1. Rafsanjani: Iran’s hard-liners ‘in harmony with Netanyahu’
    The March 3 speech by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in front of the US Congress warning against a nuclear deal with Iran and the circus-like atmosphere of the event’s coverage has even sucked Iranian partisans into the debate.
  2. Syria’s Nusra Front may leave Qaeda to form new entity
    BEIRUT (Reuters) – Leaders of Syria’s Nusra Front are considering cutting their links with al Qaeda to form a new entity backed by some Gulf states trying to topple President Bashar al-Assad, sources said.
  3. Syria’s Assad insists he has ‘public support’
    Beirut (AFP) – President Bashar al-Assad insisted Wednesday he continues to enjoy the support of the Syrian people despite nearly four years of war and international pressure on his regime.
  4. The wound Netanyahu left
    It was disconcerting to watch Congress cheer wildly as a foreign leader, the prime minister of one of the United States’ closest allies, trashed an American president’s foreign policy.
  5. Iranian president says Israel ‘greatest danger’
    Tehran (AFP) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday said Israel creates the “greatest danger” in the region, after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned against a nuclear deal with the Islamic republic.
  6. Iraqi provinces take ex-Baathists to court
    Iraq’s de-Baathification crisis resurfaced Feb. 2, when the Cabinet approved amendments to the Justice and Accountability Act, which deals with the country’s ex-Baathists and the banning of the Baath Party.
  7. Brotherhood rules out reconciliation with Sisi
    Two leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) ruled out any reconciliation with the current Egyptian regime led by Abdel Fatah A-Sisi, Almesryoon.com reported yesterday.
  8. Killer of 3 Muslim students in US may face death penalty
    Craig Stephen Hicks, 46, who killed three Muslim students in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, may face the death penalty, a district attorney general has said.
  9. Germany says Iran is serious about nuclear talks
    Germany’s foreign minister said on Tuesday that Iran is taking international talks seriously in order to reach a permanent agreement over its nuclear fuel programme, Anadolu has reported.
  10. Sunni-Shiite divide is in their DNA: Reader
    I read your article “Ancient Sunni-Shiite divide at heart of modern conflict” (Feb. 22) with interest, which tried to describe the origin of the contention between these two main sects of Islam.