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600,000 Saudis eligible for housing aid

More than 600,000 Saudi Arabian families have been found eligible for housing aid under a new scheme designed to ease a shortage of homes which has depressed living standards and is politically sensitive for the government. Out of a total of 960,397 applications under the scheme,

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Two-day weekend proposal stays: Saudi ministry

The Saudi Labor Ministry has clarified that it has no plans to withdraw a proposal for 40-hour work week and two-day weekend system in the private sector, a report said. The ministry said the revised labor law has already been presented to higher authorities for approval, the Ara

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GCC talks to end Qatar diplomatic row

Bahrain and Saudi Arabia last night stressed the need to steer the region away from tensions. They also underlined the importance of maintaining the region's stability as His Majesty King Hamad received Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al Faisal. Prince Saud was accompanied

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Education key in fighting terror

Education is key in preventing young Gulf nationals from taking up arms with extremist militants, according to a top GCC official. Only through promoting moderation will the youth learn that joining terrorist organisations, such as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, is dangerou

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Saudi jails 23 more men for militancy

A Saudi Arabian court sentenced 23 men to jail terms of up to 22 years for their role in militant attacks, state media said on Wednesday, part of a security crackdown in which scores of people have been imprisoned over the past week. On Tuesday state media reported that 17 men ha

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Bahrain patrol boat fires on armed Iranian dhow

An Iranian-flagged dhow was fired upon by a Bahrain-based US patrol boat following a stand-off in international waters. The confrontation took place on Tuesday, when an inflatable reconnaissance boat was dispatched from the US Coast Guard vessel Monomoy to investigate a dhow that

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Special travel ban task force urged in Bahrain

Bahrain continues to face challenges when it comes to travel ban victims because of a lack of co-operation between government bodies, according to a rights report. The Bahrain Human Rights Watch Society (BHRWS) has released its shadow report on the country's rights record, wh

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Expelled US diplomat invited to return to Bahrain

A senior US diplomat who was expelled from Bahrain for meddling in domestic affairs will be allowed to return, it has emerged. US Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labour Tomasz Malinowski was declared persona non grata by the Foreign Affairs Ministry o

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Bahrain panel seeks better facilities in prison

One of Bahrain's main prisons has come under fire for its levels of cleanliness, maintenance and the lack of expertise among its staff. The Dry Dock Detention Centre in Hidd was subject to a surprise inspection by the Prisoners and Detainees Rights Commission (PDRC) earlier t

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Bahrain steps up anti-terror plans

Counter-terrorism tactics are being intensified across Bahrain in a bid to tackle acts of sabotage that target the country's security. His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa has instructed security agencies to re-evaluate their policies in deal

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