* Iran begins war games in Gulf Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard on Thursday started large-scale war games in the Persian Gulf and the strategic Strait of Hormuz.
* PA Arabs to Israel: We'll Take Your State, Please Palestinian Authority Arabs are increasingly rejecting the two-state solution.
* US warns Syria over Scuds-to-Hezbollah claim A top US official has warned of serious repercussions for Syria if claims that it supplied the Lebanese Islamist group Hezbollah with Scud missiles are true.
* Iran boosts Qods shock troops in Venezuela Iran is increasing its paramilitary Qods force operatives in Venezuela while covertly continuing supplies of weapons and explosives to Taliban and other insurgents in Afghanistan and Iraq.
* Adm. Mullen Evades Answer on Shooting Down IAF Jet The Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen, evaded a question Tuesday regarding the theoretical possibility that the US would shoot down IAF jets en route to attack Iran.
* US spokesman: Iran strike still an option A military strike against Iran is still one of the options at the president's disposal.
* Netanyahu rejects U.S. demands to freeze Jerusalem construction Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has rejected the Obama administration's demands to freeze construction in East Jerusalem.
* Greek debt crisis worsens as EU revises figures Markets hammered Greece after the EU revised the debt-ridden country's deficit and debt figures upwards Thursday.
* Clinton reaffirms US commitment to defense Europe U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton reaffirmed America's defense commitment to Europe Thursday as she joined NATO representatives to discuss the future of U.S. nuclear weapons on the continent.
* Mystery rocket explodes in Jordan A rocket has exploded near the southern Jordanian city of Aqaba, damaging a warehouse but causing no casualties.