While Egypt's government is locked in a power struggle, the people just want government to work for them. New President Mohammed Morsi has invited them to bring their concerns to the government -- and they have.
Sirte was the location of some of the fiercest fighting of Libya's revolution, the final holdout and the place where Muammar Gaddafi himself holed up in his last weeks and days. Now, as Libya awaits results of its first, free elections, not everyone in Sirte is equally excited.
In Egypt, the government is in the midst of a long process to transform itself from a dictatorship to a representative democracy. But the process has been tumultuous, with the latest hurdle being a decision by the new president to call back into session a parliament that the military-backed courts dissolved.
Libya's about to have its first democratic elections, and while tensions are high and there are fears of violence, candidates are pressing on. Some of the most popular candidates, though, have only loose ties to Libya's recent history. In fact, they spent years, sometimes decades, living in exile abroad.
An international human rights organization this week released a report that it says documents a series of detention and torture facilities setup around Syria by the country's government. The report is based on hundreds of interviews with Syrians who were victims of the government program.
As Hong Kong chafes under increased pressure from the mainland Chinese government, a city that was once viewed as apolitical and commercially oriented has found its political voice. Over the weekend, there was a huge protest and the Chinese government is worried about it spreading to mainland citizens.
Egypt was supposed to find out who would be its next president Thursday. Now it's delayed indefinitely while "improprieties" in the voting are investigated. Meanwhile, the country's former president was reported dead. But he wasn't. All of this has Egyptians seeing conspiracies at every turn.
Egypt is once more facing a political crisis. Its parliament was dissolved and its military rulers have assumed more power for themselves. But a democratically elected president should be named by Thursday. It's expected to be Mohamed Morsi, but how much power he'll have remains to be seen.
Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court Thursday morning concluded what many critics described as a military coup, dissolving the democratically elected parliament, handing power back to the country's military rulers and casting doubt over the legitimacy of this weekend's presidential run-off election.
Lebanon has become home to thousands of Syrian refugees, trying to flee the ongoing violence in the Middle Eastern country. Now, at least in one area of Lebanon, tensions are breaking into the open, with Syrians and Lebanese kidnapping one another over the weekend.