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Joint GCC police force plan ‘on track’

Bahrain and the rest of the Gulf are stepping up joint counter-terrorism efforts, with plans to establish a joint GCC police force described as “going well”. GCC Secretary-General Dr Abdullatif Al Zayani highlighted th

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Health, education among top priorities for Bahrain

Health, education, jobs and housing are the Bahrain’s top priorities, said HRH Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa yesterday (October 31). These are the fundamentals of sustainable development, he added as he

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US pledges $100m aid for Syrian opposition

Financial assistance worth $100 million for the American-backed opposition forces in Syria has been pledged by US Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken. He revealed the sum during yesterday’s (October 31) first plenary se

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Saudi Arabia says 2015 financial deficit manageable

Saudi Arabia's financial deficit this year is manageable despite the low oil prices, and the kingdom's economic growth rate and financial health will stay strong, Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said at a security conference in Bahrain o

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Russia risks Syrian quagmire, says US top official

Moscow's intervention in the Syrian conflict will have the unintended consequences of drawing Russia into a quagmire and alienating Sunni Muslims across the region, US Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Saturday.

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Manama Dialogue to focus on extremism

High-profile delegations from around the globe will gather in Manama this week to tackle rising extremism and conflict in the Middle East, a report said. The 11th International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) Regional Secur

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Mideast economy focus for Bahrain summit

Economics in the Middle East will be the focus for an upcoming regional summit in Bahrain, a report said. The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) Geo-Economic Forum will be held in November and is envisaged as an

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US proposes annual GCC defence summit

A new annual ministerial defence conference involving the US and Gulf countries was proposed by US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel at the Manama Dialogue yesterday (December 7). He revealed the plan as he outlined America's glob

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Terror funds linked to shady charities

Hundreds of millions of dollars a year are being channelled into the hands of the Taliban - much of it from the Gulf, according to an expert. Shady charities in the GCC continue to funnel cash to Afghanistan to fund insurgents, Af

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Governments’ focus on cyber crime urged

World governments should be transparent in their regulations to monitor and control online activity and set a strategic plan to combat cyber crime, according to an expert. "State regulation is necessary, but should be transpa

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