1. Saudi king warns of Iran threat, rebels hit border town
    Riyadh (AFP) – Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Tuesday urged his fellow Gulf leaders to stand up to Iran, as Yemeni rebels backed by Tehran bombarded a Saudi border city.
  2. This Saudi official slapped a journalist. Now he’s out of a job.
    In video footage of Saudi Arabia’s King Salman greeting Morocco’s King Mohammed VI at the Riyadh airport on Sunday, eagle-eyed viewers noticed something unusual in the background: someone in the Saudi king’s entourage turning and slapping a photographer.
  3. U.S. aims to make Iran nuclear deal immune to Russian, Chinese veto
    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Washington wants to be certain that any nuclear deal between Iran and major powers includes the possibility of restoring U.N. sanctions if Tehran breaks the agreement without risking Russian and Chinese vetoes, a senior U.S. official said on Tuesday.
  4. Nasrallah vows to oust militants on Lebanon-Syria border
    Beirut (AFP) – The head of Lebanon’s Hezbollah vowed Tuesday his militant group would oust militants from a region on the border with Syria, but declined to say when the assault might happen.
  5. Islamic State claims responsibility for Texas cartoon attack
    CAIRO (AP) — The Islamic State group claimed responsibility on Tuesday for a weekend attack at a center near Dallas, Texas, that was exhibiting cartoon depictions of the Prophet Muhammad — though it offered no evidence of a direct link to the attackers.
  6. Iran’s allies, not atoms, preoccupy Israeli generals
    JERUSALEM (Reuters) – While Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thunders against a possible nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, his defense chiefs see Tehran’s guerrilla allies as a more pressing menace.
  7. Hezbollah captures Syrian village from Islamic militants
    BEIRUT (AP) — Hezbollah fighters captured a Syrian village Tuesday near the border with Lebanon after intense fighting with Islamic militants, the group’s television station said, while an activist said battles are concentrating near a strategic Syrian hill.
  8. Why Iran must remain a US enemy
    Since the start of the US nuclear negotiations with Iran, both Israeli and Saudi officials have indulged in highly publicised handwringing over their belief that such a nuclear deal would represent a fundamental strategic shift in US policy towards the region at the expense of its traditional alliances with Israel and Saudi Arabia.
  9. At summit on extremism, Obama defends his semantic choices regarding Islam
    President Obama has talked about the deadly dogma infiltrating some Muslim communities and decried the acts of terrorism carried out in the name of what he calls a “distorted” version of Islam.
  10. 4 Killed in Baghdad Car Bombing Near Shiite Headquarters
    Baghdad: A car bomb blast near the Baghdad headquarters of a Shiite militia fighting the Islamic State jihadist group in Iraq killed at least four civilians today, police said.