The Top 8 Headlines You Might Have Missed / Haaretz Newsline, December 17

From Tehran expressing readiness to re-start efforts to end the stalemate on Iran's nuclear program, to a sharp rise in Syrian refugees flowing into Jordan amid fears of a final desperate move by Assad, the top headlines you might have missed.

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said on Monday that a way must be found to end the deadlock between Iran and world powers over Tehran's nuclear program. "The two sides have reached a conclusion that they must exit the current stalemate," Ali Akbar Salehi was quoted as saying by the Iranian Students' News Agency.

A large explosion struck southern Lebanon near the border with Israel on Monday, the Lebanese official news agency reported.  Lebanon's National News Agency said the reasons behind the early Monday blast near the border town of Tair Harfa were not clear, but Sky News in Arabic reported that the explosion took place in a weapons warehouse of the country's militant Hezbollah movement, where the organization stores a wide variety of weapons and ammunition.

The Israeli job market suffers deep discrimination based on skin color and national origin, according to a new study of research examining the average wage of university-educated workers over a decade.

Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman's defense attorney, Giora Aderet, will meet Monday to discuss charges against Lieberman in the case concerning Israel's former ambassador to Belarus.

The flow of Syrian refugees into Jordan has increased sharply over the past few days amid fears the Assad regime will use chemical weapons in a final desperate blow against the rebels.

U.S. President Barack Obama on Sunday consoled the Connecticut town shattered by the massacre of 20 young schoolchildren, lauding residents' courage in the face of tragedy and saying that the United States was not doing enough to protect its children.

The striking nurses and the treasury resumed negotiations on Sunday as efforts to end the 15-day walkout continued, with the Finance Ministry reporting some progress while the nurses denied any headway had been made.