1. Iranian president tweets bare-headed photo of Maryam Mirzakhani
    Hassan Rouhani’s tweet divides opinion in Iran, while Maryam Mirzakhani’s win sparks debate about Iran’s brain drain
  2. Islamic State executed 700 people from Syrian tribe: monitoring group
    (Reuters) – The Islamic State militant group has executed 700 members of a tribe it has been battling in eastern Syria during the past two weeks, the majority of them civilians, a human rights monitoring group and activists said on Saturday.
  3. Jihadists Closing in on Syrian Rebel Stronghold
    Activists say fighters from the Islamic State extremist group have captured three villages in northern Syria as they close in on a stronghold of rival rebels.
  4. Iraqi Kurdish leader appeals to Germany for weapons
    (Reuters) – The leader of Iraq’s Kurds appealed to Germany for weapons to help Kurdish fighters battling militants of the Islamic State, and said foreign powers must find a way to cut off the group’s funding.
  5. In Iraq, US Airstrikes Near Strategic Mosul Dam
    U.S. warplanes conducted airstrikes Saturday in northern Iraq near the city of Irbil and a strategic dam in an effort to help Iraqi forces retake it from Islamic State militants.
  6. Iraq’s top cleric calls for unity after PM resigns
    BAGHDAD: Iraq’s top Shia cleric urged unity on Friday after Nouri al-Maliki agreed to step down as prime minister, reviving hopes for a new government that can take on Sunni insurgents who have overrun large parts of the country.
  7. Tens of thousands hold anti-PM rally in Pakistan
    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s famous cricketer-turned politician Imran Khan on Saturday asked Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to step down to pave the way for fresh elections, saying last year’s vote was massively rigged.
  8. Nigeria: Boko Haram kidnaps 100, Chad frees most captives
    Maiduguri: Nigeria’s Boko Haram militant group kidnapped 100 people earlier this month but most were freed by security forces from neighbouring Chad, a Nigerian security official and a local self-defense member said on Saturday.
  9. Pakistan court orders filing of murder charges against Nawaz Sharif
    LAHORE: A Pakistani court on Saturday ordered framing of murder charges against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, his brother and Punjab chief minister Shahbaz and 19 others over the June violence near Canada-based cleric Tahirul Qadri’s headquarters here that killed 14 of his supporters.
  10. In Iraq, jihadists