A small group of the hundreds of thousands of Iraq War veterans will be saluted by President Barack Obama at a state dinner at the White House on Wednesday night. But many veterans' groups say we need a broader rally that allows all Americans to honor every Iraq War veterans.
An Iranian Jewish author said if their two peoples just better appreciated the ties that they share in history, the ways Iran has helped and welcomed Jews for centuries, the two countries wouldn't be so close to a violent confrontation. Thousand of Jews still call Iran home today.
At the Friends of Syria conference, foreign officials struggled with concrete steps they could take to help end the violence in Syria — without an elaborate military intervention that has so far proven impossible. Meanwhile, there were some signs of relief in Syria — small ones though they are.
Ali Abdullah Saleh, the outgoing leader of Yemen who was pushed from power in an Arab Spring protest last year, has left the United States after receiving treatment there for injuries he sustained in last year's bombing — part of months of protest leading up to his losing power.
Journalists trapped in the city of Homs were pleading for help getting out of the embattled Syria where dozens of people continue to die under a relentless attack by the Syrian government. Meanwhile, efforts to get Syria to halt the attack will resume at a meeting Friday, though there is little hope for success.
As Egypt struggles to move to democratic government, the Islamist parties of the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafis, who together won the majority of the Parliamentary seats, are trying to emphasize the differences between the more moderate brotherhood and the more hard line Salafis.
In Syria Wednesday, two western journalists joined the thousands of Syrians who have already died in the conflict there. But perhaps more importantly, a Syrian citizen-journalist, who helped publish video from Homs, was also killed in the shelling.
As Egypt tries to adjust to and finish its transition to democracy, the country is struggling with outbursts and anger. But Farouk El-Baz, a former adviser to the former Egyptian leader Anwar Sadat, and a professor at Boston University, says the country is just experiencing normal, post-revolution shockwaves.
As the violence in Syria has continued and even escalated, it's been difficult for western journalists to get reports out of the country. New York Times reporter Anthony Shadid snuck in for a reporting trip recently that would wind up being his last. Shadid died in Syria this week of an apparent asthma attack.