1. Iran advisers boost anti-ISIL battles in Iraq
    Security officials say advisers from Iran have played a key role in Iraq’s recent victories against ISIL fighters.
  2. Gunman and two hostages killed in Sydney siege: latest
    Three dead – including gunman Man Haron Monis – and four injured as shootout ends Sydney hostage siege at Lindt cafe
  3. France busts cell recruiting Syria fighters
    About 10 people arrested in operation to dismantle network sending would-be fighters to Syria, officials say.
  4. Syria rebels capture key Idlib army bases
    Takeover of bases following heavy fighting that left 31 soldiers dead considered a blow to Syrian government.
  5. Pakistan’s Imran Khan leads Lahore protests
    Supporters force closure of public transport facilities to press demand for probe into alleged rigging in 2013 vote.
  6. Bahrain convenes ‘new-look’ parliament
    Parliament with mostly new faces is opened by king following elections boycotted by opposition al-Wefaq party.
  7. Yemeni forces shoot dead major separatist leader
    Yemeni security forces have reportedly killed a key leader of a southern separatist movement in the port city of Aden, inciting tensions in the major city amid continuing pro-independence protests.
  8. Haftar forces take control of Tunisia border crossing
    Forces loyal to Libya’s former army general, Khalifa Haftar, have sealed off the Ras Ajdir border crossing with Tunisia.
  9. Kurds make significant gains against ISIL in Iraq
    Iraq’s Kurdish fighters, known as Peshmerga forces, have made significant gains in their fight against the ISIL Takfiri terrorist group.
  10. Iran, US start new round of nuclear talks in Geneva
    Senior officials from Iran and the United States have started a new round of talks in the Swiss city of Geneva over Tehran’s nuclear program.