1. Afghanistan runs out of ballot papers as voters flock in large numbers
    KANDAHAR/KABUL: Afghanistan’s landmark presidential election on Saturday was marred by a shortage of ballot papers that left many voters still queuing to cast their votes with polling due to close, as the organizers appeared unprepared for a high turnout.
  2. Chinese ship searching for missing jet detects ‘pulse signal’
    BEIJING: A Chinese ship involved in the Indian Ocean search for flight MH370 detected a “pulse signal” at a frequency used by aircraft black boxes Saturday, but Australia warned there was no evidence yet that it was linked to the missing plane.
  3. Tribal fighting in Egypt leaves 23 dead
    At least 23 people have been killed in tribal clashes in Egypt’s southern province of Aswan, officials said.
  4. Lebanese Alawite leader, 11 others charged with “terrorist” activity
    BEIRUT (Reuters) – Lebanon has charged a dozen people including a prominent Alawite leader with belonging to an “armed terrorist organisation”, judicial sources said on Saturday, part of a drive to control sectarian violence fuelled by the war in Syria.
  5. Five killed after landslides derail train in West Java, Indonesia
    Baku-APA. Landslides incurred by heavy downpours caused a train derailed in Tasikmalaya of West Java on Friday evening, killing five people, official said here, APA reports quoting Xinhua.
  6. EU tells Turkey: website bans hinder accession
    EU foreign ministers have criticized Turkey for blocking internet sites such as Twitter and YouTube. They called on Ankara to respect freedom of expression in view of its long-running bid to join the bloc.
  7. Three rockets fired by Syria militants hit northeast Lebanon
    Three rockets fired by militants operating in Syria have hit the northeastern Lebanese region of Bekaa Valley.
  8. Militants fire mortar shells at Syrian capital
    Foreign-backed militants in Syria have fired mortar shells at several areas in the capital, Damascus, with one landing near the Russian Embassy, reports say.
  9. Muslim Cleric Urges Homeless Women to Become Sex-Slaves
    Within the context of keeping the Syrian jihad alive, it seems there is no end to the attempts of some Islamic clerics to legitimize otherwise forbidden behavior in order to gratify the sexual urges of the jihadis and keep them fighting Syrian president Bashar Assad.
  10. Bahrain Shias protest as F1 practice begins
    Thousands of Shia Muslims turned out peacefully yesterday to call for political reforms in Bahrain, as practice began for this year’s Formula 1 Grand Prix in the kingdom.