* Syria warns Israel: Evading peace will lead to Mideast war Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem on Friday criticized stalled peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.
* Wikileaks: US warns allies on potential diplomatic leak Reports say Turkey, Israel, Denmark and Norway have also been warned to expect potential embarrassment from the leaks.
* 'If we win elections, we will work to end ties with Israel' A day before parliamentary elections in Egypt, the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, Mohammed Badie, said if his movement wins the election, it will work to sever relations with Israel.
* Lebanon PM arrives in Iran seeking help to avert tensions with Hezbollah Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri arrived in Iran on Saturday, seeking its help to prevent political tensions turning violent.
* Europe Tries to Contain Debt Crisis European finance officials set the stage for an Irish aid package they hope to complete Sunday.
* Iranian official: First nuclear power plant fueled up Iran's nuclear chief said Saturday the country's first nuclear power plant has been loaded up with fuel required for it to go on line.
* Leaving the euro: how would it work? Would Ireland be better off if it left the euro and revived the Punt? Would the Greek economy recover more quickly with a new Drachma?
* US teenager held in Oregon over Christmas 'bomb plot' A teenager has been arrested in the US state of Oregon after allegedly plotting to carry out a car bomb attack at a Christmas tree lighting ceremony.
* Hungary braced for testing presidency as Europe struggles The incoming Hungarian presidency of the European Union is bracing itself for an unexpectedly difficult six months.
* Arab World: The Saudi leadership crisis Last week saw the successful completion of the yearly pilgrimage to Mecca, the haj. In stark contrast to previous years there were no disasters, no terror attacks and no political demonstrations.