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Bahrain: Gov't, opposition hold reconciliatory talks

Bahrain's government and opposition held reconciliation talks on Sunday for the first time since July 2011 to try to end two years of political deadlock in the strategically vital Gulf Arab island kingdom.

 

The tiny state has been hit by unrest since mass pro-democracy protests in early 2011. These were crushed but demonstrators drawn mainly from Bahrain's Shi'ite majority have continued small protests on an almost daily basis demanding the Sunni ruling family call elections and create a constitutional monarchy. (Reuters)