There's been an effort to strike a peace agreement between Israel and its neighbors for decades. For one reason or another, it never seems to quite work. One author, who spent years in Jerusalem as a foreign correspondent, says the reason for the failure has as much to do with Israel's military orientation.
Chris Stevens was not just known and liked in Libya, but in fact all across the Middle East. And with him gone now, killed in an attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, American efforts in the region will be hampered.
Residents of the Palestinian West Bank are restless after a series of moves have dramatically raised their cost of living while wages are not being paid. Several protests have been held, leading Palestinian leaders to promise changes.
The residents of Migron settlement in the West Bank have been battling an eviction notice for six years. Over the weekend, their battle took a dramatic turn when Israeli police showed up and ordered them out.
In 2009, Mohammad El Kurd's Palestinian family was kicked out of their home in East Jerusalem, so Jewish settlers could move in. The entire episode was controversial, with protests on all sides. And now it's been made into a documentary.
Rachel Corrie, an American student, went to the Gaza Strip in 2003 to protest Israel's destruction of Palestinian homes. She died in the protest. A court in Israel on Tuesday ruled that the driver of the bulldozer that ran her over was unable to see her and therefore isn't liable for her death.
There are always tensions between Israel's Jewish and Palestinian communities. But last week, that tension took a serious turn when a group of Israeli Jewish teens attacked a group of Palestinian teens and sent one to the hospital with serious injuries.
Australia has thousands of refugees clamoring for asylum every year. In a bid to get a handle on the problem, the country has decided to setup refugee processing centers on small, Pacific islands where the refugees will remain until a decision is made on their status.
Palestine's economy suffers under the weight of the long-running Israeli occupation. And while it's resumed growth, that growth is tied to foreign aid. Economists say to achieve true stability, it needs a vibrant private sector economy -- and that requires a peace agreement with Israel.
There's more trouble unfolding this week in Egypt, as its newly elected president, Mohamed Morsi, confronts violence on the Sinai Peninsula. The emerging crisis has become one of the biggest tests for Morsi's two-month-old presidency.