding a sign that reads, “Putin is a murderer”, lies down near flowers left by people to commemorate victims of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 plane crash, at the Dutch embassy in Kiev on Friday

The Malaysia Airlines jet that crashed in Ukraine, killing 298 people, was “likely downed” by a surface-to-air missile launched from a separatist-held area, a US envoy said Friday.

Flight MH17 was “likely downed by a surface-to-air missile, SA-11, operating from a separatist-held location in eastern Ukraine,” Samantha Po ..

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HE JUST GOT DEEP-SIXED!

July 19, 2014

Krajeski, William V. Roebuck

US recalls Krajeski, William V. Roebuck is the new ambassador 

One of my goals is to take diplomacy out of offices to the streets of countries, said former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton while briefing  reporters on the alterations she intended to bring in the working style of her foot sol ..

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ISRAEL RIGID

July 19, 2014

Israel rigid

Gaza deaths soar

Israel warned Friday it could broaden a Gaza ground assault aimed at smashing Hamas’s network of cross-border tunnels, as it intensified an operation that has so far killed 292 Palestinians.

As Gaza residents spoke of a night of terror, with gunbattles in the south and all-night shelling in the north, ..

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Ericsson reports Q2 profit leap

July 19, 2014

Untitled-1

Swedish telecom equipment maker Ericsson announced yesterday a leap in its second-quarter profits beating analyst expectations.

Net profit between April and June rose to 2.579 billion kronor (279 million euros, $378m), almost doubling the 1.469bn kronor the group reported a year ago. Analysts polled by Dow Jones Newswires had pr ..

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ADB CUTS OUTLOOK

July 19, 2014

The financial district in Singapore. The Asian Development Bank yesterday downgraded its 201 outlook for Southeast Asia citing political tensions

Tensions in Southeast Asia blamed

The Asian Development Bank yesterday downgraded its 2014 economic outlook for Southeast Asia citing political tensions in Thailand and Vietnam and soft external demand in Indonesia.

The Manila-based lender said in a supplement to its economic ..

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Amazon rolls out new service

July 19, 2014

amazon

Amazon is rolling out a new subscription service that will allow unlimited access to thousands of electronic books and audiobooks for $9.99 a month in the online giant’s latest effort to attract more users.

The largest U.S. e-commerce site said yesterday that the Kindle Unlimited service will give users the ability to read as ..

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GOOGLE SEEN BEST PLACED FOR GROWTH

July 19, 2014

Google

Google Inc is the best placed of any company to benefit from the shift to mobile, increased local advertising and wearables, analysts said after the search giant posted its 18th straight quarter of 20 per cent-plus revenue growth.

The company, which is also set to benefit from the so-called “internet of things”, said that se ..

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SMART CARS TAKE WHEEL

July 19, 2014

Range Rover Evoque

A car with no one on board developed by Volvo and Valeo

Why waste your time looking for a place to park when your car can do it for you? An idea that was pure science fiction only a few years ago is becoming reality thanks to automatic robot cars.

A car with no one on board drives into a car park at walking pace, lets a ..

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Rammasun hits southern China

July 19, 2014

A man walks past fallen trees on a street after super typhoon Rammasun hit the area in Wenchang

The strongest typhoon to hit southern China in more than 40 years made its second landfall yesterday, authorities said, after leaving a trail of destruction and at least 64 dead in the neighbouring Philippines. Super Typhoon Rammasun hit the city of Zhanjiang in south China’s Guangdong province yesterday night, local meteorological authorities said. It first made ..

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BERLUSCONI WALKS FREE

July 19, 2014

ranco Coppi, lawyer of former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi speaks speaks to the press

Court clears him on sex case trial

An Italian appeals court yesterday cleared Silvio Berlusconi of having sex with an underage prostitute and abuse of power in a surprise ruling that will strengthen the former prime minister on the political scene. “The defendant is acquitted,” presiding judge Enrico Tranfa said, requ ..

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RORY KEEPS LEAD

July 19, 2014

Rory McIlroy

British Open

Rory McIlroy was holding onto his British Open lead yesterday as breezy conditions thwarted early second round starters with designs in replacing him. The 25-year-old from Northern Ireland, chasing his first Open title after two major wins in the United States, was enjoying a restful morning ahead of a mid-a ..

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Environmental effects of South Alba STP highlighted

July 17, 2014

Alba

The Supreme Council for Environment recently held a meeting to review the results of the study conducted by Environment Arabia Consultancy Services Company on the environmental effects of the project to upgrade the South Alba Sewage Treatment Plant. Representatives of the Ministry of Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning, the General Directorate of Marines R ..

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National Guard-BDF cooperation reviewed

July 17, 2014

National Guard-BDF cooperation reviewed

Staff Director of the National Guard Major-General Shaikh Abdulaziz bin Saud Al Khalifa met here today the Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations at the Bahrain Defence Force (BDF) Major-General Dheyab Saqr Al-Nuaimi. They reviewed the existing National Guard-BDF coordination and cooperation regarding the preparation of joint training programmes and sessions. ..

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MoSD launches safety car seat awareness campaign

July 17, 2014

Baby

The Ministry of Social Development has launched a public awareness campaign for proper use of child safety car seats, in cooperation with a number of relevant authorities.

The campaign aims to inform and educate the community members and parents about the importance of car seats for children and infants in order to ensure maximum protection for them on the roa ..

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Barcelona accepts Suarez ‘imperfections’

July 17, 2014

Luis Suarez

Barcelona will accept Luis Suarez with his “imperfections” and believes he will play a positive role despite his notorious World Cup bite, a top club official said yesterday. Barcelona could not show off their new signing from Liverpool because he is serving a four month ban from all football for biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini. But sporting director ..

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LANKA MAKE LATE SURGE

July 17, 2014

South Africa cricketer Dean Elgar (left) is congratulated by his teammate Faf du Plessis (right) after scoring a century

Opener Dean Elgar smashed a century before Sri Lanka pegged back South Africa with four key wickets late on the opening day of the first Test in Galle yesterday. The visitors were cruising at one stage after a cracking 103 from Elgar and a sedate 80 from Faf du Plessis. But the hosts fought back in the final session to restrict South Africa to 268-5 at close of pla ..

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Nasser 7 semifinals Scheduled

July 17, 2014

Nasser 7

Two more teams passed to the semifinals of HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa Seventh Ramadan Football Championship (Nasser 7). Bahrain National Stadium hosted two exciting matches on Tuesday, where Al Nawayef and Al Fakhar teams qualified to the semifinals. Al Nawayef won Fast Link with penalty shots 6-4, after a long exhausting match with the newcomer that end ..

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Members win, raise cash for charity

July 17, 2014

Club Captains with Nauman Ahmed (centre)

Royal Golf Club Members Robert Timmers and Nauman Ahmed were the lucky recipients of a brand new Titleist Vokey wedge apiece after their names were drawn from the Captains’ Charity Bunker Box.

Golfers are charged an optional BD 1 every time their ball lands in a specific bunker on the 18th fairway of the Club’s Montgomerie c ..

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MAHARASHTRA MANDAL WIN

July 17, 2014

Indian Club’A’ Team

Maharashtra Mandal beat Dadabhai Travels by 4 wickets in the latest matches of the Indian Expat Seven-a-Side Softball Cricket Tournament. Batting first, Dadabhai Travels were all out for 30 runs in 5.4 overs. Fahad top scored with 9 runs. Anirudh picked up 3 wickets for 2 runs. In reply Maharashtra Mandal easily chased down the total and scored 31 runs for the loss ..

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Snowden deserves protection from prosecution

July 17, 2014

Snowden

Fugitive US intelligence agent Edward Snowden deserves shielding from prosecution for having thrown the spotlight on state snooping, UN human rights chief Navi Pillay said yesterday. “Those who disclose human rights violations should be protected. We need them,” Pillay said.

“And in the case of Snowden, his revelations go ..

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PAINSTAKING DEAL

July 17, 2014

Head of the UN mission to Afghanistan Jan Kubis, (left) with Head of the Afghan Independent Election Commission (IEC) Ahmad Yousuf Nuristani

Afghan future hangs on fragile vote process 

Every single vote cast in Afghanistan’s run-off presidential election will be checked for signs of fraud in a painstaking process set to begin this week -- and the stakes could not be higher. Transported to Kabul under armed guard, these 8.1 m ..

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Renzi to visit Africa during EU presidency

July 17, 2014

Matteo Renzi

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi begins a three-day visit to Africa on Saturday that will take him to Mozambique, the Republic of Congo and Angola, the government said. The 39-year-old Renzi, whose country currently holds the European Union’s rotating presidency, was expected in Maputo on Saturday, Brazzaville on Sunday and Luanda on Monday.

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US Election 2016 – HILLARY TO DECIDE

July 17, 2014

Former US president Bill Clinton (right) is welcomed as he begins a tour of a charitable foundation in the Indian city of Jaipur

Former US president Bill Clinton said yesterday that he would not try to influence his wife Hillary on whether she should run for the White House. Hillary Clinton, who served as Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013 under President Barack Obama, is mulling a run for president in 2016.

“I have made it clear to her that I love ou ..

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MURDOCH EYES TIME WARNER

July 17, 2014

TIME WARNER

The bid by 21st Century Fox was for $80bn

Rupert Murdoch’s conglomerate said yesterday it made an unsuccessful bid for rival Time Warner which could shake up the media-entertainment world.

The bid by 21st Century Fox, which would have combined two of t ..

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Apple to pay up to $400m

July 17, 2014

APPLE

Apple will pay up to $400 million to compensate consumers for illegal price-fixing conspiracy for electronic books, officials said yesterday.

The settlement would reimburse consumers in 33 states whose authorities sought damages for Apple’s price-fixing, according to a statement from New York’s attorney general.

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A GIFT TO CHERISH

July 17, 2014

Dr. Al Sayed and Mr. Al Saati with the family of Abdulaziz

Royal help

It’s truly a Ramadan gift for the family of the deceased Abulaziz Al Abbar as Royal Charity Organisation (RCO) has announced that it would take care of the family.

The 27-year-old Abdulaziz died in April after succumbing to his injuries sustained during the clashes between ..

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Summer festival tickets go on sale

July 17, 2014

The festival will feature many fun-filled events

Tickets for the 2014 Bahrain Summer Festival events will go on sale today at the Virgin Megastore in Bahrain City Centre.

The tickets would also be available online at virginmegastore.me.

The event, organised by Culture Ministry, will be held under the slogan ’Summer of Colours’ fr ..

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Oil spill contained

July 17, 2014

The place where oil spill was reported

An oil spill off the northeastern coasts of the island was successfully contained by the authorities yesterday.

Supreme Council for the Environment (SCE) stated that the incident occurred near Hidd coastline, where diesel, lubrication and grease leaked from a tugboat, which sank for unknown reasons. The tugboat was actually plan ..

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A woman of substance

July 17, 2014

Aisha Al Ansari

Logistics Management is one of the integral areas that countries worldwide are focusing on and Bahrain has given substantial importance to it as key part of its ‘National Economic Vision 2030.’

Hence, it shouldn’t come as a surprise if the youths of the country would decide to invest their time and energy in making it as ..

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National fundraiser for Palestinians established

July 17, 2014

Palestinian women grieve during the funerals of four boys, all from the Bakr family, killed during Israeli shelling, in Gaza City, on Wednesday

In line with the directives of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa to provide urgent humanitarian aid to the Palestinian people in Gaza, the Royal Charity Organisation (RCO) on Wednesday held a Press conference, at the Sheraton Hotel, to announce that a national fundraiser for the Palestinians will start next Friday.

RCO S ..

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PHARMACIST JAILED FOR THEFT CASE

July 17, 2014

PHARMACIST JAILED FOR THEFT CASE

An Asian pharmacist lost his appeal against his robbery conviction. The defendant was earlier sentenced to four months, followed by deportation at the Court of First Instance for robbing cash and items. According to Court files, the defendant stole a total amount of BD70 and several medicines from the pharmacy he was working in for four years. He was forgiven by his employer on several occas ..

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Customs President issues two orders

July 17, 2014

Shaikh Mohammed

President of Customs, Shaikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, on Wednesday issued Order 110 for this year.

The Order stipulates that all customs brokers, product owners or their authorised representatives should present customs data within two hours after the arrival of the products.

It also ..

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Gone BD270,000!

July 17, 2014

cyber crime

It is shocking. For, a cyber crime of this magnitude has not been reported in the Kingdom earlier.

Yes, we are talking about the local branch of a money exchange company, which lost BD 270,000 to hackers.

Hackers breaking into an individual’s or an organisation’s account by clandestinely ..

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Youth under terror grip

July 17, 2014

terrorist

The news that terrorist outfits including Al Qaeda have started recruiting young Bahrainis to fight in the regional conflicts is disturbing.

This piece of upsetting information has been put out in an online American journal worldtribune.com.

The online journal in its Abu Dhabi dateline ..

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AU, US varsity hold graduation ceremony

July 17, 2014

The students at the graduation ceremony

Ahlia University (AU) President Professor Abdulla Yusuf Al Hawaj participated in a graduation ceremony at the George Washington University, US.

28 AU students had successfully passed the requirements for graduation from the University’s master’s programme in engineering management in partnership with the George Washington Un ..

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BAN DOESN’T MEAN CLOSURE

July 17, 2014

Culture Ministry said they were ready to provide hoteliers with necessary advice on how to upgrade their businesses to the benefit of Kingdom’s tourism reputation

Culture Ministry yesterday clarified that the recent ban on alcohol was not aimed at closing down the three-star hotels, but “encourages reutilising the facilities at the hotel”.

The ministry explained that the facilities should be an additional income to hotels, supporting the income from room rent and not the vice-versa.

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Stage set for fashion show

July 17, 2014

Mr. Ahmed - Fashion

Bringing together the local and regional designers from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and United Arab Emirates, a fashion show by Fashion Arabia is expected to take place over the weekend at The Ritz Carlton, Bahrain Hotel and Spa. Company’s founder, Mohammed Ahmed, suggests that Bahrain still has a long way to go when it comes to showcasing the designers’ vogue intuiti ..

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Disparity – Feed needy, not trash bins

July 17, 2014

Wastage on one side, poverty on the other

The holy month of Ramadan is a time of self-control, reflection and renewal. It’s an opportunity to guard the tongues, engage in long hours of worship, exercise patience and open the hearts and pockets for charitable causes.

However, when it comes to food consumption, people forget the basic idea behind Ramadan. Fast turns int ..

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Alba appoints new director

July 17, 2014

Mr. Janahi

Aluminium Bahrain (Alba), one of the leading aluminium smelters in the world, has appointmented Abdul Rahman Janahi as the new director of administration.

Mr. Janahi had joined the company in 1976 as an apprentice. In 2004, he was promoted Superintendent at the Calciner and Marine Department and Manager of the Department later. ..

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QATAR AIRWAYS BOOSTS BOEING

July 17, 2014

Akbar Al Baker, CEO of Qatar Airways (second left) and Ray Conner, (second right) President and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, pose for pictures following a joint press conference at the Farnborough Air Show in Hampshire, southern England

Boeing wins a passenger and freight planes order

Qatar Airways gave Boeing a lift yesterday, concluding a deal for 50 of the US planemaker’s revamped long-haul passenger jets and proposing to buy the same amount again.

On the third day of the Farnborough airshow near London, ..

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Malabar Gold holds iftar meet

July 17, 2014

Malabar Gold and Diamonds and the Friendship Society for the Blinds officials at the event

Malabar Gold and Diamonds, the leading jewellery retailer in the world, recently organised an iftar event at Friendship Society for Blinds, Bahrain for the visually impaired and their family as part of their Ramadan CSR activities in the GCC region.

Governor of Central Governorate Ahmed bin Mubarak Al Fadel, Branch Head, MGD B ..

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‘Iraq revolution is result of oppression’

July 17, 2014

Iraqis, fleeing the violence in the northern city of Tal Afar, are seen riding a truck taking them to Iraq’s disputed northern city of Kirkuk on Wednesday

Iraqi Sunni leaders in exile said on Wednesday that last month’s flare-up of violence was the result of a “popular revolt” against the Shiite-dominated government of Prime Minister Nuri Al Maliki.

Several of around 300 Sunni clerics, tribal leaders, insurgent commanders and businessmen who attended a meeting in Amman insis ..

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Assad sworn in, targets West

July 17, 2014

Assad

Syrian President Bashar Al Assad was sworn in on Wednesday for a new seven-year term, warning Western and Arab governments they will pay dearly for backing those who took up arms against him.

In a confident speech delivered after he took the oath of office at a red carpet ceremony in Damascus, Assad branded the 2011 Arab uprisin ..

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FOUR CHILDREN KILLED ON BEACH

July 17, 2014

Palestinian relatives of the four boys killed in Israeli bombardment, all from the Bakr family, react at the family house during the funerals in Gaza City, on Wednesday

Gaza bombardment

Israel intensified its bombardment of Gaza on Wednesday, killing four children on a beach in an apparent naval salvo and launching deadly air strikes, as regional leaders sought to end the killing.

The punishing air campaign aimed at halting cross-border rocket fire by ..

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Tour de France – GALLOPIN WINS

July 17, 2014

Tour de France - GALLOPIN WINS

Two days after wearing the yellow jersey on Bastille Day, Frenchman Tony Gallopin won the 11th stage of the Tour de France yesterday. The 26-year-old escaped from a depleted peloton on a fast descent in the last 10km of the 187.5km run from Besancon to Oyonnax. Although he was caught by a trio of chasers, he attacked them in the final 3km and held on for victory ah ..

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British Open Golf – STAGE SET

July 17, 2014

British Open Golf

The stage is set for the 143rd British Open at Royal Liverpool Golf club with title contenders keeping one eye on back-from-injury Tiger Woods and another on the ever-changing weather conditions. The final day of practice for what is building up to be one of the most open Opens in years was marked by heavy downpours on the Wirral peninsula, edged in between Liverpo ..

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PM backs banking sector

July 17, 2014

PM

Prime Minister HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa on Wednesday affirmed government’s full support to the banking and investment sectors.

The move is aimed at creating a favourable economic condition capable of attracting foreign investor and make Kingdom a favourable destination for financial and banking investments.

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Bahrain’s security inseparable: Saudi

July 17, 2014

The Premier during his visit to Saudi Arabia

In a move further strengthening bilateral ties with Bahrain, Saudi Arabia on Wednesday emphasised that security of Bahrain is an inseparable part of the national security of Saudi Arabia.

Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,  Prince Salman bin Abdul Aziz said this while having ..

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PRIX-F1 MERCEDES ROSBERG

July 16, 2014

Mercedes' German driver Nico Rosberg

A picture taken on June 21, 2014 shows Mercedes' German driver Nico Rosberg at the Austrian Formula One Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria. Rosberg renewed his contract with Mercedes, Mercedes announced on July 16, 2014.

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Bahraini woman obtains FCII fellowship

July 16, 2014

Manal Mohd Mashkoor

BIBF senior lecturer of insurance studies, Manal Mashkoor, has obtained the Fellowship of the Chartered Insurance Institute (FCII) from the United Kingdom. Ms. Mashkoor is the first Bahraini woman to obtain this advanced academic qualification whereas the total number of FCII degree holders are 6,000 in the insurance sector all over the world. She expressed h ..

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Frontale Champions

July 16, 2014

Marinos forward Sho Ito celebrates his second-half goal with teammates, including Shohei Ogura, in yesterday’s match against Sanfrecce

Cerezo Osaka lost their first game under new manager Marco Pezzaiuoli yesterday, squandering the lead to be defeated 2-1 by Kawasaki Frontale as the J-League resumed after the World Cup. In a low-key restart following Japan’s meek exit from the Cup in Brazil, Yokohama F-Marinos won by the same scoreline at champions Sanfrecce Hiroshima thanks to a Sho Ito winner ..

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WATSON HOPES BETTER FORTUNE

July 16, 2014

Bubba Watson

Masters champion Bubba Watson may not have had the success he’s looking for at the Open championship, which begins on Thursday, but is relishing the challenge of tackling the Hoylake links layout. The 35-year-old left-hander from Bagdad, Florida, is still looking for his first victory on European soil after racking up six wins, including his first Masters title i ..

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Sri Lanka plan memorable farewell for Jayawardene

July 16, 2014

Mahela Jayawardene

Sri Lanka are planning to give star batsman Mahela Jayawardene a fitting farewell by winning his remaining matches, captain Angelo Mathews said ahead of the first Test against South Africa starting today. On Monday, Jayawardene announced he will retire from the longest format of the game in August, after the two-Test rubber against South Africa followed by two matc ..

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CHELSEA COMPLETE COSTA MOVE

July 16, 2014

Diego Costa

Spain striker Diego Costa has completed his transfer to Chelsea from Atletico Madrid, the English Premier League side announced yesterday. The Brazil-born forward had long been linked with a move to the London side and completion of the deal appeared to be imminent after the Blues said earlier this month they had met the buy-out clause for the 25-year-old, whose tr ..

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Markovic signs for Liverpool

July 16, 2014

Markovic

English Premier League giants Liverpool have signed Serbia winger Lazar Markovic from Portuguese side Benfica, the club announced yesterday. The undisclosed fee was reported by British media to be £20 million for a “long-term deal” The 20-year-old is the fourth new arrival at Anfield this pre-season following Southampton and England duo Rickie Lambert and Adam ..

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ANDERSON FACING ICC CHARGE

July 16, 2014

James Anderson

Nottingham Test

England seamer James Anderson has been charged by the International Cricket Council over an alleged confrontation with India’s Ravindra Jadeja during the drawn first Test at Nottingham’s Trent Bridge last week, it was announced yesterday. The ICC said Anderson was charged with allegedly “abusing and pushing” Jadeja after they left th ..

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Intercol beat Night Hawks

July 16, 2014

Team Smashers

Intercol beat Night Hawks in the latest matches of the Indian Expat Seven-a-Side Softball Cricket Tournament. Put into bat first, Intercol clobbered the bowling to set up a total of 63 runs for the loss of 2 wickets in 6 overs. Vipin top scored with 44 runs. Suril picked up 1 wicket for 6 runs. In reply Night Hawks were tormented with some steady bowling and ended ..

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CHAMPIONS HONOURED

July 16, 2014

Bahrain International Circuit (BIC), “The Home of Motorsport in the Middle East - Winners

Bahrain International Circuit (BIC), “The Home of Motorsport in the Middle East”, held a prize-giving gala to honour the champions of the 2013/2014 national motor racing season. The ceremony took place at Paddock Six within the BIC premises in Sakhir. It marked a fitting end to a highly competitive campaign that last several months and which featured high-octan ..

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Juncker to helm EU Commission

July 16, 2014

Jean-Claude Juncker (left) is congratulated by European Parliament President Martin Schulz during a press conference yesterday

Luxembourg’s Jean-Claude Juncker won the backing of European lawmakers yesterday to head the EU’s powerful executive for the next five years, despite a British-led campaign to block his appointment. The conservative Juncker won 422 votes of 729 votes cast in the European Parliament, despite opposition from London and Budapest and reservations from some Socialis ..

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INSURGENTS INVITED

July 16, 2014

A Ukrainian serviceman patrols

Ukraine’s Western-backed leaders yesterday invited pro-Kremlin insurgents to a videoconference aimed at halting spiralling violence and what Kiev has warned was an imminent invasion by thousands of Russian troops. Kiev sharply raised the stakes in Europe’s most explosive crisis in decades by declaring on Monday that a Ukrainian transport plane downed in the eas ..

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Eurosceptic named new UK foreign minister

July 16, 2014

Philip Hammond leaves Downing Street in London yesterday

British Prime Minister David Cameron named eurosceptic Philip Hammond as his new foreign secretary yesterday in a major cabinet reshuffle ahead of next year’s general election. Former defence secretary Hammond, who replaces William Hague, supports Britain leaving the European Union unless significant powers are returned to London before a referendum promised for ..

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SUICIDE ATTACK

July 16, 2014

A loader removes debris as Afghans look on at the scene of a suicide attack at a market in Urgun district, Paktika province yesterday

A suicide bomber driving a truck packed with explosives killed at least 41 people at a busy market in southeastern Afghanistan yesterday,  the deadliest attack in the war-torn country for months. The huge blast in Urgun district of Paktika province came hours after a remotely controlled bomb targeted a presidential palace media staff bus in Kabul, killing two and ..

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JPMorgan income falls

July 16, 2014

JPMorgan

JPMorgan Chase, the nation’s largest bank by assets, said yesterday that its second-quarter earnings fell 9 per cent as revenue at its investment banking and mortgage businesses dropped.

The bank’s net income totalled $5.6 billion in the quarter after payments to preferred shareholders. That was down from net income of $6.1b ..

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AIRBUS RAKES UP ORDER OF $60BN

July 16, 2014

A security guard stands beneath an Airbus A400M military transport plane on the second day of the Farnborough International Air show in Hampshire, England

European aircraft maker Airbus racked up orders for its new long-haul A330neo plane yesterday, as airlines and leasing companies cash in on demand for cheap long-haul air travel.

Launched on Monday at the Farnborough airshow near London, Airbus has won commitments for 105 of its neo planes, surpassing its original target of 100 ..

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Dubai to launch EM currency products

July 16, 2014

EM  currency products

The Dubai Gold and Commodities Exchange (DGCX) has said it plans to launch a wide range of Emerging Market (EM) currency products, targeted at Middle East customers.

In the pipeline are three new currency futures including South African Rand, Russian Rouble and the Korean Won, all of which are set for launch in Q3 2014.

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MINI IMF ON ANVIL

July 16, 2014

BRICS

BRICS to launch a new development bank

Leaders of the BRICS group of emerging powers huddled yesterday in Brazil to launch a new development bank and a reserve fund seen as counterweights to Western-led financial institutions.

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff welcomed the l ..

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CONCORDIA TOXINS THREATEN WILDLIFE

July 16, 2014

The rear of the cruise liner Costa Concordia is pictured at Giglio harbour at Giglio Island. Engineers were securing the final chains to the Costa Concordia

It’s nursing season in Europe’s biggest marine sanctuary and schools of whales have brought their young to Italian shores -- but environmentalists warn they are at risk from toxins leaked by the wrecked Costa Concordia cruise ship.

The luxury liner crashed off the Tuscan island of Giglio in 2012, killing 32 people and sparki ..

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Israel to expand, intensify campaign

July 16, 2014

Netanyahu

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged on Tuesday to ramp up Israel’s military campaign against Gaza, after an Egyptian truce plan failed to end eight days of cross-border fire.

“This would have been better resolved diplomatically, that’s what we tried to do when we accepted the Egyptian truce proposal today,” he said ..

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TRUCE BID FAILS

July 16, 2014

Palestinian men remove a sheep from the rubble of a destroyed house

The death toll from Israel’s week-long campaign in Gaza rose Tuesday to 194, as two Palestinians were killed in renewed strikes after an Egyptian truce bid failed.

Emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said a 24-year-old man was killed in Zeitun, east of Gaza City, on Tuesday evening.

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Ageing Healthy

July 16, 2014

THE PET PROJECT

No matter how much we assume that we are two very different species of the same world, when it comes to the ageing process, our precious pooches will need the same heightened care as we do. One of the biggest things to look out for is when your dog starts to compile on the pounds, as he becomes less active like he once was when young. Overweight dogs have a highe ..

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TRUE CHARITY – A GANDHIAN ON ARAB SOIL

July 16, 2014

MP Ahmed Abdul

Power is one of the most desired elements in today’s world. When a person gets power, there is always a risk that he may use it for his selfish needs. But here is a man who is an exception to this theory. Manama area MP Ahmed Abdul Wahid Qarata uses his power to serve the needy.

After being appointed as the lawmaker of the cap ..

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MoI launches Ramadan Tent Campaign

July 16, 2014

Representatives of Civil Defence and participants during the campaign

The General Directorate of Civil Defence launched its annual ‘Ramadan Tent Campaign’, as part of its mission to promote fire safety in tents.

A special team from the Civil Defence Public Relations Office has been visiting Ramadan tents, in order to highlight some common errors committed by occupants and ensure that people ar ..

