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FOURTH STRAIGHT WIN FOR MUMBAI

May 6, 2015

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New Delhi

Captain Rohit Sharma and Ambati Rayudu played crucial knocks as Mumbai Indians notched up a thrilling five-wicket win over Delhi Daredevils in their rain-affected IPL cricket match to jump to the top half of the league table here yesterday.

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Importance of personal hygiene stressed

May 5, 2015

Importance of hygiene

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Hand hygiene through the act of cleaning one’s hands should be made a priority, as it is an important way to prevent infectious disease, said Dr Huda Al Ansari, the Chairperson Infections Control Department under M ..

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Cleaning campaign launched

May 5, 2015

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Capital Governorate’s cleaning drive at Al Dar port and Sitra coast

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Manama

The Capital Governorate sponsored a campaign to clean Al Dar port and its neighbouring Sitra coast under the ..

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Smoke of burning tyres triggers Asthma

May 5, 2015

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World Asthma Day falls on the first Tuesday of May

Santhosh Rajendran/DTNN

Manama

A recent report from World Health Organisation (WHO) states that there are close to 300 million people suffering from asthma across the globe. It’s also on ..

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Hamilton drives like an extra-terrestrial

May 5, 2015

Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 drives during the first practice session

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Formula One legend Niki Lauda said Tuesday that current world champion Lewis Hamilton is driving like an "extra-terrestrial".

Hamilton is driving "in a phase where everything is always perfect," Lauda, non-executive chairman of Hamilton's Mercedes ..

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National coaching course from June 7

May 5, 2015

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DT News Network

Manama

A Level 4 course of the National Coaching Programme is scheduled to

take place from June 7 to 11 as per the agreement signed by the

Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC) and the Coaching Association of ..

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Scott wins consolation cup

May 5, 2015

Winners of Consolation Cup at Awali Golf Club

DT News Network

Manama

Susan Scott (nett 63/gross 85) saved the season's best for last as

romped home a clear winner by four shots ahead of runner-up Reynaldo

Alejandro in the last ..

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LuLu Exchange CEO honoured in Forbes list

May 5, 2015

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DT News Network

Manama

For the third year running, Forbes Middle East revealed the much-awaited list of the Top Indian Leaders in the Arab World at a gala ceremony hosted at the Godolphin Ballroom at Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Dubai on Tuesday. The definin ..

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MEC COMES TO BAHRAIN OPENS TWO EXCHANGES

May 5, 2015

Inaugration of Modern Exchnage by Abdulla Esam Fakro, Director, attented by Mohammed Afandi, Manager HR and Admin and Rajesh Gairola Divisional General Manag

DT News Network

Manama

Modern Exchange Company (MEC) - a new Joint Venture between Al Mulla International Exchange Co. K.S.C.C. (AMIEC) based in Kuwait, began its operation yesterday in Bahrain.

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Jawad wins international franchise of the year award

May 5, 2015

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DT News Network

Manama

Jawad Business Group was awarded International Franchisee of the Year Award at a glittering function held in Orlando, Florida earlier this month. The annual OPCON 2015 celebration was attended by Papa John’s Founder John Schnatter, COO Steve Ritchie, Sr. VP Ja ..

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Horse-trading begins as UK poll enters final straight

May 5, 2015

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London

Britain's political leaders yesterday began a final push for votes ahead of this week's knife-edge election.

Prime Minister David Cameron, whose Conservatives are neck and neck with the opposition Labour party in the opinion polls, kicked off a 36-hour tour of the country that will see ..

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Female French journalists fed up with lecherous politicians

May 5, 2015

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Fed up with bawdy remarks and wandering hands, dozens of female French journalists have signed a petition published Tuesday denouncing sexism from male politicians.

"Get your paws off me!" read the front page of the Liberation newspaper, where 40 female political reporters detailed sexist and lewd behaviour suffered while workin ..

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Saudi king warns of Iran threat, rebels hit border town

May 5, 2015

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Saudi Arabia's King Salman said Tuesday that Gulf leaders must stand up to Iran, as Yemeni rebels backed by Tehran attacked a Saudi border town with mortar shells.

Salman's call came at a meeting of Gulf monarchs in Riyadh that was also attended by French President Francois Hollande, who said his country was "by the side" of Gul ..

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Yemen rebels shell Saudi town, prompting warning

May 5, 2015

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Mortar shells fired by Iran-backed rebels in Yemen struck the Saudi border town of Najran on Tuesday, prompting a Saudi-led military coalition to warn it would hit back.

The Al-Ekhbariya state television showed images of parked cars with windows blown out, chunks torn out of the sidewalk, a building peppered with shrapnel, and o ..

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India’s Modi to make first visit to rival giant China

May 5, 2015

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will make his first visit to China next week, seeking to overcome strains between the nuclear-armed rivals over a border dispute and Beijing's growing regional clout.

Modi will meet with China's leaders during the three-day visit as part of an Asian tour that will also take him to South Korea ..

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Pakistan seizes three tonnes of Gulf-bound hashish

May 5, 2015

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Pakistan's Coast Guards said  they seized on Tuesday three tonnes of hashish bound for the Middle East where its estimated street value would have been $50 million, in one of their biggest drug hauls.

The naval force carried out the raid in the southwestern coastal town of Pasni in Baluchistan province, a spokesman said, adding ..

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Hamas Town Substation charred in fire

May 5, 2015

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A major fire has broke out at the Hamad Town Power Substation today afternoon. No casualties were reported in the incident took place at around 3 pm. Civil Defence units rushed to the spot soon after the fire erupted, after they were informed by locals who spotted fire and smoke at the facility.

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A creamy resignation

May 5, 2015

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This Guy Tendered His Resignation In The Sweetest Way Possible -- With A Cake

This resignation letter, quite literally, takes the cake.

“I handed in the most delicious letter of resignation ever,” Mark Herman, newscast director at KOL ..

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Taliban kill at least 13 Afghan police despite peace talks

May 5, 2015

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Kunduz Taliban militants killed at least 13 policemen after storming security outposts in Afghanistan's remote mountainous northeast, officials said Tuesday, despite peace talks between insurgent representatives and an Afghan delegation. The pre-dawn raid in Badakhshan province on Monday came just weeks after a similar Taliban raid on army checkpoints in the province in whi ..

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IS claims Texas attack, first in US

May 5, 2015

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Beirut The Islamic State group claimed on Tuesday its first attack on US soil, a shooting at an anti-Muslim event in Texas over the weekend showcasing cartoons mocking the Prophet Mohammed. "Two of the soldiers of the caliphate executed an attack on an art exhibit in Garland, Texas, and this exhibit was portraying negative pictures of the Prophet Mohammed," the jihadist gro ..

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NYU student held in N. Korea says he ‘wanted to be arrested’

May 5, 2015

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Seoul A South Korean student held in North Korea for illegal entry has told CNN in an interview from Pyongyang that he wanted to be arrested. Joo Won-Moon, 21, who attends New York University and has permanent US residency, said he had hoped to create an "event" that could improve relations between North and South Korea. It was unclear whether he was speaking freely or h ..

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France, Saudi discussing multi-billion-euro projects

May 5, 2015

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 France and Saudi Arabia are discussing economic projects worth tens of billions of euros, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Tuesday.

"If concluded, these 20 projects would be worth tens of billions of euros," Fabius told reporters in Riyadh.

French President Francois Hollande is a ..

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Cricket: Buoyant Bangladesh eye maiden Test win over Pakistan

May 5, 2015

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Dhaka Bangladesh hope to build on their new-found confidence by securing their first-ever Test victory over Pakistan when the second and final match starts in Dhaka on Wednesday. The Tigers are buoyed by a remarkable fightback in the drawn first Test in Khulna where they avoided defeat for the first time in nine matches against Pakistan despite trailing by 296 runs on the f ..

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Gulf oil exporters should cut spending, diversify: IMF

May 5, 2015

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Dubai Gulf oil exporters must reduce spending, including subsidies, and diversify their economies to cope with lower revenues caused by the sharp drop in crude prices, the International Monetary Fund said. The wealthy monarchies, however, should "not react in a knee-jerk way to lower oil prices", the IMF Middle East and Central Asia chief Masood Ahmed told AFP in an intervi ..

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Indonesia to stop sending domestic workers to Mideast: reports

May 5, 2015

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Jakarta Indonesia will stop sending new domestic workers to 21 Middle Eastern countries, reports said Tuesday, after the recent execution of two Indonesian women in Saudi Arabia angered Jakarta. The ban affects countries including Saudi Arabia -- a major destination for Indonesian maids -- United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain and Egypt, and will come into effect in three mo ..

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Boxing: Pacquiao to undergo shoulder surgery, report

May 5, 2015

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Los Angeles Manny Pacquiao's camp accused the Nevada Athletic Commission on Monday of denying them treatment for an injury to his right shoulder which will now require surgery to repair. Pacquiao, who lost a unanimous decision to Floyd Mayweather in their welterweight unification fight on Saturday, is expected to undergo surgery later this week for a torn ..

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Dollar up in Asian trade

May 5, 2015

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Singapore The dollar rose in Asian trade Tuesday on fresh expectations the US central bank may raise interest rates in the second half of the year, analysts said. The euro bought $1.1141 in late-morning Singapore trade from $1.1146 in New York late Monday ..

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Oil prices down in Asian trade

May 5, 2015

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Singapore Oil prices edged lower in thin Asian trade Tuesday as concerns over a global supply glut persisted, with few fresh leads for dealers to track. US benchmark West Texas Intermediate fell seven cents to $58.86 while Brent crude eased ten cents to $66.35 in mid-morning trade. "Oil prices are drifting with low volumes, indicating dealers across the Asia-Pacific regi ..

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Gulf leaders hold summit as concern grows over Yemen

May 5, 2015

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Riyadh

Gulf monarchs gather on Tuesday for an extraordinary summit, in the presence of French President Francois Hollande, as international concern grows over the war in Yemen.

The six Sunni-dominated Gulf Cooperation Council states meet in the Saudi capital with their region ..

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Sanchez scores double

May 5, 2015

Arsenal's Chilean striker Alexis Sanchez scores his second goal

Arsenal beat Hull City

 

Kingston upon Hull, UK

Alexis Sanchez scored twice as Arsenal all but secured a top four finish in the Premier ..

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Knight Riders beat Sunrisers

May 5, 2015

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New Delhi

Riding on fine bowling by Brad Hogg (2/17) and Umesh Yadav (2/34), Kolkata Knight Riders registered an easy 35-run victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad in their IPL match at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata yesterday.

Chasing 16 ..

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Windies win third Test by five wickets

May 5, 2015

Windies win third Test by five wickets

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West Indies defied the odds and a wearing pitch to complete a series-levelling five-wicket victory over England on the third day of the third and final Test on Sunday.

Set a daunting target of 192 after the tourists were dismissed for 123 in th ..

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Serena ousts Stephens

May 5, 2015

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World number one Serena Williams extended her unbeaten record this season to 22 matches with a routine 6-4, 6-0 win over Sloane Stephens to move into the third round of the Madrid O ..

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Facebook opens Internet.org after neutrality flap

May 5, 2015

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Facebook said Monday it was opening up Internet.org, which provides connectivity to people in developing nations, to outside applications following a controversy over its limited set of online services.

The move comes after news organisations in India announced they would withdraw from the program, claiming it violated the spir ..

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Obama urges deeper look at race, hints at his future

May 5, 2015

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President Barack Obama on Monday urged Americans to address the root causes of recent racially-tinged unrest, focusing not just on police actions but improving opportunities for young black men.

As police again mobilized on the streets of Baltimore to calm tempers after a false report of a man shot by officers, Obama weighed in ..

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Oil prices slip off 2015 highs

May 5, 2015

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Oil prices drifted lower Monday, with the market lacking major news for direction as traders continued to worry about abundant global supplies of crude oil.

The US benchmark, West Texas Intermediate (WTI) for June delivery, fell 22 cents to close at $58.93 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

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Primary school students take national exams

May 5, 2015

Education Minister Dr. Majid bin Ali Al-Nuaimi talks to a little girl during his visit to a primary school.

DT News Network

Manama

Thousands of primary school students attended their national exams, organised by the Ministry of Education, in cooperation with the National Authority for Qualifications and Quality Assurance of Education and Training (QQA).

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Family Business workshop concludes

May 5, 2015

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DT News Network

Manama

The Family Business workshop organised by Royal University for Women in collaboration with West Virginia University, USA concluded on the university premises in Riffa.

The workshop, which focused ..

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Arab woman’s conviction overturned

May 4, 2015

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DT News Network

Manama

An Arab woman's conviction was overturned by the High Criminal Appeals Court due to lack of proof. The woman was earlier given one year behind bars after the High Criminal Court found her guilty of abetting her three brothers in dec ..

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Divorce plea of abandoned wife accepted

May 4, 2015

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DT News Network

Manama

The High Shariat Court (Jaffari Department) has accepted the divorce request filed by a woman whose husband had alienated her three years ago. The defendant reportedly departed the Kingdom in 2012 for good without formally di ..

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Sex with minor: Jail term upheld

May 4, 2015

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Bahraini gets one-year jail for consensus sex with 16-year-old girl

DT News Network

Manama

A 36-year-old Bahraini man, who had consensus sex with a teenage girl, has had his imprisonment of o ..

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Art for a cause

May 4, 2015

Second Charity Art Exhibition

Second Charity Art Exhibition held

DT News Network

Manama

The Second Charity Art Exhibition was organised here Under the Patronage of Supreme Council for Youth and ..

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Landlord accused of docu fraud

May 4, 2015

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Mohammed Zafran/DTNN

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Manama

Former tenants have accused a landlord in Zinj of contract fraud, claiming that the Arabic text in his lease agreements are not in conformity with that of the English part, thereby taking the non-Arab tenants for a ..

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RCO team lands in Nepal

May 4, 2015

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200-tent Bahrain Camp to be set up to provide shelter for survivors DT News Network Manama A team of volunteers led by His Highness Shaikh Isa bin Abdullah Al Khalifa and Royal Charity Organisation (RCO) Secretary-General Dr. Mustafa Al Sayed arrived safely in the Nepal capital Kathmandu yesterday. They carried 30 tonnes of humanitarian aid such as medicines and food for survivors ..

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McIlroy bags WGC World Match Play crown

May 4, 2015

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San Francisco

World number one Rory McIlroy added the WGC World Match Play Championship to his four majors with a 4&2 victory over US journeyman Gary Woodland in Sunday's final.

Northern Irishman McIlroy, who turns 26 on Monday, was playing in his sec ..

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Murray wins first clay title

May 4, 2015

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Munich

Andy Murray won the first clay-court title of his career when he saw off Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber in a tough three-setter during yesterday’s rain-delayed final of Munich ..

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Batelco Racing put up great show

May 4, 2015

Batelco Racing impressive at 24 Hours Championship

DT News Network

Manama

Batelco Racing added to their long list of achievements by taking third place against a tough international line up in the 24 Hours Endurance Championship held in RKC (Racing Kart De Cormeilles), France over the weekend. In the qua ..

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DRAG AND DRIFT NIGHT OFFERS TWICE THE THRILLS

May 4, 2015

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DT News Network

Manama

Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) is all geared up to welcome motor racing fans from Bahrain and across the Gulf for another exciting edition of the widely popular Ebrahim K Kanoo Drag and Drift Night tomorrow night in Sakhir.< ..

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KFC OPENS STORE N0: 700 IN MENA

May 4, 2015

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DT News Network

Manama

After making its grand debut into the region’s marketplace with the introduction of its unique secret recipe for chicken lovers, KFC MENA is now celebrating the openi ..

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CINECO CONQUERS GCC

May 4, 2015

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DT News Network

Manama

Bahrain Cinema Company also known as Cineco yesterday announced it has been named the top ranking company in the Leisure and Tourism Sector in the G.C.C. among the non-financial companies that are publicly listed in the Stock Exchan ..

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BCCI participates in FGCCC held in Oman

May 4, 2015

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DT News Network

Manama

A high-level delegation from Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) comprising the Chamber’s Chairman Khalid Almoyed, first vice Othman Alrayes and CEO Nabeel Al Mahmood participated in the 46th meeting for the Federation ..

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Batelco backs ITW 2015

May 4, 2015

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DT News Network

Manama 

Batelco yesterday announced its Prime Sponsorship of International Telecoms Week (ITW) 2015, which is taking place in Chicago, USA, from May 10 to 13

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Qatar hopes to end ‘kafala’ system in 2015

May 4, 2015

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Qatar's labour minister said Monday he hopes the country's controversial "kafala" system, which critics have likened to modern-day slavery, will be abolished before the end of this year.

Dr Abdullah bin Saleh al-Khulaifi, the minister of labour and social affairs, said he was "90 percent" certain the system would be replaced wit ..

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French leader oversees Qatar jet deal, to attend Gulf summit

May 4, 2015

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French President Francois Hollande sought to boost ties in the Gulf Monday as he oversaw the signing of a warplanes deal with Qatar and arrived in Saudi Arabia for a summit.

Hollande was to be the first Western head of state to attend a Gulf Cooperation Council annual gathering when it meets in Riyadh on Tuesday.

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#GoHomeIndianMedia, Nepal Twitterati says

May 4, 2015

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NEW DELHI

If the Indian media has devoted wall-to-wall coverage of the Nepal earthquake, they were shown their place on social media on Sunday, the top trending hashtag being #GoHomeIndianMedia, which until evening had collected about 144,000 tweets. The online outrage is connected to the ..

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British grandmother prepares for execution in Indonesia

May 4, 2015

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A British grandmother on death row in Indonesia is writing goodbye letters to her family and believes she could be executed at any time, she wrote in an article on Sunday.

Lindsay Sandiford, 58, said she was expecting to die shortly, after seven foreign drug convicts were executed last week, causing a storm of international pr ..

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101-year-old surprised to survive second Nepal quake

May 4, 2015

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When his home collapsed and a large stone landed on his chest, the 101-year-old Nepalese farmer who had survived a massive quake eight decades earlier thought his time was up.

Funchu Tamang was airlifted to safety on Saturday with injuries to his chest, leg and hand, a week after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake ripped through Nepal, ..

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Nepal quake-ravaged temple faces threat from looters

May 4, 2015

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Surrounded by ochre rubble, Pannakaji beds down on a mattress wedged between Buddha statues at Kathmandu's "Monkey Temple", hoping to deter looters from the quake-ravaged site where his ancestors have served as priests for 1,600 years.

The hilltop Swayambunath Temple complex, one of Nepal's oldest and most sacred religious monu ..

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Bill Clinton will keep giving speeches to ‘pay our bills’

May 4, 2015

Bill Clinton will keep giving speeches to 'pay our bills'

Former US president Bill Clinton said in an interview that aired Monday he will keep giving lucrative speeches "to pay our bills" while wife Hillary Clinton runs for the White House.

Defending his charity work on a trip to Africa, Clinton said Hillary told him no foreign official has sought to influence her through donations to ..

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Indonesian district bans unmarried couples from motorbike rides

May 4, 2015

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A district in Indonesia's Aceh has passed legislation banning unmarried men and women from riding together on motorbikes, a lawmaker said Monday, the latest new Islamic regulation in the conservative province.

Members of parliament in North Aceh district last week approved the regulation, which will come into effect in a year, ..

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Iran bans ‘devil worshipping’ haircuts

May 4, 2015

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Hairstyles of a spiky and unorthodox nature have reportedly been banned in Iran because they imply devil-worship, while tattoos and other male bodily adornments are also being outlawed.

Jagged haircuts have become fashionable among all strata of Iran's youthful population in recent years, but have divided opinion and been dee ..

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Hundreds protest against Qaeda control of Yemen city

May 4, 2015

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Hundreds of residents have protested against Al-Qaeda controlling Mukalla, the capital of southeast Yemen's Hadramawt province, a month after jihadists overran the city, witnesses said on Monday.

"Batarfi out out, Hadramawt wants freedom," they chanted late on Sunday, referring to Khalid Batarfi, a senior Al-Qaeda figure who h ..

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Police kill two gunmen at US Mohammed cartoon event: Timeline

May 4, 2015

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Texas police shot dead two suspected Islamist extremists who opened fire outside an exhibition of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed staged by an anti-Muslim group.

While there was no claim of responsibility for Sunday's failed assault, caricatures ofMohammed have previously inspired attacks by gunmen with extremist Islamist vie ..

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Saudi considering bombing pauses for Yemen aid delivery

May 4, 2015

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Saudi Arabia is considering temporary halts in coalition air strikes against rebels in Yemen to allow for aid deliveries, Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said Monday.

The kingdom will consult members of the coalition on "finding specific areas inside Yemen... where all air operations will be paused at specific times to allow for ..

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Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana

May 4, 2015

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Prince William and his wife Kate have named their two-day-old baby Charlotte Elizabeth Diana and she will be known as Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, their Kensington Palace residence announced Monday.

The names will be seen as a triple homage to her grandfather Prince Charles, great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth II and William's ..

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Kerry calls for unity to defeat terrorism

May 4, 2015

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US Secretary of State John Kerry called for unity in the face of terror attacks Monday, as he visited a memorial in Kenya to the 1998 bombing of the US embassy.

The embassy bombing by Al-Qaeda was the worst attack in the east African nation by Islamist militants, killing 213 people.

"The terr ..

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Dutch far-right politician ‘shocked’ by Texas shooting

May 4, 2015

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Dutch far-right politician Geert Wilders said Sunday he was "shocked" by the shooting outside a Prophet Mohammed cartoon contest in Texas that he attended.

"I am shocked. I just spoke for half an hour about the cartoons, Islam and freedom of speech and I had just left the premises," he said in an email to AFP, adding th ..

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Fair enthralls global audience

May 4, 2015

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Manama

The Education Fair, being conducted at the Bahrain Exhibitions and Convention Centre, has attracted a lot of western families as well. Several foreign families were found visiting and appreciating the exhibition yesterday.

Talking to DT News at the venue, a Swiss family s ..

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Make edu Fair An annual event

May 4, 2015

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Manama Social Development Minister Faeqa bint Saeed Al Saleh urged to make the Education Fair an annual event considering the benefits and the wide reception it received. She was speaking to DT News during her visit to the fair at the Bahrain Exhibitions and Convention Centre yesterday. “If it is conducted every year, it will be great,” the Minister said. She was on her ..

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King Faisal Corniche inspected prior to revamp works

May 4, 2015

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Manama

Manama Municipality’s Director General, Engineer Shaikh Mohammed bin Ahmed Al Khalifa inspected King Faisal Corniche yesterday. A decision had already been taken to revamp the place with an estimation of BD20,000.

 The project is aimed to provide various leisure activities to ..

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Wadi Al Sail School to be opened

May 4, 2015

Manama

Assistant Undersecretary for Construction Projects and Maintenance at the Ministry of Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning Engineer Mona Al Motawa said yesterday that the Ministry has completed all construction works at Wadi Al Sail Primary/Intermediate School for Girls at the Southern Governorate. She ..

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Where is my passport?

May 4, 2015

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Manama

A Pakistani worker has approached the police station the other day seeking help against his company, which had allegedly withheld his passport.

Naeem Akhtar, 31, who is a shovel operator in a local company, wanted to travel to his home country, but unable to do so as his compan ..

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Monkey abused at zoo rescued, safe with Dogfather

May 4, 2015

Manama 

The baboon, which was mistreated by an employee at a zoo in Jasra, is safe now at the rescue centre of Tony, the Dogfather of Bahrain. DT News reported earlier this month about the abuse of the same baboon by a staff at the zoo.

A video showing the zoo employee hitting ..

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Bahrainis in jail for abduction

May 4, 2015

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The High Criminal Court has sentenced three Bahraini defendants to one year in jail each on assault and abduction charges. The trio reportedly kidnapped a young boy while he was walking in the village of Bani Jamra before taking him to an abandoned house.

The incident happened d ..

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Colours flying high, so as hopes for a cause

May 4, 2015

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Manama 

Visitors to the Ritz Carlton Bahrain Hotel and Spa had a spectacular view yesterday as hundreds of colourful kites were flying on the sky. Children as well as elders chased the vibrant breeze, filling the sky with colours.

Gulf Finance House (GFH), the Bahrain-based financial ..

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MP calls for drug tests

May 4, 2015

Manama 

A lawmaker has recently proposed to conduct random drug tests in schools, in a bid to limit narcotics consumption among youngsters, as it was announced by the Parliament House on Saturday.

MP Khalifa Al Ghanim said that his proposal came to prevent drugs addiction at an early ..

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Activist tips off police, cockfighting den raided

May 4, 2015

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Manama 

An animal rights organization sought the help of police to raid a cockfighting den in the northern governorate. The animal welfare centre Bahrain Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BSPCA) helped police locate and raid an illegal cockfighting ring in the northern governorate.

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Premier to patronise high-level forum

May 4, 2015

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Manama

Prime Minister HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa and the Arab Ministers responsible for environment, social development and finance will meet here from May 5 to 7 at Ritz Carlton Hotel, for the second session of the Arab High Level Forum on Sustainable Development.

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Media speech lauded

May 4, 2015

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Manama

His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa yesterday received a cable from his wife and President of the Supreme Council for Women (SCW) HRH Princess Sabeeka bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa.  In the message, Princess Sabeeka lauded the noble values embedded in HM the King’s keynote message marking the World Press Freedom ..

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No border for charity

May 4, 2015

Manama

Following the directives of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and guided by Chairman of  Royal Charity Organization (RCO) HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, a ten-member team of young Bahrainis led by Shaikh Isa bin Abdullah Al Khalifa left early yesterday to help build a Bahrain Rescue Camp of 200 ten ..

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BAHRAIN, CHINA TO ENHANCE TRADE TIES

May 4, 2015

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Manama   The growing understanding and the presence of potential grown opportunities in the Kingdom has created greater interest for Chinese investors in Bahrain, said Chief Executive of the EDB Khalid Al Rumaihi.  This came during the visit of ..

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GROUND ATTACK BEGINS

May 4, 2015

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Aden  A "limited" number of Saudi-led ground troops deployed in Yemen's second city Aden yesterday to support loyalist militia fighting rebels, a government official and a militia commander said. "A limited coalition force entered Aden and another force is on its way" to the southern port city, said the official who requested anonymity. The Saudi-led coalition has been ..

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SAVED 3,700 IN A DAY

May 4, 2015

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Rome Italy's coastguard attempted to rescue more migrants in the Mediterranean yesterday after nearly 3,700 were picked up trying to reach Europe on Saturday alone. Although it was not a record, the number saved was one of the highest ever recorded in a single day, and raised fears that the tide of desperate pe ..

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Baby princess meets grandpa

May 4, 2015

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London Prince William and his wife Kate showed off their new baby daughter to their loved ones yesterday as they thanked people around the world for their messages of congratulations. Among the well-wishers was William's brother Prince Harry, away serving with the Australian army, who said of the one-day-old princess: "She is absolutely beautiful. I can't wait to meet her." ..

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Death Toll Surpasses 7,000; Three more saved in Nepal yesterday

May 4, 2015

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Kathmandu The death toll from the devastating earthquake that struck Nepal last weekend is already above 7,000, and a Nepali government minister warned Sunday that it's expected to climb "much higher." "There are still villages where we know that all houses have been destroyed, but have not yet been able to reach," Finance Minister Ram Sharan Mahat said at an event in Baku, ..

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AL KOOHEJI CLAIMS TITLE IN BMR 600

May 4, 2015

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Manama Hussain Al Kooheji was crowned as the first-ever champion of the BMR 600 motorbike series on Friday at a floodlit Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) after completing an impressive double in the season’s sixth and final round, held as part of National Race Day in Sakhir. Also as part of the evening’s events, the BIC 2,000cc Challenge staged its championship final ..

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Spa Endurance: ABU DHABI-PROTON TEAM FOURTH

May 4, 2015

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Manama Abu Dhabi-Proton racing team claimed fourth place in the second round of the WEC Championship at the Spa-Francorchamps 6 Hours race, LMGTE Am class, on board their Porsche 911 RSR No. 88. The team were aiming for a podium finish, particularly after qualifying in third, but two collisions with a Ferrari during the final quarter of the race, affected the balance and perf ..

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Rajasthan Royals, Mumbai Indians winner

May 4, 2015

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New Delhi Ajinkya Rahane and Karun Nair helped Rajasthan Royals get their campaign back on track as they defeated Delhi Daredevils by 14 runs in IPL 8 match at the Brabourne Stadium yesterday. Chasing a massive 190-run target, Daredevils could all manage 175/7 in stipulated 20 overs. Prior to this victory, Rajasthan slumped to their third loss in their last five games (i ..

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Manchester City eye Champions League; Chelsea win title

May 4, 2015

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London  Chelsea won the Premier League title yesterday as former champions Manchester City strengthened their bid for direct entry into next season's Champions League. Eden Hazard scored the only goal of the game as Chelsea beat Crystal Palace 1-0 in front of their own fans at Stamford Bridge to give the Blues an unassailable lead at the top of the table with three games t ..

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Federer ends clay drought with 85th title

May 3, 2015

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Istanbul Roger Federer defeated Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay to clinch the Istanbul Open on Sunday for his 85th career crown and first title on red clay for over a half a decade. The Swiss world number two and 17-time Grand Slam winner showed imperious form ahead of the French Open, beating world number 23 Cuevas after a thrilling second set tie break. Top seed Federer showed ..

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Filipinos groan in disappointment

May 3, 2015

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Manila Millions of boxing fans in the Philippines shouted and groaned in disappointment yesterday as national hero Manny Pacquiao lost to American rival Floyd Mayweather in the "fight of the century". Filipinos filled gymnasiums, cinemas and bars across the nation to watch Pacquiao's 12-round battle with Mayweather in Las Vegas, which he lost in a unanimous points decisio ..

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Pacquiao reveals right shoulder injury

May 3, 2015

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Las Vegas Filipino ring icon Manny Pacquiao revealed he was battling a right shoulder injury on Saturday in his unanimous decision defeat to Floyd Mayweather. Pacquiao said he hurt his right shoulder in training camp some three weeks before the bout, an injury severe enough to have him considering postponing the "Fight of the Century." "But one week before the fight my s ..

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‘I thought I won’ – Pacquiao

May 3, 2015

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Las Vegas A devastated Manny Pacquiao insisted he believed he had beaten Floyd Mayweather despite judges awarding a unanimous points win to his opponent in the richest fight in history yesterday. Pacquiao, 36, said after the Las Vegas superfight he felt he had done enough to be awarded the decision against Mayweather, who cemented his place in the pantheon of boxing< ..

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Welterweight title: Mayweather beats Pacquiao

May 3, 2015

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Las Vegas Floyd Mayweather cemented his status as the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world with a unanimous decision over Manny Pacquiao as the "Fight of the Century" failed to live up to the hype here Saturday. Scattered boos rang out around the crowd of 17,000 in the MGM Grand after Mayweather comfortably outboxed his Filipino rival to frustrate hopes of a full-blooded ..

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Saudi-led coalition using cluster bombs in Yemen: HRW

May 3, 2015

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The Saudi-led coalition has been using US-supplied cluster bombs in its air campaign against Yemeni rebels, Human Rights Watch said on Sunday, warning of the long-term dangers to civilians.

The widely banned munitions contain dozens of submunitions, which sometimes do not explode, becoming de facto landmines that can kill or mai ..

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Mayweather beats Pacquiao by decision

May 3, 2015

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Floyd Mayweather defeated Manny Pacquiao by unanimous decision on Saturday in their long-awaited welterweight world title showdown. In a bout branded boxing's latest "Fight of the Century" Mayweather took his unblemished record to 48-0 adding the Filipino great's World Boxing Organization title to his World Boxing Association and World Boxing Council crowns. Pacquiao fell to 57-6 with two d ..

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Death toll from quake passes 7,000

May 3, 2015

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The death toll in Nepal from last weekend's devastating earthquake has risen to 7,040, an official from the National Emergency Operations Centre said on Sunday.

More than 14,000 other people were injured in the 7.8-magnitude quake that hit the Himalayan nation on August 25, the centre's duty officer said.

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Shadow of Saddam lives on in Iraq

May 3, 2015

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Dozens of Iraqis crowding a Baghdad street fought to glimpse the red-haired man in a glass coffin, hoping to witness the end of a long-feared member of Saddam Hussein's regime.

The furore over the dead man -- who might be Saddam's deputy Izzat al-Duri, though his identity has still not been determined -- is yet another sign of t ..

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Region threatened as Gulf leaders hold summit

May 3, 2015

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Solutions will be hard to find Tuesday when Gulf monarchs hold their annual summit in a region threatened by jihadists and a war in Yemen that has raised tensions with Iran.

"You go down that list, it's very complex," Anthony Cordesman, of the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, said of the challenges f ..

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More than 3,400 migrants rescued at sea in Mediterranean

May 3, 2015

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More than 3,400 migrants were rescued at sea Saturday, mainly off Libya, as Europe seeks ways to deal with the flood of people trying to reach its shores following a series of deadly shipwrecks.

A total of 3,427 people were picked up during the operation coordinated by the Italian coast guard.

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Britain’s boring election reaches gripping finale

May 3, 2015

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After a sterile campaign that has turned many people off, Britons take to the polls on Thursday in a too close to call general election that could trigger an unprecedented bout of political instability.

The vote could help decide whether Britain stays in the European Union and whether Scotland remains in Britain, as well as putt ..

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59 per cent Bahraini youths concerned about IS: Survey

May 3, 2015

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A survey conducted by ASDA’A Burson-Marsteller and Penn Schoen Berlandmore (PSB) claimed that 59 per cent of Bahraini youth were concerned about the threat of ISIS. The organizations published their findings in their survey titled 7th Annual ASDA’A B ..

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May 3, 2015

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Directives given to issue a professional structure for journalists

His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa has reiterated full s ..

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Thai sex slaves freed

May 3, 2015

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Manama Three Thai women believed to have lured into the prostitution in Bahrain were rescued from a locked room in a restaurant yesterday. Thai Foreign Minister Tanasak Patimapragorn called for action after learning of the women's fate and the raid took place at 3.40pm in Manama. Officials said the women were persuaded to go to Bahrain to work at a restaurant in Manama. When they arri ..

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DEATH AT EXHIBITION ROAD NOT ACCIDENT, SAYS COURT

May 3, 2015

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Manama A Saudi national, who fled the country after running his car over a fellow countryman in the Exhibition Road attempted to murder four men, according to court files. DT News reported in March police had launched an extensive manhunt for a Saudi driver after a man was found dead in the parking lot of a hotel on the Exhibition Road. The incident took place on March ..

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OZ TIGHTENS NOOSE AROUND REALTY BIZ

May 3, 2015

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Sydney   Foreigners who break rules on buying Australian real estate will face up to three years in jail or fines of Aus$127,500 (US$100,050) for individuals and Aus$637,500 for companies under tougher rules unveiled Saturday. In announcing the changes, conservative Prime Minister Tony Abbott said his government was in favour of foreign investment. "But it does have to be the rig ..

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UN Security Council declines to back Russia’s Yemen appeal

May 3, 2015

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United Nations The UN Security Council failed Friday to back a Russian appeal for an immediate ceasefire or humanitarian pauses in war-torn Yemen, where critical fuel shortages threatened relief efforts and doctors described desperate scenes. Russia requested an urgent meeting of the 15-member council as the Saudi-led air war on Yemen ..

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On survival path: One week on, Nepal rules out finding more quake survivors

May 3, 2015

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Kathmandu One week on from an earthquake that killed more than 6,700 people, Nepal ruled out finding more survivors buried in the ruins of Kathmandu yesterday despite relatives refusing to give up hope. Two days after any signs of life had been detected among the mountains of rubble that litter the capital, the focus was shifting to reaching survivors in far-flung areas who ..

