1. Saudi Activists Ask Int’l Right Bodies to Pay Fact-Finding Visit to Jailed Cleric Sheik Nemer al-Nemer
    A Saudi activist group urged international rights organizations to have fact-finding meetings with jailed Shiite cleric Sheik Nemer al-Nemer.
  2. Rights groups call for the release of Madura Shiite cleric
    Human rights groups have called for the release of Shiite cleric Tajul Muluk who was sentenced to two years for blasphemy against Islam.
  3. Saudi demonstrators in Qatif demand release of Shia cleric
    Saudi protesters have taken to the streets in the Qatif region of Eastern Province to demand the release of prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Nemr al-Nemr.
  4. Status of minister conferred on Waqf functionaries withdrawn
    Lucknow, Jul 16 (PTI) The Uttar Pradesh government today withdrew the status of minister of State given to the chairmen of the UP Shia Central Waqf Board and the UP Sunni Central Waqf Board.
  5. Shia Board seeks ban on film based on Karbala
    LUCKNOW: All India Shia Personal Law Board has urged the Centre to impose a ban on the making of a movie based on the sacrifice made by 72 Muslims in Karbala to protect Islam saying that the film would hurt the community’s religious sentiments.
  6. Russia accuses West of blackmail on Syria plans
    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia on Monday accused the West of effectively using blackmail to secure a new U.N. Security Council resolution that threatens sanctions and could open the door for possible future use of military force to end Syria’s civil war.
  7. Fighting Spreads in Damascus; Russia Resists Pressuring Syria
    BEIRUT, Lebanon — Several neighborhoods in the Syrian capital of Damascus turned into combat zones on Monday as street battles between the government and rebel forces spread for a second day, with activists reporting that tanks fired down city streets.
  8. Shiite’s Conviction Raises Concerns About Intolerance
    JAKARTA—While the Islamic campaign that blocked Lady Gaga from coming to Jakarta grabbed global headlines in May, human-rights activists say a local court’s decision last week to lock up a Shiite Muslim leader for his minority beliefs are a more worrying example of the growing intolerance in the world’s biggest Muslim-majority nation.