At first glance, the Palestinian economy appears to be booming: People are out on the streets, and small shops are packed. But the territory is under Israeli military control, and heavily dependent upon international aid.
President Obama's first overseas trip of his second term will include stops in Israel, the West Bank and Jordan. The administration says Iran, Syria and the long-stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process are on the agenda.
Gaza Strip residents have struggled to get fuel for their vehicles because of a variety of factors that have led to a severe shortage of gasoline and diesel. Perhaps worse, though, the only power plant in Gaza runs on diesel so a fuel shortage has meant 18 hours a day without electricity.
Palestinians haven't voted in a presidential election since 2006, frustrating many. A local TV producer decided to take that frustration and channel it into a reality TV series, just in time for President Barack Obama to come to Israel and the Palestinian Territories.
Former Israeli leader Ariel Sharon has died after spending nearly eight years in a coma that followed a stroke. Sharon was highly controversial — both loved and hated. And few individuals in recent memory have had as much of an influence on the recent history of the Middle East.
Israel's hunt for the killers of three teenaged boys has focused squarely on Hamas, who Israel blames for the murders. But one suspect's family says the search for Hamas members has wrongly pulled them in.
Palestinians today accused Jewish settlers of starting a fire at a mosque in the West Bank. The incident further strains the already troubled peace talks. Anchor Lisa Mullins finds out more from The World's Middle East correspondent Matthew Bell.