1. Election crisis and rising war casualties add to Afghan woes
    KABUL: Fighting in Afghanistan is spreading into populated areas and taking a record toll on civilians, the UN warned Wednesday, as presidential candidates urged supporters not to raise tensions after the disputed election result.
  2. Iraq crisis: Isis fighters suspected of carrying out sectarian massacre in Shia village after officials find 53 blindfolded and handcuffed bodies in field
    Iraqi officials discovered 50 bodies, many of them blindfolded and with their hands bound, in a field outside a village near Baghdad, raising concerns about a possible sectarian killing amid the battle against the Sunni insurgency.
  3. Iran resolved to clinch nuclear deal, but not