- Bomb kills 18 at Shia funeral in Iraq
At least 18 people were killed when a large car bomb exploded among mourners crowding into a Shia funeral in Iraq’s Hilla city on Friday, local authorities and witnesses said.
- Bahrain regime jails doctors who dared to treat protesters
Bahrain’s military court has sentenced 20 doctors, nurses and paramedics who treated protesters injured during pro-democracy rallies earlier in the year to up to 15 years in prison. The defendants say they were tortured during interrogation to extract false confessions.
- Bahrain Should Heed Lessons from Ireland
Take two small island nations, each situated off the coast of a major power. Both have a history of sectarian conflict, fake democracy and misrule by monarchy. Both have a strategically important deepwater naval base. Crucially, both have a police force recruited almost exclusively from one of the sects.
- UN rights office raises Bahrain trial “irregularities”
The UN human rights office on Friday raised concerns about heavy sentences handed down by a Bahraini court on over 50 protestors in the country, noting that there were “serious due process irregularities.”
- India holds “secret” talks with Iran on gasfield
As is the case with all major projects with Iran, the one to develop the Farzad-B gas field was stalled for two years despite India’s need for compressed natural gas. New Delhi was compelled to move following a gentle warning from Iran that it was planning to reduce the stake of Indian companies in the project.
- Saudi torturer of Sumiati Binti Salan Mustapa acquitted on appeal
The Saudi woman who received a three year prison sentence in Jan. for torturing Indonesian housemaid Sumiati Binti Salan Mustapa, has been acquitted by a court of appeal. Despite the physical evidence of torture the judge ruled there was no evidence.
- Bahraini women rage at regime
Bahraini women hold protests in the country’s capital against the detention of anti-regime protesters and the harsh sentences handed down to them as well as those, who helped them.
- Iraq’s Maliki warns over Syrian sectarian turmoil
Iraq’s Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki warned of regional fallout should protests in neighboring Syria escalate into sectarian violence or force a change in government along sectarian lines.
- Iran: Banker’s Return Sought in Bank Scandal
Prosecutors in Iran issued a public warning to a prominent banker that he will become the prime suspect in a huge embezzlement scandal if he does not return to the country, the Mehr News Agency reported.