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Rally Jeddah AL-RAJHI, GOTTSCHALK WIN

May 3, 2015

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Manama  Saudi Arabian driver Yazeed Al-Rajhi and his German navigator Timo Gottschalk stayed out of trouble to record a comfortable victory in Rally Jeddah, after the second desert selective section between Al-Buraikah and Khulais, on Saturday. The Hummer Dbug driver began the day with a lead of 13 minutes 54 seconds over Motair Al-Shammeri’s Nissan Pick-Up, once results ..

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Eight-goal Barcelona rout Cordoba Suarez scores hat-trick

May 3, 2015

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Madrid Luis Suarez scored his first hat-trick for Barcelona as the Catalan giants crushed Cordoba 8-0 yesterday to take another step towards the La Liga title. Cordoba, who haven't won since January, held out for 42 minutes, but a four-goal blitz in 11 minutes either side of half-time ended their return to the top flight after just one season. Ivan Rakitic smashed home t ..

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Burnley, QPR on brink; West Bromwich sink Manchester United

May 3, 2015

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London West Bromwich Albion dealt Manchester United's hopes of automatic Champions League qualification a serious blow with a smash-and-grab 1-0 victory at Old Trafford yesterday. West Brom took a 64th-minute lead when Chris Brunt's free-kick cannoned into the net off team-mate Jonas Olsson and goalkeeper Boaz Myhill preserved their advantage by saving a Rob ..

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Sunrisers Hyderabad beat CSK by 22 runs

May 2, 2015

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New Delhi Sunrisers Hyderabad registered their first victory against Chennai Super Kings at home when they beat the two-time champions by 22 runs at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad yesterday. Chasing a huge victory target of 193 runs, Chennai managed 170/6 in their 20 overs with Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Moises Henriques taking two wickets each. Chennai g ..

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Lorenzo on pole for Spanish GP

May 2, 2015

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Jerez de la Frontera   Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo claimed his first pole position of the season with a new track record time of 1min 37.910sec for the Spanish Grand Prix in Jerez on Saturday. The two-time world champion had been fastest in three of the four practice sessions on Friday and Saturday morning and continued that form into qualifying to break the record set by world champion ..

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It’s a princess Prince William’s wife, Kate, gives birth to baby girl in London hospital

May 2, 2015

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London Prince William's wife Kate gave birth to a baby girl yesterday, to cheers from a crowd of well-wishers outside the hospital as Britain celebrated the royal family's new fourth in line to the throne. The birth was announced to the world in a tweet from Kensington Palace, the couple's London residence, and by a traditional town-crier in a feathered tricorne hat ringing ..

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Later Better Life

May 2, 2015

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Rise In Over 55s Using Retirement Savings To Set Up Businesses Later In Life, Survey Suggests

Forget relaxing in retirement, a survey has found that a growing number of people over the age of 55 are using their savings pots to become later-life entrepreneurs.

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May 2, 2015

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Apple Watch Costs Just $84 To Manufacture Despite Price Tag Of More Than $455   The costs of making an Apple Watch is just $83.70 , according to a report by IHS Technology, making it Apple's highest mark-up. The total cost of components was just $81.20, the company found, with a $2.50 manufacturing cost making the total just 24% of the price of Apple's cheapest wat ..

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Educational fair closing time pushed to 10 pm

May 2, 2015

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Education Minister Dr. Majid Al Nuaimi directed to extend the closing time of the "Zidni Elman Abni Watanan" (Enlighten Me With More Knowledge and I Will Build a Nation) exhibition to 10 pm instead of 8 pm on Saturday. The decision was made following the massive turnout of visitors to the exhibition, organised by the Education Ministry at Bahrain International Exhibi ..

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British royal baby’s first A to Z

May 2, 2015

From baby fashion to specially-minted coins, here is an A to Z on the birth of Prince William and his wife Kate's second child, due to be born shortly after his mother went into labour earlier on Saturday.

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Tesla announces low-cost batteries for homes

May 2, 2015

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Elon Musk claims at launch that two billion large batteries could provide enough electricity to meet the world’s needs

The electric car company Tesla has announced its entry into the energy market, unveiling a suite of low-cost solar batteries for homes, businesses and uti ..

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Anger as Facebook bug blocked pictures

May 2, 2015

Facebook has faced a backlash from users who found some posts disappeared while others couldn't link to content outside the social network.

The problems which began on Thursday followed a software update that seems to have caused the glitch. Some users wanting to post updates containing links were mistakenly sent a warning sayi ..

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Nepal’s rich cultural heritage devastated by quake

May 2, 2015

Sujan Shrestha says it breaks his heart to look at the piles of rubble that are all that remain of the ancient Nepalese temples where he has worshipped all his life.

The 28-year-old shopkeeper grew up in a house just off Patan Durbar Square, a spectacular World Heritage site in the quake-hit Kathmandu Valley packed with ornately ..

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In US, all presidents want their own temples

May 2, 2015

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It's not easy for a world leader to create a public image that will last long after he or she leaves office. But it's a bit easier for American presidents.

Those who spend time living at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue then have the privilege of setting up a presidential library, housing their papers for public study, coupled with a mu ..

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London Eye lit by Facebook election chat

May 2, 2015

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The London Eye tourist attraction was lit up Saturday in party political colours reflecting the amount of social media interactions about them on Facebook.

The giant observation wheel overlooking the Houses of Parliament on the other side of the River Thames is being lit up this way every night in the run-up to Thursday's genera ..

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Baltimore protesters defy curfew after police officers charged

May 2, 2015

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Numerous protesters were arrested for defying a curfew in Baltimore Friday night, hours after six police were charged over the death of an African-American man who was in their custody.

The protesters struck a defiant chord with police, even after the six officers were charged earlier in the day over the death of 25-year-old Fre ..

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EU, NATO try to counter Russian propaganda

May 2, 2015

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Western powers are getting set to counter an expertly crafted Russian disinformation campaign over Ukraine which has left them wrong-footed too many times for comfort.

The aim is to win the daily battle for the news headlines, to get the EU and NATO story out to show that Russia's message falls well short of the truth.

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Brushing her dreams nuevo & spry

May 2, 2015

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Painting as an art seems to be an easy job if you don’t  know how to draw. But for those who have a talent and knowledge on drawing, it is a very difficult job. Some say drawing a picture, is depicting the impressions or images our eyes capture. Some say artists recreate their memories of events and things, with ..

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BAHRAIN’S FANTASTIC 4

May 2, 2015

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Four Bahrain residents have made it into Forbes’ list of top Indian businessmen in the Middle East.

Top business leaders in the Arab World, a ranking published by Forbes Middle East included four Bahrain-based businessmen and executives.

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Over 5,000 people attend Medical Fair 2015 at ISB

May 2, 2015

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Medical Fair 2015, a medical camp organized at Isa Town yesterday witnessed unprecedented participation with more than 5,000 people thronging into the ten-hour long event.

The fair, targeting expatriate employees, was held at the Indian School Bahrain (ISB) premises. The camp wa ..

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RELIGIOUS LEADERS MEET TO DISCUSS WORLD PEACE

May 2, 2015

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After hosting an interfaith conference earlier this week in Bahrain, an international peace organization said it plans to hold more such initiatives to promote peace and unity in the Middle East.

Twenty-five Bahrain-based religious leaders from various faiths including Islam, Si ..

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Better safe than sorry

May 2, 2015

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With fire accidents at traditional markets have noticeably increased during the past few years, traders have called for setting more precautionary measurements to avoid great losses and further such incidents.

A representative of traders in Manama traditional market (souq) has w ..

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Annual roads network survey commences

May 2, 2015

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Roads Projects and Maintenance Director at the Ministry of Works, Municipalities Affairs & Urban Planning, Raed Al Salah said the Ministry would host a team from Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Transport to carry out a field survey on Bahrain’s roads network for two weeks. This will be done along with the Minist ..

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PRINCE SALMAN MEETS SAUDI CROWN PRINCE

May 2, 2015

Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister, HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa  yesterday met Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior of Saudi Arabia, Prince Mohammed bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Deputy Crown Prince, Second Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence Affairs, Prince Mohammed bin Salman ..

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Press more for growth

May 2, 2015

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On the occasion of the World Press Freedom Day, which is annually observed on May 3, Prime Minister HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa confirmed  Bahrain, led by His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, has been a role model in  practising freedom of expression and openness before the whole world.

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Tailor acquitted in groping case

May 2, 2015

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Manama A tailor accused of sexually abusing a woman was acquitted due to lack of proof. He was tried before the High Criminal Court, which said “contradictory” statements from the victim lead to the acquittal. The woman alleged the Asian suspect groped her private parts while taking measurements of her body. "I went to the shop to stitch a dress. But as he was taking the measurement ..

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LIFT OFFERED CAR LIFTED!

May 2, 2015

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Manama While driving home one fine day, the victim in a robbery case had no idea what was in store for him. As he reached Hamad Town’s fourth roundabout, he saw his neighbor standing at the sidewalk and so stopped the car beside him. “I stopped the car and asked him if he needed a lift. He shook his head in approv ..

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Warships to accompany US ships into Gulf

May 2, 2015

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Washington  US naval forces have started "accompanying" American-flagged commercial ships passing through the Strait of Hormuz, defense officials said Thursday, after Iran seized a Marshall Islands-flagged vessel this week. The move means American warships will be in the area and in contact with commercial vessels but not carrying out a full-fledged escort, officials in Wa ..

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To separate from oil ministry, Saudi restructures state-owned ARAMCO

May 2, 2015

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Riyadh Saudi Arabia's Supreme Economic Council has approved a restructuring of state oil company Saudi Aramco that includes separating it from the oil ministry, Al Arabiya television channel reported on Friday, citing sources. There are no indications that the move will lead to changes in the fundamental way the world's top crude exporter makes its oil decisions. However ..

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Streaming site: Grooveshark shuts, apologize

May 1, 2015

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New York  Grooveshark, an early leader in music streaming that enraged major labels by letting users upload copyrighted songs, abruptly shut down late Thursday after years of litigation. Amid the rapid growth of streaming services such as Spotify that cooperate with the music industry, Grooveshark's website went dark as the company avoided potential penalties in the hundre ..

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Berlin deleted ’12,000 NSA spying requests’

May 1, 2015

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Berlin The German intelligence service BND, which is accused of helping the United States spy on EU leaders and companies, had actually "deleted 12,000 requests" targeting European officials, according to Saturday's edition of the Der Spiegel weekly. The BND has come under fire after German media reported that it spied on officials from the French presidency, French foreign ..

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Saudi says dozens of Yemen rebels dead in border battle

May 1, 2015

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Riyadh Saudi Arabia said its forces on Thursday killed dozens of rebels from Yemen who launched their first major attack on the kingdom since Saudi-led air strikes began last month. Three Saudi soldiers also died in the battle after the rebels targeted their observation posts, the defence ministry said. "The ground troops today repelled an attack at the southern Najran b ..

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Shattered: 1,000 Europeans still missing after Nepal quake

May 1, 2015

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 Kathmandu One thousand EU citizens are still unaccounted for in Himalayan Nepal, diplomats said yesterday, almost a week after a massive earthquake that has claimed more than 6,300 lives and left survivors desperate for aid. The Europeans had mostly been climbing in the avalanche-hit Everest region and trekking in the remote Langtang range near the epicentre of the quake ..

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US MANUFACTURING PMI SLOWS IN APRIL

May 1, 2015

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Washington  US manufacturing continued to growth at a sluggish pace in April, partly hurt by the strong dollar but supported by cheap energy, the Institute for Supply Management said Wednesday. But, in the separate University of Michigan consumer survey, consumer optimism surged last month to its second highest level since 2007, helped by gains in jobs and incomes. The ..

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HORSESHOW BIG SUCCESS

May 1, 2015

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Manama  Arabian Horse Organisation officials and the owners of participating horses praised the outstanding organisation of the Late Shaikh Faisal bin Hamad Al Khalifa Arabian Horse show, which concluded recently at the BDF Equestrian Centre in Sakhir. It was held under the patronage of His Majesty the King’s Representative for Charity and Youth Affairs and Bahrain R ..

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SHILLA TRIUMPHS IN RICHEST RACE

May 1, 2015

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Manama  Third favourite Shilla owned by Kumail A Jalil Al Mallah, trained by Jalil Al Mallah and ridden by Marco Monteriso won by a length for the richest race yesterday for the Al Salam Cup open to all classes of imported three year olds and upwards fillies and mares over 2,000 metres and worth BD5,000 in the 25th race and concluding meeting of the season at the Rashid ..

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UN Security Council meets on Yemen crisis

May 1, 2015

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United Nations The UN Security Council on Friday went into closed-door consultations on the crisis in Yemen, where fuel shortages are threatening relief operations as the Saudi-led bombing campaign entered a sixth week. Russia requested the meeting to push for an end to the fighting or at least humanitarian pauses to give civilians some reprieve. UN Secretary-General Ban ..

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Space radiation may harm astronauts’ brains: study

May 1, 2015

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Miami Flying people to deep space -- like Mars or an asteroid -- is high on NASA's wish list, but research on mice suggested Friday that extended radiation exposure permanently harms the brain. Central nervous system damage and cognitive impairments were observed in lab animals that were exposed to highly energetic charged particles -- similar to the galactic cosmic rays th ..

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Tigers fight back: Tamin, Kayes hit brilliant tons

May 1, 2015

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Khulna Openers Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes hit unbeaten centuries to lead a brilliant fightback by Bangladesh on the fourth day of the first Test against Pakistan in Khulna yesterday. The left-handed pair put on their nation's highest partnership for any wicket as Bangladesh, trailing by 296 runs on the first innings, closed the day strongly at 273 for no loss in their second knock. Tami ..

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Major fire outbreak at Muharraq Gold Souk

May 1, 2015

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Manama A major fire that erupted in a storehouse at the Muharraq Gold Souq has sent panic waves across Bahrain yesterday. However, no casualties had been reported. An eyewitness told DT News that the fire erupted all of a sudden at around 5.15 pm.  “Within no time, as many as ten Civil Defence units rushed to the spot and were able to put out the fire,” he said ..

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ISB gets green signal for Indian students intake

May 1, 2015

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Manama In a big relief to the Indian community, the Ministry of Education (MoE) has given green signal to Indian School Bahrain (ISB) to admit Indian students in the waiting list. Earlier, the ministry had told the school to stop admission for all classes, causing inconvenience to parents and students. The ministry had also ordered to send back the students who recently got transf ..

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May day is just another day for these labourers

May 1, 2015

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Manama Perched atop the boundary wall of the cemetery in Manama, the labourers are completely oblivious about the significance of the Labour Day or International Workers’ Day that falls today. For them, who do odd jobs to make the ends meet, a holiday probably means hunger. “We cannot afford to take a holiday, for we have a family back home. They are entirely depended on us,” M ..

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WOMEN TAME MANLY BIKES!

May 1, 2015

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The enthusiasm of hitting roads on weekends is on the rise in Bahrain, it seems, as the authorities have also confirmed a dramatic increase in the number of motorcycle licence aspirants in the past few years. And to accommodate them, the national driving school in Bahrain has improved its facilities. It may be note ..

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Profit at $52m STRONG DOLLAR HURTS Q1 NET PROFIT OF ABC

May 1, 2015

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Manama  The soaring US dollar has badly hurt the profit of Arab Banking Corporation (ABC) in the first quarter of 2015, the Bahrain-based bank announced yesterday pointing out that the dollar has strengthened against almost all domestic currencies in geographies where it operates. Higher operating expenses and net impairment provisions also impacted the bottom line. Consol ..

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Partnership with Shaikh Ahmed Bin Abdulla: RAPID ACCESS CELEBRATES FIFTEEN YEARS OF SUCCESS

May 1, 2015

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Manama  The Bahrain operations of Rapid Access, provider of powered access solutions, is celebrating its 15th anniversary with sponsor Shaikh Ahmed bin Abdulla. Rapid Access, part of UK based Lavendon Group, the world leader in the rental of powered aerial work platform, has depots throughout the GCC including the UAE, KSA, Qatar, Kuwait and Oman. Rapid Access was establi ..

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Gulf ministers meet as Yemen conflict rages

May 1, 2015

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Riyadh Gulf foreign ministers met yesterday in the Saudi capital for talks on their military operation in Yemen, where Iran-backed Huthi rebels have defied air strikes and refused to give ground. Ministers from the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council, which includes Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the U ..

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FLUBBERS FLEX THEIR MUSCLES !

May 31, 2014

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Is negligence a perfect synonym for error?

While the Health Ministry’s (MoH) recent suspension of three doctors serve a big yes to the question, Bahrain Medical Society (BMS) has taken an opposite stance, stirring up a new controversy.

The professional body holds the view that “error” a ..

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BOLSTERING FRIENDSHIP

May 31, 2014

FRND

Manama

Parliament Chairman Khalifa Al Dhahrani yesterday affirmed the importance of bolstering cooperation with friendly Tajikistan in the political, parliamentary, legislative, economic and cultural fields, while receiving Tajikistan President Emomalii Rahmon at his residence yesterday.

Emph ..

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TRAFFIC LAW AWAITS KING’S APPROVAL

May 31, 2014

Pic set

Following seven years of endless debate between the Kingdom’s legislative bodies, the Shura Council has passed a new traffic law, which bans expatriates from obtaining a driving licence if their jobs do not require it.

In an exceptional session held on Thursday, majority of Shura Council members gave a nod to the new law, whic ..

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BAHRAIN PILGRIM INJURED IN MECCA

May 31, 2014

MECXA

A Bahraini woman was injured yesterday while performing the Umrah in Saudi Arabia, after being crushed by a crowd of pilgrims who flocked to the Grand Mosque in Mecca.

Bahrain’s Consul General in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia Mohammed Al Muslimani said that the pilgrim suffered several rib fractures and internal hemorrhage.

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FIRE GUTS THREE CARS

May 31, 2014

FIRE

For the firefighters, the weekend was no different than the weekdays, which witnessed over ten fire incidents all over Bahrain.

In two separate incidents, three cars were gutted yesterday. The first fire occurred when a group of rioters attacked police personnel with petrol bombs in Karbabad in the late afternoon.

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DUSTY DAYS AHEAD

May 31, 2014

DUSTY

Starting Wednesday, Bahrain and other Gulf countries are in for dusty weather as Al Bareh winds are likely to make a landfall, Meteorological Directorate has said.

Elaborating the phenomenon, Meteorological Director Adel Dahham said they are dusty winds that hover over the region for as long as 40 days. “The regression of the ..

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MINISTRY KEEN ON SERVING CITIZENS

May 31, 2014

MINISTRY

Manama

Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning Minister Dr. Juma Al Kaabi stressed the ministry’s keenness to boost transparency and optimise services for citizens.

He was speaking as he received citizens to reach out to their needs as part of the ministry’s open-door policy.

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INDIAN FISHEERMAN NOT REGISTERED

May 31, 2014

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The six Indian fishermen, including 47-year-old Thomas Soosai, who was shot dead as pirates attacked their fishing dhow on May 21, were not registered at the Indian Embassy, it was revealed.

Speaking during the Open House held yesterday at the embassy premise in Adliya, Indian Ambassador Dr. Mohan Kumar said: “We found out tha ..

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12 KILLED IN YEMEN CLASH

May 31, 2014

12

Sanaa

Clashes between rebels and tribesmen backed by national army units in Yemen have killed at least 12 people, security officials and tribal leaders said yesterday.

Officials said that fighting resumed late Thursday night when Hawthi rebels attacked a checkpoint and two locations where tri ..

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DUBAI IMPOSE 24-HR BAN ON TOBACCO

May 31, 2014

TOBACO

Dubai:

In a bid to support World No Tobacco Day, nearly 500 shops will stop selling tobacco products for 24 hours today.

The decision has been taken to educate the public about the harmful impact of smoking and its related diseases.

“Our initiative is ai ..

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BREAKTHROUGH IN NERS CURE

May 31, 2014

BREAK

Geneva

An international team of scientists say they have identified a compound that can fight coronaviruses, responsible for the SARS and MERS outbreaks, which currently have no cure.

Coronaviruses affect the upper and lower respiratory tracts in humans. They are the reason for up to a third ..

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SIEMENS MULLS JOB OUT

May 31, 2014

SEIMENS

Frankfurt

German industrial giant Siemens said yesterday that it would eliminate about 11,600 jobs around the world as part of a major restructuring. Chief executive Joe Kaeser told a conference of investors and analysts in New York on Thursday that a previously announced cost-cutting drive would create “noticeable changes all ..

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QA EDINBURGH SERVICE BEGINS

May 31, 2014

QA

Scotland

Qatar Airways has commenced services between Edinburgh and Doha. The inaugural flight, which landed into Edinburgh International Airport yesterday was welcomed with a traditional water cannon salute, the classic sound of Scottish bagpipes and a gathering crowd within the airport terminal. This new Scottish addition to t ..

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SPACEX UNVEILS A TECH MARVEL

May 31, 2014

MARVEL

Los Angeles

A sleek, white gumdrop-shaped space capsule that aims to carry up to seven astronauts to the International Space Station and return to land anywhere on Earth was unveiled Thursday by SpaceX. The Dragon V2, short for version two, is the first attempt by a private company to restore Americans’ ability to send people ..

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SMARTPHONES.TABLET DRIVING RETAIL GROWTH

May 31, 2014

TAB

Singapore

Smartphones and tablet computers are expected to boost online retail sales in the Asia-Pacific region to more than $400 billion a year by 2018, a report said yesterday. As a result, retailers are increasingly adapting their websites to capitalise on the trend and allow customers to browse and purchase goods with mobile ..

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ABE TOURS SINGAPORE

May 31, 2014

SINGAP

Singapore

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe toured Singapore’s two gaming resorts yesterday as his government considers legalising casino gambling to give the country’s economy a much-needed boost. Abe arrived in the city-state for a weekend Asian security summit and headed straight to the massive Marina Bay Sands (MBS) com ..

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GOOGLE OPENS PATH FOR BEING ‘FORGOTTEN’

May 31, 2014

GOOGLEO

San Francisco

Google began letting people in Europe formally request to be “forgotten” by the world’s leading Internet search service. The move came just weeks after the European Court of Justice ruled that individuals have the right to have links to information about them deleted from searches under certain circumstances, ..

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‘GANGNAM STYLE’ GALLOPS RECORD

May 31, 2014

GANGNAM

San Francisco

South Korean pop phenomenon Psy is on pace to gallop into the record books this weekend with his “Gangnam Style” mega hit set to smash through the two-billion mark on YouTube. It would be a first at YouTube, where “Baby” by Justin Bieber in February became the only other video in the billion-view club.

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TIANANMEN ACTIVISTS PRESSURISE CHINA

May 31, 2014

CHINA

Tokyo

Dozens of pro-democracy activists gathered in Japan yesterday to call for global pressure on Beijing, days ahead of the 25th anniversary marking the brutal crushing of the Tiananmen Square protests.

“There used to be legitimacy in the Chinese government that was based on an ideal. But ..

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US VETERANS CHIEF RESIGNS

May 31, 2014

CHIEF

Washington

President Barack Obama’s under-fire Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned yesterday, paying the price for an expanding scandal over failures in health care for American veterans. “A few minutes ago, Secretary Shinseki offered his resignation. And with considerable regret, I accepted,” Obama said. The ..

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MH370 SEARCH ON RIGHT TRACK CLAIMS CHIEF

May 31, 2014

MH370

Sydney

The head of Australia's transport safety bureau has defended the fruitless hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, saying he is confident that search teams are targeting the right area.

Satellite analysis in the days after the Boeing 777 went missing on March 8 with 239 people ..

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UKRAINE ‘BREACHES’ GENEVA CONVENTION

May 31, 2014

GENEVA

Moscow

Russia yesterday accused Kiev's armed forces of breaching international law protecting civilians in wartime by killing and wounding peaceful citizens as it fights pro-Russian insurgents. The Investigative Committee, the Russian equivalent of the FBI, said in a statement that Ukraine's armed forces as well as its National ..

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NEW ERA IN EUROPE

May 31, 2014

NEW ERA

The victory of Front National in the EU elections and its greatest triumph ever is attributed to the policy of "detoxification" conducted by Marine Le Pen since she took over in 2011. But its enemies remain unconvinced that the FN has become in any sense a normal or acceptable political force. Mainstream politicians regard the FN as a classic party of the nationali ..

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DJOKOVIC, FEDERER, SHARAPOVA ADVANCE

May 31, 2014

DJO

Paris

Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer passed tough four-set tests to reach the French Open last-16 yesterday where they were joined by outspoken Latvian Ernests Gulbis. Second seed Djokovic, the 2012 runner-up, stretched his career streak over Croatia’s 25th seed Marin Cilic to 9-0 after a topsy-turvy 6-3, 6-2, 6-7 (2/7), 6-4 ..

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AL RIFFA WIN TITLE

May 31, 2014

AL RIFFA

Al Riffa were crowned league champions for the 11th time after defeating Al Malkiya 3-1 last night at the National Stadium in Riffa to pip Manama to the title in the final matches of the 2013-14 VIVA Bahrain Premier League Football season. It was heartbreak on the other hand for Manama who despite their best efforts in winning 5-0 against Al Shabab at Khalifa Sp ..

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HAJWERI CLAIM DRAMATIC WIN

May 29, 2014

WIN

Hajweri CC defeated Danube XI by four runs in a dramatic match in the Corporate Challenger Cup organised by Cricket Bahrain Association (CBA) at the Hunainiya Valley in Riffa. Batting first, Hajweri CC were dismissed for just 140 runs in 17 overs after making a fine start with 90 runs on the board in the first 10 overs for the loss of three wickets. The innings ..

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GIRL HURT BY BULLET!

May 29, 2014

bull

When the social media literally went viral with the news of a girl being shot at inside her school premises, like everyone, at DT News, we too were in a state of shock.

However, it came as a great relief when the Ministry of Interior (MoI) later came up with a clarification that the social media was fabricating lies and spreadin ..

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A MISSION TO THE ROOF OF THE WORLD

May 29, 2014

MISSION1

Manama

Injecting a new vigour into the bilateral ties with Tajikistan, Bahrain yesterday signed several deals with the mountainous central Asian nation, which would allow both the countries to establish joint projects in key areas including investment, tourism, infrastructure, transportation, telecommunication and modern technol ..

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CYLINDER BLAST INJURES THREE

May 29, 2014

gas

A gas cylinder explosion wounded two Asian workers and injured a citizen in Muharraq Governorate yesterday. The citizen was injured while he tried to save the Asian workers, DT News has learnt. The incident took place around 2pm in Galali, where a rooftop room of a three-storey building was severely damaged after the gas cylinder exploded.

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BLASTS, FIRE RAVAGE KINGDOM

May 29, 2014

KINGDOM

Jerdab, a quiet and sleepy village in the Kingdom, yesterday morning woke up to a thunderous explosion. The explosion was caused by gas leak.

The gas cylinder shop, located at the Central Governorate’s village where the explosion occurred was completely gutted as fire erupted soon after the explosion.

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UNIVERSITY LANDS IN SALARY MESS

May 29, 2014

SALARY

A local private university has been accused of delaying employees’ salaries for more than two months. It has been reported that more than 40 employees, including senior officials were not paid their salary by the administration. Quoting anonymous sources, a vernacular daily had reported that several employees had decided to sue the Gulf University administration ..

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COURT UPHOLDS ATM BOMBERS’ SENTENCE

May 29, 2014

ATM

The Supreme Criminal Appeals Court upheld the sentences of two persons convicted of bombing ATMs across Bahrain.

They were among four Bahrainis who were found guilty for carrying out attacks on ATMs over a period of four days last year in Sanad, Sitra, and at the Credimax building in Seef, causing damage of more than BD42,000.

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TERROR CONVICTS LOSE APPEAL

May 29, 2014

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Eight convicts, who allegedly had a link with an Iran-backed terrorist organisation lost their appeals yesterday at the Supreme Criminal Appeals Court.

Two of them were earlier sentenced to life in prison for leading Jaish Al Imam (Army of Imam) which planned attacks across the country. The six other defendants have been jailed ..

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IS CADBURY SAFE TO EAT?

May 29, 2014

CADBURY

When the BBC News reported yesterday that Cadbury chocolates were found with traces of pork DNA in Malaysia, consumers of the beloved chocolate, especially those living in the Arab world got upset and wondered if they had already consumed the contaminated product.

The news did not only create panic in Malaysia and the rest of th ..

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11 NABBED OVER TELECOM SCAM

May 29, 2014

TELE

Manama

Police yesterday arrested 11 Asian men for running a prize scam by posing as members of a telecommunication company, an Interior Ministry statement said.

According to the General Director of Criminal Investigation and Forensic Science the arrested individuals hail from different Asian ..

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ALL EYES ON EGYPT

May 29, 2014

ALL

Polls closed yesterday in an Egyptian presidential election seen as a plebiscite on the ex-army chief frontrunner, after voting was extended when turnout fell below that won by the Islamist leader he deposed.

Ballot counting has already begun, and preliminary results are expected overnight, with ex-army chief Abdel Fattah Al Sis ..

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GERMANY SCOUTS FOR BIZ PARTNERS

May 29, 2014

BIZ

As many as 25 companies were represented in the German Catalogue Show, which aims to encourage partnerships between German and Bahraini companies.

“Bahrain plays a key role in our strategy. Many companies are represented in the Kingdom today as they are looking for partners. The success enjoyed by some German industries in set ..

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PASSENGER DEMANDS UP

May 29, 2014

PASSENGER

International passenger demand was up 8.5 per cent year-on-year in April with airlines in all regions registering solid growth.

Middle East carriers posted strongest gains, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) report released recently. However, growth of global air freight markets for the same month wa ..

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DON’T DRIVE IT, IT’LL DRIVE YOU!

May 29, 2014

DRIVE1

Los Angeles

Google unveiled plans to build its own self-driving car -- minus the steering wheel -- that it hopes to begin testing in the coming months.

“They won’t have a steering wheel, accelerator pedal, or brake pedal... because they don’t need them. Our software and sensors do all t ..

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QATAR NEARS RAFALE DEAL

May 29, 2014

RAFALE

Paris

Qatar could firm up its interest in buying French Rafale fighter planes when its new Emir, Shaikh Tamim Ben Hamad Al Thani visits Paris on June 23, the La Tribune financial website reported yesterday.

The contract is of vital importance to the Dassault Aviation group which builds the pl ..

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MICROSOFT COMES UP WITH REAL-TIME TRANSLATION

May 29, 2014

MICROSOFT

Washington

Microsoft has announced what it called a breakthrough in real-time voice translation and said it would offer a test version through its Skype messaging unit before the end of 2014.

The US tech giant demonstrated the new Skype Translator at the Code Conference, saying it fulfils a v ..

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BOEHRINGER FINED $650M

May 29, 2014

FINED

Frankfurt

German pharmaceuticals maker Boehringer Ingelheim said yesterday it has agreed to pay $650 million to settle around 4,000 lawsuits relating to its blood-thinning drug Pradaxa.

“Boehringer Ingelheim announced today that the company has reached a comprehensive settlement of state an ..

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TALIBAN CONDEMN US EXIT STRATEGY

May 29, 2014

TALIBAN

Kabul

Taliban insurgents yesterday denounced US plans to keep troops in Afghanistan up to the end of 2016, threatening to wage war against the “occupation” until the very last foreign soldier pulls out. But outgoing President Hamid Karzai welcomed the timetable for the US’s complete withdrawal and called on the insurgents ..

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OBAMA WARNS CHINESE ‘AGGRESSION’

May 29, 2014

OBAMA

West Point

President Barack Obama warned yesterday that the United States was ready to respond to China’s “aggression” toward its neighbours at sea but said Washington should lead by example by ratifying a key treaty. In a wide-ranging speech on foreign policy to US military cadets at West Point, Obama said that the United ..

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THAI RED SHIRTS FREED

May 29, 2014

THAI1

Bangkok

Thailand's junta yesterday freed leaders of the "Red Shirt" movement allied to the ousted government, as social media users reacted with alarm to rumours of a "block" of Facebook. Since seizing power last week the military has summoned more than 250 people, curtailed liberties under martial law and imposed a nightly curf ..

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LE PEN SEEKS EU POWER

May 29, 2014

LEPEN

Brussels

Fresh from her shock victory in European elections on home turf, French far-right chief Marine Le Pen yesterday launched a strong bid for leadership of the eurosceptic camp in Brussels. After driving her National Front (NF) to first place with 24 percent of the vote in France, Le Pen hopes to form and take command of a ..

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CESAR SET TO DEFEND

May 29, 2014

CESAR

Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar insisted that he will silence any doubters who believe coach Luiz Felipe Scolari should consider looking beyond him as the World Cup hosts target a sixth triumph.

“I come in with my suitability in the position questioned, but happy and 100 percent ready,” the 34-year-old said as he settled into ..

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TAJIK PRESIDENT IN BAHRAIN

May 28, 2014

TAJIK

Manama

With the aim of taking bilateral relations to new heights, Tajik President Emomalii Rahmon arrived in Bahrain last evening.

The Tajik President will hold talks with His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa on bilateral relations and means of bolstering joint cooperation.

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WHO WILL HELP HER ?

May 28, 2014

savi

A Bahraini woman is pleading for assistance after allegedly being a victim of medical negligence over two years ago.

Fatima Al Burshaid, 28, a mother of three children, had undergone a caesarean section at the Royal Medical Services Hospital in February, 2012.

Two days following the surgery, ..

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FINGERS POINT AT KITCHEN STAFF

May 28, 2014

BLAST

Carelessness from the part of kitchen staff has turned out to be the reason behind the cylinder explosion at Lulu Centre on Monday night.

It emerged that the kitchen staff of a pizza outlet in Lulu Centre left the place after keeping the stove on, a source told DT News.

“Gas had filled the ..

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COMPLETE FALSE, BAG CRIES FOUL

May 28, 2014

false

Bahrain Airport Company (BAC) has rubbished reports which claimed that a power outage on Monday night caused a standstill at the international airport.

Speaking to DT News, BAC Spokesperson said that the reports were hoax and the outage was limited to a few shops inside the airport.

“The so ..

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‘VOTE OR DIE’

May 28, 2014

VOTE

Cairo

An Egyptian television actor yesterday suggested that those who fail to vote should ‘be shot’ amid reports of low turnout forcing the country to give an extra day to vote for presidential election.

Abdel Fattah Al Sisi, the retired field marshall who toppled Islamist president Moham ..

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LULU SCOOPS MERA AWARD

May 28, 2014

LULU1

Bahrain operations of Lulu Hypermarket, one of the fastest-growing retail operators in the world, has won the much coveted Middle East Retail Academy (MERA) Best Retailer of the Year award for its impressive performance as consumer I.T. supplies retailer.

The jury has found that sales in PC, tablets, PC and phone accessories, ta ..

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TRAPPED IN JOBS

May 28, 2014

TRAPPED

Geneva

More than half of the developing world’s workers are trapped in vulnerable jobs, working for themselves or in unpaid family work, according to a report that calls for better quality employment to drive economic growth.

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) also highlights an ur ..

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FINANCIAL CRISIS SPURRED OBESITY

May 28, 2014

OBESITY

Paris

The 2008 financial crisis spurred obesity’s spread in the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development’s 34 member countries -- most of whose inhabitants are overweight, an OECD report said yesterday.

The grouping, which includes the world’s richest nations, has seen obes ..

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BANKING REFORM SLOW, SAYS IMF

May 28, 2014

BANKING

London

Progress to overhaul the global banking sector and prevent another financial crisis has been “too slow”, International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde warned here yesterday.

“The good news is that the international community has made progress on the reform agenda,” Lagard ..

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HISTORIC TOUICHDOWN

May 28, 2014

HISTO

Qatar Airways yesterday commenced full operations at its new state-of-the-art hub, Hamad International Airport (HIA).

With the first Qatar Airways commercial flight QR1113 from Bahrain landing at HIA at 09:10 local time, all operations for all airlines have now been transferred to HIA.

“The ..

