American-Israeli efforts to soften the wording of the proposed UN General Assembly resolution regarding the recognition of a Palestinian state have failed, an Israeli official said on Tuesday, after the Palestinians refused to add a clause to the draft that would have prevented them from filing criminal charges against Israeli officials at the International Criminal Court in The Hague. The vote is scheduled to take place on Thursday.

Former Kadima chairwoman Tzipi Livni announced her return to politics on Tuesday. She will stand at the helm of a new party called Hatnuah ("The Movement"). "I have come to fight for peace, and I will not lend a hand to those who try to turn 'peace' into a dirty word," Livni said at a Tel Aviv press conference.

Forensic experts took samples from the body of former Palestinian President Yasser Arafat in Ramallah on Tuesday, as part of an effort by an international team investigating claims that he died of poisoning. The experts climbed into Arafat's crypt to take samples, but did not remove the body.

A Hungarian far-right politician urged the government to draw up lists of Jews who pose a "national security risk," stirring outrage among Jewish leaders who saw echoes of fascist policies that led to the Holocaust.

Syrian warplanes bombed an olive press factory in the country's north on Tuesday, killing and wounding dozens of people, including farmers who were waiting to convert their olives to oil, activists said.

Salt, wind and acrid smoke from nearby oil refinery have irreversibly blemished the 17th-century Beth Haim cemetery in Curacao, one of the oldest Jewish burial sites in the Western Hemisphere

Egyptian forces seized a truck carrying arms en route to the northern Sinai, a report by Palestinian news agency Ma'an said on Tuesday, adding that the vehicle carried Grad-type katyusha rockets as well as high-grade weapons. Speaking to Ma'an, an Egyptian police commander in the northern Sinai said that three suspects were arrested in the incident, and that they were interrogated over the shipment.

Police have begun ordering Palestinian laborers with legal work permits off buses from the Tel Aviv area to the West Bank, following complaints from settlers that they pose a security risk.