1. Egypt ‘illegally detaining Syrian refugees’
    Syrian refugees in Egypt often face illegal detention or deportation, Amnesty International says.
  2. Syria chemical weapons inspectors hail progress
    Chemical weapons inspectors in Syria say they have completed nearly half of their work in the country.
  3. Iran nuclear talks: How negotiators broke the ice
    As Western diplomats hail positive progress at talks with Iran on its nuclear programme, the BBC’s James Reynolds in Geneva looks at what may have brought the two sides closer together.
  4. Turkish Jets Confront Syrian Aircraft After Army Returns Fire
    Turkish warplanes warned off a Syrian jet and a helicopter close to the border, a day after Turkish artillery batteries fired on Islamist rebels inside Syria, the military said on its website.
  5. Turkey accused of exposing Israeli spy network in Iran
    Turkey deliberately blew the cover of an Israeli spy ring working inside Iran in early 2012 and dealt a significant blow to Israeli intelligence gathering, according to a report in the Washington Post on Thursday.
  6. Canadian UN adviser escapes Syrian captors
    For eight months, the family and friends of Carl Campeau received increasingly chilling news from his captors in Syria. They were told that Mr. Campeau, a Canadian United Nations official, was sick, that one of his legs had been cut off, that he would be killed unless someone came up with millions of dollars in ransom and released dozens of political prisoners in Iraq.
  7. Syria minibus blast: Mine ‘kills 21’ in Deraa province
    At least 21 people have been killed by an explosion that struck a minibus in southern Syria, activists say.
  8. Syria violence kills dozens; some rebels split from opposition group
    BEIRUT — The Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday was marked with the death of more than 20 people in an explosion in the southern Syrian province of Dara, government and opposition forces said Wednesday, and rebel factions in the area announced a break with the major U.S.-backed opposition coalition.
  9. Syria talks on Nov. 23-24:
    An international conference on a political solution to the Syrian conflict could take place Nov. 23—24, Syria’s deputy prime minister said on Thursday the first mention of possible dates for the long-delayed gathering.