1. Baghdad Wants to End Turkey’s Military Presence North Iraq
    Baghdad stated Tuesday that it is moving towards ending Turkey’s military presence in north Iraq, which Turkey has maintained since the 1990s.
  2. 1st Iranian airborne mine detecting robot invented
    An Iranian inventor successfully manufactured the country’s first airborne mine detecting robot which is capable of discovering and defusing mines one-meter deep in the ground.
  3. Jailed Saudi activist on hunger strike over refusal to release him
    A Saudi activist detained for interfering with state security via online calls for protest demonstrations has begun a hunger strike, his lawyer said.
  4. Libya: Moussa al-Sadr: The plot thickens
    Since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi, hopes have been reignited of uncovering the mystery behind the disappearance of founder of the Amal Movement, Moussa al-Sadr, and his two companions in Libya in the late 1970s. An unidentified body; a suitcase full of clothes; a slippery intelligence officer and a secret Bedouin prison have just caused further frustration.
  5. Bahraini protester ‘dies of illness in custody’
    A young Bahraini jailed for taking part in anti-government protests last year died in custody on Tuesday after being taken to hospital for treatment of a hereditary disease, the interior ministry said.
  6. Bahrain Court Decision on Medics Sparks Outcry
    Bahrain’s highest court this week upheld the sentences against nine medics accused of aiding opposition protesters during demonstrations last year in the capital, Manama. The case has drawn international criticism of the Gulf kingdom, where the Shia majority continues to protest against the Sunni rulers.
  7. Iraq checks Syria-bound Iran plane for arms, finds none
    (Reuters) – Iraq said it had started asking Syria-bound Iranian planes to land in Baghdad for inspections on Tuesday, after promising Washington it would carry out random searches to stop arms getting through to Damascus.
  8. U.S., Iran colluded on Iraq, ‘Baathist’ says
    CAIRO: The highest-ranking member of Saddam Hussein’s ousted regime purportedly said the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Baghdad has ultimately served to make Iraq beholden to Iran.
  9. Iranian currency plunges as sanctions bite
    DUBAI: The Iranian currency fell to a record low on Tuesday as the Islamic republic struggles under the impact of Western economic sanctions and nervous citizens rushed to change their savings into hard currency.
  10. Syria Berates Hamas Chief, an Old Ally, on State TV
    BEIRUT, Lebanon — State television in Syria issued a withering attack late Monday on a longtime ally, the leader of the Palestinian militant group Hamas, Khaled Meshal, addressing him as if he were an ungrateful child, saying he was having a “romantic emotional crisis” over the Syrian uprising and accusing him of selling out “resistance for power.”