1. Saudi Arabia must stop playing “cat and mouse” game with peaceful protesters
    Hundreds of people detained in Saudi Arabia in the wake of a protest against the incarceration without charge or trial of their relatives must be immediately and unconditionally released, Amnesty International said today.
  2. Lion runs loose in Mecca, police launch search operation
    A four-month-old lion has run loose in Islam’s holiest city, Mecca, and security forces have launched a sweeping search operation to find him.
  3. Syria crisis: European countries expected to start arming rebels
    Some European countries are expected to break with Washington and start supplying the Syrian rebels with weapons in the next few months, the representative of the Syrian opposition in Britain has told the Guardian.
  4. Explosions kill at least 22 in Baghdad’s Shiite areas
    BAGHDAD — At least 22 people were killed in a series of blasts in Shiite neighborhoods of Baghdad yesterday, police sources said, as Iraq’s precarious sectarian balance comes under growing strain. –
  5. Shia Federation launches campaign for restoration of community land
    The Shia Federation, Jammu, has stepped up its campaign for restoration of the Peer Mitha police station premises to the community for its inclusion back into the Karbla Complex.
  6. Syria risks “dissolution”, U.N. chief says
    (Reuters) – Syria will fall apart if its government and rebels keep fighting instead of seeking a negotiated peace, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Friday.
  7. Scud missile fired in Syria lands near Iraqi village: mayor
    MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) – A Scud missile fired from Syrian territory landed near a village in Iraq’s Nineveh province on Friday, causing no damage but terrifying its inhabitants who fled, the mayor said, identifying the rocket as Russian-made.
  8. Syria: Timely access to health-care services a matter of life or death
    Dozens of people are dying every day because of limited access to proper health-care services and shortages of essential medical supplies. The ICRC and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent are doing their utmost to help save lives by donating much-needed supplies throughout the country.
  9. Blocking Medicine to Iran
    Patients in Iran are dying of treatable diseases because of shortages in life-saving medicines. The past year has been nothing short of catastrophic for the Iranian health-care sector: Imports from American and European drug makers in 2012 were down by an estimated 30 percent since 2011, and they continue to fall.