* Dubai sets world fireworks record, as millions across globe usher in 2014 The record-breaking 400,000-firework display in Dubai crowned extravagant New Year's celebrations around the world, which elsewhere included edible snowfall, greetings from space and billions of euros in lottery prizes.
* Palestinian ambassador in Prague killed in blast Explosion reportedly occurs when envoy, Jamal al-Jamal, opens a safe; one other person stricken with shock.
* Gun Confiscation ~ The US Government's New Year's Resolution For many Americans, 2013 was the year 'gun confiscation' became an undeniable reality, but it has merely set the precedent for whatâ€™s to come in 2014.
* IDF barely ready for 2014 Analysis: 'Jihadist tsunami' on Israel's borders, Hamas' underground system, renewed threat to strike Iran and possible violent conflict this summer are just some of challenges facing Israeli army in coming year.
* New Year, same ol' Middle East 2014 makes an appearance on the front pages of the Hebrew dailies, but so do peace talks and price hikes.
* Egypt: Tear Gas, Water Cannons Fired at Pro-Brotherhood Protest 300 students block road near Defense Ministry; Egyptian army responds with anti-rioting measures.
* With Kerry in town, minister to expand Jordan Valley settlement Gideon Sa-ar, MKs will launch 'actual construction on a new neighborhood,' a move likely to anger visiting US secretary of state.
* Iran and the West close to finalizing nuclear accord Top Islamic Republic negotiator says Geneva agreement likely to be implemented in late January.
* American citizens rank Israel 6th on list of favorite countries Survey indicates that American citizens' most favorable countries are Canada, UK. Saudi Arabia marked at bottom of list. Some 61% expressed fondness of Israel.
* South Sudan: UN calls for end to fighting as talks loom The head of the UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan has called for an end to fighting in the country, and for peace talks to be given a chance.