* Israel, US to hold largest-ever joint missile defense drill In the face of Iran's continued pursuit of nuclear capability, Israel and the United States will hold an unprecedented and massive exercise later this year to jointly test three different ballistic missile defense systems.
* Tony Blair's faith in new mission As prime minister, he famously "didn't do God" but, having left office, Tony Blair is travelling the world to launch his new Faith Foundation.
* US refuses to put deadline on Iran nuke talks The US decision to begin negotiations with Teheran is likely to come up during discussions later this week with visiting US Middle East envoy George Mitchell.
* Warning that Pakistan is in danger of collapse within months Pakistan could collapse within months, one of the more influential counter-insurgency voices in Washington says.
* Angry N Korea quits nuclear talks North Korea has vowed to walk out on international talks to end its nuclear program, and said it would restore its disabled nuclear reactor.
* Moratinos: We won't let Netanyahu evade peace process Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Ángel Moratinos met Tuesday with former Minister Yossi Beilin in Madrid.
* New wave of Somali pirate attacks Somali pirates have hijacked a fourth vessel in 48 hours, seizing a Lebanese-owned cargo ship.
* Pakistan deal enshrines sharia law Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari signed into law Monday a peace deal for the nation's violence-plagued Swat Valley.
* Egypt boosts security on border with Israel Egypt is beefing up security on its border with Israel to prevent illegal crossings after detaining a group Cairo said were linked to Hezbollah.
* 'Obama considering Iran policy shift' US President Barack Obama is working on a dramatic change in strategy with regard to the Iranian nuclear program.