1. Ayatollah Nouri: Wahhabists see hymns as polytheism but not prostration before Obama
    (Ahlul Bayt News Agency) – Grand Shiite cleric, Ayatollah Nouri Hamedani said “In the sham, superstitious sect of Wahhabism in Saudi Arabia if you stand before an Imam’s shrine and sing hymns it is considered polytheism, but if you prostrate and bow down before Obama it would not be polytheism.”
  2. Rise of Local Salafist Jihadists Worries Jordan’s Government
    For decades the main political rival to the Jordanian regime was, and remains to some extent, the Islamist movement represented by the Muslim Brotherhood. The role of the Brotherhood as a major opponent has been amplified in the past two years after the eruption of the Arab Spring.
  3. MERS virus puts Saudi Arabia into toughest test so far
    Virologists cast worried eye on this year’s Islamic hajj pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia as they struggle with enigmatic virus known as MERS.
  4. Syria’s forgotten crisis: sanitation
    Summer heat, shortages of clean water, crumbling health system, breakdowns in waste management services, overcrowded conditions in common shelters have led to rise in potentially life-threatening diseases.
  5. Gulf countries discuss sanctions to clip Hezbollah wings
    Senior Gulf Cooperation Council officials meet in Riyadh to coordinate sanctions against Lebanon’s Hezbollah over its support for Syria regime.
  6. Istanbul’s police violence is no surprise to Turkey’s minority groups
    “Now do you understand what we have gone through?” That’s what Kurds and Alevis say to the protesters who have convulsed Turkey since May 31. Kurds are Turkey’s largest minority, and Turkey has long had a policy of assimilating them.
  7. NSF holds rally against killings of Hazaras
    The left-wing National Students Federation organised a demonstration to condemn another barbaric bomb attack on the Shia Hazara community in Quetta on Monday at the Karachi Press Club (KPC).
  8. Egypt: Muslim Brotherhood Leader arrested
    CAIRO (AP) — The chief justice of Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court was sworn in Thursday as the nation’s interim president, taking over hours after the military ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi and launched a major crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood, the group from which Morsi hails.
  9. Gulf Arabs welcome ouster of Egypt’s president
    DUBAI (Reuters) – Gulf Arab states welcomed the Egyptian army’s ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi on Wednesday following days of unrest in a country once seen by Gulf Arabs as an instrumental ally against rival power Iran.
  10. Syrian opposition bloc meets to elect new leaders
    BEIRUT: Syrian opposition figures are meeting in Turkey to elect a new leadership as President BasharAssad claims his opponents have failed to overthrow his regime.