1. Bahrain hit by doctors’ desertion
    Major medical ethics conference is cancelled in the troubled kingdom
  2. Kerry chides Iraq over Iran flights to Syria
    US secretary of state tells leaders in Iraq to stop Iranian overflights of arms to Syria, saying they are “problematic”.
  3. Clashes in Lebanon as PM Mikati’s resignation accepted
    BEIRUT: Fighting intensified in northern Lebanon on Saturday as outgoing Prime Minister Najib Mikati called for a “salvation” caretaker government to take over, a day after he resigned due to a political standoff with the Hezbollah movement.
  4. Saudi Arabia ‘threatens to ban’ Skype, WhatsApp, other instant messaging apps
    The Saudi Arabian government has threatened to ban the use of instant messaging applications because of failure to control them, Saudi media reveal. It comes a month after the minister for media and culture confirmed censorship of Twitter.
  5. Yemen Salafi Coalition declares to not commit to the outcomes of the national dialogue
    Salafi Coalition in Yemen announces in statement on Monday that they will not be committed to the outcomes of the national dialog that began on Monday in the Yemeni capital Sana’a. Coalition denounced ancestral absence of influential segments of society and the absence and the marginalization of the Salafist movement representatives in the national dialogue.
  6. Ten years later, controversy over Iraq’s invasion still lives on
    It’s been ten years since the invasion of Iraq. The U.S. army is no longer there. Media armies also left. But the controversy still lives on. Was toppling Saddam Hussein a wrong move? Or was American intervention the wrong move? Or perhaps the wrong move was in how Saddam was removed from power. Or was the whole thing actually the right way to go?
  7. India to ink transit agreement with Iran to ship goods to Afghanistan
    India is set to sign a transit agreement with Iran, and invest over USD 100 million in the southeastern Iranian port city of Chabahar in order to facilitate the transportation of commodities to Afghanistan.
  8. India plans fund to give insurance to refiners using Iran oil
    NEW DELHI: India plans to set up a special fund to provide insurance to refineries after European re-insurers refused to cover units that process oil imported from Iran.
  9. Bahrain’s political dialogue to end crisis reaches stalemate
    MANAMA, March 24 (Xinhua) — Bahrain’s political dialogue to seek a solution to the crisis triggered by Shiite protesters in the country since February, 2011, stalled after the government and the opposition seemingly reached a stalemate, local Al Ayam newspaper reported.
  10. Musharraf returns to Pakistan from exile
    Pakistan’s former military ruler Pervez Musharraf returned home on Sunday after more than four years in exile, defying a Taliban death threat to contest historic general elections.