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Hope for special needs students

July 16, 2014

Dr. Al Nuaimi honouring special needs students during the ceremony on Tuesday

The Ministry of Education (MoE) announced that a special curriculum for mentally challenged and Down syndrome students will be inaugurated by the commencement of the new school year in September.

The ministry also stated that more students of the same category would be integrated with 57 public schools next year.

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Obesity is curable

July 16, 2014

Royal Bahrain Hospital

As part of its continuous efforts to grant its patients with the best treatments and cures, Royal Bahrain Hospital (RBH), a 60-bed, multi-specialty hospital based in Salmaniya, is now offering obese patients, the best surgical option to get rid of the extra weight permanently and safely.

This is made possible by RBH, with the us ..

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IT’S FAST IT’S COOL

July 16, 2014

An inside view of NPRA

Bahrain is moving on the fast lane, it seems, as the embassies of the Kingdom abroad would soon be able to issue visas directly.

The initiative not only facilitates tourism, but also reduces official delay.

Once the plan is implemented, the embassies would not have to go back to the directora ..

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Bahrain sees overall growth

July 16, 2014

Crown Prince attends the majlis of Kazarooni family

A major chunk of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Development Programme fund will be allocated to the significant development projects across private as well as public sectors, it has emerged.

Of the USD24.5 billion GCC Development Programme fund, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister HRH Prin ..

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Royal aid for Palestinians

July 16, 2014

HM the King

His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa has issued directives to provide urgent humanitarian aid for the Palestinians to ease their sufferings.

HM the King entrusted the Royal Charity Organisation (RCO) to take the initiative in this regard.

HM the King has donated USD5 million for the Pale ..

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Skytrax award for Cathay Pacific

July 16, 2014

cathaypacific

Cathay Pacific Airways has once again been named World’s Best Airline in the annual Skytrax World Airline Awards. This is the fourth time Cathay Pacific has received the World’s Best Airline honour -- the only airline to achieve such a feat. The carrier also took the title in 2003, 2005 and 2009.

The latest Skytrax awards ar ..

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QATAR AIRWAYS SHOWS MIGHT

July 16, 2014

Mr. Al Baker, David Cameron and Mr. Enders at arnborough Air Show 2014

Bahrain Bourse Trading platform

Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker joined British Prime Minister David Cameron and the Chief Executive of Airbus Group Tom Enders at the official opening of the Farnborough Air Show 2014 in southern England.

The Prime Minister spent tim ..

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END OF HIGH LIFE

July 16, 2014

Su Xingyun (R), 46, sitting with her children as they do their homework in their two-room rooftop hut which is under a government removal order

Unwanted dwellers

 Their precarious rooftop houses have offered refuge from an unaffordable Hong Kong property market, but some of the territory’s poorest residents face losing their makeshift homes as the government seeks to dismantle them.

Perched on top of older buildings, ..

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Moscow subway derails: 21 dead

July 16, 2014

Members of the emergency services work at the site of an accident on the subway in Moscow yesterday

A subway train derailed yesterday deep below Moscow’s streets, twisting and mangling crowded rail cars at the height of the morning rush hour. At least 21 people were killed, Russian officials said, and 136 were hospitalised, many with serious injuries.

The Russian capital’s airports and transit systems have been a prime ta ..

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Nobel winning novelist Nadine Gordimer dies

July 16, 2014

Nadine Gordimer

South African Nobel Prize-winning writer and anti-apartheid activist Nadine Gordimer, who became an icon through her unique insights into the country’s social agonies, has died at the age of 90.

Through 15 novels, several volumes of short stories, non-fiction and other works published in 40 languages around the world, Gordimer ..

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MALI AND REBELS SWAP PRISONERS

July 16, 2014

Malian youths looking on as French soldiers drive down a street in Niono in the file photo. Tuareg rebels and the Malian government exchanged dozens of prisoners yesterday

Peace talks open in Algiers today

Tuareg rebels and the Malian government yesterday exchanged dozens of prisoners in a goodwill gesture on the eve of peace talks opening in Algiers.

Forty-five Malian soldiers and police captured during clashes at the end of May in the west ..

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GERMANY WELCOMES HEROES

July 16, 2014

German national football team’s defender Shkodran Mustafi, defender Per Mertesacker midfielder Mesut Oezil, midfielder Sami Khedira, midfielder Lukas Podolski and defender Jerome Boateng pose with the trophy on the stage installed for their victory

Hundreds of thousands of jubilant fans massed at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate yesterday to cheer the World Cup winners and new national heroes bringing home football’s top prize for the first time to a reunified Germany. The flag-waving crowd, which began gathering before dawn, erupted in applause under warm summer sunshine when the triumphant players arrived from ..

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Royal order – King ratifies law on civil defence

July 16, 2014

His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa

His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa yesterday ratified and issued Law 22 for this year, amending some provisions on civil defence.

According to the new law, the ‘General Directorate of Civil Defence’ has been replaced with the ‘Directorate of Civil Defence.’

The law also stipula ..

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Prefer SMEs, forget large firms

July 16, 2014

Ms. Al Haiki

A recent study, conducted by Adamov Management and Consultancy, has showed that 66 per cent of Bahraini youth wait for about 18 months to get a job interview call.

The study was a result of interviews done with 1279 jobseekers, by the company’s CEO Roua Al Haiki, between June 2012 and June 2014. The interviews came as part of ..

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CROATIA BALKANS POLITICS DIPLOMACY

July 15, 2014

German Chancelor Angela Merkel waves alongside with Slovenian President Borut Pahorand Croatian President Ivo Josipovic

German Chancelor Angela Merkel waves alongside with Slovenian President Borut Pahorand Croatian President Ivo Josipovic as they walk out after a summit session in Dubrovnik, on July 15, 2014. Heads of state of eight Balkan countries urged on the day before closer economic ties between them as a key means for reviving and making competitive their small economies. To ..

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NPRA launches new services

July 15, 2014

NPRA

The Nationality, Passports and Residence Affairs (NPRA) has launched, in cooperation with the Central Informatics Organisation, a new system that depends on using the new techniques in securing the flexibility, speed and accuracy of service provision and launching new alternatives to old systems, in addition to providing a wide-ranged data base instead of the tradi ..

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Foreign Minister receives call from US Secretary of State, affirms strong friendship ties between the two countries

July 15, 2014

Shaikh Khalid

Foreign Affairs Minister Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohamed Al-Khalifa received a phone call from the US Secretary of State Mr. John Kerry regarding issues related to the recent visit of Mr. Thomas Malinowski, Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labour, to Bahrain.

The Minister and Secretary Kerry discussed the matter thoroughly and a ..

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Jayawardene to retire from Test cricket

July 15, 2014

Mahela Jayawardene

Star Sri Lankan batsman Mahela Jayawardene said yesterday he would retire from Test cricket after the series against Pakistan in August, drawing the curtain on an almost two decade-long Test career. Jayawardene, 37, who has been a stalwart of the batting order since making his debut against India in 1997, said it was not an easy decision but ultimately he felt it w ..

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GERMANY BASKS IN GLORY

July 15, 2014

GERMAN FANS-WC 2014

Germany basked in the glory of their fourth World Cup title yesterday after a 1-0 thriller against Argentina made them the first European team to win football’s top tournament while in South America. Ecstatic fans were preparing a heroes’ welcome for the Mannschaft today in Berlin after partying the night away with fireworks and honking motorcades across the co ..

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Manchester United announce £750 million Adidas deal

July 15, 2014

Manchester United

English Premier League giants Manchester United yesterday announced a record 10-year kit deal with German sportswear group Adidas worth £750 million after US rivals Nike walked away from the club. The sponsorship switch comes after Nike left the bargaining table last Tuesday when Adidas agreed to more than double Nike’s current contract. “Manchester United plc ..

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MICKELSON CONFIDENT

July 15, 2014

Phil Mickelson

British Open champion Phil Mickelson believes his best is yet to come despite recording only one top-10 finish this year. Mickelson won the British Open at the 20th attempt last year at the age of 43, just seven days after picking up his first title on British soil in the Scottish Open. But since then the 44-year-old, dogged by health issues caused by suffering fro ..

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Metrobank-NAFEX Sweep Series

July 15, 2014

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It was never easy. It was indeed a very tough and highly physical ballgame.

The back-to-back Commercial League Champions Metrobank-NAFEX was really the team to beat, but they scripted a rare feat after winning against archrival Fil-Ams 63-58 in front of massive crowd in a 2-to-nil sweep of their Best Of Three succession, last Fr ..

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Alsaei claims double in sodi karting round

July 15, 2014

BIC-karting

Khalid Alsaei claimed an impressive double to highlight an exciting second round in the Sodi Sprint W Series (SSWS) held at Bahrain International Karting Circuit (BIKC) in Sakhir. Alsaei won the meeting’s second and third races after Abdulla Buhindi captured the chequered flag to triumph in race one. Youngster Abdulla Al Thawadi also had a fine evening, stepping ..

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INTERCOL SCRIPT WIN

July 15, 2014

Indian Club’B’ Team

Intercol beat Behzad Group Elames by 5 runs in the latest matches of the Indian Expat Seven-a-Side softball cricket Tournament. Batting first, Intercol scored a respectable total of 55 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in 6 overs. Niglesh top scored with 12 runs. Ganga picked up 2 wickets for 6 runs. In reply Behzad Group Elames ran ever so close but wilted under pres ..

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‘WOMEN BISHOPS’

July 15, 2014

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby (2-right) arrives with his Advisor for Evangelism and Witness, Chris Russell (3-right) and his Social and Public Affairs Adviser, Helen Dawes (2-left) for the Church of England General Synod in York yesterday

Church of England approves through historic vote 

The Church of England overcame bitter divisions yesterday to vote in favour of allowing female bishops for the first time in its nearly 500-year history. The decision reverses a previous shock rejection in 2012 and comes after intensive dip ..

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The glamorous wear 

July 15, 2014

Seef Mall’s Fashion Week

Don’t miss out on catching the last two days of Seef Mall’s Fashion Week which is presenting a range of colourful Arabic festive wear that spells glamour and elegance on the same platform. Not only exciting for grown-ups who are in sync with the Vogue of Arabia, but also interesting for the young ones, as they get to experiment with fashion through festive acce ..

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Brazil interested in Russian air defences

July 15, 2014

Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff told her Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin yesterday that Brasilia was keen on obtaining air defenses from Moscow and cooperating on nuclear energy. Putin’s visit is part of an ambitious Latin American tour that has already taken him to Cuba and Argentina as he seeks to shore up support for his policies amid a showdown with the ..

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‘BE PROUD’

July 15, 2014

Hollande

Hollande addresses the French amid economic gloom

President Francois Hollande yesterday pleaded with the French to be proud of their country in an attempt to boost confidence at a time of enduring gloom over record unemployment and faltering growth. Speaking in a televised interview on France’s national Bastille Day after a military parade commemorating W ..

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Italy luxury liner floats since shipwreck

July 15, 2014

Costa Concordia cruise ship(a file photo)

Italy’s Costa Concordia cruise ship floated for the first time yesterday since it crashed in 2012, its rust-coloured hull emerging from the waves off the Tuscan island of Giglio as an unprecedented salvage operation began. “The ship is floating and is well balanced. We’re extremely pleased so far,” Franco Porcellacchia, the chief engineer of the project, to ..

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CITI CLIPPED

July 15, 2014

CITI BANK

Citigroup to pay $7 bn to settle US mortgage claims

Citigroup will pay $7 billion to settle claims it misled investors about mortgage-linked securities ahead of the financial crisis in the latest US crackdown on a banking giant, officials said yesterday. US Attorney General Eric Holder, cal ..

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A330 NEO KICKS OFF

July 15, 2014

Farnborough show

Farnborough show

European planemaker Airbus yesterday launched the eagerly-awaited upgrade of its long-haul A330 passenger jet -- the A330neo -- to meet rising demand for cheaper, more fuel-efficient travel. The decision to upgrade the A330 with new Rolls-Royce engines was announced on the first day of the Farnb ..

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King to patronise grand Quran contest

July 15, 2014

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His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa would patronize the concluding ceremony of the 19th Bahrain Grand Quran Memorization, Recitation and Explanation competition.

The event conducted by the Justice, Islamic Affairs and Endowments Ministry is held in cooperation with the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs.

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Sky’s no limit – WINGS OF EXCELLENCE

July 15, 2014

Mr. Al Hassan touring  Police Aviation Command with MoI officials

Interior Ministry’s modernisation strategy has helped develop the aviation wing of Bahrain’s police into a formidable force, an official said Monday.

“The aviation wing of Bahrain’s police force is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and training system which is on par with the international standards. This helps th ..

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Clean tourism in Bahrain

July 15, 2014

Dr. Haji

I would like to discuss the efforts undertaken to promote development and transformation of tourism sector in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Thanks to the progressive attitude of Bahrain, the smallest country of the Gulf Cooperation Council, in establishing its  reputation as a tourist hotspot.

Nonetheless the flow of tourism was a ..

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Minister inspects sanitary project

July 15, 2014

Works minister during the visit

Works Minister Essam Khalaf paid a visit to the Sanitary and Storm Water Drainage Project in Nabih Saleh on Monday.

Mr. Khalaf said the visit was aimed to closely follow-up project implementation and to monitor the progress.

The minister also stated that the project would connect all houses i ..

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Training cars could go auto

July 15, 2014

Lt General Shaikh Rashid chairs the meeting

If everything goes well, driving training cars could soon be shifted to automatic transmission as its feasibility was discussed in a Traffic Council meeting yesterday.

The council, chaired by Interior Minister Lt General Shaikh Rashid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa discussed the use of cars with automatic transmission in driving trainin ..

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Beware of lottery scam

July 15, 2014

Brigadier Abdulrahman

One fine day you get a call stating that you have won a huge amount of money in a lottery scheme. Immediately, they will ask for your credit card details. You blindly trust them with the hope of getting a huge sum. Without verifying their credentials, you divulge your credit card details. Alas, now you are trapped in a big fraud. Forget about getting lottery money. ..

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Man gets two months for stealing in store

July 15, 2014

robbery food

An Asian found guilty of embezzlement was sentenced to two months in jail by the Lower Criminal Court.

It was learnt that the defendant robbed goods and food items from the cold store he was working in.

According to case files, the owner of the cold store had noticed a gap in the income as ..

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Court upholds jail term of robbers

July 15, 2014

Robbery

Four men sentenced to one year for attempting to rob BD200,000 from a construction company lost their appeals.

It was learnt that the Bahrainis plotted to rob the company, upon the request of the first defendant, who claimed that the company owed him BD82,000 and that it refused to settle the amount.

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Don’t exploit children, charity organisations told

July 15, 2014

Social Development Ministry

Charity organisations were yesterday urged not exploit children while promoting their campaigns.

Social Development Ministry, the official authority concerned of observing civil and non-profitable organisations stated yesterday that the ministry had received several complaints with regard to charity organisations taking advantag ..

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HOW DID HE DIE?

July 15, 2014

Birabhu

The death of 32-year-old Birabhu Elanchezhiyan inside  his cell at Central Area Detention Centre on May 13 is shrouded in mystery. Birabhu’s father suspects foul-play and is demanding a complete investigation report.      There appears to be more to the death of 32-year-old Birabhu Elanchezhiyan than what meets the eye.

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Dicey weather – Dusty, windy week ahead

July 15, 2014

Annually, the Kingdom gets affected by Al Bareh winds which hit the region by the beginning of summer

Bahrain is expected to witness dusty and windy weather conditions during the next few days.

Senior Meteorologists in the Kingdom has warned of reduced vision due to the presence of dust particles in the atmosphere.

Transportation Ministry’s Meteorological Director Adel Dahham pegged the dus ..

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Qatar installing missile defence

July 15, 2014

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel (C) stands in front of a Patriot missile battery while speaking to US and Israeli soldiers after viewing Juniper Cobra 14 military exercise at Hatzor Israeli Air Force Base in central Israel (file

Qatar plans to buy US Patriot missile batteries and Apache attack helicopters in an arms deal worth about $11 billion, senior Pentagon officials said on Monday.

The sale would provide Qatar with roughly ten radars and 34 launchers for Patriot systems designed to knock out incoming missiles, as well as 24 Apache helicopters and J ..

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Gaza toll hits 184

July 15, 2014

Gaza

The death toll from Israel’s seven-day air campaign against Gaza militants rose to 184 on Monday, as a UN official said more than a quarter of those killed were children.

Meanwhile, Washington warned its Israeli ally against a ground invasion of Gaza, as the death toll from Israel’s air campaign topped that of a 2012 assault ..

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Gulf Air manager elected to BAR UK

July 15, 2014

AlGaoud

Gulf Air Country Manager for the UK, Mr. Rashid Abdulrahman AlGaoud, has been elected to the  Board member of the Board of Airline Representatives in the UK (BAR UK) for a one year term. BAR UK is an industry association representing the majority of airlines operating to the UK and this is the first time a Bahraini joins the board.

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Bahrain Bourse Trading platform – X-STREAM LAUNCHED

July 15, 2014

Bahrain Bourse Trading platform

Minister of Finance and Minister in Charge of Oil and Gas Affairs Shaikh Ahmed bin Mohammed Al-Khalifa launched a new trading platform called X-stream at Bahrain Bourse (BHB) yesterday.

The minister assured the commitment of the government in supporting the projects that will enhance Bahrain’s position as a leading financial h ..

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Lumia 630,635 to launch soon

July 15, 2014

Lumia 630 & 635

Microsoft Mobile Devices and Intercol have announced the local availability of the new Lumia 630 Dual SIM and the 4G/LTE enabled Lumia 635 by this month. Lumia smartphones powered with the intuitive Windows Phone 8.1 operating system at BD 62 and BD 72. General Manager Lower Gulf, Microsoft Mobile Devices Mr. Vithesh Reddy and  General Manager from Intercol Mr Din ..

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Air India, Star to fly 1300 destinations

July 15, 2014

AIR INDIA

Air India  has become the first airlines in India to be a member of “Star Alliance”, an Alliance of Airlines which has Lufthansa, United Airlines, Singapore Airlines, ANA, Thai Airways, Turkish Airlines  and 20 other Airlines of the world as its members.

The new alliance with Star is seen as move that would give a rebirth ..

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FINANCE SCHEME

July 15, 2014

Jamal Al-Hazeem&Mohammed Ali Bucheery

Tamkeen and BMI Bank, a subsidiary of Al Salam Bank – Bahrain announced an extension of alliance providing Sharia-compliant financing for enterprises within the local private sector to fulfil their financial needs at a competitive cost. Launched in 2010, the joint scheme offers a suite of Sharia-compliant financial products under the umbrella of the Islamic Banki ..

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ASRY Targets Navy Market

July 15, 2014

Mr. Berge

ASRY, the ship and rig repair yard in the Arabian Gulf, has launched a new department dedicated to military projects called the Navy Defence and Industrial Projects (NDIP) Department.

The specialised team, headed by Anthony Haile, formerly of the UK Royal Navy is expanding  strong experience in the defence sector to become one ..

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China blasts Australia over Abbott’s WWII comments

July 15, 2014

Tony Abbott (left) with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

China yesterday slammed a remark by Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott praising Japanese military personnel during World War II, while state-run media said Australia was once “roamed by rascals”.

China’s Global Times daily, linked to the ruling Communist party, said Australia was in no position to criticise China ..

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PLANE SHOT

July 15, 2014

Fragments of a Ukrainian AN-26 transport aircraft near the small eastern village of Davido-Nikolsk, in the Lugansk region yesterday

Ukraine says military plane ‘likely’ shot down from Russia

Ukraine said a military plane downed over rebel territory yesterday was “likely” shot from Russia after establishing contact with the aircraft’s crew, ratcheting up tensions with Moscow along their volatile border. “Crew members from an AN-26 plane... ..

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England coach insists Cook will ‘stay strong’

July 15, 2014

Alastair Cook

England captain Alastair Cook will “stay strong” in the remainder of the home series with India, according to coach Peter Moores after the opening batsman’s struggles continued in the drawn first Test at Trent Bridge. The latest in a run of a low scores came at Nottingham where the left-hander was bowled round his legs off the thigh pad for five to take his t ..

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ARGENTINA RETURNS

July 15, 2014

Argentine presidency of President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner (centre) speaking between striker Lionel Messi (left) and team coach Alejandro Sabella (right)

Squad set for homecoming after World Cup heartbreak

Lionel Messi and the rest of the Argentina squad were due home yesterday morning, just hours after their World Cup final defeat to Germany provoked an emotional national reaction ranging from tears to cheers to violence. The team were expected in Buenos Aires at about 10:00 am and will be met by President ..

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NIBALI TAKES STAGE

July 15, 2014

Vincenzo Nibali rides in a breakaway

Tour de France

Vincenzo Nibali won yesterday’s Bastille Day 10th stage of the Tour de France to reclaim the leader’s yellow jersey as two-time former winner Alberto Contador abandoned the race with a broken leg. Nibali overhauled lone escapee Joaquim Rodriguez in the final kilometre to win the stage by 15sec from Fre ..

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India court suspends death sentences for Delhi gang-rape

July 14, 2014

Delhi rape case

India's top court Monday suspended the death sentences of two men convicted of the deadly gang-rape of a student in New Delhi, an attack that triggered international outrage. The Supreme Court temporarily stayed the sentences passed on gym instructor Vinay Sharma and bus cleaner Akshay Singh for the 2012 attack while their appeals were examined, a lawyer said. "The sentence was stayed by th ..

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HM the King congratulates German Chancellor

July 14, 2014

King Hamad

His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa sent a congratulatory cable to the friendly Federal Republic of Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel upon her country's winning the 2014 World Cup title.

In the cable, His Majesty has expressed utmost congratulations to the German Chancellor, praising the remarkable performance of German ..

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HRH Premier thanked by CSB

July 14, 2014

Ahmed bin Zayed Al-Zayed

The President of the Civil Service Bureau(CSB), Ahmed bin Zayed Al-Zayed has expressed his utmost gratitude and appreciation to His Royal Highness Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa the Prime Minister upon the approval of the Performance Management System(ADA) during the Cabinet meeting held yesterday. The CSB President stressed that the approval of the ADA sy ..

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Bahraini foreign trade relations highlighted

July 14, 2014

A Fakhroo

Industry and Commerce Minister Dr. Hassan Fakhro affirmed the Government's keenness and efforts to develop and boost Kingdom’s relations with various countries of the world.

The Minister cited Government plans represented by the Ministry of Industry and Trade to organize various events and programs designed to achieve these as ..

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Teamwork key to glory: Lahm

July 14, 2014

Lahm-WC 2014-GERMANY

Germany captain Philipp Lahm hailed his side’s collective ability as they downed Lionel Messi’s Argentina 1-0 to win the World Cup for fourth time in Rio de Janeriro last night.

Substitute Mario Gotze grabbed the only goal of the game in extra time as Argentina paid for missing a host of good chances through Gonzalo Higuain, ..

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Rodriguez top scorer

July 14, 2014

Rodriguez

Colombia’s young striker James Rodriguez claimed Golden Boot as he emerged as the World Cup’s top scorer with six goals.

Despite his country going out at the quarter-final stage the 23-year-old’s haul was never matched.

Among his half dozen goals was the magical chest and volley against ..

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MESSI LOSES A GOLDEN CHANCE

July 14, 2014

MESSI WC2014

Argentina’s 1-0 defeat by Germany in last night’s World Cup final prevented Lionel Messi, who was named Player of the Tournament, from cementing his place in the pantheon of the truly great.

While the 27-year-old has won everything there is to win -- and broken every record there is to break -- with Barcelona, the final offe ..

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Second rounds kickoff tonight

July 14, 2014

Nasser 7

The second rounds of HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa Seventh Ramadan Football Championship (Nasser 7) will officially kick off tonight (Monday) at Bahrain National Stadium. Victorious and Goal teams meet in the first match of the second rounds, where the winner will qualify to the semi-final rounds, while the losing team will be eliminated from the championsh ..

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BOC adopts Microsoft Cloud Solution

July 14, 2014

Tareq Hijazi

Microsoft Bahrain announced that it has successfully provided Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC) the technology infrastructure for their new online portal. The carefully selected Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013, running on Windows Azure Infrastructure Services, offers the Committee high availability and scalability, as well as fast performance and strong security. Th ..

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BMMI BEAT ASHES

July 14, 2014

Superkings CC Team

BMMI beat Ashes in Super Over in the latest matches of the Indian Expat Seven-a-Side softball Cricket Tournament 2014 at Indian Club Premises in Gudaibiya.

Put into bat first, Ashes were all out for 42 runs in 6 overs. Ajeesh top scored with 30 runs. Sumesh picked up 3 wickets for 2 runs. In reply BMMI in a topsy turvy chase end ..

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India, England draw

July 14, 2014

Stuart Binny (right) hits a six watched by England’s Matt Prior on the final day

India debutant Stuart Binny’s maiden fifty made sure of a draw with England in the first Test at Trent Bridge yesterday. On a docile pitch, a draw had always seemed the most likely outcome and so it proved as the first of this five-match series ended in stalemate ahead of Thursday’s second Test at Lord’s. This result extended England’s winless run to nine T ..

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German MotoGP – MARQUEZ FASTEST

July 14, 2014

Marc Marquez celebrates victory

Spaniard Marc Marquez won his ninth consecutive race of the season yesterday as he dominated the German MotoGP to finish ahead of Honda teammate and compatriot Dani Pedrosa with Jorge Lorenzo on a Yamaha in third. The win gives Marquez a perfect total of 225 points with Pedrosa taking sole possession of second but 77 points back. Italian Valentino Rossi, who was fo ..

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Casablanca building collapse, 16 dead

July 14, 2014

Moroccan rescuers inspect the rubble of a residential building

The death toll after three buildings collapsed in Morocco’s largest city and commercial capital Casablanca rose to 16 yesterday, officials said. Seven more bodies were recovered from the rubble during the day, including two children and Moroccan actress Amal Maarouf and her mother, they said. A 16th body was later pulled from the debris, an official said, on cond ..

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Slovenia Election – MIRO CERAR WINS

July 14, 2014

Slovenian Miro Cerar, president of Miro Cerar Party (center) prepares to cast his ballot at a polling station in Ljubljana

Slovenians voted yesterday in snap elections expected to put a political newcomer in charge of turning around the crisis-hit eurozone country as it struggles with debt and the fallout of corruption scandals. The vote will be the second early election in three years in the country that was once a model member of the European Union, but which has been on a downward s ..

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Exiles mark tugboat disaster with fireworks off Havana

July 14, 2014

One of the boats of a flotilla that commemorated the drowning of 37 migrants twenty years ago prepares to sail yesterday in Key West

Cuban exiles said yesterday they set off fireworks from a flotilla off Havana to commemorate an incident 20 years ago in which 37 people died fleeing the island in a tugboat. The exiles, who returned early Sunday to Key West, Florida, said they could see the lights of the Cuban capital when they set off the barrage of 85 skyrockets at about 9:30 pm Saturday. “We ..

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REDEPLOY TROOPS

July 14, 2014

French soldiers patrol as part of the Hydra Operation in a desert near the village of Bamba between Timbuktu and Gao

France ends Mali offensive

France said yesterday its military offensive that freed northern Mali from the grip of Islamists would be replaced by an operation spanning the wider, largely lawless Sahel region to combat extremist violence. The so-called Serval offensive kicked off in January l ..

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Celebrating excellence

July 14, 2014

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St Christopher’s school’s Annual  ‘Prize Day’ was held at the Saar campus Auditorium.

The event held in the presence of over five hundred guests, children and their parents highlighted student achievements  primarily from Year 8 to Year 12.

Following the opening address by Head of S ..

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Putin backs call for ‘multipolarity’

July 14, 2014

Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner (left) with Vladimir Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin met with his Argentine counterpart Cristina Kirchner yesterday, backing her call to curb Western dominance of international relations as they cemented a nuclear energy deal. The Russian leader is on a six-day Latin American tour seeking to increase Moscow’s influence in the region at a time when the Ukraine crisis has eroded East- ..

