1. Syria conflict: ‘Global failure’ to protect refugees
    A UN inquiry into the conflict in Syria has criticised the “global failure” to protect the country’s refugees, saying it has fuelled Europe’s migrant crisis.
  2. Middle East wars deprive 13m children of education – UN
    The UN has said that conflicts in the Middle East are depriving more than 13 million children of an education.
  3. The king finally comes to town
    The first visit to Washington by Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud as the Saudi monarch comes as the kingdom faces multiple difficult challenges. The Sept. 4 summit will do little to address Saudi Arabia’s deep problems, because they are impervious to an American solution.
  4. Historic Yemeni city struggles to survive war, corruption
    SANAA, Yemen — One of Yemen’s most important ancient cities, Zabid, is struggling to maintain its cultural significance amid the destruction of war and simple neglect by city officials.
  5. Iran leader says nuclear deal rests on lifting sanctions
    Tehran (AFP) – Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned anew Thursday that there could be no nuclear deal with the West if sanctions imposed on Tehran are not lifted.
  6. Obama expected to press Saudi King on conflicts in Syria, Yemen
    Washington (AFP) – US President Barack Obama will host Saudi Arabia’s King Salman in their first and long-delayed White House summit Friday, with clashing views on Middle Eastern crises coming to the fore.
  7. Iraq’s top Shiite cleric asks government to start hunting ‘big heads’ in anti-corruption drive
    BAGHDAD – Iraq’s top Shiite cleric says the government must start hunting the “big heads” in an anti-corruption drive as the only way to achieve genuine reforms.
  8. Emiratis fighting with Saudis in Yemen take heavy loss
    SANAA, Yemen — Twenty-two members of the United Arab Emirates’ military were killed while taking part in Saudi-led operations in Yemen against Shiite rebels known as Houthis, the official news agency WAM said Friday, the largest single loss for the Gulf nation’s military to date in the war.
  9. 28 die in bombing of Yemen Shiite mosque claimed by Islamic State
    Yemen: A suicide bomber hit a Shiite mosque in the Yemeni capital on Wednesday, killing at least 28 people in the latest such attack to be claimed by the Islamic State group.
  10. Iraqi army raids HQ of powerful Iranian-backed Shi’ite militia suspecting link to Turkish hostages
    Iraqi security forces raided the Baghdad headquarters of a powerful Iranian-backed Shi’ite militia overnight, security sources and officials said on Friday, following suspicions that Turkish hostages were being held in the area.