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.
The Free Syrian Army has received US patronage in its fight against Syria's dictatorship. But the rise of Islamist militias in the rebels' ranks has led Jordan, a US ally, to switch its focus to counter-terrorism.
A Libyan coast guard commander says he has fewer than 10 boats to patrol one 300-mile stretch of coastline favored by smugglers. Over 25,000 asylum seekers have sailed from Libya and Egypt so far this year.
The northwestern Syrian town of Jisr al-Shughour was captured by Islamist militants, including the Nusra Front, on Saturday. It's the latest in a series of setbacks for Syrian government forces in the south and the north.