Thursday 17 April 2014

Saudi jails women's protest organiser

An organizer of women’s protest campaigns in Saudi Arabia has been sentenced to six years in prison by a Riyadh court, a report said. The court found the person guilty of taking part in various banned activities including sit-ins, demonstrations and public gatherings. The s


Bahrain terror acts 'work of a minority'

Acts of sabotage, terror and sporadic arson attacks are the work of a minority, His Majesty King Hamad said.   "When the media focuses on such acts it doesn't mean that all people are targeted," he said reported the Gulf Daily News (GDN), our siste


New Bahrain law to improve rights of inmates

A new law governing Bahraini prisons, which improves the rights of inmates and grants access to work and education, has been passed following a seven-year tug-of-war between parliament and the Shura Council.   The new law, which has had 30 of 68 articles radical


Bahrain King's Kazakhstan visit boosts ties

Major political, economic and humanitarian agreements were announced yesterday between Bahrain and Kazakhstan.   His Majesty King Hamad ended his historic official state visit during which he held talks with President Nursultan Nazarbayev and Prime Minister Kari


US made things difficult for Bahrain: ex-envoy

A former US diplomat has slammed President Barack Obama's foreign policy towards Bahrain and hit out at his government's lack of support for the Ruling Family.   Washington's former ambassador to Bahrain from 2007-2011 Adam Ereli, who has served as a


Saudi spy chief Prince Bandar replaced

Saudi Arabian intelligence chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan, the architect of Riyadh's attempts to bring down Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, has been removed from his post, state media reported on Tuesday. His departure, months after he was quoted warning of a "major sh


Gas use by Syria a challenge to world: Saudi

Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal on Tuesday said the "grave news" that President Bashar Al-Assad's forces had carried out two poison gas attacks last week was a challenge to "international will". Rebels and the Syrian government ha


Bahrain to change key criminal law

Bahrain's law is being changed so that multiple suspected criminals can be tried as masterminds in the same case.   Current law dictates that only one defendant can be charged as a mastermind, while their alleged accomplices face less serious charges and sho


Bahrain plans major Kazakhstan investment

Bahrain's His Majesty King Hamad has unveiled plans to sign major investment and trade agreements with Kazakhstan.   He urged businessmen to seize the opportunity - also revealing that Bahrain will join talks to establish a free trade zone with Kazakhstan, s


Bahrain Premier pledges to continue reforms

Bahrain's Premier has pledged to continue Bahrain's reforms programme as the nation was praised as a beacon of change in the region by Britain.   "However, some sides are, unfortunately, unhappy with what we have achieved regarding development and r

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