Israel's Housing Ministry announced on Sunday it was selling land for the immediate construction of nearly 1,200 new units in Jewish neighborhoods in East Jerusalem and the West Bank settlement blocs.

A special ministerial committee on the release of Palestinian prisoners was set to meet on Sunday to decide which 26 Palestinian prisoners will be the first to be freed this week, as an Israeli gesture of goodwill ahead of the resumption of peace talks. All 104 prisoners who are slated to be released by the end of the process were convicted of murdering Israelis in terror attacks that took place before the Oslo Accords were signed.

General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the U.S. Armed Forces, will arrive in the region on Monday for an official visit to Israel and Jordan.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reassumed full authority of his position on Sunday morning, fewer than eight hours after undergoing hernia surgery.

Zimbabwe's state radio denied reports that the country's ministry of mines, controlled by longtime ruler President Robert Mugabe, had struck a deal to sell uranium to Iran for its nuclear program.

The United States has condemned the latest bombings in Baghdad that killed dozens of people, saying attackers who targeted civilians during celebrations marking the end of Ramadan were "enemies of Islam.” Car bombs ripped through markets, shopping streets and parks late on Saturday as Iraqis were out celebrating Eid, the end of the Muslim fasting month, killing at least 57 and wounding more than 150.

Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon said on Saturday that Israel "respects full Egyptian sovereignty," in response to reports that Israel was responsible for a drone strike that killed five suspected Islamic militants and destroyed a rocket launcher in Sinai on Friday.

Israeli soldiers killed a Palestinian who crossed in from Gaza on Saturday, fearing he was a security threat though he proved to be unarmed, military sources said.