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Thousands protest in Bahrain against Gulf union plan

Yahoo! News - May 18, 2012
Tens of thousands of mainly Shi'ite on Friday against proposals for closer ties with other In Iran, thousands of protesters also rallied against the plan, state television showed, and an influential cleric denounced the idea as an "ill-fated plot". Protesters in Bahrain chanted "Down, down Hamad!", referring to their country's ruler, "We are against everything Al Khalifa (ruling family) are doing and we do not want a Bahrain-Saudi union," one protester said. Arab heads of state met in Riyadh on Monday to discuss a call by (GCC), but failed ...

 

Bahrain protesters decry unity plans with Saudis

Yahoo! News - May 18, 2012
(AP) — Tens of thousands of protesters chanting "Bahrain is not for sale" jammed a major highway Friday to denounce proposals for closer unity between the unrest-torn Gulf kingdom and neighboring The rally's large turnout — demonstrators stretched for more than five kilometers (three miles) along a main highway — underscored the strong backlash to efforts by Bahrain's rulers to integrate key policies such as defense and foreign affairs with their powerful Saudi neighbor. Riyadh has aided Bahrain's embattled Sunni monarchy with troops and ...

 

Iran summons Bahrain envoy over unrest in island nation, dismisses charges of ...

Washington Post - May 17, 2012
(Hasan Jamali/ Associated Press ) - Riot police fire tear gas toward Bahraini anti-government protesters, unseen, during clashes Thursday, May 17, 2012, in Bilad al-Qadeem, Bahrain, on the edge of the capital of Manama./ TEHRAN, Iran — Iran has summoned Bahrain’s top diplomat in the country to relay its concerns over the unrest in the tiny island nation. The late Thursday report by the official IRNA news agency says an official in Iran’s foreign ministry met the Bahraini charge d’affaires to express the concerns and also to relay a ...

 

Bahrainis demonstrate against Saudi union plan

Yahoo! News - May 18, 2012
Thousands of Shiites took to the streets on Friday to demonstrate against a proposal to unite the Sunni-ruled kingdom with neighbouring is not for sale," protesters chanted as they marched along a main road linking a number of Shiite villages around the capital. Others shouted "the country is not up for auction," as the crowds responded to a call by the predominantly Shiite opposition to march under the slogan "ready to sacrifice (ourselves) for Bahrain." , speaking at a mosque in Duraz, west of Manama, demanded that any proposed union of ...

 

Demonstration in Tehran over Bahrain-Saudi union

Yahoo! News - May 18, 2012
, in the first step toward closer links among six Arab monarchies across the Gulf. The authorities had urged citizens to protest what was called an "American plan to annex Bahrain to Saudi Arabia and express their anger against the lackey regimes of Al-Khalifa and Al-Saud," the dynasties ruling the two countries. Media reports said demonstrators in the capital, many brandishing the Bahraini flag, shouted "death" to America, Israel, the "traitors" Al-Saud and Al-Khalifa. Official media also reported protests in other cities. The planned ...

 

Iranians rally to denounce Bahrain-Saudi ties

Yahoo! News - May 18, 2012
(AP) — Iranians rallied Friday to denounce efforts by , a pact the Shiite powerhouse Iran claims would go against the will of the tiny island nation's majority Shiites. Iran's anger is directed at archrival Saudi Arabia, which has been acting as a protector of Bahrain's ruling Sunni dynasty. It was set off by efforts earlier this week by to outline closer political and security ties among their nations. Though a decision on a Gulf Arab pact was postponed at a meeting in Riyadh on Monday, the gathering itself upset Tehran, which summoned ...

 

Iran threatens to sue Google over dropping Persian Gulf

Reuters - May 17, 2012
A woman walks past the Google Chicago headquarters logo in Chicago, March 20, 2012./ (Reuters) - Iran's Foreign Ministry threatened on Thursday to take legal action against Google for dropping the name Persian Gulf from its Google Maps and leaving the waterway between Iran and Arab states nameless, state television reported. "One of the seditionist acts taken as part of the soft war against the Iranian nation has been Google's shameless act to drop the name 'Persian Gulf' which is ... against historical documents," Foreign Ministry ...

 

Iran summons Bahraini diplomat, denies meddling

Yahoo! News - May 17, 2012
's charge d'affaires to complain about a statement from the The diplomatic row started after Tehran criticized efforts by to forge closer political and military union. One of the project's aims was seen as countering Iran's growing influence in the Middle East. Bahrain responded to Iran's statement by summoning Tehran's charge d'affaires in Manama to protest at "a flagrant interference in the internal affairs of the kingdom". Iran had said such meetings would only deepen Bahrain's problems. "Bahrain's charge d'affaires was summoned to the ...

 

Iran summons Bahrain envoy over union row

Yahoo! News - May 18, 2012
to stop interfering in his nation's internal affairs, state media reported on Friday. Foreign Minister Sheikh Khaled bin Ahmad al-Khalifa on Thursday warned Iran to stop meddling over a proposal for Bahrain to form a union with Tehran "rejects comments made by the Bahrain foreign minister and hopes that the finds a suitable solution towards the developments there," the reports quoted a foreign ministry official as saying. "The only way out of the existing problems is respond to the legitimate demands of the Bahraini people," the official ...

 

Iran threatens to sue Google over geography

CBS News - May 17, 2012
Iran has threatened to sue Google after the search engine giant dropped the name of the Persian Gulf from its online map. (Google)/ (CBS/AP) Iran is rarely shy about facing off against the West, whether the subject is its controversial nuclear program, threats to choke off Europe's oil supply or generally inflammatory rhetoric toward Israel. The latest thorn in the Islamic Republic's side: geography. Iran threatened the Internet giant with a lawsuit after the search engine dropped the name of the Persian Gulf on Google Maps. Foreign ...

 



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