Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad - AP
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, right, is escorted by technicians during a tour of Tehran's research reactor center in northern Tehran, Iran, on Feb. 15, 2012 Photo by AP
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New intelligence information obtained by Israel and four Western countries indicates that Iran has made greater progress on developing components for its nuclear weapons program than the West had previously realized, according to Western diplomats and Israeli officials who are closely involved in efforts to prevent Iran from building a nuclear bomb.

Syrian rebels trying to fight off an army offensive in Aleppo said on Tuesday they were running low on ammunition as Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces encircled their stronghold at the southern entrance to the country's biggest city.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and its president Jacques Rogge were severely criticized last night at an event commemorating the Munich Eleven. Rogge sat through the event as he was attacked.

Complaints by several male and female students against university lecturers over sexual harassment submitted over the past decade to an ombudsman and that reached Haaretz raise questions over whether these cases are indeed being handled properly.

The Justice Ministry will reexamine the wording of new regulations it has issued barring individuals without a passport or ID card from filing lawsuits in Israeli courts.

New York's top bank regulator threatened to strip Standard Chartered Plc of its state banking license, saying the British bank was a "rogue institution" that hid $250 billion in transactions tied to Iran, in violation of U.S. law.

Norway's ombudsman for children's rights has proposed that Jews and Muslims replace male circumcision with a symbolic, nonsurgical ritual. Dr. Anne Lindboe told the newspaper Vart Land last month that circumcising boys was a violation of their right to decide over their own body.

The body of an ultra-Orthodox rabbi disappeared from his Jerusalem grave a few days ago, after eight years of undisturbed interment. The suspected culprits are the man's own family, who apparently had the support of several leading ultra-Orthodox rabbis.