- US And Iran At Loggerheads Over Syria Conference
Iran has rejected Washington’s preconditions for its participation in international deliberations on a “political solution” to the war in Syria—the so-called Geneva Two conference.
- Six dead in Pakistan bomb attacks
Bomb attacks have hit three major cities in Pakistan, killing six people and wounding nearly 50, a day after the Taliban leader said he was still open to government peace talks.
- Syria jihadists accused of ‘execution’ war crimes
Jihadist fighters were accused Friday of war crimes over the killing of 190 civilians from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s Alawite minority, in the largest atrocity attributed to rebels.
- Sunni, Shia fighters clash near Damascus shrine
AMMAN: Fighting flared on Thursday between Syrian Sunni and foreign fighters near a main Shia shrine on the southern edge of Damascus, opposition activists said, in an increasingly internationalized conflict deepening Middle East sectarian faultlines.
- Syrian Islamist rebels killed or kidnapped hundreds of civilians, rights goup says
The offensive, led by al-Qaeda’s Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), targeted villages largely home to Alawites, members of the Shiite offshoot sect to which President Bashar al-Assad belongs. At one stage, rebels claimed that they were within 12 miles of Qardaha — the town from which Assad’s family hails — and Gen. Salim Idriss, the head of the rebel Free Syrian Army, was filmed visiting the front.http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/syrian-islamist-rebels-killed-or-kidnapped-hundreds-of-civilians-rights-goup-says/2013/10/10/9ceaac8a-31e9-11e3-9c68-1cf643210300_story.html
- LUCKNOW: Already facing an ire of the minorities following Muzaffarnagar violence, the Samajwadi Party now faces opposition from the Shia community. This time for not inducting a single Shia member into the state cabinet.
- TEHRAN (FNA)- Bahrainis once again took to the streets to denounce the Al Khalifa regime’s unrelenting crackdown on pro-democracy protests.
- TEHRAN (FNA)- Child refugees who have fled the war in Syria are vulnerable to exploitation including early marriage, domestic violence and child labor, despite efforts to keep them in school, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said.
- BAGHDAD: Iraqi authorities say a bombing at a car dealership has killed three people and wounded nine others near Baghdad.
- BEIRUT: The nine Lebanese hostages who have been held in Syria for over 14 months could be released before the Eid holiday next week, a source acquainted with the case told The Daily Star Thursday.