1. Deadly blast hits south Beirut neighborhood
    An explosion rocked a stronghold of the Shiite Hezbollah group in the southern suburbs of the Lebanese capital, killing at least five people, setting cars ablaze and sending a column of black smoke above the Beirut skyline.
  2. Somali Islamists claim responsibility for Mogadishu hotel bombing
    THE Islamist militants in Somalia, on Thursday, said they carried out the triple bombing on a Mogadishu hotel that killed at least 11 people.
  3. Iraqi security forces fight militants in Anbar province
    The clashes with the fighters from the al-Qaeda linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) were in Fallujah and Ramadi, where some 250 fighters were equipped with armed vehicles.
  4. Lebanon ‘arrests head of Abdullah Azzam Brigades’
    The Lebanese authorities are reported to have arrested the head of a jihadist group that claimed the suicide bomb attack on Iran’s embassy in November.
  5. Iraq’s annual death toll highest in five years – UN
    The United Nations says at least 7,818 civilians and 1,050 members of the security forces were killed in violent attacks across Iraq in 2013.
  6. Three killed in Quetta suicide blast targeting pilgrims’ bus
    At least three people were killed and thirty injured in a suicide attack in Quetta, the capital of militancy-hit Balochistan province on Wednesday.
  7. Quake hits south Iran, killing one injuring 30 – state TV
    A powerful earthquake jolted southern Iran on Thursday, killing at least one person and injuring 30 others, Iranian state television reported.
  8. Militant’s arrest highlights Iran-Saudi power struggle in Lebanon
    The power struggle between Iran and Saudi Arabia in Lebanon has resonated powerfully once again with the arrest of the head of an al-Qaeda-linked group, which had claimed responsibility for the deadly attack on the Iran Embassy in Beirut on November 19, 2013.