1. Shiites throng Iraq shrine city for Arbaeen
    KARBALA, Iraq — Shiite pilgrims from Iraq and around the world are to throng Iraq’s shrine city of Karbala on Thursday for the climax of Arbaeen mourning rituals amid tight security for fear of militant attacks.
  2. Foreign politicians need to show us some respect
    Last month Bahrain opened its doors to the Members of the European Parliament (MEP). This is not a process that the country is obliged to follow nor does the leadership have to “give face” to people who may not even have heard of this country until a couple of years ago.
  3. Law enforcers on high alert for Chehlum
    Law-enforcement agencies have been put on high alert to avert any untoward incident during the Chehlum of Hazrat Imam Hussain (AS) that will take place on Thursday (today).
  4. Six militants among 20 arrested by CID
    The Anti-Extremism Cell (AEC) of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) on Wednesday arrested 17 suspects including three activists of Lashker-e-Jhangvi (LJ) and one of Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), from different parts of the city.
  5. Turkish villagers take in Syrian refugees that humanitarian groups don’t serve
    DAVUTPASA, Turkey — It was dinnertime at the dilapidated four-room house where at least 75 members of the Jasem family have been living since they fled the flooded cave in Syria where they first sought shelter when their village was shelled, and Hasnan Jasem was planning to serve potatoes and bread. Nothing else, just potatoes and bread.
  6. After Assad, is Strict Islamic Rule Ahead for Syria?
    ALEPPO, Syria — The voice of Islamist groups is growing louder in Syria as a number of Syrians in the battleground province of Aleppo are expressing increasing interest in establishing a government that leans toward a strict Islamic state.
  7. Iran unveils indigenous combat chopper
    Tehran: Iran has unveiled its latest combat chopper Toufan II that features the country’s “latest achievements in electronics, optics, laser and armament capabilities”, state media reported.
  8. Iran claims shooting down two US-made RQ-11 drones
    TEHRAN: Iran on Wednesday said it had shot down two US-made RQ-11 reconnaissance drones in the past 15 months, adding to a ScanEagle drone and RQ-170 Sentinel stealth aircraft it already claims to have captured.
  9. A New Year at the Wrong Time
    A few days ago most of the world celebrated the beginning of a new year – 2013. January 1st is an odd time for starting a new year, however – a result of the Romans’ veneration of Janus, the god of doors and gates, whose associated month was January.
  10. U.S. journalist abducted in Syria
    An American journalist who graduated from Marquette University has been missing in Syria since he was abducted more than one month ago, his family said Wednesday, less than two years after he was held by government forces in Libya while covering that country’s civil war.