1. Attempts made to distort meaning of Syria peace talks: Russia
    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says numerous “attempts” have been made to “distort” the meaning of the Geneva 2 peace talks on Syria which are meant to find a political solution to the ongoing crisis in the country.
  2. Bahrain summons head of al-Wefaq for questioning
    Bahrain’s Interior Ministry has summoned, Sheikh Ali Salman, the head of the country’s main opposition group, al-Wefaq, for questioning.
  3. Pipeline blast in N Iraq halts oil flow to Turkey
    Bomb attacks on an oil pipeline in the northern Iraqi province of Nineveh have halted the oil flow to Turkey.
  4. 10 killed in car bomb blast in Damascus countryside
    At least 10 people have been killed after a car bomb exploded near a cultural center in the countryside of the Syrian capital Damascus.
  5. UN passes Iran-proposed resolution on disarmament
    The UN General Assembly has approved a draft resolution proposed by Iran on international nuclear disarmament despite strong opposition by the US, the Israeli regime and certain Western countries.
  6. 40 killed in north Yemen clashes: Report
    At least 40 people have been killed in three days of clashes between Salafi militants and Houthi fighters in Yemen’s northern province of Sa’ada, a report says.
  7. Turkey and Iran Signal a Softening of Differences Over Syria | The New York Times
    Nov 1, 2013 – ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey and Iran, on opposing sides of the civil war in Syria, signaled a thaw in relations on Friday, asserting that they shared concerns about the rise in sectarianism there and could collaborate to bring peace to their neighbor.
  8. Saudi El Dorado: Thousands of unskilled workers rush to leave as amnesty expires
    RIYADH: Thousands of illegal foreigners, mostly unskilled workers from Asia, are rushing to leave Saudi Arabia before an amnesty expires on Sunday as they risk being fined or even jailed.
  9. UN Envoy: Syria Peace Talks Impossible Without Opposition
    International envoy Lakhdar Brahimi is making a fresh appeal for Syria’s divided opposition to attend a proposed peace conference.