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The Palestinian Authority will renew its efforts to win UN recognition for a Palestinian state if it does not receive a positive response from Israel to its positions on a prospective peace deal, PA President Mahmoud Abbas told an unofficial Israeli delegation on Sunday.

Syrian government forces have executed more than 100 civilians, and wounded or captured opposition fighters during recent attacks on restive areas in Homs and Idlib, Human Rights Watch reported on Monday.

The large academic gap between pupils from the Ethiopian community and other Israelis only widens as the children get older, according to a new Education Ministry report. According to the international PISA tests, the Ethiopian community pupils scored 118 points lower in math, 111 points lower in reading and 116 points lower in science, than their Israeli peers.

An explosion hit the Egyptian pipeline carrying gas to Israel and Jordan on Monday for 14th time since the uprising against President Hosni Mubarak began last year, security sources said.

Iran's nuclear chief, Fereidoun Abbasi, has hinted that the Islamic Republic may offer world powers a compromise ahead of negotiations this week over the country's controversial nuclear program. Abbasi told state TV that Tehran could stop its production of 20 percent enriched uranium needed for a research reactor, and continue enriching uranium to lower levels for power generation.

Islamic activist Sheikh Ra'ad Salah has won an appeal against his deportation from Britain. He had initially been detained for three weeks after entering the U.K. in June and was then released on bail. The Palestine Solidarity Campaign said Sunday that Salah received a letter from Britain's Upper Immigration Tribunal, saying his detention was "entirely unnecessary" and that his appeal has succeeded "on all grounds."

Recent satellite images show North Korea is digging a new underground tunnel in what appears to be preparation for a third nuclear test, according to South Korean intelligence officials.  The excavation at North Korea's northeast Punggye-ri site, where nuclear tests were conducted in 2006 and 2009, is in its final stages, according to a report by intelligence officials that was shared Monday with The Associated Press. 

In a Technion aeronautics laboratory, a pair of scientists are conducting experiments funded by the U.S. Army that would allow them to control the flight of insects from afar, as if they were mechanical flight vehicles. Instead of building a tiny plane whose dimensions would be measured in centimeters, the researchers are taking advantage of 300 million years of evolution.