No peace despite Bahrain dropping free-speech trials

Workers who were dismissed from jobs over this year's protests demonstrate outside labour ministry
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Bahraini women wave their national flag during a rally of employees who were dismissed from their jobs over pro-democracy protests (AFP/Getty Images)
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A billboard bearing pictures of King Hamad bin Issa al-Khalifa (C), his son Crown Prince Sheikh Salman (R), and Prime Minister Khalifa bin Salman al-Khalifa (L) (AFP/Getty Images)
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The rally was held near the ministry of labour in Isa Town, south of the capital Manama on Dec 27 (AFP/Getty Images)
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Bahrain said on Saturday it would drop charges against 343 people whose offences were linked to free speech, but the opposition said that was just a portion of those detained on such accusations during pro-democracy protests this year (AFP/Getty Images)
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A Bahraini man holds a slogan during a rally (AFP/Getty Images)
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Bahrain is under pressure to improve its rights record to secure a US arms deal (AFP/Getty Images)
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The kingdom has said it would follow the recommendations of a state-appointed commission which found evidence of widespread abuse in the crackdown against protests (AFP/Getty Images)
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The measure, part of a review of action by military courts set up after Bahrain announced martial law in March, applies to 43 cases and 343 defendants, public prosecutor Ali al-Buainain told the state news agency BNA (AFP/Getty Images)