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CARGO SHIP IN SPACE STATION

July 14, 2014

Cargo ship

Orbital Sciences Corporation yesterday launched its unmanned Cygnus cargo carrier on a journey to resupply the astronauts living aboard the International Space Station. The spacecraft lifted off from Wallops Island, Virginia at 12:52 pm (1652 GMT) aboard a gleaming white Antares rocket. The spacecraft is packed with 3,653 pounds (1,657 kilograms) of food, equipment ..

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Refugees flee Ukraine rebel bastions

July 14, 2014

Pro-Russian pose  with the new Russia (novorossiya) flag in Donetsk yesterday

Thousands of panicked refugees are flooding highways and packed trains heading out of the main remaining rebel strongholds in eastern Ukraine fearing attacks by government forces who lost 30 soldiers to defiant militants. Pro-Russian separatists killed 19 troops in a hail of heavy rocket fire on Friday near the Russian border in a bloody reminder of their resolve t ..

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Uncertainty for Indonesia after vote – DISPUTED ELECTION

July 14, 2014

Presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto (centre) addresses rally.(file photo)

Indonesia faces a long period of uncertainty after last week’s disputed presidential election, analysts warn -- raising fears for Southeast Asia’s top economy as growth sits at four-year lows, foreign investment slows and corruption remains rife. After a bitterly-fought campaign, Jakarta governor Joko Widodo and his rival, ex-general Prabowo Subianto, both used ..

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Greece battles to defuse ticking debt bomb

July 14, 2014

Protesters hang a banner reading “Never work on Sundays”

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Dimitris Pikrodimitris took out a mortgage four years ago when he was drawing an annual income of 27,000 euros ($36,720). But the economy quickly sank into a debt crisis, forcing Greeks to tighten their belts and driving the insurance agent’s wages down to just 6,500 euros last year. “I ha ..

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Food items available at affordable prices

July 14, 2014

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Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) executive board member Khalid Ali Rashid Al Amine urged customers to avoid going on a shopping spree.

“All food items are available at affordable prices for all customers during the Holy month of Ramadan,” he said, pointing out that traders had signed an agreement that they wou ..

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Condemned – Cabinet tough on Israeli raids

July 14, 2014

Prince Khalifa chairs the Cabinet meeting

Israeli attacks on Palestine have earned the condemnation of the weekly Cabinet session chaired by Prime Minister HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa yesterday at the Gudaibiya Palace on Sunday.

Briefing the Cabinet decisions to the media, Minister of State for Information Affairs and official Government spokesperson Samee ..

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Social media users back alcohol ban

July 14, 2014

booze ban

Culture Ministry’s recent decision to ban alcohol in three-star hotels created a wave of controversy in the Kingdom.

With hotel owners rejecting the decision and claiming that it will cause losses to the tune of millions of dinars, large number of religious clerics, councillors, representatives and activists supported the mini ..

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Start building 179 housing units: Premier

July 14, 2014

Dr. Al Nasser

Prime minister HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa has directed to start building 179 housing units in Arad, the second phase of the Arad Housing Project. HRH the Premier also issued directives to study launching a housing project east of Muharraq instead of the old one.

In a statement issued on Sunday, Cabinet Secretary Ge ..

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Money matters – Ministries could get VoIP facility

July 14, 2014

Prince Khalifa chairs the Cabinet meeting

The Cabinet is planning to introduce Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services at ministries in a bid to reduce cost.

The weekly Cabinet session chaired by Prime Minister HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa discussed the proposal by Minister of State for Communication Affairs Shaikh Fawaz bin Mohammed Al Khalifa and refe ..

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A book of realities – ‘I TOO HAVE A DREAM’

July 14, 2014

Ali

Ali Musa shares his story of hardship and pain

His story can melt the heart of even the most rigid person. Born prematurely and suffered pain throughout his childhood, Ali Mohammad Musa had to go through tough phases. He even underwent excruciating surgeries to straighten his spinal ..

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UoB students develop new smartphone application

July 14, 2014

UNIVERSITY OF BAHRAIN

Two University of Bahrain (UoB) students have developed a ‘ Fuzzy Logic Based  Smartphone Application’ which detects the rate of crime incidence in various parts of the world.

The software can identify through numerical equation(s) how dangerous a specific selected zone/area can be, which will be beneficial to prospective t ..

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New trouble – Qatar fanning sectarianism

July 14, 2014

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

Worsening the diplomatic crisis between Bahrain and Qatar, Bahrain’s foreign minister on Saturday fiercely lambasted Qatar accusing them of spreading chaos in the region by promoting sectarian attitudes.

Qatar is luring Bahraini citizens to Qatari nationality accused Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa while pointing out that t ..

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SAD TALE – Broken by tragedy he leaves Bahrain

July 14, 2014

Mr. Thapa

Around five years back when Mahendra Thapa landed in Bahrain, he had dreamed about giving the best education to his daughter Pragya who was then a 6th Grade Student.

For, it was his desire, at least, his daughter should reach a good position in her life and he truly believed education alone would help in achieving that.

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Iraq MPs fail again

July 14, 2014

A volunteer of the Iraqi Red Cresent gives ssshumanitarian kit to a displaced Iraqi boy from the village of Mansuriya in the Diyala province, north of Baghdad

Iraq’s fractious parliament met on Sunday and again failed to make any progress toward forming a new government, even as militants gained ground north of Baghdad in a renewed drive.

World powers and Iraq’s top Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, have been piling pressure on MPs to put aside their differences, with ..

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Massacre – Gazans flee as toll hits 170

July 14, 2014

GAZA

Israel harshened its campaign against Gaza Sunday, warning Palestinians in the north to flee after marines mounted a ground attack, as diplomatic efforts to halt the bloodshed intensified.

World powers prepared to meet over the spiralling bloodshed as the Palestinian death toll from the punishing Israeli air campaign hit 170, wi ..

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Real heroes – ‘Police help those in need’

July 14, 2014

Brigadier Al Khalifa

A top official of the Ministry of Interior (MoI) gave a briefing on the role and duties of the police in solving domestic problems and preserving the safety and security of the citizens and residents in the Kingdom.

General Director of Southern Governorate Police Directorate Brigadier Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa said that ‘E ..

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Man found dead on Hidd beach

July 14, 2014

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The body of an Indian national was removed from inside a vehicle found floating near Al Hidd coastline on Sunday.

A spokesperson from the Ministry of Interior told DT News that the man was identified as Narayanan Sudharsanan, 49.

The ministry also explained that initial information rev ..

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‘Homemade’ from France

July 14, 2014

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Food lovers may put France on a pedestal, but microwaved or pre-packaged dishes have become so common in restaurants that authorities are introducing a new “homemade” label for chefs cooking meals from scratch. From tomorrow, French restaurants will be able to hang up a “homemade” logo for all to see if the in-house chef makes everything him- or herself, o ..

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Farnborough air show – US F-35 TO MISS

July 14, 2014

Farnborough air show - US F-35 TO MISS

The new US-built F-35 stealth fighter jet will not appear as planned at Britain’s Farnborough air show today but may still take part at the end of the week, organisers said. The entire fleet of F-35s, set to become the backbone of much of the air defences of several Western countries, was grounded in the United States last week because of an engine fire. “Unfor ..

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Almoayyed Centre launches SMEs Development

July 14, 2014

Almoayyed Centre launches SMEs Development

Businessman Farouk Almoayyed is launching a new center to support youth job seekers to transform them into entrepreneurs and business owners. The “Farouk Almoayyed SME Development Center” will be a business incubator catered to hold up to 20 offices or shops. It will host young entrepreneurs and it will help them transform their ideas, innovations and talents ..

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Twenty4 in Bahrain Ramli Mall

July 14, 2014

Twenty4 in Bahrain Ramli Mall

The latest value-fashion brand twenty4 is all set to launch its second Bahrain outlet at the Ramli Mall. They had successful openings in the UAE, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. Twenty4 is a new trendsetter in fashions at affordable prices. The latest offering from BMA International, a successful retail group, twenty4 opened its first Bahrain outlet in November 20 ..

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US Republicans skeptical of Obama border request

July 14, 2014

Barack Obama

Senior US Republicans expressed skepticism yesterday about President Barack Obama’s emergency funding request to stem the surge of children from Central America, saying it doesn’t focus enough on border security. US authorities have detained some 57,000 unaccompanied minors since October, twice the number from the same period a year ago, sparking a political fi ..

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‘GREAT FRIENDS’

July 14, 2014

JOHN KERRY

US, Germany Spy row

Germany and the United States sought yesterday to restore vital ties badly frayed by a spying row which led to the expulsion of the CIA station chief in Berlin. Secretary of State John Kerry emerged from talks with his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier to offer reassurances that the two vital transatlantic allies remain “great ..

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Neuer wins Golden Glove 

July 14, 2014

Neuer

Germany's Manuel Neuer won the World Cup Golden Glove award for the tournament's best goalkeeper after helping his side to a 1-0 victory over Argentina in final.

The 28-year-old Bayern Munich player was presented with the award at Rio de Janeiro's Maracana Stadium moments after the triumph.

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Messi named player of the tourney

July 14, 2014

Messi

Lionel Messi, who lost out on the World Cup title after Argentina’s 1-0 loss to Germany in the final, was named the Golden Ball player of the tournament.

The Barcelona legend and four times Player of the Year was a key part in Argentina’s march to the Maracana stadium, picking up four man of the match performances.

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GERMANS JIG!

July 14, 2014

GERMANY

They deserved it, because, they were not dependent on any single player. That was the funda behind the Germans’ decisive victory.

At this moment, we recall a joke that appeared in social media. It read thus: “Brazil has Neymar, Argentina has Messi and Germany has a team!”

Though a joke, ..

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BAA Chairman praises Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal’s support to BAA

July 13, 2014

HRH Prince All-Waleed bin Talal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

His Highness Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Chairman of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports (SCYS) and President of the Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC), Chairman of the West Asian Athletics Confederation praised HRH Prince All-Waleed bin Talal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud the Chairman of the board of directors of the Kingdom Holding Company for his generous supp ..

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HH Nasser bin Hamad Youth Creativity Award international version highlighted

July 13, 2014

Eman Janahi

The General Organisation for Youth and Sports (GOYS)'s Director of Youths and Sports Department, Eman Janahi, has affirmed the launching of the international version of the "HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Youth Creativity Award" as a leading initiative primarily aimed to provide positive atmospheres for creative Bahraini and international youths. The award is consid ..

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Bangladesh fan unfurls 3.5 km German flag before World Cup

July 13, 2014

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Germany has honoured a Bangladesh farmer and diehard fan for making a 3.5-kilometre-long (2.2 mile) flag of the country in support of Philipp Lahm's World Cup team, officials said Sunday.

The massive flag was on display Saturday at a stadium in the western town of Magura, which the German charge d'affaires, Ferdinand von Weyhe, ..

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Adidas says will still work with Suarez

July 13, 2014

Adidas

German sportswear maker Adidas said Sunday that it would start using Uruguyan striker Luis Suarez again despite his four-month ban for biting a World Cup rival.

"We will continue to work with Luis Suarez," Adidas boss Herbert Hainer told the SID sports news agency, an AFP subsidiary.

"But we ..

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France ends Mali offensive, redeploys troops to restive Sahel

July 13, 2014

France ends Mali offensive, redeploys troops to restive Sahel

France said Sunday its military offensive that freed northern Mali from the grip of Islamists would be replaced by an operation spanning the wider, largely lawless Sahel region to combat extremist violence.

The so-called Serval offensive kicked off in January last year when French troops came to the help of Malian soldiers to st ..

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Germany hot favourites

July 13, 2014

GERMANY

Germany are red-hot favourites to win the World Cup tonight, according to British bookmakers, with punters piling money on them to conquer Argentina in the final.

Major betting firms have the Germans as odds-on to win the tournament after their 7-1 semi-final demolition of hosts Brazil.

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SET FOR FINAL BATTLE

July 13, 2014

Germany and Argentina

While Argentina depend on Messi’s magic, Germans aim to repeat the semi final result

Germany and Argentina have already finalised their battle tactics for the World Cup final with few hours left for the great face-off.

Both finalists were at their respective base camps seeki ..

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Hassan A.Reda, Yousef Qaed, Khalid Almosawi win

July 13, 2014

Hassan A.Reda, Yousef Qaed, Khalid Almosawi win-Bahrian Tennis Club

Hassan A Reda did not have to struggle much as he defeated A Rahaman Janahi 6-1, 6-0 in the men’s singles in the Late Ahmed Al Mahoozi Cup being held at Bahrian Tennis Club (BTC) premises in Juffair.

In other matches, Yousef Qaed earned 6-4, 3-0 win against Khalid Almosawi and Khalid Almosawi clinched an easy 6-0, 6-4 win agai ..

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Ayyad Clinches with a perfect score

July 13, 2014

Hussain Ayyad

Fide Master Hussain Ayyad’s strong performance at Al Mardi Open Blitz chess championship enabled him to down every opponent he met in the 9 rounds Swiss held Thursday night at Al Ahli Club.

Ayyad’s 9 point score , two point ahead from his nearest rivals IM Moha ..

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Teams set for second rounds

July 13, 2014

Nasser 7

More teams qualified to the second rounds of HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa Seventh Ramadan  Football Championship (Nasser 7), which continues at Bahrain National Stadium until July 20. Joining the qualifying teams was Group B team Forever, which defeated Riffa Fort team 3-2 in an exhausting match.

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CENTRAL CAFE SHINE

July 13, 2014

Indian Club’A’ Team

Central Cafe beat Ashes by 40 runs in the latest matches of the Indian Expat Seven-a-Side Softball Cricket Tournament 2014 at Indian Club premises in Gudaibiya. Batting first, Central Cafe scored 60 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in 6 overs. Pradeep top scored with 18 runs. Maju took 2 wickets for 12 runs. In reply Ashes were bundled out for just 20 runs. Ajeesh to ..

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Kerry plans to ‘clean up’ Afghan vote

July 13, 2014

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US Secretary of State John Kerry yesterday held a second day of talks with Afghanistan’s feuding presidential hopefuls, seeking a deal to “clean up the tally” after disputed elections. Despite back-to-back meetings on Friday with rivals Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani and other officials that stretched deep into the night, US officials said an accord was n ..

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Laments breakdown of trust in US spy row – MERKEL UNHAPPY

July 13, 2014

Obama(left) with Merkel

Chancellor Angela Merkel lamented yesterday the breakdown in trust between Germany and the United States amid a spying row that saw the CIA chief in Berlin expelled from the country. “The thing we always have to keep in mind when we are working together is if the person across the table is possibly working at the same time for someone else, that for me isn’t a ..

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Playing in the Balance

July 13, 2014

Ghana football

On a field scattered with rubbish, ripe with the smell of urine and criss-crossed by commuters and the occasional truck, a group of Ghanaian footballers practise drills, the early morning sun glinting off their metal crutches.

While footballers around the globe have their eyes on Brazil, Ghana’s national amputee football team ..

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In all its splendour

July 13, 2014

Gergaoon 2

It was children’s day out as they visited the venues of Gergaoon in Hamad Town and Galali, sporting traditional dresses meant for the occasion. All the kids were seen wearing a smile as they shared the sweets among themselves. Gergaoon is a special event observed during the mid-Ramadan time. Organised at different venues in the Kingdom between July 8 and 13, memb ..

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People will save their government

July 13, 2014

by Capt.Taib ICAO AVSEC PM

In the words of Abraham Lincoln, the people will save their government, if the government itself will allow them. We will defend the country in whatever small way, so please listen and act those of us in Government and National Security to be precise.

Given that every militant movement in the history has been faced with the chal ..

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In the luxury of shade

July 13, 2014

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These days, when the summer is at its peak, no one would dare to venture out during the daytime. “It’s true,” said these labourers, who were found whiling away their time, chatting to each other in front of their modest accommodation in Bani Jamrah. They said, they were fully enjoying their break, thanks to the summer work ban.

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Schools on edge – Vandals run riot

July 13, 2014

Schools

Vandals have intensified their shameless assaults on educational institutions as four more schools were attacked last Friday.

A security guard who was on duty at one of the schools was also injured in the attack.

Education Ministry, in a statement issued on Saturday, clarified that Al Khamees ..

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Freedom at last – Goodbye Bahrain

July 13, 2014

DT-Parasuram saying goodbye to his room

Only emotions spoke when he left his room with a suitcase. Yes, his lips were not moving. Instead, his eyes expressed everything.  Parashuram Hublikar, 57, who left for his home country after a long gap of 25 years, was speechless when he was all set to board the flight back home.

The Indian national, who struggled for 25 years ..

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Swindler’s jail term reduced

July 13, 2014

Tariq Al Hassan

A Bahraini man implicated in an investment scam saw his jail time commuted on appeal.

The defendant was earlier sentenced to two years in prison for embezzling BD54,000 from a Bahraini couple, who handed him the money to invest them on real estate in 2010.

However, the High Criminal Court r ..

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King congratulates Sao Tomé and Principe President

July 13, 2014

His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa

His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa on Saturday sent a cable of congratulations to President of Sao Tomé and Principe Manuel Pinto da Costa on his country’s Independence Day.

HM the King wished President Maunuel da Costa continuous good health and happiness and the friendly people of Sao Tomé and Principe further progr ..

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Seeking justice – Two charged in Eker Blast

July 13, 2014

Dinar

Two suspects arrested in connection with the terror blast, which left on-duty policeman Mahmood Fareed dead in East Eker on July 4 have been taken in custody pending investigation.

Abdulamir Hassan Radhi Mohammed, 35, and Abdulhadi Ali Hassan Salman, 19, were charged with premeditated murder and terror bombing which caused the d ..

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Bahrain-Russia environment cooperation

July 13, 2014

Dr. Bin Daina      Mr. Busygin

Supreme Council for Environment (SCE) CEO, Dr. Mohammed Mubarak Bin Daina has affirmed the SCE’s desire to bolster cooperation with Russia in all fields, particularly in the environment.

Dr. Bin Daina received the First Secretary at the Russian Embassy Igor Busygin on Saturday and lauded the key role by the Russian diplomatic ..

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BROKEN DREAMS

July 13, 2014

Bangladeshi national Arif Hussain limping his way to get into the  police jeep

He broke his leg in a road accident. He landed in police custody by default. He is in pain; both physically and mentally. As he faces deportation, Arif Hussain, needs help. Help him and receive the blessings of God this Ramadan As Indian national Parasuram leaves the Kingdom after 25 years of struggle, another miserable story of a Bangladeshi ..

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It’s time to come out and vote: CP

July 13, 2014

Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister, HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa

Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister, HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa yesterday called on Bahraini citizens to make use of their voting rights in the upcoming parliamentary elections.

He also said that this would strengthen the principles that guarantees individual rights and equal opport ..

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Mindless bloodshed – Israel, Hamas defy truce calls

July 13, 2014

GAZA

The world implored Israel and Hamas on Saturday to end hostilities as warplanes pounded Gaza for a fifth straight day, killing at least 30 Palestinians, and militants replied with rockets.

Both sides have brushed off calls for a truce, and Israel is building up troops and armour on the Gaza border in preparation for a possible g ..

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A brush with philosophy – THE LESSON THAT RIVER TAUGHT ME

July 13, 2014

A brush with philosophy

The sun was traveling down fast. It was all set to dive into the nether world paving the way for darkness.

The river that silently flowed had been painted a deep yellow by the departing rays of the sun.

I had been intently watching the river winding down its way towards the East like a long s ..

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Spicy, delicious Tam Yum Seafood

July 13, 2014

DT Ovenhot-Chef Rerkden Paensurin

Chef Rerkden Paensurin was born in Thailand and what he remembers is his father’s dedication to selling good food on the streets of Thailand.

And, while he learned most of his culinary skills from his father, he also picked up a few points when from his mother, who was also a very good cook, helping her husband in preparing th ..

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Japan braced for more aftershocks

July 13, 2014

Japan Meteorological Agency officer Yasuhiro Yoshida speaks during a press conference

Seismologists said an earthquake that struck near Japan’s shuttered Fukushima nuclear site early yesterday was an aftershock of the tremor that sparked 2011’s deadly tsunami, and warned of more to come. The strong 6.8-magnitude earthquake off the Pacific coast of northeastern Japan caused a minor tsunami in the early hours, though authorities lifted all weather ..

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Sarkozy hit by new phone tap leaks – SCANDAL DEEPENS

July 13, 2014

Sarkozy(right)

A corruption scandal surrounding former French president Nicolas Sarkozy deepened further yesterday with fresh leaks of telephone conversations purporting to show he offered to get a judge a plum job in return for favours. Sarkozy, who was charged two weeks ago with corruption and influence peddling in a case related to his campaign to win the presidency in 2007, ..

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Tour de France – Kadri first French stage winner

July 13, 2014

Blel Kadri celebrates victory

Frenchman Blel Kadri became the first home winner of a Tour de France stage this year as he claimed victory at Gerardmer yesterday. Alberto Contador took second on the 161km eighth stage from Tomblaine to snatch back a handful of seconds on Vincenzo Nibali, who retained the yellow jersey after coming over the line in third.

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German MotoGP – MARQUEZ WIN

July 13, 2014

Marc Marquez of Spain leaves the pits.

World champion Marc Marquez will start his bid for a perfect nine out of nine wins this season in pole position after a record-setting qualifying performance yesterday. Marquez, on a Honda, will start from the front of the grid for the seventh time this campaign after an almost faultless session at the Sachsenring circuit. It also included a lap record for the trac ..

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BRAZIL SANS NEYMAR = 0

July 13, 2014

Brazil Netherlands

Boos rain down as Brazil beaten 3-0 by Dutch

Boos and catcalls rained down on hosts Brazil as they ended their World Cup with a 3-0 defeat by the Netherlands in last night’s World Cup third-place play-off.

First half goals from Robin van Persie and Daley Blind and a stoppag ..

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JWD backs alcohol ban

July 13, 2014

Shaikh Mohsen Al Asfoor

Jaffariya Waqf Directorate (JWD) has extended its full support to Culture Ministry’s decision to ban the sales of alcohol in three-star hotels.

Stating it as a long-awaited decision by religious scholars and clerics, JWD Chairman Shaikh Mohsen Al Asfoor said, the decision contributes in curbing practises that spoil the image o ..

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KICKED OUT

July 13, 2014

The venue where Kadhem was scheduled to deliver political lecture

Residents of Al Nuwaidrat requested an Opposition activist to leave their village on Wednesday, it has emerged.

The agitated residents also disconnected the power lines to the venue where Al Wefaq society’s Sayed Jameel Kadhem was scheduled to deliver a political lecture.

DT News le ..

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Bahrain-Russia environemnt cooperation discussed

July 12, 2014

Dr. Mohammed Mubarak bin Daina

CEO of the Supreme Council for Environment (SCE) Dr. Mohammed Mubarak bin Daina has affirmed the SCE’s desire to bolster cooperation with Russian in all fields, especially the environmental one. He also lauded the key role played by the Russian Embassy in Manama in enhancing cooperation between the two friendly countries. This came as Dr. Bin Daina received the First Secretary at the Ru ..

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Neymar sets rivalry aside, backs Messi

July 12, 2014

Neymar -Messi

Tearful Brazil star Neymar says he is prepared to set aside the historical rivalry between South America’s two footballing heavyweights as he wants four-time world footballer of the year Lionel Messi to win the World Cup when Argentina meets Germany in Sunday’s final.

At an emotional press conference Neymar, who missed Brazi ..

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Rose eyes back-to-back wins

July 12, 2014

Justin Rose

Justin Rose boosted his hopes of rare back-to-back PGA and European Tour successes after moving into the clubhouse lead on day two of the Scottish Open at Royal Aberdeen yesterday. The current World number six and highest-ranked player in the field, posted a three-under-par 68 to move to five-under-par. It moved Rose to within two shots of first round leader Rory M ..

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ESPARGARO SETS PACE

July 12, 2014

Honda rider Dani Pedrosa of Spain steers his bike

Aleix Espargaro put the factory Honda and Yamaha teams in the shade in practice for Sunday’s German MotoGP while world championship leader Marc Marquez shrugged off a painful crash. Espargaro on a NGM Forward Racing Yamaha clocked a best time of 1min 22.041sec, having been fastest in both sessions. World champion Marquez, on the leading factory Honda, was second ..

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Tour de France – Trentin wins stage

July 12, 2014

Matteo Trentin (right) reacts after winning ahead of Slovakia’s Peter Sagan (left)

Italian Matteo Trentin won the seventh stage of the Tour de France yesterday to pile the agony on Peter Sagan. OPQS rider Trentin beat the Slovak by barely an inch in a thrilling sprint finish at the end of the 234.5km stage from Epernay to Nancy. It was the third time at this Tour that Sagan had finished second on a stage while he’s ended in the top five in all ..

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Teams gear up for the next rounds

July 12, 2014

Nasser 7

Chairman of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports and President of Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC) HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa directed the organising committee of HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa Seventh Ramadan Football Championship (Nasser 7) to organise a festival by the end of the championshipship. HH Shiakh Nasser called all related parties ..

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SMASHERS WIN

July 12, 2014

Team Smashers

Indian Club Cricket Tournament

Smashers beat Dadabhai Travels by 6 wickets in the latest matches of the Indian Expat Seven-a-Side softball Cricket Tournament 2014 at Indian Club premises in Gudaibiya. Put into bat first, Dadabhai Travels were bundled out for just 22 runs in 5.4 overs. Sreejith top scored with 5 runs. Arun and Sharad picked up a wicket each ..

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Indonesian leader urges fair count

July 12, 2014

Indonesian electoral officials start to tabulate the votes at an urban village office two days after Indonesia’s presidential elections in Jakarta yesterday

Indonesia's president yesterday urged the election chief to ensure a transparent vote count following this week's disputed presidential poll, after both sides raised fears the other may tamper with the ballots. Political tensions are rising after the tight election in the world's third-biggest democracy ended with both Jakarta governor Joko Widodo and his rival, ex ..

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JAPAN CALLS FOR SUMMIT

July 12, 2014

Yoshihide Suga

Japan called yesterday for summit talks between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping during a regional meeting in Beijing later this year, as diplomatic tensions sour relations between the neighbours. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, Abe's right-hand man and the Japanese government's top spokesman, said it was "natural" for the two lead ..

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Yahoo unveils free streaming concerts

July 12, 2014

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Yahoo yesterday continued its shift to online content with a line-up of free streaming concerts by music stars such as Usher, Michael Franti, and The Dave Matthews Band. A Live Nation Channel on Yahoo Screen promised to serve up a new live concert daily beginning on July 15 when The Dave Matthews Band performs two sets.”In today’s on-demand entertainment enviro ..

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ERDOGAN PROMISE

July 12, 2014

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday said he planned to rewrite the Turkish constitution if elected president, as he outlined his vision for a booming and powerful “new Turkey” in the next decade. In a key policy speech for his campaign for the August 10 presidential election, Erdogan said that the “old” Turkey characterised by military coups and i ..

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Reynolds, Lorillard in merger talks

July 12, 2014

Reynolds American Inc LOGO

US tobacco giant Reynolds American Inc. is in talks to buy smaller rival Lorillard, the companies said yesterday, a deal that would challenge Altria, maker of Marlboro cigarettes. The companies, in separate statements confirming press speculation that they were in negotiations, emphasised that there was no assurance than an agreement could be reached.

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Halliburton in fracking joint venture

July 12, 2014

Halliburton

US oil and gas services giant Halliburton yesterday announced its first joint venture for hydraulic fracturing services in China, teaming up with private Chinese firm SPT Energy Group. Halliburton said it had signed an agreement with the SPT affiliate, Petrotech Engineering, to create a joint-venture company focused on hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as fracki ..

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WELLS FARGO EDGES UP

July 12, 2014

WELLS FARGO BANK LOGO

US banking giant Wells Fargo yesterday reported slightly higher earnings as loan and deposit growth offset the effects of lower revenues from leading mortgage categories. Wells Fargo opened second-quarter earnings season for big banks with profits of $5.7 billion, up 3.8 percent from the year-ago period.

Wells Fargo executives h ..

