1. India out of the loop on Af-Pak
    WASHINGTON: The atmospherics are good but the ground realities are unfavourable. India is struggling to stay relevant and advance its geo-political equities with the United States at a time Washington is buffeted by domestic pressures and international crises that are undercutting its resolve to put ties with New Delhi on a higher plane.
  2. Opec Keeps Output Steady
    VIENNA – Opec ministers agreed not to change oil output targets they are already exceeding, anticipating that demand will pick up later in the year to mop up extra barrels.
  3. Iraq announces 80 pct. vote count results
    The Iraqi Electoral Commission has announced preliminary results of 80 percent of vote counts for the country’s recent legislative polls.
  4. Saudi Arabia: 4,756 Human Rights Cases in One Year
    Riyadh, Asharq Al-Awsat- The Saudi Arabian Human Rights Commission [HRC] has revealed that it received 4,756 complaints over the past year. The disclosure of this information came in the HRC’s annual statistical report.
  5. Al-Jazeera: Yemen seizes broadcast equipment
    CAIRO (AP) – Al-Jazeera television says Yemeni authorities confiscated broadcasting equipment from the station’s San’a offices after complaining of its coverage of the country’s restive southern region.
  6. Osama Bin Laden’s Daughter Prepares to Leave Iran
    London, Asharq Al-Awsat- Sources have revealed to Asharq Al-Awsat that Osama Bin Laden’s daughter, Iman, is preparing to leave Iran for Syria today or within the next few days.
  7. US Muslims to Challenge Anti-Islam Bias in Children’s Books
    CAIR-PA to launch nationwide campaign against books that promote hostility toward Islam and suspicion of Muslims
  8. Islamic investment conference ends in Kazakhstan
    A meeting on studying ways and methods of Islamic investment was held in the Kazakhstan capital of Astana.
  9. Tafseer Courses in Bishkek’s Grand Mosque
    The grand mosque in the Kyrgyz capital of Bishkek is hosting a course on Tafseer (interpretation of the holy Quran).
  10. Muslims in Russia mark 100th anniversary of St Petersburg Mosque + Pic
    Muslims in Russia celebrate the 100th anniversary of St Petersburg Mosque.