Bahrain king boosts backlash on violent protests

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Bahraini mourners shout anti-government slogans while carrying national flags and a picture of Hussein Mansour Abdullah, 33, who authorities said died while being transported in a police jeep that flipped over on a highway, during his funeral in the western Shiite village of Malkiya, Bahrain, on Tuesday, July 30, 2013. Two police officers were injured in the crash, which became a politically sensitive matter because opposition activists said they hold authorities responsible for his well-being in custody. The sign reads: "The happy martyr Hussein Mansour Abdullah." (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)

MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Bahrain's king has issued new decrees, giving authorities more powers to strip citizenship and block suspected funding channels in attempts to quell escalating anti-government violence in the Gulf nation.

The measures are part of wider planned crackdowns unveiled earlier this week. They seek to battle a nearly 30-month uprising by majority Shiites demanding a greater political voice in the strategic Sunni-ruled nation, which is home to the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet.

Shiite groups have denounced the steps, which also may include a ban on all protests in the capital, Manama.

The decrees by King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa were reported Thursday by the official Bahrain News Agency. They give authorities wider ability to revoke citizenship for "terror" acts and halt funding for groups suspected of backing attacks.