1. India minister says Iran oil supplies not hit
    NEW DELHI Dec 9 (Reuters) – Oil supplies from Iran to India are on schedule despite a new wave of sanctions imposed on the Islamic nation by the West, India’s Oil Minister S. Jaipal Reddy said on Friday.
  2. EU leaders call for more sanctions on Iran
    BRUSSELS Dec 9 (Reuters) – European Union leaders called on Friday for more sanctions against Iran by the end of January, in an effort to increase pressure on Tehran over its nuclear programme.
  3. Suicide bombing kills 4 at Afghan mosque
    KABUL, Afghanistan — A suicide bomber struck a Sunni mosque Friday in northeastern Afghanistan, killing four people, just days after a deadly attack targeted Shiites in a rare sectarian attack in the capital.
  4. Iraq sees deficit at $4bn in three years: minister
    Iraq’s budget deficit should fall to 5 trillion Iraqi dinars ($4 billion) at end-2014 from 14trn dinars ($12bn) proposed for 2012, as the country benefits from increased oil revenues, Finance Minister Rafie al-Esawi said.
  5. Bahrain halts trial of athletes
    MANAMA — Bahrain has halted trial proceedings for over 100 athletes and dropped all charges related to their participation in street protests against the government.
  6. Iran shows video of purported US drone
    TEHRAN — Iranian state TV broadcast video on Thursday of what it said was the high-tech US drone that Tehran says its forces downed earlier this week, and lodged a diplomatic complaint over the violation of its airspace.
  7. Bahrain police break up march on capital
    (AP) MANAMA, Bahrain — Police in Bahrain used tear gas Friday to disperse hundreds of anti-government protesters marching on the capital, witnesses said.
  8. Newport imams preach mosque anti-extremist message
    Muslim leaders in Newport have preached sermons backing law and order to tackle extremist Islamists who have tried to recruit their worshippers.
  9. US drone penetrated 250 km: Iran protest
    TEHRAN — The US drone which Iran said it had brought down penetrated 250 kilometres (150 miles) inside the Islamic republic’s air space, state television’s website reported on Friday.