1. Brahimi not confident Syria war can be ended
    New UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi said Friday he is not confident that he will be able to help bring an end to the Syria conflict.
  2. Iran will not match Bahrain envoy move
    Iran will not reciprocate Bahrain’s decision to reinstate its ambassador, deputy foreign minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian said in remarks published Saturday, charging that the Gulf state’s Sunni rulers were still repressing its Shiite majority.
  3. Governor of restive Iraqi province dies in car crash
    Hisham al-Hayali, the governor of Iraq’s restive Diyala province, died along with his son in a car accident on Saturday that also injured his wife and two daughters, his media adviser said.
  4. Syria welcomes Algerian Brahimi as Annan successor
    BEIRUT — The Syrian government on Saturday welcomed the naming of a former Algerian diplomat as the U.N.’s new point-man in efforts to halt the country’s escalating civil war. Activists reported more shelling by regime troops, including an air attack on a northern border town where scores died earlier this week.
  5. Prayer hall and community centre gets the go-ahead
    THE first dedicated community centre and prayer hall for the Shia sect of Islam in Bolton has been given the goahead.
  6. CCP protests against Shia killings in Kohistan
    LAHORE – Concerned Citizens Society of Pakistan (CCP) on Friday condemned targeted killings of Shia passengers aboard a bus and held a protest at Liberty Chowk against the tragedy. In a statement, CCP said that these attacks cause harm to national assets and the solidarity of Pakistan. Furthermore, CCP called for the government to apprehend the culprits responsible for the attacks and to provide justice. CCP also extended condolences to the bereaved families.
  7. American Muslims condemn violence against Shias in Pak
    Washington: Condemning the recent killing of about two dozen Shias in Pakistan and expressing concern over increase in attacks on religious minorities, the American Muslim community has called for intervention by Pakistan’s religious, civic and government authorities.
  8. 100 World States Due to Attend NAM Summit in Tehran
    TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran announced on Saturday that 100 world states have announced their preparedness to participate in the 16th heads-of-state summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) later this month despite enemies’ attempts to prevent the presence of certain guests in the conference.
  9. Iraq Arrests MKO Spokesman
    TEHRAN (FNA)- Iraqi security forces arrested the spokesman of the terrorist Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO also known as the MEK, PMOI and NCR) in Iraq, local media reports said.
  10. Envoy: Turkey to Spare No Efforts to Free Abducted Iranian Pilgrims in Syria
    TEHRAN (FNA)- Turkey’s Ambassador to Iran Umit Yardim pledged that Ankara will do its best to help release the Iranian pilgrims abducted by armed groups in Syria earlier this month.