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qatar’s leadership needs to rectify course of action: king hamad


decision to sever relations was taken to protect national security and stabilitysaudi arabia’s king salman bin abdul aziz (left) with bahrain’s king hamad bin eisa al khalifa in jeddah on wednesday.manama: the qatari leadership should correct its course of action and fulfil its commitments in order to eliminate all practices aimed at undermining the security and safety of our countries and threatening the unity of our societies, bahrain’s king hamad bin eisa al khalifa said on wednesday.“the fulfilment of the commitments will help restore our relations to their previous levels for the benefit of all,” king hamad said as he arrived in the red sea city of jeddah.“we are pleased to meet the custodian of the two holy mosques king salman bin abdul aziz al saud and we would like to r...






qatar’s leadership needs to rectify course of action: king hamad


decision to sever relations was taken to protect national security and stabilitymanama: the qatari leadership should correct its course of action and fulfil its commitments in order to eliminate all practices aimed at undermining the security and safety of our countries and threatening the unity of our societies, bahrain’s king hamad bin eisa al khalifa said on wednesday.“the fulfilment of the commitments will help restore our relations to their previous levels for the benefit of all,” king hamad said as he arrived in the red sea city of jeddah.“we are pleased to meet the custodian of the two holy mosques king salman bin abdul aziz al saud and we would like to renew our thanks and appreciation for the support enjoyed by the kingdom of bahrain to maintain its security and stability ...






hamad on historic visit to malaysia


it is the first visit by a bahraini ruler since the country’s founding 43 years agomanama: king hamad bin eisa al khalifa begins on sunday a four-day visit to malaysia, the first by a bahraini ruler to kuala lumpur since the establishment of diplomatic relations 43 years ago.king hamad will be accorded a full-fledged state welcoming ceremony at parliament house on may 1 and will hold talks with sultan muhammad v followed by a state banquet at istana negara, malaysia’s deputy foreign minister reezal merican naina merican said.on may 2, king hamad will have a bilateral meeting with prime minister najib razak, to be followed by both leaders witnessing the signing of several memoranda of understanding (mou).reezal merican said the two countries enjoyed close diplomatic ties and the visit w...






clock ticks for qatar to accept demands


bahrain king stresses qatar’s need to rectify its policies duringhis phone conversation with russian presidenta woman walks in front of the city skyline in doha, qatar.dubai: on the eve of the deadline set by saudi arabia, the uae, bahrain and egypt for  qatar to accept a list of 13 demands, king hamad bin eisa al khalifa of bahrain stressed the need for doha to rectify its policies.king hamad received a phone call from russian president  vladimir putin. the phone call focused on consultations regarding regional developments, particularly diplomatic relations with qatar as well as other issues.during the phone call with putin, king hamad stressed the necessity for qatar to rectify its policies in a way that affirms its commitments to its past obligations and meets the demands submitted...






king hamad’s visit gives boost to bahrain, malaysia ties


joint commission to be co-chaired by the foreign ministers of both countries will serve as an umbrella framework for bilateral cooperationmanama: bahrain’s relations with malaysia and brunei have been enhanced thanks to state visits by king hamad bin eisa al khalifa to the two asian countries.king hamad arrived in kuala lumpur on april 30 at the invitation of sultan mohammad v for the first visit by a bahraini ruler since diplomatic relations were established between the two countries in 1974.the bahraini monarch reviewed with sultan mohammad v and prime minister najib razak ways to consolidate and expand bilateral relations and cooperation.“the two sides underlined their close bilateral ties, multi-faceted cooperation and close people-to-people contacts,” a joint communique at the e...






