Tuesday 31 March 2015
 
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New housing plan for needy Bahraini women

Single Bahraini women, divorcees, widows and abandoned wives could soon be eligible for government homes, after the Shura Council yesterday (March 29) approved amendments to 40-year-old legislation governing social housing services. Members made numerous additions to the law, des

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Alarm is raised over fish stocks in Bahrain

Bahrain’s fish stocks could be wiped out within three years unless urgent action is taken, according to an expert. Agriculture and Marine Resources Directorate marine licences acting head Abdulla Isa said shrimp trawling was the main threat to the country's marine life,

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Yemen strikes ‘will continue until Hadi can rule’

Air strikes in Yemen led by Saudi Arabia will continue until Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who left the country on Thursday, is able to rule, a Saudi military spokesman said on Sunday. Riyadh announced early on Thursday that it and nine other Sunni Muslim countries had

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Arab summit agrees on unified military force

Arab leaders at a summit in Egypt announced the formation of a unified military force to counter growing security threats from Yemen to Libya and as regional heavyweights Saudi Arabia and Iran engage in sectarian proxy wars. Working out the mechanism and logistics of the unified

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Fighting, airstrikes spread throughout Yemen

Yemeni fighters loyal to the Saudi-backed President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi clashed with Iranian-allied Houthi fighters on Sunday in downtown Aden, the absent leader's last major foothold in the country. Hadi loyalists in the southern port city reported a gun battle in the cen

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Iran, powers struggle to break nuke talks impasse

The foreign ministers of France and Germany joined the top US and Iranian diplomats on Saturday to help break an impasse in nuclear negotiations as major powers and Iran closed in on a two- or three-page accord that could form the basis of a long-term deal. The negotiations, in p

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Arabs ground forces 'likely needed in Yemen'

Arab ground forces may be needed in the next phase of a Saudi-led operation against Iranian-allied Houthi fighters in Yemen, Yemeni Foreign Minister Riyadh Yaseen said on Saturday. Asked at an Arab League summit in Egypt whether ground troops would be required, he told reporters:

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Bahrain backs pan-Arab rapid force

Bahrain yesterday (March 28) backed the establishment of a pan-Arab rapid intervention force to defend regional security and stability. "The task of the military force is to intervene promptly to deter any threat endangering the security, stability and sovereignty of any Ara

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Saudi Arabia to restore ambassador to Sweden

Saudi Arabia has decided to send its envoy back to Sweden, Saudi-owned Al Arabiya television said on Friday, in a move that will ease a diplomatic row over the Arab country's human rights record. Sweden's foreign ministry could not confirm the news but said a Swedish envo

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Yemen attacks to continue till targets achieved: Saudi king

Saudi King Salman said on Saturday the country's military campaign in Yemen against Houthi fighters would continue until its targets are achieved. Yemen's Houthi rebels made broad gains in the country's south and east on Friday despite a second day of Saudi-led air strikes

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