1. At least 10 civilians dead in Afghanistan blast
    KABUL — More than 10 Afghan civilians were killed and several others were hurt in an explosion caused by insurgents Thursday in southern Afghanistan’s Helmand province, officials said.
  2. Zardari assures Altaf of all measures to resolve crisis
    KARACHI — In a bid to save the ruling coalition, President Asif Ali Zardari rang Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s chief Altaf Hussain on Thursday and assured him that he would take all measures to address MQM’s reservations.
  3. Pakistan to fight US law suit against spies
    ISLAMABAD — Pakistan said on Thursday it would fight a US lawsuit implicating its top spy in the 2008 Mumbai attacks, pledging to defend past and present chiefs of its Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency.
  4. ‘Limited’ Pakistan progress on rights: US
    WASHINGTON — Pakistan has made only limited progress in improving human rights with reports of thousands of disappearances despite US pressure on its wartime partner, the State Department says.
  5. Egypt floods sweep bus with schoolgirls, 15 drown
    CAIRO – Egyptian police say flood waters caused by torrential rains earlier this week swept a bus packed with 77 schoolgirls and their teachers off a highway in the country’s south, ending in the tragic death of 15 people, most of them students.
  6. Afghan officials say top Taleban commander killed
    KABUL, Afghanistan – A top Taliban commander in north Afghanistan was killed in an overnight raid by Afghan and coalition troops in a violent district of Kunduz province, local officials said on Friday, while NATO said one of its servicemembers was killed in the south.
  7. US missiles kill 8 in northwest Pakistan
    PESHAWAR, Pakistan – A U.S. missile strike killed eight alleged militants in northwest Pakistan on Friday on the final day of a year that has seen a major escalation in drone attacks targeting insurgents flowing into neighboring Afghanistan, Pakistani intelligence officials said.
  8. Iraq death toll set to be lowest since invasion
    BAGHDAD – The number of civilian deaths this year from violence in Iraq is set to be the lowest since the 2003 US-led invasion, according to a preliminary report released on Thursday by a monitoring group.
  9. India, Iran aim to resolve oil payments impasse
    Central bank officials from India and Iran were due to meet to try to keep their oil trade running, with New Delhi aiming to balance its energy needs with global diplomatic interests.
  10. Procession on the Martyrdom of Imam Sajjad (a.s.)
    On the 1st of Janunary Saturday, 2011, a Juloos (procession) will be taken out remembering 25th Moharram, the day of the martyrdom of the 4th Imam, Imam Ali the son of Imam Husain (a.s.), famous as Zainul Aabedeen and Sayyidus Saajedeen.