Tensions in the Persian Gulf are high after Saudi Arabia executed a prominent Shiite cleric. Iran sees itself as the champion of Shiite Islam and is furious with the Saudi action. Saudi Arabia has retaliated by cutting off relations.
Lebanon's long political crisis ended recently with the election of a new president but that didn't change things overnight and many Lebanese remain at least as loyal to their parties as they are to their country
Lebanon has a burgeoning movement known as ï¿½slow food.ï¿½ Its proponents want to ensure that Lebanese don't lose their food traditions. The World's Aaron Schachter reports, the country seems an unlikely spot for a slow food movement.
Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmedinejad is planning to visit Lebanon. Iran has long supported the Lebanese militant group, Hezbollah. But relations with Lebanon's government are not so smooth. Anchor Marco Werman finds out more from Rami Khouri.
Sunday, followers of a radical Sunni preacher got into an armed battle with Lebanon's Army. The violent eruption is just the latest instance of the way the war in Syria is spilling into Lebanon. Ben Gilbert talked to residents there about what happened.
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.
The Middle East, once a region of great religious diversity, has seen a mass emigration of minorities in recent decades. It's now one of the most religiously monolithic regions in the world. One Middle East scholar says the trend is likely to continue as tensions there continue to grow.