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SINGAPORE PM REJECTS COMPENSATION OFFER

May 28, 2014

SINGA

Singapore

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has rejected as “derisory” a compensation offer by a local blogger who defamed him, the premier’s lawyer said yesterday paving the way for a possible lawsuit. “Your client’s offer of Sg$5,000 ($4,000) is derisory and completely disregards the gravity of your client’s ..

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FEAR ENVELOPES DONETSK STREETS

May 28, 2014

DONE

Donetsk

As a short burst of shelling and machine gun fire subsides somewhere in the middle distance, Lera Meteiko crouches by the roadside with a few plastic bags of her possessions.

She had watched from her apartment building overlooking Donetsk airport as Ukrainian government helicopters ba ..

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SECURITY HIT FRESH BOKO HARAM ATTACK

May 28, 2014

KANO

Kano

Suspected Boko Haram gunmen attacked the military and police in the northeast Nigerian town of Buni Yadi, where the group massacred scores of students earlier this year, witnesses said yesterday. Multiple witnesses said that the insurgents stormed the remote town at 8:00 pm (1900 GMT) on Monday, firing first on soldiers man ..

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US TO DOWN SIZE ITS AFGHAN TROOP LEVEL

May 28, 2014

US1

Washington

The United States plans to reduce its troop presence in Afghanistan to 9,800 this year and to bring its military intervention to an end by the end of 2016, a senior official said yesterday. President Barack Obama was to announce the plan, which depends on the Afghan government agreeing to sign a joint security agreeme ..

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SHAIKH HASSAN FIFTH IN FRANCE

May 28, 2014

SHAIKH

Bahrain show jumping team captain, Shaikh Hassan bin Rashid Al Khalifa finished in a solid fifth podium position in the Grand Prix/Accumulator Classic Fontainebleau CSI2* (CSI2 star) show jumping event in France. Riding in his first European show of the 2014 season, Shaikh Hassan rode his own horse, The Gruns, in a time of 63.34 seconds with a maximum 65 points ove ..

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BIC ORGANISES F1 SCREENING

May 28, 2014

BI

Members of the local media and the Bahrain International Circuit’s (BIC) Media Club enjoyed a screening of the Formula 1 Grand Prix de Monaco 2014 on Sunday at Ammar Time Cafe in Adliya. Organised by the BIC Media and Public Relations Department, the screening was held to boost relations between BIC and the national media and as a part of the vibrant motorsport c ..

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MLADENOVIC STUNTS LI NA

May 28, 2014

STUNTS

Paris

Former champion Li Na, the second-seeded Chinese superstar and Australian Open winner, was sensationally dumped out of the French Open in the first round yesterday beaten by a tearful Kristina Mladenovic. Li, the 2011 champion, went down 7-5, 3-6, 6-1 to the 103rd-ranked blonde Frenchwoman -- the Roland Garros junior champ ..

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JAPAN BEAT CYPRUS (1-0)

May 28, 2014

JAPAN

Saitama

Defender Atsuto Uchida spared Japan’s blushes with a 43rd-minute winner as the Asian champions beat Cyprus 1-0 in their final home World Cup warm-up yesterday. Japan, who looked heavy-legged after a punishing training camp last week, face Ivory Coast in their opening game at the World Cup in Brazil on June 14. Right-ba ..

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WHY THIS DEATHLY SILENCE ?

May 27, 2014

why

Dead men tell no tales, they say.  If it were otherwise, by this time the 62-year-old V. Elanchezhiyan would have learnt why, when and how his son committed suicide, that is, if he is actually dead! Yes, Elanchezhiyan who ekes out a living as a daily wage labourer back in India is in state of terrible suspense ever since he received unconfirmed reports on May 15 t ..

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KINGDOM ON RIGHT PATH

May 27, 2014

KINGDM

Manama

Prime Minister HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa yesterday stated that the Kingdom is on the right track as political associations and groups are contributing their best to build the Kingdom.

Holding a meeting with the newly formed Advisory Board of the Al Menbar National Islami ..

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BLAST AT LULU CENTRE

May 27, 2014

LULU

A blast occurred at Lulu Centre in Manama last night caused panic in the locality. Initially, the social media went viral claiming that it was a terrorist attack. However, later reports confirmed that the blast was caused by a gas leakage in the storeroom of the mall. According to Interior Ministry’s Twitter page, Civil Defence personnel instantly rushed to the s ..

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LIFE SENTENCE TO FOUR CAR BOMBERS

May 27, 2014

bombers

The Financial Harbour bombing episode drew a conclusion yesterday as four defendants involved in the incident were sentenced to life yesterday. Meanwhile, the fifth defendant was sentenced to 10 years.

The convicted have been identified as Redha Al Ghasra, 25, Mohammed Ali Ahmed, 23, Mohammed Jaffar Mohammed Mahdi, 18, Ali Ahmed ..

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FOR PEACE IN GULF

May 27, 2014

KUWAIT

Kuwait City

Kuwait expressed its hopes yesterday that a landmark visit by Amir Shaikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah to visit Iran next week will strengthen security, stability and peace in the Gulf.

The visit comes amid a recent thaw in relations between Shiite Iran and the Sunni-ruled Gulf states ..

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EGYPT VOTES FOR NEW PRESIDENT

May 27, 2014

NEW

Cairo

Egyptians voted for a new president yesterday in an election expected to sweep to power the ex-army chief who overthrew the country’s first democratically-elected leader and crushed his Islamist movement.

The two-day election is the first since the frontrunner Abdel Fattah Al Sisi dep ..

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POPE ENDS PILGRIMAGE

May 27, 2014

PO

Jerusalem

Pope Francis celebrated mass at a contested Jerusalem site yesterday at the end of a whirlwind pilgrimage which he marked by making a personal bid for Middle East peace.

The 77-year-old pontiff, who has made interfaith dialogue a cornerstone of his papacy, made an impassioned call f ..

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FACE SCAN, FINGERPRINT MUST FOR HAJJ PILGRIMS

May 27, 2014

FACE

Riyadh

Biometric enrollment has become mandatory for all visa applicants to Saudi Arabia from yesterday, said a report by Fikrokhabar.

All UAE residents, who are preparing to perform Hajj, Umrah or business visits, to Saudi Arabia will have to visit the centres of VFS Tasheel, the company man ..

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GIANT LEAP

May 27, 2014

GIANT

The project to develop Subcontracting and Industrial Partnerships for Small & Medium Enterprises is an important initiative taken by government, Industry and Commerce Minister Dr. Hassan Fakhro has said.

The pilot project will examine ability of local small and medium enterprises to develop certain products, hitherto being i ..

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FRESH START

May 27, 2014

FRESH

Doha

Qatar Airways is all set to move and commence its flight operations from Hamad International Airport today. The move will enable Qatar Airways’ passengers to enjoy five-star experience at the world’s newest international gateway.

All commercial passenger airlines operating into Qata ..

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SONY TO SELL PLAY STATION IN CHINA

May 27, 2014

SON

Shanghai

Sony will bring its PlayStation consoles to China through two joint ventures, the Japanese gaming giant and its Chinese partner both said yesterday, as they seek to tap a newly opened market.

China in January formally authorised the domestic sale of game consoles made in its first fr ..

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PFIZER ABANDONS ASTRAZENECA BID

May 27, 2014

PFIZ

New York

US drugmaker Pfizer said yesterday it had abandoned its controversial bid to acquire British rival AstraZeneca after its final $117-billion offer was rejected last week.

The announcement was the latest twist to a long-running saga that drew widespread attention over fears that Britis ..

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UKRAINE VOTE ‘LARGELY DEMOCRATIC’

May 27, 2014

UK

Kiev

Ukraine’s presidential election “largely upheld democratic commitments” and provided the new leader with the legitimacy needed to tackle the country’s separatist insurgency, international observers said yesterday.

“The electoral and security authorities of Ukraine should be com ..

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ROYAL SUPPORT FOR COUP HEAD

May 27, 2014

ROYAL

Bangkok

Thailand’s coup leader received royal endorsement to lead the politically divided kingdom yesterday warning that he would brook no further opposition to his takeover in the face of angry street protests. In his first press conference as junta head, army chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha said elections would be held as “soon as ..

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STOCKHOLM SUMMIT

May 27, 2014

STCK

Stockholm

North Korea and Japan kicked off three days of talks in Stockholm yesterday, with the fate of Japanese nationals kidnapped decades ago by Pyongyang set to top the agenda. The meeting in the Swedish capital takes place after the two countries held their first official talks in 16 months in China in March, addressing a r ..

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TIME RUNS OUT

May 27, 2014

TIMES

Geneva

Atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations have crossed a new threshold, the UN’s weather agency said yesterday, highlighting the urgency of curbing manmade, climate-altering greenhouse gases.

In April, for the first time, the mean monthly CO2 concentration in the atmosphere topped 40 ..

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MODI SWORN IN

May 27, 2014

MOD1

New Delhi

Marking the beginning of a new era in Indian politics, Narendra Modi was yesterday sworn in Prime Minister at the head of a 45—member coalition government after the elections that saw the BJP gain absolute majority in 30 years.

The 63—year—old Modi, the first leader to get a l ..

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ROUSING RECEPTION FOR AL HADDAD

May 27, 2014

AL

Bodybuilder Sami Al Haddad was given a special welcome on his return from Birmingham, UK, where he recently won the 2014 IFBB Bodypower Championship title. Olympic Committee (BOC) general secretary Abdulrahman Askar, Bahrain Weightlifting and Bodybuilding President Shaikh Abdulla bin Rashid Al Khalifa and officials greeted him on arrival. Mr. Askar and Shaikh Abdul ..

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OPEN TRACK NIGHT BACK

May 27, 2014

TRACK

Night racing will be back to Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) in Sakhir on Friday with the hosting of an Open Track Night. BIC recently hosted this unique event for the first time since debuting its all-new, state-of-the-art track lighting system at the 2014 Formula One Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix. Racing fans can now emulate motor racing’s biggest stars and d ..

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MCLLROY FOCUSSES WORLD DOMINATION

May 27, 2014

MCLLROY

Wentworth

Rory McIlroy put personal turmoil behind him to win the European PGA Championship at Wentworth on Sunday and said he hopes it will help him become the dominant player in world golf. The Northern Irishman, who announced his split from tennis star Caroline Wozniacki just days after sending out the invitations on the eve ..

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NADAL, DJOKOVIC SHARAPOVA SHINE

May 27, 2014

JOKO

Paris

Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Maria Sharapova shrugged off the Paris gloom Monday to reach the French Open second round as Japanese ninth seed Kei Nishikori became the tournament’s first major casualty.

Eight-time champion Nadal, bidding to become the first man to win five Roland G ..

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FLEETWOOD PROMOTED

May 27, 2014

FLEET

London

Fleetwood Town secured promotion to English football’s third tier for the first time with a 1-0 victory over Burton Albion in the League Two play-off final at Wembley yesterday. With a population of just 27,000, Fleetwood is the smallest English town to have a Football League club, but the Lancashire team continue to de ..

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CAN’T DUCK SO DOUSE IT !

May 26, 2014

DUCK

The Kingdom woke up to yet another tragedy yesterday as a devastating fire snuffed out the lives of two brilliant girls who had retired to their beds with the hope of witnessing yet another beautiful day with the rising sun!

But alas! That was not the case to be.  At this juncture, we cannot but recall the famous quote often at ..

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KINGDOM HONOURED

May 26, 2014

KING

Manama

On the occasion of winning Gold Award of the International Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW International), Prime Minister HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa underlined Bahrain’s development successes that have proven to the world its national capabilities in establishing dynamic and sustainable ..

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ENVOY’S RETURN RULED OUT

May 26, 2014

ENVOY

Manama

Foreign Affairs Minister Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, yesterday said that Bahrain would not return its ambassador to Qatar, signalling that the efforts to resolve the rift within the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) are yet to bear fruit.

On the sidelines of the opening of the int ..

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TOGETHER IN STUDY TOGETHER IN DEATH

May 26, 2014

IN

In a tragic incident, two girls were choked to death after a fire erupted in their house in Sitra during the wee hours of yesterday.

Ghadeer Ali Ahmed, 18, and her sister Zahra Ali Ahmed, 15, were fast asleep after burning the midnight oil for their final exams when the fire broke out, it was learnt.

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FIRE GUTS TEXTILE SHOP

May 26, 2014

FIR

In a separate incident, a textile shop in Manama Souq was completely destroyed in a fire allegedly caused by an electrical failure at around 11:00am yesterday.

The blaze engulfed Sadiq Al Aradi Textiles apart from damaging parts of the Madan Centre Building in Block 301.

One of the rooms in t ..

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PICNIC TAKES A FATAL TURN

May 26, 2014

PICNIC

It was a devastating Sunday for Indian expatriate Rajiv Krishna as he lost his only son Krishnendu (16) in a freak accident yesterday.

Krishnendu was among the three children who were drowned in the Idamalayar river near Ernakulam in the Southern state of Kerala, India while they were on a picnic.

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SIX GET 15 YEARS

May 26, 2014

SI

The court yesterday awarded 15-year jail term to six men, who were found guilty of blasting a car on Budaiya Highway.

The blast, according to the court, occurred at around 6.40pm near Budaiya Garden, on the Budaiya Highway, during last Ramadan.

The court found that the blast was masterminded ..

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TERRORISTS LAND IN JAIL

May 26, 2014

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High Criminal Court handed down life imprisonment to one and ten years to other four Bahrainis after finding guilty of indulging themselves in terrorist activities in the Kingdom.

Court documents revealed that the first defendant had formed a terrorist cell in the Kingdom and the others were convicted for being part of it.

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ARAB COURT WILL BE REALISED SOON

May 26, 2014

ARA

Manama

Arab League Secretary-General, Dr. Nabil Al Arabi confirmed that Arab Court for Human Rights will be established, immediately after the Arab League ministerial meeting held in next September.

Dr. Al Arabi, on the sidelines of Arab Court for Human Rights International Conference, said t ..

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PM URGES ARAB NATIONS TO DEVELOP JOINT VISION

May 26, 2014

PM

Manama

Prime Minister HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa yesterday urged Arab countries to develop a comprehensive joint vision to face the growing challenges more effectively.

“We should not allow the ‘storms’ hitting the region to affect our resolve and determination to develop ..

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SISI POISED TO WIN EGYPT PRESIDENCY

May 26, 2014

SIS

Cairo

Egyptians vote this week in a presidential election which former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who ousted the elected Islamist leader, is expected to easily win amid calls for stability.

The election on Monday and Tuesday caps more than three years of political turmoil that has seen ..

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PRAY FOR PEACE

May 26, 2014

PRAY

Jerusalem

Pope Francis made a personal bid for peace yesterday by inviting the Israeli and Palestinian presidents to the Vatican to pray for an end to their “increasingly unacceptable” conflict.

And he came face-to-face with daily Palestinian reality in Bethlehem when he made an unschedul ..

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HAWAR RESORT HOTEL OPENS DOOR

May 26, 2014

KURI

The soft opening of Hawar Resort Hotel, under the Best Western brand, will be held tomorrow.

The opening of the four-star hotel times perfectly with the arrival of the summer season in the country when both residents and tourists struggle to find weekend holidays involving either pools or beaches. And with so few respectable bea ..

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IT IMPETUS TO BAHRAIN

May 26, 2014

IT I

Manama

Giving a thrust to the growth of IT industry in the Kingdom, T-Linx Technology Solutions Architects, a leading Bahrain-based technology consultancy firm, has signed a two-year agreement with LZ group, a Dutch ICT company and the developer of monPARK, a smart city service, which provides efficient parking management system ..

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QATAR AIRWAYS OPENS TURKISH ROUTE

May 26, 2014

QAT

Manama

Qatar Airways has launched direct flights to its third destination in Turkey.

The airline’s inaugural flight to Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport touched down on Thursday to mark the five-star airline’s 140th destination from Doha. The historic flight signalled the sta ..

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ANOTHER FIRST FOR BATELCO

May 26, 2014

BAT

Manama

Batelco has launched the first 1Gbps Dedicated Internet Service in Bahrain. The leading business solutions services provider in the Kingdom has also reduced the price of its popular 100Mbps Inet Dedicated Service by 38 per cent. Other speeds -- 25Mbps, 150Mbps, 200Mbps, 300Mbps, 400Mbps and 500Mbps -- have also been intro ..

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END OF ROAD

May 26, 2014

END

New Delhi

The maker of India’s Ambassador car has suspended production, citing debt and lack of demand for the iconic vehicle which came to define the country’s political class, a company official said yesterday.

Hindustan Motors, India’s oldest car maker, shut down its factory on Satur ..

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SONY LOSES MOMENTUM

May 26, 2014

SONY

Tokyo

Sony’s latest bid to halt years of losses and resuscitate its brand has provoked snorts of derision among analysts who say it falls a long way short.

The criticism came after Sony president Kazuo Hirai on Thursday pledged to drag the electronics giant out of a painful restructuring in ..

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METHANE LAKE BECOMES SOURCE OF POWER

May 26, 2014

METHANE

Karongi, Rwanda

Beneath the calm waters of Lake Kivu lie vast but deadly reserves of methane and carbon dioxide, which Rwanda is tapping both to save lives and provide a lucrative power source.

Plans are in place to pump out enough gas for power that would nearly double Rwanda’s current ele ..

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BUSINESS AVIATION SECTOR TAKES OFF

May 26, 2014

AVIATION

Seattle

Business aircraft are taking to the skies again as many economies around the world improve, but a surplus of jets delivered just before the recession means the equivalent of 2,750 jets remain parked in hangars.

An excess of jets is depressing prices for planes, particularly older ones ..

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MODI TO TAKE CHARGE TODAY

May 26, 2014

MOD

New Delhi

Narendra Modi, who led the BJP to an astounding victory in the Lok Sabha poll, will be sworn in as the Prime Minister today in the forecourt of the majestic Rashtrapati Bhavan at a grand function to be attended by foreign dignitaries, including SAARC leaders in the evening. The swearing-in ceremony of the 15th Prime Mi ..

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ISLAMIC CLERIC CALLS FOR UNITY AGAINST BOKO HARAM

May 26, 2014

ISLA

Abuja

The leader of Nigeria’s Muslims yesterday called for followers of the faith to unite against Boko Haram extremists, pledging the government full support to ensure their defeat. But the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, also said the government should address issues of inequality towards Muslims, which have ..

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TURKISH CYPRIOTS ANGRY OVER EU VOTE

May 26, 2014

CYP

Nicosia

Scores of Turkish Cypriots complained they were denied the right to vote in European Parliament elections in divided Cyprus yesterday because they had no registered address, officials said. A group of Turkish Cypriots crossing over from the Turkish-held north of the island held a protest. Mehmet Pasa, 44, said he was giv ..

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REBELS BLOCK UKRAINE POLLING

May 26, 2014

REBELS1

Donetsk

Ukrainian housewife Raissa was visibly distressed yesterday to find the doors firmly closed at the school in the district of Donetsk where she usually votes. “We went to the airport because we read we could vote there but there was nothing,” she said in the rebel-held city of Donetsk. “We can’t vote and that make ..

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ON CLOUD NINE

May 26, 2014

ON

Hassan Hubaishi, Abdul Redha Haqiqi and Abdulla Murbati (3,235 pinfalls) moved from third place after the first week to first and clinch the Tatweer Trios 2014 Championship organised by the Bapco Interdepartmental Bowling League at the Bapco Club in Awali. Leaders of last week Kumar Nair, Talal Yousif and Mahdi Hussain (3,228) dropped from first to second while Sae ..

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ROSBERG TRIUMPHS

May 26, 2014

ROSBERG

Monte Carlo

Nico Rosberg turned his controversial pole position on Saturday into a faultless victory yesterday when his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton lost both his vision and his lead in the drivers’ championship. As mounting attention on their rivalry created a tense atmosphere around the Mercedes team, Rosberg delivered ..

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ROTHERHM RETURNS

May 26, 2014

ROTHER

London

Rotherham secured their return to the second tier by beating Leyton Orient 4-3 on penalties after an enthralling 2-2 draw in the League One play-off final. Moses Odubajo gave Orient the lead with a brilliant 25-yard volley before his low cross set up Dean Cox to tap home. Alex Revell stabbed home from close range to make ..

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HAMILTON UP, HIBS DOWN

May 26, 2014

HAMILT

Edinburgh

Hamilton Academical secured promotion to the Scottish Premiership after a dramatic penalty shoot-out victory in the play-off final condemned Hibernian to relegation to the Championship yesterday. Goalkeeper Kevin Cuthbert was the Hamilton hero as he saved spot-kicks from Kevin Thomson and Jason Cummings, sealing a 4-3 ..

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OOMPH! HERE IS OPRAH!

May 25, 2014

OOMPH

DT News Team was almost knocked into a state of unconsciousness when our correspondent Noora Abdulla walked into the news room securing an exclusive interview with an extraordinary celebrity. For, no newspaper in the region has ever managed to interview Oprah Winfrey, the stunning personality from whom millions living on the downside of advantage draw their inspira ..

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MINISTRY ALLAYS CORONA FEARS

May 25, 2014

MINI

Health Ministry has rebuffed a local newspaper report, which said that a Bahraini actor had died at Bahrain Defence Force (BDF) Hospital after suffering Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).

The report had gone viral on various social media sites.

According to the report, actor and musicia ..

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LMRA WEBSITE GETS NEW LOOK

May 25, 2014

LMRA

Manama

The website of the Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) has worn a new look as the authority launched its updated website yesterday. The updated website (http://portal.lmra.bh) includes high quality services as latest technological developments have been taken into consideration while designing the site.

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COMMITTEE CONSTITUTED

May 25, 2014

COMMITTEE

The Kingdom has taken up the issue of increasing number of domestic workers fleeing from houses, seriously.

Prime Minister HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa has directed to form an official committee to find solution to this phenomenon after studying the reasons for the escape of domestic workers, the most vulnerable segm ..

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CULTIVATING LOCAL FILM TALENTS

May 25, 2014

FILM

Local filmmakers will have a chance to showcase their artistry and cinematic genius as the Naqsh Short Film Festival (NSFF) returns for its third year. The festival will be accepting projects till August 2014.

The NSFF aims to provide the local filmmakers with a platform to address their issues and explore their capabilities in ..

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ROARING WELCOME FOR POPE IN AMMAN

May 25, 2014

ROARING

Amman

Pope Francis called for fresh peace talks on Syria yesterday, urging all sides to swap arms for negotiations, and asked the international community to aid those fleeing the bloodshed.

“May all parties abandon the attempt to resolve issues by the use of arms and return to negotiations, ..

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BATELCO, RIEDEL IN NETWORK DEAL

May 25, 2014

BATELCO

Batelco has signed an agreement with Riedel Networks on the sidelines of International Telecoms Week (ITW) held in Chicago.

Headquartered near Frankfurt and with customers spreading over 40 countries, Riedel Networks provides global communication service platform for multinational companies and broadcasters.

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MENATELECOM BRINGS IN NEW 4G LTE OFFERS

May 25, 2014

MENA

Manama

Menatelecom has introduced a new bouquet of 4G LTE packages with attractive new download quotas.

The new packages come with substantially higher monthly download quotas for both businesses and residential services. Customers will find that the cost per GB has been significantly reduced ..

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SHINAWATRA DETAINED

May 25, 2014

SHINA

Bangkok

Thailand’s military junta said yesterday that it had disbanded the Senate and placed all law-making authority in the army chief’s hands, dramatically tightening its grip after a coup that has sparked Bangkok protests and drawn international condemnation. The regime also confirmed it had detained former premier Yinglu ..

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REBELS THREATEN UKRAINE VOTE

May 25, 2014

REBELS

Donetsk

"We're in a war situation," says one of the deliverymen bringing ballot papers in under armed guard to a polling station in the eastern Ukrainian town of Dobropillya. "There is more security this time," he adds. Ukraine goes to the polls today to elect a new president, but pro-Russian separatists have threatened to disru ..

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BOC TO ORGANISE SPORTS CONGRESS

May 25, 2014

BOC

The Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC) have signed an agreement with the International Council for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sports and Dance (ICHPER.SD) to host its 56th Anniversary World Congress and Exposition from November 30 to December 3, 2014. Congress will focus on the theme ‘Towards building a new sports system’.

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KOHLSCHREIBER CRUSH KARLOVIC

May 25, 2014

KOHLS

Berlin

Philipp Kohlschreiber completed his preparations for the French Open by defeating Ivo Karlovic of Croatia 6-2, 7-6 (7/4) in the final of the ATP Nuremberg Open yesterday. It was the fourth time that the 30-year-old left-hander from Augsburg had won on German turf after Munich (2007 and 2012) and Halle (2011). Kohlschreibe ..

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CSK CRUISES KKR DRIVERS

May 25, 2014

CSK

Bangalore

Chennai Super Kings cruised to a comfortable eight-wicket victory over a lacklustre Royal Challengers Bangalore to strengthen their second place in the seventh edition of the IPL yesterday. The nature of the victory meant that Kolkata Knight Riders would have to win really well against Sunrisers Hyderabad, in the secon ..

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STRIKES, PROTESTS HIT BRAZIL

May 25, 2014

FIFA

Brazil is reeling under the clouds of protests and strikes as bus drivers continued their walkout in Sao Paulo’s suburbs and Rio de Janeiro braced for demonstrations 19 days from the World Cup.

The bus drivers’ strike stranded commuters in 10 towns in the greater Sao Paulo metropolitan area.

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REAL CHAMPS

May 25, 2014

REAL

Lisbon

Real Madrid won the Champions League for the 10th time thanks to extra time goals from Gareth Bale, Marcelo and Cristiano Ronaldo as they came from behind in dramatic circumstances to beat Atletico Madrid 4-1 in Lisbon yesterday.

Atletico seemed set for their first ever European crown ..

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BUMPED FROM BEHIND !

May 24, 2014

bumped1

This is no Illiad and the story does not pertain to Achilles or Patroclus. Instead, the characters in this story are happy-to-lucky gung-ho youths of whom one was killed while the second is nursing his injury even as the third is behind bars on charges of murder!

This is the story of three friends who found themselves enmeshed i ..

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ONLY RUMOURS NO CORONA VIRUS

May 24, 2014

MINISTRY

Denying the rumours of detecting several Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) cases in the Kingdom, Health Ministry yesterday again affirmed that Bahrain is totally free from this deadly virus.

Medical Services Chief at Salmaniya Medical Complex (SMC) Dr. Mohammed Al Awadhi rebuffed what has been circulating on social media s ..

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COMPANIONS SANS IDENTITY

May 24, 2014

SANS

We live in a narrow world of geographical expressions. Someone is an American, somebody else is a British, there are also others who could be classified as Indians, Pakistanis, Nepalis and so on based on the countries of their origin.  However, if you try searching for a global citizen, most certainly you wouldn’t come across a tribe of this kind! For, we are s ..

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FILIPINO TO DEATH IN QATAR

May 24, 2014

FILLIPINO

Doha

The Department of Foreign Affairs yesterday said that a Filipino was sentenced to death last April 30 by a Qatari court for espionage and economic sabotage, while two other Philippine nationals were meted life imprisonment for the same offence.

At a press briefing in Manila, Foreign Affa ..

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GLOBAL TOLL CROSSES 200

May 24, 2014

GLOBAL

Jeddah:

The world’s total death toll from the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus has passed the 200-mark, Arab News reported.

Data compiled from reports of the Saudi Health Ministry and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control showed that the cumulative global ..

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RUPEE BOOST MAY HIT UAE GOLD TRADE

May 24, 2014

RUPEE

Dubai:

Since India has eased up on bullion import restrictions, buying activity in the UAE’s gold and jewellery marketplace could see a fall, say experts.

Retail prices of gold dropped on Thursday by Dh50.32 and the biggest since August. Analysts say that there could be further declines in ..

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GOLD FAILINGS COST BARCLAYS

May 24, 2014

GOLD

London

Barclays Plc has been fined 26 million pounds for failures in internal controls that allowed a trader to manipulate the setting of gold prices, just a day after the bank was fined for rigging Libor interest rates in 2012.

Britain’s Barclays is the first bank to be fined over attempte ..

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ASIA SHARES END HIGHER

May 24, 2014

ASIA

Hong Kong

Asian markets rose for a second straight day yesterday following a positive lead from Wall Street, but Bangkok retreated after the army announced a coup following months of deadly protests.

The greenback made further inroads against the yen as improved sentiment led investors into h ..

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eBAY FACES INVESTIGATION AFTER DATA BREACH

May 24, 2014

EBAY

New York

The UK’s information commissioner is working with European data authorities with a view to taking action against eBay over its recent data breach.

Three US states are also investigating the theft of names, email addresses and other personal data, which affected up to 145 million eB ..

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KIEV VOTE ACCEPTABLE

May 24, 2014

KIEV

Saint Petersburg

Russian President Vladimir Putin pledged yesterday to respect the outcome of Ukraine’s presidential election but warned that the country had descended into all-out civil war after a bloody upsurge in separatist violence.

Seven people were killed in fighting between rebels a ..

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COMPANEROES CRUSH AL KERLAWI

May 24, 2014

INDIAN

Companeroes defeated Al Kerlawi Dadabhai 3-2 on penalties to clinch the Men’s trophy after the two sides were drawn at 1-1 after extra time in the Indian Club Expatriate Five-a-Side Softball Football Tournament which concluded early yesterday morning at the club premises in Gudaibiya. Played at a fast pace, Companeroes took the lead in the first half through Tala ..

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MI, PUNJAB WINNERS

May 24, 2014

IPL

Mumbai

Mumbai Indians carved out a 15-run victory over Delhi Daredevils in a must-win match and remained in the hunt for a play-off berth in the Indian Premier League. After squandering an electrifying start given by openers Michael Hussey and Lendl Simmons, MI lost the plot as their last eight wickets fell for 33 runs to be all ..

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HAMILTON BEGINS MIND GAMES WITH ROSBERG

May 24, 2014

HAMILTON1

London

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, whose friendship, rivalry and differing backgrounds have been at the centre of much attention this week, will remain team-mates for at least two more years, their Mercedes team indicated yesterday. As the Formula One circus took its traditional ‘day of rest’ on Friday at the Monaco Gra ..

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MURDER BY MARAUDERS!

May 23, 2014

Pirates

Asian killed in a high-sea drama aspirates strike Bahraini fishing vessel. Muhannad Mansour muhannad@dt.bh Not too long since the blockbuster movie Captain Philip rocked the Bahraini theatres, pirates found their way to Bahraini waters and killed an expatriate fisherman while raiding a fishing dhow. The deceased has been identified as Thomas Soosai, a 47-year-old ..

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On a different mission

May 23, 2014

Mission

They do travel a lot, but with a mission. Meet Hussain Shafei and Abdullah Mirza, the volunteers of student-run organisation AIESEC’s LEAP Programme, who want to make a difference in their life. A 22-year-old student of Information Technology (IT), Mr. Shefei who had gone to several villages in Malaysia as part of the LEAP programme earlier this year to spread aw ..

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Cop SHOT AT

May 23, 2014

Vandals

Subsequent to the killing of a 15-year-old boy on Wednesday when a funeral procession turned violent, some parts of the Kingdom witnessed rioting by the vandals yesterday too. Social media was agog with the news about vandals attacking the SSFC with homemade guns, molotovs and iron rods. The shooting incident apparently took place in Diraz in which a policeman, su ..

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Carousel steals the show

May 23, 2014

Film

As a testament to the immense talent the Kingdom possesses, short film ‘Carousel’ emerged with flying colours at the Red carpet Film Competition in which four short films competed. The film, produced by Flare Films Production focuses on how an unorthodox method was used to save a person’s life. The short film competition, held under the General Organisation ..

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Affordable housing for everyone

May 23, 2014

unni

The Indian Realty Fair was launched yesterday at the Bahrain Keraleeya Samajam (BKS). The two-day event, which features more than 20 Indian property developers along with legal, vaastu and financing consultants, was inaugurated by DT News Managing Editor and SPAC Chairman P. Unnikrishnan, along with officials of Alivian Events, the organisers of the fair. Alivian ..

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Congrats Captain

May 23, 2014

Captian

Dear editor, Congratulations to Captain Yasmin Fraidoon on becoming the first Bahraini pilot of the national carrier, Gulf Air. I had read about one pilot from an article in the Reader's Digest about why a pilot flies. He flies because he loves to fly. There are many reasons for which different pilots fly and you have mentioned yours, your passions and also your ..

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Syria breaks year old Aleppo siege

May 23, 2014

Syria

Syria’s army broke a siege of Aleppo prison yesterday, cutting off a major rebel supply route, as Damascus allies China and Russia vetoed a bid to refer Syria to the International Criminal Court. The Western-proposed UN Security Council resolution, which would have covered war crimes committed by both sides in the civil war, comes less than a fortnight before Pre ..

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STRIKERS PREVAIL

May 23, 2014

Indian club

Strikers Elite edged out Indian School (C) in an exciting under-15 category quarter finals match of the Indian Club Expatriate Fivea- Side Softball Football Tournament at the club premises in Gudaibiya. Karl Rodriguez was the star player for Strikers Elite as he netted a couple of goals with Jones Shajan scoring a third, though to the credit of the Indian School th ..

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SOFT LAUNCH ON MAY 27

May 22, 2014

soft boat

Full renovation of the Best Western four-star hotel brand standards has been completed and is ready for the soft opening this May 27.

Fourty deluxe rooms, four luxury suites and 16 apartments will be available alongside two restaurants and a bar.

The guests can also enjoy water sports activit ..

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KILLED BY VANDALS !

May 22, 2014

VANDALS

Yesterday was a sad day in the history of Bahrain. It was sad, because, a 14-year-old boy died during the clashes with the security forces.

 It was sad, because, the deceased was just a boy, who in normal situation should have had fun with life enjoying all the fruits of childhood pleasures.

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PRIDE OF BAHRAIN

May 22, 2014

PRIDE

Manama

Attributing the boom in economy to commercial families of Bahrain, Prime Minister HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa yesterday termed the Old Manama souq as a major artery in the economic system of the Kingdom, which requires further boost.

“We want this souq to regain its lead ..

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RIOTS CLAIM ANOTHER TEEN

May 22, 2014

RIOTS

A 14-year-old boy was killed in Sitra after a procession to mourn the death of a teenager who died in a bomb explosion on Friday turned violent.

Many people took to the streets on the third day of mourning for Ali Faisal and the procession culminated in violence, vandalism and assaults on security forces akin to that of the firs ..

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BAHARINIS SKIP THAI AS UNREST TAKES CHARGE

May 22, 2014

THAI

The political unrest seems to be having a telling effect on the out-bound tourists from Bahrain to Thailand. An interaction with some of the key players in the travel and tourism industry in the country only confirms this.

Going by the initial reports, the tourist outflow to Thailand from Bahrain has already dropped by 50 per ce ..

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INTERIOR MINISTRY FORMS COMMITTEE

May 22, 2014

INTERIOR

Interior Ministry stated yesterday that it will take more precautionary measures to prevent accidents around educational institutions.

Stressing ministry’s readiness to ensure safety of public, especially on the sidelines of recent accidents near schools, Interior Minister Lt General Shaikh Rashid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa direct ..

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COPS ARREST OMANI RIOTER

May 22, 2014

OMANI

An alleged fugitive belonged Oman was captured during a police raid in Bani Jamra yesterday. According to reports circulated on several social Media sites, security forces caught alleged rioter Haitham Habib at dawn.

He was reportedly hiding with others in a house located in the Northern Governorate.

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SISI GETS 94.5% OF EXPAT VOTE

May 22, 2014

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Cairo

Ex-army chief Abdel Fattah `Al Sisi has picked up 94.5 percent of votes cast abroad in Egypt’s presidential election, officials said yesterday, five days before polling opens in the North African country.

The retired field marshal, riding a wave of popularity after he ousted Islamist ..

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BAHRAIN TOP ON IT

May 22, 2014

BAHRAI

Bahrain is ranked 29th in the Global Information Technology Report (GITR) 2014 brought out by World Economic Forum in co-operation with Cisco. The Kingdom stood at 25th in the ICT access category. The report that measured the capacity of 148 economies to leverage ICT for growth and country economic and social transformation put Bahrain at 25th spot in ICT access.

