Sunday 1 March 2015

Egypt court lists Hamas as terrorist group

An Egyptian court listed the Palestinian group Hamas as a terrorist organisation, judicial sources said on Saturday, part of a sustained crackdown on Islamists in the most populous Arab state. In a separate case earlier in the day, a court sentenced the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhoo


Qatar's Hassad Food eyes Brazilian sugar, poultry assets

Hassad Food, the agricultural arm of Qatar's sovereign wealth fund, said it was looking at possible purchases of Brazilian sugar and poultry assets as structural problems in those industries in the South American country created opportunities. "We have a lot of stuff in


Libyan PM says Turkey supplying weapons to rival group

Libya's internationally recognised Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni said his government would stop dealing with Turkey because it was sending weapons to a rival group in Tripoli so that "the Libyan people kill each other". Two administrations, one in the capital an


Bahrain spending $907m on expats per year

The expatriate community costs Bahrain a total of BD344.292 million ($907 million) every year – a monthly average of BD28.910 million ($76.2 million), said a report. Citing results of a study conducted nine years ago, Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) chief executiv


Newlyweds face ebola travel ban agony

A newlywed couple living thousands of miles apart say they are being prevented from seeing each other due to Bahrain's "Ebola travel ban" on their native Nigeria. Basil Maduakor claims he cannot leave the country or bring his wife Cynthia here because of ongoing &qu


US starts vetting Syrian rebels for military training

The US military has begun vetting a group of Syrian rebels eligible for training and assistance in the fight against Islamic State militants, a step that paves the way for training to begin in weeks, the Pentagon said on Friday. Rear Admiral John Kirby, the Pentagon press secreta


UAE, Kuwait to reopen embassies in Yemen

The United Arab Emirates and Kuwait will reopen their Yemeni embassies in the southern city of Aden instead of the capital Sanaa, the two countries' state news agencies said on Friday. Sanaa was captured in September by the Shi'ite Muslim Houthi militia, which placed Pres


Saudi envoy moves to Aden from Houthi-controlled capital

Saudi Arabia's ambassador to Yemen is moving to the southern city of Aden, an aide to President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi said on Thursday, in an apparent snub to the Shi'ite Houthi faction that has taken control of the capital Sanaa. The Saudi Foreign Ministry could not imm


Bahraini engineer elected president of Arab federation

Bahraini engineering professional Dheya Tawfiqi has been elected president of the Federation of Arab Engineers. The announcement follows the 71st board meeting of the association in Beirut, Lebanon, said report in the Gulf Daily News (GDN), our sister publication.


Death sentence for murder blast three in Bahrain

A Bahrain court has handed out death penalties to three men for forming a terrorist group that detonated a bomb, killing three policemen. Ali Al Singace, 20, Sami Mushaima, 41, and Abbas Al Samee'a, 25, were found guilty of running a terrorist group, premeditated murder, atte

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