Unrest Continues in Bahrain
Why has the royal family of Bahrain allowed its soldiers to open fire at peaceful demonstrators? The heavy hand of Saudi Arabia may not be far away.
The stakes in Bahrain are high. This is the first serious insurrection in the wealthy Gulf states—more dangerous to the Saudis than the Islamists who took over the centre of Mecca more than 30 years ago—and Bahrain's al-Khalifa family realise just how fraught the coming days will be for them. ... The Prince apparently offered a series of reforms and government changes which he thought the cleric had approved. But the demonstrators stayed in the square. They demanded the dissolution of parliament. Then came the police.
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A new study explores how certain personality traits affect individuals' attitudes on obesity in others.
- The study compared personality traits and obesity views among more than 3,000 mothers.
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The rise of anti-scientific thinking and conspiracy is a concerning trend.
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- Henry Dunant's work led to the Red Cross and conventions on treating prisoners humanely.
- Four Geneva Conventions defined the rules for prisoners of war, torture, naval and medical personnel and more.
- Amendments to the agreements reflect the modern world but have not been ratified by all countries.
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