1. Arab summit to stop short of call for Assad ouster
    BAGHDAD – The Arab summit in Baghdad will stop short of calling for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to quit or discuss arming his foes, both sharply divisive issues, Iraq’s foreign minister said on Wednesday.
  2. UN chief urges Assad to implement peace plan
    KUWAIT CITY – UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon on Wednesday urged Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to “immediately” implement the UN six-point plan to stop bloodshed in Syria.
  3. Work in the holy shrine of al Askerya reachs advanced level + Pic
    The work in the holy shrine of al Askerya reached advanced level. The chairman of engineering work in Shiite council, and the head of reconstruction the holy shrine, Zuhair al Ansary announce to Askerya website; “The beginning of the work was in 25, 3, 2011. After this date the work of preparing gold to be ready was done”.
  4. Russia President: Syrians Alone Decide Their Country’s Destiny
    Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Tuesday said the Syrians alone decide Syria’s destiny and not other countries’ leaders, describing the calls for President Bashar al-Assad to step aside as “a short-sighted view”.
  5. Swiss court: Muslim girls must swim with boys
    A Muslim family in Basel has been fined 1,400 francs ($1,550) for refusing to let its daughters participate in mixed swimming classes.
  6. US Envoy to Syria: Opposition Engaged in Human Rights Abuses
    The ambassador of the United States to Syria, Robert Ford, said on Tuesday he had received reports that the opposition groups had engaged in human rights violations.
  7. Syrian President Assad visits crisis-hit city of Homs
    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has visited the Baba Amr neighborhood in the city of Homs, the epicenter of confrontations between government forces and armed gangs in the nearly one-year-old unrest in the country.
  8. Iranian navy battles off somali pirates, saves merchant ship
    Iranian Navy got involved in a shootout with somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden.
  9. Bahrain: Vital Reform Commitments Unmet, Says HRW
    Bahrain’s government has not carried out critical recommendations by the independent commission that looked into extensive human rights violations during the crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in 2011, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday.