Bahrain pledges to act on criticism of crackdown

MANAMA - Bahrain has promised to act on the recommendations of a hard-hitting inquiry that said detainees faced systematic abuse during a government crackdown on pro-democracy protests.
The US administration has said it will delay a $53 million arms sale to Bahrain, which is home to the US Fifth Fleet, pending the government's response to the inquiry.
Protesters, mainly from Bahrain's majority Shi'ites, took to the streets in February demanding a bigger role for elected representatives and less power for the ruling Khalifa family. Some groups sought an end to the monarchy.
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