* “Mariam” gets green light to set sail All-female Lebanese aid ship to head to Cyprus first, says minister.
* Brazil dropping role in Iran nuclear dispute South American country scales back active support of Islamic Republic in nuclear dispute with West following Security Council's decision to impose new sanctions
* Saudi King to Visit Obama Before Netanyahu Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah will visit U.S. President Barack Obama on June 29, setting the stage for the July 6th visit of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to the White House.
* Iran bars two UN nuclear inspectors over report Iran has told the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) it will not allow two of its inspectors to enter the country, state media report.
* Geert Wilders: Change Jordan's name to Palestine Rightist Dutch leader wants to end Mideast conflict by finding Palestinians 'alternate homeland'
* The Muslim embrace Erdogan suddenly finds himself having to defend Turkey from being labeled as a pan-Islamic country and a supporter of terror
* Three Rwandan peacekeepers “killed in Darfur” Three peacekeepers have been killed in Sudan's Darfur region, officials say.
* Arabs Want to Keep Building Jewish Towns in Judea and Samaria A new poll revealed that the vast majority of Arab oppose attempts by the PA to prevent them from working construction jobs in local Jewish communities.
* Middle East negotiators welcome Gaza blockade easing Quartet issues statement welcoming Israel's change of policy towards Gaza, but says situation in territory 'unsustainable and unacceptable'; urges immediate release of Gilad Shalit.
* EU needs persuasion skills at G20 summit EU officials have conceded that Europe still has considerable work to do before persuading other G20 members on the need for a global bank levy and fiscal consolidation.