Iran inaugurated several nuclear-related projects on Tuesday, marking the National Nuclear Technology Day.
US Secretary of State John Kerry is looking to breathe new life into dormant Middle East peace talks in meetings with Netanyahu and other senior officials.
Israel shut down the two main crossing points between the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip and Israel following an earlier rockets attack into its southern territories.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday slammed Israel for refusing to present its vision regarding the borders of the future Palestinian state.
A young US diplomat killed in Afghanistan was remembered by colleagues and family members as an intelligent woman who was still in the early stages of her career.
With differences between Iran and the world powers over the nuclear issue, analysts said both sides demonstrate positive will to keep the diplomatic track alive.
US Secretary of State John Kerry urged Turkish leaders on Sunday to speedily restore full diplomatic relations with Israel.
World powers and Iran failed again to end the deadlock in a decade-old dispute over Tehran's nuclear program in talks that ended in Kazakhstan on Saturday.
Five Egyptians were killed and eight wounded in clashes between Christians and Muslims in a town near Cairo, security sources said on Saturday, in some of the worst sectarian violence in Egypt for months.
The Syrian troops recaptured several rebellious areas near the capital Damascus on Saturday and repulsed an overnight infiltration attempt into the capital, killing tens of rebels, pro-government media reports said.
Iraq is seeking to bolster its ties with China in the field of oil industry, local media reported Thursday.
Iran will pursue its nuclear quest although it has reaped few gains from a totem of national pride that has cost it well over $100 billion in lost oil revenue and foreign investment alone.