1. Earthquake injures 16 people in southern Iran
    Sixteen people were injured when a 5.3-magnitude earthquake jolted southern Iran on Wednesday, the semi-official Mehr News Agency reported.
  2. Saudi, US in talks on ‘final details’ of arms deal
    RIYADH — Saudi Arabia and the United States are holding negotiations on the “final details” of a massive arms deal, a daily said on Wednesday, citing the kingdom’s assistant defence minister.
  3. Kuwaiti premier survives vote but crisis lingers
    KUWAIT CITY – Kuwait’s premier on Wednesday narrowly survived a parliament vote seen as a serious bid to oust him over a police crackdown, but the opposition vowed to keep up their bid to unseat him.
  4. DSF organisers expect rise in the number of visitors from Oman
    MUSCAT — The recession has had very little impact on the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF), its organisers said here yesterday, also adding that they expected this year’s edition — from January 20 to February 20 — to attract more visitors from Oman.
  5. Self-employment scheme in Oman is a huge success
    MUSCAT — Thousands of people have benefited from a unique scheme in Oman aimed at generating self-employment opportunities for nationals.
  6. Iran’s foreign minister in Iraq to cement ties
    Iran’s new foreign minister is pushing to cement ties with neighboring Iraq at a time when American troops are preparing to go home and Teheran’s influence is on the rise.
  7. Child scavenges for family’s survival in Afghanistan
    Five-year-old Marjan sniffles from the cold as she struggles under her load. Hoisted on her back is a bag almost as big as she is.
  8. Critical Role of OIC in Filling Shia-Sunni Gap, Ihsanoglu Says
    The 57-member Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) has become the voice of the Ummah and an instrument for strengthening cooperation among Muslim countries, according to its Secretary-General professor Ekmeledin Ihsanoglu
  9. Anti-U.S. Shia cleric visits Iraq after years
    Anti-U.S. Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr returned to Iraq on Wednesday from years of self-imposed exile in Iran, after his movement struck a deal to be part of a new government, Sadrist officials said.
  10. Several Shia Martyred and wounded in Iraq’s violence
    An Iraqi government employee was shot dead and four Iranian pilgrims were wounded in a gunfire and a bomb attack in Baghdad on Wednesday, an Interior Ministry source said.