* Hezbollah seizes hills from al-Qaida in Syrian province bordering Israel Iranian-backed Hezbollah has backed Syrian President Bashar Assad in his country's civil war.
* Iranian cartoon contest links US, Israel to ISIS The executive secretary of the contest says artists have the duty to raise public awareness about this group.
* Memorial Day: A Fading Tradition of Shared National Experience Amongst the finest and most noble traditions of the American people is the commemoration of Memorial Day.
* Islamic State crisis: Iraq will take back Ramadi 'in days' - PM Abadi The Iraqi city of Ramadi could be taken back from Islamic State (IS) militants "in days", Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has told the BBC.
* Israeli cooperation with nuclear ban treaty diplomats helped prevent bad outcome In recent days, the US vetoed an Egyptian-led drive on a possible Middle East nuclear weapons ban at a UN nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) conference.
* Ex-IDF chief: Hezbollah knows price of a future war, so it won't start one Israel, Gantz said, "has no interests beyond the northern and southern borders, other than security interests. If we are challenged, we will know how to deal with it."
* Saudi Arabia to build world's largest hotel in Mecca It is scheduled to open its doors in 2017. The estimated cost of the mammoth project is $3.5 billion.
* Is the UK still a Christian country? Are we losing our religion? The answer for the UK seems to be "Yes", while the answer for the developing world is a resounding "No".
* 'Battle of humanity': Muslim scholars make desperate call to save Syria's Palmyra Before Islamic State hammers have a chance to fall on the ruins of Palmyra, a leading Sunni Muslim body is appealing one last time for people to unite 'in a battle of humanity' and save what UNESCO calls a historic city of 'outstanding universal value.'
* European MPs Condemn PA After Watchdog Report Palestinian Media Watch report noting that PA is still paying terror salaries makes waves.