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  • Bahrain police officer killed in 'terrorist blast'
    Bahrain police officer killed in 'terrorist blast' Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    Seven others wounded in mainly Shia village, ministry says, in latest attack to target police force in Arab Gulf state. More »

  • Policeman killed and seven people injured in Bahrain blast
    Policeman killed and seven people injured in Bahrain blast Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    A policeman was killed and seven people, including a child, injured in an explosion Friday evening in a predominantly Shiite district of Bahrain's capital Manama, authorities said. More »

  • Explosion in Bahrain kills police officer, wounds 7 others Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — An explosion in Bahrain has killed one police officer and wounded seven other people, among them a child, the country's Interior Ministry said late Friday. More »

  • Policeman killed by blast in Bahrain village - interior ministry
    Policeman killed by blast in Bahrain village - interior ministry Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    A "terrorist blast" in a Shi'ite village in Bahrain killed a policeman on Friday, the country's interior ministry said. "One policeman killed in the terrorist blast in Karana village," it said on its Twitter account, giving no further details. Bahrain, home to the U.S. Navy's Fifth Fleet, was swept by unrest during the 2011 "Arab Spring" uprisings when majority Shi'ites, complaining of discrimination, demanded political reforms. More »

  • Emboldened by $5.2 billion Brazil deal, HSBC drags feet in Turkey - sources Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    By Nevzat Devranoglu and Asli Kandemir ISTANBUL (Reuters) - HSBC is dragging its feet on the sale of its Turkish business to ING Group , two sources familiar with the matter said, as the bank is no longer in a hurry to exit Turkey after securing a hefty $5.2 billion for its Brazilian unit. Reuters reported last month that HSBC was set to announce the sale of its loss-making Turkish operation to Dutch lender ING for between $700 million and $750 million, as part of a global drive to cut costs and assets, boost profitability and reduce complexity. "HSBC does not want to lose ING's interest, but by completing the sale ... in another country at a higher multiple to guarantee putting $5 billion in its coffers, it has lessened the pressure and desire to exit Turkey rapidly at a lower multiple." The other source said, "The process is continuing but the details are taking longer than had been thought." HSBC did not immediately return requests for comment. More »

  • Amnesty accuses UAE of torturing Libyan-Canadian
    Amnesty accuses UAE of torturing Libyan-Canadian Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    Authorities in the United Arab Emirates have tortured a Libyan-Canadian man who has been held for a year on suspicion of having links to the Muslim Brotherhood, Amnesty International said Friday. More »

  • The Middle East is running out of water. Can they adapt? Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Rising global population and decreasing usable water supplies will cause the world’s demand for water to surge in the next few decades and intensify conflict in many countries, experts warn. In the rankings by the World Resources Institute (WRI), fourteen of the 33 countries most likely to be water stressed in 2040 are in the Middle East, including nine considered extremely highly stressed – Bahrain, Kuwait, Palestine, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Oman, and Lebanon. According to the researchers, the Middle East is already the least water-secure region in the world, because it draws heavily upon groundwater and desalinated sea water and faces "exceptional water-related challenges for the foreseeable future," they say. More »

  • Gulf stocks join global rally to cut heavy losses
    Gulf stocks join global rally to cut heavy losses Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Stock markets in the energy-rich Gulf states joined a global rally Thursday, reducing heavy losses from a tumultuous week that saw share prices dive. More »

  • Cajuns losing Louisiana island home to erosion
    Cajuns losing Louisiana island home to erosion Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    Deep in the bayous of Louisiana, time seems to move more slowly. More »

  • Arab League delays meeting on creating joint military force Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    CAIRO (AP) — The Arab League has postponed a meeting of member state defense ministers who were scheduled to ratify a protocol for a new joint military force to intervene in troubled areas in the region, the organization said in a statement Wednesday. More »

