1. Afghanistan: Massive car bombs kill 40 civilians
    Five car bombs that were detonated simultaneously rocked Afghanistan’s largest southern city Kandahar yesterday, killed at least 40 civilians and injured over 50 and destroyed a construction company office and damaged dozens of nearby buildings, officials said.
  2. Iranians mourn Shia leader’s passing
    Crowds of Iranians are mourning the death of the head of the Supreme Iraqi Islamic Council Abdulaziz Hakim, who died of lung cancer in a hospital in Tehran.
  3. Karzai leads in Afghan poll, run-off indicated
    KABUL (Reuters) – Partial results from last week’s election put Afghan President Hamid Karzai ahead of main rival Abdullah Abdullah, but not by enough to avoid a second round run-off in October, figures released on Wednesday showed.
  4. Iran’s Khamenei says protests planned before vote
    TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran’s supreme leader said on Wednesday he did not believe the leaders of opposition protests that erupted after the country’s June presidential vote were agents of foreigners.
  5. Majalis-i-Ta’bini for Madar-e-Millat-e-Jafariya held in holy cities, US, UK
    HOLY CITY OF QOM, Iran: The Rasm-e-Soyem or the third day after the sad demise of wife of Quaid-i-Millat-i-Jafariya Agha Syed Hamid Ali Shah Moosavi was held in different countries.
  6. World Shia Leader mourns Hakim’s passing
    World Shia Leader has extended his condolences to the Iraqi government and nation over the passing of Shia political figure Abdulaziz Hakim.
  7. Iran ‘pragmatists’ proposed nuclear halt
    UNITED NATIONS – Iranian leaders received and rejected in May a proposal from domestic “pragmatists” to halt Iran’s nuclear enrichment program to resolve its feud with the West and avoid new U.N. sanctions, Western diplomats said.
  8. Opposition not stooges for West: Ayatollah
    Iran’s news agency reports that Ayatollah said it is not known whether opposition leaders who took part in the wave of postelection unrest were backed by the US and Britain.