Four years on, hoped for Arab Spring's aims elude

Dec 9, 2014

Four years on, hoped for Arab Spring's aims elude

It began with a spark, four years ago: An itinerant fruit seller, despairing of life in authoritarian Tunisia, set himself on fire and burned to death. It provoked a revolution, and the flames caught swiftly across a region that had known little but despotism ...

Dec 7, 2014

Britain to boost military presence in Persian Gulf

Britain has signed a deal with Bahrain that will bolster the United Kingdom’s military presence in the island nation and give it permanent naval base in the oil-rich Persian Gulf region, officials announced Saturday. The agreement marks a strategic shift for Britain, which formally ...

Dec 5, 2014

Bahrain jails Shiite activist for insulting king

A Bahraini court on Thursday sentenced a prominent opposition activist to three years in prison for insulting the king after she tore up the monarch’s photo, her lawyer said. The activist, Zainab al-Khawaja, gave birth only a few weeks earlier. Al-Khawaja was also fined ...

| Sep 28, 2014

Disqualified Jebet gets gold back on appeal

Teenage steeplechaser Ruth Jebet had her Asian Games gold medal restored on appeal Sunday as dominant China passed 100 wins with a week’s competition still to go. Kenya-born Jebet, 17, was left in tears when she was stripped of her big victory late on ...

Sep 4, 2014

U.S. citizen among 24 jailed over Saudi 'terror cell'

A Riyadh court jailed 24 people, including a U.S. citizen, for up to 27 years Wednesday for forming a “terrorist cell” and attempting to attack Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, state media said. The defendants, sentenced to at least two years in prison, also include ...

Jul 8, 2014

U.S. diplomat who met Shiite group is ordered out of Bahrain

Bahrain ordered a top U.S. diplomat to leave the country Monday after he met with a leading Shiite opposition group. The Foreign Ministry said in a statement that U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Tom Malinowski is not welcome ...

Bahrain: Opposition group says leader arrested

Dec 29, 2013

Bahrain: Opposition group says leader arrested

Bahrain authorities summoned the head of the country’s main Shiite opposition bloc on Saturday for questioning on allegations of incitement, a move that could inflame tensions in the tiny Western-allied Gulf kingdom. Al Wefaq says it considers its leader, Ali Salman, to be under ...

Abe reaches deal with Bahrain on GCC talks

Aug 25, 2013

Abe reaches deal with Bahrain on GCC talks

The leaders of Japan and Bahrain have agreed to resume a strategic dialogue between resource-poor Japan and a regional grouping of oil-producing gulf countries, Japanese officials said. The accord was reached between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, prime ...