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Game of brinkmanship in Bahrain over hunger strike

By Andrew Hammond and Warda Al-Jawahiry / Reuters MANAMA/DUBAI: Bahrain’s government and a jailed Shia rights activist who is on hunger strike are playing a game of brinkmanship as his health deteriorates days before the Formula One Grand Prix, a showcase event for the Gulf state as its grapples with political unrest. To release Abdulhadi …


Saudi Arabia denies activist on hunger strike

By Asma Alsharif / Reuters JEDDAH: A prominent Saudi rights campaigner, who has been detained for a year, is not on hunger strike, an Interior Ministry spokesman said in response to activists saying he was in deteriorating health and Saudi authorities were to blame. Mohamad Al-Bajadi was detained in March 2011 after voicing support for families …


Bahrain denies hunger striker’s health is critical

By AP MANAMA: Bahrain is claiming that a jailed activist on a two-month hunger strike shows no signs of critical medical problems and has been taking fluids orally or by an IV drip. The health details released by authorities on Tuesday are an apparent attempt to counter growing international pressures on the Gulf state after …


Bahrain activist moved to hospital after hunger strike

By Firouz Sedarat /Reuters DUBAI: A jailed Bahraini activist who has been on hunger strike for 58 days was moved to a hospital and fed intravenously on Friday after his health deteriorated sharply, his lawyer said. Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja is one of 14 men in prison for leading a pro-democracy uprising in Bahrain last year as a …


Palestinian sent to Gaza with end of hunger strike

By AFP GAZA CITY: Israel expelled a Palestinian prisoner Sunday to the Gaza Strip as part of a compromise deal that persuaded her to end her 43-day hunger strike. Under the terms of her release, Hana Shalabi, a 30-year-old Islamic Jihad supporter from the West Bank, must remain in the seaside strip for the next …


Some Tahrir protesters continue hunger strike

By Heba Fahmy CAIRO: Several Tahrir Square protesters said they would continue their hunger strike, after the Supreme Council of Armed Forces’ (SCAF) refused to respond to their demands in a meeting on Saturday. The demands include referring all civilians who were prosecuted under military trials to ordinary courts, sacking the Prosecutor General and transferring ousted …


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