Egypt's expected to get the results of its first round of presidential elections sometime this weekend. All-in-all, many Egyptians seem pleased. But there have been reports of improprieties and flaws, leading some to wonder how fair the elections are.
The middle class, in many ways, led the revolution in Egypt that toppled Hosni Mubarak. Now, as elections proceed and voting currently underway for president, some of the middle class aren't so sure about what changes their revolution have wrought.
Egypt's presidential elections are set for this week. The candidates all seem to be lining up to claim the mantle of preserver of the revolution and champion of Islam. But who will capture the populace and excite them enough to be elected remains to be seen.
Jordan's born a large portion of the strain of refugees fleeing violence-torn Syria. As the fighting continues in its 14th month and beyond, the United Nations is trying to raise money to help pay the costs of caring for the refugees, but little funding has been forthcoming.
Syrian forces and rebels continue violent clashes and the U.N.-brokered cease fire seems little more than a paper promise. As the violence wears on, outside leaders seem paralyzed about what they can do to stop the violence that has killed at least 9,000 people.
Mali is in turmoil right now. The civilian government was overthrown and is only now being re-established. The northern part of the country has been cut off from the capital and the government in a rebellion. Much of this can be traced back to mass migration after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi in Libya.
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.
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 the wake of successful election in Myanmar over the weekend, the United States is taking action to relax some of the sanctions it has imposed on the country, also known as Burma, for more than two decades.