Despite explicit warnings from top U.S. officials, Egypt will go ahead with trials of some 45 people accused of working for or running foreign-funded NGOs in the country, under a rule first imposed by deposed President Hosni Mubarak.
Violence in Syria escalated over the weekend with reports of another dozen or more people killed as President Bashar Al-Assad seeks to clamp down on the democratic uprising underway in the country. On Monday, the United States announced it had closed its embassy and withdrawn all its personnel from the country.
China, citing historical discoveries, says that the entire South China Sea should be its own exclusive economic zone. The Philippines, however, shares a long border with the sea and sees some of it as its own. So does Vietnam, and other regional countries. That's got some a little nervous.
While Iran gives cautious signs that it's willing to consider negotiations with western nations, and the E.U. and U.S. increase the sanctions against the country in an effort to halt its nuclear ambitions, Iranians worry their country is hurtling toward war.
In a surprise announcement on Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton unveiled a new part of U.S. foreign policy: the promotion and protection of the rights of the LGBT community.
In a recent speech, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta urged the Israelis to restart the stalled Palestinian peace process and engage proactively with its neighbors. The country has become increasingly isolated, diplomatically, in its region.
As Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visits Myanmar, ethnic violence continues around the country. State Department officials say Clinton will meet with leaders of ethnic minorities.
The British has withdrawn their diplomatic staff from Iran and shutdown the embassy after an attack yesterday that saw the building damaged, documents and flags burned and six people trapped for a time by protesters until they could be rescued by police.
According to various media outlets, militant students are in the process of raiding the United Kingdom's embassy in Tehran. They've burnt the British flag, seized and burned documents and broken out windows.
VIDEO: 3 American students released as American journalist describes beating at hands of Egyptian authorities
Mona Eltahawy and Jehane Noujaim, American journalists in Egypt, have been detained by -- and Elthawy says she was badly beaten by -- Egyptian military police. While State Department officials are still trying to gain the release of Noujaim, three American students detained on Monday are set to be released.