1. Iran will not seek to resume diplomatic ties with US
    Tehran will not seek a resumption of diplomatic ties with Washington even if a comprehensive nuclear deal helps to defuse tensions between the two, Iran’s top security official said, the Financial Times‎ reported Dec. 22.
  2. UN warns of potential war crimes in Libya
    The UN human rights office said Tuesday that fighting between armed groups in Libya has killed hundreds of civilians and resulted in widespread human rights violations, and could lead to prosecution for war crimes.
  3. Dreaded terrorist Malik Ishaq released by Pakistan government
    LAHORE: Malik Ishaq, dreaded chief of banned LeJ that has carried out attacks on minority Shias and the mastermind of the assault on the Sri Lankan cricket team in 2009, has been released after three years in jail with the Pakistan government not seeking an extension of his detention.
  4. Australia PM Abbott warns of ‘heightened terror chatter’
    Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott says there has been a “heightened level of terror chatter” since the siege at a Sydney cafe last week.
  5. Official: Afghan forces kill 150 Taliban fighters in 12-day fight
    At least 151 Taliban fighters have been killed by government forces during 12 days of fighting in the volatile east, near the border with Pakistan, the police chief of Kunar province said Tuesday.
  6. Bombs in north Nigeria bus station, market kill 27
    (Reuters) – Two bomb attacks at a bus station and a market in north Nigeria on Monday killed at least 27 people and wounded around 60, officials said.
  7. Bangladesh ex-minister sentenced to death for war crimes
    A former government minister in Bangladesh has been sentenced to death for crimes against humanity during the 1971 war of independence from Pakistan.
  8. ‘MH370 may have been shot down by US military after hijack’
    LONDON: Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 that mysteriously disappeared with 239 people on board may have been shot down by the US military fearing a hijack and a 9/11-style attack, a French ex-airline boss has claimed.
  9. Shia cleric Maulana Kalbe Sadiq slams RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on conversion issue
    Noted Shia cleric Maulana Kalbe Sadiq has dubbed RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat “a fake Hindu”. Sadiq, also the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) vice-president, was reacting to Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Sarsanghchalak Bhagwat’s justification of alleged religious conversion or ghar wapsi (homecoming) and claim that “India is a Hindu Rashtra”.
  10. One dead as five bombs explode in Yemeni capital, officials say
    Five bombs exploded on Tuesday in Sanaa, Yemen, killing one person and injuring another, a senior security official said.