1. Thousands Attended Mourning Ceremonies of Hazrat Fatima at Holy Shrine of Imam Hussain (PBUT)
    The annual mourning ceremonies marking Hazrat Fatima’s (SA) martyrdom anniversary started on April 18 at Imam Hussein’s (AS) holy shrine in Karbala.
  2. Groups urge military council to resist Salafi pressure
    Seventeen rights and political organizations on Tuesday called on the Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF) to resist pressure from Salafi groups. The organizations issued their statement following mass protests in Egypt’s Qena governorate over the appointment of a Coptic Christian as governor.
  3. Syria says Salafi armed groups are responsible for the unrest
    Syria’s Ministry of Interior said the unrest in Syria and acts of violence that led to the killing of security forces and ciivilians are stirred by Salafi armed groups.
  4. Bahrain is sliding rapidly towards absolute dictatorship:
    International Trade Union Confederation ITUC [International Trade Union Confederation] Deputy General Secretary Jaap Wienen, on an urgent visit to the Bahrain’s capital Manama this weekend, has pledged a comprehensive package of international actions in support of the fundamental rights of Bahrain’s working people, as the trade union movement in the Gulf country faces and all-out assault from the government.
  5. Gilani seeks UN help in flood forecasting, weather warning system
    Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani on Tuesday sought United Nations’ assistance in developing flood forecasting and early weather warning system for Pakistan before the monsoon season.
  6. UK refuses to handover Pervez Musharraf
    The British government has refused to process warrants against former president Pervez Musharraf in the Benazir Bhutto assassination case, issued by an anti-terrorism court of Pakistan, DawnNews reported.
  7. Brother of Afghan CIA bomber arrested in Jordan
    Jordan’s counterterrorism forces have arrested the brother of an al-Qaeda triple agent who blew himself up in a CIA outpost in Afghanistan in 2009, a Jordanian security official and two Islamist leaders said Tuesday.
  8. West faces hard choices on way forward in Libya
    Western powers committed to helping rebels overthrow Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi face increasingly difficult choices on the military, economic and diplomatic front as the conflict enters its third month.
  9. Syria protests: Assad lifts state of emergency law
    Syria’s government has lifted the country’s decades-old state of emergency as protests against the rule of President Bashar al-Assad continue.
  10. GCC foreign ministers to discuss Yemen in Abu Dhabi
    The United Arab Emirates will host a meeting Wednesday of the foreign ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to discuss the situation in Yemen.