March 13, 1986 |
A herd of up to 500 dugongs, a large, somewhat whalelike tropical mammal previously thought endangered in the Persian Gulf, has been sighted in a survey of the waterway, environment officials reported. Meteorological and Environmental Protection Administration officials said 300 to 500 of the mammals were spotted from helicopters east of Bahrain in two groups half a mile apart.
December 4, 1987 |
Officials suspended an aerial search for a missing South Korean jetliner Thursday and said they are convinced that it exploded and plunged into the Andaman Sea with 115 people aboard. South Korean officials say they believe a bomb was planted on the Korean Air jet and blame Communist North Korea. The Boeing 707 disappeared Sunday on a flight from Baghdad, Iraq, to Seoul via Abu Dhabi and Bangkok, Thailand.
October 26, 1986 |
Although it may seem odd to Western fans of Mary Poppins, Persian Gulf social experts want governments to curb the number of foreign nannies because they are seen as a dangerous influence on the young. They say employment of non-Arabs to raise children is one reason behind a "cultural invasion and gradual erosion of Islamic values." Unofficial estimates say there are about 1.5 million foreign maids and nannies in the Persian Gulf region--one to every 10 people.
February 10, 1988
Iranian warplanes shot down three Iraqi French-built Mirage jet fighters over the Persian Gulf, Tehran Radio said. If the claim is accurate, it would support reports that Iran has received a new shipment of parts to refurbish its aging U.S.-built aircraft. There was no immediate word from Iraq on the air battle, a rarity in the 7-year war, but it did say its warplanes attacked two large naval targets--Baghdad's term for supertankers--off the Iranian coast. Meanwhile, four U.S.
October 23, 2007 |
A male sailor shot and killed two female sailors in the barracks of the U.S. Naval Support Activity Bahrain base, officials said. The suspect was critically wounded, said a Navy official who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to release the information. A State Department official in Washington said that although initial reports suggested the incident might have involved a love triangle, it now appeared that a jilted boyfriend shot his ex-girlfriend and then himself.
April 2, 2009 |
Argentina took its worst defeat in World Cup qualifying play when it wilted, 6-1, against host Bolivia at high-altitude La Paz. The result eclipsed the 5-0 loss against Colombia in 1993 and ruined the early promise shown under Coach Diego Maradona, who had earned three victories in three games with no goals allowed since he took over last November. Maradona said he wanted to tell Argentines "that I suffered with them, every Bolivia goal was a stab to the heart."
November 8, 2002 |
The United States is holding a member of Bahrain's royal family as an Al Qaeda suspect at its naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, a London-based Arabic newspaper reported Thursday. There were six Bahrainis among the hundreds of suspects captured during last year's U.S.-led military offensive in Afghanistan to flush out members of the Al Qaeda network, which Washington blames for the Sept. 11 attacks.
March 29, 2012 |
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - The Saudi royal family prizes stability as much as the oil that secures its wealth, but political upheaval across the Middle East has shaken the kingdom's sense of balance, forcing it to press for radical change in Syria and confront a bid by longtime nemesis Iran to wield greater influence. The decades-old rivalry between Sunni Muslim Saudi Arabia and Shiite-controlled Iran for prominence in the region is one of the volatile subplots embedded in the "Arab Spring.