Maya DiRado, an American swimmer at her first Olympics, captured gold by a fingertip in the 100-meter backstroke – and surprised even herself.
The unusually public standoff between Olympic gold medalist Lilly King and runner-up Yulia Efimova may do more for antidoping than years of official pronouncements.
The Mideast conflict is not doomed to stalemate. A wide spectrum of Israelis and Palestinians are implementing their vision for the future without waiting for their leaders – or a peace deal.
From the Monitor's weekly InPictures section, a look at Jerusalem's divisions and diversity through its markets.
Israel ended its driest year on record with a water surplus. Lessons from a desert nation on how to get more out of the spigot.
With a surplus of water, Israel is in a better position to share supplies with Palestinians or Jordanians.
As the boycott, divestment, and sanctions movement gathers steam – rattling Israelis – many Palestinian activists feel empowered. But others see it as counterproductive.
He already had been jailed and shot when an Israeli soldier killed his brother.
A Hamas-affiliated party recently won elections at a university outside Ramallah, the seat of the Palestinian Authority. It's being taken as a sign of rising criticism of Palestinian leaders and institutions.
Homes in Jewish neighborhoods in East Jerusalem, built on land captured in the 1967 Israeli-Arab war, are far less expensive than in the western half of the city, drawing many buyers. But not all.
The percentage of officer cadets who are religious has grown 10-fold since the early 1990s. Among secular Israelis, that’s being met with a mix of respect, and concern.
A wide spectrum of Israelis described the Lausanne agreement as a naive capitulation to a nation with a track record of deceit and bullying.
More than half a year after a devastating conflict in Gaza, large sections of the Palestinian territory show little sign of a rebuilding effort, leaving tensions to build toward another war.
In a Gaza City neighborhood that saw some of the fiercest fighting in last summer's war, a children's center teaches free thinking, life skills, and ethics.
Even as Netanyahu tried to walk back his campaign vow opposing a Palestinian state, Palestinians said the remarks revealed the Israeli leader's true attitudes and would help their cause.
The Israeli leader may be able to form a more stable government than his last, but he had to run hard to the right in the campaign and reverse his stance supporting a Palestinian state.
In the voting Tuesday, Netanyahu's Likud party overtook the Zionist Union. But Israelis don't directly elect a prime minister, so here's what happens next.
Along Tel Aviv's fashionable Rothschild Boulevard, a bastion of the Israeli left, the last-minute campaign for undecided voters was in full swing Tuesday.
Defying calls to boycott next week's vote, turnout among Israeli Arab voters is projected to rise. A unified Israeli Arab party could be the third-largest in the Knesset.
Seeds of Peace, a US-based organization with over two decades of experience in the Middle East, is expanding to include a wider spectrum of actors.
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