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Gold traders in Bahrain hit by acid shortage

Gold traders in Bahrain claim to have been hit by new regulations that restrict the sale of corrosive acids used in their day-to-day business. Both sulphuric and nitric acid are used to test and treat gold and silver, but can also be used to make homemade explosives, said a repor

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Saudi advertises for 8 executioners

Saudi Arabia is advertising for eight new executioners, recruiting extra staff to carry out an increasing number of death sentences, usually done by public beheading. No special qualifications are needed for the jobs whose main role is "executing a judgement of death" b

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Al Gosaibi proposes improved settlement terms

Ahmad Hamad Al Gosaibi & Brothers, a large diversified family-owned Saudi business group, has announced an enhanced settlement proposal to be presented at a claimants' meeting to be held in Dubai, UAE on June 2. Details of the meeting will be circulated to all claimants w

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US Navy sailor dies in balcony plunge in Bahrain

A US Navy sailor has fallen to his death from a seventh-floor apartment balcony in Juffair, Bahrain. The incident happened at around 11pm on Saturday (May 16) and an investigation has been launched by Bahraini and US authorities, according to a statement issued by the US Naval Fo

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$13m worth drugs destroyed in Bahrain

Drugs with an estimated street value of BD5 million ($13.2 million) have been destroyed by Bahraini authorities. The illegal narcotics, weighing more than 2,000kg, were confiscated by police between 2001 and 2007, said a report in the Gulf Daily News (GDN), our sister pu

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Saudi 'may buy nuclear arms from Pakistan'

Saudi Arabia has taken a ‘strategic decision’ to acquire nuclear weapons from Pakistan, senior US officials told the Sunday Times. Sunni Arab states are increasingly concerned over a deal with Iran backed by US President Barack Obama, which they fear could al

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Gulf expats plan reunion party in UK

Expatriates, who used to live in Bahrain and other Gulf countries in the 1970s and 1980s, will gather in the UK later this year for a reunion. Former Radio Bahrain DJ Paul Stephen is hosting the Gulf Reunion Party in a village called Meriden, near Birmingham, on October 17, repor

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Islamic State leader killed in US air strikes in Syria

US special forces killed a man identified as a senior Islamic State leader during a raid into Syria, US officials said, as the jihadists battled for the Iraqi city of Ramadi and ancient Palmyra in Syria. The White House said President Barack Obama ordered the raid that killed the

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Tough penalty for insulting Bahrain shura council

A draft law toughening penalties for defaming statutory bodies will be on parliament’s agenda when it meets on Tuesday. “Those convicted of defaming the Shura Council, parliament or the National Assembly will be jailed or fined,” said a report in our sister pape

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Islamic State raises flag over government HQ in Iraq

Islamic State militants raised their black flag over the local government headquarters in the Iraqi city of Ramadi on Friday and claimed victory through mosque loudspeakers after overrunning most of the western provincial capital. If Ramadi were to fall it would be the first majo

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