1. PM Gilani, Shahbaz condemn Taliban
    ISLAMABAD: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif joined Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Tuesday in condemning the recent terrorist attacks in the country in an apparent move to offset pressures on the PML-N leader over his controversial statement in which he urged Taliban to spare Punjab from attacks.
  2. Ayat Shirazi denies what websites float about Eid Az-Zahraa
    TEHRAN, Iran: Office of Qom’s Ayatollah Sheikh Nasser Makarem Shirazi denied what is being circulated on internet regarding his views against Eid Az-Zahraa in response to a question posed to it.
  3. Afghanistan confirms blanket pardon for war crimes
    KABUL (Reuters) – Afghanistan confirmed for the first time publicly on Tuesday that it had enacted into law a blanket pardon for war crimes and human rights abuse carried out before 2001.
  4. U.N.’s new envoy hails Karzai on poll watchdog change
    KABUL (Reuters) – The new United Nations special envoy to Afghanistan praised President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday for revoking a decree that barred foreign observers from a U.N.-backed electoral watchdog.
  5. Iran to issue 100,000-rial notes
    The Central Bank of Iran (CBI) plans to issue 100,000-rial notes in the next Iranian year — a move which analysts consider the result of rising inflation.
  6. Turkish Shia Organizes Workshop
    A community of Turkey’s Shia minority, organized a workshop Saturday in Istanbul to make their voice heard by the state.
  7. US sullied by 50 new Iraq corruption cases
    US federal investigators say they are looking into 50 new cases of corruption involving reconstruction efforts in Iraq in the past six months.
  8. Yemen guards oil, coastal sites against attack
    ADEN – Yemen has stepped up security at oil and coastal facilities to prevent revenge attacks, the Interior Ministry said on Tuesday, days after government strikes against suspected al Qaeda positions.
  9. Unique Hearing Correction Surgery in Bahrain
    MANAMA — A Bahraini doctor has conducted a first of its kind hearing correction surgery in the Arab world.
  10. Petraeus paints bleak picture for Afghanistan in 2010
    The commander of US forces in the Middle East and Central Asia says 2010 will be a difficult year for US-led forces in Afghanistan.