1. Catholic-Shiite Dialogue Brings Agreement on Weapons of Mass Destruction
    A joint declaration by two U.S. Catholic bishops and two Shiite Islam religious leaders from Iran decries the use, and the threat of use, of weapons of mass destruction.
  2. Indian hostages in Iraq ‘are safe’
    New Delhi: India on Thursday claimed that all its nationals taken hostage by the Isil militants in Iraqi city Mosul are safe. According to foreign office, it also has knowledge about location where the 40 Indian construction workers, mostly belonging to the northern state Punjab, are being kept.
  3. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki rules out stepping down
    London: A spokesman for the Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki said he will not stand down as a condition of US air strikes against Sunni militants who have made a lightning advance across the country.
  4. Afghan elections face a new political crisis
    The first democratic transfer of power in Afghanistan is facing a crisis, with one of the candidates threatening to reject the result of the by-election ballot count, citing widespread fraud.
  5. Panicked refugees pour out of Pakistan’s troubled North Waziristan
    (Reuters) – Their belongings piled high on buses, rickety donkey carts and tractors, thousands of refugees poured out of Pakistan’s North Waziristan on Thursday, terrified by both state troops and Taliban insurgents fighting for control of the troubled region.
  6. Muslim parties in Sri Lanka to stage island wide protests on Friday condemning violence against them
    June 19, Colombo: The political parties representing Muslim community in Sri Lanka will stage island wide hartals on Friday (June 20) to condemn the recent attacks by the extremist groups on the Muslim people in the two coastal towns of Aluthgama and Beruwala in Kalutara district.
  7. Hundreds of Turkish army officers freed from jail in ‘coup plot’ case
    (Reuters) – Hundreds of military officers convicted of plotting to topple Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan began emerging from jail on Thursday, a day after the country’s top court ruled their trial was flawed.
  8. 14 casualties in Shiite holy shrine in Samarra – Iraq
    Police sources reported here that 14 persons were injured by two shells that fell on the surroundings of Shiite holy shrine of Imam Ali al-Hadi in Samarra’ city.
  9. Shiite Turkmens appeal for help from other Shiites
    Under attack by the insurgents of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), Shiite Turkmens wait for help after they were forced to leave their homes in Kirkuk.
  10. India should side with Shiites in Shia-Sunni war in Iraq: Subramanian Swamy
    New Delhi: As New Delhi continues to work hard to secure the release of 40 Indians kidnapped by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Thursday opined that the India should take side with the Shiite community in the ongoing Shia-Sunni war in Iraq.