* Putin tops Forbes' Most Powerful People list Vladimir Putin has topped Forbes' list of the Most Powerful People in the world for the third year in a row.
* Sinai plane crash: Bomb fears prompt Sharm flights suspension The Russian plane that crashed in Egypt at the weekend "may well have been brought down by an explosive device", Downing Street has said.
* Why are Russians flocking to join Syria mission? Sources say veterans of covert Soviet op. to prop up Damascus after Israeli invasion of Lebanon among those drafted to save Assad.
* Thousands of flag-burning Iranians mark US embassy seizure Nuke deal notwithstanding, protesters chant 'Down with USA' and 'Down with Israel' during annual demonstration in Tehran.
* PA's Temple Mount sheikh arrested for incitement Sheikh arrested after being exposed in videos teaching Jews worship satan and created disease in weekly Temple Mount lessons.
* Jordanian cleric walks back fatwa against killing Jews After facing a backlash for the comments from the Muslim Brotherhood and other political rivals, Sheikh Halabi releases two new videos.
* UN chief: 'Expanding settlements' shattering hopes for peace In a message marking Rabin assassination, Ban Ki-moon cites "settlements" as one of the things impeding peace.
* Iran shutters first KFC for 'being too American' Tehran shuts fake KFC branch down for association with American franchise, saying US is a 'major enemy'.
* Technion Nano Bible, world's smallest, displayed at Smithsonian There are a limited number of copies of the Nano Bible in existence.
* Report: IDF to boost manpower by widening combat requirements Soldiers who barely miss the mark for physical health required for combat service could be upgraded to behind-the-scenes roles in the field.