Activists call for int.l pressure on Bahraini regime

A Bahraini protester throws back a tear gas canister during clashes with riot police following a protest against the arrest of the head of the banned opposition movement Al-Wefaq, Sheikh Ali Salman on January 1, 2015 in Bilad al-Qadeem, a suburb of Manama. AFP
  1. The Bahrain Centre for Human Rights slams the Al Khalifah regime’s continued violation of the rights of hundreds of children, their torture and imprisonment, in breach of U-N conventions. The rights body has called on international organizations to put pressure on Manama to end the violations.
  2. Anti-regime protesters in Bahrain stage rallies across the country demanding the release of political prisoners. The demonstrators also called for the downfall of ruling Al Khalifah monarchy. Similar protests have been held in Bahrain since 2011 amid a fierce crackdown by regime forces.
  3. Belgium has raised its terrorism alert to the highest level in the capital Brussels in the wake of last week's deadly attacks in Paris. Earlier on Friday, European Union member states agreed to consider France’s proposal to implement harsher border controls following the terror attacks.
  4. The U-N Security Council has passed a resolution urging all nations to redouble and coordinate their actions to prevent further attacks by Daesh Takfiri terrorists and other extremist groups. The measure was put forward by France in the wake of last week’s deadly attacks in Paris.
  5. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu says more than 600 terrorists have been eliminated as a result of cruise missile strikes at targets in Syria’s Dayr al-Zawr province. He also noted that the main objective of the Russian Aerospace Forces is to weaken the financial and economic foundations of Daesh.
  6. The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society says nearly 400 Palestinian children aged between 11 and 17 are languishing in Israeli prisons. The rights group said 11 of these children are held under the so-called administrative detention which allows imprisonment without trial for six-month periods that are indefinitely renewable.
  7. At least one person has been killed in the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince during a protest over last month’s presidential election results. The demonstration turned violent after clashes erupted between protesters and the government supporters. October 25 presidential election resulted in the preliminary victory of government-backed candidate Jo-ve-nel Moise.

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