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Whisper of Hope focuses on SCD patients’ needs

July 12, 2014

From left Mr. Al Kadhem, Mr. Al Mutawa and Mr. Humaidan

Bahrain Sickle Cell Society (BSCS) organised the fifth ‘Whisper of Hope’ festival on Thursday to highlight the requirements and difficulties of sickle cell patients in Bahrain.

The event was patronised by Minister of State for Follow Up Affairs Mohammed Al Mutawa and was attended by Health Minister Sadiq Al Shehabi, Labour ..

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Tackling unemployment – 10,000 jobseekers to be benefitted

July 12, 2014

Mr. Al Dossary during his visit to the centre

A senior official at the Labour ministry said the ministry was keen to implement its newly launched programme that would benefit as many as 10,000 Bahraini job seekers.

During his visit to Employment and Training Centre at Sitra, Undersecretary for Labour Affairs Sabah Al Dossary revealed that the project also aims at implement ..

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Sweets from the heart

July 12, 2014

Ms. Mukhtar-Gergaoon giveaways by Le Flower and Chocolate

Gergaoon is also a special time to let family members and friends know how much we truly love them by giving them something from our hearts.

Giveaways, usually small decorated sacks, consisting mostly of sweets, candies and nuts, are exchanged among family, friends and colleagues during this event.

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Joyous event – Bahrain celebrates Gergaoon

July 12, 2014

A child in traditional wear at the Gergaoon festivities at Qalat Al Bahrain

Gergaoon, a special event observed during the middle of Ramadan, is one of the most loved and celebrated cultural festivals of the Island.

Taking place at different venues in the Kingdom, between July 8 and 13, it allows not just Muslims but also the diverse communities to get together and indulge in a rich taste of traditions a ..

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GOYS President honours Quran winners

July 12, 2014

the Quran Contest, organised by GOYS

President of the General Organsation for Youth and Sport (GOYS) Hesham Mohammed Al Jowder patronised the closing ceremony of the Quran Contest, organised by GOYS’ Youth Affairs Directorate, with the participation of a elite of outstanding holy Quran memorisers, readers and reciters.

Mr. Al Jowder presented the winners with cer ..

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Booze ban to boost tourism

July 12, 2014

booze ban

In response to the demands from various quarters pertaining to the reconsideration of the ban on alcohol in three-star hotels, Culture Ministry said the decision was not sudden and it was aimed at improving the hotel tourism in the Kingdom.

In a statement issued on Friday, the ministry stated that the decision was taken in the l ..

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TERROR FACE EXPOSED

July 12, 2014

Jamri

Bahraini Government for long has suspected that many vandals who indulge in violence in the Kingdom were being trained overseas.

 The shocking story that DT News carry as a spread on Page 2 and 3 only confirms that the government has been legitimate in its suspicions.

The provocative ..

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Two schools attacked by vandals

July 12, 2014

Salah Al Deen Elementary Boys’ School

The Education Ministry stated on Friday that two schools were attacked by vandals as part of the  terrorist campaign against educational establishments during the holy month of Ramadan. The ministry confirmed that Salah Al Deen Elementary Boys’ School was attacked by a group of vandals, who hurled stones at the school building, breaking one of its windows. In a ..

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Faces of Terror – 2 held in Eker Terror blast

July 12, 2014

Faces of Terror-Mohammed & Salman

Two suspects were arrested on charges related to the terrorist blast on July 4 in East Ekar that killed Policeman Mahmood Fareed.

This was confirmed on Friday by General Director of Criminal Investigation and Forensic Science, Brigadier Abdulrahman Saleh Sinan.

Brigadier Sinan said that inves ..

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Baghdad Kurd row escalate

July 12, 2014

A displaced Shiite Turkmen woman from Tal Afar, sits with a child at a camp in the town of Sinjar, north of Baghdad

Iraq battled a militant assault on key city Ramadi on Friday while accusing the Kurds of seizing oil fields, further dashing hopes of political unity to save the country from its feared break-up.

The militant push to take Anbar’s provincial capital comes two days before a planned parliamentary session meant to revive flagging ..

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Israel raids continue – GAZA TOLL HITS 103

July 12, 2014

A ball of fire is seen following an early morning Israeli air strike on Rafah in the southern of Gaza strip

Israel’s aerial bombardment of Gaza claimed its 103rd Palestinian life Friday as Hamas pounded central Israel with rockets and Washington offered to help broker a truce.

Diplomatic efforts to end the hostilities between Israel and Hamas militants gathered pace, with US President Barack Obama phoning Israeli Prime Minister Benj ..

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EU banks down in 2013, says ECB

July 12, 2014

European Central Bank

The number of domestic banks and credit institutions in Europe and the eurozone declined in 2013, confirming a downtrend seen for a number of years, new data showed yesterday. According to data compiled by the European Central Bank, the number of banks and credit institutions in the European Union fell to 198,744 in 2013 from 217,699 in 2012.In the single currency ..

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IEA cuts 2014 oil demand outlook – FORECAST REVISED

July 12, 2014

oil field

The International Energy Agency yesterday cut its 2014 forecast for oil demand to 92.7 million barrels a day owing to weaker than expected global economic growth. The revised forecast was 130,000 barrels a day lower than the IEA’s estimate a month earlier. It reflects the “growing realisation that macroeconomic conditions, although still likely to strengthen in ..

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Cambodia garment workers struggle – SURVIVAL TOUGH

July 12, 2014

Cambodian garment workers having lunch at a shop in front of a factory in Phnom Penh

After a 10-hour shift stitching clothes for western brands, Cambodian factory worker Ry Srey Bopha walks to her tiny shared room, eats leftovers, then sleeps on the floor. Like many of Cambodia’s 650,000 garment workers, who are overwhelmingly women, Bopha’s days are monotonous and exhausting, and her diet is poor. She rarely sees her five-year-old daughter, wh ..

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EU looks to reassure Russia on Ukraine trade deal – TRADE ASSURED

July 12, 2014

EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht

Ukraine, Russia and the European Union sat down Friday for a first round of talks intended to reassure Moscow on the consequences of tighter trade links between Kiev and Brussels. Late last month, Ukraine and the EU signed a long-delayed Association Agreement -- the very deal whose last-minute refusal last year by then president Viktor Yanukovych plunged the countr ..

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Amazon seeks consent for drone tests in US

July 12, 2014

Amazon

Online giant Amazon has sought permission for drone test flights in the United States, saying it is moving forward on plans for deliveries using the unmanned aircraft. In a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration made public this week, Amazon said that because of restrictions on drones in US airspace, it has been conducting test flights indoors and in other c ..

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Spy row – Germany eyes overhauled US partnership in talks

July 12, 2014

The US national flag is displayed outside the building of the US embassy in Berlin

Germany’s foreign minister said yesterday he would urge a revived US partnership based on “trust and mutual respect” in talks with his American counterpart after Berlin’s expulsion of a CIA station chief in a spying row. Frank-Walter Steinmeier said he would tackle the diplomatic fallout from the latest twist in a more than year-long rift with the US over s ..

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RIVALS MULL PLAN

July 12, 2014

John Kerry shakes hands with Ashraf Ghani (left) at the start of a meeting at the US Embassy in Kabul yesterday

Feuding Afghan rivals study UN vote proposal

Afghanistan’s presidential rivals were yesterday mulling a UN plan for a sweeping review of the disputed polls, as US Secretary of State John Kerry sought to broker an end to the political turmoil. Under a proposal put forward by the United Nations, the country’s elections commission would audit ballot boxes ..

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Russian accused of hacking ‘may die in prison’

July 12, 2014

Valery Seleznev (right), State Duma member representing the Liberal Democratic Party (LDPR) and father of Roman Seleznev and Roman’s partner Anna Otisko hold a press conference in Moscow yesterday

The lawmaker father of a Russian man detained by the US on hacking charges warned yesterday his son would die without medical help, raising the stakes in the latest spat between Moscow and Washington. Russia has accused US authorities of abducting Roman Seleznev in the Maldives and secretly transporting him to the American territory of Guam in a case that further p ..

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TRUCE SHATTERED

July 12, 2014

Pro-Russian militants sitting atop a truck drive past a checkpoint in Makiivka yesterday

Ukraine’s military yesterday reported losing 23 servicemen in clashes across the separatist east that threatened to shatter slim Western hopes of a truce in Europe’s deadliest conflict in decades. The defence ministry said the toll included 19 troops who died in a hail of rockets fired from a truck-mounted Grad rocket launcher system -- a type of weapon both Ki ..

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Barca bags Suarez

July 12, 2014

Suarez

Barcelona struck a deal on Friday to buy Uruguayan star striker Luis Suarez from Liverpool, sealing the transfer despite an uproar over him biting a World Cup rival.

Despite the furore that saw him sent home from the World Cup, Barcelona pushed ahead to sign the 27-year-old goalscorer reportedly on condition he apologise for bit ..

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Asylum request baseless: Ghana

July 12, 2014

Asylum request baseless- Ghana

Some 200 Ghanaians who travelled to Brazil to watch the football World Cup and have applied to stay permanently, citing religious violence at home, have no legitimate claim to asylum, Ghana said Friday.

The make-up of the group, including their religion and home region is not yet clear, but they have reportedly told Brazilian au ..

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GERMANY RIPE FOR TITLE: LAHM

July 12, 2014

Lahm, centre, and his teammates run during a training session

Captain Philipp Lahm says Germany must use their experience on the big stage to beat Argentina and finally lift a major title in Sunday’s World Cup final.

Having finished third at both South Africa 2010 and on home soil in 2006 the Germans can finally end their 24-year wait for a fourth World Cup title at Rio de Janeiro’s Ma ..

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SEAMERS STAR

July 12, 2014

England’s Stuart Broad (R) celebrates taking the wicket of India’s Virat Kohl for 1 run during play on day 1 of the first cricket Test match between England and India at Trent Bridge in Nottingham

England 352 for 9 trail India 457 by 105 runs

India’s seamers maintained the tourists’ grip on the first Test against England at Trent Bridge yesterday. England were 352 for nine in reply to India’s first innings 457, a deficit of 105 runs, at stumps on the third day.After resuming on 43 for one following the loss of struggling skipper Alastair Cook f ..

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The US move – Hurricane, Monsoon near Bahrain

July 12, 2014

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Tightening its surveillance noose around Bahrain, The US Navy on Friday forward deployed two of its fastest ships for patrolling the coastal waters of Kingdom.

The arrival of USS Hurricane and USS Monsoon bring the total number of coastal patrol (PC) ships permanently stationed in Bahrain to ten. Three PCs would remain stationed ..

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Foreign Minister receives Visionaries’ Board of Trustees Chairman

July 10, 2014

Foreign Minister receives Visionaries' Board of Trustees Chairman

Minister of Foreign Affairs Shaikh Khalid Bin Ahmed Bin Mohamed Al Khalifa, met this afternoon the Founder, Chairman & CEO of Visionaries Shaikh Khalifa bin Khalid Al Khalifa, and Ali Khalid Al Araifi, who is a a founding member of Visionaries and Head of its Media & Public Relations. The Minister was briefed on the achievements of Visionaries and its ..

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HM King congratulates Bahama Islands’ Governor-General

July 10, 2014

King Hamad

His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa sent a congratulatory cable to the Governor-General of the Bahama Islands Sir Arthur Foulkes on his country's Independence Day anniversary. In the cable, His Majesty expressed best wishes of good health and happiness to Sir Arthur Foulkes and further progress and prosperity to the friendly Bahamian people.(BNA)

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GOWEX BANKRUPTCY

July 10, 2014

Gowex, Jenaro Garcia

Founder and former CEO of Spanish wireless networks provider Gowex, Jenaro Garcia, waits for a taxi in central Madrid, July 10, 2014. The collapse on Sunday of wireless provider Gowex could rattle investors' confidence in Spain and its companies just as the country emerges from the worst of a five-year slump and foreign money starts to flow back into it. Gowex said ..

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ITALY-BANGLADESH ECONOMY

July 10, 2014

Muhammad Yunus

Bangladeshi Nobel Peace Prize winner and microcredit pioneer Muhammad Yunus gestures as he delivers a lecture entitled "Social businness: sustainable solutions to the most pressing social challenges " at Italy's Chamber of Deputies on July 10, 2014.(AFP)

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Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014-2015

July 10, 2014

Haute Couture Fall Winter 2

A model presents a creation by Lebanese designer Zuhair Murad as part of his fashion show held during the Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014-2015 collections in Paris July 10, 2014.

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A DAY AFTER THE DEBACLE

July 10, 2014

Brazil

Girl commits suicide

A diehard 15-year-old fan of Brazil in Nepal committed suicide on Wednesday after the South American nation suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of Germany in the FIFA World Cup semifinal.

The Nepal police stated that Pragya Thapa, 15, from Sunsari district in east Nepal, hanged herself after ..

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Victory draws record TV audience in Germany

July 10, 2014

Germany

A record 32.6 million TV viewers in Germany watched the national side’s 7-1 World Cup record victory over Brazil, the highest ever figure in the country, a specialist media site said Wednesday.

The spectacular match, which saw Germany reach Sunday’s World Cup final, was broadcast on ZDF public TV from 10:00 pm local time (2 ..

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Call for Brazil football rebirth

July 10, 2014

Brazil

Brazilian newspapers sought answers Wednesday for the national football team’s disastrous World Cup exit, blaming the coach for the “humiliation” and calling for the country’s beloved sport to be “reborn.”

The daily O Globo ran the headline “Embarrassment, Shame, Humiliation” with a picture of team captain ..

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Maradona accuses ex-girlfriend of theft

July 10, 2014

Maradona

Football legend Diego Maradona, who has been a commentator at the World Cup in Brazil, is seeking the arrest of an ex-girlfriend he accuses of stealing, his attorney has said.

The Argentine footballer, 53, whose personal life has not been short on drama, charges that Rocio Oliva, 22, made off with items including watches and dia ..

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Merkel to attend final

July 10, 2014

Angela Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Joachim Gauck will attend the World Cup final in Brazil Sunday to back the German side, Berlin said.

“President Joachim Gauck will travel with Chancellor Angela Merkel to Rio de Janeiro from July 12 to 14” and watch the final match together, his office said Wednesday.

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Germans on cloud nine!

July 10, 2014

German flags are placed on a car on Wednesday

Germany was Wednesday swept up in a wave of red, black and gold World Cup euphoria after its record 7-1 victory over Brazil, almost as though the mighty “Mannschaft” were already world champions.

“Stunning” and “speechless” wrote media commentators, the morning after the national team’s crushing defeat of the hosts ..

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Monday Madness Golf Series – Berge, Sandstrom at it

July 10, 2014

Winners Sandstrom & Berge with Tournament Coordinator Sohail Singh

Nils Berge and Anders Sandstrom won first place in the second match of the new BMMI Monday Madness Night Golf Series at the Royal Golf Club with a nett score of 32.5, putting them in second place in the overall order of merit. Club Captain Stephen Wagstaff and playing partner David Wales took second place in the “3x3 rumble” competition with a score of 33.4 giv ..

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Third round matches kick off tonight

July 10, 2014

Nasser 7

The third rounds of HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa Seventh Ramadan Football Championship (Nasser 7) kicks off tonight (Thursday), starting at 7 pm in Bahrain National Stadium and Khalifa Sports City. The first match will be held between Al Zilzal and Cobra teams of Group B. Cobra is eagerly looking for a win to qualify to the next rounds, while the top team ..

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Indian Club Cricket Tournament – MIDAL CRICKET TEAM WINS

July 10, 2014

Indian Club ‘B’ Team

Midal Cricket Team defeated Bhatia Mitra Mandal by 56 runs in the latest maches of the Indian Expact Seven-a-Side softball Cricket Tournament 2014 at Indian Club Premises in Gudaibiya. Batting first,  Midal Cricket Team blasted a score of 80 runs for the loss of 4 wickets in 6 overs.

Udayan took the bowlers to the cleanest scor ..

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Germany probing second case of alleged US spying

July 10, 2014

A view of the US embassy in front of Berlin’s Parliament building (the Reichstag)

The second case within days of alleged US spying in Germany yesterday threatened to further strain transatlantic ties already frayed by the NSA surveillance scandal. German authorities said police had searched the Berlin-area home and office of a man who, local media reported, is a German military employee accused of passing secrets to the United States. The case f ..

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TRAVEL BAN

July 10, 2014

A French anti-terrorist policeman in Cannes, southern France

The French government has proposed six-month travel bans to stop citizens travelling to Syria and Iraq to fight alongside Islamist militants. A new offence of creating an "individual terrorist enterprise", designed to counter the threat of "lone wolves", would also be established. Government officials say that two or three young Muslims leave France every day to jo ..

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APPLE SUFFERS CHINA PATENT CASE DEFEAT

July 10, 2014

A man uses a mobile phone as he walks past an Apple store in Beijing. US technology giant Apple has lost a lawsuit against a Chinese state regulator

Zhizhen Network Technology pursued Apple for allegedly infringing its patent with Siri

US technology giant Apple has lost a lawsuit against a Chinese state regulator over patent rights to voice recognition software such as the iPhone’s “Siri”, a Beijing court said.

The legal batt ..

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JAPAN BRACES FOR WAVE OF MUSLIM TOURISTS

July 10, 2014

JAPAN

Prayer rooms, hijabs made from local silk and even halal-certified whale meat are appearing in Japan as tourism bosses wake up to the demand from Muslim travellers.

For a largely homogeneous country with only around 100,000 practising Muslims, that means groping its way through unfamiliar customs as it looks to tap a growing mar ..

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A SILVER MOUNTAIN AT RISK OF COMING APART

July 10, 2014

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Cerro Rico, the fabled peak towering over the Bolivian city of Potosi that supplied silver to fund Spain’s colonial empire, is at risk of collapse from over mining, putting thousands of workers in jeopardy.

Potosi, which earned UNESCO World Heritage status in 1987, was seen as the world’s largest industrial complex in the 16 ..

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‘Take precautions, avoid fire tragedy’

July 10, 2014

a file photo

Taking the series of fire incidents which hit the Kingdom in the past few weeks, the General Director of Civil Defence has stressed the need of maintaining fire extinguishers as a precautionary measure.

The General Director has asked the people to keep fire extinguishers at homes, shops, shopping malls, supermarkets etc. as a fi ..

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Eye of concern fetches reward

July 10, 2014

The University of Bahrain’s (UoB) ‘Keep an Eye’ Winners

UoB’s ‘Keep an Eye’ project bags US$10,000 grant

A Bahraini project that aims to prevent negligence of school bus drivers has made it to the top of the bi-annual Ripples of Happiness initiative.

The University of Bahrain’s (UoB) ‘Keep an Eye’ bagged a US$10,000 grant from the Coca-Cola Foundation to further ..

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Al Wefaq activists referred to Public Prosecution

July 10, 2014

(From left) Khalil Marzooq and Sheik Ali Salman arrive at General Directorate of Criminal Investigation and Forensic Science

Al Wefaq activists Sheikh Ali Salman and Khalil Ibrahim Marzooq were interrogated by the General Directorate of Criminal Investigation and Forensic Science on Wednesday and were referred to Public Prosecution for further action.

Assistant Undersecretary of Legal Affairs Brigadier Mohammed Bu Hamood said, the Al Wefaq activists w ..

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The real culprit – Social networks spewing venom

July 10, 2014

Mr. Fulad & Mr. Qaratta

Social media, which has of late, become part of parcel of the daily life has been termed as the real culprit that paved way for the expulsion of Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labour Tom Malinowski from Bahrain.

Parliamentarian Ahmed Qaratta said, hateful anti-government propaganda on social media w ..

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DRESSED TO CHEAT!

July 10, 2014

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Frauds are everywhere. They manifest in different forms at different places according to the changing seasons.

But, this conman is different.  He travels by luxury cars but seeks alms from the general public!

There is also a little innocent girl in his car. She has no idea the man is a chea ..

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Fighting terrorism – SECURITY VITAL

July 10, 2014

Crown Prince with Shaikh Rashid

Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister, HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa yesterday affirmed his firm backing to the police officers in performing their duties to protect the Kingdom and its citizens.

Prince Salman while holding an Iftar banquet for senior officers and officials of the Minist ..

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SHINING LIKE A DIAMOND

July 10, 2014

Pink Diamond 2

Starting one’s own business is everybody’s dream. After all, who doesn’t dream of becoming her own ‘boss’ and having a successful and steady source of income?

But what if your business could open doors to other aspiring artists, who do not have the same opportunity you had, when you were just starting your own company? ..

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TOP ACCOLADES FOR ST CHRIS

July 10, 2014

St Christopher’s students

St Christopher’s students came out with flying colours in the World Scholar’s Cup competition held in Singapore, which attracted the participation of  over 2400 students from all over the world.

St. Chris was represented at the competition by 12 students who competed as three teams. The competition involved debating and ans ..

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A FRIEND IN NEED

July 10, 2014

Osama Shaher

Ramadan is a special occasion of the year. It is the time Muslims around the world undertake rigorous fasting, purifying both the body and mind.

It is also the time they focus on community by taking to charity in a big way. Osama Shaher, the prominent social worker from Muharraq is, however, a bit different from others.

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Malaysian ambassador attends BATC meeting

July 10, 2014

BATC members with Malaysian ambassador

The Ambassador of Malaysia to the Kingdom Ahmed Shahzin Abdsamad attended the second meeting of Bahrain Asian Traders Committee (BATC) of Bahrain Chamber of Commerce & Industry (BCCI) at Bait Al Tijjar recently. Chairman of BATC (the Vice Treasurer and Board member of BCCI) Mohammed Sajid Izhar Ulhaq and BATC members accorded warm reception to Mr. Abdsamad.

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EDB AND ICD TO SHORE UP SMES

July 10, 2014

Mr. Ahmed and Mr. Al-Aboodi signing the MoU

ICD will establish a world class Islamic Ijara Company in Bahrain

The Economic Development Board (EDB) and the Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD), the private-sector arm of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB), signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to promote SME growth in Bahrain by providing support, Sharia compliant pr ..

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Spin & Win is back,with more offers

July 10, 2014

Customers at the First Motors showroom

First Motors, the exclusive dealer of Hyundai vehicles in Bahrain, has introduced unparalleled Ramadan offer to with Spin & Win promo in which everyone is assured of incredible discounts and amazing prizes. Through the promotional deal, built on the achievements of the last year’s campaign, everyone goes home with either a savings or an instant prize.

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Nakheel profits surge

July 10, 2014

Aerial view of the man-made Palm Jumeirah island built by Nakheel property giant off the coast of the Gulf emirate of Dubai. Dubai’s real estate giant has said its profits surged to reach $502.7m

Dubai’s Nakheel real estate giant, hit badly during the global debt crisis, said yesterday its profits surged 54 per cent in the first half of 2014 to reach $502.7 million.

The government-owned entity, which built Dubai’s palm-shaped island and a cluster of isles in the form of a world map, said its net profits hit 1.85 bill ..

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Neoguri bears down on Japanese mainland

July 10, 2014

Pedestrians walk against strong winds in Nagasaki, on Japan’s southern island of Kyushu yesterday

Typhoon Neoguri bore down on the Japanese mainland yesterday after slamming into the southern Okinawa island chain, with three people killed as powerful winds and torrential rains battered the country. Packing gusts of up to 144 kilometres (90 miles) per hour, the typhoon could hit the southern main island of Kyushu on Thursday before moving east along the Japanese ..

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US TOUGH

July 10, 2014

(From Left)  US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, US Secretary of State John Kerry, China’s Vice Premier Wang Yang and State Councilor Yang Jiechi US-China at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse

The United States yesterday “forcefully” pressed China on festering maritime rows and human rights, even as the two countries vowed to seek cooperation rather than confrontation. Opening two days of talks between the world’s two largest economic powers, US Secretary of State John Kerry warned his Chinese counterparts that it would be “unacceptable” to try ..

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BIC all geared up for an exciting evening of Burnout

July 10, 2014

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BURNOUT NIGHTS SET

Burnout Nights will be returning to Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) today (July 10) for another action-packed round of high-octane competition. Burnout Nights is held annually during Ramadan at “The Home of Motorsport in the Middle East”. This year’s events kick started last week whe ..

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MESSI & CO ADVANCE

July 10, 2014

Netherlands’ forward Arjen Robben (L) and Argentina’s forward and captain Lionel Messi vie for the ball&Sergio Romero

Argentina set up Germany final

Lionel Messi’s Argentina beat Netherlands 4-2 in a penalty shootout in Sao Paulo last night to reach the World Cup final for the first time since 1990.

Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero saved penalties by Wesley Sneijder and Ron Vlaar to take ..

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Adding colour to Ramadan dreams

July 10, 2014

File picture of a cultural show

Providing a rare glimpse into the world of ethnic Bahraini crafts and tastes, Ramadhaniyat Souq opened its doors on Wednesday at the Bab Al Bahrain.

The market offers a vibrant atmosphere for shoppers by echoing the soulful beats of traditional music, the sweetened smell of local delights and rich sights of innovative Bahraini p ..

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Bring them to justice!

July 10, 2014

Mohammed Bu Hamood

The Assistant Undersecretary for Legal Affairs at the Interior Ministry, Brigadier Mohammed Bu Hamood, announced on Wednesday that a number of families of policemen who have been killed in the line of duty have requested to file legal cases against those who caused the policemen’s deaths.

The families were directed to pursue n ..

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Bahraini soccer officials receive huge homecoming

July 9, 2014

Nawaf Shukralla

Bahraini soccer officials took part in running two of FIFA World Cup 2014 matches this evening received an official reception at Bahrain International Airport upon their return from Brazil, following concluding their successful mission there.

Bahraini soccer officials comprises Nawaf Shukiralla, Ibrahim Sabit and Yasser Telfet.< ..

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Al-Wefaq Society’s secretary-general, member summoned

July 9, 2014

Ministry

The Assistant Undersecretary for Legal Affairs in the Ministry of Interior (MOI) stated that the General Directorate for Criminal Investigation and Evidences (CID) had summoned Al-Wefaq Society's secretary-general Ali Salman Ahmed and society member Khalil Ebrahim Al-Marzouq because of violating an Edict of the Ministry of Justice, Islamic Affairs and Endowments wh ..

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Bahrain’s Ambassador presents credentials to Chinese President

July 9, 2014

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Dr. Anwar Al-Abdullah presented his credentials to H.E. President Xi Jinping of the People's Republic of China, as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Bahrain to the People's Republic of China.

The ceremony was attended by Chinese Foreign Minister and several senior Chinese Foreign Ministry officials. During the protocol, the Amba ..

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HEARTS BROKEN!

July 9, 2014

Brazil

It was a sad day for Brazil fans who never thought their favourite team would see such a humiliating defeat in the hands of Germans  Football fans watching Germany- ..									</p>
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‘Zuniga a coward’

July 9, 2014

Zuniga

Brazil captain Thiago Silva has branded Colombia defender Juan Camilo Zuniga a coward for the tackle which put star striker Neymar out of the World Cup. “In my opinion it was a cowardly tackle,” the Paris Saint-Germain defender said. “I am a defender, I know how to mark a player and there is no way you can get the ball by putting a knee in the back. It is not something that comes abou ..

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Tickets executive in police net

July 9, 2014

Ray Whelan

The director from the FIFA partner company handling World Cup hospitality services was released from Brazilian police custody Tuesday after being arrested in an investigation into an illegal match ticket scheme.

Ray Whelan, a 64-year-old British director of Zurich-based Match Services, was arrested in Rio de Janeiro’s beachfro ..

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It’s Messi VS Dutch!

July 9, 2014

Argentina’s captain Messi (C) talks to teammates during a training session ahead of their 2014 World Cup semi-final match against the Netherlands, in Vespasiano on July 6

Fuelled by decades of hurt, Lionel Messi’s Argentina and Arjen Robben’s Holland will carry competing motivations into tonight’s tantalising World Cup semi-final showdown at Sao Paulo’s Corinthians Arena.

Argentina, who last reached the final in 1990, will be determined to pay appropriate homage to former great Alfredo Di ..

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Obama seeks $3.7 billion to stem illegal border entries

July 9, 2014

Barack Obama

President Barack Obama yesterday requested $3.7 billion in emergency funding from Congress to help cope with a surge of unaccompanied child immigrants from Central America. White House officials said the funds, far higher than the president signalled he would request late last month, would help ease an "urgent humanitarian situation" t ..

