Friday 18 April 2014

Bouteflika camp claims poll win in Algeria

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika looked set to win a fourth term with allies claiming victory in an election, despite questions over his health and his rare appearances since suffering a stroke in 2013. Official results were due on Friday, but Bouteflika's camp claimed


Libya plans 'smart cards' to cut fuel subsidies

Libya plans to limit the costly subsidies its citizens enjoy when buying motor fuel - much of which is smuggled into Tunisia for resale at higher prices - by introducing a "smart card" system like one newly implemented in neighbouring Egypt. The North African country


Gulf states 'agree on steps to heal rift'

Gulf states took a step towards resolving a severe rift in the alliance by agreeing on ways to implement a security agreement they reached last year. Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE withdrew their ambassadors from Qatar on March 5, accusing Doha of not abiding by November's


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

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