* IAF attacks Hamas infrastructures in Gaza Israeli aircraft strike two terrorist infrastructures belonging to Hamas in retaliation for rocket attack.
* Inside the Ring: U.S.-Backed Iraqis Prepare for Battle for Fallujah Iraqi military forces, backed by U.S. air power and Sunni militias, are massing forces in preparation for a major assault on the Islamic State-held city of Fallujah, says Army Col. Steven Warren, the U.S. military spokesman in Baghdad.
* Pope Francis Asks God to 'Convert the Hearts' of Islamic Terrorists Following on the latest spate of devastating attacks by the Islamic State in Syria, Pope Francis prayed to God Wednesday to 'convert the hearts of those who sow death and destruction.'
* Palestinians and Jordan: Will a Confederation Work? Talk about a confederation between the Palestinians and Jordan has once again resurfaced, this time after a series of unofficial meetings in Amman and the West Bank in the past few weeks.
* Knesset warns Arab MKs against Temple Mount visits during Ramadan Knesset Chief Security Officer Yosef Griff underlines that Knesset members are barred from visiting Jerusalem's contested holy site.
* Oil hits $50 a barrel for first time this year The price of oil has gone above $50 a barrel for the first time in 2016 as supply disruptions and increased global demand continue to fuel a recovery.
* Iran pledges $70 million to Palestinian Islamic Jihad As Iran deal critics warned, Tehran continues to up its support for terrorism with sanctions relief money. Move seen as snub to Hamas.
* Has the Pope Abandoned Europe to Islam? To scroll the list of Pope Francis's apostolic trips -- Brazil, South Korea, Albania, Turkey, Sri Lanka, Ecuador, Cuba, United States, Mexico, Kenya, Uganda, Philippines -- one could say that Europe is not exactly at the top of his agenda.
* Muslim mob torches seven Christian homes in Egypt Violence follows rumors of Christian man's affair with Muslim woman; man's mother stripped in public.
* For photogenic Jerusalem, a look at how locals first captured their city Shot from every angle since cameras were invented, the capital has usually been viewed through an outsider's lens.