1. Next assassination could target Shiite: Berri
    A possible assassination attempt could target a Shiite dignitary for the purpose of provoking strife in the country, following the recent killing of former Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s adviser, Speaker Nabih Berri said in remarks published Tuesday.
  2. Bloodshed in western Iraq following anti-terrorist operation
    The dismantling of a camp suspected of being an al Qaeda hideout to the west of Baghdad has led to a series of religious clashes, as well as a political crisis.
  3. More than 130,000 dead since start of Syria conflict
    More than 130,000 people have been killed since the beginning of the conflict in Syria nearly three years ago, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Tuesday.
  4. Iraqi PM says army to withdraw from cities in Anbar
    Iraqi prime Minister Nuri al- Maliki said Tuesday that the army will withdraw from the cities in Anbar but will continue its manhunt for al-Qaida militants in the desert area of the western province.
  5. The Russian-Saudi Showdown at Sochi
    Last summer, Saudi intelligence chief Prince Bandar reportedly offered Russian President Putin a deal: if Russia abandons Syria, Saudi Arabia would protect the Sochi Olympics from Islamic terrorists. Putin is said to have angrily rebuffed the offer.
  6. Official: Iran Confronts Extremists in Disguise
    Iran has identified and taken serious actions against the elements of extremist and terrorist groups from the Middle-East who had entered the country on fake purposes, an Iranian Interior Ministry official said.
  7. Saudi Arabia sponsors terrorism in Lebanon: Syria
    Syria has rejected the allegations leveled by Lebanon’s March 14 Alliance about the role of the Syrian government and its allies in the recent Lebanon bombings, saying Saudi Arabia is behind such terrorist attacks.
  8. Bahrain impasse risks more instability
    The Bahraini government and opposition groups are sliding into an increasingly dogged confrontation amid rising fears over violence, with authorities using arrests, raids and strict new laws against activists seeking political reform.
  9. Children ‘beheaded’ in Central African Republic conflict
    At least two children have been beheaded in the Central African Republic’s capital as violence sinks to a “vicious new low”, the UN has said.