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A’ali flower show to bloom from today
Mar 24

A’ali flower show to bloom from today

Manama : The first edition of the flower show opens its doors today in Hoorat A’ali.Locally produced flowers will go on display in the exhibition, which is assumed to be the largest of its kind in Bahrain.The producers will exhibit high quality flowers, which include the special ‘Al Ward...

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Refreshing mothers’ memories
Mar 22

Refreshing mothers’ memories

Manama : People all over the world observed Mother’s Day yesterday. A cross section of the local society from the city of Manama recorded their feelings about what they thought about their dear moms.  Amber Rowe, Deputy Editor of a leading magazine, said she has never met another person in her life like...

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Bahrain climbs up in World Happiness Report
Mar 22

Bahrain climbs up in World Happiness Report

Manama : Bahrain climbed up a place in this year’s World Happiness Report. The Kingdom is ranked 41st in the report that assessed  overall ‘happiness’ of nations around the world.  The report published by the UN’s Sustainable Development Solution Network is supported by a...

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Virtual reality brings home horror of hospital attacks
Mar 22

Virtual reality brings home horror of hospital attacks

Geneva : Doctors and nurses bustle round a patient with a broken leg, when suddenly there is an explosion, darkness and panicked screams. Now imagine that patient is you. That is the experience the MSF medical charity is aiming for with a new virtual reality film it is testing and planning to get...

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Nine US deaths linked to breast implant-associated cancer
Mar 22

Nine US deaths linked to breast implant-associated cancer

Washington : Nine women are believed to have died in the United States from a rare cancer linked to breast implants, US health officials said Tuesday, with more than 350 cases of the disease recorded nationwide. A possible association between breast implants and anaplastic...

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Kuwait bans 'Beauty and the Beast' hit movie
Mar 22

Kuwait bans 'Beauty and the Beast' hit movie

Kuwait City : The Kuwait National Cinema Company said on Tuesday it has decided to ban Disney's hit movie "Beauty and the Beast", citing its "responsibilities" despite it already having been screened. The film was released in the conservative Muslim Gulf state on Thursday, but the...

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DJ Klingande to perform at BIC
Mar 20

DJ Klingande to perform at BIC

Manama : The Friday night entertainment programme of the 2017 Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix weekend on April 14 has just got an additional boost of excitement, as Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) announced yesterday the addition of popular French DJ Klingande. Klingande is a champion of the melodic...

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Enrique Iglesias to perform at Bahrain International Circuit
Mar 19

Enrique Iglesias to perform at Bahrain International Circuit

Manama : The Bahrain International Circuit (BIC), the Home of Motorsport in the Middle East, has announced that the biggest Latin recording artist in the history of music, Enrique Iglesias, will be performing at the 2017 Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix, set to take place from April 14 to 16 at BIC in...

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Drug against alcoholism works, researchers claim
Mar 18

Drug against alcoholism works, researchers claim

Paris : French researchers provided fresh evidence Friday to support claims that a drug touted as a miracle cure for alcoholism, and prescribed for this purpose in France, actually works. The drug, baclofen, had "a positive effect" at high doses in reducing alcohol consumption over a year of treatment,...

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Trump says Republicans uniting on health care, but resistance remains
Mar 18

Trump says Republicans uniting on health care, but resistance remains

Washington : US President Donald Trump said Friday he has won over several Republican lawmakers skeptical of the Obamacare replacement and insisted the health care overhaul was "coming together beautifully," despite resistance from some in his party. "We have a plan that's getting more and more popular with the...

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Power Rangers actor pleads guilty in stabbing death of roommate
Mar 17

Power Rangers actor pleads guilty in stabbing death of roommate

Los Angeles : Actor Ricardo Medina, known for his role in the Power Rangers children's series, on Thursday pleaded guilty in the stabbing death of his roommate, the Los Angeles district attorney's office said. Medina, 38, pleaded guilty to one felony count of voluntary manslaughter. He said he used a sword in the...

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Dance music icon Steve Aoki lined up for Bahrain Grand Prix
Mar 17

Dance music icon Steve Aoki lined up for Bahrain Grand Prix

Manama : Even as the countdown to the biggest sporting and entertainment showcase in the region has begun, Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) has announced the addition of Grammy-nominated electronic dance superstar Steve Aoki to its concert line-up for the 2017 Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix.Aoki is a...

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Omar becomes a labourer
Mar 17

Omar becomes a labourer

Manama : A Bahraini YouTube star posed as a construction worker for a day to shoot for his YouTube channel. 22-year-old Omar Farooq, who runs a popular YouTube channel by his name, conducted the experiment in early March to depict the tough lives led by expat labourers. “My...

