- Bahrain to adopt online registration
MANAMA — Bahrain will adopt a system of e-registration for pilgrims from the next Haj season to facilitate and speed up work of Haj caravans.
- Dogs sniff out explosives in truck at Kuwaiti port
KUWAIT – Kuwaiti police dogs sniffed out plastic explosives hidden in a pickup truck that was trying to enter an industrial seaport, security officials said on Monday.
- Libya rebels claim tighter grip on city of Misrata
BENGHAZI, Libya — Rebels inside the Libyan city of Misrata said Monday that they drove Muammar Gaddafi’s forces from another key point on the outskirts of the country’s third-largest city.
- Muslims in Japan sue over anti-terror probe
TOKYO — Fourteen Muslims, including Japanese nationals, Monday filed a lawsuit against the Tokyo and state governments, contending that anti-terrorism investigations by police violated their freedom of faith.
- Gunmen kill Saudi diplomat in southern Pakistan
KARACHI — Gunmen on a motorbike shot and killed a Saudi diplomat as he was driving in Pakistan’s largest city on Monday, just days after two hand grenades were tossed at the Arab state’s consulate building, police in Karachi said.
- Pakistan, US try to smooth bin Laden row
ISLAMABAD — Pakistan and the United States sought Monday to smooth a damaging row caused by Osama bin Laden’s killing, hailing each other as partners with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton poised to visit.
- Tanks push deeper into restive Syrian area
AMMAN – At least 15 Syrian tanks pushed overnight into a rural area near the Lebanese border, where security forces have concentrated their latest crackdown against pro-democracy demonstrations, human rights activists said.
- Syria’s Assad may face international court: UK
LONDON — A British official says Syrian President Bashar Assad could eventually be referred to the International Criminal Court alongside Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi.
- Bahrain court adjourns trial of protest activists
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) – Bahrain’s special security court on Monday adjourned until next week the trial of 21 opposition leaders and political activists, mostly Shiites, accused of plotting against the state.