Israel is becoming increasingly agitated about the possibility that Iran could develop nuclear weapons. Gas masks have been handed out, warning systems have been tested, leading many to think the government is marching toward war. That has some Israelis accusing their government of over reacting.
East Jerusalem has long been tough for emergency responders to get to. The area's many streets don't have names, or numbers, meaning directions have to be given by landmarks. Jerusalem's municipal government is working to change that now, but many Palestinians who live in those neighborhoods are skeptical.
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.
Afghanistan and Pakistan have occupied central roles in American foreign policy for the last decade — and some role long before that. But their influence may well wane if relations between the US and Iran continue to improve.
As the Syrian government continues its siege of its own communities, more Syrian soldiers are choosing to desert the Army and head for the only place they feel safe: in Lebanon. From there, some are joining the Free Syrian Army, a shadowy group that tries to protect Syrian protesters.