* Assad's Secret: Evidence Points to Syrian Push for Nuclear Weapons At 11 p.m. on Sept. 5, 2007, 10 F-15 fighter bombers climbed into the sky from the Israeli military base Ramat David, just south of Haifa.
* Islamic leader urges Muslims to visit Temple Mount The head of the world's largest Islamic organization on Monday paid a rare visit to Jerusalem's al-Aqsa Mosque, urging Muslims to follow suit and come to the city in a bid to strengthen Palestinian claims to the holy site.
* Charlie Hebdo attack: Extra troops for Paris Some 500 extra troops are being deployed around Paris after three days of terror in the French capital killed 17 people.
* Apocalypse prophecies drive Islamic State strategy, recruiting efforts Leaders of the Islamic State movement in Syria and Iraq are infatuated with apocalyptic Muslim prophecies foretelling a titanic final battle of good and evil that even involves the re-emergence of Jesus Christ to join their cause at the end of time in the Middle East.
* Poll: Majority of Palestinians believe Jews intend to destroy al-Aksa Mosque The poll, conducted by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, based in Ramallah, stated that 86% of Palestinians believe that the structures are "in great danger."
* Boko Haram's 'deadliest massacre': 2,000 feared dead in Nigeria Hundreds of bodies - too many to count - remain strewn in the bush in Nigeria from an Islamic extremist attack that Amnesty International described as the "deadliest massacre" in the history of Boko Haram.
* Zinke: Obama Foreign Policy 'Provides Fuel for Terrorism' Congress' first Navy SEAL says that President Obama's "reckless" foreign policy has emboldened Islamic terrorists to carry out deadly attacks in France and Australia.
* The 'forever war' comes to Paris The slaughter of the satirists in Paris on Wednesday, executed in the name of radical Islam, is but one scene in the nightmarish reality that Western intelligence officers had been dreading since the war in Syria became a jihadi lodestone.
* Hubble returns to 'old friends' for 25th anniversary The Hubble Space Telescope, which in 2015 completes 25 years in orbit, has gathered dramatic new views of two well-known celestial objects.
* The Arab oil era is over The most dramatic news in 2014 almost went unnoticed: The United States lifted the restrictions on American oil exports, and as of the first day of the new year it has begun exporting oil to the world.