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.
Iraqi and Lebanese Shi'ites have formed a militia brigade inside Syria to fight to protect a Shi'ite holy place, which is pitting them against the mostly Sunni rebels in Syria's increasingly messy civil war.
Syria spiraled further out of control over the weekend, with increased fighting in and around the country's two main cities and the government for the first time admitting that it has chemical weapons. Amidst all that, children are paying a heavy price.
Lebanese Hezbollah fighters have been supporting President Bashar al-Assad's troops in their attempt to crush the uprising in Syria. Hezbollah has its own TV channel Al Manar. It looks pretty professional, but you wouldn't mistake it for CNN.