1. Deadly blast at government office in Iraq
    BAGHDAD — A suicide bomber detonated an explosive-rigged car outside Iraq’s main religious affairs office for Shia Muslims yesterday, shearing off the facade of the three-story building and killing at least 23 people in the deadliest single attack in the country in three months, officials said.
  2. Four more Shias lose life in Quetta
    QUETTA: At least six people, including four Shias and a policeman, were killed and another policeman injured when a group of armed men attacked a welding shop on Essa Khan Road on Sunday, police said.
  3. Kuwaiti jailed for 10 years for Twitter ‘blasphemy’
    A court in Kuwait has sentenced a man to 10 years in prison for endangering state security by insulting the Prophet Muhammad and the rulers of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain in messages on Twitter.
  4. What does Nasrallah really mean?
    The Shia taxi driver who brought me home from the airport a few nights ago answered my question about the fate of the 11 Lebanese Shia pilgrims kidnaped in Syria with a rather shocking statement: “We don’t care. We don’t want them back if this causes any humiliation to the Sayyed. He will not apologize to anyone.”
  5. Yemeni troops advance al-Qaeda assault
    Hundreds of Yemeni troops backed by tanks advanced in an effort to retake a coastal town from fighters linked to al-Qaeda, residents said, part of a US-backed offensive.
  6. Basra rises from the ruins of Saddam Hussein’s reign
    As Basra finally undergoes economic regenration, old suspicions have given way to optimism. Damien McElroy visited the once wartorn city which hopes to become the economic capital of Iraq.
  7. Khamenei Says Iranian Nation More Powerful Than Ever
    Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says the Islamic Republic of Iran is today more powerful than ever before in its history.
  8. Bahrain says group follows violent Shi’ite cleric
    (Reuters) – Bahrain justified moves to ban a small Islamist group on Monday by saying a radical Shi’ite cleric based abroad was its spiritual leader, while the move was seen by some as a renewed warning to leading Shi’ite opposition party Wefaq.
  9. Iran rallies to aid of Iraq’s embattled leader
    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iran has played many political roles in Baghdad since the fall of Saddam Hussein: spoiler to American-crafted administrations, haven for Iraqi political outcasts and big brother to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s Shiite-led government.
  10. Bahrain seeks to dissolve Shiite political group in message to opposition
    MANAMA, Bahrain — Bahrain’s Justice Ministry says it has filed a lawsuit seeking to dissolve a Shiite-led political society for alleged breaches that include supporting views fueling tensions in the troubled Gulf nation.