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Protests flare in Bahrain after king's speech

Activists in Bahrain say police fired tear gas at anti-government protesters who took to the streets after an annual address by the Gulf nation's king.

 

The sporadic clashes took place shortly after King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa called for unity Sunday in a speech for the kingdom's national day. They highlight the country's sharp divides after more than 22 months of near nonstop unrest between the Sunni monarchy and the country's majority Shiites, who seek a greater political voice. (AP)