1. Bahrain re-arrests Shiite rights activist
    DUBAI — Bahrain re-arrested leading Shiite rights activist Nabil Rajab on Wednesday pending a probe into tweets deemed insulting to Sunnis, prosecutors said, nine days after he had been freed.
  2. End of the road for Iraq’s leader?
    The forces arrayed again Maliki are growing, but Iran remains loyal.
  3. Iraq PM orders end to religious property transfer
    BAGHDAD: Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki called on Wednesday for an end to property transfers between the country’s religious foundations, after an attack against the Shiite endowment’s offices killed 25.
  4. 6 months after U.S. pulls back, can Iraq go it alone?
    BAGHDAD – Sitting in his cramped construction site office, Falah al-Sayegh lays out his company’s vision: a 160,000-square-foot shopping mall, medical clinic and luxury hotel topped by a restaurant with sweeping views of the city.
  5. Gunmen kill two Shia Muslims in southwest Pakistan
    At least two Shia Muslims have been killed in an attack by unknown gunmen in Pakistan’s troubled southwestern Balochistan province, Press TV reports.
  6. Lebanon and the dark side of the Twitter revolution
    Social media may have been a force for positive change in the Arab spring, but in Lebanon it is becoming a focus for discord
  7. Iran ready to finance gas pipeline in Pakistan: Report
    Iran is ready to finance a multi-billion dollar gas pipeline in Pakistan, which has been delayed for two years due to Western pressure.
  8. EU urges Iran to sign nuclear deal with UN watchdog
    VIENNA: The European Union called Wednesday on Iran to sign an accord with the International Atomic Energy Agency that would enable the UN watchdog to verify the nature of its controversial nuclear activities.
  9. Time running out for Asian buyers of Iran oil
    BEIJING/TOKYO – Iran’s top crude oil buyers in Asia have just weeks to come up with ways to keep imports flowing without falling foul of the toughest Western sanctions to date against Tehran’s oil trade. Solutions have proved elusive so far.
  10. Iran plans to boost petrochemical output by 5m tons
    TEHRAN – The National Petrochemical Company’s managing director said that Iran plans to increase its petrochemical output by more than 5 million tons to 49 million tons in the current calendar year which ends on March 20, 2013.