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Shiite cleric: Gulf ignores Bahrain's reform cries - Yahoo! News

Shiite cleric: Gulf ignores Bahrain's reform cries - Yahoo! News
MANAMA, Bahrain – A senior Shiite cleric in Bahrain says Sunni Gulf leaders are showing double standards by supporting Arab uprisings elsewhere while aiding Bahrain's crackdown on its pro-reform protests.Sheik Isa Qassim says Shiite-led calls for greater rights in Bahrain are being ignored by Gulf neighbors that have backed other revolts, such as those in Syria and Libya.Qassim's Friday sermon did not cite specific countries, but Saudi Arabia leads a Gulf military force supporting Bahrain's Sunni rulers. Last week, Saudi Arabia strongly denounced Syrian President Bashar Assad for trying to crush protesters.Qatar, meanwhile, has led Gulf aid to Libyan rebels.Bahrain's majority Shiites began protests in February inspired by other Arab uprisings.

BBC News - South Sudan attacks 'leave 500 dead'

BBC News - South Sudan attacks 'leave 500 dead'
At least 500 people have been killed in ethnic clashes in the eastern state of Jonglei, according to the South Sudanese authorities.A senior official told the BBC hundreds of people had been wounded and more than 200 abducted, mainly children.The clashes took place on Thursday when members of the Murle group are said to have attacked the majority Lou Nuer, stealing nearly 40,000 cattle.