Syria's vice president, in an interview to be published Monday, calls for an end to the country's civil war with negotiations to form a unity government.
The Iraqi government has stopped an airliner carrying Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz landing in Iraqi Kurdistan amid Baghdad's deepening rift with Ankara over its support Iraq's independence-minded Kurds.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he may accompany Hamas leader Khaled Meshal on a visit next week to Gaza.
Deadly rocket fire intensified Tuesday in Gaza and southern Israel as diplomats accelerated efforts to reach a truce, officials said.
British leaders say they're meeting with Syrian opposition leaders in London Friday to learn the group's plans before deciding whether to recognize it.
French President Francois Hollande is set to meet with the new head of Syria's opposition, Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib, in Paris to discuss sending arms to Syria.
Turkey said Thursday it has joined France and several Arab states in officially recognizing a coalition of rebels as legitimate leaders in Syria.
France became the first European country Tuesday to recognize the Syrian rebel coalition, with the French president saying he would look at arming the rebels.
A Turkish defense official said Ankara aims to secure a deal to develop a long-range air defense system within the next year.
Turkey is mulling the deployment of Patriot missiles along its southern border with Syria and may submit an official request to NATO, officials said.