1. Opposition Group: Ousting Bahraini PM First Step towards Democracy
    TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior member of Bahrain’s al-Wefaq National Islamic Society said if the Bahraini king sacks his uncle Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalif, he would help settle the crisis in the country in peaceful ways.
  2. Charbel Denies Imminent Release of Pilgrims, Talks About Ongoing Negotiations
    Caretaker Interior Minister Marwan Charbel has denied reports about an imminent release of nine Lebanese pilgrims held captive by rebels in Syria since May 2012.
  3. Lenient Rowhani tells police to keep low profile on hijab matter
    Rowhani argues that more basic steps should be taken to tackle what religious establishment sees as contradictions of dress code by preaching in schools, high schools, universities, mosques.
  4. Chemical watchdog urges truces so Syria can disarm
    The Hague (AFP) – The world’s chemical weapons watchdog called Wednesday for temporary truces to meet tight disarmament deadlines in Syria, where fresh bloodshed served as a deadly reminder of the mission’s difficulties.
  5. Syria rebels seize guard post on Jordan border
    Syrian rebels seized a guard post on the Jordanian border on Wednesday after a month of fierce fighting, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
  6. Saudis bankroll new rebel force to fight own war on Assad
    BEIRUT, Lebanon, Oct. 8 (UPI) — Saudi Arabia, exasperated with U.S. vacillation related to Syria’s chemical arsenal and now its effort to reconcile with Iran, Riyadh’s foremost adversary, is forging a new alliance of Islamist rebels in Syria under a pro-Saudi warlord to supersede the U.S.-backed Free Syrian Army.
  7. Iran rejects U.S. condition for joining Syria peace conference
    Iran rejects any conditions for taking part in a long-delayed peace conference on Syria, Iranian media reported, in effect dismissing a U.S. suggestion that Tehran back a call for a transitional government in Damascus.
  8. Political drama plays out in public in Iran
    TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s internal power plays have produced many moments of political theater, but never one like this: The foreign minister checks himself into a hospital because of stress, blaming it on hard-line critics of the recent thaw with Washington.
  9. Iran sentences well-known blogger and activist to 6 years prison on security charges
    TEHRAN, Iran – A well-known Iranian blogger and veteran activist says a court has sentenced him to six years in prison over security charges.
  10. Cautious optimism about hostages’ release
    BEIRUT: Relatives of the Lebanese hostages in Syria voiced cautious optimism Tuesday after receiving assurances that their kins’ release was imminent, but appeared wary of celebrating prematurely after past efforts failed.