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Bahrainis rally on a bridge in Manama on Sunday as Shiite opposition leaders considered an offer for talks with the nation's Sunni rulers. Nearly a week of protests and deadly clashes have sharply divided the strategic Gulf nation, where the U.S. 5th Fleet is based. (Associated Press)

Bahrainis rally on a bridge in Manama on Sunday as Shiite opposition leaders considered an offer for talks with the nation's Sunni rulers. Nearly a week of protests and deadly clashes have sharply divided the strategic Gulf nation, where the U.S. 5th Fleet is based. (Associated Press)

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