* Settlers block roads, train tracks on 'Day of Rage' Security forces were preparing for a "Day of Rage" planned by settlers to take place throughout the country on Thursday.
* Gaddafi bombs oil areas, faces crimes probe Muammar Gaddafi struck at rebel control of a key Libyan coastal road for a second day Thursday.
* Mideast Quartet due in Israel in bid to restart peace talks Mideast Quartet officials are due to arrive in Israel next week to meet with advisers of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
* Germany: Islamism behind attack on US forces A German security official said Arif Uka, the gunman who allegedly shot dead two US airmen in an attack on their bus at Frankfurt airport on Wednesday, cried "Allahu Akhbar" ("God is Greatest") before opening fire.
* Iran for first time warns Saudis not to crack down on Shi'ite population Iran, escalating its rhetoric against its Sunni neighbor, has warned Saudi Arabia of any crackdown on the kingdom's Shi'ite minority.
* Clinton warns of Iranian efforts to fill ME power vacuum US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned Tuesday that Iran was aggressively trying to take advantage of the domestic upheavals across the Arab world.
* Iranian navy ships re-enter Egypt's Suez Canal Two Iranian navy ships have entered Egypt's Suez Canal and are expected to reach the Red Sea later in the day.
* Pope Benedict: Jewish people not guilty for Jesus death Pope Benedict has rejected the idea of collective Jewish guilt for Jesus Christ's death, in a new book to be published next week.
* Why the Dollar's Reign Is Near an End The single most astonishing fact about foreign exchange is not the high volume of transactions, as incredible as that growth has been.
* PA: 150 states to recognize Palestine by Sept. Some 150 countries will recognize a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders by September of this year.