1. German state bans Islamic full face veil
    Hessen state, west-central Germany, started Wednesday enforcing a court ruling banning Muslim females from wearing ‘burqa’ (full face veil) at public places.
  2. Mubarak backers open fire at protesters: witness
    CAIRO – Supporters of President Hosni Mubarak opened fire on Thursday on protesters demanding he quit, wounding seven, a witness said, after what many saw as an attempted government-backed crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrations.
  3. Iraq war casualties rose sharply in January
    The number of civilians, police officers and soldiers killed in violence in Iraq has climbed sharply in January, according to government statistics.
  4. Taliban Killed 1,165 Worshippers In Past 10 Years
    Lethal attacks by Taliban militants hit 54 Pakistani places of worship of various faiths in the past 10 years, killing 1,165 worshippers and injuring about 2,900, a recent report revealed.
  5. Saudi plans Jeddah projects after floods, protests
    Saudi Arabia vowed to improve infrastructure in the second-largest city Jeddah after floods swept through the major port and killed 10 people.
  6. Iraqi Shiite elected as Head of Parliamentary Foreign Relations Committee
    The member of the National Coalition, Humam Hamoudi, was elected as “The Head of the Parliamentary Foreign Relations Committee.”
  7. Tight security in Najaf marking Chief of Prophets demise anniversary
    Security has been beefed up in and around Najaf, home to the holy shrine of Al-Imam Ali b. Abi Talib (AS), the first infallible successor of holy Prophet Muhammad b. Abdullah (S),
  8. Tunisia police arrest Ben Ali henchman
    Tunisia’s security forces have arrested the country’s former Interior Minister Rafik Belhaj Kacem and taken him into custody to be questioned.
  9. Govt to abide by ruling of court on US gunman: PM
    ISLAMABAD — Amid pressure being mounted by the Obama administration and public reaction over granting immunity to a US government employee involved in double murder, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Wednesday told the National Assembly that the government would abide by any court ruling on the issue.
  10. Human spaceflight from UAE possible by 2015
    Space, the final frontier of yore, now appears nearer and beckons the UAE. In what could spell the dawn of affordable commercial space tourism, the country is positioning itself to reap the benefits by 2015.