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Kerry Says Respect For Human Rights Essential in Bahrain

MANAMA, April 7 – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday that respect for human rights and an inclusive political system were essential for Bahrain, a Sunni-ruled Gulf monarchy with a restive Shiite Muslim majority. Rights groups accuse Bahrain of failing to implement reforms to give its Shiites a bigger share in government.

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Bahrain Says Gulf Arabs Serious About Standing Up to Iran

DUBAI, April 1 – Bahrain’s foreign minister said on Friday that Gulf Arab states were prepared to confront Iran over its foreign policy and Tehran should drop its support for Middle East factions. Sheikh Khaled bin Ahmed al-Khalifa also played down any difference with the United States over remarks by U.S. President Barack Obama last

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Bahrain Punishes Opponents by Revoking Their Citizenship

By Sami Aboudi MANAMA, March 31 – The decision to revoke Taimoor Karimi’s Bahraini citizenship was read out on state media late one night while he was fast asleep at his home in the capital Manama. His children woke him up to break the news. If a final appeal hearing fails next month, he will

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Low Oil Prices: A New Opportunity for Gulf Cooperation

BY Omar Al Ubaydli When the founders of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), convened in Baghdad in 1960, they made life difficult for themselves by violating virtually all of the ideal conditions for operating a cartel. That is why, 55 years later, Saudi Arabia has made the right decision by maintaining its production,

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Bahrain Opposition Leader Jailed for Insulting Ruling System

DUBAI, Feb 24 – A prominent Bahraini opposition figure was sentenced to a year in jail on Wednesday on charges of insulting the kingdom’s ruling system in a speech last year, his defence lawyer said. But the court cleared Ibrahim Sharif, former head of the secular National Democratic Action Society, or Waad, of the more

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Bahrain To free U.S. Citizens Accused of Illegal Gathering: Lawyer

DUBAI, Feb 16 – Bahrain’s public prosecution office said on Tuesday it had accused four U.S. nationals of participating in an illegal gathering but ordered them freed pending further investigation. The media campaign group Reporters Without Borders said on Monday that a U.S. journalist and three members of her camera crew had been detained in

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Four Americans Held in Bahrain as Island Marks Uprising Anniversary

DUBAI, Feb 15 – Bahraini police have detained four U.S. citizens, including one who was masked and taking part in a riot, a senior police official said on Monday, and local media reported they were journalists covering a protest. The other three were detained at a checkpoint in the same area outside Manama, the director

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Bahrain Says Ready to Commit Ground Forces to Syria

DUBAI, Feb 6- Bahrain is ready to commit ground troops to Syria as part of a U.-S.-led coalition against Daesh, the Gulf island state said on Friday, a day after its larger neighbour and close ally Saudi Arabia announced a similar pledge. Bahraini ambassador to Britain Sheikh Fawaz bin Mohammed Al Khalifa said in a statement

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Big, Bigger, Best

Mega GCC airport developments key to global aviation growth By Ghassan Amhaz With more than 3.7 billion passengers expected to traverse the skies across the world in 2016, airport expansion becomes imperative. The Middle East, namely Gulf Cooperation Council member states, have been ramping up their spending on development projects including ambitious aviation-related plans. Spending on

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Iran Stops Doing Business with Saudi Arabia as Nimr Execution Rankles

By Katie Paul DUBAI, Jan 7 – Relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia deteriorated even further on Thursday as Tehran severed all commercial ties with Riyadh and accused Saudi jets of attacking its embassy in Yemen’s capital. A row has been raging for days between Shiite Muslim power Iran and the conservative Sunni kingdom since

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