1. Pak court reopens Zardari’s graft cases
    Pakistan’s anti-graft court has reopened five corruption cases against former president Asif Ali Zardari dating back to the 1990s, officials said on Monday.
  2. Mortar shells hit near inspectors’ hotel in Syria
    BEIRUT (AP) — Two mortar shells hit Syria’s capital Saturday near a hotel where international chemical inspectors and United Nations staff are staying, state media and a hotel guest said.
  3. Suicide bombing targets Syria’s state-TV
    DAMASCUS, Oct. 13 (Xinhua) — Two suicide car bombers detonated booby-trapped cars near the Syria’s state-TV headquarters on Sunday evening in Damascus, causing property damage and interrupting the broadcast of a channel, the Syrian State News Agency reported.
  4. Iran reportedly to send another monkey into space
    TEHRAN, Iran – An Iranian newspaper is reporting that the Islamic Republic plans to send another monkey into space within a month.
  5. Syrian Rebels Urged to Let Inspectors See Arms Sites
    LONDON — Pressure intensified on Syrian rebels on Monday to permit access to chemical weapons sites in areas under their control, as officials said the rapidly shifting lines in the civil war made it difficult for inspectors to reach some locations and called for all parties to ease the process of dismantling Syria’s toxic arms.
  6. Attacking Shiism in Egypt, AlArabiya Wahhabi Network’s New Approach
    (Ahlul Bayt News Agency) – The Wahhabi Network Al-Arabiya in its latest anti-Shia move has invited individuals it described as representatives of Egypt’s Shias.
  7. Nobel ‘should have been mine’: Assad
    Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad has reportedly said as a joke that he should have been awarded the Nobel peace prize.
  8. In Rare Cease-Fire, Hundreds Evacuate Rebel-Held Syrian Town
    BEIRUT, Lebanon — Hundreds of people were allowed to leave a besieged, rebel-held suburb of Damascus, the Syrian capital, on Sunday in a rare cease-fire, according to the government and its opponents.
  9. Iran rejects West’s demand to ship out uranium stockpiles
    (Reuters) – Iran on Sunday rejected the West’s demand that it send sensitive nuclear material out of the country but signalled flexibility on other aspects of its atomic activities that worry world powers, ahead of renewed negotiations this week.
  10. Iran plans to court major oil companies if sanctions are lifted
    TEHRAN, Oct. 14 (UPI) — International companies will be invited to participate in oil projects in Iran if Western economic sanctions on its energy sector are lifted, an official said.