Sunday 13 July 2014

UAE holding Qatari 'agents' for questioning, says report

The UAE is holding suspected Qatari intelligence agents for questioning on their activities in the UAE, reported an Emirati newspaper, in a case that could further damage ties between the two Gulf allies. Relations between the UAE and Qatar have deteriorated sharply in recent mon


Sharjah firm blacklisted for flouting Syria sanctions

The US on Wednesday slapped sanctions on a UAE company for supplying specialty petroleum products to the Syrian government, and blacklisted two additional Syrian companies. Pangates, based in Sharjah, supplied petroleum products to Syria - including aviation fuel - from 2012 to A


Hamas rains rockets on Israel as Gaza Strip bombed

Militants in Gaza fired more rockets at Tel Aviv on Wednesday, targeting Israel's heartland after Israeli attacks in the enclave that Palestinian officials said have killed at least 38 people. No casualties were reported in the rocket barrages, on the second day of an intensi


Emirates ID website attracts over 2m visits

The Emirates Identity Authority’s website has attracted more than two million visits during the first half of the year, similar to the figures for the same period last year.   The website also recorded about five million browsing movements during the perio


Bahrain Works Ministry e-service sees rise in users

Bahrain’s Ministry of Works has revealed that the number of users for its 11 electronic services reached more than 10,000 during the first half of the year.   The services can be accessed through both the ministry’s portal and the e-government portal


Expelled top US official's murky past exposed

Expelled top US official Tom Malinowski has been personally involved in a catalogue of incidents designed to provoke unrest in Bahrain, it was revealed last night.   The US Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labour has long been known f


Mortar bombs land in Saudi near Iraq border

Three mortar bombs landed inside Saudi Arabia on Monday close to its northern border with Iraq, where Islamist militants have grabbed land in a lightning advance, officials said. The mortars caused no casualties but will stoke security fears in Saudi Arabia, which is also facing


Bahrain upholds religious council closure verdict

Bahrain's Execution Court has passed a resolution to implement an order dissolving an unlicensed religious council for getting involved in politics.   The Ulama Islamic Council was dissolved by the High Administrative Court on January 29, said a report in th


Bahrain expels top US official

Bahrain's Foreign Ministry has declared US Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labour Tomasz P Malinowski persona non grata and asked him to leave the country immediately. The ministry said that he flagrantly intervened in Bahrain's internal affai


Bahrain King ratifies new nationality law

A law allowing the government more powers to strip naturalised Bahrainis of their nationalities has officially taken effect.   His Majesty King Hamad has issued the law, officially ratifying the new legislation which won the backing of parliament and the Shura C

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