1. Venezuela, Iran plea for oil cut hits Gulf OPEC brick wall
    DUBAI/DOHA: A diplomatic push by Venezuela and Iran for an OPEC oil output cut has failed to soften the refusal of the group’s Gulf members to do so for now, delegates said on Monday.
  2. ISIS conspiring to start Shia-Sunni clashes in Pakistan: Malik
    LAHORE: Former interior minister and PPP’s leader Rehman Malik has said that ISIS is conspiring to spark violence between Shia and Sunni communities and emphasised that the government and the law enforcement agencies would have to take coordinated and serious steps to foil this conspiracy.
  3. New act of vandalism targets French mosque
    POITIERS (France): A fire, probably of criminal origin, broke out briefly Sunday night at a mosque under construction in central France, officials said, the latest in a series of attacks on Muslim targets.
  4. Month on, Bhopal’s riot-hit Shia colony totters
    BHOPAL: Exactly a month after sectarian violence tore through Aman Colony in Karond leaving 60 houses of minority Iranian Shias in flames, life is yet to return to normal.
  5. Iran urges Russia to play “more active role” in nuclear talks
    TEHRAN, Jan. 12 (Xinhua) — Russia can play a significant role to help secure a final nuclear deal between Iran and the world powers, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif said here on Monday.
  6. 8 killed in suicide car bombing in central Iraq
    TIKRIT, Iraq, Jan. 12 (Xinhua) — Eight militiamen and soldiers were killed and some 16 others wounded on Monday as a suicide car bomber struck a building housing Shiite militiamen in the country’s northern central province of Salahudin, a provincial security source said.
  7. Retrieved AirAsia flight data recorder in good condition
    JAKARTA, Jan. 12 (Xinhua) — The flight data recorder of the AirAsia Flight QZ8501 retrieved Monday was in good condition and was ready to be opened for analysis, Indonesia’s National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT) said.
  8. Nigeria ‘needs same support as France’ after Boko Haram attacks kill over 2000: archbishop
    Lagos: A Nigerian archbishop called Monday for the same international support to tackle Boko Haram as France has received since it was hit by Islamist attacks last week.
  9. Syria accuses Turkey of terrorism growth in the region
    DAMASCUS, Jan. 12 (Xinhua) — The Syrian Foreign Ministry said on Monday that Turkey’s statement about the entry through Turkey into Syria of a suspected female accomplice of extremist militants behind the recent Paris attacks indicates Ankara’s involvement in facilitating the flow of terrorists into the conflict-stricken country, state news agency SANA reported.
  10. Indonesian Aviation Is in Chaos
    Indonesia’s chaotic aviation regulation as shown by the AirAsia Bhd. (AIRA) jet crash highlights the task for President Joko Widodo to bring transparency and efficiency to the bureaucracy of the world’s largest archipelago.