1. Turkey’s Erdogan visits Imam Reza shrine in Iran
    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited the holy shrine of Imam Reza (AS) in the northeastern Iranian city of Mashhad on Thursday afternoon.
  2. Bahraini protesters call for UN intervention
    Anti-regime protesters in Bahrain have called on the United Nations to put an end to the lingering crisis in the Persian Gulf state.
  3. 12 Abducted Iranian pilgrims, engineers released in Syria
    Informed Syrian sources said that a total of 12 Iranian citizens, including five Iranian engineers who were abducted by Syrian opposition forces in Syria were released.
  4. BRICS: Dialogue only Answer to Syrian, Iranian Developments
    Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa (BRICS) considered Thursday that dialogue was the only answer to the Syrian and Iranian developments, warning of “disastrous consequences” for any military action by the West or Israel to end the Syrian crisis or the dispute over Iran’s nuclear program.
  5. Premier calls Arab summit ‘turning point’ for Iraq
    BAGHDAD — Iraq’s prime minister on Friday praised this week’s Arab League summit in Baghdad as a turning point in the emerging relationship between Iraq and the Arab world.
  6. Shutter-down: Quetta closed after Hazara killings
    A complete shutter-down strike was observed in Quetta on Friday to protest against Thursday’s killings of five people, including a woman of the Hazara community.
  7. Assad demands rebels stop attacks
    BEIRUT — Syria’s President Bashar Assad has said he will spare no effort to make U.N. envoy Kofi Annan’s peace plan a success, but demanded that armed opponents battling his regime commit to halting violence.
  8. Syria fighting rages, Annan urges immediate ceasefire
    DAMASCUS – International envoy Kofi Annan urged Syria’s Bashar al-Assad to immediately implement a ceasefire, as fighting raged on Friday even after the embattled leader said he had accepted the peace plan.
  9. Arab summit a success for Iraq despite flaws
    BAGHDAD – Despite the absence of key leaders, heavy-handed security measures and resolutions seen as soft, the fact that Iraq managed to host an Arab summit at all has been hailed as a success.