1. Hague urges EU to strengthen Iran sanctions
    PAPHOS, Cyprus — Foreign Secretary William Hague urged the European Union on Friday to step up the pressure on Iran over its controversial nuclear drive by beefing up sanctions.
  2. Canada closes embassy in Iran, to expel Iranian diplomats
    (Reuters) – Canada has suspended diplomatic relations with Iran, closing its embassy in Tehran and giving all Iranian diplomats in Canada five days to leave the country, Foreign Minister John Baird said on Friday, calling Iran the biggest threat to global security.
  3. Police name third suspect in Shia attack
    The police have named a man only identified as M as a new suspect in the deadly attack on Shiites in Sampang, East Java, on Aug. 26.
  4. Shia group wants a dialogue, not sermon
    A Shia organization says it will accept an invitation to a transparent and neutral dialogue to resolve existing problems with majority Sunni Muslims.
  5. Bombs targeting Iraqi Shias kill eight
    KIRKUK: A series of apparently coordinated bombings targeting Shia places of worship, or husseiniyahs, in north Iraq killed at least eight people and wounded 33 on Friday, a medical official said.
  6. Iran sets June 14 for presidential poll
    Iran will hold presidential elections on June 14 next year, the Interior Ministry said on Friday, the first such vote since a violent crackdown on protests over Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s disputed re-election in 2009.
  7. Bombs explode in Syrian capital, 5 police killed
    DAMASCUS, Syria — Two bombs went off in Damascus on Friday, killing at least five policemen and wounding others in the latest violence in the capital, once the impregnable stronghold of President Bashar Assad’s regime.
  8. Car bomb goes off near Syria Ministry of Information
    A car bomb has exploded in an area between the central law courts and Ministry of Information in the Syrian capital, Damascus.
  9. Saudi protesters again hold demos against Riyadh regime
    Anti-government protesters have once again staged demonstrations in Saudi Arabia, as anger flares in the kingdom over Riyadh’s harsh crackdown on dissent in recent months.
  10. Despite obstacles, aid groups say Syria refugee exodus growing
    GENEVA, Sept 7 (Reuters) – Flights from Damascus have been cancelled, at least one crossing into Iraq shut, and shells are landing close to the Jordanian border, but more than 246,000 refugees have already fled Syria and the exodus is growing, humanitarian agencies said on Friday.