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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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Daesh Militants Paid to Stage Bomb Attacks in Iran: State TV

BEIRUT, July 4 – A team of militants linked with Daesh were paid 600,000 euros to carry out a bombing campaign at 50 locations in Tehran and other big cities in Iran, according to a documentary aired on Iranian state TV on Monday. Officials in predominantly Shi’ite Iran have said in recent weeks that Sunni

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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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Shiite Militia Leader Voices Dismay at Falluja War Operations: TV

BAGHDAD, June 6 – The leader of the largest Iraqi Shiite paramilitary group has criticised a lack of “precise planning” in war operations to capture Falluja, the stronghold of Daesh near Baghdad. Hadi Al Amiri’s comments, in an interview with Al-Sumaria TV on Sunday, make him the second Shiite militia leader to voice dismay at

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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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Kabul Locked Down as Afghan Authorities Face Power Line Protest

By Mirwais Harooni KABUL, May 16 – Stacked-up shipping containers blocked the streets leading to Kabul’s government and diplomatic area on Monday as Afghan authorities prepared for a rally by thousands of members of the Hazara minority over a multi-million dollar power line project. Demonstrators are demanding that the route for the 500 kV transmission

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Hezbollah Blames Rebel Shelling for Death of Top Commander in Syria

By Lisa Barrington BEIRUT, May 14  – Hezbollah said on Saturday its top military commander, whose death it announced on Friday, was killed in Syria by Sunni Islamist artillery fire and not by an Israeli air strike as one member of the Lebanese Shi’ite movement had said. “Investigations have showed that the explosion, which targeted

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Kurd-Shiite Clashes in Northern Iraq Kill Ten, Key Road Cut

By Isabel Coles TUZ KHURMATU, Iraq, April 24 – Clashes between Kurdish and Shi’ite Turkmen paramilitary forces in northern Iraq have killed at least 10 fighters and cut a strategic road between Baghdad and the oil city of Kirkuk, security and medical sources said. Violence in Tuz Khurmatu, 175 km (110 miles) north of the

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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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Kuwait Expels 14 Accused of Hezbollah Links: Report

DUBAI, March 21 – Kuwait has expelled 11 Lebanese and three Iraqis suspected of belonging to Hezbollah, a Kuwaiti newspaper reported on Monday, nearly three weeks after the country joined other Gulf Arab states in designating the Lebanese Shi’ite group a terrorist organisation. Al-Qabas cited a security source as saying the 14 people had been

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