1. In the new Egypt, a conflict as old as Islam
    CAIRO // The battle for freedom of religion in Egypt is usually portrayed as only a conflict between secularists and newly empowered Salafis keen to establish a Sunni Islamic state. Yet in recent months another, potentially volatile, conflict has erupted along a familiar fault line: ultraconservative Sunnis and Shiites.
  2. Government criticised over refusal to back boycott of Bahrain Grand Prix
    The government was criticised on Tuesday for refusing to back a boycott of the Bahrain Grand Prix over human rights concerns, despite implementing its own boycott of the Euro 2012 football championships in Ukraine.
  3. Muslim clerics demand ban on Talibani elements in the community
    LUCKNOW: In order to oppose fundamentalist in their own community, Shia and Sunni Muslim clerics have come together under the banner of World Waeela Front. Formed by Shia cleric Maulana Kalbe Jawwad, the front has demanded ban on Talibani ideology as they perceive is to be the one of the biggest threat for the counry. The front is organising two day conference at Shahnajaf Imambara in Lucknow in which the clerics will appeal to the Muslim community to shun fundamentalism and fundamentalist leaders.
  4. Shia leader remains in jail after detention period expires
    A Shiite leader from Sampang, East Java, Tajul Muluk, has been forced to remain incarcerated at Sidoarjo Penitentiary even though his detention period ended last week, according to his lawyer, Asfinawati.
  5. Four minority Shia Hazaras are shot dead in Pakistan
    Gunmen on motorbikes have shot dead four people from the minority Shia Hazara community in the Pakistani city of Quetta, police say.
  6. Prominent Bahrain human rights activist arrested
    DUBAI: Bahraini police arrested prominent Shiite rights activist Mohammed al-Maskati on Tuesday for his participation in anti-government protests, his lawyers said.
  7. UK-Saudi relations strained by ‘support’ of Arab spring changes
    Britain’s relations with Saudi Arabia and other wealthy Gulf states are coming under strain because of mounting nervousness over the changes the Arab spring has brought to the Middle East.
  8. Bahrain summons Iran envoy over ‘interference’
    DUBAI — Bahrain summoned Iran’s charge d’affaires on Monday in protest at “interference” by Tehran in the internal affairs of the Gulf kingdom, the foreign ministry said.
  9. Bahrain’s Gulf Air says Iran holds up flight resumption -agency
    Oct 16 (Reuters) – Bahrain’s Gulf Air says it has been unable to resume flights to Iran because the Iranian civil aviation authority has been slow to approve flight schedules, the official Bahrain News Agency said on Tuesday.