Israel and Turkey reached a draft accord to mend a three-year diplomatic crisis stemming from a deadly Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla, officials said.
China expects to play a bigger role in the Middle East, analysts said, as new leader Xi Jinping hosted both Palestinian and Israeli leaders.
The U.N. panel looking into claims of human rights abuses in Syria backed off reports Monday it has evidence rebels used the nerve agent sarin gas.
Turkish and Israeli officials are sorting out details of financial compensation offered in response to a deadly flotilla raid in 2010, a diplomat said.
A second round of talks aimed at normalizing relations between Turkey and Israel began Monday in Jerusalem, focusing on the Mavi Marmara issue, officials said.
Syria vowed to retaliate after an apparent Israeli airstrike on the capital Damascus early Sunday.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas arrived Sunday in China, saying he planned to ask China to help the Palestinian economy.
China offered Friday to mediate any talks between the prime minister of Israel and the president of the Palestinian Authority while both men are in the country.
Israeli politicians delivered a mixed response to a U.S.-sponsored Arab Peace initiative ratified by the Arab League, officials said.
The United States is planning a Middle East summit in Washington in June to push the Israeli-Palestinian peace process forward, officials said.