Iraq Forces Mass in Bid to Break "Jihadist" Siege of Turkmen Town

Iraq was massing forces Wednesday for an operation to break a two-month "jihadist" siege of the town of Amerli amid growing fears for residents short of food and water
 

Iran Foreign Minister to Visit Turkey, Russia

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will visit Turkey on Thursday before embarking on a mini-tour of Europe that will take him to Russia, Italy, Luxembourg and Belgium, Iranian media reported
 

UN Says Executions a Common Spectacle in ISIL-controlled Syria

Public executions, as well as amputations, lashings and mock crucifixion take place regularly on Fridays in parts of Syria controlled by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a U.N.-mandated probe said Wednesday.
 

Turkey Ruling Party Meets to Confirm Davutolgu as PM

Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) met Wednesday for a congress to confirm Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu to succeed Recep Tayyip Erdogan as party leader and premier when he becomes president this week.
 

Russia, Kiev Agree on Sending Aid to Ukraine with Red Cross

Russian President Vladimir Putin has agreed with the Ukrainian leader that Moscow will send aid to eastern Ukraine under the aegis of the International Red Cross and in cooperation with Kiev, his spokesman said Wednesday.
 

ISIL Demands $6.6 Million Ransom for American Woman Held Hostage

The ISIL militant group in Syria is reportedly demanding a $6.6 million ransom for releasing a 26-year-old American woman.
 

Qatar Offers to Help Rebuild Gaza

Qatar on Wednesday hailed the Gaza ceasefire accord and offered to help rebuild the besieged strip which witnessed seven weeks of brutal offensive by Zionist entity.
 

Iran: Resistance in Gaza Brought Israel to its Knees

Iran said Wednesday that Palestinian resistance fighters have emerged the victors and brought the Zionist entity to its knees after seven weeks of resistance against the Israeli aggression on Gaza
 

RBS fined £14.5m over mortgage advice

Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has been fined 14.5 million pounds (USD 23 million) by a regulator for failing to explain to home-buyers the costs of taking out a mortgage.
 

France once again reshuffles cabinet

The French government has made its third cabinet reshuffle in the last two years amidst a heavy recession and deepening disapproval of the ruling Socialist government, Press TV reports.
 

French disillusioned despite reshuffle

The French people still do not believe in the ruling Socialist government despite a recent cabinet reshuffle by the president, Press TV reports. 
 

Iran junior b-ballers roll past Malaysia

Iran’s junior basketball players have advanced to the semifinals of the 23rd edition of Fédération Internationale de Basketball (FIBA) U18 Championship in Qatar following a well-deserved victory over Malaysia.
 

Leader urges admin. to stand firm

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has called on the President Hassan Rouhani’s administration to take clear and firm stances on regional and international issues.
 

US Navy nurse facing court martial

US officials say a Navy nurse who refused to force feed hunger-striking prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay military prison has been sent home, and is facing court martial.
 

'US Navy nurse facing court martial'

US officials say a Navy nurse who refused to force feed hunger-striking prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay military prison has been sent home, and is facing court martial.
 

US veterans endured troubling lapses

Veterans seeking treatment in the Phoenix VA Health Care System endured "unacceptable and troubling lapses" in their care, a report released Tuesday said.
 

Sharif refuses to resign amid protests

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has refused to step down amid mass protests in front of parliament calling for the government’s resignation.
 

Iraq bombs ISIL hideouts near Amerli

Iraqi fighter jets have targeted several hideouts of ISIL terrorists besieging Shia Turkmen town of Amerli, security sources say.
 

Protesters burn Israeli passports in NYC

 

Washington Imam threatened to death

Imam of Masjid al-Islam in Washington Imam Abdul Alim Musa, an outspoken critic of US policies regarding Israel, says he continues to receive life threats.