1. Takfiri militants kill 15 Iraqi soldiers, video shows
    New video footage has emerged showing the summary execution of 15 Iraqi soldiers by al-Qaeda-linked militants in the west of the country.
  2. Efforts ongoing to free Iran border guards: Official
    A top Iranian official says efforts are ongoing to free the five Iranian border guards who were recently abducted and transferred to Pakistan.
  3. Bahrain cops clash with mourning protesters
    MANAMA – Bahraini police fired teargas and stun grenades at hundreds of protesters throwing stones and petrol bombs in a Shi’a Muslim village on Friday after the funeral of a young man who died in custody, a Reuters witness said.
  4. Why Is the UK Facilitating Oppression in Bahrain?
    He’s put teenagers in prison for calling him names, and made treating wounded protesters a crime punishable by death. He’s a pretty nasty guy, the King of Bahrain.
  5. Syria opposition National Council to rejoin Coalition
    War in Syria: The opposition Syrian National Council said Friday it will rejoin the umbrella coalition from which it withdrew in protest at the Geneva peace talks with the regime.
  6. Pakistan, TTP again on war path
    The Pakistani government is on the verge of launching a major military offensive in the North Waziristan tribal region of FATA after brutal Taliban attacks in recent weeks and the apparent failure of peace talks with the militants.
  7. Liberal newspaper Express Tribune cowed into silence by Pakistani Taliban
    Media group opts for self-censorship on terrorism after Taliban admits murder of three employees for critical reports on militants
  8. Syria crisis: Thousands trapped in Yarmuk camp ‘slowly dying’
    Gaunt, ragged figures fill the streets for as far as the eye can see in the besieged Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmuk outside Damascus, where some 40,000 are said to be slowly starving to death.
  9. Asia’s Iran oil buys start to rise after nuclear deal
    TOKYO: Asian buyers increased purchases of Iranian crude by 22 per cent in January from a year ago as the grip of sanctions imposed since 2012 loosened following a landmark agreement in November to curtail Tehran’s nuclear programme.
  10. No Iran report with new bomb research information: IAEA
    JERUSALEM/VIENNA (Reuters) – The U.N. nuclear watchdog said on Friday it had not prepared a report with new information about suspected atomic bomb research in Iran, after Israel urged it to go public with all information it has regarding such suspicions.