In the contentious relationship between Israel and the Palestinians, prisoners in Israeli prisons play a major role. And they could prove to be both a stumbling block and an opportunity as the two sides consider restarting their peace process.
Over the weekend, runners gathered in Bethlehem to run the city's first-ever marathon. While the realities of the Israeli-Palestinian situation and the Boston Marathon attacks influenced the events, the races went off without any problems.
Last week's Jerusalem Marathon was replete with controversy, with Palestinian officials telling those signed up they should withdraw. But one man, an Egyptian-American, wanted to spread his own message, God is love, as he ran.
A 30-year-old Palestinian man, jailed after being accused of hurling a rock at an Israeli citizen, died in Israeli custody. Palestinians say he was tortured; Israelis say an investigation is ongoing. Now, some are wondering if this will lead to another intifada.
Falconry has been an integral part of the heritage of the United Arab Emirates. And despite the rapid modernization the country has undergone, falconry remains culturally significant. So much so that there's a massive veterinary hospital devoted to caring for the birds.
An Israeli soccer team, the only one that's been comprised of only Jewish players, ignited a storm of controversy by adding Muslim soccer players to its roster. Israeli officials are taking a firm stand against racism that has cropped up in its wake.
Palestinian protesters fed up with Israeli settlements going up on Palestinian-owned land are trying a new tactic. They're building settlements, out of tents and shacks, first. So far they haven't lasted but, really, that's not the point.
The Israeli armed forces have allowed women in combat roles since the 1990s. And while there are still a few specialties where they're banned, they have years of experience. As the United States opens up to officially endorsing women in combat, Israel offers a glimpse of what may be ahead.
Arabs make up about 20 percent of Israeli citizens, a block about equal in size to the Hispanic population in the United States. But while Hispanics in the United States made a big difference in the past election, Arabs in Israel have little impact on Israeli elections.
Israel's electoral system for parliament has people voting for parties, not people. In order to get seats, a party needs to win at least two percent of the vote. Some 34 parties are running this year and some parties that are on the fringe of Israeli politics are on the verge of winning enough support to actually secure seats.
The United States will go forward with some $41 billion worth of military equipment sales to two Middle Eastern countries. Saudi Arabia will get $30 billion in fights and Iraq will get $11 billion in jets, tanks and other equipment.
Syria's Arab Spring-inspired revolution is entering its second year and there's no end in sight. In fact, if anything, government officials are more strongly entrenched than they've been at any point in past months, fresh off routes of rebel forces and strongholds around the country's north.
In towns around Damascus, citizens try to go on with their daily lives. But, they're on edge, constantly afraid of what approaching Syrian Army soldiers will do. Doctors have had their practices turned upside down and they security threatened if they dare to put their skills toward tending to wounded rebel fighters.
Syria was rocked Wednesday morning by a deadly suicide bombing that killed the defense minister and President Bashar al-Assad's brother-in-law, the military's deputy chief of staff. It's a further sign the tide of the revolution may be turning.