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November 5, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Bahrain has issued a new law that it says will safeguard press freedom, a move aimed at bolstering political and economic reforms in the Persian Gulf state. The law stipulates that journalists have the right to obtain information and publish it and that anyone who harasses a journalist will be punished. But the law retains jail terms for insulting the king, blasphemy, incitement to topple the government or any crime that affects state security.
October 5, 2000
The Taliban's military success in Afghanistan is alarming for anyone concerned with human rights, to say nothing of peace and stability in the region (Oct. 2). Yet Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the UAE and Bahrain, our good "buddies," all have non-democratically elected leaders, and most of these Muslim countries are considered among the most repressive regimes in the world. Their treatment of half their population--women--is especially reprehensible. JENNIFER FLOWERS Laguna Beach
A member of the ruling family of Bahrain who eloped with a Marine and attempted to sneak into the United States has won her fight to stay, officials said Thursday. "I feel great, I'm so relieved," said Meriam Al-Khalifa, whose struggle to avoid deportation attracted international attention. "It's been very hard the last year and a half. Now I can begin my life. I love America!" In a deal arranged with the Immigration and Naturalization Service, Al-Khalifa and her husband, former Marine Pvt.
July 14, 1985 | From Reuters
The Iraqi government said Saturday that its forces crushed two Iranian ground attacks in the central and southern sectors of the Persian Gulf War front. The official Iraqi news agency said Iraq foiled an Iranian infantry attack early Friday in the southern sector, killing 40 Iranian soldiers and destroying 12 army vehicles and seven ammunition dumps. It said another Iranian attack, this one in the central front, was also repulsed, with two Iranian infantry companies wiped out.
March 13, 1986 | From Reuters
A herd of up to 500 dugongs, a large, somewhat whalelike tropical mammal previously thought endangered in the Persian Gulf, has been sighted in a survey of the waterway, environment officials reported. Meteorological and Environmental Protection Administration officials said 300 to 500 of the mammals were spotted from helicopters east of Bahrain in two groups half a mile apart.
October 26, 2002 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
Islamic political leaders struck a conciliatory tone Friday after turnout figures showed that their calls for a boycott of this week's parliamentary election fell short. "Yes, we will cooperate with the elected members, and it is wrong not to do so," said Hawad Abdulwahabm, deputy chairman of the Islamic Action Committee. If the Islamists were chagrined at the election outcome, leaders of the women's political movement in this Persian Gulf nation were exultant.
April 2, 2009 | Associated Press
Argentina took its worst defeat in World Cup qualifying play when it wilted, 6-1, against host Bolivia at high-altitude La Paz. The result eclipsed the 5-0 loss against Colombia in 1993 and ruined the early promise shown under Coach Diego Maradona, who had earned three victories in three games with no goals allowed since he took over last November. Maradona said he wanted to tell Argentines "that I suffered with them, every Bolivia goal was a stab to the heart."
October 23, 2002 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
MANAMA, Bahrain -- For an absolute monarch, Sheik Hamed ibn Isa Khalifa has been acting a lot like a U.S. president worried about an upcoming midterm congressional election. The 52-year-old king of Bahrain, educated at U.S. and British military academies, has opted to do something that many Persian Gulf rulers find to be dangerous nonsense: share at least a modicum of political power with his people.
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