1. Al Qaeda splinter group denies killing Islamist rival in Syria
    BEIRUT (Reuters) – An al Qaeda splinter group in Syria has denied it was behind the killing of a prominent al Qaeda figure last week and appeared to reject an ultimatum from rival fighters to accept mediation or face all-out assault.
  2. Afghan prison tricked into freeing Taliban fighters
    Prison officials in Afghanistan’s southern city of Kandahar have been tricked into releasing 12 Taliban fighters.
  3. At least six security officials killed in Baghdad attacks Sunday, minister convoy targeted
    At least six security force officials were killed in northern and western Baghdad Sunday in a series of attacks targeting the personnel in the predominantly Sunni Arab areas of the capital, according to Agence France Presse.
  4. Nigeria violence: Many die as militants destroy village
    Suspected militants have shot dead at least 39 people in an attack on a village in north-eastern Nigeria.
  5. Pakistan halts air strikes against Taliban
    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Sunday said it was halting air strikes against Taliban militants in response to a month-long ceasefire announced by the insurgents a day earlier, paving the way for the resumption of peace talks.
  6. Karachi polio campaign resumes amid tight security
    Provincial government bans passengers from sitting pillion on motorcycles to prevent attacks on polio workers
  7. Saudi women activists demand end to ‘absolute’ male control
    Riyadh: Saudi women activists have petitioned the country’s consultative council to back a demand to curb the “absolute authority” of male guardians over women in the ultraconservative kingdom, a signatory said.
  8. Iran backtracks on reports of kidnapped guards’ release
    (Reuters) – The status of five kidnapped Iranian border guards remains unclear, Iran said on Sunday, retracting earlier reports by Iranian military officials that they had been freed in Pakistan.
  9. Pakistan’s madrassas reined in by government
    Religious schools to be brought under national framework within a year in policy aimed at combating extremism.
  10. Turkish parliament votes to shut schools run by Erdogan rival
    (Reuters) – Turkey’s parliament has voted to close private preparatory schools, many of which are a source of income and influence for an Islamic cleric accused by Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan of covertly seeking to topple him.