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International Panel Begins Probe of Bahrain Unrest

Posted July 24th, 2011 at 6:05 pm (UTC-5)
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An international panel set up by the king of Bahrain has begun to investigate months of Shi’ite-led protests that rocked the Gulf island kingdom earlier this year, leaving more than 30 people dead. The head of the five-member commission, Mahmoud Cherif Bassiouni, said Sunday his team will meet with government and military officials, opposition leaders […]

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Rights Group Urges Bahrain to End Medical Personnel Arrests

Posted July 18th, 2011 at 5:05 am (UTC-5)
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A human rights group has called on Bahrain to end a “campaign of arrests” against medical personnel and attacks against patients who were injured during mass anti-government protests earlier this year. New York-based Human Rights Watch issued a report Monday detailing what is says are attacks against health care workers, the siege of hospitals and […]

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Bahrain’s Main Shi’ite Party Quits Government-Led Reform Dialogue

Posted July 17th, 2011 at 2:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Bahrain’s main Shi’ite opposition party says it is pulling out of a national dialogue with the Gulf state’s minority Sunni rulers, accusing them of not being serious about political reforms. Wefaq spokesman Khalil al-Marzooq said Sunday the party’s top leaders agreed to quit the talks that started on July 2 and will submit the decision […]

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HRW: Bahrain Dismissed 2,000 Protest Supporters from Jobs

Posted July 15th, 2011 at 5:10 am (UTC-5)
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An international human rights group says Bahrain’s government and state-linked firms in the country have fired more than 2,000 workers in apparent punishment for participating in Shi’ite-led protests. Human Rights Watch says the schools, hospitals and government ministries “arbitrarily” dismissed the pro-democracy workers from their jobs. The New York-based group has urged authorities to investigate […]

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Bahrain Sentences 3 for Spying, Reportedly for Iran

Posted July 6th, 2011 at 10:00 am (UTC-5)
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A Bahraini criminal court has sentenced three people to prison for spying — foreign news reports say the spying was on behalf of Iran. The state-run Bahrain News Agency reported Tuesday that one Bahraini and two foreigners were given ten-year sentences and fined for collecting information on military and economic facilities. It said the two […]

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Reconciliation Talks Begin in Bahrain

Posted July 5th, 2011 at 10:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Bahrain’s Sunni rulers and opposition leaders have begun a national dialogue on the reform demands made by the kingdom’s majority Shi’ites. The state-run Bahrain News Agency says the talks, which got under way on Tuesday, represent a “crucial stage” in the path to democracy, and include representatives of political associations, labor unions, non-governmental organizations and […]

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Reconciliation Talks Begin in Bahrain

Posted July 5th, 2011 at 1:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Bahrain’s Sunni rulers and opposition leaders have begun a national dialogue on the reform demands made by the kingdom’s majority Shi’ites. The state-run Bahrain News Agency says the talks, which got underway on Tuesday, represent a “crucial stage” in the path to democracy, and include representatives of political associations, labor unions, non-governmental organizations, and the […]

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Bahrain to Begin National Dialogue Following Protests

Posted July 5th, 2011 at 4:55 am (UTC-5)
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Bahrain is set to hold the first session in a national dialogue on reform demands made by majority Shi’ites who led mass pro-democracy protests earlier this year. The state-run Bahrain News Agency says the talks Tuesday are expected to include government ministers, political parties, labor unions and non-governmental organizations. They will discuss politics, strengthening the […]

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Bahrain Opens Reconciliation Talks With Opposition

Posted July 2nd, 2011 at 10:45 am (UTC-5)
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Talks between Bahrain’s Sunni rulers and opposition leaders started Saturday following pro-democracy demonstrations by majority Shi’ites and the government’s resulting crackdown against protesters earlier this year. Saturday’s talks were mostly ceremonial, and some members of the opposition voiced skepticism about whether the national dialogue decreed by King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa will accomplish anything. The […]

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Bahrain Starts Reconciliation Talks

Posted July 2nd, 2011 at 6:20 am (UTC-5)
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Bahrain’s Sunni rulers launched reconciliation talks Saturday with opposition leaders, after months of anti-regime protests. The island nation’s largest Shi’ite opposition party, Wefaq, decided at the last minute to attend the so-called “national dialogue.” The party had expressed concern that a national dialogue would not be credible if the government continued to keep key opposition […]

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