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Rights Groups Demand Release of Bahrain Activist as Trial Opens

DUBAI, July 12 – Twenty six Bahraini and international rights groups have called for the release of prominent activist Nabeel Rajab, who faces trial on Tuesday on charges of sending out anti-government tweets that could carry up to 13 years in prison. Rajab’s case appears to relate to tweets authorities allege he sent last year

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Iran Supreme Leader: Bahrain’s Move Against Top Cleric Risks Violence

DUBAI, June 26 – Iran’s supreme leader has blasted as “foolishness” a decision by Bahrain’s leaders to strip a top Shiite Muslim cleric of his citizenship, and said it could provoke violence from Shiites, who make up the majority in the Sunni-ruled Gulf kingdom. The speech by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, carried by state media, came

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Bahrain Summons Senior Shiite Clerics for Questioning: Lawyer

DUBAI, June 23 – Bahraini authorities on Thursday summoned five Shiite Muslim scholars for questioning, activists said, in what appeared another step in a crackdown on dissent by the Sunni-ruled kingdom. The clerics were called to a police station west of the capital Manama as an administrative court began hearing a justice ministry petition to

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Bahrain National Reconciliation Efforts Stalled: U.S. State Dept

By Warren Strobel and Yara Bayoumy WASHINGTON, June 23 – Bahrain’s efforts to build national reconciliation after it crushed street protests in 2011 have stalled, and the Western ally in the Gulf has not implemented recommendations to protect freedom of expression, including nonviolent dissent, according to a U.S. State Department report obtained by Reuters. In

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Bahrain’s move against Shiite leader unjustified: UN

GENEVA, June 21 – Bahrain’s decision to revoke the citizenship of the spiritual leader of the kingdom’s Shiite Muslim majority is “clearly unjustified” under international law, a spokeswoman for the U.N. human rights office said on Tuesday. “Given that due process was not followed, it cannot be justified,” Ravina Shamdasani told a U.N. briefing in

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Bahrain Strips Top Shiite Muslim Cleric of Citizenship: Agency

DUBAI, June 20 – Bahrain has stripped the spiritual leader of the kingdom’s Shiite Muslim majority of his citizenship, state news agency BNA reported on Monday, and there were reports of a protest outside his house. The move against Ayatollah Isa Qassim comes less than a week after a court ordered the country’s main opposition

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Bahraini Shiite Clerics Warn Against Targeting Muslim Sect

DUBAI, June 18 – Senior clerics warned on Saturday against any attempt to target Shiite Islam by undermining a pillar of the sect’s creed, the Khums tax, apparently following reports that authorities were investigating funds held by Bahrain’s top Shiite cleric. The warning could pave the way for a showdown between the Gulf Arab state’s

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Bahrain Arrests Eight Men Trying to Escape to Iran by Boat: BNA

DUBAI, June 5 – Bahrain’s coast guard has arrested eight people who were trying to escape to Iran by boat, state news agency BNA reported on late on Saturday. Bahrain’s official agency said two other men it described as “fugitives” had organised the escape from Iran. The eight men had already been convicted – in

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GCC: Change Is Needed

GCC central banks need to bolster research to reform decades old dollar pegs BY Martin Dokoupil Oil-rich Gulf Arab states’ central banks lack adequate research capabilities to pursue a currency reform that could help them better control their economies in both harsh periods of low crude prices as well as in times of economic boom, says

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Bahrain Lengthens Shiite Leader’s Jail Term to 9 Years: Opposition

DUBAI, May 30 (Reuters) – A Bahraini appeals court on Monday more than doubled the prison term imposed on the country’s most prominent opposition leader, Sheikh Ali Salman, to nine years from four, a ruling that could increase political tensions in the Gulf kingdom. Bahrain’s public prosecutor said the stiffer sentence related to “crimes of

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