DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A top Shiite cleric and opposition figure in Bahrain has left the island kingdom for medical treatment in Britain.
Sheikh Isa Qassim flew out of Bahrain International Airport on Monday. Opposition activists say Bahrain issued the sheikh a one-year passport as he is technically stateless since a Bahraini court stripped him of citizenship.
Authorities did not immediately acknowledge his departure.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A prominent Shiite cleric in Bahrain who had his citizenship stripped by the island kingdom will be allowed to travel abroad for hospital care.
Bahrain Foreign Minister Khalid Al Khalifa on Friday wrote on Twitter that King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa had allowed Sheikh Isa Qassim to travel to the United Kingdom for medical care.
The minister wrote that King Hamad will cover all costs for the sheikh's treatment.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Bahrain's king has commuted four death sentences handed down by a military tribunal in the island kingdom, which included three civilians and one soldier.
The state-run Bahrain News Agency reported King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa's decision Thursday just as the men stood posed to be executed after losing their last appeal.
The men now will serve life sentences after being convicted of plotting to assassinate a military official.
Bahrain faith group visits Israel amid Jerusalem tensions
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An interfaith group from Bahrain is visiting Israel amid turmoil there over U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital, angering some in the island nation who support the Palestinians.
The group's trip comes after two U.S.-based rabbis have said that Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa thinks that the longtime boycott of Israel by Arab countries should end.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Bahrain detained three activists over protests targeting the tiny island nation's king during a royal horse show in the United Kingdom, a fellow campaigner said Saturday.
Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei, the director of advocacy at the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy, said those detained include his sister, Sayed Ahmed.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Bahrain's king has approved a law passed by parliament that allows for military courts to try civilians amid a major crackdown on all dissent in the island kingdom.
The state-run Bahrain News Agency reported King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa approved the constitutional amendment on Monday.
The island's elected 40-member Consultative Council and its appointed 40-seat Council of Representatives, the two houses of Bahrain's parliament, had earlier passed the amendment.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Bahrain's parliament on Sunday approved a constitutional change allowing military courts to try civilians, the kingdom's latest rollback on reforms made after its 2011 Arab Spring protests that likely will stoke an ongoing government crackdown on dissent.