1. Iraq’s Saddam-era culture minister released
    BAGHDAD — Hamed Yussef Hamadi, who was a culture minister under Saddam Hussein, has been released after over six years in prison and has left Iraq, a justice ministry spokesman and a lawyer said on Friday.
  2. Iran ships ‘off radar’ as Tehran conceals oil sales
    To break the tough sanctions imposed on its oil exports, Iran lures buyers and conceals its oil cargo destination by disabling tracking systems aboard its tanker fleet. (Reuters)
  3. Iraq Sunni insurgents have new target: Iran
    Sunni insurgents vow to fight Iran with same force they fought American soldiers in Iraq.
  4. Iraq electoral commission chief arrested for graft
    BAGHDAD: The head of Iraq’s Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) and one of its members were arrested by police on Thursday on corruption charges, IHEC officials said, in the latest apparent move for more government control of independent bodies.
  5. JGBs trim losses
    Japanese government bond prices trimmed earlier losses as buyers emerged on dips, but longer-dated debt was seen continuing to exert steepening pressure on the yield curve on the threat of a future increase in debt issuance.
  6. Three Hazara men shot dead
    QUETTA: Three Hazara Shias were gunned down by terrorists in two firing incidents in the heart of the provincial capital on Thursday night.
  7. Seven killed in Iraq shooting
    Armed men killed seven Shia pilgrims in ambushes today, police and hospital sources said, in the latest attacks to highlight underlying sectarian and ethnic tensions in Iraq.
  8. Shias rally against sectarianism across the country
    ISLAMABAD: Thousands of Shia Muslims rallied across Pakistan on Friday to protest against sectarian violence and demand the government to provide security for their community.
  9. Iran ‘discouraged’ on eve of crunch nuclear talks
    ISTANBUL — Iran said Friday that its hopes of a breakthrough at long-awaited talks on its nuclear programme had taken a dive after warnings from the West that Tehran had to prove its credibility.
  10. Iraq strikes new gas import deal with Iran
    Tehran Times reported that Iraq will soon ink a deal with Iran to start importing 25 million cubic meters of natural gas each day in 2013.