* 'Syria to permit Palestinians to attack from Golan' According to Syrian media, Assad reportedly give green light to Palestinian factions to carry out attacks against Israel.
* Ya'alon on Syria: Israel is clear on its red lines Defense Minister speaks after 3 shells, likely errant firing from fighting in Syria, fall in Golan Heights in last day.
* BBC reporter: Blasts heard near Tehran arms plant BBC Persian reporter: Residents heard blasts in Iranian capital in an area where Iran carries out missile research, storage.
* Survey: Jerusalem enjoys economic boost, happiest residents Israel's capital, increasingly defined by its religious majority, is apparently in rude health, with new jobs, positive migration; city nevertheless still failing to entice young, secular students to remain.
* Barkat: Let the Palestinians rename Ramallah as 'Jerusalem' Jerusalem's mayor rules out any notion of Palestinian rule in the capital, slams Olmert's peace offer as a 'terrible mistake,' and says it's 'ridiculous' that Jews can't pray on the Temple Mount.
* Federal Europe will be 'a reality in a few years', says Jose Manuel Barroso A fully fledged federal Europe may seem like "political science fiction" today but will soon become reality for all European Union countries whether inside or outside the euro, Jose Manuel Barroso has said.
* The mass exodus of Christians from the Muslim world A mass exodus of Christians is currently underway. Millions of Christians are being displaced from one end of the Islamic world to the other.
* 'Shock and shush' strategy, meant to mollify Assad, may have run its course After three strikes in three months, can Israel continue to keep quiet about air raids over Syria in the hope Damascus won't respond?
* Spraying fails: Billions of locusts descend on Negev Southern region infested with Israeli-hatched locusts. Agriculture Ministry continues taking preventive measures against event of most severe magnitude since 1915
* Nato chief: EU soft power is 'no power at all' Nato head Anders Fogh Rasmussen has said there cannot be a credible EU foreign policy without the military means to back it up.