UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday reaffirmed the need for progress towards a two-state solution for the Israelis and Palestinians, calling for the swift resumption of negotiations between the two sides.
The United States has strongly backed a move by Syria's opposition chief to open a dialogue with President Bashar al-Assad to end 22 months of warfare that has cost tens of thousands of lives.
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrived in Cairo on Tuesday for the first visit by an Iranian leader in more than three decades
The United States has expressed doubt about Iran's claim that it safely returned a monkey from space, saying it is questionable that the monkey survived - or that the flight took place at all.
At least seven people were killed and another 28 injured Sunday in a tourist bus accident on the Sharm al-Shaiekh international highway in Egypt's South Sinai, the security source told Xinhua.
Iran said on Sunday it was open to a US offer of direct talks on its nuclear program and that six world powers had suggested a new round of nuclear negotiations this month, but without committing itself to either proposal.
US Secretary of State John Kerry stressed his commitment to promoting Israeli-Palestinian peace on Sunday in telephone calls to the leaders of both sides.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will visit Cairo this week as the first Iranian head of state to travel to Egypt since Iran's revolution in 1979 soured ties.
Authorities in Turkey detained three people in Istanbul and Ankara on Saturday in connection with Friday's suicide bomb attack on the US embassy in Ankara, state broadcaster TRT said.
A far-leftist suicide bomber killed a Turkish security guard at the US embassy in Ankara on Friday, officials said, blowing open an entrance and sending debris flying through the air.
A spokesman for China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Friday that China supports cooperation between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
Syria protested to the United Nations on Thursday over an Israeli air strike on its territory and warned of a possible "surprise" response.