- Iran hopes to begin Russia oil-for-goods exports this week – report
Russia will begin importing Iranian oil under a long-heralded oil-for-goods barter arrangement in the coming week, Iran’s oil minister was quoted as saying, more than a year after negotiations began.
- U.S.-Turkey dispute on Syria to persist after Erdogan setback
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s loss of his parliamentary majority is unlikely to end disagreements between Washington and Ankara, particularly over the conflict in Turkey’s southern neighbor Syria, U.S. officials said on Monday.
- U.S. reports 21 air strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States and its allies conducted 21 air strikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria during a 24-hour period ending on Monday, a U.S. military statement said.
- Israel isn’t on UN list of parties that kill or injure kids
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s latest list of parties that kill or injure children in armed conflict does not include Israel — as some U.N. officials had recommended — but the U.N. chief strongly criticized Israel for the “unprecedented and unacceptable” scale of its violence against young people.
- Obama: Stepped up strategy against IS ‘not yet’ ready
ELMAU, Germany (AP) — President Barack Obama says the Pentagon is still working on a plan to accelerate the fight against Islamic State fighters in Iraq.
- G7 summit: 125 extra UK military trainers to be sent to Iraq
The UK is to send an extra 125 military trainers to Iraq to help in the battle against Islamic State, the PM has said.
- Iraq’s security for Shiites causes controversy
BAGHDAD — Over the last 10 years, traveling merchant Hussein Alwan and his seven-member family never missed celebrating any Shiite religious occasion. They visited Najaf, Karbala and Samarra several times, and on May 12 they made a daylong hike where they crossed the city of Baghdad from the south to the north to visit the shrine of Imam Musa bin Jaafar al-Kadhim, the seventh imam in Twelver Shiism.
- Iraq’s Mosul bides its time, 12 months under IS rule
Baghdad (AFP) – When the Iraqi government lost Ramadi last month, Abu Yasser’s heart sank: the prospect of his own city, Mosul, shaking off jihadist rule had just faded farther into the distance.
- Iran to open 150 alcohol treatment centres
Iran plans to open 150 alcohol treatment centres, a health ministry official said on Monday, in an acknowledgement of the scale of abuse in a country where drinking is illegal.
- Yemen’s Hadi says ‘no negotiations’ with rebels in Geneva
Sanaa (AFP) – Yemen’s exiled president took a hard line Monday ahead of weekend peace talks in Geneva, ruling out negotiations with Iran-backed rebels and denouncing Tehran’s “dangerous” meddling in his country.
- Jihadists’ slave markets sell girls at any price: UN envoy
Teenage girls abducted by Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria are being sold in slave markets “for as little as a pack of cigarettes,” the UN envoy on sexual violence said Monday.