Persian Gulf States

Bahrain policeman killed in clashes with protesters

Anti-government protesters, one of them holding a Bahraini flag, run to take cover from tear gas in the village of Sanabis. Photo: Reuters

A police officer was killed near the Bahraini capital Manama in fresh overnight clashes with protesters marking the second anniversary of a Shiite-led uprising.

Friday, 15 February, 2013, 4:23pm

Bahrain bans protests in new crackdown

Masked Bahraini anti-government protesters holding petrol bombs sit on a telephone pole being used as a roadblock ahead of a march in Malkiya, Bahrain on Sunday, October 28. Photo: AP

Bahrain has banned all rallies and demonstrations following months of protests by anti-government activists who have been pressing for a greater political voice since the Arab spring revolts began early last year.

1 Nov 2012 - 3:26am

Talking points

Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

Vice-Premier Li Keqiang to open Boao Forum

30 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Oil pressure

Talks to defuse the crisis over Iran's nuclear ambitions ended inconclusively last weekend. The discussions in Geneva involving China, Russia, the US and leading European powers were followed by a warning to Tehran that it had a fortnight to respond positively or face fresh sanctions.

26 Jul 2008 - 12:00am


Judiciary is sufficiently independent

Speaking in Hong Kong during his visit last week, Vice-President Xi Jinping observed that there should be mutual understanding and support among the executive, the legislature and the judiciary.

17 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Petrodollars pouring into Asian markets

When the US$19.1 billion dual listing of Industrial and Commercial Bank of China went ahead in Shanghai and Hong Kong last October, much talk inevitably centred on it being the world's biggest IPO.

23 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Nation builds oil stocks as looming war pushes up prices

Oil prices surged last month as China rushed to increase imports ahead of a likely US-led war on Iraq, according to figures released yesterday.

However, a top transport official said the country could diversify its sources of supply to cushion the impact of an invasion.

26 Feb 2003 - 12:00am

Fiscal football

Want an interest in World Cup matches? No problem. If you support the African, minor European, or South American countries, you can buy their currencies before a match. Fancy a Euroland country? Don't worry about the euro, the major countries still have national stock indices. Need more leverage for United States, the UK and Japan? You can try option strategies around match times.

4 Jun 2002 - 12:00am

Saudi bans action title

THE December-January edition of the adventure travel magazine Action Asia has fallen foul of strict censorship laws in Saudi Arabia because its cover depicted a woman clad in a swimsuit.

The illustration accompanied the lead story identifying Asia's 50 best beaches.

25 Jan 1995 - 12:00am

Kuwaiti stars shopped

NINE Kuwaiti soccer internationals have been suspended for three months after they went shopping without permission in the United Arab Emirates.

The Kuwait news agency KUNA quoted the country's Football Association secretary Mohammad Othman as saying the players were punished for 'ignoring instructions by officials'.

22 Nov 1994 - 12:00am

Exports to Mid-East increase

HONG KONG'S total exports to the Middle East increased 16 per cent last year over 1992 to $16.3 billion and the rapid growth looks set to continue through 1994.

15 Jul 1994 - 12:00am

Saudi operator beefs up Asian container service

THE National Shipping Co of Saudi Arabia (NSCSA) has cut transit times from Hong Kong to Dubai from 23 days to 16 days with its new fixed-day fortnightly service from Far East to the Middle East.

17 Dec 1993 - 12:00am

Design woes

KUWAIT: State-owned Kuwait Airways said it was replacing new aircraft seat covers in nine aircraft because they were decorated with a pattern similar to the Arabic word for God. The committee that selected the design failed to notice the similarity.

9 Aug 1993 - 12:00am