Thursday 30 July 2015

Frontlines of Yemen's war shift in favour of Riyadh

The tide of Yemen's messy war has unexpectedly turned, handing a morale boost and possibly decisive military momentum to Gulf Arab-backed forces bent on ending the ascendancy of the Houthis, a powerful militia they see as a puppet of Iran. The loss of the strategic southern p


Iran threat is shared concern: Pentagon chief to Saudi

US Defense Secretary Ash Carter said after talks in Saudi Arabia that Iran's ‘potential for aggression’ was a shared concern as he moved to bolster defence ties with Riyadh following a nuclear agreement with its arch-foe. The conservative, mainly Sunni Muslim king


Bahrain MPs call for enforcement of anti-hate crime laws

Anti-hate crime laws already on the books in Bahrain need to be better enforced, according to a group of prominent MPs. The legislators were responding to Shura Council member Darwish Al Mannai, who recently called for a new law banning hate crimes, discrimination and contempt of


Iran ‘must stop meddling’ in Bahrain’s internal affairs

Iran should refrain from meddling in Bahrain’s internal affairs following the signing of a key nuclear deal, said British Ambassador Iain Lindsay. The outgoing diplomat said the UK was aware of the concerns raised by GCC states regarding the deal between Tehran and the P5+1


UK ‘helping spur Bahrain reforms’

Bahrain has received significant reform assistance from the UK in the last three years, revealed a top diplomat. The comprehensive programme covered several fields including human rights, which outgoing British Ambassador Iain Lindsay said led to a wide range of reforms within th


Safety boost for mosques in Bahrain

Places of worship in Bahrain will be equipped with additional first aid boxes and fire extinguishers, as part of measures to step up security.   Volunteers and officials in charge of mosques and ma’tams will also undergo evacuation and safety training as part of a heal


5-year jail for Mubarak-era prime minister

Ahmed Nazif, a former Egyptian prime minister under ousted president Hosni Mubarak, was sentenced to five years in jail on graft charges in a retrial on Wednesday, judicial sources said. Nazif had previously been sentenced to three years before launching an appeal that led to the


Iran rejects nuclear curbs beyond 10 years

Iran will not accept any extension of sanctions beyond 10 years, an official said on Wednesday, in the latest attempt by its pragmatist government to sell a nuclear deal with world powers to skeptical hardliners. Abbas Araqchi, one of several deputy foreign ministers, also told a


Doha Goals Forum to open this weekend in LA

The fourth annual Doha Goals Forum, a leading platform for social and economic progress through sport, is set to open this weekend Los Angeles, California - the first time the event is being held outside Qatar. More than 100 speakers, including world-class athletes, policy makers

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