- NATO accuses Gaddafi of using human shields
NATO accused Gaddafi of using mosques and children’s parks as shields for his military operations, saying the longtime ruler who lashed out against alliance airstrikes.
- Yemeni clerics call for presidential elections
More than 100 influential religious clerics and tribal leaders are calling for presidential elections within 60 days in Yemen and the ouster of the President Ali Abdullah Saleh.
- Turkey allows limited access to Syrian refugee camp
TURKEY on Saturday allowed limited media access to a camp sheltering Syrian refugees as the number of people fleeing bloody unrest in its Arab neighbour exceeded 10,000.
- Bahrain to lift ban on opposition party
The government will lift a ban on Bahrain’s second largest opposition party, the group said on Saturday, ahead of a national dialogue to ease kingdom’s political crisis.
- Saudi women challenge drive ban
Some Saudi women appeared to have answered a call over social media to challenge a ban on driving, posting accounts and pictures of themselves behind the wheel.
- U.S. Puts Bahrain on List of Human Rights Abusers
The U.S. has put Bahrain, a Persian Gulf ally, on its list of human rights violators to be scrutinized by the UN Human Rights Council.
- Karzai says US in peace talks with Taliban
Hamid Karzai, Afghanistan’s president, has said that the US is involved in preliminary peace talks with the Taliban – the first official confirmation that Washington is in discussions with insurgents.
- Taliban kill nine in Kabul police station attack
Nine people were killed on Saturday when three attackers armed with suicide vests and machine-guns stormed a police station in the heart of the Afghan capital Kabul, officials said.
- Tajikistan moves to ban adolescents from mosques
Tajikistan has taken the first step toward banning children and adolescents from worshipping in mosques and churches, drawing criticism from Muslim leaders who oppose the Central Asian state’s crackdown on religious freedom.
- Pakistani troops face terror, murder charges
A Pakistani anti-terror court agreed on Saturday to hear murder and terrorism charges against six soldiers and a civilian over the killing of an unarmed man in a park that shocked the nation.