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.

Graffiti in Bharain shows Crown Prince Salman Al Khalifa in a racing car with blood on its wheels

F1: Bahrain Grand Prix is on, insists Bernie Ecclestone, despite threats of protests and violence

F1 supremo refuses to postpone Grand Prix  in the face of protests and threats of violence

Bahrainis hold placards in solidarity with jailed political activists and against the upcoming Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix

Bahrain in human rights spotlight as it denies rounding up potential trouble-makers ahead of F1 Grand Prix

Bahrain has been accused of arbitrarily detaining potential trouble-makers in house-to-house raids ahead of next month's Formula One Grand Prix, an event which will throw an international spotlight on the handling of anti-government protesters in the Kingdom.

Liam Fox, the former Defence Secretary

Liam Fox faces questions over pro-regime Bahrain summit

Ruling family have held on to power in the face of two years of protests inspired by the Arab Spring

A view of Elland Road

Confusion at Leeds as owners GFH Capital seek investment

The Bahrain-based group only took over three months ago

Angela Merkel: The German Chancellor

Angela Merkel under fire for jump in military exports to Gulf region

Saudi Arabia was by far the biggest customer, receiving arms exports totalling €1.24bn in 2012

King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa is increasingly sidelined

Bahrain's royal family infiltrated by hardliners hostile to Britain and US

Western concerns rise as ultraconservative Sunni faction strengthens grip on island's monarchy

We shouted loudest over Sri Lanka’s abuses. Three years on and we’re arming the regime

No matter how much red tape we put in place, we have no control over how such weaponry is used

A Bahraini anti-government protester throw a stone toward riot police during clashes in Daih

Teenager's death marks anniversary of Bahrain's uprising

Two years on, little has changed as Shia muslims continue to protest against the Sunni government

Court upholds jail terms for activists in Bahrain

The highest court in Bahrain has upheld the jail sentences of 20 opposition leaders accused of conspiracy to overthrow the government during pro-democracy demonstrations which began in February 2011.

Socialite faux-pas: Kim Kardashian at the opening of a Milkshakes store in Bahrain

How to create a, erm, riot of publicity in the Middle East

Recent endeavours by Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton in the Middle East have led to protests. Maybe it's time for the US to rethink its cultural exports, says Luke Blackall

Arab shopping spree boosts UK shops

Well-heeled Middle Eastern shoppers increased their spending by half in the UK last month, making them the most important group for retailers from outside the European Union.

Protesters stripped of Bahrain citizenship

The government has revoked the citizenship of 31 men for damaging national security, amid an uprising led by the Shia majority.

Georg Jensen bought by Investcorp

The Middle East investment house that previously owned and floated Gucci, Saks Fifth Avenue and Tiffany & Co is turning its hand to a Danish upmarket jeweller.

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Man who insulted the King of Bahrain on Twitter sentenced to six months in jail

A man who insulted the King of Bahrain on Twitter has been sentenced to six months in jail as the tiny island nation ramps up its crackdown on dissent amid increasingly violent protests.

Birmingham triumphed thanks to a remarkable goal powered in by Leroy Lita (pictured) from a distance of more than 30 yards in the 76th minute

Lita sparks Clark's party while Bates moves nearer exit

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