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Mr. al-Khawaja and seven other opposition figures received life sentences last year from a military-led tribunal, which was created by Bahrain’s Sunni leaders as part of crackdowns against an uprising by the nation’s Shiite majority.

A court Monday ordered a full re-examination of the cases - effectively a retrial - for the group that received life sentences and 14 others given lesser jail terms after being accused of anti-state crimes. Seven people among the entire 21-member group were sentenced in absentia.

The ruling, however, did not mandate their release during the review. Just one activist, whose sentence was reduced to six months, was freed Monday on time served.

At least 50 people have died in unrest since February 2011 on this strategic island nation, which is home to the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet.


Court to hear outpost demolition appeal

JERUSALEM — A last-minute legal challenge has put the scheduled evacuation of an unauthorized West Bank settler outpost on hold for at least a few days.

Israel’s Supreme Court said Tuesday it will review the appeal next week.

The court set a May 1 deadline for the removal of the Ulpana outpost, saying it was built illegally on private Palestinian land.

Last week, the government asked for a 90-day delay. Some 30 Jewish settler families live in Ulpana.

The court said it will review the government’s request at Sunday’s hearing.

Israel has vowed to remove dozens of unauthorized outposts but has taken little action. Israel has about 120 authorized settlements in the West Bank.

From wire dispatches and staff reports