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‘Bahrain for All’ to begin on April 7
Mar 14

‘Bahrain for All’ to begin on April 7

Manama  : The fifth edition of ‘Bahrain For All’ will be held in the Kingdom on April 7, at Prince Khalifa Park in Hidd, its organisers announced.More than 40 embassies, clubs, societies, and organisations, including 12 directorates of the Ministry of Interior (MOI), will take part in the festival,...

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Next gen cars revolutionising road safety 
Mar 14

Next gen cars revolutionising road safety 

Manama : The head of Hyundai in Africa and the Middle East is predicting a revolution in car safety in the next five years, as a wave of mass-market models that can predict and automatically respond to danger arrives in showrooms.Today’s new cars already rate highly for protecting drivers and passengers in a...

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86 year-old lady flies at Gravity Indoor Skydiving
Mar 16

86 year-old lady flies at Gravity Indoor Skydiving

Manama : Patricia Richardson fulfilled her dream of flying at the age of 86 years old, making her the oldest woman to fly at Gravity Indoor Skydiving, Bahrain! Her courage and love for life and adventure received the admiration of her family, the audience and the entire team at Gravity.“Every person out there...

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Expo to save consumers from fake spare parts
Mar 16

Expo to save consumers from fake spare parts

Manama : The Consumer Protection Directorate, under the patronage of the Ministry of Industry, Commerce & Tourism, launched yesterday ‘Genuine and Counterfeit Spare Parts Expo’ at Bahrain City Centre. The expo, held in cooperation with the Car Dealers Association from 15 to 21 March, aims at spreading...

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Angola police may enforce age ban at '50 Shades' movie
Mar 16

Angola police may enforce age ban at '50 Shades' movie

Luanda : Angolan authorities are considering deploying police outside cinemas to ensure that no one aged 16 or under gains entry to watch erotic drama "Fifty Shades Darker". The culture ministry said it was "working with institutions such as the national police... to enforce a ban on screening the film during...

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Nissan ‘Kicks’ debuts
Mar 15

Nissan ‘Kicks’ debuts

Manama : Nissan has launched the all-new Nissan Kicks compact crossover in Bahrain, its latest addition to the crossover segment.Mohamed Almoayyed, Director, Y.K. Almoayyed & Sons and senior management attended the launch.The first appearance of the Nissan Kicks was in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro,...

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For Hassan, life is worth living
Mar 15

For Hassan, life is worth living

Manama : Being differently abled or having difficulty in using his hands and fingers or that he is wheel chair-bound did not stop Hassan Al Balooshi from becoming a professional photographer. Photography is a demanding job. Apart from the need to move around constantly, those in the profession are expected to...

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Bryan mesmerizes Bahrain
Mar 14

Bryan mesmerizes Bahrain

Manama : Strong winds and scattered rain didn’t dampen the spirits of many who showed up last night at the Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) to catch one of the biggest rock stars live in performance.  The buzz and anticipation was around for quite a while. Yes, Bryan Adams finally arrived and took...

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Rio de Janeiro announces mass yellow fever vaccination
Mar 13

Rio de Janeiro announces mass yellow fever vaccination

Rio de Janeiro : Rio de Janeiro said Saturday it plans to vaccinate the state's entire population against yellow fever in response to an outbreak that has killed at least 113 people around Brazil. Although Rio has not registered any cases, it is close to where the...

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Arab Casting-2 win only the beginning for Ahmed Saeed
Mar 12

Arab Casting-2 win only the beginning for Ahmed Saeed

Manama : A young Bahraini is on a path to stardom after he won the Arab Casting-2, a reality television series and  talent show performed in front of a celebrity panel of judges.  Ahmed Saeed won the best male actor in Middle East award at the Arab Casting show, to become the first Bahraini to achieve...

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 Omani film actor Salim Bahwan passes away
Mar 12

Omani film actor Salim Bahwan passes away

Muscat: Popular Omani film actor and director, Salim Bahwan passed away late yesterday afternoon after suffering a heart attack.He was at the Royal Hospital. Bahwan has acted in films and also directed them. One of his most recent films was 'Story of Mohra'.

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Indian state challenges Salman Khan arms acquittal
Mar 08

Indian state challenges Salman Khan arms acquittal

Jaipur : Indian authorities have challenged a court's decision to acquit Bollywood superstar Salman Khan over the use of unlicensed firearms to kill protected wildlife almost two decades ago. In January a court in the northwestern state of Rajasthan cleared the...

