* Police Allow Limited Number of Jews on Temple Mount Jerusalem police Wednesday morning began to allow small groups of Jews to ascend the Temple Mount, where Jews previously had been barred for fear of provoking Arab riots.
* Iran nuclear scientist Shahram Amiri 'defects to US' An Iranian nuclear scientist who has been missing since June has defected to the US, according to a US media report.
* Iran intel and proxies zoom in on U.S. presence in the Gulf Iran has focused its intelligence efforts on the U.S. military presence in the Gulf.
* Jerusalem Bus Ad Campaign for Rebuilt Temple Our Land of Israel has launched a Passover advertisement campaign on Jerusalem's buses that calls for rebuilding the Jewish Temple in its original location, atop the Temple Mount.
* Deputy Minister: If US Balks at Veto, Shun 'Hussein Obama' Deputy Minister Ayoub Kara reacted acerbically to a BBC report that the United States may abstain from using its veto power if the UN Security Council votes to condemn Israeli building for Jews in eastern Jerusalem.
* Jordan, S. Korea sign $130 million nuclear deal Jordan says it has signed a $130 million agreement with a South Korean consortium to build the kingdom's first nuclear research reactor.
* Iraqi PM fights to hold power, risks sectarian war Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's postelection strategy suggests he is prepared for a long and bitter fight to hold on to power.
* 21% of settlers back resisting evacuation 'by any means' Twenty-one percent of settlers believe that all means must be employed in to resist the evacuation of most West Bank settlements, including the use of arms, according to a recent Hebrew University study.
* Medvedev vows not to allow terrorists to destabilize Russia Terrorists will not be allowed to destabilize the situation in Russia, President Dmitry Medvedev said on Wednesday following two double bombings in Dagestan and Moscow.
* Congress Pressures Obama to Retreat on Jerusalem Approximately 75 percent of U.S. Congress members are prepared to sign a letter calling for an end to public criticism of Israel by the Obama administration and to "reinforce its ties with the country."