1. News agency: Son of Iran opposition figure gets suspended sentence over news interviews
    TEHRAN, Iran — An Iranian news agency reports the son of a leading Iranian opposition figure has been sentenced to a suspended six-month jail term for interviews with foreign media.
  2. Iran official says opposition leaders not competent to run in June’s presidential election
    TEHRAN, Iran — A semi-official Iranian news agency is reporting that the country’s two main opposition leaders are not competent to run as candidates in the presidential election in June.
  3. Banks Seek U.S. Help on Iran Cyberattacks
    Major U.S. banks are pressing for government action to block or squelch what Washington officials say is an intensifying Iranian campaign of cyberattacks against American financial institutions.
  4. Bahrain rights activist is freed on bail ahead of his Twitter trial, lawyer says
    MANAMA, Bahrain – A lawyer in Bahrain says a human rights activist has been freed on bail after more than two months in custody on charges of posting false news on Twitter.
  5. Syria allows UN to step up food aid
    World Food Programme to work with local groups to reach 2.5 million people, as deadly bombings are reported in Idlib.
  6. Airlines keen on operating flights from Lucknow to Baghdad and Najaf
    Various airlines have evinced interest in starting flights from Lucknow to Baghdad and Najaf in Iraq, as per a Hindustan Times report. Officials of the Airports Authority of India (AAI) admitted that at least two airlines were interested in operating flights to these destinations, as Lucknow had adequate traffic for these cities.
  7. Bombings in Iraq kill Shia pilgrims
    A series of bomb attacks across Iraq has killed at least 12 people, most of them Shia pilgrims, officials say.
  8. Shia, Sunni clash in Lucknow leaves one dead, many injured
    Lucknow: A man was killed and more than a dozen people were injured in a clash between members of the Shia and Sunni sects here Wednesday night, police said.
  9. Sampang Shiites still face pressure to convert: Amnesty Int’l
    The displaced Shiite community in East Java continues to face pressure to convert to “true” Islam if they wish to return to their homes in Sampang district on Madura island, human rights group Amnesty International (AI) has said.
  10. Iran, UN team resume nuclear talks in Tehran
    A team led by the IAEA’s chief inspector Nackaerts and another one headed by Tehran’s IAEA representative Ali Soltanieh hold nuclear talks that mark the second round of negotiations