June 8, 2011 |
President Obama pressed Bahrain's crown prince to ease the Persian Gulf state's brutal crackdown on its political opposition and urged him to "hold accountable" those responsible for human-rights abuses against unarmed demonstrators. In an Oval Office meeting Tuesday with Salman bin Hamad Khalifa, Obama welcomed the kingdom's decision to lift emergency security measures that were imposed to quell the protests, as well as its announcement that the government and its opponents would begin talks on political reform, the White House said in a statement.
February 21, 2011 |
The crown prince of Bahrain called off Formula One's season-opening race Monday, handing another victory to protesters aiming to break the ruling dynasty's stranglehold on power in the Persian Gulf kingdom. Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa owns the rights to the grand prix and serves as commander of the armed forces in an island country where at least eight protesters have been killed in a week of unrest. Angry protesters, who see the Bahrain GP as particularly meaningful to him, wanted the March 13 race dropped.
February 19, 2011 |
Protesters celebrated Saturday in Bahrain when police and soldiers withdrew from Manama's symbolic Pearl Square, allowing young Shiite Muslims eager for a larger role in Bahraini society to take back their central stage. "The police backed down when they saw thousands of people coming from four directions," said one demonstrator. Confrontations gave way to a massive party as protesters chanted, hugged and waved yellow and red plastic flowers. Hundreds of Bahraini flags fluttered in the wind.
December 28, 2010 |
It's tough being an unemployed king, especially when your son's Wild West antics undermine any chance of getting your crown back. This month, deposed Nepali King Gyanendra Shah, 63, watched those hopes go up in the smoke from his son's pistol. In a fit of pique, wannabe-crown prince Paras Shah fired into the air at a hotel dinner, embarrassing the family after months of carefully scripted appearances by father and son. "The resort incident has once again reminded the Nepali people that their former crown prince is still a trigger-happy guy, someone who cannot control himself once he is under the influence," the Republica newspaper wrote.
September 27, 2009 |
So much for the Lakers' post-soap opera phase. Last season was pretty exciting with the team winning a title, but, as their fans can tell you, it still came up short on drama. The franchise, which once featured a war of titans between Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant, was reduced to Sasha Vujacic and Jordan Farmar, who were more like first-graders who wouldn't share. Happily, or not, entertainment value is once more not an issue as the team opens camp this week with everyone wondering how the newest member of the Lakers Family will fit in. No, not Ron Artest.
July 3, 2009 |
King Abdullah appointed his eldest son, Hussein, heir to the throne, a palace statement said. Hussein, 15, would "immediately assume the title and privileges of his post," his father said in a royal decree. The post of crown prince had been vacant since Abdullah sacked his half-brother Prince Hamza in 2004, a move that consolidated his power.