- Bahrain Demands Suspension of Trainee Bahraini Pilots from UK Flying School after Anti-Regime London Protest
The Gatwick-based Oxford Aviation Academy (OAA) suspended seven Bahraini trainee airline pilots after they attended a peaceful London demonstration, protesting the Bahraini government’s violent practices on their people.
- Saudi media face fresh restrictions
Saudi Arabia has imposed new media restrictions, threatening news organizations that allegedly undermine national security, with heavy fines and closure.
- Amnesty International: Bahrain urged to halt execution of protesters
Authorities in Bahrain must not allow the execution of four protesters sentenced to death by a military court over the killing of two police officers in anti-government demonstrations last month, Amnesty International said on April 28.
- Gaddafi threatens to hit aid ships
Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi’s regime has threatened to attack any cargo ship attempting to bring humanitarian assistance into the besieged port city of Misratah.
- US imposes fresh sanctions on Syria
The United States has imposed new sanctions on key Syrian government figures, accusing them of cracking down on political dissidents across the country.
- Over 800 flee in Tunisia jailbreaks
More than 800 inmates have escaped from two prisons in west central Tunisia after prison cells caught fire, a state agency reported.
- Russian Banks to Initiate Trading in Islamic Debt
Russia’s second-largest bank, VTB Group and Gazprombank are aspiringto become the first Russian borrowers to sell Islamic debt so as to attract Middle Eastern investment.
- Iraqi MPs approve payouts for Saddam’s US victims
BAGHDAD – Iraqi MPs okayed a $400-million (270 million euro) compensation deal on Saturday for Americans who say they were mistreated by executed dictator Saddam Hussein’s regime during the 1990-1991 Gulf War.
- Iraqi judge, wife and daughter killed
Iraqi officials say a judge, his wife and daughter have been killed when their house was blown up.
- Afgan Taliban declares start to spring offensive
KABUL, April 30 (Reuters) – The Taliban declared the start of a spring offensive across Afghanistan on Saturday, warning they would target foreign troops, as well as Afghan security forces and top government officials, in a wave of attacks including suicide bombings.