Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper called his Israeli counterpart on Wednesday and clarified that Canada could not support Israel in its decision to advance settlement construction plans in the E-1 corridor, connecting Jerusalem and Ma'aleh Adumim.

Tzipi Livni, chair of the Hatnuah political movement, announced on Thursday morning that former Labor chief MK Amir Peretz will be joining her newly formed party in the upcoming election, as the deadline for registering candidate lists for the January election nears.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told German Chancellor Angela Merkel at a meeting in Berlin on Wednesday that he was disappointed with Germany's vote in the United Nations' General Assembly on recognizing Palestine as a non-member observer state.

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi met the army chief and cabinet ministers on Thursday to discuss how to stabilize the nation after clashes between his supporters and opponents outside the presidential palace, the presidency said in a statement.

A senior Damascus official on Thursday blasted the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's move to provide Turkey with Patriot missiles to be deployed along its border with Syria, denouncing the development as a "provocative" step

UNESCO has informed the Palestinian Authority that it will accelerate the process of recognizing the ancient terraces near the West Bank village of Battir as a world heritage site.

Israeli Military police opened an investigation into F-16 fighter jet parts reported missing from an Israeli Air Force Base.  The parts, slated to be repaired and transported in the near future, were from a large metallic ring that is mounted on the fighter jet's engine. Transporting the ring requires a large truck and advance planning

While the country's nurses struggle for higher wages and better working conditions, Israel's Health Ministry is planning a significant expansion of its clinical nurse specialist training program, whose graduates are authorized to perform many duties that were once the sole province of physicians.