1. 200 Shia pilgrims reach Quetta
    QUETTA: Two hundred Shia pilgrims reached Quetta from Taftan in four buses on Tuesday under heavy security. They had crossed the Iranian border on Monday.
  2. Bahrain shuts Shia clerics’ council
    A Bahraini court shuttered on Wednesday a Shia Muslim clerics’ council, after authorities in the Sunni-ruled kingdom accused it of politicisation and illegal operations.
  3. Four killed in Karachi blasts
    At least four people were killed and four others injured when three bomb blasts targeting Pakistan Rangers troopers rocked Karachi city Wednesday, a media report said.
  4. Nawaz Sharif forms panel for talks with Taliban
    Contrary to expectations, Prime Minister Muhammed Nawaz Sharif gave the flailing dialogue process with the Tehreek e Taliban Pakistan (TTP) another chance on Wednesday by constituting a four-member committee for the purpose.
  5. West ups arms supplies to Syria militants: Report
    Western nations have doubled arms supplies to militants fighting the Syrian government, says one report amid ongoing talks on the Arab country’s crisis.
  6. IAEA visits Iranian mine as part of nuclear transparency pact
    (Reuters) – U.N. nuclear inspectors visited an Iranian uranium mine for the first time in nearly a decade on Wednesday, Iranian media reported, as Tehran gradually opens up its disputed nuclear programme to greater international scrutiny.
  7. Iraq forces ‘take back control’ of western areas
    Iraqi forces Wednesday wrested back control of key areas west of Baghdad that have been out of government hands for weeks amid a deadly standoff between militants and security forces.
  8. Bahrain Urgently Needs Real Negotiations
    For analysts trying to read the tea leaves between the latest twists in Bahrain politics, the signs are confusing. Formal talks broke down earlier this month after the government arrested and charged Ali Salman and Khaji Marzooq — senior leaders of Al Wefaq, the main opposition group at the table — for an assortment of politically motivated offenses.
  9. Warring factions hit deadlock in Syrian peace talks
    The afternoon session of peace talks between Syria’s warring sides was cancelled by UN mediator Lakhdar Brahimi yesterday following the morning presentation by the opposition of its opinion on implementation of the Geneva declaration issued in June 2012.
  10. Amnesty urges Bahrain to investigate death of Fadel
    Amnesty International has called on the Bahraini regime to investigate the death of 19-year-old Fadel Abbas Musalem in police custody.