Bahrain shuts opposition office

Updated 30 January 2014

Bahrain shuts opposition office

DUBAI: A Bahraini court shuttered on Wednesday an opposition clerics’ council, after authorities accused it of illegal operations.
The court ordered the closure of the Olamaa Islamic Council and the liquidation of its assets following a lawsuit by the Ministry of Justice, Islamic Affairs and Endowment, a judicial source said.
The ministry said in September that the office had been “functioning outside the law.”
The council led by prominent cleric Issa Qassem “violates the constitution and the laws of the kingdom,” the ministry said at the time, accusing its members of “using it to practice politics under a confessional cover.”
The council also “adopted the call for the so-called revolution,” it charged, referring to Shiite-led protests against the government that erupted in February 2011 before being dispersed a month later.
At least 89 people have been killed in Bahrain since the protests began, according to the International Federation for Human Rights.


Hundreds of schools in Jordan return to online classes as COVID-19 cases rise

Updated 52 min 52 sec ago

Hundreds of schools in Jordan return to online classes as COVID-19 cases rise

  • Some schools have only temporarily suspended in-person classes for a period of 14 days after recording COVID-19 infections

DUBAI: Around 407 schools have switched to a distance education system in Jordan since the start of the academic year, the Ministry of Education said, as reported by state news agency Petra.

The move comes as a total of 370 students and teachers, as well as 12 school staff have tested positive with the coronavirus.

Some schools have only temporarily suspended in-person classes for a period of 14 days after recording COVID-19 infections, and are expected to return to normal operations afterwards.

The ministry has urged teachers, students, and school administrators to follow health precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the virus.