1. Ban calls for an end to use of force on Syrian civilians
    (CNN) — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday called on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to halt the use of force on civilians “immediately.”
  2.  Thousand Pakistanis protest against “Killing of Shias”
    Demonstrators have held a protest rally in the capital of Pakistan to condemn the sectarian violence which has targeted Shia Muslims in the southwestern province of Balochistan.
  3. 31 U.S. troops, 7 Afghans killed in Taliban attack on NATO helicopter
    In a rare event, Taliban insurgents shoot down a Chinook helicopter with a rocket-propelled grenade near Kabul. Casualties included members of the special operations unit that carried out the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.
  4.  Saudi Wahhabi Authorities Arrested the Prominent Shia Cleric Sheikh Tawfiq al-Amir
    On 3 August 2011 the Saudi security authorities arrested the Shiite cleric Sheikh Tawfiq al-Amir from the town of al-Hofouf in al-Ahsa district of the Eastern Province without charge.
  5.  US, Bahrain secretly renew military pact
    A new report has revealed that the United States and Bahrain secretly renewed a military pact for five years beyond its original deadline.
  6. US plans to snatch & grab Pak’s nuclear weapons
    WASHINGTON: The US has a contingency plan to “snatch-and-grab” Pakistan’s nuclear weapons, if and when the President believes they are threat to either America or its interests, a media report has said, amid strains in bilateral ties.
  7.  Water crisis in Bangladesh capital turns acute in Ramadan
    It was around midnight when a teenaged girl with a plastic container in hand waited in queue at a water pump in the city’s Malibagh to collect drinking water. She did not know when her turn will come.
  8.  Turkey calls for meeting of Muslim nations on Somalia
    Turkey’s foreign minister says he has called for an urgent meeting of Muslim nations to discuss the famine in Africa.
  9. Libya rebels say they are advancing on Brega
    BENGHAZI, Libya – Libyan rebels on Saturday said they had launched a push to capture the coastal oil town of Brega, but were advancing slowly because Muammar Gaddafi’s forces had sown landmines on the approaches to the town.
  10. Three killed in Iraq prison jailbreak: officials
    HILLA, Iraq — At least two prisoners and a guard were killed in clashes as inmates attempted a jailbreak from a prison in the central Iraqi city of Hilla, justice and medical officials said Saturday.