1. Bahrain expels activists ahead of protests anniversary
    Bahrain said on Saturday it had expelled two human rights activists who had arrived in the Gulf kingdom from abroad for “illegal” activities, ahead of Tuesday’s anniversary of the outbreak of Shia-led protests.
  2. Bahrain police break up peaceful protest
    Police fire tear gas and stun grenades on march in Manama, also arresting two US rights monitors who face deportation.
  3. Religious outfits: ‘Keep Sunni Tehreek, JuD under watch’
    An intelligence agency has cast aspersions over the activities of some religious outfits and has advised the government to take immediate steps to stop them from becoming ‘pressure groups’, The Express Tribune has learnt.
  4. Syrian violence spills over into Lebanon
    Lebanese army deployed to Tripoli suburbs after three killed in fighting between Sunni and Alawite Muslims.
  5. Second Protester Killed in Saudi Arabia
    Security forces in Saudi Arabia shot and killed a 21-year-old man in that country’s Eastern Province, the second fatal shooting in two days at protests by the province’s Shiite Muslims, according to accounts Saturday from authorities and activists.
  6. Political dissidents form new party to seek check on Iraq’s government; PM urges unity
    A group of political dissidents created a new Iraqi opposition party Saturday, vowing to act as a check on the government as the prime minister warned that a push for regional autonomy could tear the country apart.
  7. Jihadists, weapons ‘moving from Iraq to Syria’
    Jihadists are moving from Iraq to Syria and arms are also sent across the border to opponents of Syrian President Bashar Al Assad’s regime, Iraq’s deputy interior minister said in an interview with AFP on Saturday.
  8. Gunmen assassinate army general in Damascus
    Gunmen assassinated an army general in Damascus on Saturday in the first killing of a high ranking military officer in the Syrian capital since the uprising against President Bashar Assad’s regime began in March, the state-run news agency said.
  9. Sadr MP: US Embassy limitation in Iraq expected
    The U.S. Embassy’s recent decision to reduce the number of its personnel in Iraq was “expected,” a member of the House of Representative from Sadr Current said today.
  10. State rallies in Iran mark 1979 Islamic Revolution
    Iran’s state TV is showing tens of thousands of pro-government demonstrators rallying across the country to mark the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution.