Unlike the residents of Tromso, Norway, the US Secretary of State didn't immediately shovel sidewalks at his Boston home after a snowstorm. The residents of the "Capital of the Arctic" say they'd never let it slip. Why? Lutheran guilt, for one.
ISIS has threatened to kill two hostages: an air force pilot from Jordan and a freelance journalist from Japan. Now Jordan has proposed a prisoner exchange, but will the deal satisfy ISIS? Can it happen soon enough?
A group of US university professors and human rights activists have written a letter to the Saudi ambassador to the US, asking him to stop the flagging of Saudi blogger Raif Badawi. If that's not possible, they say they're ready to take the lashes instead.
Saudi Arabia has been criticized for years for refusing to allow women to drive in the kingdom. That ban may soon be lifted — though the change comes with some fine print. Meanwhile, leaked documents reveal how IKEA avoids paying corporate taxes. And the Miss Uganda competition takes an agricultural turn. Those stories and more, in today's Global Scan.
This month King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia kept his promise and appointed women to the Shura Council for the first time. The council is a non-voting, advisory body. But the inclusion of women is significant.
Jordan's King Abdullah has managed to mostly fend off demands for internal change inspired by popular uprisings in neighboring Arab states. But that may not work for much longer. Jordan is facing financial crisis.
Shaima Jastaniah showed her independence last summer by driving. The simple act by her and other Saudi Arabian women broke the law, and Jastaniah was sentenced to 10 lashes for it. She was pardoned by the Saudi king, but police said they'd lash her anyway. Now the police have reversed course.
Jordan's King Abdullah has sacked his government following protests as thousands marched to protest rising prices and unemployment and to demand that the prime minister, Samir Rifai step down. Prince Hassan of Jordan reacts to the news.
Shibley Telhami, professor at the University of Maryland, responds the news that Jordan's President has dismissed his government following protests in his country. King Abdullah has asked an ex-army general to forma new Cabinet.
Women in Saudi Arabia can't drive cars because the conservative kingdom forbids women to drive, but some Saudi women are challenging the law and they're using YouTube to get their message out, as The BBC's Crispin Thorold has the story.
When Wikileaks released a tranche of US diplomatic cables recently, the machinations of Saudi Arabia caused some headlines. That's Saudi Arabia. Long-term Saudi watchers caution against reading the cables on their own. The World's Alex Gallafent reports.
In Spain today, Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah is leading an unusual religious gathering. He's called together leaders from the world's major religions ? Islam, Christianity, Judaism ? not to debate hot-button religious issues, but to find common ground for confronting humanitarian crises. Guest: Roger Hardy, BBC Middle East Analyst, in London
Pope Benedict arrived in Israel today. It's the fourth day of his eight-day pilgrimage to the Holy Land. The Pope's visit coincides with intense diplomatic efforts to re-start the Mideast peace process. For more we turn to the BBC's Jonathan Marcus.
In 2002, Saudi King Abdullah proposed a peace plan for Israel and Palestine. Author and law professor Noah Feldman joins The Takeaway for a look at what parts of the Arab Peace Initiative the Obama administration is likely to embrace.