- Tunisia allows Muslim veil on ID papers
New Tunisian measure on women’s headscarves guarantees ‘effective respect of public and civil liberties’.
- Sandstorms, civilian worries hit NATO Libya sorties
BRUSSELS – Bad weather and mounting concern over civilian casualties curbed NATO operations in Libya in the first day since it assumed command of the Western campaign against Muammar Gaddafi, NATO officials said on Friday.
- Syria Kurds join protests calling for citizenship
DAMASCUS — Kurds in Syria’s northeast on Friday took to the streets for the first time since pro-reform protests erupted in mid-March, calling for the right to citizenship, an activist said.
- Number of violent deaths rises in Iraq in March
BAGHDAD – The number of civilians, police and soldiers killed in violence in Iraq rose in March, official figures showed on Friday, just days after militants killed 58 people in the month’s deadliest attack.
- Thousands call for trials of Egypt regime figures
CAIRO — Thousands of people have filled Tahrir Square to call for Egypt’s military government to harshly punish members of ex-President Hosni Mubarak’s former administration.
- Saleh hails backers as huge demos split Sanaa
Huge rival protests split Yemen’s capital as security forces deployed in unprecedented strength for another Friday showdown on the streets.
- At least 8 UN staff killed in north Afghan city
MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan- – At least eight foreign employees of the United Nations were killed on Friday in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif after a demonstration against the burning of Holy Qurans by a US preacher turned violent, a regional police spokesman said.
- Syria’s Assad takes steps towards reforms
DAMASCUS – Syrian President Bashar Al Assad, facing a wave of protests demanding greater freedoms, took steps on Thursday towards addressing grievances including lifting emergency law and granting disenfranchised Kurds rights.
- Bahrain steps up detentions, frees prominent blogger
DUBAI (Reuters) – Bahrain released a prominent blogger but detained several other people, including a pro-opposition doctor, the latest in a series of arrests since a crackdown on protests, opposition sources said on Friday.