Egypt's new president Mohammed Morsi - Reuters - June 16, 2012
Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood waves to his supporters after casting his vote at a polling station Cairo, June 16, 2012. Photo by Reuters
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Egypt's Islamist President-elect Mohammed Morsi said in an interview with Iran's Fars news agency published on Monday that he wanted to expand ties with Tehran to create a strategic "balance" in the region.

During an official visit to Israel, Russian President Vladimir Putin calls Holocaust "the darkest, most shameful chapter in human history," and praised the Soviet Army was the one to "smash the head of the Nazi monster and allowed all nations to survive.”

Israel's Magen David Adom has succumbed to pressure by ultra-Orthodox groups and decided to set up a rabbinical committee to dictate religious guidelines - including gender relations - for volunteers in the rescue service.

A Malaysian court ruled Monday that an Iranian man accused of plotting to attack Israeli targets in Bangkok must be extradited to Thailand. Masoud Sedaghatzadeh said he planned to appeal the decision. He is not expected to be immediately deported.

At least two events scheduled for Tel Aviv's annual White Night cultural celebration have been canceled, due to participants' anger over the police's use of violence during the social protests that took place over the weekend.

Turkey's state-run news agency says 33 more members of the Syrian army have defected to Turkey with their families at a time of heightened tensions between the two countries over Syria's downing of a Turkish plane.

Conservative blogger Pamela Geller lashed at the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles for what she says was its decision to cancel a talk titled “Islamic Jew-Hatred: The Root Cause of the Failure to Achieve Peace.”

The Jerusalem District Court on Sunday denied a petition by 132 migrants from the Ivory Coast to retain the group immunity from deportation they had enjoyed until last December.