1. Assad hands control of Syria’s Kurdish areas to PKK, sparking outrage in Turkey
    ISTANBUL — President Bashar Assad, facing a growing rebel presence in Aleppo, Syria’s largest city and its commercial hub, has turned control of parts of northern Syria over to militant Kurds who Turkey has long branded as terrorists, prompting concern that Istanbul might see the development as a reason to send troops across its border with Syria.
  2. Arrests at city centre mosque protest
    THREE men were arrested after supporters of the English Defence League took to Chelmsford city centre.
  3. Iraqi soldier killed as militants shoot down army helicopter
    Militants shot down an Iraqi army helicopter on Thursday and killed nearly a dozen security forces in overnight clashes, a regional official said, in what appeared to be an al-Qaida surge to retake one of its former strongholds in Iraq.
  4. Pakistan: Ex-Policeman Found Involve in Shia Genocide
    Target-killer who was killed during armed attack on the city’s Deputy Director Schools Abrar Hussain, turned out to be a former policeman, SAMAA TV Channel reported on Thursday.
  5. Forty eight Pakistani Shia govt officials suspended in Skardu by biased admin
    The biased government of Gilgit-Baltistan province has suspended 48 Shia government officials to punish them for a successful visit of MWM Chief Allama Nasir Abbas Jafri.
  6. Shia clerics to hold community’s census
    LUCKNOW: In a bid to mount pressure on the state government to give more facilities and better representation to Shia Muslims, an organisation led by Shia cleric Maulana Kalbe Jawwad has decided to conduct a community census in UP. Besides the headcount, the census would incorporate elements of occupation, literacy, employment scenario, sex ratio and monthly income.
  7. Crackdowns in Gulf States expose double standards
    While vigorously supporting rebellion in Syria, Gulf nations have little patience for political dissent at home, which reveals double standards and Western interests in the region, believes political analyst Omar Nashabe.
  8. Syrians flee to ‘safer’ Iraq
    Outside Al Qaim, Iraq: At a bare concrete building on the western edge of Iraq, hundreds of Syrian refugee families wait in the shade, anxious to find out where they will spend the night after fleeing their homeland.
  9. Iran-led shipping firm nears collapse due to sanctions
    (Reuters) – An Iranian-led shipping venture is close to collapse after struggling to steer its oil tankers and dry bulk vessels past tightening Western sanctions, a senior company official said on Thursday.