1. Iran scolds world powers over gold sanctions “offer”
    (Reuters) – Iran criticized on Monday a reported plan by major powers to demand the closure of a uranium enrichment plant in return for an easing of sanctions on Tehran’s trade in gold and other precious metals, Iranian media reported.
  2. President Bashar al-Assad says confident of winning Syria war
    Damascus: President Bashar al-Assad said he is confident his troops will win the conflict ravaging Syria, as new calls were made on Monday for the International Criminal Court to launch a probe into war crimes.
  3. Syria says national dialogue helps decreasing violence, as UN panel warns of escalating sectarianism
    DAMASCUS, Feb. 18 (Xinhua) — Syria’s information minister said the national dialogue may help decreasing the rate of violence in the country, as an independent UN-appointed panel has warned that the conflict in Syria is becoming more sectarian.
  4. Strike against Quetta bombings in Karachi called off, roads still blocked
    KARACHI: The Shia Ulema Council (SUC) has called off its strike in Karachi at the request of the Karachi Traders Association (KTA), though many roads continued to be blocked due to protests.
  5. Bomb blast in Karachi
    Karachi: A powerful bomb went off at a spot in the southern Pakistani port city of Karachi where Shia groups had staged a protest on Monday though there were no casualties, police officials said.
  6. Pakistan close to boiling point after slaughter of Shia minority
    The governor of Pakistan’s Balochistan province has launched a blistering attack on the military for failing to protect the local Hazara Shia community as the death toll from a bomb attack by Sunni militants continued to rise today.
  7. UN chief condemns anti-Shia bombing in Quetta
    UNITED NATIONS: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon “strongly” condemned the bomb blast in southwestern Pakistan that killed 81 people, calling on authorities there to act quickly against those responsible, his spokesman Martin Nesirky said Sunday.
  8. Quetta: Shia Hazaras refuse to bury Pakistan bomb dead
    Ethnic Hazara women in the Pakistani city of Quetta are refusing to bury the bodies of scores of people killed by a huge bomb in a Shia commercial area.
  9. Shia doctor, son gunned down in Lahore in apparent sectarian hit
    LAHORE – Unidentified armed motorcyclists gunned down a prominent Shia doctor and his 13-year-old son here early on Monday, two days after 85 members of the minority Hazara Shias were killed in a bombing in Quetta.
  10. Lebanese delegation meets with Syria kidnappers
    BEIRUT: A Lebanese delegation has met on orders from Interior Minister Marwan Charbel with the kidnappers of Lebanese hostages in Syria, Turkey’s Anatolia news agency reported Monday.