1. Mortars Fired at Samarra Mosque Stoke Fears of Renewed Iraq Civil War
    The enemy is now at the gates. Not the gates of Baghdad – which militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) – have vowed to overrun – but the gates of one of Shiite Islam’s holiest sites, and a potential trigger for all-out civil war.
  2. Afghan official announces possible delay of initial presidential election results
    KABUL, Afghanistan – An Afghan official says the release of preliminary results from a runoff vote in the presidential election might be delayed, a move that would further complicate a process that has been marred by fraud allegations.
  3. Pakistan asks Afghanistan to eliminate or extradite Mullah Fazlullah
    ISLAMABAD – Ruling out any discrimination in operation against terrorists in North Waziristan Agency, Pakistan on Tuesday made it clear that it will never allow anyone to use its territory against any other country.
  4. Jihadi group captures Syrian border town
    BEIRUT (AP) — The al-Qaida breakaway Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant captured a key Syrian town near the Iraq border from other rebels on Tuesday and advanced toward a stronghold of its main jihadi rivals, an activist group said.
  5. European court upholds French burqa ban
    The European Court of Human Rights has upheld France’s controversial burqa ban, rejecting arguments that a 2010 law outlawing full-face veils breaches religious freedom.
  6. Iraqi Council of Representatives fails to elect speaker
    Iraq’s new parliament has ended its first session in disarray, with MPs failing to make any progress in choosing the country’s new leadership.
  7. At least 15 killed in Nigeria suicide blast
    Kano, Nigeria (CNN) — At least 15 people were killed Tuesday in a suicide blast in the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, which has been bedeviled by the deadly Boko Haram insurgency, a witness and a paramedic said.
  8. Pakistan vows to eliminate terrorist sanctuaries
    ISLAMABAD: A Pakistani military operation launched in the country’s northwest will clear the area of terrorists and keep it from being used as a safe haven by militant groups, officials said Tuesday.
  9. Sacked Saudi deputy defence minister named spy chief
    Prince Khaled bin Bandar had been appointed ‘head of the General Intelligence with a minister rank’ by royal decree
  10. Why Shia Hazaras are fleeing Pakistan
    Civilian and military security forces deployed in Balochistan have done little to investigate attacks on Hazara or take steps to prevent the next attack, says a Human Rights Watch report.