1. The road from Iraq to Damascus: Iraqis fight to the death to defend Shia shrines – they show less zeal for Assad’s regime
    In Damascus, Shia men from Iraq fight to the death to defend the Shia shrine of Sayyida Zaynab, the daughter of Ali and Fatimah and the grand-daughter of the Prophet Mohamed. They battle with less enthusiasm, however, for the Baathist government of President Bashar al-Assad, which reminds them of the regime of Saddam Hussein.
  2. Assad plans to lead Syria in transition
    Syria’s Bashar al-Assad will remain president and lead any transition agreed upon in Geneva peace talks planned for next month, a government minister insists.
  3. Britain holds first face-to-face talks with Islamists fighting Assad
    As secular groups lose control of opposition, western allies reach out to hardliners in hope they can find common cause
  4. Iran seeking better relations with Arab states
    TEHRAN — After reaching an interim nuclear deal with major world powers, Iran’s government is turning its attention to mending strained relations with its Arab neighbors.
  5. Sharif’s statement indicates terrorist organisations controlling Pakistan, says Tyagi
    New Delhi, Dec.4 (ANI): Reacting to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s comment that if unresolved the Kashmir issue may lead to a fourth war between India and Pakistan, , Janata Dal United (JD-U) Party leader K.C Tyagi said Nawaz Sharif is acting on the instructions of the terrorist organizations controlling their nation.
  6. Iran to hold new nuclear talks with powers next week
    TEHRAN: Iran is to hold new talks with major powers on its nuclear programme next week, buoyed by a landmark interim deal reached last month, the foreign ministry said today.
  7. India pledges $1 million to destroy Syria’s chemical weapons
    NEW DELHI: With India all set to attend the Geneva II conference on Syria next month, the government has stepped up its engagements in the war-torn country. New Delhi on Tuesday announced a financial contribution of $1 million to the Trust Fund set up at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) at The Hague for use in the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons and related facilities.
  8. Militants Attack Iraqi Police, Then Take Hostages
    BAGHDAD — Militants attacked a police building in the northern city of Kirkuk on Wednesday, and after being repulsed some of them stormed a nearby shopping center and took hostages, the authorities said.
  9. U.N. urged to end paying ransom to terrorists
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Britain is urging the U.N. Security Council to adopt a resolution calling on all countries not to pay ransom to kidnappers who use the money to finance terrorist groups.
  10. Bangladesh’s Opposition Warns of Intensifying Stir
    Bangladesh’s opposition has threatened to sharpen its ongoing countrywide blockade if the Sheikh Hasina government fails to meet its demands of cancelling the Jan 5 parliamentary polls and withdrawing cases against party leaders.