- Saudi police injure 5 protesters in Qatif
Saudi Arabian riot police have attacked a peaceful protest rally east of the kingdom, injuring at least five people while attempting to disperse demonstrators by force.
- Bahrain shoots protesters, deploys tanks
Saudi-backed Bahraini forces have deployed tanks and armored vehicles in Diraz, shortly after attacking a peaceful protest march in the western village of Karzakan.
- A bomb detonated in Imam al-Hussein (PBUH) mosque in Baladruz, Iraq
A bomb explosion inside a mosque in central Iraq has martyred 9 people inaddition to the bomber and injured 30 others, while 7 others were killed in separate attacks in the country.
- The west’s silence over Bahrain smacks of double standards
The European Union and the Obama administration have made a splendid art of double standards by imposing sanctions on Tehran’s rulers for their human rights violations and taking military action against the Libyan dictator while failing to address the appalling repression of the pro-democracy movement in Bahrain
- Yemen’s Saleh threatens to quit transition deal
Embattled President Ali Abdullah Saleh has accused Qatar of a “conspiracy” and threatened to pull out of a Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) transition deal to end the violence in Yemen.
- UN votes for mission to probe Syria bloodshed
The UN Human Rights Council endorsed a US call for an investigative mission on the bloodshed in Syria on Friday by voting for a resolution.
- Centre says Gujarat has to protect IPS officer
Home minister P Chidambaram on Friday said it was Gujarat government’s duty to ensure the security of senior police officer Sanjiv Bhatt who has filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court against the role of chief minister Narendra Modi during the 2002 anti-Muslim riots. “I think it is the duty of the state government to ensure his security and that no harm comes to him,” Chidambaram told reporters reacting to reports that Bhatt’s security had been removed.
- Protests erupt in Syria on ‘Day of Rage’
An eyewitness say Syrian security forces have opened fire on a demonstration in the coastal city of Latakia, wounding at least five people.
- Military presence halts protests in Iraq’s Kurdistan
The deployment of thousands of heavily armed troops in Iraq’s Kurdish city of Sulaimaniya appears to have quelled, for the moment, two months of protests against corruption and authoritarian rule.
- World Bank signs $1.2bn loan for BD bridge
DHAKA: The World Bank signed a deal on Thursday to loan $1.2 billion to Bangladesh to build a bridge linking its underdeveloped south with the capital, Dhaka, and the country’s main port, Chittagong.