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Abortion information advert on British TV 28, May 2010

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The first TV advert offering advice on abortion was aired on Channel 4 on Monday 24th May in England, Scotland and Wales. The advert was ran by a not-for profit advice based organisation on sexual health issues. The regulating body for TV received 350 complaints who were, somehow, “offended”.

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ARAMCO to pay damages for ‘beautiful’ camel mishap 28, May 2010

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Saudi ARAMCO have been ordered to pay SR1 million ($266,000) after a prize-winning camel fell into a hole that they had dug. Arabian Business reports that the “heartbroken” owner successfully sued them for not putting a fence around the hole.

Hat tip: DaveRobDBX

The Times of London breaking news story: 28, May 2010

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Syria accused of arming Hezbollah from secret bases

Hezbollah is running weapons, including surface-to-surface missiles, from secret arms depots in Syria to its bases in Lebanon, according to security sources.

You don’t say?

Al Jazeera’s contentious ‘poverty in Bahrain’ reports 28, May 2010

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Here are the contentious Al Jazeera videos on poverty in Bahrain that some say is the cause of the recent Qatari-Bahraini issues.

The milkshake with 2000 calories 28, May 2010

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A magazine in America has announced that the Cold Stone PB&C Milkshake has a whopping 2010 calories, 68 grams of saturated fat and 153 grams of sugar in it. This is the equivalent, I read oddly in a Gulf newspaper, of 68 strips of bacon or 30 chocolate chip cookies.

Saudis to mediate between Bahrain and Qatar 28, May 2010

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Saudi Arabia is set to mediate between Qatar and Bahrain over the Bahraini nomination for GCC Secretary General. The rotating position which is Bahrain’s to fill this time around may well be the core issue of recent Qatari Bahraini disputes. Mohammed Al Mutawa is the former Bahraini information minister. Qatar seem to have a healthy dislike of him because of his role as head of publicity in the ICJ Qatar-Bahrain border dispute.

One must wonder whether Saudi will be as subtle as the last  time they mediated between Qatar and Bahrain. Then, if I am remembering my facts correctly, there was some territorial issue over a coral reef/island that was part submerged part of the time. Nevertheless, as is the way with these things, this reef assumed bizarre importance. The Saudi solution? Quite literally bulldoze the reef into the sea; destroy it…et voila…no more issue. Effective, I suppose.