Bahrain

July 20, 2014

Al Wefaq has led many of the major opposition protests throughout Bahrain since the mass demonstrations in February 2011 (File Archive/AFP)
16:16 GMT

The government of Bahrain has filed a lawsuit that will make the country's main opposition activities illegal under law for at least three months.

July 10, 2014

Ali Salman, the head of the Al Wefaq opposition party, was arrested this week for meeting with Malinowski (File Archive/AFP)
18:29 GMT

Bahrain's main opposition leader was arrested for meeting with Washington's top diplomat to the country who was expelled earlier this week.

July 9, 2014

The U.S responded with deep concern to Bahrain demanding U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labour, Tomasz Malinowski's leave the country following his meeting with Opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman. (AFP PHOTO / HO / AL-WEFAQ MEDIA CENTRE).
09:42 GMT

Bahrain's main Shiite Muslim opposition group was summoned by Bahraini authorities for "interrogation" on Tuesday, following their meeting with the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labour, Tomasz Malinowski.

July 5, 2014

Human Rights Watch has been at the forefront of criticism in terms of Manama's human rights violations against opposition activists (File Archive/AFP)
20:00 GMT

At least one Bahraini police officer died Saturday in an alleged bombing attack,At least one Bahraini police officer died Saturday in an alleged bombing attack.

July 2, 2014

A similar visa policy is already in place for nationals from 38 countries, and once implemented, it will be available to 102 countries in total, EDB stated. The new policy was presented in a cabinet meeting earlier this week by Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Bahrain’s first deputy PM and chairman of the EDB.
14:38 GMT

Bahrain is mulling the implementation of a new visa policy, under which nationals from 64 countries will be provided a one-month visa on arrival.

July 1, 2014

S&P noted that hydrocarbon revenues constitute almost 46 per cent of nominal GDP and three-quarters of total exports of the six GCC nations.
04:55 GMT

Increasing dependence of the GCC states on oil revenues poses a rising credit risk, a new survey by S&P says.

June 22, 2014

The banking sector is in good health, and the performance of the challenged Islamic retail banks has improved marginally.
14:23 GMT

The IMF says Bahrain’s fiscal deficit has continued on a rising trend in 2013, although by less than budgeted.

June 11, 2014

Anti-government demonstrations have swept the country since 2011. (AFP/File)
08:07 GMT

The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights has expressed deep concern over the Bahraini government's crackdown on political dissidents.

June 4, 2014

Bahrain's interior ministry rejected all allegations of prisoners being mistreated (File/AFP)
14:03 GMT

Al-Wefaq has voiced concern over the safety and well-being of Bahraini prisoners who have reportedly gone on hunger strike.

June 3, 2014

21 anti-regime protesters have been jailed whilst police officers and soldiers involved in putting down the protest have been acquitted of wrongdoing (AFP/ File).
20:01 GMT

Bahrain has sentenced 21 anti-regime protesters to 15 years in jail and acquitted police and soldiers involved in its ongoing harsh crackdown against dissidence.

The International Monetary Fund warned Bahrain last year that the Kingdom needed to reform its public finances in the medium term to avoid its debt burden becoming unsustainable.
03:55 GMT

The small oil exporter faces tough choices between boosting state expenditure to sooth simmering political unrest and keeping its fragile public finances sustainable.

June 1, 2014

Anti-government protests have swept Bahrain since 2011. (AFP/File)
07:22 GMT

Opposition parties in Bahrain have decided to boycott the parliamentary and municipal elections that are scheduled to take place in October.

May 28, 2014

Bahrain rejected 42 claims of human rights violations and violence outlined in the U.S. report (File/AFP)
13:16 GMT

Bahrain's interior ministry denied wrongdoing after a report on violence and human rights in the country was released by the U.S. State Department.

May 26, 2014

Construction contracts for a new crude oil pipeline between Saudi Arabia and Bahrain are expected to be tendered by the end of the year.
21:57 GMT

The 115km-long pipeline would run overland for 74km, with the remaining 31km being sub-sea.

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and the UAE recalled their ambassadors from Qatar in April. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

Bahrain's foreign minister said the ambassador to Qatar will not be reinstated anytime soon.