Bahrain king calls political groups for new talks

Updated 22 January 2013
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Bahrain king calls political groups for new talks

DUBAI: Bahrain’s King Hamad has called for a new round of national dialogue, previously shunned by the Shiite-led opposition, the government’s Information Affairs Authority said.
King Hamad’s call follows last month’s plea for dialogue made by Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa.
Following directives by King Hamad, Justice Minister sheikh Khalid bin Ali Al-Khalifa invited “representatives of the political societies and independent members of the political community in Bahrain to resume political discussions,” the Information Affairs Authority said late Monday.
It said the topics for the dialogue “will be those pending issues to be agreed upon, aiming to achieve further consensus around the political agenda.”
The opposition has repeatedly said it was ready for a meaningful dialogue, but has stuck to its demands for a real constitutional monarchy with an elected prime minister in Bahrain.
Al-Wefaq, the largest Shiite opposition formation, said in December it was ready for dialogue, but it had pulled out of the earlier July 2011 round of such discussions.


Turkish police detain 14 Daesh suspects before elections

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Turkish police detain 14 Daesh suspects before elections

ANKARA: Turkish police detained 14 suspected Daesh members who were preparing an attack in Ankara ahead of this weekend’s elections, state-run Anadolu news agency said on Friday.
Counter-terror squad police in the capital swooped on various addresses in simultaneous raids and took the suspects, all foreign nationals, to police headquarters for questioning, the agency said.
Turks vote on Sunday in presidential and parliamentary elections that will trigger a change to a powerful presidential system.
Police in Turkey regularly carry out operations targeting the militant group.
Daesh has carried out numerous bombings across Turkey in recent years, including an attack on a nightclub in Istanbul on Jan. 1, 2017, in which 39 people were killed and a bombing in the city’s historic heart that killed 12 in 2016.