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Teenage demonstrator killed on second anniversary of Bahrain uprising

A centuries-old rift been Sunni and Shia Islam runs through the increasingly sectarian revolt.
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Bahraini protestors run for cover from tear gas fired by riot police following an anti-government rally to demand political reforms on February 12, 2013 in the village of Sanabis, west of the Bahraini capital Manama. Bahrain's opposition groups, expecting little from a renewed national dialogue, plan to stage protests this week to mark the second anniversary of a Shiite-led uprising that was crushed by security forces. (Mohammed Al-Shaikh/AFP/Getty Images)

MANAMA, Bahrain — The movement opposing Bahrain’s autocratic monarchy is gaining strength in what has become the longest-running uprising of the Arab Spring. Demonstrators clashed with security forces Thursday as they marked the revolt’s second anniversary and shots were fired by security forces.


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