- Saudi Arabia bans English language
Riyad – The government in Saudi Arabia has decreed that the English language is to be banned by all government and private agencies. They must now use only Arabic, the language of the Quran.
- Kuwait daily cautious after sectarian ban lifted
KUWAIT, May 20 (Reuters) – A Kuwaiti newspaper that was temporarily banned for inciting sectarian strife was back in print on Sunday, saying it would limit its coverage of protests by Shi’ite Muslims in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.
- Syrian peace plan being blown apart
The two suicide car bombs in Damascus on May 10 were an alarming development. Before last December, suicide bombs were unheard of in Syria. Now there have been 10 such attacks, becoming increasingly deadly — 55 died in the latest atrocity; and another attack was thwarted in Aleppo, Syria’s largest city, where a suicide bomber in a carwash killed five on May 5.
- Iraqi politicians still working on solving political crisis
BAGHDAD, May 19 (KUNA) — Representatives of Iraqi political parties, meeting saturday at Shiite cleric Muqtada Al-Sadr’s house in An-Najaf, failed to conclude an outcome that would address the political standoff in the country.
- Iraq anti-terror officer, family shot dead
Iraq—An Iraqi anti-terror officer, his wife and three children have been shot dead by gunmen in north Baghdad, security and medical officials said on Saturday. The family was murdered on Friday evening, the officials said, taking to 10 the overall death toll from violence in the Iraqi capital a day ago, and 15 in the past two days, a notable increase from what had been a relative calm.
- 3 New Mosques to Be Set Up for Shia Muslims in Pakistan
Plans are underway for opening three new mosques for Pakistani Shia Muslims in three regions of the State of Punjab by Khair-ul-A’mal Charity Institute of the country in cooperation with Kuwait’s Imam Hussein (AS) Mourning Hey’at (literally meaning group or delegation).
- Bahraini al-Khalifa forces attack protesters in Shahrakan
Bahraini regime forces have attacked anti-regime demonstrators in the western village of Shahrakan.
- Iran helps Syria identify likely bombers
IRAN has supplied face-recognition technology to the regime of President Bashar al-Assad to help it identify and hunt down potential suicide bombers.
- Iran Finds Its First Caspian Sea Oil for More Than a Century
Iran has discovered oil in its Caspian Sea waters for the first time in more than a century, the state-run Fars news agency reported.