- Yemen opposition to form umbrella council
The Yemeni opposition vying to oust President Ali Abdullah Saleh said Tuesday it will elect an umbrella “national council” aiming to take over power.
- Iraqi MPs approve journalists’ rights law
The Iraqi parliament on Tuesday approved a law aimed at strengthening journalists’ rights in a country that tops the list of unsolved killings of members of the media.
- Anonymous Group Defaces Syrian Government Website
The Anonymous hacking group has added the website of the Syrian Ministry of Defense to its ever-lengthening list of victims, defacing it with a message in support of the anti-Government insurrection.
- Rumors surround Syria’s defense minister
Syrian President Bashar Assad swore in Gen. Dawood Rajiha as the country’s defense minister Tuesday, the state news agency said.
- Egyptians torch police station, seize weapons
Dozens of Egyptians angered by the absence of police protection in their town set fire to a police station on Tuesday after looting its armoury and freeing jailed inmates.
- Tripoli says NATO strike kills dozens of civilians
Libyan officials said on Tuesday dozens of civilians had been killed in a NATO strike on a cluster of farmhouses east of Tripoli, but the alliance said it hit a legitimate military target.
- Tunisia seizes 234 luxury cars from Ben Ali clan
A Tunisian government expropriation commission has seized 234 luxury vehicles owned by allies and relatives of toppled president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, media reported Tuesday.
- Iran calls for emergency OIC meeting
Iran’s Foreign Ministry has called for an emergency summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation as millions of people are on the brink of starvation amid worsening food crisis in famine-hit Somalia.
- Protest against Muslim prayer services in schools
Some Muslim parents fear a handful of Toronto imams are turning their children into young radicals during Friday prayer services at some public schools.
- Saudi beheading fuels backlash in Indonesia
The beheading of Ruyati binti Satubi, a 54-year-old Indonesian grandmother, in June for killing an allegedly abusive Saudi employer, has stirred such revulsion here that even the most strictly observant Indonesian Muslims now ask how the guardians of Islam’s most sacred sites can be so heedless of their faith’s call for compassion.