1. Taliban Attack Contractor Compound, Killing 35 Afghans
    The Taliban attacked a construction company’s compound in eastern Afghanistan Thursday, killing 35 Afghan workers employed by a U.S.-funded road project, Afghan officials said.
  2. EU will impose sanctions on Syrian president Bashar al-Assad
    The European Union is to impose sanctions on Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian president – reversing a decision that had left him off a blacklist of senior regime figures.
  3. Gulf accord on Yemen to be inked Sunday
    A Gulf-sponsored accord to end a bloody political dispute between President Ali Abdullah Saleh and Yemen’s opposition will be signed on Sunday.
  4. AMU VC charged with using pressure tactics
    Senior teacher and convener of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) Anti Corruption Forum M R Shervani today charged its Vice Chancellor P K Abdul Azis with using pressure tactics to break teachers’ hunger strike.
  5. Balochistan unrest: Seven killed in target shooting
    In a suspected sectarian hit, at least seven people have been shot dead on the outskirts of Quetta.Six others were injured in the incident that took place on Wednesday near Killi Kamalo in Quetta’s Saryab area. All victims belong to the Shia community and banned militant outfit Laskhar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) claimed responsibility for the attack.
  6. Nizam-Salar Jung kin fight over artefacts
    An anonymous “senior member of the Nizam’s family” has sent a letter addressed to the director-general of police accusing a Salar Jung descendant of facilitating thefts of various artefacts including a Renoir painting and selling it abroad.
  7. Libya rebels reach to Qatar for banking lifeline
    East Libya’s rebels are negotiating with Qatari banks to facilitate international money transfers in rebel-held areas, a move aimed at recapitalising banks and boosting the economy through trade.
  8. Bahrain ex-editors plead not guilty in press trial
    Three former top editors of Bahrain’s main opposition newspaper have pleaded not guilty to charges of unethical coverage of Shiite-led opposition protests against the kingdom’s Sunni rulers.
  9. Triple bombing kills 27 at Iraqi police station
    A triple bombing killed 27 people and wounded scores outside a police station Thursday, heightening tensions in a northern Iraqi city already on edge after a string of kidnappings and attacks against security officers.
  10. US quietly expanding defense ties with Saudis
    Despite their deepening political divide, the United States and Saudi Arabia are quietly expanding defense ties on a vast scale, led by a little-known project to develop an elite force to protect the kingdom’s oil riches and future nuclear sites.