Death penalty 2013: Small number of countries trigger global spike in executions | Amnesty International.

Reporters Without Borders informs that 75 journalists were killed in 2013 because of their work, also 4 media assistants and 37 netizens and citizen-journalists were killed in the same period, most of them in Syria.

More than 30 UN member states have been invited to participate in the international conference of peace on Syria Preparations for the long-sought international conference on Syria, but Iran, the main Syrian ally, is not among them yet

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said that he would convene in Geneva on 22 January the long-sought international conference on Syria bringing together the Government and the opposition to a negotiating table for the first time since the conflict started in March 2011.

Iran and six world powers reached a deal on Tehran’s Uranium enrichment program. Obama praised the agreement as a first step that “achieves a great deal” in a peaceful way through diplomacy. Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu considers the deal “a historic mistake” that endangers his country.

Israel will stand alone against Iran if necessary, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in his speech at the UN General Assembly. He said President Rouhani is not a moderate but a “wolf in sheep’s clothing”.

US President Obama announced that he spoke with iranian President Rouhani to discuss the “ongoing efforts to reach an agreement over Iran’s nuclear program”. It’s the first direct contact between a US President and an Iranian counterpart since 1979.