1. Increase in Iranian pilgrims to Iraq
    NAJAF/ Aswat al-Iraq: Iranian Consul in Najaf announced that Iranian pilgrims to Iraq are increasing in numbers following the development of Iranian currency.
  2. Depleted uranium used by US forces blamed for birth defects and cancer in Iraq
    The US military’s use of depleted uranium in Iraq has led to a sharp increase in Leukemia and birth defects in the city of Najaf – and panicked residents are fearing for their health. Cancer is now more common than the flu, a local doctor tells RT.
  3. Technology replaces age-old tradition of greeting via ‘Eid cards’
    KARACHI: With non-stop developments in technology, and rise of social media, Eid card-business has declined rapidly as people these days prefer alternative means such as text messages, emails and social networking websites that ensure timely delivery to friends and relatives across the globe.
  4. Syria rebels claim attack on Assad motorcade
    Mortar rounds on Thursday hit an upscale district of Damascus where President Bashar al-Assad attended prayers to mark the start of a major Muslim holiday in a rare attack in the high security area.
  5. Home ministry denies forced conversion of Sampang Shiites
    Home Minister Gamawan Fauzi rejected accusations centering on the government’s alleged ultimatum to the displaced Sampang Shiites — convert to the “true” version of Islam and be able to return to their village.
  6. Syria rejects Assad convoy attack claims
    Syrian rebels say they have targeted President Bashar al-Assad’s motorcade near his home in Damascus, but state television has shown him unharmed and the government denies there was an attack.
  7. Mortar Shells Land in Sayyeda Zeinab Area of Damascus, Leaving Five Killed
    Number of mortar shells landed in Sayyeda Zeinab (as) region in Rural Damascus on Thursday, Syrian government sources reported.
  8. Nearly 4,500 killed in Syria during Ramadan: NGO
    At least 4,420 people were killed in Syria violence during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, some two thirds of them fighters on both sides, a monitoring group said on Thursday.