– Despite widespread support in Israel for Mitt Romney’s candidacy for president, Israeli daily newspaper Haaretz announced that it endorses President Obama. “The outcome of the elections will be determined by the voters’ decision as to which of the two candidates is good for America. But if any of them are vacillating in their vote over whether Obama has been a good president for Israel, the answer is yes,” the paper writes.
– The Los Angeles Times reports: The Obama administration has quietly eased restrictions on the sale of medicine to Iran amid signs that concern over the suffering of ordinary citizens could complicate an international campaign to punish Iran for its disputed nuclear program.
– The U.K. Independent is reporting that British Prime Minister David Cameron “is considering stationing warplanes in the Persian Gulf as the confrontation with Iran over its nuclear programme continues amid rising tension in the region.”
– Reuters reports: Turkey is using a vague counterterrorism law to prosecute many activists, lawyers and journalists, often holding them for long pre-trial periods without access to a lawyer, United Nations human rights experts said on Thursday.
– The U.S. plan to create a new, more effective, political opposition council in Syria “hit fierce resistance.” “The plan came under fire from both established regime opponents who could lose status under it and grassroots activists, with many fearing it will prove impossible to bring together the increasingly autonomous armed groups fighting on the ground,” the Financial Times reports.