Workers die in Bahrain blaze

At least 16 foreign workers have died and another seven people have been injured after a fire broke out in a building in Manama, the capital of Bahrain, the country's official news agency has said.

    At least seven people were hospitalised with burns

    Most of the workers were Indian and from the state of Tamil Nadu. It is thought they died from smoke inhalation, local media reported on Sunday.

    At least seven people were taken to hospital suffering from severe burns sustained in the fire, medical sources said.

    The fire, possibly caused by an electrical short-circuit, broke out around 2.30am local time in the city's Qudaibiyah area, one of the most densely populated areas of the capital with a high concentration of Indian and Filipino workers.

    Police said about 200 people were believed to have lived in the building, however some workers said that more than 350 Indian nationals were living there.

    The small kingdom of Bahrain, like many Gulf Arab states, relies on a large number of foreign workers - mostly from Asian countries - who work mainly in the construction and the service industries.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    Ohio teen Joseph Haynes killed by police in court

    US police kill 16-year-old in Ohio courthouse

    Teenage boy fatally shot as scuffles broke out between deputy sheriff and family after juvenile hearing in US state.

    Why is the West praising Malala, but ignoring Ahed?

    Why is the West praising Malala, but ignoring Ahed?

    Is an empowered Palestinian girl not worthy of Western feminist admiration?

    Turkey and Qatar: Behind the strategic alliance

    Turkey and Qatar: Behind the strategic alliance

    Qatar's investment in Turkey exceeds $20bn, the second highest by any country.