Bahrain is an country situated near the western shores of the Persian Gulf in the Middle East.
Bahrain declared indepence in 1971 after being a protectorate of the United Kingdom. Since early 2011, the country has experienced sustained protests and unrest inspired by the regional "Arab Spring."
The US wants to use a conference in Bahrain to push its "deal of the century" Middle East peace plan. The Palestinians are planning to boycott the event, while NGO's in the region struggle to cope with slashed funding.
The wife of jailed refugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi has written a personal plea to Thailand's prime minister to send him back to Australia, warning that "time is running out" as he fights extradition to Bahrain.
Jordan have made it two out of two, beating Syria to clinch a place in the round of 16. Syria responded by firing their German coach. Thailand got past Bahrain to keep alive their chances of reaching the knockout phase.