Bahraini court jails nearly 170 people in crackdown on dissent

A court in Bahrain has handed down prison sentences to 167 Shiaa protesters as the ruling Al Khalifah regime does not shy away from its heavy clampdown on political dissidents and pro-democracy activists in the tiny Gulf kingdom.

Arms flow into Mideast dangerously rises: Study

The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) has found that arms sales to the Middle East have grown by 87 percent over the past five years, with Saudi Arabia topping the list of importers.

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