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TCL FORGES AHEAD

May 22, 2014

TCL

TCL Multimedia Technology Holdings Limited has found place in top three global TV brands, according to DisplaySearch report.

In China, TCL remains the leader in terms of global LCD market share in the first half of 2013. TCL is ranked the third largest TV brand globally alongside Samsung and LG.

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SEAPLANES MAKE A COMEBACK

May 22, 2014

varghese

Just 30 minutes. Hawar is now just that much away from Bahrain’s main land, thanks to the brand new seaplane of the Best Western Hawar Resort Hotel.

“Perhaps a busy businessman does not have enough time to wait for the entire hour’s boat ride so this will certainly be an added bonus for them,” said Al Namal and VKL Group ..

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ALL- TERRAIN AIRCRAFT BIG HIT

May 22, 2014

ALL TERRAIN

Geneva

Swiss aircraft firm Pilatus yesterday announced that it had secured advance sales for 84 of its new PC-24 all-terrain planes, which are due to come into service in 2017.

The twin-engine PC-24 is designed to land on short runways, including on terrain where there are no formal airstrips ..

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GOOGLE OUSTS APPLE

May 22, 2014

GOOGLE

Paris

US search engine Google has overtaken rival technology titan Apple as the world’s top brand in terms of value, global market research agency Millward Brown said yesterday.

Google’s brand value shot up 40 per cent in a year to $158.84 billion (115bn euros), Millward Brown said in its ..

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CHINA ‘ SERIOUS THREAT TO PEACE’

May 22, 2014

CHINA

Manila

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said yesterday that China's placing of an oil rig in contested South China Sea waters had "seriously threatened peace". Speaking in Manila after meeting Philippine President Benigno Aquino, Dung said the leaders agreed that China should be condemned by the international community ..

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WOOLEY JUNIOR OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP

May 22, 2014

WOOLEY

South African Ryan Wooley (149 gross) became Bahrain’s 2014 Junior Open Champion after winning the two day event at the Royal Golf Club with impressive gross scores of 74 on the first day and 75 on the second. Sam Hobday (156) was runner up with the prize for the best overall nett score going to Abdulla Al Qutami (142).

The to ..

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REDOX DEFEAT FC DRAGONS

May 22, 2014

REDOX

Redox Uniform Express crushed FC Dragons 8-0 in the final round-robin matches in the Under-19 category of the Indian Club Expatriate Five-a-Side Softball Football Tournament at the club premises in Gudaibiya. Scorers for Redox were Robin, Abdulla, Isam and Bibin who all netted two apiece in the rout. The three matches in the Under-19 and adult categories had little ..

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HAMILTON PREFERS RIVAL CHALLENGE

May 22, 2014

HAMILTON

London

Lewis Hamilton said that he hopes his Mercedes team face a challenge from rivals Red Bull and Ferrari at the Monaco Grand Prix this weekend. Mercedes have dominated all five races this season and Hamilton, who has won four, says he likes to fight for wins.

“I’m racing my team-mate ..

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POPE TO KING : PRAY FOR ME !

May 21, 2014

POPE TO

There is an Islam prayer. There is a Christian prayer. There is a Hindu prayer. No matter what the religion is prayers are common for every faith. They are like different rivers, which ultimately wind their way into the same ocean!

Close your eyes, still the mind and be in complete communion with existence, it is prayer enough. ..

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PUSHED OUT

May 21, 2014

pushed

For the first time in Bahrain’s democratic history, 31 parliamentarians voted in favour of dismissing a fellow MP for his repeated misconduct at the parliament sessions.

In yesterday’s closed-door session, a majority of parliamentarians voted against MP Osama Al Tamimi, who was eventually stripped of his parliamentary member ..

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REMARKABLE RENDEZVOUS

May 21, 2014

remarkable

It was nothing short of a celebration for angels and saints in the sky for they get little such opportunities in a chaotic world run by the devils. They couldn’t have restrained themselves from crying the tears of joy as it was a rare convergence of two faiths. His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa held only a 27-minute meeting with Pope Francis, the spiritual head of catholics in the ..

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PIECING TOGETHER CHIPS OF MARVEL

May 21, 2014

MARVEL

Art is in her blood, and it was in 2009 that Faiza Saeed discovered the craving of her heart – Mosaic Art.

Ms. Saeed, Bahrain’s first Mosaic artist, said soon after picking up a book about mosaics at the Tate Modern in London, she started working with it sans any formal training.

“I lik ..

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A DAY OF DISASTERS

May 21, 2014

ADAY

GIRL CRUSHED UNDER WHEELS

In a heart wrenching incident, a 10-year-old-child lost her life yesterday as she was run over by a car in front of her school.

The deceased has been identified as Jaber Al Suwaidi of ..

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UNITE AGAINST TERROR : PREMIER

May 21, 2014

UNITE

Manama

Prime Minister HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa yesterday stressed that any attempts to sow hatred among the Bahraini society will not succeed as long as the Bahraini citizens are committed to national fundamentals.

“Every citizen who opted to defend his nation at a time when ..

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INCREDIBLE SELFIE !

May 21, 2014

SELIE

Dubai

A Russian daredevil has captured a vertigo-inducing selfie - while standing on top of a Dubai skyscraper.

Nineteen-year-old Alexander Remnev scaled the Princess Tower - the world’s tallest residential building at 1,350ft - before getting his camera out to take these stomach-churning p ..

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MERS VIRUS FOUND IN AFRICAN CAMELS

May 21, 2014

CAMELS1

Geneva

The deadly respiratory virus that has spread from Saudi Arabia around the world was found in camels in Nigeria, Tunisia and Ethiopia, showing the pathogen is more widespread than previously known.

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus, or MERS-CoV, was found in almost all blood ..

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GULF AIR BUOYANT

May 21, 2014

GULF

Gulf Air has slashed the annual losses by 52 per cent or BD100 million year-on-year and surpassed the restructuring target by BHD14.5 million after implementing its 2013 restructuring strategy.

The financial trajectory of the national carrier of Bahrain upswung in 2013 thanks to the restructuring strategy that was launched in De ..

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ROLE OF WOMEN ON THE RISE

May 21, 2014

ROLE

Number of institutions in Bahrain owned by women has risen by 10.3 per cent compared to 2012, Industry and Commerce Minister Dr. Hassan Fakhro has said citing a ministry report.

“Women contribution increased from 39.5pc in 2011 to 40.5 in 2013,” he said.

Dr. Fakhro was speaking after inau ..

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VODAFONE ANNUAL PROFIT SPIRALS

May 21, 2014

VODAFONE

London

Vodafone’s annual profit rocketed to £59.3 billion, boosted by the sale of a stake in US joint-venture Verizon Wireless and despite more problems in Europe, the British mobile phone giant said yesterday.

Earnings after taxation surged to the equivalent of $100bn or 73bn euros in the ..

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CAR BOMB KILLS 118 IN NIGERIA

May 21, 2014

CAR1

Lagos

At least 118 people were killed in a car bomb attack in the central Nigerian city of Jos, the country’s relief agency said yesterday, warning that the death toll could rise further.

“The exact figure of the dead bodies recovered as of now is 118,” Mohammed Abdulsalam, coordinator ..

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BIDEN BLAST RUSSIA

May 21, 2014

BIDEN

Bucharest US Vice President Joe Biden yesterday blasted Russia’s annexation of Crimea, saying borders should not be changed at gunpoint, as he began a visit to Romania days before a crucial vote in Ukraine.

“Europe’s borders should not be changed at the point of a gun,” he told Romanian and US troops at the Otopeni military airbase near Bucharest. “We c ..

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SHEHAB, SALAM INTO GPIC FINAL

May 21, 2014

SALAM

Top seeded Bahraini Abdulrahman Shehab booked his place in tomorrow’s Men’s Super Singles final last night with a 7-6(5), 6-4 against unseeded Jic Jic Bohol of the Philippines on the penultimate day of action in the 28th GPIC Open Tennis Championship at the Bahrain Tennis Club (BTC) premises in Juffair.

The 43-year old Sheha ..

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FRANCE IN QUARTERS

May 21, 2014

COFFEE

New Delhi France made a memorable Thomas Cup debut by joining favourites China in the quarter-finals from group D with a 3-2 win over Russia in New Delhi yesterday. Russia, who had lost both their previous ties against China and Taiwan, took the lead when Vladimir Ivanov defeated Brice Leverdez 21-11, 17-21, 21-8 in the opening singles.

But Lucas Corvee drew leve ..

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ALONSO KEEPS F1 HOPES

May 21, 2014

ALONSO

Monte Carlo Fernando Alonso may hold few hopes of winning this weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix for Ferrari, but he does believe that champions Red Bull can mount a challenge to runaway leaders Mercedes. “This year,” he said, after the recent Spanish Grand Prix, “I think Monte Carlo will be one of the few possibilities to challenge Mercedes -- especially for Re ..

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IT’S A BIG YES TO SISI

May 20, 2014

BIG

Field Marshall Abdulfattah Al Sisi bagged more than 90 per cent of the total votes filed by Egyptians residing in the Kingdom for their national elections, it emerged.

According to Embassy officials, while more than 90 pc of votes went to the first candidate Field Marshall Abdulfattah Al Sisi (5305 votes), the second candidate H ..

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HOUSE TO VOTE ON MP’S FATE

May 20, 2014

HOUSE

 MPs will cast their votes today on the recommendation of ousting MP Osama Al Tamimi for his repeated misconduct in the House.

The Parliament’s Legislative and Legal Committee had earlier called Mr. Al Tamimi to present his version regarding a memorandum submitted by 25 MPs, requesting to cancel his Parliamentarian membership ..

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FOURTH BAHARINI KILLED IN SIRIYA

May 20, 2014

FOURTH

A Bahraini fighting for jihadist groups in Syria was killed yesterday, taking the toll of Bahrainis killed in the war torn country to four since the 2011 uprising against the country’s president Bashar Al Assad.

Salafist cleric associated with the jihadist organisation ‘Islamic State of Iraq and the Al Sham’ (ISIS), Turk ..

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KING MEETS POPE

May 20, 2014

POPE

The Vatican

Highlighting the need for religious tolerance, His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa stressed Bahrain’s keenness to reinforce friendship and cooperation with the Vatican.

During a meeting with Pope Francis at the Apostolic Palace, HM the King urged for consensus between all ..

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ON A MISSION TO SAVE LIVES

May 20, 2014

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Twenty-five-year old Eman Talaq is the pride of the Kingdom of Bahrain. She is a Medical Laboratory Technologist at Shifa Al-Jazeera Medical Centre and has been named recently as the American Society for Clinical Pathology’s (ASCP) one of the ’40 Under 40’ for her remarkable work in the medical laboratory field.

The progra ..

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MALIKI EMERGES ATOP

May 20, 2014

MALIKI

Prime Minister Nuri Al Maliki won the most seats in Iraq’s elections but fell short of a majority yesterday, leaving him in the driver’s seat to retain his post despite vocal opposition.

The results from the election commission showed Maliki’s State of Law alliance garnered 92 out of 328 parliamentary seats, with the incum ..

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PETROTECH ’14 GETS UNDERWAY

May 20, 2014

PETRO

Prime Minister HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa has said that the active participation of Saudi Arabia in the ninth Middle East Refining and Petrochemicals Conference and Exhibition (Petrotech 2014), which got underway yesterday, speaks volumes for the deep-rooted bilateral ties nurtured by the two Kingdoms.

He also laud ..

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ISLAMIC FUNDS SECTOR DOGGED BY CHALLENGES

May 20, 2014

ISLAMIC

Lack of innovation, standardisation, talent and deficiencies in scale are the challenges being faced by the Islamic funds and financial markets impeding the sectors growth, according to Central Bank of Bahrain Financial Institutions Supervision Director Abdulrahman Al Baker.

At present, Islamic financial assets globally reached ..

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DEUTSCHE BANK TURNS TO QATAR

May 20, 2014

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Deutsche Bank is turning to the Qatari royal family in a bid to raise 8.0 billion euros ($11bn) in fresh funding and assuage fears over its capital strength.

Germany’s biggest lender unveiled plans to implement the second-biggest capital increase in its history. Like its European counterparts, Deutsche Bank is under pressure t ..

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US CHARGES CHINA MILITARY

May 20, 2014

US

The United States yesterday charged five members of a shadowy Chinese military unit for allegedly stealing trade secrets as it vowed to ramp up the fight against hacking. In the first-ever prosecution of state actors over cyber-espionage, a federal grand jury indicted the five on charges they broke into US computers to benefit Chinese state-owned companies, leading ..

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RUSSIA ORDERS TROOPS BACK TO BASES

May 20, 2014

RUSSIA

Russia said yesterday that it had ordered troops near the border with Ukraine to return to their bases, just days ahead of a crucial presidential vote aimed at bringing the country out of deep crisis. In a move that could ease tensions, President Vladimir Putin’s office said he had ordered thousands of troops deployed in border regions to return to barracks after ..

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CHALLENGES AMID FEAST

May 20, 2014

BRAZIL

As night falls, Adriana de Morais patrols the clubs and bars of Natal, one of Brazil’s World Cup host cities, looking for underage prostitutes and trying to get them off the streets.

As she and her team weave between revellers in this tropical city known for its nightlife, their black polo shirts, emblazoned with the emblem of ..

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SCOTT TOPPLES TIGER WOODS

May 20, 2014

TIGER

Adam Scott officially replaced Tiger Woods as world number one golfer yesterday, ending the American’s 60 week reign on the top of the rankings. Scott, 33, is the first Australian to be world number one since his boyhood hero Greg Norman, who spent 331 weeks in the position in the 1980s and ‘90s.

The 2013 Masters champion wa ..

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MALI ON BOIL

May 19, 2014

MALI

Mali’s Prime Minister Moussa Mara said yesterday that the country was “at war” with terrorists in the northern city of Kidal after clashes between separatist militants and the Malian army left 36 dead. Eight soldiers and 28 insurgents were killed in fighting on Saturday outside the regional governor’s offices during a visit by Mara to the desert town, the g ..

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VALUE OF GCC PLANS SWELLS

May 19, 2014

VALUE

Construction projects worth $128.46 billon are expected to be completed by end of this year, compared to the 2013 figure of $66.89bn, an increase of 92.06pc, study shows. The expenditure on interiors and fit-outs is expected to reach $9.57bn, 29.63 per cent more than what was spent in 2013, according to the bi-annual study conducted by Ventures ME. The report revea ..

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QATAR AIRWAYS TOUCHES DOWN AT AL ASHA

May 19, 2014

QATAR

Qatar Airways has inaugurated its seventh gateway into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia by adding the city of Al Ahsa to its ever-growing network.

The new route to Al-Ahsa International Airport will comprise four weekly non-stop flights from the airline’s hub in Doha and will increase the number of Qatar Airways’ weekly flights t ..

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GULF AIR PARTNERS WITH VIVA BAHRAIN

May 19, 2014

GULF AIR

Gulf Air, Bahrain’s national carrier, signed an agreement with VIVA Bahrain at Gulf Air’s

headquarters. As per the deal, the telecom company will provide 355 iPad devices to the airline as part of their iPad Electronic Flight Bags project.

Gulf Air Acting Chief Executive Officer Maher Sal ..

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APPLE STRIKES NEW CHORD

May 19, 2014

APPLE

More than a decade ago, the late Steve Jobs pulled one of his trademark reality distorting manoeuvres, browbeating music label executives into selling songs on Apple Inc’s then-nascent iTunes digital store for a mere 99 cents apiece.

Now, the tables have turned and it’s Apple that is being forced into a deal that is far from ..

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OVER A CUP OF COFFEE

May 19, 2014

COFFEE

Even before speaking with Mam Khalil, it is clear he loves photographs -- they cover almost every inch of his cafe in northern Iraq, providing windows into the country’s history.

The pictures on the walls go all the way to the ceiling, overlooking patrons as they sip tea, smoke cigarettes or fill their spoons with mastaw, a yo ..

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DRIVE ON SHOULDER SPEND TIME IN JAIL

May 19, 2014

DRIVE

Think twice or thrice before overtaking on hard shoulders if you are driving in Abu Dhabi, as it is almost sure that you will end up in jail.

According to Abu Dhabi Police, motorists who overtake on hard shoulder will face up to one month in jail.

Brigadier Hussein Ahmed Al Harthy, Director, ..

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BAHRAINIS NOT AWARE OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING

May 19, 2014

HUMAN TRA

Majority of the people in Bahrain are not aware of the meaning of human trafficking, which is the highest paying crime after drug trafficking, said Princess Madawi Abdulrahman Al Saud.

Addressing Rotary Club members in Manama, the founder of the Saudi-based Ibtissam Foundation added that this criminal activity, which enslaves 5. ..

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BAHARAINISATION ON A SLOW PEACE

May 19, 2014

SLOW

Despite efforts by the government to step up “Bahrainisation” in the Kingdom’s employment scenario, expatriates presently constitute 75 per cent of the Kingdom’s work force, said a recent report issued by the General Organisation for Social Insurance (GOSI).

According to the report, there are 432,000 foreigners working i ..

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BOOST FOR HOUSING SEGMENT

May 19, 2014

BOOST

Housing Ministry yesterday signed BD18million deal to implement the first stage of East Hidd City, a project that envisages the construction of 4,523 public housing units.

The work of the project, which is being funded by the Kuwait Government, will be carried out in several phases and the first phase will start within a month, ..

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PROCESSION TURNS VIOLENT IN SITRA

May 19, 2014

SITRA

Clashes erupted between the masked men and security forces yesterday when the funeral procession of the Bahraini teenager, Ali Faisal, 19, killed in a bomb blast turned violent.

Interior Ministry stated that a group of individuals rioted, vandalised and hurled petrol bombs at policemen in Sitra.

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VOTERS MAKE A BEELINE

May 19, 2014

EGYPT

Thousands of Egyptian citizens residing in Bahrain thronged the embassy premises in Mahooz to cast their votes in the ongoing presidential election.

The voting, which commenced on May 15, was originally scheduled to end yesterday, but was extended to one more day with more than 5300 voters already casting their rights.

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TWO MONTHS JAIL FOR BEATING WIFE

May 19, 2014

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A Bahraini was sentenced to two months of imprisonment by the High Criminal Court after he was found guilty of beating his wife in public.

The incident that led to the case happened a few days ago.

The couple had just finished shopping before getting into their car when the victim’s sister ..

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BAHRAINI DIES IN SAUDI ARABIA

May 19, 2014

BAHARINI

It was a tragic end for Bahraini citizen, Haitham Al Khair, 38, who died of a massive cardiac arrest, in Saudi Arabia while he was driving his car back to Bahrain after a family trip in Kuwait.

It would have proved a bigger tragedy but for the presence of mind of his wife who took over the car from her husband reeling in pain an ..

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THAMKEEN ON A SUCCESS TRACK

May 19, 2014

THAM

Huda Janahi, the owner of Horse Pride, a firm that sells horse-riding equipment is a well-known woman entrepreneur in the Middle East.

She is also one of the beneficiaries of a scheme launched by Tamkeen to help upcoming entrepreneurs and develop a new line of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the country.

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DREAM HOME REALITY SOON

May 19, 2014

DREAM

The long awaited dream of owning a house will soon come true for thousands of citizens in the Kingdom as Prime Minister HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa has asked the Housing Ministry to expedite the handover of housing units to beneficiaries.

The directives were issued during the Cabinet meeting yesterday. The work for ..

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US REPORTS THIRD CASE OF MERS

May 19, 2014

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An Illinois man has contracted the MERS respiratory virus after coming into contact with the first case of the mysterious Middle East pathogen in the United States, become the third infected person.

It was during an ongoing investigation on the first case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus in the United States that ..

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UNTAPPED SECTOR IS WORTH $150 BN

May 19, 2014

UNTAPPED

Untapped prospects for the production of petroleum by-products may be $150 billion worth opportunity; it was highlighted at the 9th Middle East Refining and Petrochemicals Conference and Exhibition (Petrotech 2014) that got underway at the Ritz-Carlton Bahrain Hotel and Spa yesterday. The event that came to the Kingdom for the first time will focus on the available ..

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OIL FANS WAR

May 19, 2014

OIL

Conflict over oil in South Sudan is prolonging a war predicted to spiral into famine if fighting does not end, and risks dragging in regional nations, analysts warn.

Despite heavy international pressure, a second ceasefire this month for the world’s youngest nation has crumbled, in a war that has already claimed thousands -- p ..

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INDIA MANGOES LOSING GROUND

May 19, 2014

MANGOES

Pakistani mango growers are hoping to take a slice out of rival India’s export market thanks to tough new European regulations.

The sweet yellow fruit is a contentious matter regionally, with both countries proclaiming it a national treasure and fighting over whose specimens are superior.

E ..

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HILLARY TOUTS RECORD

May 19, 2014

HILLARY

She sounds increasingly like a presidential contender, but as Hillary Clinton mulls a run, Republicans are taking aim at her record in a bid to smother the momentum building around her prospective campaign. With critics dragging her into the political fray before she has announced 2016 plans, Team Clinton is pushing back against Republican storylines that she may n ..

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BIC TO HOST DRAG AND DRIFT TONIGHT

May 19, 2014

BIC

Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) tonight hosts another round of its popular E K Kanoo Drag and Drift Night in Sakhir, allowing all drag racers and drifters alike to take their very own cars or motorbikes and push them to their limit. Sponsored by E K Kanoo and powered by Motor City, scores of fans turn up at each event either to take part or watch others in acti ..

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SALEM, BLOEM WIN

May 19, 2014

SALEM

It was a story of four Dutchmen and a Filipino as five of the top eight seeds were decimated in the men’s Round of 16 singles crashed out last night in the 28th GPIC Open Tennis Championship at the Bahrain Tennis Club (BTC) premises in Juffair. The highest ranked casualty was second seeded Bahraini Yousif Qaed who was beaten by Dutchman Anwar Salem in straight se ..

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WILLIAMS CHAMPION

May 19, 2014

WILLIAMS

World number one Serena Williams warmed up for the defence of her French Open crown by cruising to her second straight Italian Open title yesterday with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Sara Errani of Italy. Errani had been looking to become the first Italian winner of the women’s event in 29 years. But with six previous defeats to her American rival, her bid was always going ..

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DJOKOVIC LIFTS ROME MASTERS

May 19, 2014

DJOKOVIC1

Novak Djokovic fought back to stun defending champion and seven-time winner Rafael Nadal to claim the Rome Masters 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 yesterday. Serbia’s world number two Djokovic claimed his third title on the red clay of Rome, having won in 2008 and 2011, the latter with victory over his Spanish rival.

Yesterday’s win was also ..

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UK-BAHRAIN TIES GET A NEW VIGOUR

May 18, 2014

UK-BAHRAIN

The visit of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa to Britain, which is on the second day, has injected a new vigour into the Kingdom’s bilateral relation with the country, as the top officials from both sides held crucial talks, yesterday.

Highlights of the day was a promotional event held at the Queen Elizabeth conferenc ..

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FARM IGNITES FIRE IN GALALI

May 18, 2014

FARM

The ongoing construction of a barn at Galali, close to international airport, has run into rough weather. The project has been assailed as many people fear that setting up a barn next to the international airport could have dangerous ramifications.

The local residents not really happy with the prospects of living in the company ..

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THE WORDS SHE WISHED TO HEAR

May 18, 2014

the word

Better late than never might be the words that have passed through the thoughts of ailing Fatima, when she got a call from ministry telling that she would be sent abroad soon for treatment, at the expense of the state.

The promise, which she wished to hear a long time back, was conveyed to her via a telephone call made by the He ..

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CHANGING THE FASHION SCENE

May 18, 2014

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Although a small country in size, Bahrain is definitely a force to be reckoned with and an emerging ‘giant’ in the fashion world because of its multicultural and diverse society.

Aside from this, the country has readily available resources like creative designers, open communication channels, mindsets of people and a strong ..

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1058 DRUG ARRESTS IN 2013

May 18, 2014

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The year 2013 had seen the highest number of narcotics-related cases with a total of 1058 individuals arrested, according to the latest report from the Interior Ministry.

The nationalities and number of individuals involved in these cases are: citizens (385), Gulf nationals (552), Arabs (41) and expats (80).

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MERS TAKES 5 MORE LIVES

May 18, 2014

Mers

Health authorities in Saudi Arabia have reported five more fatalities from the MERS respiratory virus, taking the death toll in the world’s worst-hit country to 168.

The latest bulletin posted on the ministry website also said nine more cases of MERS infections, taking the total number of cases to 629 since the September 2012. ..

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SAUDI BANS DUTCH FIRMS

May 18, 2014

SUDI

Saudi companies have been ordered to exclude Dutch firms from future projects over an anti-Islamic stunt by a far-right Dutch politician, in a royal decree made public by the Mecca chamber of commerce.

The decree bans “Dutch firms from taking part in future projects in the kingdom, whether directly or through sub-contracting, ..

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BROADBAND FEE FAILS

May 18, 2014

BROADBAND

Fixed voice pricing in Bahrain has been static since 2008 for most users and the introduction of an unlimited calling option for residential customers in 2013 has resulted in a sharp fall in costs for the high usage residential basket (about 45 per cent between 2012 and 2013), according to the latest update of the retail price benchmarking study of telecommunicatio ..

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TAMKEEN CONVENES BOARD MEETING

May 18, 2014

TAMKEEN

Tamkeen revenue from the Labour Market Reform Authority fees has reached BD19.1 million in the first quarter of 2014. Tamkeen’s expenditures for its various projects and support programmes amounted to BD12.4m during the period, the financial statement released during its second regular board meeting showed.

Besides, BD4.2m was ..

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SIXT AND ULTRA TUNE SIGN DEAL

May 18, 2014

SIXT

Europe’s number one rent a car company Sixt, under the Bin Hindi Transport Co. and Ultra Tune Company have signed an exclusive partnership deal. Under this agreement, Sixt will provide Ultra tune with all their requirements for car rental.

Ultra Tune Company, which is founded between Bahrain National Holding Company and Ultrat ..

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BIGGEST DINOSAUR

May 18, 2014

DINOSAUR

Paleontologists in Argentina’s remote Patagonia region have discovered fossils of what was likely the largest dinosaur ever to roam the earth.

The creature is believed to be a new species of Titanosaur, a long-necked, long-tailed sauropod that walked on four legs and lived some 95 million years ago in the Cretaceous Period.

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DJOKOVIC ENTERS FINAL

May 18, 2014

DJOKOVIC

Novak Djokovic battled into the Rome Masters final yesterday after coming through a tough semi-final with Milos Raonic to beat the Canadian 6-7 (5/7), 7-6 (7/4), 6-3. Djokovic, the number two seed, will face world number one Rafael Nadal in today’s final should the Spaniard defeat Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov in the second semi-final.

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ATLETICO CHAMPIONS

May 18, 2014

ATLETICO

Atletico Madrid claimed their 10th Spanish league crown yesterday but first in 18 years after coming from behind to draw 1-1 away at title rivals Barcelona. Alexis Sanchez’s stunning strike fired Barca into the lead on 33 minutes, but Diego Godin’s header four minutes into the second-half was enough to give Atletico the point they needed to become the first sid ..

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ARSENAL LIFTS FA CUPS

May 18, 2014

ARSENAL

Aaron Ramsey’s extra-time goal completed a dramatic comeback that saw Arsenal beat Hull 3-2 in the FA Cup final at Wembley yesterday. Underdogs Hull, playing in the first Cup final of their 110-year history, stunned their Premier League rivals by going 2-0 up inside nine minutes thanks to goals from James Chester and Alex Davies. Santi Cazorla’s 17th-minute fre ..

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AMERICANS READY THEIR BACKUPS !

May 17, 2014

americans

Why is it that Bahrain recently strengthened its bilateral relations with Russia by signing some major agreements including the one with Russian Defence Export Agency Rosoboronexport?

Did it get any clear indication that the US would no longer be available to safeguard its interests?

One has ..

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BIRDMEN IN CHARITY

May 17, 2014

BIRDMEN

 Charity was the big winner yesterday with an estimated BD1,200 raised for the Hope Institute for The Blind as the British Club of Bahrain held a Family Fun Day sponsored by African and Eastern with the feature event being the annual charity Birdman Competition for ‘budding aviators’ at the club’s swimming pool at its Adliya premises.

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EXPLOSION KILLS ANOTHER TEENAGER

May 17, 2014

EXPLOSION

 In an incident which sent shockwaves across the country, a Bahraini teenager was killed in an explosion, which occurred in Sitra yesterday. The deceased has been identified as Ali Faisal, 19. Interior Ministry revealed that the man was previously sentenced in absentia in rioting and vandalism cases.

A source confirmed to DT Ne ..

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JURRASSIC BEACH WELCOMES YOU!

May 17, 2014

JURRASIC

 This island is a perfect place for a person who loves to enjoy the weekend, be it with a gang of friends at a club or a family shopping activity at one of the spectacular malls. But one thing is for sure, the natural locales consisting of serene shorelines are one of the best to be utilised.

Beaches of Bahrain are usually sere ..

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MYSTERY SHROUDS DEAL

May 17, 2014

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Is there a real reconciliation deal between the Bahrain Government and the Opposition? There appears to be some substance in the report considering the way the concerned parties refused to comment on the issue.

A senior government official told DT News yesterday that commenting on the issue would be inappropriate. When insisted ..

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KISSING CAMELS: IS IT SAFE

May 17, 2014

CAMELS

The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is very scary. This week, while avoiding the term global health emergency, the World Health Organisation (WHO) announced that the deadly viral infection was both serious and urgent, reported The Washington Post.

So far, there have been 571 confirmed cases of MERS; 171 of those people d ..

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BULL RUN

May 17, 2014

BULL RUN

Asian markets were mixed yesterday following another sell-off on Wall Street and worse-than-expected eurozone data while Mumbai hit a record high as pro-business candidate Narendra Modi headed for a landslide general election victory.

Tokyo fell 1.41 per cent, or 201.62 points, to finish at 14,096.59 owing to a stronger yen and ..

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CHINA , RUSSSIA NEAR GAS DEAL

May 17, 2014

GAS DEAL

China plans to sign a multibillion-dollar deal to buy Russian gas during a visit by President Vladimir Putin next week despite U.S. pressure to avoid undermining sanctions on Moscow over the Ukraine crisis.

Washington has appealed to Beijing to avoid making business deals with Russia, though American officials acknowledge the pr ..

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WORRY SETTLES OVER WALL ST

May 17, 2014

WALL ST

Wall Street has caught a case of the jitters.

Employers are hiring at their fastest pace in 2 1/2 years, the economy is expected to expand by a robust 3.5 per cent this quarter and corporate earnings have hit a record. But you wouldn’t know it from the way many investors are acting.

They’ ..

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FROM TEA BOY TO INDIA’S LEADER

May 17, 2014

NARENDRA MODI

Narendra Damodardas Modi set to become India’s 14th prime minister

There was a time when he sold tea at a railway station in Gujarat as his family battled poverty. After toying for a while with the life of a renunciate, he finally took to politics. A determined man who had slogged for years amid great odds, Narendra Damodardas Modi, 63, is now all set to rule In ..

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NUCLEAR TALKS SLOW DOWN

May 17, 2014

NUCLEAR

The United States is concerned by an absence of progress in nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers as “time is short” for achieving a lasting deal, a US official said yesterday. A source close to the Iranian delegation in Vienna was meanwhile quoted by the IRNA news agency as saying that “the West has to abandon its excessive demands”. The source a ..

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BLOEM , SALAM SEAL VICTORY

May 17, 2014

BLOEM

Unseeded Dutch pairing of Mathys Bloem and Anwar Salam clinched a shock win over Bahrain’s second seeds Hassan and Karim Ridha winning 6-1, 4-6, 13-11 to clinch the Men’s Super Doubles title last last night in the 28th GPIC Open Tennis Championship at the Bahrain Tennis Club (BTC) premises in Juffair.

Bloem and Salam raced i ..

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DJOKOVIC OUSTS FERRER

May 17, 2014

TENNIS-ITA-ATP-WTA

Number two seed Novak Djokovic set up a semi-final meeting with Canada’s Milos Raonic at the Rome Masters after ousting Spain’s David Ferrer 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 yesterday. After dominating a hard-fought opening set, the Serbian was outplayed in the second and had to overcame a few wobbles on his way to wrapping up the match in 2hr 31min. Leading 3-1 in the deciding s ..

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TWITTER vs TWITTER

May 16, 2014

T W T

The Information Technology (IT) Sector indeed has unleashed a radical revolution and has altered the way we communicate with each other these days. To be more precise, it’s bestowed millions of people all over the world with the power to publish their thoughts or ‘takes’ just at the push of a few buttons.

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International Humanitarian Law Committee established

May 16, 2014

HM the King

A national committee for International Humanitarian Law was established through a Royal Decree by His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa yesterday. The Committee will be chaired by the Minister of Justice, Islamic Affairs and Endowments.

It will comprise repre ..

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Tackling division

May 16, 2014

prime minister

Prime Minister HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa yesterday issued an edict constituting the Anti- Hatred and Sectarianism Committee.

Deputy Prime Minister Jawad Salem Al Arayyed will chair the Committee, whose members will include the Ministers of Interior, Education, Social Development and Justice, Islamic Affairs and En ..

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Please value green bins

May 16, 2014

Mr Schneider

The efforts put in by Bahrain Beachcombers are not yielding proper results, thanks to the lack of cooperation from the part of public. The grouping which has been striving for cleaner beaches across the Kingdom, told DT News that the green bins maintained at many seashores including the coastlines of Nurana Island, were not being utilised as intended. Unimpressed w ..

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Coordination key to success

May 16, 2014

Dr

On the sidelines of the Municipal Work Week, the Works Ministry (MoW) hailed the coordination achieved with municipal councils of the five governorates in the Kingdom.

The ministry, which is participating in the Municipal Work Week, highlighted the goals achieved collectively with the support of municipal councils, stating that ..

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Drug peddler in police net

May 16, 2014

Drug

A man was arrested yesterday for allegedly dealing with Hashish. Meanwhile, the police have seized 79 kilograms of hashish, hidden in his car.

 The accused allegedly stored several pieces of narcotic substances in his residence also, which was later confiscated by police. Interior Ministry’s Anti- Narcotic Directorate stated ..

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27 killed in Syria

May 16, 2014

Syria

At least 29 people were killed when a car bomb went off at a Syrian border post on the frontier with Turkey yesterday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

 It said the dead included five women and three children. Pictures sent by activists showed burnt ca ..

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Saudi reports 10 more deaths

May 16, 2014

Mers

Saudi Arabia said that 10 more people infected with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) had died over the last two days and identified 20 new cases of the virus, pushing the total number of deaths in the country to 160.

Five of the deaths were reported on Tuesday and five on Wednesday, according to statements on the health m ..

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WAWRINKA SHOCKED

May 16, 2014

Haas

Monte Carlo champion Stanislas Wawrinka joined fellow Swiss Roger Federer on the scrapheap at the ATP-WTA Rome Masters yesterday as back pain resulted i n a 5-7, 6-2, 6-3 loss to 15th seed Tommy Haas.

The 36-yearold has now won both of his matches with Wawrinka, a 2008 finalist at the Foro Italico. Andy Murray, who quit the even ..

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Team prepares for AFC Asia Cup

May 15, 2014

AFC Asia Cup

National football team have announced its preparations ahead of Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup hosted by Australia next January.

The team will be based in Ballarat, a regional city in the State of Victoria. Pre-competition camp as part of training preparations will be held from December 22 to January 7. Michael Bro ..

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BOC board meeting

May 15, 2014

BOC

The Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC) headed by committee president and Supreme Council for Youth and Sports (SCYS) Chairman, HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, will hold its third meeting at the committee premises in Seef today. Issues like the internal financial and administrative bylaws of the sports federations will come up for discussion.

