Parliament in Muslim-majority Bangladesh got its first woman speaker with the election of Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, 47, a lawyer who was unopposed.
Bangladesh's government has elected the first female Speaker for Parliament, a move that could trigger a religious backlash.
Four sisters were injured in northern India when they were sprayed with acid by two men on motorcycles, police said Wednesday.
Bangladeshi President Mohammed Zillur Rahman died Wednesday in a Singapore hospital where he had been hospitalized for a respiratory infection. He was 84.
Four Afghan civilians, a woman and three children, were found dead following fighting between coalition forces and insurgents in Herat province, officials said.
Four French soldiers were killed and five others wounded in eastern Afghanistan Saturday, the French government said.
Algeria has launched its largest effort to date against al-Qaida with the trials of more than 100 suspected members of the organization.
A semi-official Egyptian daily Wednesday blasted the U.S. forces in Iraq for arresting the head of the Iraqi Islamic Party.
A London-based Arab daily said Tuesday the brief U.S. detention of Mohsen Abdul Hamid humiliated him and was a "politically costly American mistake."
Jordan's independent al-Ghad daily Tuesday criticized U.S. forces for the "stupid" arrest of a prominent Iraqi Islamic leader.