1. Najaf desert has water enough for 25 years – Governor
    BAGHDAD / Aswat al-Iraq: Najaf governor announced the availability of great water storage in Najaf desert enough for 25 years, stressing granting licenses to cultivate 70.000 donums in the desert area that will depend on underground waters.
  2. Seminar on Najaf as capital of Islamic culture
    BAGHDAD / Aswat al-Iraq: Iraqi Culture Ministry, in cooperation with Civil Society Organization, held a seminar to expose Najaf as Islamic Culture capital for 2012.
  3. Saleh signs power transfer deal
    RIYADH – Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh signed a deal on Wednesday under which he stepped down from 33 years in power and 10 months of protests against his rule that have brought the country to the edge of civil war.
  4. DIG chalks out plan for Muharram
    KANPUR: Police have made elaborate arrangements for ‘tazia’, ‘mehndi’ and ‘paiki’ and processions to start from November 27 up to December 6 on the occasion of Muharram.
  5. Urgent: Saudi Backed Bahraini Forces Run Over 44-Year-Old Shia Man + PIC
    A Bahraini anti-discriminate protester has been martyred after regime forces ran him over with a patrol car, witnesses say.
  6. Saudi court sentences 17 activists to jail
    A court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced 17 activists and lawyers to long prison terms amid demonstrations calling for reform and the release of political prisoners in the kingdom.
  7. Al-Wefaq: Repression in Bahrain systematic
    Bahrain’s leading opposition party has rapped a government report that acknowledges “instances” of abuse in dealing with anti-regime protests, insisting that the repression against the demonstrators is a “systematic” effort.
  8. Amnesty International: Bahrain report must lead to action over protest abuses
    The publication this week of a report on events surrounding pro-reform protests in Bahrain earlier this year is an opportunity for the government to deliver justice for the victims of human rights violations, said Amnesty International.
  9. Bahrain discriminate government under fire in advance of report on abuses
    Bahrain’s largest Shiite opposition group on Tuesday accused the government of having planned the use of “excessive force” on protesters calling for greater freedoms and reforms earlier this year.
  10. Bahrain Govt Accepts Report of Rights Violations
    Bahraini security forces used “excessive force” and tortured detainees in a March crackdown on Shiite-led protests demanding democratic change, the head of an Independent Commission of Inquiry announced on Wednesday.