1. Najaf Seminary Plays Role Of Iraqi Opposition
    In an act not seen since 2003, an Iraqi politician has criticized the Shiite religious authority in Najaf, accusing it of seeking to dominate the state. The criticism triggered a strong reaction in political and cultural circles, even more harsh than in the religious ones.
  2. Iraq violence kills 35 as authorities hail arrests
    Iraq violence killed 35 people including 15 civilians on Tuesday, officials said, as authorities hailed arrests in a campaign aimed at curbing the country’s worst unrest since 2008.
  3. Regional Crises Deepen Divide in Kuwaiti Politics
    Events taking place in the Middle East since 2011 have inevitably percussed throughout the nations of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) where US-allied monarchies seem fixed. Popular uprisings throughout the Levant and North Africa escalated actions by already vocal Kuwaitis to challenge authority with added creativity and force.
  4. Iran Dismisses Reports on Appointment of New Chief Negotiator
    TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran rejected media reports that President Hassan Rouhani has appointed Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif as the country’s new chief negotiator in talks with the world powers, and said no decision has been made yet.
  5. Tehran Urges Baghdad to Revise Policy on Illegal Inspection of Iranian Planes
    TEHRAN (FNA)- Tehran blasted Iraqi officials for inspecting Iranian planes flying to Damascus, and called on Baghdad to stand against foreign pressures and revise its policy and behavior.
  6. Armed Rebels Kill 5 Civilians in Reef Homs
    TEHRAN (FNA)- A armed rebels attacked a Shiite-populated village in the Central province of Homs on Tuesday, killing a number of Syrian citizens and injuring dozens more.
  7. Thirteen relatives of hostages charged over pilots’ abduction
    BEIRUT: Mount Lebanon Prosecutor Judge Claude Karam Tuesday charged 13 people, relatives of nine Lebanese hostages held in Syria, over their alleged involvement in the kidnapping of two Turkish pilots in a probe that has led to the arrest of three suspects.
  8. Bahrain on edge ahead of opposition-called protest
    Inspired by the movement behind Egypt’s military coup, Shiite activists seeking more influence in Bahrain are hoping to gain new momentum by calling for nationwide protests Wednesday. Authorities warned they will “forcefully confront” any large demonstrations, raising fears of more violence in the strategic Gulf kingdom.