U.S. President Barack Obama edged Republican nominee Mitt Romney in the second presidential debate held on Tuesday night, a CBS News instant poll indicated on Wednesday. A CNN survey gave Obama the edge by 46 percent to 39 percent.

The international envoy’s call for a holiday cease-fire would likely fail, Syrian government said, because the rebels fighting to topple Bashar Assad’s regime have no unified leadership to agree to it.

Israeli newspaper Yisrael Hayom, owned by Sheldon and Miram Adelson, submitted a proposal to purchase the printing facilities owned by the Israeli daily Maariv. Over the last few months, Yisrael Hayom, which is currently printed primarily at Haaretz printing facilities, has been engaged in talks over purchasing Maariv’s printing presses.

Israel's government will adopt parts of a report by a cabinet-sanctioned panel that advised to legalize West Bank outposts and which rejected the claim that Israel's presence in the territories is that of an occupying force, Israel Radio reported on Wednesday.

Qatar on Tuesday launched a $254 million plan to rebuild and modernize Gaza, the biggest reconstruction aid for the Palestinian enclave since Operation Cast Lead, nearly four years ago.

The building plans for the detention facility planned to house African migrants in the Negev were approved Tuesday by the national Planning and Construction Council. The plan will subsequently be sent to the government for approval.

Leaving her U.S. State Department's anti-Semitism monitor, Hannah Rosenthal says increased anti-Semitism reporting reflects burgeoning awareness of the problem among U.S. diplomats.

The leader of a Jewish women's group fighting for the right to read from the Torah at the Western Wall was arrested Tuesday evening, with members of the Women of the Wall group claiming that she was detained for singing at the holy site.