Monday 25 May 2015

Border crossing hit as Saudi forces, Houthis trade fire

Saudi forces and Yemen's Houthi militia traded heavy artillery fire which destroyed part of the main border crossing between the two countries overnight, residents said on Sunday, an escalation of the two-month war. The Haradh border crossing, the largest for people and goods


100 tonnes of rice for Bahrain's needy

One hundred tonnes of rice will be distributed to charity and societies and funds following directives from HRH Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa marking the advent of Ramadan. Representatives of charity societies and funds in Muharraq extended deep thanks to th


Iran's Yemen-bound aid ship docks in Djibouti

An Iranian aid ship on Friday docked at Djibouti's port where it will be inspected by the United Nations so its cargo can be shipped to conflict-torn Yemen, Iran's Fars news agency reported. "The ship docked a few minutes ago in Djibouti," Fars reported. "T


Mideast nuke arms ban talks fail over row

A month-long review conference on the 1970 nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty ended in failure on Friday after its members were unable to overcome disagreements on an atomic weapons ban for the Middle East. After four weeks of negotiations at the United Nations on ways to improve c


Islamic State claims Saudi mosque bombing

A suicide bomber killed 21 worshippers on Friday in a packed mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia, residents and the health minister said, the first attack in the kingdom to be claimed by Islamic State militants. It was one of the deadliest assaults in recent years in the largest Gulf


Yemen struggles with food shortages as shipments stay slow

A trickle of aid, medicine and commercial food cargoes is reaching Yemen yet the process remains slow as more ships await clearance to discharge at ports and logistical chains buckle due to fuel shortages and war. Before Saudi Arabia launched air strikes in Yemen in March, the Ar


Suicide bomber strikes at Saudi mosque

A suicide bomber blew himself up at a Shi'ite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia during Friday prayers, residents said, killing and wounding several people. One witness described a huge explosion at the Imam Ali mosque in the village of Sl-Qadeeh. He estimated there were at least


Bahrain’s King named best Arab national personality

His Majesty King Hamad of Bahrain has been chosen as the Best Arab National Personality for 2015. The Arab Creators Union (ACU) chose His Majesty for the honour in tribute to his influential role in the Arab arena, said a report in the Gulf Daily News (GDN), our sister p


Xavi quits Barca for Qatar after 17 seasons

Barcelona midfielder and captain Xavi confirmed on Thursday he will leave his boyhood club at the end of the season and has agreed to join Qatari side Al Sadd after a glittering career stretching over 17 seasons. The 35-year-old former Spain international, who signed up with Barc


Expat businessmen in Bahrain seek special visas for families

Asian businessmen in Bahrain have called for long-term multiple entry visit visas to be introduced for their families. The suggestion was put forward at the second open meeting of the Bahrain Asian Traders Committee (BATC) held yesterday (May 20) at the Bahrain Chamber of Commerc

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