Bahrain

December 23, 2013

Dounia feeding cake to her new man on their wedding day. (Image: Facebook)
09:11 GMT

Season one Arab Idol star Dounia Batma made one Bahraini dude a lucky man. Not only did he gain a second wife, but she's a celebrity songstress to boot!

December 19, 2013

Security forces who have violently cracked down on opposition activists rarely are charged or even tried for their crimes (File Archive/AFP)
08:42 GMT

Many Bahraini opposition activists have been detained, tortured or killed since the 2011 uprisings. For those still on the streets, time--and resources--are running out to stop government forces from dooming them to similar fates. We take a look at the growing movement of Bahraini activist asylum-seekers who are starting to flee the Gulf Island for protection elsewhere.

December 16, 2013

Bahrain's oil investments have contributed to 45 percent of the country's output growth this year (File Archive)
11:04 GMT

Bahrain's economy grew 4.6 percent over the past year based on third quarter data.

December 11, 2013

Bahraini court jails 12 anti-regime demonstrators. [presstv.ir]
17:54 GMT

A court in Bahrain has sentenced 12 anti-regime protesters to prison for allegedly attacking a car warehouse as the Al Khalifa regime steps up its crackdown on dissent.

Bahrain is in the final stage of installing a 4G/LTE network in the country, and is already planning to have the system updated and operational to 5G by 2017 (Shutterstock)
06:40 GMT

Bahraini customers will be using a 5G mobile network, 100 times faster than 4G, by 2017.

December 9, 2013

Media stations affiliated to Hezbollah have apologized for their biased coverage of sporadic Shiite protests in Bahrain. (AFP/File)
06:16 GMT

Media groups affiliated with Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah have apologized to Bahrain for their biased and subjective coverage of Shiite protests in the Gulf state.

December 3, 2013

The Economic Freedom of the Arab World report compares and ranks Arab nations in five areas of economic freedom. (Image credit: Shutterstock)
05:12 GMT

The annual Economic Freedom of the Arab World report published by the Fraser Institute has ranked Arab nations in terms of economic freedom.

December 1, 2013

Jordan was one of the top ranked countries for economic freedom in the report, despite its growing notoriety for some of the highest taxes in the region. Jordanians gathered earlier this year to protest against tax hikes on cooking gas and telecommunications (AFP)
06:48 GMT

A recent report released by a Canadian public policy think tank suggests that Bahrain, Jordan and the UAE have the highest levels of economic freedom in the region.

November 27, 2013

Bahrain's capital has attracted over 10.8 million visitors in 2013 thus far (Courtesy of Arabia 2day)
09:40 GMT

GCC and ASEAN voted Tuesday to name Bahrain's Manama the 2014 capital of tourism.

November 26, 2013

More than 10.8 million visitors have arrived in Bahrain thus far this year (Courtesy of Samba Samba)
08:32 GMT

In 2013 thus far, 10.8 million visitors have arrived in Bahrain, but confusing passport and visa procedures may discourage additional visitors in the future.

November 24, 2013

Bahrain's King Hamad has come under international scrutiny for what is being described as systematic targeting of political opposition leaders (File Archive/AFP)
12:39 GMT

On Sunday, a Bahraini court sentenced 12 Shiites to 10-year jail terms each for attempting to kill policeman near the country's capital, while a policeman was acquitted for attempting to murder a Shiite protestor.

Gulf Air's profits in the third quarter were 24 percent better than its forecast (Courtesy of Khaleej Times)
10:00 GMT

Bahrain's Gulf Air's restructuring plan has reportedly paid off as third-quarter profits keep airline on track to achieve its annual targets.

A Bahraini photographer holds a mask of Guy Fawkes used by the anonymous movement during an anti-government protest in the village of Bilad al-Qadeem, in a suburb of the capital Manama. (AFP)
06:15 GMT

Bahrain's Interior Ministry said late Saturday that it had arrested two Gulf Arab citizens who are suspected of plotting "terrorist" attacks against the Kingdom.

November 22, 2013

(Image used for illustrative purposes, courtesy of tribesports.com)
05:00 GMT

A little Latino groovin' and a dash of European passion will make for a night of feverish fun on November 28th at the Dragon Hotel and Resort, Armwaj Islands with the music of legendary Gypsy Kings.

November 19, 2013

A Manama appeals court on Tuesday upheld the 15 year-long jail terms for 17 Shiites convicted over attacking state security forces. (AFP/File)
11:07 GMT

A Manama appeals court on Tuesday upheld the 15 year-long jail terms for 17 Shiites convicted over attacking state security forces.