1. Shia Muslims body may back Kejriwal against Modi in UP
    LUCKNOW: Shia Muslims in the state may support Arvind Kejriwal against Narendra Modi in Varanasi, which means a gain of around one lakh votes to Aam Aadmi Party’s founder member on the seat.
  2. Blast at Shia political rally in Baghdad kills 18 people
    A series of explosions killed 18 people at a Shia political organisation’s rally in Iraq today, police and medical sources said.
  3. Iranians deliver Hassan Rouhani’s first political defeat
    TEHRAN: Eight months after taking office, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has suffered his first major political defeat, with the public overwhelmingly brushing aside appeals to forgo direct government aid.
  4. Australia plans to widen fruitless MH370 search
    Australian authorities said Friday they would widen the underwater hunt for missing flight MH370, as the deep-sea search for wreckage at the suspected crash site neared completion with no results.
  5. Four killed, over 20 injured in Karachi blast
    KARACHI – At least four persons including a woman were killed and over 20 others injured in a power explosion near a mosque here on Friday.
  6. Flash floods kill over 80 in north Afghanistan
    MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Afghanistan): Flash floods in northern Afghanistan after two days of torrential rain have killed more than 80 people, officials said on Friday, with scores more missing as helicopters searched for stranded villagers.
  7. Iraqi PM Nouri Maliki accuses Saudis of ‘interference’
    Iraqi PM Nouri Maliki has told the BBC that Saudi Arabia has “clearly interfered” in Syria and in Iraqi internal affairs.
  8. Nigerian leaders unite against Boko Haram
    ABUJA: Leaders from across Nigeria appealed for a united front against Boko Haram on Thursday, saying the Islamist insurgents were waging war on Christian and Muslim Nigerians alike.
  9. Kuwait, top ally on Syria, is also the leading funder of extremist rebels
    Nayef al-Ajmi, the Kuwaiti Minister of Justice, Islamic Endowments and Islamic Affairs, left, and Islamist MP Mohammad al-Hwailah take part in a parliament session at Kuwait’s National Assembly.
  10. Russia says Syria not using chemical arms, claims ‘fabricated’
    (Reuters) – Allegations that Syrian government forces have used toxic chemicals are false, Russia said on Friday, and accused President Bashar al-Assad’s foes of fabricating such claims to provoke foreign military intervention.