1. Iran vows nuclear enrichment ‘without limits’ unless sanctions end
    Paris (AFP) – Iran is ready to resume nuclear enrichment “without any limitations” unless sanctions are totally and immediately removed at the end of negotiations, Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said Friday.
  2. The End of History: Why America No Longer Needs to Back Saudi Arabia to the Exclusion of All Others
    A fractured Middle East requires multilateral engagement, not blind loyalty based on circumstances that no longer exist.
  3. Australia FM hails Iran effort to defeat IS
    Australia’s foreign minister on Saturday hailed Iran’s efforts to crush the jihadist Islamic State group in Iraq, saying on a rare trip to Tehran that the militants can be defeated.
  4. Iraqi officials believe Saddam’s top deputy killed
    BAGHDAD (AP) — He was the last member of Saddam Hussein’s inner circle still on the run, depicted with his distinctive red moustache as the “king of clubs” on the U.S. military’s deck of cards of most-wanted Iraqi regime fugitives.
  5. Iran needs ‘up to 500 airliners’ in next decade
    Tehran (AFP) – Iran will need to acquire 400-500 airliners over the coming decade to renew its aging fleet, suffering from years of US sanctions over its controversial nuclear programme, the country’s aviation chief says.
  6. Iraqi soldiers enter refinery amid Islamic State attacks
    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi soldiers surrounded and entered the country’s biggest oil refinery Saturday, which has been besieged for days by Islamic State militants, a senior official said.
  7. Saudi soldier killed in Yemen border clash
    Riyadh (AFP) – Fighting along Saudi Arabia’s border with Yemen has killed a soldier from the kingdom, the Saudi-led coalition spokesman said on Saturday.
  8. US generals: Saudi intervention in Yemen ‘a bad idea’
    John McCain, the Republican chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, has accused the Obama administration of going soft on Iran’s regional ambitions in pursuit of what he sees as a bad nuclear agreement with Tehran, and has praised “our Arab partners” for intervening in Yemen.
  9. 16 Jamaat-Shibir men held in Kushtia
    Police in a drive arrested 16 activists of Jamaat-e-Islami and its student wing Islami Chhatra Shibir along with 6 crude bombs and explosives from Dar-us-Salam academy in Bus stand area of Mirpur upazila of Kushtia on Saturday.
  10. Bloody battle for Iraq develops into a war on two fronts
    A struggle for control of Iraq is taking place on two fronts, each with a starkly different balance of power