Bahrain crown prince urges police restraint over protests

DUBAI | Tue Jul 31, 2012 11:30am EDT

(Reuters) – Bahrain’s crown prince has ordered police to exercise restraint in dealing with protesters and to avoid sectarian discrimination, as opposition activists accuse the Gulf Arab state of cracking down on pro-democracy protests.

The opposition party Wefaq praised the crown prince’s comments. Continue reading Bahrain crown prince urges police restraint over protests

Bahrain fund chief: economic reform on track

By Andrew Hammond

MANAMA | Thu Jul 5, 2012 3:51am EDT

(Reuters) – Bahrain’s ambitious economic reform program is still on track, the head of the country’s sovereign wealth fund Mumtalakat said this week, despite a year of turmoil in the Gulf Arab state as the monarchy tackles a pro-democracy protest movement.

Mahmood Al-Kooheji said the fund would focus its investment activities on Bahrain and Gulf Cooperation Council countries and that while it would not engage in more debt issues, its subsidiaries could seek to refinance loans. Continue reading Bahrain fund chief: economic reform on track

Bahrain bans opposition rallies, dialogue efforts continue

By Andrew Hammond

DUBAI | Fri Jul 13, 2012 7:55pm IST

(Reuters) – Bahrain has said it is banning opposition rallies in order to prevent disruption to traffic and street violence that are sabotaging efforts to end unrest in the Gulf Arab state.

But the opposition described the move as a new attempt to silence them. Continue reading Bahrain bans opposition rallies, dialogue efforts continue

Bahrain closes Islamist party, cites “violent” cleric

DUBAI | Tue Jul 10, 2012 12:49pm EDT

(Reuters) – A Bahrain court has dissolved a Shi’ite Islamist political party which has played a role in the Gulf Arab state’s wave of unrest, on the grounds that it answers to a religious authority who calls for violence. Continue reading Bahrain closes Islamist party, cites “violent” cleric

Bahrain court jails protest leader over tweets: lawyer

DUBAI | Mon Jul 9, 2012 8:34am EDT

(Reuters) – A prominent Bahraini protest leader, Nabeel Rajab, was sentenced to three months in prison over a tweet against the prime minister which the court said insulted Bahrainis, Rajab’s lawyer and a colleague said. Continue reading Bahrain court jails protest leader over tweets: lawyer