- Protesters, police clash in Bahrain’s capital
Manama: Witnesses in Bahrain say riot police have clashed with anti-government protesters seeking to shift their demonstrations to the heart of the Gulf kingdom’s capital.
- Syrian army secures Kadam district near Damascus
The Syrian army has announced that the Kadam district in Damascus countryside has been secured and is now a safe location, Press TV reports.
- Syrian president welcomes dialogue with opposition
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says talks with the opposition groups are the sole solution to the unrest that has engulfed the Middle Eastern country for more than 18 months.
- Sunni, Shi’ite Islamists clash in Yemen, one killed
Clashes between Shi’ite and Sunni Islamist groups in Yemen killed one person on Friday, the latest violence between groups vying for influence in the Arabian Peninsula country after the ouster of veteran president Ali Abdullah Saleh.
- China opposes excessive pressure, new sanctions on Iran
TEHRAN – The Chinese deputy ambassador to the United Nations said on Thursday that Beijing is opposed to exerting excessive pressure or imposing new sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program.
- Washington pressures Iraq over alleged arms shipments to Syria
The Obama administration is stepping up pressure upon the US-installed regime in Iraq over its alleged complicity in what Washington says are Iranian arms shipments being flown through Iraqi airspace to Syria. The attempt to intimidate the government of Iraqi Prime Minister Nour al-Maliki is part of a broader US effort to tighten the noose around Syria. This includes the imposition of new sanctions and stepped-up support to the so-called rebels seeking to topple the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.
- East Java Police Arrest Alleged Shiite Murderer
Surabaya. East Java Police said on Friday that they have arrested a man believed to have been the killer of a Shiite member during a mob attack in Sampang last month.
- Grand ayatollahs call on govt. to tackle high cost of living
TEHRAN – A number of Iranian maraja taqlid (Shia clerics who are regarded as sources of emulation) have called on the relevant officials to take the measures necessary to resolve the problem of high cost of living in the country.
- Washington’s Double Standard
Washington’s reaction to the surge of antiregime movements in North Africa and the Middle East has varied markedly. U.S. leaders did not hesitate to back so-called prodemocracy movements in countries that are adversaries of the United States.
- Shia leader sentence increased
Shia leader Tajul Muluk’s prison sentence has been increased to four years from the previous two-year sentence on Friday. Prosecutors at Sampang District Court, East Java had originally demanded a five-year imprisonment for Tajul in July.