1. Mortar attack kills six, injure 40 in Damascus
    At least Six people have been killed and over 40 others wounded in Syria after foreign-backed militants fired mortar shells at civilian houses in the capital, Damascus.
  2. Iran foreign minister urges UAE to reconsider expulsion of Iranians
    Iran’s Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi has expressed concern over the expulsion of Iranian nationals from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), urging Abu Dhabi to reconsider the move.
  3. Iran denies opposition claim of hidden atomic site
    Tehran: Iran on Friday denied claims by an exiled opposition group that it has built a new hidden nuclear site deep beneath a mountain near the town of Damavand in Tehran province.
  4. Spare a Thought for the Hazaras of Quetta
    A month ago, on June 15th, a bus carrying students home from the Sardar Bahadur Khan Women’s University in Quetta, Pakistan, was hit by a female suicide bomber.
  5. Indonesia: “I Want to Go Home” – A Shia In Sampang
    An Interview with Iklal, a Member of the Shia Community Who Are Being Persecuted By the Local Government and Intolerant Groups, Published By the Asian Human Rights Commission
  6. Saudi Jails Two Shiites over Protests
    A Saudi special court has sentenced two Shiite men to eight and nine years in jail, respectively, for taking part in protests in Eastern Province, SPA state news agency said on Friday.
  7. Scores hospitalised for overeating on first of Ramadan
    Al Ahli Hospital staff say they are seeing between 10-15 gastritis cases daily as a result of overeating. Read the story below.
  8. Iran asks India to settle all oil payment in rupees: Sources
    NEW DELHI: Iran has asked India to settle all oil trade including $1.53 billion owed to Tehran in the partly convertible rupee as the sanctions-hit nation cannot find an alternative payment channel, industry and government sources in Delhi said.
  9. 24 killed in attacks on Shiites in Iraq
    Attacks against Shiites in Iraq killed 24 people and injured 49 others, in the latest attempt by insurgents to exacerbate the country’s renewed sectarian tensions, Iraqi officials said on Friday,.