1. Iran slams EU satellite bans as illegal
    The FINANCIAL — Iran on Tuesday slammed a decision by France’s Eutelsat and Arqiva of Britain to stop broadcasting Iranian state television channels as “without legal justification.”
  2. US munitions linked to ‘staggering rise’ in Iraqi birth defects
    Fallujah – A recently published study has reported a “staggering rise” in birth defects and miscarriages among babies and women living in parts of Iraq that were heavily exposed to toxic metals as a result of the US-led invasion and occupation of that country.
  3. Iraq Calls on EU to Pressure Turkey Into Stopping Dams Construction
    Iraq, BAGHDAD — The Iraqi government is calling on the international community to pressure Turkey to halt dam construction on trans-boundary rivers, which is affecting the flow of water to Iraq.
  4. Iraq urges ‘quick’ action on Syria
    Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has called for “quick” action on the Syrian crisis, vowing support for the UN-Arab League envoy to Syria for finding a political solution to end the conflict in the crisis-stricken country.
  5. Egypt’s non-Islamist forces take aim at draft constitutional articles
    The recent appearance of two different constitutional drafts draws fire from Egypt’s secular forces, who say the move has killed any hope for viable consensus
  6. “Ghadir comprehensive library, bibliography” to be released
    IBNA: Librarian expert Seyyed Ahmad Hussein-zadeh said that the book has been compiled within the past three years. Bibliographies are works which introduce works including books, articles and theses themed on a certain subject.
  7. Imam Ali’s letter to Malik be unveiled in 8 languages
    IBNA: The center has provided the translations with assistance from the Nahjolbalagheh Foundation. The letter will be presented in Russian, Italian, English, French, Tagalog, Amharic, and Kazakh.
  8. Four killed in sectarian attack in Quetta of southwest Pakistan
    ISLAMABAD: Four Shia Muslims were killed by unidentified gunmen in an apparent sectarian attack in Quetta city of southwest Pakistan today, police and local residents said.
  9. India, Iran working on new mechanisms for transfer of payments
    NEW DELHI: India is working with Iran to find a mechanism to sort out the problem of making payments in Indian currency for oil purchase, an Iranian official said.
  10. Syria Envoy Brahimi Warns Conflict Could Spread
    CAIRO — The U.N.-Arab League special envoy for Syria said Wednesday that Syria’s civil war could spread across Middle Eastern borders into an “all-consuming conflict” unless the violence is eventually contained.