ISRAEL

Tensions with Washington

A new spat emerged between the Israeli government and Washington over Jewish settlements on Tuesday, as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visited Israel and the West Bank for the first time in more than a year. As Kerry set aside his goal of a long-sought peace accord to make way for more modest hopes of an end to two months of deadly violence, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for the recognition of some existing settlement blocs in exchange for steps to ease tensions with the Palestinians. In Washington, the State Department quickly rejected any suggestion the U.S. would alter its longstanding opposition to settlements.

VATICAN CITY

Journalist’s request denied

A Vatican tribunal on Tuesday rejected a journalist’s request to dismiss charges against him for publishing confidential documents as a trial opened in the Holy See’s latest leaks scandal. Journalists Emiliano Fittipaldi and Gianluigi Nuzzi are accused of having published books about Vatican waste, greed and mismanagement that were based in part on confidential Holy See documents. Alongside them in the courtroom Tuesday were three people, including a high-ranking Vatican monsignor, accused of leaking them the information.

Kenya

President changes Cabinet

Kenya’s president reshuffled his Cabinet on Tuesday to replace five ministers who are being investigated for graft and one who resigned over the weekend after being accused of corruption. President Uhuru Kenyatta replaced ministers for transport and infrastructure, agriculture, energy and petroleum, and lands and labor, who vacated office in March to allow for the investigation on graft allegations that implicates them. The former planning and devolution minister resigned Saturday citing health reasons after she was accused of corruption.

Iran

Caviar exports likely to rise

On the shores of the Caspian Sea, an ambitious project is underway to produce a pricey delicacy that could boost Iran’s economy as sanctions ease: caviar. Iran was once the world’s biggest exporter of the luxury food. Exports plunged last year due to dwindling fish stocks and economic sanctions imposed by world powers in response to Iran’s nuclear program. After Tehran struck a landmark deal this summer to curb its nuclear ambitions in exchange for lifting sanctions — including those on caviar — some in Iran are now counting on a revival in exports of the exclusive eggs.

Compiled from wire reports.