Kushner calls Mideast plan ‘opportunity of the century’ | AFP

White House adviser Jared Kushner says that his plan for the Middle East was “the opportunity of the century” for the Palestinians but that their acceptance was a pre-condition to peace during the opening of the US-led conference on Middle East opens in Bahrain. SOUNDBITE

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Torture, abuses & farcical courts in Bahrain: Why NATO does nothing about it?

The King of Bahrain has reinstated the citizenship of more than 500 people following a wave of condemnation from international human rights groups.

Almost one thousand nationals have had their citizenship revoked since an uprising in the country back in 2011. Many opposition figures were imprisoned at the time, or fled abroad.

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US, UK and France hold anti-mine drill

The US, British and French navies are lauching anti-mine exercises off Bahrain’s coast to support the free movement of trade in the waters of the Gulf region. “The mine threat is one that really can be deployed anywhere in the region,” Commander Wade Hilderbrand of the US Navy says.

Refugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi arrives in Australia

Refugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi makes a triumphant return to Australia landing in Melbourne, ending a two month ordeal that saw him jailed in Thailand and threatened with forced return to his native Bahrain.. IMAGES of Hakeem al-Araibi’s arrival

Footballer Hakeem al Araibi arrives at Thailand court

Hakeem al-Araibi, a Bahraini refugee footballer and Australian resident arrives at court in Bangkok, Thailand. He was detained by Thai immigration authorities in late November on an extradition request from Bahrain after arriving in Bangkok for a vacation with his wife. IMAGES

Australian demo urges Thailand to free refugee footballer

People carrying placards and posters gather at Federation Square in Melbourne to call on Thailand to release a refugee footballer who has been held for more than two months on an extradition request from Bahrain. Hakeem al-Araibi, a Bahraini footballer who was granted refugee status and residency in Australia, was arrested in Thailand in late November while on vacation with his wife.