1. Saudi cleric’s new ridiculous fatwa: “Burkas (Face veil) for babies”
    To protect baby girls from being sexually exploited, the Saudi cleric, Sheikh Abdullah Daoud, has called parents to make their female children wear the Islamic headscarf.
  2. Bahrain offers refuge to MKO members: report
    TEHRAN – A UN official in Baghdad has said that Bahrain has announced readiness to give refuge to members of the Mojahedin Khalq Organization (MKO), the Persian service of the Fars News Agency reported on Saturday, quoting the Iraqi Buratha news agency.
  3. Iraq rocked by suicide car bomb
    At least 15 people killed and 70 injured after explosion at police headquarters in northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk, say officials
  4. Yemen says seized ship carried rockets from Iran
    Yemen says the vessel it seized ‘came from Iran and was carrying arms and explosives among them surface-to-air missiles SAM-2 and SAM-3’, was destined for the Huthi rebels in Saada
  5. Iran’s parliament dismisses labor minister over controversial appointment
    TEHRAN, Iran – Iranian lawmakers have impeached the country’s labor minister over his controversial appointment of an official implicated in the deaths of prisoners.
  6. Iran says it will resume nuclear talks in Kazakhstan
    Munich, Germany (CNN) — Iran will give “positive consideration” to a renewed prospect of one-on-one talks with the United States on its nuclear program, its foreign minister said Sunday.
  7. Russia and Iran meet Syrian opposition leader
    Rare sign of progress as foreign ministers meet Moaz al-Khatib for first time, but death toll in Syria continues to rise
  8. President Assad accuses Israel of destabilising Syria
    Syria’s embattled President Bashar al-Assad has accused Israel of trying to “destabilise” his country.
  9. Iraq claims 3,000 inmates freed amid demos
    MOSUL, Iraq: A top Iraqi minister said on Sunday that the authorities had released 3,000 prisoners over the past month in a bid to appease weeks of angry demonstrations in Sunni-majority areas of the country.
  10. Iraq official figures show violence down
    AFP – Official figures released on Saturday said violence in Iraq fell last month compared to December, disputing an AFP tally which showed it was the country’s deadliest month since September.