- Number of Syrians sheltering in Turkey rising
The number of Syrian people, who escaped from incidents in their country and took shelter in Turkey, increased to 11,739, the semi-official Anatolia news agency reported on Friday.
- Bahrain Sentences Concern UN Chief
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has urged the Bahraini government to allow opposition political activists to appeal against their harsh sentences.
- Terror Bid Foiled in Shia Mosque of Karachi
Karachi police foiled a terror bid on Friday by defusing 42 kilograms of explosives fitted with two detonators in the Shiite Mosque situated at Jinnah Hospital.
- Syrian Security Seize Smuggled Weapons
Syrian authorities have seized a large shipment of weapons, in the coastal city of Lattakia, which were thought to have been meant for the armed groups in the north.
- Afghanistan says 4 children killed in Pakistani border shelling
Afghanistan on Friday complained to Pakistan for a second time in a week about its shelling of Afghan villages in which four children were killed, fighting that threatens to raise regional tensions as the United States begins a gradual troop withdrawal.
- Five killed in Yemen, UN to send mission
Five people were killed in violence across Yemen’s main port city of Aden on Friday, officials and medics said, as the UN announced it will send a mission next week.
- Blasts rip through western Baghdad, killing 40
Four bombs ripped through Baghdad on Thursday evening, killing at least 40 people in the worst violence the capital has seen in months, Iraqi officials said. An American civilian aid specialist working to improve education in Iraq was killed in a separate attack.
- Iran Eying Increased Carpet Revenues
Iran plans to bring the total value of exports of its hand-woven carpets to $600mln this year, a senior Iranian economic official announced.
- Muslim woman accuses Air France of discrimination
A Virginia woman accused Air France of getting her terminated from the job she held briefly at Dulles International Airport because of her religion.