* The Seventh of June and the Ninth of Av To understand contemporary Israel and the emotions present in any discussion of Middle East peace, one needs to grasp the significance of two dates-June 7 and the Ninth of Av.
* Jerusalem is the '2016 Islamic Tourism Capital' A Palestinian Authority (PA) official said Thursday that the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) chose Jerusalem as the "capital of Islamic tourism" for 2016.
* Ukraine's Poroshenko sworn in and sets out peace plan Petro Poroshenko has been sworn in as president of Ukraine, setting out a plan to bring peace to the conflict-torn east of the country.
* Egypt's new leader vows to uphold ties with Israel Egypt's President-elect Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi told Israeli leaders in a phone call on Friday that he was committed to his country's peace treaty with Israel.
* Iraq university hostages' ordeal ends in Ramadi Militants have stormed a university in the Iraqi city of Ramadi.
* Nasrallah: Assad must be part of any future peace accord in Syria Syrian President Bashar Assad's landslide election victory means that his civil war foes can no longer call for his departure as a precondition for peace.
* The Fatah-Hamas honeymoon is already over Just days after they formed a unity government, fissures have emerged between Hamas and Fatah.
* Where Joshua, Solomon and Ahab built what was once Israel's greatest city The Canaanites who lived in Hatzor during the biblical era were pretty smug. And for good reason.
* Pope tweets message of peace ahead of prayer summit Pope Francis on Saturday entreated social media followers to pray for Middle East peace.
* GHOST: An Anti-Terrorism Vessel Built to Outperform Stealth Aircraft Like all branches of the military, the U.S. Navy is undergoing revolutionary change.