* Hanukkah at Temple Institute: Working to Rebuild the Temple A representative from The Temple Institute, an organization in Jerusalem which works toward the rebuilding of the Third Temple, stated in a Hanukkah speech Wednesday that a Cohen-priest training program is in place in anticipation of its rededication.
* Israeli MKs Demand Jewish Access to Temple Mount on Hanukkah Jerusalem's Temple Mount is a focal point of the upcoming holiday of Hannukah.
* UN's Ban to Israel: Stop building settlements in W. Bank, e. Jerusalem UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a message on the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People called on Israel to stop building in the settlements.
* Syria rebels say peace talks destined for failure The Bashar al-Assad regime and the Syrian National Coalition, Syria's Western-backed political opposition, committed this week to peace talks.
* UN chief warns of 'dangerous situation' between Israel, Palestinians UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said Friday that although Israelis and Palestinians were engaged in peace talks brokered by the US, an "increasingly dangerous situation" on the ground could threaten future negotiations.
* Syrian chemical arms 'to be destroyed on US Navy ship' The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said the US was contributing technology and financing.
* Iran, Turkey Boost Intelligence Cooperation After Deal On Friday Alireza Bikdeli, Iranian ambassador to Turkey, announced that the two nations would launch "improved cooperation".
* Abbas: We'll Never Give Up on a Single Demand The Palestinian Authority (PA) is not planning to back down from any of its demands from Israel.
* Iran success of EU's Ashton keeps Brussels in game When US Secretary of State John Kerry wrapped his arm around Catherine Ashton as they boarded his plane on Sunday after they clinched a breakthrough nuclear deal with Iran in Geneva, it capped a turnaround in her career.
* The U.S., Japan and South Korea Flout China's Air Defense Zone. What's a Superpower To Do? The Americans struck first. Just days after the Chinese had demarcated an air defense zone.