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Indian School defeat Etihad

May 15, 2014

Indian School (A) and Etihad FC

Indian School (A) defeated Etihad FC 2-0 in the latest matches of the Under-15 category of the Indian Club Expatriate Five-a-Side Softball Football Tournament. Galatarazy beat Strikers FC 1-0 while Indian School (D) and Strikers Elite drew 1-1 with Suham scoring for the Indian School and Jones for Strikers Elite. In the men’s category, Salcette United beat Indian ..

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KHONJI PAIR CLINCH TITLE

May 15, 2014

Finalist with BTC administration manager Khalid Ghuloom, first from left, and BTC financial controller Mirza Al Sammak, first from right

Bahraini second seeds Ali Khonji and Kamal Khonji upset the Indian top seeds Stalin Joseph and Uday Shanbhag 6-4, 6-0 in the final of the Men’s Doubles +45 last night in the 28th GPIC Open Tennis Championship. The Khonji duo won their first break in the third game of the opening set helped by two double serve faults by Shanbhag, but the Indian Club duo came back ..

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Nishikori – SKY’S THE LIMIT

May 15, 2014

Kei Nishikori

You won’t catch Kei Nishikori snarling, scowling at opponents or yelling at umpires, but the unassuming 24-year-old has a fire in his belly every bit as strong as the game’s fiercest gladiators.

Having just become the first Japanese to crack the world’s top 10 in men’s tennis, the sky could be the limit for the record-br ..

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Brady could make FA Cup final

May 15, 2014

Brady

Hull City manager Steve Bruce has revealed that Irish midfielder Robbie Brady could make an unexpected comeback for the club in Saturday’s FA Cup final against Arsenal at Wembley Stadium. “Robbie Brady’s come from nowhere in the last couple of weeks. It’s amazing what an FA Cup final does,” Bruce told Wednesday’s edition of regional newspaper the Hull D ..

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FEDERER LOSES TO CHARDY

May 15, 2014

Chardy

Jeremy Chardy caught new father Roger Federer on the hop at a wind-blown ATP-WTA Rome Masters yesterday winning their second round tie 1-6, 6-3, 7-6 (8-6). The upset loss, in just over two hours, came barely a week after the 32-year-old Federer became father to his second set of twins.

The fourth-seeded Swiss, who has never won ..

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QATAR AIRWAYS STARTS BUSINESS ONE SERVICE

May 15, 2014

Qatar

Qatar Airways has announced its new all-premium daily service -- Business One -- between Doha and London Heathrow thereby becoming the first ever carrier to operate an all-Business Class service from London Heathrow.

The new daily service from Doha to London Heathrow Terminal 4 using an Airbus A319 configured with a single aisle ..

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Zain Bahrain opens Samsung IM Zone

May 15, 2014

Zain, Samsung and Bin Hindi management during the launch of Samsung 1M Zone

Zain Bahrain has opened the first Samsung Integrated Mobility, IM Zone, at its flagship store, Seef Mall. IM Zone, the first of its kind in the region, is managed by Bin Hindi Informatics, authorised distributor of Samsung.

Featuring an array of Samsung products including laptops, mobile, tablets, cameras and accessories, the zo ..

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AL AHLIA GROSS PREMIUMS RISE

May 15, 2014

Mr. Al Khatib

Al Ahlia Insurance Company has reported net profit of BD3,49,111 for the first quarter of 2014 ended on 31 March compared to BD1,036,795 recorded during the corresponding period of 2013.

The transient decline was due to the reduction in the actual realised gains on sale of investments compared to the same period of last year, Ge ..

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BOLSTER FIGHT AGAINST MERS

May 15, 2014

World Health Organisation (WHO) assistant director-general for health security Keiji Fukuda gestures yesterday in Geneva during a press conference following a closed-door emergency talks on the deadly MERS virus

The UN health agency yesterday warned countries to bolster their guard against the MERS virus, which has killed 157 people in Saudi Arabia and is causing alarm as it spreads elsewhere.

The World Health Organisation said its emergency committee, which includes global medical and policy experts, had flagged mounting concerns about ..

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WE MISS YOU DEAR ANGELS

May 15, 2014

Lead

Death, be not proud, though some have called thee

Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so;

For those whom thou think’st thou dost overthrow

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‘IT’S NOT OUR CUP OF TEA’

May 15, 2014

Camel

In response to a report that appeared on DT News on Tuesday on the lack of directives while handling camels in the Kingdom, both the Health Ministry and the Municipalities and Urban Affairs Ministry have washed hands, saying that the matter doesn’t come under their jurisdiction.

The report was carried in light of Saudi Health ..

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FRAUDSTERS IN POLICE NET

May 15, 2014

Mr. Buallay

Anti-Human-Trafficking Squad in the Criminal Investigation and Forensic Evidence Directorate has arrested two persons who allegedly cheated hundreds of labourers.

Chief Prosecutor Wael Buallay stated yesterday that the suspects lured hundreds of labourers to work in various establishments in the Kingdom, after charging them with ..

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Aysha Abdulla Mutaywea : DEFENDER OF RIGHTS

May 15, 2014

DT-WOMAN-Aysha Abdulla Mutaywea

As an established attorney-at-law, Aysha Abdulla Mutaywea has proven that today’s women could do and become whatever they wanted and even be on top of a profession that was previously considered as belonging only to the male gender.

She has broken all the barriers to achieve her goal of becoming a lawyer and had shown that ‘ ..

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ARIG PROFIT UP

May 15, 2014

Mr. Albahar

Arig Group has posted net profit of $2.8 million for the first quarter of 2014 (Q1 2013: $2.2m). A marginally higher combined ratio of 82.1 per cent (Q1 2013: 82.0pc) and lower underwriting returns of $0.5m (Q1 2013: $0.7m) were offset by higher income from investments of $6.8m (Q1 2013: $6.5m).

Gross premium income increased by ..

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Jonathan on back foot over missing girls

May 15, 2014

Jonathan

Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan faces an uncertain political future after attracting a torrent of criticism over his handling of the mass abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls by Boko Haram extremists.

Jonathan was already on the back foot even before Boko Haram kidnapped 276 girls from the remote northeastern town of Chi ..

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TURKEY TRAGEDY

May 15, 2014

A woman reacts as she searches for relatives while rescuers carry out dead miners yesterday

The United States yesterday offered to help its ally Turkey, which was reeling from a mine disaster which killed 245 workers. "On behalf of the American people, we extend our heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and our best wishes for the safe exit of the remaining miners," said White House spokesman Jay Carney.

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KIEV HOSTS ‘UNITY’ TALKS

May 15, 2014

Ukrainian interim president Oleksandr Turchynov (centre) speaking, flanked by Ukrainian interim prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk (left), during the opening of round-table talks on Ukraine’s deepening crisis in Kiev

Ukraine’s embattled leaders launched round-table talks yesterday as part of a Western-backed push to prevent the country falling apart, vowing they would not bow to “blackmail” by pro-Russian rebels waging an insurgency in the east. The so-called national unity discussions -- which crucially do not involve the insurgents -- are being held barely two weeks bef ..

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Ulissi gives first stage win of Giro

May 15, 2014

Diego Ulissi

Diego Ulissi gave Italy their first stage win of the Giro d’Italia and his second career victory in the race yesterday when he won the 203-kilometre fifth stage from Taranto to Viggiano. The 24-year-old Lampre rider, who won his previous stage in the Giro three years ago, beat veteran Australian Cadel Evans while Julian Arredondo of Colombia was third in a stage ..

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PAK- INDIA ‘TO RESUME PLAY’

May 15, 2014

A full series tournament was not agreed by the BCCI

Pakistan confirmed yesterday that it had agreed to play six full series of cricket against India with official backing, the first since the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks suspended play between the teams. Pakistan is expected to host four of the matches over the next eight years, after its cricket board said it had signed a memorandum of understanding with India on ..

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YUSUFFALI LEADS FORBES LIST AGAIN

May 15, 2014

Mr. Yusuffali

Managing Director of LuLu Group International M.A. YusuffAli has once again topped Forbes list of ‘100 Top Indian Leaders in the Arab World’. Landmark Group Chairman Micky Jagtiani came in the second position, while Dr. BR Shetty of NMC group stood in the third position at the list unveiled at a function held at Godolphin Ballroom, Jumeirah Emirates Tower, Duba ..

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Air France Paris-Rio crash human error

May 14, 2014

Air France Paris-Rio

An “inappropriate response” from stressed pilots was responsible for the 2009 crash of an Air France plane flying from Rio to Paris in the Atlantic that killed all 228 people on board, a new experts’ report said.

The report said there was “an inappropriate response from the crew” after the plane’s speed sensors malfu ..

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SEVEN KILLED IN UKRAINE AMBUSH

May 14, 2014

Pro-Russian gunmen guarding the “people’s governor” of the eastern Ukrainian

Seven Ukrainian soldiers were killed in a rebel ambush in the restive east of the country yesterday the defence ministry and security sources said, in one of the deadliest days for the military since the start of an uprising in the region against Kiev’s rule. A military convoy was attacked near a river in a village between the rebel bastions of Slavyansk and Kram ..

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OS,OCA hail Kingdom

May 14, 2014

OS,OCA hail Kingdom

Kingdom has received praise from several regional and international parties following successfully organising the recent Olympic Solidarity (OS) and Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) Regional Forum for West, Central and South Asian National Olympic Committees. The forum was held in Bahrain from May 6-9 with 90 representatives from 26 National Olympic Committees from th ..

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Lanes win Monday Madness Series

May 14, 2014

From left, Rob and Debbie Lane with Manju Thippana

The husband and wife Rob and Debbie Lane (10 points on count back) were crowned overall African and Eastern Monday Madness Champions after winning the sixth and final event of the series at the Royal Golf Club. The duo achieved a nett score of 32.7 in the “3x3 Rumble” format competition, giving them enough points in the overall order of merit. Tawfeeq Al Moayye ..

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RUCT CRUSH FRIENDS XI

May 14, 2014

RUCT CRUSH FRIENDS XI

RUCT secured 133-run victory over Friends XI in the latest matches of the Bahrain Finance Company Cricket Bahrain (BCL-CBA Division) Golden League T25 Tournament in Muharraq. Batting first, RUCT were dismissed for 231 in 24.5 overs with the main scorers being Aneesh (61), Jayakrishnan (60) and Faizal (54) with Arif (three for 45) the best of the bowlers.

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THE UNSTOPPABLE

May 14, 2014

Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo has played down his latest record, claiming landmarks come naturally to him.

Ronaldo scored twice in Portugal’s 5-1 friendly win over Cameroon on Wednesday to become his country’s all-time top international goalscorer with 49 goals in 110 senior appearances.

His tally su ..

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A symbol of dignity

May 14, 2014

VOX POP PIC

A predominant majority hold the view that ‘hijab’ is an integral part of Islam and Arab culture, proving that Western culture has failed to superimpose its unorthodox observations on the people living in this part of the world.  Since this historic piece of head covering has been the subject of endless debates, a workshop will be held under the patro ..

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US retail sales slow

May 14, 2014

Two young men walk past the front door at a Target store in Fairfax, Virginia. U.S. retail sales barely rose in April, Commerce Department said yesterday

U.S. retail sales barely rose in April, tempering hopes of a sharp acceleration in economic growth in the second quarter.

The Commerce Department said yesterday retail sales edged up 0.1 per cent last month, held back by declines in receipts at furniture, electronic and appliance stores, restaurants and bars and online retailers ..

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RUSSIA SOUNDS WARNING NOTE

May 14, 2014

Women walk near Gazprom’s main office in Moscow yesterday

Russia has reiterated its threat to stop supplying Ukraine with natural gas if Kiev does not pay in advance for June deliveries and said further talks on the issue were also contingent on payment.

Gazprom chief executive Alexei Miller said the state-controlled Russian company will present Ukraine’s state energy company Naftoga ..

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BNH NET GOES UP

May 14, 2014

Bahrain National Holding Company (BNH) has announced net

Bahrain National Holding Company (BNH) has announced net profit of BD1.63 million for the 3 months ended on March 31 2014 against BD1.25m posted during the corresponding period last year.

The parent company of Bahrain National Insurance (bni) and Bahrain National Life Assurance (bnl) also registered gross premium of BD7.4m, an i ..

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TMC honour for Ebrahim Kanoo

May 14, 2014

Retail & Logistics Manager Shariq Khan receives the Specific Council Award for Training in Retail from Almoayyed

Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) has recognised Ebrahim K. Kanoo after the Bahrain company accomplished record sales during 2013. Senior Managing Officer at Toyota Motor Corporation Inoue handed over the prestigious Marketing Excellence Award for Outstanding Vehicle Sales to Executive General Manager of Sales at Ebrahim K. Kanoo Ismail Akbar.

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THE FLOOD FIGHTER

May 14, 2014

FLOOD

Dodging electrocution, drowning and even crocodiles, the Thai virtual hero of a new mobile game called “Flood Fighter” aims to educate children across Asia about the perils posed by Mother Nature.

More than 800 people, including dozens of children, were among the victims of devastating floods that hit Thailand in 2011, affec ..

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Egypt plans $10bn airport city in Cairo

May 14, 2014

EGYPT

Egypt is planning to build a $10 billion airport city around Cairo International Airport in about 10 million square meters.

According to a report published by Zawya, the airport city considered a giant national project [that will take] about seven years [to be completed] in all its phases and will provide more than 100,000 direc ..

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US Defence chief arrives in Saudi

May 14, 2014

Hagel is greeted by Saudi Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud in Jeddah

US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel arrived in the Saudi Arabia yesterday, the first leg of a regional tour focusing on Iran’s nuclear programme and Syria’s civil war.

Hagel will hold talks with Saudi officials and today he will meet Gulf Cooperation Council defence ministers in the first US-GCC meeting of its kind since 2008.< ..

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THE GAME CHANGER

May 14, 2014

Prince Saud

Saudi ready to negotiate with Iran: FM

Saudi Arabia is ready to negotiate better relations with regional rival Iran, Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al Faisal told reporters in Riyadh yesterday.

His comments came as major powers held a fresh round of nuclear talks with Iran over its contr ..

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Car enters bank!

May 14, 2014

The car, which crashed into the bank in Busaiteen

Two accidents were reported from the north eastern town Busaiteen yesterday.

A 4x4 vehicle not just rammed into a bank office, but entered inside it in the morning. Both the vehicle and the office were damaged in the incident. Fortunately, nobody was injured in the incident.

Few hours later, ..

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No money? come here

May 14, 2014

Ansar Gallery

Following the teachings of the Holy Quran to share wealth with the ones in need, Ansar Gallery has set a model in launching charity initiatives.

Right at the entrance of its hypermarket in Tubli, a stall has been allocated to distribute food to the ones who cannot afford to buy daily meal.

A ..

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MAN IS TRULY THE CRUELLEST ANIMAL

May 14, 2014

Cruelty to animals

Cats have a special place in Islam and it is a well-known fact that the Prophet himself was a cat lover and respected animals. One story mentions that a cat saved the Prophet from being bitten by a deadly snake.

 This being the fact one can only understand the anger with which the people of Bahrain reacted after watching a vide ..

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WHAT ARE WE WAITING FOR?

May 14, 2014

Camel

The coronavirus is spreading fast. It’s already killed over 150 people in Saudi alone.  The killer virus has become a real concern. It reflected when the Saudi authorities two days back pressed the panic button by cautioning people to take adequate precautionary measures while handling camels, believed to be the primary source of the villain virus. Back ..

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IAA TURNING TECH SAVVY

May 14, 2014

Ms. Rajab attending the function

The Information Affairs Authority (IAA) is working hard to keep abreast with the technological advances in the Media field, said Minister of State for Information Affairs and official Government spokesperson Sameera Rajab.

Speaking at the ceremony organised by IAA to mark the diamond jubilee of national Press, Ms. Rajab added th ..

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Camels have no foresight

May 14, 2014

Camel Farm

It was only two days back the Saudi Health Ministry issued a directive making it mandatory for workers who maintain direct contact with camels to wear masks and gloves as the ‘ship of the desert’ is believed to be the chief source of deadly coronavirus.

However, farm workers in the Kingdom continue to deal with camels withou ..

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100 years of distinction

May 14, 2014

Retail and Logistics Manager Shariq Khan receives the Specific Council Award for Training in Retail in the presence of Mrs. Almoayyed

Ashrafs has completed 100 successful years in business by strengthening its market position as one of the most prestigious electronic retailers of world-renowned brands in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Established in 1913 and acquired by the renowned Y.K. Almoayyed & Sons group in 1994, Ashrafs is one of the oldest retailers and w ..

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BDB for entrepreneurial society

May 14, 2014

Shaikh Hesham

Bahrain Development Bank (BDB) is now focused on more than just start-ups and now concerns itself with changing the ‘safe employment’ of Bahraini society.

“Initially, we were involved primarily in encouraging start-ups. But this has changed. We are now tasked with fostering an entrepreneurial and innovative society,” Bah ..

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THE KINGDOM STEALS SHOW

May 14, 2014

Install Refinery Wastewater Treatment Plant at Bapco has won MEED Quality Project of the Year Award

Bahrain wins three awards at the MEED Quality Awards

Bahrain has won three awards at the MEED Quality Awards for Projects 2014. The prestigious awards, instituted in association with Mashreq, recognise completed projects in the entire Gulf region.

Bahrain Petroleum Company’s (BAPCO) ..

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Phase out subsidies: IMF

May 14, 2014

Christine Lagarde

IMF chief Christine Lagarde urged Arab countries going through democratic change to phase out costly subsidy systems, but drew a cautious response from regional finance ministers wary of the social impact of such steps.

The International Monetary Fund chief said Arab countries pursuing democracy should keep up structural reforms ..

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Ailing BlackBerry launches budget smartphone – FIGHTBACK

May 14, 2014

An Indonesian model shows a BlackBerry Z3 smartphone “Jakarta edition” during a ceremony in Jakarta yesterday

BlackBerry yesterday launched a new budget handset in Indonesia, one of its last bastions, in the hope it will take off in emerging markets and stem a decline in the smartphone maker’s fortunes.

The touchscreen Z3, which is slated for release in six other fast-growing markets after Indonesia, is the first new BlackBerry phone ..

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Bouhanni takes stage

May 14, 2014

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Sprint specialist Nacer Bouhanni ended a three-year drought for French cyclists in the Giro d’Italia yesterday as he won the 112-kilometre fourth stage from Giovinazzo to Bari. The FDJ.fr rider recorded his first ever stage win in a major Tour and becomes the first Frenchman since John Gadret in 2011 to prevail on the Giro. Bouhanni, 23, joined the leading group ..

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N. Korea vows ‘merciless’ revenge

May 14, 2014

A woman wearing a cat costume promoting a cafe walks down a street in a popular Myeondong shopping district of Seoul

North Korea vowed “merciless” reprisals yesterday after a South Korean military official suggested the isolated Stalinist nation should simply disappear. Speaking to reporters in Seoul yesterday, Defence Ministry spokesman Kim Min-Seok had argued that North Korea barely deserved to be regarded as a proper country and that it would be best if it “vanished as s ..

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SWISS TO REJECT REFERENDUM

May 14, 2014

Supporters hold paper planes during an action to support the minimum wage of 4000 Swiss Francs in Geneva

Minimum wage $25/hour

The Swiss are expected to reject a referendum next weekend on whether to introduce the world’s highest minimum wage, that would offer each and every worker at least $25 an hour. Switzerland will also hold votes on May 18 on a multi-billion-dollar deal to buy fighter jets from Swed ..

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GUANGZHOU IN QUARTER FINALS

May 14, 2014

Minamino Takuni (left) of Japan’s Cerezo Osaka tussles for the ball with Alessandro Diamanti of China’s Guangzhou Evergrande

Guangzhou Evergrande kept on course to defend their AFC Champions League title as they blazed into the quarter-finals with a 5-2 aggregate win over Cerezo Osaka yesterday. Marcello Lippi’s Chinese champions lost 1-0 on the night, courtesy of a Liao Lisheng own goal, but Cerezo never looked likely to bridge the 5-1 deficit conceded in last week’s first leg. Guan ..

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Alba sponsors Flex Bodybuilding Championship

May 13, 2014

Shaikh Abdulla bin Rashid Al Khalifa

Aluminum Bahrain (Alba) has signed on to be the official sponsor of the Third Flex Bodybuilding Championship, scheduled to take place on June 6 at the Alba Club premises in Riffa. The third edition of the day-long event returns after a 10-year break when the previous championship took place, it is organised by Flex Gym Centre and is open to all nationals and expatr ..

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OPEN TRACK SET

May 13, 2014

A night view of the BIC track

Night track debut set for BIC

Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) have announced that motorsport fans will be able to experience first-hand the unique spectacle of racing around a Formula One track lit up by floodlights, with the launch of BIC’s all-new Open Track Night for the ve ..

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DJOKOV

May 13, 2014

novak-djokovic

Djokovic led the Serbian national team to its first Davis Cup win.

Serbian professional tennis player Novak Djokovic won the 2011 Wimbledon Championship, becoming the number one tennis player in the world. Novak Djokovic was born on May 22, 1987, in Belgrade, Serbia. He began playing ..

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Nishikori pulls out of Rome, Federer arrives

May 13, 2014

Roger Federer

Beaten-down 10th seed Kei Nishikori withdrew as expected from the Rome Masters yesterday with the lower back complaint which plagued him in his weekend Madrid final loss to Rafael Nadal. But Roger Federer landed on a flight from Zurich as the new father of twins born last Tuesday decided to play in the Masters event which he has never won. “Oh and btw ciao tutti, ..

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MERC READY FOR BATTLE

May 13, 2014

Lewis Hamilton waves at the Circuit de Catalunya

Lewis Hamilton may have taken a three-point lead in the drivers world championship with his fourth straight win in Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix but he and his supreme Mercedes team are ready for stormy times ahead. The 29-year-old Briton admitted yesterday that he had to survive intense pressure and was lucky to hold off team-mate Nico Rosberg and triumph on Spani ..

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100 years of excellence

May 13, 2014

Retail & Logistics Manager Shariq Khan receives the Specific Council Award for Training in Retail from Almoayyed

Ashrafs has completed 100 successful years in business by strengthening its market position as one of the most prestigious electronic retailers of world-renowned brands in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Established in 1913 and acquired by the renowned Y.K. Almoayyed & Sons group in 1994, Ashrafs is one of the oldest retailers and w ..

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Wyndham Grand for wide expansion

May 13, 2014

Mr. Haddad

As Bahrain steers further into political and economic stability, Wyndham Hotel Group is gearing to meet their target by the last quarter of next year.

Wyndham Hotel Group Middle East and Africa Regional Vice President Bani Haddad told DT News that one of the key elements of their strategy is growing their brand, Wyndham Hotels a ..

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VIRTUOUS GESTURE

May 13, 2014

Shaikh Al Khalifa inaugurates the eGA stand in the Special Needs Support Exhibition 2014

The eGovernment Authority (eGA) recently participated at the Special Needs Support Exhibition inaugurated by Under-Secretary for Resources and Services at the Ministry of Education Shaikh Hisham bin Abdulaziz Al Khalifa at the Gulf Hotel on behalf of the event’s patron First Deputy Chairman of Supreme Council for Youth and Sport and Chairman of Bahrain Athletic A ..

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GROWTH UNBOUND

May 13, 2014

Chairman LIC S.K. Roy, Managing Director LIC Sushobhan Sarker, Director Intercol Abdulrahman Ali Alwazzan,  Mr.Thamodharan , General Manager LIC (Int’l) Bahrain Partha Samal and CBB officials

Life Insurance Corporation of India (International) collected total premium to the tune of $259.89 million in 2013, according to the financial results published during the board of directors meeting at Movenpick Hotel, Bahrain, on May 8.

The total number of policies as on 31.12.2013 stand at 91,104 and as many as 9512 new polici ..

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India records weak output

May 13, 2014

Workers grind iron bearings used in textile machinery inside a factory on the outskirts of the western Indian city of Ahmedabad yesterday

India’s industrial production shrank in March for the fifth time in sixth months, data showed yesterday, underscoring the challenge facing the next government to revive Asia’s third-largest economy.

Output from India’s mines, factories and utilities contracted by 0.5 per cent year-on-year in March, according to the data.

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ASIA MIXED

May 13, 2014

ASIA SHARE

Asian stocks closed mixed to higher yesterday, despite fears the Ukraine crisis could intensify, as Chinese markets ended sharply up on hopes for market reforms.

Despite a positive lead from Wall Street’s Friday close, trading started on a downbeat note after pro-Russian rebels late on Sunday claimed that voters in eastern Ukr ..

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BEYOND BORDERS

May 13, 2014

Soldier

A computer without a power cable, a spy camera with English instructions that no one can read, and water-logged accommodation -- life on the frontline can be a long series of setbacks and challenges for Afghan soldiers.

In the eastern district of Khogyani, the war against Taliban militants is a day-to-day struggle for control of ..

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Drone kills six militants in Yemen

May 13, 2014

An army soldier checks a car at a checkpoint in the Yemeni capital Sanaa  yesterday

A drone strike killed six Al Qaeda suspects in eastern Yemen yesterday, the first such raid since government troops launched their biggest offensive on jihadists in two years, tribesmen said.

In Sanaa, the US embassy announced the mission would “remain closed for consular services through May 15,” adding that it could remain ..

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Egypt to get more lawmakers

May 13, 2014

Egyptian men walk past huge posters of Egypt’s ex-army chief and leading presidential candidate Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Cairo yesterday

An official has stated that Egypt is set to increase its members of parliament by almost 30 per cent under a new draft election law expected to be finalised in two months.

Under former president Mohamed Morsi, Egypt’s lower house of parliament was comprised of 444 seats and was dominated by Islamists who won every election sin ..

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FIRE FIRE GO AWAY!

May 13, 2014

FIRE

It is all over the Kingdom. It makes its presence felt in the capital city, in the upcountry residential areas and it also rages in the villages in stunning frequency. Fire – man’s best friend – of late seems to have become a perfect fiend licking out precious lives and turning assets into ashes in its monstrous march.

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‘Ready to beat summer woes’

May 13, 2014

Water Pipe

The Electricity and Water Authority (EWA) is leaving no stone unturned to ensure the delivery of electricity and water services without any disruptions during the forthcoming summer.

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WOMEN SHINE

May 13, 2014

Mr. Al Tareef during a honouring ceremony

Bahrain has come a long way ahead in its drive for woman empowerment providing ample opportunities for women to rise to leadership roles, a top official said.

“We are moving in the path of women empowerment with all our strength and the door is open to every women to fill leadership positions,” said General Secretary of the ..

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Preparations on for 10th Spring of Culture

May 13, 2014

Shaikha Mai

Organisers of the ‘Spring of Culture Festival 2014’ announced preparations are underway for next year, to celebrate the festival’s 10th anniversary since its launch in 2006.

This was announced with the conclusion of this year’s ‘Spring of Culture’ activities, which succeeded in providing an array of educational, cult ..

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Premier to patronise Municipal Work Week

May 13, 2014

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Under the patronage of Prime Minister HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, a week-long function promoting municipal work will kick off today.

The ‘Municipal Work Week’ will be launched at 10am at the Prince Khalifa bin Salman Pak in Hidd under the theme: ‘We Are Partners.’

Munici ..

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A partner in saving lives

May 13, 2014

Middle East Medical Centre (MEMC)

While doctors are considered as ‘heroes’ and sometimes as ‘gods’ in other cultures, for saving and bestowing the gift of life to someone else, the nurses, too, play a very important role in the medical profession.

As the world marked the ‘International Nurses’ Day’ yesterday, which was set up by the International C ..

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BKT and Feld enter accord

May 13, 2014

President of BKT Tyres USA Carl Casalbore, Mr, Feld, and Mr. Poddar

BKT (Balkrishna Industries Ltd.) has signed multi-year sponsorship agreement with Feld Motor Sports. The agreement till 2018 was announced at the Monster Jam World Finals held in Las Vegas, Nevada, from March 20 to 22 by Jt. Managing Director BKT Rajiv Poddar and CEO Feld Entertainment Kenneth Feld.

The agreement includes the te ..

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Change at the helm

May 13, 2014

Bahrain Bourse

Bahrain Bourse (BHB) has appointed Shaikh Khalifa bin Ebrahim Al-Khalifa as CEO and Afnan Al Zayani as Head of the Executive Committee and Ayman Tawfeeq Almoayed as her Deputy. The meeting, chaired by Yusuf Abdulla Humood, also reviewed the periodic report on BHB’s performance, other bourses and GCC stock markets. Shaikh Khalifa was the Deputy Chief Executive Off ..

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NEW RULE IN ORDER

May 13, 2014

Central Bank of Bahrain -Bahrain Stock Exchange

Central Bank of Bahrain (CBB) has given approval for the Market Rule mooted by Bahrain Bourse (BHB). The bourse, during its recent board meeting, thanked CBB Governor Rasheed Al Maraj and officials for their assistance in the finalising of Market Rules and their cooperation in various areas to develop the Capital Markets Sector in the Kingdom of Bahrain and enhance ..

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SHARP SWINGS BACK TO GAIN

May 13, 2014

A shopper looks at Sharp Corp’s Aquos televisions displayed at an electronics retail store in Tokyo

Struggling Japanese electronics maker Sharp said yesterday it had swung back to profit for the full year to March after two years of huge losses, thanks to stronger sales and cost-cutting.

The Osaka-based company booked an 11.56 billion yen ($114 million) net profit in the 12-month period, reversing an eye-watering net loss of 5 ..

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Philippines charges Chinese fishermen

May 13, 2014

Philippine maritime police unload some of the sea turtles from a Chinese-flagged vessel seized by officials last week

Philippine prosecutors yesterday filed environmental crime charges against nine Chinese fishermen arrested in disputed South China Sea waters, despite Beijing’s warning of a dire effect on relations.

The court case is the latest step in a simmering dispute between the neighbours in the strategically important South China Sea, ..

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India’s general election – EXIT POLLS CUE MODI VICTORY

May 13, 2014

Narendra Modi

National Democratic Alliance (NDA) led by Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party is set to scrape a majority in India’s general election, a flurry of exit polls indicated yesterday.

Four out of the five exit polls published within hours of the end of voting in the world’s biggest election showed the BJP and its partners in ..

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New Thai PM open for talks

May 13, 2014

Thai anti-government protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban (let) shakes hands with his supporters

Thailand’s new prime minister yesterday offered talks with protesters trying to topple the government, as his political rivals pushed for the appointment of an unelected leader to take power. “We are open for dialogue,” said Niwattumrong Boonsongpaisan, who took the helm last week after a controversial court ruling removed Yingluck Shinawatra and nine of her ..

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Boko Haram girls’ kidnap – GIRLS VIDEO FOOTAGE OUT

May 13, 2014

Boko Haram’s leader said in a new video yesterday that more than 200 abducted Nigerian schoolgirls

Boko Haram’s leader said in a new video yesterday that more than 200 abducted Nigerian schoolgirls would only be released if the government freed militant fighters from custody. Abubakar Shekau made the claim in a 27-minute video, which he claimed showed about 130 of the girls who were kidnapped from their school in the remote northeastern town of Chibok nearly a ..

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Pereira wins first final

May 13, 2014

Men’s +45 winner Pereira third left with BTC manager Hamdi Abdul Jawad, Financial Controller Mirza Al Sammak and Technical Advisor Ali Khonji

Sixth seed Cassius Pereira from India won the first final as he clinched the Men’s +45 Singles title 6-2, 6-3 against second seeded Kadry Rizk late on Sunday in the 28th GPIC Open Tennis Championship at the Bahrain Tennis Club (BTC) premises in Juffair. Pereira started the first set well getting a break of serve in the opening game and then went 2-0 up, before bo ..

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Salcette United beat Riffa Ford Challengers

May 13, 2014

Riffa Ford Challengers

Salcette United shocked Riffa Ford Challengers in the men’s division with a 1-0 victory thanks to a solitary goal by Rubert in the latest matches of the Indian Club Expatriate Five-a-Side Softball Football Tournament at the club premises in Gudaibiya.  5 Stars crushed Al Komed (B) 6-1 in another match with goals from Leroy, Collin. Nestor, Rio, Latish and an o ..

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BOC SIGNS PROTOCOL

May 13, 2014

Mr. Askar signs the agreement with his Jordanian counterpart

Bahrain’s Olympic Committee (BOC) recently signed two protocol agreements with its Jordanian and Palestinian counterparts. These agreements were in line with the directives of Supreme Council for Youth and Sports chairman and BOC President HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, in an attempt to boost joint ties and promote the overall standards in sport fields. ..

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BARKLEY IN, CARRICK OUT

May 13, 2014

Ross & Roy

Everton breakthrough star Ross Barkley, 20, was named in a youthful England World Cup squad yesterday, but Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick only made the standby list. Liverpool’s 19-year-old winger Raheem Sterling and Southampton’s 18-year-old left-back Luke Shaw also made the cut in a squad that contained only six players with previous World Cup e ..

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RCSI announces huge investment

May 12, 2014

RCSI

The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Bahrain Medical University of Bahrain (RCSI-MUB) based in Busaiteen, Muharraq have announced a U$700,000 investment in its sports facilities which will include the construction of a FIFA approved all-weather soccer pitch.  This investment will also be used to upgrade its existing sports facilities on the University campus ..

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ASKAR RECEIVES GCC DELEGATES

May 12, 2014

Mr. Askar welcomes heads of the GCC bowling delegations

Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC) acting general secretary Abdulrahman Askar received heads of the GCC delegations taking part in the GCC Bowling Championships, being hosted by Bahrain. Mr. Askar welcomed the delegates, Qatari delegation head and former world champion Ahmed Al Muraikhi, Oman’s Mohammed Al Shanfari and Saudi Arabia’s Fahad Al Isa, and conveyed the ..

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Askar congratulates Al Shino

May 12, 2014

Lt.-Col Abdulhakeem Al Shino

Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC) acting general secretary Abdulrahman Askar congratulated Bahrain’s Lt.-Col Abdulhakeem Mohamed Al Shano on becoming the new president of the International Military Sports Council (CISM). Al Shino, the only candidate from Bahrain, was recently elected president with 44 of the 79 votes, ahead of Turkey’s Col. Mesut Cerit (23 votes) ..

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HASSAN LEADS

May 12, 2014

Adel Hassan on the podium

HASSAN SETS NEW WORLD RECORD AS DRAG RACING SEASON ENDS

Hassan had two reasons to celebrate during the fifth and final round of the 2013/14 Bahrain National Drag Racing Championship. The veteran Bahraini talent set a new World Record en route to claiming a fine victory in the Street 4 and 6 category in a winning time of ..

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THE POLISH MISS

May 12, 2014

Radwanska

World-ranked tennis pro Agnieszka Radwanska became the first Polish player in history to receive a WTA tour singles title—at the Nordea Nordic Light Open in Sweden. Agnieszka Radwanska was born on March 6, 1989 in Krakow, Poland.

In 2006, she won the junior French Open title, and went on to compete at Wimbledon the same year, ..

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Park claims first victory

May 12, 2014

Park Jun-won posing with the winner’s trophy

Park Jun-Won scored a flawless five-under-par 67 yesterday to win the $1 million GS Caltex Maekyung Open by three shots and claim his first professional victory. The 27-year-old had shared the third-round lead with Park Sang-Hyun, but eased away on the back nine to finish the tournament at South Korea’s Namseoul Country Club on 15 under par. Lee Ki-Sang (67) and ..

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AGAIN HAMILTON

May 12, 2014

Lewis Hamilton

Briton secures fourth win to take title lead

Lewis Hamilton took over the leadership of the Formula One drivers championship yesterday when he made it four wins in a row by grabbing a heart-stopping victory in the Spanish Grand Prix. He finished just 0.6 seconds ahead of his Mercedes team-m ..

