* US will support 'everything but permission to strike Iran' Several months ago, a top Israeli defense official visiting Washington was speaking with a senior American politician when the conversation turned to Iran.
* China 'ready for talks' on new UN sanctions on Iran Iran's top nuclear official is holding talks in China amid signs Beijing may have relaxed its opposition to a new round of UN sanctions against Tehran.
* Medvedev Seeks ‘Brutal’ Response to Terror Attacks President Dmitry Medvedev called for a "brutal" response to terrorism during a trip to Dagestan in Russia's mostly Muslim North Caucasus region.
* Israel 'will not tolerate' continuing Hamas buildup Israel now considers the prospect of another war with the Hamas regime all but inevitable.
* Woe will be a divided Jerusalem The upshot of last week's Obama-Netanyahu confrontation is that the White House wants to move Israel rapidly towards a division of Jerusalem.
* US Mormons mark Passover holiday with Seder On Monday evening, Jews around the world began the holiday with a Seder, the traditional meal during which the biblical story of the Hebrews' exodus from Egypt is retold.
* Lawyer: Saudi could behead Lebanese for witchcraft The lawyer of a Lebanese TV psychic who was convicted in Saudi Arabia for witchcraft said Thursday her client could be beheaded this week and urged Lebanese and Saudi leaders to help spare his life.
* "Science and Technology in the Holy Temple Service" "Science and Technology in the Holy Temple Service" was the theme of the 29th annual conference held by the Temple Institute on Wednesday in the Old City of Jerusalem.
* Empowered Sadrists Organize New Ballot in Iraq Followers of Moktada al-Sadr, the militant cleric whose militia was a major force in the Shiite insurgency against American forces, announced Wednesday that they were arranging a special vote to pick Iraq's next prime minister.
* Russian FM urges Hamas to halt rocket fire Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has called on Hamas to stop firing rockets into Israel, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Moscow said.