Smoke rising above the Damascus skyline on Wednesday.
Smoke rising above the Damascus skyline on Wednesday. Photo by Reuters
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Top Syrian government officials were killed or wounded in an attack by a suicide bomber during a meeting of government ministers and heads of security agencies in Damascus Wednesday. Syrian state television reported that Defense Minister Daoud Rajha and Assad's brother-in-law Assef Shawkat, the country's deputy defense minister, were killed in the attack. Syria's Interior Minister Mohammed Ibrahim al-Shaar was reported injured.

The final results in Libya's first free nationwide vote in half a century released Tuesday, placed a liberal alliance ahead of other parties, leaving Islamists far behind. However, each side is already trying to build a coalition with independents.

Opposition leader MK Shelley Yacimovich (Labor) called Wednesday morning on Benjamin Netanyahu to move up elections, in the wake of Kadima's withdrawal from the unity government and the disagreement over the legislation of a new ultra-Orthodox IDF draft law.

Israel's High Court of Justice to hear Wednesday a petition demanding an IDF criminal investigation into the death of a Palestinian woman during a demonstration in the West Bank village of Bil'in. Conflicting accounts of the cause of her death quickly surfaced: Family members insisted she died in a Ramallah hospital from tear gas inhalation, while the Israel Defense Forces alleged she never took part in the demonstration and died of a form of cancer.

A senior Israeli jurist has been appointed to serve as the senior legal adviser and criminal justice coordinator of the UN Security Council’s main anti-terror body, the Counter Terrorism Executive Directorate (CTED), A move certain to challenge existing anti-UN stereotypes.

Hungarian authorities have arrested alleged Nazi war criminal Laszlo Csatary in Budapest, Hungarian news agency MTI reported Wednesday. Csatary was the police chief of Kosice during World War II and, in the spring of 1944, allegedly played a key role in the deportation of 15,700 Jews to the Auschwitz death camp.

Remnants of an ancient port, where warships may have docked 2,300 years ago, have been uncovered in Acre, the Israel Antiquities Authority announced. The port installations date back to the Hellenistic period - the 2nd and 3rd centuries B.C.E.

The Tel Aviv municipality plans to make free wireless Internet available all over the city. The municipal finance committee voted Tuesday to allocate NIS 6 million to the initiative. The full city council is expected to give the plan a green light at its next meeting. The decision comes after a successful pilot program that provided free, unlimited Internet usage on Ben-Gurion Boulevard and at the Gordon Beach for the past year.