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Ex-rival’s support boosts Abdullah in Afghan election

May 12, 2014

Abdullah

Afghan election front-runner Abdullah Abdullah received a major boost to his presidential campaign yesterday with the endorsement of third-placed Zalmai Rassoul, a close ally of the current leader. Rassoul was seen as the favoured candidate of outgoing President Hamid Karzai, and his support for Abdullah could be influential in deal-making to choose Afghanistan’s ..

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CALLS FOR RESOLUTION

May 12, 2014

A Thai protester.

Southeast Asia’s regional bloc called yesterday for a “peaceful resolution” to the political crisis gripping Thailand, days after a controversial court ruling removed prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra from power. The 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) met in the Myanmar capital Naypyidaw this weekend in the absence of a top-level Thai r ..

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China signs mega east Africa rail deal

May 12, 2014

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (second from left)

China yesterday signed a deal to build a $3.8 billion rail link between Kenya’s Indian Ocean port of Mombasa and Nairobi, the first stage of a line that will eventually link Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and South Sudan. Under the terms of the agreement, Exim Bank of China will provide 90 percent of the cost to replace the crumbling British colonial-era line with a 609 ..

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EMPLOYMENT PROVIDER

May 12, 2014

Surging demand for solar PV in China and Japan-WINDMILL

Approximately 6.5 million people were employed in the renewable energy industry worldwide last year according to a new study by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). ‘Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review 2014’ underlines the important role that renewables continue to play in employment creation and growth in the global economy. The comprehen ..

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QA to launch HIA operations

May 12, 2014

QatarAirways to launch HIA operations

Qatar Airways will officially move to new terminal at Hamad International Airport (HIA), the world’s latest state-of-the art hub on 27th May. Qatar Airways has been operating out of Doha International Airport for 17 years, has grown from operating only a handful of aircraft regionally to today where it has 134 aircraft flying to 138 international destinations. Th ..

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MAN Group posts €68m profit

May 12, 2014

MAN Group

MAN Truck & Bus Middle East closed the first quarter of fiscal 2014 with sustained growth in customer demand from the Middle East to register a 40 percent increase in sales for the truck segment. Order intake for the quarter increased by 27per cent. Middle East contributes 9.3 pc of the global sales volume of trucks (in units) compared to 6.1pc in 2013. The reg ..

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AL BARAKA PROFIT UP

May 12, 2014

Al Baraka

The Bahrain based Islamic banking group, Al Baraka Banking Group B.S.C (ABG) announced a net profit of US$ 67 million for the first quarter of 2014. Total assets increased by 1percent, total financing and investments by 2pc and customer accounts by 1pc at the end of March 2014 compared to the end December 2013. Chairman of Al Baraka Banking Group Shaikh Saleh Abdul ..

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BREAKING THE LIMIT

May 12, 2014

Yunchang

Having one of his own ribs cut out to turn into a necklace, enduring a slashing from neck to thigh -- He Yunchang will do anything for art as long as it does not kill him.

The extreme performance artist’s head is almost entirely shaved and his face flecked with faint scars from his shows. His blood-drenched, often naked masoch ..

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Saudi girl robbed banks for her lover

May 12, 2014

Al-Huthaili

A court has convicted a stunning Saudi Arabian immigrant of a bank robbery spree in the Twin Cities—and she says she did it in the name of love.

On September 9, 2013, Saudi emigrant Ranya Al-Huthaili, a stunning brunette with a sultry pout, put on her blonde wig and big, dark sunglasses and walked into the Dairy State Bank in ..

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36 die in shipwreck

May 12, 2014

In this file picture a Libyan policeman helps a young African migrant off a boat in Tripoli

At least 36 immigrants died and 42 are reported missing after a makeshift boat was wrecked off Libya’s coast, a naval spokesman told AFP yesterday.

Colonel Ayub Kassem said the accident took place on Tuesday.

“The boat sank four kilometres (two and a half miles) off Garabulli (50 kilometr ..

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MERS fears baseless

May 12, 2014

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An official source of the Military Hospital has denied claims related to Coronavirus posted on social media.

The social Media stated that Coronavirus cases have been detected in Bahrain, which was denied yesterday.

Health Minister Sadiq Al Shehabi on May 5 had affirmed that the Kingdom was fr ..

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Goodbye to on-screen smoking

May 12, 2014

Actor Christian Bale smoking in the movie Harsh Times

Aiming to eradicate the habit of smoking from the Bahraini community, Anti-Smoking Committee members yesterday agreed to request the Information Affairs Authority (IAA) to ban smoking scenes from shows played on national television.

The committee also endorsed that such scenes should be banned from local, regional or internation ..

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Cop killers handed life

May 12, 2014

The Public Prosecution Building

The First High Criminal Court has handed down life sentences to six who were found guilty of killing policeman Ahmed Al-Dhufairi apart from attempting to murder another, Chief Prosecutor at the Capital Governorate Mohammed Al Maliki announced yesterday.

Mr. Al-Dhufairi died in an explosion while he was clearing the road blocked ..

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Hijab – A matter of choice?

May 12, 2014

Hijab

The Islamic ‘hijab,’ a veil covering a Muslim woman’s head, which conforms to a certain standard of modesty, has been around for centuries.

Yet, this historic piece of head covering has been the subject of endless controversies, most of them rooting from people’s limited knowledge on its value and religious significance. ..

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Fire destroys wedding hall

May 12, 2014

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A fire which broke out in the wee hours of yesterday damaged a wedding hall in Barber, causing a loss worth BD12,000.

The fire also damaged a house as blazes spread to the neighbouring areas, causing havoc on the spot.

Ali Nasser, a resident of the same area, said that they were shocked to se ..

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HACKERS HIT HARD

May 12, 2014

HACKERS

Hackers are giving sleepless nights to cyber security experts in the Kingdom as targets on governmental authorities’ information security have seen a 440 per cent increase in the first quarter of the year, compared to same period in 2013.

During the first quarter of 2014, Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) in the Central ..

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Good morning,WE’RE POLIO FREE!

May 12, 2014

POLIO FREE

Those who talk much and deliver little should zip up their lips. Instead, they should learn a lesson or two from Bahrain. Yes, by eradicating the poliovirus from its soil without much of an ado, the Kingdom has proved that it is often the empty vessels which make the greatest noise. Yes, the silent yet unrelenting war that Bahrain waged against the cripplin ..

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Include special kids with others

May 12, 2014

Ms. Moore

Inclusive education in schools is the need of the hour as many children with special needs grow up with anti-social tendencies because of their segregation from the society, opined Inclusive Education and Disability expert Michele Moore.

Ms. Moore, a professor in the United Kingdom, stated that the inclusive education integrates ..

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More buses to hit roads

May 12, 2014

BUS

Commuters in the Kingdom could heave a sigh of relief as the Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa yesterday decided to increase the number of bus routes from 12 to 24 and introduce 140 new buses in the Kingdom. Moreover, Bahrain will have world class bus stops as the Cabinet decided to hire an international consultancy firm to ..

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OPTIMISTIC GROWTH

May 12, 2014

Hussain Ali Sharaf

Islamic financial instruments continue growth

The use of Islamic finance instruments in the global market continues to grow, it was highlighted yesterday during the Union of Arab Banks’ Islamic Finance Instruments Seminar hel ..

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Cautious optimism at China bitcoin summit

May 12, 2014

bitcoin

Some 200 virtual currency enthusiasts excitedly traded namecards and participated in panel discussions the other day at China’s first-ever Global Bitcoin Summit -- but several expressed shock that the event was given the green light in the first place. Bitcoin is a form of cryptography-based e-money that can be stored either virtually or on a user’s hard drive, ..

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XIAOMI LEADS

May 12, 2014

XIAOMI

Low-cost smartphone

Xiaomi may be little known outside China, but the fast-growing smartphone maker is at the forefront of a new wave of Asian brands challenging the dominance of Apple and Samsung with high-spec, low-price phones. In the three months to March, Xiaomi surpassed Apple ..

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Russian Interest – ‘SHORT-TERM GAIN’

May 12, 2014

US Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel

Russia’s interest in Ukraine is for “short-term gain,” and its troops remain massed along the Ukrainian border, US Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel said in an interview that aired yesterday. Hagel qualified Russia as an “adversary in Ukraine,” but stopped short of calling it an enemy. “I think that is simplistic to get into either enemy, friend, partner, so o ..

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CITY POWERS

May 12, 2014

Manchester City’s French midfielder Samir Nasri (centre) in action

City overpower West Ham to take title 

Goals from Samir Nasri and skipper Vincent Kompany saw Manchester City to a 2-0 win over West Ham as they claimed their second Premier League title in three seasons. Yesterday’s final day of the league season victory at City’s Eastlands ground cro ..

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SWOLLEN SORROWS

May 11, 2014

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A victim of medical error that happened while undergoing a ‘specialised’ surgery abroad is pleading for help from the authorities concerned as the cure is unavailable in the Kingdom.

Fatima (name changed on request), 41, was suffering from a rare blood vessels swelling disorder in her left hand. As the treatment didn’t exi ..

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HOUSING NOT A DREAM ANYMORE

May 11, 2014

HOUSING

As a boon to aspiring non-resident Indian (NRI) homeowners, an affordable housing fair will be held next week with over 20 developers flying into Bahrain to give options and advice.

Alivian Events will be holding the Bahrain edition of the Indian Realty Fair on May 22, 23 and 24 at the Bahrain Keraleeya Samajam. The fair will fo ..

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FISHES ROLLS IN

May 11, 2014

FISH

For the first time in Bahrain, around 30 local fishermen and farmers displayed their freshest homegrown products under one roof as Bahraini Fishermen’s Market was inaugurated yesterday.

Organised by the Agriculture and Marine Resources Directorate in the Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning Ministry at the Budaiya Botanic ..

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GCC SUPPORTS NATIONAL CENTERS

May 11, 2014

GCC

The Secretary-General of Commercial Arbitration Centre (CAC) for the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), said that the CAC supports the establishment of arbitration centres in the GCC to develop a system of arbitration and stability in the Gulf region.

The initiative aims to prepare the ground to attract foreign investments to the G ..

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MERS KILLS 13 MORE

May 11, 2014

Shay Wilinski works in the Microbiology Lab at Community Hospital, where a patient with the first confirmed U.S. case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome is in isolation, in Munster, Indiana

Riyadh

Saudi Arabia has announced 13 more deaths from the MERS coronavirus, as the World Health Organisation prepared for an emergency meeting over worries about the spread of the disease.

The Middle East Respiratory System coronavirus has now killed 139 people and infected 480 in the kingdom ..

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WIN FOR ORACLE IN JAVA BATTLE

May 11, 2014

ORACLE

San Francisco

An appeals court the other day breathed new life into Oracle’s big-money lawsuit against Google by ruling that software commands can be copyrighted just like classic books. A panel of three judges in the US Federal Circuit Court of Appeals concluded that a trial court erred last year by deciding Oracle applicatio ..

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HAMILTON DELIVERS

May 11, 2014

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Barcelona A supremely-relaxed Lewis Hamilton delivered when it mattered yesterday by producing a lap of searing speed to claim his fourth pole position of the season as Mercedes swept the front row for Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix. In the final seconds of a closely-fought qualifying session, the 2008 world champion clocked a majestic fastest lap in one minute and ..

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LiNa FLY SOLO

May 11, 2014

LINA

Li Na is a Chinese professional tennis player who is currently ranked world No. 2 by the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA). To date, Li has won nine WTA singles titles including two grand slam singles titles at the 2011 French Open and 2014 Australian Open. Li’s victory at the former event made her the first and only grand slam singles champion from an Asian co ..

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Ali, Nasser, Saad emerge winners

May 10, 2014

Men’s Singles Tennis

Top seed Ali Al Asfoor beat Ram Parthasarat 6-3, 6-2 in the opening Round of 32 in the Men’s Singles of the 28th GPIC Open Tennis Championship at the Bahrain Tennis Club (BTC) premises in Juffair.

Second seeded Nasser Khonji was a comfortable 6-1, 6-0 winner over Jassim Hajji, while third seed Ahmet Hawaj won 6-1, 6-2 winner ..

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IM Bassali beat Combined Eagle Eye

May 10, 2014

IM Bassali beat Combined Eagle Eye

IM Bassali defeated Combined Eagle Eye White by 19 runs in the Premier League semi-finals of the Cricket Bahrain Association (CBA)  played at the Busaiteen Grounds in Muharraq. Batting first, IM Bassali scored 151 for nine in 20 overs with Sameer Yousif (53) top scoring and Waseeq (three for 27)  being the best of the bowlers. Combined Eagle Eye White in repl ..

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DHL Bahrain Netball League – AWARD CEREMONY HELD

May 10, 2014

DHL Bahrain Netball League

The DHL Bahrain Netball League held an awards ceremony on Thursday night at the Kenzo Lounge, K Hotel in Juffair. More than 200 players and supporters from the nine league teams attended the end of season function. All the teams represented had cause for celebration as individual and team awards were handed out at the function. The biggest prize went to Bahrain Rug ..

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OFC President in Bahrain visit

May 10, 2014

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Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) President David Chung arrived in Bahrain yesterday on an official visit following an invitation from Asian Football Confederation (AFC) President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa.  Both confederations will hold a meeting to discuss means of bilateral relations between the AFC and OFC in all areas, in addition to coordinat ..

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Eric Watson wins title

May 10, 2014

Bahrain runners at Geneva Marathon

Eric Watson an Australian pro-triathlete (two hours four minutes 40 seconds) clinched the men’s overall title in the Nasser Bin Hamad Foundation Olympic Triathlon organised by the Bahrain Road Runners (BRR) at the Sofitel Hotel in Zallaq. The event was participated by more than 150 local and international triathletes with Derek Oskutis (02:06:22) following in ..

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ACTION CONTINUES

May 10, 2014

BIC

E K KANOO DRAG AND DRIFT NIGHT SET TO THRILL AT BIC

Action and excitement continues at the Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) in Sakhir on Monday with the E K Kanoo Drag and Drift Night, powered by Motor City. This wid ..

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LION MESSI

May 10, 2014

MESSI

Argentina native Lionel Messi has established records for goals scored and won individual awards en route to worldwide recognition as the best player in soccer. Born on June 24, 1987, in Rosario, Argentina, soccer player Lionel Messi moved to Spain at the age of 13, after the FC Barcelona club agreed to pay for hormone-deficiency treatments. Messi became a star in ..

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Merkel, Hollande seek to warm up ties

May 10, 2014

Merkel(left) with Hollande (file picture)

Germany’s Angela Merkel from will host French President Francois Hollande in a picturesque Baltic coastal town for informal talks meant to strengthen the personal chemistry between the two European leaders. A range of pressing issues -- including the tense standoff with Moscow over Ukraine, European elections in two weeks and a possible major trans-border corpora ..

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PAKISTAN TO HOLD TALK WITH SWISS

May 10, 2014

PAKISTAN TO HOLD TALK WITH SWISS

Pakistan is to hold talks with Switzerland on a new tax treaty in the hope of retrieving state assets illegally stashed in the European country’s secretive banking system. Finance Minister Ishaq Dar told parliament negotiations on a revised agreement with Switzerland would be held from August 26 to 28. Former president Asif Ali Zardari, who left office last Septe ..

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Zimbabwe to resume steel production

May 10, 2014

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Zimbabwe will resume steel production within two years, implementing a long delayed joint venture with India’s Essar Africa Holdings Limited, a cabinet minister said yesterday. “The initial phase of the project will involve the revival of NewZim Steel to a production capacity of 500,000 metric tonnes of liquid steel within 24 months,” Industry and Commerce Mi ..

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ASIA STOCKS MIXED

May 10, 2014

ASIA STOCKS

Asian stocks were mixed yesterday after weak Chinese inflation data raised concerns about the risk of deflation in the world’s second-largest economy but also opened the door to possible stimulus measures from Beijing.

Tokyo closed up 0.59 percent, or 35.81 points to 14,199.59, as bargain-hunting reversed opening losses trigge ..

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Beats set for takeover

May 10, 2014

Apple

Apple is eyeing a $3.2 billion buyout of Beats Electronics, the firm founded by rapper Dr. Dre that makes headphones and other audio products, in what would be Apple’s biggest acquisition yet, news reports said. A deal could be reached as early as next week, but the talks could still founder, the New York Times reported late Thursday, quoting people familiar with ..

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TAX DISPUTE

May 10, 2014

credit suisse

Credit Suisse to help US

Swiss banking giant Credit Suisse said yesterday that resolving a dispute with Washington over its past assistance to US tax dodgers was a top priority. Chairman of the Credit Suisse board, Urs Rohner, opened a general assembly meeting in Zurich by assuring shareholders the bank was doing everythi ..

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Dubai hopes to be ‘most visited city’

May 10, 2014

DUBAI

Dubai has set out plans to overtake London and become the world’s most visited city, attracting 20 million tourists by 2020, reported The Guardian.

The plans would require the Gulf emirate attempt to attract three million more visitors per year than London, which this week announced its best international visitor numbers since ..

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COWBOYS WOW THE CAPITAL

May 10, 2014

cowboys

With their amazing stunts, colourful costumes, magnificent horses and ‘yeehaws’ echoing all over the Al Fateh Corniche, 30 of the Kingdom’s wildest and endearing cowboys arrived at the Capital yesterday to participate in the ‘Cowboy Show’ and rode their way effortlessly into the hearts of the public.

Wearing their trad ..

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Indian delegation pays visit to Riyadat

May 10, 2014

Indian delegation with Riyadat officials

A delegation of the Ministry of Minority Affairs of India visited the Bahrain Women’s Competence Development Centre (Riyadat) yesterday in order to gain knowledge about women’s economic empowerment and entrepreneurship in Bahrain.

 During the meeting, a brief explanation was given to the delegation of the Ministry of Minori ..

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Bab Al Bahrain gets a facelift

May 10, 2014

The revamp work around Bab Al Bahrain is expected to reduce traffic congestion

Works Ministry (MoW) stated that the revamp work at Bab Al Bahrain Road, located in the heart of the capital, has been completed yesterday. The work included developing the area between Shaikh Abdulla and Isa Al Kabeer roads, with a total cost of BD178,558.

Roads Maintenance and Projects Director Raed Al Salah stated that new pa ..

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US servicemen to lose danger pay

May 10, 2014

A Scan Eagle drone sits on the deck of the USS Ponce, on December 6, 2013 in Manama

The United States service members who are serving in Bahrain will not get rest-and-recuperation (R &R) leave starting July, as nine countries have been removed from eligibility for imminent danger pay (IDP).

The countries which have been removed from the eligibility for imminent danger pay also included Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, ..

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TIT FOR TAT

May 10, 2014

LEAD

The US State Department 2013 Country Report on Bahrain’s Human Rights track record has not gone too well with the Kingdom. The Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Thursday came down heavily on the US and virtually trashed its report terming it as something, which lacks neutrality and objectivity. The MoI responded to every allegation raised in the annual report blow for blow. Not satisfied, it ..

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Bahrain haven for journos

May 10, 2014

Samira Rajab (1)

Affirming Bahrain’s commitment to International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), Information Affairs Authority (IAA) has stated that the Kingdom set a model in respecting Press and Media liberties.

IAA in a statement added that Bahrain is a safe place for a journalist to work here as the Kingdom guarantees the r ..

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RAISING TEENS: MISSION IMPOSSIBLE?

May 10, 2014

VOX POP -RAISING TEENS- MISSION IMPOSSIBLE?

Teenagers nowadays are more independent, tech-savvy and more open to discuss things that affect them with their friends rather than with their parents.

Bringing up teenagers in this day and age could be a challenging, frustrating and daunting task for parents.

Teenagers nowadays are more independent, ..

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BEYOND BITCOIN

May 10, 2014

BITCOIN

The website of the Japan-based bitcoin trading exchange MtGox disappeared recently amid claims that a massive theft had taken place over two years, emptying its digital vaults of more than $300 million of the digital currency. Bitcoin is a virtual currency that is created from computer code. Unlike a real-world currency like the US dollar or the euro, it has no cen ..

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IPHONE SIX ON THE WAY

May 10, 2014

Iphone 6

Apple plans an August release

Apple plans to release its new iPhone in August, a month earlier than expected, after sales were hit by new big-screen models from its rivals, a major Taiwanese newspaper reported yesterday, citing supply chain sources. They quoted unna ..

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Berlusconi begins community service

May 10, 2014

Berlusconi

Italy’s Silvio Berlusconi began his community service for tax fraud yesterday in a spectacular fall from grace for the flamboyant ex-premier, who will likely seek political gain from the symbolic punishment. The billionaire tycoon, who was convicted last year and has been expelled from parliament, has been ordered to work four hours once a week for up to a year h ..

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‘FINAL FIGHT’

May 10, 2014

Anti-government protesters rally at Government House in Bangkok yesterday

Thai police fired teargas yesterday at protesters who called for the nation’s Senate to aid their bid to topple the embattled government, two days after the prime minister was stripped of office. Scenting blood after Wednesday’s court decision to remove Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban handed a petition to the upper house urg ..

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VICTORY LAP

May 10, 2014

Putin (centre) and World War II veterans lay flowers at a war memorial during their visit to the Crimean port of Sevastopol yesterday

President Vladimir Putin took a victory lap yesterday in his first visit to Crimea since its annexation by Russia, as fighting in eastern Ukraine left more than 20 dead just days ahead of a separatist vote. The visit drew a sharp rebuke from authorities in Kiev, who accused the Russian strongman of stoking tensions with his visit to Sevastopol, home to Russia’s B ..

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Lee leads in Maekyung Open

May 10, 2014

Lee Kyoung

South Korea’s Lee Kyoung-Hoon fired a six-under-par 66 yesterday to grab a two-stroke lead at the halfway stage of the $1 million GS Caltex Maekyung Open. Lee sits ten-under in the OneAsia event at the par-72 Namseoul Country Club and would be taking a bigger lead into the weekend if it wasn’t for a stunning 64 by compatriot Park Jun-Won.

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NADAL INTO SEMI-FINALS

May 10, 2014

Rafael Nadal

Sharapova into semis as Serena withdraws in Madrid

World number one Rafael Nadal stormed into the semi-finals of the Madrid Masters yesterday with his 17th consecutive win over Tomas Berdych, 6-4, 6-2. Maria Sharapova also booked her place in the last four of the Ma ..

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FLOODS WREAK HAVOC

May 10, 2014

Vehicles are submerged in water following flash floods in Mecca yesterday

Saudi city of Makkah suffered heavily due to flash floods as the city was marred by sudden storm on Thursday.

According to Gulf News, Shawqiya, Om Al Jowd and Al Taniiem were also hit by the storm. Taif, Madinah, Jeddah and others parts of western Saudi Arabia received light to heavy rains, which threw the life out of gear in t ..

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Wipe tears, offer dreams

May 9, 2014

Dream Society.

A group of women in the Kingdom have come up with a new definition for the word “altruism” as they teamed up to give wings to the dreams of terminally-ill children.

 Since its inception in 2011, Dream Society has been fulfilling the dreams of scores of children, who suffer from life-threatening illness such as cancer or con ..

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‘Sex doctor’ remanded

May 9, 2014

sex doctor

Recent arrest of the online fraudster, who had been selling fake herbal supplements masquerading them as effective aphrodisiacs by exploiting social media networks, has triggered questions over the misuse of social media.

The man was arrested after the Industry and ..

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Two shades, one gorgeous look

May 9, 2014

Beauty

Perfecting the look for the weekend is what every girl dreams of. However not everyone’s budget is able to accommodate that.

Considering the endless line of products available out there, a woman can easily get perplexed when it comes to choosing a right product. A ..

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A THREAT TO PRIVACY AND SECURITY?

May 9, 2014

G Glass

The inevitable entry of ‘wearable computers’ like the ‘Google Glass’ into Bahraini market is already causing alarm to some technology experts and enthusiasts who raised concerns about its potential misuse for intrusion of privacy and national security.

 The ..

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Egypt unveils pharaonic military men’s tombs

May 9, 2014

Egypt

Egypt unveiled yesterday the 3,000-year-old tombs of two senior pharaonic military men in the famed Saqqara necropolis, one of them decorated with well-preserved reliefs depicting the afterlife. Saqqara, roughly 20 kilometres south of Cairo, was the burial ground for the neighbouring city of Memphis.

Antiquities Minister Mohamed ..

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Emirates profit up

May 9, 2014

Emirates

Emirates airlines, the largest Middle East carrier, said yesterday that it posted a 43 per cent surge in profit to $887 million last year as fuel costs dropped and passenger numbers rose.

Net profit in 2013 hit 3.3 billion dirhams ($887 million) compared to 2.3 billion dirhams ($622 million) the previous year, the company announ ..

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FedEx in acquisition mode

May 9, 2014

Fed ex

Johannesburg FedEx Corp. announced that its FedEx Express subsidiary acquired Supaswift businesses in South Africa , Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland and Zambia. FedEx Express now has direct access across the seven countries to 40 facilities and over 1,000 team members, who join the ranks of m ..

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SERENA, SHARAPOVA ENTER NEXT ROUND

May 9, 2014

Venus

Wimbledon champion Andy Murray’s return to action at the Madrid Masters was ended in the third round by Santiago Giraldo yesterday as the Colombian romped to a 6-3, 6-2 win. Murray was competing for the first time in a month in the Spanish capital and was powerless to stop the in-form Giraldo, who reached t ..

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OS, OCA MEET HELD

May 8, 2014

Forum organisers, NOC representatives and other guests in a photo call before the start of the opening sessions

The implementation of a good governance was the main theme yesterday as the Olympic Solidarity (OS) and Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) Regional Forum for West, Central and South Asian National Olympic Committees got underway at the Regency Hotel in Manama, Bahrain.

The two-day forum is being organised by OS. General secretary of ..

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Asian Football Confederation meet held

May 8, 2014

Shaikh Salman with South Asian football representatives

Asian Football Confederation President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa yesterday asserted that the higher expectations of AFC officials pushes them to work hard in order to make the aspired change in upgrading football in Asia at all levels. This came during a meeting with presidents and officials of South Asian National Football Federations in Bahrain involvi ..

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Shaikh Nasser inaugurates Real Madrid Academy

May 8, 2014

Shaikh Nasser with other officials

Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Royal Charity Organisation (RCO), Chairman of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sport (SCYS) and President of Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC) HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa inaugurated Real Madrid Charity Football Academy in the Kingdom of Bahrain. The event took place on Tuesday, in the presence of SCYS General Secret ..

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BATTLE BEGINS

May 8, 2014

BIC-Drag race

The stage is set for the fifth and final round of the 2013/2014 Bahrain Drag Racing Championship, taking place tonight and tomorrow night at the Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) in Sakhir. Top drag racers from across the Gulf and beyond are expected to flock to the circuit for the meeting with plenty of drama for sure as the title winners in all 13 competition c ..

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CSB issues annual report

May 8, 2014

Mr. Al Awadi

In order to explain its achievements, Civil Service Bureau (CSB) has issued an annual report for the year 2013.

The report, published in Arabic and English, includes major achievements done by the bureau in the last year, stated the CSB communications director Mohammed Hassan Al Awadi.

He add ..

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Foreign militants killed in Yemen

May 8, 2014

yemen

An Algerian, a Pakistani, and a Saudi are among Al-Qaeda suspects killed in an offensive against extremists in southern Yemen, the army said yesterday.

“The body of Abu Ayub al-Jazairi, a local (Algerian) leader of Al-Qaeda, was found in Wadi Dhiqa,” a valley located between the southern provinces of Shabwa and Abyan, the mi ..

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Stress on tolerance

May 8, 2014

Delegates attending the closing ceremony of the conference

Stressing the need for peaceful coexistence, intellectual, cultural and religious diversity, ‘Bahrain Declaration’ was launched yesterday as the curtain fell on the conference on dialogue between civilisations and cultures.

The conference, which was held under the patronage of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, highl ..

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MIDDLE EAST UNDER POLIOVIRUS THREAT

May 8, 2014

An activist health worker marks a child who has been given a polio vaccination in Aleppo, Syria on May 4

Amid the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) threat, the poliovirus is ringing a fresh alarm bells in the Middle East Middle East region as the virus has already spread from Syria to Iraq. Meanwhile, with WHO tracing the poliovirus roots to Pakistan, the country will set up mandatory immunisation points at its airports to help stop its outbreak abroad, AFP repo ..

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Kiddies receive a regal cover

May 8, 2014

King with childre

His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, the Honorary President of the Royal Charity Organisation (RCO), received at Safriya Palace yesterday, officials and Bahraini children under the care of RCO.

King Hamad lauded the efforts of RCO, under the leadership of Supreme Council for Youth and Sport Chairman, Bahrain Olympic Commit ..

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April the hottest in 112 years

May 8, 2014

Zallaq-Bahrain

This year, Bahrain has gone through the hottest of Aprils since 1902, said Ministry of Transportation in a statement issued yesterday.

The mean temperature of the month was 27.4°C, which is 2.4°C above the normal. The mean maximum temperature of the month was 31.6°C, which is the fifth highest mean maximum temperature for Apr ..

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Cupids beware!

May 8, 2014

Sathya

Man arrested for promoting unlicensed sexual enhancers online

Though the extent varies, every man has a Cupid in him, and that’s why he is often lured into advertisements or promotions featuring aphrodisiac drugs.

On the flip side, there’re others who take undue advantage of this w ..

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Press get a royal pat

May 8, 2014

HRH the Premier presenting the Media Pioneer Award to DT News, Chief Editor Soman Baby

Prime Minister HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa yesterday urged journalists and Press establishments to play a responsible role governed by fairness and objectivity in reporting, as its effect may go far beyond the national frontiers.

Speaking at the ceremony held by the Bahrain Journalists Association (BJA) at the Ritz ..

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Press parades a Royal show!

May 8, 2014

Prince Khalifa

They are always at the forefront, guarding the country against vicious attacks. Their war, however, is a bit different from the one waged with guns and bombs. Instead, they use a much more mightier weapon, the pen. We call them journalists.

Bahrain yesterday took pride in honouring 134 of them, the pioneers in the field, in a ce ..

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Layla Al Sharif – Designing cakes with her heart

May 8, 2014

DT WOMAN_Layla Al Sharif

Becoming Bahrain’s ‘first professional cake designer’ was a dream come true for Layla Al Sharif.

After all, she had to overcome a lot of challenges and even sacrificed her personal interests just to reach her ultimate goal in life.

It had been a long and difficult road towards success b ..

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BMSC to host exhibition in Turkey

May 8, 2014

BMSC to host  exhibition in Turkey

MTE Studios’ global travelling exhibition called the ‘Sultans of Science’ will be hosted by Bilim Merkezi Science Centre (BMSC) in Konya, Turkey this year. The travelling exhibition will highlight the importance of scientific and technological advances that were made during the Golden Age of Islam (7th - 17th Centuries). It will also draw attention to the mul ..

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‘Green Machine’ launched

May 8, 2014

The students participating in the ‘Green Machine’ campaign

Twelve environmentally conscious IB and A Level students launched their project called the ‘Green Machine 2014.’

A giant sized water bottle was created using approximately 400 recycled water and milk bottles which were collected from the school premises.

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INJAZ Bahrain students visit Bapco

May 8, 2014

INJAZ Bahrain students visit Bapco

The Bahrain Petroleum Company (Bapco) recently hosted a group of students from the East Riffa School for Boys.

As part of the visit, the students met with Bapco’s Chairman and Acting Chief Executive, Adel Khalil Almoayyed, and presented to him a brief description of their project titled ‘Nakheel Bahrain Company,’ which had ..

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Entrepreneurship Awareness Campaign held

May 8, 2014

Entrepreneurship Awareness Campaign

Royal University for Women’s (RUW) ‘Centre of Excellence for Women Empowerment’ launched the ‘Entrepreneurship Awareness Campaign’ at its premises in Riffa.

The activity supports the university’s mission and vision which is ‘to prepare the students as global leaders with creative minds, confident and forward thinki ..

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Swim Squad competes in Dubai

May 8, 2014

St. Chris Sharks in Dubai

Eleven members of the St. Chris Swim Squad went to Dubai last weekend to compete in the ‘Middle East Unity Cup International Schools Age Group Championship.’

The two-day competition was held at the Hamdan Sports Complex. For some of the students, this was a chance to compete for medals, while for others it was an opportunity ..

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BSB BRINGS HOME THE CUP

May 8, 2014

The British School of Bahrain (BSB)-SCHOLAR'S CUP

The British School of Bahrain (BSB) won the overall best team award in the ‘Scholar’s Cup’ for the Senior section.

The event was hosted by St. Christopher’s School in Isa Town on May 3.

The BSB entered 42 students in both the junior and senior categories for the competition. They won ..

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HP VOWS CLOUD

May 8, 2014

HP

US computer giant Hewlett Packard unveiled an expanded offering of Internet “cloud” services yesterday, pledging to invest $1 billion over the next two years. The California tech giant said it was launching “HP Helion,” described as “a portfolio of cloud products and services that enable organisations to build, manage and consume workloads in hybrid IT en ..

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ALBA INCREASES FREE CASH FLOW

May 8, 2014

Shaikh Daij bin Salman Al Khalifa & Tim Murray

Alba announced its first quarter financial results yesterday. Its sales for Q1 reached US$ 464 million (BD 174.5 million) compared to US$ 498 million (BD 187.2 million) in Q1 2013 due to lower LME prices (down by 15 percent YoY). The company has registered a Net Income of US$ 46 million (BD 17.3 million) vs. US$ 108 million (BD 40.6 million) for the same period in ..

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BAHRAINIS RECOGNISED

May 8, 2014

Dina Shirazi

Watch & Jewellery Industry recognition for Bahraini Women

Dina Shirazi joined her family business Bahrain Jewellery Centre in 1992 after finishing her higher education in Geneva.

Arabian Watches and Jewe ..

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DESIGN FACTORY OPENS – Seventh Heaven

May 8, 2014

Seventh Heaven

Seventh Heaven multi-brand fashion retail stores in the Kingdom recently inaugurated the Designs Factory section within its premises in Al A’ali Shopping Complex. Designs Factory is positioned as a soft furnishing and home accessories brand under Seventh Heaven.

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Hardship looms in Philippines

May 8, 2014

Philippines

Parts of the Philippines laid waste by Super Typhoon Haiyan are showing signs of recovery six months later but years of work lie ahead, aid officials said yesterday.

In the central city of Tacloban, which bore the brunt of the most powerful typhoon ever to hit land, streets are free of debris and the stench of rotting flesh has ..

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‘NO EVIDENCE’

May 8, 2014

Ukrainian presidential candidate Valery Konovalyuk steps off the stage after a press conference in Washington DC

A White House spokesman said yesterday that US officials have seen “no evidence” that Russian troops have pulled back from the tense border with Ukraine. Russian President Vladimir Putin had earlier said that the estimated 40,000 Russian troops deployed on the frontier had withdrawn to their usual training grounds.

But, spea ..

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UN unveils Nigeria safe schools plan

May 8, 2014

Members of civil society groups shout slogans to protest the abduction of Chibok school girls during a rally

UN special envoy for global education Gordon Brown yesterday unveiled a project to improve security in Nigerian schools to prevent a repeat of the mass kidnap of more than 200 girls by Islamist militants. Nigerian business leaders have contributed an initial $10 million for the scheme, which would be implemented first in 500 schools in northern Nigeria, which has b ..

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SHINAWATRA SACKED

May 8, 2014

Ousted Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra (right) receives roses from supporters in a suburb of Bangkok yesterday

Thailand’s Constitutional Court yesterday dismissed Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and nine ministers for abuse of power, leaving the government clinging to power but the nation still locked in a political crisis. The cabinet swiftly appointed a deputy premier -- Niwattumrong Boonsongpaisan -- to be Yingluck’s replacement as the ruling party struggled to re ..

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LIGHTNING BOLT

May 8, 2014

Usain Bolt

Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt is arguably the fastest man in the world, winning three gold medals at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, and becoming the first man in Olympic history to win both the 100-meter and 200-meter races in record times. Bolt won his fourth Olympic gold medal in the men’s 100-meter race at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, bea ..

