1. Turkey Sends Troops to Syria Border
    Turkey appeared to deploy armored military units on its border with Syria, raising tensions in the region after Ankara promised “decisive steps” in response to Syria’s shooting down of a Turkish military jet last week.
  2. With Strikes, Syrian Rebels Showcase Their Reach
    Syrian insurgents fighting to topple President Bashar al-Assad struck at high-profile targets in the capital region on Thursday for the third time this week, demonstrating their increasing effectiveness and reach.
  3. Police: Bus carrying Shiite pilgrims in Pakistan attacked with bomb, gunfire, 10 killed
    Suspected Sunni Muslim militants attacked a bus carrying Shiite pilgrims in southwest Pakistan Thursday, killing at least 10 people, officials said.
  4. Bombings, shootings around Iraq kill 22 as deadly month highlights tenuous security
    Bombings and shootings around Iraq killed 22 people and wounded more than 50 on Thursday, authorities said, as a spike in violence made June Iraq’s bloodiest month in almost a half a year.
  5. U.S. Clears China From Iran Oil Sanctions
    The U.S. exempted China from penalties for doing business with Tehran as the latest set of U.S. sanctions targeting Iran’s oil exports took effect on Thursday.
  6. Syria will eliminate terrorists: Assad
    Syrian President Bashar al Assad says his government has a duty to “eliminate terrorists” to protect its people, ruling any solution to the crisis imposed from outside the country.
  7. Human rights activist Nabeel Rajab freed in Bahrain
    Leading human rights activist Nabeel Rajab has been released from prison in Bahrain after three weeks in detention.
  8. Bahrain witnesses: Activist hurt by gas canister
    Bahraini police wounded a prominent human rights activist by shooting her in the leg with a tear gas canister, witnesses said Thursday.
  9. UN bodies to help Kurram IDPs return
    The United Nations’ agencies will provide assistance for rehabilitation of internally displaced persons, who were uprooted during sectarian violence in Kurram Agency, according to officials.
  10. Iran Disbands Wahhabi Terrorist Team Intend to Assassinate Number of Senior Clerics
    Iranian intelligence and security forces managed to disband a Wahhabi terrorist group which plotted to carry out sabotage operations in Iran.