When the revolt against Assad's rule began in March 2011, the half-million-strong Palestinian community in Syria stayed on the sidelines. But as the civil war deepened, many Palestinians have taken sides.
Australia enacted tougher gun laws and saw a drop in school shootings to zero. After the 1998 hand gun ban, the United Kingdom saw a rise in gun-related crimes. Do gun controls reduce gun-related crime?
Shinzo Abe, elected over the weekend, also wants to improve relations with China while remaining firm on the islands dispute. Meanwhile, the yen has slipped, post-election, in financial markets Monday.
On Saturday, about 2,000 people turned out for an unauthorized rally to protest Russian President Vladimir Putin's 13-year rule. Opposition leaders say they are also preparing for action in the spring.
On the day of elections for 23 state governorships, which could shake up the opposition, Venezuelans seemed more focused on President Hugo Chavez's recovery from a cancer-related operation he underwent in Cuba last week.
The president of South Africa sought to dispel concerns about the country's sluggish growth, saying two downgrades by international rating agencies did not mean the country wasn't continuing to develop.
At least 19 people were reported injured in the violence in Alexandria, which broke out after an ultraconservative cleric urged worshippers to vote 'yes' and described the opposition as 'followers of infidels.'