1. IS executing `educated women` in new wave of horror says UN
    Geneva: The UN on Tuesday decried numerous executions of civilians in Iraq by the Islamic State group, warning that educated women appeared to be especially at risk.
  2. Islamic State demands $200 million ransom for two Japanese hostages
    SEOUL — Three days after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged $200 million to countries battling the Islamic State, the terrorist group Tuesday demanded the same amount to spare the lives of two Japanese men it holds hostage.
  3. Bahrain intensifies crackdown on activists
    The forces confronted anti-monarchy protesters in the capital Manama and the village of Bani Jamra in the country’s northwest.
  4. US-led forces, ISIL engage in 1st ground battle in Iraq
    “My troops had completed a planning session with senior Iraqi leaders several kilometers behind the front lines,” Brigadier General Michael Rouleau, the commander of the Canadian Special Operations Forces Command (CANSOFCOM), told journalists in the capital Ottawa on Monday.
  5. Kuwait orders closure of critical paper
    The newspaper said on its website on Tuesday that the order had been issued by the Commerce Ministry, which said the newspaper had failed to meet minimum capital requirements.
  6. US Supreme Court rules Muslim inmate can keep beard
    The US Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled in favor of a Muslim inmate in the state of Arkansas who wanted to grow a beard in accordance with his beliefs but was barred by prison officials.
  7. Peace talks conference held in Damascus
    The representatives of several Syrian political factions have gathered in the capital Damascus to discuss an outline for a solution to their country’s conflict, Press TV reports.
  8. Nigerian officers face court martial over Boko Haram
    Abuja: Nigeria has ordered a brigadier general and 21 other army officers to face a court martial over alleged sabotage in the war against Islamist militant group Boko Haram, two military sources said on Tuesday.
  9. AirAsia Jet Climbed at Rate Beyond Design of Commercial Planes
    JAKARTA, Indonesia—The AirAsia jet that crashed on Dec. 28 into the Java Sea stalled after apparently climbing far too steeply, Indonesia’s Transport minister said Tuesday, in the first public comments by a high-level official on what likely happened.
  10. Coup Fears Rise in Yemen as Rebels Storm Palace
    SANA, Yemen — Houthi rebel militiamen seized control of the palace of Yemen’s president and clashed with guards outside his residence on Tuesday in an escalation of the violent crisis that has gripped the capital for days, raising fears of a coup in one of the Arab world’s most impoverished and insecure states.