Shaima Jastaniah showed her independence last summer by driving. The simple act by her and other Saudi Arabian women broke the law, and Jastaniah was sentenced to 10 lashes for it. She was pardoned by the Saudi king, but police said they'd lash her anyway. Now the police have reversed course.
A court decision that could unravel the entire process is running underneath Egypt's march toward presidential elections next month. But in recent days, the country's presidential election commission has disqualified several leading candidates, raising questions about the process itself.
A group of protesters in Tunisia, uneasy and unhappy about some of the reforms and restrictions that have been implemented by the new government. So, their protests have taken a new angle recently. They read books.
Two European women are turning to the Internet and social media to try and encourage Asma al-Assad, the British-born wife of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, to take action with her husband to stop the violent crackdown underway in that country.
Syria on Thursday was relatively calm -- perhaps for the first time in more than a year. Both Syrian government soldiers and opposition forces seemed to be adhering, for the most part, to a U.N.-backed cease fire. But elements of the cease fire are yet to be implemented.
Sheikh Hazem Salah Abu Ismail, an outspoken critic of the former Egyptian regime and a proponent of the Arab Spring revolution, is among the most popular candidates for Egypt's presidency. But new information has emerged, that his mother might have obtained U.S. citizenship, which would disqualify him from running for office.
In one of Turkey's most religiously diverse provinces, close ties with Syria fuel support for Assad regime
In Turkey, the civil strife in Syria has meant refugees streaming across the border. In mostly-Muslim Turkey, most Turks are staunchly on the side of the Sunni Muslims trying to overthrow Assad rule. But in Hatay province, a former Syrian province and one of the most diverse provinces in the country, more people support Assad, perhaps than anywhere outside of Syria.
Kofi Annan, the U.N. special envoy to Syria, told the Security Council on Monday that the Syrian government had agreed to withdraw its military forces from the nation's cities and end its violent repression of civilian protesters. It remains to be seen if they will follow through.
United Nations special envoy Kofi Annan says Syria has agreed to his six-point plan that he hopes will bring about an end to the year-long violence in the country. It's already claimed more than 8,000 lives, according to U.N. estimates.
In the 1990s, thousands were massacred in the provinces of the former Yugoslavia. It took years, really, for the international community to intervene and stop the killing. Now some are worried the situation in Syria may devolve into that sort of mass killing -- if it hasn't already.