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Sultan Qaboos, the ruler of Oman, dies at 79

Sultan Qaboos, the ruler of Oman, dies at 79

By Habib Toumi Muscat: Sultan Qaboos bin Said, a ruler who embodied Oman as he led its transformation from a sleepy enclave into a modern state, was laid to rest on Saturday. Qaboos, 79, ruled for almost five decades, having replaced his father as the Sultan of the country on the on the southeastern coast […]

Bahrain to name GCC chief as its Foreign Minister

Bahrain to name GCC chief as its Foreign Minister

By Habib Toumi Manama: Abdul Lateef Rashid Al Zayani, the current secretary general of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) will become Bahrain’s foreign ministry when his term ends on March 31. Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa today told Al Zayani that King Hamad bin Salman Al Khalifa is to appoint him the kingdom’s […]

As we bid 2019 adieu, thoughts about the year that was

As we bid 2019 adieu, thoughts about the year that was

By Habib Toumi Manama: Any year is a good year to be a journalist. Especially when you are privileged to have an extensive network of fellow journalist friends from various countries. We at the Asia Journalists Association (AJA) are among these lucky journalists. We come from countries that are vastly different in areas and in […]

Gulf countries welcome 2020 with extravagance and color

Gulf countries welcome 2020 with extravagance and color

By Habib Toumi Dubai: Gulf countries welcomed the New Year with extravagant light and firework displays and spectacular shows that lit up the skies and brought joy to millions of locals and expatriates. In the United Arab Emirates, 28 locations around the famed city of Dubai came alive with fireworks and light shows. The epicenter […]

Social media bring joy to orphan couple in Egypt, destitute patient in Malaysia

Social media bring joy to orphan couple in Egypt, destitute patient in Malaysia

By Habib Toumi Manama: Facebook and social media have helped an orphan couple in Egypt celebrate their wedding in great style and amid thousands of guests and a patient in Malaysia undergo a surgery for which he had no money. In Tanta, a large city about 100 kilometers north of Egypt’s capital Cairo, Ala, the […]

Christians mark Christmas in Bahrain with prayers, expressions of gratitude

Christians mark Christmas in Bahrain with prayers, expressions of gratitude

  By Habib Toumi Manama: Christians from several communities in Bahrain have celebrated Christmas Eve in a joyous spirit and amid expressions of gratitude for the tolerance they enjoy in the overwhelmingly Muslim country. Hundreds of Christians gathered at the various churches in Bahrain where they prayed for peace and serenity across the world while […]

Art conquers cancer: Bahraini painter spreads messages of hope, kindness and strength

Art conquers cancer: Bahraini painter spreads messages of hope, kindness and strength

By Habib Toumi Manama: Acts of charity are often associated with places of worship, religious groups and homes caring for the orphans, the elderly, the handicapped and the needy. However, for Dayana Al Shaikh, a Bahraini painter and a multiple cancer fighter, acts of charity can also be linked with art. “Art is a candid […]

Kuwait’s cabinet includes three women for the first time

Kuwait’s cabinet includes three women for the first time

Kuwait: Kuwait’s new-look cabinet includes a new prime minister and seven new ministers, half of the total number. None of the ministers in the 36th cabinet to be formed over 57 years since the country’s independence has open affiliations to religious societies in a clear departure from traditions that have marked successive governments. Three ministers […]

NATO to Gulf partners: We share common interests, common challenges

NATO to Gulf partners: We share common interests, common challenges

By Habib Toumi Kuwait: NATO’s partnership with the Gulf countries is more important today than it has ever been before, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has said. “The partnership between NATO and the Istanbul Cooperation Initiative (ICI) has grown stronger over the years,” Stoltenberg said. “We have come to understand each […]

NATO marks 15 years of partnership with Gulf countries

NATO marks 15 years of partnership with Gulf countries

Brussels: North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has reiterated the alliance’s commitment to its partnership with the Istanbul Cooperation Initiative (ICI) launched in 2004 to contribute to long-term global and regional security with the Arab countries in the Gulf. “The security of our ICI partners is of strategic importance to NATO. Through […]

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