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Bahraini policemen search for evidence Nov. 5, 2012, at the scene of an explosion that killed an Asian man in Manama, Bahrain. (Associated Press)

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Bahraini police officers search for evidence at the scene of an explosion that killed an Asian man in Manama, Bahrain, on Monday. A series of bomb blasts in Bahrain’s capital killed at least two people on Monday, authorities said. (Associated Press)

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Bahraini police officers search for evidence at the scene of an explosion that killed an Asian man in Manama, Bahrain, on Monday. A series of bomb blasts in Bahrain’s capital killed at least two people on Monday, authorities said. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** Anti-government protesters wave Bahraini flags Nov. 25, 2011, during a rally and march that drew tens of thousands to Maqsha, Bahrain, just outside the capital of Manama. Participants in the rally, organized by several opposition societies, waved Bahraini flags along with those of Arab spring countries Syria, Yemen, Jordan, Tunisia and Egypt, while calling for the fall of the Bahraini government, freedom for prisoners and democracy in the Gulf island kingdom. (Associated Press)

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Bahrain Foreign Minister Sheikh Khaled bin Ahmad al-Khalifa (right) speaks April 17, 2012, with Algerian Minister of Foreign Affairs Mourad Medelci during the meeting of the Committee of Ministers of the Arab League to discuss the situation in Syria taking place in Doha. (Associated Press)

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Bahraini anti-government protesters wear and hold national flags Dec. 30, 2011, during a sit-in near Abu Saiba, Bahrain, in the center of a traffic circle on a highway that runs past several Shiite Muslim villages. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** Anti-government protesters wave Bahraini flags Nov. 25, 2011, during a rally and march that drew tens of thousands to Maqsha, Bahrain, just outside the capital of Manama. Participants in the rally, organized by several opposition societies, waved Bahraini flags along with those of Arab spring countries Syria, Yemen, Jordan, Tunisia and Egypt, while calling for the fall of the Bahraini government, freedom for prisoners and democracy in the Gulf island kingdom. (Associated Press)

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A minibus damaged by a blast Sunday sits outside the British Embassy compound in Manama, Bahrain. A canister containing explosive material blew apart the front of a minibus. There were no reported injuries or other serious damage. (Bahrain News Agency via Associated Press)

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Bahraini riot police order a group of women to disperse when they tried to begin a planned human chain anti-government demonstration on Tuesday in Manama, Bahrain, near the offices of the main Shiite opposition society Al-Wefaq. Authorities banned the gathering, and a heavy police presence prevented it. Instead, those arriving switched to a traffic slowdown to show their displeasure, bringing vehicles to a crawl along a major highway. (Associated Press)

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Anti-government protesters react to tear gas fired by riot police Friday, Sept. 23, 2011, in Jidhafs, Bahrain. Bahrain's Sunni rulers are practicing "fake democracy," the Gulf kingdom's leading Shiite cleric said Friday as opposition groups called for a boycott of weekend parliamentary elections and stepped up protests for greater rights. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS A tear in a campaign banner for Sawsan Taqawi, a candidate in Bahrain's special parliamentary elections, show anti-government protesters in Muqsha, Bahrain. The election is being held Saturday to fill 18 seats vacated by Shiite lawmakers protesting the government's response to a spring uprising.

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Anti-government protesters wave Bahraini flags during a peaceful march Friday in Muqsha, Bahrain. Bahrain's “Arab Spring” crisis is moving into its eighth month. (Associated Press)

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Dr. Ali al-Ekri (center) embraces an unidentified man at Dr. al-Ekri's home Sept. 7 in Daih, Bahrain. He was one of several medical workers released from jail that day. (Associated Press))

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**FILE** Ali Salman, secretary-general of the Wefaq National Islamic Society, speaks at a press conference on Oct. 24, 2010, in Manama, Bahrain. (Associated Press)

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A Bahraini girl crosses the street in the midst of masked anti-government protesters in Sitra, Bahrain, on Aug. 31, 2011, hours after the death of 14-year-old Sitra protester Ali Jawad Ahmad. Bahraini security forces clashed with anti-government protesters after Wednesday morning prayers, and the teenager died after being hit by a police tear gas canisters, human rights activists said. (Associated Press)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Mattar Mattar, a former lawmaker with the Shiite Wefaq opposition, embraces a relative on Sunday outside his home in Daih, Bahrain, after being released from prison pending trial. He was freed with scores of others detained during an anti-government uprising.

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Bahraini anti-government protesters chant slogans in Manama, Bahrain in June, 2008. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** A courtroom artist's sketch shows a military court trial session on Thursday, May 12, 2011, in Manama, Bahrain, against 21 prominent opposition activists, including several being tried in absentia. The court sentenced eight Shiite activists to life in prison on Wednesday, June 22, 2011, and issued long jail terms for 13 others in the latest blow by authorities waging a crackdown against protesters seeking greater rights in the Gulf kingdom. (AP Photo/Bahrain News Agency, File)

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Bahraini Shiite Muslims chant slogans to free prisoners during a sermon Friday, June 10, 2011, in Diraz, Bahrain. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)

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On Sunday, May 8, 2011, a pro-government billboard in Muharraq, Bahrain, shows pictures of jailed Bahraini Shiite and Sunni opposition leaders (from right) Hassan Meshaima, Abdel Wahab Hussein, Mohamed Muqdad, Ibrahim Sharif, Abdel Jalil Singace, and a blurred-out Shiite cleric with the notation "And others." At top the sign reads, "Disease must be excised from the body of the nation," and at bottom, "We won't keep quiet after today about any mistakes or excesses by those who abuse Bahrain and its people." (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)