1. Bahrain settles compensation for 17 victims of last year unrest
    MANAMA — Bahrain has settled compensation for 17 victims of last year’s unrest, while cases of more than 35 others are pending until procedures are completed.
  2. Iraq Political Row Threatens Future Polls
    (AFP) — A bitter row between Iraq’s political blocs is threatening the future independence of the country’s election commission and is casting doubt on whether provincial polls due next year will be held on time.
  3. Assir denies plans to disrupt Sadr ceremony
    SIDON, Lebanon: Ahead of the anniversary of Musa Sadr’s disappearance Friday, rumors persist in Sidon that controversial Sheikh Ahmad Assir might try to disrupt proceedings by blocking the southern road heading to Nabatieh, where the ceremony will take place.
  4. Shiites Found Hiding in Jungle Near Sampang
    Sampang. Two Shiites were found hiding in the jungle near Sampang on Thursday, adding to a growing number of displaced persons seeking refuge following Sunday’s mob attack that left two people dead and seven injured.
  5. Assad blames Turkey for bloodshed
    BEIRUT – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad blamed the Turkish government yesterday for violence in a 17-month-old uprising in the country, in which thousands have died. “Turkey bears direct responsibility for the blood being shed in Syria,” Assad told the local television channel Addounia.
  6. Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi performs dramatic U-turn telling audience in Iran that he supported military intervention in Syria
    The new Egyptian president, Mohamed Morsi, performed a dramatic about turn today when he told an audience in Iran that he supported military intervention in Syria – infuriating Bashar al-Assad’s foreign minister and cleaving a gaping political fissure with Tehran.
  7. Chief of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi arrested in Pakistan
    Pakistani police on Thursday arrested Malik Ishaq, chief of the banned Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, as he returned to the country after performing the Umra pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia by violating his bail, officials said.
  8. Gunmen kill Shia judge, guard, driver in Quetta
    QUETTA: Unidentified gunmen shot dead a Shia Muslim judge along with his driver and police bodyguard in Quetta on Thursday in a suspected sectarian attack, police said.
  9. Indonesia: Shiite kids need counseling in wake of attack
    Jakarta, 30 Aug. (AKI/Jakarta Post) – Children affected by Sunday’s riot in East Java, are in desperate need of psychological counseling to help ease their trauma of witnessing the violence that led to the death of two Shiites and injured several others.