1. Man sets fire to self in cradle of Tunisia revolt
    TUNIS – A man died after setting fire to himself on Tuesday in Tunisia’s Sidi Bouzid, the provincial town where another man’s decision to set fire to himself last year started a wave of uprisings that has swept the Arab world.
  2. Afghanistan announces crucial security handover
    KABUL — Afghan forces will take over security from NATO this summer in the capital of violence-wracked Helmand province and several other areas, President Hamid Karzai said Tuesday.
  3. Mindset of violence, hatred will be eliminated: Zardari
    ISLAMABAD– President Asif Ali Zardari on Tuesday invited all political parties for dialogue on a national agenda to confront economic, security and strategic challenges faced by the country.
  4. More bank jobs for Omanis
    MUSCAT — In a fresh impetus to providing more jobs for the locals, the Central Bank of Oman (CBO) raised Omanisation ratios in the financial services sector.
  5. Egypt’s Interior Ministry set ablaze amid protest
    CAIRO — An Egyptian security official says police protesting in front of Egypt’s Interior Ministry have set fire to part of the downtown complex.
  6. US jet crashes in Libya; fighting rages in cities
    BU MARIEM, Libya — An American fighter jet crashed in Libya’s rebel held east, both crew ejecting safely as the aircraft spun from the sky during the third night of the US and European air campaign.
  7. Kuwait joins Bahrain military crackdown / Bahrain King Says Foreign Plot Foiled as Kuwait Joined Gulf Forces
    Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa said on Monday that a “foreign plot” against Bahrain had been foiled with the help of Gulf Arab forces as Kuwait has joined foreign military forces invading Bahrain by sending navy units to help the government crack down on protesters.
  8. Iraqis protest Saudi’s Bahrain invasion
    Hundreds of protesters have poured into the streets of Iraq’s capital Baghdad to demand the withdrawal of Saudi and other foreign forces from the crisis-hit Bahrain.
  9. ‘Yemeni pres. seeks Saudi asylum’
    Yemen’s President Ali Abdullah Saleh has reportedly requested asylum from Saudi Arabia after announcing he will step down by the end of the year.
  10. Haj Good News for Indian Seniors
    Senior citizens (70-years and above) will now be able to go for Haj without having to depend on their luck in the qurrah — a lottery system to select the pilgrims. Apart from this, the new decisions the government is putting in place will make pilgrims who were on the wait-list in the previous year automatic choices for the next year’s pilgrimage.