* US signals shift in Syria-Iraq campaign against Islamic State The US has indicated a shift in its campaign against Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq and Syria, including the use of direct ground raids.
* Syria conflict: Iran to attend talks in Vienna Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will attend multilateral talks on finding a political solution to the conflict in Syria in Vienna this week, a government spokeswoman has said.
* Abbas calls on UN Security Council to "protect" Palestinians from Israel PA president tells UN Human Rights Council that Ramallah will continue ICC drive, derides international community for failure to act on behalf of Palestinians
* Iran's New Palestinian Terror Group: Al-Sabireen The Iranians are also believed to have supplied their new terrorist group in the Gaza Strip with Grad and Fajr missiles that are capable of reaching Tel Aviv.
* World Jewish Congress slams Palestinian 'culture of hate' "The series of attacks against Jews in Israel is the direct result of incitement by radical elements who call upon Palestinian youth to murder Jews," the board asserted.
* Jordanians slam Palestinian Authority for rejecting idea of security cameras at Temple Mount PA officials have over the past few days dismissed the idea, arguing that Israel would use the cameras to arrest Palestinians "under the pretext of incitement."
* Former Iran president indirectly admits country sought nuclear weapons Former Iranian president Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani indirectly admitted that his country started a nuclear weapons program during the Iran-Iraq war.
* Gay priest decries 'inhuman' treatment of homosexual Catholics A senior Vatican priest, stripped of his post after admitting being in a gay relationship, has launched a scathing attack on the Roman Catholic Church.
* Defying ban, Arab Knesset member visits Temple Mount Joint List's Basel Ghattas says Netanyahu can't keep people from holy site, accuses Israel of seeking to alter status quo
* Turkish police raid opposition TV station ahead of election Offices of Turkish opposition media group Koza Ipek are being stormed by Turkish police. Tear gas and water cannon are being used to quell the protest after an earlier assault on the building.