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Protests in Bahrain after court upholds sentences on uprising leaders

Hasan Jamali / AP

Masked anti-government protesters who set fire to tires in response to court rulings earlier in the day run with petrol bombs as police approach in the western village of Malkiya, Bahrain, on Sept. 4.

Hasan Jamali / AP

Masked anti-government protesters burn tires on the main street of the western village of Malkiya, Bahrain, on Sept. 4, responding to court rulings earlier in the day.

Reuters -- A Bahraini civilian court on Tuesday upheld sentences of up to life in prison against leaders of last year's pro-democracy uprising, a decision that could dim prospects for defusing unrest in the small Gulf Arab state.

Amnesty International, a London-based human rights group, described the ruling as outrageous.

Bahrain, where the U.S. Fifth Fleet is based, has been in political turmoil since a protest movement dominated by majority Shi'ite Muslims erupted in February 2011 during a wave of revolts against authoritarian governments across the Arab world.

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Hasan Jamali / AP

A Bahraini child watches from behind debris as masked anti-government protesters with petrol bombs, unseen, clash with riot police firing tear gas and birdshot in the western village of Malkiya, Bahrain, on Sept. 4.

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