- Bahraini court refuses to drop charges against two medics
A Bahraini court has refused to drop the charges against two medical personnel over their participation in protest rallies against the ruling Al Khalifa regime.
- Arab League denying peace to Syrians: Russian FM
Russia says the Arab League’s recent decisions about Syria mean it refuses to allow “a peaceful settlement” of the Syrian issue.
- ‘Russia to confront Syria opp. at UN’
Russian Ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin says his country will strongly oppose any attempt to give Syria’s UN seat to opposition forces.
- Turkey deports 600 displaced Syrians from Suleiman Shah camp
Turkish authorities have deported some 600 Syrians from a refugee camp near the Syrian border with Turkey, Press TV reports.
- Wahhabi clerics deceive majority of Sunnis, prop up Al Saud regime: Al-Isa
An analyst says the Sunni majority of Saudi Arabia has been deceived by a Wahhabi monarchy that rules by fueling sectarian divisions.
- Iran to build first small oil refinery in Golestan Province
Head of Iran’s Oil Products Exporters Union says the Islamic Republic is planning to build its first small oil refinery in the northeastern province of Golestan.
- Rebels claim to take key city in southern Syria
BEIRUT — Rebels took control of the city of Dael in southern Syria on Friday, according to activists and rebel fighters, a notable victory for the opposition in a conflict that has left at least 70,000 Syrians dead.
- Iran, N Korea block UN weapons treaty
UNITED NATIONS: Iran and North Korea blocked agreement on Thursday on the first treaty over the $80 billion a year conventional arms trade, forcing last-ditch talks to save the UN-brokered accord.
- Iran slams Qatar over Syria rebel ’embassy’
TEHRAN — A top diplomat on Friday condemned the move by the Gulf state of Qatar to let Syria’s opposition open an “embassy” in Doha, calling the decision “hasty and irrational,” Iran’s official IRNA news agency reported.
- 18 killed as car bombs target Shiite worshipers in Iraq
Baghdad (CNN) — Sectarian violence flared anew in Iraq Friday as bombers struck several Shiite mosques, killing at least 18 worshipers and wounding scores more, police said.
- Mideast powers step up arms shipments to Syria’s opposition rebels
AMMAN: Middle East powers opposed to President Bashar Assad have dramatically stepped up arms supplies to Syrian rebels in coordination with the U.S. in preparation for a push on the capital of Damascus, officials and Western military experts said Wednesday.