1. Voting underway in Bahrain amid Shiite opposition boycott
    Bahrainis went to the polls Saturday for the first legislative elections since a 2011 uprising, but the vote is being boycotted by the Shiite opposition that led Gulf kingdom’s pro-democracy movement.
  2. Iran’s nuclear negotiations have devolved into a numbers game
    Washington and Tehran are fixated on counting centrifuges when they should be thinking big
  3. Isil hostage John Cantlie: ‘I have accepted my fate’
    British journalist speaks of a failed attempt to rescue him and reveals David Haines was killed a day after Britain promised to arm Kurdish forces
  4. Two Britons ‘killed in Islamic State fighting’ in Syria
    Two British men have reportedly been killed while fighting alongside Islamic State militants in Syria.
  5. Kenya bus attack near Somali border leaves 28 dead
    Suspected members of the Somali militant group al-Shabab have killed at least 28 people in an attack on a bus in northern Kenya, officials say.
  6. Pakistan: Newly converted Shia Muslim shot martyred in Mastung
    Anti-Shia takfiri group have killed a newly converted Shia Muslim in Baluchistan Mastung district.
  7. Saudi detains 35 Egyptian fishermen for entering its waters
    Thirty-five Egyptian fishermen were detained by Saudi authorities yesterday who accused them of “fishing Saudi’s territorial waters without a permit”, a source said.
  8. Syrian students deprived of an education
    One of the biggest victims of the war in Syria is schools. While many have been demolished as a result of the bombardment by regime forces, others are bare of students due to parents not wanting to send their children for fear of bombings.
  9. Islamic State attacks Iraq provincial capital: officials
    (Reuters) – Islamic State fighters attacked a government complex in the heart of an Iraqi provincial capital on Friday, local officials said, in an apparently coordinated effort to seize full control of the city.