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22 April 2012

LONDON — A team of journalists for Britain’s Channel 4 News was arrested Sunday after covering Bahrain’s Grand Prix race, which went ahead after a week of angry protests away from the F1 desert circuit.

"We can confirm that our foreign affairs correspondent Jonathan Miller and his team have been arrested whilst reporting for the programme from a village in Bahrain," a Channel 4 News spokesman said.

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(Reuters) - Bahrain was under tight security on Saturday after violent clashes between police and anti-government protesters overshadowed this weekend’s Formula One Grand Prix race meeting in the Gulf state.

20 April 2012

The protesters, mostly from the majority Shi’ite Muslim community, blame the Sunni ruling elite for shutting them out of opportunities, jobs and housing, and are keenly aware of the attention the motor race has focused on Bahrain, which in 2004 became the first country in the region to host Formula One.

Organisers have rejected calls from human rights groups to cancel Sunday’s race because of what activists see as continuing political repression. The cars take to the track again on Saturday for practice and qualifying sessions.

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CNN, By Frederik Pleitgen, 18 April 2012

Manama, Bahrain (CNN) — Nearly 60 Bahraini activists turned out Wednesday in downtown Manama calling for the release of hunger striker Abdulhadi al-Khawaja.

His daughter, Zainab al-Khawaja, stood at the front of the crowd and accused the government of torture.

Police pushed protesters out of the marketplace, known as the Souk, and used stun grenades in an attempt to clear the crowd.

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27 Oct 2011

IT IS not surprising that Afghanistan’s security forces, still reeling from allegations of rape and torture, need more training.

Few, though, would have guessed that Bahrain’s soldiers or police were qualified to give it.

At least 35 protesters have died in violent clashes in the tiny Gulf kingdom since February, drawing widespread criticism of security forces from human rights groups.

Yet despite the condemnation, Bahrain is preparing to send an unknown number of trainers to Afghanistan as part of Nato’s International Security Assistance Force (Isaf).

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23 Oct 2011

TEHRAN (FNA)- A Bahraini opposition spokesman blasted the US support for Manama’s suppression of popular protests and Washington’s recent announcement that it will go forward with an arms deal with the Al-Khalifa regime, reminding that the regime will use the US weapons to continue suppressing protesting people.

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Bahraini regime forces have attacked and arrested several peaceful anti-regime demonstrators in a number of villages on the island of Sitra, Press TV has learned.

22 Oct 2011

Activists said that some eight people were detained and many more were injured after protesters took to the street across Bahrain as part of the so-called “Arrows of Dignity” event on Saturday.

Arrows of Dignity has been organized by activists to show solidarity with an unknown number of female prisoners behind bars in the Persian Gulf sheikdom.

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By Paul Richter, Tribune Washington Bureau, 20 Oct 2011

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has agreed to delay a $53-million arms sale to Bahrain, a victory for lawmakers and human rights groups opposing the transfer because of the kingdom’s continuing crackdown on the opposition.

The administration said it would postpone the deal while it weighed whether the monarchy was doing enough to investigate alleged human rights abuses and carry out political reforms.

David Adams, the assistant secretary of State for legislative affairs, wrote Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., that the State Department would “assess the government of Bahrain’s effort to implement the recommendations and make needed reforms.” The weapons included more than 40 armored Humvee military vehicles and 300 missiles.

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3 Oct 2011

Security forces have clashed in Saudi Arabia with pro-reform protesters in the Qatif Governorate in the Eastern Province of the country, Press TV reports.

The Saudis had gathered in an anti-government demonstration in the province’s Awamiyah village, a Press TV correspondent reported. They chanted slogans against the province’s governor, Prince Mohammed bin Fahd, — the son of the late King Fahd bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud. 

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