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.
Israel's elections later this month will be a test of how politically motivated 2011's protesters in that country were. In a series of protests, tens of thousands took to Tel Aviv's streets to protest climbing housing costs. But polls indicate that its the right-wing parties that are building momentum in the election.
The Shaam News Network, run mostly by Syrians living in America, is providing tools and funding to help Syrians get photos, videos and news of the protest out of heavily controlled Syria and into the wider world.
At the height of the Arab Spring in Egypt, protesters burned the little-known Institut D’Egypt. Inside were hundreds, thousands, of rare books and manuscripts. Many were burned or inundated with water as firefighters tried to extinguish the fire. Now preservationists are trying to save what's left.
Israeli officials are outraged over a comment by the top Islamic cleric in Jerusalem. Sheikh Mohammad Hussein, the grand mufti of Jerusalem, quoted Islamic scripture that's widely viewed as an attack on Jews and Judaism.
Almost eight percent of U.S. veterans are women, but the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is geared primarily toward men. That's meant a lot of women veterans are homeless and living on the street — or on waiting lists for the services they need.
Egypt's presidential elections are set for this week. The candidates all seem to be lining up to claim the mantle of preserver of the revolution and champion of Islam. But who will capture the populace and excite them enough to be elected remains to be seen.
Israel's home to some 60,000 African migrants, most of whom fled violence and persecution in their home countries. But as tensions rise in Israel between the country's Jewish citizens and the migrants, Israel's government is being pressured to act. But many of those facing deportation have few options, even if they wanted to leave.
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.