1. Iran bans WhatsApp because of link to ‘American Zionist’ Mark Zuckerberg
    The Iranian regime has banned access to the WhatsApp messaging site, a popular site for many to communicate both inside and outside the country, stating that a Jewish “American Zionist” owns the site.
  2. Afghan presidential candidate Sherzai joins leading runner Abdullah
    KABUL, May 3 (Xinhua) — Afghan presidential candidate Gul Agha Sherzai on Saturday joined the leading runner Dr. Abdullah Abdullah as the country is preparing for a possible runoff.
  3. 10 Shiite pilgrims killed in attacks in Iraq
    BAGHDAD, May 3 (Xinhua) — Ten Shiite pilgrims were killed and 29 others injured in three attacks on Saturday after they participated in a religious event in northern Iraq, police said.
  4. Islamist school scandal: Head teachers have fears religious leaders are influencing schools across country
    Head teachers have voiced “serious concerns” over the way in which at least six Birmingham schools have been apparently been put under pressure by hardline Islamicists.
  5. Hard-liners in Iran protest nuclear deal
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) Hard-liners in Iran have gathered at the former U.S. Embassy in Tehran to protest against the Islamic Republic’s recent deal with world powers over its contested nuclear program.
  6. Al Qaeda’s leader says Iraqi branch in Syria must return to fight at home
    RIYADH (Reuters) – Iraqi al Qaeda’s entry into Syria’s civil war caused “a political disaster” for Islamist militants there, the movement’s global leader Ayman al-Zawahri said in a video message, urging the faction to redouble its efforts in Iraq instead.
  7. Al-Shabaab takes credit for Mogadishu blasts, including one that killed 10
    Mogadishu, Somalia (CNN) — A former government official was among 10 people killed in a bombing Saturday in Somalia’s capital, with Al-Shabaab — the Islamist militant group that’s long been tied to violence in the region — claiming responsibility for the attack.
  8. 102 Egypt Islamists Get 10-Year Sentences
    CAIRO — An Egyptian court has sentenced 102 Islamist supporters of ousted former President Mohamed Morsi to 10 years in prison for rioting and possession of weapons. Many sentences handed down by Egyptian courts are later reduced on appeal.
  9. Rescuers struggle to help Afghans hit by landslide
    ABI BARIK, Afghanistan: Afghan rescuers and volunteers armed with shovels and little more than their bare hands dug through the mud Saturday after a massive landslide swept through a village the day before, turning it into an earthen tomb holding hundreds of bodies, officials said.
  10. Bodos, Muslims flee violence-hit areas in Assam
    KOKRAJHAR: Bodos and Bengali-speaking Muslims continued to flee their homes in western Assam on Saturday even as eight more bodies were found, taking the number of people killed by the rebels since Thursday to 32. Officials said no fresh attacks were reported in the last 24 hours.