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Bahrain is a signatory party to the United Nations 1979 Convention of the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women.1 However, Bahrain signed the convention with several reservations regarding gender equality.2 Family law is nonexistent because of Bahrainâ's reservations to the convention and it is impossible for the country to introduce laws on divorce and child custody.3 One of the most controversial aspects of the legal code in Bahrain is the inability for a woman to receive a divorce, or custody of her children in the event of a divorce.4 Additionally, in the case of rape or sexual assault, it is possible for rapists to avoid punishment if they agree to marry their victim.5 Domestic abuse and violence against women are pervasive problems ...See More in Bahrain, with well over 2,000 cases of domestic violence reported in one year alone.6 Child abuse in the country is also on the rise, with an average of 3 cases reported each week and over 400 cases a year.7 Show Less

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1http://tbinternet.ohchr.org/Treaties/CEDAW/Shared%20Documents/BHR/INT_CEDAW_NGO_BHR_16373_E.pdf
2-3 Ibid
4 http://www.wluml.org/sites/wluml.org/files/INT_CEDAW_NGO_BHR_16373_E.pdf
5 Ibid
6 https://www.ndi.org/node/15984
7http://www.ipsnews.net/2012/09/child-abuse-on-the-rise-in-bahrain/
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Bahrain News

BBC News 
Bahrain's state TV channel has accused Qatar of plotting with the kingdom's main opposition grouping to stoke anti-government unrest in 2011. It broadcast purported recordings of telephone calls between former Qatari PM Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani and ... See more..
Palo Alto Online 
Incoming Stanford freshman Jaylen Jasper recorded 19 points, including 16 kills, and the U.S. boys' youth national team defeated host Bahrain, 28-26, 25-19, 20-25, 25-23, in the opening match of the FIVB Boys' U19 World Championship at the Isa City ... See more..
Moneycontrol.com 
Ratings agency Moody's today downgraded ratings on ICICI Bank's future bond issuance through its Bahrain branch under the medium term notes (MTN) programme, but retained the ratings on its existing bonds. "We have downgraded the provisional ratings ... See more..
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New York Post 
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Authorities say a U.S. fighter jet has crash landed at Bahrain International Airport, disrupting flights to and from the island nation. Social media pictures of the aircraft showed the grey fighter jet's nose tipped into ... See more..
The Peninsula Qatar 
The Bahrain-based Al-Wefaq Society denied the authenticity of the reports and audio recordings broadcast by the Bahraini media and later picked up by the ... See more..
Gulf Digital News 
IT was heartbreaking to say the least as hosts Bahrain played the role of the valiant underdogs to perfection last night battling right until the end before bowing to the US in four thrilling sets in their second match of the World Under-19 Boys ... See more..
Express.co.uk 
The United States and Saudi Arabia have long been close partners in counter-terrorism efforts and the kingdom was the first stop on President Donald Trump's maiden international visit. Tillerson singled out another Gulf Arab state, Bahrain, saying it ... See more..
The National 
The minister, Ali bin Mohammed Al Rumaihi, accused Al Jazeera of targeting Bahrain with fake news and hundreds of negative reports on the kingdom. Qatar's media had attacked Bahrain and directly interfered in its internal affairs through the news ... See more..
Aljazeera.com 
US President Donald Trump's administration says the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group remains the biggest threat to religious freedom around the world. The US Department of State says the murders of Yazidis, Christians ... See more..
Bahrain News Agency 
This participation in the Omani exhibition last week was in line with the company's strategy of focusing on developing human resources in association with local and international training institutions inside and outside the Kingdom of Bahrain to ... See more..
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Geography

Middle East, archipelago in the Persian Gulf, east of Saudi Arabia
Area

Total 760 sq km
Land 760 sq km
Water 0 sq km

Climate

arid; mild, pleasant winters; very hot, humid summers
Natural Resources

oil, associated and nonassociated natural gas, fish, pearls ;
Natural Hazards

periodic droughts; dust storms
Current Environmental Issues

desertification resulting from the degradation of limited arable land, periods of drought, and dust storms; coastal degradation (damage to coastlines, coral reefs, and sea vegetation) resulting from oil spills and other discharges from large tankers, oil refineries, and distribution stations; lack of freshwater resources (groundwater and seawater are the only sources for all water needs)

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Bahraini
Population
1,281,332 July 2013 est.
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Bahrain has taken great strides in diversifying its economy and its highly developed communication and transport facilities make Bahrain home to numerous multinational firms with business in the Gulf. As part of its diversification plans, Bahrain implemented a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the US in August 2006, the first FTA between the US and a Gulf state. Bahrain's economy, however, continues to depend heavily on oil. Petroleum production and refining account for more than 60% of Bahrain's export receipts, 70% of government revenues, and 11% of GDP. Other major economic activities are production of aluminum - Bahrain's second biggest ...See More export after oil - finance, and construction. Bahrain competes with Malaysia as a worldwide center for Islamic banking and continues to seek new natural gas supplies as feedstock to support its expanding petrochemical and aluminum industries. In 2011 and 2012, Bahrain experienced economic setbacks as a result of domestic unrest, however, several factors indicate that the economy is beginning to recover, such as the return of the formula one race and tourist cruise ships to Bahrain. Economic policies aimed at restoring confidence in Bahrain's economy, such as the suspension of an expatriate labor tax and frequent bailouts of Gulf Air, will make Bahrain's foremost long-term economic challenges - youth unemployment and the growth of government debt - more difficult to address. Show Less ;
GDP Purchasing Power Parity

$33.63 billion (2012 est.); $32.39 billion (2011 est.); $31.72 billion (2010 est.)
Gross National Saving

31.8% of GDP (2012 est.); 29.3% of GDP (2011 est.); 30.3% of GDP (2010 est.)
Agriculture Products

fruit, vegetables; poultry, dairy products; shrimp, fish
Industries

petroleum processing and refining, aluminum smelting, iron pelletization, fertilizers, Islamic and offshore banking, insurance, ship repairing, tourism