President Assad is accused of gassing rebel areas, despite joining a chemical weapons convention last year. Syria has missed its latest deadline for removing its chemical weapons.
The Friday sermon is perhaps Egypt's most influential forum. In a bid to stifle every potential avenue of dissent, the military government is exerting control over the pulpit.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas spoke out against the Holocaust – the first Palestinian leader to do so – just weeks after a trip by Palestinians to Auschwitz.
Egypt's unrest has starved Bedouins in the Sinai of tourist dollars. They are turning instead to illegal opium production, risking the death penalty if caught.
WIth no worry they'll be discovered by Syria's intelligence agents, Syrian smugglers are plundering – and selling – everything from coins to funerary busts with impunity.
For now, unilateral moves – like the Israeli annexation of West Bank settlements and Palestinian applications for international recognition – are the only options.
By boosting the recycling of green glass and finding a new use for it, Ziad Abichaker rescued the Khalife family and their trade from the brink of extinction.
Tfail, located on a spit of land that extends into Syria, is surrounded by Syrian forces on three sides. Hezbollah, a regime ally, sits on the fourth side.
Israel criticized Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas for siding with a terrorist group instead of pursuing peace with Israel. But Mr. Abbas can’t enforce peace without unity.
Salafist politicians who supported the military-led overthrow of former President Mohamed Morsi, their former ally, are flailing as security forces extend a crackdown on Islamists.
As the number of Western fighters in Syria grows, officials in Europe say the situation could eventually prove more dangerous to the West than Afghanistan.
A new office park in Nazareth for Arab tech companies is a symbol of thwarted ambitions. Less than 1 percent of government research grants for tech firms go to Arab entrepreneurs.
Syrian opposition sources says rebels are only agreeing to regime-led local cease-fires because the alternative is starvation.
Of the estimated 150,000 killed in Syria in the last three years, at least 58,000 were regime fighters – an estimated 20,000 more than the opposition.
Qatar's support for the Muslim Brotherhood through a punishing crackdown in Egypt is in part a bet on the longevity of people-powered political movements.
Israel is preparing to export a portion of its offshore natural gas reserves. The resulting business partnerships could hurdle political obstacles to better relations with neighbors.
The IAEA reported that Iran has significantly reduced its stockpile of near bomb-grade enriched uranium and is moving more quickly than required to dispose of remaining stocks by mid-July.
In Aswan, inter-tribal and ethnic tensions run high. Dozens died last week in two days of clashes while the Egyptian police focused on breaking up a local Islamist demonstration.
Neither President Assad nor his father ever had an electoral challenger – until this year. But any opposition candidate is likely to be a strawman put up to give the vote legitimacy.
Libya's parliament ousted the previous prime minister in March. Abdullah al-Thani said he would stay on as interim prime minister until a replacement is found.