Syrian government troops have retaken a village in the country’s northeastern province of Hasakah from Turkish military forces and their allied militants following intense clashes.
Government soldiers take back northern Syrian village from Turkish forces, allies
Iraqi security forces have regained control over three bridges in the central parts Baghdad, ending days-long partial blockades of the key passageways into the capital city's heavily-fortified Green Zone by anti-government protesters.
Iraqi forces retake key bridges from protesters
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said there is a degree of “untapped potential” in the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) that can help enhance “economic integration and cohesion” in the region.
Zarif highlights ECO’s ‘potential’ to boost regional economic cohesion
Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi said on Saturday that political parties had "made mistakes" in their running of the country, promising electoral reform and other measures as he sought to bring an end to protests.
Iraqi PM pledges reform to address 'mistakes'
The number of injured people from a magnitude 5.9 earthquake in Iran on Friday jumped to 520 from more than 300, according to the country’s state TV.
Number of people injured in Iran’s quake rises to 520
United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen says the opening round of talks aimed at finding a political solution to the ongoing conflict in Syria has been “better than expected”, with a new round due to be held in Geneva later this month.
UN envoy: Syria’s talks have ‘gone much better’, new round to be held on Nov. 25
Iraq’s most prominent Shia cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani has called on security forces to avoid using excessive force in the wake of anti-government protests that have entered their third week.
Iraqi security forces must keep peace amid protests, top Shia cleric says
Russia has deployed military helicopters to assist and protect its military police patrolling along Syria's border with Turkey.
Russia deploys military helicopters to protect Syria-Turkey border patrols
Iran’s Army shot down an unidentified drone that was violating the country’s airspace near the port city of Mahshahr in the southwestern province of Khuzestan on the Persian Gulf coast.
Iran downs 'intruding foreign' drone over Persian Gulf coast

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