1. Saudi-led warplanes hit Yemeni port, aid group sounds alarm
    Warplanes from a Saudi-led coalition hit Yemen’s Red Sea port of Hodeida on Tuesday, and officials there said the raids destroyed cranes and warehouses in the main entry point for aid supplies to the north of the country.
  2. Syrian government launches counter attack on strategic plain – monitor
    Syrian government forces recaptured four northwestern villages on Tuesday as they pounded the area with air strikes in a counter-attack on insurgents threatening strongholds of President Bashar al-Assad, a monitor said.
  3. UN backs Syria peace plan after deadly regime strikes
    Beirut (AFP) – The UN Security Council has backed a push for Syrian peace talks in a rare show of unity after widespread condemnation of regime air strikes that killed nearly 100 people.
  4. Iran to work with rivals for peace – VP Masumeh Ebtekar
    Iran wants to work with other powers in the Middle East to promote peace following last month’s nuclear deal, Vice-President Masumeh Ebtekar says.
  5. Yemen conflict: Civilian deaths ‘amount to war crimes’
    All sides in the conflict in Yemen have left a “trial of civilian death and destruction” and may have committed war crimes, Amnesty International says.
  6. Islamic State: Maliki dismisses ‘worthless’ Mosul report
    Former Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki has dismissed as worthless a parliamentary report blaming him for the fall of Mosul to Islamic State (IS)
  7. Saudi Arabia and Iran: Volatile Political Geography of Oil and Minorities
    The political geography of oil and minorities in Saudi Arabia and Iran highlights a fault line in the Sunni-Shiite divide at the core of violent transition in the Middle East.
  8. Yemen conflict has killed nearly 400 children: UN report
    The conflict in Yemen has killed nearly 400 children since the end of March, and a similar number of children have been recruited by armed groups, according to a new report by the UN children’s agency. This is UNICEF’s first such alert on Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition has been fighting Shiite Houthi rebels since late March.
  9. ‘Dogs ravaged dead bodies’: Remembering Iraq’s 1991 uprisings
    Aodeh al-Tamimi’s memories of the “spontaneous” uprisings by discontented Iraqis soon after Kuwait’s liberation from Iraqi occupation in 1991 are filled with grisly scenes and betrayal.
  10. Come and see for yourself, Iran’s Ambassador tells foreign investors
    Abu Dhabi: Iran will offer foreign investors guarantees in a move to sure up economic growth when years of sanctions are expected to be lifted early next year.