1. IUML accused of riots
    The United Democratic Front government’s decision to wind up the M.A. Nissar commission probing the Kasargod firing incident has generated further controversy with two police officers deposing before the panel that the Indian Union Muslim League activists had conspired to set off communal riots in the entire Malabar region.
  2. Army’s concern over Karachi a wake-up call for govt
    The corps commanders in their meeting on Saturday expressed concern over the law and order situation in Karachi and its impact on the national economy. Realising that it was an unusual comment, the commanders tried to dilute its alarmist nature by expressing the ‘hope’ that measures recently taken by the government can help bring things under control.
  3. Gujarat government to chargesheet IPS officer Rahul Sharma who prevented riots
    NEW DELHI: The Gujarat government has decided to chargesheet a state cadre IPS officer, Rahul Sharma, for passing on records of calls made during the 2002 riots in the state, to the Nanavati Commission, without any official clearance.
  4. Mystery still surrounds the circumstances of the detention of the prominent Saudi Shia ‘Sheikh Al-Amer’
    (Ahlul Bayt News Agency) – After the fourth day of Sheikh Al-Amer’s arrest, the circumstances and place of his detention are neither clear nor known. Sheikh Al-Amer is a senior cleric in Al-Ahsa and advocate of civil rights and freedoms.
  5. Saudis seek civil war in Syria
    A veteran Arab journalist says the Saudi Arabian defense Ministry has formed a council on Syria with the aim of steering the Arab state toward a “civil war.
  6. Egypt moves to scrap decades-old emergency law
    CAIRO – Egypt has begun procedures to end the country’s three-decade old state of emergency, the government said on Thursday, a key demand of the protesters who ousted President Hosni Mubarak in February.
  7. Syria condemns British ‘hypocrisy’
    Syrian Ambassador to the United Nations Bashar Ja’afari has called on Britain to take care of its own political issues rather than interfering in Syria’s internal affairs.
  8. Tunisians rally to demand judicial reform
    Hundreds of Tunisians have taken to streets in the capital city of Tunis, demanding judicial reforms and the trial of members of the toppled regime.
  9. Half a million children starve in Somalia
    The United Nations says that unprecedented famine and drought in Somalia is threatening the lives of hundreds of thousands of children.
  10. Yemeni president objects to power transfer deal
    Yemen’s embattled president is now objecting to key points of a US-backed deal that calls for him to step down in return for immunity from prosecution.