1. Grand Shia Cleric “Ayatollah Ali Sistani” Severely Condemned Quran Burning Plan
    Iraq’s top Shia cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani has condemned plans by a US pastor to burn copies of Islam’s holy book of Quran.
  2. Qur’an burning off, pastor’s son says
    A Florida minister who had been considering burning copies of the Qur’an to mark the anniversary of 9/11 will not go ahead with the plan on Saturday, his son said.
  3. Over 80% state Muslims backward: Officials
    KOLKATA: Over 80% of the Muslim population in Bengal is being identified as backward and eligible for OBC certificates. This may even reach 85%, officials hinted on Friday.
  4. In Bengal, ‘Eid bonus’ for Muslims
    For the first time since 1985, Muslim employees of the state government will get puja bonus — or festival bonus as a section of the employees would like to call it — before Eid, which is on Saturday.
  5. AI warns of rising tide of Islamophobia
    Amnesty International (AI) USA has warned about “fear, discrimination and persecution against Muslims” in the United States amid a rising tide of crimes committed against Muslims.
  6. 50 injured in pipeline blast in NE Iran
    A section of an Iranian gas pipeline has exploded near the northeastern city of Mashhad, Khorasan Razavi province, injuring over 50 people.
  7. Amnesty Intl. censures Bahrain
    Amnesty International has criticized Bahrain over its decision to suspend the board of one of the country’s human rights organizations.
  8. Iran cleric objects to false econ reports
    “Officials report every day that inflation has dropped but this is contrary to what people are witnessing,” ILNA quoted Grand Ayatollah Nasser Makarem-Shirazi as saying on Friday.
  9. Qaeda men escape US-run Baghdad jail
    Four senior members of al-Qaeda have reportedly managed to escape from the US-controlled section of an Iraqi prison in the capital city of Baghdad.
  10. US trying to curb Iraqi premier authority
    The United States is reportedly trying to convince Iraqi officials to accept a power-sharing deal which could alter the structure of Iraq’s government.