- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.