1. Syrian army hunts down rebels north of Al -Qusayr
    Al-Qusayr: Syrian regime forces Friday sought to mop up the final pockets of rebel resistance north of Qusayr, after retaking the key town that was an insurgent bastion for a year, a watchdog said.
  2. Turkey slammed by EU official on handling of protests
    A senior European Union official has criticized Turkish police’s harsh crackdown on protesters, telling an audience Friday in Istanbul — including Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan — that a “swift and transparent” investigation was needed.
  3. Iraq Muqdadiyah bomber kills Iranian pilgrims
    A suicide bomber in Iraq has rammed a car packed with explosives into a bus, killing at least eight Iranian Shia pilgrims.
  4. Shia community seeks protection, compensation
    PESHAWAR: A representative body of Shia community Thursday asked the government to provide protection to them in the provincial capital and elsewhere in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa arrest the culprits involved in the sectarian killings and provide prompt compensation to the victims.
  5. From Arab Spring to regional sectarian war
    The promise by Syrian rebel leader Selim Idriss this week that “we are allowed to fight Hezbollah fighters inside [Lebanese] territory” was a chilling intimation of what may lie ahead for the region.
  6. Why Sunni-Shia conflict is worsening
    Editor’s note: Geneive Abdo, a fellow at the Stimson Center and a nonresident fellow at the Brookings Institution, is the author of “The New Sectarianism: The Arab Uprisings and the Rebirth of the Shi’a-Sunni Divide.”
  7. Syria appeal is biggest in UN history
    Growing number of refugees prompts $5bn appeal, but fears remain that scale of crisis may have been underestimated
  8. Shiites cycle to Jakarta
    Ten Shiites from Sampang, Madura, East Java, are heading to Jakarta on bicycles to meet President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and directly convey their complaints over being expelled from their own village in August 2012.
  9. Presidential hopefuls clash on Iranian nuclear policy
    (Reuters) – Iran’s hardline nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili, a strong contender in next week’s presidential election, came under fire from rival candidates in a televised debate on Friday over the lack of progress in intermittent talks with world powers.