Tuesday 22 July 2014

Saudi, UAE ban controversial novel

An Arabic translation of a novel by a former Bahrain resident has been banned in two Gulf states.   Aadujeevitham (Goat Days) was written by the author Benyamin and tells the story of an abused migrant worker in


Fresh hope over pledge on Indian workers in GCC

A diplomat said pledges made by a new Indian minister to tackle problems faced by workers in Gulf nations reiterates the government's commitment to the welfare of migrant workers.   Indian External Affairs Mi


Expat society in new push as fundraiser shelved

A society set up to defend the rights of Bahrain's migrant workers is looking to plug a BD30,000 ($79,116) hole in its finances after abandoning plans for an annual fundraiser.   Volunteers at the Migrant Wor


Abused female expat workers in Bahrain up 25pc

Numbers of abused female migrant workers seeking protection have increased by 25 per cent in Bahrain, according to campaigners.   A shelter in Manama, operated by the Migrant Workers Protection Society (MWPS), ga


92 dead as migrant boat sinks off Italy

At least 92 people died and scores were missing after a boat packed with up to 500 African migrants sank off the southern Italian island of Lampedusa on Thursday, the coastguard said.   Bodies fished from the wat


100s of fleeing Syrian refugees reach Italian coast

Hundreds of Syrian refugees have been rescued in rough seas and brought to Italy's southern coast in the last 24 hours, the Italian coastguard said on Saturday. Three boats carrying 809 refugees and possibly some migrants, inc

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