1. Pakistani opposition party rejoins government, staving off crisis
    The Pakistani government’s reversal of a controversial economic measure won back the support of the second-largest party in its coalition on Friday and staved off a possible collapse, but it also increased tensions with the United States and other international donors.
  2. ‘Saudi king’s imminent return unlikely’
    Announcements that Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah is ready to return to his kingdom only seek to allay domestic fears over the monarch’s failing health, says an expert.
  3. Clash over mosque between 2 Muslim sects in Bangladesh turns violent
    At least 20 people were injured and 20 shops were set on fire in the clash between the followers of relatively hardliner Wahabi sect and Sunni group over the dominance of a mosque during Friday prayers, witnesses and officials said.
  4. Bomb for bomb – Aseemanand confesses bombings to target Muslims
    Arrested Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) leader Swami Aseemanand has confessed that he and other Hindu activists were involved in bombings at Muslim religious places because they wanted to answer every Islamist terror act with ‘a bomb for bomb’ policy.
  5. Two Shia Children Aged 10, Sentenced to Imprisonment
    In one of the most outrageous miscarriages of justice in the world, a Bahraini court imposed a jail sentence on two children for their pro-democracy activities. The two children each aged 10 years old are said to be the youngest political prisoners in the world and their continued detention has led to an outcry among local and international human rights activists.
  6. ‘Govt considering giving minorities quota within OBC quota’
    Government is considering allocation of quota to minorities within the existing 27 per cent reservation for OBCs in central services, Minority Affairs minister Salman Khurshid said.
  7. ‘Bahrain not censured for rights abuses’
    The international community and the United Nations are silent about the alleged human rights violations in Bahrain, says a rights activist.
  8. AIMPLB meet to discuss delay in proceedings in demolition case
    The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) would discuss the delay in proceedings in the Babri Mosque demolition case in a meeting scheduled for January 9 in New Delhi, a senior member of the board said.
  9. Suicide attack kills 17 in southern Afghanistan
    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan – A suicide bomber struck a bath house in a southern Afghan town as men gathered to wash up before Friday prayers, killing 17 people, a provincial official said. The Taliban claimed responsibility for an attack they said targeted the deputy of an influential border patrol commander.
  10. Afghans protest Iran fuel truck ban
    KABUL — Hundreds of Afghans demonstrated outside the Iranian Embassy in Kabul Friday to protest Iran’s blocking of thousands of fuel trucks at the border with Afghanistan, a step that has sent domestic fuel prices soaring as the country’s harsh winter sets in.