1. Shia youth injured in rangers firing, breathed his last
    The youth who received bullet injury due to rangers firing on February 28 in Gilgit City, breathed his last at PIMS Hospital Islamabad on Thursday.
  2. Putin’s Russia stares down West on Syria
    MOSCOW — Russia is still not flinching in the face of Western and Arab pressure to change its stance on the Syria conflict and its defiance may yet increase as Vladimir Putin heads back to the Kremlin.
  3. Syria’s deputy oil minister resigns, joins revolt
    DAMASCUS — Syria’s deputy oil minister resigned on Thursday to join an anti-regime revolt, as UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan urged more diplomacy rather than militarisation to end the crisis in Syria.
  4. Lebanon snubs US plea to protect Syrian rebels
    BEIRUT – Lebanon’s foreign minister has rebuffed a call by the U.S. ambassador for the Beirut government to protect all Syrians who have fled across the border into Lebanese territory.
  5. US offered Israel new arms to delay Iran attack
    The United States offered Israel advanced weaponry in return for it committing not to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities this year, Israeli daily Maariv reported
  6. Bahrainis Plan Mass Anti-Regime Rallies on March 9: Activists
    Bahraini opposition activists have announced plans to stage a massive demonstration against the ruling Al Khalifa regime in the capital Manama on Friday.
  7. Kohistan bus massacre: Shia clerics conditionally call off strike
    A call for a strike on Thursday by Shia clerics to protest against the delay in the arrest of the perpetrators of the Kohistan bus massacre was postponed after interior minister Rehman Malik assured them he would visit Gilgit as soon as the weather clears.
  8. Iraq violence continues after US withdrawal
    Since the withdrawal of the last US combat troops from Iraq on December 18, 2012, a series of deadly attacks have threatened to plunge Iraq into renewed chaos.
  9. U.S. lawmakers target insurers of Iran deals
    WASHINGTON, March 8 (Reuters) – Global companies that insure trade with Iran would be cut off from the U.S. financial system under legislation two lawmakers introduced on Thursday that aims to further tighten the financial noose around Tehran’s nuclear program.