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Nadal, Serena win

May 8, 2014

Rafael Nadal

World number one Rafael Nadal dismissed lingering doubts over his recent form with a resounding 6-1, 6-0 win over Juan Monaco to reach the third round of the Madrid Masters yesterday. Monaco failed to win a game on serve all match as Nadal, who suffered shock defeats in Monte Carlo and Barcelona, rolled off 10 straight games to seal victory in little over an hour. ..

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SEOUL BRAKES KAWASAKI

May 8, 2014

FC Champions League quarter-finals

FC Seoul scored twice in the final minutes to snatch a 3-2 win over Kawasaki Frontale yesterday and stay on course for the AFC Champions League quarter-finals. Last year’s runners-up showed little flair in the first half and looked headed for defeat in the round of 16 first-leg tie when they trailed 2-1 with seven minutes left. But a Kim Chi-Woo thunderbolt level ..

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Sprite CC defeat Kids and Teens

May 7, 2014

(BFC) Cricket Bahrain

Sprite CC defeated Kids and Teens by 26 runs in the latest matches of the Bahrain Finance Company (BFC) Cricket Bahrain (BCL-CBA Division) Golden League T25 Tournament at the Busaiteen Grounds in Muharraq. Batting first, Sprite CC scored 173 for three in 25 overs with joint top scorers being Parag (50) and Shiva (50) with Abubaker (three for 30) the pick of the bo ..

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Fed A, Marina Club win

May 7, 2014

Yaser Al  Aali right and Ghous Rehman in action

Federation A defeated Batelco Club 3-0 and Marina Club were 2-1 winners over British Club in the latest matches of the Mercury MENA Bahrain Squash League 2014 conducted in collaboration with the Bahrain Badminton and Squash Federation and supported by Power Horse at the Khalifa Sports City in Isa Town.  Federation A won the opening match with Ghous Rehman defeatin ..

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EVENT MANAGEMENT COURSE BEGINS

May 7, 2014

One of the previous sports management courses in progress

The Sports Training and Development Section (STDS) under the umbrella of the Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC), is organising an Event Management Programme course starting on Sunday at the section’s premises at Manama Club in Juffair. Organised in cooperation with the World Academy of Sport (WAOS), the course aims to provide suitably qualified managers with the lat ..

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CLOUDS LINGER

May 7, 2014

OECD Secretary General Angel Gurria

OECD trims global outlook

Setbacks for emerging markets and rising risks of fallout from the Ukraine crisis are holding back the global economic recovery, the OECD said yesterday.

The global economy is now set to grow by 3.4 per cent this year, it forecast, trimming its outlook by 0.2 ..

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Qatar Airways A380 to arrive in June

May 7, 2014

Mr. Al Baker

Qatar Airways will welcome its much anticipated Airbus A380-800 in early June, the first of the 13 such aircraft for which were given order, Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker has said at the Press conference on the opening day of Arabian Travel Market (ATM) at Dubai.

Mr. Al Baker also gave an update on the new ..

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VCBANK, HANCO ACQUIRE BYRNE

May 7, 2014

Mr.Janahi

Venture Capital Bank (VCBank) and Hanco have acquired Byrne Investment Limited (BIL) and its subsidiary companies -- Byrne Equipment Rental and Spacemaker. Total transaction amounts to around AED 600 million.

Byrne is one of the largest and most diversified equipment rental and modular space providers in the GCC, while Spacemake ..

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NRNA regional conference on May 9

May 7, 2014

NRNA Press conference in progres

Non-Resident Nepali Association (NRNA) officially has announced that the upcoming NRNA Middle East Regional Conference will focus on promoting ‘safe and dignified’ work for Nepali workers in the region.

Up to 160 delegates from 20 different countries are expected to attend the meeting at the Best Western Olive Hotel in Juffair on May 9. The theme of the confer ..

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Ritz-Carlton to expand portfolio

May 7, 2014

Ritz-Carlton

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company will launch 15 new hotels, including five new properties in the Middle East & Africa, growing its brand footprint to 100 hotels by 2016.

With new openings ranging from an iconic city property in Cairo to a beachfront resort in Bali, the pipeline of upcoming openings offers travellers from the M ..

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BROADENING SCOPE

May 7, 2014

Mr. Naoumovitch

Bahrain-headquartered travel technology company Sabre Travel Network Middle East (Sabre) has signed agreements with Al Tayyar Group, one of the leading travel companies in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) and Akbar Travel, one of the leading travel agencies in India, on the sidelines of Arabian Travel Market (ATM).

As per the a ..

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Actor dies while enacting death scene

May 7, 2014

Al Sawalqa, left.  Mr. Rayahna in tears during his friend’s funeral

In a tragic drama, an actor died on a filming site, while enacting a death scene before his fellow actors. Renowned Jordanian actor Mahmood Al Sawalqa, died in the hands of his colleague Munther Rayahna on Saturday.

In an interview with Egyptian CBC Extra Television Channel, Rayahna explained that he was performing his role in t ..

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Yemen captures Qaeda stronghold

May 7, 2014

Military men walk on a road on the frontline in the fighting against Al Qaeda militants in the southern Yemeni province of Shabwa on Monday

Yemeni government forces have captured the main stronghold of the Al Qaeda in the Arabian peninsula (AQAP), officials said.

Yemen’s defence ministry said dozens of suspected AQAP fighters were killed after soldiers and allied tribal militias entered Al Mahfid, a town in Abyan province.

A lo ..

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Electric faults cause fires

May 7, 2014

Riffa- Smoke billowing

The Kingdom yesterday witnessed two fire incidents caused by electric faults.

The first incident was reported from a flat in Hidd, where electric short circuit in an air conditioner caused fire.

According to sources, the incident ..

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Be a cowboy on weekend!

May 7, 2014

COWBOY

Are you a cowboy fan? Are you looking for some thrill on this weekend? You just need to reach Al Fateh Beach at 4pm on Friday. The word ‘cowboy’ itself gives you a thrilling experience as the Western movies associated this word with adventure. Once recognised as an animal herder, whose task was to secure hundreds of animals, the cowboy distinguishes himself from others through his d ..

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Spiritual twistI – Inner strength promotes peace, also fights terror

May 7, 2014

LEAD STORY 2

Bahrain on Tuesday witnessed something really wonderful on the second day of the ongoing three-day conference – All Civilizations In Service To Humanity – being held under the able and wise initiative of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.

 Religious leaders from across the world came together on a joint platform and ..

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SAUDI DOES A BOND

May 7, 2014

LEAD

It was an action just like the one you see in a James Bond film; quite, subtle, fast and intelligent.  That is what the Saudi authorities did when they busted a terrorist organisation, yesterday, and arrested 62 of its members who were planning major strikes. A few gun fires and deadly car chases would have perfectly fitted the bill. But, we do not know wh ..

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Terror brewers get a beating

May 7, 2014

Shaikh Mohammad Qabbani  (extreme right) addresses the audience

The Conference on Dialogue of Civilisations outrightly condemned extremism and violence, flaying political and paramilitary organisations that had carried out innumerable heinous acts under the guise of “will of the God”.

Sharing a common platform, religious leaders from across the world said in unison that in no way extremi ..

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Twin towers for a cause

May 7, 2014

Shaikh Nasser and Dr. Mustafa during signing ceremony

In order to raise funds for the benefit of orphans and widows, the Royal Charity Organisation (RCO) will build two investment towers in the Kingdom. The twenty-two storey twin investment towers will be constructed near the headquarters of the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Beit Al-Tejjar).

To execute its plans, RCO Se ..

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WALKING WITH DINOS

May 7, 2014

A group of tourists visit Turkmenistans Plateau of the Dinosaurs- Afghanistan and Uz

Some eight hours dusty drive from the nearest major settlement, tucked into the eastern corner of Turkmenistan and unknown to the outside world until the second half of the last century, lies the “Plateau of the Dinosaurs”.

One of the least visited spots in the former Soviet Union, it is the location of one of the most magni ..

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Diyar Al Muharraq ropes in Nass Contracting

May 7, 2014

Diyar Al Muharraq officials with Nass Contracting officials at the signing ceremony

Diyar Al Muharraq, one of the leading urban developers in Bahrain, has appointed Nass Contracting for the construction of Phase 1 of Dragon City, a Chinese-themed retail development in the Diyar Al Muharraq master planned project.

An agreement in this regard was signed at their stand on the first day of the Gulf Property Show ye ..

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DEMAND FALL

May 7, 2014

An A380 Airbus prepares to land during the International Air and Space Fair (FIDAE) at the international airport of Santiago

Global passenger traffic growth decelerates in March - IATA

Global passenger traffic growth in March has moderated as total revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) increased 3.1 per cent compared to March 2013, according to an International Air Transport Association (IATA) report.

Although ..

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World to have 3bn Internet users

May 7, 2014

A woman uses her computer to test a new high speed in-flight Internet service named Fli-Fi while on a special JetBlue media flight out of John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York

The world will have nearly 3 billion Internet users by the end of 2014, with two-thirds of them from the developing world, and  mobile-cellular subscriptions will reach almost seven billion by the year end, new figures released by the UN said. The report by the UN’s International Telecommunications Union (ITU) said 44 per cent of the world’s households will ha ..

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GIRLS IN DANGER

May 7, 2014

Protesters stand outside the premises of the governor’s office in Kano(file photo)

Parents fear daughters taken as slaves and to sell

Nigerian parents yesterday said their worst fears about their daughters’ fates had been confirmed after Boko Haram, which kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls last month, threatened to sell the hostages as “slaves.”

Abubakar Sheka ..

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PM promises ‘reasonable’ abortion curbs

May 7, 2014

Mariano Rajoy

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy yesterday stuck by his government’s plan to curb women’s abortion rights but said he was open to debate on the bill which has sparked angry protests. The government has approved a draft law to end women’s right to have the procedure on demand up to 14 weeks of pregnancy, but the text has not yet gone to parliament for a vo ..

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CRIMEA VISIT ‘PITY’

May 7, 2014

Chancellor Angela Merkel (left) and President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades leave after a joint press conference in Berlin

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said yesterday that it would be a “pity” if the Russian president were to “use” the commemoration of World War II victory for visiting Crimea. Merkel was responding to a reporter’s question about media reports that Vladimir Putin could attend a May 9 military parade in his first visit to the peninsula since Russia annexed t ..

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SERENA THE POWERFUL

May 7, 2014

SERENA

TIME MAGAZINE RATES SERENA AS MOST INFLUENTIAL 

Tennis star, Serena Williams, has been named among TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world. Williams was listed alongside other personalities like the eminent American politician, Hillary Clinton; entrepreneurs, Aliko Dango ..

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Hayasaka puts Sagan Tosu top

May 7, 2014

Hayasaka-Sagan match

Ryota Hayasaka scored after five minutes to send surprise package Sagan Tosu to the top of the J-League with a 1-0 win over Kashiwa Reysol yesterday. Hayasaka’s strike meant that Sagan, who reached the top flight for the first time in their history three years ago, jumped one point ahead of previous leaders Urawa Red Diamonds, who were held to a 0-0 draw against ..

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ADVANTAGE LI, SHARAPOVA

May 7, 2014

Maria Sharapova returns the ball to US player Christina Mchale

Federer withdraws, Li, Sharapova advance in Madrid.

Roger Federer became the second of the world’s top four to pull out of the Madrid Masters yesterday as he has decided to stay at home with his wife Mirka as they await the birth of their third child. The 17-time Grand Slam champion’s withdrawal comes just tw ..

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VIVA -MUSS talents selected

May 7, 2014

Ayoob Yasser, Best Striker of VIVA MUSS 2014 tournament & one of the 22 chosen winners

The 22 players, 18 boys and four girls have been announced following last month’s successful fourth 2014 VIVA Manchester United Soccer Schools (MUSS) programme. As part of its commitment towards developing Bahrain’s young football talent, VIVA’s players selected will experience a week-long, professional football training at Manchester United’s Carrington gr ..

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Indian Club Liverpool beat Al Komed B

May 7, 2014

The Indian Club Liverpool and Al Komed B teams

Indian Club Liverpool defeated Al Komed B 1-0 thanks to a goal by Mike in the opening match of the seniors category of the Indian Club Expatriate Five-a-Side Softball Football Tournament at the club premises in Gudaibiya. In another senior’s match, Salcette United opened the scoring through Freddy and Dylan equalised for Five Stars. In an under-19 match, Al Kerla ..

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GPIC Open Tennis starts today

May 7, 2014

Dr Abdul Rahman Jawahery

The 28th GPIC Open Tennis Championship starts today with three matches in the Men’s Singles and five in the Men’s 45 Years and Over 45 singles at the Bahrain Tennis Club (BTC) premises in Juffair. Matches are set to start from 6pm on a daily basis except at 4pm on Friday’s. None of the seeds are playing in today’s opening matches which sees men’s singles ..

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OS, OCA REGIONAL FORUM KICKS OFF

May 7, 2014

BOC acting general secretary Abdulrahman Askar receives Olympic Solidarity representatives

The Olympic Solidarity (OS) and Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) Regional Forum for West, Central and South Asian National Olympic Committees is all set to commence today. Being under the umbrella of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Olympic Solidarity chose Bahrain in April 2013 to host this year’s event, to be attended by 90 officials from 26 National ..

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Justice Ministry, RIIFS sign deals

May 7, 2014

the United Nations Information Centre and the Jordanian Royal Institute of Interfaith Studies (RIIFS) to exchange the expertise

The Justice, Islamic Affairs and Endowments Ministry yesterday inked two deals with the United Nations Information Centre and the Jordanian Royal Institute of Interfaith Studies (RIIFS) to exchange the expertise related to the dialogue between civilizations and cultures.

The Memoranda of Understandings (MoU) were signed by Justi ..

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CPISP breaks records

May 7, 2014

The Crown Prince’s International Scholarship Programme (CPISP)

The Crown Prince’s International Scholarship Programme (CPISP) has set a new record this year by receiving the highest number of application, since its inception.

According to CPISP Director Dr. Cynthia Gessling, the programme this year received over 300 applications during the period from March 9 to 27, 2014.

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Al Mannai wins Masters

May 6, 2014

Bahrain Industrial Bowling League Masters Champion

Top ranked Mohammed Al Mannai of BDF after qualifying, defeated third ranked Abdulla Abdul Kareem of Bapco and Ali Maroof of Bapco 221-207 in the step ladder final to clinch the Bahrain Industrial Bowling League Masters Championship scratch title at the Ozone Centre in Sitra Mall. In the battle between the second and third ranked, Kareem upset second ranked Ali M ..

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BOC marks labour Day

May 6, 2014

BOC

Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC) yesterday hosted a ceremony to honour distinguished members of national sports federations to mark Labour Day. The function, held at the committee premises in Seef, was attended by BOC acting general secretary Abdulrahman Askar, who presented the awards to representatives of 28 sports federations in appreciation to their efforts and ..

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LANKAN WARRIORS WIN

May 6, 2014

LANKAN WARRIORS

Lankan Warriors defeated Youth XI by four wickets in the latest matches organised by Cricket Bahrain Association (CBA) in Hunainiya Valley, Riffa. Batting first, Youth XI scored 150 with Arsalan (49) with Mubeen claiming four wickets the pick of the bowlers. In reply Lankan Warriors reached their target in 18.1 overs losing six wickets with Jihan (53) top scoring a ..

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National Coaching Programme held

May 6, 2014

National Coaching Certification Programme (NCCP)

Five coaches have recently completed  Level 4 of the National Coaching Certification Programme (NCCP), organised by the Bahrain Olympic Committee’s (BOC) Sports Training and Development Section (STDS) in Juffair. This all-new first-of-its-kind level, implemented in the Middle East and presented in Bahrain in cooperation with the Coaching Association of Canada (C ..

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FINAL ROUND SET

May 6, 2014

BIC

DRAG RACERS SET TO BATTLE IN A THRILLING SEASON FINALE

The 2013/2014 Bahrain Drag Racing Championship is all set to conclude this weekend with the fifth and final round of the season to be held at the Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) in Sakhir. Up to three drivers in each of the 13 highl ..

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Askar receives IOC representatives

May 6, 2014

Mr. Askar.

Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC) acting general secretary Abdulrahman Askar received yesterday representatives of the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Olympic Solidarity Olivier Niamkey and Edward James. The visiting pair in Bahrain to attend the Olympic Solidarity and the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) Regional Forum for West, Central and South Asian Nation ..

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MADRID’S ADOPTED SON

May 6, 2014

Rafael Nadal

The city of Madrid declared world number one Rafael Nadal as its adopted son yesterday in honour of his trophy-laden tennis career. “Today is a very special day for me” said Nadal, who wore a grey suit and blue tie, at a ceremony at Madrid city hall which voted unanimously to give him the honour last year. Declaring someone an adopted son or daughter is the hig ..

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Suarez wins writers’ award

May 6, 2014

Luis Suarez

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez completed a notable ‘double’ yesterday after it was announced he’d been voted the 2014 Footballer of the Year by England’s Football Writers’ Association. Suarez’s 30 goals have kept Liverpool in sight of their first English championship title in 24 years and this latest honour comes after he was named Player of the Year by ..

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CHAMPIONS SAFE

May 6, 2014

Li Na

Li Na, Radwanska safely through in Madrid

Australian Open champion Li Na avoided a repeat of her shock first round exit at the Madrid Open last year with a 6-1, 7-6 (9/7) win over Belgian Kirsten Flipkens yesterday. The world number two raced through the opening set, but was forced to save ..

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Qatar Airways 100pc state-owned

May 6, 2014

QATAR AIRWAYS

Qatar Airways has become 100-per cent state-owned after the government bought out private investors, including a former prime minister, its chief executive Akbar Al-Baker said yesterday. Al-Baker said the acquisition took place last year, shortly after a political shake-up in which Shaikh Hamad bin Jassem was removed from the post of prime minister.

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MOVING EAST

May 6, 2014

GOLD

In the desert on the outskirts of Dubai, one of the world’s biggest gold refineries is under construction. When completed next year, it will help to alter the balance of power in the global gold industry.

Growth in demand for the precious metal is shifting east, to Asia’s fast-growing economies. But key industry activities s ..

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EQUIPPED – Markets all set to welcome Ramadan

May 6, 2014

Dr. Fakhro attends the meeting with food traders and supermarket owners

Industry and Commerce Ministry Dr. Hassan Fakhro has stressed government keenness to make sure that all essential food commodities are available in the local market in ample quantity.

The follow up tours to markets, supermarkets and national companies especially subsidised by the government such as Bahrain Livestock Company, Del ..

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Bahrain Bourse agrees deal with KCC

May 6, 2014

Shaikh - Khalifa and Mr. Al-Issa during the signing ceremony

Bahrain Bourse (BHB) signed a joint agreement with Kuwait Clearing Company (KCC) at the latter’s company premises in Kuwait yesterday. The agreement was signed by Deputy CEO and Chief Operating Officer of Bahrain Bourse Shaikh Khalifa bin Ibrahim Al-Khalifa and Chief Executive Officer of Kuwait Clearing Company Othman Ibrahim Al-Issa.

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BIBF AND AON JOIN FORCES

May 6, 2014

From left- Mr. Al Ajmi, Mr. Al Tamimi and Ms. Al-Attar

Aon Saudi Arabia LLC and BIBF have jointly launched Aon Academy -- an accredited graduate Development Programme aimed at recruiting and training fresh Saudi graduates in the fields of insurance and insurance brokerage.

CEO of Aon Saudi Arabia Naji Al Tamimi, senior Aon executives from the Riyadh and Eastern Province offices, Ass ..

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Pick harmony over friction

May 6, 2014

Prince Salman with various religious figures and senior leaders

‘All Civilisations in Service to Humanity Conference’ took off to a grand and colourful start yesterday epitomising the message that all faiths converge at a single point. Various religious leaders, intellectuals and think tanks are attending the conference, which is expected to serve a platform for global discussions aimed to ..

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‘Civilised alliance need of the hour’

May 6, 2014

HM the King receives dignitaries at the Sakhir Palace

The world should unite in warding off scourges of fanaticism, extremism and terrorism, said His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa while receiving the participants of the Conference on Dialogue between Civilisations and Cultures at Al Sakhir Palace yesterday.

“We gather today, with a unity of purpose and hopeful hearts for ..

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House to decide on MP’s fate

May 6, 2014

Mr. Al Tamimi

Parliament will discuss, in its twenty sixth session today, the request of 25 Parliamentarians to dismiss MP Osama Al Tamimi from the House.

The proposal will be put on vote before referring it to the Legal and Legislative Affairs Committee.

Parliament General Secretariat Office stated that t ..

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MIRZA’S MASTER STROKE

May 6, 2014

Dr. Mirza

Dr. Mirza has walked the talk by ordering a probe into the allegations of high-handedness from the part of a few EWA employees who had trespassed into a house to disconnect power.  

Following a report by DT News on allegations of Electricity and Water Authority employees tre ..

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ANOTHER JAILBREAK- TWO EARLIER, NOW IT’S THREE!

May 6, 2014

LEAD

Authorities have launched a massive manhunt after three detainees escaped from the Dry Dock Detention Centre in Hidd yesterday. The Interior Ministry confirmed the news, stating that security procedures have been intensified and search is ongoing to recapture the fugitives.

Sources affirmed to DT News that the three men who esca ..

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Bahraini delegation arrives in Islamabad

May 6, 2014

Mr. Al Dharani, Mr. Abbasi and other Bahraini and Pakistani officials during the meeting yesterday

A parliamentary delegation led by Chairman of House of Representatives, Khalifa Al Dhahrani, arrived yesterday in Islamabad, on a two-day visit to hold talks with Pakistani officials.

National Assembly Deputy Speaker, Murtaza Javed Abbasi, received the Bahraini delegation upon arrival and emphasised Pakistan’s interest in this ..

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Recreation centres outside city

May 6, 2014

A man takes a picture of the Soviet space capsule Vozvrashchayemi yesterday in Brussels, ahead of its auction tomorrow. 7. The capsule was used in 1977 and 1978

Singapore plans to build more recreation centres in the suburbs to draw migrant labourers away from the city after a rare riot in the congested Little India district last year, a report said yesterday. The multi-million dollar centres are the latest in a series of government measures to better manage areas where foreign workers congregate after the rampage by South ..

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GRIP TIGHTENS

May 6, 2014

People attend a funeral ceremony in Odessa  of  Vyacheslav Markin, the deputy of Odessa regional council

The United States is sending a top Treasury official to Germany, France and Britain this week to discuss sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis. David Cohen, the Treasury Department’s under secretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, will discuss issues related to illicit finance and sanctions that have been imposed “in response to Russia’s ..

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KINGDOM IN THE RIGHT PATH: PM

May 6, 2014

prime minister

Crises have revealed the real mettle of the Bahraini people whose categorical rejection of terrorism has been resounding and effective, the Prime Minister HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa said.

“Such commendable popular stances have rendered the tools of vandalism inactive and ineffective,” he stated, stressing that ..

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Authorities seek new homes for landslide refugees

May 6, 2014

A grieving Afghan villager receives assistance from other villagers at the scene in the landslide-hit Aab Bareek village

Afghan officials yesterday said they were seeking to build new homes for hundreds of families displaced by a landslide that entombed a village, killing at least 300 people. Also, presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani visited the scene in the north-eastern Badakhshan province, a mountainous and relatively peaceful region bordering Tajikstan, China and Pakistan.

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US-Philippines launch military exercises – WAR GAMES

May 6, 2014

US-Philippines

Thousands of American and Philippine troops launched large annual exercises yesterday after US President Barack Obama vowed “ironclad” backing for its Asian ally, locked in a tense maritime row with China. Filipino Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario said the 10-day drills were necessary to deal with the challenge of “aggressive” neighbours intent on “ch ..

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Migration steals the Magic of china

May 6, 2014

Chinese shaman Zhao Fucheng (L) giving a consultation to a villager at his Qiuka village home in Guangxi Province

A Chinese shaman resplendent in a dark suit and green cloth hat thumbed yellowing pages said to predict the future -- but mass migration to cities means the prospects for his own profession look bleak.

“To see a spirit, you have to practise the ancient rituals,” said Zhao Fucheng, 74, who claims he communicates with the spir ..

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AUB posts $136.6m profit

May 6, 2014

Chairman, AUB, Fahad Al-Rajaan

Ahli United Bank (AUB) has reported a net profit of $136.6 million for the quarter ended 31 March 2014. The Q1/2013 results of $309.8m included an exceptional non-recurring gain of $212.9m on the sale of its 29.4 per cent stake in its Qatari affiliate.

Excluding this item, the net profit reflected a surge of 41.0pc in Q1/2014 co ..

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KHCB, DDPM ink accord

May 6, 2014

Mr. Taqi and Mr. Dadabhai at the signing ceremony

Khaleeji Commercial Bank (KHCB) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Dadabhai Development and Properties Company (DDPM) to finance the purchasing of properties at Juffair Heights residential project.

The MOU was signed by Deputy General Manager of Commercial Banking at KHCB Fuad Taqi and the Director of DDPM Co Ahmed Da ..

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PALACE HOLD LIVERPOOL

May 6, 2014

Liverpool's Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez runs with the ball

Liverpool suffered a huge blow in their bid to win the Premier League title after squandering a three goal lead in a stunning 3-3 draw away to Crystal Palace yesterday.

The Reds were coasting to victory in south London at 3-0 up with 11 minutes left after goals from Joe Allen and two in two second-half minutes from strikers Dani ..

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MERS scene in Saudi – Toll reaches 115: ministry

May 6, 2014

Shay Wilinski works in the Microbiology Lab at Community Hospital, where a patient with the first confirmed U.S. case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome is in isolation, in Munster, Indiana

Saudi health authorities announced yesterday that the death toll from the MERS coronavirus has reached 115 since the respiratory disease first appeared in the kingdom in 2012.

Three people died on Saturday after contracting MERS in the commercial capital Jeddah -- a 45-year-old man and two women, aged 50 and 54, the health minis ..

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BIC set for Drag and Drift night

May 5, 2014

BIC

With the national drag racing season all set to reach an exciting climax, Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) opens its doors tonight to allow both die-hard racers and general thrill-seekers the opportunity to experience Sakhir’s world-class drag strip at its finest. They will also be able to experience the pleasures of the sport of drifting, at its widely popula ..

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OLYMPIC TRIATHLON HELD

May 5, 2014

Shaikh Nasser and Shaikh Khalid during a price giving ceremony

Chairman of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sport (SCYS) and President of Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC) HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa asserted the Nasser Bin Hamad Foundation (NBHF) Fourth Olympic Triathlon Race served noble causes and goes beyond sporting boundaries. The race organised by the NBHF in cooperation with Bahrain Road Runners (BRR) Committe ..

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Ahmed Faqihi, Yaseen Al Ansari win bowling league

May 5, 2014

Ahmed Faqihi and Yaseen Al Ansari

Ahmed Faqihi and Yaseen Al Ansari (1,138 pinfalls) lead after the first week of the Bapco Interdepartmental Bowling League Banagas Doubles Tournament at the Bapco Club in Awali. Second place Abdulla Abdul Kareem and Abdul Latif Mohammed (1,082) are second with Mohammed Al Murbati and Mazen Al Zayed (1,080) in third. Rounding off the step ladder places are Kumar N ..

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OCA Regional Forum scheduled

May 5, 2014

Olympic Council of Asia

Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC) finalised its preparations for this week’s Olympic Solidarity and the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) Regional Forum for West, Central and South Asian National Olympic Committees. The event is to be held in Bahrain for the first time and is scheduled to take place from tomorrow until Friday and organised in cooperation with the OCA. ..

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SALAHUDDIN STAR OF STARS

May 5, 2014

he Bahrain Drag Racing Championship (BDRC)-BIC

Salah Salahuddin was the star of stars during an exciting fourth and penultimate round in the 2013/14 Bahrain Drag Racing Championship, which concluded early on Saturday morning at Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) in Sakhir.

Salahuddin set a new World Record en route to clinching first place in the Street V8 category. His fin ..

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Chris Froome triumphs in Tour de Romandie

May 5, 2014

Christopher Froome of Great Britain competes during the final stage

Tour de France champion Chris Froome said he was bang on track to defend his Grand Boucle crown after retaining his Tour of Romandie title by winning yesterday’s final stage time-trial. Froome began the 18.5km individual time-trial around Neuchatel just one second behind yellow jersey wearer Simon Spilak but the Team Sky rider finished the course 29sec ahead of t ..

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GUNNERS AHEAD

May 5, 2014

Olivier Giroud

Arsenal celebrated their Champions League qualification as Olivier Giroud secured a 1-0 win against West Bromwich Albion yesterday. Arsene Wenger’s side booked their place in Europe’s elite club competition without kicking a ball when fifth-placed Everton were beaten 3-2 by Manchester City on Saturday.

And 24 hours later, Gi ..

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SHARAPOVA CRUISES

May 5, 2014

Maria Sharapova celebrates victory

Four-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova made light work of the Czech Republic’s Klara Koukalova to ease into the second round of the Madrid Open 6-1, 6-2 yesterday. Sharapova claimed her first title of the year in Stuttgart two weeks ago and continued her return to form after a difficult start to the year to seal victory in little over an hour. Last year’ ..

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Again marquez

May 5, 2014

Marc Marquez

World champion Marc Marquez continued his perfect start to the season by winning the Spanish MotoGP Grand Prix at Jerez yesterday. The 21-year-old won his 36th Grand Prix in just his 100th GP with seven-time world champion Valentino Rossi second, just ahead of Marquez’s compatriot and Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa. Marquez, who had won all three previous Grand Pri ..

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Celebration with a difference

May 5, 2014

Al Noor International School 02

Al Noor International School celebrated its 21 annual day with vibrant activities highlighting the talent of primary section students. Focus of the event was a Tribute to Al Noor International School – “A school with a difference’ played by students, dancing to the traditional music of various countries. Top five achievers in the Primary section were awarded ..

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Grooming future leaders

May 5, 2014

St.Christopher's school

World scholar’s cup held in Bahrain

Teams of St. Christopher’s school and British school Bahrain emerged victorious in the first ever World Scholar’s Cup competition held in the Kingdom.

World Scholar’s Cup is a fun,  challenging  and  academic  competition  that  ..

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‘Alternative Energy’ in focus

May 5, 2014

Energy exhibition at Bahrain Science Centre

Bahrain Science Centre, a part of the Ministry of Social Development, will be conducting a new activity on ‘Alternate Energy’ as part of the ‘Energy’ exhibition for the month of May and June.

The goal of this theme, which will comprise temporary exhibitions, demonstrations, workshops, discussions and talks, is to generat ..

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A special badge for unique work

May 5, 2014

Supreme Council for Youth and Sport Chairman, Bahrain Olympic Committee President and Royal Charity Organisation (RCO) Chairman HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa was honoured by the Forbes Middle East Magazine

Supreme Council for Youth and Sport Chairman, Bahrain Olympic Committee President and Royal Charity Organisation (RCO) Chairman HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa was honoured by the Forbes Middle East Magazine on Saturday for his efforts towards improving the lives of the less-privileged.

During the occasion, Shaikh Nasser p ..

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INTERCOL showcases Canon Solutions

May 5, 2014

INTERCOL showcases Canon Solutions

INTERCOL, one of Canon’s business partners in Bahrain has announced an uptake for Canon’s products catering to the business-to-business market. The recent showcase of its business solutions at iTECH Gulf Forum and Exhibition was a platform for stakeholders to understand the features. The product included Canon imageRUNNER 5240i, latest iSENSYS laser printers an ..

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‘Change to Bridgestone’ campaign

May 5, 2014

Mr. Kooheji

Safety and comfort is not the only thing that AJM Kooheji can offer to customers that switch to Bridgestone tyres, but also various prizes and services for free. Yesterday Bridgestone and AJM Kooheji Group launched the Change to Bridgestone Campaign for 2014 where there are more opportunities for customers to win exciting gifts than before.

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TIFFANY CELEBRATES NEW BOUTIQUE

May 5, 2014

TIFFANY

Tiffany & Co. celebrated the opening of its new boutique in Bahrain, occupying 1,898-square-feet, the boutique will be operated by luxury retail group Bahrain Jewellery Center, Tiffany’s business partner in Bahrain since 1992. “The opening of our boutique in the Jewellery Court in Moda Mall marks a new era for Tiffany & Co. in Bahrain,” said Vice Pres ..

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Al Hawaj announces 3 Hot Days winners

May 5, 2014

Al Hawaj-3hot days winners

Following their three-day raffle campaign, Al Hawaj conducted their raffle draw recently where they announced the winners of their 3 Hot Days raffle promo. Sultan Alkawari, Sadeq Fardan and Abeer Abdullah won the US$5,000, US$3000 and US$2,000 cash prizes, respectively. Present at the raffle draw were Al Hawaj officials led by Managing Director Jawad Al Hawaj and I ..

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AMCHAM ATTENDS TRADE CAMPAIGN

May 5, 2014

Amcham - Trade Campaign

The American Chamber of Commerce Bahrain (AmCham Bahrain) represented a trade delegation from the Middle East Council of American Chambers of Commerce (MECACC) to Washington DC where it focused on promoting the interests of its members companies. The trip, which also included participation from AmCham chapters in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Riyadh, Qatar, The Eastern Provinc ..

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Diyar Al Muharraq in Gulf Property Show

May 5, 2014

Dr. Al Shaer

Diyar Al Muharraq urban developers in the Kingdom has announced its participation in the Gulf Property Show 2014 due to be held from the 6th to 8th of May 2014 at Bahrain International Exhibition Centre. The 3-day exhibition is a platform for showcasing the present and future developments in Bahrain and the Northern Gulf. They will occupy 130 square meter stall in ..

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BACK TO THE PAST

May 5, 2014

Italian enthusiast Roberto Colla performs as Napoleon Bonaparte

Hundreds of enthusiasts from across Europe take part in a historical re-enactment of  defeated Napoleon’s exile to the island of Elba

“Napoleon” returned to the Italian island of Elba yesterday as part of a historical re-enactment to mark the 200th anniversary of the defeated French emperor’s exi ..

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Vandals halt traffic on Shaikh Salman Highway

May 5, 2014

traffic

Motorists faced a hard time yesterday early morning when vandals blocked the Shaikh Salman Highway near Aali, en route clock roundabout in Riffa.

Traffic stood still in the area for almost an hour after vandals burnt tyres on the busy highway.

They also blocked the entrance of the village wit ..

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Two schools attacked

May 5, 2014

school attacked

The Education Ministry announced that two government schools were attacked by vandals yesterday.

The windows of Jidhafs Secondary School for Girls were damaged after being hit by stones and bricks thrown by rioters.

Meanwhile Fatima Al Zahra Primary School for Girls also came under the attack ..

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FARMERS’ MARKET TO BE PERMANENT

May 5, 2014

Ms. Bu-Drees

Plans to turn the popular once-a-week ‘Farmers’ Market’ into a permanent all-year-round event are now being considered by the Ministry of Municipalities, Urban Planning, Agriculture and Marine Resources.

This was revealed by the Executive Director of Farmers’ Market, Amani Bu-Drees.

S ..

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Press behind bars in Tehran

May 5, 2014

Protesters in front of Iran Air office in Paris

Iran among the worst countries in terms of Press freedom   

Iran is among the worst-rated countries when it comes to Press freedom, according to Freedom House, an independent watchdog that tracks Press freedom across the world.

Others in the “worst-rated club” include Belarus, Cu ..

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UNPAID BILLS INVITE HASSLE

May 5, 2014

The house in Arad to which power was disconnected

A Bahraini citizen alleged that a few employees had brought disgrace to the Electricity and Water Authority (EWA) by trespassing and disconnecting power to his mother’s house when none of the family members were at home, about a week ago.

Mohammed Abdulrahim who resides on the top-floor of his mother’s house in Arad, told DT ..

