These are the headlines we are tracking for you in this episode of On the News Line:
Bahrain: A forgotten revolution
It's been over 5 years: A revolution is underway in the tiny Persian Gulf island of Bahrain. People have been staging daily protests to make their voices heard: More democracy, respect for human rights, respect for political rights and a just society: It all sounds very natural for a people ruled over tyrannical dynasty and deprived of their basic rights. The cause of the Bahraini people should have been celebrated by the international community but instead a deafening silence is ruling over international organizations and global media.
The divisions between the US and what many now see as its former European allies have taken on a new dimension. This time, over Russia. Germany and Austria have strongly condemned the new anti-Russia sanctions approved by the US Senate, calling them unacceptable. In a joint statement, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel and Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern said the sanctions aim to benefit the U-S oil and gas sectors. The two stressed that European countries cannot tolerate being threatened over their business deals with Moscow. On Thursday, the US Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill to slap new sanctions on Russia. If signed into law, the US would fine enterprises that deal with Russian counterparts. Some see the response as yet another sign of a growing rift between Germany and the US.