1. Report: Iran Killing More People than Ever
    Iran is executing people in record-breaking numbers not seen for more than 15 years in the Islamic nation, with nearly 200 individuals having been executed in the first few months of this year alone, according to human rights activists.
  2. Jaafari Slams Brahimi, Ban for Not Naming ’Terrorism’, ’Foreign Interference’
    Syria’s Permanent Representative to the United Nation, Bashar al-Jaafari, stressed that what is needed to solve the crisis in Syria is a genuine support for a Syrian national dialogue which protects the country from terrorism, violence and preserves its security and prosperity, state-run SANA news agency reported.
  3. Syrian Army Releases 48 Kidnapped in Raqqa, Continues Campaign across Country
    A unit of the Syrian armed forces released Syrian ArmyMonday 48 kidnapped civilians and military members, including officers, in al-Tabqeh area in Raqqa province.
  4. Lebanese Army Detonates Explosive-Rigged Car in Bekaa
    The Lebanese army detonated on Monday a booby-trapped car found in a bystreet between Fakiha and Ras Baalbek in Bekaa.
  5. Missing Malaysian plane: Co-pilot ‘spoke last words’
    KUALA LUMPUR: The co-pilot of a missing Malaysian jetliner spoke the last words heard from the cockpit, the airline’s chief executive said on Monday, as investigators consider suicide by the captain or first officer as one possible explanation for the disappearance.
  6. UK scales down Afghan presence
    The United Kingdom has reduced its military presence in Afghanistan to just two bases in Helmand province, handing over the rest to Afghan control.
  7. U.N. voices concern over security in Lebanon
    BEIRUT: U.N. Special Coordinator for Lebanon Derek Plumbly Monday voiced concern over the deteriorating security in Lebanon linked to the three-year crisis in Syria.
  8. Iran Negotiator Cancels Dinner With EU’s Ashton
    Iran’s foreign minister cancelled a planned dinner meeting with the European Union’s foreign policy chief on Monday over meetings she had with opposition activists during a visit to Iran earlier this month, Semiofficial Fars news agency reported.
  9. 11 Years After US Invasion, Iraq Is a Wreck
    An anniversary not likely to be acknowledged heavily (if at all) by US officials, Monday marks the 11-year anniversary of the disastrous US invasion of Iraq, starting a protracted occupation the left huge numbers of Iraqi civilians dead.