Bahraini opposition leader released after 4 years

Jun 20, 2015

Bahraini opposition leader released after 4 years

A top Bahraini opposition leader was released Friday after more than four years in prison for his role in protests calling for reform in the Persian Gulf kingdom. The WAAD (National Democratic Action Society) group confirmed that Ibrahim Sharif was released Friday. Sharif was ...

Iran tried to break naval blockade, Yemen minister says

Apr 24, 2015

Iran tried to break naval blockade, Yemen minister says

Yemeni Foreign Minister Riyadh Yassin on Thursday accused Iran of trying to break a naval blockade on his country aimed at cutting off supplies to Shiite rebels. In a joint news conference with his Bahraini counterpart, Khalid Al-Khalifa, Yassin said, “Iran is carrying out ...

Bahrain deploys warplanes to Jordan for war against Islamic State

Feb 17, 2015

Bahrain deploys warplanes to Jordan for war against Islamic State

Bahrain has deployed fighter jets to Jordan to support the U.S.-led air campaign against the Islamic State group, Jordan’s information minister said on Monday. The move comes a week after the United Arab Emirates deployed an F-16 squadron to Jordan to take part in ...

Outspoken Saudi prince to launch pan-Arab news channel

Feb 1, 2015

Outspoken Saudi prince to launch pan-Arab news channel

An outspoken billionaire Saudi prince on Sunday launched a pan-Arab satellite news channel aimed at challenging established networks in the region. Prince Alwaleed bin Talal is a nephew of King Abdullah, who died on Jan. 23. In a highly conservative Islamic kingdom, Alwaleed, who ...

UAE, Iran advance to knockout stage

Jan 15, 2015

UAE, Iran advance to knockout stage

Ali Mabkhout eased the tension quickly for his team, scoring after just 14 seconds to set up a 2-1 win over Bahrain that secured a spot in the Asian Cup knockout stage for the United Arab Emirates. Three-time champion Iran earned a place in ...

Iran sends Bahrain to opening defeat; UAE routs Qatar

Jan 11, 2015

Iran sends Bahrain to opening defeat; UAE routs Qatar

Tournament favorite Iran downed a spirited Bahrain 2-0 and the United Arab Emirates trounced Qatar 4-1 in the opening Group C matches of the Asian Cup on Sunday. Ehsan Hajsafi and Masoud Shojaei scored late in each half to give Iran the win over ...

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 ...