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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.   The new law, which has had 30 of 68 articles radical

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Bahrain King's Kazakhstan visit boosts ties

Major political, economic and humanitarian agreements were announced yesterday between Bahrain and Kazakhstan.   His Majesty King Hamad ended his historic official state visit during which he held talks with President Nursultan Nazarbayev and Prime Minister Kari

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US made things difficult for Bahrain: ex-envoy

A former US diplomat has slammed President Barack Obama's foreign policy towards Bahrain and hit out at his government's lack of support for the Ruling Family.   Washington's former ambassador to Bahrain from 2007-2011 Adam Ereli, who has served as a

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Saudi spy chief Prince Bandar replaced

Saudi Arabian intelligence chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan, the architect of Riyadh's attempts to bring down Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, has been removed from his post, state media reported on Tuesday. His departure, months after he was quoted warning of a "major sh

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Gas use by Syria a challenge to world: Saudi

Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal on Tuesday said the "grave news" that President Bashar Al-Assad's forces had carried out two poison gas attacks last week was a challenge to "international will". Rebels and the Syrian government ha

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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 alleged accomplices face less serious charges and sho

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Bahrain plans major Kazakhstan investment

Bahrain's His Majesty King Hamad has unveiled plans to sign major investment and trade agreements with Kazakhstan.   He urged businessmen to seize the opportunity - also revealing that Bahrain will join talks to establish a free trade zone with Kazakhstan, s

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Bahrain Premier pledges to continue reforms

Bahrain's Premier has pledged to continue Bahrain's reforms programme as the nation was praised as a beacon of change in the region by Britain.   "However, some sides are, unfortunately, unhappy with what we have achieved regarding development and r

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Saudi imposes fines, jail terms for visa lapses

Saudi Arabia will punish people who employ foreigners illegally or break the terms of their visas, in an effort to encourage local employment. Punishment ranging from fines and jail terms to confiscation of assets and deportation may be imposed, escalating a year-long crackdown o

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Abu Dhabi permits only one family per residence

Abu Dhabi’s Municipality has warranted that only a single family can reside within each licensed residential unit in the capital, said a report.   Residents, however, find it more difficult to afford the steep rents in the emirate, attributed to the reason

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