  • Farah stumbles into 5,000m final in Beijing
    Farah stumbles into 5,000m final in Beijing Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    Mo Farah's bid to defend his double world distance titles almost came unstuck on Wednesday as he was tripped coming into the final 200 metres of his 5,000m heat. More »

  • Gulf countries issue travel warnings for Lebanon
    Gulf countries issue travel warnings for Lebanon Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    Bahrain, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia issue warnings after escalation of protests that began over uncollected rubbish. More »

  • Shoreham Airshow crash: Wedding chauffeur Maurice Abrahams named as sixth v …
    Shoreham Airshow crash: Wedding chauffeur Maurice Abrahams named as sixth v … Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    Sussex Police have named Maurice Abrahams as the latest person to have died in the Shoreham Airshow diasaster. "Maurice is a well-respected and loved father and husband. "Maurice was a general Good Samaritan - he will be really missed." Police confirmed that Abrahams from Brighton, is thought to have been killed on his way to pick up a bride. More »

  • Isis in Libya: Saudi militant calls for jihadis from Tunisia to rally against …
    Isis in Libya: Saudi militant calls for jihadis from Tunisia to rally against … Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    A Saudi militant fighting with the offshoot of Islamic State (Isis) in Libya has used a video to call for jihadists from across the world, from the Arabian Peninsula to Tunisia, to rally in the North African country and fight for IS against the Libyan Army. The propaganda video featured a masked fighter with a Saudi Arabian accent who has been identified as Abu Ali Jazrawi. An activist in Benghazi told IBTimes UK that IS's spiritual leader in Libya, a Libyan called Hassan Karami, was well known in the country. More »

  • Bahrain arrests former Shiite lawmaker after trip to Iran
    Bahrain arrests former Shiite lawmaker after trip to Iran Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Bahrain detained a former lawmaker after he visited Iran on charges of financing terrorism and being involved in a bombing that killed two police officers, accusations the Gulf nation's largest opposition group dismissed Monday as "absolute nonsense." More »

  • Bahrain detains former Shi'ite opposition MP Sheikh Hasan Isa
    Bahrain detains former Shi'ite opposition MP Sheikh Hasan Isa Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    Bahrain has detained a former Shi'ite opposition MP and cleric under charges of financing terrorism and involvement in a bombing that killed two policemen last month. Sheikh Hasan Isa was arrested on 18 August at Bahrain International Airport as he was returning from a visit to Iran, the opposition al-Wefaq National Islamic Society said. Bahrain's interior ministry said in a statement that a lawmaker was being held "on charges related to financing terrorism among terrorist fugitives and others who are associated in terrorist acts". More »

  • Bahrain Sunni activist pleads not guilty as trial opens
    Bahrain Sunni activist pleads not guilty as trial opens Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    A prominent Sunni opposition leader in Bahrain pleaded not guilty Monday at the opening of his new trial for "promoting political change through forceful means", judicial sources in Manama said. More »

  • Bahrain says holding former MP on charges of financing militants Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    Bahrain has detained a former member of parliament on charges of financing militants, state news agency BNA said late on Sunday, the latest in a series of arrests of opposition figures. The agency did not name the man but quoted the director of criminal investigations as saying he was held on Aug. 18 after returning from a trip to collect funds in Iran. Leading Shi'ite Muslim opposition group Al-Wefaq said in a statement it had not heard from one of its senior members, Sheikh Hassan Issa, since he was detained on Aug. 18, though it did not confirm he was the man mentioned in the report. More »

  • Gulf stocks plummet as oil prices plunge
    Gulf stocks plummet as oil prices plunge Sun, Aug 23, 2015

    The Tadawul All-Shares Index in Riyadh, the Gulf's leading stock market, shed 549.51 points or 6.86% on Sunday More »

  • Ecclestone says no cut-price deal for Monza
    Ecclestone says no cut-price deal for Monza Sat, Aug 22, 2015

