Thursday 18 December 2014

Bahrain announces National Day holidays

Ministries, government departments and public establishments in Bahrain will close on Tuesday and Wednesday to mark National Day and the 15th anniversary of His Majesty King Hamad’s Accession. HRH Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa yesterday (December 13) i


Bahrain King to open new National Assembly

Bahrain’s His Majesty King Hamad will open the new-look National Assembly today (December 14) at 3pm, marking the start of its four-year legislative term, a report said. Forty elected MPs and another 40 appointed Shura Council members will be present for the ceremony at the


Bahrain base for GCC counter-terrorism force

Preparation for a Gulf strike force to combat terrorism and armed confrontation has been completed by GCC member states, a report said, adding that the force will be a headquartered in Bahrain. The Gulf states have already finalised lists of officers and soldiers to be involved i


Coca-Cola launches novel campaign in Lebanon

The Coca-Cola Company recently launched its award winning ‘Share a Coke’ campaign in Lebanon; the first country across Levant and Gulf countries to witness the groundbreaking campaign. The roll out of the campaign in Lebanon demonstrates Coca-Cola's firm belief in


Over 300 killed in Syria 'hell cannons' attack

Syrian rebels using improvised mortar bombs made of cooking gas canisters killed 311 civilians between July and December this year, a monitoring group said on Friday, condemning the use of the wildly inaccurate weapons. Two-thirds of the deaths, or 203 people, were in the norther


Bahraini activists in ‘#ICan'tBreathe' drive against violence

Rights activists in Bahrain have launched their own "I Can't Breathe" campaign, taking up a slogan adopted by American protesters outraged by the police killing of an African-American man. However, the term is not being used in Bahrain to highlight police brutality - but instead


Qatar ‘world’s fastest growing nation brand’

Qatar is this year’s fastest growing nation brand with its brand value increasing by 39 per cent to $256 billion this year, a report said. While alleged corruption surrounding its bid for the world cup has focussed attention on Qatar’s social policies and political en


Pioneering Bahraini fish farm markets first catch

A pioneering fish farm established last year to protect Bahrain's dwindling fish stocks has released its first catch into the market. Asmak Bahrain, located on the country's east coast, supplied two tonnes of sea bream through supermarkets and wholesalers, said a report i


US torture report outlines catalogue of abuse

US officials have lost the right to criticise others now that their own grisly detention and interrogation methods have been exposed, according to Bahraini activists. Shocking revelations about the extent of the Central Intelligence Agency's (CIA) 'enhanced interrogation&


Bahrain starts online passport renewal service

Bahrain's General Directorate of Nationality, Passports and Residence Affairs (NPRA) has launched the new online passport renewal service in conjunction with the eGovernment Authority (eGA), through the National Portal ( This comes as part of the government'

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