1. Shiite show of strength in nervy Baghdad
    BAGHDAD: Red and green Shiite banners line the streets of Baghdad, portraits of religious figures and slain “martyrs” stare down from billboards, hymns blare from shops and cafes, and grim-faced militiamen prowl the streets in pickup trucks.
  2. At least 340 dead in month-old battle for Libya’s Benghazi
    BENGHAZI, Libya: At least 340 people have been killed in fighting for Libya’s second city Benghazi since the launch of a government-backed offensive against Islamist militias a month ago, medical sources said Saturday.
  3. Top US general in Iraq to assess anti-IS campaign
    BAGHDAD (AP) — America’s top military leader arrived in Iraq on Saturday on a previously unannounced visit, his first since a U.S.-led coalition began launching airstrikes against the extremist Islamic State group.
  4. Emirates brands Muslim Brotherhood terrorists
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates designated the Muslim Brotherhood and dozens of other Islamist groups as terrorist organizations on Saturday, ratcheting up the pressure on the group by lumping it together with extremists such as the Islamic State group and the Nusra Front, al-Qaida’s affiliate in Syria.
  5. Turkey, US agree plan to train 2,000 moderate Syrian rebels: report
    ISTANBUL: Turkey and the United States have agreed a plan under which some 2,000 fighters from the moderate Syrian opposition would be trained on Turkish soil, a report said Saturday.
  6. Iraqi forces retake one of country’s largest dams
    Adhaim Dam (Iraq) (AFP) – Iraqi forces and Shiite militiamen have recaptured one of Iraq’s largest dams, another success in Baghdad’s efforts to wrest key facilities back from the Islamic State group.
  7. Shiites in fear as deadly bigotry spreads to new shores
    A flood of anti-Shiite propaganda online and on satellite television is spreading bigotry and violence to countries which have so far had little experience of the sectarian hatred that has set the Middle East alight.
  8. 7.1 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Indonesia, Causes Small Tsunami
    Jakarta: A strong undersea earthquake hit eastern Indonesia today, triggering a small tsunami and some panic but no casualties or major damage.
  9. Boko Haram seizes Nigerian town of kidnapped schoolgirls after government troops ‘run away’
    Boko Haram militants have seized the town in north-eastern Nigeria that nearly 300 schoolgirls were kidnapped from in April.