Bahrain - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Bahrain 1 killed, 50 held after Bahrain raid on Shiite cleric's town DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Bahrain police raided a town Tuesday that is home to a prominent Shiite cleric facing the threat of deportation, arresting 50 people in an assault that saw officers fire tear gas and shotguns at protesters. At least one demonstrator was killed and others wounded, activists said. Bahrain's Interior Ministry said the opera... Tue, 23 May 2017 17:07:00 GMT 2017-05-23T17:07:00Z The Latest: Trump asks Mideast to extinguish extremism RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's first trip abroad (all times local): 11:15 p.m. President Donald Trump is imploring Middle Eastern countries to extinguish what he calls "Islamic extremism" emanating from the region. Speaking Sunday to Arab leaders in Saudi Arabia, Trump described the... Sun, 21 May 2017 20:18:00 GMT 2017-05-21T20:18:00Z Human rights concerns prove no obstacle in Trump-Saudi ties DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — On his first overseas visit, President Donald Trump presided over a nearly $110 billion sale of military equipment to Saudi Arabia that made clear his administration did not see the kingdom's human rights record or its devastating war in Yemen as an obstacle to restoring ties that had been strained under his predecessor. ... Sun, 21 May 2017 18:21:00 GMT 2017-05-21T18:21:00Z Infantino channels Blatter rather than marking clean break MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Regardless of his intentions, Gianni Infantino's rhetoric and actions at his second congress leading world soccer did little to signal a clean break from the discredited Sepp Blatter era. And that's after having more than a year to re-shape the tainted FIFA presidency in his image and the chance to banish Blatter's acolytes. Critics... Fri, 12 May 2017 18:57:00 GMT 2017-05-12T18:57:00Z FIFA struggles to regain trust as judge decries new leaders MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Even after a year under new leadership, FIFA is still pleading with the world: Trust us. The message is proving as hard to sell as sponsorship of the World Cup. Especially when FIFA President Gianni Infantino has been accused of ousting the ethics leadership whose mission was to clean up soccer's scandal-tainted image. ... Tue, 09 May 2017 23:26:00 GMT 2017-05-09T23:26:00Z NAmerica may face rivals for 2026 World Cup in rapid process MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — North America's request for an accelerated awarding of the 2026 World Cup without facing a challenge is on hold, for a few months at least. FIFA's ruling council decided Tuesday to allow three more months for rival bids to be presented under plans that have to be rubber-stamped by the congress of all soccer nations on Thursday. A final decision is stil... Tue, 09 May 2017 19:50:00 GMT 2017-05-09T19:50:00Z Specter of bribery cases hangs over FIFA Council elections MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — The specter of fresh corruption scandals hangs over the annual gathering of world soccer leaders, two years after the FIFA Congress was shaken by the exposure of far-reaching fraud. The election of Asian members to FIFA's ruling council on Monday kickstarts a week of meetings in Bahrain, with powerbroker Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sab... Sun, 07 May 2017 22:49:00 GMT 2017-05-07T22:49:00Z Asian Olympic chief Sheikh Ahmad denies FIFA bribery claims GENEVA (AP) — Asian Olympic leader Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah of Kuwait has denied claims made in a U.S. federal court that he paid six-figure bribes to FIFA voters. "Sheikh Ahmad is very surprised by such allegations and strongly denies any wrongdoing," the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) said in a statement issued Saturday on behalf of its president. ... Sat, 29 Apr 2017 18:17:00 GMT 2017-04-29T18:17:00Z US Navy fires warning flare at Iran vessel in Persian Gulf DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer fired a warning flare toward an Iranian Revolutionary Guard vessel coming near it in the Persian Gulf, an American official said Wednesday, the latest tense naval encounter between the two countries. The incident happened Monday as the vessel attempted to draw closer to the USS Mahan ... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 19:12:00 GMT 2017-04-26T19:12:00Z Study: Migrant workers exploited en route to Arab Gulf DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — South Asian migrants working in the multi-billion dollar construction industry in Arab Gulf countries are shouldering the costs of their own recruitment fees while companies and their clients are reaping the benefits from inexpensive labor, according to a study released Tuesday. The research by New York University's Ster... Tue, 11 Apr 2017 07:28:00 GMT 2017-04-11T07:28:00Z Trump to sell attack planes to Nigeria for Boko Haram fight WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration will move forward with the sale of high-tech aircraft to Nigeria for its campaign against Boko Haram Islamic extremists despite concerns over abuses committed by the African nation's security forces, according to U.S. officials. Congress is expected to receive formal notification within weeks, setting in motion a... Mon, 10 Apr 2017 16:11:00 GMT 2017-04-10T16:11:00Z Trump administration drops human rights in Bahrain F-16 deal WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has told Congress it plans to approve a multibillion-dollar sale of F-16 fighter jets to Bahrain without the human rights conditions imposed by the State Department under President Barack Obama. If finalized, the approval would allow the Gulf island to purchase 19 of the jets from Maryland-based Lockheed Martin C... