1. Analysis: Israel, in the Sunni-Shiite crossfire
    It would appear that Israel’s recent course of action on the Palestinian issue and the Syrian war could work to strengthen the hostile Iran-led Shiite axis, and at the same time compromise its strategic ties with the Sunni states, its potential allies.
  2. Pilgrim tragedy: The Saudis must re-examine crowd control
    Americans must join visiting Pope Francis in mourning the deaths of more than 700 Muslim pilgrims in a tragic accident Wednesday at the holy places in Saudi Arabia.
  3. Egypt says police killed militants who attacked Italian consulate
    CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian security forces on Friday killed nine militants who took part in a bomb attack at the Italian consulate in Cairo in July, the Interior Ministry said.
  4. Iran blames Saudi leaders for hajj disaster as investigation begins
    Reverberations from the hajj disaster that killed at least 717 pilgrims in Mecca were felt across the Middle East and beyond as Iran blamed its rival Saudi Arabia for fatally mis-managing the most important event in the Muslim calendar.
  5. Eid-ul-Azha celebrated across India
    Lakhs of Muslims thronged mosques and eidgahs across the country today to celebrate Eid-ul-Azha with Shias and Sunnis in Lucknow offering prayers together for the first time to mark the festival’s spirit of brotherhood, even as sporadic clashes between youths and security forces marred the celebrations in parts of Kashmir.
  6. Father of young Saudi activist sentenced to death appeals for pardon
    The father of a Saudi activist, who faces execution by beheading and possibly crucifixion for taking part in pro-reform protests, appealed to King Salman on the occasion of Islam’s most important holiday to spare his son’s life.
  7. Hezbollah leader welcomes Russia’s growing role in Syria
    BEIRUT — The leader of Lebanon’s Shiite Hezbollah group has welcomed what he described as Russia’s growing “combat presence” in Syria, saying it will have a significant impact on the war in the neighboring country.
  8. Iraq’s top Shi’ite cleric says snubbing reforms will revive protests
    Iraq’s most influential Shi’ite Muslim cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, reaffirmed on Friday the need for economic and administrative reforms and warned delays would spark a stronger reaction from the streets.
  9. Pope praises Iran deal before UN
    Pope Francis offered his clearest praise yet for the international nuclear deal with Iran, in a speech before the United Nations General Assembly.
  10. Iran rushes to meet terms of nuclear deal to lift sanctions
    Iran is stepping up efforts to implement a landmark nuclear deal by January so as to benefit from sanctions relief, with European companies lining up for what one investor described as the most attractive opportunity in frontier markets globally.