1. IEA exec: no waiver yet for India as its Iran oil deals run from April
    (Reuters) – India has not got a waiver yet to U.S. sanctions on Iranian oil buyers as the South Asian nation said its annual oil deals with Tehran run from April to March, the International Energy Agency’s executive director told Reuters.
  2. Iran protests extension of UN human rights mission
    March 23 – Tehran has reacted angrily to the UN Human Rights Council resolution against the Islamic Republic and strongly protested the extension of the mission of the UN Special Rapporteur, Ahmad Shaheed on the human rights situation in Iran for another year.
  3. Iran complains of NYPD “harassment”
    (AP) UNITED NATIONS – Iran’s U.N. Mission says an Iranian identified in an Associated Press story as being under surveillance by the New York Police Department and as a potential spy by the FBI was being illegally harassed and was not involved in spying.
  4. EU Expands Iran Sanctions
    BRUSSELS—European Union foreign ministers agreed Friday to add 17 Iranians to its sanctions list for human rights abuses, and also signed off on a legal text that details how they will implement an oil embargo on Iran.
  5. Special Report: Intel shows Iran nuclear threat not imminent
    (Reuters) – The United States, European allies and even Israel generally agree on three things about Iran’s nuclear program: Tehran does not have a bomb, has not decided to build one, and is probably years away from having a deliverable nuclear warhead.
  6. Bahrain police install cameras to curb abuse
    MANAMA: Bahrain is installing video cameras in police stations to try to clean up its human rights image after crushing a pro-democracy uprising last year, but activists say off-camera abuse continues in other locations.
  7. Nineteen prisoners escape jail in Iraq’s Kirkuk
    KIRKUK – Nineteen prisoners, most facing terrorism charges, escaped from a temporary prison in Iraq’s northern city of Kirkuk through a ventilation window on Friday, a senior local police official said.
  8. EU slaps sanctions on Assad’s wife, relatives
    EU foreign ministers have slapped sanctions on the wife and other close relatives of Syrian President Bashar Assad, freezing their assets and banning them from traveling to the EU
  9. Hijab-wearing policewomen cause stir in Lebanon
    Lebanese authorities are weighing up what action to take after a group of newly recruited policewomen showed up for training wearing the hijab, a security official said on Friday.