News: 01-May-12

  1. Iran hopes IAEA talks will help resolve ‘outstanding’ issues
    TEHRAN – The Iranian ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency has expressed hope that the next round of talks between Tehran and the UN nuclear watchdog would help resolve “outstanding” issues.
  2. Lebanon seizes ship carrying weapons near Syrian border
    Lebanese authorities have seized a large consignment of weapons, apparently from Libya, that was thought to be destined for rebel forces in Syria. The ship’s owner said he was unaware of the cargo on board.
  3. Bahrain: MP survives assasination attempt after democracy call
    A leading Sunni Bahraini MP has survived an assassination attempt, just days after calling for the country’s rulers to stand aside and introduce democracy.
  4. Bahrain: Family of activist Abdulhadi al-Khawaja ‘sad’ at retrial
    The family of leading Bahraini opposition activist Abdulhadi al-khawaja has denounced the decision to retry him and 20 other activists.
  5. Ex-home secretary joins protest against Hazara killings in London
    LONDON: Britain’s former Home Secretary Alan Johnson joined hundreds of protestors outside the High Commission of Pakistan here to condemn the wave of killings of ethnic Shia Hazaras in Pakistan’s restive Balochistan province.
  6. Bahraini regime denies entry to member of European Parliament
    The Bahraini government has denied entry to a Portuguese Member of the European Parliament (MEP) in spite of the fact that she held a diplomatic passport.
  7. HRW: Bahrain anti-Democracy Brutality, Impunity Remain
    After a five day visit to Bahrain, Human Rights Watch (HRW) issued a report on Sunday stating that the country’s police “are beating and torturing detainees, including minors, despite public commitments to end torture and police impunity.
  8. Iraq violence kills seven: officials
    BAGHDAD — Violence killed seven people in Iraq on Monday, including a mother and her three children who were stabbed to death in their home and an army major killed by a bomb, officials said.
  9. Trial of Iraq’s fugitive Sunni VP to open Thursday
    BAGHDAD — Iraq’s Supreme Judicial Council said Monday the terror trial of the country’s fugitive Sunni vice president will begin Thursday.
  10. Bahrain orders retrial for hunger striker, protest leaders
    MANAMA—A Bahraini court has ordered a retrial for jailed hunger striker Abdulhadi al-Khawaja and 20 other men convicted of leading an uprising last year, but an opposition leader said the gesture was not enough to defuse resurgent unrest.

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