1. ‘Annan to visit Iran for Syria talks’
    TEHRAN: Kofi Annan, the UN-Arab League envoy, will travel to Tehran next Wednesday to hold talks with senior Iranian officials over Syria, his spokesman said Thursday.
  2. U.S. not backing off as Iran sanctions bite
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration’s man in charge of squeezing Tehran over its nuclear program is unapologetic for the strain Western penalties on Iran have exerted on global oil markets.
  3. Fugitive Iraqi VP Hashemi ‘will return to Iraq’
    RIYADH — Fugitive Iraqi Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi will return to Iraq, a close aide said on Thursday, denying a claim by a Saudi official that he might remain in the kingdom until his political foe, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, leaves office.
  4. Pipeline blast halts Iraq oil exports
    BAGHDAD – An explosion hit a pipeline carrying oil from Iraq through Turkey, cutting off crude exports from northern Iraq, oil officials in Baghdad said on Thursday, calling the blast an “act of sabotage.”
  5. Medina: the Roots of Karbala
    The sacred blood of Imam Hussain, his family, and his companions (peace be upon them all) was spilled on the plains of Karbala on the 10th of Muharram. Their mutilated bodies lay on the sand with their heads raised on spears. Women, children, and the sick Imam Sajjad (peace be upon him) were taken captives.
  6. ‘Kuwait-Iraq flights to resume after 20 years’
    ‘Kuwait-Iraq flights to resume after 20 years’ Baghdad: Iraq has approved a request from Kuwait’s Jazeera Airways to operate services to Baghdad and Najaf, more than 20 years after direct flights between the neighbours were halted, officials said Thursday.
  7. Shiite imam call leads to probe in Turkish school
    The Education Ministry and local authorities launched investigations yesterday against a principal and a religion teacher at a primary school in the Aegean province of Manisa for inviting a Shiite Muslim imam to class on April 3.
  8. Karachi target, killings claim four more lives
    KARACHI: The ongoing target and sectarian killings claimed four more lives in different parts of the metropolis on Thursday.
  9. Syria Conflict Highlights Saudi-Iran Tensions
    The unrest in Syria highlights a larger struggle for regional influence between Iran and Saudi Arabia. Tthe tensions have been building as uprisings in the Arab world have pit the two on opposite sides of the conflicts.
  10. Iran subsidises exchange rates
    Iran’s government will provide subsidised foreign currency for around half of all goods imported into the country this year, according to a state news agency report on Thursday, after new sanctions against the state slashed the value of its rial.