Wednesday, October 12, 2011


* US to pressure Iran over 'plot to kill Saudi envoy' The US secretary of state has called for a "very strong message" to be sent to Iran, after allegations of a plot to kill the Saudi ambassador to the US.

* Israel Prepares to Welcome Sukkot The week-long Jewish festival of Sukkot, commemorating G-d's protection of the Jews during their 40-year sojourn prior to entering the Promised Land.

* Egypt's army appeals for unity after Christian clash In the worst violence since Hosni Mubarak was ousted in February, armored vehicles sped into a crowd on Sunday.

* Gilad Shalit: Israel and Palestinians welcome deal Israelis and Palestinians have welcomed the announcement of a deal to free captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit in exchange for Palestinian prisoners.

* Hamas's Mashaal: Prisoner deal is 'historic victory' Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal on Tuesday night called the deal to exchange Gilad Schalit for over 1,000 Palestinian prisoners a "great achievement."

* Our World: The forgotten Christians of the East On Sunday night, Egyptian Copts staged what was supposed to be a peaceful vigil at Egypt’s state television headquarters in Cairo.

* This Week in History: Hebrew goes conversational On October 13, 1881, a short time before moving to Palestine, Eliezer Ben Yehuda held what is thought to be the first modern conversation in Hebrew.

* IDF Security for 50,000 Jews to Visit Hevron The IDF has deployed throughout the holy city of Hevron to protect nearly 50,000 Jews expected to visit during Sukkot and to keep life routine for Arabs.

* Tens of thousands rally in support of Assad in Syria capital Tens of thousands of Syrians demonstrated in central Damascus on Wednesday in show of support for President Bashar Assad.

* 25 killed in slew of attacks targeting Iraq police A slew of bombings targeted Iraqi police in Baghdad on Wednesday morning, including blasts by two suicide bombers.