Thursday 29 January 2015

Germany 'stops arms exports to Saudi Arabia'

Germany has decided to stop exporting arms to Saudi Arabia, the German newspaper Bild am Sonntag said on Sunday, citing government sources as saying the kingdom was "too unstable" for it to be receiving deliveries of weapons. The newspaper said Germany's national se


Etisalat, Intel tie-up to boost education solutions

UAE-based Etisalat Group, a leading telecom operator, is partnering with Intel Corporation to transform education solutions in the region with programmes which consist of a holistic approach. The collaboration was announced at Bett 2015, which took place in London, and formalizes both


McDonald's sees rough weather continuing in 2015

McDonald's, the world's largest fast-food chain, has warned that business will be weak in the first half of 2015 and it is cutting its annual construction budget to the lowest in more than five years as it opens fewer restaurants in struggling markets. With more than 36,0


Obama, world leaders head to Saudi to offer condolences

US President Barack Obama will visit Saudi Arabia on Tuesday to meet its new King Salman after the death of his predecessor Abdullah on Friday, testimony to Riyadh's important role in energy markets and the fight against Islamist militancy. Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry


First US troops set to train Syrian opposition

US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered the first group of about 100 US troops to head to the Middle East in the next few days to establish training sites for Syrian opposition fighters battling Islamic State militants, the Pentagon said on Friday. Admiral John Kirby, the Pe


Bahrain salutes 'visionary leader and man of peace'

Bahrain joined the world yesterday in saluting Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud as a committed regional peacemaker and reformer. His Majesty King Hamad and His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa took part in the


Saudi King Salman seeks to reassure on succession, policy

Saudia Arabia's new King Salman pledged continuity in energy and foreign policies on Friday and moved quickly to appoint younger men as his heirs, settling the succession for years to come by naming a deputy crown prince from his dynasty's next generation. King Abdullah,


Meat shortage fears in Bahrain after import ban

Bahrain is expected to face a subsidised meat shortage in the coming days due to a ban on chilled imports. Meanwhile, the country's main abattoir and livestock importer says it could close down next month due to demands being placed on it, said a report in the Gulf Daily


Saudi King Abdullah dies, new ruler is Salman

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah died early today (January 23) and his brother Salman became king, the royal court in the world's top oil exporter and birthplace of Islam said in an official statement. King Salman has named his half-brother Muqrin as his crown prince and heir


5 Bahraini firm officials accused in food import case

Five company officials are facing charges in connection with spoiled consignments involving Bahrain's main meat and livestock importer. The Bahrain Livestock Company (BLC) employees appeared at the Public Prosecution yesterday where they were quizzed on how three shipments of

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