Newsdesk Witnesses have described seeing a speeding vehicle veer into crowds on London Bridge and people being stabbed in Borough Market, as police respond to incidents in the capital.
Another of the King's sons, Sheikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, faced a legal challenge in London to strip him of diplomatic immunity over allegations that he was implicated in the alleged torture of protesters during an uprising against the ruling family at the height of the Arab spring in 2011.
A standoff in the small town of Diraz, just a few miles from where Prince Charles met with Bahrain's royals, began in June when supporters of Shiite cleric Sheikh Isa Qassim surrounded his home after the government revoked his citizenship.
Police now control entry to the town and film incoming local drivers, while Western expatriates blissfully jog past armored personnel carriers.
Since then, authorities suspended the country's largest Shiite opposition group, Al-Wefaq, and doubled a prison sentence for its secretary-general, Sheikh Ali Salman.
Famed activist Nabeel Rajab was imprisoned and now awaits sentencing on a charge of spreading 'false news.' Zainab al-Khawaja, the daughter of well-known activist Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, who himself is serving a life sentence over his role in the 2011 protests, was forced into exile.