* Islamic State aims to destroy Israel, 'liberate' Jerusalem with Sinai Peninsula terrorist force With a media blitz, the Islamic State has set its sights on Egypt's Sinai Peninsula as the next shot at expanding its empire and establishing a base from which to attack neighboring Israel.
* Iranian commander: We can destroy Israel 'in under 8 minutes' If supreme leader gives order, Revolutionary Guards 'will raze the Zionist regime' quickly, says senior adviser of elite al-Quds unit.
* Saudi Arabia asserting writ in region like mafia crime family What passes for a government in Saudi Arabia has just threatened that unless things change in Syria they will resort to 'Plan B', thus proving that the arrogance and impertinence of this medieval dictatorship knows no bounds.
* Syria conflict: Deadly blasts rock Assad strongholds A series of car and suicide bombings has hit two government strongholds on Syria's Mediterranean coast.
* Saudi Press: U.S. Blew Up World Trade Center To Create 'War On Terror' The Saudi press is still furious over the U.S. Senate's unanimous vote approving a bill that allows the families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia.
* Right-wing activist Glick ascends Temple Mount for last time before entering Knesset The long-time advocate for equal rights for Jews and Muslims on the Temple Mount will not be able to visit the holy site anymore because the prime minister has banned MKs from doing so.
* Pope and top imam embrace in historic Vatican meeting Pope Francis embraced the grand imam of Cairo's Al-Azhar Mosque at the Vatican on Monday in a historic encounter both sides hope will lead to greater understanding and dialogue between the two faiths.
* Europe: Allah Takes over Churches, Synagogues Last year, at the famous Biennale artistic festival in Venice, Swiss artist Christian Buchel took the ancient Catholic Church of Santa Maria della Misericordia and converted it into a mosque.
* Austria far right thwarted, Van der Bellen elected president Alexander Van der Bellen has won Austria's presidential election, preventing Norbert Hofer from becoming the EU's first far-right head of state.
* NATO-Russia relations 'rolling back to Cold War,' Kremlin says Russia is alarmed at NATO's continuing expansion in Eastern Europe and the Baltics, the Kremlin's spokesman has said, adding that Moscow will act to safeguard its interests and security but will do this in a 'predictable and systematic way.'