1. Bahrain opposition to boycott election

  • Bahrain's Shiite opposition parties are to boycott parliamentary elections in November.
  • Five opposition parties say the elections for lower house are a sham, will simply reinforce Sunni control.
  • Opposition groups want prime minister to be elected by parliament rather than by Sunni king; wish to see Royal-appointed upper parliament abolished.
  • Elections are first since 2011 unrest in the country ruled by Sunni-minority.