1. Bahrain’s Protesting Footballers
    On the face of it, Bahrain’s next few football world months are all about trying to qualify for the 2014 World Cup. But there are bigger issues at stake than the biggest sports tournament in the world.
  2. Bahrain activist Nabeel Rajab ‘beaten by police’
    A prominent human rights activist in Bahrain has been taken to hospital after being beaten by police, his lawyer and opposition activists say.
  3. Baghdad explosions echo amid Iraqi parade
    Rocket and mortar explosions thundered outside Baghdad’s heavily protected Green Zone Friday, as Iraq prepared for its first Army Day since U.S. forces invaded the country nine years ago.
  4. Iraq’s Shia militia agrees to lay down arms
    An Iranian-backed Shia militia that carried out deadly attacks on US troops has agreed to give up its weapons and support the political process
  5. Lebanese FM to Pursue Imam Sadr’s Case in Libya Next Week
    Lebanese Foreign Minister Adnan Masour is to visit Libya next week in order to follow up the probe into the case of Imam Sayyed Moussa as-Sadr.
  6. Iran to hold new wargames in key oil waterway
    Iran is to hold fresh military exercises in and around the strategic Strait of Hormuz within weeks, the naval commander of its Revolutionary Guards was quoted as saying.
  7. UN human rights office slams sharp rise in Saudi Arabia executions in 2011
    GENEVA — The U.N.’s human rights office has criticized a sharp rise in executions carried out by Saudi Arabia in 2011.
  8. Suicide bomb brings carnage to the heart of Damascus
    A bomb tore through the centre of the Syrian capital Damascus Friday, killing as many as 25 people and plunging the country deeper into violent turmoil.
  9. Sindh police withdraw security of religious leaders
    Karachi: Pakistan’s Sindh province police have withdrawn all security protocols and personnel provided to various religious leaders and parties in the state due to shortage of trained manpower.
  10. Karachi’s new terrorist groups
    Law enforcement agencies have found several small previously-unknown militant organisations operating in Karachi, during recent crackdowns. Most of them are linked to Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan.