Lebanese President Michel Suleiman's visited Damascus Wednesday, raising the prospect that perhaps hundreds of detainees in Syria will be released.
Readers write about Middle East minorities, organic farming, causes of inflation, and immigration-status verification.
Ehud Olmert's announcement on Wednesday night to cede leadership in September could spur a party shake-up and a shakier peace process.
Senator Obama is an unknown quantity as he tours the Middle East.
Lebanon's new government is slated to review the militant Shiite party's weapons as part of a national defense strategy once it takes office. The prisoner swap with Israel has given Hezbollah new leverage.
Two soldiers whose remains were part of a prisoner swap with Hezbollah were eulogized Thursday amid ongoing unease over the exchange and questions about balancing family interests with those of the state.