1. Senior Iraqi Shiite ayatollah in Beirut
    BEIRUT: A senior Iraqi Shiite religious leader, Grand Ayatollah Bashir al-Najafi, arrived in Beirut Wednesday, coming from the Iraqi city of Najaf.
  2. Dozens dead as powerful blast hits Yemen Shiite militia
    Sanaa (AFP) – A powerful bomb blast targeting Shiite militia fighters in central Yemen left dozens dead Wednesday in what appeared to be one of the biggest attacks yet in the country’s escalating unrest.
  3. Saudi’s Sunni leaders calm down Shiite unrest
    RIYADH—Expressions of solidarity by Saudi Arabia’s Sunni leaders towards Shiites are helping to bridge a divide after an unprecedented militant attack against the minority community, analysts say.
  4. Iraq president in Saudi Arabia to patch up ties
    The visit is the highest-level contact between the neighboring countries in years
  5. Iran trip underlines Maliki’s continuing role
    ERBIL – Nouri al-Maliki, former Iraqi prime minister and ostensibly the ‘yesterday’s man’ of Iraqi politics, has ended a three-day visit to Iran during which he met the country’s Supreme Leader and other top officials.
  6. Fighting rages in southern Kobane
    ERBIL- Joint Syrian and Iraqi Kurdish forces are making steady progress in breaking the Islamic State’s nearly two month long siege of Syrian border town Kobane, according to Peshmerga officers.
  7. Sunni school under scrutiny in Iranian Kurdistan
    ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – A Sunni religious school in Iranian Kurdistan, whose late founder tried to strike a deal for Kurdish autonomy soon after the 1979 Iranian revolution, has come under renewed scrutiny by Iranian intelligence.
  8. Suicide bombs hit Libya government’s Tobruk ex-base
    Twin suicide bombings Wednesday hit the remote town where Libya’s internationally recognised government took refuge earlier this year, among a series of attacks in the restive east, security sources said.
  9. Ten civilians injured in North Sinai blast
    Ten civilians were injured on Tuesday when a car bomb exploded in North Sinai’s Al-Arish, Al-Ahram Arabic news website reported.
  10. Suspected Sunni militants kill 17 in bombings in and around Baghdad
    BAGHDAD – Suspected Sunni militants struck in and around Baghdad on Wednesday, killing 17 people including 11 soldiers and policemen, and injuring about 40 in three separate attacks, including two suicide bombings, according to police and hospital officials.