- Reformists hope Iran vote will unseat Ahmadinejad
Iran’s presidential candidates ended a hard-fought and bitter campaign on Thursday, the eve of an election which reformists hope will prevent hardline Mahmoud Ahmadinejad winning a second term.
- Ahmadinejad’s economic record may sway Iran vote
If Iranian voters deny President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad re-election on Friday, it may be more a verdict on his economic performance than on his fierce rhetoric against the United States and Israel
- Iraq: Car bomb explodes in southern Shiite area
Iraqi officials say a parked car bomb has exploded in a Shiite area in the country’s south.
- Israel ‘will’ agree to two-state solution, says Egypt
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak says that the Israeli government will have to agree with the creation of a sovereign Palestinian state.
- Saudi Arabia: King approves mosque expansion
Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah bin Abd al-Aziz al-Saud has approved plans to expand the Mosque of the Prophet in Medina.
- US behind Kunar blast, says senator
An Afghan senator in charge of an investigation into the bomb blast that left three Afghan civilians dead says US troops were behind the explosion.
- 5th Islamic Manuscript Conference to be held in Cambridge
The Islamic Manuscript Association will hold 5th Islamic Manuscript Conference between July 24-26 in Britain.
- FBI stands its ground on spying in mosques
The storm that emerged in the Muslim community over the FBI use of undercover agents posing as worshippers in US mosques has prompted the bureau’s director to step in and defend the measure.
- Pakistan steps up war against Taliban
Pakistani troops backed by helicopter gunships and heavy artillery open new fronts against insurgents in the troubled northwestern region.
- Israel kidnaps nine people in lawless West Bank
In its most recent crackdown on Palestinians, the Israeli military has kidnapped nine people in the Palestinian West Bank in pre-dawn raids.