1. Putin vows independence on Syria, Iran
    SAROV, Russia – Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said on Friday he believes some nations are using fears that Iran could acquire nuclear weapons as a pretext to seek to “change the regime”.
  2. UK suspect in Iran missile plot extradited to US
    EL PASO, Texas — A retired British businessman accused of plotting to sell missile components to Iran arrived in the U.S. late Friday to face charges after failing to overturn an extradition order.
  3. US spies find no hard evidence Iran building bomb
    WASHINGTON — US intelligence analysts continue to believe there is no hard evidence that Iran has decided to build a nuclear bomb, The New York Times reported Saturday.
  4. US bolsters defenses in Strait of Hormuz
    The Pentagon has notified US lawmakers of plans to bolster US defenses in and around the Strait of Hormuz to be prepared for a military response against Iran
  5. Russia urges Syria truce, says rebels share blame
    MOSCOW – Russia called on Friday for an urgent ceasefire in the Syrian city of Homs and urged both the government and “armed groups” to cooperate with humanitarian relief efforts by a U.N. envoy and the International Committee of the Red Cross.
  6. Iran rapidly expands nuke work: atomic agency
    The U.N. nuclear agency says Iran has rapidly ramped up production of higher-grade enriched uranium over the last four months
  7. US, Europe have hegemonistic goals in Syria: China
    The United States and Europe are ‘harboring hegemonistic ambitions’ in Syria, China’s state news agency said Saturday, a day after Beijing was condemned at an international conference held to find a way to halt the Syrian regime’s nearly year-old suppression of an anti-government uprising.
  8. Saudis hold fresh anti-Al Saud demos
    Saudi anti-discrimination protesters have rallied in Eastern Province, calling for the downfall of the ruling Al Saud family.
  9. Bahrain: Street demonstrations hits fast food delivery
    FAST food outlets have been forced to temporarily suspend delivery services to villages across the country due to street demonstrations.