Saturday 19 April 2014

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


Saudi imposes fines, jail terms for visa lapses

Saudi Arabia will punish people who employ foreigners illegally or break the terms of their visas, in an effort to encourage local employment. Punishment ranging from fines and jail terms to confiscation of assets and deportation may be imposed, escalating a year-long crackdown o


Abu Dhabi permits only one family per residence

Abu Dhabi’s Municipality has warranted that only a single family can reside within each licensed residential unit in the capital, said a report.   Residents, however, find it more difficult to afford the steep rents in the emirate, attributed to the reason


Libya set to start trial of Gaddafi sons, ex-officials

Libyan prosecutors prepared to start the trial of deposed leader Muammar Gaddafi's sons and former officials on Monday in a major test for the North African state's transition to a democracy since its 2011 revolution. Security was tightened around Tripoli's Al-Hadba p


Saudi jails 13 for aiding overseas fighters

A Saudi Arabian court on Sunday jailed 13 men to sentences ranging from one to 10 years for aiding and financing militants fighting abroad, conspiring inside Saudi Arabia and harbouring wanted suspects, state news agency SPA reported. Other charges for which the 13 were convicted


Bahrain to seek ILO board seat

Bahrain plans to run for a seat on the board of the International Labour Organisation (ILO), which last month threw out a complaint filed against the country by trade unionists.   The Cabinet yesterday approved a proposal by Labour Minister Jameel Humaidan for B


Bahrain Cabinet moves to tackle trucks chaos

Massive truck bottlenecks on King Fahad Causeway were yesterday the focus of a Cabinet session in Bahrain chaired by His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa.   They pose a serious threat to Bahrain's competitiveness as a busine


Kuwait opposition calls for elected govt

An opposition group in Kuwait has set out a wide-ranging proposal for reform including parties, an elected government and greater powers for parliament. The Opposition Coalition, formed last year by already existing groups of nationalists, Islamists, youths and liberals, issued a

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