1. 400,000 displaced by violence in western Iraq: UN
    The United Nations says about 400,000 people have been displaced this year due to the ongoing violence in the western Iraqi province of Anbar.
  2. U.S. Increases Covert Aid In Syria
    The Obama administration, stung by reversals in Ukraine and Syria, appears to have decided to expand its covert program of training and assistance for the Syrian opposition, deepening U.S. involvement in that brutal and stalemated civil war.
  3. Iraq electoral commission retracts resignation before vote
    (Reuters) – Members of Iraq’s electoral commission retracted their resignations on Sunday, having threatened to quit en masse in protest against political interference just one month before a nationwide vote.
  4. Iran Names 1979 U.S. Embassy Hostage-Taker Its UN Envoy
    Iran has named a member of the militant group that held 52 Americans hostage in Tehran for 444 days to be its next ambassador to the United Nations.
  5. Germany Arrests 3 Over Hard-Line Syria Group Ties
    German authorities arrested three people in raids Monday against suspected supporters of a hard-line Islamic group in Syria, a move meant to curb the possible risks posed by extremists returning from Syria’s civil war.
  6. Turkey accused of sending fighters to Syria
    Syria’s information minister has lashed out at Turkey, accusing Ankara of sending foreign fighters across the border to fight Syrian government troops in President Bashar Assad’s ancestral homeland in Latakia province.
  7. Pakistani court dismisses Musharraf’s request for going abroad
    ISLAMABAD, March 31 (Xinhua) — A Pakistani special tribunal, which indicted former military ruler Pervez Musharraf for high treason over 2007 imposition of emergency rule, on Monday rejected his request to allow him to go abroad for treatment.
  8. Border province punishes Turkey’s policy on Syria in polls
    (Reuters) – Turkey’s policy of keeping its border with Syria open despite the war there cost the ruling party control of the border province of Hatay in local elections at the weekend.
  9. Iran loses Manhattan skyscraper to terror vics
    The Iranian companies that own a Midtown office tower worth more than $500 million must forfeit the building to people who successfully sued Iran for damages over terrorist attacks, including 9/11, a judge has ruled.
  10. Erdogan targets enemies after poll triumph
    (Reuters) – Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan looked a step closer to a presidential bid and to gaining the upper hand in a bitter power struggle on Monday, casting strong local election results as a mandate to hunt down enemies within the state “in their lair”.