Palestinian leaders gave their OK to a plan to exhume the body of Yasser Arafat and determine whether his death was not by natural causes, but was instead poisoned by radiation. That's based on startling possibilities raised in an Al Jazeera investigation.
Israel has had legal medical marijuana for about 10 years. But a recent development stands to potentially change the market, with an Israeli company saying it has developed a THC-free strain of cannabis. THC is the ingredient in marijuana that produces the "high."
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.
Egypt's newly elected president, Mohamed Morsi, may present new challenges for President Obama. The Obama Administration has voiced support for Morsi, but political experts say a power struggle may lead it to back the Egyptian military.
More than 100 journalists sit behind bars in Turkish prisions, the most of any country in the world. As the country's government continues to stifle dissent, experts worry that what they once considered a model of Middle East democracy is turning into a model of oppression.
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.
Turkish media took a conspiratorial turn recently after a bird was found in a field, dead, with a metal band around its leg. The band said "Israel Tel Aviv," which immediately raised suspicions that the bird was on an espionage mission. Of course it wasn't, but it's not the first time banded animals aroused suspicion of nefarious intentions.
Hosni Mubarak, whose 30 year reign as Egypt's autocratic ruler came to an end last year, was reported to be clinically dead by Egypt's official news agency, but security officials insist he is actually unconcious and on life support, his heart having stopped beating and failing to respond to defibrillation.
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.
In Islam, men and women are expected to pray separately. For a long time, in Turkey at least, that meant men prayed at the mosques and women, well, didn't. But as Turkey becomes more affluent and Islam plays an important role in the government, there's an effort underway to change that and welcome them at the mosques.