Coptic Christian Naguib Sawiris will stand trial this month for sharing an image of an ostensibly Muslim Mickey and Minnie Mouse in the run-up to Egyptian elections. The idea being that if Islamists won the elections, even the two cartoon icons would have to follow conservative Muslim practices. He's accused of blasphemy.
Ever since the revolution in Libya this past summer and fall, the Tripoli Zoo has struggled to find money for the $2,000 in food its animals need every day. Charities have helped but zoo officials say that could run out in the next month.
At the height of the Arab Spring in Egypt, protesters burned the little-known Institut D’Egypt. Inside were hundreds, thousands, of rare books and manuscripts. Many were burned or inundated with water as firefighters tried to extinguish the fire. Now preservationists are trying to save what's left.
Kamal Labwani spent the better parts of the past decade in a Syrian jail. We was freed last year, fled to Jordan and continue to agitate for the overthrow of the Syrian regime, led by Bashar al-Assad.
As the revolution in Syria continues into a new month, violence is seeming to escalate. A car bombing in Damascus that killed more than two dozen seems to indicate new tactics are being tried.
While many in Tunisia are nervous about having an avowed Islamist party in power, the Ennahda say they're not interested in telling people how to have a relationship with God. And they have a bigger focus: creating the jobs the country desperately needs.
The Arab League has said it will send more monitors to Syria in an effort to ensure the government is living up to its commitments to end violence against protesters. Meanwhile, protesters say the monitors who are already there are being misled and are ineffective.
From American Democracy, to UFO controversies, from Arab Spring to African farm land, the most clicked on stories of 2011 on PRI.org touch on most of the major themes in the news in the past year.
Egyptian courts on Tuesday ruled that the military may no longer perform virginity tests on women they detain and hold in military prisons.
As the Syrian government continues its siege of its own communities, more Syrian soldiers are choosing to desert the Army and head for the only place they feel safe: in Lebanon. From there, some are joining the Free Syrian Army, a shadowy group that tries to protect Syrian protesters.