1. Iranian “engineers” kidnapped in Syria freed
    Tehran said on Wednesday that two of five Iranian “engineers” abducted in Syria had been freed, thanking neighboring Turkey for its efforts in securing their release, local media reported.
  2. Bahraini activist says charge over tweets “vindictive”
    Prominent Bahraini rights activist Nabeel Rajab told a court on Wednesday that a charge that he tweeted insults against the government were “vindictive,” as dozens of lawyers turned up to defend him.
  3. US Arms Sale Sends Wrong Signal to Bahrain, Groups Say
    The administration of U.S. President Barack Obama is sending the wrong signal to the government of Bahrain in proceeding with a partial sale of new arms to Manama, according to human rights activists and some lawmakers.
  4. TDSB cancels Madrassah school permit
    TORONTO – The East End Madrassah under investigation by York Regional Police for possible hate crimes has had its weekend classes canned by the Toronto District School Board (TDSB).
  5. Troubled peace in Gilgit-Baltistan
    Khan Muhammed was gathering firewood in the forest overlooking a deserted stretch of the Karakoram Highway when, on that cold February morning, he witnessed something that would forever be etched in his memory.
  6. Shia Rights Watch to release report highlighting Bahrain’s ‘atrocities’
    Washington DC: Shia Rights Watch (SRW) is releasing a report cataloguing ‘human rights abuses’ against Shia Muslims majority in Bahrain on May 25, 2012.
  7. Extremist assassins enter Lebanon with political hit lists – reports
    An extremist group of terrorists is reported by Arab media to have entered Lebanon with a list of politicians targeted for assassination.
  8. Syrian opposition meeting in Rome fails to mend rift
    A meeting in Rome of the Syrian National Council seeking to mend the current rift in the opposition movement has again failed to attain the objective.
  9. Iraq Replaces Iran as India’s Second-Largest Crude Oil Supplier
    NEW DELHI – Iraq replaced Iran as India’s second-largest crude oil supplier in the recently ended financial year, preliminary government data showed Wednesday, as New Delhi cut shipments from Tehran ahead of impending sanctions from the U.S. and the European Union.