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Iraq’s dwindling Christian community faces “disaster,” and if no action is taken they will number just a few thousand in a decade, the country’s most senior church leader told AFP. ...

Iran’s judiciary banned reformist newspaper Ebtekar on Saturday for “spreading lies”, ISNA news agency reported, making it the third such publication to be shut down by authorities in ...

Egypt recorded its first MERS infection after a person who arrived from Saudi Arabia tested positive for the virus, state media reported yesteray. ...

Kinshasa – At least 21 people were killed when a power cut caused a stampede at a crowded music festival in Democratic Republic of Congo on Friday, the local government said. ...

Kuala Lumpur – The co-pilot of missing Malaysian airliner MH370 attempted to make a mid-flight call from his mobile phone just before the plane vanished from radar screens, a report said yesterday, citing unnamed investigators. ...

Protesters in Slovyansk hoisted the Russian flag above the captured building.- Reuters Ukraine has dispatched special forces in response to the seizure of a police station in a small eastern town, while tensions in the country’s Russian-speaking regions intensify. ...

Yoshitaka Shindo Japanese Internal Affairs and Communication Minister Yoshitaka Shindo visited the Yasukuni war shrine in the nation’s capital, Tokyo, yesterday. Shindo said he made the visit to pray for Japanese soldiers who died in the battle of Iwo Jima during World War II. ...

A Pakistani court yesterday threw out charges of attempted murder against a nine-month-old baby, in a case that highlighted endemic flaws in the country’s legal system and provoked widespread ridicule. ...

Hamid Aboutalebi  TEHRAN — The spokesman for Iran’s mission to the UN said the US decision to deny a visa for an Iranian newly-proposed ambassador to the UN is “regrettable,” local media reported yesterday. ...

Oscar Pistorius PRETORIA – Murder-accused Paralympian Oscar Pistorius did not look for his girl friend Reeva Stenkamp before shooting four bullets through a locked toilet door, where he thought there was an intruder in his house, the Pretoria High Court heard on Friday. ...