* Diplomats: Iran one step closer to nuclear bomb Iran reportedly finished installing uranium centrifuges at Fordow plant, but hasn't started running them; Tehran rejects allegations.
* Iran blames U.S., Israel for Syria Bloodshed Fighting in Syria continues despite calls for holiday ceasefire; at least 60 dead. Iran blames America, Israel.
* Al-Qaida head attacks Morsi for ties with Israel Ayman al-Zawahiri calls for mass Egyptian demonstrations over "[Israel-Egypt] peace treaty, occupation of Palestine, siege in Gaza."
* Hajj Pilgrims Reflect on Regional Conflicts Thousands of Muslim have been arriving in the Saudi city of Mecca for the annual Hajj pilgrimage.
* Ayalon congratulates Netanyahu, Liberman on political unity Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon on Saturday blessed the leaders of the Yisrael Beytenu and Likud for uniting their political parties to run on a joint list for the 19th Knesset.
* Dozens killed in Afghan mosque blast Suicide bomber kills at least 45 outside mosque in Maimana where people had gathered to celebrate Eid al-Adha holiday.
* Killings Shatter Syrian Truce A fragile cease-fire between Syrian forces and rebels showed further signs of fraying on Saturday following a car bombing in front of a church in the eastern city of Deir Ezzor.
* Syria bombards major cities, weakening truce: activists Opposition activists in Syria said forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad had renewed their heavy bombardment of major cities on Saturday, further undermining a truce meant to mark the Muslim Eid al-Adha religious holiday.
* Obama explains why he didn't visit Israel US president tells NBC, 'When I go to Israel, I want to make sure that we're actually moving something forward'.
* Lebanon risks being torn apart by Syrian conflict Lebanon, like so many small nations buffeted by greater powers, has always sought and failed to carve out space for its own politics, free from the overweening influence of its self-appointed friends and protectors.