Wednesday 17 September 2014

Bahrain unveils watchdog rights report

Bahrain’s main rights watchdog opened up its records to share its annual report with envoys from around the world. The National Institution for Human Rights (NIHR) met a host of ambassadors at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Manama, where copies of the report were made available


Qatar rejects accusation it sent weapons to Libya

Qatar has denied an accusation by Libyan Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni that it sent three military aircraft loaded with weapons to a Tripoli airport controlled by an armed opposition group. In a statement to Qatar's news agency (QNA), Assistant Foreign Minister for Foreig


Terror funding clamp in focus at Bahrain summit

Blocking financial funding of an extremist organisation threatening the region will be the focus of a major conference to be hosted by Bahrain. Foreign Affairs Minister Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa said it was essential to draw up an action plan in three areas - military, f


Life sentence for Brotherhood leader Badie

An Egyptian court sentenced the Muslim Brotherhood's top official Mohamed Badie and 14 others to life in jail on Monday on charges of murder and inciting violence during a protest near Cairo last year. The session had been designated for witness statements to be heard but the


Bahrain to play key role in fight against ISIS

Bahrain could play a vital role in combating a terrorist organisation threatening the region if it joins an international military coalition, according to security experts. Around 40 countries, including 10 Arab states, will gather in Paris today to discuss an action plan by the


Bahrain makes major reform strides

Bahrain has made major reform strides and achieved a lot in the fields of democracy, liberty and human rights, the Premier said yesterday (September 14). Upcoming elections will also open a new chapter of national action, he said reported the Gulf Daily News (GDN), our s


Bahrain plans penalty points for driving offences

Bahrain is planning to introduce penalty points for driving offences as part of the new traffic law, said a top official. Under the new system, motorists are granted 20 points per year and any offence involves deduction of a certain number of points, Traffic Culture acting direct


Qatar expels 7 Brotherhood leaders

Qatar has asked seven senior figures from Egypt's outlawed Muslim Brotherhood to leave the country, following months of pressure from its neighbours to stop backing the Islamists, a report said. "The Qatari authorities told them that circumstances would not allow the pre


Global action needed to counter Islamic State: Egypt

Egypt's foreign minister said on Saturday ties existed between Islamic State, the group holding large parts of Iraq and Syria, and other militants in the region and that global action was needed to counter the threat. Sameh Shukri, speaking at a Cairo news conference with US


Qatari royals barred from entering Egypt

Egypt’s airport authorities have barred two members of Qatar’s royal family from entering the country as they did not carry a visa, state news agency MENA said. The men, identified by MENA as Khalifa bin Jassim bin Ahmed and his brother Hamad, were stopped at Cairo In

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