1. Member states condemns UN Human Rights Council for disregarding Iran human rights achievements
    In delivering her 2011 report, UN human rights high commissioner Navi Pillay sounded concern about what she described an increasing number of human rights violations in Iran.
  2. Imam dies in mosque arson attack in Belgian capital
    An imam has been killed in a fire at a Shia mosque in the Brussels suburb of Anderlecht, in what is believed to have been a deliberate attack.
  3. Bahrain, Belarus newly dubbed as ‘enemies of the Internet’
    After a tumultuous year of protests and crackdowns, the island nation of Bahrain has been labeled as an “enemy of the Internet” by a nonprofit group that advocates for press freedom.
  4. Iraq plans to shut down Baghdad for summit
    Iraqi forces may shut down Baghdad and its airspace to safeguard an upcoming Arab League summit in the capital as Al-Qaeda is seeking to derail the meeting
  5. Deadly attacks thwart heightened security in Iraq
    BAGHDAD — Iraq is deploying an unprecedented number of security forces to protect the capital for an upcoming meeting of the Arab world’s top leaders, a top official said Monday even as insurgents proved their continued threat by killing 14 people in a handful of attacks.
  6. US and Russia clash over Syria at UN
    UNITED NATIONS — The United States and Russia clashed over Syria at the U.N. Monday after Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged the divided Security Council to speak with one voice and help the Mideast nation “pull back from the brink of a deeper catastrophe.”
  7. Human rights abuses in Bahrain must be investigated
    The head of an official inquiry into Bahrain’s unrest last year called for the investigation of any senior officials involved in the deaths or torture of protesters, as thousands of demonstrators returned to the streets in one of the nation’s largest marches in months.
  8. Satellite Photos of Iran Doubted
    Before the U.S. invasion of Iraq, Secretary of State Colin Powell cited satellite photos allegedly revealing WMD stockpiles, but the proof proved bogus. Now, similar claims are justifying a war with Iran, but the “evidence” again is speculative at best, Gareth Porter writes for the Inter Press Service.
  9. India to set up transport network in Central Asia via Iran
    NEW DELHI: India is making a concerted push into Central Asia by taking charge of a crucial transportation network through Iran into the region and beyond. After getting an enthusiastic thumbs up from 14 stakeholder countries in the region in January, experts from all the countries will meet in New Delhi on March 29 to put final touches to the project known as the International North-South Corridor.
  10. Iranian officials “working very hard” to bring First Nations leaders to Tehran
    (Pictured L to R: Canupawakpa Dakota Nation Chief Frank Brown, former Roseau River First Nation chief Terry Nelson, Plains Wahpeton First Nation Chief Orville Smoke and former Sioux Valley First Nation chief Ken Whitecloud. APTN/Photo)