- Pakistan arrests brigadier over Islamist ties
(Reuters) – Pakistan has detained a brigadier assigned to army headquarters over alleged links to a banned Islamist group, the army said Tuesday, the highest-ranking serving officer arrested in a decade.
- Syria’s Assad orders new amnesty as huge crowd rallies
President Bashar al-Assad on Tuesday ordered a new general amnesty, a day after an offer of “national dialogue” to end Syria’s deadly unrest and as a huge crowd rallied in Damascus in his support.
- Bombs kill 25 at local Iraqi governor’s house
Two bombings killed at least 25 people at a checkpoint outside a provincial Iraqi governor’s house on Tuesday in the latest attack targeting local government and security forces.
- Indonesia recalls envoy to Saudi over execution
Indonesia recalled its ambassador to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday in protest over the execution of an Indonesian migrant worker convicted of murdering her employer, an Indonesian embassy official in Riyadh said.
- 80pc people suffer from mental illness in Waziristan
The drone attacks by US spy planes and acts of terrorism have not only affected the mental health of tribesmen but also the people of settled areas. “About 80 per cent residents of South and North Waziristan agencies have been affected mentally while 60 per cent people of Peshawar are nearing to become psychological patients if these problems are not addressed immediately,” according to a survey conducted by an NGO, Horizon.
- Egypt judicial panel to investigate torture claims
Egypt’s public prosecutor has set up a panel of judges to look into claims of police torture before and after a popular revolt that ousted president Hosni Mubarak, a judicial official told AFP on Tuesday.
- Bahraini Medics Accuse Security Forces of Severe Abuses
Security forces in Bahrain turned one of the country’s main hospitals into a torture chamber, an official with Doctors without Borders said.
- Taleban bomber targets Afghan governor, kills two
A Taleban suicide bomber targeted a provincial governor in northern Afghanistan on Tuesday, killing two civilians and wounding another two, the interior ministry said.
- Iraqi FM: Bahraini people should administer their own affairs
Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said on Tuesday that Iraq respects the sovereignty of Bahrain and believes that its people should administer their own affairs through sound elections
- Pakistani scholars declare suicide attacks anti-Islam
Hundreds of religious scholars in Pakistan’s North Waziristan tribal region have declared suicide attacks against Islam and asked all foreign militants believed to be hiding in the area to stop such attacks, local media reported Tuesday