* Egypt awaits army statement after deadline passes Egyptians are awaiting a televised statement on the political crisis, after a deadline set by the army for a resolution to the turmoil passed.
* Egyptian army deploys tanks surrounding Morsi's barracks The Egyptian army erected barbed wire and barriers around a barracks where embattled President Mohamed Morsi was working.
* PM: Palestinian leaders think its possible to destroy Israel The legacy of Likud ideological forebear Ze'ev Jabotinsky will help bring stable peace to Israel, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told the Knesset Wednesday.
* US State Dept: Peace talks will be kept private State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told a press corps anxious for details that negotiations, for the time being, would be kept private.
* Russian foreign minister contradicts his deputy: Moscow not evacuating Syrian naval base Russia, in yet another reversal of its military assistance to Syria, said operations at the naval base of Tartous were not hampered by the war against President Bashar Assad.
* Israel's Ambassador condemns 'anti-Semitic' German cartoon Israel's Ambassador criticized on Wednesday the publication of an alleged "anti-Semitic" cartoon.
* Court Allows Jew to Pray at Gate to the Temple Mount A faithful Jew prays regularly at the gateway to the Temple Mount, and returns when detained by police.
* Arab Christians: Israel only state worth fighting for Arab Christian residents of Nazareth who proudly serve in the Israeli army and encourage their children to do the same are coming under increasing attack.
* Iran Exploits Sanctions Loophole, Buys High-Grade Alumina Ore Iran has exploited a loophole in international sanctions to import tons of alumina - a refined version of raw bauxite ore.
* Iran's president-elect extols human rights, the Internet Iran's newly elected president, Hasan Rouhani, says he is in favor of upholding civil liberties that have been "ignored" in Iran.