Friday 1 July 2016

India flies high with first indigenous war jet

India's first locally-built combat aircraft officially took to the skies on Friday, 33 years after it was cleared for development, marking a long-held goal of cutting expensive imports to build a domestic defence-industrial base.   India's fighter aircra


Municipal vote plan for Bahrainis abroad

Bahraini's abroad could be allowed to vote in municipal elections following a landmark ruling. The Northern Municipal Council had asked the Legislation and Legal Opinion Commission to rule on whether people abroad could vote at the same time as when voting for parliament, said a re


Bahrain summer outdoor work ban starts today

A two-month summer work ban starts today as the hottest months of the year begin. As per the ban,  labourers are not allowed to work outdoors between noon and 4pm in July and August, reported the Gulf Daily News, our sister publication. To read further, please visit


Baker & McKenzie elects 16 new EMEA partners

Global law firm Baker & McKenzie recently announced the election of 16 new partners from the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region, out of a combined 85 new partners elected this year. This latest investment in the firm's expertise grows the total number of partners worl


EU leaders tell Britain to exit swiftly, markets steadier

European leaders told Britain on Tuesday to act quickly to resolve the political and economic confusion unleashed by its vote to leave the European Union last week, after the IMF said the uncertainty could put pressure on global economic growth. Sterling and world stock markets r


101 celebrities to raise funds for refugees worldwide

One hundred and one celebrities are coming together to raise funds for refugees worldwide by donating their jeans to be painted by fashion designer and artist Johny Dar, for a project called ‘Jeans for Refugees’. The celebrities include Kate Moss, Emma Watson, Daniel Radcli


Iran names new armed forces chief

Iran named Major General Mohammad Baqeri as head of the armed forces, state media reported on Tuesday. Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who is commander-in-chief of the armed forces, issued the decree naming Baqeri. It said he has been working in Khatam al An


No major Brexit impact on Saudi-UK ties

Britain's decision to leave the European Union will not affect relations with Saudi Arabia, the world's top oil exporter, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al Jubeir said on Tuesday. "We don't believe that the exit of Britain from the EU will have a major impact on our


Britons flood Ireland with EU passport queries

Britons trying to hang onto EU citizenship have inundated Ireland's embassy in London and post offices in British-run Northern Ireland with passport enquiries and requests for application forms, the Irish foreign office said on Monday. Post offices ran out of forms and the em


Eurotunnel boss fears Brexit will raise migrant pressures

The head of Eurotunnel on Monday warned that Britain's decision to leave the European Union could lead to an increase in the number of migrants trying to enter Britain via Calais on the French coast. "There could be increased migrant pressure during the summer and becaus

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