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Japan’s Abe declares determination in historic Australia visit – PEACE GOALS

July 9, 2014

Shinzo Abe (left) speaks at a joint press conference with his Australian counterpart Tony Abbott at the Parliament House in Canberra yesterday

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe yesterday declared his determination to pursue peace in Asia, as he strengthened defence ties with Australia and signed an ambitious free-trade agreement. Abe used an historic address to a joint sitting of Australia's parliament to say that Japan "is now determined to do more to enhance peace in the region and peace in the world". ..

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SAMSUNG PROFIT PLUMMETS 25PC

July 9, 2014

Visitors look around a showroom of Samsung Electronics in Seoul. Samsung estimated that its operating profit would plunge nearly 25pc on year in the second quarter of 2014

Samsung estimated Tuesday that its operating profit would plunge nearly 25 percent on year in the second quarter of 2014, as cheap Chinese devices and a strong won hammered down its share of the global smartphone market.

Operating profit was estimated at 7.2 trillion won ($7.1 billion) for the April-June period, compared to 9.53 ..

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Commerzbank in sanction talks with US

July 9, 2014

Commerzbank

Germany’s Commerzbank is negotiating a fine with US authorities of at least 500 million dollars over allegations it dealt with countries blacklisted by the US, such as Iran, the New York Times reported late Monday.

An agreement could be announced as early as this summer, the newspaper said, quoting what it called people ..

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VATICAN BANK’S PROFIT SHRINKS

July 9, 2014

Headquarters of the Institute for Religious Works (IOR) the Vatican’s bank at The Vatican

Bank blocked the accounts of more than 2,000 clients

The Vatican bank, dogged by scandal and allegations of money laundering, has paid a colossal price for cleaning up its accounts, its 2013 financial statement showed Tuesday.

The bank said it had blocked the accounts of more than 2,000 clients and shut down hundreds of ..

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ATTACKS HIT TANZANIA, KENYA TOURIST SITES

July 9, 2014

Park wardens drive through the Mikumi National Park, which borders the Selous Game Reserve, in Tanzania. Tanzania was recently targeted in separate attacks in key tourist sites

Somalia’s Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab have claimed responsibility

Tanzania and Kenya were targeted in separate attacks in key tourist sites in the east African nations, police said yesterday, the latest in a series of bombings and gun battles scaring off foreign visitors.

While the attacks -- including a restaurant bomb bla ..

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Charity Rush – On a mission to help the needy

July 9, 2014

Charity Rush

“Whoever feeds a fasting person, will get a reward like him,” said Prophet Muhammed who was the most generous of the men; and the most generous during the month of Ramadan.

Following his path of kindness and generosity with absolute devotion and purity of heart are the people here in Bahrain.

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The Pet Project – Save their feet from burning

July 9, 2014

The Pet Project

It’s now a known fact that June was truly one of the hottest months and the second sunniest since records began in 1968. And it’s sure that no sane human would slip outdoors in bare feet. But the question however is do our pets have the opportunity to do that.

Some people, guided by the thought that they are giving a favour, ..

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Cartons for money

July 9, 2014

Bahrain

This man riding his bicycle was collecting used and old cartons found inside garbage bins along Juffair road on Tuesday so he could sell them to junk shops for a small amount of money.     PIC BY VIKAS GOPALAKRISHNAN  

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Rioters attack football fans

July 9, 2014

A file photo

A group of rioters attacked a crowded coffee shop located in Hamala with Molotov cocktails during a ‘World Cup’ match, it emerged.

Investigations are still ongoing to capture the perpetrators. The assault led to the damage of three cars and another vehicle, which was completely gutted in the attack. However, no casualties ..

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SACRED VISIT FROM HEART

July 9, 2014

Shaikh Nasser at the Ghabga

If there could be a phrase to describe the ghabga organised by the Bahrain Federation of Expatriate Associations (BFEA) on Tuesday night, it would have to be ‘an outpour of tolerance’.

The ghabga, a social celebration during the time of Ramadan after an hour or two following iftar, was held at the Sacred Heart Church compoun ..

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Past maligned – Malinowski was detained in 2012

July 9, 2014

A handout picture released by Al-Wefaq on Monday shows Malinowski, right, meeting with Al Wefaq’s Sheikh Ali Salman

Controversy is nothing new to US Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labour Tom Malinowski who was expelled from Bahrain on Monday, it has turned out.

Malinowski, who was then the Director of Human Rights Watch (HRW) Washington was detained in April 15, 2012 along with another US citizen Nadim Houry, the ..

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Pride of Kingdom – Referee who made Bahrainis proud

July 9, 2014

Ebrahim

Bahrain has always enjoyed football. In the meantime it has contributed a lot to this game in many ways. We feel proud when we see Bahraini referee Nawaf Abdulla Shukralla managing the show when football greats are tackling the ball amid the cheers of thousands of fans. Here is a man who played a similar role three decades ago, stealing the spotlight for his accura ..

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Business as usual

July 9, 2014

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It was business as usual for these vendors in Central Market in Manama on Tuesday as they ignored the scorching heat just to earn a living. Bahrain1 Pics by Muhammed Thasleem

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Law prevails – Summer Ban implemented

July 9, 2014

Mr. Al Dossary

More than 98 per cent of companies in the Kingdom have implemented the Labour Ministry’s ‘Summer Work Ban,’ which came into effect by the beginning of the month.

Labour Ministry Undersecretary Sabah Al Dossary stated on Tuesday that the ministry officials paid inspection visits to 3077 establishments last week.

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The colours of cure

July 9, 2014

Batool Aqeel Milad

A University of Bahrain (UoB) student has developed a project capable of treating psychiatric illnesses through the usage of colourful images. The project which combines science, art and therapeutics was designed by Engineering College student, Interior Design, Batool Aqeel Milad.  She has made use of artworks and colours known as “therapeutic colours” in d ..

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Fighting terrorism – Don’t meddle in our affairs

July 9, 2014

Prince Khalifa

In a terse statement, Prime Minister HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa on Tuesday warned that the Kingdom will not brook any interference in its internal matters.

Making clear that the decisions made by the Kingdom in this regard are independent, HRH the Prime Minister also stressed that they were taken considering best i ..

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Zain on course

July 9, 2014

Mr. Zainalabedin

Achieves tremendous growth in the first half of 2014

Notwithstanding a challenging year, Zain Bahrain could achieve tremendous growth in the first half of 2014.

“We were able to post splendid growth in data in the first half of 2014 and we look forward to continuing the overall growth to solidify our presence in the te ..

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KFH-B, OFFICIAL PARTNER OF BIC

July 9, 2014

KFH-Bahrain and BIC officials during the signing ceremony

Kuwait Finance House Bahrain (KFH-Bahrain) has become the official banking partner of Bahrain International Circuit (BIC).

An agreement in this regard was signed recently between Bahrain International Circuit Chief Executive Shaikh Salman bin Isa Al Khalifa and Executive Manager and Head of Corporate Banking Group at KFH-Bahrain ..

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INDIAN RAILWAYS TO ATTRACT FDI

July 9, 2014

Untitled-1INDIAN RAILWAYS  TO ATTRACT FDI

Lack of specific details pushes shares down

India unveiled plans yesterday to open up its cash-hungry railways to foreign investment and introduce the first bullet train in a budget closely watched for clues about the new government’s economic priorities.

The rail budget is seen by economists as setting the stage for t ..

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Menatelecom offers free download usage

July 9, 2014

Menatelecom

Menatelecom has launched its latest promotion offering attractive changes to its 4G LTE broadband and telephony bundles. All menaHome and MyFi packages now come with unlimited free download offered by Menatelecom every day from 12am to 12pm at full-speed. This new feature is available to all new 4G LTE packages at no extra cost and allows the user full access to br ..

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Fun day out

July 9, 2014

St Christopher’s School

Students aged 4 and 5 of the St. Christopher’s school took part in the reception assemblies held by the school. Kids on the occasion rendered miraculous performances as they sang and spoke with enthusiasm to the audience. The children had a fantastic time – made all the better by their trip to Baskin Robbins afterwards!

 

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‘Farmyard Hullabaloo’

July 9, 2014

St Christopher’s School Nursery

The fabulous children of St Christopher’s School Nursery staged their own exclusive performance of the popular book ‘Farmyard Hullabaloo’ by Giles Andreae. The production was both spectacular and amusing. There were hardly a dry eye in the house, from both sentiment and laughter. Year 8 students prepared the costumes while year 10 students created the beautif ..

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Returned Sri Lanka migrants vent fury at Australia

July 9, 2014

Sri Lankan children among a group of Sri Lankan asylum seekers sent back by Australia wait outside the magistrate’s court in the southern port district of Galle yesterday

Sri Lankan migrants aboard a boat that was controversially turned back mid-sea by Australia slammed Canberra yesterday, claiming they were abused, given little food and treated “worse than dogs”. The group of 41 migrants, including four women and nine children, appeared in a court in the southern Sri Lankan port city of Galle, where most were granted bail on ch ..

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HURDLES CLEARED

July 9, 2014

US Secretary of State John Kerry (centre) and US Secreary of the Treasury Jacob Lew (2nd right) visit The Great Wall of China at Badaling, in north of Beijing yesterday

Maritime rows, cyber security top US-China talks

China and the US geared early Wednesday for high-stakes talks on a slew of thorny issues, as American officials warned against rising tensions caused by Beijing’s “problematic” claim to swathes of the South China Sea. The maritime disputes, as well as US fears over cyber security and Chinese hacking, we ..

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Victory claim inflames Afghan election dispute

July 9, 2014

Abdullah Abdullah

Presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah claimed victory yesterday in Afghanistan’s disputed election, blaming fraud for putting him behind in preliminary results as fears rise of instability and ethnic unrest. Abdullah told a rally of thousands of rowdy supporters in Kabul he would fight on to win the presidency, but he called for patience from loyalists who dem ..

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NEOGURI HITS

July 9, 2014

A wooden house collapsed during strong winds in Naha on Japan’s southern island of Okinawa yesterday

Typhoon lashes Japan’s Okinawa islands

Typhoon Neoguri lashed Japan’s southern Okinawa islands yesterday, reportedly leaving two dead and forcing more than half a million to seek shelter as the region’s worst storm in years damaged buildings, downed trees and brought air and sea ..

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BADER TRADING WIN

July 9, 2014

Team Bader Trading

Indian Expat Cricket Tournament

Bader Trading defeated  Team India by 33 runs in the latest machos of the Indian Expact Seven-a-Side softball Cricket Tournament 2014 at Indian Club Premises in Gudaibiya. Batting first, Bader Trading after a sedate start burst into life and scored a huge total of 69 runs for the loss of ..

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Nasser 7 – Second round matches end

July 9, 2014

Nasser 7

In HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa Seventh Ramadan Football Championship (Nasser 7), Forever team was qualified to the next rounds of the tournament after smashing Bapco team with a 9-0 win. The result is the highest recorded in the championship.

Forever regained the chance to compete for Nasser 7 after the team lost their ..

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Shahzad Zafar Bassali defeat Salwa Groups

July 9, 2014

Pakistan Club Officials and Organisers

Shahzad Zafar Bassali beat Salwa Groups by 24 Runs in the latest matches of the Zain Ramadan Cricket Tournament 2014 at Pakistan Club in Manama.

Shahzad Zafar Bassali won the toss and elected to bat first. Batting first, Shahzad Zafar Bassali attacked the Salwa Groups from the start of the game and set up a heavy target of 115 r ..

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Al Mardi Open Chess

July 9, 2014

Moanis Al Mardi

The 21st Al Mardi Open Chess will be held on Thursday  July 10 th starting at 8:30 pm at Al Ahli Club in Mahooz. The event , sponsored by Moanis Al Mardi in tribute to his late father Mahmood Al Mardi , will be played over 9 rounds swiss with a time control of 3 minutes plus 2 seconds increment after each move . The tourney is Fide rated and the overall results wi ..

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BLITZKRIEG

July 9, 2014

Klose-Mueller

After watching the emotion-filled first World Cup semi-final between Germany and Brazil, we wondered what should be our headline for Page One.

We did not have to wrack our brains too much as one of our team members cracked it with a yell: Blitzkrieg! Soon, the rest of our team yelled back: It is Blitzkrieg!

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STARDOM VIA STREETS

July 8, 2014

football-world

World Cup football is all about actions and celebrations. The ground with green grass, powerful floodlights and tens of thousands of fans cheering for their favourite teams come to our mind when we think about the spectacle.

But, there is another world where many of today’s football stars were born. There are no football spike ..

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Neymar cried like a child

July 8, 2014

Neymar

Brazil’s star striker Neymar cried “I can’t feel my legs” after a crunch World Cup challenge by Colombia’s Juan Zuniga, coach Luiz Felipe Scolari told Spanish sports daily Marca.

Scolari said the whole team panicked after the knee in the back tackle during Brazil’s quarter-final victory over Colombia on Friday ..

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No for illegal tickets

July 8, 2014

World Cup 2014

The company that sells World Cup packages warned yesterday that it may cancel tickets for the semi-finals and final which are in the name of firms linked to an illegal ticket touting probe. Match Hospitality, the company authorised by FIFA to sell deluxe packages, identified four companies whose names appeared on tickets seized last week in a police raid against an international ticket touts r ..

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Brazil set despite Neymar absence

July 8, 2014

Brazil VS Germany

The two leading contenders to replace Neymar in Brazil’s World Cup semi-final line-up against Germany have insisted they can still win the competition in the absence of their star player.

“Neymar sets the standard for us. He is capable of deciding any game, so playing without him will be difficult,” said Willian, the Chels ..

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Strong quake hits Mexico, Guatemala

July 8, 2014

People look at the damages caused by an earthquake in San Marcos, 240 km of Guatemala City yesterday

A strong 6.9 magnitude earthquake rocked parts of southern Mexico and Guatemala yesterday, killing one person and injuring another as shockwaves toppled walls and caused landslides. The US Geological Survey -- which revised down the magnitude from 7.1 -- said the quake struck the Pacific coast of Mexico's Chiapas state at about 1124 GMT at a depth of 60 kilometers ..

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JAPAN ISSUES HIGHEST ALERT

July 8, 2014

Typhoon Neoguri- Satoshi Ebihara.

Japan's weather agency issued its highest alert as super typhoon Neoguri barreled towards the southern Okinawa island chain on Monday, with 55,000 people urged to evacuate as officials warned of one of the worst storms in decades. The top-level warning means a threat to life, as well as the risk of massive damage from torrential rains and gusts of up to 270 kilomet ..

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GPIC has smooth sail

July 8, 2014

GPIC

Notwithstanding the daunting challenges faced by GPIC in the areas of fluctuations in the global market and competition, the company recorded big achievements during the first half of this year, thanks to the ambitious approach to its directors and the commitment of staff members.

GPIC showed good performance in all levels -- pr ..

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Prizes galore in KFH campaign

July 8, 2014

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The promotional campaign launched by KFH Automall during the Holy month of Ramadan has dozens of valuable prizes in the offering when every car is purchased and financed during Ramadan. The prizes include LG 3D TVs, home theatres, refrigerators, air conditioners, washing machines and Yamaha scooters in addition to gift vouchers from Kooheji Furniture, De Beers Jewellery and Seef Mall. When cus ..

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Alba opens Arabal website

July 8, 2014

Mr. Murray

Aluminium Bahrain (Alba) has launched Arabal 2014 website -- www.arabal.com. The 18th International Arab Aluminium (Arabal) Conference will be held under the patronage of the Prime Minster Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa from November 25 to 27 at the Gulf Hotel under the theme ‘GCC: an aluminium power house’.

“It is m ..

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HISENSE ENTERS BAHRAIN MARKET

July 8, 2014

Hisense and Goods Trading Company officials during the event at Bahrain International Circuit

Goods Trading Company joins hands with Hisense 

Hisense, world leading manufacturer of flat panel TVs, household appliances and mobile communications, has entered Bahrain in partnership with Goods Trading Company.

The latest high-end products of Hisense were showcased at an event held at Bahrain International Circuit re ..

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Until we meet again

July 8, 2014

Jawad Business Group

Jawad Business Group bid farewell to Patrick Simon, a long time employee of the company at a party held at the Head office in Manama. Patrick has worked with the Group as Manager, Communications and Logistics since 2002, becoming an integral part of the company as it expanded. The JBG Restaurant Division also organised a farewell lunch for him at Romano’s Macaron ..

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Lending a helping hand

July 8, 2014

BMI BANK

BMI Bank, a subsidiary of Al Salam Bank – Bahrain, extended its support towards its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) partners the Royal Charity Organisation and the Al Sanabel Orphans Care Society (Al Sanabel) through a collective donation of BD 11,000 made to both organisations. The donation stems from the Bank’s ongoing commitment towards building a stro ..

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June warmer than normal

July 8, 2014

A file photo of a group of people covering themselves from the heat

Just in case you missed it, or you didn’t walk outside, June was one of the hottest months in the island, besides being the second sunniest since records began in 1968.

To be exact, on June 11th Bahrain recorded temperature as high as 43.2°C, helped by the warm northwesterly winds, says the met experts.

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Impacts of Neymar’s injury

July 8, 2014

Neymar

The injury to Brazil’s Barcelona striker Neymar could swing the balance when former world champions Brazil and Germany clash in the first of the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals.

Neymar was injured in the match  against Colombia as the host nation won 2-1 and was stretchered off in the 88th minute after Colombia’s Napoli defender ..

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MoW receives 86 UoB students

July 8, 2014

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The Ministry of Works (MoW) hosted a reception ceremony on Monday for 86 University of Bahrain (UoB) students specialising in civil, architectural, mechanical and electrical engineering, accountancy, media and biology.

Human Resources Director Mahmoud Abdulrahim briefed the trainees on the main objectives of the yearly summer tr ..

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Ulama Council to be dissolved

July 8, 2014

The Ministry of Justice building

The Implementation Court ordered on July 7 to carry out the verdict which will dissolve the Ulama Islamic Council and liquidate its assets.

The order came after the High Civil Appeals Court upheld in June the verdict that had been issued by the High Administrative Court to dissolve the council and liquidate its assets following ..

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Vandals attack another school

July 8, 2014

The broken window of the school

For the third day in a row, educational establishments have been targeted by vandals. Education Ministry stated on Monday that Al Ahd Al Zaher Secondary Girls’ School in Hamad Town was attacked by a group of vandals, who hurled stones on the school and broke a classroom’s window. The ministry said that the attack added to the 313 previous attacks on academic in ..

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Jailed for illicit affair

July 8, 2014

A representative photo

The Lower Criminal Court sentenced an Asian man to six months in jail for having a sexual affair with a girl that resulted in her pregnancy.

Details of the case revealed that the defendant, 22, established a strong friendship with the 19-year-old girl after meeting her on the popular social media website Facebook. 

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Khaleeji bank announces winners of Al Waffer draw

July 8, 2014

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Khaleeji Commercial Bank (KHCB) announced the winners of their Al Waffer draw for the month of June.

The draw was held at the KHCB headquarters in the Bahrain Financial Harbour in the presence of a representative from the Ministry of Industry and Commerce and the management and staff of the Khaleeji Commercial Bank.

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Cops start learning Russian

July 8, 2014

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Interior Ministry personnel have started learning Russian language.

The initiative is in line with the directives of Interior Minister Lt General Shaikh Rashid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa and recommendations of the Board of Trustees of the Royal Academy of Police (RAP).

Police media www.policemc.g ..

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EXPELLED!

July 8, 2014

US Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labour Tom Malinowski

The foreign ministry on Monday declared that US Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labour Tom Malinowski was unwelcome and urged him to leave the country immediately.

Declaring Malinowski as persona non grata, the foreign ministry in its statement accused the US diplomat of flagrantly intervening in the ..

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KING MODIFIES CITIZENSHIP LAW

July 8, 2014

King Hamad

His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa yesterday has amended some provisions of the Bahrain Citizenship Law of 1963. Prime Minister HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al khalifa and ministers would implement the provisions of the law a day after its issuance in the Official Gazette. Article 8 of the law stipulates that the Bahraini citizenship could be revoked, upon request from the Interior ..

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Lawmaker sets off alarm bells

July 8, 2014

Mr. Al Durazi

A Parliamentarian has called for a review of Bahrain’s economic model as he said, debts, overspending and over reliance on fuel for income are taking a toll on nation’s economy.

Setting the alarm bells ringing, Member of Economic and Financial Affairs of the Parliament Ali Al Durazi said, the government’s expenditure ..

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BIBF, ICT hold briefing session

July 8, 2014

ICT Director Maria Kravchevskaya

The Bahrain Institute of Banking and Finance Studies (BIBF) organised a briefing session in collaboration with International Compliance Training (ICT) Middle East.

The briefing aimed at introducing the ICA International Diploma in Anti-Money Laundering, a CBB-recommended qualification that will be offered in Bahrain for the firs ..

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Samsung launches Food Showcase refrigerator

July 8, 2014

A man walks out of Samsung Electronics' headquarters in Seoul

Samsung Electronics has introduced the Samsung food showcase refrigerator.

“Samsung’s latest innovation in the home appliance category -- the food showcase fridge -- offers a premium storage solution for perishable foods. Designed to enable everyone easy access food items, this refrigerator is also equipped with the latest t ..

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GOWEX FRAUD HARMS FIRMS

July 8, 2014

People walk past an advertisement for wifi provider Gowex in Madrid. Gowex chief executive Jenaro Garcia Martin has admitted to making up the numbers it submitted to Madrid’s junior market, the Alternative Equity Market

Gowex, which offers wifi services in world capitals, files for bankruptcy

Startling revelations of at least four years of false accounting by Spanish free wifi provider Let’s Gowex threatened Monday to inflict broad damage on the reputation of small and medium-sized firms seeking investo ..

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SMARTPHONES TO GET CLOSER CHECKS: US

July 8, 2014

A Transportation Security at Washington Reagan National Airport in Washington. The TSA will not allow cellphones or other electronic devices on U.S.-bound planes at some overseas airport

US-bound travellers have faced tighter airport security in recent days

Air travellers with smartphones or other electronic devices must be able to turn them on to take them aboard under new security measures, US authorities have said.

US-bound travellers from Europe and the M ..

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Expedia aims for Wotif.com

July 8, 2014

Wotif logo

Online travel giant Expedia Monday launched an Aus$700 million (US$658 million) takeover bid for Australian hotel booking website Wotif.com and its other businesses, the companies said.

Under the deal, Expedia Group will pay Aus$3.06 per share to acquire all of the Wotif Group as the US-based company widens its exposure to the f ..

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Retreating rebels dig in around Ukraine coal hub

July 8, 2014

Pro-Russian militants prepare to use a crate and lift a T-54 Soviet-era medium tank (left) from the WWII open-air museum in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk yesterday

Retreating pro-Russian insurgents dug in yesterday in Ukraine’s sprawling industrial hub of Donetsk after government forces scored a string of morale-boosting victories in the bloody battle for the future of the ex-Soviet state.

The eastern home of one million mostly Russian speakers has been flooded with convoys carrying hund ..

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GHANI PRESIDENT

July 8, 2014

Ashraf Ghani

Former World Bank economist Ashraf Ghani won Afghanistan’s presidential election, according to preliminary results yesterday, but fraud allegations are set to spark a dispute over the outcome and stoke concerns of instability. Ghani won 56.4 percent of the run-off vote to ex-foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah’s 43.5 percent -- a major comeback for Ghani after t ..

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GAC beat Indian Club Badminton

July 8, 2014

Chak De India Team

GAC defeated Indian Club Badminton  by 5 wickets in the latest matches of the Indian Expact Seven-a-Side Softball Cricket Tournament 2014 at Indian Club Premises in Gudaibiya. Batting first,  Indian Club Badminton scored 31 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in 6 overs.

Arunachalam top scored with 8 runs and Ansar picked up 2 wick ..

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Nasser 7 – Strong start for second rounds

July 8, 2014

HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa Seventh Ramadan Football Championship

Competition increased in HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa Seventh Ramadan Football Championship (Nasser 7) by the end of the second round of matches. The first qualifier to the next round was Group A first team, Victorious, who showed a consistent performance and won Mondial 6-0 in Bahrain National Stadium on Sunday.

 Vict ..

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TRIO SHARE TOP HONOURS

July 8, 2014

BIC- Karting

Sodi Karting Championship

Bahrain International Karting Circuit (BIKC) hosted an action-packed opening round in the 2014/2015 Sodi Sprint W Series (SSWS), with three of the Kingdom’s most talented karters claiming a victory apiece. Abdulla Buhindi, Khalid Alsaei and Ali Abdulla were all triumphant in the first of eight ..

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Mercedes chief lauds Hamilton and Rosberg

July 8, 2014

Toto Wolff

Mercedes motorsport chief Toto Wolff heaped praise on the resilience and talent of both of his team’s drivers yesterday in the wake of Lewis Hamilton’s victory and Nico Rosberg’s retirement in Sunday’s stirring British Grand Prix. Wolff said both men, who are locked in a titanic duel for this year’s drivers’ world championship, had shown mental strength ..

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Tour de France – KITTEL WINS STAGE

July 8, 2014

Marcel Kittel celebrates as he crosses the finish line

Marcel Kittel celebrated winning what he called an “awesome” Tour de France stage in front of Buckingham Palace as he emphasised his status as the best sprinter in the world yesterday.

The 26-year-old German won his second stage out of three at this year’s Grand Boucle as he proved too strong for the sprint competition on ..

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Germany to charge drivers on Autobahn

July 8, 2014

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Germany plans to charge foreign motorists from 2016 to use its roads and famed Autobahn highways to help pay for the country’s infrastructure, the transport minister said Monday.

Drivers of cars and motorcycles registered outside Germany are to pay about 10 euros ($13) for a 10-day badge, 20 euros for a two-month permit and ov ..

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WAL-MART TOPS FORTUNE LIST

July 8, 2014

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US retail king Wal-Mart toppled Royal Dutch Shell from the top spot on the Fortune Global 500 list of the world’s biggest companies, based on total revenues, the magazine said Monday.

Wal-Mart Stores reported $476.3 billion in revenues for 2013 as it ramped up international business.

Royal ..

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Substitutes who changed games

July 7, 2014

Substitutes who changed games

Louis van Gaal’s jawdropping substitution of goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen by Tim Krul for the penalty shootout victory over Costa Rica has been hailed as a masterstroke. However, as De Telegraaf noted, “in sport, at the highest level, success can be decided by the thinnest of margins”, and here AFP Sport looks at five other substitutions that had mixed results: By Pirate Irwin ..

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Mohammed Al Mosawi, Khalid Ghuloom win

July 7, 2014

Mohammed Al Mosawi (left) and Khalid Ghuloom

Mohammed Al Mosawi and Khalid Ghuloom made it three wins from three when they defeated Nilesh Parmar and Adolf Mendonca 6-0, 7-5 in a Group A match in the Late Yousif Khalil Almoayyed Doubles competition at the Bahrain Tennis Club (BTC) Ramadan Tournament in Juffair.    In another Group A match, Naji Samahiji and Ahmed Omran won for a second time with a 6-3, 2- ..

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Four matches in Nasser 7 tonight

July 7, 2014

Nasser 7

Four more matches are set tonight in the HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa Seventh Ramadan Football Championship (Nasser 7) to be played at the Bahrain National Stadium in Riffa and Khalifa Sports City in Isa Town at 9pm and 11pm.

In Group C, Al Nawayef play Riffa Fort at 9pm at the National Stadium to determine the group ..

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National House project presented

July 7, 2014

Abdulrahman Askar at his meeting with Incheon Asian Games Rate Card representatives

Bahrain Olympic Committee’s (BOC) general secretary Abdulrahman Askar received at his office in Seef representatives of the 17th Asian Games, to be held in Incheon, in South Korea this September. During the meeting, the 2014 Incheon Asian Games Rate Card officials Johnson Park and Ho Soung Jung made a presentation of the ‘National House’ facility, to be loca ..

