King Hamad inaugurates National Theatre of Bahrain

Updated 14 November 2012
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King Hamad inaugurates National Theatre of Bahrain

Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa inaugurated the National Theatre of Bahrain at the Bahrain National Museum on Monday.
The king attended a presentation on the architecture design of the theatre, which was inspired by the literary work “One thousand and one nights.”
He expressed admiration of the new cultural landmark and expressed pride in the theater's role in contributing to the progress of Bahraini society.
The king said that Bahrain has always been the hub for science, knowledge and culture and has been a bridge of cooperation between various civilizations and cultures.
King Hamad greeted Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, chairman of Kingdom Holding Company (KHC) and Princess Ameerah Al-Taweel, vice chairwoman and secretary-general of Alwaleed bin Talal Foundation, who attended the inauguration with King Hamad and Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, prime minister of Bahrain. Also present at the inauguration were Sheikh Khaled bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, foreign minister of Bahrain; Sheikha Mai Bint Mohammed Al Khalifa, minister of culture of Bahrain; Dr. Abdulaziz Bin Mohieddin Khoja, Saudi Arabian minister of culture and information and Arab ministers of culture and officials representing several organizations and authorities.
The National Theatre of Bahrain's slogan is entitled “Invest in Culture” to serve the educational events, activities, festivals and art exhibitions as well as musical concerts and other activities that reflect peoples culture and heritage. In addition, the National Theatre can accommodate over 1,000 guests and is considered a cultural milestone for various cultural activities and performances at the level of the performing arts surrounded by an architectural masterpiece derived from the beauty of the Arabian heritage.


New Palestinian deaths bring toll from Israel clashes to 40

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New Palestinian deaths bring toll from Israel clashes to 40

GAZA CITY: Two Palestinians wounded in clashes with Israel were pronounced dead Monday, a Gaza official said, bringing the toll from Israeli fire since March 30 to 40.
A spokesman for the Hamas-controlled territory’s health ministry named the latest fatalities as Tahrir Wahba, 18, and Abdullah Shamali, 20.
Wahba, who was deaf, was shot in the head in a clash east of Khan Yunis on April 6, and Shamali died of “bullet wounds to his belly” sustained on Friday, said spokesman Ashraf Al-Qudra.
Most of the 40 Palestinians killed by Israel since the start of “March of Return” protests on March 30 were shot by snipers on the border, while a few others were killed by Israeli artillery or air strikes.
Tens of thousands of Palestinians in the coastal enclave, wedged between Israel, Egypt and the Mediterranean, have gathered at the border on consecutive Fridays to call for Palestinian refugees to be allowed to return to their former homes now inside Israel.
Some protesters have launched stones or burning tires at Israeli soldiers.
Israeli forces have responded with live ammunition, wounding hundreds in addition to those killed.
The Israeli army says its troops only opened fire in self-defense or to stop protesters attempting to breach the barrier separating the territory from Israel.
More than 440 demonstrators suffered bullet wounds or gas inhalation on Friday, rescuers said.
Israel has drawn harsh criticism from rights groups along with calls for investigations by the United Nations or the European Union.
Israel has for more than a decade imposed a crippling blockade on Gaza, fighting three wars with Hamas since 2008.
Also on Monday, Hamas’s military wing said one of its men died in an explosion.
It said in a statement that Mohammed Al-Maqadma, 55, was killed by an “explosive projectile” fired by an unnamed group which it described as hostile to Hamas.
It did not elaborate further.
The Gaza health ministry said a child was wounded in the same blast, in the northern part of the strip.