1. Iraq, EU Sign Agreement to Improve Water Management
    Iraq, BAGHDAD — The Iraqi government last week signed a cooperation agreement with the European Union to improve the country’s water management capabilities.
  2. Iraq Reviews Turkish Relations After Minister’s Visit to Kurdistan
    The Iraqi government decided to review Iraqi-Turkish relations against the backdrop of the visit of Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu to Kirkuk without the consent of the Baghdad-based central government.
  3. Syria regime claims control of Aleppo district, rebels deny
    Syria’s regime forces have seized full control of Aleppo’s Salaheddin district, state news agency SANA said on Wednesday, a claim the rebel Free Syrian Army denied.
  4. Protesters across Bahrain demand release of women prisoners
    Bahraini people have staged protest rallies across the tiny Persian Gulf kingdom in a show of solidarity with female political prisoners.
  5. Syrian troops kill 20 insurgents near Aleppo including two al-Qaeda leaders
    Syrian troops have killed at least 20 insurgents during clashes in a rural area near the northwestern city of Aleppo.
  6. Dozen countries to attend Teheran meeting on Syria
    A dozen countries are to attend a hastily called meeting in Teheran on Thursday to discuss ways to end the violence in Syria, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said, without saying who was coming.
  7. Bahrain charges policemen over abuses
    Bahrain’s public prosecutor says authorities have charged 15 policemen with mistreating medics during last year’s crackdown on opposition protesters.
  8. Iraq attacks on Shias and lawyers kill 19
    A car bomb targeting Shia pilgrims in Iraq and the shooting of a lawyer and his family left 19 people dead on Wednesday, after Al Qaeda warned it would target lawyers and retake territory in a new campaign.
  9. Doubts arise about replacing Annan as Syria war worsens
    (Reuters) – As Syria spirals deeper into a full-scale civil war, Western delegations at the United Nations are increasingly skeptical about the value of appointing a replacement for Kofi Annan as the U.N.-Arab League mediator in the conflict, U.N. envoys say.