tillerson speaks to bahrain king on phone


us secretary of state said he was looking forward to further joint work between us and bahrain in various areamanama: king hamad bin eisa al khalifa of bahrain has received a telephone call from rex w. tillerson, us secretary of state.according to bahrain news agency, bna, the bahraini king underscored the depth of the close historical ties between bahrain and the us and his keenness on developing them in all fields in the interest of the two countries and to achieve security and stability in the region.king hamad expressed his wishes for further development of the relations between the two countries.the us secretary of state said he was looking forward to further joint work between the united states and bahrain in various areas, especially those related to security, stability and efforts






bahrain’s king approves law allowing military trials of civilians


by: ap | dubai | published:april 3, 2017 7:20 pm bahrain king hamad bin isa al khalifabahrain’s king has approved a law passed by parliament that allows for military courts to try civilians amid a major crackdown on all dissent in the island kingdom.the state-run bahrain news agency reported king hamad bin isa al khalifa approved the constitutional amendment today.the island’s elected 40-member consultative council and its appointed 40-seat council of representatives, the two houses of bahrain’s parliament, had earlier passed the amendment.activists warn the amendment will allow an undeclared state of martial law on the island near saudi arabia that’s home to the us navy’s 5th fleet.loyalists of bahrain’s rulers call the change necessary to fight terrorism as the persisten...






bahrain king approves military trials for civilians


dubai: bahrain's king hamad on monday approved a constitutional amendment granting military courts the right to try civilians accused of terrorism, according to state news agency bna.the amendment, approved unanimously by the upper house of parliament last month, drops a clause limiting military trials to members of the armed forces or other security branches.it does not specify what constitutes an act of terrorism.the country has seen sporadic anti-government riots since authorities quelled arab spring-inspired demonstrations led by the shiite majority in 2011. hundreds of rioters have been arrested in connection with protests.many of them have been charged with acts of terrorism.king hamad bin eisa al khalifa declared a three-month state of emergency in 2011 during which special milita..






shaikh mohammad bin zayed al holds talks with king hamad bin eisa


abu dhabi: his highness shaikh mohammad bin zayed al nahyan, abu dhabi crown prince and deputy supreme commander of the uae armed forces, held talks with king hamad bin eisa al khalifa of bahrain, over bilateral relations and ways to bolster them as well as a number of regional and international issues.the two leaders highlighted the importance of strengthening consultation and coordination within the gulf cooperation council in boosting joint gcc action.they exchanged views over the latest developments on the regional and international arenas, and discussed a number of issues of mutual interest.shaikh mohammad and the bahraini king underlined the depth of the brotherly bonds between the uae and bahrain and the keenness of the two leaderships to take them to greater heights.






man arrested in western sydney over alleged gangland murder of hamad assaad


a man has been arrested in a pre-dawn police strike over the execution of crime figure hamad assaad.just after 6am on thursday, officers from the bass hill region enforcement squad banged down the front door of a home in greenacre in sydney's south-west.winter isn't coming, it's already herevideo duration00:34previous slidenext slidevideo duration00:36man arrested over alleged murder of hamad ...man arrested over alleged murder of hamad assaada 24-year-old man has been arrested in greenacre in connection with the execution of crime figure hamad assaad.winter isn't coming, it's already herevideo duration00:34video duration00:34winter isn't coming, it's already herewinter isn't coming, it's already hereafter a mild start to the season, sydney is facing a cold front with temperatures...






plumber accused of murder allegedly carried out surveillance on notorious gangst


a young plumber charged over the execution of hamad assaad allegedly scoped out the crime figure's movements before reporting back the location to his killers.twenty-four-year-old osama hawat was stirred from his sleep before dawn on thursday when homicide detectives and riot squad officers came banging on his door.winter isn't coming, it's already herevideo duration00:34previous slidenext slidevideo duration00:36man arrested over alleged murder of hamad ...man arrested over alleged murder of hamad assaada 24-year-old man has been arrested in greenacre in connection with the execution of crime figure hamad assaad.winter isn't coming, it's already herevideo duration00:34video duration00:34winter isn't coming, it's already herewinter isn't coming, it's already hereafter a mild start...






