1. Concern over Saudi heritage site demolitions
    Critics question kingdom’s policy aimed at preventing Muslims from turning historical places into shrines.
  2. China urges Iran be flexible on nuclear programme
    BEIJING Nov 4 (Reuters) – China urged Iran on Friday to show flexibility over its controversial nuclear programme and warned that the use of force to resolve the issue was the last thing the Middle East needed at the moment.
  3. Bahrain security forces clash with protesters
    Tear gas and armoured vehicles used to disperse protesters after funeral of father of opposition leader.
  4. US brigade in Iraq likely heading to Kuwait
    WASHINGTON — Senior US officials say the Pentagon is poised to move at least 4,000 US forces from Iraq to Kuwait at the end of the year.
  5. US soldier killed after Iraq pullout announcement
    BAGHDAD — A US soldier has been killed in northern Iraq, the US military said on Friday, the first American service member to die in an attack here since the US announced its forces would depart by year’s end.
  6. Elderly Man “Beaten to Death” by Bahraini Police
    The elderly father of the second in command of Bahrain’s largest Shia opposition group Al-Wefaq died of his injuries on Thursday after riot police attacked him a day earlier, the organization said.
  7. Obama to host Iraq’s Maliki before troop pullout
    (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will host Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki at the White House on December 12, the White House said on Friday, just weeks before the last American troops are slated to leave the country.
  8. 2.5 million Muslims begin hajj rites
    More than 2.5 million Muslim pilgrims have begun the rites of the annual hajj pilgrimage, leaving the holy city of Mecca for Mount Arafat.
  9. Pakistan calls Iran a great friend
    Islamabad, Nov 4 (IANS) Describing Iran as a great friend, Pakistan Thursday said it values its friendship with Tehran and hoped to further boost bilateral ties.