1. Iran central bank sees rising inflation as sanctions hit output
    (Reuters) – Iran’s inflation is continuing to rise and is likely to top 30 percent in coming weeks as economic sanctions contribute to shortages and stockpiling by anxious consumers, the central bank governor was quoted as saying on Monday.
  2. Iraq, Kuwait to Resume Flights After 22-Year Halt
    Iraq’s Transportation Ministry says that country’s airline will resume commercial flights to Kuwait for the first time since Saddam Hussein’s forces invaded the Gulf nation in 1990.
  3. Iran recruits Syrian crisis as bargaining chip in nuclear talks
    Upcoming negotiations between global powers and Iran in Kazakhstan may feature discussion of Bahrain and Syria, if Iran gets its way
  4. Powers to offer Iran sanctions relief at nuclear talks
    (Reuters) – Major powers will offer Iran some sanctions relief during talks in Almaty, Kazakhstan, this week if Tehran agrees to curb its nuclear program, a U.S. official said on Monday.
  5. UN Security Council has ‘failed’ Syria: rights chief
    GENEVA: The United Nations Security Council has “failed” to bring an end to the spiralling conflict in Syria, the UN’s human rights chief said on Monday.
  6. Transnational movement to destroy Shia in Indonesia: Scholar
    A transnational movement has entered Indonesia to destroy the Shia sect, which has existed in Aceh since the fourth century, a scholar has said.
  7. Saudi Arabia And Qatar Ratcheting Up Sectarian And Ethnic Tensions In Iraq – OpEd
    Iraq, nearly a decade after the U.S. led invasion and one year after the end of the U.S. occupation is undeniably grappling with not merely an escalating sectarian crisis between the Shia-led partnership government and an increasingly disaffected Sunni minority, but also an intensifying ethnic crisis with an increasingly defiant and heavily armed Kurdish Region.
  8. Iraq president’s health improving, can now talk: doctor
    (Reuters) – Iraqi President Jalal Talabani is now able to talk, his doctor said, adding he was hopeful the Kurdish statesman would soon be fit to return to Iraq from Germany, where he has been receiving medical treatment for a stroke.
  9. 200 Hostages Freed in Shi’ite, Sunni Militia Trade
    More than 200 hostages taken in Idlib Province over the past few weeks have been freed today, after Shi’ite and Sunni militias in the region came to an agreement to trade their respective captives.
  10. Radiation leaking from Iran’s nuke plant
    Radiation is leaking from Iran’s nuclear facility at Fordow, which suffered devastating explosions on Jan. 21, WND has learned, and the regime has ordered millions of antidote iodine pills from Russia and Ukraine amid fears the radioactivity will spread.