1. Syrian Army Foils Militants’ Attack on Shiite Town in Idlib
    The Syrian army repelled an attack by the armed rebels on a Shiite town in Idlib countryside in Northwestern Syria.
  2. Iran nuclear deal to enter into force on 20 January
    An interim agreement to freeze Iran’s nuclear programme will enter into force on 20 January, it has been announced.
  3. UN concerns mount over besieged Syrians
    The UN humanitarian affairs chief has expressed deep concern for communities cut off in Syria by months of fighting between government and rebel forces.
  4. Thousands more evacuated from Indonesian villages after volcano that was dormant for 400 years erupts for the second time this week
    Residents in a mountainside village in Indonesia continued to flee their homes today as a volcano that had lain dormant for more than 400 years erupted for the second time this week.
  5. Two killed as suicide bomber targets police bus in Kabul
    A Taliban suicide bomber riding a bicycle detonated himself next to a police bus in Kabul on Sunday, killing a policeman and a civilian in the first major attack in the Afghan capital this year.
  6. Foreign Ministers Slam Assad Ahead of Peace Talks
    PARIS—An alliance of Western and Arab countries pressed Syria’s opposition to attend a peace conference scheduled for this month while lashing out at the Syrian regime and President Bashar al-Assad.
  7. Baghdad-area violence kills 23
    BAGHDAD: Violence in and around Baghdad killed 23 people on Sunday, including at least eight who died in clashes and helicopter fire west of the Iraqi capital, officials said.
  8. Hasina to head 49-member Cabinet
    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina began her second successive innings in government leading a 49-member Cabinet which was sworn-in on Sunday.
  9. William Hague rejects Iraq ‘abuse’ complaint to ICC
    Foreign Secretary William Hague says a bid to prosecute British politicians and senior military figures for alleged war crimes in Iraq should be rejected.
  10. Bahrain releases photojournalist Ahmed Fardan
    The authorities in Bahrain have released a photojournalist who was detained last month, officials say.