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Bahraini Court Hears Appeals of 21 Activists

Posted September 6th, 2011 at 1:05 pm (UTC-5)
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An appeals court in Bahrain hearing the case of 21 activists convicted of plotting to overthrow the government says it will announce its verdict at the end of September. Fourteen of the activists appeared in front of the Bahraini security court Tuesday. The court heard their appeals and adjourned until September 28. In June, the […]

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Bahraini Police Fire Tear Gas at Shi’ite Protesters, Teenager Killed

Posted August 31st, 2011 at 11:35 am (UTC-5)
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Bahraini opposition activists say security forces Wednesday fired tear gas at anti-government protesters in a Shi’ite village, killing a teenage boy. The activists say the 14-year-old died after being hit by a tear gas canister fired at close range in Sitra. The protesters had gathered in the village after morning prayers. Bahraini officials say they […]

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Bahrain Commission Closes Office After Clashes

Posted August 16th, 2011 at 4:40 am (UTC-5)
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An independent commission investigating the unrest in Bahrain earlier this year says it has closed its office after hundreds of people forced their way in and clashed with staff members. The Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry said in a statement Tuesday it will continue its work and that media reports saying it has reached any […]

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Shi’ite Opposition to Boycott Bahrain Election

Posted August 12th, 2011 at 6:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Bahrain’s main Shi’ite Muslim opposition group says it will boycott a special parliamentary election scheduled for next month. A senior official said Friday the Al-Wefaq National Islamic Society will not participate in the September 24 election called to replace the 18 Al-Wefaq lawmakers who resigned in February to protest a crackdown on anti-government demonstrators. Bahrain, […]

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Commission: 137 Detainees Freed in Bahrain

Posted August 9th, 2011 at 9:00 pm (UTC-5)
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An independent probe of the unrest in Bahrain earlier this year says 137 detainees have been released to await trial in civilian courts, including two former Shi’ite members of parliament. The head of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry, Mahmoud Cherif Bassiouni, said Tuesday the attorney general ordered the release of the detainees. Bassiouni said […]

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Bahrain Releases Two Former Lawmakers After Unrest

Posted August 7th, 2011 at 4:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Bahrain has released a group of detainees, including two former Shi’ite lawmakers, who were arrested in the wake of widespread anti-government protests in the Gulf State earlier this year. The official Bahrain News Agency says lawmakers Jawad Fairooz and Matar Matar, former MPs from the kingdom’s largest Shi’ite party, Wefaq, were released from jail on […]

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Bahrain Defends Raid on MSF Medical Center

Posted August 4th, 2011 at 10:25 am (UTC-5)
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Bahrain’s government is defending its recent police raid on a medical center run by French-based aid group, Doctors Without Borders, saying the facility was unlicensed. Bahrain’s health ministry said Thursday the group, also known as MSF, was operating the medical center in a residential building without permission from relevant authorities. It says police searched the […]

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Thousands Protest Proposed Reforms in Bahrain

Posted July 29th, 2011 at 5:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Thousands of demonstrators have taken to the streets outside Bahrain’s capital to call for greater reforms. The protests Friday came as government and opposition groups considered reforms proposed by a committee set up by the kingdom’s Sunni rulers. The national dialogue committee was set up to investigate the kingdom’s suppression of anti-government protests that left […]

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Bahrain’s Reform Plan Draws Opposition Fire

Posted July 29th, 2011 at 10:35 am (UTC-5)
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Government and opposition groups in Bahrain are weighing recommendations Friday from a controversial committee set up by the kingdom’s Sunni rulers. The national dialogue committee, boycotted by the main opposition group, was set up to investigate the kingdom’s suppression of anti-government protests that left more than 30 people dead. King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa Thursday […]

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Thousands Rally in Bahrain for Reform

Posted July 26th, 2011 at 10:35 am (UTC-5)
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Thousands of Bahrainis have rallied for reform in Bahrain as an international panel set up by the king began to investigate Shi’ite-led protests and a government response that left more than 30 people dead. Some of the rallies late Monday urged action against kingdom officials who protesters say suppressed peaceful demonstrations. The head of the […]

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