* Israel to US: Emerging nuclear deal allows Iran to dominate Middle East Strategic Affairs Minister Steinitz outlined Netanyahu government's position on Iran in interview with The Washington Post.
* Unwelcome Mat: White House Tries To Counter Netanyahu Visit In what is becoming an increasingly nasty grudge match, the White House is mulling ways to undercut Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's upcoming trip to Washington and blunt his message that a potential nuclear deal with Iran is bad for Israel and the world.
* Once beyond hope, Africa's Sahel region is now targeted by terror The vast swath of nine countries bordering the southern reaches of the Sahara desert are marked by poverty, drought and chronic instability.
* Islamic State's new hashtag: #We_Are_Coming_O_Rome The learned Post informs us that "exactly what 'Rome' means to the Islamic State is unclear. "
* Ukraine crisis: House of Lords criticises EU and Britain for 'sleepwalking into crisis' as Moscow and Nato remain on diplomatic collision course The fraught relationship between Russia and the West, which was supposed to improve following an agreement over Ukraine, has descended instead into renewed acrimony after a series of tense military and diplomatic confrontations.
* Arab governments express concern over Iran deal, potential for Mideast nuclear arms race Sunni states express concern to Washington over nuclear deal with Iran, say should Shiite-dominated Iran be allowed to keep nuclear-producing technologies, Mid-East nations will set out on arms race.
* New US Secretary of Defense silent on date of Mosul offensive, says US will take supporting role Carter on the offensive: It will be Iraqi-led and US-supported. And it's important that it be launched at a time when it can succeed,"
* Ukraine crisis: Moscow rally against 'coup' one year on A rally has taken place in Moscow to condemn the "coup" in neighbouring Ukraine, a year after the downfall of its pro-Russian president.
* Egyptian paper accuses Hamas of plotting Cairo coup State-run al-Ahram claims terror group conspiring with Muslim Brotherhood to topple government within 3-5 years.
* Putin: No external pressure on Russia will go unchallenged Russia will always find an adequate response to any pressure coming from the outside, Russian President Vladimir Putin said during a gala-show ahead of the upcoming Defender of the Fatherland Day, which honors those who served in the armed forces.