* Amos Gilad: Iran is a threat that must be dealt with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak are extremely concerned by the Iranian threat.
* Dozens killed in Syria protests; activists urge NATO action Syrian security forces killed at least 30 people on Friday.
* Jordan seen approving move by Hamas from Syria Jordan, under pressure from the Islamist opposition, appears ready to again host Hamas.
* Senior Hamas official: Shalit deal made us stronger Deputy Hamas Politburo Chief, Dr. Mousa Abu Marzouk declared Friday that the Shalit deal has strengthened the movement.
* US flies drones from Ethiopia to fight Somali militants The US military has begun flying drone aircraft from a base in Ethiopia, as part of its fight against Islamist militants in neighbouring Somalia.
* First doubts emerge over eurozone deal Markets sky-rocketed on Thursday (27 October) in reaction to the eurozone deal sealed by EU leaders earlier that morning.
* Eurozone seeks bailout funds from China The head of the eurozone's bailout fund is beginning attempts to persuade China to invest in a scheme to help rescue member countries facing debt crises.
* US considers unusual attack helicopter deal for Turkey The Obama administration is consulting Congress on an unusual proposal to transfer US Marine Corps attack helicopters to Turkey.
* Libya: Gaddafi son Saif al-Islam in contact with ICC The International Criminal Court (ICC) said intermediaries had been used in indirect talks with Saif al-Islam.
* This Week in History: The 1983 Beirut barracks bombing Early in the morning of October 23, 1983, a Mercedes truck arrived at the Beirut International Airport.