Friday 12 February 2016

Residents evacuated after Reef Island fire

Scores of occupants of a major luxury residential complex in Bahrain were evacuated yesterday (February 11) after a fire broke out in a restaurant on the ground floor of one of the buildings. Plumes of smoke were seen over Reef Island after the fire erupted at around 9am in the kitchen of Al


UN, aid workers urged to leave rebel-held areas in Yemen

Saudi Arabia, which is leading air strikes against rebels in neighboring Yemen, has warned the United Nations and international aid groups to protect staff by removing them from areas held by Yemen's Houthi rebels, according to a letter that was seen by Reuters.  


Saudi offers greater role in air war on Islamic State

Saudi Arabia has decided to increase its military contributions to the campaign against Islamic State, including offering to expand its role in the air campaign, US Defense Secretary Ash Carter's spokesman said after bilateral talks.   Carter met Deputy Crow


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

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