1. Will Erdogan apologize to Turkey’s Shiites?
    It was Turkey’s Shiite (Jaafari) community’s turn to be offended by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, as he criticized the Gulen faith movement, which he holds responsible for revealing the corruption files.
  2. Najaf seminaries maintain traditional teaching methods
    NAJAF, Iraq — Most of the religious schools in Najaf are characterized by a traditional teaching method that differs from the methods used in Iraqi schools and universities.
  3. Suicide bomber kills at least 17 in Afghanistan
    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bomber riding a rickshaw blew himself up outside a checkpoint near a market in northern Afghanistan on Tuesday, killing at least 17 civilians, officials said, in the latest attack in the countdown to next month’s presidential elections.
  4. Karbala land row: Shia cleric to take protest to Gandhi bastion
    Shia cleric Kalbe Jawwad has announced to lead a series of protests against the Congress in party president Sonia Gandhi’s constituency Rae Bareli and vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s constituency Amethi over alleged grabbing of wakf land in Delhi. The protests will be held after March 31.
  5. Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 computer re-programmed to fly away from destination?
    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — The Malaysia Airlines CEO couldn’t confirm or deny reports Tuesday claiming the flight computer on the missing Boeing 777 was manually reprogrammed to divert the jet from its intended destination of Beijing and to instead turn abruptly west, just before it disappeared from civilian radar.
  6. Iran Nuclear Talks Shadowed by Ukraine Tension
    Iran and the six world powers have launched a new round of nuclear talks as increasing tensions between the West and Russia cast a shadow over the negotiations.
  7. Iraq Officials Say Bombings Kill 15 People
    A series of bombings targeting commercial streets and security forces in Baghdad and its surroundings killed 15 people on Tuesday, officials said.
  8. Iran Takes Legal Action Against Opposition Leaders
    A top member of Iran’s judiciary said Tuesday it is taking unspecified legal action against two opposition leaders held under house arrest without charge since 2011 — a possible tentative step toward meeting their supporters’ demands that they be given a fair trial to resolve their status.
  9. Saudi Cleric: ‘No Doubt’ the Sun Revolves Around the Earth
    A senior Saudi Muslim cleric says that “there is no doubt” that the sun revolves around the earth, as seen in a video translated Monday by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).
  10. Saudi Arabia bans 50 ‘blasphemous’ baby names — like Benjamin
    Saudi Arabia religious authorities have banned 50 names for babies born in the kingdom, calling them blasphemous, inappropriate and a contradiction to the culture.