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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.
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.
Formula One race due to take place this weekend
Government accused of rounding up troublemakers ahead of lucrative Grand Prix
The Bahrain-based group only took over three months ago
Saudi Arabia was by far the biggest customer, receiving arms exports totalling €1.24bn in 2012
Western concerns rise as ultraconservative Sunni faction strengthens grip on island's monarchy
No matter how much red tape we put in place, we have no control over how such weaponry is used
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Leeds United have been compared to 'a young Pamela Anderson' by the man at the head of a proposed takeover of the west Yorkshire club.
It was the same in the 1912 Olympic Stadium in Stockholm last night as it had been in the 2012 Olympic Stadium 12 days previously. When it came to the crunch in the women's 400m in the DN Galan Diamond League meeting, just as in the one-lap final in London, Christine Ohuruogu could not catch the American Sanya Richards-Ross.
St Andrews businessman intervened when he heard of construction firm's travel ban on expats
For the second time in four races, grand prix organisers are on red alert against the possibility of political disruption of their event.
The jailed Bahraini hunger striker Abdulhadi al-Khawaja – who emerged as the face of the protests against the Grand Prix in the Gulf nation earlier this year – was set to end his strike last night, 110 days after he began refusing food.
Human rights groups criticise guest list that included despotic King of Bahrain