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Australia grants first cannabis farm licence
Mar 08

Australia grants first cannabis farm licence

Sydney : Australia's first medical marijuana farm received its growers' licence Wednesday, opening up domestic production of the drug for people seeking relief from serious illnesses. The Cann Group, who last month received a cannabis research license, was awarded the cultivation permit after a...

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A stitch in time: fashioning a life behind bars in Panama
Mar 08

A stitch in time: fashioning a life behind bars in Panama

Panama City : In a small room in a prison on the outskirts of Panama City, Kathia Thomas carefully presses the screen on a digital sewing machine to choose the colors and embroidery on her next item of clothing. Surrounded by other women, and by threads, patterns and a few religious images, Thomas, a...

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Australia sues Audi, Volkswagen over emissions cheating
Mar 08

Australia sues Audi, Volkswagen over emissions cheating

Sydney : Australia's consumer watchdog Wednesday launched court action against Volkswagen and its subsidiary Audi over an emissions cheating scandal, claiming they engaged in misleading or deceptive conduct. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)...

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Republicans unveil plan to repeal, replace Obamacare
Mar 07

Republicans unveil plan to repeal, replace Obamacare

Washington : US House Republicans unveiled long-awaited legislation Monday that would repeal and replace the health care reforms known as Obamacare, largely under the framework that President Donald Trump laid out in his recent congressional address. The American...

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Swift childhood cancer deaths more common than thought
Mar 07

Swift childhood cancer deaths more common than thought

Miami : Childhood cancer often strikes its youngest victims the hardest, and the death rate for infants may be up to four times higher than previously thought, US researchers said Monday. The study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology examined deaths within a...

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'Logan' claws way to top of box office
Mar 07

'Logan' claws way to top of box office

Los Angeles : The "X-Men" spinoff "Logan" -- starring Hugh Jackman as the metal-clawed, mutant anti-hero Wolverine -- dominated the box office in its opening weekend with a huge $88.4 million, according to data released Monday. Aimed at a more adult audience, it is the first R-rated outing in the...

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Nissan revives iconic Patrol Super Safari
Mar 07

Nissan revives iconic Patrol Super Safari

Manama : Following public calls for the return of a desert-driving favourite, Nissan announced yesterday the rebirth of its legendary Patrol Super Safari in the Middle East.  It is one of the most coveted off-road vehicles ever sold in the region.  “The return of the legendary Patrol Super...

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Meet the ‘Pumkin Man’ of Bahrain
Mar 07

Meet the ‘Pumkin Man’ of Bahrain

Manama : A lush and vibrant stretch of pumpkins near Saar mosque is unbelievably hard to ignore. The owner of the farm, 17-year-old Hussain Alzeera, is a student  of Al Raja School who has been an avid gardener for as long as he can remember. Hussain has been harvesting over 2000 kgs of organic and...

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Former pop star Tommy Page dies
Mar 05

Former pop star Tommy Page dies

Tommy Page, a former pop star whose song "I'll Be Your Everything" went to No. 1 in 1990 and who later became a record company executive, publisher of Billboard magazine, a vice president at Pandora and an executive at The Village Voice, has died. He was 46. Billboard.com Editorial Director, Denise Warner said Page...

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'Apprentice' host Arnold Schwarzenegger: I won't be back
Mar 04

'Apprentice' host Arnold Schwarzenegger: I won't be back

Los Angeles : Arnold Schwarzenegger confirmed on Friday that he is terminating his time on "The New Celebrity Apprentice" after blaming President Donald Trump's continued involvement for its poor ratings. The 69-year-old actor -- famous for his catchphrase "I'll be back" -- had...

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Canada recalls too strong 81% alcohol vodka
Mar 04

Canada recalls too strong 81% alcohol vodka

Montreal : Canadian authorities on Friday recalled hundreds of bottles of Georgia Bay Vodka after inspectors found that the alcohol level was a whopping 81 percent, twice the amount stated on the label. The batch of 654 bottles were produced "before correct dilution to...

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'Sadistic' treatment of models casts new shadow over fashion
Mar 04

'Sadistic' treatment of models casts new shadow over fashion

Paris : The alleged "sadistic" mistreatment of scores of models who were forced to wait in a dark, cramped staircase at a Paris fashion week casting has sparked fresh criticism of how the industry functions. With fashion already under intense...

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Birth defects jump twentyfold in Zika-hit mothers
Mar 04

Birth defects jump twentyfold in Zika-hit mothers

Washington : Pregnant women infected with the Zika virus last year were 20 times more likely to bear children with birth defects than those who gave birth prior to the epidemic, US health officials said Thursday. Researchers for the US Centers for Disease Control and...

