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Bahrain's tough new traffic law in doubt

Bahrain's tough new traffic law is in doubt after MPs insisted on banning some expats from getting licences, introducing stricter penalties for drunk drivers and allowing women to keep face veils on if they are stopped by police.

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New Bahrain law to improve rights of inmates

A new law governing Bahraini prisons, which improves the rights of inmates and grants access to work and education, has been passed following a seven-year tug-of-war between parliament and the Shura Council.   Th

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Bahrain to change key criminal law

Bahrain's law is being changed so that multiple suspected criminals can be tried as masterminds in the same case.   Current law dictates that only one defendant can be charged as a mastermind, while their all

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New bill on safety of light cargo vessels approved

A new law covering safety regulations for light cargo ships was approved yesterday by Bahrain's Shura Council.    Under existing law, Coastguards can only deal with ships below 150 tonnes while internati

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New UAE law to award 10pc contracts to SMEs

A new United Arab Emirates (UAE) legislation aims to boost the growth of small and medium-sized enterprises by  requiring 10 percent of future federal government contracts to be awarded to SMEs, the economy minister said on Sunday.

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Unified Gulf law to protect ozone layer approved

A unified Gulf law to protect the ozone layer has been approved by Bahrain's Shura Council.   The new bill, which will be referred to His Majesty King Hamad, states GCC countries must replace harmful substanc

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Bahrain plans new cybercrime law

Hackers could face up to 10 years behind bars as Bahrain plans to introduce a new cybercrime law.   The information technology bill will also carry fines of up to BD300,000 ($787,360), which has already been appr

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Bahrain approves tax information draft law

A draft law on the exchange and protection of tax information was approved by the Cabinet yesterday.   It also approved Bahrain's accession to International Maritime Organisation conventions relating to safet

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New animal rights law approved in Bahrain

A new animal rights bill cleared its final hurdle when it was approved by Bahrain's Shura Council yesterday.   The new legislation is being rolled out across the GCC and has already been passed by Bahrain'

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Bahrain approves women's rights law amendment

Amendments to Bahraini laws that pave the way for the full rollout of a United Nations convention protecting women's rights were approved by the Cabinet yesterday.   It follows a Cabinet decision in January t

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