Wednesday 27 August 2014

Special travel ban task force urged in Bahrain

Bahrain continues to face challenges when it comes to travel ban victims because of a lack of co-operation between government bodies, according to a rights report. The Bahrain Human Rights Watch Society (BHRWS) has released its shadow report on the country's rights record, wh


Expelled US diplomat invited to return to Bahrain

A senior US diplomat who was expelled from Bahrain for meddling in domestic affairs will be allowed to return, it has emerged. US Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labour Tomasz Malinowski was declared persona non grata by the Foreign Affairs Ministry o


Bahrain panel seeks better facilities in prison

One of Bahrain's main prisons has come under fire for its levels of cleanliness, maintenance and the lack of expertise among its staff. The Dry Dock Detention Centre in Hidd was subject to a surprise inspection by the Prisoners and Detainees Rights Commission (PDRC) earlier t


Bahrain steps up anti-terror plans

Counter-terrorism tactics are being intensified across Bahrain in a bid to tackle acts of sabotage that target the country's security. His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa has instructed security agencies to re-evaluate their policies in deal


Deal reached to end Gaza war, says Hamas

Israel and Palestinian leaders on Tuesday reached a Gaza ceasefire agreement which will start at 1600 GMT, the state's MENA news agency said citing two Egyptian officials. Confirming the news, both Israeli and Palestinian officials said the deal had been reached under Egyptia


Abu Dhabi e-govt ‘offering over 1,100 services’

A total of 55 Abu Dhabi-based entities and 44 federal government authorities currently provide UAE citizens with 1114 different services through the Abu Dhabi e-government portal, a report said. The report issued by Abu Dhabi Systems and Information Centre (Adsic) sho


South Asians to top foreign Haj pilgrims

South Asian nationals will top foreign pilgrims expected to perform Haj, with more than 410,000 out of a total of 1.3 million, said a report. It will be followed by Arab countries with more than 250,000 pilgrims, said the Arab News report. About 228,000 pilgrims wi


Qatar seeks to free more US hostages in Syria

Qatar is working to help free four Americans held hostage in Syria by various armed groups, a Gulf source familiar with the matter said on Monday, a day after the country's diplomacy helped free a journalist held since 2012. The source declined to name the four or provide det


$130m fake mobiles seized in Dubai

More than 60,000 fake mobiles worth Dh48 million ($130.6 million) were seized from August 9 to 23 by Dubai Police’s Criminal Investigations Department (CID), said a report. The CID’s Anti-Economic Crime Department recorded 45 cases against 45 suspects, Major General K


106 granted Emirati citizenship

The Naturalisation, Residency and Ports Affairs General Directorate at the Ministry of Interior (MoI) has granted UAE citizenship to 106 eligible candidates born to Emirati mothers. The move is in line with the Federal Decree issued by HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President o

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