- Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi will visit one of Iran's nuclear facilities this week, adding to the growing speculation about his relationship with the Iranian regime.
- Living on land annexed by Israel, but still close to Syria, Druze townspeople in the Golan Heights have put their chips on a tyrant they see as their defender from radical Islam. Some are rethinking that strategy.
- The Non-Aligned Movement will be meeting in Tehran next week. But who they are, and what they might be doing at the summit, is and will most likely be of little consequence.
- Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi ordered the release of a journalist who was jailed for insulting him and used his self-declared legislative authority for the first time Thursday to protect journalists' freedom of press.
North Korea And Iran, Two-Thirds Of George W. Bush's 'Axis of Evil,' To Meet In Tehran At NAM SummitAs North Korea's figurehead of state visits Iran for the Non-Aligned Movement summit from Aug. 26 to Aug. 31, the U.N. and the U.S. will be paying close attention to the development of these two nations' relationship.
- This marks the highest-level contact so far between Israel and the Mohammed Morsi administration that took power in June following the country's first presidential elections.
- The president of Peru announced plans Wednesday to build a new airport near Machu Picchu to attract more tourists, but conservationists argue that the pre-Columbian site is already overrun with visitors.
- The Egyptian government Wednesday sought a $4.8-billion loan from the International Monetary Fund to help boost the country's economy struggling to recover from a political turmoil since last year's uprising that led to the fall of President Hosni Mubarak.
- What could Israel use in a strike against Iran? How would Iran defend itself, and what could it do afterwards?
- Saudi Arabia will begin deep-water drilling in the Red Sea by the end of the year, says Khalid al Falih, president and CEO of Saudi Aramco, the world's largest oil company.
Iran Unveils Missile, Defense Site In An 'Implied Threat’ To U.S., Israel; Appears Keen On Restoring Egypt TiesIran announced an ungraded version of a short-range ballistic missile system, the Fatah-110 or Conqueror at a ceremony Tuesday presided over by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
- Perhaps you've seen a Photoshopped picture showing three planets in our solar system perfectly aligned with the tips of Egyptian pyramids. One astronomer explains how the celestial event scheduled for later this year won't be quite as dramatic as advertised.
- Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi will visit Iran at the end of August, the first time an Egyptian leader has visited Iran in more than 30 years.
- Amid the continue foreclosure crisis, some young people are taking to social media to redirect their frustration and coordinate larger acts of vandalism against abandoned properties.
- The upcoming Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit in Tehran, quite ironically, has become a stage to gauge the member nations' stand on certain international issues, though the world's largest single political coalition doesn't promise support to any major power bloc.
- Controversy has erupted in Italy after a small town east of Rome built a memorial to a Fascist military leader, using public funds.
- September Chicago wheat is trading 8 cents higher near 7:30 am CST. Kansas City and Minneapolis wheat are trading slightly higher as well. Chicago wheat bounced for the second straight night following its sharp decline yesterday. The November Matif Milling Wheat contract traded 2 Euros higher overnight. European markets traded lower with Asia overnight and investors fear the economic contraction in the Euro Zone will continue until further action from the ECB. German Bonds hit a 6 week low overn...
- September Chicago wheat is trading 8 cents higher near 7:30 am CST. Kansas City and Minneapolis wheat are trading slightly higher as well. Wheat markets saw a steady to higher trade overnight as traders await the results of another Egyptian tender which was released late yesterday afternoon. The November Matif Milling Wheat contract is trading marginally higher. European markets opened slightly stronger overnight after better than expected economic data was reported out of Germany and France.
- Riyad Hijab, who became the most senior Syrian official to abandon Assad and is now in Amman, Jordan.