Residents of Tehran and other parts of Iran took to the streets earlier to today to mark Quds Day, a traditional day of rallies held in support of Palestine on the last Friday of Ramadan. People used the occasion to voice their political views, including support for opposition of current President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and disapproval of the actions of Israel and other western countries. Riot police cracked down on anti-Ahmadinejad protesters while at Tehran University Ahmadinejad went further than he ever had before in denying the Holocaust, AFP.
Burmese pro-democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi has filed an appeal of this summer’s court decision to extend her house arrest after an American man, claiming illness, spent the night in her house last spring. Under the strict military regime in Myanmar, no one is allowed to stay over night at anyone’s house. A verdict on the appeal is expected next month. The country’s rulers aim to keep Suu Kyi out of public eye until after the upcoming 2010 elections, Associated Press.
30 people have been killed in a suicide bombing at a crowded marketplace in the village of Kohat in northwestern Pakistan. Most of those killed were men from the country’s Muslim Shia minority. A Taliban group has claimed responsibility, Al Jazeera.
Two American couples in Egypt who were arrested for trying to adopt children illegally have been sentenced to two years in prison. The country’s adoption laws are based on Islamic law which is strict about adoption practices, BBC News.