As Syria tries to find its way forward in the 14th month of its civil war, outsiders are beginning to wonder if perhaps outsiders, like al-Qaeda, may have entered the struggle and are perpetrating the most violent acts in an effort to send the country further into chaos.
A massive suicide bombing in Syria, timed to explode during the height of the city's rush hour, caused at least 55 people to be killed and some 350 to be wounded. The blast is the latest installment in the country's ongoing civil war.
From May 20-21, world leaders will meet in Chicago to discuss the future of NATO. It will be the first time a NATO summit has been held anywhere in the United States other than Washington D.C. While the city looks at the event as an opportunity to show it's worth, many will engage in anti-war protests during the conference to demonstrate their disagreement with recent NATO involvements.
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.
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.
Chen Guangcheng seems like he wants to leave China now, but it's unclear if he'll be able to. Chen's change-of-heart comes after Chinese officials seem to be backing away from an agreement reached by foreign ministry officials and representatives of the U.S. Embassy in Beijing.
Tuesday was May Day, an international holiday to celebrate of workers. This year, the occupy movement aimed to use the holiday to re-engage Americans in a dialogue about the 99 percent. Protests were held or planned in some 125 cities across the country.
A group of protesters in Tunisia, uneasy and unhappy about some of the reforms and restrictions that have been implemented by the new government. So, their protests have taken a new angle recently. They read books.
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.
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.