1. Video depicts Bahrain police abuse – but will inquiry lead anywhere?
    A video recently emerged showing a Bahraini police officer mistreating a prisoner and showering him with insults, while making references to the man’s Shiite faith.
  2. Sistani welcomes Iraqi politicians
    A turning point was reached the moment Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, the supreme religious authority in Iraq, opened the doors of his office in Najaf to Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Oct. 20, and then to President Fouad Massoum on Nov. 11.
  3. From Syria to Iraq, a Shiite sniper keeps ISIS in his sights
    BAGHDAD: After Iraqi sniper Ali al-Tulaibawi returned from his training on the battlefields of Syria his commander sent him on a monthslong mission to shoot ISIS militants from the towers of Iraq’s biggest oil refinery.
  4. Shiite Holy Month Sees Show of Strength in Baghdad
    Red and green Shiite banners line the streets of Baghdad, portraits of religious figures and slain “martyrs” stare down from billboards, hymns blare from shops and cafes, and grim-faced militiamen prowl the streets in pickup trucks.
  5. Media watchdog urges Saudi to free cyber activists
    DUBAI: Media watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urged Saudi authorities Friday to drop charges against dissidents jailed in recent months over their Internet activity.
  6. China confirms identity of Uyghurs who escaped to Thailand
    Dozens of Uyghur Muslims, who fled from China’s restive Xinjiang province to Thailand, have been detained by Thai authorities, officials said.
  7. Libya: government calls on embassies to boost security
    (ANSAmed) – CAIRO, NOVEMBER 14 – The Libyan Foreign Ministry has condemned in a statement attacks on Thursday against the embassies of Egypt and the United Arab Emirates in Tripoli ”situated out of the area controlled by the State, in the hands of terror groups”.
  8. Islamic State’s taunt raises spectre of US-led ground war
    ISLAMIC State yesterday released a defiant audio recording it said was of chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, after airstrikes on jihadist leaders in the second Iraqi city of Mosul a week ago sparked rumours he had been wounded or killed.
  9. Baghdad-Kurd deal eases threat to Iraq unity: minister
    BAGHDAD: A preliminary deal between Baghdad and Iraq’s Kurdish region on long-running financial disputes has reduced a threat to national unity, the oil minister said Friday.
  10. Islamic State: militants lose Baiji as Iraqi forces retake strategic town near oil refinery; UN finds IS committing crimes against humanity in Syria
    Iraqi forces have retaken the strategic northern town of Baiji, near the country’s largest oil refinery, after more than two weeks of fighting with Islamic State (IS) militants, according to officials.