1. Prison sentence upheld for former Bahraini MP after stripping him of his citizenship
    The Bahrain Center for Human Rights expresses its concern over the continued criminalization of freedom of assembly in Bahrain, as courts continue to pass down prison sentences for charges of protesting at the Pearl Roundabout nearly two years after the February 14 protests.
  2. European Parliament Calls for EU Sanctions Against Bahrain
    The European Parliament today endorsed a strong worded resolution addressing the ongoing human rights violations in Bahrain. The effort led by Dutch Member of European Parliament Marietje Schaake (ALDE/D66) calls for targeted EU sanctions against human rights violators inBahrain.
  3. Bahraini activist released on bail
    A prominent Bahraini human rights activist has been released on bail after the al Khalifa regime came under mounting international pressure over its drastic rights record, local media reported.
  4. Iran Embassy in Libya denies Shia propagation
    Iranian Embassy press associate in Tripoli has denied some Libyan media claims on Iran’s attempt to propagate Shiite ideology.
  5. Protesting Sunnis call for Iraq PM to go
    BAGHDAD: Thousands rallied in Sunni-majority areas of Iraq on Friday, calling for the ouster of Shiite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki in the latest of ongoing protests that have deepened a political crisis.
  6. Al Saud desperately attempts to silence dissent
    The ruling al Saud regime in Saudi Arabia has launched a desperate attempt to silence the voice of dissent in whatever ways possible, says a prominent human rights activist.
  7. Car bombs, rocket rock Syria in renewed violence
    BEIRUT (AP) — Two car bombs exploded in southern Syria and a rocket slammed into a building in the north, killing at least 12 people in a spike in civil war violence Friday that Syrian state media blamed on rebel fighters trying to topple President Bashar Assad.
  8. Business rivalry seen to be behind Shia-Sunni clashes in Lucknow
    Business rivalry between groups of two Muslim builders, one Shia another Sunni, was behind the firing on a religious gathering in Wazirganj on Wednesday night, which sparked sectarian clashes in the old city of Lucknow in which two people were killed and nine injured.
  9. Syria Violence May Worsen Post-Assad
    LONDON — Syria’s civil war drags on, with diplomatic efforts making little headway and, according to the United Nations, more than 60,000 people killed. Experts don’t see a quick solution, and believe that even if the rebels succeed in ousting President Bashar al-Assad, the violence could well continue, and even get worse.
  10. U.N. fails in attempt to restart Iran nuke probe
    VIENNA (AP) — U.N experts returned from Tehran on Friday without sealing a long-sought deal that would restart a probe of suspicions that Iran worked on atomic arms, adding to doubts that upcoming separate talks between six world powers and the Islamic Republic will succeed in reducing fears about Iran’s nuclear ambitions.