Oppn boycotts Syria polls
DAMASCUS: Syrians cast ballots Monday in parliamentary elections billed by the regime as key to President Bashar Assads political reforms,but the opposition dismissed the vote as a sham meant to preserve his autocratic rule.
Iraq court releases Hezbollah prisoner
BAGHDAD: An Iraqi court on Monday declared Hezbollah commander Ali Mussa Daqduq,accused of killing US soldiers in Iraq in 2007,not guilty for lack of evidence and ruled that he be set free.
Taliban kill 14 Pak security personnel
Islamabad: The Taliban killed 14 security personnel and beheaded all but one of them,before displaying the heads of two soldiers on wooden poles in North Waziristan regions Miranshah town,security officials said on Monday.
Bomb kills 3 NATO troops in Afghanistan
Kabul: NATO says a bomb has killed three of its service members in eastern Afghanistan on Monday. The statement did not provide details about the attack nor the nationality of the service members killed.
No information on al-Zawahiri presence
Islamabad: Responding to US Secretary of State Hillary Clintons statement,Pakistans Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar said on Monday that the government has no information about the presence of al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri in the country. If anybody has any information,they should share it with Pakistan,Khar said.
Israeli cabinet approves snap polls
Jerusalem: Buoyed by opinion polls and an opposition in disarray,Israels Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahus cabinet has approved his request for snap polls on September 4. The bill to bring forward the polls is now due for vote in the Knesset (Israeli parliament).