1. Taliban attacks across Afghanistan kill 21 people
    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Taliban fighters launched attacks in several Afghan provinces on Wednesday, killing at least 10 policemen and three civilians, officials said. Villagers also found the bodies of eight slain policemen who were abducted by militants two weeks ago.
  2. Tsunami of foreign tourists hitting Iran: official
    TEHRAN – Iranian Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts, and Tourism Organization (CHTHO) Director Masoud Soltanifar says a “tsunami of foreign tourists” is currently hitting the country.
  3. Syrians lack medical care in Lebanon: Watchdog
    BEIRUT: Syrian refugees in Lebanon lack access to specialized medical care such as dialysis and cancer treatment, forcing some to risk their lives to return to their war-ravaged country for health care, according to a report by Amnesty International released Wednesday.
  4. Syria conflict: Lebanon sees surge in cannabis crop as army is forced to focus on border security
    The Syrian civil war has led to a surge in cannabis production in Lebanon as the country’s army is forced to focus on security rather than drug eradication.
  5. Sixty dead as air strikes target militants
    MIRANSHAH: Pakistani air force jets pounded Taliban targets in North Waziristan Wednesday, killing at least 60 people including insurgent commanders, officials said.
  6. Boko Haram kills more than 30 in attacks near Nigeria kidnapping site
    Seemingly operating with impunity, Boko Haram extremists have killed more than 30 people in brazen attacks on two more villages near Chibok school, the place where they kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls last month.
  7. Libyan renegade general challenges government as clashes rock Tripoli
    (Reuters) – A Libyan renegade general called on the government to hand over power to the country’s top judges, mounting a challenge against Tripoli as heavy fighting erupted in the capital on Wednesday.
  8. Food distribution under way for 60,000 in Syria’s Aleppo – Red Cross
    (Reuters) – The Red Cross said on Wednesday it begun a major distribution of emergency rations on both sides of the battle lines around the divided northern Syrian city of Aleppo, its first since October.
  9. Time to embrace the Internet, Iran president says
    (Reuters) – Iran should embrace the Internet rather than see it as a threat, President Hassan Rouhani has said, in remarks that challenge hardliners who have stepped up measures to censor the Web.