1. U.S., Russia blame each other over break down of Syria peace talks
    The United States is accusing the Syrian government of purposely paralyzing peace talks on ending the three-year-long conflict.
  2. Iraqi police say bombings mainly in Baghdad Shiite neighborhoods kill at least 23people
    BAGHDAD – A wave of explosions rocked mainly Shiite neighborhoods in Baghdad shortly after sunset on Monday, killing at least 23 people and wounding dozens, officials said.
  3. Free Syrian Army Appoints New Commander
    The rebel Free Syrian Army has appointed a new commander, after months of losing ground to both government forces and Islamist fighters.
  4. Sadr’s sudden retirement shakes up Iraqi politics
    Iraqi cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has decided to retire from politics and has cut his relationship with the political and organizational representatives belonging to his movement. The political situation in Iraq has a new twist.
  5. Iran seeks new Russian reactor in exchange for oil
    MOSCOW – Iran’s ambassador to Moscow on Monday said Russia could build the Islamic republic a second nuclear power reactor in exchange for massive oil shipments that have raised grave concern in Washington.
  6. Iran Nuclear Talks Enter New Phase
    VIENNA — The future of Iran’s nuclear program, and its economy, will be on the table starting Tuesday in Vienna as its government begins a new and likely difficult phase of its negotiations with the United Nations contact group. Tuesday’s talks follow an interim agreement reached late last year that limited parts of Iran’s nuclear program.
  7. Taliban talks stalled as faction claims killing security men
    After the shocking claim made by the Tehreek-e-Taliban Mohmand Agency faction on Sunday that it had killed 23 Frontier Corps men in its custody, the four-member government-appointed committee decided not to meet the Taliban nominees on Monday as scheduled.
  8. Iran says may send forces to Pakistan to free border guards
    DUBAI: Iran said on Monday it would send forces into Pakistan to free five border guards said to have been kidnapped by militants if Islamabad did not take measures to secure their release.
  9. Iran and U.S. agree final nuclear deal may be unreachable
    (Reuters) – The United States and long-time arch-foe Iran agree on at least one thing ahead of Tuesday’s negotiations on a long-term nuclear deal – reaching an agreement will be very difficult, if not impossible.
  10. Iraq’s Nineveh Province Considers Autonomy
    ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Iraq’s Sunni Nineveh province says it is considering autonomy from the Shiite-led government in Baghdad and trying to work out territorial divisions with the autonomous Kurdistan Region. – See more at: http://rudaw.net/english/kurdistan/17022014#sthash.NeEF101n.dpuf