1. Karbala dispute: Delhi Police gears up to fend off massive Shia protests on March 31
    New Delhi: Witnessing many flare ups for the last 14 years, the cauldron of Karbala land dispute located in the posh area of South Delhi, Jorbagh, seems to be reaching its melting point as Shia Muslim cleric Maulana Syed Kalbe Jawad Naqvi has called out the Shias from all corners of the country to assemble in Delhi on March 31.
  2. First Syrians reach UK in refugee resettlement scheme
    The first group of Syrian refugees has arrived in the UK under a government scheme to take in some of the most vulnerable victims of the conflict.
  3. Iraq’s election commissioners resign weeks before polls
    The board of Iraq’s election commission has resigned in protest at what it says is political and judicial interference ahead of April legislative elections.
  4. Turkey moves to block YouTube access after ‘audio leak’
    Turkey has moved to block access to YouTube, a day after a court ordered the suspension of a ban on Twitter, which PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan backed.
  5. Recep Tayyip Erdogan: Turkish strongman under corruption cloud
    ANKARA: Born in a blue-collar Istanbul neighbourhood, Recep Tayyip Erdogan became modern Turkey’s most powerful prime minister but is now under fire over corruption claims and an autocratic leadership style.
  6. New Book Reveals More About Sadr Family
    BAGHDAD: The lives of three leaders, who have left a deep imprint on the Iraqi society have been chronicled in a newly published book written by the Iraqi author and translator Yasin T. al-Jibouri.
  7. Malaysian jet search cut short, more satellites spot objects
    PERTH, AUSTRALIA: Hints about the lost Malaysian jetliner piled up on Thursday, but there was precious little chance to track them down. Bad weather cut short the hunt for possible debris fields from the aircraft as satellite data revealed hundreds more objects that might be wreckage.
  8. Shia cleric to challenge Rajnath in Lucknow
    Maulana Ali Hussain Kummi, who would file his nomination on April 4, would also face Congress’ Rita Bahuguna Joshi
  9. Fear stalks Beirut’s Shia suburbs
    BEIRUT, 26 March 2014 (IRIN) – A wave of bomb attacks in the last nine months in Beirut’s southern suburbs, where the Shia Hezbollah movement have a strong following, have left residents fearful of a fresh round of conflict and insecurity.