Eurasianet - U.S. Intel: Central Asia's Threats Come Not From Afghanistan, But From Within - The threat of instability remains in the states of Central Asia. Central Asian leaders have prioritized regime stability over political and economic reforms that could improve long-term governance and legitimacy. Most fear any signs of Arab Spring-type uprisings and repress even small signs of discontent.
BBC - Battle for the R G Mugabe fashion label - Over the last three years, Zimbabwe's 89-year-old leader has become an unlikely fashion icon for the designer label House of Gushungo.
The Telegraph - Don't you know who I am? - Zara Phillips, the Queen’s granddaughter, was prevented from crossing the parade ring at the Cheltenham Festival by a security guard who appeared not to recognise her.
Russia Today - ‘In war-torn Syria, my enemy’s doctor is my enemy’ - What do the Syrian opposition, a jihadist group, a Gulf State, Iran and the US have in common?All provide ‘humanitarian’ aid to the side they support in the conflict, none can curb the suffering alone, or ensure that aid reaches the most vulnerable first.
The Washington Post - Obama’s approval drops as Americans take a dimmer view of his economic policies - The afterglow of President Obama’s reelection and inauguration appears to have vanished as increasingly negative views among Americans about his stewardship of the economy have forced his public approval rating back down to the 50 percent mark
The Guardian - Will a woman be the next British prime minister? - For years women have been treated as outsiders at Westminster. Now, the time feels right for female politicians. So can the Tories' Theresa May and Labour's Yvette Cooper seize the moment?
Trend - Kazakhstan to dig navigation canal in Caspian Sea - Kazakhstan plans to dig a navigation canal in the south-east of the northern part of the Caspian Sea, Kazinform reported with the reference to TenizService company's representatives.
Tehran Times - Sunni-Shia division conference held in Israel - An Israeli university has held conference on Sunni-Shia division in the Muslim world.