- Kuwait’s Shi’ites mourn blast victims and lament sectarianism
As a body passed, shrouded in Kuwait’s flag, dozens of hands were raised from the crowd to support the bier and help carry it towards the Shi’ite Muslim cemetery where most victims of Friday’s Islamic State mosque attack were buried on Saturday.
- Islamist gunmen attack western Mali town, 12 dead
Suspected Islamist fighters attacked a town in western Mali near the border with neighbouring Mauritania before dawn on Saturday, leaving 12 people dead, including three soldiers and nine attackers, the defence ministry said.
- Disputes linger as Iran, powers push for nuclear deal – France
An accord to curb Iran’s nuclear programme remains elusive due to disagreements on fundamental issues, France’s foreign minister said on Saturday in Vienna, just days before the June 30 deadline for a deal.
- Kurds secure Syria’s Kobani as Islamic State targets northeast
Syrian Kurdish fighters said they had fully secured the town of Kobani near the Turkish border on Saturday and killed more than 60 Islamic State militants, two days after the hardline group launched an incursion with suicide bombers.
- Turkey’s Erdogan says will “never allow” Kurdish state – media
President Tayyip Erdogan was quoted on Saturday as saying Turkey would never allow the formation of a Kurdish state embracing its south-east and parts of northern Syria, comments likely to anger Kurds as a peace process with Ankara stalls.
- Syrian foreign minister to discuss peace efforts in Moscow
Syria’s foreign minister will meet his Russian counterpart in Moscow next week to discuss ways to resolve the conflict in Syria, Russia’s foreign ministry said on Saturday.
- Bomb attacks kill four people at Baghdad street markets
Four people were killed in separate bomb attacks in Baghdad on Saturday, police and medics said.
- Kuwait says mosque suicide bomber was Saudi – state media
Kuwait has identified the suicide bomber who carried out the country’s worst attack as a Saudi citizen, Kuwait state media reported on Sunday.
- Threat to Kiwis in Iraq after base commander killed
A top Iraqi commander at Camp Taji was killed in an ambush at his home, according to reports, in a sign of deteriorating security at the base where Kiwi troops are stationed.
- Iran Burns 100 Tonnes of Drugs for Anti-Drugs Meeting
Tehran: Iran burned 100 tonnes of drugs recovered from traffickers in a ceremony today to coincide with an international anti-drug day meeting in Tehran, local news agencies reported.