Iraqi Finance Minister Rafih al- Issawi, one of the most senior Sunni Muslims in the Shiite Muslim-led government, announced his resignation at an anti- government rally, heightening political tensions.
Yemen’s Shiite Muslim Houthis killed 24 Salafist Sunni Muslims yesterday after a week of sporadic fighting between the two religious communities in the north of the country near the border with Saudi Arabia.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad broke more than 30 years of political stalemate with Egypt, arriving in the Sunni Muslim country on a historic trip that may create new challenges for his Islamist Egyptian counterpart.
Egyptian authorities have released on bail four conservative Salafis arrested after brandishing their footwear at Mahmoud Ahmadinejad shortly after another man attempted to use a shoe to strike the Iranian president.
Syrian opposition groups are debating who should head a provisional government as they prepare for an Istanbul meeting to announce their first formal alternative to President Bashar al-Assad’s administration.