1. Do Indonesian Shia need protection?
    The propaganda of Indonesian groups hostile to the Syrian government highlights the supposed Shia character of the Assad regime. The point is to legitimize “jihad” by painting Shi’ism not only as a heresy, but also as a threat to pure Islam. This rhetoric has notably prompted Abu Bakar Ba’asyir to brand the “Shiite regime in Syria” as being “worse than infidels and Jews.”
  2. Malaysia arresting Shiite families, infants, instead of finding plane
    WASHINGTON, March 12, 2014 – As the search for the missing Malaysian aircraft intensifies, the country’s government has shifted focus to arresting nearly 100 Shiite Muslims, including infants, in an overnight raid.
  3. New govt committee set up for Taliban talks
    ISLAMABAD: A new government committee has been set up after a visit of Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif to the Bani Gala residence of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan here on Wednesday.
  4. Iran hosts Syria conference of Assad sympathisers
    DUBAI: Iran hosted a rival version of a “Friends of Syria” conference on Wednesday, convening lawmakers from allies around the world to push for a diplomatic solution to Syria’s civil war and lambaste alleged Western interference.
  5. 16 killed in rival gang clashes in Karachi
    KARACHI: At least 16 people, including five women and two children, were killed and over 30 others injured on Wednesday in clashes between rival gangs in Pakistan’s biggest city of Karachi.
  6. Syria closes embassies in Kuwait, Saudi: diplomats
    Damascus — Syria has decided to close its embassies in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia because they have refused to accept the accreditations of its envoys, diplomats posted in Damascus said on Wednesday.
  7. Syrian army recaptures farmland outside Yabroud, militants suffer many casualties
    Syrian soldiers have taken full control of farmland on the northern edge of Yabroud, military sources said on Tuesday.
  8. Syria’s Assad Makes Rare Visit to Front-Line Area
    In a rare public appearance, Syrian President Bashar Assad visited displaced civilians Wednesday in a front-line suburb of the country’s capital, state television reported.
  9. Across Turkey, New Unrest as Teenage Boy Is Buried
    ISTANBUL — An enormous outpouring of grief and antigovernment rage during the funeral procession for a teenage boy felled by a police tear-gas canister turned into another mass confrontation with the Turkish authorities on Wednesday as mourners clashed with antiriot squads in Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir. At least one person was killed.