* UN team visits Syria's battered Baba Amr UN monitors visited the restive province of Homs on Saturday ahead of an expected Security Council vote.
* Egypt grand mufti: Muslims must protect J'lem The Egyptian grand mufti - who has come under heat in Egypt for a visit to Jerusalem - defended his pilgrimage in front of an Islamic council in Cairo.
* Ministers ponder creation of EU super-president Ideas kicking around in a reflection group of select EU foreign ministers include merging the roles of the EU Council and European Commission presidents.
* Hamas Won't Honor Peace Accords With Israel A senior Hamas leader on Thursday said that if the terror group came to power in a future 'Palestinian state,' it would not abide by any previous peace agreements with Israel.
* China says India is a 'partner, not rival' after missile launch China downplayed India's successful missile launch this week, saying that the two sides are not rivals but cooperating partners.
* A Quixotic Quest to Mine Asteroids A new company backed by two Google Inc. GOOG -0.54% billionaires, film director James Cameron and other space exploration proponents is aiming high in the hunt for natural resources.
* Israelis advised to leave Sinai amid terror threat The National Security Council's counterterrorism bureau issued a travel advisory on Saturday.
* Tens of thousands in Egypt demand military rulers retreat from power Tens of thousands of Egyptians demanded on Friday that their military rulers stick to a pledge to hand over power by mid-year.
* Iran seeks support to censor Internet, disconnect from global network Iran's Information Ministry has recently released a "Request for Information", geared at fetching outside aid for the creation of a more regulated and restricted web.
* In a bronze inscription, a remnant of Roman might We do not know the name of the Roman war veteran who owned this bronze certificate, which marked his discharge from active service 1,922 years ago.