1. Bahrain Postpones UN’s Torture Investigator Trip
    The U.N. human rights office in Geneva said Bahrain formally requested postponing until July the visit by the special rapporteur on torture, which had been scheduled for March 8-17.
  2. Iran kicks off 9th parliamentary elections
    Amid expectations of a high voter turnout, the 9th Majlis (parliamentary) elections since the 1979 Islamic Revolution have officially started across Iran, with over 48 million people eligible to vote.
  3. Syrian Army Controls Baba Amro, Militants Withdraw
    Syrian army announced on Thursday it has taken full control of Homs neighborhood of Baba Amro as militants said they were pulling out “tactically”.
  4. Sanctions-hit economy worries Iran voters
    TEHRAN — Voters in parliamentary elections in Iran on Friday said the major preoccupation they want solved by incoming lawmakers is their country’s sanctions-hit economy.
  5. Lebanon’s Shias sceptical of anti-Assad outrage
    TYRE, Lebanon – In the souks and squares of mostly Shia Muslim southern Lebanon anger simmers over Western and Arab pressure to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, seen by most as a bulwark against feared neighbour Israel.
  6. UN rights experts urge Pakistan to end sectarian violence, protect minorities
    2 March 2012 – A group of independent United Nations human rights experts today urged the Government of Pakistan to take decisive measures to end sectarian violence and protect religious minorities after a second incident of targeted killings in two weeks.
  7. ripple effect: iran sanctions affect iraqi tourism industry
    Normally thousands of Iranian tourists arrive in Karbala daily. But as Western sanctions on Iran hit, pilgrims are staying at home. And the ones that do come are not shopping. Karbala’s merchants say they’re facing financial ruin.
  8. still in prison: dissident who lived two decades underground still suffering
    After Saddam Hussein was overthrown, one refugee from the regime emerged after hiding for over 20 years in an underground bunker. His sad story made him a minor media celebrity. But his current situation is even sadder.
  9. Iran’s Al-Mustafa varsity plans branch in Hyderabad
    Iranian consul general in Hyderabad Mahmoud Safari Farkhund Thursday called on Andhra Pradesh State Wakf Board chairman Syed Ghulam Afzal Biabani, seeking allotment of Wakf land for setting up of the centre.
  10. Iran parliamentary polls see high turnout
    Tehran: Millions of Iranians voted to elect a new parliament on Friday, despite a boycott by pro-democracy opposition groups.