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Pak Naval Chief visits Bahrain

MANAMA: Chief of Pakistan Navy Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi paid an official visit to Bahrain on Monday (today), the spokesperson of Pak Navy reported. The Pakistan Naval Chief was received by the head of the Royal Bahrain Naval Force at their headquarters. The homage was also presented in a traditional way to Admiral Abbasi. The Navy's spokesperson informed that the commanders of Bahrain National Guard and Bahrain Coast Guard also called on the chief of Pakistan Navy and discussed the professional matters, alongside…

Senior US admiral found dead in Bahrain: official

WASHINGTON: The admiral leading US Navy operations in the Middle East was found dead Saturday in Bahrain, the military branch said, adding that no foul play was suspected in the case. Vice admiral Scott Stearney, who began his post as commander of US Naval Forces Central Command -- including the US Fifth Fleet -- and Combined Maritime Forces in May, was found dead at his residence in the Gulf country. "This is devastating news for the Stearney family, for the team at Fifth Fleet and for the entire Navy. Scott Stearney…

Palestinians condemn UAE, Bahrain presence in cycle race in Israel

RAMALLAH, West Bank: Palestinians have expressed outrage at teams from the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain for taking part in the opening legs of the Giro d’Italia cycling race in Israel over the weekend, which they say undermined Arab solidarity with their cause. The presence of the Gulf states’ teams in the top cycling race — which has now moved on to its home territory in Italy — broke a boycott of Israel in place since the start of the Arab-Israeli conflict in 1948. In an unusually barbed statement to a fellow…

Bahrain announces discovery of 80 bn barrels of oil

MANAMA: Bahrain on Wednesday announced its newly discovered shale oil reserve was estimated to contain more than 80 billion barrels, making the once-marginal oil producer potentially a major player in the market. The amount of recoverable oil -- or oil that can be extracted -- is still under study, Oil Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al-Khalifa told a press conference in Manama. The field covers 2,000 square kilometres (772 square miles) in shallow waters off the kingdom's west coast, which faces oil giant Saudi…

Bahrain sentences six to death for trying to ‘assassinate’ army chief

DUBAI: Bahrain's top military court sentenced six men to death on Monday after convicting them of charges including plotting to assassinate the Gulf state's armed forces chief, state media reported. It was the first official mention of any plot against the life of Field Marshal Sheikh Khalifa bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa, who is a member of the ruling family, but the Bahrain News Agency gave no further details of when or where it was alleged to have taken place. Tiny but strategic Bahrain has been gripped by unrest for years…

Saudi, UAE, Bahrain out of Gulf Cup amid Qatar crisis

DOHA: Gulf Cup organisers on Thursday said Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain had "withdrawn" from the Qatar-hosted tournament, amid a deepening political crisis in the region. Tournament bosses said they had received no response from the three federations to questions about their participation in the competition, scheduled to start on December 22. A deadline for Saudi, UAE and Bahrain to accept a written invitation from the Gulf Cup Football Federation (GCFF) passed earlier this week. "There was no…

Saudi Arabia tightens security after Bahrain pipeline blast

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s energy ministry said pumping to Bahrain had been suspended and the kingdom was stepping up security precautions at its own facilities after its Gulf island neighbour blamed “terrorism” linked to Iran for an oil pipeline blast. Iran denies any role in unrest in Bahrain, host to the U.S. Fifth Fleet and a key Western ally, which has for years grappled with protests and sporadic violence. “The attack on the pipeline ... was followed by the suspension of the pumping of oil to the State of Bahrain,” the…

Shahid Afridi receives Ambassador’s Achievement Award

ISLAMABAD: In order to appreciate and recognize the lifetime achievements of the star Pakistani cricketer Shahid Afridi in the field of sports and to appreciate his efforts for social welfare, Pakistan’s Ambassador to Bahrain Javed Malik has presented Afridi with  Ambassador’s Achievement Award. The award was presented at an impressive ceremony organized at the prestigious Gulf Convention Center in Bahrain in presence of over 400 overseas Pakistanis from across the Gulf. Read More: Afridi, Younis receive MCC honourary…

Qatar launches wide-ranging WTO complaint against trade boycott

GENEVA: Qatar filed a wide-ranging legal complaint at the World Trade Organization on Monday to challenge a trade boycott by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and United Arab Emirates, Qatar's WTO representative Ali Alwaleed al-Thani told Reuters. By formally "requesting consultations" with the three countries, the first step in a trade dispute, Qatar triggered a 60 day deadline for them to settle the complaint or face litigation at the WTO and potential retaliatory trade sanctions. "The consultation request is to discuss and…

CM Sindh directs to expedite work on BRT Blue Line project

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah on Tuesday directed the transport department to prepare detailed design of Bus Rapid Transport System (BRTS) Blue Line by September so that work on the project on Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode could be started in November 2017. Transport Minister Nasir Shah briefed that the BRT Blue Line project is the most important project for the city and would cost around Rs8 billion and will start from Gurumandir to Al-Asif Square, Sohrab Goth. Secretary Transport Raheem Soomro…