1. Eye on 2014 elections, Congress to resolve incidents of encroachment of Delhi Wakf property
    NEW DELHI: Two instances of alleged encroachment on Wakf property in the national capital, both seemingly anodyne, have prompted a damage-control effort by the top Congress leadership, including party president Sonia Gandhi and her influential political secretary Ahmad Patel. The episode illustrates the ruling party’s concern over the possible fallout of the alleged landgrab on the 2014 elections.
  2. Syria says rebels used chemicals to spark strikes
    Damascus: Syria’s envoy to the United Nations on Wednesday accused rebel forces of using chemical weapons to prompt foreign powers to take military action against the government.
  3. Targeted Bombings In Baghdad Kill 44 Shia Muslims
    BAGHDAD — Coordinated bombings in Iraq’s capital of Baghdad killed at least 44 people and wounded 157 more Wednesday, the BBC reports. Aimed at the Shia Muslim community, bombs exploded during rush hour in most of the city’s Shia neighborhoods and in two mixed towns to its south.
  4. Watching cartoons on television against Islam, says Darul Uloom
    There is some disheartening news for Muslim children from the Darul Uloom, Deoband. The world renowned Islamic seminary has ruled that watching cartoons on television is wrongful as per the Shariat (Islamic law).
  5. Iran increasing enrichment capacity, U.N. says
    VIENNA The U.N.’s atomic energy agency says Iran has prepared more than 1,000 advanced uranium enriching machines to be started up. The move raises concerns among countries that think Tehran wants to make nuclear arms.
  6. India lodges protest with Iran for tanker detention
    NEW DELHI: India on Tuesday registered a strong protest with Iran for having detained an Indian ship earlier this month as foreign secretary Sujatha Singh summoned Iranian ambassador Gholamreza Ansari. India was hoping until now that the ship would be released without having to make its displeasure public but the Iranians have not relented.
  7. Iran to name first female ambassador: Ministry
    TEHRAN: Iran plans to appoint a woman ambassador and a spokeswoman for the foreign ministry for the first time in the Islamic republic’s history, Iranian media reports said on Tuesday.
  8. Iran and United Nations set to restart nuclear talks
    Vienna: Iran and the U.N. nuclear agency have agreed to restart talks focused on the agency’s attempts to probe suspicions that Tehran worked on atomic weapons, diplomats said Wednesday, in the first such meeting since Iran’s hard-line president was replaced by a more moderate successor.
  9. Iran moves to sue US over 1953 coup
    Parliament gives preliminary approval to bill requiring legal action over US role in toppling Prime Minister Mossadegh.