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WELLFLOW GULF MARS XI WIN

July 7, 2014

 Wellflow Gulf Mars XI Team

Wellflow Gulf Mars XI defeated Al Seef Jewellers in a super over in the latest matches of the Indian Expat Seven-a-Side Softball Cricket Tournament 2014 at the Indian Club premises in Gudaibiya. Batting first, Al Seef Jewellers after a horrendous start scored 45 runs for four in its six overs Rafiq (18) top scoring with Ajith bowling a wicket maiden. In reply, Well ..

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Nibali takes second stage

July 7, 2014

Vincenzo Nibali celebrates as he crosses the finish line

Vincenzo Nibali rode himself into the yellow jersey after a daring late break to win the second stage of the Tour de France yesterday.

The Italian champion pointed to the national flag on his Astana team jersey after winning his first Tour stage at the fourth attempt.

 The 29-year-old former ..

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HAMILTON WINS

July 7, 2014

Lewis Hamilton crosses the finish line

Lewis Hamilton delighted a 120,000 crowd of enthusiastic home fans when he revived his world championship bid yesterday with an emphatic victory in a dramatic incident-filled British Grand Prix. The 29-year-old Briton took full advantage of Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg’s first non-finish of the season, due to gearbox problems, to reduce the German’s lead in ..

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Black S.African soldier reburied

July 7, 2014

South African officers lay a South African flag on the coffin containing the remains of black South African soldier Private Myengwa Beleza

A black South African soldier who died nearly a century ago during World War I was yesterday reburied alongside 600 of his white compatriots at the South African war memorial in northern France. Private Myengwa Beleza was one of the first black South African soldiers to be killed in France during the 1914-1918 war. He was among some 25,000 other black South Africa ..

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DEPORTATION STEPPED UP

July 7, 2014

USA

Deportations are being stepped up of illegal migrants along the US border, a top Obama adminstration official said yesterday, defending the White House’s handling of a flood of undocumented children. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson said “Meet the Press” that officials have reduced the “turnaround times” for migrants illegally entering the count ..

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Merkel arrives in China

July 7, 2014

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (C) walks with Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn (2nd left) during her visit to the FAW-Volkswagen plant in Chengdu

German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived in China yesterday for her seventh visit since 2005, with economic ties topping the agenda and a high-powered business delegation in tow. Merkel touched down early yesterday in the southwestern city of Chengdu, where she met local officials, visited a market and toured a factory operated by German car manufacturer Volkswagen. ..

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REBELS CRUSHED

July 7, 2014

Ukrainian forces stand guard in the center of the Ukrainian city of Slavyansk

Resurgent Ukrainian forces yesterday pursued retreating pro-Russian rebels after seizing their symbolic bastion in a morale-boosting win that appeared to dim hopes for a ceasefire in the bloody separatist insurgency. Western-backed President Petro Poroshenko called the moment when his troops hoisted the Ukrainian flag over the militias’ seat of power in Slavyansk ..

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It’s all about developing sportsmanship

July 7, 2014

British School of Bahrain

The British School of Bahrain senior school students joined thousands of youngsters from across England and Wales as they took part in range of sporting activities celebrating School Sport Week.

Students launched the week by joining in with a mass exercise session led by sponsors Fitness First. They gave a short talk on the dang ..

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BTA honours outstanding players

July 7, 2014

Award winners with BTA coaches

Bahrain Tennis Academy (BTA) held its 2013/14 Junior End of Season Awards Ceremony at the Dilmun Club in Saar. Shortlisted players gathered to honour the most outstanding players of the year in 17 categories. The awards were split into two sections - ‘Best of 2013/14’ and ‘Player of the Year’.

Some of the categories incl ..

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Gold price fixing under spotlight

July 7, 2014

GOLD

London’s century-old gold price fixing, tainted by a rigging scandal and attacked by critics as old-fashioned, goes under the spotlight this week in key talks aimed at modernising the process. Analysts said that the market price of gold, which is driven by investment and jewellery demand, could climb as a result of an overhaul.

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TOUGH TASK

July 7, 2014

Indonesian presidential candidate Joko Widodo (center left) and former president Megawati Sukarnoputri (center right)

The winner of this week’s Indonesian presidential election faces serious challenges to keep Southeast Asia’s top economy on track, from cutting fuel subsidies and fighting corruption to revamping creaking infrastructure and boosting spending on the poor. On top of that he will have to balance a rising tide of economic nationalism that has dimmed the country’s ..

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BMI appoints new chairman

July 7, 2014

Salah Saleh Asheer

BMI Bank, a subsidiary of Al Salam Bank  announced that its newly appointed Board of Directors had unanimously resolved to elect Salah Saleh Asheer, a senior and experienced Bahraini banker, as Chairman and Habib Ahmed Kassim as the Deputy Chairman of the Board at their first Board meeting held at the Bank’s premises on the 25th of June 2014. Ahmed Al Abri, Sund ..

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Gulf Air wins GISEC Awards

July 7, 2014

Dr Haji(left) receives the award

Bahrain national carrier Gulf Air was recognised at the Gulf Information Security Expo and Conference (GISEC) awards, winning in the Best Data Loss Prevention category, held at the Dubai World Trade Centre earlier this month. GF started implementing Data Loss Prevention in 2010 . It strides in introducing security measures to reduce potential IT security threats, c ..

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BBK announces Loans Festival

July 7, 2014

BBK

BBK, Bahrain’s pioneer in retail and commercial banking, announced that its City Centre Branch will be opened during evening hours throughout Ramadan.  The decision to extend the working hours of the City Centre branch have been done to provide added convenience and additional flexibility for clients. Branch will be opened every evening during Ramadan for loan a ..

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18th International Arab Aluminium Conference – ARABAL IN NOVEMBER

July 7, 2014

Shaikh Daij

The 18th International Arab Aluminium Conference (Arabal) 2014 will be held in November in Bahrain under the patronage of Prime Minister HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, Aluminium Bahrain (Alba) said in a statement yesterday.

The event held from November 25 to 27 at Gulf Hotel under the theme “GCC: An aluminium powerh ..

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Sitra Secondary Girl’s School attacked

July 7, 2014

SITRA SCHOOL

The Education Ministry announced that a group of vandals attacked the Sitra Secondary Girls’ School yesterday. The ministry said they broke into the school and destroyed the simulation classroom door. The incident was reported to the concerned authorities. Meanwhile, the Public Relations and Media Directorate condemned the repetition of such assaults on academic ..

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Bahrain census bags top honour

July 7, 2014

Mr. Al Jowdr

Bahrain has been ranked top in the Asian, Arab and regional levels for its dedication to development and human resources growth.

The Kingdom has been chosen for being a pioneer in this field in the Middle East as it has started working on administrative records since 1985 few years after some developed countries.  Bahrain was a ..

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Muharraq sinking?

July 7, 2014

Researcher Fawziya Rajab with officials during a photocall

I imagine what would happen if the polar ice caps melts completely? The volume of water generated will be so large that the whole world would get submerged in no time without even leaving a trace. The 1995 American post-apocalyptic film ‘Waterworld’ deals with such a phenomenon. Though the film directed by Kevin Reynods says this would happen somtime in 2500, ..

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Stop violence, unite to grow

July 7, 2014

Prime Minister HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa

Issuing stern warning against terrorist activities, Prime Minister HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa yesterday made clear that government would move ahead with its development march clearing all obstacles.

“Bahrain has the resolve to move ahead beating the challenges presented against its forward progress,” stressed H ..

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BAHRAIN EYES RUSSIAN PIE

July 7, 2014

Prime Minister with Deputy Prime Minister HH Shaikh Ali bin Khalifa Al Khalifa during the Cabinet meeting

Cabinet has approved several agreements that would lay the foundations for more investments from Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) in Russia.

Two separate agreements on the Encouragement and Protection of Investments with Russia and Tajikistan were signed yesterday.

The memorandum was ..

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WE’VE THE HOME CURE!

July 7, 2014

The wooden house

Those who believe, and do deeds of righteousness, and establish regular prayers and regular charity, will have their reward with their Lord: on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve – Holy Quran (13) 002.277

This verse from Holy Quran underscores the significance of charity, which is ingrained i ..

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MESSIAH OF PEACE

July 7, 2014

Mr. Malik in Bahrain

Taking on the road with his personalised Honda CRV, decorated with the flags of 15 countries, so far he has visited 22 countries. Now he has arrived in Bahrain, with the message of peace. 

The messenger is none other than Star Malik, who visits various countries with the aim of fostering relations between Pakis ..

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Unending tailbacks

July 7, 2014

Picture by Muhamed Thasleem

Commuters had a difficult time as smooth flow of traffic was hindered for almost an hour (2.30 to 3.30pm) yesterday. Traffic snarls were reported in Manama, Salmaniya, Zinj and Seef areas. Sources told DT News that rioting by protesters in Jidhafs, Al Daih, Bilad Al Qadeem and Sanabis had caused the tailbacks. Later police had cordoned off these areas to ensure smo ..

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Gone in ‘just’ thirty seconds

July 7, 2014

The van that was stolen. (Inset) Ali

This is not the 2000 Hollywood flick ‘Gone in 60 seconds’ starring Nicolas Cage and Angelina Jolie, but something on the same lines that happened in real life.

Twenty-eight-year-old Hozefa Mansoor Ali said he was wonderstruck after some unidentified persons stole his van in less than 30 seconds, that too in broad daylight.

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Take on terror – Bomb blast draws wide condemnation

July 7, 2014

Prince Khalifa chairs the Cabinet meeting

The recent bomb explosion at East Eker have been denounced at the weekly Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa at the Gudaibiya Palace yesterday.

Briefing the Cabinet decisions, Minister of State for Information Affairs and official Government spokesperson Sameera Rajab noted that the ..

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London buses stop accepting cash

July 7, 2014

London Bus

London buses will no longer accept cash payments for tickets with effect from yesterday, the British capital’s transport authority said. Transport for London (TfL), which runs public transport in the city, said in a statement that dwindling numbers of passengers were using money to pay for their journeys.

Travellers on London ..

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Public investment needs push – MOMENTUM OPTIMISTIC

July 7, 2014

Lagarde

Governments must increase public investment to help drive the global recovery and help boost “less robust than expected” economic growth, IMF chief Christine Lagarde said yesterday. The head of the Washington-based International Monetary Fund predicted global economic growth, which has been “subdued” in the first months of 2014, will strengthen in the secon ..

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CONSENSUS MISSING

July 7, 2014

genetically modified crops

While the United States, Canada, Brazil, Argentina and China and many other countries have warmly embraced genetically modified crops, Europe remains the world’s big holdout. Could this be about to change? New European Union rules now seek to clear up years of internal deadlock that could, in theory, lead to widespread cultivation of GM foods. But the fight is fa ..

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Trade, closer defence ties top agenda

July 7, 2014

Shinzo Abe

Closer defence cooperation is set to take centre stage when Australia hosts Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe this week, while the two allies will also shore up a burgeoning trade relationship, analysts say. It is the first bilateral visit by a Japanese prime minister since 2002 and comes just days after Abe declared his powerful military had the right to go into ..

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Labour row clouds job-creation summit

July 7, 2014

Hollande

French President Francois Hollande today will kick off a summit with business leaders aimed at creating half a million vitally-needed jobs in return for lower taxes, but a labour row threatens to mar the event. The two-day conference aims to tackle record unemployment of 3.38 million people, a key factor behind humiliating election defeats for the Socialists this y ..

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Wifi firm Gowex heads to bankruptcy – ACCOUNTS FALSIFIED

July 7, 2014

Wifi firm Gowex heads to bankruptcy

Spanish free wifi provider Let’s Gowex revealed yesterday that its accounts have been falsified for at least four years and said it is filing for bankruptcy protection. Gowex, which offers wifi services in world capitals including Paris and New York, made the devastating admission after days of protesting that a damaging US report on its operations was incorrect ..

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Attacks in Kenya kill 21

July 7, 2014

A victim of a new attack along the Kenyan coast lies in King Fahad hospital in Lamu countyon yesterday

At least 21 people have been killed in new attacks in Kenya’s Lamu coastal region, the area where some 60 people were massacred last month, Kenyan authorities said yesterday. A spokesman for Somalia’s Shebab rebels claimed that the Al-Qaeda-linked group’s fighters had struck again in Kenya, although police blamed the Mombasa Republican Council (MRC), a group ..

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ELECTION FEUD

July 7, 2014

Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah gestures as he speaks during a press conference at his residence in Kabul yesterday

Afghanistan’s rival presidential candidates clashed over alleged fraud yesterday ahead of the release of preliminary election results, setting the stage for a prolonged squabble that threatens worsening instability. Abdullah Abdullah demanded that the preliminary result, due out today, be delayed for a comprehensive audit of suspicious votes, repeating that he wo ..

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DJOKOVIC CHAMPION

July 7, 2014

Novak Djokovic holds the winner’s trophy

Novak Djokovic won his second Wimbledon title and seventh career major with a 6-7 (7/9), 6-4, 7-6 (7/4), 5-7, 6-4 victory over Roger Federer yesterday, shattering the Swiss star’s dream of a record eighth triumph in an epic struggle. Victory allowed the top seeded Serb, who was also the 2011 champion and runner-up last year, to end a run of three successive defea ..

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Fake Chanel items to be destroyed

July 7, 2014

A representative photo-Fake Chanel

A huge shipment of high-end brand replicas will soon be destroyed by Bahrain Customs, as recently instructed by the Supreme Administrative Court.

The shipment was held in the Marine Customs Directorate, as soon as it reached the Kingdom, after the brand agent in Bahrain filed a legal case, stating that the imported items were c ..

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‘Play for Neymar’

July 6, 2014

Neymar

Brazilian newspapers yesterday urged the national football team to play for Neymar but wondered whether they can win the World Cup without their injured superstar.

The front pages were dominated by pictures of Neymar lying down in tears on the pitch after breaking a vertebrae in the 2-1 victory against Colombia in the northeaste ..

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FIFA analysing incident

July 6, 2014

Juan Zuniga

FIFA’s disciplinary committee could take action against Colombia’s Juan Zuniga for the World Cup quarter final challenge that left Brazilian superstar Neymar with a fractured vertebrae, a spokeswoman said yesterday.

“The FIFA Disciplinary Committee is analysing all the elements provided, the videos and the match reports an ..

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Pele expresses optimism

July 6, 2014

Pele

Pele said yesterday his heart ached for Neymar after Brazil’s star player was ruled out of the rest of the World Cup but noted that the team lifted the 1962 trophy despite his own injury.

The football legend, recalling that Neymar had played at Santos like him, wrote on Twitter that “it hurts our hearts to know that he can n ..

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Death threats to Zuniga

July 6, 2014

Zuniga

Colombia’s Juan Zuniga received a flood of death threats and racist abuse on social media yesterday as Brazilians reacted angrily to his tournament-ending foul on star forward Neymar.

“Zuniga” was trending on Twitter and messages included a torrent of abusive comment aimed at the Napoli defender after he kneed Neymar in th ..

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NO NEYMAR NO PARTY

July 6, 2014

Combination of pictures showing Colombia’s defender Juan Camilo Zuniga (L) challenging Brazil’s forward Neymar (down) and Brazilian defender Marcelo (R) shouting for help during the quarter-final football match between Brazil and Colombia.

The hangover from a World Cup quarter-final win over Colombia was a little more potent than Brazil expected as it awoke yesterday still dealing with the news star striker Neymar will play no further part in the tournament.

The 22-year-old suffered a broken vertebrae in the 2-1 win over Los Cafeteros in Fortaleza in Friday, meani ..

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Stadler leads French Open

July 6, 2014

Kevin Stadler

American Kevin Stadler will carry a healthy four shot lead into the final day of the French Open after a solid third round of one over 72 at Le Golf National yesterday. The 34-year-old Reno, Nevada native, saw French playing partner Victor Riu pull within one shot with three birdies on the front nine before disaster struck for the 29-year-old local favourite. Six b ..

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British Grand Prix- ROSBERG SNATCHES POLE

July 6, 2014

Nico Rosberg drives during the qualifying session at the Silverstone circuit in Silverstone yesterday

Nico Rosberg claimed pole position for today’s British Grand Prix with a late fastest lap in the final seconds of a dramatic and shock-filled qualifying session yesterday. The 29-year-old German secured the prime starting position by persevering on his final lap in rapidly-drying conditions as Mercedes team-mate and home hero Briton Lewis Hamilton pulled into the ..

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Nasser 7 championship resumes today

July 6, 2014

Nasser 7 championship

HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa Seventh Ramadan Football Championship (Nasser 7) resumes tonight from 9pm with four matches scheduled at the National Stadium in Riffa and the Khalifa Sports City in Isa Town. The 16 teams have completed the first round-robin of eight matches with 27 goals scored in the games at an average of 3.4 per per game. After their 6-0 v ..

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Bahraini swimmers enjoy youth training camp

July 6, 2014

Bahrain swimmers.

The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) in partnership with the Qatar Swimming Association (QSA) recently brought together 95 swimmers and coaches from 30 nations to Doha including two of Bahrain’s up and coming future swimming stars - Abdulla Ebrahim Zowayed and Abdulla Sayed Atyia Ali, to enjoy the experience of a lifetime at a ten day Asian Swimming Youth Camp in D ..

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Indian Club Cricket Tournament – MANGALORE BOYZ WIN

July 6, 2014

Mangalore Boyz Team

Mangalore Boyz defeated Indian Club Badminton by three wickets in the latest matches of the Indian Expat Seven-a-Side Softball Cricket Tournament 2014 at the Indian Club premises in Gudaibiya. Batting first, Indian Club Badminton were dismissed for 35 with Madhu (12) top scoring with man of the match Ilyas (two for two) the pick of the bowlers. In reply, Mangalore ..

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Clashes spill into Israel over ‘burned alive’ teen

July 6, 2014

Israeli riot police secure a street during clashes with Palestinian protesters (unseen) in the Arab Israeli city of Ar’Ara, north of Israel

Clashes sparked by the abduction and murder of a Palestinian teenager spread from east Jerusalem to Arab towns inside Israel on Saturday, as autopsy reports showed he was burned alive.

Rocket fire targeting Israel from Gaza also increased, raising fears of an escalation with the Islamist Hamas movement which controls the Palesti ..

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Clashes spill into Israel over ‘burned alive’ teen

July 6, 2014

Israeli riot police secure a street during clashes with Palestinian protesters (unseen) in the Arab Israeli city of Ar’Ara, north of Israel

Clashes sparked by the abduction and murder of a Palestinian teenager spread from east Jerusalem to Arab towns inside Israel on Saturday, as autopsy reports showed he was burned alive.

Rocket fire targeting Israel from Gaza also increased, raising fears of an escalation with the Islamist Hamas movement which controls the Palesti ..

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WIDODO RALLIES SUPPORTERS

July 6, 2014

Indonesian presidential candidate Joko Widodo (centre) gestures to supporters during the final campaign rally in Jakarta yesterday

Presidential hopeful Joko Widodo pledged to build a “new history” for Indonesia at a huge campaign rally yesterday, a last push to win votes in a tight election race. Tens of thousands of cheering supporters waved flags emblazoned with pictures of Widodo, known by his nickname Jokowi, at Jakarta’s main stadium on the final day of campaigning before Wednesday ..

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Emotional welcome for Indian nurses

July 6, 2014

Sherin (C) hugs her sister after arriving at the airport

A group of 46 Indian nurses held “against their will” in a part of Iraq seized by Islamic militants returned home yesterday to an emotional reunion with their families.

The relatives, clutching bouquets and hoisting “Welcome Home” banners, thronged the nurses as they emerged into the airport in the southern Kerala state ..

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Civil Service Culture

July 6, 2014

Mr. Al Alawi

Civil Service Bureau (CSB) has completed the study of the organisation structure of four government entities that recently came under the umbrella of CSB, as well as the study of 58 manpower ceiling requests, and 1183 employees allocated in the Human Resource Management Information system (Horison).

In this regards, the Director ..

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Iranian pilot killed in Iraq

July 6, 2014

A handout image made available by Iran’s FARS News Agency on July 5, 2014, shows mourners attending the funeral of an Iranian pilot at a mosque in the city of Shiraz

An Iranian pilot has been killed while fighting against jihadists in Iraq, state media reported yesterday, in what is thought to be Tehran’s first such military casualty.

Iran’s official IRNA news agency did not say whether the pilot died while flying sorties or fighting on the ground.

Co ..

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School attacks up during Ramadan

July 6, 2014

Some of the damaged schools

The Education Ministry stated yesterday that attacks on schools have increased during the holy month of Ramadan.

The ministry announced that five schools across Bahrain were recently attacked by vandals.

In a statement issued yesterday, the ministry explained that vandals threw stones and pet ..

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Hunainya Park to get major revamp

July 6, 2014

Dr. Al Kaabi, third from right, with other officials yesterday

Hunainya Public Park is to undergo a major revamp to meet the needs of people living in the Southern Governorate.

The development plan follows directives from His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.

Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning Minister Dr. Juma Al Kaabi unveiled the expansion ..

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Malkiya to get a new Girls’ school

July 6, 2014

computer generated image of the proposed school. (Inset) Dr. Al Nuaimi.

The Education Ministry has announced that a new girls’ school will soon be established in Al Malkiya in order to enhance academic services infrastructure in the Kingdom.

The new educational institution will accommodate 1260 students.

Education Minister Dr. Majid Al Nuaimi explained that the ..

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Streets resonate Islamic sermons

July 6, 2014

Mr. Beshara

Scores of preachers came out to the streets yesterday in one of the biggest preaching initiative in order to spread the teachings of Islam.

Organised in Bahrain by the youth initiative Street Dawah, which is supported by Discover Islam, the event was part of the Global Dawah (dubbed as preaching in Arabic) campaign of the Islami ..

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Home at last!

July 6, 2014

Home at last

A family of three, caught in the middle of the on-going sectarian war in Iraq, finally arrived in the Kingdom after Bahrain’s Embassy in the war-torn country made it possible for the Bahraini family to get back home, it was revealed. The family had travelled to Iraq earlier this month to visit religious shrines. Unfortunately, they found themselves in trouble upon arrival in Karbala after ..

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FIRE HITS HOORA

July 6, 2014

It took almost two hours for firefighters to douse the blaze

A residential apartment was severely damaged as a massive fire broke out in the second floor of the building in Hoora yesterday.

The incident happened at around 4.30pm, the sources said. According to the sources, Ethiopians were staying in the flat, where the fire broke out. The third floor of the building was also partially da ..

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Let’s gift joy not sorrow!

July 6, 2014

HM the King

Terrorism in the Kingdom has claimed one more life; the life of a cop who was killed yesterday early morning while doing his duty. The killing of the policeman is, indeed, a despicable act. The gruesome murder needs to be condemned by one and all.

What is most disturbing is that the killing of the policeman took place in the Hol ..

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Focus on long term stability

July 6, 2014

Crown Prince Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa

In a terse statement Crown Prince Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa yesterday warned to be aware of the illicit acts that seek to harm Kingdom’s progress, development and long term political stability.

Prince Salman said this while visiting the Majlises of Nabil Yaq ..

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The Beauty Bloopers – ‘ Soap made my skin feel tighter and drier.’

July 6, 2014

THE BEAUTY Bloopers

“After following a standard eye routine where I would put my eyeliner all the way till the end of the lid, I realised ( also getting tips from a beautician friend) that the reason my eyes looked small was because of the dark eyeliner going all the way. She suggested me to add champagne coloured shadow in the very inner corner to open the eye and ditch the us ..

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LIFE IS MUCH MORE THAN JUST TRASH

July 6, 2014

Jina Islam Younus Miah

A comfortable chair, a huge window, which opens towards a lovely garden, sight of marigolds and roses swaying their heads in the gentle breeze, ample supply of steaming cups of tea, crunchy snacks, an air-conditioned room, and a new book, any avid reader would dream of such things.

However, 30-year-old Jina Islam Younus Miah, a ..

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An amazing moisturiser

July 6, 2014

An amazing moisturiser-Laila  Bukanan

Keeping yourself moisturised is extremely important especially during the holy month of Ramadan when we don’t get to drink sufficient amounts of water.

I have been using a moisturiser for a while and it is called the Lavender hand cream by L’Occitane.

I have no words to describ ..

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DT NEWS OVENHOT – SPICY GRILLED PRAWNS PORTUGUESA

July 6, 2014

Chef Mohammed

It’s really hard to talk about Portuguese cuisines without saying Piri Piri. The word that would simply roll on the tongue, just like the delectable sauce made using this fiery chilli pepper. Also called as African bird’s eye chilli,  Piri Piri or ‘Pepper Pepper’ is one of the inevitable ingredient for cooking a Portuguese dish. Today let us try this with ..

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BURN, PATIENT, BURN

July 6, 2014

Qi Lijun as he undergoes “fire therapy” at an apartment in Beijing. A therapist pours alcohol over a patient and sets him alight -- for some in China, playing with fire is a treatment for illness

Many in China cannot afford expensive treatment for chronic ailments and state health insurance is limited, sparking demand for cheaper alternative therapies.

A therapist pours alcohol over a patient and sets him alight -- for some in China, playing with fire is a treatment for illness.

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The champions

July 6, 2014

New Indian School

The New Indian School secured the first position in the 4th Open Charity Football, Penalty Shoot Out Championship held in aid of Special Olympics Bahrain. Tehmeed Shaikh of XI B bagged the ‘Best Goalkeeper’ title. A special assembly was organised to honour the team. Director and Principal, Dr. V. Gopalan congratulated and applauded them for their excellent perf ..

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Exciting and exhilarating

July 6, 2014

St. Christopher’s Staff v Cleaners Volleyball challenge.

A very hectic and exhilarating year of Community Service came to an end at St. Chris with the much-anticipated Staff v Cleaners Volleyball challenge.

A true joint effort – T-shirts were printed and paid for through Bake Sales by Sarah Hobday’s fantastic class  7H  and  the  7E  Cheerleaders  were  on  the  sideline ..

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St Chris summer ball

July 6, 2014

St. Christopher’s senior school participated in the Summer Ball 2014 1

Making an elegant style statement, over 350 students and staff members of the St. Christopher’s senior school participated in the Summer Ball 2014 held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Principal Ed Goodwin and Head of Junior School Wendy Bataineh were the guests of honour.

The sumptuous buffet opened, following welcome addresses by ..

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Fuel trucks set ablaze

July 6, 2014

Afghan firefighters attempt to extinguish burning fuel trucks following an overnight attack by Taliban militants

A Taliban bomb attack on the outskirts of Kabul set fire to some 200 fuel trucks that the militants claimed were supplying foreign troops in Afghanistan, officials said yesterday. The tankers were set ablaze as they sat in a parking lot waiting to enter the Afghan capital, which is currently gripped by a fraud dispute over presidential elections last month.

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ARTHUR HEADS TO CANADA

July 6, 2014

Surfers take advantage of the large waves left by Hurricane Arthur.

Tropical Storm Arthur rapidly lost strength yesterday as it headed off the far north-eastern US coast towards Canada, causing less damage than feared in the United States. Arthur, downgraded from a category one hurricane at 0900 GMT, lashed New England and the Canadian provinces of Nova Scotia and Halifax as it marched in a north-easterly direction off the coast of ..

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CAKEWALK FOR ARGENTINIANS

July 6, 2014

Front L-R) Argentina’s defender Federico Fernandez, Argentina’s forward Lionel Messi and Argentina’s midfielder Javier Mascherano celebrate after victory

Gonzalo Higuain’s goal gave Argentina a 1-0 win over Belgium and a place in their first World Cup semi-finals since 1990

Higuain smashed home an early goal as Argentina dashed the World Cup dreams of much-fancied Belgium with a 1-0 win in the quarter-finals in Brasilia last night.

Hi ..

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Suicide blast hits Saudi border post

July 6, 2014

A flie picture showing guards stationed at the boarder post

Two suspected al Qaeda militants blew themselves up yesterday after being trapped inside a government building in southern Saudi Arabia, the Interior Ministry said, following an attack on a border post with Yemen that also killed four security men.

An Interior Ministry spokesman said the pair were part of a group of six al Qaeda ..

