Protesters marched on the outskirts of the Bahraini capital on Friday, demanding democratic reforms amid renewed tension in the island nation more than a year after the beginning of pro-reform demonstrations.
Riot police clashed Friday in suburbs across Bahrain's capital of Manama with thousands of demonstrators enraged at the government's denial of responsibility in the death of a 14-year-old boy, a human rights advocate in the Arab nation said.
The head of the independent commission assigned by King Hamad bin Is al-Khalifa with investigating charges of human rights abuses during recent government crackdowns on pro-reform protesters in Bahrain vowed Thursday to carry out a fair, methodical and transparent investigation.
Bahrain's king has set up an independent commission to investigate possible human rights violations during recent government crackdowns on pro-reform protesters, according to the state-run Bahrain News Agency.
A cruel dictatorship is in the process of collapsing in Libya, repressing its own people as it dies. And yet the Obama administration has barely said a thing about it. The president's statement Wednesday condemning the repression and laying out a process to consider additional steps on Libya was remarkably cautious.
After three months abroad for medical treatment, Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah returned home Wednesday to a Middle East shaken by unrest, announcing a series of sweeping measures aimed at relieving economic hardship and meeting with Bahrain's beleaguered monarch.
People prayed and demonstrated late Thursday outside a Manama hospital, where scores had come for treatment following a pre-dawn raid by government forces on an encampment of protesters that left at least four dead.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Monday that the release of secret diplomatic cables by the whistle-blower website WikiLeaks "will not have any affect on this region's nations," calling the documents "valueless."