The king of Bahrain has declared a state of emergency for three months on the island following weeks of anti-government protests, as deadly clashes continued across the country. An order by the king "authorised the commander of Bahrain's defence forces to take all necessary measures to protect the safety of the country and its citizens," a statement read out on television on Tuesday said.
Saudi forces are preparing to intervene in neighbouring Bahrain, after a day of clashes between police and protesters who mounted the most serious challenge to the island's royal family since demonstrations began a month ago.
Thousands of anti-government demonstrators have gathered outside the headquarters of Bahrain's state television as protests continue in the Gulf nation. Friday's demonstration cames a day after sectarian clashes between members of the country's Sunni and Shia communities.
Hassan Mushaimaa, a Bahraini Shia opposition leader who was being tried in absentia in an alleged coup plot, has arrived home from exile after receiving a royal pardon. London-based Mushaimaa flew to Manama, the capital, from Lebanon on Saturday.
Like much of the Arab world, Bahrain's populace has been inspired by the revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt, and is challenging a corrupt, oppressive regime that fails to represent the aspirations of its citizens.
At least 50 political prisoners have been released in Bahrain, including 23 Shia activists accused of plotting to overthrow the kingdom's al-Khalifa dynasty. The state also pardoned two others abroad, including opposition leader Hassan Mashaima, an MP told the AFP news agency.
A day after one of the largest pro-democracy demonstrations this tiny Persian Gulf nation had ever seen, its king was in Saudi Arabia, a close ally and neighbor, to discuss the unrest engulfing the region.
Bahrain announced Monday that it will not host the Formula One Grand Prix race next month as scheduled following a Shiite-led uprising that led to a government crackdown and has left the political future of the country in doubt
Thousands of jubilant protesters surged back into the symbolic heart of Bahrain on Saturday as the government withdrew its security forces, calling for calm after days of violent crackdowns.
Thousands of protesters have reoccupied the Pearl roundabout in the capital, Manama, after troops and riot police retreated from the symbolic centre of their anti-government uprising. The cheering protesters carrying Bahraini flags, flowers and signs that said "Peaceful, peaceful" marched to the traffic circle on Saturday. They chanted, "We are victorious".
Shots were heard around Pearl roundabout in Manama, the Bahraini capital, a day after police forcibly cleared a protest encampment from the traffic circle, witnesses said. The circumstances of the shooting after nightfall on Friday were not clear. A former Shia lawmaker said troops shot at the protesters and wounded several.
Thousands of people have been voicing anger against Bahrain's authorities at the funerals of victims of Thursday's clashes which left four dead. Crowds attending Friday prayers joined the funeral processions, calling for the overthrow of the ruling family.
As a reporter, you sometimes become numbed to sadness. But it is just plain heartbreaking to be in modern, moderate Bahrain today and watch as a critical American ally uses tanks, troops, guns and clubs to crush a peaceful democracy movement and then lie about it.
At least four people have been killed in an early-morning raid by security forces on Pearl Square, the focal point of anti-government demonstrations in Bahrain, sparking street battles with riot police.
Without warning, hundreds of heavily armed riot police officers rushed into Pearl Square here early Thursday, firing tear gas and concussion grenades at the thousands of demonstrators who were sleeping there as part of a widening protest against the nation s absolute monarchy.
Thousands of people have occupied the centre of the Bahraini capital on a third day of anti-government protests. The numbers of those who have been camping out in Manama's Pearl Square were swelled by many who joined the protests throughout the day.
Anti-government protesters are continuing to occupy a roundabout in Manama, Bahrain's capital, after two days of violent clashes left at least two demonstrators dead. The protesters, pressing for a host of demands including political reforms and better human rights in the kingdom, are refusing to disperse, despite a rare apology from the king over the deaths in police firing.