1. Houthis: S. Arabia aiding Yemeni army
    Yemen’s Houthi fighters have accused Saudi Arabia of helping the Yemeni army in its deadly offensive against them in the north-western province of Saada.
  2. Israel not to attack Iran ‘in near term’
    Amid Israeli concerted efforts to halt Iran’s nuclear work, a US defense official says Tel Aviv is not going to launch an attack on Tehran in the near term.
  3. Mullen: We will always stand by Israel
    Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Navy Adm. Mike Mullen has promised the regime in Tel Aviv more of Washington’s unconditional support.
  4. Sufi Mohammad’s sons arrested again
    Pakistani Police have detained the sons of banned Tehreek-e-Nafaz-e-Shariat-e-Mohammadi (TNSM) leader Maulana Sufi Mohammad soon after their release from a local jail.
  5. US envoy, Karzai locks horns over Afghan poll
    A meeting between incumbent Hamid Karzai and US special envoy for Afghanistan Richard Holbrooke has ended with harsh exchanges over controversial presidential elections.
  6. Egypt arrests 50 for opposing re-housing of Bahais
    Egypt arrests 50 protesters who oppose the possible resettling of members of the Bahai sect in a village in the southern province of Sohag.
  7. In Germany, life sentence recommended for hate killer
    The man, who stabbed to death an Egyptian woman in a courtroom in the German city of Dresden, may face a life sentence for the brutal murder.
  8. Wanted Terrorist Carries Out Suicide Operation in front of Saudi Prince Mohammed Bin Naif
    RIYADH (Asharq Al-Awsat and Agencies) – Prince Mohammed Bin Naif Bin Abdulaziz, Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Interior Minister, suffered light injuries after a man blew himself up with explosives as the prince greeted well-wishers for the holy month of Ramadan.
  9. Syria and Hezbollah Backing Salafist Groups in Northern Lebanon- Security Source
    Beirut, Asharq Al-Awsat- Following the bombings and violent disorder seen in the northern town of Tripoli and the recent wave of prison break-out attempts from the Roumieh prison, concerns are being raised over the current governmental vacuum and its affect on the current security situation in Lebanon
  10. Al-Qaeda Members Surrender in Algeria
    Algiers, Asharq Al-Awsat- Algerian security sources have said that 10 gunmen belonging to the Al-Qaeda Organization in the Lands of the Islamic Maghreb [AQLIM] have surrendered to the authorities in two batches and that some of them mentioned recent armed clashes between gunmen that refuse to give up terrorism and some comrades of theirs that have expressed the wish to surrender. All of them had been convicted in absentia and sentenced to terms ranging from 20 years in prison to execution. The sources said that it is likely that these gunmen will benefit from new anticipated calming measures that were paved for by President Abdelaziz Bouteflika when he called them “a conditional general amnesty”.