Allegations that Bahrain's Shi'ite community suffers from economic discrimination have been disputed in a report compiled by an independent expert, who accuses opposition groups of lying about the extent of hardships being faced.
Bahrain's foreign minister yesterday accused Iran of eyeing the country as 'the crown jewel' in a campaign to penetrate the Gulf, and called for Arab support in confronting Tehran, according to official Egyptian media.
Sunnis constitute 51 per cent of total Bahraini citizens, with Shi’ites accounting for the remaining 49 per cent, a special research team has found following a study conducted Al Jazeera.net website.
The research, conducted between July 4
Yemeni Shi'ite rebels opened fire on government troops sent to quell fighting between the rebels and pro-government tribes, a government official said, threatening a truce in the country's civil war.
Tensions between the rebels and tribes
Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr has emerged as potential kingmaker in Iraq's new government, threatening to alter the country's political landscape.
Initial results from the March 7 parliamentary vote show the Iraqi national all
Yemeni troops should start to deploy along the Saudi border from Saturday in line with a truce deal with Shi'ite rebels fighting both the Yemeni and Saudi governments, a member of a committee overseeing the truce said on Thursday.
Yemeni Shi'ite rebels denied an assassination attempt on an Interior Ministry official which took place on Friday, only hours after a ceasefire agreement, Al Jazeera television reported on Saturday.
Yemen's government and rebel leader Abdu
Yemen is close to reaching a deal with northern Shi'ite rebels, a government official said, aiming to end a war that has raged on and off since 2004 and drawn in neighbouring Saudi Arabia.
The government and rebels have been exchanging
Yemen has given Shi'ite rebels a timetable for implementing the government's ceasefire terms, a Yemeni presidential adviser said, in an attempt to end one of three conflicts besetting the country.
The schedule was addressed to Abdul-Malik
A reformist website said Iranian riot police armed with batons and tear gas clashed with opposition backers in Tehran who used a religious commemoration on Saturday to try to revive anti-government protests.
The opposition Jaras website sa