Lebanon

Politics

Mideast avoids financial crisis

The Middle East has so far seemed to escape the financial crisis plaguing the rest of the world. As The World's Aaron Schachter reports, this is in large part due to inherent wariness and a banking and real estate boom of its own.

Politics

Tensions rise over water shortages

The Middle East has had several years of drought. Across the region, from Israel to Iraq, there's more use of water and less water available and that's exacerbating the political tensions and problems. Linda Gradstein reports.

Politics

Murder mystery in the Middle East

Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, a military commander of Hamas, was killed in Dubai. Hamas blamed Israel. Dubai police released names, photos, and passport numbers of 11 members of an alleged hit-squad. We hear from Ronen Bergman, correspondent for Yedioth Ahronoth.

Global Scan

Even Mandela meets his heroes in heaven

One of Nelson Mandela's own heroes, boxer Baby Jake Matlala, died just two days after the former South African president. While those two may be meeting in heaven, down here, people are analyzing Mandela's memorial service — from Obama's handshake with Castro to a man who pretended to interpret the ceremony for the deaf. And China tries a positive spin on its pollution, all in today's Global Scan.