1. Syria’s Maalula: sorry ghost town after rebel ouster
    The historic Christian town of Maalula stands a shadow of its former self, abandoned and war-scarred, a month after Syrian government forces expelled Islamist rebels.
  2. 200,000 Iranians receive unemployment benefits: official
    TEHRAN – About 200,000 Iranians are currently receiving unemployment benefits, Iranian Deputy Labor Minister Abul-Hassan Firouz-Abadi said.
  3. Water shortage reaches alarming level in 12 Iranian cities
    TEHRAN – Water shortages have reached an alarming level in 12 Iranian cities, according to Iranian Deputy Energy Minister Sattar Mahmoudi.
  4. Iran, IAEA to hold talks on further cooperation
    TEHRAN – A delegation of International Atomic Energy Agency experts will arrive in Tehran on Tuesday to meet with representatives of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran.
  5. Nigeria Police Confirm Suicide Bomber, Four Others Killed In Kano Bomb
    Five people, including a suspected suicide bomber, have been killed in a bomb explosion that rocked Kano on Sunday night, the Police have said.
  6. Iraq elections: Maliki’s State of Law ‘wins most seats’
    Prime Minister Nouri Maliki’s alliance won last month’s parliamentary elections in Iraq, but fell short of a majority, preliminary results show.
  7. Flooding in the Balkans affects over one million people
    Bosnia has said today that more than a quarter of its four million people had been affected by the worst floods to hit the Balkans in living memory, comparing the “terrifying” destruction to that of the country’s 1992-95 war.
  8. Libyan parliament recess urged as crisis grows
    Libya’s embattled government has proposed that parliament go into recess in a bid to stave off a possible descent into renewed civil war.
  9. Members of SIMI include Modi in hit list; shout pro-Pakistan slogans outside Bhopal court
    Bhopal: Just a day after Narendra Modi led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) achieved a landslide victory in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, 18 members of the banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), including its Madhya Pradesh chief Abu Faisal, shouted pro-Pakistan and Taliban slogans outside a court in Bhopal and included Modi in their hit list.