1. ‘Iran to launch Sharif Satellite into space in 3 months’
    Iranian experts have finished the construction of the indigenous Sharif Satellite, scheduled to be launched into space in three months, says the head of the university where the satellite has been made.
  2. Karbala deploys 12 thousand security elements preparing for Imam Mahdi birthday
    Karbala Police Directorate announced on Friday, the deployment of 12 thousand security elements of the army and police forces across the city, in the farms, the highlands, deserts and rural roads in preparation for securing the necessary protection to month of Shaban visit.
  3. Bahrain: May 2013: 240 arrested and 291 homes raided
    The Liberties and Human Rights Department (LHRD) at Al-Wefaq has revealed the number of arrests and violations that took place in May 2013. The numbers, which were based on statistics prepared by the LHRD, included 240 arrests, 3 of whom were women and 19 were children.
  4. Bahrain: Continued Practice of House Raids: another sign of the hollowness of reform
    House raids in Bahrain continue using same methods described in the BICI Report in 2011.
  5. Saudi Arabia’s Dark Role in the Syria Conflict
    Saudi Arabia responded to uprisings in Bahrain, Egypt and Tunisia in a manner that clearly established the Saudi government as a counter-revolutionary actor in the Arab Awakening. However, by providing vast financial aid and weapons to anti-Assad militants, it has sided with forces promoting regime change.
  6. Turkey opposition leader calls for snap vote
    Leader of Turkey’s opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) Devlet Bahceli has called for snap vote, as anti-government protests continue across the country for the ninth day.
  7. Four killed in car bomb attack in a majority Shiite area of Baghdad
    At least four people have been killed in a car bomb blast in a majority Shia area of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, Iraqi officials say.
  8. Faithful minority in Pakistan predict persecution
    LAHORE, Pakistan | In majority Muslim Pakistan, religious minorities say democracy is killing them.
  9. Syrian Opposition to Sit Out Any Talks Unless Arms Are Sent, General Says
    WASHINGTON — The Syrian opposition will not attend the proposed Geneva conference on the crisis in Syria unless rebel fighters receive new supplies of arms and ammunition, the top rebel military commander said Friday.
  10. Iran’s presidential debate gets personal
    TEHRAN — In their third and final televised debate Friday, Iran’s eight presidential candidates traded pointed accusations, including blaming one of their number for his role in responding to anti-government protests and criticizing another for the lack of progress in talks on the country’s nuclear program.