1. Victims of Anti-Shiite Attack in Sampang Lose Witness Protection
    The Witness and Victim Protection Agency (LPSK) has stopped providing security to victims of a mob attack driven by religious intolerance in Sampang, Madura, which claimed the lives of two people.
  2. Iran warns against ‘provocation’ in Gulf anti-mine drill
    TEHRAN: Iran today warned against any “provocations” in the Gulf as a US-led international naval force began a massive minesweeping exercise.
  3. Iran diplomat held in solitary at notorious Evin Prison: sources
    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – A senior Iranian diplomat linked to Iran’s reformists has been detained for nearly two months and is in solitary confinement at Evin Prison, a facility rights advocates have criticized for prisoner abuse, sources told Reuters on Tuesday.
  4. ‘LeJ Karachi chief’ arrested
    The Karachi chief of the banned sectarian outfit Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), wanted in a number of sectarian killing cases, was arrested after an encounter in Mauripur, police said on Tuesday. A number of weapons and a hand grenade were also seized in the operation.
  5. Hazaras vow to make votes count
    Shia Muslim candidates are braving death threats and sectarian attacks to make themselves heard in the May 11 election.
  6. Iraq declares state of alert to deal with floods
    The Iraqi government on Tuesday (May 7th) declared a state of maximum alert in all its service agencies to deal with the floods that have affected several cities in southern Iraq since Sunday.
  7. PKK fighters in Turkey to withdraw to Iraq
    Kurdish rebels say they will start pulling their fighters out of Turkey into Iraq on Wednesday as part of a peace plan with the Turkish government.
  8. Iran elections: Presidential candidates start registering
    Iran has begun registering candidates to replace Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in its forthcoming presidential election.
  9. Sampang Shia in peril
    After a year spent living in a refugee camp, members of the Shia community in Sampang, Madura, East Java, will soon become pariahs in their own land after the local administration decided to evict them permanently from the area.
  10. Stay on Iraq execution of two Saudis urged
    The Plenipotentiary Minister in the Saudi Embassy in Amman, Dr. Hamad Al Hajeri, told local press sources yesterday that officials in Saudi Arabia approached the International Red Cross Committee to intervene and stop the execution of two Saudis in Iraqi prisons.