* Politicians Warn Against PA State The upcoming UN General Assembly session in September, where many countries are poised to recognize a Palestinian state, does not bode well for Israel.
* Yemen tense as capital Sanaa sees huge rival rallies Tens of thousands of people are attending rival mass rallies in Yemen's capital Sanaa, a week after some 50 people were shot dead at a protest.
* Sarkozy warns Arab rulers about Libya precedent French President Nicolas Sarkozy has warned all Arab rulers that they risk Libya-type intervention if they cross a certain line of violence against their own people.
* Nato to enforce no-fly zone on Libya Nato has agreed to enforce the no-fly zone over Libya, while the role of a new 'political committee' to include Arab countries is to be determined in the following days.
* Islamist Group Is Rising Force in a New Egypt In post-revolutionary Egypt, where hope and confusion collide in the daily struggle to build a new nation, religion has emerged as a powerful political force.
* Japan investigation into nuclear plant radiation leak An investigation is under way in Japan to establish the source of a radiation leak at the quake-hit nuclear plant, which left two workers in hospital.
* Protests Continue Unabated in Syria President Bashar al-Assad's proffered concessions on Thursday did little to assuage Syrians.
* Muslims Burn Churches in Ethiopia An attack by militant Muslims which has thus far destroyed at least a dozen churches may signal an expansion in anti-Christian violence in Ethiopia.
* Fayyad updates U.S. on plan for Palestinian statehood in 2011 Israel should end the occupation of the West Bank by September, Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad told visiting United States Secretary of Defense Robert Gates on Friday.
* PM: Israel will respond with 'utmost strength' to terror Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Friday said that Israel is "prepared to respond with the utmost strength in order to put a stop to terror," Israel Radio reported.