Sunday 29 March 2015

Yemen tense as Houthis close in on president's Aden base

Houthi militia forces in Yemen backed by allied army units seized an air base on Wednesday and appeared poised to capture the southern port of Aden from defenders loyal to President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, local residents said. After taking Al Anad air base, the Houthis and their


Fisherman rap shrimping ban extension in Bahrain

Fishermen have protested a government decision to extend Bahrain's seasonal ban on shrimping. The ban is imposed in Bahraini waters from March 15 to July 15, but will now last until September 15 following an order from the Works, Municipalities and Urban Planning Affairs Mini


Saudi Arabia building up military near Yemen border

Saudi Arabia is moving heavy military equipment including artillery to areas near its border with Yemen, US officials said on Tuesday, raising the risk that the Middle East's top oil power will be drawn into the worsening Yemeni conflict. The build-up follows a southward adva


Bahraini woman completes ‘Ironman’ NZ contest

Gulf Aluminum Rolling Mill Company (Garmco), a Bahrain-based international aluminum rolling mill and downstream aluminum facility in the Middle East, sponsored May Al Haji in the ‘Ironman’ New Zealand competition held earlier this month. The competition consisted of a


Maid in Bahrain stranded in row with sponsor

A housemaid who claims she was not paid for a year, locked up without food, physically abused and prevented from speaking to her family is now stranded in Bahrain because her employer won't authorise her return home. Nazifah Nabunnya, 24, from Uganda, arrived here in December


New call to ban pork products in Bahrain

Fresh calls to ban pork products in Bahrain and criminalise their sale have gone out by a senior member of parliament (MP). Abdulla Bin Howail wants Cabinet to place a ban on the sale, import, export, production and possession of pork products, said a report in the Gulf Daily


Bahrain vice ring suspects arrested in Nepal

A human trafficking ring operating in Nepal reportedly forced women to work as dancers in nightclubs in Bahrain, it has emerged. The women from villages in Nepal were ‘recruited’ by middle-men who promised them jobs with good pay in Middle Eastern and African countrie


Financial, administrative violations drop 25pc in Bahrain

The incidence of financial and administrative violations have dropped 25 per cent last year in Bahrain compared with 2013, according to the latest Financial Audit Bureau report. The gross violations reported to the Public Prosecution for legal action dropped by 80 per cent, while


Saudi warns Arab action if Yemen peace bid fails

Arab countries will take necessary measures to protect the region against "aggression" by Yemen's Iranian-allied Houthi group if a peaceful solution cannot be found to that country's turmoil, Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal said on Monday. The Houthis and


Tougher punishments in Bahrain anti-terror clamp

People in Bahrain who promote or glorify terrorist acts could be jailed for up to 10 years and fined BD5,000 ($13,255) as part of tougher punishments. The proposed amendment to the Anti-Terrorism Law will also apply to those who obtain leaflets or publications declaring such acti

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