fujairah in mourning as deputy ruler dies


3 days of mourning announced after death of shaikh hamad bin saif al sharqi, deputy ruler of fujairahshaikh hamad bin saif al sharqi, deputy ruler of fujairah, who died on wednesday.fujairah: the fujairah ruler’s court is mourning the death of shaikh hamad bin saif al sharqi, deputy ruler of fujairah, who died on wednesday.the funeral prayer will be held on thursday after dhuhr prayers at the shaikh zayed grand mosque in fujairah.his highness shaikh hamad bin mohammad al sharqi, supreme council member and ruler of fujairah, will accept condolences at al remailah palace from thursday.a three-day mourning period has been declared in fujairah. uae flags will be flown at half-mast during the mourning period.






fujairah ruler receives condolences | gulfnews.com


bahrain pm and oman ruler’s representative convey commiserations to fujairah rulerfujairah: his highness shaikh hamad bin mohammad al sharqi, supreme council member and ruler of fujairah, received a telephone call from prince khalifa bin salman al khalifa, prime minister of bahrain, who expressed his condolences on the death of shaikh hamad bin saif al sharqi.prince khalifa also conveyed condolences from the people of bahrain on the sad demise of shaikh hamad bin saif al sharqi and prayed to allah the almighty to rest his soul in paradise.shaikh hamad also received condolences from shaikh hamdan bin rashid al maktoum, deputy ruler of dubai and minister of finance; shaikh tahnoun bin mohammad al nahyan, the ruler’s representative in the eastern region; lt. general shaikh saif bin zayed ...






in bahrain, majlises embody one-family spirit


manama: as communities celebrate eid al fitr with great fanfare and accolades, the sentiment of pride and achievement is strong among bahrainis that the holy month of ramadan once again largely contributed to boosting the one-family spirit in the kingdom and brought people together regardless of their social, economic and religious backgrounds.from greetings, to majlises to ghabgas (late evening dinner), the generosity that embodied ramadan was evident and the spirit of togetherness was invariably omnipotent, generating great compassion and genuine care.from king hamad bin eisa al khalifa to crown prince salman bin hamad al khalifa, to ministers, officials, diplomats, common people, the majlis visits in the evenings of the holy month embodied a united nation, consolidated direct communicat






premature baby born to emirati couple


baby hamad, who weighed just 1.2 kilograms at birth, is now healthy and steadily gaining weightabu dhabi: a baby boy born to an emirati couple at only 27 weeks gestation is doing well at the hospital, parents and doctors said.baby hamad weighed just 1.2 kilograms at birth but is now gaining weight and able to feed normally. his grateful parents are even hoping to take him home by the end of the month.“i have had a premature delivery before, and never really expected it to happen again. but i thank god that my son is well, and cannot wait to take him home with me,” wadha beloushi, hamad’s 35-year-old mother, told gulf news.although she says this with a smile, al beloushi’s story is a testament to her strength.married at the age of 19 years, al beloushi gave birth to five healthy chi...






bahrain, turkey deepen cooperation | gulfnews.com


manama: bahrain and turkey have signed a slew of accords to deepen their relations and broaden their cooperation.the memoranda of understanding were signed in the presence of king hamad bin eisa al khalifa and president recep tayyip erdogan who had arrived a few hours earlier in bahrain on the first leg of his three-country four-day gulf tour.the cooperation agreements covered the military industry sector, education, and visa fee exemptions.king hamad in his welcome speech hailed erdogan’s visit to bahrain, his “second home” saying that it reflected the “robust fraternal ties” and the “growth of shared interests” between the two countries.“your tireless efforts and your pioneering initiatives to build the model turkish state that seeks peace, progress, tolerance and moderation are apprecia






