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Protests Erupt Ahead of Bahrain’s F1 Race

Posted April 20th, 2012 at 5:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Thousands of protesters have rallied across Bahrain in an attempt to use the country’s Formula One auto race to draw international attention to their plight. Activists and witnesses say security forces used tear gas and rubber bullets in an effort to disperse demonstrators as practice for Sunday’s race took place on Friday. Anti-government groups led […]

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Protests Erupt Ahead of Bahrain’s F1 Race

Posted April 20th, 2012 at 11:35 am (UTC-5)
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Thousands of protesters have rallied across Bahrain in a bid to use the country’s Formula One auto race to draw international attention to their plight. Activists and witnesses say security forces used tear gas and rubber bullets in an effort to disperse demonstrators as practice for Sunday’s race took place on Friday. Anti-government groups led […]

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Bahrain Protesters Call for ‘Days of Rage’ as Grand Prix Nears

Posted April 20th, 2012 at 4:30 am (UTC-5)
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Security forces in Bahrain are trying to break up protests that flared up Thursday in villages surrounding the capital ahead of Sunday’s Grand Prix race. Police fired tear gas and stun grenades to push back protesters, as the Formula One race cars prepared to take to the race course for practice runs Friday. The French […]

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Police, Activists Clash in Bahrain Ahead of Formula One Return

Posted April 19th, 2012 at 11:45 am (UTC-5)
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Tensions mounted between government forces and opposition activists in Bahrain on Thursday, ahead of the controversial return of the Formula One Grand Prix to the Gulf kingdom. A firebomb exploded near members of India’s race team late Wednesday as police and protesters clashed near the capital, Manama. No one was hurt in the explosion. However, […]

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Bahrain Opposition Vows to Keep Protesting

Posted February 15th, 2012 at 1:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Opposition parties in Bahrain have vowed to carry on with public demonstrations for political reform, after security forces prevented activists from staging a mass rally to mark the first anniversary of their uprising. Phillip Walter Wellman reports for VOA from Manama. A number of clashes between police and opposition supporters were reported throughout Tuesday’s anniversary […]

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Bahrain Expels 2 US Activists

Posted February 11th, 2012 at 7:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Authorities in Bahrain on Saturday expelled two American human rights activists, accusing them of violating tourist visa rules by joining anti-government demonstrations in the Persian Gulf kingdom. The authorities said the women, identified as Huwaida Arraf and Radhika Sainath, were ordered out of the country after being arrested during a protest in the capital Manama, […]

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Bahrain Expels 2 Foreign Activists

Posted February 11th, 2012 at 4:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Authorities in Bahrain on Saturday expelled two foreign human rights activists, accusing them of violating tourist visa rules by joining anti-government demonstrations in the Persian Gulf kingdom. The authorities said the two women were ordered out of the country after being arrested during a protest in the capital Manama, ahead of Tuesday’s one-year anniversary of […]

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Bahrain’s King Proposes Boosting Elected Lawmakers’ Powers

Posted January 15th, 2012 at 2:45 pm (UTC-5)
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The king of Bahrain has proposed constitutional reforms that give more power to the Gulf state’s elected lower house of parliament, but that fall short of demands by the majority Shi’ite-led opposition. In a nationally televised address Sunday, King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa proposed giving the 40-member lower house the ability to approve and […]

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Pro-Democracy Demonstrators Rally in Bahrain

Posted January 7th, 2012 at 8:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Hundreds of pro-democracy demonstrators in Bahrain gathered Saturday in the capital, Manama, for a protest led by the Shi’ite-led opposition, defying a government ban. The demonstration was organized by opposition groups led by Al Wefaq, a leader of the Shi’ite majority’s protest movement. Riot police blocked roads leading to the city center, forcing demonstrators to […]

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Bahrain Police Fire Tear Gas, Stun Grenades at Protesters

Posted January 1st, 2012 at 1:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Witnesses say riot police in Sunni-ruled Bahrain fired tear gas and stun grenades as they clashed Sunday with hundreds of Shi’ite opposition supporters after the funeral for a 15-year-old protester killed a day earlier. Thousands of chanting demonstrators, some carrying Bahraini flags, converged Sunday on the island of Sitra, south of Manama, to mourn the […]

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