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Bahrain Shiite Cleric Goes on Trial for Money Laundering

DUBAI, July 27 – The spiritual leader of Bahrain’s Shi’ite Muslim majority went on trial on Wednesday on charges of collecting donations illegally and money laundering in a case that has increased tensions in the Western-allied Gulf Arab state. Ayatollah Isa Qassim, who also faces expulsion from the country after authorities revoked his citizenship last

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Bahrain Slams U.K., U.S. “Interference” Over Party Dissolution

DUBAI, July 18 – U.S. ally Bahrain on Monday dismissed as “unacceptable interference” statements by Britain and the United States criticising its decision to dissolve the main Shi’ite Muslim opposition party on Sunday in a widening crackdown on dissent. Bahrain, which hosts the U.S. Fifth Fleet, said that a court’s decision to dissolve the al-Wefaq

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Bahrain Court Dissolves Main Shiite Opposition

DUBAI, July 17 – A Bahrain court on Sunday dissolved the main Shiite opposition group al-Wefaq, accusing it of helping to foster violence and terrorism, in an escalation of a crackdown on dissent in the U.S.-allied Gulf kingdom. The official Bahrain News Agency (BNA) said the court ruled that Wefaq had taken aim at “respect

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