Yemen President warns al-Qaeda seeks to rule again

Yemen`s President said that al-Qaeda is trying to retake areas they once controlled in the south, but that a military offensive helped thwart those plans.

Bahrain Shiites pull out of reconciliation talks

Wefaq had complained for weeks the opposition had been given too small a fraction of seats.

Syria opens `national dialogue`, opposition absent

Syria opened a `national dialogue`
on Sunday that it hailed as a step towards multi-party democracy
after five decades of Baath party rule.

National dialogue to begin on Saturday: Bahrain

The largest Shi’ite opposition bloc has not yet decided whether to take part in the dialogue.