- Bahrain mourners attack police after funeral
DUBAI—Bahraini protesters attacked a police station with petrol bombs on Thursday and riot police responded with teargas and stun grenades after a funeral march for a man who was killed in clashes during the Gulf Arab state’s Formula One race last week.
- Iraq’s Sadr to meet Kurdistan president
Powerful Iraqi Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr will meet Kurdistan chief Massud Barzani Thursday in a bid to resolve a crisis between the autonomous region and Baghdad, the cleric’s spokesperson said.
- Potential suicide bomber killed in Quetta
QUETTA: A potential suicide bomber was killed when a detonator he was carrying along with a suicide vest prematurely went off on Kirani Road near Hazara Town, pre-dominantly Shia Muslims’ neighbourhood in Quetta, on Thursday night.
- Bahrain hunger striker’s fate concerns wife
The wife of detained Bahraini activist and hunger striker Abdulhadi al-Khawaja said on Thursday she is being denied the right to call or visit the prominent Shia dissident.
- Syrian regime, rebels trade blame for deadly blast
BEIRUT (AP) – U.N. observers on Thursday inspected the site of an explosion that flattened a block of houses in the central Syrian city of Hama and killed at least 16 people, while the government and the opposition traded blame over the cause of the blast
- UN approves $1B in compensation for Iraq invasion of Kuwait
A United Nations panel has approved another $1 billion in compensation for victims of Iraq’s 1990 invasion of Kuwait.
- Bombs kill 10, wound 18 in Iraq’s Diyala – sources
(Reuters) – Ten people were killed and 18 others wounded when two explosions struck a popular coffee shop in the restive Iraqi province of Diyala, security sources said on Thursday.
- setting karbala alight: locals burn trees to build houses
In Karbala locals are finding ways to circumvent environmental laws. One of these ways is simply to burn land, to build houses on it. In doing so, they’re courting eco-disaster and killing Karbala’s green “lungs”.
- ‘Indo-Iran oil ties guided by energy security’
New Delhi: The US has not threatened to impose sanctions on India for having economic relations with Iran; External Affairs Minister SM Krishna said on Thursday and asserted the country’s oil ties with Tehran were guided by its energy security considerations.
- Russia says Iran, West interested in nuclear offer
A Russian diplomat said on Wednesday that Iran and Western nations had shown interest in a Russian proposal aimed to help defuse the standoff over Tehran’s nuclear programme, but suggested it had not been the focus of talks this month.