- Syrian troops reportedly pull back from central city of Hama
Syrian government troops have pulled back from positions around the central city of Hama, a report said early Monday.
- 5,000 Syrian refugees return home from Turkey
Number of Syrian people who escaped from the violence in their country and took shelter in Turkey dropped to 10,227 as of Sunday.
- Arabi replaces Moussa as Arab League chief
Egypt’s Nabil al-Arabi on Sunday formally replaced his compatriot Amr Moussa as Secretary General of the Arab League, state media reported.
- Ben Ali gets 15 years in jail over drugs, weapons charges
TUNIS — A Tunis court on Monday sentenced ousted Tunisian president Zine el Abidine Ben Ali in his absence to 15 years in jail for possession of arms, drugs and archaeological artefacts.
- Iraq’s Islamic Party in Ninewa rejects extension of U.S. forces presence in country
Iraq’s Islamic Party’s Ninewa Branch, has warned the political parties, calling for the extension of the U.S. troops’ presence in the country, to abandon their call, according to a statement by the Islamic Party on Monday.
- Coming days critical for future of Bahrain
MANAMA, Bahrain, July 4 (UPI) — The next few days and months are crucial in helping Bahrain find a solution to solving its problems, the head of National Dialogue says.
- Iraq open to reconciliation with anti-US fighters
BAGHDAD — Iraq’s government said Monday it would not reconcile with members of Al-Qaeda or anyone who has killed Iraqis, but suggested it was open to talks with those who had fought American forces.
- Pakistan Moves to Cut Off Taliban Haven
KARACHI, Pakistan–Pakistan’s military launched an offensive Monday against Taliban fighters in the Kurram tribal agency bordering Afghanistan, in a move aimed at pacifying an area that has become a refuge for militants and a base from which to mount attacks on Pakistan’s army and U.S. forces over the border.
- Nato jets step up Libya bombing
BENGHAZI: Nato warplanes have dramatically stepped up their bombing campaign in Libya, alliance data showed on Monday, as rebels said they would move to retake a key gateway to Tripoli.
- Christian Cardinal, Emmanuel III Dally, Meets Grand Shia Ayatollah Sistani in Najaf
The Christian Cardinal Emmanuel III Dally has met the Shiite Authority, Sayid Ali al-Sistany, in the holy city of Najaf on Monday.