Israel Air Force on Wednesday killed the head of Hamas' military wing in Gaza, Ahmed Jabari, in a surgical strike in the Gaza Strip. Israel's domestic intelligence service said Jabari was killed due to his "decade-long terrorist activity."

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman is considering offering the Palestinian Authority immediate recognition of statehood within provisional borders as an incentive for dropping their UN bid.

Four rockets on Wednesday were fired from the direction of the Sinai Peninsula toward an Israeli community on the border with Egypt.

Thousands of Palestinians were demonstrating across the West Bank on Wednesday, marking the Independence Day declared by the Palestine National Council in 1988. The activities were coordinated around the anniversary of former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's death and ahead of the United Nations vote on recognizing the Palestine as a non-member observer state.

Iran is believed to have increased the number of centrifuges in the underground nuclear facility near Fordo by nearly a third in three months, diplomatic sources said.

Hundreds of armed Syrian rebels have barricaded themselves in two villages near the border with Israel after Syria sent a message to Israel via the UN promising to increase supervision near the border in attempt to prevent errant shooting.

A Berlin intelligence chief, Claudia Schmid, resigned on Wednesday from her post for shredding files on a neo-Nazi group.

Millions of workers on Wednesday joined strikes across southern Europe to protest against spending cuts and tax hikes that trade unions say have brought misery and deepened the region's economic crisis.