1. Iran ranks high in science production
    Iran has made significant achievements in medicine production in recent years despite the sanctions imposed on the country over its nuclear energy program.
  2. Dozens of Christians ‘including women and children’ are arrested in Saudi Arabia after tip-off to state’s Islamist police force
    Islamist police in Saudi Arabia have stormed a Christian prayer meeting and arrested its entire congregation, including women and children, and confiscated their bibles, it has been reported.
  3. Clashes as Iraq forces ready attack on militants
    Samarra: Sporadic clashes broke out on Monday near Dhuluiyah as security forces and allied tribesmen prepared for an operation against militants who have repeatedly attacked the Iraqi town, officials said.
  4. Islamic State threat requires military action: NATO chief
    Brussels: Western nations must take military action against Islamic State militants because they pose a global threat, not just because of the murder of Western hostages, NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Monday.
  5. Libya migrant boat sinks: Scores feared drowned
    Many migrants have drowned while trying to reach Europe after their boat sank off Libya, the Libyan navy says.
  6. US airstrikes to support Iraqi troops under attack
    The US has carried out airstrikes in Iraq in support of troops who were being attacked by Islamic State (IS) fighters, the US military has said.
  7. Britain says no rescue mission as does not know where IS hostages are
    London: Britain ruled out a mission by special forces to rescue a Briton whose life was threatened in the latest execution video released by Islamic State militants, saying on Monday it did not know where he and other hostages were being held.
  8. Mers: Saudis in push to keep Hajj free from deadly virus
    Health officials in Saudi Arabia say they are doing all they can to avoid an outbreak of the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (Mers) coronavirus at the annual Hajj pilgrimage next month. The BBC’s Global Health Correspondent Tulip Mazumdar has been given rare access to the kingdom.
  9. Iran nuclear bomb probe will not be “endless” – IAEA
    (Reuters) – A U.N. nuclear agency investigation into suspected atomic bomb research by Iran will not be an “endless process”, its chief said on Monday, pressuring Tehran to step up cooperation with the long-stalled probe.