1. Indo-Iran shipping venture dissolved
    NEW DELHI, APRIL 2: The Indian and Iranian Government-backed Iran-o-Hind Shipping Company (IHSC) will be dissolved. The move, approved by the Union Cabinet on Tuesday, will protect Shipping Corporation of India (SCI) from the impact of UN, US and EU sanctions on Iran.
  2. Iran company aims for record with huge ice cream
    An Iranian confectioner has made five tons of ice cream in hopes of setting a new world record for the largest tub of the dessert.
  3. Bahrain police break up women’s protest with stun grenades
    Bahrain’s security forces used stun grenades and teargas to disperse anti-government demonstrators in the west coast town of Malkiya after a women’s protest was banned by authorities.
  4. Fresh clashes rage in Syria’s Aleppo
    BEIRUT – Fresh battles broke out in a flashpoint district of Aleppo on Monday, while violence raged on the road linking the Syrian city to its international airport, a watchdog said.
  5. After security collapse, Assad threatens kidnappers with execution
    DAMASCUS – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad offered an amnesty deal to kidnappers in the war-torn country on Tuesday, giving them 15 days to hand over victims or face a life of hard labour, state news agency SANA said.
  6. Bahraini given 10-year jail term for spying for Iran
    DUBAI (AFP) — A Bahraini accused of spying for Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards unit has had his 10-year jail sentence confirmed by a court of appeal, the state news agency BNA reported.
  7. Mobs storm newspapers in Baghdad
    Baghdad (CNN) — The angry mobs barged into the newspaper buildings, in the heart of bustling Baghdad. They smashed equipment, stole files, beat up guards and workers, and tossed one person from a roof.
  8. Shias protest against missing supporters
    KARACHI: A large number of people belonging to the Shia community took to the streets and blocked main Numaish Chowrangi, bemoaning that police and security forces detained their supporters during the last few days and shifted them to undisclosed locations.
  9. Saudis demand release of Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr
    Protesters have staged an anti-regime demonstration in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province, calling for the release of senior Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr.
  10. UN urges Iraqi forces to sit, talk
    IRBIL, April 2 (KUNA) — UN Secretary General’s representative in Iraq Martin Kobler Tuesday called on all Iraqi parties to sit on table of dialogue and think seriously of the suffering of the Iraqi people.