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Activist Plans to Risk Prison for Father Jailed in Bahrain

Maryam al-Khawaja says government's promise of prison reform is a ruse timed to US visit

(Newser) - In early August, more than 800 prisoners launched Bahrain's largest-ever hunger strike, demanding access to life-saving medical care and other improved conditions in the country's largest prison. That strike was paused Monday—two days before Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa's scheduled visit to Washington—as...

Google Doesn't Have All the Answers, Pope Says

Francis counsels young people after Mass for 30K in Bahrain

(Newser) - Pope Francis shifted gears Saturday in his visit to Bahrain to minister to the Gulf's Catholic community, presiding over a huge open-air Mass and then meeting with young people to give them a bit of fatherly advice: Don't just Google your questions about life decisions, he told them....

'We’re Here This Afternoon to Change the Course of History'

President Trump presides over signing of historic pacts by Israel, UAE, Bahrain

(Newser) - Declaring “the dawn of a new Middle East,” President Trump on Tuesday presided over the signing of historic diplomatic pacts between Israel and two Gulf Arab nations that he hopes will lead to a new order in the Mideast and cast him as a peacemaker at the height...

Trump Touts 'Another Historic' Mideast Deal

Bahrain is the latest Arab nation to recognize Israel

(Newser) - Bahrain has become the latest Arab nation to agree to normalize ties with Israel as part of a broader diplomatic push by President Trump and his administration to fully integrate the Jewish state into the Middle East, per the AP . Trump announced the agreement on Friday, following a three-way phone...

Giuliani Butt-Dials Journo: 'We Need a Few Hundred Thousand'

NBC News' Rich Schapiro got not one, but 2 accidental calls from Trump's personal attorney

(Newser) - The Washington Post calls it "the butt dial heard round the world," courtesy of Rudy Giuliani. NBC News reporter Rich Schapiro relays the president's personal attorney recently called him accidentally not once, but twice—the first time on Sept. 28 while Schapiro was at a relative's...

Top Navy Commander in Middle East Found Dead

Scott Stearney was found at his Bahrain residence

(Newser) - The admiral leading American Naval forces in the Middle East turned up dead at his Bahrain residence Saturday, CNN reports. Vice Adm. Scott Stearney's death is under investigation, but media reports say there's no evidence of foul play. "This is devastating news for the Stearney family, for...

4 Arab Nations Cut Ties to Qatar
Arab Nations Cut Ties to Qatar 

Arab Nations Cut Ties to Qatar

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, others accuse Gulf country of backing extremist groups

(Newser) - Six Arab nations cut diplomatic ties to Qatar early Monday, further deepening a rift among Gulf Arab nations over that country's support for Islamist groups. Bahrain and Saudi Arabia first made the move, followed by the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Yemen, and Libya, reports the BBC . The nations were...

7 Americans Freed in Middle East

3 went missing last month in Iraq; 4 were arrested recently in Bahrain

(Newser) - Seven Americans have recently been freed in separate incidents in Iraq and Bahrain. In Iraq, three Americans who were abducted last month in Baghdad have been freed by the Iraqi intelligence service, three anonymous officials tell the AP . They are now in the custody of the US Embassy in Baghdad....

Bahrain Arrests 4 Americans in National Protests

Interior Ministry says alleged journos gave 'false info,' were in 'unlawful gathering'

(Newser) - Protesters took to the streets of Bahrain Sunday on the five-year anniversary of the kingdom's uprising, and officials say four Americans who were in the midst of it in Sitra were arrested, NBC News reports. The charges for the three men and one woman: giving "false information" to...

Fallout Deepens Over Saudi-Iran Rift
 Fallout Deepens Over 
 Saudi-Iran Rift 
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Fallout Deepens Over Saudi-Iran Rift

Bahrain severs ties with Tehran as US worries about effect on ISIS fight

(Newser) - The fallout in the Muslim world over Saudi Arabia's execution of a Shiite cleric is only getting worse. After Iranian protesters broke into the Saudi embassy in Tehran to protest, Saudi Arabia severed diplomatic ties with Iran, and now Bahrain has done the same, reports the BBC . The United...

