Salman bin Hamad bin Isa al Khalifa

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Bahrain Prince Declines Royal Wedding Invite

Under duress; and it's no place for old Labour PMs, either

(Newser) - The news that Bahrain's crown prince was ducking out of his troubled country to attend Prince William's much ballyhooed nuptials raised some eyebrows, and Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa today reversed course, sending Prince Charles his regrets. Saying he was "saddened and troubled" by British media... More »

Bahrain: Foreign Plot Has Failed

Manama, Tehran trade diplomatic expulsions

(Newser) - Following an aggressive crackdown on protesters last week, Bahrain’s king has announced the “failure” of a foreign plot against his country, and thanked Sunni allies for sending troops into Bahrain. “An external plot has been fomented for 20 to 30 years until the ground was ripe for... More »

Bahraini Military Stands Down, Seeks Talks

Protesters jubilant as leaders order military to withdraw

(Newser) - Bahrain protesters reclaimed their symbolic Pearl Square today, after the nation's leaders ordered the military to withdraw in a key concession that came just a day after a brutal crackdown that injured at least 50 and drew a sharp condemnation from President Obama . Members of the opposition chanted, "We... More »

US Looked for Dirt on Bahrain Princes

WikiLeaks reveals that Clinton asked about drug, alcohol use

(Newser) - The State Department secretly asked its diplomats in Bahrain to look for tabloid-level dirt on Bahrain’s princes, a new cable released by WikiLeaks reveals. Hillary Clinton's office asked diplomats to report any “derogatory” info on Nasir bin Hamad al-Khalifa, 23, or his brother, Khalid, 21, such as whether... More »

Quiet Qatar Plays Key Mideast Peacemaker Role

Iconoclastic emirate works to calm conflicts

(Newser) - Qatar has managed the amazing diplomatic feat of staying friendly with just about everybody in the Middle East, the New York Times writes. The tiny, oil-rich emirate, which somehow maintains close ties with Iran while also hosting an American airbase, is rapidly becoming the region's mediator. Its diplomats recently pulled... More »

Arab World Frets Over Iran Nukes

Bahrain leader bluntly accuses Tehran of developing WMDs

(Newser) - The crown prince of Bahrain has become the first Arab leader to accuse Iran of lying about  its nuclear program. In an interview with the Times of London, Salman bin Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa pushes aside diplomatic language as threats of a military strike multiply. "While they don’t... More »

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