1. UPDATE 2-Iran to fire long-range missiles in drill-agency
    TEHRAN, Dec 30 (Reuters) – Iran will fire long-range missiles during a naval drill in the Gulf on Saturday, a semi-official news agency reported, a show of force at a time when Iran has threatened to close shipping lanes if the West imposes sanctions on its oil exports.
  2. Iran central bank to file motion in US court to unfreeze funds: WSJ
    Bank Markazi, Iran’s central bank, is preparing to file a motion in a New York federal court early in February asking for the release of about $2 billion of its frozen funds at Citigroup’s Citibank unit, the Wall Street Journal said, citing attorneys for the bank.
  3. Turkish airstrikes along Iraq border kill dozens
    BEIRUT — Dozens of people were killed in Turkish airstrikes along the country’s border with Iraq, and an official with Turkey’s ruling party acknowledged Thursday that the victims likely were civilians rather than Kurdish guerrillas.
  4. US Saudi fighter jet sale to help offset Iran
    WASHINGTON – The United States has signed a $29.4 billion deal to sell 84 new F-15 fighter jets to Saudi Arabia in a long-expected move that the Obama administration said on Thursday would boost Gulf security amid mounting tension with Iran.
  5. Iran blocks former president’s website
    TEHRAN, Iran — The website of former Iranian President Hashemi Rafsanjani has been blocked after an order from the government, his office confirmed Friday.
  6. Qatar builds up anti-Syria Wahhabi army
    Qatar has built up a strong army of hundreds of Wahhabi forces to help overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, a new report has revealed.
  7. Saudi protesters slam regime raids
    Scores of Saudi Arabian protesters have rallied in the eastern city of Qatif to condemn recent brutal house raids by the kingdom’s forces in a nearby village.
  8. More protests erupt around Manama
    Bahraini people staged new anti-regime rallies around the capital, Manama, as the ruling Al Khalifa dynasty continues to use force against peaceful protests.
  9. Thousands gather at funerals of civilians mistakenly killed in Turkish airstrike
    ISTANBUL–Thousands of mourners gathered in southeast Turkey on Friday for the funerals of 35 Kurdish civilians who were killed in a botched raid by Turkish military jets that mistook the group for Kurdish rebels based in Iraq.
  10. Iraqi man arrested in Romania
    BUCHAREST, Romania — Prosecutors have arrested an Iraqi man on the suspicion he helped five of his countrymen who were members of al-Qaida hide in Romania.