1. GCC economies return to solid growth
    DUBAI – The economies of the member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) – Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) – are now recovering and growth this year is likely to average 4.4% and then rise to 4.7% in 2011, following just 0.3% growth in 2009, forecast the Institute of International Finance (IIF). It noted that prospects vary considerably across the region.
  2. Azerbaijan Stops Mosque Demolition After Warning From Iranian Cleric
    BAKU — Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has ruled that the controversial Fatimeyi-Zahra Mosque on the outskirts of Baku will be subordinated to the country’s leading religious authority, RFE/RL’s Azerbaijani Service reports.
  3. Plane crashes in Afghanistan with 43 on board
    An Afghan commercial passenger plane with 43 people on board, including six foreigners, crashed into the mountains of northern Afghanistan due to bad weather on Monday.
  4. Iraqiya seeks to form gov’t after recount
    Sunni vice president said on Monday that the cross-sectarian Iraqiya coalition he belongs to was more determined than ever to claim the right to form the next government.
  5. Cleric escapes bid on life
    Lucknow, May 17 (PTI) Prominent Sunni cleric and a member of All India Muslim Personal Law Board Maulana Khalid Rashid Farangi Mahali today escaped a bid on his life when he was shot at by two youths in Aishbagh area here.
  6. Muslim soldier: Army has not addressed harassment complaints
    Two months after a Muslim soldier complained to the Pentagon about being harassed in the wake of the Fort Hood shootings, Spec. Zachari Klawonn said the Army has not followed through on its promises to address problems at the country’s largest military base.
  7. Fatimah Zahra’s Martyrdom and the Spot of Her Grave
    It is reported that Fatimah died on the 13th Jamadi-al-Awwal or third of Jumada ‘l-Akhir in the eleventh year of the hijrah. She survived the Holy Prophet(S.A.W.) by only ninety-five days.
  8. Pro-peace Afghan Muslim cleric killed
    A popular Muslim religious leader who has been pushing for peace in eastern Afghanistan is assassinated along with two members of his family.
  9. Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood prepares for vote
    CAIRO (Reuters) – The Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt’s biggest opposition bloc, said on Monday the government had approved most of its candidates for upcoming legislative polls, but analysts say the group’s chances of winning seats is slim.