As his government struggles to suppress an uprising of Bahraian’s Shiite Muslim majority, King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa declared March 15 a three-month state of emergency that gives power to the country’s security forces, Reuters reports. The king’s declaration came as violence linked to the demonstrations flared up in various parts of the country. The uprising has also drawn in military troops from Saudi Arabia, a close ally of Bahrain and which is also ruled by a Sunni family.

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  • Ivy Mungcal

    As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.