funeral prayers held for fujairah’s deputy ruler


fujairah: his highness shaikh hamad bin mohammad al sharqi, supreme council member and ruler of fujairah, and his highness shaikh saud bin saqr al qasimi, supreme council member and ruler of ras al khaimah, offered funeral prayers for shaikh hamad bin saif al sharqi, deputy ruler of fujairah, at shaikh zayed mosque on thursday.shaikh hamad bin saif died on wednesday.shaikh mohammad bin hamad bin mohammad al sharqi, crown prince of fujairah; shaikh ammar bin humaid al nuaimi, crown prince of ajman; shaikh mohammad bin saud bin saqr al qasimi, crown prince of ras al khaimah; and shaikh nahyan bin mubarak al nahyan, minister of culture and knowledge development, also offered prayers.the prayer was also performed by other shaikhs, senior officials and dignitaries.following the prayers, the fuj






man arrested in western sydney over alleged gangland murder of hamad assaad


a man has been arrested in a pre-dawn police strike over the brutal execution of crime figure hamad assaad.just after 6am on thursday, riot squad police banged down the front door of a home in chullora, near bankstown. a man was arrested in western sydney on thursday morning.  photo: nsw policehomicide squad detectives then arrested a man inside.he was taken to bankstown police station where he will be questioned over the alleged murder of mr assaad last october. hamad assaad, 29, was the rumoured gunman in the murder of wally ahmad. photo: facebookit marks a major development for police investigating a string of gangland shootings over the past 14 months, four of which are thought to be linked to the same feud between powerful families in sydney's south-west.mr assaad was getti...






fujairah ruler pardons 53 prisoners


fujairah: his highness shaikh hamad bin mohammad al sharqi, supreme council member and ruler of fujairah, ordered the release of 53 inmates held in various reformative and penal institutions in the emirate, on the occasion of ramadan.the gesture comes as part of shaikh hamad’s keenness to grant pardoned prisoners a new lease of life and ease the suffering of their families.the former inmates are of different nationalities and were chosen based on a proven record of good behaviour during their prison stints.






bahrain hails charter which cemented social change


2001 document regarded as a society-inspired step towards modernisation and developmentmanama: bahrain commemorated tuesday the 16th anniversary of the national action charter, a political and social document that paved the way for profound changes in the kingdom.drafted by a committee of 44 bahraini men and women, a mixture of officials and civil society members, the charter was regarded as a society-inspired step towards modernisation and development that covered human, political and religious rights and freedom of expression.the charter was put to a referendum on february 14-15, 2001, and was endorsed by 98.41 per cent of the people who cast their ballots. voter turnout for the referendum was 90.2 per cent, official figures indicated.“we recall the genuine stance of the bahraini patriot






mohammad bin rashid offers condolences to ruler of fujairah


fujairah: his highness shaikh mohammad bin rashid al maktoum, vice-president and prime minister of the uae and ruler of dubai, on friday offered condolences to his highness shaikh hamad bin mohammad al sharqi, supreme council member and ruler of fujairah, on the death of shaikh hamad bin saif al sharqi, fujiarah’s deputy ruler.shaikh mohammad visited the mourning majlis at al rumaila palace, where he also offered condolence to shaikh mohammad bin hamad bin mohammad al sharqi, crown prince of fujairah and  the sons of the deceased.shaikh mohammad was accompanied by shaikh ahmad bin mohammad bin rashid al maktoum, chairman of the mohammad bin rashid al maktoum knowledge foundation; mohammad ebrahem al shaibani, director-general of dubai rulers court and khalifa saeed sulaiman, director ge...






