A natural gas drilling rig
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On the morning of the renewal of nuclear talks between Iran and the six world powers, Iranian Revolutionary Guards carried out an extensive missile exercise, launching rockets of various sizes, including rockets capable of reaching Israel, from bases around the Iranian republic.

Documents obtained by Haaretz indicate that after 45 year of running the West Bank, the State of Israel plans to start compiling land registry records of assets controlled by settlers. The registry would bypass regular tabu land-listing processes, and appears designed to prevent Palestinians from appealing the validity of the ownership listings.

The house of Gilada Diamant Shamir, the daughter of Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir, who died Saturday at the age of 96, was broken into on Monday, while the family was attending his funeral in Jerusalem.

The mayors of Haifa and Hadera are among more than a dozen municipal officials going head to head with Israel's largest environmental group over the government's bid to expedite development of land-based natural gas facilities, which the mayors say could threaten the country's security and ecology.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's senior advisor Ron Dermer confirmed that Massachusetts Governor and Republic Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney will visit Israel this summer.


Australian national census data has shown that the Australian Jewish community has increased by nearly 10% over the past five years, though difficulties could be on the horizon for Jews Down Under.

Starting next semester, the Zefat Academic College will begin offering a program of study towards an undergraduate degree in spirituality and mysticism. The curriculum is said to include courses on New Age spiritualism, shamanism in the Americas, Indian mythology, Sufism, Hinduism and Zen philosophy, in addition to kabbala and other elements of Jewish mysticism.

Axl Rose, the lead singer of American legendary hard-rock band Guns N' Roses arrived in Israel on Monday, ahead of the group's one-off performance in Hayarkon Park on Tuesday.