Bahrain

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.

May 25, 2014

Nabeel Rajab was imprisoned for criticizing the Bahraini government and for partaking in anti-government demonstrations. (AFP/File)
16:05 GMT

Prominent human rights activist Nabeel Rajab has called for serious dialogue in Bahrain.

May 24, 2014

Protesters have been gathering since Seyed Mahmood Seyed Mohsen was shot on Wednesday (File/AFP)
18:38 GMT

Angry protesters are preparing for the funeral of a 14-year-old teen, shot by Bahraini security forces near the capital Manama.

May 21, 2014

Amnesty International has voiced concern over the ongoing crackdown on protesters in Bahrain. (AFP/File)
20:00 GMT

Bahraini security forces have killed an anti-regime protester who had participated in a rally in the island of Sitra.

Anti-government protests have swept Bahrain since 2011. (AFP/File)
07:16 GMT

A member of Bahrain's parliament has been fired for criticizing conditions at a detention center where citizens are held for protesting against the government.

May 19, 2014

The Bahrain government has been violently cracking down on dissent for years, but it was not until the country's 2011 uprisings that Bahrain's domestic tensions really captured international attention (File Archive/AFP)
06:50 GMT

The Bahraini government intensified crackdowns on anti-government protests, and even clashed with funeral mourners of an anti-government demonstrator in Sitra this weekend.

May 14, 2014

Many Bahrainis who are Shiite wish to achieve greater representation in their government. (AFP/File)
13:18 GMT

Protesters clashed with police in the village of Eker near the Island of Sitra in Bahrain.