1. Gulf markets surge on stronger oil, big Saudi payout
    DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s stock market rose sharply on Sunday after King Salman ordered a lavish payout to state employees and oil prices jumped on reports of declining US drilling activity. Most other Gulf markets also climbed in sympathy.
  2. Rowhani slams hardliners of ‘cheering on’ other side in atom talks
    Iranian President Hassan Rowhani, growing frustrated with hardline resistance to a nuclear deal with the West, accused opponents on Saturday of effectively “cheering on” the other side in Tehran’s grueling negotiations with world powers.
  3. Airstrikes hit 76 ISIS targets in Iraq and Syria
    The anti-ISIS coalition carried out 27 airstrikes against 76 Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) targets on Saturday, an official with the coalition said.
  4. At least 1,375 Iraqis killed in January, most of them civilians
    Fighting and other violence in Iraq killed at least 1,375 people including 790 civilians in
  5. Jordan vows to save life of ISIS-held pilot
    Jordan vowed Sunday to do all it could to save an airman held by ISIS after the jihadists killed a Japanese journalist they had been holding.
  6. Seven dead, 20 wounded in central Damascus blast
    At least seven people were killed and 20 wounded when a blast ripped through a bus in a central district of the Syrian capital on Sunday, a monitoring group said.
  7. ISIS claims beheading of Iraqi security personnel
    The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group beheaded an Iraqi police officer and a soldier, the latest in a long series of atrocities committed by the jihadists, according to pictures posted online Sunday.
  8. Japan condemns `despicable` IS hostage beheading claim
    Tokyo: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday denounced as “heinous and despicable” the apparent beheading of a second Japanese hostage by the Islamic State group, as global leaders denounced the jihadists.
  9. UPDATE 4-Boko Haram insurgents attack northeast Nigeria’s capital city
    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria, Feb 1 (Reuters) – Boko Haram insurgents attacked the outskirts of Maiduguri in northeast Nigeria on Sunday, security sources said, their second assault in a week on a city they hope to make the capital of a breakaway Islamist state.
  10. Clotted in controversy: Iran’s premiere of Prophet Mohammed biopic reportedly cancelled
    The most expensive film in Iran’s history – a biopic of Prophet Mohammed – had been scheduled to have its world premiere in Tehran on Sunday. However Iranian Film Daily reported the last-moment cancellation of the premiere.