1. Libyan east hails “freedom”
    BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – Libyans celebrated the liberation of the east of the country from the rule of Muammar Gaddafi, who has vowed to crush the revolt and on Wednesday was trying to assert his grip on the capital Tripoli, in the west.
  2. Middle East unrest: Saudi and Bahraini kings offer concessions
    King Abdullah, the Saudi ruler, has returned home after a three-month medical absence and unveiled benefits for Saudis worth $37bn (£23bn) in an apparent attempt to insulate the world’s leading oil exporter from a wave of Arab uprisings.
  3. Vastanvi wins the battle, but with a caveat
    Defying escalating rumours of his imminent exit, the embattled Vice-Chancellor of Darul Uloom Deoband, Maulana Ghulam Mohammad Vastanvi, on Wednesday managed to stay on in his post.
  4. Bahrani Shia Ulema and People to Gather at Lulu Roundabout on Friday Feb. 25
    Bahrani Shia Ulema and People to Gather at Lulu Roundabout on Friday Feb. 25/2/2011.
  5. Mild tremors continue to alarm Fujairah residents
    ABU DHABI — A mild tremor of magnitude 2.4 on Richter scale was reported in the Al Huwailat region near Fujairah on Wednesday afternoon.
  6. US, Pakistan commanders in ‘candid’ talks on war
    MUSCAT — Top US and Pakistani military commanders held talks in the Gulf on Wednesday in what Pakistan called a move to coordinate better the war against the Taliban and Al-Qaeda on Afghan border.
  7. Bahrain frees 23 activists, allows sit-ins
    MANAMA — Bahrain, in its move to bring calm in the country, freed 23 activists on Wednesday and said protesters could continue their sit-in at the Pearl Roundabout. The government also highlighted that national dialogue to restore stability has started with all political powers.
  8. Iraq oil exports highest since Saddam: ministry
    BAGHDAD — Iraq’s total oil exports and revenues from crude sales in January both hit their highest levels since the 2003 US-led invasion which ousted Saddam Hussein, the oil ministry announced on Wednesday.
  9. Damages demanded for Godhra acquitted
    AHMEDABAD — All those acquitted and released by the special court here on Tuesday in the Godhra train carnage case were brought by a police van to their homes around midnight on Tuesday night after a 125-km journey and were welcomed by their relatives. However, they would all continue to wonder why they were kept in ‘hell’ (read jail) for nine long years?
  10. One in three Afghan troops leave army: NATO
    BRUSSELS — One in three Afghan soldiers still leave the army each year, but NATO remains on track to raise the number of security forces to 305,000 by October, an alliance general said Wednesday.