- Iraq: Blasts kill at least 16 in Baghdad area
At least 16 people have been killed in Iraq in a series of bomb blasts in the Baghdad area, officials say
- Gunmen storm Afghan government building
Three Afghan police killed as group of men wearing suicide vests shoot their way into compound on edge of Khost
- Bahrain to Rebuild Demolished Shia Mosques After Obama Criticism
Bahraini authorities said Saturday that they will rebuild recently torn down Shiite mosques, two days after US President Barack Obama criticized the demolitions in a major speech on Washington’s Middle East policy.
- Ancient Quran belongs to 900 years ago found in Pakistan
Archeologists have discovered a manuscript of the holy Qur’an in the Pakistani city of Jhelum, which they believe dates back to 900 years ago.
- Severe crackdown against the Shia Muslims in Karachi
Sindh Police has started a massive crackdown against the Shia Muslims in Karachi on the directives of Inspector General Sindh Police Fayyaz Leghari.
- Diplomats trapped Yemen loyalists, blocking deal
Armed Yemeni government loyalists trapped Arab and Western diplomats inside an embassy on Sunday to block the signing of a political accord that would unseat President Ali Abdullah Saleh, witnesses said.
- Shia Board demands direct flight from Lucknow to Najaf-e-Ashraf of Iraq
The All India Shia Personal Law Board (AISPLB) on Sunday has demanded introduction of direct flight from Lucknow to Najaf-e-Ashraf at Iraq.
- Saudi woman arrested for challenging driving ban
Saudi authorities arrested a female activist on Sunday who launched a campaign to challenge a ban on women driving in the conservative kingdom and posted a video on the Internet of her driving, activists said.
- Saudi Arabia, UAE financing Pak’s hardline clerics
Hardline Deobandi and Ahl-i-Hadith clerics in Pakistan’s Punjab province have been receiving financial aid worth nearly $100 million annually from groups in Saudi Arabia and UAE, according to a secret US diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks.
- Karbala, Iraq needs 500 hotels: business council
Growing religious tourism has created a huge demand for large-scale developments in Iraq.