mohammad bin zayed offers condolences to fujairah ruler


yemeni president calls to offer commiserations while two yemeni diplomats visit mourning majlisfujairah: his highness shaikh mohammad bin zayed al nahyan, abu dhabi crown prince and deputy supreme commander of the uae armed forces, on saturday offered condolences to his highness shaikh hamad bin mohammad al sharqi, supreme council member and ruler of fujairah, and shaikh mohammad bin hamad bin mohammad al sharqi, crown prince of fujairah, on the death of shaikh hamad bin saif al sharqi.while visiting the mourning majlis at rumaila palace, shaikh mohammad expressed his deepest condolences to the fujairah ruler and crown prince as well as to the sons of the deceased, praying to allah almighty to rest his soul in eternal peace and grant his family patience and solace.also offering condolences






kuwait’s emir meets qatari counterpart amid gulf diplomatic rift, urges end to c


by: express web desk | new delhi | published:june 8, 2017 9:44 am kuwait’s emir sheikh sabah al ahmad al sabah was received at the doha airport by his qatari counterpart sheikh tamim bin hamad al thani. (source: http://www.da.gov.kw)related newskuwait’s emir sheikh sabah al ahmad al sabah met his qatari counterpart sheikh tamim bin hamad al thani on wednesday night amid the diplomatic rift between doha and other powerful gulf arab countries. the two held talks regarding the prevalent situation, with kuwait attempting to mediate an end to the crisis, reported news agency ap. a saudi-led alliance has severed ties with energy-rich qatar for supporting terrorism and maintaining ties with iran. he previously travelled to saudi arabia to meet king salman.as part of his efforts to revive...






no alternative to gulf unity, says uae minister


gargash calls on gulf states to rally behind saudi arabia while kuwait offers to mediate in latest dispute with qatarhis highness the emir of the state of qatar sheikh tamim bin hamad al-thani receives sheikh sabah khalid al-hamad al-sabah, first deputy prime minister and minister of foreign affairsdubai: the uae minister of state for foreign affairs has called for gulf states to rally behind saudi arabia.“in a turbulent region, there is no alternative to gulf unity, and saudi arabia is the linchpin,” dr anwar mohammad gargash wrote on twitter on friday.saudi arabia and the united arab emirates signalled frustration at qatar after its state media published purported remarks by qatari emir shaikh tamim bin hamad al thani criticising gulf rhetoric against iran and suggesting tensions bet...






burger king has a saucy new sandwich: bbq bacon king


photo: burger king image 1of/1captioncloseimage 1 of 1burger king's bbq bacon king sandwichburger king's bbq bacon king sandwich photo: burger king burger king has a saucy new sandwich: bbq bacon king1 / 1back to gallerythis week, i reached out for a bbq bacon king sandwich, which is kind of new at the world's no. 2 burger barn, burger king.what do i mean by "kind of" new? last october, the king introduced the bacon king sandwich, its ripoff, i mean "version" of wendy's over-the-top baconator. the bacon king sandwich had a ton of bk staples like beef 'n' bacon 'n' cheese with the usual array of bk condiments like mayo and ketchup.now burger king is back with a spinoff, the bbq bacon king sandwich. the only difference between this monster burger and the origin...






bahrain king praises expatriate role in nation-building


although the country is majority muslim, christians and jews have regular representation on the shura councilmanama: king hamad bin eisa al khalifa has praised expatriates in bahrain, saying that they played an effective role in the building and progress of the country. expatriates make up slightly more than 50 per cent of the 1.4 million people who live in bahrain, mostly south asians working in the construction and service sectors.information minister ali bin mohammad al romaihi said that bahrain is a model of tolerance, peaceful coexistence and mutual respect among all components of society.he said bahrain’s value for human dignity of all people is seen through the enactment of legislation that ensures equal rights, the minister added in a statement.“tolerance and mutual acceptance ...






uae leaders receive ramadan greetings


abu dhabi: president his highness shaikh khalifa bin zayed al nahyan on friday received cables of greetings on the occasion of ramadan from kings, emirs and presidents of arab countries.among the leaders who sent their good wishes were sultan qaboos bin saeed of oman, kuwait’s emir shaikh sabah al ahmad al jaber al sabah, bahrain’s king hamad bin eisa al khalifa, king abdullah ii of jordan, king mohammad vi of morocco, egypt’s president abdul fattah al sissi, and algeria’s president abdul aziz bouteflika.the uae president also received cables from shaikh nawaf al ahmad al jaber al sabah, crown prince of kuwait and syed fahd bin mahmoud al saeed, oman’s deputy prime minister for cabinet affairs.his highness shaikh mohammad bin rashid al maktoum, vice-president and prime minister o...






