Sport Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull speaks to the press during testing in Jerez

For the third day running in Jerez, Red Bull were forced to bring an early end to their test.

The US authorities succeeded in a major anti-corruption prosecution centred on the City of London, just one month after the SFO failed to land a blow in the same case

SFO left shamefaced after US nails City fraudster

The man – described as 'connected to the Bahrain royal family' – was found to be a central player in a huge fraud committed by the big aluminium business, Alcoa

Bahrain acquits police officers accused of torturing doctors who treated protesters

A lawyer says a Bahrain court has acquitted two police officers accused of torturing doctors who were detained while treating wounded Shiite protesters in 2011.

Victor Dahdaleh corruption case: Billionaire's fraud trial collapses after key SFO witnesses refuse to give evidence

A major anti-corruption trial involving a billionaire Labour donor who is a friend of Tony Blair collapsed yesterday following an embarrassing error by the Serious Fraud Office.

Bahraini Sheikh Salman bin Ibrahim al-Khalifa

Controversy surrounds key Fifa member Salman bin Ibrahim al-Khalifa over Qatar World Cup finals decision

The involvement of the Bahraini Sheikh Salman bin Ibrahim al-Khalifa as a leading figure in Fifa’s committee that will determine whether the 2022 World Cup finals should be moved from its traditional summer date is a controversial one given previous allegations made against him over human rights issues.

Bahraini children 'beaten by security'

Security forces in Bahrain “routinely detain children without cause and subject them to ill-treatment that may rise to the level of torture,” a report by Human Rights Watch claimed today.

Riot police detain an anti-government protester during clashes in the village of Shakhoora

Tear gas and birdshot fired at demonstrators as violence erupts at protest rallies in Bahrain

Bahraini police fired tear gas and birdshot at demonstrators today, witnesses said, as protests called by activists to press demands for democratic change in the US-allied Gulf kingdom turned violent.

A policeman stands behind razor wire as security is stepped up in Manama

Journalists arrested in Bahrain as Shia population protests its Sunni monarchy

Authorities in bid to prevent reporting of mass protests demanding democratic rights in the island kingdom

David Cameron entertains Bahrain’s dictator King Hamad al-Khalif

On his first full day back from holiday, David Cameron held talks in Downing Street with King Hamad al-Khalifa of Bahrain.

Prince Charles’s Poundbury village in Dorset

First Poundbury, now Bahrain: Should Prince Charles really be selling town planning to despots?

Deal worth £700,000 signed with regime guilty of using excessive forces against pro-democracy activists

Jenson Button 'lucky' to race Sergio Perez

Jenson Button feels it is crucial he and Sergio Perez do not milk the fact that the McLaren team allows its drivers to race one another.

Bahraini students carry their national flag during clashes with riot police in Manama, Bahrain

F1: Bernie Ecclestone ready to agree new deal for Bahrain to host Grand Prix

Many are against Bahrain hosting the race

A pro-democracy protest in Manama

Bahrain Grand Prix motors on as Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone says: 'What human rights? – I don't know what they are'

A heavy police presence on the streets of Bahrain ensured that pro-democracy protests did not disrupt the country’s controversial Grand Prix today – which activists had argued should not have taken place due to widespread human rights abuses by the ruling monarchy.

A riot policeman jumps a fence to extinguish a tire fire set by Bahraini anti-government protesters in Sehla

Bahrain’s F1 protest? It’s just like the Old Firm derby, says Jackie Stewart

Three-time Formula One champion Sir Jackie Stewart has come out in support of Bahrain’s ruling regime, claiming it has “started a move towards democracy” ahead of tomorrow’s Grand Prix in the troubled Gulf nation.

An anti-F1 protester flash the 'V' sign after setting tyres on fire to block a road in Sanabis village, on the outskirts of the Bahraini capital Manama

F1: Fresh concerns raised over Bahrain Grand Prix as protesters clash with security forces

Formula One race due to take place this weekend

Bahrainis protest against the Formula One Grand Prix due to take place this weekend

F1: Tear gas used to quell Bahrain Grand Prix protests

Government accused of rounding up troublemakers ahead of lucrative Grand Prix

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