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U.S. President Barack Obama and David Letterman of the "Late Show with David Letterman" at the Ed Sullivan Theater, New York, September 18, 2012. Photo by AFP
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The French government said Wednesday that it planned on temporarily shutting down premises including embassies and schools in 20 countries, after a French satirical magazine published cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.

The decision to publish the cartoon threatened to fuel the anger of Muslims around the world, who are already incensed by an anti-Islam film ridiculing Mohammed. The move was criticized by the French authorities. Riot police was sent to protect the magazine's offices.

U.S. President Barack Obama chided his Republican challenger Mitt Romney Tuesday night on "Late Night with David Letterman" after a video showing Romney dismissing Obama's supporters was leaked.

The Palestinian Authority has denounced remarks by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who told donors that Palestinians "have no interest" in peace with Israel, as was seen in a second leaked video published Tuesday.

Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government had plans to transfer chemical weapons to Hezbollah, a former Syrian general turned defector told the Times of London. Earlier this week, a report in the German weekly Der Spiegel claimed that Syria tested delivery systems for chemical weapons at the end of August.

Israel Defense Forces launched a comprehensive drill on Wednesday. IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz notified the units involved in the drill overnight, as the drill is meant to test the level of preparation of various units, including the Northern Command, Central Command, Air Force, and others.

The World Bank warned Wednesday of a deepening fiscal crisis in the Palestinian territories and appealed to donors to act urgently to prop up the Western-backed Palestinian Authority.

A fourth-century fragment of papyrus which was unveiled by a Harvard University professor on Tuesday is said to be the only existing text quoting Jesus explicitly referring to having a wife. Four words in the 1.5-by-3-inch fragment provide the first evidence that some early Christians believed Jesus had been married.