Latest Bahrain News

Egyptian singer banned after claiming lack of free speech

Mar. 23, 2019 8:24 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian singer has been banned from performing in her home country after suggesting that it does not respect free speech. A video clip circulated online shows Sherine Abdel-Wahab, during a performance in Bahrain, saying: "Here I can say whatever I want. In Egypt, anyone who talks gets...

Max power: Verstappen gets podium for Red Bull and Honda

Mar. 17, 2019 7:52 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — With one overtaking maneuver and consistent speed, Red Bull driver Max Verstappen showed that the 2019 Formula One season is unlikely to descend into another two-team race. Verstappen overtook two-time defending Australian Grand Prix champion Sebastian Vettel on the outside just...

The Latest: Indonesian president condemns mosque attacks

Mar. 16, 2019 6:54 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Latest on global reaction to the deadly shootings in two mosques in New Zealand (all times local): 3:15 p.m. Indonesia's president Joko has condemned the violence that took place in two mosques in New Zealand's Christchurch city in which at least 49 people died. "Indonesia...

The Latest: Europe refusing to play in bigger Club World Cup

Mar. 15, 2019 3:26 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The Latest on the FIFA Council meeting (all times local): ___ 3:20 p.m. The European members attending the FIFA Council voted against introducing a 24-team Club World Cup in 2021, and clubs are refusing to participate. The seven dissenting voices Friday could not stop FIFA President Gianni...

Bahrain opposition figure gets 6 months for Sudan tweet

Mar. 13, 2019 10:19 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A prominent opposition politician in Bahrain faces up to six months in prison for a tweet about Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir. Bahraini prosecutors have long targeted Ebrahim Sharif over his outspokenness in an island kingdom in the grips of a yearslong crackdown on...

FIFA: Nations must restore ties with Qatar to host WC games

Mar. 12, 2019 4:53 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Persian Gulf countries would have to lift boycotts of Qatar before being eligible to join hosting of the World Cup, FIFA determined in a feasibility study recommending its ruling council endorse expansion of the 2022 tournament to 48 teams despite the logistical and political complexities....

APNewsBreak: FIFA study backs 48-team '22 WC, Qatar sharing

Mar. 12, 2019 1:47 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A FIFA feasibility study concluded the 2022 World Cup can expand to 48 teams by using at least one of Qatar's neighbors as an additional host, and found there is a low legal risk to changing the format and an additional $400 million in revenue could be generated. The Associated Press obtained...

Refugee soccer player happy he's now an Australian citizen

Mar. 12, 2019 12:22 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — A former Bahraini soccer player and refugee became an Australian citizen Wednesday, four weeks after detention in Thailand on an extradition request from his home country raised international concern. Hakeem al-Araiby told reporters he's "an Aussie now" and is happy to be safe. The...

Foreign leaders lavish Trump with diplomatic gifts

Mar. 6, 2019 2:19 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Foreign leaders showered President Donald Trump and his family with more than $140,000 in gifts during their first year in the White House, with China and Saudi Arabia among the most lavish givers. According to the State Department's annual accounting of such gifts, Chinese President Xi...

Bahrain's Gulf Air says it is delaying, cancelling flights

Feb. 27, 2019 9:43 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Bahrain's government-owned Gulf Air cancelled and delayed flights Wednesday as a government official acknowledged several pilots had resigned from the long-haul carrier. Local media reported flight delays and cancellations on Tuesday and Wednesday at Bahrain International...