1. Al-Wefaq Raps Bahraini Regime for Violating Shiite Muslims’ Rights
    TEHRAN (FNA)- Bahrain’s main opposition bloc condemned the Manama regime for violating the religious freedom of its Shiite population amid police attacks on preparations to mark the Ashura anniversary.
  2. Top Iraq Shiite cleric urges fighters to protect ‘innocents’
    KARBALA, Iraq: Iraq’s leading Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, on Friday urged those fighting the Islamic State jihadist group to protect civilians in Sunni battlezones.
  3. Intelligence report reveals TTP attack plan during Muharram
    Karachi- Pakistan’s intelligence agencies have warned government about possible terror attacks on specific targets in Karachi during the holy month of Muharram.
  4. Karachi: 14,000 security personnel to guard processions on Ashura
    Karachi- A security plan for Ashura processions in Karachi has been devised with deployment of at least 14,000 security personnel across the provincial capital.
  5. Blasts rock bus station in Nigeria
    Kano, Nigeria – Three bombs concealed in bags rocked a bus station in north Nigeria’s Gombe state during Friday morning rush hour, the latest in a series of attacks targeting commuters blamed on Boko Haram, police and witnesses said.
  6. Afghan president invites Taliban for peace talks
    BEIJING: Afghan president Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai caused a stir at a high-level diplomatic meeting in Beijing by inviting Taliban to join the peace building process in his country.
  7. What captivity is like for schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram
    When Boko Haram kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls from the remote northeastern village of Chibok, Nigeria, earlier this year, the extremist Islamist group and its fight against the Nigerian government became a major story for the world to rally around.
  8. Lawsuit filed for children of passenger on missing MH370
    Two Malaysian boys, aged 11 and 13, whose father was a passenger on missing Flight MH370 are taking legal action against Malaysia Airlines and the government.
  9. UN: 15,000 foreigners fighting with extremists in Syria and Iraq
    The number of foreign fighters aiding extremist groups in the Middle East has skyrocketed since 2010, according to a UN report. Its authors warn that the stark numbers point to a security problem for years to come.
  10. HRW: Islamic State conducted mass executions of Shiite prisoners
    [JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] reported Thursday that Islamic State (IS) [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] militants carried out mass executions of Shiite inmates in Iraq after seizing the Badoush Prison near Mosul in June.