1. Anti-al Qaeda leader killed in Iraq shooting
    Baghdad: A local leader of anti-al Qaeda militiamen was shot dead on Tuesday in western Baghdad, one of four people killed in violence in different parts of Iraq, officials said.
  2. Iran reportedly uses snipers to tackle Tehran’s rat problem
    As Tehran’s rodents become increasingly resistant to poison, Iran has a new way to combat the growing pest population: snipers.
  3. Iran spurns UN call for Parchin visit
    TEHRAN — Iran on Tuesday spurned a request by the IAEA for access to a military base where Tehran allegedly conducted nuclear weapons research, saying the issue should be addressed in a wider agreement with the UN atomic agency.
  4. Iran’s Rial Gains 10% as Government Boosts Dollar Supply
    Iran’s rial gained 10 percent against the U.S. dollar after the Persian Gulf country’s government made more foreign currency available to the market, Economy Minister Shamseddin Hosseini said.
  5. Iran says 5+1 group’s attitude made proposals worth considering
    TEHRAN – The attitude that world powers adopted at the latest round of talks with Iran over Tehran’s nuclear program made the proposals offered to the Islamic Republic worth mulling over, the Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Tuesday.
  6. Iran hits back at UN rapporteur over human rights claims
    Ahmed Shaheed’s report charges Islamic republic with cases of torture, executions and fostering ‘culture of impunity’
  7. In Lebanon, a proxy battle for Syria
    TRIPOLI, Lebanon — The bustling shipyards and seaside cafes of this Mediterranean port lend the city a veneer of normalcy. But residents tell a different story — one of extreme poverty, state neglect and vicious sectarian violence.
  8. Egyptians fear Shia pilgrims following Iran tourism link-up
    Egyptian Islamist preacher Safwat Hijazi has voiced objection to a tourism agreement with Iran, expressing fear that Ayatollah’s regime in Tehran might be sending Shiite missionaries disguised as tourists.
  9. Powers want “early” results in Iran diplomacy – draft
    (Reuters) – Six world powers will call for quick tangible results in nuclear negotiations with Iran that have resumed after an eight-month break, according to a draft joint statement obtained by Reuters on Tuesday.