1. Middle East nuclear weapons ban proposal stumbles at U.N.
    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – A U.N. attempt to work out a ban on nuclear weapons in the Middle East was in jeopardy after Egypt complained on Monday about the lack of progress and demanded the resignation of the Finnish coordinator of the initiative.
  2. Kurdish forces and allies ‘broke IS spine’: Kurdish leader
    Budapest (AFP) – The leader of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region, Massud Barzani, said on Monday his forces had “broken the spine” of the Islamic State (IS) group with the help of international allies.
  3. With Plane Delivery, Iran Sanctions Collapsing Already
    With a deadline to end nuclear negotiations less than two months away, the crippling sanctions against Iran are already beginning to collapse. The latest evidence came over the weekend when nine used commercial airliners arrived in Iran to bolster the fleet of Mahan Air.
  4. Saudi King Salman, other Gulf leaders won’t attend Camp David summit
    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, May 11 (UPI) — Saudi Arabia’s King Salman will not attend a summit called by President Barack Obama at Camp David on Wednesday, the Saudi foreign minister said.
  5. Once untouchable, Egypt’s Sisi faces media attacks
    CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian newspapers are publishing what would have been unthinkable when then-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi removed the Muslim Brotherhood from power in 2013: suggestions that he is fallible.
  6. U.S. officials: Assad losses in Syria could become ISIS gains
    Washington (CNN)Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s momentum in fighting off rebel groups has decreased, but should his regime crumble, Syria could face greater instability and control by extremist groups, U.S. security officials are warning.
  7. Hamas, beholden to Iran, lets Shiite group operate in Gaza
    A-Sabrin has condemned Saudi attacks in Yemen, putting the Strip’s Sunni rulers in a difficult position
  8. Comparing Iraq’s Shiite forces to Iran’s Basij
    In June 2014, Iranian officials and Shiite authorities in Najaf officials reacted to the rapid advances of the Islamic State (IS) and its conquest of Iraqi cities by quickly organizing paramilitary forces.
  9. Kuwait Shiite MP wants minister grilled over Yemen war
    KUWAIT CITY: A Shiite parliamentarian in Kuwait on Monday demanded to grill the foreign minister over the Gulf state’s participation in Saudi-led air strikes against Yemen’s Shiite Houthi rebels and their allies.
  10. Iraq bombings kill seven civilians, injure 16
    At least seven civilians have been killed and 16 others injured when separate bomb attacks ripped through residential areas in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, and elsewhere in the country.