1. Iran Condemns Nigeria Mosque Bombing
    Marziyeh Afkham on Friday slammed the bombing as an “inhuman and unjustifiable” measure that slaughtered innocent people.
  2. Saudi Shiites hang on to rituals after 5 killed in IS-claimed shooting
    Riyadh (AFP) – Saudi Shiites vowed Saturday to continue commemorations of Ashura, among the holiest occasions for their faith, even after a gunman killed five people at one of their gatherings, in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group.
  3. Iraqi Forces and Shiite Militias Retake Oil Refinery From ISIS
    BAGHDAD — Iraqi forces and the Shiite militias fighting alongside them announced Friday that they had retaken the oil refinery at Baiji from Islamic State militants, in some of the first significant progress against the extremist group after months of stalled efforts.
  4. Top Al-Qaeda Leader Killed in Syria
    Saudi-born Sanafi al-Nasr, senior al-Qaeda leader and strategist, was killed in an airstrike in Aleppo province in Syria.
  5. Iran Shiite Ceremony Shooting: Two Dead After Assailants Open Fire
    Two people were killed in a shooting attack at a Shiite mourning ceremony in Iran late Friday night. Two other people were also wounded after the assailants opened fire at the worshipers from a car with no license plate, local media reported.
  6. Saudi forces kill gunman who opened fire on Shiite site: Saudi-owned TV, resident
    DUBAI: Saudi security forces shot dead a gunman who opened fire on a Shiite Muslim meeting hall on Friday in the Eastern city of Saihat, state-owned TV and a resident said.
  7. Iran Winning the Underground Arms Race
    Iran claims to have built at least one bunker that is filled with vehicle-mounted missiles and hidden deep beneath a mountain, well out of range of U.S. munitions.
  8. U.S. officials fear Iran moving too fast on nuke deal
    With the next phase of the Iran nuclear deal beginning Sunday, some U.S. officials worry that Tehran has set unrealistic expectations for how quickly it can comply with the deal and end economic sanctions.
  9. Brotherhood missing from ballots as Egypt readies to vote
    CAIRO (AFP) — One party — the banned Muslim Brotherhood — will be conspicuously absent from ballot papers Sunday when Egypt’s voters head to the polls for long-delayed parliamentary elections.
  10. Germany urges Iran to use sway over Assad to end Syria war
    TEHRAN – German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier urged Iran on Saturday to use its influence over Syrian President Bashar Assad to move towards a diplomatic end to Syria’s civil war.