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 13:15:00 GMT 2017-03-30T13:15:00Z Trump admin drops human rights conditions for Bahrain F-16s WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration told Congress on Wednesday it plans to approve a multibillion-dollar sale of F-16 fighter jets to Bahrain without the human rights conditions imposed by the Obama administration. If finalized, the approval would allow the Gulf island to purchase 19 of the jets from Maryland-based Lockheed Martin Corp., plus impro... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 04:06:00 GMT 2017-03-30T04:06:00Z Profiles of teams and drivers for the 2017 F1 championship. MERCEDES Base: Brackley, England Constructors' Championships: 3 2016 Constructors' Championship: 1st Engine: Mercedes Team Principal: Toto Wolff 77 Valtteri Bottas Nationality: Finland ... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 02:03:00 GMT 2017-03-20T02:03:00Z Bahrain parliament approves military trials for civilians DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Bahrain's parliament on Sunday approved a constitutional change allowing military courts to try civilians, the kingdom's latest rollback on reforms made after its 2011 Arab Spring protests that likely will stoke an ongoing government crackdown on dissent. Activists warn the amendment will allow an undeclared state of mar... Sun, 05 Mar 2017 15:23:00 GMT 2017-03-05T15:23:00Z Saudi Arabia warns destructive computer virus has returned DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia is warning that a computer virus that destroyed systems of its state-run oil company in 2012 has returned to the kingdom, with at least one major petrochemical company apparently affected by its spread. Suspicion for the initial dispersal of the Shamoon virus in 2012 fell on Iran as it came after the Stuxnet... Tue, 24 Jan 2017 14:36:00 GMT 2017-01-24T14:36:00Z Bahrain bans paper from publishing online after protests DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Bahraini authorities ordered an independent newspaper to stop publishing online Monday and said a city hall was set ablaze during clashes between opposition protesters and police. The suspension of Al-Wasat's online operations followed a spike in anti-government protests led by the country's Shiite majority that began Sa... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 18:38:00 GMT 2017-01-16T18:38:00Z Bahrain executes 3 over police bombing, triggering protests DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Bahrain on Sunday carried out its first executions since an Arab Spring uprising rocked the country in 2011, putting to death three men found guilty of a deadly bomb attack on police. The executions of the Shiite men drew swift condemnation from human rights groups and sparked intense protests by opponents of the Sunni-r... Sun, 15 Jan 2017 19:39:00 GMT 2017-01-15T19:39:00Z Bahraini demonstrators protest pending executions DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Witnesses say demonstrators have marched in Bahrain to protest the pending executions of three men found guilty of a deadly attack on police in 2014. Bahrainis shared images of the protests on social media and messaging apps Saturday that showed some protesters marching peacefully and others blocking roads and clashing with police. ... Sat, 14 Jan 2017 20:02:00 GMT 2017-01-14T20:02:00Z Bahraini activist, to be freed on bail, ordered held again DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A prominent activist in Bahrain held for over seven months on charges stemming from a series of tweets was to be released on bail Wednesday until prosecutors ordered him back into custody over other investigations. The sudden reversal stunned supporters of Nabeel Rajab, who helped lead Bahrain's 2011 Arab Spring protests... Wed, 28 Dec 2016 14:33:00 GMT 2016-12-28T14:33:00Z US says 2,000 IS fighters killed, gravely wounded in Mosul QAYARA AIR BASE, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi and U.S.-led coalition forces have killed or gravely wounded more than 2,000 Islamic State fighters in the battle for Mosul since October, the top U.S. commander in Iraq said Sunday. Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend told reporters there are still an estimated 3,000 to 5,000 IS fighters defending Mosul. He applauded the efforts ... Sun, 11 Dec 2016 18:05:00 GMT 2016-12-11T18:05:00Z Adding 200 more troops to Syria, US deepens involvement MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Drawing the U.S. deeper into the Syria conflict, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced Saturday he is sending 200 more troops to accelerate the push on the Islamic State's self-declared capital of Raqqa. The 200, to include special operations troops, are in addition to 300 already authorized for the effort to recruit, organize, tra... Sat, 10 Dec 2016 20:31:00 GMT 2016-12-10T20:31:00Z Trump DC hotel attracting foreign envoys and controversy NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump's new luxury hotel in Washington, D.C., has been attracting foreign envoys, special interest groups — and a bit of controversy. One of the latest groups to book the hotel is the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank whose big donors gathered there Tuesday night for a speech by Vice President-elect Mike Pence. Pence spoke on Trump adminis... Wed, 07 Dec 2016 01:59:00 GMT 2016-12-07T01:59:00Z Pence to talk to conservative group at Trump's new DC hotel NEW YORK (AP) — Vice President-elect Mike Pence will deliver a speech on Tuesday night to a conservative group at Donald Trump's new Washington D.C. hotel, raising anew conflict of interest questions surrounding the venue. The Trump International Hotel has come under scrutiny by government ethics experts since the election. They worry foreign governments,... Tue, 06 Dec 2016 19:34:00 GMT 2016-12-06T19:34:00Z Saudi king starts tour of Gulf Arab states with visit to UAE DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia's King Salman has arrived in the United Arab Emirates to begin a regional tour aimed at strengthening relations with four neighboring Gulf allies. The visit Saturday will be followed by stops in Qatar, Bahrain and Kuwait in the days ahead. It's his first Gulf tour since taking power in January 2015. ... Sun, 04 Dec 2016 01:01:00 GMT 2016-12-04T01:01:00Z