1. Senior Pakistani Shia Navy Officer Shot Dead Near Karachi National Stadium
    A senior Pakistan navy officer identified as captain Muhammad Nadeem, 45, was shot dead and his Swedish wife Bint Zahra, 38, wounded in Karachi on Wednesday, police said.
  2. Shia mosque attacked in Kabul by men in police uniforms
    At least two worshippers have been hurt after two men armed with AK-47 assault rifles, knives and explosives attacked a Shia mosque in Kabul, officials say.
  3. Russia moving ships near Syria to evacuate Russians if needed
    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia – The Kremlin’s chief of staff says Russia has been sending warships to the Mediterranean Sea for possible evacuation of Russian citizens from Syria.
  4. Exclusive: Defecting Assad ally reaches Istanbul
    (Reuters) – Bashar al-Assad’s former defense minister has reached Istanbul after a defection that betrays cracks in the president’s support among his own Alawite sect, opposition and diplomatic sources said on Thursday.
  5. Senate panel passes authorization for use of U.S. military force in Syria
    (Reuters) – A divided U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday approved a resolution authorizing the use of military force in Syria by a vote of 10-7, with one senator merely voting “present.”
  6. Divided G20 discusses Syria crisis in St Petersburg
    World leaders are locked in a divisive debate over Syria, at the end of the first day of the G20 summit in Russia.
  7. Taliban shoot dead Indian author in Afghanistan: police
    KHOST, Afghanistan — Suspected Taliban in Afghanistan shot dead Indian author Sushmita Banerjee, whose book about her dramatic escape from the militants in the 90s became a Bollywood film, police said on Thursday.
  8. Religious Leaders in Najaf Support Iraqi Protesters
    The Iraqi government has been facing huge challenges with the outburst of a public protests on Aug. 31 in several Iraqi cities. Consequently, the government had to take strict security measures to contain the movements, thus leading to the use of unjustified violence in Nasiriyah, Baghdad and other cities.
  9. Democrats defy Barack Obama to oppose Syria strike
    A BLOC of several dozen liberals who are among Barack Obama’s closest allies in US congress is becoming an obstacle to congressional approval of his plan for airstrikes in Syria.
  10. Shiite Wanted over Saudi Protests Surrenders
    A man wanted in connection with protests among Saudi Arabia’s Shiite minority has turned himself in, police said on Thursday.