The Top 8 Headlines You Might Have Missed / Haaretz Newsline, March 3

From Iran's venture to build 3,000 advanced uranium-enrichment centrifuges to an Israeli company's new Palestinian-only bus service from the West Bank to Israel, Haaretz brings you the top 8 headlines you might have missed.

Iran is building about 3,000 advanced uranium-enrichment centrifuges, Iranian media reported on Sunday, in a development likely to add to Western concerns about the Islamic state's disputed nuclear program.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday urged Habayit Hayehudi chairman Naftali Bennett and Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid to unite with him in the face of the Iranian threat by joining his governing coalition.

An Israeli bus company on Monday will begin operating special Palestinian-only bus lines for workers commuting from the West Bank to jobs in central Israel. The separate service was announced following complaints from settlers that Palestinians are a security risk.

Syrian President Bashar Assad vowed that Syria would retaliate against Israel for a reported January air strike near the capital Damascus. In an interview with The Sunday Times aired Sunday, Assad said Syria's response may not be an overt military attack. "We retaliated in our own way, and only the Israelis know what we mean," he said.

Apple exports to Syria from Druze orchards in the Golan Heights will resume Monday after a year’s hiatus because of the Syrian civil war. Exports are due to begin at the Quneitra border crossing and last about three months, now that the Red Cross has drawn up a procedure. The quantity is expected to reach 18,000 tons, the largest since exports began.

Chadian soldiers in Mali have killed Mokhtar Belmokhtar, the Al-Qaida commander who masterminded a bloody hostage-taking at an Algerian gas plant in January, Chad's military said on Saturday. The death of one of the world's most wanted jihadists would be a major blow to Islamist rebels.

U.S. President Barack Obama has appointed a new coordinator for the Middle East, the White House announced on Saturday. The appointment of Philip Gordon comes about two weeks before Obama's planned visit to Israel, the Palestinian Authority and Jordan.

Partner Communications, which operates in Israel under the Orange brand name, has reached a NIS 400,000 settlement with a customer who claims he contracted cancer after using one of their devices.