1. World powers plan new Iran talks at UN, Russia says
    Russia said Monday ministers from the world’s six big powers plan to meet with Iranian negotiators to discuss the Islamic state’s nuclear crisis on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meeting next week.
  2. UN envoy says Syria stuck in “grim spiral of violence”
    President Bashar al-Assad’s government forces have stepped attacks on civilian areas in Syria, a UN envoy said Monday, warning that the conflict had now become stuck in a “grim spiral of violence.”
  3. Bahraini police face trial over torturing medics
    Bahrain’s public prosecution has charged seven police officers over the torture and maltreatment of Shiite medics detained in the aftermath of nationwide protests last year, authorities said on Monday.
  4. US navy flexes muscles in Gulf exercise not far from Iran
    WASHINGTON – A major US-led naval minesweeping exercise got underway in the Gulf Sunday as tension remain high over Iran and its controversial nuclear program.
  5. Iraq cuts US archaeology cooperation over Jewish archives
    Iraq has cut cooperation with the United States on archaeological exploration because Washington has not returned Iraq’s Jewish archives, Tourism and Archaeology Minister Liwaa Smaisim has said.
  6. Iraq’s elections: Commission members selected along sectarian lines
    BAGHDAD – The Iraqi parliament on Monday approved new board members for the country’s election commission after months of deadlock over the vote-organising body’s makeup, an MP said.
  7. 19 injured, dozens arrested during Shiite-led anti-US peaceful protest in Karachi
    19 anti-US Shiite protesters who were protesting peacefully against anti-Islam film have been injured and above 30 have been detained after clashed with police outside the US consulate in Pakistan’s port city of Karachi, The Shia Post reported.
  8. Poetry Collections on Ashoura to be Released
    IBNA: A call was issued for submission of works for the collections half a month ago by Eghlima and interested poets sent their works to the publications.
  9. Suicide car bomb kills 7 near Baghdad
    A suicide car bomber killed seven Iraqis and wounded 11 others, including a member of parliament, close to an entrance to Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone on Monday, where several Western embassies are located, police sources said.