1. U.N. says Yemen’s warring factions agree to humanitarian truce
    Yemen’s warring factions confirmed their agreement on Thursday to a temporary humanitarian ceasefire set to begin on Friday night, United Nations envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed said.
  2. Syrian army says it’s closing in on Islamic State in Palmyra
    The Syrian army said on Thursday it was closing in on Islamic State militants in control of Palmyra, in a major offensive to recapture the city of Roman ruins from the jihadists.
  3. Top adviser to Iran’s Khamenei says ‘red lines’ should be respected in nuclear talks – Tasnim
    The top adviser to Iran’s supreme leader said on Friday that Tehran’s “redlines” should be respected in nuclear talks with major powers aimed at curbing the country’s nuclear programme, the semi-official Iranian news agency Tasnim reported.
  4. Former Saudi foreign minister Saud al-Faisal dies
    Former Saudi foreign minister Prince Saud al-Faisal has died, two months after he retired following 40 years in the job.
  5. Kerry won’t be ‘rushed’ into Iran deal
    US Secretary of State John Kerry said today that major world powers would not be “rushed” into a nuclear deal with Iran, adding he was prepared to walk away if “tough decisions” are not made soon.
  6. RSS mouthpiece asks government, Muslim leaders to protect youth from Wahhabism
    With Wahhabi terror growing fast with extensive technology, Indian Muslim youth could fall prey to the divisive designs of Islamic terror groups, warns an article in the Organiser, mouthpiece of the RSS. It has asked the Indian Muslim leaders to focus on modern education and to develop a core economic model for the minority community to counter it.
  7. New hostage crisis feared as Israel says two held in Gaza
    Ashkelon (Israel) (AFP) – Two Israelis are being held captive by Hamas in the Gaza Strip after having crossed into the Palestinian territory, Israeli officials said Thursday, raising fears of another hostage crisis.
  8. Shiite and Iraqi forces push ISIS back in Anbar Province
    (NBC NEWS)- Shiite militiamen made some progress in Iraq’s western Anbar Province against ISIS militants Thursday.
  9. Shiite militias train Salahadin children to fight ISIS
    The Shiite militia movement, known as the Hashd al-Shaabi, or Popular Mobilization Units, is operating a military training center for children in the predominantly Sunni town of Balad in Salahadin province.
  10. Saudi Arabia arrests 3 brothers in connection with deadly bombing of Shiite
    The attack during Friday prayers, which killed 27 people including the bomber, appeared aimed at stoking sectarian hatred in the energy-rich Gulf.