Journalists trapped in the city of Homs were pleading for help getting out of the embattled Syria where dozens of people continue to die under a relentless attack by the Syrian government. Meanwhile, efforts to get Syria to halt the attack will resume at a meeting Friday, though there is little hope for success.
In Syria Wednesday, two western journalists joined the thousands of Syrians who have already died in the conflict there. But perhaps more importantly, a Syrian citizen-journalist, who helped publish video from Homs, was also killed in the shelling.
As Egypt tries to adjust to and finish its transition to democracy, the country is struggling with outbursts and anger. But Farouk El-Baz, a former adviser to the former Egyptian leader Anwar Sadat, and a professor at Boston University, says the country is just experiencing normal, post-revolution shockwaves.
As the violence in Syria has continued and even escalated, it's been difficult for western journalists to get reports out of the country. New York Times reporter Anthony Shadid snuck in for a reporting trip recently that would wind up being his last. Shadid died in Syria this week of an apparent asthma attack.
At this point, it's just talk, but more people are talking about what was once unthinkable. The only way for Greece's economy to recover may be to abandon the euro entirely and re-instate its own currency. But even if it does that, there will be no end to the short-term pain the country is facing.
Jay Carney, the White House Press Secretary, insists that the United States is adamantly opposed to Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad remaining in power. He also said the United States is considering its options, when asked if the United States could provide arms to protesters.
As Egypt struggles to get back moving in the wake of its revolution and the army's stubborn hold on power, there's a growing feeling of xenophobia, foreigners say, on the streets of the country's cities.
One Million Moms, a conservative group, is lobbying JCPenney to reverse its decision to bring on Ellen DeGeneres as the company's new spokeswoman. But the company is holding firm, saying DeGeneres, who is gay, shares their values.
As the United Nations, the Arab League and western nations fail to reach a plan for action to protect Syrian people being attacked by the army of President Bashar Al-Assad, Russian leaders say Syria is ready to negotiate with protesters. But protesters say they won't negotiate until Assad is gone — and they say they're paying the price in bodies.
Despite explicit warnings from top U.S. officials, Egypt will go ahead with trials of some 45 people accused of working for or running foreign-funded NGOs in the country, under a rule first imposed by deposed President Hosni Mubarak.