• The Lebanese Ministry of Information reported Tuesday the security situation in the northern city of Tripoli has deteriorated dramatically.
  • Engineering company Foster Wheeler said Tuesday it landed a contract from a Shell subsidiary in Iraq to help overhaul facilities tied to the Majnoon oil field.
  • The Egyptian subsidiary of German energy company RWE Dea said Thursday it was making important progress on developing the North African country's gas reserves.
  • An Israeli air strike on Gaza killed three Palestinians Tuesday morning amid increasing violence and tension in the region.
  • The Lebanese Ministry of Information said Friday a town near the border with Syria was hit by three missiles from across the border with no injuries reported.
  • Israel has completed testing on Elbit Systems' SkyShield that protects commercial aircraft against surface-to-air missiles, one of a trio of advanced military systems the Jewish state has unveiled in recent weeks.
  • The post-revolution political landscape in Egypt is characterized by censorship and a general lack of full participation, the U.S. State Department said.
  • Israel's Magal Security Systems Ltd. said Thursday it has received $8 million in contracts to help improve security at correctional facilities in North America.
  • Egypt may be in the throes of political turmoil, but the government has launched a diplomatic offensive aimed at stopping Ethiopia building a huge $4.8 billion hydroelectric dam on the Nile that Cairo says will be a disaster for the Arab world's most populous nation.
  • As Syria's civil war lurches toward its fourth year, Hezbollah and Iraqi Shiite irregulars it trained to fight the Americans are engaged in a swelling battle in the Qalamoun mountains on Lebanon's eastern border against Sunni rebels seeking to topple the Damascus regime.
  • Two United Arab Emirates air force pilots died Thursday when the aircraft they were flying during training crashed, military officials said.
  • The assassination of Abu Khalid al-Suri -- personal representative of al-Qaida chief Ayman al Zawahiri -- in northern Syria this week is expected to intensify fierce infighting between jihadist groups that's seriously weakening the rebellion against the regime of President Bashar Assad.
  • Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu pledged to advance peace efforts with the Palestinians after talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, whose government says it will pay one-third of the cost of Israel's sixth German-built submarine.
  • The Israeli military intelligence unit is expanding to combat the threat of jihadists in neighboring Syria, officials said.
  • Israeli arms dealers Eli Cohen and Avichai Weinstein reportedly have been arrested on suspicion of trying to smuggle F-4 fighter components to Iran amid a shake-up in the Defense Ministry over concerns that supervision of arms exports is too lax.
  • Nearly two dozen militants were charged Monday for their role in bombings in a Hezbollah stronghold in Beirut, a military judge said.
  • BAE, the world's third biggest defense company, has secured an agreement with Saudi Arabia over the pricing of 72 Eurofighter Typhoon strike jets after two years of fraught negotiations and unsuccessful efforts to export the aircraft elsewhere.
  • The United Nations Children's Fund launched a $2.2 billion appeal to help nearly 60 million children in crisis situations, mostly in Syria, officials said.
  • The U.N. Interim Force in Lebanon said Friday its vehicles were damaged when a convoy was attacked in southern Lebanon, though no injuries were reported.
  • Hezbollah is taking a beating in Lebanon from Sunni jihadists who have turned the tables on the Iranian-backed movement by battering its strongholds with a weapon the Shiite fundamentalists themselves unleashed with deadly effect on their Israeli and U.S. foes in the 1980s -- suicide bombers.
  • Israel has signed its first gas export deal, selling gas worth $500 million to Arab peace partner Jordan, but debate over whether the Jewish state will export the bulk of its gas via undersea pipeline or by tanker as liquefied natural gas is still unresolved.
  • World No. 1 Serena Williams and her sister Venus Williams advanced to the semifinals of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships with wins Thursday.
  • A trial for three al-Jazeera correspondents in Egypt was adjourned until March 5 after they pleaded not guilty to terrorism charges, al-Jazeera said Thursday.
  • Two suicide bombers killed five people in a Hezbollah-controlled district of Beirut Wednesday, graphically underlining how although Lebanon now has a government of "national interest" after 11 months of political gridlock, the country's increasingly becoming a battlefield between Sunni and Shiite militants.
  • Russia's discussions with Egypt on a $3 billion arms deal underlines a major drive by Moscow to boost arms sales in the Middle East as it strives to upgrade its once powerful defense industry with a 10-year, $755 billion spending program.
  • Syrian Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi extended a note of congratulation Tuesday to his Lebanese counterpart, Tammam Salam, for forming a new government.
  • Three Korean tourists and an Egyptian driver died Sunday when a device exploded on their bus during a sightseeing trip in the Sinai, security officials said.
  • Lebanon has formed a new Cabinet, split between Western-leaning factions and those led by Hezbollah, the government said Saturday.
