- Enemies of Syria pledge $100mn to pay salaries to Syrian rebels
Several Persian Gulf Arab states and the United States have pledged 100 million dollars to provide salaries and communications equipment for Syrian rebels fighting against the government.
- Bahrain: Activists’ sentences to be reviewed
The Court of Cassation in Bahrain is set to review the verdict and sentences imposed on 14 opposition activists. Amnesty International is calling for their immediate and unconditional release .
- Turkish police attack pro-Assad rally in Istanbul
Turkish police have used tear gas and pepper spray to disperse pro-Syrian government demonstrators in the city of Istanbul.
- Saudi protesters demand release of wounded rights activist
Protesters have held demonstrations in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province to demand the release of a detained human rights activist, shot and injured by security forces before being arrested in March.
- Persian Gulf Countries Sending Secret Messages to Syrian President: We’re not against You
“As-Safir” Lebanese newspaper unveiled Monday that a number of Arab leaders are sending secret letters to Syria seeking for solutions to their relations with it.
- Saudi Wahhabi Security Forces Arrested Three Shia Citizens From Eastern Province
On 1 April 2012 , the Saudi Wahhabi security forces at the authorities at the Khafji check-point on the Saudi Kuwaiti frontier arrested the Shiite citizen (Sayyid Majid al-Sada , 40 years , from Om al-Hazm district in Qatif).
- Syria agrees April 10 deadline for peace plan: Annan
UNITED NATIONS – Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad has agreed to start implementing a peace plan by April 10, but UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan told the UN Security Council on Monday there has been no progress yet in halting the bloodshed.
- Qatar urged to hand over fugitive Iraqi VP
BAGHDAD – Iraq on Monday said Qatar’s welcoming of Baghdad’s fugitive Sunni Vice President Tareq Al Hashemi was “unacceptable” and called on Doha to hand him over.
- Russia urges Assad to start troop pullout
YEREVAN, Armenia – Russia’s foreign minister says Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government must take the first step toward settling the country’s conflict by pulling out troops from cities.
- Iran vows to stick to nuclear ‘path’
TEHRAN— Iran declared on Monday it will not be swayed from its nuclear “path” by sanctions, a week before talks with world powers that are increasingly seen as a last chance for diplomacy in its showdown with the West.