Youth dies in Bahrain clashes

Updated 14 February 2013
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Youth dies in Bahrain clashes

MANAMA: A teenager was shot dead near Bahrain’s capital yesterday as clashes erupted when hundreds took to the streets to mark the second anniversary of an uprising.
The demonstrations, staged early morning in villages across the Gulf archipelago, turned violent when police fired shotguns and tear gas to disperse the crowds, wounding several people, witnesses said. Protesters, chanting responded by hurling petrol bombs at the security forces, they said, and a 16-year-old boy was shot and killed during the confrontation, according to the opposition.
On the eve of the anniversary, the opposition held a new round of reconciliation talks with the government and its supporters, although there was still no sign of a breakthrough.
The opposition identified the slain teenager as Hussein Al-Jaziri, saying he had been killed in the village of Daih near the capital Manama.
The Interior Ministry said that “a wounded person who was brought to Al-Salmaniya hospital was pronounced dead.”
Public security chief Maj. Gen. Tariq Al-Hassan had warned late on Wednesday that “those who engage in any type of illegal behavior will be dealt with swiftly.” But demonstrations took off in the villages of Barbar, Bilad Al-Qadim, and Sitra.


British-Iranian woman jailed in Tehran back in court on new charge

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British-Iranian woman jailed in Tehran back in court on new charge

LONDON: Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a British-Iranian woman jailed in Tehran for two years, has appeared in court to face a new charge, her husband said on Monday.
Zaghari-Ratcliffe was summoned to a court in Tehran on May 19, according to a statement from Richard Ratcliffe, who runs the Free Nazanin campaign group.
The charge is for “spreading propaganda against the regime,” which she denies, he said.
On Sunday, she was allowed to speak to the British ambassador to Tehran, Rob Macaire.
“This is the first time that she has been allowed any contact with the embassy in over two years,” he said.
Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a British-Iranian dual national who works for the Thomson Reuters Foundation — the media organization’s philanthropic arm — was arrested at Tehran airport in April 2016.
She is serving a five-year jail sentence for alleged sedition — a charge she has always denied.
The couple have a three-year-old daughter Gabriella who is being looked after by Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s parents in Tehran.
She has asked for temporary release from prison next month to celebrate her daughter’s fourth birthday.
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson visited Iran in December last year to press for Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s release on humanitarian grounds.