The change initiated by Jordan's still-popular King Abdullah is likely influenced by recent uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia. But expectations are low for significant political change.
If only 1/10th of 1 percent of the world's 1.6 billion Muslims are terrorists, that is 1.6 million killers acting in Allah's name. Moderate Muslims and non-Muslims are natural and necessary allies in this existential struggle for tolerance and freedom.
Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas backed down again on his threat to quit peace talks over Israeli settlement expansion, this time pending consultation with the Arab League Oct. 4.
On the Daily Show tonight, Jon Stewart is hosting Jordan's King Abdullah. Abdullah gets full points for hipness, but restoring his country's influence is another matter.
Ana Ivanovic of Serbia laughs as she sits on the court after taking a spill while playing Zheng Jie of China during the US Open tennis tournament in New York on Wednesday. Ivanovic won 6-3, 6-0.
Hamas took responsibility for the fatal shooting of four Israeli settlers outside Hebron today, on the eve of Israeli-Palestinian talks in Washington.
Libyan President Muammar Qaddafi acknowledges a crowd in Marsa Matruh, Egypt, in March 1999. Qaddafi will speak at the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Wednesday and arrives with more than a flashy outfit and brightly colored bedouin tent. Emotions are still raw over the recent release of convicted Lockerbie bomber Abdel al-Megrahi to a hero's welcome in Tripoli.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that a peace treaty with the Palestinians would be possible once direct talks start next week.
The short answer may be that an Israeli freeze on settlement construction is set to expire soon. But other Israeli-Palestinian factors may be at work, too.
Royal wedding watchers will get an eyeful this weekend in Sweden when royalty and dignitaries attend the wedding of Crown Princess Victoria and Daniel Westling.