- Iran to boycott Islamic Inter-Parliamentary Union in UAE
The Islamic Republic will not attend the upcoming extraordinary summit of the Islamic Inter-Parliamentary Union (IIPU) in Abu Dhabi.
- Violence-scarred Tunisia announces new government
Tunisia’s prime minister announced a national unity government on Monday, allowing opposition into the country’s leadership for the first time in a bid to quell simmering unrest following the ouster of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali amid huge street protests.
- Hindu businessman to build mosque in Kerala
A Qatar-based Hindu businessman is building a mosque in India’s Kerala state with the aim of promoting communal harmony.
- Bus explosion in Pakistan kills 18
An explosion on a passenger minibus has claimed the lives of 18 people and injured 11 others in Pakistan’s northwestern tribal region.
- Thailand First Islamic hotel opened
Directed and run by Muslim staff, NOUVO CITY HOTEL opened to be the first Muslim hotel in Thailand.
- Iraqi president to ask Arab Leaders to support Iraq’s bid to the World Trade Organization
A senior official said on Sunday that the Iraqi President Jalal Talabani will travel to Egypt on Tuesday to represent Iraq in the Arab League Economic Summit which begins on January 19 in Sharm al-Sheikh.
- Northern Iraqi governor cuts Baghdad power
BAGHDAD — A local governor in Iraq’s oil-rich north cut the electricity going to Baghdad from a power station in his province Monday because his own constituents have been left with little power this winter.
- Iraqi Kurds concerned multibillion-dollar arms deals between US and Arab countries
Iraqi Kurdistan authorities are concerned about multibillion-dollar arms deals between the US and a number of Arab countries, a member of Iraq’s Kurdistan parliament says.
- New Afghan parliament to open on Jan 23
Afghan President Hamid Karzai plans to open his war-battered nation’s parliament on January 23, one of his ministers said, after months of uncertainty due to disputes over election results.
- Omanis protest high cost of living, corruption
Some 200 Omanis protested on Monday against high prices and corruption, a rare phenomenon in the Arab Gulf monarchy that seems to have been touched off by the revolt in Tunisia.