Syria's been practically at war with itself for more than a year. U.N. peacekeepers have moved in to try and put a stop to the violence, but so far it persists. But they still have hope. The full 300-strong contingent is expected to be deployed soon.
News traveled fast on Monday when word first broke that U.S. intelligence officials had seized a bomb meant to take down a U.S.-bound jetliner. Now, attention is shifting to the man believed to be behind the bomb, the same man believed to be behind the attempting bombing of a Northwest Airlines flight in 2009.
Syrians had an opportunity to cast votes on Monday. The government said it went smoothly and turnout was high. But critics, still battling the government in some parts of the country, rejected the election as illegitimate, so long as President Bashar al-Assad remains in power.
President Barack Obama made a surprise visit to Afghanistan on the one-year anniversary of the death of Osama bin Laden. While in Afghanistan, Obama pledged to "finish the job" and end the war in Afghanistan.
Remembrance Day, celebrated Wednesday, is a chance for Israelis to remember their countrymen who have died in the Middle Eastern conflict. While it's a national holiday, there's a profound disconnect with the Palestinians who live in Israel and whose dead aren't technically honored.
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.
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.
Iran's controversial nuclear plans continue to raise tensions. Israeli, European, and American leaders have slightly different policies regarding the threat of an armed Iran. The situation could come to a head this weekend when negotiations with Iran resume.
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.