- Syria crisis: opposition rules out talks with Assad – Friday 15 February 2013
• The Syrian opposition coalition insists it won’t negotiate with President Bashar al-Assad and his inner circle as it seeks to clarify an agreed line on the issue of talks with the Syrian government.
- Bahrainis Protest Killing of Teenage Boy in Thursday clashes
Bahrainis held protests in 50 spots across the Persian Gulf sheikhdom to show their anger with the killing by security forces of a teenage boy.
- Syria armed group kidnaps 40 civilians: watchdog
An armed group in northwest Syria on Thursday hijacked a bus and kidnapped at least 40 civilians, mostly women and children, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
- Amnesty calls on Bahrain to free jailed activists
Amnesty International is calling for the release of more than two dozens of Bahraini human rights activists held in jails across the Persian Gulf kingdom.
- Iraq: Seven killed in fresh wave of terrorist attacks
Seven Iraqi people have been killed in a fresh bout of terrorist attacks mostly targeting security forces, as violence once again picks up in the country.
- Thousands flee fighting in Syria’s east
An estimated 40,000 people have fled a town in eastern Syria after three days of heavy fighting, the United Nations food agency said.
- Russia stresses Iran’s participation in Action Group on Syria
Russia has called for another meeting of the ‘Action Group on Syria’ with the participation of Iran to help resolve the ongoing unrest in the Arab country.
- Call for Iran to end house arrest of opposition leaders
Former presidential candidates Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi have been confined to homes for almost two years
- U.S., Iran, Russia team up to save wrestling
On the world stage, the U.S. is in dire conflict with Iran and Russia. On the wrestling mat, the three powers in the sport suddenly are in alliance.
- Counting the Dead in Syria
The U.N. is using a number that suppresses the true extent of the number of people killed in Syria. Do they have an better alternatives — and would it even matter if they did?