1. Iran Currency Falls Further on Concerns Over Bank
    Iran’s currency, weakened by Western sanctions and economic mismanagement, has fallen further in value over the past few days in an apparent reaction to a leadership problem at the Central Bank that has stirred new concerns about political tensions, money traders and outside economists said Tuesday.
  2. Terrorists Flow into Syria from Neighboring Countries, Particularly Turkey
    Syria reminds once again that the terrorists, who are continuing their criminal acts against safe citizens, flow into Syria mainly across some neighboring countries, particularly Turkey, the Foreign and Expatriates Ministry said on Tuesday.
  3. Bahrain: Continuous harassment and targeting of Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja’s family members
    (Ahlul Bayt News Agency) – The Bahrain Center for Human Rights expresses its grave concern about the constant targeting and harassment of families of human rights defenders and victims of extrajudicial killings. The latest case was the summoning of Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja’s son-in-law, Hussain Ahmed (22 years old), to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID).
  4. Political Solution in Bahrain Should Be Based on Rights
    Washington, DC – Any solution to Bahrain’s ongoing crisis must be anchored in full respect for human rights, said Human Rights First today following reports of a possible dialogue between government and opposition figures.
  5. Bahrain govt says reconciliation talks set to resume
    DUBAI, Jan 23 (Reuters) – Bahrain’s government said on Wednesday talks aimed at breaking nearly two years of political deadlock would proceed after opposition groups seeking a parliamentary democracy accepted an invitation from the king.
  6. Bahrain court upholds sentences over police murder
    DUBAI: A Bahraini appeals court on Wednesday upheld a death sentence and a life-term respectively passed on two protesters convicted of murdering a policeman during a Shiite-led uprising last year, lawyers said.
  7. Bahrain police attack on woman stirs anger
    Outrage over the brutal arrest of a female activist in Bahrain. Saving Filipino street kids through Twitter. And swimming in the snow in Finland…
  8. Syrian rebels destroy Shi’ite site, loot churches: HRW
    BEIRUT (Reuters) – Rebels in Syria have burned and looted the religious sites of minorities, Human Rights Watch said on Wednesday, as the longest and deadliest of the Arab Spring revolts becomes increasingly sectarian.
  9. Iraq bomb: Many dead in Shia mosque in Tuz Khurmato
    At least 23 people have been killed by a suicide bomber at a Shia mosque in the Iraqi village of Tuz Khurmato, with scores more wounded, police say.
  10. Women join ranks of Assad forces in Syria’s Homs
    HOMS, Syria: At 40 years of age, Abir Ramadan joined the all-female unit of Syria’s new paramilitary force, pledging loyalty to Bashar al-Assad in the armed struggle against those seeking to topple the president.