1. Tajikistan convicts 170 extremists, terror suspects in 2011 — prosecutor
    Tajikistan detained some 200 members of extremist and terrorist organizations in 2011 and secured convictions against about 170 of them, the country’s first deputy prosecutor general, Abdukodir Muhamadiyev, said on Tuesday.
  2. Bahrain protests draw thousands to UN office in Manama
    Several thousand people have held a protest outside the United Nations’ offices in Bahrain’s capital, Manama.
  3. Bahrain unrest: policeman jailed for joining protests
    A military court in Bahrain has sentenced a policeman to more than 12 years in jail for joining protests against the royal family last year.
  4. Schoolboys among eight killed in Iraq attacks
    BAGHDAD — Gun and bomb attacks in Baghdad and north Iraq on Tuesday killed eight people, including an army colonel and three schoolboys, security officials said, a day after a spate of violence left 17 dead.
  5. Big plan against pilgrims, security forces to revise plans – MP
    BAGHDAD / Aswat al-Iraq: Fadhila (Chastity) bloc MP said that there is “a big plan directed against Shiite pilgrims and security forces”, calling for re-studying plans to counter increasing attacks against them”.
  6. Powerful quake hits off western Indonesia
    JAKARTA, Indonesia — A powerful earthquake has hit waters of western Indonesia, prompting local officials to issue a tsunami warning.
  7. Pakistan speeds pursuit of Iranian pipeline, defying U.S.
    ISLAMABAD — With a decision to fast-track the construction of a natural gas pipeline from Iran, Pakistan is underscoring not only the energy needs of its flailing economy but also its growing estrangement from Washington.
  8. Iran bans MPs from standing for re-election to parliament
    Iran’s interior ministry has blocked at least 33 MPs from running in parliamentary elections in March, adding to calls for a countrywide boycott.
  9. Iran stores more oil at sea as trade pressure grows
    LONDON – The volume of Iranian crude oil stored at sea has risen to as much as 8 million barrels and is likely to increase further as the Islamic Republic struggles with sanctions and a seasonal refinery slowdown, shipping sources say.