1. US experts call for modifying Iran’s N-plant
    VIENNA: Changes to the design of Iran’s planned Arak research reactor could drastically reduce its output of potential nuclear weapon material, US experts said in a proposal.
  2. UN Envoy Warns of ‘Divisive’ Iraq Election Campaign
    BAGHDAD, April 02, 2014 (AFP) -Campaigning for Iraq’s April 30 elections will be “highly divisive” as parties appeal to their sectarian bases at a time of worsening violence, the UN’s envoy to Baghdad has warned.
  3. Putin defies Obama in Syria as arms flow fuels Assad resurgence
    Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin, condemned by NATO for annexing Crimea, is now defying the US in Syria by sending more and deadlier arms to help Bashar al-Assad score a string of advances against insurgents, military experts say.
  4. Attack on Yemen army HQ kills six soldiers, three militants
    (Reuters) – Ten suspected Islamist militants and six soldiers died during a suicide bombing and assault on the main military headquarters in Aden on Wednesday, Yemen’s Defence Ministry said.
  5. Lebanon army expands operation in restive Tripoli
    TRIPOLI: Lebanese troops moved into a restive Sunni area in the northern city of Tripoli on Wednesday, in the second stage of a plan aimed at quelling deadly Syria-linked violence there, a security source said.
  6. Govt refuses Musharraf safe passage in ‘national interest’
    ISLAMABAD: In response to the former military ruler’s request for removal of his name from the Exit Control List (ECL), the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, after two days consultation with party members and military leadership, on Wednesday refused to give Pervez Musharraf a safe passage.
  7. Saudi Arabia declares all atheists are terrorists in new law to crack down on political dissidents
    LONDON: Saudi Arabia has introduced a series of new laws which define atheists as terrorists, according to a report from Human Rights Watch. In a string of royal decrees and an overarching new piece of legislation to deal with terrorism generally, the Saudi King Abdullah has clamped down on all forms of political dissent and protests that could “harm public order”.
  8. At least 6 policemen killed in Kabul suicide attack
    KABUL (Afghanistan): A suicide bomber wearing a military uniform killed six police officers on Wednesday inside the heavily fortified interior ministry compound in the heart of Kabul, authorities said, the latest in a wave of violence as the Taliban threatens to disrupt this weekend’s presidential election.
  9. Search for MH370: Investigation focused on pilots, crew members
    The search for the missing Malaysian Airlines plane complete a month, with developments increasingly pointing to the fact that MH370 was diverted deliberately.
  10. Syria accuses rebels of planning gas attack near Damascus
    (Reuters) – Syria is charging in a letter to the United Nations that opposition groups are planning a toxic gas attack in a rebel-held area near Damascus so they can then blame it on government security forces.