1. Battlefield gains to give Assad upper hand at peace talks
    Analysts say divisions among rebels are contributing to advances of Syrian troops backed by well-trained Shiite fighters from Iraq, Lebanon.
  2. 30 ministers dropped from Bangladesh interim cabinet
    According to a gazette notification, 30 of the 51 members of the cabinet were dropped. The interim government was formed on Monday to conduct general elections due to be held by January 25 next year.
  3. No nuclear deal in prospect Thursday: Iran negotiator
    A senior negotiator for Iran played down the prospect of reaching an agreement with world powers today on its controversial nuclear programme, Iranian media reported. “I do not think the negotiations will reach a conclusion tonight,” Abbas Araqchi, a deputy foreign minister, was quoted as saying by the Mehr news agency after an afternoon session with the P5+1 group of world powers.
  4. Iraq car bomb kills 32 as 2013 death toll tops 5,800
    Baquba (Iraq): A car bomb ripped through a packed food market north of Baghdad killing 32 people on Thursday, as the year’s death toll topped 5,800 amid a surge in violence nationwide.
  5. Afghan President Hamid Karzai says he’ll delay signing of U.S. accord on troops
    KABUL — The year-long quest for an agreement for U.S. troops to remain in Afghanistan beyond 2014 took a potentially ominous turn Thursday as President Hamid Karzai told a national assembly called to consider the deal that he won’t sign it until after the presidential election here in April.
  6. Ulama delegate wants PAS to tackle ‘Shia infidel’ smear campaign
    A member of PAS’s Ulama wing has urged the party to act against party members who cause a split among the rank-and-file by branding certain leaders as Shia and infidels.
  7. Beirut blast: a jolt from the past and an omen of a dark future
    THIRTY years after the Lebanese capital gave birth to the modern suicide bomber, a killer has again driven his explosive-packed car towards an embassy in Beirut, hurling charred corpses through the street.
  8. Iraqi Shi’ite militia says fired mortar bombs into Saudi Arabia
    BAGHDAD, Nov 21 (Reuters) – An Iraqi Shi’ite militia said on Thursday it had fired six mortar bombs into Saudi Arabia’s desert as a “warning message” to the kingdom to stop “interfering” in Iraqi affairs.
  9. U.S. Says Dozens of Americans Have Sought to Join Rebels in Syria
    WASHINGTON — Dozens of Americans have traveled or tried to travel to Syria to fight with the rebels against the government of President Bashar al-Assad since 2011, American intelligence officials said Wednesday.
  10. Shia Ulema Council to stage protest Sunday
    LAHORE: The Shia Ulema Council (SUC) has decided to stage protests on Sunday (November 24) and not tomorrow (Friday) as per the original schedule, announced the SUC spokesman Thursday.