- Saudi Arabia burns the Holy Quran
A Bahraini social website published pictures showing that Saudi Arabian and Bahraini forces have burnt Qurans.
- US troubled by Bahrain move against Shi’ite group
The United States said on Thursday it was concerned by Bahrain seeking to dissolve the country’s main Shi’ite Muslim opposition group and would welcome it reversing the decision.
- A Shia Muslim Woman Injured in a Racial Attack in London
Mrs. Kazemi was beaten up in a racial attack by four young British girls when she was on her way to home in London. They tried to pick her hijab, but she refused. When they faced with her refusal beaten her up in London Road, one of London’s main street, then ran away.
- US reassures Saudi Arabia of support
The White House has once again reassured Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah of the US support amid anti-government protests in the country.
- Gulf media find their red line in uprisings: Bahrain
Pan-Arab broadcasters who played a key role reporting Arab uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt are helping dynastic rulers police the gates of the Gulf to stop the revolts from spreading on their patch, analysts say.
- Gulf states want to cancel Arab summit in Iraq
Gulf nations are asking the Arab League to cancel an upcoming summit in Iraq, saying that the “atmosphere is not right” for leaders of the 22-member group to meet in Baghdad while political unrest persists across the region.
- Syrian president orders release of protesters
Syria’s president ordered the release on Thursday of hundreds of detainees involved in a month of protests seeking to wrest political freedoms.
- Yemen opposition sets deadline for Saleh
Yemen’s opposition rejected an offer to join Saudi-mediated talks on a transfer of power and set a two-week deadline for President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step aside.
- US, allies see Libyan rebels in hopeless disarray
Too little is known about Libya’s rebels and they remain too fragmented for the United States to get seriously involved in organizing or training them, let alone arming them, US and European officials say.
- Pakistan would back Taliban office in Turkey: Official
Pakistan would back a plan to allow the Taliban to open a political office in Turkey to help with talks to end the war in Afghanistan, a Pakistani official said on Thursday during a visit by Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari to Ankara.