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Bahrain questions prominent Shiite opposition figure

Bahraini authorities referred former Shiite opposition MP Khalil Marzooq to the public prosecutor on Tuesday, the interior ministry said, with the opposition saying he has been accused of inciting violence. Marzooq, a prominent figure in the main Shiite opposition Al-Wefaq formation, has been "summoned and referred to the public prosecution," the ministry said on Twitter. The ministry's statement follows calls from Al-Wefaq to release Marzooq, saying he was being held for questioning after police summoned him to Al-Budayia station, west of Manama.

Thousands of Bahrainis demonstrate for 'change'

Thousands of opposition supporters demonstrated Friday in a Shiite Muslim village near the Bahraini capital, witnesses said, a day after a car bomb wounded four policemen in another Shiite town. The Sunni-ruled kingdom has been rocked by sporadic violence since its security forces crushed a month of Arab Spring-inspired democracy protests by Shiites in 2011. On Friday afternoon supporters of the February 14 Coalition youth group demonstrated in the Shiite village of Jad Fahs outside Manama demanding "democratic changes."

Car bomb explodes west of Bahraini capital Manama

MANAMA (Reuters) - A car bomb exploded near a recreational area in Budaiya, west of the Bahraini capital Manama, on Saturday but no casualties were reported, the Interior Ministry said. Two gas cylinders were planted in a parked vehicle but only one exploded, a ministry source told Reuters. Bahrain, a majority Shi'ite country ruled by the Sunni al Khalifa family, has been buffeted by political unrest since 2011, with mostly Shi'ite Bahrainis agitating for democratic reforms and more say in government.

Car bomb hits Bahrain Sunni mosque

A car bomb exploded outside a Sunni mosque in a Bahrain neighbourhood where the royal court is situated but caused no casualties, the interior ministry said. The bomb, made from a gas cylinder, exploded late Wednesday in the parking area of the Isa bin Salman mosque in the Rifaa neighbourhood, south of the capital Manama, the ministry said. "The terrorist act took place while prayers were held in the mosque," it said. Government spokeswoman Samira Rajab said Thursday the explosion was "an attempt to create chaos" in Bahrain.

Car bomb explodes outside mosque in Bahrain

ABU DHABI (Reuters) - A car bomb exploded outside a Sunni Muslim mosque as worshippers attended late-night prayers in a district where members of Bahrain's royal family live, the Interior Ministry said on Thursday. No one was reported hurt in the attack in Riffa south of the capital Manama late on Wednesday, in what government officials said was an attempt to inflame sectarian tensions.

Assailants firebomb Bahrain MP's home

Assailants hurled firebombs at the home of a Shiite lawmaker in Bahrain on Monday, without causing any casualties even though his family was inside at the time, parliament said. It was unclear if the lawmaker, Abbas al-Madi, was himself at his home in the town of Deir, near the capital Manama, during the early morning attack. "The house of MP Abbas al-Madi was targeted by a terrorist attack Monday dawn in which parts of the house were damaged and burnt," the parliament said in a statement.

Opposition slams Bahrain warning on Egypt-inspired demos

Bahrain's Shiite-led opposition on Sunday slammed the Sunni-ruled government for warning people against joining protests that are planned for next month and named after Egypt's "Tamarod" rebellion movement. "The people have the right to protest peacefully" on August 14 to mark the 42nd anniversary of British forces pulling out of the Gulf kingdom, said the Al-Wefaq movement. Al-Wefaq urged the authorities not to use the demonstrations as a pretext to crackdown on the opposition and launch widespread arrests.

Main Bahrain opposition group temporarily boycotts talks

DUBAI (Reuters) - Bahrain's main opposition group suspended its participation in reconciliation talks with the government for two weeks on Wednesday, blaming the slow pace of talks and the raid last week on a top Shi'ite Muslim cleric's home. Little progress has been achieved in the talks that began in February as part of efforts to end two years of political deadlock following pro-democracy protests by majority Shi'ite Muslims in 2011 that were crushed by the Sunni-led government.

Bahrain opposition says to boycott dialogue for 2 weeks

Bahrain's opposition said Wednesday it will boycott the national dialogue for two weeks after a crackdown by authorities that has seen "hundreds of citizens" arrested and home of a prominent Shiite cleric raided. The opposition entered into a dialogue with the government in February which aims at resolving the political deadlock in the Shiite-majority kingdom, but the talks have been dogged by disagreement between the two sides. The dialogue is being held twice a week after it started on February 10.

Home of Bahrain's top Shiite cleric raided

Bahrain's main opposition accused government troops of raiding the home of the country's leading Shiite cleric on Friday, and warned that authorities will bear responsibility for this "dangerous" act. The Shiite Al-Wefaq movement levelled the accusations in a statement and distributed pictures of what it said was damage caused to the home of Ayatollah Issa Qassem in the town of Diraz, west of Manama. There was no immediate confirmation from the minority Sunni-ruled government of Bahrain -- home to the US Navy's Fifth Fleet.
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