1. Germany will send medical relief for Iran’s earthquake victims
    Berlin, Aug 17, IRNA — Germany is to send medical relief for the victims of Saturday’s powerful twin earthquakes in northwestern Iran, the German Foreign Ministry announced here on Friday.
  2. Thousands flee Syria, Damascus diarrhoea outbreak
    GENEVA – Syrians are pouring across the border to escape fighting in their battered homeland and diarrhoeal disease has broken out in rural areas near Damascus, UN aid agencies said on Friday.
  3. Taleban carry out brazen attack on Pakistan base
    Heavily armed Taleban fighters blasted their way into a Pakistani air force base with possible links to the country’s nuclear program in a brazen assault that took two hours of fighting to put down, leaving two security officers and nine insurgents dead and underscoring the group’s continued threat despite numerous military offensives.
  4. Algeria’s Brahimi to replace Kofi Annan in Syria
    The United Nations has announced that Algerian diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi will replace Kofi Annan as peace envoy to Syria.
  5. Iraq Attacks Kill More Than 90 Across Country
    BAGHDAD — Iraqi officials said Friday that a blistering string of attacks across the country the previous day killed at least 93 people and wounded many more, as the extent of the violence grew clearer and mourners began to bury their dead.
  6. Tunisia Salafists halt Iranian concert at Sufi festival
    TUNIS: Hard-line Islamists have prevented an Iranian group from performing at a Sufi festival in Kairouan, south of Tunis, Tunisian media reported Thursday, deeming their Shiite chanting violated sacred values.
  7. OPEC delays delicate talks on picking new secretary general
    Saudi Arabia, Iran and Iraq are engaged in subtle rivalry over OPEC’s top post; a meeting to discuss nominations is pushed to October
  8. Iranian nuclear talks at difficult moment: US
    Moscow: The US has denied that the nuclear talks between Iran and major world powers have failed, saying that they are rather at a difficult moment, Xinhua reported.
  9. U.S. urges U.N. chief not to attend summit in Iran
    The U.S. has told the U.N. chief that he would send a “very strange signal” to the world if he were to attend a conference of non-aligned states in Iran this month, the State Department said Thursday.
  10. Kuwait TV series on Gulf War stirs debate about country’s current political discord
    KUWAIT CITY – Each night for the past three weeks, families in Kuwait have been transfixed by a drama in which they already know the ending: Iraq forces will be driven out and the shattered Gulf nation will rebuild. But a 30-part television serial on Iraq’s 1990 invasion has become more than just a retelling of the occupation and the brief but intense Gulf War.