Bahrain has detained a former bodybuilding champion as part of a crackdown on mainly Shi'ite Muslim pro-democracy protesters in the Sunni-led Gulf Arab kingdom, the opposition said on Sunday. Full story
A few hundred residents of the western Shiite Muslim village of Karzakan, Bahrain, march against the Bahraini government after midday prayers Friday, March 25, 2011. Opponents of the regime, most of them Shia, attempted coordinated large-scale protests Friday, but government forces were prepared wit
Protesters shout slogans during a demonstration demanding the release of prisoners they say are held without trial, in the Gulf coast town of Qatif March 10, 2011. Saudi police dispersed a protest by a Shi'ite minority in Qatif on Thursday with one to four people wounded as shots were heard, witness
Thousands of Sunni Bahrainis gather near the home of a Sunni family to protect the household from Shi'ites they believe are intending to attack them, in the town of Busiteen, north of Manama, early 8 March 2011. A member of the Sunni family was involved in a car accident that injured a Shi'ite who
Anti-government protesters attend a rally organised by the Shi'ite rebel al-Houthi group in the north-western Yemeni province of Saada February 21, 2011. Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh said protesters demanding an end to his 32-year rule could not achieve their goal through "anarchy and killing
Tensions were high during the October 2010 general election following the detention of 250 Shia, accused of terrorism by the Govt, and human rights campaining by local groups. international campaign groups such as Human Rights Watch stated that some detainess were tortured. The outcome of the ele
The ruling Sunni Al Khalif Royal family have been heavily accused of stealing land and selling it for their own personal forture in a country where tensions are high due to the regular detention of members of the Shia majority who make up 70% of the population of Bahrain.