1. Iraq official appeals for more aid to fight Islamic State
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The U.S.-led coalition helping Iraq push back Islamic State group militants is not doing enough to match the scale of the threat, a senior Iraqi official said Monday as he called for increased firepower to defeat the extremists.
  2. Yemen Houthi rebels seize US embassy vehicles after diplomats leave
    Armed Houthi rebels in the Yemeni capital Sanaa seized U.S. embassy vehicles after the ambassador and diplomats left the country on Wednesday, local members of embassy staff told Reuters.
  3. US gunman kills three Muslims students near North Carolina university
    A gunman shot dead three Muslim students near the University of North Carolina, enraging Muslim activists who on Wednesday demanded US state and federal authorities investigate the suspect for possible hate crimes.
  4. Turkey detains 14 on border seeking to join IS
    Security forces in Turkey detained 13 foreigners and a Turkish citizen attempting to cross into Syria to join the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group, the armed forces said on Wednesday.
  5. Houthis enter Yemen’s Bayda ‘without resistance’
    Shiite Houthis have entered Yemen’s central city of Al-Bayda – capital of the flashpoint province of the same name – without resistance, eyewitnesses have said.
  6. Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina rejects call for dialogue with opposition post political turmoil
    The death toll in the political violence caused by Khaleda Zia-led Bangladesh Nationalist Party’s (BNP) non-stop nationwide blockade has crossed 100. Some 24 alleged saboteurs have also been killed in what officials claim “encounters” with law enforcement agencies.
  7. Pakistan government ensures to ban all organisations proscribed by UN in blacklist
    Amid confusion over the status of Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed-led militant outfit JuD, Pakistan government on Wednesday said it will ensure that all organisations proscribed by the UN are banned in the country.
  8. Head of Belgian Group Said to Recruit Fighters for Syria Gets 12-Year Term
    BRUSSELS — In a case seen as a test of Europe’s ability to combat Islamic extremism through the courts, a Belgian judge on Wednesday ruled that Sharia4Belgium, a group accused of recruiting fighters for Syria, was a terrorist organization and sentenced the group’s leader to 12 years in prison.
  9. Mortar attack on Shiite part of Baghdad kills 7, wounds 19
    BAGHDAD (AP) ” Iraqi officials say mortar shells have struck a Shiite neighborhood in Baghdad, killing at least seven civilians.
  10. The death of Iran’s ‘Dead Sea’
    (CNN)Lake Urmia, in northwest Iran, once bore the weight of a ton of people. The extreme salinity of what used to be the largest lake in the Middle East allowed people to swim and relax without sinking.