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De Mistura named new UN Syria mediator

Veteran United Nations official Staffan de Mistura, a former UN special envoy to Afghanistan and Iraq, will replace Lakhdar Brahimi as the international mediator seeking an end to Syria's civil war, diplomats said. UN Secretar

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Bahraini opposition officials face legal action

Legal action could be taken against two senior Bahraini opposition members for violating a ministerial decree.   Al Wefaq National Islamic Society secretary general Shaikh Ali Salman and his assistant for politic

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Bahrain expels top US official

Bahrain's Foreign Ministry has declared US Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labour Tomasz P Malinowski persona non grata and asked him to leave the country immediately. The ministry said that he fla

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Bahraini opposition leaders cleared of terrorist link

A Bahraini opposition leader has been cleared of having links to an outlawed terrorist group, potentially injecting new impetus to a dialogue process designed to end the country's political stalemate.   Khali

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US Embassy denies secret funding for opposition

Allegations that an American-funded development programme was being used to undermine regional governments, including Bahrain, have been denied by the US Embassy in Manama.    It follows concerns that the Mi

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Bahrain opposition groups to boycott polls

Two opposition groups, including Al Wefaq National Islamic Society, will not contest the upcoming parliamentary and municipal elections.   A third society could also follow suit in a move described by Sunni group

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New agreement ‘to end stalemate’ in Bahrain

Bahrain's authorities and the opposition have reached a "reconciliation deal" to be announced early next month, an opposition source has been quoted as saying by an Egyptian news website. The source - a leading membe

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Bahrain slams critics of F1 race

Bahrain has hit back at critics of this weekend's Formula One race, which some opposition activists want to be cancelled because of the increased security that comes with it.   It follows an article in a Brit

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Former Bahrain MPs told to return passports

Former MPs who represented Bahrain's main opposition group have been asked to return the special passports they received when they were in parliament, it has been claimed.   It follows a government announceme

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Peace deal halts two days of violence in Ukraine, 77 dead

A breakthrough peace deal for Ukraine halted two days of violence that had turned the center of the capital into a war zone and killed 77 people, bringing sweeping political change that met many demands of the pro-European opposition.

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