* Iraq moves against Islamic State in Tikrit Iraq has launched a military operation to recapture Tikrit, the hometown of former leader Saddam Hussein, from Islamic State (IS) and its allies.
* Washington prepares for historic Netanyahu address Kerry: Israeli PM is welcome, but we don't want to see this become a political football; Secretary of state to hold critical negotiations with Iran through Tuesday.
* Egypt's plan for 'joint Arab force' a non-starter, but shows cooperative intent against threats Expert to "Post": Whether it is a nuclear armed Shi'ite Iran or ISIS, Saudi Arabia may be seeking a way to rally support.
* Jordan's king calls fight against Islamic State 'a third world war' "This brings Muslims, Christians, other religions together in this generational fight," Abdullah said an interview with CNN.
* Hamas 'working to double its arsenal of rockets for next war with Israel' Marwan Issa told a gathering Gaza City that Hamas continues to manufacture rockets and forge alliances with whoever can assist its cause.
* Looted Iraqi Museum in Baghdad reopens 12 years on Iraq's national museum has officially reopened in Baghdad, 12 years after it was closed in the aftermath of the US-led invasion.
* Forest tree seeds arrive at Svalbard's 'Doomsday vault' The Svalbard "doomsday" vault - widely known for protecting global food crop seeds - has accepted its first delivery of forest tree species seeds.
* Rabbi David Yosef: Secular Jews Endanger Israel Those who do not observe the commandments is endangering our existence more than the Arabs, said Rabbi Yosef.
* Assyrian christians fight back, forming militia to hold off ISIS Middle Eastern Christians who have suffered persecution at the hands of ISIS in recent months have decided not to turn the other cheek. Instead, they have formed a militia regiment and are currently engaged in fighting the Islamists across a major front in North West Syria, in alliance with Kurdish forces.
* Experts warn Iran could cause Middle East to go nuclear Hundreds were in attendance to watch a distinguished panel of experts who convened on Sunday at the annual AIPAC (America-Israel Public Affairs Committee) policy conference to discuss, "Trouble in Tehran: Analyzing Iran's Nuclear Program."