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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

29 Arrested in Bahrain

MANAMA, Bahrain ) -- Bahrain has arrested 29 people in connection with what it said was an Iranian-backed plot to overthrow the Gulf state's ruling family.

Information Minister Mohammed al Muttawa said Monday the plotters wanted to replace the ruling Al Khalifa family with a Shiite Moslem government modeled after Iran's. He did not give the date of the arrests.

Bahrain was recalling its ambassador to Iran, the minister said.

Outbursts of violence by activists of a Shiite-led opposition movement have beset Bahrain since December 1994. The government has blamed Shiite Iran across the Gulf for the unrest, a charge Tehran consistently has denied.