  • Satellite data released by the University of California, Irvine, shows the world's water supply is disappearing fast because of agricultural demand, an expanding population, energy production and climate change, with the Middle East, Africa and Asia in particular facing crisis in the next few years.
  • As Lebanon's political leaders and sectarian chieftains squabble over who will control the Energy Ministry and the oil and gas bonanza in the eastern Mediterranean, Energy Minister Gebran Bassil accuses rivals of "conspiring against our oil."
  • A message from the al-Qaida cell that took credit for a November attack on the Iranian Embassy in Beirut warns Hezbollah of more attacks to come.
  • The Lebanese Army said Wednesday it has arrested a suspected terrorist and recovered and disarmed two car bombs that were to be detonated soon.
  • A small convoy brought aid Wednesday to the besieged Syrian rebel quarter of Homs following a weekend attack on a similar effort that left five people dead.
  • U.S. officials are alleging that Iranian intelligence is actively aiding al-Qaida fighters in war-torn Syria, even though the jihadists are battling to bring down Syrian President Bashar Assad, Tehran's key Arab ally.
  • For the fourth time this year, militants Tuesday in the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt bombed a gas pipeline servicing an area industrial zone, state media reported.
  • Even as the United States strives to achieve détente with Iran, a key U.S. ally in the Persian Gulf, is seeking to buy 30 Lockheed Martin F-16 Block 61 combat jets and upgrade the 79 Block 60 aircraft it already possessed.
  • Israel will reportedly collaborate with India, one of its key arms customers, to develop an integrated missile-defense system intended primarily to counter Chinese nuclear and conventional missiles.
  • Amid reports of an Israeli airstrike on advanced Russian-built S-300 air-defense missiles in the Syrian port of Latakia, military chiefs and missile specialists are delivering stark warnings of the 170,000 missiles and rockets they say are in the hands of the Jewish state's enemies.
  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel's new coalition government is reported to be pushing hard to nail down a $1.9 billion contract with Saudi Arabia for 100 patrol boats expected to be built by the Lurssen shipyard of Bremen.
  • Elbit Systems says it is delivering its new Hermes 900 unmanned aerial vehicle to three foreign states, as well as the Israeli military, underlining how the Jewish state's defense industry has become one of the world's top exporters of UAVs.
  • Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Tammam Salam is pushing ahead with a Cabinet list despite reservations from a pro-Hezbollah official, a political leader said.
  • The Syrian army carried out air raids on the city Aleppo, leaving about 90 people dead, including women and children, officials said.
  • A crowd of people in Lebanon mistook a thief -- running from a shopkeeper toward a mosque -- for a suicide bomber, sparking momentary panic, police said.
  • As deeply divided Lebanon struggles to form a new government after 10 months of political paralysis, one of the key issues is which faction will control the Energy Ministry and the development of potentially rich offshore gas fields.
  • The chief of Israel's Military Intelligence has warned that the Jewish state is under sustained cyberattack amid "the biggest revolution in warfare, more than gunpowder and the utilization of air power in the past century."
  • Israeli defense company Elbit Systems Ltd. is touting achievements of its unmanned aerial systems business sector, particularly sales of its Hermes 900 system.
  • Bahrain has the opportunity to improve the government's image by investigating the recent police shooting of two suspects, Human Rights Watch said Thursday.
  • Rory McIlroy fired a 9-under-par 63 Thursday and owns the lead after the first round of the European Tour's Omega Dubai Desert Classic.
  • Egypt's army chief, newly promoted Field Marshal Abdel-Fatteh el-Sissi, is expected to run for president of the Arab world's most population nation, heightening concerns the military seeks to restore the security state overthrown in a pro-democracy uprising in February 2011.
  • Retired U.S. Gen. David Petraeus, speaking in Israel Tuesday, said secrets leaker Edward Snowden had done "enormous" damage to U.S. intelligence gathering.
  • Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has been getting parental advice from ultra-Orthodox Jews with the news his son is dating a Norwegian non-Jew.
  • Israel's military planners and high-tech defense industry must accelerate development of robotic and unmanned systems that will dominate the future battlefield, eliminating the need for large armies with fighter jets, tanks and warships, a new study says.
  • Saudi Arabia and its five partners in the Gulf Cooperation Council say they're establishing a joint military command to coordinate their defenses, but it remains to be seen whether this will produce the coordinated military procurement that their American protectors are pushing for.
  • Israel's claim to have thwarted a Gaza Strip-based al-Qaida plot to blow up the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv has heightened fears that it's just a matter of time of time before the jihadist forces building up in Syria, Egypt and the Palestinian territories launch a major strike on the Jewish state.
