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• 1970: Iran drops its claim to Bahrain. • 1971: Bahrain gains independence from the United Kingdom. • 1981: Shi’ite fundamentalists launch a failed coup against the king. • 1986: The King Fahd Causeway opens, linking Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. • 1994: A popular uprising against the king begins. • 1999: Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa becomes Emir of Bahrain. • 2000: The uprising ends. • 2001: Bahrainis vote in favor of the National Action Charter, whereby women are granted the right to vote, parliamentary elections are instituted and political prisoners are freed. • 2002: Bahrain changes its name to the Kingdom of Bahrain. • 2011: Protests begin in Bahrain. A national dialogue begins to discuss ways to meet protesters’ demands.



Official Name: Kingdom of Bahrain
Capital: Manama
King: Sheikh Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa
Prime Minister: Sheikh Khalifa Bin Salman Al Khalifa
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Asharq Al-Awsat is the world’s premier pan-Arab daily newspaper, printed simultaneously each day on four continents in 14 cities. Launched in London in 1978, Asharq Al-Awsat has established itself as the decisive publication on pan-Arab and international affairs, offering its readers in-depth analysis and exclusive editorials, as well as the most comprehensive coverage of the entire Arab world.

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