* Abbas: We want to co-exist with Israel Palestinians are not seeking to isolate Israel on the international stage, but will pursue their unilateral drive for UN recognition of statehood unless peace talks resume.
* Russia joins Western chorus for Gaddafi to go Russia believes Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi should quit and could help broker his departure, a senior Russian official said.
* Iraqi Shiite Militias Again Pose a Threat as U.S. Forces Leave On a United States outpost in southern Iraq, rocket attacks by Shiite militants have grown so fierce that Americans there had to hunker down in a concrete bunker.
* G8 leaders omit mention of 1967 borders in Middle East statement Group of Eight leaders had to soften a statement urging Israel and the Palestinians to return to negotiations because Canada objected to a specific mention of 1967 borders.
* Protests erupt across Syria as world pressure grows Syrian protesters defied a nationwide crackdown by security forces on Friday.
* Settlements worth $18.8 billion A new study by the Macro Center for Political Economics has revealed that West Bank settlements are currently worth $18.8 billion.
* Egyptians demand deeper and faster reforms Thousands of Egyptians packed Cairo's Tahrir Square Friday in what organizers called a "second revolution" to push for faster reforms.
* Canada takes pro-Israel line at G8 summit Group of Eight leaders had to soften a statement urging Israel and the Palestinians to return to negotiations.
* Israeli leftists urge Europe to recognize Palestine More than 20 Israeli leftists, including public figures, academicians and authors, recently signed a letter urging European leaders to recognize Palestinian statehood.
* Iran: Building nuclear bomb would be 'strategic mistake' Iran's nuclear envoy said on Friday it would be a "strategic mistake" to build atom bombs.