Saturday 23 May 2015

Iran's Yemen-bound aid ship docks in Djibouti

An Iranian aid ship on Friday docked at Djibouti's port where it will be inspected by the United Nations so its cargo can be shipped to conflict-torn Yemen, Iran's Fars news agency reported. "The ship docked a few minutes ago in Djibouti," Fars reported. "T


Mideast nuke arms ban talks fail over row

A month-long review conference on the 1970 nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty ended in failure on Friday after its members were unable to overcome disagreements on an atomic weapons ban for the Middle East. After four weeks of negotiations at the United Nations on ways to improve c


Islamic State claims Saudi mosque bombing

A suicide bomber killed 21 worshippers on Friday in a packed mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia, residents and the health minister said, the first attack in the kingdom to be claimed by Islamic State militants. It was one of the deadliest assaults in recent years in the largest Gulf


Yemen struggles with food shortages as shipments stay slow

A trickle of aid, medicine and commercial food cargoes is reaching Yemen yet the process remains slow as more ships await clearance to discharge at ports and logistical chains buckle due to fuel shortages and war. Before Saudi Arabia launched air strikes in Yemen in March, the Ar


Suicide bomber strikes at Saudi mosque

A suicide bomber blew himself up at a Shi'ite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia during Friday prayers, residents said, killing and wounding several people. One witness described a huge explosion at the Imam Ali mosque in the village of Sl-Qadeeh. He estimated there were at least


Bahrain’s King named best Arab national personality

His Majesty King Hamad of Bahrain has been chosen as the Best Arab National Personality for 2015. The Arab Creators Union (ACU) chose His Majesty for the honour in tribute to his influential role in the Arab arena, said a report in the Gulf Daily News (GDN), our sister p


Xavi quits Barca for Qatar after 17 seasons

Barcelona midfielder and captain Xavi confirmed on Thursday he will leave his boyhood club at the end of the season and has agreed to join Qatari side Al Sadd after a glittering career stretching over 17 seasons. The 35-year-old former Spain international, who signed up with Barc


Expat businessmen in Bahrain seek special visas for families

Asian businessmen in Bahrain have called for long-term multiple entry visit visas to be introduced for their families. The suggestion was put forward at the second open meeting of the Bahrain Asian Traders Committee (BATC) held yesterday (May 20) at the Bahrain Chamber of Commerc


US set to deliver anti-tank arms to Iraq

The United States plans to deliver 1,000 anti-tank weapons to Iraq in June to combat Islamic State suicide bombings like those that helped the group seize Ramadi, a senior US State Department official said on Thursday. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the m


Meat prices may double in Bahrain say experts

Proposed government cuts could result in the price of subsidised meat more than doubling in Bahrain, according to experts. The government on Monday (May 18)  announced plans to reduce spending by BD386 million ($1.01 billion) by axing meat subsidies, reducing subsidies for o

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