News: 22-Feb-12

  1. Protest against deadly attack in Parachinar
    ISLAMABAD: Dozens of protestors, belonging to the various areas of Kurram Agency staged a protest rally against the recent deadly suicide blast at Parachinar that resulted into life loss of 29 injuring many.
  2. UN calls for unimpeded access to Syria
    BRUSSELS – The UN under secretary-general for humanitarian affairs Valerie Amos on Tuesday called on Syria to allow aid groups unimpeded access to the country.
  3. Iraq to approve new Saudi ambassador
    BAGHDAD – Iraq will approve the nomination of a non-resident Saudi ambassador, the Iraqi foreign minister said Tuesday, terming it a positive sign for the normalisation of ties between the two countries.
  4. Iran, IAEA to carry on talks: delegate
    TEHRAN – Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency whose officials wound up a two-day visit to Tehran on Tuesday are to hold further negotiations, the country’s delegate to the UN watchdog said.
  5. KABUL – Afghan protesters firing slingshots and petrol bombs besieged the largest US-run military base in Afghanistan on Tuesday, furious over reports that NATO troops had set fire to copies of the Holy Quran.
  6. ISLAMABAD – Pakistan’s interior minister says the government will ask Interpol to arrest ex-President Pervez Musharraf in connection with the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.
  7. Saudi Arabia’s interior ministry has defended the regime forces’ ruthless repression of anti-discrimination protests and threatened to use an “iron fist” against protesters.
  8. Head of Iranian Space Agency (ISA) Hamid Fazeli says the country plans to launch its domestically-built Fajr (Dawn) satellite into space during early months of the new Iranian calendar year (commencing on March 20).
  9. Scores have been killed as fresh protests make their way to Pearl Square demanding freedom amid a violent crackdown on the popular uprising by imported security forces.

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