1. Bombings aimed at Shiite pilgrims leave 32 dead
    BAGHDAD — Thirty-two people were killed in three bomb attacks on Shiite pilgrims walking in Baghdad yesterday evening ahead of a major religious holiday, police and medical sources said.
  2. Boko Haram: Small in Numbers, Big in Impact Across Nigeria
    The Nigerian state governor whose region is considered the base for Boko Haram said the militants are small in numbers — but are having a huge and destructive impact.
  3. Egypt besieged on all sides as it heads into another election
    Security is a top issue in Egypt’s presidential contest as the country faces challenges on both domestic and regional fronts.
  4. Military pounds Taliban hideouts for third day
    Miranshah/Islamabad: Four suspected terrorists were killed on Friday as the armed forces hit insurgent targets in a third day of action in a restive tribal area close to the Afghan border.
  5. Russia, China veto UN bid to refer Syria to international court
    United Nations: Russia and China vetoed on Thursday a resolution to refer the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court for possible prosecution of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during the country’s three-year civil war.
  6. Syrian State TV: Mortar Attack on Campaign Tent Kills 39
    The attack late Thursday has raised concerns in the government that rebels will carry out even more of them ahead of the June 3 elections
  7. Syria activists say army uses chlorine gas against rebel towns
    BEIRUT: Activists and a medic in war-torn Syria on Friday claimed President Bashar al-Assad’s regime used chlorine gas a day earlier to attack opposition-held towns in Hama and Idlib provinces.
  8. Nine injured in protests after fatal shooting in Istanbul – police
    ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Two protesters and seven policemen were injured in clashes in Istanbul overnight following the fatal shooting of a bystander, the city’s police department said on Friday.
  9. At least 3 killed in suicide attack on Shiites in yemen
    ADEN: A suicide bomber drove an explosives-laden car into a checkpoint manned by Shiite Muslim fighters in northern yemen on Friday, killing at least three people, officials and local people said.
  10. Indian consulate in Afghanistan attacked; assailants killed
    HERAT: Four insurgent gunmen launched a pre-dawn attack on India’s consulate in the western Afghan city of Herat on Friday before being repelled by security forces, in an assault highlighting instability as Nato troops withdraw.