in first, bahrain military court to try three for terror


in april, the king approved an amendment to the constitution that granted military courts the right to try civiliansdubai: bahrain’s military judiciary is reviewing the case of three individuals, two civilians and one military, accused of plotting terror attacks against military installations and bahrain defence force (bdf) staff, the national communication centre (ncc) has said.the case, the first of its kind, is being reviewed as under law 12/2017 that amended provisions of the military law and allowed the military judiciary to review cases of crimes committed against bdf facilities, installations, properties or staff.in april, king hamad bin eisa al khalifa approved an amendment to the constitution that granted military courts the right to try civilians accused of terrorism.the bill r..






qatar liaised with iran-backed parties in bahrain


qatar’s former prime minister shaikh hamad bin jasem al thani in march 2011 had extensive contacts with al wefaq secretary general ali salmanreutersa sign indicating a route to qatar embassy is seen in manama, bahrain, june 5, 2017. reuters/hamad i mohammedmanama: details are emerging in bahrain about the charges cited by the kingdom as it announced the reasons for severing its diplomatic ties with fellow gulf cooperation council (gcc) member qatar.on monday morning, bahrain said it was cutting off relations with qatar and explained that the decision, while regrettable, was inevitable and necessary to protect the country’s security and preserve its stability.bahrain added that it was not against the qatari people who did realise the terrible sufferings visited on bahrainis with every t...






weakened hamas looks to egypt for help


hamas is politically isolated more than ever amid rapidly changing regional circumstancespalestinians watch as fuel tankers enter gaza through the rafah border between egypt and southern gaza strip june 21, 2017. reuters/ibraheem abu mustafagaza: five years ago, gaza’s streets were decked out with maroon-and-white flags to welcome the emir of qatar, shaikh hamad bin khalifa al thani.celebratory songs played on the radio as shaikh hamad made the first visit by a foreign head of state to the hamas-run enclave and pledged $400 million for building projects — a diplomatic coup for the militant palestinian group.but in recent weeks, qatari support has wavered as it came under political and economic pressure from arab neighbours to distance itself from islamist groups in the region.hamas lea...






fujairah ruler offers condolences | gulfnews.com


ras al khaimah: his highness shaikh hamad bin mohammad al sharqi, supreme council member and ruler of fujairah, has offered his condolences to the family of the late uae ambassador to afghanistan, juma mohammad abdullah al kaabi.al kaabi succumbed to wounds sustained during a blast that targeted the headquarters of the governor of kandahar, afghanistan. he was on a humanitarian mission when the deadly explosion occurred.shaikh hamad offered his heartfelt condolences and sympathy to the family and relatives of the late ambassador while visiting the mourning majlis in wadi al qor, ras al khaimah. he also prayed to allah to rest al kaabi’s soul in peace, and bestow patience and solace on his family.






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wild guess, is it: kingbecause king-sized mattress/bedand orange, colour of the royal family/king of the netherlands- landfill/hill, referring to the children's game king of the castle- hand of the king, got reference- fork, a move in chess, the game of kings- stop, what peasants do when approaching a king, not something a king does- 7 wonders, fit for kings- 8 moons of neptune, god/king of the seaapologies for the bad formatting, the spoiler thingies were being weird






stop telling women to have children 'for the economy'


 i don't have kids, and i never will. i decided that years ago. according to pundits, politicians, and pontiffs, this makes me selfish. they couldn't be more wrong.recently, us republican steve king warned of the "population time bomb" putting civilisation itself under threat by way of muslims having more babies than white europeans. and now, businessman and fairfax columnist harold mitchell has opined on why it is imperative and patriotic for australians to commit to having more children. ruby hamad to his credit, mitchell, who laments the resistance many australians have towards immigration, is not concerned about "western civilisation" so much as he is about economic growth, although one could argue these are much the same thing."the fact is," mitchell warns, "the econ...






