- 22 killed in wave of Iraq attacks
BAGHDAD (AFP) – A wave of bombings and shootings across Iraq killed 22 people on Monday as the country grappled with anti-government rallies and simmering political crises ahead of major Shia commemoration rituals.
- HRCP slams gruesome Mastung attack
LAHORE, (SANA): The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has strongly condemned the gruesome killing of Shia pilgrims in an attack on Iran-bound buses in Mastung on Sunday and called the government to put an end to the appalling bloodshed.
- Levies men executed by abductors of ex-ISI officers
ISLAMABAD: The December 27 abduction and execution of 22 Levies personnel was carried out by Tariq Afridi Group of the Pakistani Taliban which was previously involved in the 2010 kidnapping of two former ISI officers, Colonel (R) Sultan Ameer Tarrar and Squadron Leader (R) Khalid Khawaja.
- Iran test-fires missiles near Strait of Hormuz
TEHRAN: Iran’s navy said on Monday it test-fired a range of weapons during ongoing maneuvers near the Strait of Hormuz, the passageway for one-fifth of the world’s oil supply.
- ‘Pak-Iran gas pipeline to help meet Pakistan’s energy needs’
ISLAMABAD: Syed Sumsam Bukhari, minister of state for information and broadcasting, has said that completion of Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline will help meet Pakistan’s energy crisis.
- CAIRO CEMENTS TIES WITH HEZBOLLAH
WASHINGTON – Reports from Beirut suggest Egypt will seek to increase ties with the Iranian-backed Hezbollah, Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin documents.
- UN chief condemns terrorist attack on Pakistani Shia pilgrims
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has condemned a recent terrorist attack that killed at least19 Pakistani Shia pilgrims, expressing concern over the escalating violence in the country.
- Saudi Arabia says man shot dead in Shiite oil area
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — A security official in Saudi Arabia says a man was killed in clashes with police in an oil-rich eastern region, where the country’s Shiite minority has been holding protests against the Sunni ruling monarchy.
- Bahrain: 2 Sentenced in Beating Death
Two police officers have been sentenced to seven years in prison for beating to death a Shiite opposition activist in custody during last year’s crackdown on protesters.
- Shia community marks birth anniversary of Jesus Christ (PBUH)
(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) – London based AHLBAIT TV marked the birth anniversary of Jesus Christ (PBUH) inviting Christian figures to discuss the life of great prophet and boost unity among divine religions.