1. Iraq ‘to decide on continued US military presence’
    BAGHDAD – Iraq’s political parties will decide within two weeks what their position is on the possibility of US troops remaining in the country beyond the end of 2011, President Jalal Talabani said on Saturday.
  2. Turkey hopes for Cyprus referendum in early 2012
    NICOSIA – Turkey hopes terms for the reunification of Cyprus can be agreed by the end of the year so that a referendum can take place in early 2012, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Saturday during a visit to the Turkish Cypriot enclave in the north of the island.
  3. Pakistani troops in control after Karachi violence
    KARACHI, Pakistan – Pakistani forces regained control Saturday over trouble spots in the nation’s largest city, where five days of political and ethnic violence killed at least 93 people and forced many to stay at home in fear, an official said.
  4. Ramadan mission for Bahraini young women
    A GROUP of young Bahraini women have been on an annual mission to serve the community during Ramadan. The ‘For Bahrain’ charity drive was launched three years ago by eight school friends, all aged in their early 20s.
  5. Saudi Arabia is Berlin’s Partner in Terrorism or the War on Terrorism?
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel has defended her government’s plan to sell hundreds of tanks to Saudi Arabia despite widespread opposition.
  6. Europe’s rights court refuses to rule against Swiss minaret ban
    Europe’s rights court on Friday rejected two cases brought by Muslims against Switzerland’s constitutional ban on the construction of new minarets.
  7. Syrians call for expulsion of US envoy
    Syrians have gathered outside the US Embassy in Damascus, calling for the expulsion of the American ambassador over meddling in the country’s internal affairs.
  8. Bahrain tortures football players
    Bahraini soccer players, including the stars of the country’s national team, have been reportedly tortured after they were arrested in anti-regime demonstrations in March.
  9. Malaysia arrests hundreds of protesters
    Malaysian police fired tear gas and water cannon and made almost 1,000 arrests on Saturday during clashes with protesters who defied government warnings to rally in the capital for electoral reform
  10. Tahrir sit-in enters second day, to go on until 7 demands are met
    The occupation of Tahrir Square enters its second day, with a growing consensus around seven demands that must be met before the the sit-in would end