Friday 12 February 2016

Attacker shoots six dead in Saudi office

An attacker opened fire at local education department offices in southern Saudi Arabia on Thursday, killing six employees in what authorities are treating as a criminal attack, a senior Saudi official said. The attacker has been arrested, Saudi Interior Ministry spokesman General


Turkey's patience running out on Syria, warns Erdogan

Turkey will be patient up to a point over the crisis in Syria and will then be forced to take action, President Tayyip Erdogan said in a speech to a business forum on Thursday. Erdogan also said Iran-backed forces in Syria were carrying out "merciless massacres" and tha


Warning over fundraising to support terror

A leading international relations expert has denounced activists in America seeking to destabilise Bahrain and the Gulf region. He issued a warning yesterday (February 10) over fundraising by Bahraini agitators abroad, amid concerns the money could be used to support extremist agendas, said a


Russia proposes Syria truce in March

World powers pressed Russia to stop bombing around Aleppo in support of a Syrian government offensive to recapture the city and a Western official said Moscow had presented a proposal envisaging a truce in three weeks' time. Secretary of State John Kerry is pushing for a ceas


Saudi ready to send forces to Syria if coalition decides

Saudi Arabia would be willing to commit special forces to Syria should the international coalition decide to deploy ground troops against Islamic State, the country's foreign minister said on Wednesday. It was the Saudi minister's second reference to sending special force


New ministers for happiness, tolerance in UAE

In sweeping UAE cabinet changes, His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has announced ministers for happiness, tolerance and climate change. "Happiness in our nation is not a wish .. but there will be pl


Seed capital up for grabs for F&B entrepreneurs at Gulfood

Food and beverage industry entrepreneurs have been served up a unique opportunity to pitch for seed capital for their business ideas at an inaugural forum in in Dubai, UAE.   The Innovation Hub finale to the F&B Business Forum – a core pillar of the al


Unilever unit in deal to raise bar on food safety in Dubai

Unilever Food Solutions, a food service division of Unilever, has partnered with Dubai Municipality to raise the bar on food safety across the emirate through a food safety partnership initiative.   With a clear understanding of the challenges that come with man


Egypt to step up online government services

Egypt plans on stepping up online services for government agencies and facilitating easier interactions between citizens and the government through e-portals, said Prime Minister Sherif Ismail. The Egyptian government needed to tackle based on the internal issues faced by Egypt a


Crackdown vowed on tobacco traders exploiting customers

Bahraini authorities have announced a crackdown on traders trying to exploit consumers following an increase in import duty on tobacco. This followed reports that the sudden increase announced on Monday (February 8) had led to confusion and panic buying yesterday, said a report in the Gul

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