1. Iran says nuclear talks with powers ‘substantive and useful’
    Vienna/Ankara: A senior Iranian official said on Friday that expert-level talks between Iran and six world powers on Tehran’s nuclear programme had been “substantive and useful”.
  2. Turkey warns Facebook and YouTube could be banned
    Ankara: Turkey’s embattled prime minister has warned that his government could ban popular social media networks YouTube and Facebook after a number of online leaks added momentum to a spiralling corruption scandal.
  3. Riyadh gives jihadists 15 day ultimatum to return
    Riyadh: Saudi Arabia on Friday called on its citizens fighting abroad to return to the kingdom in 15 days or face imprisonment.
  4. Six dead in Syria raids on Yabroud: activists
    BEIRUT: Syrian helicopter gunships killed at least six people Friday when they dropped barrel bombs on the strategic rebel stronghold of Yabroud, close to the Lebanese border, a monitor said.
  5. Pakistan poised to launch military action against Taliban
    Defence minister warns that government will bomb militant hideouts or invade tribal areas if insurgent attacks continue
  6. Bahrain, Iran clash at UN rights forum
    Bahrain yesterday accused Shia Iran of fomenting deadly violence in the kingdom, and a Tehran official accused the Sunni-ruled island state of torturing and imprisoning its critics.
  7. Iran denies medical care to political prisoners
    Nicosia (AFP) – The International Federation for Human Rights on Thursday raised the alarm over what it termed the deliberate denial of medical care to sick political prisoners in Iran.
  8. Polish Diplomat Slams Iran During Visit
    Poland’s Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski visited Iran this past weekend, only to find that he was blocked from visiting the website of a major Polish newspaper due to Iran’s extensive internet censorship laws.
  9. Iraq violence kills 10, including senior officer
    BAGHDAD: Violence in Iraq, including shelling in a city held by anti-government fighters for over two months, killed 10 people on Friday, among them a senior police officer, officials said.
  10. France convicts 3 for wanting to fight in Syria
    PARIS: Three young men were convicted and handed prison sentences Friday for trying to travel to Syria, a magnet for foreign fighters, even though they never left France.