In one of Turkey's most religiously diverse provinces, close ties with Syria fuel support for Assad regime
In Turkey, the civil strife in Syria has meant refugees streaming across the border. In mostly-Muslim Turkey, most Turks are staunchly on the side of the Sunni Muslims trying to overthrow Assad rule. But in Hatay province, a former Syrian province and one of the most diverse provinces in the country, more people support Assad, perhaps than anywhere outside of Syria.
Gaza Strip residents have struggled to get fuel for their vehicles because of a variety of factors that have led to a severe shortage of gasoline and diesel. Perhaps worse, though, the only power plant in Gaza runs on diesel so a fuel shortage has meant 18 hours a day without electricity.
Kofi Annan, the U.N. special envoy to Syria, told the Security Council on Monday that the Syrian government had agreed to withdraw its military forces from the nation's cities and end its violent repression of civilian protesters. It remains to be seen if they will follow through.
The Israeli Supreme Court ruled that a settlement outpost that was constructed illegally must be evacuated this year, and not on a timeline that could keep people there though 2015. That could mean some 100 other illegal outposts will have to evacuated, and soon.
As Iraq tries to get a handle on its new independence, it prepares to welcome the Arab League nations' leader to Baghdad. It's a chance for Iraq to show off the progress it has made.
United Nations special envoy Kofi Annan says Syria has agreed to his six-point plan that he hopes will bring about an end to the year-long violence in the country. It's already claimed more than 8,000 lives, according to U.N. estimates.
An Israeli graphic designer has become the unwitting organizer of an online protest against a military attack on Iran. The online movement comes the same time others are organizing in-person rallies against military action.
In the 1990s, thousands were massacred in the provinces of the former Yugoslavia. It took years, really, for the international community to intervene and stop the killing. Now some are worried the situation in Syria may devolve into that sort of mass killing -- if it hasn't already.
A large crowd turned out in Jerusalem on Wednesday to pay final respects to the four French Jews who were gunned down outside a Jewish school in Toulouse this week. The funeral was a somber occasion, with many Israelis arguing this was a sign the French Jewish community needed to move to Israel.
In Israel, don't expect to see as many stick-thin models in advertisements in the future. The Israeli government has passed a law banning use of models that are too thin and requiring disclosure if a model's appearance was modified to make her look thinner.