1. Same ‘hand’ behind Iraq, Syria blasts: Damascus
    DAMASCUS — Syria said the same “deadly hand” was behind the wave of attacks in Iraq that killed at least 45 people on Tuesday and the weekend bombings in Damascus and the northern city of Aleppo.
  2. Pentagon’s Iran Buildup Call for Adding Laser Weapons
    The U.S. Central Command plans to bolster military capabilities against Iran by fielding new laser target-trackers for machine guns, enhanced sensors for underwater vehicles, improved protection against drone attacks and upgrades of U-2 spy planes.
  3. Kuwait says Iran has assured it will not shut Hormuz
    DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran has assured Kuwait it will not try to close the vital Strait of Hormuz shipping route, Kuwait’s ruler said in remarks carried by state-run news agency KUNA on Tuesday.
  4. EU debate on Iran crude insurance drags on
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union diplomats have postponed a decision on whether to grant exemptions to a ban on insuring Iran’s oil shipments, which is being introduced as part of sanctions against the country but has drawn fire from Asian oil importers.
  5. Iran supply disruption may push crude oil prices by 30%: IMF
    NEW DELHI: IMF chief Christine Lagarde today cautioned that supply disruptions from Iran could push global crude prices by up to 30 per cent, at a time when the price is hovering at $ 125 a barrel.
  6. 2 blast Martyrs 30, injure 50 in Karbala
    Two car bombs in the predominantly Shia city of Karbala are reported to have martyred at least 30 people.
  7. Iran will produce nuclear weapons if attacked: Russia
    MOSCOW — Russia warned Tuesday that Iran would have no option but to develop nuclear weapons if it came under attack from either the United States or Israel over its contested atomic programme.
  8. Security clamp in Damascus, UN in Syria draft
    DAMASCUS — Security was tightened in Damascus Tuesday in the wake of deadly clashes, activists said, as the UN Security Council aimed to back up peace envoy Kofi Annan’s mission to end the bloodshed in Syria.
  9. Erbil and Baghdad Dispute Funding for Arab Refugees
    SULAIMANI, Kurdistan Region – A new dispute has arisen between Erbil and Baghdad over Arab refugees who have settled in the Kurdistan Region in the past few years.
  10. Human Rights Watch alleges abuses by Syrian rebels
    REPORTING FROM BEIRUT — Syria’s armed rebels have committed “serious human rights abuses,” including kidnappings, torture and alleged executions of security personnel and civilians, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday in an open letter to the Syrian opposition.