Bahrain GP tickets go on sale despite protests

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MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) -- Bahrain Grand Prix officials began selling tickets Sunday for April's Formula One race in the Gulf kingdom, the latest sign the government is determined to hold the race despite ongoing protests.

Bahrain's season-opening race last year was canceled because of the unrest. This year's race is scheduled for April 22, and F1's governing body insists the event will proceed.

There have been lingering doubts, though, over the viability of holding the race, given the political unrest that has paralyzed parts of the capital Manama. At least 40 people have died in the Shiite-led demonstrations that have targeted the Sunni rulers.

Along with the ticket launch, officials announced this year's slogan: Unif1ed-One Nation in Celebration.