1. Iraqi Shia cleric Hakeem stresses to Canadian Ambassador the importance of having Canadian Embassy in Baghdad
    Leader of the Supreme Iraqi Islamic Council (SIIC), Ammar al-Hakeem, stressed the importance for having a Canadian Embassy in Baghdad, as do other countries, because of Canada’s importance in all fields.
  2. Iran: Library of Astan Quds Razavi buys millions-worth Arabic volumes
    Astan Quds library has purchased as much as 135 million Rials worth Persian and Arabic books from the 2nd Seminary Book Fair.
  3. Iran Parliament Ready to Cut Off Oil Exports to Certain EU States
    Iran’s Majlis has announced its readiness to approve a bill aimed at terminating oil exports to certain member states of the European Union (EU) in response to their bid to embargo Iran’s oil.
  4. Egypt’s extremist Salafi cleric says football prohibited in Islam, stadium riot victims not martyrs
    A prominent Egyptian Wahhabi (extremist Salafi) cleric has stirred controversy for saying that victims of the stadium massacre that took place Wednesday are not martyrs and that football is forbidden in Islam.
  5. Bahrain: Local and international Handball referees are victims of detention, torture and dismissal
    Bahrain Center for Human Rights expresses its deep concern regarding the revenge, arrest, torture and dismissal campaigns against a large number of athletes.
  6. US closes embassy in Syria
    The US has closed its embassy in the Syrian capital, Damascus, amid mounting interference by Western states in Syria’s internal affairs.
  7. 68th Bahraini Martyred by Toxic Gas + Pic
    Another Bahraini civilian has martyred of asphyxia after Saudi-backed regime forces fired toxic tear gas into a house, activist reported.
  8. Assad ‘fully committed’ to end bloodshed
    Russia’s foreign minister said after talks in Damascus on Tuesday that President Bashar al-Assad was “fully committed” to ending the bloodshed in Syria even as regime tanks pounded the city of Homs for a fourth straight day.
  9. Saudi Qaeda leader sentenced to death in Iraq
    Iraq has sentenced to death a Saudi man who was an Al-Qaeda leader in northern Iraq, the Higher Judicial Council said in a statement released on Tuesday.
  10. Iran hands blogger 14-year jail term: rights group
    A dissident Iranian blogger who is the son of a prominent conservative cleric has been ordered flogged and jailed for 14 years by a Tehran court, media rights group Reporters Without Borders said Tuesday.