* Int'l Christian lawmakers vow to stop Iranian nukes Dozens of parliamentarians from around the world gathered in Jerusalem on Wednesday to throw their support behind an effort to put pressure on their respective governments to stop Iran from attaining nuclear weapons.
* Turkey okays military force, stresses int'l cooperation Turkey's parliament gave authorization on Thursday for military operations outside Turkish borders if the government deemed them necessary.
* Arabs Riot for Third Day on Temple Mount For the third morning in a row, Arabs rioted on the Temple Mount, attempting to attack groups of Jews who sought to visit the holiest site in Judaism during the Sukkot holiday.
* Experts: Iranian military stuck in the past ran may be technologically advanced but its military capabilities are so limited it can't risk war on its own soil, Israeli experts claim.
* UN scrambles to defuse tensions between Turkey, Syria UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was "alarmed by escalating tensions" between Syria and Turkey .
* Facebook surpasses one billion users as it tempts new markets Facebook now has more than one billion people using it every month, the company has said.
* Islamists versus Monarchy to Rally Friday in Amman A showdown is shaping up between Jordan's monarchy and Islamist forces, with rival demonstrations scheduled for this Friday.
* Israel's Vatican envoy: Offending Christianity harms Israel Zion Evrony, Israel's ambassador to the Holy See, the government of the Roman Catholic Church, stressed on Wednesday that the latest attacks on Christian holy sites in Jerusalem are damaging Israel's public image.
* IDF intel chief: Syria violence getting closer The fighting between Syrian rebels and forces that are loyal to President Bashar Assad has moved closer to the Israeli border, with some errant mortars landing in the area.
* UN: Palestinian statehood bid likely in November n November the Palestinians are likely to present to the United Nations General Assembly a resolution seeking to upgrade their statehood status.