1. Iran Space Monkey Photos Prompt Questions
    Iran insists it did send a monkey into space – despite releasing pictures that appear to show two different animals.
  2. Bahrain officer given jail time after fatally shooting protester
    A Bahrain police officer was sentenced to seven years in prison after fatally shooting a protester, state media reported, the latest verdict tied to the turmoil in the Persian Gulf nation.
  3. Amid Iraqi protests, hackers hit Maliki’s website
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq’s Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki is facing protests from Sunni Muslims, an oil dispute with the Kurdistan region and turmoil in his own government. Now hackers have attacked his website to brand him a tyrant.
  4. Anger over death of Saudi girl after father’s ‘beating’
    The case of a five-year-old Saudi girl who died after allegedly being beaten by her father has sparked outrage and an online campaign in the kingdom.
  5. Saudi preacher gets off light for raping, killing daughter
    Saudi preacher who raped and tortured to death five-year-old girl is ordered by court to pay ‘blood money’ to mother after having served short jail term
  6. US can talk to Iran, says Joe Biden
    Vice-president tells Munich conference that US can talk to Tehran over alleged nuclear programme if Iran gets serious
  7. Syria opposition chief invited to Moscow
    The head of Syria’s main opposition coalition has been invited to Moscow after having his first direct talks with Russia’s foreign minister.
  8. Iran rial hits all-time dollar low
    IRAN’S currency has plummeted to an all-time low, registering a more than 21 per cent drop in a span of two weeks against the US dollar, currency tracking websites and money changers say.
  9. Saudi Arabia tightens Umrah visa rule
    HYDERABAD: Fearing an influx of pilgrims who might overstay, the Saudi Arabian (SA) government has tightened Umrah visa rules, which is now giving sleepless nights to pilgrims and travel agents of the city.
  10. Saudi man’s lawyer seeks to suppress evidence
    Las Vegas: The lawyer for a Saudi Air Force sergeant accused of raping a 13-year-old boy at a Las Vegas hotel on New Year’s Eve said on Thursday he would seek to suppress his client’s statements to police, in part because the man was drunk at the time.