    By Alan Baldwin SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium (Reuters) - Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone has warned Italian Grand Prix organisers there can be no cut-price deal to keep Monza on the calendar after 2016. "They've got a contract, all they've got to do is find a pen," he told Reuters at the Belgian Grand Prix on Saturday. "We are happy to be at Monza, obviously," continued the 84-year-old Briton. More »

  • Australia considers US request to bomb IS targets in Syria Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia is considering a U.S. request to launch airstrikes against Islamic State fighters in Syria in an unprecedented departure from Australian foreign policy that could spark political disputes. More »

  • US pushes Bahrain on prisoner treatment amid hunger strike Thu, Aug 20, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is urging the Persian Gulf kingdom of Bahrain to ensure that a prominent political opponent is treated properly amid reports of a hunger strike. More »

  • Best of enemies: Blatter-Platini rift to shape FIFA election
    Best of enemies: Blatter-Platini rift to shape FIFA election Thu, Aug 20, 2015

    By Simon Evans and Brian Homewood ZURICH (Reuters) - An increasingly bitter rift between FIFA president Sepp Blatter and UEFA chief Michel Platini looks set to define the campaign to elect the next leader of football's corruption-plagued world governing body. The tense relationship between the Swiss and the Frenchman, once described by Blatter as being “like father and son”, has descended in recent days into open conflict. "Blatter will do whatever he can to stop Platini becoming president of FIFA,” said a former senior official with the organisation. More »

  • Raikkonen in dreamland after new Ferrari deal
    Raikkonen in dreamland after new Ferrari deal Wed, Aug 19, 2015

    By Alan Baldwin LONDON (Reuters) - Kimi Raikkonen expressed his love for Ferrari on Wednesday after the Formula One team said the Finn would be staying with them next year in an unchanged lineup with Germany's Sebastian Vettel. "What can I say?...for me, to be able to stay another year at Ferrari means that the dream goes on," the 35-year-old told the team website after an announcement that caught the sport off guard. "The Scuderia (team) is my family, as I always said, it's here (that) I want to end my career. More »

  • Chung denies wrongdoing in payments to Haiti, Pakistan
    Chung denies wrongdoing in payments to Haiti, Pakistan Wed, Aug 19, 2015

    FIFA presidential candidate Chung Mong-joon said on Wednesday that payments he made to Haiti and Pakistan in 2010 were "charitable donations" and any attempt to use them as part of a reported ethics investigation was "cynical and unethical". "Recent media reports allege that FIFA has started an investigation into FIFA Honorary Vice President Dr. Chung Mong-Joon’s 2010 donations to disaster relief funds to Haiti and Pakistan," said the statement.  "If these reports are true, we condemn this as a cynical and unethical effort by FIFA to misrepresent even charitable donations for political manipulation." FIFA's ethics committee declined to comment on the matter, following their policy of not discussing any cases, or potential cases. More »

  • Bombing Syria plays into Isis' hands
    Bombing Syria plays into Isis' hands Wed, Aug 19, 2015

    Whoever the new Labour leader is, they’ll have a lot on their plate and one of the first big issues is likely to be Syria. The on-going civil war is only getting worse, and defence secretary Michael Fallon has already announced that a vote on military intervention will take place later in the year. In one sense, the question of whether the UK military should be taking part in bombing is a moot one, because it already is. More »

  • Yemen's rebels ambush pro-government forces, kill scores
    Yemen's rebels ambush pro-government forces, kill scores Tue, Aug 18, 2015

    CAIRO (AP) — Yemeni rebels ambushed pro-government forces in the south on Tuesday, setting off a major battle that killed 65 anti-rebel forces and handed them their first serious setback following a series of recent advances, officials said. More »

  • Chung cannot bank on support of Japan, says FIFA's Tashima
    Chung cannot bank on support of Japan, says FIFA's Tashima Tue, Aug 18, 2015