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Dior in blue jeans raises the black beret of revolt
Mar 04

Dior in blue jeans raises the black beret of revolt

Paris : The first female designer to lead Dior took her feminist revolution to another level on Friday, unleashing models in workers' blue overalls and Black Panther leather berets.  Maria Grazia Chiuri continued her radical shake-up of the fabled French label with a...

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Natalie Portman gives birth to a girl
Mar 04

Natalie Portman gives birth to a girl

Los Angeles : Hollywood star Natalie Portman has given birth to a girl, her representative said on Friday. It is the second child for the 35-year-old Oscar-winning actress and her husband, French choreographer Benjamin Millepied, six years after the birth of...

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Jackman slices and dices one last time as Wolverine
Mar 04

Jackman slices and dices one last time as Wolverine

Los Angeles : After eight movies over 17 years, Hugh Jackman returns this weekend for his final hurrah as Wolverine in "Logan," an edgier, darker take on everyone's favorite hairy, metal-clawed mutant anti-hero. Jackman, 48, had agreed with director James Mangold that if he was...

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Pollution from rigged German Volkswagens to kill 1,200
Mar 04

Pollution from rigged German Volkswagens to kill 1,200

Paris : Pollution from 2.6 million Volkswagen cars sold in Germany between 2008 and 2015, rigged to appear eco-friendly, will cause 1,200 premature deaths in Europe, a study of the fraud's health impacts said Friday. "The researchers estimate that 1,200 people...

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318 candidates for 2017 Nobel Peace Prize
Mar 02

318 candidates for 2017 Nobel Peace Prize

Oslo : A near-record 318 people and organisations are in the running for this year's Nobel Peace Prize, the Nobel Institute said on Thursday, a motley crew believed to include Syria's White Helmets, Donald Trump and Pope Francis. The names of the nominees are kept secret for 50...

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Elephants are insomniacs, sleeping just 2 hours a night
Mar 02

Elephants are insomniacs, sleeping just 2 hours a night

Miami : Elephants hardly ever sleep in the wild, getting around two hours of shut-eye per night and only in the wee hours of the morning, researchers said Wednesday. The findings in the journal PLOS ONE are based on two female wild African elephants -- living in Botswana's Chobe National Park -- who...

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Accountants behind Oscars snafu will no longer attend show
Mar 02

Accountants behind Oscars snafu will no longer attend show

Los Angeles : The two accountants involved in the embarrassing mix-up at Sunday's Oscars will not be invited back to the show, a spokesperson for the Academy told AFP on Wednesday. Brian Cullinan and Martha Ruiz from PricewaterhouseCoopers -- the firm responsible for tallying and safeguarding Oscar...

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New advance could boost available organs for transplant
Mar 02

New advance could boost available organs for transplant

Miami : A new scientific advance could boost the number of donated organs available for transplant, and possibly reduce a critical shortage that leads to thousands of deaths each year, researchers said Wednesday. Deep-freezing organs and tissue through cryopreservation has been possible since the...

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‘Diabetes tests safe’
Mar 02

‘Diabetes tests safe’

Manama : Gestational diabetes tests in Bahrain and the GCC countries are safe, the Health Ministry said yesterday rebuffing a recent report that the tests carried out in the GCC are “poisonous”. Obstetrics and Gynecology Consultant Dr. Saeeda Al Balooshi rebuffed the report titled, “Gestational...

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Cybercriminals focusing on data-rich smartphones
Mar 02

Cybercriminals focusing on data-rich smartphones

Barcelona : Smartphones have become a mine of personal information, holding bank data, credit card information and addresses, making them the preferred target for cybercriminals, experts warn. "Cybercriminals go where there is value, and they have understood that the smartphone has become the preferred terminal...

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Top Arab singers to  perform at Seef Mall
Mar 02

Top Arab singers to perform at Seef Mall

Manama : A musical extravaganza will be held today and tomorrow at Seef Mall, featuring a line-up of top Arab singers as part of celebrating the 16th anniversary of the National Action Charter of the Kingdom of Bahrain and the 56th Kuwaiti National Day and 26th Anniversary of Liberation. Organised by White...

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Chinese tech giant eyes global market with custom chip
Mar 01

Chinese tech giant eyes global market with custom chip

Beijing :Chinese technology giant Xiaomi on Tuesday unveiled an in-house processor, setting its sights on a top-tier global market long dominated by American companies. With the launch of its Surge S1 chipset, Xiaomi joins a rarified group of smartphone manufacturers with self-designed processors -- the...

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