1. Boeing given license by U.S. to sell parts to Iran despite prior sanctions
    The license is for a limited time and only covers replacement parts to ensure continued safe flight operations of older Boeing planes.
  2. Malaysia accused of shocking human rights violations, abuses against Shiite minority
    WASHINGTON, April 7, 2014 – Malaysia has a serious human rights problem, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW), which released a 100+ page report entitled “No Answers, No Apologies” detailing abuses by Malaysian authorities. The report comes on the heels of accounts that Malaysia arrested infants from the country’s minority Shiite Muslim sect, based upon the “crime” of engaging in Shiite religious practices.
  3. Polio Spreads From Syria to Iraq, Causing Worries
    Syria’s polio outbreak has now officially spread to Iraq, the first neighbor of the war-ravaged country to be hit by the crippling virus despite an ambitious Middle East inoculation effort, and global health officials warned Monday that dozens of vulnerable Iraqi children could potentially be infected.
  4. Assad Urged to Stay Put as Opponents Sound Death Knell for Peace
    As Syria’s civil war rumbles on unabated, President Bashar al-Assad looks more set to consolidate his leadership than heed calls to step aside.
  5. Roadside Bomb Kills 15 People in Afghanistan
    A roadside bomb killed at least 15 people traveling in vehicles that had been diverted from a main road Monday after an earlier attack in southern Afghanistan, officials said.
  6. Iran cleric: Khamenei, Rafsanjani have ‘fundamental differences’
    An official from an important clerical body in Iran has publicly discussed some major differences between two of the most powerful clerics in Iran, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani.
  7. Search for missing Malaysia plane set to move to sea floor
    (Reuters) – A robotic search vehicle is likely to be sent deep into the Indian Ocean on Tuesday to look for wreckage of a missing Malaysian jetliner on the sea floor, as officials say the chance of finding anything on the surface has dwindled.
  8. In Iran, nuclear deal brings little economic relief
    Many Iranians think the interim deal has failed to benefit them. Dwindling popular support adds to pressure to reach a final agreement by July 20.
  9. Iran Cannot Withdraw Oil Revenue Promised In Nuclear Deal
    By Meagan Clark – Iran has been been unable to withdraw much of the oil revenue it was cleared to receive in an nuclear agreement with western sanctions-imposing nations last a November and that’s creating a potential roadblock for efforts to end the country’s ambitions to build up a atomic stockpile.