1. Talks between govt, Hazara Shia protesters end inconclusively
    QUETTA: Negotiations aimed at convincing members of the Hazara Shia community to call off their protest ended inconclusively on Saturday after efforts by Governor Balochistan Nawab Zulfiqar Magsi and Federal Minister Syed Khursheed Shah.
  2. Bigots keep on killing Shia community in Pakistan at will
    Extremists, bigots and militants continue to target Baluchistan’s Shia community, commonly known as Hazaras, without any fear of being traced or tracked down by security agencies. It is unfortunate to see the writ of the Pakistani government crumbling fast. What is more shameful for the government and security agencies is that extremist group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi targets the community members and then claims responsibility of each incident just hours after the tragedies and mishaps. This time around, two bomb blasts targeted members of the community, killing 96 people and wounding hundreds of others.
  3. The war against the Shia catches all in its crossfire
    It is a ferocious war waged by assassination, massacre, imprisonment and persecution that has killed tens of thousands of people. But non-Muslims – and many Muslims – scarcely notice this escalating conflict that pits Shia minority against Sunni majority.
  4. Iran, Iraq, Syria sign agreement to boost transit cooperation
    Iran, Iraq, and Syria have signed a memorandum of understanding to expand their trade cooperation and boost the transit of goods through their borders.
  5. Bahrain: Rights activist Maryam Alkhawaja risks arrest
    A leading Bahraini human rights activist has returned to Bahrain to see her jailed father.
  6. Two airlines suspend Iran flights as economy weakens
    (Reuters) – Two European airlines said on Saturday they were halting services to Iran, a sign of the crumbling purchasing power of Iranians as their economy buckles under the weight of Western sanctions.
  7. Saudi Arabia’s treatment of foreign workers under fire after beheading of Sri Lankan maid
    The execution of 24-year-old Rizana Nafeek has cast a spotlight on the plight of dozens of migrant workers on death row in Saudi Arabia
  8. Saudi female protesters call for release of jailed women
    Female activists have taken to the streets in Saudi Arabia to demand the release of women and children arrested in demonstrations against the ruling Al Saud regime.
  9. Assad still confident that he can control Syria
    BEIRUT — Syrian President Bashar al-Assad remains confident that he can ride out the maelstrom engulfing his country, casting into doubt prospects that intensified efforts to negotiate an end to the bloodshed can succeed, according to Syrians familiar with the thinking of the regime.
  10. Bahrain Shiites protest at jail for 13 activists
    MANAMA: Thousands of Shiites demonstrated near Manama on Saturday in a new protest against an appeals court upholding jail terms for 13 activists on charges of plotting to overthrow Bahrain’s monarchy, witnesses said.