Saturday 25 October 2014

Attacks in Egypt's Sinai leave 33 dead

Two attacks in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula killed more than 33 security personnel on Friday, security sources said, in some of the worst anti-state violence since Islamist President Mohamed Mursi was overthrown last year. Thirty people were killed in the first attack in the al-Kh


Masked men burn 2 Saudi consulate cars in Egypt

Masked men set fire to two cars belonging to the consulate of Saudi Arabia in the Egyptian city of Suez on Friday morning, local security sources and the state news agency reported. Security sources who spoke on condition of anonymity told Reuters that at least four men threw cru


$1.3m arson attack damage in Bahraini govt office

Masked men who broke into a government office in Bahrain and set it ablaze last week caused damage worth more than BD500,000 ($1.3 million), it has been revealed. The Jidhafs Municipality building was targeted on October 16 and it has emerged that most of the original documentati


Bahrain urges global partnership for peace

Bahrain's Premier is urging an international partnership to strengthen security, stability and quality of life. In a statement marking UN Day, His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa stressed the importance of building such an effective link to


Saudi warns women against driving protest

Saudi Arabia's Interior Ministry on Thursday issued a warning to women not to get behind the wheel in defiance of the kingdom's men-only road rules after a renewed social media campaign to challenge the law by driving in public. The announcement comes ahead of the anniver


Corporate governance ‘is playing key growth role’

Bahrain has paid great attention to the concepts of corporate governance to increase investor confidence and boost economic growth, a top minister said. Industry and Commerce Dr Hassan Fakhro was speaking after opening the first Arab Gulf Forum for Accountants and Auditors (Corpo


Top franchisees honoured at Dubai expo

Excellence in 12 categories of franchising was honoured at the Middle East Franchise Expo, the premier event in the Middle East for franchising, concluding today (October 22) in Dubai. The annual Mena Franchise Awards were presented on the sides of Expo at the Jumeirah Beach Hote


100 specialist exhibitors to showcase fine foods in Dubai

More than 100 specialist exhibitors from 24 countries are set to tap into the Middle East’s growing appetite for fine, gourmet, organic and luxury foods at a top festival in Dubai next month. The fifth annual Speciality Food Festival will run from November 9 to 11 at the Du


Iran’s rising divorce rate touches 20pc

Weddings in Iran have long been an over-the-top affair with families spending thousands of dollars to celebrate a union. But now some couples are splurging on an entirely different sort of nuptial celebration: a divorce party. Local media outlets and blogs have been abuzz for mon


Abraaj set to seal purchase of Saudi fast-food chain

Private equity firm Abraaj Group hopes to conclude a deal soon to buy a majority stake in Saudi fast-food chain Kudu alongside TPG Capital, a senior Abraaj executive said. The Middle East's largest private equity firm has been in exclusive talks for months to buy a controllin

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