The Muslim World
BAGHDAD (AP) — At least two protesters were killed Wednesday in southern Iraq after security forces opened fire on a crowd demonstrating against a harsh prison sentence handed down against a young Iraqi activist over a Twitter post, local officials said.
Iran hanged a man convicted of injuring a security guard with a knife and blocking a street in Tehran, the first such execution over recent anti-government unrest.
BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s once burgeoning banking sector has been hard hit by the country’s historic economic meltdown. It has suffered staggering losses worth tens of billions of dollars and many of the small nation’s lenders now face possible closures or mergers.
KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — Hundreds of protesters took to the streets of Sudan's capital Thursday, demanding the ouster of its military rulers and rejecting a deal for the gradual transfer of power to civilian leaders.
The two countries signed dozens of commercial agreements and Beijing elevated the bilateral relationship to the highest level in its network of foreign relations.
A bonanza of extra revenue shows how elevated oil prices are benefiting the Persian Gulf’s resource-rich economies.