Palestinians scored a diplomatic victory on Thursday when the United Nations General Assembly granted their request for nonmember observer status, rejecting a call from Israel and the United States to put that off until Israel and the Palestinians reach a permanent peace agreement.
Egypt's president, Mohamed Morsi, wants his decisions to be above judicial review. He said as much in a decree that he issued recently. And while he's backed off somewhat in the face of mounting political pressure, opposition groups are returning to a familiar place to try and assert their own power.
Yasser Arafat died some eight years ago, but the investigation into his death only recently turned a surprising corner. On Tuesday, investigators exhumed his body to try and determine if radiation poisoning was behind his death.
The Israeli action in Gaza continues and the Palestinian protests have reached the West Bank. On Tuesday, Palestinians took to the street, where they were joined by Palestinian Authority security forces — a sign the authority is concerned this attack may hurt its standing in the eyes of Palestinians.
Egypt's efforts to forge a new constitution have largely been stymied to date. The first version was thrown out by the courts as not reflective of the country's diversity. Now, a new assembly is trying to write a new one, but encountering resistance from Egyptians who don't like what's in this latest document.
Lena Ibrahim, a Palestinian-American, is watching the unfolding crisis between Israel and Hamas with alarm. She has friends who still live in Gaza and as the death toll mounts, she's worried about their safety.
The violent clash between Israel and Palestinians in the Gaza strip continues, with death tolls rising as the conflict seemingly expands. For the first time since the Gulf War in 1991, rockets landed in Tel Aviv, though no one died. More than a dozen Palestinians, as well as three Israelis, weren't so fortunate.
Benjamin Netanyahu and Barack Obama haven't exactly gotten along over the years, but they're inextricably linked. As Obama prepares to move into his second term, Netanyahu is trying to repair relations -- to make sure bad relations between the two don't keep him from winning his own election.
U.S. presidents often talk of their hope to find peace in the Middle East and they practically always talk about their support for Israel's security. But on the ground there, expectations are much lower. And perhaps with good reason.
In a time when Israel and Iran disagree about almost everything, it's hard to believe that an Iranian-Israeli singer could be a pop icon. Rita Johanforuz, better known simply as Rita, is in the midst of a U.S. tour right now.