1. Oil falls on potential Iran deal, economy concerns
    (Reuters) – Oil fell on Wednesday as signs of a looming deal between Iran and the UN nuclear watchdog eased fears of a supply disruption, while the euro zone debt crisis and a slowing Chinese economy raised worries over demand.
  2. Three Lebanese pilgrims killed in Iraq bombing
    (Reuters) – At least three Lebanese Shi’ite pilgrims were killed and seven wounded on Wednesday when a roadside bomb exploded near their bus in the Iraqi city of Ramadi, a police source said.
  3. Syria opposition demands release of abducted Lebanese Shia pilgrims
    Syrian National Council condemns kidnapping of 13 Shia Muslims near Aleppo on their way home to Lebanon from Iran
  4. Five Shias injured in attack on passenger vehicle in Lower Kurram
    HANGU: At least five members of the Shia community were injured when unidentified suspected militants opened ambushed the passenger vehicle they were traveling in near Chapri check post in Lower Kurram Agency, on Wednesday Political administration officials confirmed.
  5. Iran presents new proposals to world powers-media
    (Reuters) – Iran has proposed a “new and comprehensive” package of proposals to six world powers during talks on Wednesday in Baghdad over its disputed nuclear program, Iranian media reported.
  6. UN: Bahrain to mull ways to improve rights record
    GENEVA (AP) — Bahrain has agreed to consider recommendations to release political prisoners, outlaw torture and join the International Criminal Court, a move that could open it to international prosecutions of alleged abuses, the U.N.’s top human rights body said Wednesday.
  7. Body exchange for Iraq and Iran
    Iraq and Iran have exchanged the bodies of 111 soldiers killed during their 1980-88 war.
  8. UN team brokers swap between Syrian regime, rebels
    A United Nations team in Syria says it has brokered an exchange between forces loyal to President Bashar Assad and opposition fighters seeking to topple his regime.
  9. UN Security Council “unfit for purpose,” Amnesty International says
    The UN Security Council has failed to match the courage shown by protesters around the world and is increasingly “unfit for purpose,” Amnesty International said in its annual report Thursday.
  10. West shifts stance on Iranian sanctions
    By Javier Blas in London, James Blitz in Amman and Geoff Dyer in Washington/ Western powers are prepared to offer Iran an “oil carrot” that would allow it to continue supplying crude to Asian customers in exchange for guarantees it is not building an atomic bomb.