Woman Gets Year in Jail for Ripping Up King's Photo

Human rights activist found guilty of 'insulting' Bahrain's King Hamad

(Newser) - The daughter of a well-known Bahraini human rights activist was sentenced Wednesday to a year in jail for delivering the ultimate insult to her country's king: ripping up a picture of him, Reuters reports. Zainab al-Khawaja, 32, lost her appeal on a conviction for tearing up a photo of...

New Pan-Arab News Channel Lasts a Few Hours

Early guest may have been too controversial for Bahrain

(Newser) - A new Pan-Arab news channel backed by a billionaire Saudi prince stopped broadcasting from its base in Bahrain today, just hours after it went on the air and carried an interview with a prominent opposition activist. The Alarab television station said on its official Twitter feed that it halted coverage...

US Pounds ISIS Targets in Syria

Airstrikes aimed at degrading group's capabilities

(Newser) - The US and five Arab countries launched airstrikes late Monday on ISIS targets in Syria, the Pentagon says. Using a mix of manned aircraft—fighter jets and bombers—plus Tomahawk cruise missiles, the strikes were part of the expanded military campaign that President Obama authorized nearly two weeks ago in...

Bahrain Bans Import of ... Guy Fawkes Masks

That should put an end to protests

(Newser) - Bahrain thinks it has found one way to stem the nation's 2-year-old protest movement: Ban the import of those ubiquitous Guy Fawkes masks. The nation's commerce chief announced this week that anyone caught bringing them into the country faces arrest, reports the Independent . Of course, protesters might be...

Bahrain Uses Tear Gas to Break Up Kardashian Protest

Protesters not happy with her visit to Middle East country

(Newser) - Kim Kardashian blogged about having "such a fun day in Bahrain" over the weekend, but apparently the feeling was not mutual. Moments before she opened a Millions of Milkshakes branch in the country Saturday, more than 50 protesters denounced her presence there, the AP reports. The hardline Islamic protesters...

Party Rocker Loses Bahrain Ambassador Gig

Diplomats decide against sending Andrew WK to Gulf nation

(Newser) - Some stuffed shirts at the State Department have decided that a rocker who sings about partying until you puke might not be an appropriate American cultural ambassador to a troubled Middle Eastern nation. "King of partying" Andrew WK says a government-sponsored trip for him to visit elementary schools, a...

Bahrain Bans All Protests
 Bahrain Bans All Protests 

Bahrain Bans All Protests

Kingdom moves to quash pro-democracy rallies

(Newser) - Bahrain has imposed emergency-style rules banning all protest gatherings and threatening legal action against groups considered to be backing escalating demonstrations and clashes in the strategic Gulf kingdom. The order, announced by the Interior Ministry, is the most sweeping attempt to quash the kingdom's anti-government uprising since martial law...

Bahrain Delays Verdict for 11-Year-Old Protester

Ali Hasan spent a month in jail already

(Newser) - A Bahrain court has adjourned the case of an 11-year-old boy accused of taking part in anti-government protests and says it will hand down a verdict July 5. The sixth-grade student, who was in court today alongside his father, spent a month behind bars and took his final school exams...

Bahrain to Retry Medics Jailed for Treating Protesters

Sentences drew international condemnation

(Newser) - Bahrain—apparently giving way to international pressure—has ordered retrials for 20 medical personnel who treated victims of the crackdown on anti-government protests earlier this year. The doctors and nurses, accused backing anti-government protests and attempting to overthrow the country's rulers, were sentenced to between 5 and 15 years...

Syria Pulling Injured Out of Hospitals

Military beating wounded as they're taken out, a doctor tells Human Rights Watch

(Newser) - The Syrian government is continuing to snatch patients from hospitals and prevent doctors from helping the wounded, now in the city of Homs, according to Human Rights Watch, which spoke with doctors and other witnesses. The tactic was also reported in Damascus last week , but Wednesday's crackdown in Homs...

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