1. Afghan president says talks with Taleban useless
    KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who for years pushed for reconciliation with the Taleban, now says attempts to negotiate with the insurgent movement are futile and efforts at dialogue should focus instead on neighboring Pakistan.
  2. Fund set up for Bahrain maritime scholarships
    MANAMA — A fund for promoting and supporting maritime education and training through scholarships to Bahraini students has been announced by the General Organisation of Sea Ports (GOP).
  3. Bomb kills 18 at Shia funeral in Iraq
    At least 18 people were killed when a large car bomb exploded among mourners crowding into a Shia funeral in Iraq’s Hilla city on Friday, local authorities and witnesses said.
  4. Biography of Hazrat Ma’soumeh (SA) Published in Thai
    A biography of Hazrat Fatemeh Ma’soumeh (SA) was translated into Thai language and published in the form of an e-book in Thailand.
  5. UN rights office censures Bahraini regime
    The UN human rights office has censured the Bahraini regime for sentencing medical professionals as tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters have again taken to the streets in the Persian Gulf kingdom to demand freedom and democracy.
  6. Convicted Bahraini doctors, nurses urge UN probe of their protest-linked prison sentences
    A group of Bahraini doctors and nurses sentenced to long prison terms for links to anti-government protests are appealing to the U.N. chief to investigate their claims of abuse and judicial violations.
  7. Iraq death toll down
    Baghdad – The number of Iraqis killed in violence in September was lower than the same period a year ago for the eighth consecutive month, official figures showed on Saturday.