* Islamic State in Philippines Recruits Child Soldiers, Promises Islamic Education to Poor Parents In a breathtaking interview with the local Philippine outlet Rappler, a former jihadist with the nation's Maute terrorist group recalls his recruitment as a child.
* US shifts to reassure Qatar with arms sale, joint exercise After Trump signaled support for Saudis in Sunni states' dust up, State Department and DOD moves aim to reassure Doha that ties are strong.
* Rivlin: The Golan is essential to our existence President Rivlin stresses the importance of the Golan to Israel, 50 years since Jewish communities returned there.
* Chuck Schumer Teams with Ted Cruz to Demand Moving Israel Embassy to Jerusalem Cruz: 'It is long past time to move the American embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.'
* Israel and Hamas court catastrophe in high-stakes game of chicken With the PA riding shotgun and Egypt in the backseat, Israel, propelled by a tailwind from the Persian Gulf, dares Hamas to go to war.
* Touchdown in Israel: 18 US Football Hall of Famers Arrive in Holy Land Former NFL stars Joe Montana, Jim Brown, Roger Staubach among 18 "Gold Jackets" are visiting the country.
* Senate Passes Iran 'Non-Nuclear' Sanctions Bill Passage of the bill should have no effect on the nuclear deal, argue its authors, who aim to target "non-nuclear" Iranian behavior deemed a threat to the region by Republicans and Democrats alike.
* Palestinians to claim Tomb of Patriarchs on Un World Heritage List The World Heritage Committee on Thursday publicized the list of 35 sites that it plans to consider inscribing, including Hebron.
* Serbia to have first gay prime minister as Ana Brnabic is chosen The president of Serbia has nominated a gay woman to be his prime minister in a double first for the deeply conservative Balkan state.
* Islamic State leader Baghdadi 'may have been killed by Russia' Russia's defence ministry is investigating whether one of its air strikes in Syria killed the leader of the Islamic State militant group (IS).