1. Early parliamentary elections demanded in Najaf
    NAJAF / Aswat al-Iraq: Tens of demonstrators in Najaf marched demanding early parliamentary elections and forming a new board for election authority.
  2. UN Appreciates Iran for Protecting Ozone Layer
    TEHRAN (FNA)- The United Nations awarded Iran a plaque of appreciation for successfully phasing out the use of CFC gases to help protect the ozone layer.
  3. Iraqis mourn slain journalist, call for reforms
    BAGHDAD — Iraqis on Friday mourned a journalist who was gunned down in Baghdad, expressing anger over his death and protesting for reforms a day after the country’s anti-corruption chief resigned.
  4. Iran Ahead of Britain in Education
    TEHRAN (FNA)- Britain’s schools lag behind Iran for the teaching of maths and science, according to a study conducted by the World Economic Forum.
  5. Hundreds of Iraqis protest over poor services
    Hundreds of protesters took to the streets in Iraq’s capital and other cities on Friday, demanding that the government steps up reforms and provides more electricity and jobs.
  6. Iraqi PM: Saudi has a ‘culture of terrorism’
    Newly released WikiLeaks cables describe strained, even hostile, relations between Iraq and presumed Gulf allies in 2008, with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki accusing neighbours of funding proxy groups to foment violence and destabilise the country.
  7. US discusses keeping some troops in Iraq as its influence wanes
    The United States is negotiating to keep several thousand troops in Iraq beyond the official withdrawal date at the end of the year, but its influence in the country is being eclipsed by Iran and Turkey.
  8. New lawsuit alleges Saudis aided 9/11 attacks
    Nearly 10 years to the day after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, a London-based insurance syndicate Thursday filed a new lawsuit against the government of Saudi Arabia in U.S. District Court in Johnstown, Pa., alleging that the Saudis helped finance and provided logistical support to Islamist terror groups.