1. Muslim activists protest ‘anti-women’ divorce fatwa
    MUMBAI: A group of Muslim women activists has challenged the Darul Uloom Deoband’s recent fatwa that states a divorce “pronounced” by a man over the phone is valid even if his wife failed to hear it due to network problems.
  2. ATS team to interrogate Aseemanand
    JAIPUR: Rajasthan anti-terrorist squad (ATS) has sent a team to Hyderabad to interrogate of self-proclaimed godman and Ajmer Dargah blast-accused Swami Aseemanand. Sources said that the team headed by an official in the rank of additional superintendent of police, will first conduct a joint interrogation with CBI and then try to bring him to Rajasthan on a transit remand for further questioning. Aseemanand had recently been arrested from Rishikesh by the CBI, which is probing the Mecca Masjid blast in Hyderabad.
  3. Net girl held for burning Koran
    TEENAGER is arrested after a video of her alleged act is posted on Facebook website
  4. Iraq opens new court to protect foreign investors
    BAGHDAD — Iraq on Wednesday inaugurated a new court formed to resolve disputes between foreign investors and Iraqi companies as part of efforts to encourage investment into its moribund economy.
  5. Jordan PM shuffles cabinet ahead of parliament
    AMMAN – Jordan’s Prime Minister Samir al-Rifai formed a new cabinet at King Abdullah’s request on Wednesday to give him more scope to tackle rising social and economic woes after this month’s parliamentary election.
  6. UK blamed for Taliban impostor
    Afghanistan official says UK authorities were responsible for bringing fake Taliban commander to peace talks
  7. Indonesia’s Mount Bromo volcano spews ash
    JAKARTA, Indonesia – Officials say one of Indonesia’s dozens of volcanos has shot ash into the air in a minor eruption that caused no injuries.
  8. Quake hits southern Iran, no casualties reported
    TEHRAN – An earthquake of 5.6 magnitude jolted a mountainous area of southern Iran on Friday but Iranian media said that so far there were no reports of casualties.
  9. Saudi Arabia arrests 149 al Qaeda-linked suspects
    RIYADH – Saudi Arabia arrested 149 people from 19 cells linked to al Qaeda over the past 8 months and foiled attacks against government and security officials as well as journalists, the Interior Ministry said on Friday.