Bahrain charges 23 Shiite activists with terrorism

MANAMA, Bahrain — Bahrain's prosecutor general says 23 Shiite activists detained this summer have been charged with terrorism and conspiring against the government.
Abdul-Rahman al-Sayed says the men also faces charges of spreading false information and forming an illegal group that prescribes to terrorism. They could face up to life in prison, if convicted.
Al-Sayed said Wednesday the activists' trial will begin Oct. 28.
The charges come amid a government crackdown against the tiny Island-nation's Shiite majority.
Oil-rich Bahrain is ruled by a U.S.-allied Sunni royal family, but the country's Shiites have long complained of discrimination.
Rights groups say more than 250 activists have been detained, including opposition figures and academics.