1. Moderate earthquake injures 2 in Iran
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) – A moderate earthquake that shook a small town in Iran’s northwest yesterday afternoon injured two people, the official IRNA news agency reported.
  2. Over three million children in Syria suffer from crisis, UN says
    The United Nations says over three million children in Syria suffer from direful consequences of the crisis that has gripped the country for over two years.
  3. Syrian official shot dead in Damascus
    Gunmen killed a government official in a Damascus restaurant, Syrian State media and activists reported on Friday as regime troops and rebels fought fierce battles near the Lebanese border.
  4. UN condemns Syria violence as ‘unacceptable’
    Rare joint agreement by UNSC demands end to violence and condemns rights abuses by Syrian government forces and rebels.
  5. Syria crisis: UN’s aid chief demands cross-border access – Friday 19 April 2013
    Internally displaced Syrian children hold empty pots as they line up for food distribution in the Maiber al-Salam refugee camp along the Turkish border in the northern province of Aleppo. UN agencies helping to care for the millions driven from their homes in Syria by two years of conflict warned that they face “impossible” choices as funding fails to meet soaring needs. Photograph: Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP/Getty Images
  6. PAKISTAN: A young Shia is charged with blasphemy — the judge and police demanded bribes for his release
    The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that a young man is facing trial on blasphemy charges as he did not pay a bribe to the police and a judge of the anti-terrorism court (ATC). The witnesses in the case have not identified him as the main accused and even the sketches made by the investigators did not resemble him.
  7. Mortars, blast hit Iraqi mosques before vote
    (Reuters) – Mortar rounds targeted a Sunni Muslim mosque in Iraq and a bomb exploded inside a Shi’ite mosque on Friday in attacks that killed at least eight people a day before local elections.
  8. Iraq to Vote in Local Poll Seen as Party Test of Strength
    Iraqis cast ballots in provincial elections tomorrow that will test the strength of the main parties and gauge political trends before a parliamentary vote next year.
  9. Iraq ramps up security as attacks kill 37 ahead of elections
    BAGHDAD: Iraq ramped up security today on the eve of its first election since US troops left, as attacks, including a bombing at a Baghdad cafe, killed 37 people in a spike in unrest before polling day.