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Bahrain: Sovereign island state in the Persian Gulf
Bahrain, officially the Kingdom of Bahrain, is an island country in the Persian Gulf. The sovereign state comprises a small archipelago centered around Bahrain Island, situated between the Qatar peninsula and the north eastern coast of Saudi Arabia, to which it is connected by the 25-kilometre (16 mi) King Fahd Causeway. Bahrain's population is 1,234,571, including 666,172 non-nationals. It is 765.3 square kilometres (295.5 sq mi) in size, making it the third-smallest nation in Asia after the Maldives and Singapore. Its capital is Manama, the official language is Arabic with English widely spoken, Arid periods from June to September and from December to March, separated by two transitional periods April/May and October/November.


Bahrain condemns Turkish offensive in northeast Syria: State news agency BNA

The Bahrain foreign ministry on Wednesday condemned the Turkish offensive in northeast Syria, according to state news agency BNA.
Reuters - Published

Bahrain calls its citizens not to travel to Iraq for the time being: BNA

Bahrain called on its citizens on Thursday not to travel to Iraq for the time being due to security tensions, state news agency reported.
Reuters - Published

Videos for Bahrain

US believes attack on Saudi Arabia came from SW Iran [Video]US believes attack on Saudi Arabia came from SW Iran

The United States believes Saturday's attack on Saudi Arabia's oil facilities originated in southwestern Iran, a U.S. official told Reuters on Tuesday. Nathan Frandino has more.

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Esper: Iran 'continues to violate' international norms [Video]Esper: Iran 'continues to violate' international norms

During a news conference with Bahrain's Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa, U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Tuesday at the Pentagon said 'as you can see from recent events, Iran continues to..

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Trump stops short of blaming Iran for Saudi oil attacks

Donald Trump stopped short of blaming Iran for the attacks on Saudi soil, but said people would likely find out very soon who is responsible. Speaking at the Oval Office during a meeting with the crown..
CBS News - Published

Bahrain's Crown Prince says signs deal to buy Patriot missiles

Bahrain Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa said on Monday that Bahrain has signed an agreement to purchase its first U.S. Patriot missile battery.
Reuters - Published

Bahrain's Bapco refinery says operations continue after Saudi pipeline cutoff

Bahrain's national oil and gas authority said on Monday that facilities at Bapco refinery were continuing without impact on the provision of oil derivatives in the local market, state news agency BNA..
Reuters - Published

Saudi Arabia shuts pipeline to Bahrain after oil outage: trade sources

Saudi Arabia has shut down its crude oil pipeline to Bahrain after attacks on Saudi oil facilities, two trade sources told Reuters on Monday.
Reuters - Published

Bahraini crown prince to visit U.S., meet with Trump

Bahrain's Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa will make an official visit to the United States on Monday to meet with President Donald Trump, a White House statement said on Thursday.
Reuters - Published

Bahrain instructs citizens to leave Lebanon over security incidents

Bahrain's Foreign Ministry on Sunday instructed its citizens to leave Lebanon immediately, citing "security events and developments", after a week of growing tensions raised fears of a new war between..
Reuters - Published

Iran supreme leader: People's will prevail in Bahrain after protests

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday the will of the people would prevail in Bahrain after protests there following the execution of two Shi'ite Muslim Bahraini activists..
Reuters - Published

Renewed unrest grips Bahrain after authorities execute activists

Protests broke out in Bahrain after the execution of two Shi'ite Muslim activists on terrorism-related charges revived tensions over the weekend in the Sunni-led kingdom, a Western ally that has..
Reuters - Published

Bahrain executes three, including Shi'ite activists

Bahrain executed on Saturday three men convicted in two separate cases, one involving the killing of a police officer and the other the killing of a mosque imam, the public prosecutor said in a..
Reuters - Published

Bahrain executes three men convicted on 'terrorism' charges: prosecutor

Bahrain executed early on Saturday three people convicted in two separate cases, one a case of "terrorism" and killing a police officer, and the second related to the killing of a mosque imam, the..
Reuters - Published

Bahrain foreign ministry strongly condemns Iran's seizure of British tanker

Bahrain said on Saturday it "strongly condemned" Iran's seizure of a British flagged tanker in the Strait of Hormuz, asking Iran to immediately release the vessel.
Reuters - Published

U.S. Navy searching for missing sailor in Arabian Sea: statement

The U.S. navy and other ships are conducting search and rescue operations for a missing U.S. sailor in the Arabian Sea, the Bahrain-based U.S. Fifth Fleet said.
Reuters - Published

