Bahrain

  • CAIRO, EGYPT - JUNE 8: Egypt's new President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi reviews the honor guard during the handover ceremony in front of the Ittihadiya presidential palace in eastern Cairo, Egypt on June 8, 2014. Al-Sisi, Egypt's former defense minister, was sworn in by the Supreme Constitutional Court as the country's new president after winning last month's presidential poll. (Egyptian Presidency/Pool/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
    June 8, 2014   BY Kayla Ruble 

    Egypt’s new president and former army chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi was sworn into office on Sunday following last week’s elections — the second free elections in the country’s history. Continue reading

  • A Bahraini girl takes part in an anti-government protest in a village south of the capital in early February. Photo by Mohammed Al-Shaikh/Getty Images
    February 14, 2014   BY Talia Mindich 

    A Bahraini girl takes part in an anti-government protest in a village south of the capital in early February. Photo by Mohammed Al-Shaikh/Getty Images[/caption]
    Explosions and clashes between Sunni monarchy-supported security forces and anti-government Shiite protesters in Bahrain have marked the third anniversary of the Gulf nation’s Arab Spring-inspired uprisings on Friday. Continue reading

  • March 12, 2012   BY Will Tam 

    Protests across North Africa and the Middle East gained steam after revolts toppled leaders in Tunisia and Egypt in early 2011. Track all of the unrest in our interactive timeline.

  • March 9, 2012  

    In other news Friday, Greece’s government said nearly 84 percent of its private-sector creditors agreed to accept new Greek bonds worth less than half the old ones, making it the biggest debt writedown in history. In Syria, activists reported that at least 54 people were killed in nationwide violence. Continue reading

  • February 14, 2012  

    In other news Tuesday, eurozone finance ministers canceled a meeting set for Wednesday on approving a $170 billion bailout for Greece. The group plans to meet Monday after discussing how Greece will achieve promised savings. Also, in Syria, the army of President Bashar al-Assad intensified its artillery barrage on Homs. Continue reading

  • November 23, 2011   BY Larisa Epatko  

    An independent report released Wednesday said Bahraini security forces used “excessive force” to muffle protesters seeking a change in government last spring. The report, commissioned by the Bahraini government, was a first for the island kingdom and marks an opportunity that shouldn’t be lost by its leaders, said the editor of Bahrain’s largest independent newspaper. Continue reading

  • November 23, 2011  

    Young people and police clashed Wednesday in Bahrain as an independent commission released its findings on the upheavals that shook the tiny Persian Gulf kingdom earlier this year and the deadly crackdown that followed. Margret Warner reports. Continue reading

  • November 23, 2011  

    An independent commission released findings on the upheavals that shook the tiny Persian Gulf kingdom of Bahrain earlier this year and the crackdown that followed. Margret Warner discusses the events and the Bassiouni report with Bahrain’s finance minister, Sheikh Ahmed al-Khalifa, and the editor of al Wasat, Mansoor al Jamri. Continue reading

  • September 29, 2011  

    A group of 20 doctors and nurses jailed during the spring revolt against Bahrain’s ruling monarchy received sentences of up to 15 years in prison Thursday for treating demonstrators wounded in protests. Jonathan Rugman of International Television News reports. Continue reading

  • July 1, 2011   BY Larisa Epatko  

    Syria saw some of its largest protests yet Friday in an anti-government movement that has gripped the country since March. Hundreds of thousands took to the streets in various cities and at least 12 people reportedly were killed in clashes with security forces. Continue reading

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