1. By the numbers: Syria deaths
    (CNN) — More than 60,000 people have been killed in Syria since unrest began in the country nearly two years ago, according to the latest estimate from the United Nations.
  2. Braving weather, Shias camp out in Quetta streets demanding army to take control
    QUETTA: Shia community members braved cold and rain as they staged a sit-in in Quetta on Friday with coffins those killed in Thursday’s deadly bombings, demanding that the military seize control of the provincial capital and protect the Muslim minority community, Express News reported.
  3. Iraq attacks kill at least 12
    Baghdad, Iraq (CNN) — Heightened sectarian tensions erupted into violence Thursday in a wave of attacks that left at lest 12 people dead. Three of the victims were police officers, authorities said.
  4. Syria accuses Brahimi of bias – Thursday 11 January 2013
    International envoy Lakhdar Brahimi and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad at their last meeting in Damascus on 24 December. Brahimi has now expressed doubt about whether Assad accepts the need for a political transition. Photograph: Sana/AP
  5. 115 killed, over 200 injured in a series of bomb attacks in Pakistan
    A series of bombings killed 115 people across Pakistan on Thursday, including 81 who died in twin blasts on a bustling billiards hall in a Shiite area of the southwestern city of Quetta.
  6. U.N. agencies: Stop the suffering in Syria
    (CNN) — Of all the terrible conflicts facing the world in 2013, Syria is undoubtedly the most complex and dangerous.
  7. Iraq threatens to seize oil shipped without its consent, sue dealers after Kurds begin exports
    BAGHDAD – Iraq has threatened to seize oil exports made without its consent and sue companies dealing in what it sees as contraband crude just days after the country’s self-rule Kurdish region began unilaterally exporting oil.
  8. Pakistan Shi’ite leader criticizes army chief after bombings
    (Reuters) – In a rare challenge, a Shi’ite leader publicly criticized powerful Pakistani army chief General Ashfaq Kayani over security in the country after bombings aimed at the minority sect killed 114 people.
  9. Pakistani Shiites refuse to bury dead in protest after billiards hall bombing kills 86 people
    QUETTA, Pakistan — Shiite Muslims hit by a twin bombing that killed 86 people refused to bury their dead Friday, demanding the Pakistani government do more to protect them from increasing violence against the minority sect.
  10. Iran drug shortage: US Iranians send medicine to avert crisis
    Amid strict Western sanctions and allegations of economic mismanagement, Iran is suffering a critical drug shortage. A growing number of Iranians in the US have taken it upon themselves to send medicine to their loved ones back home.