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Bahrain looks for creative ways for athletes to beat the heat

Every weekday morning, before the janitors show up to clean the floors, the boys and girls teams dash through the school hallways to avoid heat-related injuries.

Navy ‘challenge coins’ are collected like trading cards. But some think the trade devalues the tradition.

There’s a burgeoning online market for the elaborate and colorful coins pressed into the palms of Navy petty officers when they pin on their crows and take the chief petty officer’s pledge, but some critics say the trade diminishes the value of the tradition.


No more homework for kids at DODEA elementary school in Bahrain

Parents of kids at the DODEA elementary school in Bahrain were told at the start of the new school year that students will no longer be assigned traditional homework but should read at home for at least 20-30 minutes a day.


Houthi rebels in Yemen claim to shoot down US drone

The U.S. military's Central Command said in a statement that it was investigating the Houthi claims that they attacked an unmanned U.S. drone "operating in authorized airspace" over Yemen.


Bahrain to join US-led naval coalition in the Persian Gulf

Bahrain has agreed to join a U.S.-led coalition for maritime security in the Persian Gulf, making it the third member of a group proposed in the wake of heightened tensions with Iran.


Bahrain locks in Patriot missile system deal with US contractor

Bahrain has signed an agreement to purchase the Patriot air and missile defense system, putting it in line with other Persian Gulf nations partnered with the U.S. amid ongoing tensions in the region with Iran.


Ingesting hemp-derived products still prohibited, Navy warns

Sailors and Marines could still pop positive on a drug test if they use cannabidiol, popularly known as CBD, while treating medical conditions, the Navy warned this week.