1. Bahrain drops some charges against protesters
    Bahrain’s public prosecutor announced Saturday that he will drop some charges against opposition protesters detained in this year’s unrest, state media reported.
  2. Iraqi factions sign peace pact proposed by radical Shiite cleric
    Iraqi political blocs and social dignitaries on Saturday gathered in Baghdad to sign an initiative proposed by radical Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr calling for peaceful coexistence among all Iraqis after the withdrawal of U.S. troops from the country.
  3. Iran candidates register for poll
    Candidates began registering yesterday for Iran’s parliamentary elections in March.
  4. Iraq PM Chides Sunni Sections Pushing For Autonomy
    Iraq’s prime minister warned Saturday that efforts to create an autonomous Sunni region within Iraq would divide the country and lead to “rivers of blood.”
  5. Iranian activist accuses Baku of “double-standard attitude towards religious freedom”
    Head of the Society for Supporting and Protecting Iranian expatriates in Azerbaijan lashed out at the Azeri authorities’ “double-standard attitude towards religious freedom” in the Caucasian state, saying that “while Baku allows Jews to practice their faith it has banned Shiite rituals and ceremonies.”
  6. 10 MKO members flee from Camp New Iraq: Iraqi police
    Iraqi police sources say that 10 members of the terrorist Mojahedin Khalq Organization (MKO) have escaped from Camp New Iraq, which was formerly known as Camp Ashraf, the Mehr News Agency reported on Saturday.
  7. Pakistani Shiite Muslims in Danger Situation; 21 Shiite Muslims Martyred in Nov., Dec. 2011
    More than 20 Shia Muslims have been martyred by the US/Pakistan backed Taliban terrorist group in the months of November and December of 2011.
  8. ‘Saudi protests are growing weekly’
    Saudi leaders have been trying to stay untouched by protests for democracy as week-by-week protests gain strength across the nation.
  9. Iran wargames start around key oil-shipping strait
    Iran began 10 days of wargames around the Strait of Hormuz, a vital route in the Gulf through which more than a third of the world’s ship-borne oil passes.