1. Political Manoeuvring Intensifies in Iraq
    London, Asharq Al-Awsat – The political manoeuvring in Iraq between the political leaders and electoral blocs over the past two days has intensified amid signs of an imminent breakthrough between the Iraqi electoral blocs regarding the formation of the next Iraqi government.
  2. Blast in south Yemeni prison, at least 40 inmates flee
    ADEN, Yemen, (Reuters) – A bomb exploded in a prison in the southern Yemeni province of Dalea on Thursday, injuring four inmates and allowing around 40 prisoners to escape, a government official said.
  3. Pakistani troops kill 28 militants in northwest
    PARACHINAR, Pakistan (AP) – Officials say Pakistani troops backed by helicopters have killed 28 suspected insurgents near the Afghan border.
  4. Reforming Credit Rating Agencies in Islamic Banking
    Riyadh, Asharq Al-Awsat – There are approximately 434 Islamic financial institutions around the world, including 180 Islamic Banks and 320 Islamic windows at conventional banks
  5. Saudi Cenbank Head Named New Gulf Monetary Chief
    RIYADH, (Reuters) – Muhammad Al-Jasser of the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency will be the first chairman of the Gulf monetary council, expected to be the precursor to a common central bank, Jasser said on Tuesday.
  6. British school criticized for giving priority to Sunni pupils over Shias
    LEICESTER, Britain: A Muslim school in Britain, which says it is the first purpose-built Islamic faith secondary school in the country, has come under fire for giving priority to Sunni pupils over Shia ones.
  7. Karzai blames foreigners for ‘election fraud’
    Afghan President Hamid Karzai has blamed foreign countries for what he called widespread fraud in the country’s recent elections.
  8. Bahrain summer vacations to cover Ramadan
    MANAMA — The coming summer vacations in schools and colleges in Bahrain will be extended by 15 days to enable students and teachers to spend the holy month of Ramadan at home.
  9. Clerics hail move to recast jihad fatwa
    The 14th century scholar Ibn Taymiyya’s fatwa was recast at a conference in Mardin in southeastern Turkey on Wednesday.
  10. Belgium Moves to Ban Burqas Worn in Public
    BRUSSELS — In a reflection of growing anxiety in Europe over the use of Islamic symbols, a committee of Belgian lawmakers voted Wednesday to ban the wearing of burqas in public, paving the way for the first clampdown of its kind on the Continent.