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US criticizes Bahrain over blogger arrest

WASHINGTON - Bahrain's arrest of a prominent blogger and other Internet activists could it could make it more difficult to establish political dialogue after recent anti-government unrest, the US State Department said on Wednesday.
State Department spokesman Mark Toner said the United States was deeply concerned over the arrest of Mahmood al-Yousif and reported arrest of two other prominent activists this week.
"We hope that the Bahraini government's decision to arrest bloggers and Internet activists will not make it more difficult to resume a national dialogue that solicit the views and opinions of all Bahrainis," Toner told a news briefing.
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