* Panetta signs order to send Patriot missiles to Turkey to help defend against Syria U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has signed an order to send two Patriot air defense missile batteries and 400 American troops to Turkey.
* Muslims Riot, Jews Banned from Temple Mount Jews have been barred from the Temple Mount in Jerusalem until Sunday, the last day of Hannukah.
* Islamists clash with opponents ahead of Egypt vote Stone-throwing supporters and opponents of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi clashed in the Egyptian city of Alexandria on Friday.
* Tradition Today: The lights of Hannuka Why do we kindle lights on Hanukka? A simple question, almost as simple as the one asked in the Talmud: What is Hanukka?
* Thousands of Palestinians march on Hebron checkpoint Some 3,000 Palestinian protesters marched from the city hall of the West Bank city of Hebron toward an Israeli checkpoint.
* Evidence Noah's Biblical Flood Happened, Says Robert Ballard The story of Noah's Ark and the Great Flood is one of the most famous from the Bible.
* Susan Rice to Obama: Don't Pick Me as Secretary of State Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, on Thursday asked President Barack Obama not to pick her as his next secretary of state.
* Russia backtracks on statement about Assad's looming fall Russia issued a clumsy denial Friday of a statement from its point man on Syria.
* North Koreans mark rocket success with mass rally orth Korea has staged a mass rally in Pyongyang to celebrate Wednesday's long-range rocket launch.
* Avigdor Liberman quits government to clear his name Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Avigdor Liberman announced his resignation from the government on Friday.