Several loud explosions sent thick smoke billowing from the Nairobi mall where militants from Somalia's al Qaida-linked al Shabaab group threatened to kill hostages on the third day of a raid in which at least 59 have already died.

In wake of shooting that killed Israeli soldier near Hebron, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the Civil Administration on Sunday night to take the necessary action to allow Jewish settlers back into a contested house in the West Bank city.

Iran's President Hassan Rohani is en route to New York after urging the West to heed his appeals for greater dialogue and denouncing economic sanctions as a dead-end strategy.

Syrian President Bashar Assad denounced the United States, France and Britain for submitting a draft resolution to the UN Security Council to place Syrian chemical weapons under international control, saying they were fighting an "imaginary enemy."

Support for Greece's Golden Dawn has fallen by 2.5 percentage points after the fatal stabbing of an anti-racism rapper by a supporter of the far-right party and most Greeks believe it threatens democracy, a poll showed on Monday.

A large sewage treatment plant is being constructed in Gaza with funding from the World Bank, but may not become operational due to a dire shortage of required electric power. The Palestinian Authority has approached Israel with a request to increase power supply, but the issue has not been resolved yet.

The Jewish African-American who brought flash mob dancing to Israel.

For most Israelis, trips and vacations bring to mind the holiday seasons along with long queues at Ben Gurion Airport and booking flights just before prices go up. For a group of Israeli startups, however, your vacation is their bread and butter.