Bahrain 'strongly condemns' what it calls Iranian attempt to intercept British tanker

Bahrain said on Friday it "strongly condemned" what it called an Iranian attempt to intercept a British tanker in the Gulf, according to a statement from its foreign ministry.
Reuters - Published

Palestinian businessman, held after Bahrain workshop, freed: family

The Palestinian Authority (PA) released a Palestinian businessman on Sunday it had arrested upon his return from a U.S.-led economic conference in Bahrain this week, his family and an official said.
Reuters - Published

Palestinian Authority arrests businessman who attended Bahrain conference: Haaretz

The Palestinian Authority has arrested a Palestinian businessman who attended the U.S.-led economic conference in Bahrain this week, Israel's Haaretz newspaper and Kan public broadcaster reported on..
Reuters - Published

Bahrain recalls ambassador to Iraq over embassy attack: statement

Bahrain recalled its ambassador to Iraq for consultations on Thursday after demonstrators broke into the courtyard of the kingdom's embassy in Baghdad and took down the flag to protest a U.S.-led..
Reuters - Published

Baghdad protesters take down Bahrain flag over Trump peace conference

More than 200 demonstrators broke into the courtyard of Bahrain's Embassy in Baghdad and took down the country's flag on Thursday night, to protest a U.S.-led meeting in Bahrain on Israeli-Palestinian..
Reuters - Published

Trump peace plan conference is blip on Israel's radar as political, Iran crises swirl

A U.S.-led conference in Bahrain designed to drum up investment in the Palestinian economy and pave a path to peace with Israel has gone largely unremarked by Israelis preoccupied with a political..
Reuters - Published

Bahrain's king meets Kushner at Middle East peace workshop

Bahrain's king met on Tuesday with the U.S. delegation participating in a workshop in Manama discussing a U.S. economic plan for the Palestinians.
Reuters - Published

Explainer: Money talks in Trump's Mideast plan - but can it pave way for peace?

More than two years after U.S. President Donald Trump first proposed a plan to revive the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, its first phase was launched on Tuesday at an economic workshop in Bahrain.
Reuters - Published

U.S. seeks funds for Middle East peace plan but details are vague and Palestinians unhappy

The Trump administration prepared to launch its $50 billion economic formula for Israeli-Palestinian peace in Bahrain on Tuesday but the Palestinian leadership reiterated its disdain for the plan and..
Reuters - Published

U.S. to solicit funds for Middle East peace plan in Bahrain, though details remain vague

The Trump administration launches its Israeli-Palestinian peace plan on Tuesday with a bid to drum up $50 billion dollars to fund investment in the region, although the political details remain a..
Reuters - Published

Long line of Israeli-Palestinian peace bids precede Trump push

The United States is holding an economic conference in Bahrain on Tuesday and Wednesday to encourage investment in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip.
Reuters - Published

U.S. to present economy first' approach to Mideast peace at Bahrain conference

The first stage of U.S. President Donald Trump's Middle East peace plan will be launched in Bahrain on Tuesday at a conference the White House touts as a bid to drum up $50 billion in investment but..
Reuters - Published

In Bahrain, U.S. to launch economic part of Mideast peace plan amid skepticism

The first stage of President Donald Trump's Middle East peace plan will be launched on Tuesday at a conference the White House touts as a bid to begin drumming up $50 billion in investment but which..
Reuters - Published

Morocco to send finance ministry staff member to Bahrain's economic summit: foreign ministry

Morocco's foreign ministry said on Monday that a member of the ministry of economy and finance will represent the country at a conference this week in Bahrain on the administration of U.S. President..
Reuters - Published

Lockheed Martin wins $562 million U.S. defense contract: Pentagon

Lockheed Martin Corp has been awarded a $562 million contract for sales of Army tactical guided missiles to Bahrain, Poland and Romania, the Pentagon said on Monday.
Reuters - Published

Palestinians rally against Kushner's economic peace plan

Palestinians burned portraits of President Donald Trump as they protested in both the Gaza Strip and the Israeli-occupied West Bank on Monday against U.S.-led plans for a conference on their economy in..
Reuters - Published

Egypt to go to Bahrain to 'evaluate' Kushner's plan: minister

Egypt will take part in a Bahrain conference this week on Palestinian economic development in order to evaluate the proposed $50 billion "Peace to Prosperity" plan, Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said..
Reuters - Published

