1. Iran tries to reverse falling birth rates
    The Iranian parliament is to consider banning vasectomies as a way of pushing up the country’s below-replacement birth rate. On the table, too, is the possibility of restricting abortion and contraceptive services.
  2. Subsidy cuts cause Iran fuel prices to soar
    Fuel prices in Iran have been put up by up to 75 percent overnight, as the government seeks to cut subsidies.
  3. Iran nuclear deal proves elusive
    Foreign ministers from world powers struggled Saturday to nail down a landmark nuclear deal with Iran, with US Secretary of State John Kerry announcing his imminent departure and Iran’s chief negotiator downbeat.
  4. British helicopter crash: Five UK troops killed as Taliban claims responsibility for Afghanistan attack
    Five British service personnel have been killed in Afghanistan after a helicopter crashed near the Pakistan border, in what would be the UK’s deadliest day for two years in the long-running war.
  5. Death toll in Afghan floods rises
    The death toll from flash floods in northern Afghanistan rose to more than 100 on Saturday with many others still missing, officials said, as helicopters carried trapped villagers to safety.
  6. Afghan poll run-off between Abdullah, Ghani: Results
    KABUL: Afghanistan’s presidential election is set for a second-round vote, preliminary results showed on Saturday, as opposition leader Abdullah Abdullah and former academic Ashraf Ghani both failed to secure a decisive victory.
  7. Syria rebels surrender in border town
    Fighters surrender in Zabadani, losing their last stronghold along Lebanon’s border.
  8. Quake hits Kish island in Southern Iran
    An earthquake measuring 4.8 on the Richter scale struck the Kish Island in the Persian Gulf in Southern Iran on Saturday morning, IRNA reported.
  9. Undersea hunt for MH370 in Indian Ocean set to be extended
    PERTH: The undersea search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 is to be extended beyond the small area identified as its most likely resting place, as the quest for any sign of the missing plane enters its 50th day on Saturday.
  10. Al-Qaida chief urges westerner kidnappings to use in prisoner exchanges
    DUBAI: Al-Qaida chief Ayman al-Zawahiri has called on Muslims to kidnap westerners, particularly Americans, who could then be exchanged for jailed jihadists including a blind Egyptian cleric convicted in 1995 of conspiring to attack the United Nations and other New York landmarks.