Bahrain police fired tear gas in clashes with rioting youths two days before the Formula One Grand Prix in the Gulf kingdom.
The organisers of this Sunday's F1 Grand Prix in Bahrain have vowed that violent protests against the race will not stop it taking place.
I have never been among such an eminent group of political dissidents.
Formula One organisers are "burying their heads in the sand" and putting the Grand Prix in Bahrain ahead of human rights abuses, Human Rights Watch claimed today.
The group said international racing bodies responsible for scheduling the race, which begins on Sunday, have taken no steps to address human rights violations linked to the event.
"The Formula 1 organisers apparently prefer to bury their heads in the sand, risking holding their race against repression it has provoked."
Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch
Bahrain has been criticised by Amnesty International after several protesters were arrested during demonstrations ahead of Sunday's Formula One race.
– Amnesty International statement
We are seeing nothing but crackdowns and token gestures to clean up the country’s image
The human rights group warned that the Gulf Arab state was inviting a repeat of last year's violent Grand Prix clashes.
Bahrain's state news agency reported last night that a male suspect in custody had confessed to burning a car that had exploded in the country's financial district on April 14.
Four others were arrested in connection with stealing and burning a car and another person was detained over an accusation he blocked a main road and caused damage to a Bahraini's car.
The Baharini foreign minister Khalid Alkhalifa has tweeted his reaction to the death of Hugo Chavez:
RIP President Hugo Chavez . #Venezuela
Interior Minister directed coordination with concerned bodies to block websites showing the controversial film about Prophet Mohammed (PBUH)
Interior Minister called upon citizens and residents to not contribute in the spreading of the film by circulating it through social medial.
MOI calls for fast reporting on the controversial film on Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) for necessary procedures
Footage shows emotional Bahraini medical staff waiting for today's verdict at the High Criminal Court of Appeal.
Nine members of staff from Salmanya hospital had their convictions cleared and nine more had their jail terms significantly reduced.
The accused refused to attend the trial and found out their fate via mobile phone calls.
Dr Saeed Al Samahiji, an eye consultant at Salmanya hospital, had his jail sentence reduced from ten to one year today.
He was accused along with several of his colleagues in assisting with last year's uprising against the ruling royal family in Bahrain.
It is not yet clear whether the Bahraini medical professional will actually have to return to jail as he has already spent a considerable amount of time in detention.
He said: "I am ready for my people and my country. They can do whatever they want against me - I will go to jail anywhere for my people."
Dr Rula al-Saffar, former head of emergency medicine at Salmanya hospital, had her conviction and 15 year jail sentence quashed today by the High Criminal Court of Appeal.
The Bahraini medic had been sentenced in September 2011, having been accused of helping last year's uprising against the ruling royal family.
She is one of nine medical staff to have had their convictions cleared.
The court gave Ali al-Ekry, former senior medic at the Salmaniya hospital in Manama, a five-year sentence and eight others sentences ranging from one month to three years.
Two medics previously sentenced to 15 years each did not appeal and they are believed to have left the country or be in hiding.
A court in Bahrain has quashed the convictions of nine medical staff accused of helping last year's uprising against the ruling royal family.
Another nine doctors, nurses and paramedics have had sentences of up to 15 years dramatically reduced.
An international outcry followed the original trial in a military court.
Bahrain's government insists a reform programme is underway but is still accused by opposition activists of routine human rights abuses.