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INDIA – MIDDLE EAST
Indian migrant workers exploited and enslaved in Arab countries
More than a million Indians live in the Gulf region. Often, employers take away their papers, including residency permits, forcing them to live as illegal aliens. Each year, thousands of migrants go missing. A Kerala TV station airs their cases and helps families find their loved ones.
Government supporters take to the streets as opposition refuses to back down
A big demonstration is held in support of the regime and national unity at the al Fateh Mosque. The Bahrain Grand Prix of 13 March is officially cancelled. A young man dies from the injuries he suffered in last Thursday’s rally in Pearl Square. The Philippines is starting to limit departures to the Gulf region.
07/09/2004 SAUDI ARABIA
A catacomb Church? Perhaps, but one that is alive and well . . . and universal
Interview with Mgr Paul Hinder, Auxiliary Bishop of Arabia.
Pope's message for peace useful to free Nepali slaves in Arab Gulf
Nepali authorities share Francis' position on "slave labour" and hope to influence Kuwaiti authorities who have blocked the repatriation of 135 Nepali women. Malaysia, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and UAE are the most common destinations for unskilled migrant workers, the first victims of human trafficking.
04/09/2008 GULF – IRAN
Gulf Council backs UAE against Iran
Six Arab countries call on Tehran to remove illegally built offices on Abu Musa Island and open talks over sovereignty. Iran’s reply is full of scorn.
For the first time all citizens to vote for parliament
In the 2002 elections widespread protest led to a low turnout. This year's campaign saw intense rivalry between Sunnis and Shiites. Whatever happens experts believe the country will be different. All candidates pledge change.
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