1. Iraq: Rising Number Of Birth Defects Blamed On US Weapons – Report
    American ammunition may be the reason behind the mounting number of babies born with birth defects in Iraq, a study revealed.
  2. Ailing Iraq president leaves for treatment in Germany
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraqi President Jalal Talabani has left a Baghdad hospital and is being transferred to Germany for treatment after suffering a stroke earlier this week, his office said on Thursday.
  3. World Bank pledges $900 million for Iraq
    The World Bank pledged $900 million to Iraq over the next four years to help it create jobs, build stronger institutions and improve social inclusion, the global development lender said in a statement on Tuesday.
  4. Iran coal mine collapse and blast kills 8
    Iran’s official news agency says a collapse and explosion in a coal mine has killed eight workers in the country’s east.
  5. UN Official Lauds Iran’s Anti-Narcotic Efforts
    TEHRAN (FNA)- UN Undersecretary General and Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Yuri Fedotov praised Iran’s anti-narcotics efforts, and stressed that Iran is among the leading countries in the campaign against illicit drugs.
  6. Iran to construct world’s tallest dam: Cmdr.
    A commander of Iran’s Khatam al-Anbiya Air Defense Base says the base will construct the world’s tallest concrete dam, adding that preparatory work for the project has begun.
  7. Ex-Syria rebels risk to Australia: analyst
    MUSLIMS returning to Australia after fighting in Syria could pose a national security risk, a security analyst has warned.
  8. Vladimir Putin calls for non-military solution to Syria crisis
    Russia’s President Putin says he is concerned that the push to unseat Syrian President Bashar Assad could plunge the country even deeper into violence.
  9. Putin Defends Stand on Syria and Chastises U.S. on Libya Outcome
    MOSCOW — President Vladimir V. Putin on Thursday strongly defended Russia’s implacable opposition to military intervention in Syria and sharply chastised the United States for its role in toppling Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi of Libya, describing that outcome as a mistake that created chaos and ultimately led to the death of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens in Benghazi.
  10. U.N. announces $1.5 billion aid effort for Syrian refugees
    (CNN) — The United Nations has launched humanitarian plans worth $1.5 billion to help ease the suffering of millions of Syrians both inside and outside the country.