1. Cruise Travel Service for Pilgrims to Iran, Says Pakistani Minister
    TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The Pakistani government took a lot of initiatives to develop shipping and ports of the country, Federal Minister for Ports and Shipping Kamran Michael said on Monday.
  2. Report: Iran Court Orders Instagram Blocked
    An Iranian court ordered that the photo-sharing app Instagram be blocked over privacy concerns, a semiofficial news agency reported Friday, the latest in a series of websites to be banned in the Islamic Republic.
  3. Boko Haram attack kills at least 24 Nigerian security personnel
    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (REUTERS) – Boko Haram gunmen attacked a Nigerian military base and adjacent police barracks simultaneously in the north-eastern town of Buni Yadi on Tuesday, killing at least 24 security personnel, security sources and witness said.
  4. Iraq violence: Bombing hits Baghdad Shia mosque
    At least 17 people were killed when a suicide bomber blew himself up at a Shia mosque in the centre of Iraq’s capital, Baghdad.
  5. Search for Malaysia Airlines MH370 enters new phase, could take a year
    The search to find Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 is entering a new phase: Mapping 37,000 square miles of ocean floor.
  6. Chemical weapons team ‘safe and well’ after being fired on in Syria while travelling to site of chlorine gas attack
    A team of 11 chemical weapons inspectors feared kidnapped in Syria are now safe and well, it has been reported.
  7. Impasse in rescue of Nigerian girls
    ABUJA, Nigeria — Nigeria’s military chiefs and the president are apparently split over how to free nearly 300 schoolgirls abducted by Islamic extremists, with the military saying use of force endangers the hostages and the president reportedly ruling out a prisoner-hostage swap.
  8. Obama to cut troops, says Afghanistan ‘will not be a perfect place’
    Washington (CNN) — With combat operations in Afghanistan ending this year, President Barack Obama announced he plans for almost 10,000 American troops to remain in the country in 2015 if the Afghan government signs a security agreement.
  9. Son of Senior Shi’ite Cleric Sentenced to Death in Saudi Arabia
    Riyadh: A Saudi court on Monday sentenced to death the son of a senior Shi’ite Muslim cleric after he was convicted of shooting at security forces in the kingdom’s Eastern Province, local media said, in the first such ruling in three years.
  10. Iranian officials contest claims of Pulitzer winner’s new biography
    BEIRUT: Pulitzer Prize-winning author Kai Bird’s new book has been making waves for its startling claim that an Iranian general who masterminded the 1983 attack on Beirut’s U.S. Embassy now lives in the United States.