1. Pakistan supreme court halts anti-Shia hardliner’s election
    Pakistan’s Supreme Court today halted the election to the national parliament of the leader of a banned hardline sectarian group, officials said.
  2. Spy Agency: 100 Dutch Jihadists in Syria
    The Netherlands says more than a hundred Dutch citizens left the country in 2013 to fight as jihadists in Syria and 10 of them have died — including one who was a suicide bomber.
  3. France to stop citizens joining Syria war
    Proposed measures include a dedicated hotline and stripping people of French nationality as deterrence and punishment.
  4. Bahrain sentences 12 to life in jail for spying, receiving Iran military training
    A Bahraini court has sentenced 12 men to life in prison for spying, receiving training from Iran’s Revolutionary Guard and processing weapons and explosives, a defence lawyer and rights activist said.
  5. Bahrain Moves to Deport Shiite Cleric
    Bahrain’s Interior Ministry said Wednesday that the Gulf state has decided to deport a leading Shiite cleric born in the country in a move likely to exacerbate tensions between the government and the Shiite-led opposition.
  6. Afghan election result delayed due to fraud probe
    KABUL: Afghanistan’s presidential election result has been delayed by two days due to fraud investigations and will now be released on Saturday, officials said on Wednesday as they vowed to sift out fake votes.
  7. FATA demands local government elections
    The clamour for holding local government elections in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) is growing in a region where a governance system is non -existent at a local or provincial level.
  8. Amnesty report reveals cases of deception, forced labour, violence against migrant domestic workers in Qatar
    NEW DELHI: The Qatari authorities are failing to protect migrant domestic workers who face severe exploitation, including forced labour and physical and sexual violence, Amnesty International has said in a new report published on Wednesday.
  9. Malaysia Airlines MH370 search team investigate washed-up objects
    Pieces of sheet metal have washed ashore in Western Australia near the designated search area in Indian Ocean
  10. Qatar says dispute with Gulf neighbours ‘over’
    KUWAIT CITY: Qatar’s dispute with three fellow Gulf states, which withdrew their envoys from Doha last month, is “over”, the Qatari foreign minister said Wednesday, while insisting his country had made no concessions.