  • The Middle East, spearheaded by the oil-rich Persian Gulf monarchies, could spend up to $50 billion on developing solar power over the next seven years, says the Middle East Solar Industry Association.
  • Dozens of top intelligence and military officers have been assassinated in recent months in a savage campaign widely attributed to jihadists, while complex attacks have been conducted against key military installations, all indicating that al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula is still a force to be reckoned with despite recent setbacks.
  • The Defense Ministry and Israel Aerospace Industries are so confident that the Arrow 3 anti-ballistic missile system will be able to destroy hostile missiles in space they're reported to be planning to start production even before flight testing has been completed.
  • A prominent liberal leader in Egypt has been charged with insulting the country's judiciary after critical remarks he made about a court case on Twitter.
  • Six women were killed when they fell into a pond and drowned while picnicking in Saudi Arabia, officials said.
  • Saudi Arabia's decision to provide Lebanon's armed forces with $3 billion to buy French weapons is a major boost for President Francois Hollande's drive to step up French defense exports to the Arab world, particularly the Persian Gulf monarchies.
  • Syria's new 25-year energy deal with Russia, a key ally of embattled President Bashar Assad, could open the way for Moscow's eventual move into the gas-rich eastern Mediterranean -- if the Damascus regime survives the civil war that's raged since March 2011.
  • Amr Moussa, chairman of the committee that drafted an Egyptian constitution, said Thursday he'd support a presidential bid from Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
  • At least four people were killed Thursday and 42 injured in a car bomb explosion in a busy neighborhood in the northern Lebanese town of Hermel, officials said.
  • Elbit Systems, an Israeli defense electronics company, signed a contract with Israel's Defense Ministry to upgrade the air force's Hercules transport aircraft.
  • Iran's foreign minister said the Syrian people have a right to determine their own future in advance of a meeting with Syria's president in Damascus Wednesday.
  • Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, Israel's second largest state-owned defense company, is reported ready to start co-producing its Iron Dome anti-missile defense system with the Raytheon Co. of the U.S., consolidating an alliance that's already developing the Stunner interceptor missile of Rafael's David's Sling system designed by Rafael.
  • Israel's Defense Ministry, long suspected of supplying arms to dictatorial regimes and illegal organizations, has refused to divulge the full list of its weapons customers despite what the one analyst calls "serious failures that have recently been revealed in its export control department."
  • Syria's increasingly sectarian civil war has given impetus to the rapid growth of Sunni Muslim jihadists in Lebanon, a powder keg of sectarian passions, emboldening them to extend their reach by attacking the Iranian-backed Shiite Hezbollah with deadly force on its home ground for the first time.
  • President of the International Committee of the Red Cross Peter Maurer said Friday he was calling for greater access to Syrians in need of urgent medical care.
  • The United States is committed to supporting Lebanese efforts to maintain national security in the face of Syrian threats, a visiting diplomat said Friday.
  • With Lebanon's long-awaited auction for exploration licenses in the gas-rich eastern Mediterranean postponed again because there's no functioning government, time may be running out for the tiny country to grasp what's likely to be its last chance for economic salvation as it slips once more toward sectarian savagery.
  • Lebanese Energy Minister Gebran Bassil said an auction for oil and gas licenses offshore was delayed but the new April deadline was firm.
  • Minority lawmakers in the Israeli Knesset lost their bid to pass a so-called "Two-State Solution" bill that would prohibit future land grabs, officials said.
  • African migrants traveled Wednesday to Jerusalem to protest for the fourth day against Israel's policy to detain and expel refugees, officials said.
  • Israel's security chiefs are increasingly concerned about what one analyst terms a "jihadist tsunami" building up around the Jewish state for the first time as al-Qaida groups emerge in war-torn Syria, turbulent Egypt and even in the Palestinian territories.
  • French President Francois Hollande is pushing hard to restore Paris' once-thriving defense links with the Persian Gulf monarchies, especially the major military power Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, with the aim of securing major arms deals.
  • Israel's latest test-firing of its high-altitude Arrow 3 anti-ballistic missile system marks a major step toward the Jewish state's plan to build a multi-layered missile defense shield against everything from Iranian intermediate-range ballistic weapons to humble home-made rockets built by Palestinian militants.
  • The Egyptian government said Monday voters would be able to cast their ballots for a Jan. 14 constitutional referendum at more polling stations than ever.
  • Twenty-six more Palestinian prisoners were released to the West Bank and Gaza by Israel Monday night as part of the effort to get peace talks rolling.
  • Lebanese troops fired at Syrian warplanes for what is believed the first time since the start of the Syrian conflict, Lebanon's news agency reported Monday.
  • Security was tight in Beirut Sunday where hundreds gathered for the funeral of former Lebanese government minister Mohammed Shatah, officials said.