1. ISIS kills family refusing to marry off daughter: Iraq
    Five members of an Iraqi family who refused to marry off their daughter to a fighter in the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have been executed by the militant group in a “horrific crime,” Iraq’s Human Rights Ministry said over the weekend.
  2. Doubts about a nuclear deal with Iran as talks near deadline
    For the six global powers in talks with Iran, the goals have always been clear — blocking Iran’s path to a nuclear bomb while eventually lifting sanctions that have hobbled its economy and caused hardship for the Iranian people.
  3. Pro-Ahmadinejad former prosecutor barred from office in Iran
    DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran’s Supreme Court has banned an ally of former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad from holding public office for five years over his role in the 2009 deaths of three anti-government protesters, Iranian media said on Sunday.
  4. Saudi Arabia, UAE and Bahrain end rift with Qatar, return ambassadors
    (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain agreed on Sunday to return their ambassadors to Qatar, signaling an end to an eight-month rift over Doha’s support for Islamist groups.
  5. Hagel says U.S. military accelerating mission to train Iraqi troops
    (Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Sunday the Pentagon will accelerate its mission to train Iraqi forces to combat Islamic State militants, using troops already in Iraq to start the effort while funding is sought for a broader initiative.
  6. Pakistani army: 1,200 militants killed during five-month offensive
    (Reuters) – The Pakistani army has killed 1,200 suspected militants in an anti-Taliban offensive during the past five months, seriously reducing the group’s ability to carry out attacks, senior officers said on Sunday during a rare trip to the conflict zone.
  7. Kenyan police shoot dead man and make arrests in mosque raids
    (Reuters) – Kenyan police shot dead one man and arrested about 250 others when they searched two mosques in the city of Mombasa that they said had been used to recruit militants and stash weapons, senior officials said on Monday.
  8. Pop idol’s funeral draws biggest crowds in Iran since 2009 unrest
    (Reuters) – The funeral of Iranian pop idol Morteza Pashaie on Sunday drew the biggest crowds seen in Iran since mass protests in 2009 rocked the Islamic Republic.
  9. Mulayam calls veil system an evil tradition, says it should end
    Lucknow: Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav on Monday kicked up a controversy by dubbing the practice of “purdah” (veil) as an “evil tradition”, saying it should be scrapped as it hindered progress of women.