* Al-Qaida reveals new details about the inspiration for September 11 attacks al-Qaida claimed that the inspiration for the September 11 attacks was the story of Gamil al-Batouti, the Egyptian co-pilot who crashed EgyptAir flight 990 into the Atlantic Ocean in 1999.
* Hamas: The "Merchants of War" Who Seek to Destroy Israel The myth that Hamas uses tunnels to smuggle food and other necessities to the "besieged" Gaza Strip has been buried under the rubble of the tunnel that collapsed last week east of Gaza City.
* Mideast Christian Suffering, U.S. Denial When a 1,400-year-old Iraqi Christian monastery was destroyed by the Islamic State (ISIS) most of the world condemned the demolition -- except for spokesman for the U.S. military's Operation Inherent Resolve, Col. Steve Warren.
* Could the Muslim vote swing the US election? Muslim Brotherhood-linked group calls on American Muslims to 'turn your Islamic centers and mosques into voter registration centers.'
* Russia to test new S-500 defenses in 2016 The system is said to have a range of 600 km and could simultaneously intercept up to 10 ballistic missiles.
* Syria conflict: Jordanians 'at boiling point' over refugees King Abdullah of Jordan says his country is at "boiling point" because of an influx of hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees.
* US to quadruple military spending in Europe The US plans to quadruple spending on its military presence in Europe in order to deter Russian aggression, leading US media say.
* Zika virus: WHO declares global public health emergency, says causal link to brain defects 'strongly suspected' The World Health Organization designated the Zika virus and its suspected complications in newborns as a public health emergency of international concern Monday.
* Putin's revenge: Turkish tourist industry collapsing More than 1,300 hotels along the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts are up for sale as Russian sanctions bite.
* Iran says it has received $100 bn, not White House $50bn, in frozen assets The White House has been claiming Iran, as part of the nuclear deal with the Obama administration, would only get access to $50 billion immediately but it turns out that number was off by a lot.