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Insulting Bahrain's king could cost you up to $26,500 and up to 7 years in jail

Bahrain's new law punishing those who insult the king comes just a week before the three-year anniversary of mass pro-democracy protests.

Bahrain finds Iranian and Syrian weapons in security raids

"This is the biggest haul of weapons we have seized from our sea border in recent times," said Maj. Gen. Tariq Al Hassan.

US citizen sentenced to prison in Bahrain after anti-government protest

Unusual prison sentence draws international attention to the tiny Middle Eastern kingdom on the same day that Obama makes controversial remarks about its human rights issues.
Bahraini protesters wave their national flags as they take part in an anti-government protest in the village of Jannusan, west of the capital Manama, on September 27, 2013. Thousands took to the streets in Bahrain to condemn the arrest of ex-MP Marzooq, hours after clashes between protesters and police, officials and witnesses said. AFP PHOTO/MOHAMMED AL-SHAIKH (MOHAMMED AL-SHAIKH/AFP/Getty Images)

US citizen Tagi al-Maidan received on Tuesday a 10-year prison sentence in Bahrain for attempted murder charges.

Maidan, who is of Bahraini and Saudi descent, was detained in the tiny Middle Eastern kingdom last October in connection to his involvement in the anti-government protests that have been occurring there almost daily since February of 2011.

His sister, who attended the sentencing and said that US consular officials were present, said, "After the sentence was read, Tagi was calm and he looked down towards the ground. He was in a state of shock."


What was Biden signaling in his pro-war comments on Iran to Israeli lobby?

Commentary: Is the vice president building his own hardline bona fides for 2016?
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US Vice President Joe Biden addresses the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's annual policy conference at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on March 4, 2013, in Washington, DC. Biden boldly confirmed the political, historical and military ties between the two countries and emphasized President Barack Obama's support for Israel, a country the president will visit later this month. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
OWL’S HEAD, MAINE — Next week will mark the 10th anniversary of the United States' invasion of Iraq, the low point of many in George W. Bush's failed presidency.

Bahrain bans Guy Fawkes masks in effort to quell protests

Guy Fawkes mask owners, beware: the "V for Vendetta" style masks favored by protesters the world over have been banned from import into Bahrain, and offenders could face prison time.

Bahrain’s changing opposition

MUHAZZA VILLAGE, Bahrain — After nearly two years of frustration, the Arab Spring uprising against Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa al Khalifa, a key US ally, is growing increasingly tense. Following a series of brutal government crackdowns, young protesters who say they have little choice are taking a more militant approach, and in some cases, resorting to violence.

Bahrain’s labor unions split over uprising

MANAMA, Bahrain — A new union association set up to support the government is dividing Bahrain's labor movement.

Bahrain: The forgotten uprising

The tiny island nation of Bahrain, home to a key US naval base, is two years into its uprising with no end in sight.

Bahrain’s monarchy stokes divisions between Sunni and Shiite

MANAMA, Bahrain — When the uprising in Bahrain began, both Sunni and Shiites took to the streets together. Now they barely talk. Activists say the government has convinced Sunnis that Shiites are determined to create an Iranian-style religious state. Shiites say nothing could be further from the truth.

In Bahrain, still protesting

Little change in Bahrain despite two years of protests and strikes that have left at least 70 people dead.
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