1. Vote recounts underway in 10 Afghan provinces
    KABUL, Afghanistan – Vote recounts that could throw doubt on the legitimacy of Afghanistan’s parliament are under way in 10 provinces even as the legislature starts work with its newly elected speaker, election officials said Monday.
  2. Pakistan Tried to Trade CIA Contractor for ‘Lady al Qaeda’
    The government of Pakistan offered to trade a CIA contractor currently jailed in that country for a Pakistani neuroscientist suspected by U.S. intelligence to be an al Qaeda operative.
  3. Five making bomb killed in explosion
    KOCHI: Five Muslim League members were killed in an explosion while they were making crude bombs at Nadapuram near Kerala’s Kozhikode.
  4. Jordan to Host 5th Islamic Conference on Astronomy
    The fifth Islamic Conference on Astronomy will be held on March 22, Moheet website reports.
  5. Saudi king orders more permanent jobs
    Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah has ordered state employees on temporary labor contracts to be given permanent jobs in an apparent bid to protect the kingdom from protests.
  6. Iraq: 19 wanted persons nabbed, 7 IEDs defused in Diala
    Police arrested 19 wanted persons and defused seven improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in different areas of Diala on Sunday, according to the province’s police chief.
  7. Bahraini protesters move to parliament building
    Bahrainis campaigning for democratic reforms in the Persian Gulf Arab state staged a protest outside the U.S. ally’s parliament building on Monday, demanding that all its members resign over protester deaths.
  8. Saudi Authorities Arrest Prominent Shia After His Call for a Constitutional Monarchy
    Saudi authorities arrested Sheikh Tawfiq Al-Amer one of the most prominent Shia in Al-Ahsa who was a peaceful freedom fighter and civil rights activist after recently invited to a constitutional monarchy in the Kingdom.
  9. On the Eve of Coming Protests in Saudi Arabia, King Abdullah Ease Restrictions on Shiite Mosques
    On the eve of coming protests, Saudi Wahhabi authorities removed restrictions and allowed the reopening of a number of Shiite mosques in the city of Khobar, which was closed since 2008.
  10. Omani protesters block road to port after 6 die
    Omani protesters demanding political reforms blocked roads leading to a main export port and refinery on Monday as the death toll from Sunday clashes with police rose to six