1. Iran invites Gulf states to visit nuclear power plant
    Iran’s nuclear chief said on Wednesday experts from Gulf Arab neighbours, concerned about the safety of Iran’s sole nuclear power plant, are welcome to visit the facility, Irna news agency reported.
  2. Two dozen dead in school van double collision
    NAWABSHAh/ISLAMABAD – At least 24 people, most of them students, were killed on Wednesday near Nawabshah when a school van first collided with another passenger van and then with a heavy truck head on.
  3. Away from spotlight of Syria aid conference, a murkier fund drive
    Kuwait pledged $500 million to aid efforts today. But it is also a major hub for funneling money to anti-Assad fighters, including brutal foreign extremists.
  4. Western Spy Agencies Visit Syria for Talks on Fighting Terrorists
    TEHRAN (FNA)- Western intelligence agencies have visited Damascus for talks on combating terrorist groups, Syria’s deputy foreign minister said.
  5. Syrian Army Makes Major Advances in Damascus Countryside
    TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian army made major advances in different parts of Damascus countryside on Wednesday.
  6. Hakim launches political initiative to resolve Anbar crisis
    The Our Steadfast Anbar initiative, launched Jan. 11 by Ammar al-Hakim, leader of the Islamic Supreme Council, to resolve the Anbar crisis is an important step because it moves Iraq’s security situation back into the political realm in trying to establish a broad base from which to combat terrorism.
  7. Hezbollah publication in Iran suspended
    Yalasarat al-Hussein weekly, the official media outlet of Ansar-e Hezbollah, has been suspended by Iran’s Press Supervisory Board, which announced that two other hard-line publications have also received warnings. These actions come as 65 members of parliament issued a written warning to President Hassan Rouhani over his approach to media critical of his administration.
  8. UN issues distress call over war-affected Syrians
    KUWAIT CITY: UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon warned on Wednesday that nearly half of Syria’s population needs urgent humanitarian help, as aid groups urged access for relief delivery to civilians trapped by the fighting.
  9. Violence kills 75 in Iraq, PM seeks world’s support
    BAGHDAD: Bomb attacks and shootings killed at least 75 people in Iraq on Wednesday, police and hospital sources said, making it one of the bloodiest days in months.
  10. Tensions Between Afghanistan and U.S. Increase as Airstrike Kills Civilians
    KABUL, Afghanistan — A coalition airstrike in a province north of Kabul killed at least two Afghan villagers on Wednesday morning, prompting President Hamid Karzai to order an official inquiry and escalating tensions yet again between the allies over civilian deaths.