    By Patrick Johnston KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - South Korean FIFA presidential hopeful Chung Mong-joon cannot bank on the support of neighbouring Japan, FIFA executive committee member Kozo Tashima told Reuters on Tuesday. Tashima said he was pleased his good friend Chung was standing for president, but suggested Japan would instead vote at the Feb. 26 election for Michel Platini to head world football's governing body. "Of course as the same region, east Asia, we are so proud to have a candidate for FIFA (president)," the Japanese official told Reuters on Tuesday on the sidelines of an Asian Football Confederation conference. More »

  • Frankie Edgar says he’s ready to step in if Jose Aldo pulls out again
    Frankie Edgar says he’s ready to step in if Jose Aldo pulls out again Mon, Aug 17, 2015

    “I’m hoping to fight around that time anyway.” More »

  • Arms seized in Kuwait came from Iran: Kuwaiti newspapers Sun, Aug 16, 2015

    A huge arms cache seized in Kuwait last week was smuggled into the country from Iran, two Kuwaiti newspapers reported on Sunday. The Interior Ministry said on Thursday authorities had found ammunition, explosives, weapons and grenades in holes dug under houses in an area near the Iraqi border. Al-Anba newspaper reported at the time that the weapons had been smuggled across the border from Iraq for use by members of an Iranian-backed Hezbollah cell. More »

  • FIFA's Rocha agrees to be extradited to Nicaragua
    FIFA's Rocha agrees to be extradited to Nicaragua Fri, Aug 14, 2015

    Swiss say US must agree to give priority to Nicaragua, which suspects Rocha of taking bribes for marketing rights. More »

  • Platini gets major FIFA boost with Sheikh Salman backing
    Platini gets major FIFA boost with Sheikh Salman backing Fri, Aug 14, 2015

    FIFA presidential candidate Michel Platini has won the key backing of the head of the Asian Football Confederation, Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa of Bahrain. Sheikh Salman said in a statement backing the UEFA president on Friday that the world governing body would "need a leadership with experience, wisdom and ability to bring back stability to FIFA. "Mr. Platini boasts such characteristics and has an ambitious vision to renew belief in the organisation," he said. More »

  • Bahrain arrests 5 bombing suspects allegedly linked to Iran
    Bahrain arrests 5 bombing suspects allegedly linked to Iran Thu, Aug 13, 2015

    Bahraini authorities have arrested five suspects, allegedly with links to Iran, in connection with a bombing that killed two policemen last month in the Gulf kingdom, the interior ministry said Thursday. More »

  • Bombs a Oui! French Arms Sales Continue to Soar Despite Mistral Deal Collap …
    Bombs a Oui! French Arms Sales Continue to Soar Despite Mistral Deal Collap … Thu, Aug 13, 2015

     The cancellation of a deal like the 1 billion euro contract to sell two Mistral warships to Russia would have left a considerable hole in the pocket of most arms exporters, but France is still on course to end 2015 as the most prolific arms seller in Europe. It is telling that as the Mistral deal was scrapped in early August, French President François Hollande answered reporters' questions from Egypt, where he was celebrating the opening of the new Suez Canal with Egypt's new French-made Rafale jets flying overhead. The jets, delivered less than two weeks before, were the first of 24 aircraft purchased by the Egyptian armed forces from France in a deal that dwarfs the Mistral contract several times over. More »

  • Five held in connection with deadly Bahrain blast - interior ministry
    Five held in connection with deadly Bahrain blast - interior ministry Thu, Aug 13, 2015

    Bahrain has detained five people behind a bomb attack in July that killed two policemen, the interior ministry said on Thursday, and accused them of being linked to Iran's Revolutionary Guards. Sunni-ruled Bahrain, which has long accused Iran of stirring up unrest among its Shi'ite population, recalled its ambassador from Tehran last Saturday after what it said were repeated hostile statements made by Iranian officials. Iran denies the accusations but openly supports opposition groups seeking greater rights for fellow Shi'ites, who are in the majority in the island kingdom. More »