* Iran faces big power pressure, IAEA wants mission Vienna-based Western diplomats said that six big powers - United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China - agreed Thursday to compromise language for a draft resolution on Iran.
* Million Men to March in Cairo Against "Judaization" of Jerusalem Hamas announced Thursday that the new rulers of Egypt – swept into power as a result of the “Arab Spring” rebellion – have given their blessing to a major demonstration.
* Syria conflict 'similar to civil war', Russia says Russia's foreign minister has said the situation in Syria is beginning to resemble civil war, after renegade soldiers attacked a key army base..
* Russia's military chief warns that heightened risks of conflict near borders may turn nuclear Russia is facing a heightened risk of being drawn into conflicts at its borders that have the potential of turning nuclear.
* EU needs fewer presidents and a new budget 'tsar', say Finns The EU needs fewer presidents and a new budget 'tsar' if it is to emerge from its current economic and political crisis.
* 'Syrian army planting mines along Jordanian border' The Syrian army planted landmines at the border with Jordan in order to "restrict Syrians access to humanitarian asylum in Jordan."
* 'Iran ready to help Turkey with nuclear plant' A senior Iranian official said on Tuesday that Tehran was willing to share its controversial nuclear technology with neighboring countries.
* Internet titans fight SOPA with full-page NY Times ad Nine giants of the Internet — Google, eBAy, AOL, Facebook, Yahoo, Zynga, LinkedIn, Mozilla and Twitter — placed a full-page ad in The New York Times.
* U.S. Banks Face Contagion Risk From Europe Debt U.S. banks face a "serious risk" that their creditworthiness will deteriorate if Europe's debt crisis deepens and spreads beyond the five most-troubled nations.
* Gamburtsev 'ghost mountains mystery solved' The Gamburtsevs are the size of the European Alps and yet they are totally buried beneath the Antarctic ice.