1. India in talks with Iran over detained ship
    India on Friday said it is in discussions through diplomatic channels with Iran over the detention of an Indian oil tanker in the Persian Gulf even as Tehran termed the detention as a “technical and non-political issue”.
  2. Scores dead in Egypt’s ‘day of rage’ clashes
    Witnesses say police, soldiers trying to storm mosque near Cairo’s Ramses Square and that hundreds are trapped inside.
  3. Bahraini inmates hurt in prison riot
    At least 40 wounded in violence over being deprived family visits and other grievances.
  4. Death toll in Lebanon bombing rises to 22
    BEIRUT — The death toll from a powerful car bomb that ripped through a southern suburb of Beirut has risen to 22, Lebanon’s interior minister said Friday.
  5. Bahrain police, Shiite protesters clash in villages
    DUBAI (AFP) – Protesters calling for the overthrow of Bahrain’s ruling Sunni monarchy clashed with police across several Shiite villages overnight, witnesses said Friday without reporting casualties.
  6. Iranian parliament approves 15 ministerial nominees, rejects three
    TEHRAN – The Iranian parliament on Thursday approved 15 out of 18 individuals nominated for ministerial posts by Iranian President Hassan Rohani, including nominees for the key ministries of foreign affairs and oil.
  7. Bahraini inmates hurt in prison riot
    At least 40 wounded in violence over being deprived family visits and other grievances.
  8. Insight: Iran’s Arab minority drawn into Middle East unrest
    (Reuters) – Arab insurgents blew up a gas pipeline in Iran last week and dedicated the attack to their brothers in arms in Syria, highlighting how the Syrian civil war is spreading into a region-wide proxy conflict that could blow back onto Iran.