* New Al Qaida chief is former US resident A suspected Al Qaida operative who lived for more than 15 years in the United States has become chief of the terror network's global operations.
* Hamas leaders in Syria urge West Bank operatives to kidnap Israeli settlers The Israel Defense Forces West Bank division commander, Brig. Gen. Nitzan Alon, has warned Israeli settlers to be on alert for possible abduction attempts across the territory.
* UN Teaches Jihad in Jerusalem The Palestinian Authority continues to incite young schoolchildren to armed struggle against Israel in its textbooks.
* Shin Bet head in Egypt The Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) head Yuval Diskin met with Egyptian officials on Thursday to discuss the Grad rockets fired at Eilat.
* U.S. Links Suspects to Somalia Federal prosecutors filed terrorism-related charges against 14 U.S. residents and citizens, accusing them of providing money, recruits and other support to the Somali Islamist group al-Shabaab.
* Poland becoming an EU 'leader,' new president says Poland's new President Bronislaw Komorowski described Poland as a leading EU power.
* Iran brings forward plan for manned space flight Iran plans to launch a manned spacecraft in seven years' time.
* Russia fires pose nuclear threat The Russian government warned on Thursday (6 August) that raging wildfires could pose a nuclear threat to neighbouring countries.
* US releases 2009 terror report The US State Department on Friday released a report on terrorism in the Middle East and North Africa.
* Saudis coaxing PA to enter direct talks Saudi Arabia is urging Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to enter direct talks with Israel.