1. Iraq NGO: ISIS likely to implement FGM fatwa
    An Iraqi human rights organization said Friday that the al-Qaeda-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) will likely implement a religious edict (Fatwa) that all females aged 11-46 in and around the northern city of Mosul undergo genital mutilation (FGM).
  2. Taliban stop cars, kill passengers in central Afghanistan
    (Reuters) – Taliban insurgents intercepted two minibuses travelling through central Afghanistan and killed at least 14 passengers overnight, officials said on Friday.
  3. Despite Syria rift, Hezbollah pledges full support to Hamas
    BEIRUT (Reuters) – Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah pledged full support on Friday to the Palestinian group Hamas in its conflict with Israel despite a deep rift between the two militant organisations over the civil war in Syria.
  4. Georgia says seized heroin belongs to Taliban
    (Reuters) – Georgia’s interior minister said on Friday that $400 million of heroin seized earlier this month, in the country’s biggest ever drugs haul, belonged to the Taliban and was headed for Europe.
  5. Corrected – Iran detains four journalists, three of them Iranian-American, says CPJ
    (Reuters) – The Committee to Protect Journalists on Thursday called on the Iranian government to immediately release four detained journalists, three of whom it said had U.S.-Iranian nationality.
  6. Turkey says suspends operations in Libya embassy due to security woes
    Operations at Turkey’s Tripoli embassy will be suspended due to worsening security situation in Libya, Turkey’s foreign ministry said on Friday, a day after Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said the embassy in the capital could be evacuated.
  7. Syrian air strike kills 20 rebels on Lebanese border: sources
    (Reuters) – A Syrian Air Force strike on the border with Lebanon killed around 20 Syrian rebel fighters on Friday, security sources said, in the latest spillover of violence into the area.
  8. Iraq’s top cleric sends subtle message to Maliki: step aside
    (Reuters) – Iraq’s most influential Shi’ite cleric urged political leaders on Friday to refrain from clinging to their posts – an apparent reference to Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, who has defied demands that he step aside.
  9. Turkish court keeps police in custody on spying allegations
    (Reuters) – A Turkish court ordered that eight police officers be kept in custody on Friday pending a possible trial over accusations that they spied on Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and his inner circle, media reports said.
  10. United Nations Secretary General meets with Grand Ayatollah Sistani
    WASHINGTON, July 24, 2014