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Iran’s rising divorce rate touches 20pc

Weddings in Iran have long been an over-the-top affair with families spending thousands of dollars to celebrate a union. But now some couples are splurging on an entirely different sort of nuptial celebration: a divorce party. Loc

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Saudi couple marry on Skype

A Saudi man studying in the US and a Saudi woman in the kingdom have married via Skype, the online chat application, a report said. “I was in the beginning surprised when I was asked to conduct the marriage between a man in

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Marriages in Bahrain increase by 33.4pc

The number of marriages in Bahrain increased by an average of 33.4 per cent during the period 2008-2013, a report said. The number of divorces also rose by an average of 51.8 per cent during the same period, according to the resul

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New law on family violence on the way in Bahrain

A new law on family violence is expected to ignore recommendations from Bahrain's top legal authority, which suggested spousal rape should not be illegal. The GDN reported last Tuesday that the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) h

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Saudi marriage drug tests 'a failure'

The drug addiction test being carried out by the Saudi Health Ministry for prospective brides and grooms has been termed as useless by a senior official. The tests have failed to measure addiction levels and thus determine marriag

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Marriages delayed by contract paper shortage

Many marriages have been delayed in Saudi Arabia because some local courts have run out of marriage contract papers, says a report in the Arab News. The report said some courts have not had these contracts for the past 40 days, fo

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Communication gap ‘spurring divorces’

A lack of communication between Bahraini couples is the main reason for a drastic spike in divorce rates since the start of the year, according to experts. The latest Justice, Islamic Affairs and Endowments Ministry figures show 3

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Divorce rate in Bahrain down 50pc

Bahrain's divorce rate has more than halved over the past five years, a report said, adding that the number of people getting married has increased by a third during the same period. There were 335 divorces last year, which is

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Obama backs same-sex couples marriage

After years of "evolving" on the issue, US President Barack Obama said on Wednesday he believes same-sex couples should be allowed to marry, a stance that is likely to please his political base and complicate efforts to attract some independent vo

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Saudi mulls marriage ban for under-18 girls

Saudi Arabia may ban marriage for girls below 18, a government minister said after a case of an eight-year old girl marrying a man more than 40 years her senior drew international criticism and embarrassed the kingdom. 'Among the optio

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