* New year revellers welcoming 2013 Celebrations are being held around the world to mark the new year, with the city of Auckland in New Zealand holding the first major event of 2013.
* London could make EU 'unravel' An attempt by Britain to rewrite the EU rulebook to reflect domestic interests could make the European Union fall apart, its top official has warned.
* Israel Now Has 6 Million Jews The number of Israeli Jews passed the emotional 6 million mark in November, and the total population will pass 8 million in February.
* Iran Stages 'Cyber Warfare Drill' Iran has combined cyber warfare tactics and maritime war games in a drill for the first time as it stages maneuvers in the Strait of Hormuz.
Iraqi Sunni protesters turn out in several cities
Tens of thousands of Iraqi Sunnis angry over perceived second-class
treatment by the Shiite-led government massed along a major western
highway and elsewhere in the country Friday for the largest protests yet
in a week of demonstrations.
A nation once again?
Kurds gain from regional tectonic shift in northeast Syria following the Assad regime's retreat back to Damascus.
Too little, too late
Congratulations. Human Rights Watch published a report this week blaming
Hamas for firing at Israeli cities during Operation Pillar of Defense
with direct intention to kill civilians.
Biblical claim to the land?
Over the past five years, working as the international liaison for the
Shomron region, I have toured around the world speaking on behalf of
PM: We'll protect ourselves from Syrian threat
A day after it was reported that he visited Jordan to coordinate an
attack on President Bashar Assad's Syrian chemical weapons facilities,
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said "Everyone sees what is happening
US Delivers Two Naval Vessels to Iraq
The United States has delivered two naval support ships to Iraq, which
is seeking to boost its fledgling maritime capabilities, the US embassy
Ross: Many Commonalities Between US and Israel
Speaking at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA) conference at
the Inbal hotel in Jerusalem, Ambassador Dennis Ross sought to explain
United States priorities in the Middle East.
State Dept security chief resigns after Benghazi
Three State Department officials resigned under pressure Wednesday, less
than a day after a damning report blamed management failures for a lack
of security at the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya.
The Russia-EU-US drama
At the eve of the EU-Russia Summit, trade tension has been rising between Brussels and Moscow.
PA Arabs Say Yes to Hamas, No to Abbas
A new independent poll in the Palestinian Authority points to a calm
before a storm of terror as Arabs in Judea, Samaria and Gaza rejected PA
Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.
Dead Sea Scrolls Online Library Launched
On the occasion of the 65th anniversary of the discovery of the Dead Sea
Scrolls, the Israel Antiquities Authority and Google announced on
Monday the launch of the Leon Levy Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library
Iraq president suffers stroke
Iraqi President Jalal Talabani has suffered a stroke and his medical
team in Baghdad is still trying to stabilize his condition.
* Israel pushes on with east Jerusalem building plan Israel on Monday said it was pushing forward with plans to build hundreds of homes in a Jewish settlement of east Jerusalem, risking renewed tensions with the Palestinians and its Western allies over the contentious project.
* Egypt's Islamists aim to build on constitution vote President Mohamed Mursi has won initial backing from Egyptians for a new constitution that he hopes will steer the country out of crisis, but which opponents say is an Islamist charter that tramples on minority rights.
New Fatah logo eliminates Israel
As Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas continues to voice support for a
two-state solution based on the 1967 borders, condemning the use of
violence, his party, Fatah, seems to have a different scenario in mind.
'Syria's chemical weapons are ready for use'
Syria's chemical weapons could be used at "a moment's notice" and the
international community should not accept any assurances from Syrian
officials that they will not be used".
Veteran Educator Arrested for 'Crime of Prayer'
Veteran Israeli educator and Education Prize awardee Sarah Eliash was
arrested this week on the Temple Mount on charges of praying at the
site, activists in organizations advocating open Jewish prayer at the
ADL's List of Top 10 Issues Affecting Jews in 2012
A troubling resurgence of anti-Semitism in Europe, Iran's subterfuge on
the road toward a nuclear weapons capability, and the lopsided vote at
the United Nations to upgrade the status of the Palestinian delegation
topped the Anti-Defamation League's (ADL) annual list.
Gaza perfume sales soar with rocket name
Sales of a citrus-scented perfume marketed in Gaza have soared since it
was named in honor of the rockets that Palestinians shot at Israel
during a war last month, the manufacturer said.
Egyptian army abruptly postpones 'unity' talks
Efforts to resolve Egypt's rapidly worsening political crisis suffered a
blow on Wednesday when the army abruptly postponed "unity" talks that
the opposition had minutes earlier said they would attend.
Israeli leader mocks EU 'dismay'
Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu has mocked EU foreign ministers'
"dismay" over his plan to split Palestine in three and to take away its
Watch: Gaza kids simulate rocket launch
A generation comes of age: A video posted on social networks shows a
group of Palestinian kids in Gaza simulating the firing of mortar shells
at Israeli communities.
Noah's Ark opens in Netherlands
Just as the first storms of winter roll in, Dutchman Johan Huibers has
finished his 20-year quest to build a full-scale, functioning model of
Iran possesses the "largest number of ballistic missiles in the Middle
East" and is secretly producing long-range missiles capable of carrying a
Sudan Captures Israeli 'Spy Vulture'
Sudanese officials announced Monday that they have captured an
electronically-tagged vulture suspected of being dispatched by Israel on
a spying mission.
PM: Settlements don't preclude Palestinian state
The suggestion that Israeli construction plans for the E1 area of
Jerusalem preclude the eventual emergence of a Palestinian state is
"simply false," Prime Minister Netanyahu asserted on Monday.
UN: Syria chemicals use would be outrageous crime
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Friday he was not aware of any
confirmed reports that Syrian President Bashar Assad was preparing to
use chemical weapons but that if he did so it would be an "outrageous
US Syria envoy: Extremists gaining in opposition
The top US envoy to Syria warned on Thursday that extremists were
gaining influence in the Syrian opposition and that this influence would
only increase the longer fighting dragged on in the Levant country.
Suomi satellite pictures Earth in black
VIIRS (Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite) can discern a range of
phenomena of interest to weather forecasters - cloud, snow, fog, etc -
even when the satellite is on the dark side of the Earth.
Doomsday for Iran? US Tests EMP Bomb
Boeing has successful tested an electro-magnetic pulse (EMP) missile
that turns "science fiction into science fact" and could be the doomsday
weapon against Iran.
Prophecy 101: Now in Tel Aviv
Isaiah, Jeremiah and Amos were naturals to the world of prophesy, but
today's budding conduits to the heavens will soon be able to learn the
art of forecasting in the classroom.
* Top guns, top geeks Israel's air force, which spearheaded last month's operation against terror groups in Gaza, relies on deep cooperation between its tech whiz kids and its drone operators and fighter pilots.
51% of Israelis: Peace with Palestinians unlikely
Pessimism was in the air in Israel following Operation Pillar of Defense
and slightly prior to the recognition of the Palestinian Authority by
the United Nations as a non-member observer state.
Birds of paradise - in pictures
On a mission to become the first to document all 39 species of birds of
paradise, the photographer Tim Laman and ornithologist Ed Scholes have
spent nearly a decade sleeping in tents and dangling from the rainforest