Factbox: Many sticks, few carrots: Trump's Palestinian policy

A series of dramatic policy moves by U.S. President Donald Trump on sensitive issues in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict preceded a U.S.-sponsored workshop opening in Bahrain on Tuesday, aimed at..
Reuters - Published

Iran says U.S. Middle East peace plan is 'shameful' and 'doomed to failure': Fars

Iranian foreign ministry spokesman said on Monday the U.S. Middle East peace plan that is set to be presented at an international conference in Bahrain this week is "shameful" and "doomed to failure".
Reuters - Published

State minister for financial affairs to lead UAE delegation to Bahrain meeting

The United Arab Emirates said on Monday it's delegation to a U.S.-led Bahrain meeting on Palestine would be led by its minister of state for financial affairs.
Reuters - Published

Palestinians don't need Bahrain meeting, they need peace: finance minister

Palestinians don't need the Bahrain meeting to build their country, they need peace, Palestinian Finance Minister Shukri Bishara said on Sunday.
Reuters - Published

Scars on Middle East landscape bear witness to past peace failures

Talk of Middle East peace is in the air again, as politicians are set to gather in Bahrain to launch the latest in a long line of initiatives to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Reuters - Published

Deputy finance minister to lead Jordan delegation to Bahrain conference

Jordan said on Saturday it will send its deputy finance minister to attend the U.S.-sponsored Bahrain conference on Palestinian economic development next week.
Reuters - Published

Egyptian delegation to join Bahrain conference on Palestinian economy: state news agency

An Egyptian delegation headed by a deputy finance minister will participate in a Bahrain summit on Palestinian economic development, the state news agency MENA quoted the foreign ministry spokesman as..
Reuters - Published

Highlights: Key quotes from Kushner interview with Reuters Television

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner spoke to Reuters Television exclusively in advance of the release of a U.S. economic plan for the Palestinian economy and surrounding countries to be unveiled..
Reuters - Published

Factbox: U.S. plan for Palestinian economy envisions $50 billion investment

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner is to formally unveil the first part of his Middle East peace plan during a Bahrain conference next week, outlining a path for development of the fragile..
Reuters - Published

Hundreds of Jordanian Islamists protest against Trump peace plan

Hundreds of Jordanian Islamists marched in the capital on Friday to denounce Washington's peace plan to end the Arab-Israeli conflict and demand their government boycott a conference in Bahrain next..
Reuters - Published

In rebuff to Trump, Palestinian businesses call for freedom, not cash

Palestinian businessmen boycotting the Trump administration's Bahrain workshop designed to encourage investment in the territories say only a diplomatic path to statehood can end decades of conflict..
Reuters - Published

U.S. envoy for Iran traveling to Middle East: State Department

U.S. Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook will travel to the Middle East on Wednesday for meetings in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Kuwait and Bahrain to discuss "Iran's regional..
Reuters - Published

Netanyahu welcomes Bahrain meeting, Israeli ex-general to attend

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised on Tuesday a U.S.-led conference on the Palestinian economy in Bahrain, and a source said a former Israeli general would be among the participants.
Reuters - Published

Israeli ex-general to attend Bahrain conference: source

A former general who served as Israel's chief liaison officer to the Palestinians will attend next week's U.S.-led conference on the Palestinian economy in Bahrain in a private capacity, a person..
Reuters - Published

White House will not invite Israeli officials to Bahrain event: senior U.S. official

The White House will not invite Israeli government officials to a Bahrain conference devoted to gaining support for a Palestinian economic plan in order to keep the event apolitical, a senior..
Reuters - Published

Israel to attend U.S.-led Palestinian conference

Israelis will attend a U.S-led conference in Bahrain next week on proposals for the Palestinian economy as part of a coming peace plan, Foreign Minister Israel Katz said on Sunday.
Reuters - Published

U.S. Navy: assisting tankers after 'reported attack' in Gulf of Oman

U.S. Naval forces are assisting tankers in the Gulf of Oman after receiving two distress calls on Thursday, the U.S. Navy's Bahrain-based Fifth Fleet told Reuters.
Reuters - Published

Palestinians urge Egypt, Jordan to reconsider going to U.S.-led conference

Palestinians urged Egypt and Jordan on Wednesday to reconsider their attendance at a U.S.-led conference on June 25-26 in Bahrain, voicing concern it would weaken any Arab opposition to Washington's..
Reuters - Published

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