- Violence continues in Iraq
Baghdad – Iraqi police said they killed a gunman trying to plant an explosive in a southern district of the capital on Tuesday morning.
- Deadly clashes as Morocco storms W. Sahara camp
RABAT – Clashes between security forces and protesters in Western Sahara killed several people on Monday after Moroccan authorities stormed the site of the disputed territory’s biggest anti-government protest in decades.
- Jordan votes in poll boycotted by liberal groups
AMMAN – Jordanians voted on Tuesday in a parliamentary election boycotted by the influential Muslim Brotherhood and liberal groups in protest at an election law they say erodes democracy.
- Kurds hold to presidency, Iraq stalemate rolls on
BAGHDAD — Iraq’s Kurds are holding firm to their claim on the country’s presidency and the once-dominant Sunni minority is trying to push for checks on the powers of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki as the country faces a looming parliamentary deadline to choose a new political leadership.
- Insurgent gains won’t delay Afghan handover
MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan – Insurgents have made gains in once peaceful areas of Afghanistan leading to a decline in security over the past two years, but this is unlikely to delay plans to start handing over security to Afghans from mid-2011, a senior US commander said.
- US military open to staying in Iraq after 2011
KUALA LUMPUR — US Defence Secretary Robert Gates on Tuesday said Washington was open to keeping troops in Iraq after 2011, but it was up to Baghdad to decide.
- The Turkish village blighted by cancer
The central Turkish region of Cappadocia is a geological wonderland; a landscape of fantastically-eroded rocks and rich, historic remains which attract around two million tourists every year.
- UN: Pakistan’s Flood Victims Remain Highly in Need
The UN refugee agency says that needs remain still high for hundreds of thousands flood victims in Pakistan as many more face the winter face in camps or without proper shelter
- Quranic Festival for Families Planned
The Dar-ol-Quran Center plans to organize a number of Quranic festivals including one for families in the second half of the current Iranian year (ending March 21, 2011)
- Islamic Calligraphy Exhibition Ends
The exhibition of traditional Islamic calligraphy by amateur young and noted artists concluded on Monday at Lok Virsa, the National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage