Bahraini royal, top AFC candidate, denies persecuting players

Sheikh Salman

Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, a Bahraini royal and head of the country's football association, made the comments after Americans for Democracy and Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB) said players were tortured and abused during a crackdown on pro-democracy protests.

Friday, 26 April, 2013, 5:01am

Controversy lingers as F1 heads to violence-wracked Bahrain

An anti-F1 protester flashes the 'V' sign after setting tyres on fire in a village on the outskirts of the Bahraini capital yesterday. Photo: EPA

Formula One moves to Bahrain this weekend, with the Grand Prix in the tiny, resource-rich Gulf kingdom again taking place against a backdrop of long-running dissent and continued protest. Groups protesting the race have put up makeshift roadblocks and barricades of burning tyres during clashes with security forces in the violence-wracked nation.

19 Apr 2013 - 5:19am

Ecclestone faces potentially torrid time at Bahrain Formula One

Children hold anti-F1 placards in a village near Manama. Photo: EPA

It's going to be, as Alex Ferguson so memorably once put it, "squeaky bum time" this weekend. It won't be the 71-year-old manager of Manchester United clenching his buttocks holding on to an injury-time lead, but the 82-year-old ring master of Formula One.

18 Apr 2013 - 4:05am

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14 Feb 2013 - 1:29am

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19 Jan 2013 - 4:30am

Briefs, January 8, 2013

Francesco Schettino deviated from a set course. Photo: EPA

Bahrain's highest court upheld prison sentences against 13 leaders of the 2011 uprising, a defence lawyer said, a ruling that could stir further unrest in the Gulf state. The case has drawn international criticism from rights groups and came under scrutiny from US officials keen for acquittals to help restore calm in a country that Washington counts as a regional ally against Iran. The US Fifth Fleet is based in Bahrain. 

8 Jan 2013 - 7:08am

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11 Dec 2012 - 4:54am

Bahrain bans protests in new crackdown

Masked Bahraini anti-government protesters holding petrol bombs sit on a telephone pole being used as a roadblock ahead of a march in Malkiya, Bahrain on Sunday, October 28. Photo: AP

Bahrain has banned all rallies and demonstrations following months of protests by anti-government activists who have been pressing for a greater political voice since the Arab spring revolts began early last year.

1 Nov 2012 - 3:26am

Bahrain pro-democracy prisoner, Mohammed Mushaima, dies in custody of sickle-cell anaemia

A Bahraini jailed for taking part in anti-government protests last year died in custody yesterday after being taken to hospital for treatment of a hereditary disease, the interior ministry said.

3 Oct 2012 - 4:15am

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27 Sep 2012 - 3:57am

Bahrain court upholds sentences against uprising leaders

Bahraini riot policemen search for anti-government protesters during clashes in Sitra on Monday. Pictures of jailed political leaders behind last year's uprising and people killed in the ensuing unrest are plastered on the wall. Photo: AP

A Bahraini civilian court on Tuesday upheld sentences against 20 leaders of last year’s uprising, the government’s Information Affairs Authority said, verdicts which could fuel political tensions.



4 Sep 2012 - 4:04pm

McLaren wheel gun crew in firing line

How stressful is your job? Do you get home and need either a lie down in a darkened room or a stiff drink - or possibly both? If you think your job is full of pressure, spare a thought for the poor McLaren mechanic who has charge of the rear left wheel gun in Spain this weekend.

10 May 2012 - 12:00am

Bahrain fiasco had one good outcome

Bernie Ecclestone has a job to do so get the hell out of his way, particularly you meddlesome troublemakers in the media. Ecclestone is an 81-year-old British billionaire and Andy Warhol lookalike who runs Formula One racing. Despite the involvement in F1 of some of the biggest corporate brands in the world, Ecclestone is unmoved by public sentiment.

29 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Ecclestone doesn't seem to see the real issue in Bahrain

Apparently the Bahrain Grand Prix is much like the Brazilian race. Not in terms of the exciting, anti-clockwise Sao Paulo track. Not in terms of the history and heritage of Brazilian motor sport or even the fanaticism of the fans. No, the two are similar only in security terms.

19 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

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