1. Saudi Haj form released by the Pakistani government asks ‘Are you Shia?’
    Islamabad: Riyadh has asked Pakistan to identify Shia Muslims who wish to perform Haj in September this year.
  2. Islamic State Executes More Than 50 Yazidis, Shia
    More than 50 Yazidis and Shiites were killed in northern Iraq by the Islamic State, according to Hukar Yaf of the National Union of Iraqi Kurdistan.
  3. The House of Saud’s embryonic embrace of meritocracy
    It is arguably the world’s most powerful monarchy, but the House of Saud is becoming something of a meritocracy, too.
  4. Jihadists claim Baghdad car bombs to avenge Anbar
    The Islamic State jihadist group said Friday it carried out a series of deadly car bombings in Shia districts of Iraq’s capital to avenge attacks on displaced persons from a Sunni province.
  5. Shiite rebels attack Saudi border
    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Yemen’s Shiite rebels attacked Saudi border posts, sparking fierce fighting overnight that killed three Saudi troops and dozens of rebels, the kingdom said. Saudi-led airstrikes continued to bomb rebel positions inside Yemen on Friday, including a strike in the capital, Sanaa, that killed at least 20 civilians.
  6. Anbar’s displaced Sunnis not safe from sectarianism
    Following the battles between the Iraqi army and the Islamic State (IS), thousands of people have left Anbar province, most of them Sunnis. The United Nations announced on April 19 that over 90,000 people fled the province of Anbar in western Iraq and headed toward Baghdad and Shiite-dominated areas in central and southern Iraq.
  7. Saudi-Yemen border clash kills 3 Saudi soldiers and ‘dozens’ of Yemeni rebels, kingdom says
    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – Yemen’s Shiite rebels attacked Saudi border posts, sparking fierce fighting overnight that killed three Saudi troops and dozens of rebels, the kingdom said.
  8. Iran’s Zarif congratulates new Saudi FM despite tensions
    TEHRAN: Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif congratulated his newly-installed Saudi counterpart on his appointment, Iranian media reported Friday, even as tensions flare between the rival regional powers over Yemen.
  9. Women banned from voting in GB constituency
    GILGIT: Pakistan’s four major political parties found themselves on same page to endorse a decree banning woman from using their right to vote in Gilgist Baltistan.
  10. Badie appeals against life term
    Mohammad Badie, the spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, and his deputy, Khairat Al-Shater, have appealed against the recent verdicts handed down to them and 12 other Muslim Brotherhood leaders and members