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DUTCH CRUISE

July 6, 2014

Costa Rica’s goalkeeper Keylor Navas (R) tries to stop a ball by Netherlands’ defender Stefan de Vrij

Navas brilliance receives wide applause amid defeat

Netherlands booked their berth in the semi finals as they beat Costa Rica 4-3 in the penalty shoot out last night.

The World Cup quarter-final went into extra-time, after regulation time ended 0-0. The match went to penalties as both sides were goalless even after 120 m ..

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Nigeria risk ban

July 5, 2014

Nigeria team, which is facing FIFA ban

African champions Nigeria risk an international ban due to government interference after a court sacked the football federation’s executive committee.

Nigerian sports minister Tammy Danagogo on Thursday appointed Lawrence Katiken as sole adminstrator of the NFF.

The move comes in the wake o ..

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Dutch challenge for Costa Rica

July 5, 2014

Netherlands’ forward and captain Robin van Persi (L) and Costa Rica’s forward Bryan Ruiz

The irresistible fairytale of Costa Rica faces a day of reckoning against Louis van Gaal’s hard, calculating Dutch side tonight in the Brazil World Cup’s most unlikely quarter-final.

Few believed that Costa Rica, a small Central American country with an undistinguished footballing record, would still be standing, especially ..

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No psychologist for Argentina

July 5, 2014

Argentina

Sabella also said that he would not be imitating Brazil counterpart Luiz Felipe Scolari by setting up extra sessions with a psychologist in order to help his players cope with the pressure of expectation.

Scolari summoned sports psychologist Regina Brandao to his team’s training base following their emotional penalty shootout ..

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MESSI CRUCIAL

July 5, 2014

MESSI CRUCIAL

Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella yesterday rejected suggestions that his team are overly dependent on Lionel Messi by emphasising the extent to which he gets help from his team-mates.

“Any team that has a player like Messi will greatly depend on him,” said Sabella, whose side face Belgium in the World Cup quarter-finals in ..

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Federer, Djokovic in finals

July 5, 2014

Roger Federer celebrates victory

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic will clash in a titanic showdown for the Wimbledon title after crushing an uprising from the next generation in the semi-finals yesterday. Seven-time champion Federer demolished Milos Raonic 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 to reach his ninth Wimbledon final, while top seed Djokovic defeated Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (9/7) ..

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HAMILTON FASTEST

July 5, 2014

Lewis Hamilton drives during the second practice session at the Silverstone circuit in Silverstone

Lewis Hamilton remained calm despite another setback with his car yesterday after he topped the times in second practice for this weekend’s British Grand Prix. The 29-year-old Briton, who is bidding to add a second home triumph to his victory of 2008, clocked the fastest lap of the afternoon, but was then left stranded on track with engine problems.

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Salman Hassan, Sundara Ram win

July 5, 2014

Salman Hassan (left) and Sundara Ram

Salman Hassan and Sundara Ram notched up a second win in the Late Majid Al Zayani Cup Super Doubles Competition following a 6-3, 7-6(3) over Khalid Qayoum and Khalid Janahi at the Bahrain Tennis Club (BTC) Ramadan Tournament in Juffair.

Kamal Khonji and Abdul Rahman Janahi also won for the second time as they beat Daniel Clement ..

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Berger Blues edged out Ashes

July 5, 2014

Berger Blues Team

Berger Blues edged out Ashes by four runs in the latest matches of the Indian Expat Seven-a-Side Softball Cricket Tournament 2014 at the Indian Club premises in Gudaibiya. Put into bat, Berger Blues lost their way in the innings and were dismissed for just 38 with man of the match Pugal (13) top scoring with Maju (one for two) the best of the bowlers. In reply, Ash ..

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Carom, Domino Competitions underway

July 5, 2014

Carom, Domino Competitions

After the successes of the past years, the annual Golden Tulip Bahrain Hotel Ramadan Mind Games Championship will be inaugurated tonight with Carom and Dominos competitions starting at 9pm. “Chess will follow tomorrow as scheduled and marks the continuous partnership between Bahrain Mind Sports Association (BMSA) and Golden Tulip Bahrain Hotel,” said BMSA exe ..

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FAST LINK, AL NAWAYEF SHINE

July 5, 2014

Nasser 7 Championship

A penalty ten minutes from time by Ahmed Rashid helped Al Nawayef to a 1-0 win over Forever in a Group C match at the National Stadium in Riffa in the ongoing HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa Seventh Ramadan Football Championship (Nasser 7). Both sides launched many attacks before the penalty decided the outcome of the match despite the referee earlier can ..

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Coulson jailed in Murdoch hacking case

July 5, 2014

Andy Coulson

Andy Coulson, the former editor of Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World and one-time spin doctor to British Prime Minister David Cameron, was jailed for 18 months yesterday for his role in the phone-hacking scandal that doomed the tabloid. The sentence passed by a judge at the Old Bailey court in London caps a stunning fall from grace for 46-year-old Coulson, who o ..

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WRAPPED UP

July 5, 2014

Jinping (left) shakes hands with South Korea’s National Assembly Speaker Chung Ui-hwa (right)

Xi’s South Korea visit reflects a region in flux

China’s president yesterday wrapped up a state visit to South Korea that was heavier on symbolism than substance, but also exposed the slowly but steadily shifting bedrock of historical, Cold War alliances in East Asia. Xi Jinping’s trip had been seen as a pointed snub to North Korea -- his decision to ..

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Russia bans Ukraine dairy products

July 5, 2014

Russia bans Ukraine dairy products

Russia yesterday banned some Ukrainian-made dairy products over alleged contamination and other violations, the latest import to be rejected amid the raging Ukraine crisis. The consumer protection watchdog Rospotrebnadzor said that dairy products made by Milkiland, a company based in the Ukrainian capital Kiev, were judged to be violating Russian norms.

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Boeing outpaces Airbus in plane orders

July 5, 2014

Boeing outpaces Airbus in plane order

US aerospace group Boeing left European rival Airbus in its slipstream when booking new plane orders in the first half of the year, figures released yesterday by Airbus showed. Boeing had reported a net 499 new orders between January 1 and June 30, including 54 cancellations.

Airbus meanwhile suffered 225 cancellations, limiting ..

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ANTI-BETTING LAWS

July 5, 2014

ANTI-BETTING LAWS

China’s Internet giants and insurance companies are finding ever more innovative ways to get around the country’s strict betting laws and reap a payout as fans wager billions on the World Cup. Gambling is banned in China, except where it is run by the government or the proceeds donated to charity, but technology behemoths Alibaba and Tencent have this year link ..

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Middle East VISA holders spend more

July 5, 2014

Middle East VISA holders

Visa Inc. (NYSE:V), yesterday released the second instalment of the Visa Everywhere Travel Report for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil. The report, which analyses travel data and spending through the use of Visa credit, debit and prepaid cards, found that some smaller Brazilian cities, which are hosting tournament games, realised some of the most significant increase ..

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SHUN BITCOIN

July 5, 2014

BITCOIN

Europe’s top banking regulator yesterday called on the region’s banks not to deal in virtual currencies such as Bitcoin until rules are developed to stop them being abused. The European Banking Authority (EBA) said it had identified more than 70 risks related to trading in virtual currencies, including their vulnerability to crime and money laundering.

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FRACKING SHALE GAS

July 5, 2014

Petroleum and natural gas 1

Developing countries world over has not given much attention to the emerging phenomena of shale gas. Emergence of shale gas, a new phenomenon to serve energy requirement has changed the natural gas scene. Petroleum and natural gas are considered to the monopoly of Middle East countries. What makes oil rich Middle East countries differ from the rest is their cost ad ..

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Fasting in times of conflict

July 5, 2014

Struggle for existence -ARMY

Al Khazar Camp

When Iyad Nafia Shiet fled the northern Iraqi city of Mosul last month as militants overran it in a lightning offensive, fasting during Ramadan was the least of his worries.

But now, the 35-year-old finds himself in a camp packed with the city’s residents, or Muslawis, and -- ..

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Former Emigration Director passes away

July 5, 2014

Hasan Albi Mohd

Former Director Emigration (Ports) and President of Albi Group companies Hasan Albi Mohd passed away yesterday at 12.30a.m.

Mr. Hasan Albi is being survived by his wife and five children.

He served the Bahrain International Airport as the Director of Immigration and was highly acclaimed in th ..

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Food box programme to help 12,000 families

July 5, 2014

Mr. Ainey

This Ramadan, over 12,000 needy families will benefit from the Food Box programme, an initiative of the Manama Rotary Club in the Kingdom.

“This has always been the practice of the three Rotary Clubs in the country. All members are involved in it,” said Manama Rotary Club’s incoming president Robert Ainey to DT News ..

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Set for revamp – Bahrain beaches to wear a new look

July 5, 2014

Mr. Al Kaabi inspecting the project site

During an inspection visit to Askar coastal project site yesterday, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning Minister Dr. Juma Al Kaabi said several beach projects were scheduled to be completed by the end of this year.

The minister explained that the projects were being implemented in different governorates and they include Bu ..

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MY DADDY STRONGEST

July 5, 2014

Jagadeesh

“I just want my dad back. I don’t want anything else from him,” this was the reaction of Jagadeesh, son of Parasuram Hublikar, when DT News broke the news of his dad’s legal victory.

Jagadeesh has finished graduation in visual arts from a college located at Ilakal in Bagalkot- a remote town in Karnataka, the Sout ..

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Eyeing a new beginning

July 5, 2014

Parasuram, checking his documents in his room

As major obstacles cleared for his exit, 57-year-old Parasuram Hublikar said that he just wants to go home and begin a new chapter of his life.

“I just want to go back. I’ll never leave my family again. After spending my precious 25 years here in Bahrain, it is my duty to stay with them for the rest of my life and make up fo ..

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SHUKRAN BAHRAIN

July 5, 2014

Parasuram, all set to fly

Parasuram has received the best Ramadan Gift.  As he prepares to leave for his  homeland, he says Shukran Bahrain! DT News partakes in his joy!

When our correspondent Muhannad Mansour walked into the newsroom with the story of Parasuram Hublikar, we just couldn’t help recalling the 2000 American blockbuster Cast Away!

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Final arguments set in arson case

July 5, 2014

A file photo of a rioter attacking the police

Lawyers will submit their final arguments on August 27 in the trial of two appellants convicted of attempting to ‘burn policemen alive.’

The duo, including a 16-year-old who was tagged as the ‘mastermind,’ was earlier sentenced to 15 years in jail after being found guilty of attacking a police checkpoint in A’ali wit ..

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KIDNAPPED IN LIBYA!

July 5, 2014

KIDNAPPED IN LIBYA!

A Bahraini businessman, who travelled to Libya with the hopes of establishing his own import/export company, ended up being kidnapped for one year in the war-torn country, it emerged.

Following the 2011 revolution, Libya continues to face a high level of security incidents and violence.

These ..

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COP KILLED IN BOMB BLAST

July 5, 2014

The deceased Mahmood

A policeman succumbed to his injuries he sustained in a bomb explosion in East Eker yesterday.

Though the policeman was shifted to hospital, doctors pronounced him dead a few hours later.

Interior Ministry confirmed the incident, stating that the explosion targeted on-duty policemen and occu ..

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‘Keep off overseas conflict zones’

July 5, 2014

Al Hassan

Chief of Public Security Major General Tariq Al Hassan has renewed the Interior Ministry’s stance warning citizens about participating in or forcing others to fight in conflicts zones in foreign countries.

The Chief also warned against joining extremist religious groups or any group that is classified as a terrorist organisati ..

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Rajesh new CEO & MD

July 5, 2014

Rajesh Kandwal

Rajesh Kandwal has taken charge as CEO & Managing Director of LIC (International) BSC (C) Bahrain with effect from 10th June. He replaces R. Thamodharan, who has been transferred to India to take charge as Executive Director (Investment-M), LIC of India, Mumbai.

A Post graduate of Science, Mr. Kandwal joined LIC in the year ..

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EU target tax deals – AMAZON CRACKDOWN

July 5, 2014

Public protest against fraud

The European Union is looking to add online shopping giant Amazon to a wide-ranging probe into preferential tax deals offered to multinationals by three member states, a report said yesterday. The Financial Times said European officials have requested Luxembourg provide documents relating to Amazon’s tax affairs, putting it in line to join Starbucks, Apple and Fi ..

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Europe’s airports boost screening over US fears – SECURITY ENHANCED

July 5, 2014

Airport security checks

France yesterday said it is boosting passenger screening at its airports, responding to a request from Washington for extra security for US-bound flights over fears Islamist radicals could be plotting new attacks using hard-to-detect bombs. The French move, to come into force next Monday and Tuesday, follows similar action already implemented by Britain, and notabl ..

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High speed train crashes

July 5, 2014

Turkey’s much-vaunted high speed rail link between the main cities of Ankara and Istanbul suffered a new setback - crashed

Turkey’s much-vaunted high speed rail link between the main cities of Ankara and Istanbul suffered a new setback just a week before its official opening when a train crashed in testing, media reports said yesterday. The link, which will cut train journey times between the two cities to three-and-a-half-hours, is the centrepiece of a drive by Prime Minister Recep ..

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Hurricane Arthur heads up

July 5, 2014

Power company trucks travel along Highway 64 after flooding caused by Hurricane Arthur yesterday

Hurricane Arthur, downgraded to a category one storm, carried its still-fierce winds and drenching rains toward the US northeast yesterday, after getting the July 4 holiday off to a soggy start for vacationers further south. By 9 am, Arthur, which had crashed ashore in North Carolina overnight as a category two storm, had lost a bit of its punch, with maximum susta ..

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UKRAINE AGREES

July 5, 2014

A girl bangs a spoon on a bowl as part of a protest rally demanding restoration of the state programme “affordable housing”, in front soldiers of volunteer battalion “Donbass” guarding the Ukrainian parliament building

Ukraine’s embattled new leader agreed yesterday to immediate crisis talks with rebel commanders and Russia aimed at stemming the bloodshed that has threatened his country’s survival and ruptured East-West ties. Clashes in the economically-vital border regions of Lugansk and Donetsk have picked up with renewed vigour since Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to ..

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Germans book berth in semis

July 5, 2014

Germany -France

Mats Hummels headed the winner as Germany beat old rivals France 1-0 to advance to the World Cup semi-finals for a record fourth straight time last night.

Borussia Dortmund defender Hummels rose to head home Toni Kroos’s free-kick on 13 minutes to settle a cagey encounter at Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana Stadium.

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BRAZIL EDGE COLOMBIA

July 5, 2014

Brazil Colombia

Brazil defeated Colombia 2-1 in the World Cup quarter-finals last night to set up a heavyweight semi-final showdown.

An early goal from Brazil skipper Thiago Silva and a stunning free-kick from David Luiz was enough to give the World Cup hosts victory over Colombia in a niggly last eight meeting in Fortaleza.

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Troop movement claims false: Iraq

July 5, 2014

Iraqi soldiers near the Iraqi border with Saudi Arabia

Iraq yesterday rejected the claims made by Saudi-owned Al Arabiya Television regarding the deployment of Saudi troops in its border with Iraq.

The Dubai-based al-Arabiya said on its website that Saudi Arabia had deployed 30,000 soldiers to its border with Iraq after Iraqi forces abandoned the area, leaving the Saudi and S ..

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Diplomacy works – Indian nurses in Iraq freed

July 5, 2014

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A group of 46 Indian nurses trapped in an area of Iraq seized by Islamic militants were set to fly home after being freed from the rebel-held city of Mosul, Indian officials said yesterday.

“Ultimately, it is hope that has triumphed,” Syed Akbaruddin, spokesman for the Indian foreign ministry, said.

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Huge burden on Neymar

July 3, 2014

Gonzalo Jara

As Brazil erupted when Chile’s Gonzalo Jara struck the post to hand La Selecao an agonising passage to the World Cup quarter-finals on penalties, their star player Neymar collapsed in the centre-circle in tears.

His reaction a mixture of joy, relief and exhaustion, the 22-year-old is carrying the burden of an expectant nation ..

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GOALIES STEAL SPOTLIGHT

July 3, 2014

GOALIES

Lionel Messi, Neymar and Robin van Persie make the headlines, but the World Cup’s real heroes have been goalkeepers like Tim Howard, Guillermo Ochoa and Julio Cesar who throw themselves into the line of fire.

“Two words .. TIM HOWARD #respect,” was the simple Twitter comment made by Belgium’s captain Vincent Kompa ..

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McDowell faces stiff defence of French Open

July 3, 2014

Graeme McDowell

Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell begins his French Open defence at Le Golf National near Versailles tomorrow as a quality field get another taste of the venue set to host the 2018 Ryder Cup. The 34-year-old 2010 US Open champion, played almost flawless golf last year on one of the toughest courses on the European circuit, as he blew open a tight final round to ..

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Wimbledon – DJOKOVIC, DIMITROV IN SEMI FINAL ROUND

July 3, 2014

Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic reached his 23rd Grand Slam semi-final and fifth in a row at Wimbledon yesterday as the 2011 champion defeated Croatia’s Marin Cilic for the 10th time in 10 meetings.Top seed Djokovic won 6-1, 3-6, 6-7 (4/7), 6-2, 6-2 and will face Bulgarian 11th seed Grigor Dimitrov, who knocked out defending champion Andy Murray, for a place in Sunday’s final.< ..

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Legends beat Burhani CC

July 3, 2014

Bharath Legends-Bahrain Finance Company Sponsored Cricket Bahrain

Bharath Legends beat Burhani CC by 68 runs in the latest matches of the Bahrain Finance Company Sponsored Cricket Bahrain (BCL-CBA Division) Golden League,T25 Tournament. Batting first, Bharath Legends scored 219 for nine in 25 overs with Prashanth (79) and Sam (29) being the main scorers with Abbas (two for 23) the best of the bowlers, while Burhani CC finished on ..

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IOA awards Fajer Jassim

July 3, 2014

Fajer Jassim receives her certificate from Isidoros Kuvelos

Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC) International Affairs Director Fajer Jassim recently received diploma certificate as part of her participation in the 54th international session of young members of the International Olympic Academy (IOA) in Athens. President of the Academy Isidoros Kuvelos gave away the certificate. Around 200 representatives of 96 countries, includ ..

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Indian Club Cricket – DEVILS DEFEAT MANDA

July 3, 2014

Team Street Devils

Street Devils defeated Bhatia Mitra Mandal by 26 runs in the latest matches of the Indian Expat Seven-a-Side Softball Cricket Tournament 2014 at the Indian Club premises in Gudaibiya. Batting first, Street Devils were dismissed for 49 in six overs with man of the match Ashok (29 not out) top scoring with Nilesh (three for two) the best of the bowlers.

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PAK AMENDS TERROR LAW

July 3, 2014

slamabad National Assembly in session

Lawmakers passed changes to Pakistan’s anti-terrorism law yesterday, doubling the maximum prison sentence for those convicted of terror offences and allowing security forces to detain suspects for up to 60 days. The Pakistani government had faced a battle to push the tough anti-terror law through, with rights activists and opposition parties attacking it as repre ..

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St. Chris students enjoy stage time

July 3, 2014

St. Christopher’s school

Year 8 students of St. Christopher’s school got to live their acting dream as they performed for the ‘Page to Stage’ English drama competition.

The competition was intense with teams rendering scintillating performances on stage, fine-tuning their roles through several rehearsal camps.

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Spreading smiles

July 3, 2014

Pharrell’s ‘Happy

The much anticipated St Chris take on Pharrell’s ‘Happy’ video was finally unveiled at the end of year House Assembly.

This year also saw the most ever house points being awarded with events such as the charity bake sale, House swim galas, sports days, and everyday academic accomplishments and personal achievements all add ..

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Germany sets minimum wage

July 3, 2014

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$11.60 an hour will benefit more than 5m workers

Germany is set to introduce a national minimum wage on Thursday, long resisted by conservatives who say it will make industries uncompetitive, but which is hoped will help the poor and stimulate demand.

Th ..

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MODI HOPES TO FIX INDIAN RAILWAYS

July 3, 2014

Commuters wait on a crowded railway platform as a train enters a suburban station in Mumbai. Around 23m people in India travel by train every day

The country’s railway system is one of the biggest in the world

India’s new government will next week roll out plans to overhaul its sprawling rail network, dubbed the “lifeline of the nation”, which analysts say needs hundreds of billions of dollars of investment.

Two days before Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ..

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TYSON FOODS BUYS HILLSHIRE BRANDS

July 3, 2014

Tyson Food and Hillshire Brands food products are seen in Miami, Florida. Tyson Foods said it had sealed its $8.6bn takeover of Hillshire Brands

Pilgrim’s Pride bid goes in vain 

US meat giant Tyson Foods announced Wednesday that it had sealed its $8.6 billion takeover of Hillshire Brands, capping a short but fierce bidding war with Brazilian-owned rival Pilgrim’s Pride.

Tyson and Hillshire said they had entered ..

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AUSTRALIA NEW CASINO HOTSPOT

July 3, 2014

AUSTRALIA

Australia is emerging as the latest hotspot for casino operators as they look to attract Asia’s high rollers to the gaming tables as well as its pristine beaches and popular centres like the Great Barrier Reef.

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‘Let’s fight drug abuse’

July 3, 2014

Lt. Col. Al Merri

A senior security official has urged the public to put their hands together in combating drug abuse in the Kingdom.

Interior Ministry’s Anti-Narcotics Director Lieutenant Colonel Mubarak bin Huwail Al Merri affirmed yesterday that the ‘International Day Against Drug Abuse’ is a wake up call for various segments of the soc ..

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BLC imports 75 tonnes of meat

July 3, 2014

Representative photo of a consumer buying meat products in a supermarket

To cope with the high demand for Pakistani beef meat in the Kingdom during the holy month of Ramadan, an additional shipment of meat products arrived at the Bahrain International Airport (BIA) from Pakistan yesterday.

The Bahrain Livestock Company (BLC) said that more than 75 tonnes of cooled meat stocks were flown to Bahrain on ..

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AIMED BIG BUT LOST

July 3, 2014

A representative photo

This story may look little strange. Moreover, most of the people don’t come forward to fight a legal battle in such cases. But here is a woman who has taken bold steps to fight the injustice caused to her.

The woman has filed a case in the Court for Urgent Matters against a local hospital after a boots augmentation surgery ..

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Three convicted in tent case

July 3, 2014

Salman

The Lower Criminal Court has sentenced three Indians for putting the life of a seven-year-old boy at risk. The fourth defendant, also an Indian, has been acquitted due to lack of evidence.

The boy Salman Ali Salman was electrocuted in a park while he was playing with his friends. The incident occurred on August 14 last year whe ..

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IN A HUFF!

July 3, 2014

In a huff!- DIVORCE

Is divorce a better option when the marital relationship does not work the way you want?

Views on this issue differ and are often influenced by cultures, which vary from society to society.

Yet, ask people to name countries with high divorce rates, without blinking their eyes, they would say ..

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Smooth road ahead

July 3, 2014

Mr. Fulad

The Constitutional Court has rejected the controversial article (20) of the draft law that bans certain sections of the expatriate community from obtaining a driver’s licence.

A session chaired by Constitutional Court President Shaikh Khalifa bin Rashid Al Khalifa yesterday ruled that the law was non-compliant with the provisi ..

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Visa on arrival for 2.5bn people

July 3, 2014

Visa on arrival

Bahrain’s new visa on arrival policy would benefit more than 2.5 billion people from over 100 countries around the world, the Economic Development Board said in a statement yesterday.

According the EDB statement, the new visa policy allows people from 60 more countries to avail the visa on arrival policy, bringing the total nu ..

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Say no to food waste

July 3, 2014

FOOD

The Holy Month of Ramadan teaches the world great lessons of abstinence, so to feel compassion for the less fortunate. However, the sights of huge feasts, ravishing ghabgas, Iftar parties and outdoor eateries are making people wonder if its actual purpose will ever be served.

Such is the staggering amount of food, both used and ..

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Gliding on the winds of success

July 3, 2014

DT Woman-Ms. Brandt

Thirty-year-old Anke Brandt has all the reasons to be happy these days.

She recently made history when her name was included in the ‘Guinness World Records’ for being the first female kite surfer to have covered the longest continuous kite surfing journey in the world.

Born in Munich, Ms. ..

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AL HAWAJ EXPANDS MARKET FOOTPRINT

July 3, 2014

Mr. Al Hawaj

Opens new subsidiaries, Beauty Care and Master Tech Al Hawaj Group continues to strengthen its market coverage by delving into the middle segment with the foundation of its two new subsidiaries, Beauty Care and Master Tech. “We are very optimistic about these two companies. It is our vision that these two will grow to be leading companies in the country. Our strategy is to start th ..

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FB admits error with emotions study

July 3, 2014

facebook

Facebook “communicated really badly” about a controversial study in which it secretly manipulated users’ feelings, the social network’s chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg admitted yesterday.

The company clandestinely altered the emotional content of feeds of nearly 700,000 users for a week in 2012, giving some sadde ..

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Republicans meet PM on N.Ireland tensions

July 3, 2014

Cameron (right) and Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Theresa Villiers (2-right) meet Northern Ireland First Minister, Peter Robinson (2-left)

Republican leaders Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness were meeting British Prime Minister David Cameron yesterday for talks on resolving lingering tensions in Northern Ireland, 16 years after a landmark peace deal. The meeting comes alongside six days of talks in Belfast on three “toxic” issues between the province’s Catholics and Protestants -- the flying of ..

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ALL-OUT FIGHT

July 3, 2014

Relatives of Ukrainian servicemen taking part in operations against pro-Russians

Ukrainian troops backed by tanks and fighter bombers suffered their first losses yesterday as they pressed on with a renewed offensive against pro-Kremlin activists that has drawn Russian ire but also vital US and German support. The return of all-out fighting in Europe’s worst security crisis in nearly two decades set off a new international scramble to dampen h ..

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ESCOBAR STILL LIVES

July 3, 2014

Andres Escobar

If Colombia had reached the World Cup quarter-finals 20 years ago the country might not have been dragged through its international shaming for the killing of World Cup defender Andres Escobar.

Instead it relived the trauma of Escobar’s gunning down in a Medellin discotheque car park on July 2, 1994, 10 days after he scored an ..

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WC SCENTED WITH NEW FRAGRANCES

July 3, 2014

Guido M. Schmitt, owner of Cologne perfume

Guido M. Schmitt, owner of Cologne perfume manufactory, has introduced perfumes to capture the towards passion towards football teeming around the world today. The perfumer has created two different perfume collections, fitting for the quadrennial mega event, with the all-compassing name 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil. The Classic line includes an intensive classic fragrance, one for men and one f ..

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Gulf Air adds new flights

July 3, 2014

Gulf Air

Gulf Air, the national carrier of Bahrain, has announced additional flights between the Kingdom and select popular destinations as part of its summer schedule.

In order to meet growing passenger numbers, the airline will increase its flights to Amman, Beirut and Bangkok.

Gulf Air flights to t ..

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Summer activities galore

July 2, 2014

Summer activities galore

 Safety Week   Safety Week was observed from June 1 to 5 on the Junior Campus of the Indian School.  Teachers enacted a safety topic with the help of props to enlighten the children on safety in bus, school and at home. Safety tips on Do’s and Don’ts were discussed. Adara from the First Aid Department threw more light on the safety measures. It was a truly educative programme put ..

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Resounding success

July 2, 2014

Pakistan Urdu Schoo

Pakistan Urdu School students came out with flying colours in the SSC II Annual Examination 2013-2014 held by the Federal Board of Intermediate & Secondary Education, Islamabad, Pakistan. The school achieved a pass percentage of 99% with a total of 165 pupils appeared from Pakistan Urdu School in Science and Arts Group. Principal Dr. Farouk Chaudhry, Vice Princ ..

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ARGENTINA KEEP THE HOPES ALIVE

July 2, 2014

Argentina  Switzerland

Messi sets up di Maria for the only goal two minutes from the end of extra-time

Angel Di Maria’s extra-time winner kept Argentina’s World Cup dream alive last night as they scrambled into the quarter-finals with a dramatic 1-0 win over Switzerland.

