1. Shia leader shot dead in Kohat
    KOHAT: A Shia leader and administrator of an imambargah was shot dead in Kohat on Friday.
  2. Tourists furious after holidays are cancelled because Saudi prince ‘books three entire Maldive island resorts at a cost of £18MILLION’
    Tourists looking forward to a dream holiday in the Maldives have had to change their plans after a Saudi prince reportedly booked out three entire island resorts exclusively for himself.
  3. Talking in vain
    Peace negotiators hadn’t yet stopped high-fiving when the talks collapsed after a Taliban-claimed attack killed 13 policemen in Karachi. Pakistan says that by talking to a Pakistani panel of negotiators, the Taliban has recognised the constitution of Pakistan; the Taliban says Pakistan has de facto lifted its ban on Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) by officially talking to its panel.
  4. Burqa-wearing gunmen attack Afghan police HQ: officials
    KABUL: Three male suicide attackers wearing burqas attacked a police headquarters close to the Afghan capital Kabul on Friday, officials said, killing one policeman as concerns rise over security ahead of the presidential election.
  5. Iran’s Return Prompts Changes to Saudi Arabia Energy Strategy | oilprice
    As the Iranian nuclear deal begins to take effect and international pressure on the regime continues to diminish, Gulf nations have begun re-establishing diplomatic and economic relations with their once-distant neighbor. The deal has struck an optimistic tone in the Middle East, and officials in the United Arab Emirates are taking the opportunity to settle old disputes and increase energy cooperation with their neighbor across the Gulf.
  6. Saudi detainee pleads guilty over tanker attack
    Al Darbi, who has been held in Cuba for more than a decade, likely faces up to 15 more years in prison
  7. Iran’s most sensitive uranium stockpile falls after nuclear deal
    (Reuters) – The size of Iran’s most contested uranium stockpile has declined significantly for the first time in four years following a landmark nuclear deal with world powers in November, the U.N. atomic watchdog reported on Thursday.
  8. Musharraf’s plea for military trial rejected
    ISLAMABAD: A special Pakistani court on Friday rejected ex-Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf’s plea seeking his trial before a military tribunal. It instead summoned him to appear before it on March 11.
  9. Exclusive: Testing detente, U.S. firms move to sell jet parts to Iran
    (Reuters) – U.S. aerospace companies are seeking permission to sell airliner parts to Iran for the first time in three decades, in a key test of the temporary relief on sanctions given under talks to curtail Iran’s nuclear activities.
  10. Iraq offers $17,200 reward for killing jihadists
    Iraq’s government has offered a reward of $17,200 (£10,300) for each foreign militant killed from al-Qaeda or the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), a former affiliate.