1. Bahrain extends Shiite rights activist’s detention
    Bahrain on Saturday extended by 15 days the period of detention for prominent rights campaigner Nabeel Rajab, who was arrested on April 2 accused of spreading false news.
  2. Hundreds defy ban to protest Saudi Arabia in Iran’s capital
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Defying a government ban, hundreds of Iranians protested against Saudi Arabia on Saturday over the alleged abuse of two Iranian pilgrims visiting the Sunni kingdom.
  3. Poll: Americans Back Iran Deal, Don’t Want Congress To Crush It
    WASHINGTON — Americans mostly approve of the outline of the Iran nuclear deal and don’t want Congress to block it, according to a poll released Friday.
  4. Turkey’s Erdogan holds call with Pakistani PM over Yemen crisis
    ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan discussed the Yemen crisis with Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in a telephone call on Saturday, the Pakistani embassy said, a day after he held similar talks with the Saudi king and the emir of Qatar.
  5. 25 dead in latest clashes in southern Yemen
    Fierce fighting between Iran-backed Shiite rebels and government forces in southern Yemen killed at least 25 people overnight, military and medical officials said on Saturday.
  6. Several Hezbollah fighters killed in Yemen, while helping the Shiite Houthi rebels, report
    Hezbollah and Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards are reportedly engaged in battles alongside the Shiite Houthi rebels in Yemen, al-Mustaqbal newspaper reported on Saturday.
  7. India Can’t Remain Blind to Shia Radicalism
    As Sunni jihadists and Shia militias square off across much of the Middle East, should nearby India be rooting for one side to prevail?
  8. Shiite official: 60,000 ready to fight for Anbar, Mosul
    ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – At least 60,000 members of the Shiite militia groups known collectively as the Hashd al-Shaabi, or Popular Mobilization Units, are ready to fight alongside Iraqi security forces to expel the Islamic State from Anbar and Mosul provinces, the group’s spokesman said.
  9. Iran: Hundreds defy ban to protest outside Saudi Arabia embassy over treatment of pilgrims
    Hundreds of Iranians protested today against Saudi Arabia over the alleged abuse of two Iranian pilgrims visiting the country, according to reports from news agency AP. The protest took place in front of Saudi Embassy in north Tehran despite a ban by the Iranian government.
  10. How Saudi Attempts to Manipulate the Houthis and the Muslim Brotherhood Backfired in Yemen
    Yemen is being bombed into accepting a Saudi-mediated pseudo-dialogue that really aims to reinstate Al-Hadi and restore Yemen as an authoritarian state that follows Saudi Arabia and the US. In this context, a mixture of Arabian intrigues, petro-politics, and geopolitics are all at play.