1. Floods from storm Alexa force Gazans to leave homes
    More than 5,000 people in the Gaza Strip have been evacuated from their homes because of severe floods caused by torrential rain.
  2. Syria crisis: French ‘pessimism’ over Geneva II talks
    French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has said he has little hope for planned peace talks over the Syrian conflict.
  3. Iran: Second monkey sent into space, brought back safely
    Iran Saturday said it has successfully sent a monkey into space for a second time, part of an ambitious programme aimed at manned space flight.
  4. Tunisia Industry Minister Mehdi Jomaa to be new PM
    Tunisian politicians have agreed on a new prime minister after talks between the ruling Islamist Ennahda party and the opposition.
  5. Iran claims to have captured MI6 spy
    Iran says it has captured a spy working for British intelligence agency MI6 in the south-eastern city of Kerman.
  6. Syria conflict: ‘Islamist rebels’ kill Adra civilians
    An attack by Islamist rebels has left at least 10 people dead over the past two days in the Syrian town of Adra, activists and eyewitnesses say.
  7. Iranian workers killed in Iraq pipeline attack
    Fifteen Iranian and three Iraqi gas pipeline workers have been shot dead by gunmen north-east of Baghdad.
  8. Experts gather in Cyprus to remove Syria’s chemical weapons
    Nicosia: A joint Danish and Norwegian task force of chemical specialists is being set up in Cyprus in preparation for the removal of chemical weapons from Syria.
  9. EU failing Syria refugees, says Amnesty International report
    European leaders should be ashamed by the paltry numbers of refugees from Syria they are prepared to resettle, human rights group Amnesty says.
  10. 21 killed in Bangladesh violence after Jamaat leader’s hanging
    The death toll in violence across Bangladesh triggered by the execution of a top Jamaat-e-Islami leader on Saturday rose to 21, prompting Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to issue a stern warning saying, “We know how to control you.”