1. Rajnath Singh wears skull cap to enhance ‘acceptability’
    LUCKNOW: A day after prominent Shia cleric Maulana Kalbe Jawad said Rajnath Singh’s image was emerging like former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, a video clip and a photograph of the BJP president wearing a skull cap while visiting the shrine of a Sufi saint went viral on Wednesday.
  2. Nigeria: Fate of 115 abducted girls unknown
    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — The fate of 115 female students abducted by Islamic extremists was thrown into uncertainty Thursday when their school principal denied the Nigerian military’s report that almost all the pupils had been freed.
  3. Tunisian diplomat kidnapped in Libyan capital
    TRIPOLI (Reuters) – A Tunisian diplomat was kidnapped on Thursday in the Libyan capital Tripoli, Libya’s foreign ministry said, days after gunmen seized Jordan’s ambassador.
  4. Iran mother spares life of son’s killer after campaign
    Tehran (AFP) – The young Iranian man who escaped a hangman’s noose with just seconds to spare when his victim’s mother intervened was the beneficiary of a high-profile campaign to save his life.
  5. Germany investigates suspected Syria radical
    BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors say they’re investigating an alleged member of a hard-line Islamic group in Syria and two suspected accomplices accused of helping him procure money and supplies.
  6. Refugee crisis threatens to topple Jordan’s economy
    With a long history of accepting refugees, Jordan has opened its doors to more than half a million Syrians fleeing the conflict. But the aid is not flowing in to pay the costs and keep Jordan’s economy afloat.
  7. Search for Malaysia jet refocuses on drone scans of sea floor
    PERTH, Australia (Reuters) – Footage taken by a deep-sea drone should determine sooner than previously thought whether a remote stretch of the Indian Ocean is the final resting place of a missing Malaysian jetliner, Australian search authorities said on Thursday.
  8. Iran cuts sensitive nuclear stockpile, key plant delayed: IAEA
    VIENNA (Reuters) – Iran has acted to cut its most sensitive nuclear stockpile by nearly 75 percent in implementing a landmark pact with world powers, but a planned facility it will need to fulfill the six-month deal has been delayed, a U.N. report showed on Thursday.
  9. Iran-Iraq battlefield tours spark controversy in Iran
    TEHRAN, Iran — Rahian-e Noor (Path of Light) is the name given by military organizations, such as Sepah and Basij, to tours that throughout the year take visitors to areas that were once the heart of the battle during the Iran-Iraq war. Critics of these tours, however, say that the tours are meant to indoctrinate and are upset that a shocking number of traffic accident fatalities have occurred en route to these sites, so much so that the tours have earned the nickname, Rahian-e Goor (Path of the Grave).
  10. Iraqi soldiers killed in attack on army base
    At least 12 soldiers killed and 12 others wounded in car bomb blast and shoot-out in country’s north.