Violence in Syria escalated over the weekend with reports of another dozen or more people killed as President Bashar Al-Assad seeks to clamp down on the democratic uprising underway in the country. On Monday, the United States announced it had closed its embassy and withdrawn all its personnel from the country.
Alexander Yellin became famous a decade ago for the song he wrote that became the anthem of Vladimir Putin, praising him as the perfect Russian man. But now, as Putin runs for re-election and his popularity wanes, Yellin has written the anthem of the anti-Putin crowds.
As the world tries to make sense of the Egypt soccer riot that claimed 74 lives and wounded hundreds more, Egyptians were angry that the police allowed such a riot to happen. Many are wondering if there was another motive, a conspiracy, behind it.
A soccer match turned deadly in Port Said, Egypt on Wednesday after the local team lost and soccer fans invaded the field and started rioting. At least 73 people are dead and a thousand more wounded. The death toll is expected to climb.
Thousands of Syrians have been killed in what virtually everyone acknowledges is a civil war. But so far the international community has been unable to agree on even the most basic of international intervention — and that's frustrating many Syrians.
Syrian forces brought their fight against protesters to the suburbs of Damascus — an area that has mostly avoided the violence and bloodshed that has claimed nearly 5500 lives in the past 10 months.
As Egypt commemorates the first anniversary of the Tahrir Square uprisings, the protesters are undertaking a campaign to show everyday Egyptians that they believe the new Army government is as brutal as the old government led by President Hosni Mubarak.
A year ago, Egyptian protesters gathered in Tahrir Square to demand the end of President Hosni Mubarak's rule and the introduction of democratic reforms. After long protests, the protesters won.
The book Funny in Farsi first went on sale in Iran in 2005, but it wasn't until this month that Iranian officia went after the person who translated the book from English into Persian. Soleimani Nia was arrested two weeks ago after being questioned in November.
The violent protests in Syria have claimed at least 5,000 lives, according to United Nations estimates. So far, efforts to end the violence have been completely unsuccessful and President Bashar al-Assad on Monday rejected a call to step down.