1. Syria Bans Face-Covering Veils in Universities
    Fearing an ever-secular Syria might turn to radical Islam, authorities has quietly banned the niqab, a face-covering veil worn by some Muslim women, in public universities — a move welcomed by most Syrians.
  2. Holy Karbala wants 3 billion Dinars allocated for mid-Shaaban pilgrimage
    KARBALA, Iraq: The Karbala Provincial Council on Sunday called for the appropriation of three billion Iraqi dinars (ID) to improve services during the Shiite al-Ziyara al-Shaabaniya (mid-Shaaban pilgrimage), to take place next week, according to a council member.
  3. ‘Saudi harbors, trains Iraq terrorists’
    Saudi security forces are reportedly involved in training terrorists operating in Iraq, where political leaders are pushing to form a ruling coalition.
  4. Kuwait’s IPC to Introduce Islam to Foreigners during Ramadan
    The Holy Month of Ramadan is soon approaching. Many associations and committees are preparing activities and gatherings to observe this fasting month.
  5. Targeted Killings of Shia Muslims Condemned
    KARACHI: The Majlis Wahdat-e-Muslimeen (MWM) Pakistan on Sunday condemned the targeted killings of Shias across the country and demanded the government to take action against the Taliban and their accomplices.
  6. Indonesian Muslim group may ban civet coffee
    JAKARTA, Indonesia — Indonesia’s top Islamic body says it may forbid followers from drinking the world’s most expensive coffee – extracted from the dung of a civet cat – over concerns it is unclean.
  7. British minister: Veil empowers women
    LONDON: As debate intensifies across Europe on banning the Islamic full-body veil at public places, a British minister has defended a Muslim woman’s right to wear the burqa and says it is empowering.
  8. ‘Ramadan in Doha’ programme from Aug 11
    The Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage is set to launch, in association with Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs, the “Ramadan in Doha” programme.
  9. Allawi seeks Sadr’s support to become Iraqi PM
    DAMASCUS – Pro-Western Iraqi politician Iyad Allawi sought support on Monday to form a government from Iranian-backed cleric Sayyed Moqtada al-Sadr, in the first meeting between the once bitter rivals.
  10. Turkey indicts 196 over ‘coup plot’
    Turkey has charged 196 people with trying to topple the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in 2003, a move which might put them in prison for 20 years.