1. Bahrain arrests protest leaders, exams put off
    A day after clearing protesters from the Pearl Square and clamping night curfew, Bahrain arrested at least seven opposition leaders in the early hours of Thursday
  2. New powers to Council of Oman welcomed
    MUSCAT — Oman has entered a new and advanced stage in practicing democracy and this is affirmed by the granting of legislative and regulatory powers to the Council of Oman.
  3. At least 84 wounded in new Yemen clashes
    SANAA – Yemeni security forces used live fire and tear gas on Thursday on protesters demanding an end to the rule of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, wounding at least 84, activists said.
  4. UN calls for immediate ceasefire in Libya
    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for an immediate ceasefire in Libya, where the troops of leader Muammar Gaddafi are advancing against rebel forces in the east.
  5. Iran sends rocket, capsule into space: IRNA
    Iran has launched its Kavoshgar-4 rocket carrying a test capsule into space, the official IRNA news agency reported on Thursday, quoting the president’s office.
  6. Indian peace delegation in Pakistan
    New Delhi, March 17 (IANS) An Indian peace delegation aiming to give an impetus to the peace process between India and Pakistan reached the neighbouring country Thursday, said a member of the team.
  7. Pakistan army chief Kayani in US drone outburst
    Pakistan’s army chief has condemned the latest raid by US unmanned drones as “intolerable and unjustified”.
  8. Saudi Shia’s rallies express solidarity with Bahraini people
    Despite the Saudi-Wahabi forces banned on the rallies in Saudi monarchy and unprecedented security presence in the cities — Hundreds of people in Saudi Arabia’s eastern cities of Qatif, Safavi, Taroot and Sbehat staged street rallies on Wednesday night to condemn their government’s deployment of troops to Bahrain.