Thursday 30 July 2015

US plans to end Cuba travel and trade restrictions

Republican and Democratic US senators were to introduce amendments to a Senate bill on Thursday that would end some major US restrictions on travel and trade with Cuba, according to documents seen by Reuters. The measures being put forward at the Senate Appropriations Committee, if app


Bahrain foils plot to smuggle arms from Iran

Bahrain has foiled a conspiracy to smuggle in high-grade explosives, automatic weapons and ammunition from Iran. Almost 44kg of explosives, eight automatic assault rifles with 32 ammunition magazines and a number of detonators have also been seized, reported the Gulf Daily Ne


Egypt extends emergency in North Sinai

Egypt said on Saturday it had extended by three months a state of emergency imposed on parts of Northern Sinai in October after Islamist militants stepped up attacks in the peninsula bordering Israel, Gaza and the Suez Canal. Insurgents have killed hundreds of soldiers and police


Bahrain recalls envoy to Iran, citing 'hostile statements'

Bahrain said on Saturday it had recalled its ambassador to Tehran for consultations after what it said were repeated hostile statements made by Iranian officials. The statements were a reflection of Iran's unfriendly attitude towards the Gulf Arab monarchy and an interference


Abu Dhabi QCC tightens compliance standards of products

Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council (QCC), the entity responsible for developing quality infrastructure and raising awareness on quality standards in the emirate, has conducted a series of inspection campaigns to ensure the compliance of controlled products to relevant local and internatio


Turkey stages air strikes on Islamic State in Syria

Turkish warplanes attacked Islamic State targets in Syria for the first time on Friday, with President Tayyip Erdogan promising more decisive action against both the jihadists and Kurdish militants at home. The air strikes, which followed a phone conversation between Erdogan and


Suspected drugs seized at Bahrain airport

A foreign passenger has been arrested with a substance suspected to be marijuana, weighing 2.0597kg, the director of Bahrain’s Airports Customs announced. Customs officers at Bahrain International Airport found the substance folded in plastic bags inside a wooden music inst


Sitra fishermen facing eviction for major housing project

Scores of Sitra fishermen have been ordered to relocate to make way for a major new government housing project. The fishermen, who currently occupy the Sefala area of Sitra island, have complained that there is not enough space at its suggested replacement – an area known a


Bahraini man on pilgrimage in Makkah goes missing

Saudi Arabian police are searching for a Bahraini man who was reported missing in Makkah. Sadiq Jaffer Ahmed, a 20-year-old special needs citizen, was last seen on Thursday (July 23) at Masjid Al Haram by his mother, who was performing morning prayers, said a report in the Gu


Outcry against Iran’s interference in Bahrain’s affairs

Iran’s repeated flagrant and unacceptable interference in Bahrain’s internal affairs was strongly condemned yesterday (July 24). Religious leaders, scholars, clerics, MPs, Shura members, tribes, trade unions, sport clubs, youth associations, members of the business co

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