1. Iraq officials: Suicide bomber kills 15, wounds 32 in Shiite mosque attack north of Baghdad
    BAGHDAD — Iraq officials: Suicide bomber kills 15, wounds 32 in Shiite mosque attack north of Baghdad.
  2. Saudi Arabia: 7 Convicted for Facebook Postings About Protests
    Sending people off to years in prison for peaceful Facebook posts sends a strong message that there’s no safe way to speak out in Saudi Arabia, even on online social networks.
  3. Attacks kill five in town squares in Iraq
    BAGHDAD: Attacks killed five people in town squares in Iraq on Friday, including four who died when a suicide bomber set off his vehicle rigged with explosives just before midday prayers.
  4. Gulf drive against Hezbollah may hit ordinary Shi’ites
    DUBAI (Reuters) – Gulf Arab states are punishing Hezbollah for its role in Syria by expelling Lebanese expatriates linked to the group in a move that could victimize Shi’ite Muslims with no ties to the militants apart from their shared religious faith.
  5. Concern rises over Pakistan plan to halt extremism
    ISLAMABAD: Suspected Islamic militants killed at least 160 people during the new Pakistani government’s first month in office, fueling concern that the country’s leaders lack a coherent strategy to fight the pervasive problem of violent extremism.
  6. Syria’s Heritage Hangs By a Thread
    Six Syrian heritage sites are on the highway to the danger zone. On June 20, 2013, the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization added six Syrian heritage sites to the List of World Heritage Sites in Danger. Twenty-seven months into Syria’s civil war, the Syrian Arab Republic has found itself disproportionately representing the current list of 44 endangered sites.
  7. US quietly invites Iran to talks based on ‘mutual respect’
    The U.S. State Department has quietly offered to enter into bilateral talks with Iran based on “mutual respect,” according to an interview an American diplomat gave to the Islamic republic’s state-run media.
  8. Bahrain jails 29 for trying to reach uprising hub
    A defense lawyer in Bahrain says 29 protesters have been sentenced to one month in prison for trying to enter a heavily guarded area that was once the center of the Gulf nation’s anti-government uprising.