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Bahrain reinstates ambassador to Iran

Dubai (AFP) – Bahrain said Sunday it has reinstated its ambassador in Iran, more than a year after recalling the envoy over Tehran’s strong condemnation of Manama’s brutal crackdown on Shiite-led protests. “The ambassador of the kingdom to the Islamic Republic of Iran has returned to his work in Tehran,” announced Foreign Minister Sheikh Khaled …

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Game of brinkmanship in Bahrain over hunger strike

By Andrew Hammond and Warda Al-Jawahiry / Reuters MANAMA/DUBAI: Bahrain’s government and a jailed Shia rights activist who is on hunger strike are playing a game of brinkmanship as his health deteriorates days before the Formula One Grand Prix, a showcase event for the Gulf state as its grapples with political unrest. To release Abdulhadi …


Motor racing: F1 chiefs give green light to Bahrain GP

By Alan Baldwin /Reuters SHANGHAI: Formula One chiefs gave next week’s Bahrain Grand Prix the green light on Friday despite security concerns and calls from anti-government activists for the race to be cancelled. The governing International Automobile Federation (FIA) declared in a statement that the race, cancelled last year after a bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protestors …


Bahrain activist blocked from entering Egypt

By Sarah El Deeb / AP CAIRO: A Cairo airport official says a prominent Bahraini activist has been barred from entering Egypt upon the request of a security agency. Nabeel Rajab has been documenting human rights abuses in Bahrain during the island kingdom’s 14-month revolt by its Shia majority that seeks greater rights from Sunni rulers. …


Bahrain violence grows with mob attacks

By Reem Khalifa MANAMA, Bahrain: Mobs with iron rods and sticks ransacked a supermarket belonging to a major Shia-owned business group Wednesday, a company official said, as part of a spike in violence in the Gulf nation in retaliation for a bomb attack on police. The attack appeared linked to a wave of reprisals and intimidation …


Bahrain denies hunger striker’s health is critical

By AP MANAMA: Bahrain is claiming that a jailed activist on a two-month hunger strike shows no signs of critical medical problems and has been taking fluids orally or by an IV drip. The health details released by authorities on Tuesday are an apparent attempt to counter growing international pressures on the Gulf state after …


Bahrain activist moved to hospital after hunger strike

By Firouz Sedarat /Reuters DUBAI: A jailed Bahraini activist who has been on hunger strike for 58 days was moved to a hospital and fed intravenously on Friday after his health deteriorated sharply, his lawyer said. Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja is one of 14 men in prison for leading a pro-democracy uprising in Bahrain last year as a …


Mass pro-democracy protest rocks Bahrain

By Andrew Hammond/Reuters MANAMA: Tens of thousands of Bahrainis demonstrated outside the capital Manama on Friday to demand urgent political reforms, a year after the Gulf Arab state crushed an uprising, witnesses said. The protestors began marching along a highway near Manama in response to a call from leading Shia cleric Sheikh Isa Qassim who urged …


HRW calls on Bahrain to release democracy activists

By AFP DUBAI: Human Rights Watch on Tuesday called for the release of hundreds of Bahraini pro-democracy activists arrested after last year’s uprising and for all charges against them to be dropped. “Grossly unfair military and civilian trials have been a core element in Bahrain’s crackdown on pro-democracy protests,” HRW said. Cases “against everyone convicted …


Bahrain Sunni Islamists hit as woman makes history in polls

MANAMA: Rival Sunni Islamist groups in Bahrain lost almost half their seats in a parliamentary election run-off, which also saw a woman making history by winning a municipal seat. The National Islamic Forum (NIF), the local arm of the Muslim Brotherhood organization regained three out of the seven seats it held in the outgoing parliament, …


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