1. Iranians held by Syria rebels released
    Forty-eight Iranians held hostage by rebel fighters in Syria since August have been freed.
  2. Shia leader from PPP gunned down in Pakistani action
    Islamabad: A top Shia leader of Pakistan’s ruling PPP was shot dead by unidentified motorcycle-borne gunmen in Peshawar city in the country’s restive northwest Wednesday.
  3. Winter, Food Shortages, Descend on Syria’s Refugees
    In a crowded makeshift camp, tens of thousands of exiles face an ever more dire existence as temperatures plummet. Mike Giglio reports from Syria. Plus, see exclusive photos from Syrian refugee camps.
  4. Iran plans to extend gas pipeline to Iraq, Syria
    Iran is planning to build a pipeline to carry natural gas to Iraq and Syria, Oil Ministry spokesman says.
  5. Iran Annual Inflation Hits 27.4 Percent
    Iran’s central bank says the annual inflation rate hit 27.4 percent at the end of 2012, one of the highest rates ever quoted by Iranian authorities.
  6. Iran behind bank cyberattacks, U.S. government officials say
    U.S. government officials are reportedly pointing the finger at Iran for a spate of cyberattacks and hacking attempts on U.S. banks, according to a report by The New York Times.
  7. Terrorist group fills power vacuum among Syria rebels
    (CNN) — In the midst of the struggle against Bashar al-Assad’s government stands Jabhat al-Nusra, recently designated by the U.S. State Department as a foreign terrorist organization.
  8. Shia pressure group wants Jewish temple to be declared as waqf
    LUCKNOW: The Freemasonry Jewish temple in the city is in the news all over again as a Shia pressure group have said the temple as a wakf (endowment) property. They have also demanded handing over the temple situated at Ram Tirath Marg in Hazratganj.
  9. Iraq Is Finally A Viable Investment Opportunity
    Nine years after the US-led coalition toppled Saddam Hussein there are signs that companies are moving to long-term investments in Iraq.