Three leaders of a group that played a key role in organizing protests that drove Hosni Mubarak from power in 2011 have been jailed. Their crime? Protesting.
At least 7,500 civilians have died in Iraq this year, the death toll surging because of the war in Syria and the failure of Sunni-Shiite reconciliation.
But is that a problem?
The US government has been lying for years about Robert Levinson, a man kidnapped in Iran after being sent there as part of a rogue CIA operation. Some media have been playing along.
The Free Syrian Army, the US hope for 'good' rebels to prevail in Syria, is in disarray. The chances for a negotiated settlement to Syria's brutal civil war just got dimmer.
The claim that Western intervention in Afghanistan has dramatically improved life expectancy is a surprisingly durable myth.
A World Health Organization report mistakenly described an epidemic of deliberate HIV infection by Greeks seeking government benefits. A lot of the press believed this.
What allowed Iran and world powers to reach an agreement was avoiding matters where interests diverge -- like Syria.
A longtime advocate for the families of victims of Pan Am Flight 103, which was destroyed by a bomb over Lockerbie bomber, takes aim at an element of persistent conspiracy theories around the event.
A grand council of elders in Afghanistan is debating the presence of US troops in the country beyond 2014. What is it and how does it work?
Apparently, today's loya jirga doesn't have final say on whether a deal to keep US forces in the country after all.
Afghan tribal leaders now get to decide whether US troops can stay, balancing the indignity of relying on foreigners with their fear of the Taliban - and their fear of losing US money.
So far, there isn't strong evidence to support this assertion.
As the US military presence winds down, Afghan leaders are hedging their bets, looking to protect themselves. Like allying with the very groups the US ousted in 2001. Messy? You bet.
One reason US assertions of limited civilian casualties in drone strikes don't hold water.
Maybe pleasing Saudi Arabia shouldn't be a high priority for the US anyway.
As Egypt's military-backed government drafts a new constitution in secret, there are worrying signs that political violence is becoming the norm in the Arab world's largest country.
Pick your poison. (And cue the lame "don't be evil" jokes.)
US politicians appear to have found a way to avoid going over a cliff and creating a US government default. But the rest of the world is taking note of how the US plays with financial fire.