1. Iraq’s Parliament Speaker says “there is strong wish to form Regions in South Iraq.”
    BAGHDAD / Aswat al-Iraq: The Speaker of Iraq’s Parliament, Usama al-Nujeify, has said on Thursday that there was a strong wish to form Regions in some areas in southern Iraq, adding that “that is a constitutional issue that must not be ignored.”
  2. AMU VC accused of retracting on study centre in Bihar
    Patna, Jun 30 (PTI) Bihar Government today alleged that the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) Vice-chancellor Prof P K Abdul Azis was not keeping his promise to set up a study centre on the 250 acres land acquired in Kishanganj district of the state.
  3. Haqqani commander killed in Afghanistan: NATO
    The NATO force in Afghanistan said that a senior commander in the Al Qaeda-linked Haqqani network wanted over an attack this week on a leading Kabul hotel had been killed in an air strike.
  4. Iraq PM to halve government size: aide
    BAGHDAD — Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Al Maliki wants to cut the number of ministries and ministerial positions by nearly half in an effort to improve government efficiency, a close aide said on Thursday.
  5. Saudis are US surrogates in Yemen
    Anti-Saudi sentiments are running high in Yemen as Riyadh is reportedly stepping up its efforts to help Yemen’s Ali Abdullah Saleh return to power.
  6. Bahrain riot police fire tear gas, stun grenades at protesters near landmark Manama square
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Riot police in Bahrain fired tear gas and stun grenades Thursday to disperse thousands of opposition supporters gathered near the square that was the epicenter of the nation’s Shiite-led demonstrations earlier this year, an activist said.
  7. Pakistan says security forces kill 40 militants in northwest
    PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) – Pakistani security forces have killed at least 40 militants in a tribal area near the Afghan border over the last three days, a spokesman for a paramilitary force said on Thursday.
  8. Britain Sends Supplies to Libyan Rebels
    Britain is providing limited assistance to the Libyan rebels fighting the forces of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, including protective clothing for police officers, Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Thursday, a day after France acknowledged providing light weapons to the rebels.
  9. Legal experts question destruction of papers relating to 2002 communal riots
    The legal experts in Gujarat are shocked and surprised over the State government’s claim of having destroyed certain documents related to the 2002 communal riots in the State.
  10. Dubai shopping centers to extend opening hours
    Shopping centers in Dubai are set to extend their opening hours next month in an efforts to add boost to the emirate’s retail industry, according to the Dubai Department of Economic Development.