1. Suicide Attack in Iraq Kills at Least 11 People
    A suicide bomber rammed his explosives-laden car into a police checkpoint south of Baghdad on Thursday morning, killing at least 11 people, officials said, the latest episode in an uptick in violence in the run-up to next week’s parliamentary elections.
  2. Saudi prince hunted endangered birds, Pakistan officials say
    Karachi: A Saudi prince is alleged to have poached over 2,100 endangered and internationally protected birds in a 21-day hunting safari in southwest Pakistan’s Balochistan province, bringing the focus back on the practice that has been taking place for long.
  3. Afghanistan elections: Abdullah ahead in Afghanistan vote count
    Kabul: Former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah retained a clear lead in the latest Afghan presidential election results released on Thursday, but he remained below the threshold needed for a decisive first-round victory.
  4. Pakistan, Ending Its Observance of Cease-Fire, Launches Airstrikes Against Taliban
    PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Putting an abrupt end to the Pakistani government’s adherence to a cease-fire with the Taliban on Thursday, military jets launched heavy airstrikes against militants in the Khyber tribal region bordering Afghanistan, officials said.
  5. Another anti-Taliban policeman killed in Karachi suicide attack
    * Shafiq Tanoli had conducted a number of operations against militants, survived several attempts on his life *Omar Khorasani of Mohmand chapter of TTP claims responsibility
  6. FBI informant linked to hacking of foreign websites: Report
    WASHINGTON: A hacker who became an informant for the FBI directed hundreds of cyber attacks against the websites of foreign governments, including Brazil, Iran, Pakistan, Syria and Turkey, the New York Times reported Thursday.
  7. Iran dismisses U.S. criticism of its election to U.N. NGO committee
    (Reuters) – Iran on Thursday rejected U.S. criticism of its election to the United Nations’ committee on non-governmental organizations (NGOs), saying Washington’s rebuke came from “baseless accusations” and violated the spirit of cooperation needed at the world body.
  8. UN envoy to soon visit Syria, neighbouring countries to look into sexual violence
    NEW YORK, April 24 (KUNA) — Zainab Hawa Bangura, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on sexual violence in conflict, on Thursday announced that she will “soon” visit Syria and the neighbouring countries where Syrian refugees, she claimed, as subject to sexual-related violence.
  9. Bahrain asked to stop harassment of Shia leader
    UNITED NATIONS: A UN human rights expert called upon Bahrain to stop the harassment and persecution of a Shia leader who was reportedly forced to leave the country following threats from state security agents to arrest him and his sont.
  10. Cong, Shia cleric’s supporters trade charges over karbala row
    While the Congress said it would hold a demonstration in Jantar Mantar to protest police inaction in the case of assault on its MLA, followers of Jawwad said the Congress had no respect for Islam.