- Heavy exchanges near key western Libyan town
Libyan rebels and pro-Gaddafi forces exchanged heavy artillery fire near the city of Zlitan on Friday as the rebels tried to push deeper into government-held territory.
- Mines kill 7 Iranian troops on Iraqi border
BAGHDAD – Seven Iranian soldiers were killed when they strayed into a minefield laid along their border with Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdish region, a local Kurdish official said on Thursday.
- Wedding set for Bahrain and Saudi royal families
MANAMA — Bahrain says the son of the nation’s King and the daughter of Saudi Arabia’s Monarch have agreed to wed — further cementing ties boosted by cooperation to crush pro-reform protests.
- EU preparing new sanctions on Syrian companies
PARIS — A French official says the European Union is preparing new, expanded sanctions against Syria that would target companies.
- Yemen govt says Saleh to return shortly
Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s government vowed on Friday the wounded leader would return to his country within days.
- Nearly 10,000 Syrian refugees in Turkey
Nearly 10,000 Syrians have crossed the border into Turkey fleeing a crackdown by the Damascus regime, an official source said.
- Death Sentences for Al-Qaeda Militants in Iraq Wedding Massacre
An Iraqi court issues death sentences against 15 Al-Qaeda members for killing 70 people five years ago in a wedding party
- Activist slams UN role in arrest of Bahraini protesters
A prominent Bahraini human rights activist here Thursday lambasted the UN for handing over three female Bahraini protesters who staged a sit-in at the UNDP office in Manama, to police
- Saudi women start driving campaign
Saudi women have started their campaign to get behind the wheel in protest to defy the government ban on women’s driving, activists say.
- A Big Indiscriminate Rally in Bahraini City of Sitra
Bahraini protesters have staged an anti-government rally in the eastern city of Sitra to mark the fourth months of popular uprising in the small Persian Gulf sheikhdom.