1. Shi’ite militia hands over suspected body of former top Saddam aide
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) – The body of a man believed to be Ezzat al-Douri, top aide to Iraq’s executed president Saddam Hussein, was handed over to the Iraqi government by a Shi’ite militia on Monday, live video from the scene showed.
  2. U.S. says might talk to Iran about regional stability, cites Syria
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. State Department said on Monday it might talk with Iran about promoting regional stability, noting it had been open to including Iran in past efforts to achieve a Syrian peace deal if Tehran had altered its policy.
  3. Turkey’s top cleric calls Pope ‘immoral’ for Armenia comments
    ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey’s top cleric on Monday described comments by Pope Francis that the 1915 mass killing of Armenians was genocide as immoral and said the Vatican should look to its own history before leveling accusations of casting stones.
  4. Assad says no Iran troops in Syria, denies fresh chemical attacks
    Paris (AFP) – Bashar Al-Assad said he had invited Hezbollah militants to fight alongside his regime but he denied the presence of Iranian troops in Syria in an interview with French television broadcast Monday.
  5. Coalition carries out 26 strikes against IS in Iraq
    Baghdad (AFP) – US-led coalition aircraft carried out 26 strikes in Iraq over 24 hours targeting the Islamic State jihadist group north and west of Baghdad, it said on Monday.
  6. Saudi Airstrikes Raise Doubts Abroad, Spark Patriotic Fervor At Home
    Saudi airstrikes in Yemen began almost a month ago, targeting rebels who have taken over much of the country.
  7. Mohammed Morsi verdict: ‘The tables have turned’
    An Egyptian court is to deliver its first verdict in one of the trials of former President Mohammed Morsi. He was ousted by the military in July 2013 after mass protests against his rule, in a move which polarised Egypt.
  8. Iraq deploys Shiite militia in Ramadi to confront ISIS
    ERBIL, Kurdistan region – Iraq’s prime minister has authorized the deployment of a large number of Shiite fighters in the Anbar province capital of Ramadi, where residents have been fleeing intensified fighting between ISIS and government forces.
  9. Bombs blast houses, Shiite arms caches in Sanaa, hit near Iran Embassy
    SANAA – Saudi-led airstrikes hit weapons caches held by Iran-backed Shiite rebels, touching off massive explosions Monday in Yemen’s capital that killed at least 19 people and buried scores of others under the rubble of flattened homes.
  10. The collapse of Lebanon’s Hezbollah
    What is written here about Lebanon’s Hezbollah might be viewed by many as sectarian-sounding. It is anything but sectarian.