1. Iraq’s Foreign Ministry staff shot dead in Baghdad
    BAGHDAD / Aswat al-Iraq: A group of unknown gunmen men have shot dead an Iraqi Foreign Ministry staff in west Baghdad on Saturday, a security source reported.
  2. Iraq’s Parliament meets with 235 MPs
    BAGHDAD / Aswat al-Iraq: The Iraqi Parliament has held its 32nd session on Saturday, under chairmanship of its Speaker, Usama al-Nujeify and attendance of 235 out of its 325 members, a Parliament media source reported.
  3. Manmohan to visit Iran
    Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will visit Iran on a date to be decided mutually after consultations.
  4. Islam’s holiest site Mecca ‘turning into Vegas’
    According to The Independent newspaper over the past 10 years the holiest site Mecca in Islam has undergone a huge transformation, one that has divided opinion among Muslims all over the world.
  5. Two Iraqis get life term for kidnapping Romanians
    BAGHDAD — An Iraqi court has sentenced two men to life in prison in connection with the kidnap of three Romanian journalists in 2005, a court statement said on Saturday.
  6. Heavy security in Bahrain for elections
    Bahraini police set up checkpoints and patrolled key roads in a massive show of force during parliamentary elections that the opposition groups have vowed to boycott.
  7. Bahrainis boycott by-elections prompted by walkout
    DUBAI: Bahraini by-elections boycotted by the Shia opposition after it walked out of parliament over violence against pro-democracy activists registered a poor turnout on Saturday, witnesses said.
  8. What do Saudi Arabia and Ethiopia have in common?
    The UK downplays their human rights abuses — as always, when the countries in question are strategically important.