NBC Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel and two other reporters are free today after five days of captivity in Syria.
The Syrian conflict is making 2012 the deadliest year on record for journalists.
Settlement plans east of Jerusalem – decried by the US and Europeans – were meant to punish Palestinians and satisfy domestic political pressure in Israel, Ambassador Michael Oren says.
The conflict in Syria could become even more deadly if Bashar al-Assad uses or loses control of his sizeable arsenal of chemical weapons. The international community’s options to prevent these scenarios are limited, but they do provide a starting point.