1. Bahrain jails US Shiite citizen 10 years for participate in anti-government protests
    A Bahraini court sentenced a US Shia citizen of Arab origin to 10 years in prison Tuesday for participating in an anti-government protest against al-Khalifa discrimination last year, his lawyer said.
  2. UN resumes Syria chemical hunt as Ban presses majors
    Damascus (AFP) – Weapons inspectors returned to Syria on Wednesday to hunt for evidence of poison gas attacks, as UN leader Ban Ki-moon pressed world powers to overcome their divisions on the conflict.
  3. Terrorists claim 137 killed in Kenya mall attack
    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The terrorist group behind the takeover of a Nairobi mall claimed Wednesday that the Kenyan government assault team carried out “a demolition” of the building, burying 137 hostages in rubble. A government spokesman denied the claim and said Kenyan forces were clearing all rooms, firing as they moved and encountering no one.
  4. Pakistan struggles to help quake victims; 271 dead
    DALBADI, Pakistan (AP) — Rescuers struggled Wednesday to help thousands of people injured and left homeless after their houses collapsed in a major earthquake in southwestern Pakistan as the death toll from the massive tremor the day before rose to at least 271.
  5. Key Syria Islamist rebels say do not recognise National Coalition
    BEIRUT (AFP) – Key Syrian Islamist rebel groups said late Tuesday that they do not recognise any foreign-based opposition group including the National Coalition.
  6. Pakistan militant Sunni group targets minorities
    ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Sunni militant group known for targeting rival Muslims has emerged as a dangerous new player in Pakistan, sending a pair of suicide bombers this week to detonate themselves inside a church in the deadliest ever attack against Pakistani Christians.
  7. Unidentified gunmen kill 7 Shia Muslims in Pakistan’s Punjab province
    Lahore, Sep 7: Seven minority Shia Muslims, including a prominent community leader, have been shot dead by four unidentified men in Pakistan’s Punjab province.
  8. Under SP watch, UP back as a communal cauldron
    * Religious riots have jolted western UP after 26 years, barring the aftermath of Babri demolition in 1992.
  9. An Iran-US ‘handshake’ is just what India asked for
    NEW DELHI: While they aren’t yet doing a high five in South Block but it’s difficult to miss the optimism here at the possibility of Iran’s new president Hassan Rouhani actually shaking hands with Barack Obama this week.