1. Salafi Leader Opposes Formation of Shia Party in Egypt
    Salafi leader Gamal al-Marakby has rebuked members of the Shia community in Egypt for intending to form a political party, declaring that Salafis will oppose the move.
  2. Saleh vows no retreat as battle rages
    President Ali Abdullah Saleh issued messages of hard-line defiance on Wednesday saying he will not step down or allow the country to become a “failed state.”
  3. Kuwait warns activists over the site of demo
    KUWAIT CITY — Kuwait’s Interior Minister Sheikh Ahmad al-Humoud Al-Sabah Wednesday issued a stern warning to youth activists planning a protest calling for the removal of the prime minister.
  4. Egyptians hail Mubarak trial, but some feel sorry
    CAIRO, Egypt — Many Egyptians are rejoicing that Hosni Mubarak, the dictator they overthrew in a popular uprising, will face trial, but some say they are sorry to see the former president “humiliated.”
  5. Yemen tribesmen seize public buildings, fighting rages
    SANAA — Tribesmen loyal to a powerful opposition chief have seized public buildings in Sanaa including state news agency Saba, sources said Wednesday, amid raging gunbattles with Yemen’s security forces that have killed 44 people.
  6. Iran’s largest lake turning to salt
    OROUMIEH LAKE, Iran – From a hillside, Kamal Saadat looked forlornly at hundreds of potential customers, knowing he could not take them for trips in his boat to enjoy a spring weekend on picturesque Oroumieh Lake, the third largest saltwater lake on earth.
  7. Syria’s president promises reforms
    BEIRUT – A Syrian newspaper has quoted President Bashar Assad as telling religious leaders in a city at the heart of the nation’s uprising that reform is coming.
  8. NATO ups strikes in Tripoli, sees no Iraq parallel
    TRIPOLI – NATO warplanes pounded Tripoli for a second day, raising military pressure on Muammar Gaddafi while diplomatic efforts mounted to force his departure.
  9. Suicide bomb kills 5 at Pakistani police building
    PESHAWAR, Pakistan — A suicide bomber in an explosives-laden pickup truck leveled a police building in northwest Pakistan Wednesday, killing five officers and wounding 30 other people in the latest attack to rattle the country since the US raid that killed Osama bin Laden.
  10. Afghan forces battle Taliban for control of district
    KABUL – Hundreds of Taliban and Afghan government forces were locked in deadly fighting for control of a northeastern district that is home to 35,000 people, an official said Wednesday.