* Minutes to midnight: US cuts bilateral contact with Russia Following Russia's decree to end their joint nuclear deweaponization program with the US, the US State Department announced Monday that Washington has suspended bilateral contact with Moscow.
* Russia Adds Hundreds of Warheads Under Nuclear Treaty Russia increased its deployed nuclear warheads over the past six months under a strategic arms reduction treaty as U.S. nuclear warhead stocks declined sharply, according to the State Department.
* Iraq threatens WAR with Turkey over military occupation Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi threatens to initiate a regional war if Turkey does not withdraw its military forces from Northern Iraq.
* Russian state newspapers predict 'direct military conflict' with US as it compares Syria stalemate to Cuban missile crisis 'Third World War' fears have been voiced by the newspapers over the growing tensions between the USA and Syria.
* Russia Ups the Ante: Deploys Advanced S-300 Missile Launchers in Syria Russian defense ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov announced on Tuesday that a battery of Russian S-300 air defense missile launchers has been transported to the Syrian city of Tartus to defend a Russian naval base and warships.
* US: New Israeli settlement plan 'deeply troubling' after historic aid deal signed "Proceeding with this new settlement is another step towards cementing a one-state reality of perpetual occupation that is fundamentally inconsistent with Israel's future as Jewish and democratic."
* Saudi Arabia starts 'naval war game' live fire exercise Warships, speedboats, air navy aircraft, Marine Corps and special security naval units took part, state-run Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said.
* Portugal's Antonio Guterres set to be UN secretary general Portugal's former Prime Minister Antonio Guterres is poised to become the next UN secretary general, UN diplomats say.
* Nato jets scrambled as Russian bombers fly south Two Russian Blackjack bombers were intercepted by fighter jets from four European countries as they flew from the direction of Norway to northern Spain and back, it has emerged.
* Sturgeon accuses May of ignoring Scotland in Brexit talks UK and Scottish leaders have clashed over the role of the Edinburgh parliament in the upcoming Brexit negotiations, raising the possibility of a Scottish legal challenge to Britain's exit from the European Union.