1. Qatar decided to abolish Sponsorship System for foreign workers
    Qatar on 14 May 2014 announced about its decision to abolish it controversial sponsorship system for foreign workers. The sponsorship system (Kafala system) will be replaced with a system based on employment contracts as part of a package of labour reforms.
  2. Nigeria Kidnap Families Want ‘Unconditional’ Release
    Abuja: Relatives of more than 200 schoolgirls held hostage by Boko Haram on Thursday called for their unconditional release, after Nigeria’s government ruled out a prisoner swap with the extremists.
  3. MH370 Tragedy: Malaysian govt approves transition phase of transition phase
    KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian government has approved the transition phase prioritising deep-sea search for the missing Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH370, and suspending the air and surface search.
  4. Second Round of Afghanistan Presidential Election Set for June 14
    KABUL–Afghan election authorities on Thursday set the second round of the country’s presidential race for June 14 after final results showed no candidates won an absolute majority in the first round.
  5. Bangladesh ferry capsizes with 200 passengers aboard; 12 bodies found
    DHAKA: A Bangladeshi river ferry with around 200 passengers on board capsized in a storm on Thursday, killing at least 12 people, and a rescue diver said he had seen more bodies inside the wreck.
  6. Image of PM’s aide kicking protester stokes anger over Turkey mine fire
    Soma, Turkey (CNN) — The image of an aide to Turkey’s Prime Minister kicking a man protesting the mine disaster that has claimed nearly 300 lives has prompted outrage — and has become a symbol of the anger felt against the government.
  7. Al-Qaeda fighters attack Yemen army posts
    At least 23 people killed, including aide to defence minister, in assault on two military positions in the south.
  8. Blast in Syria-Turkey border kills 29
    An explosion near a border crossing between Syria and Turkey killed as many as 29 people and wounded many others on Thursday, an activist group monitoring the Syrian civil war said.
  9. British journalists kidnapped, beaten up in Syria
    A reporter and a photographer working for a leading British newspaper have been badly beaten up in captivity by a rebel gang in war-torn Syria.
  10. US plans nearly $1 billion arms deal with Iraq
    WASHINGTON: The United States plans to sell nearly $1 billion worth of warplanes, armored vehicles and surveillance aerostats to Iraq.