1. European Parliament identifies Wahabi and Salafi roots of global terrorism
    It is not merely the faith or oil that flows out of Saudi Arabia. The oil-rich Arab state and its neighbours are busy financing Wahabi and Salafi militants across the globe.
  2. What is Sistani’s position on the Iraqi elections
    The prominent and key role played by Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani in formulating the general framework of the Iraqi regime after 2003 is no secret. He insisted that Iraqis write the constitution, demanded that the state hire people by democratic mechanisms and insisted on holding elections as soon as possible.
  3. Bombing ends lull in violence against Pakistani minority
    KARACHI, Pakistan, March 13 (UPI Next) –A Jan. 22 suicide bombing that killed dozens of Shiite Muslim pilgrims on a bus near Quetta, the capital of Pakistan’s Balochistan province, ended a yearlong lull in violence against the country’s Hazara minority, which has suffered attacks in this Sunni-majority country for years.
  4. Iran tries to allay Gulf Arab nuclear fears
    Muscat: Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Thursday sought to allay concerns among Gulf Arab states mistrustful of Tehran over its nuclear ambitions.
  5. Pakistan rights commission condemns religious panel’s edict
    Islamabad: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has condemned the move by the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) to roll back Muslim family laws and called on the government to stand in defence of women’s rights, a media report on Thursday said.
  6. Three rockets hit Bekaa Valley town
    BEIRUT: Three rockets from Syria hit a deserted area in the Bekaa Valley town of Nabi Sheet Thursday, the second such attack on the area in a week.
  7. Afghan Taliban step up attacks on election officials: voters
    KABUL: Taliban militants are stepping up efforts to destabilise Afghanistan ahead of next month’s presidential vote, kidnapping election workers and executing villagers at random to scare people off voting, officials and campaigners said.
  8. In Iran, a battle over control of media and culture is heating up
    in TEHRAN — A long-smoldering battle over government control of media and culture in Iran is heating up, as opposing political forces fight over where the limits should be drawn on access to information.
  9. Iran’s Culture Ministry backs down on journalist licensing
    Iran’s Culture Ministry has decided to suspend a controversial plan to resume requirements for journalists to apply for work permits through the ministry after more than 400 journalists wrote an open letter protesting the move.
  10. Stranded in Iran, Indians take net route to appeal
    VADODARA: Two Indians stranded in Iran have made an emotional appeal for their return through a video they recorded in their hotel room in Tehran. The video has been uploaded on the internet.