1. Saudis vow not to raise output if West boycotts Iran’s crude
    VIENNA — Iranian Oil Minister Rostam Qasemi told reporters on Wednesday that his Saudi counterpart Ali Naimi had promised that Riyadh would not increase oil production in case the West introduces an oil embargo against Iran.
  2. Sectarian tensions heat up in Saida
    Dark clouds appear to be gathering over the southern capital of Saida. The city has been the scene of several security incidents, dovetailed by rising sectarian tensions in two of its populous suburbs, Haret Saida – a predominantly Shia neighborhood – and the Sunni suburb of Abra.
  3. Iraqis burn US flags to celebrate troop withdrawal
    FALLUJAH, Iraq — Hundreds of Iraqis set alight US and Israeli flags on Wednesday as they celebrated the impending pullout of American forces from the country in the former insurgent bastion of Fallujah.
  4. In mountain camps, Pakistan Taliban train for death
    LADDA, Pakistan (Reuters)- Pakistan’s Taliban say they have started peace talks, but in a mountain camp young recruits learn how to mount ambushes, raid military facilities and undertake the most coveted missions — suicide bombings.
  5. Saudi crackdown takes on sectarian character
    In late November in the Saudi Arabian city of Qatif, four young men were shot and killed by security forces over a four-day period.
  6. Known Afghan Taliban commander killed in Kandahar
    A known Afghan Taliban commander, namely Arab, was killed in a joint Afghan and NATO-led Coalition forces operation in country’s Kandahar province on Tuesday, the provincial government said on Wednesday.
  7. University Hijab Ban Lifted in Kazakhstan after Negotiations with Bureau of Human Rights
    Officials at a university in northwestern Kazakhstan have lifted a hijab ban for students after eight female students threatened to sue the school, RFE/RL’s Kazakh Service reports.
  8. Thousands of Bahraini protesters demand the release of political prisoners
    Thousands of Bahraini demonstrators have taken part in a major protest rally demanding the release of political prisoners and an end to the rule of the US-backed Al Khalifa regime.
  9. Grand Ayatollah Golpayegani Slams Bahrain Atrocities
    Iranian Grand Shia Cleric, Ayatollah Lotfollah Safi Golpayegani, in a message denounced the Saudi-backed crimes committed by Al Kalifa in Bahrain and slammed international community’s indifference towards the crimes.