* Syrian official invited for talks in Washington The upcoming visit by Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Fayssal Mekdad is the first in about five years and is part of US efforts to improve strained relations with Damascus.
* Iran says advanced missiles can target any threat Iran tested its longest-range missiles Monday and warned they can reach any place that threatens the country, including Israel, parts of Europe and U.S. military bases in the Mideast.
* No Detail Is Overlooked as China Prepares to Celebrate Domesticated pigeons of this city, take note: Until Oct. 1, you are prohibited by government edict from flying over the center of China's capital.
* Iran: Attacking us will expedite Israel's last breath Iran's defense minister warned Israel again on Monday against launching any attack on the Islamic Republic.
* Hamas accepts Egypt's plan for unity with Fatah Hamas said on Monday that it has accepted an Egyptian initiative for ending its power struggle with Fatah.
* The Islamic republic of Gaza Deriving accurate and reliable information from within the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip is not easy.
* Israel marks 36th anniversary of Yom Kippur War Israel marked on Tuesday the 36th anniversary of the Yom Kippur War, one of the most costly and traumatic conflicts in the country's history.
* Netanyahu says UN speech was inspired by Lubavitcher Rebbe Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the last leader of the Chabad-Lubavitch Hassidic movement, was the inspiration for Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's speech in the UN.
* Irish No will not stop Europe advancing, says France France has indicated that even if the Irish vote No in their referendum on the Lisbon Treaty on Friday, it will not hinder the European Union from taking steps towards further integration.
* US envoy in China for talks on N.Korea, Iran A top US envoy discussed the North Korean and Iranian nuclear issues with Chinese officials.