News: 18-Jan-12

  1. Iraq offers Azerbaijan cooperation in religious tourism
    Iraq has offered Azerbaijan cooperation in the sphere of religious tourism.
  2. East Java Governor says Shia Are Protected
    TEMPO Interactive, KEDIRI:East Java Governor Soekarwo has guaranteed the safety of shia followers in Sampang, Madura.
  3. Iran Confronts Saudis on Oil Offer
    Iran warned Saudi Arabia against delivering additional oil to world markets to compensate for a drop in Iranian oil exports if they are hit by sanctions, as the U.S. continued to have mixed success in convincing Iran’s major oil customers to reduce their purchases of Iranian oil.
  4. Japan Wants to Keep Importing Iranian Crude
    TOKYO–Japan wants to keep importing crude oil from Iran despite rising pressure from the U.S., its key ally, to cooperate in strengthening sanctions over the Islamic Republic’s uranium enrichment program.
  5. Iran says ready to discuss “any issues” with IAEA
    VIENNA – Iran said on Tuesday it was open to discuss “any issues” in rare talks this month with the U.N. nuclear watchdog, which wants Tehran to address mounting concerns that it may be trying to develop nuclear weapons capability.
  6. Karbala sets aside funds for infra development
    Iraq’s Karbala Provincial Council has set aside $1.7m to develop the city’s three main entrances to the holy city.
  7. Gaza Shiites Claim Hamas Persecution
    Masked Hamas police beat and detained members of the Gaza Strip’s tiny Shiite community during a religious commemoration last week, a follower and local rights groups said Tuesday, accusing their Islamist rulers of religious intolerance.
  8. Iraq curbs boycotting ministers
    Iraq’s cabinet clamped down on boycotting ministers from the Sunni-backed Iraqiya bloc by decreeing on Tuesday that they could not run their ministries while staying away from its meetings.
  9. A Unique day: Book of Imam Hussein for foreigners
    A book has been published by Alhoda International Publication Center on the Ashura incident targeting English speakers as readers.
  10. Karbala clash: 4 identified for rioting
    Two days after a confrontation between a surging crowd of devotees participating in a mourning procession and the police occurred at the Karbala Shrine in south Delhi’s Jor Bagh, a case of rioting has been registered.

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