Argentina had failed to muster much by way of chances but just two mi ..

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Iraqis watch WC despite danger

July 2, 2014

Iraqi Raad Abdulhussein (3rdL) and his friends sit in a cafe watching on TV the 2014 FIFA World Cup round of 16 football match between Algeria and Germany

Raad Abdulhussein sits glued to a television in a Baghdad cafe, anxious over the dual concerns of his team trailing in a World Cup match, and the danger of bombings.

He puffs continually on a waterpipe as he sits quietly with three friends in the “Facebook” cafe, the silence only broken by shouts or clapping when the Netherl ..

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Dubuisson wary of Ryder Cup talk

July 2, 2014

Victor Dubuisson

Certain Ryder Cup rookie Victor Dubuisson is reluctant to accept he will make his European Team debut in less than three months. The softly-spoken Frenchman has been atop of the European points table since capturing last October’s Turkish Airlines Open. Dubuisson then cemented his place in Paul McGinley’s team by finishing runner-up in February’s WGC-Accentur ..

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Wimbledon Championship- KYRGIOS BEATS NADAL

July 2, 2014

Nick Kyrgios celebrates victory

Australia’s world number 144 Nick Kyrgios caused one of the greatest Wimbledon sensations yesterday when he sent world number one and 14-time Grand Slam title winner Rafael Nadal crashing to a shock fourth round defeat. The 19-year-old Kyrgios, making his Wimbledon debut, clinched a fearless 7-6 (7/5), 5-7, 7-6 (7/5), 6-3 victory to become the first wildcard in 1 ..

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We can absorb $8.9bn fine: BNP Paribas

July 2, 2014

BNP Paribas

Leading French bank BNP Paribas said it would face no difficulty in absorbing the record multi-billion-dollar fine slapped on it by US authorities for breaking sanctions against pariah regimes.

Under the overnight deal, BNP Paribas accepted guilt and a number of penalties totalling $8.9 billion (6.5 billion euros) for organising ..

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AIRASIA MULLS JAPAN RE-ENTRY

July 2, 2014

Chairman and CEO of e-commerce operator Rakuten Inc Hiroshi Mikitani (centre LEFT) and AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes (wearing red shirt) are surrounded by media after an AirAsia Group news conference in Tokyo yesterday

AirAsia’s feisty chief executive on Tuesday declared the low-cost airline back in Japan after its bitter split with ANA, but this time in an alliance with e-commerce giant Rakuten. “This is AirAsia Japan part two, and I am very excited. I hope there is no part three,” chief executive Tony Fernandes told a press conference.

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SCW announces Ramadan plan

July 2, 2014

SCW officials during the meeting

The Supreme Council for Women (SCW) yesterday began its Ramadan Majlises programme this year with a meeting on ‘The role of civil society establishments in the promotion of women’s participation in economic and social development’.

The meeting, first in the series of events announced by SCW for its Ramadan programme, inclu ..

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Fighting dementia – Language could be a medicine!

July 2, 2014

Ms. Lukens, sponsored by the U S Embassy,instructs primary school teachers on strategies and techniques for teaching English. The program was organized in cooperation with the Ministry of Education

Your child learning a second language in the school will definitely bear the fruit one day as it could be able to communicate in one more language. But there are advantages of it. An expert suggests that, those who can say hello in more than one language, are more likely be protected against diseases like dementia and Alzheimer’s, as they grow older.

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GCC railway Study on track

July 2, 2014

Mr. Ahmed

Two teams from Saudi Arabia and Qatar have begun conducting studies on where the rail links from the two countries will land in Bahrain.

The rail link to Bahrain will be part of the wider GCC rail network which will begin from Kuwait City running down through Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province with an extension to Bahrain and ano ..

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It’s a complex situation: MP

July 2, 2014

Mr. Al Saati

Parliamentarian Ahmed Al Saati who helped Abdulaziz Al Abbar’s  family by coordinating with all related parties to obtain the death report said that the case was a complex one of political activism and human rights in the Kingdom.

For the last one-and-a-half months, the body of the 27-year-old Abdulaziz was lying at the Salma ..

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Two planted a fake bomb

July 2, 2014

A file photo of rioters in Al Dair village

The High Criminal Court adjourned the trial of two defendants accused of planting a fake bomb to July 21 for study.

It was learnt that the duo planted the fake bomb during a riot in which 50 vandals took part.

The bomb was found beneath debris that police were trying to remove to clear the st ..

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Two acquitted of arson charges

July 2, 2014

A representative photo

Two Bahrainis were acquitted yesterday of arson and petrol bombs possession after the High Criminal Court found no evidence against them.

The duo was accused of being among the vandals who attacked security officers in Salmabad after they set tyres ablaze.

The first defendant was captured on ..

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VERDICT DUE IN TERROR CASE

July 2, 2014

A file photo of explosives seized during a raid

A verdict is due on August 31 on the appeals of four men convicted of planning and carrying out terrorist attacks in Bahrain.

The defendants were among the nine who were earlier sentenced to life in prison after being implicated in connection with the five tonnes of explosive materials and the 110 litres of chemicals, which we ..

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WHERE IS SHE?

July 2, 2014

Ms. Tocao is missing since January this year

Housemaids in the Kingdom have been going through lots of problems. Here is the story of a housemaid, a Filipino, who has vanished leaving no trace for over 6 months now!

Whoever said vanishing without a trace is directly related to the size of a country or the density ..

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RARING TO GO

July 2, 2014

Alaa at the Middle East Imagine Cup competition in Doha, Qatar

After securing the first place in national and regional levels in Microsoft Imagine Cup, Bahraini Alaa Mohammed Abdulraheem is now preparing herself to go to the United States to take part in the finals with her ‘Nail Polish Mixer’.

Over 90 countries will take part in the competition, which will be held in Seattle, US from J ..

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Google logs out Orkut

July 2, 2014

ORKUT - GOOGLE

Google Inc will shut down its early social-networking service, Orkut, which was launched ten years ago but has failed to put Google ahead in what has become one of the Web’s most popular businesses.

Google said it will shut down Orkut, which is widely used in Brazil and India but hasn’t caught on more broadly, on September 3 ..

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KFH-B introduces Tamweely finance

July 2, 2014

Mr. Rafea

Kuwait Finance House-Bahrain (KFH-Bahrain) has launched new financing product, Tamweely.

The first of its kind Shari’a compliant Tawarruq facility, Tamweely, allows customers to take financing up to BD100,000 to enjoy a generous repayment period of up to 84 months.

The facility, based on th ..

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ASRY BOOSTS RESOURCES

July 2, 2014

Mr. Berge

Several global contractors have started to invest in Arab Shipbuilding and Repair Yard Company (ASRY) with the onset of Project Jupiter, a major initiative to boost its in-yard technical resources.

Corporate restructuring will be rolling out throughout this year as part of the project in the Arabian Gulf’s most experienced shi ..

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MALABAR GOLD IS SUPERBRAND

July 2, 2014

Mr. Salam receives the award from Mr. English in the presence of Head-Marketing and Branding, Malabar Gold & Diamonds Salish Mathew during the Superbrands Tribute event held in Dubai recently

Malabar Gold & Diamonds, one of world’s largest jewellery retailers in the world, has achieved Superbrand status for the second consecutive time.

The award was given away by Chairman of Superbrands Council Mike English to Group Executive Director of Malabar Gold & Diamonds K. P. Abdul Salam during the Superbrands tribu ..

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UNEMPLOYMENT RATE HOUNDS EU ECONOMY

July 2, 2014

People skateboarding and riding a bike near the Fernsehturm (television tower) in Berlin’s central Mitte district. When a large part of the labour force is out of work for an extended period of time, people fail to gain new skills, ECB has said

18-member group unable to create enough jobs   A full year since emerging from recession, the stuttering economy of the 18-country eurozone is still unable to create enough jobs to make a significant dent in the unemployment rate.

The number of unemployed people in the 18 countries that use the euro declined by a slight 28,000 in May from the p ..

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IBM’s Watson to explore kitchen

July 2, 2014

Bon Appetit tested some recipes using Chef Watson

Putting a chef’s hat on its Watson supercomputer, IBM and the magazine Bon Appetit unveiled a new initiative Monday that seeks to use Big Data for gastronomy.

A new app unveiled in test version called “Chef Watson with Bon Appetit” aims at helping cooks “draw on Watson’s advanced cognitive capabilities to create entire ..

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CHINA-SWITZERLAND FTA TAKES EFFECT

July 2, 2014

Containers being unloaded from a cargo ship in a port in Qingdao, east China’s Shandong province. EU exports to China reached a record $191.8bn in 2013

A watershed free-trade deal between China and Switzerland came into force on Tuesday, the first such accord between the Asian giant and a mainland European economy.

Senior Swiss and Chinese officials were scheduled to mark the debut of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) at a ceremony in the northern city of Basel, a highly symbolic ..

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Schulz elected to run EU parliament

July 2, 2014

Martin Schulz

German Social-Democrat Martin Schulz was re-elected yesterday to head the European Parliament following a May election that saw scores of anti-EU lawmakers enter the 751-seat assembly. In a session marred by a eurosceptic protest, the German centre-leftist and former bookseller won 409 votes for, with 314 against or blank ballots. “Great honour and responsibility ..

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HONG KONG RALLY AGAINST CHINA

July 2, 2014

A child holds up a banner during a pro-democracy rally seeking greater democracy in Hong Kong yesterday

Hundreds of thousands of protesters, some waving colonial-era flags and chanting anti-Beijing slogans, staged a pro-democracy march in rain-soaked Hong Kong yesterday that organisers say could be the largest since the city was handed back to China. The scale of the turnout reflects surging discontent over Beijing’s insistence that it vet candidates before a vote ..

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Israel bids adieu to murdered teens

July 2, 2014

Jewish youths mourn next to the graves of the three Israeli teens

Israel yesterday paid an emotional farewell to three teenagers killed in the West Bank, while vowing to hunt down the Hamas militants it holds responsible for their kidnap and murder.

The disappearance of Gilad Shaer and Naftali Frenkel, both 16, and 19-year-old Eyal Ifrach, from a roadside in the southern West Bank on June 12 a ..

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SARKOZY DETAINED

July 2, 2014

Jose Allegrini, lawyer of French top judge Gilbert Azibert, answers journalists’ questions

Nicolas Sarkozy was taken into custody for questioning in a criminal investigation yesterday in an unprecedented move that could wreck the former president’s hopes of a political comeback. The right-wing leader was detained at a police station in a Paris suburb in connection with a suspected attempt to illegally influence judicial proceedings in one of a raft of ..

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BELGIANS EXPLODE WITH ‘EXTRA’ ENERGY

July 2, 2014

Belgium’s midfielder Kevin De Bruyne celebrates after scoring the 1-0 during extra time

Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku’s extra time goals fired Belgium past the United States with a thrilling 2-1 win and into the World Cup quarter-finals last night.

Belgium, the final piece of the Brazil 2014 last eight jigsaw, were rewarded with a match-up against two-time winners Argentina in Brasilia on Saturday.

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Beware speedsters, Police watching you

July 2, 2014

Col. Al Nuaimi

Think twice before vrooming ahead on your macho-machines to showcase late night daredevilry, as the traffic directorate has made elaborate arrangements to catch you in the process.

The alarm caused by the spurt in the number of accidents in the recent past has forced the General Directorate of Traffic to alter their patrolling p ..

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Double joy for Health sector

July 2, 2014

Dr. Shaikh Mohammed signing the BD31,800,000 million cancer centre deal

It’s a day of double joy for Bahrain yesterday with its health sector witnessing two major developments one in the form of a health centre in Barbar and another a region’s first multi million dinar cancer centre.

The move, according to the officials, is expected to provide the health sector of the Kingdom a much needed boost ..

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ALGERIA LOSE HEROIC FIGHT

July 1, 2014

Germany -Algeri

Germany posted an extra-time victory over Algeria to extinguish Africa’s World Cup hopes last night and set up a titantic quarter-final showdown.

A sublime flicked finish by Chelsea’s Andre Schuerrle and a late Mesut Ozil strike gave Germany a 2-1 win over the Algerians in Porto Alegre to put Joachim Loew’s side into the l ..

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Greek players turn down bonus

July 1, 2014

Greek

Greece’s World Cup players have turned down their World Cup bonus and called for the money to be used to build a national training centre in the cash-strapped country, reports said yesterday.

The team, beaten by Costa Rica on penalties on Sunday, wrote to Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras saying they did not want the promis ..

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Dutch federation defends Robben

July 1, 2014

Arjen Robben (L), centre of controversy

The Dutch Football Association yesterday hit back at reporting of comments by Arjen Robben on the penalties he claimed in the World Cup victory over Mexico.

The association, the KNVB, said Robben’s comments, in which he admitted diving to try and get a penalty in the first half, were interpreted “completely wrong”.

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FRANCE THROUGH

July 1, 2014

FRANCE & NIGERIA

A Paul Pogba header and a Joseph Yobo own goal saw France edge a hard-fought contest with Nigeria 2-0 in Brasilia last night to reach the World Cup quarter-finals.

Pogba broke the deadlock in the 79th minute, nodding into an empty net after Nigeria goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama, who plays for French club Lille, failed to collect a ..

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Teams ready for Nasser 7

July 1, 2014

HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Ramadan Football Championship (Nasser 7) are in their final preparations

All 16 teams in the HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Ramadan Football Championship (Nasser 7) are in their final preparations for the matches which start tomorrow evening. The last week has been busy with the 16 teams who are divided into four games playing several friendly matches to reach peak condition and a high technical level before the start of the championsh ..

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Imitation Strikers Bahrain beat Bhatia Mitra Mandal

July 1, 2014

Imitation Strikers Bahrain team

Imitation Strikers Bahrain defeated Bhatia Mitra Mandal by six wickets in the latest matches of the Indian Expat Seven-a-Side Softball Cricket Tournament 2014 at the Indian Club premises in Gudaibiya. Batting first, Bhatia Mitra Mandal finished on 27 runs for four in six overs with Nilesh (8) top scoring and man of the match Akshay (one for six) the best of the bow ..

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BCL Tournament – COMBINED EAGLE EYE WHITE WIN

July 1, 2014

BCL Tournament

Combined Eagle Eye White beat Indian School Bahrain by seven wickets in the latest matches of the Cricket Bahrain (BCL-CBA Division) Premier League, T25 Tournament at the Busaiteen Grounds in Muharraq. Batting first, Indian School were dismissed for 155 with Balaji (32) and Xavier (23) the main scorers with Faizal (four for 24) and Bader (three  for 14) the pick o ..

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EU calms Bulgaria with credit line

July 1, 2014

People queue up in front of a office of Bulgaria’s First Investment Bank (or Fibank) in Sofia yesterday

Bulgaria won EU approval on Monday for a “precautionary” credit line to stop a run on two banks turning into a full-blown crisis, but some panicked depositors still sought to withdraw their savings.

The European Commission also tried to calm the situation, saying Bulgaria’s banking system was “well capitalised and has hi ..

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CHINA’S PROPERTY BUBBLE DEFLATING?

July 1, 2014

China

Prices fell in 71 cities and rose in just 29

Housing prices in major Chinese cities fell for a second consecutive month in June, an independent survey showed Monday, providing more evidence of a deflating property bubble.

The average price of a new home in 100 major cities was 10,923 y ..

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France hopes to sell fighter jets to India

July 1, 2014

Laurent Fabius (left) and Sushma Swaraj shake hands during a meeting in New Delhi yesterday

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Monday he expected progress on a $12 billion deal to sell fighter jets to India, setting his hopes on changes promised by the newly installed government.

Fabius, the first Western minister to hold talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s administration, raised the slow-moving Rafale ..

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Argentina’s default deadline closes in

July 1, 2014

The Economy Ministry building is seen in Buenos Aires. The country must reach an agreement to pay $1.3bn to hedge funds by the end of July to avoid default

Argentina risks technical default by the end of Monday in its combat with so-called vulture funds over a US court ruling that it must settle unpaid debts to bondholders.

The country must reach an agreement to pay $1.3 billion to these “vulture” hedge funds by the end of July to avoid default -- but a decision by a judge on F ..

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OIL PRICES SLIDE DESPITE TENSIONS

July 1, 2014

Engineers at the Naher al-Umran gas refinery, in the el-Dir district, some 40 Kms north of the southern city of Basra

Global oil prices fell on Monday but tensions in the crude-producing Middle East -- where jihadists declared an Islamic state straddling Iraq and Syria -- will likely keep prices high, analysts said.

Brent crude for delivery in August hit to a two-week low at $112.51 per barrel in early morning London deals. It later stood at $1 ..

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CHINA PLANS RAIL LINK TO PAKISTAN

July 1, 2014

CRH380 (China Railway High-speed) Harmony bullet trains are seen at a high-speed train maintenance base in Wuhan, Hubei province. China has commissioned a research study to build a rail link connecting its border province of Xinjiang and Pakistan

Research study on to build rail link through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir

China has reportedly commissioned a “preliminary research study” to build an international rail link connecting its border province of Xinjiang to Pakistan, a contentious project from India’s perspective as it runs through Pakistan-occupied Kashm ..

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Bahrain airport services upgraded

July 1, 2014

The upgradation of Bahrain Airport Services will improve its efficiency in handling the flights and processing operations

Bahrain Airport Services has adopted Altéa Departure Control System-Flight Management and Customer Management. The migration that began yesterday is part of BAS ICT strategy to replace legacy systems with state-of-the-art IT solutions.

The upgrade to Altea will improve BAS efficiency in handling the flights and processing opera ..

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MINISTRY MOOTS NATIONAL POLICY

July 1, 2014

Dr. Hassan Fakhro

The Ministry of Industry and Commerce is mulling to contrive a national policy for entrepreneurship in Bahrain, Minister Dr. Hassan Fakhro has said at the 18th meeting of the Main Committee to Coordinate & Integrate SME Activities.

The entrepreneurship sector is playing an important role in the growth of the country and the ..

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TRA requires operators to adopt GCC smart IDs

July 1, 2014

Shaikh Abdulla

Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of Bahrain yesterday directed all operators to officially adopt GCC smart ID cards in all transactions pursuant to Law No. (2) of 2013.

In a statement issued, TRA’s Director of Consumer Affairs Shaikh Abdulla bin Humood Al Khalifa said that the authority is keen on cooperating with ..

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Minister for joint efforts

July 1, 2014

Shaikh Rashid with other minister and officials during the ceremony

Interior Minister Lt General Shaikh Rashid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa affirmed that tackling the menace of drug abuse was the responsibility of the community and called for joint efforts from government and public organisations.

On the sidelines of an event to mark the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Traficking, the ..

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72 staff take part in blood donation drive

July 1, 2014

The blood donation campaign in progress

As many as 72 employees of the Ministry of Health (MOH) and Ministry of Works (MOW) participated in a blood donation campaign organised by the Organisational Culture Committee of the ministry in association with Central Blood Bank.

Addressing the campaign Assistant Undersecretary for Technical Services Ahmed Abdul-Aziz Al Khayya ..

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Youth’s body to be buried soon

July 1, 2014

Mr. Al Saati during his meeting with the parents of Abdulaziz

The body of Abdulaziz Al Abbar, which has been kept at the Salmaniya Medical Complex (SMC) morgue for more than two months would be buried soon, it emerged.

Earlier, the parents of Abdulaziz had refused to receive the body for want of clarity regarding the cause of his death.

Parliament Human ..

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Public urged to exercise their franchise

July 1, 2014

HM the King

His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa urged the citizens to come out in force and exercise their franchise in the upcoming parliamentary elections.

While receiving citizens at Shaikh Hamad Palace along with Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, HM the K ..

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Hope for visually impaired students

July 1, 2014

Dr. Al Nuaimi with a student and other officials during the visit

Education Minister Dr. Majid Al Nuaimi yesterday instructed to implement voice operated laboratorial devices, to assist in integrating students with visual impairment in public schools.

The minister’s statement came during the inauguration of the science laboratory for the blind, at the Saudi-Bahraini Institute for the Blind ..

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402 received housing loans

July 1, 2014

Minister of Work Logo

T he Housing Ministry has announced the second batch of beneficiaries from housing loans for the year 2014. The three types of loans included repair, construction and purchase related. The second batch comprises 402 beneficiaries who have satisfied the requirements for housing loans, including 157 repair, 200 purchase and 45 construction loan beneficiaries, amounting to BD 14,077,000. ..

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The true spirit of Ramadan

July 1, 2014

CAT 01

Ramadan is the time for mercy and compassion.

And, businesswoman Amna Ghulam has displayed the true spirit of Ramadan when she brought a cat back to life sans any medicines.

It was just two days when Ms. Amna came across an ill-nourished cat that was let loose by the owner of a pet shop in Ji ..

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Summer work ban from today

July 1, 2014

Bahrain

The two-month ban on outdoor work during the hottest hours will take effect from today, Labour Minister Jameel Humaidan has said.

The ban in line with Edict 3 of 2013 prevents people from working outdoors between noon and 4pm.

The minister urged all companies and est ..

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BARNS KICKED LIKE FOOTBALL

July 1, 2014

The newly constructed barns are seen near the runway of Bahrain International Airport

Can we have barns with a herd of animals and avian population next to an international airport runway?

DT News had posed this question to the authorities when it reported the shifting of barns from Arad to Qalali in the recent past.

The question seemed to have woken up Muharraq Municipality, ..

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Warning for diabetics – ‘Consult doctor before fasting’

July 1, 2014

Dr. Hussein

In order to avoid health complications, Endocrinologist, Diabetes and Metabolism consultant Dr. Wiam Hussein has said that type 2 diabetic patients should fast only after consulting a physician.

Asking the patients not to eat or drink excessively, he stated that fasting requires simple modification of medicinal dosages, carbohyd ..

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Barbar gets new hospital

July 1, 2014

Mr. Al Shehabi

Shaikh Jabir Al Sabah Medical Centre, which has been built to enhance healthcare in the Kingdom, will be inaugurated in Barbar today.

Health Minister Sadiq Al Shehabi will inaugurate the hospital on behalf of Prime Minister HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa. The new medical centre is expected to reduce pressure on medical ..

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Five pleaded not guilty to human trafficking

July 1, 2014

A representative photo

Five defendants including a Bahraini and a woman pleaded not guilty to human trafficking charges yesterday.

The suspects are accused of exploiting seven non-Bahraini women through prostitution and living off out of the income their victims made through having sex with strangers.

It was learnt ..

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Conspiracy angle – VERDICT DUE IN TERROR CASE

July 1, 2014

BIC

A verdict is due on August 31 regarding the appeal of three defendants convicted of plotting a terrorist attack.

The trio, including two women in their 30s were earlier sentenced to 5 years in prison for planning to carry out an attack on the Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) during Bahrain’s Formula 1 event last year.< ..

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Murder most foul – COP KILLERS TO BE SENTENCED

July 1, 2014

The deceased Mohammed

Nine defendants convicted of killing a policeman will learn their fate when the court issues its verdict on their appeal on August 31.

Among the appellants was Maher Abbas Al Khabaz, 27, who was sentenced to death for masterminding the attack in which policeman Mohammed Asif Khan Afridi was killed after he was shot with a flare ..

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Enhancing trade ties with India

July 1, 2014

Shaikh Khalid

Foreign Affairs Minister Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa yesterday held a telephonic conversation with his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj on the latest regional and international developments.

The ministers discussed historic relations between Bahrain and India and ways of bolstering them.

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BCCI working hours

July 1, 2014

BCCI

Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) yesterday announced that its working hours during the month of Ramadan would be from Sunday to Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 pm.

The chamber while extending its greeting to the leaders of the Kingdom and to its people also said that it will holding Ramadan majlises through out the mo ..

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Harnessing solar power – Parking on Sunshine

July 1, 2014

Mr Latif

Parking meters in Bahrain are all set to become greener and smarter following the suit of Manama and Muharraq, making Bahrain more energy efficient.

Hi-tech solar meters are already fixed in Manama and Muharraq which would become operational by July 4, said senior Works Ministry official Roads Planning and Design Director Kadhim ..

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Qatar Airways introduces in-flight Ramadan boxes

July 1, 2014

Qatar airways

Qatar Airways will provide Iftar meal boxes to the fasting passengers during the Holy month of Ramadan.

The meals served on board intra-Gulf Qatar Airways’ flights will help passengers observing Ramadan break their fast with a fresh and healthy choice of food and beverages.

Ramadan boxes th ..

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BAC revamps career portal

July 1, 2014

Ms. Mahmood

Bahrain Airport Company (BAC), operator of Bahrain International Airport (BIA), has revealed its revamped career portal on the company’s official website.

The portal allows applicants to easily access the job notifications on the site by grouping vacancies, job descriptions and other essential information on the interview proc ..

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BAHRAIN TOPS UN eG SURVEY

July 1, 2014

UN eGovernment Survey -Mr. Al Qaed & Mr. Ahmed

Kingdom betters 18 places in eGovernment Survey to become first among the Arab countries

In what can be viewed as a major achievement by the Kingdom, Bahrain is ranked 18th in the newly released UN eGovernment Survey globally and first among the Arab countries.

Bahrain bettered 18 plac ..

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Britain must work with Juncker

July 1, 2014

David Cameron

Prime Minister David Cameron said yesterday that Britain must work with new European Commission boss Jean-Claude Juncker, as he faced lawmakers to explain his failure to stop the EU insider winning the post. During a rowdy session in the lower house of parliament, Cameron was described by opposition Labour party leader Ed Miliband as a “defeated prime minister” ..

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30 migrants found dead – ANGER IN ITALY

July 1, 2014

Rescuers hold babies as the Italian military ship “Chimera” with around 350 would be immigrants onboard, arrives yesterday

Anger erupted in Italy yesterday over the deaths at sea of 30 migrants, as Rome stood accused of worsening a years-long crisis which has seen 5,000 desperate refugees rescued in the past 24 hours. As officials in southern Italy warned they were overwhelmed by the arrivals, the EU announced a plan to help Rome deal with the refuges and combat people smuggling. Rescu ..

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Euro Motors Tournament kicks off today

July 1, 2014

Euro Motors Tournament logo

The First Euro Motors Ramadan Football Tournament kicks off today at Soccer City in Saar with 190 players competing for BD1000 in prize money. This Eight-a-Side tournament features 16 teams playing matches of 55 minutes each, thus putting players’ endurance and stamina to the test.  The final match, takes place on July 19 which will also include a prize-giving c ..

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RIA Centre receives walkathon funds

July 1, 2014

Abdulrahman Askar and Russ Dixon with staff and students during their visit to the RIA Centre

Funds for the Walkathon event, organised by the Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC) and the British Embassy in Bahrain a year after London hosted the 2012 Summer Olympics and the Paralympics were recently handed over to the Regional Institute for Active Learning (RIA) Centre in Adliya.

The RIA Centre is originally designed to deal ..

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Families take on fun in Karting Challenge

July 1, 2014

Karting-BIC

Bahrain International Karting Circuit (BIKC) is hosting an exciting programme of events this holy month of Ramadan including an all-new challenge activity careering to the entire family.  The Ramadan Karting Family Challenge is highly expected to be one of the Sakhir karting track’s main attractions over the coming weeks.  This challenge calls on family member ..

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SHAIKH NASSER AND BAHRAINI RIDERS WIN

July 1, 2014

Shaikh Nasser

Chairman of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports (SCYS), President of Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC) and Bahrain Endurance Team Captain HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa successfully passed the final stage of the pre-operational programme for the World Endurance Championship Games to be held in Normandy, France later this year.

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Americans prefer attacking

July 1, 2014

Clint & Eden

United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann says attack will be the best form of defence when his American underdogs tackle Belgium tonight for a place in the World Cup quarter-finals.

The United States confounded all pre-tournament predictions by battling their way out of a daunting Group G, finishing behind Germany but claiming the r ..

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ARGENTINA CONFIDENT

July 1, 2014

Shaqiri & Messi

Lionel Messi’s goals have fired Argentina into the World Cup last 16 but they will look for a better all-round performance when they meet Switzerland tonight.

The diminutive four-time player of the year has finally sparked for his country, hitting four of their six goals as Argentina qualified top of Group F.

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