stop telling women to have children 'for the economy'


 i don't have kids, and i never will. i decided that years ago. according to pundits, politicians, and pontiffs, this makes me selfish. they couldn't be more wrong.recently, us republican steve king warned of the "population time bomb" putting civilisation itself under threat by way of muslims having more babies than white europeans. and now, businessman and fairfax columnist harold mitchell has opined on why it is imperative and patriotic for australians to commit to having more children. ruby hamad to his credit, mitchell, who laments the resistance many australians have towards immigration, is not concerned about "western civilisation" so much as he is about economic growth, although one could argue these are much the same thing."the fact is," mitchell warns, "the econ...






uae opens consular services centre in downtown beirut


hariri inaugurates facility with uae ambassador amid warming ties between the two nationslebanese prime minister inaugurates uae consular services centre in downtown beirut with uae ambassador to lebanon hamad saeed al shamsibeirut: the inauguration of a new uae consular service centre in beirut could be an indication that lebanon-uae ties are warming.prime minister sa’ad hariri and the uae ambassador to lebanon, hamad saeed al shamsi, inaugurated the new centre in downtown beirut on tuesday.happy with the latest regional changes that have increased the chances of arab gulf tourists returning once again, hariri emphasised the importance of the uae to all lebanese.he underscored the country’s generosity over the years as it has stood by lebanon, and affirmed his readiness to welcome emi...






man arrested in western sydney over alleged gangland murder of hamad assaad


a man has been arrested in a pre-dawn police strike over the execution of crime figure hamad assaad.just after 6am on thursday, officers from the bass hill region enforcement squad banged down the front door of a home in greenacre in sydney's south-west. detectives search a white work van outside the 24-year-old's house on thursday morning.  photo: louise kennerleyhomicide squad detectives then arrested a 24-year-old man inside.he was taken to bankstown police station where he will be questioned over the alleged murder of mr assaad last october. he is expected to be charged with murder and participating in a criminal group.  riot squad police leave the greenacre home after arresting a 24-year-old man on thursday. photo: louise kennerleypolice will allege he acted as a "look...






man arrested in western sydney over alleged gangland murder of hamad assaad


a man has been arrested in a pre-dawn police strike over the execution of crime figure hamad assaad.just after 6am on thursday, officers from the bass hill region enforcement squad banged down the front door of a home in greenacre in sydney's south-west. detectives search a white work van outside the 24-year-old's house on thursday morning.  photo: louise kennerleyhomicide squad detectives then arrested a 24-year-old man inside.he was taken to bankstown police station where he will be questioned over the alleged murder of mr assaad last october. he is expected to be charged with murder and participating in a criminal group.  riot squad police leave the greenacre home after arresting a 24-year-old man on thursday. photo: louise kennerleypolice will allege he acted as a "look...






fnc approves draft response to president’s speech


council expresses confidence in shaikh khalifa’s wise vision to improve the uae’s parliamentary experienceabu dhabi: the federal national council tuesday approved its draft response to the speech of president his highness shaikh khalifa bin zayed al nahya, which was given on his behalf by his highness shaikh mohammad bin rashid al maktoum, vice-president and prime minister of the uae and ruler of dubai.during the sixth session for the second term of the fnc’s 16th legislative chapter, the council approved a response that expressed their confidence in shaikh khalifa’s wise vision to improve the uae’s parliamentary experience.in a statement, dr amal al qubaisi, speaker of the fnc, hailed emirati martyrs that died in afghanistan. she said that the martyrs have presented an emirati, arab and i