1. Iran amends law on stoning
    TEHRAN: Iran has amended its internationally condemned law on stoning convicted adulterers to death to allow judges to impose a different form of execution, according to the revision seen by AFP yesterday.
  2. Assad gets ‘game-changing’ Russian missiles
    Syrian President Bashar Assad yesterday was quoted as saying his regime has received from Russia a first shipment of sophisticated anti-aircraft missiles — game-changing weapons that are bound to further raise regional tension, particularly with Israel whose defense chief has called them a threat.
  3. Iran presidential candidates clash over nuclear approach
    DUBAI: A former Iranian nuclear negotiator who is running for president used his first television appearance of the campaign to reject accusations he had been too soft in negotiations with world powers.
  4. Syria and Hezbollah bolster forces in Qusayr
    DAMASCUS: Syrian elite troops rushed to bolster a Hezbollah-led offensive against fighters in the strategic town of Qusayr yesterday as the UN Human Rights Council debated a resolution condemning the assault.
  5. Iraq May death toll passes 500
    BAGHDAD: Violence in Iraq has killed more than 500 people in May, AFP figures showed yesterday, as authorities struggled to contain a wave of unrest that has raised fears of all-out sectarian conflict.
  6. Iraqi Shiite militia warns of sectarian fighting
    BAGHDAD: A senior member of an Iraqi Shiite militia that once fought the US military warned yesterday that Iraq is heading toward widespread sectarian bloodletting similar to the kind that once pushed the country to the brink of civil war.
  7. Syrian arms embargo: Why more weapons to Syria is a mistake
    (CNN) — Syria is already awash with weapons. For many living there, conflict has become a sad fact of life and a heartbreaking phone call to hear the news of the death of a loved one to violence is all too common.
  8. Baghdad bombs kill 25 in Sunni-Shi’te bloodletting
    (Reuters) – A series of bombs battered Shi’ite and Sunni Muslim neighbourhoods across Baghdad on Thursday, killing at least 25 people in the worst wave of sectarian violence since civil war five years ago.
  9. Iranian-American gets 25 years for Saudi envoy plot
    NEW YORK: A man who admitted that he plotted to kill Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the United States was sentenced on Thursday to 25 years in prison.
  10. Kuwait war reparations to finish in 2015
    BAGHDAD: Iraq estimates that it will complete reparations payments to neighboring Kuwait in 2015 for Saddam Hussein’s 1990 invasion, Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said.