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Cabinet defends Russia visit

May 5, 2014

Prince Khalifa and Prince Salman - Cabinet meeting

The visit of Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa to Russia received applause at the Cabinet meeting yesterday.

Minister of State for Information Affairs and official government spokesperson Sameera Rajab stated that Prime Minister HRH Prince Khalifa bin Sa ..

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MERS VIRUS – HOW SAFE ARE WE?

May 5, 2014

VOX POP -MERS

DT News yesterday published a special report on the deadly disease, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), which first surfaced in Saudi Arabia in 2012. MERS or coronavirus is a close cousin of ‘Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome’ (SARS).

The virus acts like a cold and attacks the respiratory system, the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention has said ..

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LIFE’s JUICY, DON’T JAYWALK!

May 5, 2014

pedestrians

Accidents have become a daily phenomenon. Particularly, road accidents. It is the general perception that only those who drive, be them cars or trucks, are prone to such mishaps. But nay! Latest statistics from the Ministry of Interior proves this wrong. What is more, it now emerges that pedestrians are more at risk than the people behind the wheel ..

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Tense moments, but happy end

May 5, 2014

FIRE- ADLIYA 04

The fire in Adliya not just caught the attention of hundreds of people, but brought the entire area to a standstill at one point. Though the flames did not cause much damage, the incident gave a wrong signal to them in the beginning. Residents from the neighbourhood presumed it as a major fire as thick smoke covered the area within no time. Panicked people were see ..

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Fire causes panic

May 5, 2014

FIRE- ADLIYA 03

A fire, which broke out in a department store at Adliya yesterday pressed panic button until firefighters doused the flames completely.

Officials confirmed that the fire which erupted on the terrace of the single storeyed building at about 1pm, was due to overheated air-conditioning. No damages or losses were reported.

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Coronavirus lifts health medicine sale

May 5, 2014

A foreign woman wears a mouth and nose mask as she leaves a local hospital’s emergency department in the Red Sea coastal city of Jeddah

Experts in the healthcare sector expect the demand for preventive medical care and products to increase by 100 percent in the Kingdom due to a perceived outbreak of the deadly coronavirus responsible for the Middle Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), a report published by Saudi Gazette said.

They estimate the value of the market at SR1 ..

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Yemen military campaign – Army kills 40 Qaeda suspects

May 5, 2014

Yemeni soldiers stand near a rocket launching during a major offensive against Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in the Maifaa region of Shabwa province yesterday

The army yesterday killed 40 Al Qaeda suspects, mainly foreigners, and wounded dozens of others on day six of a major offensive in southern Yemen, military officials said.

Most of the “terrorists” were killed in Shabwa province during the ongoing operation against Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), the defence ministr ..

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NBB relaunches Al Watani Scheme

May 5, 2014

Mr. Al Ahmed

National Bank of Bahrain (NBB) announced the re-launch of Al Watani Savings programme for 2014. The new scheme offers customers the opportunity to win prizes worth $1,212,121.12. Eight fortunate individuals stand to win bumper Mega prizes of US$ 121,212.12 each in 2 separate draws.

The redesigned 2014 Al Watani programme also of ..

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GROWTH BRIGHT

May 5, 2014

Mr. Rana (right) with other officials at the press meet-AJM Kooheji Group

AJM Kooheji Group foresees 20pc growth on earnings

The name AJM Kooheji Group is synonymous with households in the Kingdom, even then the group has no intention of resting on its laurels, according to its CEO. “The group has continued to grow for the past six years by around 20 per cent. ..

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Juffair Heights receives brisk demand

May 5, 2014

Juffair Heights properties

Juffair Heights properties has received a good feed back from the customers with scores of prospective buyers lining up to invest in the upmarket 28 and 29-storey twin towers development. “This project has been very well-received in the market, especially among Bahrainis and expatriates staying in Bahrain,” said project sales consultants Pegasus Real Estate man ..

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Obamacare a punchline at Press dinner

May 5, 2014

Obama

President Barack Obama cracked jokes about the government’s disastrous health care policy rollout and mocked political opponents at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner late Saturday. The annual dinner, filled with insider jokes and elbow jabs masquerading as humour, brings Washington journalists together with celebrities and power brokers for a meal with the ..

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ODESSA STORMED

May 5, 2014

Freed pro-Russians shout slogans

2,000 pro-Russians enter police headquarters

More than 2,000 pro-Russian militants yesterday stormed the police headquarters in the Ukrainian port city of Odessa, where 42 people died in clashes two days ago. In a bid to calm the marauding mob, police released dozens of pro-Russians who had been arrested on Friday during ..

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Autism risk is genetic and environmental

May 5, 2014

Autism

A large study in Sweden has shown that genes are just as important as environmental factors in assessing the causes of autism.

Researchers were surprised to discover that the inheritability of the neurodevelopmental disorder was about 50 percent -- much lower than previous studies that put it at 80-90 pc -- and that it was equal ..

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Afghan mourns – AID RUSHES

May 5, 2014

A landslide-affected Afghan villager talks with a policeman during aid distribution

Aid groups yesterday rushed to help survivors of a landslide in northern Afghanistan that entombed a village, killing hundreds of people and leaving 700 families homeless in the mountains. Much of Aab Bareek village in Badakhshan province was swallowed on Friday by a fast-moving tide of mud and rock that swept down the hillside and left almost no trace of 300 homes ..

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HOPE TATTERS

May 5, 2014

Chelsea’s English defender John Terry jumps for the ball.

Norwich leave Chelsea’s title bid

Norwich City all but ended Chelsea’s Premier League title challenge and gave themselves a fighting chance of avoiding relegation by recording a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge yesterday. Chelsea would have provisionally gone top of the table if they had won ..

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MARQUEZ STORM

May 4, 2014

Marquez

Reigning world champion Marc Marquez continued his MotoGP domination yesterday at Jerez to secure his fourth straight pole in track record time for Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix. The Spaniard’s time of 1min 38.120sec broke compatriot Jorge Lorenzo’s previous record from 2008 by 0.069 of a second and in doing so relegated the Yamaha star to second place on the g ..

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Berdych in final

May 4, 2014

Tomas Berdych

Top seed Tomas Berdych lived up to his billing yesterday with a 6-2, 6-2 hammering of Romanian Victor Hanescu which took the Czech into the final of the Portugal Open. Berdych, playing on a wild card, will compete in his third final of the season after Rotterdam and Dubai when he faces the winner from Argentine Carlos Berlocq and Daniel Gimeno-Traver of Spain. “T ..

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Football tournament begins

May 4, 2014

The tournament organising committee along with Indian Club President Anand Lobo, fourth from left, and General Secretary Cassius Pereira, fifth from left

The draw and a captain’s meeting took place last night following the closing of registration to finalise arrangements and inaugurate the Indian Club Expatriate Five-a-Side Softball Football Tournament which gets underway tomorrow evening from 7.45 pm at the Indian club premises in Gudaibiya. It comprises a total of 41 teams in three age categories - Under-15 has ..

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The Wave, Muscat and Oman Air podium finishes

May 4, 2014

Fleet shoot of Extreme Boats

Six different winners in eight races reflected the tricky conditions at Extreme Sailing Series Act 3 in Qingdao, China yesterday with Oman Sail’s The Wave, Muscat and Oman Air both edging closer to achieving their ultimate goals ahead of today’s final day of racing. Oman Air gave a glimpse of their true potential with an outright win followed by a second pl ..

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AL-ATTIYAH WIN

May 4, 2014

Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah turns sideways to victory in the Jordan Rally

Qatar’s Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah and Italian navigator Giovanni Bernacchini stormed to an emphatic victory in the 2014 Jordan Rally, round three of the FIA Middle East Rally Championship (MERC), which finished at the Dead Sea after 21 timed special stages yesterday afternoon. The success was Al-Attiyah’s eighth in Jordan and his 53rd in MERC history. “We had a ..

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Hamilton – THE SPEED THRILLER

May 4, 2014

Lewis Hamilton -BIC

Lewis Hamilton has felt a lifelong connection to Aytron Senna and attributes his own driving style and success to his early years of watching the three-time world champion on television. Last Thursday marked 20 years since Senna lost his life following a crash at the San Marino Grand Prix, with fans and Formula One drivers past and present paying tribute to the Bra ..

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Viviani wins second stage

May 4, 2014

Ella Viviani

Ella Viviani of Italy picked up his second stage victory in three days in the Tour of Turkey when he won yesterday’s sprint finish to the seventh and penultimate stage. Already winner of Thursday’s fifth stage, Viviani finished the 136km ride from Kusudasi to Izmir ahead of compatriot and Canondale team-mate Andrea Guardini and Britain’s Mark Cavendish (Omega ..

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WEST HAM DOWN TOTTENHAM

May 4, 2014

WEST HAM- TOTTENHAM

West Ham United secured their Premier League status after stemming a run of four straight defeats with a 2-0 win at home to 10-man Tottenham Hotspur yesterday. The early dismissal of Spurs centre back Younes Kaboul gave West Ham control and they prevailed through a Harry Kane own goal and a Stewart Downing free kick, his first goal for the club. Victory took West H ..

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St. Chris School holds ‘History Day’

May 4, 2014

St. Chris School holds ‘History Day’

The Year 6 History Unit’s ‘Changes in Britain since 1948,’ culminated with a ‘Dress Up Day’ with a difference at St. Chris School. Pupils chose their favourite decade and came to school dressed up in period clothes. The diversity of fashion in recent decades was very evident, as were musical styles, with the School Music Department helping to set the scen ..

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Cardio Tennis- IT IS FOR FITNESS FREAKS AND THOSE WHO LOVE FUN

May 4, 2014

Bahrain Tennis Academy

Bahrain Tennis Academy (BTA) recently completed their second term of Cardio Tennis sessions for adults at the Dilmun Club, Saar.

Cardio Tennis is a fun tennis based fitness class that combines fast-paced drills and games set to music and is suitable for players of all levels. BTA Director, Dan Barrie underwent training in the po ..

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‘Connecting Classrooms’ at Al Raja School

May 4, 2014

Mr. Khalid, Mrs. Liz and Mrs. Vinolia with the students- Al Raja School

The British Council’s unique project called ‘Connecting Classrooms’ provides an opportunity for schools around the world to create a link and establish a good relationship among themselves.

The Al Raja School in Manama benefited from this initiative when teachers from Sitwell Junior School in Rotherham, UK, Mr. Khalid and ..

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Buffett to partner with 3G again

May 4, 2014

Warren Buffett throws a newspaper during a competition at a trade show, at the company’s annual meeting in Omaha yesterday

Warren Buffett said yesterday Berkshire Hathaway Inc would team up again with 3G Capital on more transactions, perhaps very large ones, despite criticism of the Brazilian firm’s slashing of too many jobs at HJ Heinz & Co.

“I think 3G does a magnificent job of running businesses,” Buffett said at Berkshire’s annual me ..

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UK HOUSING MARKET MAY COLLAPSE: BOE

May 4, 2014

Apartment housing blocks are seen in Govan, Glasgow, Scotland

Britain’s booming housing market could be heading for a fresh crash, the Bank of England said in its toughest warning yet about the dangers of the return of rapidly rising property prices.

Sir Jon Cunliffe, Threadneedle Street’s deputy governor for financial stability, said it would be dangerous to ignore the momentum appare ..

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JPMorgan sees revenue declining

May 4, 2014

JPMorgan

JPMorgan Chase & Co expects second-quarter revenue from bond and equity trading to decline by about 20 per cent from a year earlier, the biggest U.S. bank by assets said.

The outlook is based on results so far this quarter which “reflect a continued challenging environment and lower client activity,” JPMorgan said in a q ..

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CARREFOUR TO VACATE INDIA

May 4, 2014

CARREFOUR

French retail giant Carrefour SA has begun making plans to exit its India wholesale operations, the Times of India reported yesterday.

Carrefour operates five wholesale cash-and-carry outlets in India and, after foreign investment rules were eased in 2012, it had been widely expected to set up a chain of supermarkets. The compan ..

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Psychiatric clinics saw 40pc increase in visits

May 4, 2014

Dr. Al Offi

The number of individuals who visited the psychiatric clinics in the Kingdom recorded a 40 per cent increase in 2013 compared to the previous year, with addiction cases topping the list at 15pc. The visits to addiction clinics were followed by Child and Adolescent Clinics (6pc), Anxiety Clinics (4.5pc) and Old Age Clinics (4pc). Health Ministry’s Psychiatric Hospital Head Dr. Adel Al Off ..

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Faiths to converge

May 4, 2014

Organising Committee Member Rev. Hani Aziz, Information Affairs Authority Acting Director General for External Communication Shaikh Abdulla bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, Supreme Organising Committee Chairman Shaikh Khalifa bin Hamad Al Khalifa, UN

For the next two days, Bahrain will turn into a hub of intense discussions and deliberations as scores of religious leaders and academics are set to participate in the Dialogue of Civilisations.

The major conference with focus on unity among various cultures and religions will be held under the patronage of His Majesty King Hama ..

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It’s B-Boy Twist

May 4, 2014

B-Boy Twist in action-Red Bull’s BC One Bahrain Cypher 2014

In what could be called an epic conclusion to the spectacular week of hip hop mania, Red Bull’s BC One Bahrain Cypher 2014 ended with the crowing of B-Boy Twist as the winner of breaking.

He will be representing the Island at the  Middle  East and Africa Final in Algeria in the forthcoming September.

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15 video call services on cards

May 4, 2014

Mr. Buallay

In a move aimed at providing better services to hearing-impaired individuals, the eGovernment Authority (eGA) plans to launch 15 new video call services by the end of this year.

As of now, the authority offers six video call services that were introduced, a year ago. They include housing services eligibility criteria, smart card ..

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LAND OF NO RETURN

May 4, 2014

An Afghan villager cries as she sits on top of a mud field at the scene in Argo district of Badakhshan province

The site where mud inundated a whole village has become a mass grave for the Ab Barik Hamlet in the Badakhshan Province of Afghanistan.

Literally, the site has turned into a ‘land of no return’ where hopes of finding any survivors have died down.

“Desolate and distraught,” that was ho ..

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MoW records 471 requests during first quarter

May 4, 2014

eGovernment Authority (eGA)

The Ministry of Works (MoW) Public Relations and Media Director, Fahad Buallay, revealed that their Community Service Department received a total of 471 requests during the first quarter of 2014.

He explained that the roads sector had received 363 requests, while the sanitary engineering sector received a total of 105. The figur ..

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Vatican praises Bahrain

May 4, 2014

His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa with Bishop Camillo

Vatican, the centre of the Catholic world, sees Bahrain as an oasis of tolerance, said the Apostolic Vicar of Northern Arabia Bishop Camillo Ballin.

Praising the Kingdom for its policy of tolerance towards the free practice of all religions, Bishop Ballin, one of the dignitaries to participate in the Dialogue of Civilisations, w ..

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Bahrain joins ‘Abu Dhabi Book Fair’

May 4, 2014

Shaikh Nahyan, centre, with other officials during the opening ceremony

The Kingdom of Bahrain, through the Culture Ministry’s events, is currently taking part in the 24th session of the ‘Abu Dhabi International Book Fair’, which will end tomorrow.

The main aim of the event is to develop the book and publishing industry and promote reading in the Arab World.

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MERS – Camel’s nose in tent

May 4, 2014

People ride camels during a march to mark Saudi Arabia’s National Day near the Saudi city of Duba. (file picture)

10 years ago in East Asia, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome or SARS took a leap to humans from animals and ended up killing some 800 people. It began in the Guangdong province of China.

Today, over 3, 581 miles away from China a new virus - three times stronger than SARS - has been found.

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Investor loses faith in Adidas management

May 4, 2014

Adidas

Adidas AG’s failure to narrow the market share gap with rival sportswear maker Nike Inc means shareholders should refuse to back the German company’s management, a top investor was quoted as saying.

Ingo Speich, a fund manager with Union Investment, told German weekly Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung the company had fa ..

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CHINA SERVICE GROWTH SURGES

May 4, 2014

A labourer working in a factory in Yiwu, east China’s Zhejiang province. A key index of Chinese manufacturing edged up to 54.8 last month, data showed

Growth in China’s services sector accelerated slightly in April as new orders held steady, an official survey showed, an encouraging sign of strength in an economy that otherwise faces a cloudy outlook.

The purchasing manufacturing index (PMI) for the services industry edged up to 54.8 last month, the National Bureau of Statis ..

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Now Ballmer is MS’s largest shareholder

May 4, 2014

Steve Ballmer

Steve Ballmer, the former chief executive officer of Microsoft Corp., became the company’s biggest individual shareholder yesterday after Bill Gates sold 4.6 million shares of the world’s largest software maker.

The 58-year-old, who retired on February 4 after serving 33 years at the Redmond, Washington-based company, owns 3 ..

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INFRINGED

May 4, 2014

U.S. jury orders smartphone maker Samsung to pay Apple $120m

U.S. jury orders smartphone maker Samsung to pay Apple $120m

A U.S. jury has ordered Samsung Electronics Co Ltd to pay $119.6 million to Apple Inc, far less than Apple had sought and marking a big loss for the iPhone maker in the latest round of their globe-spanning mobile pate ..

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AL MUQLA TO ATTEND IAC

May 4, 2014

Mr. Al Muqla

Chairman of the International Advertising Association, Bahrain Chapter and member of the International Advertising Association (IAA) worldwide board Khamis Mohamed Al Muqla will participate in the 43rd International Advertising Congress to be held in Beijing from May 8 to 10.

The New York based IAA has 4,000 members hailing from ..

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VIVA introduces advanced DIA

May 4, 2014

VIVA

VIVA Bahrain is introducing its new, advanced Dedicated Internet Access (DIA) service to empower businesses with higher speed. VIVA has now redefined its high-speed internet service by offering customers a choice of minimum speed limit as an alternative to a maximum speed limit with additional benefits fulfilling the evolving needs of businesses.

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BHI rewards social media winner

May 4, 2014

(From left) Mr. Bin Hindi and Mr. Algassab

Bin Hind Informatics (BHI), the sole distributor for Samsung mobiles, laptops, printers, copiers and enterprise business group partner covering audio video, home appliances and digital imaging systems in Bahrain, has unveiled its new company logo.

BHI also presented Samsung Galaxy S5 to Komail Algassab, the winner of social medi ..

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Menatelecom promotion on

May 4, 2014

Menatelecom

Menatelecom, the most powerful broadband provider in the Kingdom of Bahrain, has launched new offers for residential 4G LTE customers. When topping up the post-paid or pre-paid accounts with a BD20 voucher, Menatelecom customers will be getting an extra BD20 voucher for free. The offer that begins today will be valid for a week.

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Assad urges cooperation on aid

May 4, 2014

A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) shows Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad (centre) meeting with members of the Syrian Higher Relief Committee in Damascus yesterday

President Bashar Al-Assad yesterday urged government bodies tasked with providing relief in war-torn Syria to increase “cooperation” with international and local organisations, state television reported.

His statement came after UN chief Ban Ki-moon issued a report saying that foreign aid was still not reaching millions of n ..

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CRISIS SPIRALS

May 4, 2014

Ukraine

Ukraine yesterday expanded a military operation to seize ground from rebels in the east, following the bloodiest day in the country since the Western-backed government in Kiev came to power.

Interior minister Arsen Avakov said his forces had launched a dawn raid near the town of Kramatorsk, taking back a TV tower as Kiev struggl ..

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Rousseff for re-election

May 4, 2014

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff (left) and former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (right), attend the opening ceremony of the 14th National Meeting of the Workers Party (PT) in Sao Paulo

President Dilma Rousseff faces a tough re-election campaign after being chosen as the left-wing Worker’s Party’s candidate for the October presidential election.

Rousseff’s re-election bid was formalised at a raucous party event late Friday and fully endorsed by party stalwart and popular ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da S ..

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RESCUE CALL

May 4, 2014

Parents urge Nigeria to get international help to free schoolgirls

Parents urge Nigeria to get international help to free schoolgirls

Desperate parents of the more than 200 abducted schoolgirls in Nigeria called yesterday for authorities there to bring in foreign help to secure their release.

Frustrated by the lack of progress so far in trying to free ..

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MAN CITY GO TOP

May 4, 2014

Everton’s Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku (right) vies for the ball against Manchester City’s Argentinian defender Martin Demichelis

Edin Dzeko scored twice as Manchester City took control of the Premier League title race by coming from behind to secure a nail-biting 3-2 win at Everton yesterday. Manuel Pellegrini’s team moved level on points with Liverpool, who travel to Crystal Palace on Monday, but are above the Merseyside club on goal difference. City could have lost first place as early a ..

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Spilak wins third stage

May 3, 2014

Simon Spilak celebrates victory

Slovenia’s Simon Spilak beat Tour de France winner Chris Froome in a sprint finish at the Tour of Romandie yesterday to take the leader’s yellow jersey. The Katusha rider edged out Team Sky’s Froome by less than half a wheel length at the end of the 180km third stage from Le Bouveret to Aigle. Spilak started the day 15th overall and three seconds behind Brito ..

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ESPARGARO WINS

May 3, 2014

ESPARGARO

Aleix Espargaro and Jorge Lorenzo, who is about to ride his 200th race, breathed life into Yamaha’s flagging season yesterday when they dominated practice for Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix. World champion Marc Marquez, who has won all three grand prix this season, was fastest on his Honda in the afternoon’s second session, but he couldn’t beat Espargaro’s m ..

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Al Attiyah leads in rally

May 3, 2014

Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah on a charge at the Jordan Rally

Qatar’s Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah and Italian navigator Giovanni Bernacchini yesterday won nine of the day’s 10 timed special stages in the Jordan Rally, round three of the 2014 FIA Middle East Rally Championship (MERC), to take an overall lead of 1min 10.5sec.  “No problems and a good clean run,” said Al-Attiyah. “It was slippery in places and I needed to ..

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SALAHUDDIN CROWNED CHAMPION

May 3, 2014

SALAHUDDIN CROWNED CHAMPION

Veteran Bahraini racer Salah Salahuddin was yesterday crowned champion of the 2013/2014 BIC 2,000cc Challenge to secure his first-ever first-ever title in the local competition after a perfect final round as part of the National Racing Festival at Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) in Sakhir. Salahuddin was the leading driver all the way through the two races ..

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Hales makes county loan move

May 3, 2014

Alex Hales

Worcestershire have signed England Twenty20 opening batsman Alex Hales on loan from Nottinghamshire as cover for Moeen Ali ahead of his upcoming absence on England duty. Ali, a top-order batsman and off-spinner, has retained his place in England’s squad for next week’s one-day international against Scotland in Aberdeen and Worcestershire have responded by bring ..

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Yates takes stage in Turkey

May 3, 2014

Adam Yates

Young British rider Adam Yates took over the leader’s jersey at the Tour of Turkey after winning Friday’s 183km sixth stage from Bodrum to Selcuk. On a hilly course, the 21-year-old beat Italians Davide Formolo and Davide Rebellin by two seconds in a solo attack on the uphill finish. Previous leader Rein Taaramae had started the day 6sec ahead of Yates, whose t ..

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KUZNETSOVA IN FINAL

May 3, 2014

Sharon _Stone

Svetlana Kuznetsova reached her first final in more than three years yesterday with a 6-3, 6-1 win over fellow Russian Elena Vesnina to set up a clash with Carla Suarez Navarro at the ATP-WTA Portugal Open.

The Russian seventh-seed who owns grand slam titles from 2004 in Paris and 2009 in New York will take on the Spanish top se ..

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U.S. factory orders up in March

May 3, 2014

Watchmakers at work at Shinola’s Detroit factory in Michigan

New orders for U.S. factory goods rose for a second straight month in March, suggesting strength in manufacturing and the broader economy at the end of the first quarter.

The Commerce Department said yesterday that new orders for manufactured goods increased 1.1 per cent. February’s orders were revised to show a 1.5pc rise ins ..

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NEWS CORP. TO BUY HARLEQUIN

May 3, 2014

A passer-by stands in front of the News Corporation building in New York in the file photo

News Corp. sees profit potential in the tales of princes, sexy soldiers and mysterious millionaires.

The publishing company controlled by media mogul Rupert Murdoch said yesterday that it has agreed to buy romance novel publisher Harlequin Enterprises from Torstar Corp. for 455 million Canadian dollars ($415m) in cash.

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Asian shares end on mixed note

May 3, 2014

ASIAN SHARE MARKET

Asia’s markets were mixed yesterday as dealers returned from the May Day break to healthy manufacturing data from the United States and China as well as an upbeat assessment of the US economy.

Tokyo eased 0.19 per cent, after rallying 1.27pc on Thursday. The Nikkei gave up 27.62 points to finish at 14,457.51, while Seoul slipp ..

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GLITTER FADES

May 3, 2014

Indian residents shop for gold ornaments and jewellery on the Hindu festival Akshaya Tritiya in a jewellery shop in New Delhi yesterday

No gold rush on Akshaya Tritiya

People bought gold on the auspicious Akshaya Trittiya yesterday, but sales of the yellow metal remained tepid on market uncertainties.

Experts earlier had cautioned investors with a short-term plan of one-two years that they should avoid gold as any pric ..

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AstraZeneca rejects Pfizer bid

May 3, 2014

Pfizer Logo

U.S. drug-maker Pfizer Inc increased its offer for AstraZeneca Plc to 63 billion pounds yesterday, but the British company promptly rejected the proposal, which would create the world’s biggest pharmaceuticals company.

AstraZeneca’s board said the offer undervalued the company “substantially” and was not an adequate basi ..

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US JOBS PICK UP

May 3, 2014

Arena Stage at the Mead Centre for American Theate

U.S. employers added a robust 288,000 jobs in April, the most in two years, the strongest evidence to date that the economy is picking up after a brutal winter slowed growth.

The Labour Department also said yesterday that the unemployment rate sank to 6.3 per cent, its lowest level since September 2008, from 6.7pc in March. But ..

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Eurozone unemployment rate edges down

May 3, 2014

A file photo shows people entering a job centre in Bromley, Kent. The unemployment rate across the troubled eurozone eased with the rate edging down to 11.8pc in March

Unemployment in the eurozone eased, with the rate edging down to 11.8 per cent in March, according to official data yesterday, with small signs of improvement in Greece’s high jobless rate.

But the ravages of economic crisis on job prospects for young people were also highlighted, particularly in Greece and Spain.

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LI KEQIANG TO VISIT AFRICA

May 3, 2014

Chinese Premier Li Keqian

Chinese Premier is scheduled to visit Ethiopia, Nigeria, Angola and Kenya Chinese Premier Li Keqiang is to visit four countries in Africa on his first tour of the continent since assuming his position a little over a year ago, ..

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Winds swell their wallets

May 3, 2014

Cars being cleaned up on a marathon basis at one of the car-wash centres

The waiter at his regular Pakistani restaurant was surprised when Mohammed Majed ordered a biriyani, as it was not normal.

The lean-looking Asian always had a fixed menu that trammelled luxuries, riveted on controlling the monthly expenditure. But yesterday he had a reason to spend that extra dinar.

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Workers felicitated as Bahrain marks Labour Day

May 3, 2014

Mr. Humaidan with Labour Ministry officials and other dignitaries at the event

Over 300 outstanding employees in the private sector were honoured by Labour Minister Jameel Humaidan as part of marking the Labour Day at a function organised by the General Federation of Bahrain Trade Union (GFBTU) at the Crowne Plaza on Thursday.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Humaidan praised the Kingdom’s leadership for su ..

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King praises role of national press

May 3, 2014

King Hamad

Praising the major role played by the Media in countering the fallacious campaigns staged against the Kingdom during the “regretful incidents” of 2011, His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa yesterday directed all officials to respect the Press and cooperate with the journalists to achieve public interests.

Delivering an ..

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Online channel throws light on cops’ plight

May 3, 2014

Ms. Abdulrahman

Paying tributes to the policemen in the Kingdom, an online channel - Bahrain Today - brought to the fore their trials and tribulations in a 20-minute video, documenting evidence of the brutal ways in which the security personnel were killed.

The video titled ‘Brave Policemen of Bahrain’ is the second in a series initiated by ..

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Four injured in road mishap

May 3, 2014

(From left) Jan, Mr. Chacko, Ms. George and Hannah

Four members of a family were injured in a road accident that occurred in Riffa on Thursday midnight.

The injured, identified as George T Chacko, his wife Shiny George and children Jan, 5, and Hannah, 4, are currently undergoing treatment at the Bahrain Defence Force (BDF) hospital.

Sources a ..

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STAGE SET

May 3, 2014

NRNA Regional Conference held in Dubai in 2011. (File picture)

Bahrain will play host to the fourth regional meeting of Non-Resident Nepali Association (NRNA) that is expected to get participation by leading Nepali expatriate figures and diplomats.

The meeting, scheduled to be held on May 9 and 10 at the Best Western Olive Hotel in Juffair will see leading Nepali figures in the GCC along w ..

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Secrets to a younger looking skin

May 3, 2014

Beauty tips-Skin

Your skin tells a lot about you. It also plays a very important part in your looks, self-esteem and health in general.

As we age, our skin changes with time. There are many factors, which hasten the skin’s ageing process and if you’re not aware of them, you would look older.

Time in the s ..

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Diversity at its best

May 3, 2014

Children holding posters of the Prime Minister HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa during the event

Bahrain’s unique diversity took centre stage during a special event called ‘Bahrain for All, All for Bahrain’ which was held at the Prince Khalifa Park in Hidd yesterday.

The event gathered hundreds of Bahraini and expatriates who witnessed cultural presentations from various communities represented in the country.

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SHOWDOWN

May 3, 2014

U.S. President Barack Obama meets with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington yesterday

Obama, Merkel warn Putin of direct economic sanctions

The United States and Germany delivered a firm warning to Russia yesterday that it would face direct and painful economic sanctions if the elections in Ukraine later this month are disrupted.

US President Barack Obama and German Cha ..

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Afghan landslide – SEARCH ON

May 3, 2014

Afghan landslide

President Hamid Karzai expressed his condolences to those affected and said immediate action was being taken to save survivors as emergency efforts continued after darkness fell.

Local officials said that the landslides occurred at about midday (0730 GMT) in the Argo district of Badakshan after days of heavy rain.

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A RIDE DOWN -Tanzania’s memory lane

May 3, 2014

Tour guide Mbuya rides his bicycle in downtown Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, in Dar es Salaam

Mejah Mbuya hops off his bike outside a building that seems to be unoccupied.

“There used to be a plaque around here somewhere,” he murmurs, searching in vain. The building is in central Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s steamy port city, and looks like many of the other older buildings in the area, in need of repair and dwarfed b ..

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BURIED IN CALAMITY

May 3, 2014

Afghan villagers gather at the site of a landslide at the Argo district in Badakhshan province yesterday

Landslides buried a village in northern Afghanistan yesterday, killing at least 350 people and leaving thousands of others feared dead, as rescuers searched desperately for survivors trapped under the mud.

Badakhshan Governor Shah Waliullah Adeeb told AFP by telephone that the death toll could be as high as 2,500.

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Maria Sharapova – ON AND OFF THE COURT

May 3, 2014

Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova, as both an athlete and a businesswoman, is a powerful force of positive energy, drive, strength, and intelligence the kind of role model you wish more girls and young women would emulate. We connected just before she departed for London to participate in this year’s Summer Olympics—her first time at the games. A shoulder injury and the eventua ..

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MERS hits US

May 3, 2014

Camels are displayed during the Mazayen al-Ibl competition, a parade of the “most beautiful camels”, in Tabouk

US reports first case of Middle East respiratory virus

American health authorities announced yesterday the first US case of a dangerous respiratory virus that is believed to have originated from camels in the Middle East.

The first US case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronaviru ..

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US TAKEN ABACK

May 2, 2014

CP Putin

A US State department official has said it is not the time for any country to do business with Moscow, according to Reuters report that appeared yesterday directly referring to the investment deal Bahrain signed with Russia recently.

 “With Russia continuing its ..

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Russia visit fruitful

May 2, 2014

Shaikh Khalid

Commending the bilateral relations between Bahrain and Russia, Foreign Affairs Minister Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa said the visit of Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa to Moscow has opened a new chapter in bilateral relations.< ..

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Bolstering relations

May 2, 2014

KING spain

His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa yesterday held an official session of talks with Spanish King Juan Carlos at the Gudaibiya Palace, in the presence of the delegations from two countries.

The two leaders reviewed deep-rooted historic relations bonding Bahrai ..

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Spanish companies get an invitation

May 2, 2014

CP Spain

Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa extended an invitation to Spanish Companies to conduct business in Bahrain, while addressing the Bahrain-Spain Business Forum yesterday. Highlighting the Kingdom’s matured market, connectivity, high ..

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High winds play havoc

May 2, 2014

Wind

Heavy gusts of wind that ripped through the Kingdom on Wednesday night caused a multitude of destruction with trees getting toppled and vehicles being damaged. In the coastal village of Malkiya, uprooted palm trees created a blockade on roads and Civil Defence personnel had to exert lot of efforts to clear th ..

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‘Be courageous be objective’

May 2, 2014

PM Parliament4

The remarkable role of the national press was hailed by the Prime Minister HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa as Bahrain is all set to mark the World Press Freedom Day tomorrow.

Delivering a special address, he called on the Press to further boost its role and ..

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TWO MORE MERS CASES IN JORDAN

May 2, 2014

Mers

Two new infections from MERS coronavirus have been detected in Jordan, the health ministry said yesterday, one a Saudi man and the other a Jordanian medic who was treating him.

 State news agency Petra which carried the report said this brought to seven the total n ..

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Yemen kills 13 Qaeda militants

May 2, 2014

Yemen

Yemeni troops backed by aircraft yesterday killed 13 suspected Al Qaeda militants, including a local leader, as they pressed an offensive in southern and central Yemen, the defence ministry said. At least 10 people, including six militants, died in an ambush by Al Qaeda suspects on an army convoy in the centr ..

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FINANCIAL SECTOR TO AID DIVERSIFICATION

May 2, 2014

Seethaa Raman

With the GCC countries scouting ways to diversify their economies, financial sector must play a key role to help develop a well-balanced and more sustainable circumstance, according to Doha Bank CEO R. Seetharaman.

Mr. Seetharaman was speaking at the Financial Profe ..

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‘Finance professionals must embrace new role’

May 2, 2014

Financial professionals

Amidst the volatile global economy, finance professionals must now embrace their new expanded role as bastions of the national economy, BCICAI Chairman Sanjay Gupta said on the closing day of the Financial Professionals – Partners in Nation Building Regional Conference organised by the Bahrain Chapter ..

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Force India announces new partnership

May 2, 2014

Force India

Force India will feature Smirnoff on its sidepod from the Spanish Grand Prix onwards after announcing a new partnership with the vodka manufacturer. The team hopes the “fan-centric” partnership will “help lovers of the sport get closer to drivers, nearer to top quality race action and further away from ..

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Dolce & Gabbana lose appeal against tax fraud verdict

May 1, 2014

Dolce & Gabbana

An Italian court on Wednesday upheld a guilty verdict against celebrated fashion house duo Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana for evading taxes totalling 200 million euros ($277 million).

The pair were sentenced to one year and six months in prison, though under Italian law they will not face jail until the appeals process has ..

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Believers raise the roof

May 1, 2014

Abdulla Nass Mosque

Thousands of Sunni Muslim believers, residing in the eastern parts of Central Governorate will not be forced to pray under the burning sun anymore, as Sunni Waqf Directorate (SWD) in the Justice, Islamic Affairs and Endowments Ministry gave a nod to expand the existing mosques in the area. In a response to the report published by DT News on April 26, SWD spokesper ..

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Protesters to mark May Day from Hong Kong to Istanbul

May 1, 2014

May Day Hong Kong to Istanbul

Tens of thousands of people across the globe were hitting the streets Thursday for mass rallies marking International Labour Day, with Turkey a potential flashpoint on the anniversary of clashes that spawned a nationwide protest movement.

In tense Istanbul, thousands were expected to gather at the highly symbolic Taksim Square i ..

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