1. Iraq locks down Baghdad before Arab summit
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq’s government has locked down Baghdad ahead of this week’s Arab League Summit, throwing up a maze of security checkpoints and roadblocks as it seeks to protect the capital from insurgent attacks.
  2. Iraqi woman severely beaten in US home dies
    EL CAJON — A 32-year-old woman from Iraq who was found severely beaten next to a threatening note saying “go back to your country” died on Saturday.
  3. Arab summit will not urge Assad to quit: chief
    The Arab League, which is holding its annual summit in Iraq this week, will not call for Syrian President Assad to resign, the group’s secretary general said
  4. Sanctions against Iran cloud global growth
    PARIS — Tightened sanctions by the West have yet to dissuade Iran from pursuing its controversial nuclear programme but have triggered an oil price spike that could trigger a global recession.
  5. Amid chaos of uprising, crime wave hits Syria
    BEIRUT — Streets of Damascus that were crowded until late at night stand mostly empty after sunset as Syrians stay home, fearing robberies and kidnapping. After a year of chaos, a country that once boasted it was the safest in the Middle East is experiencing a surge in crime.
  6. Political analyst: Saudi monarchy scared of Bahrain revolution spillover
    Another Bahraini protester has died from inhaling toxic tear gas fired by Saudi-backed regime forces in Bahrain as the al-Khalifa rule continues its severe suppression of protests. Clashes were also reported between regime forces and protesters as thousands rallied in villages around the capital, Manama.
  7. Pakistani Shia Lawyer, Son Martyred Due to Firing of Anti-Islam Wahhabis
    Former president of the Malir Bar, Salahuddin Haider Jafri and his son Ali Raza were martyred in an ambush on Saturday.
  8. Iraqi President, U.S. amb. mull bilateral ties, Arab meeting preparations
    Iraqi President Jalal Talabani discussed on Saturday with U.S. ambassador to Iraq James Jeffrey ways of boosting bilateral relations and the ongoing preparations to host the Arab summit in Baghdad next Thursday, according to a presidential statement.
  9. Iraq: 11 terrorists arrested in Kirkuk
    A joint force arrested 11 persons, mostly wanted for terrorism charges, in a security raid south and south west of the city, Joint Coordination Center sources said today.
  10. Lebanon gives back 78 stolen relics to Iraq
    The Lebanese government returned Saturday 78 Mesopotamian artifacts smuggled into Lebanon from Iraq, in a ceremony held for the occasion at Beirut’s National Museum.