A realization appears to be growing in the West and the Middle East that Assad's regime is falling apart amid its crackdown on dissent. The State Department urges him to accept political dialogue.
Yemen's President Saleh, recuperating in Saudi Arabia from an attack, insists he will return to his strife-torn country. The Saudis would rather he didn't, but what will they do to stop him?
With political wins hard to come by at home, the president could look abroad for accomplishments to tout during the 2012 race.
One day after Israeli moratorium on settlements expires, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas delays his decision on whether to quit the US-backed Middle East peace talks for one week.
At first, the US said, the new push for sanctions on Iran was a rebuff of a fuel swap deal. But now, it says, both the sanctions and the deal should try to address the Iran nuclear program.
China has publicly maintained its preference for pursuing talks with Tehran over new Iran sanctions. But it has also quietly accepted two international slaps of Iran over the past week.
US says Security Council is wrong venue for taking up Gaza report suggestions of Israeli war crimes.
The US is prepared to expand and toughen existing sanctions if Iran does not reverse course on its nuclear program.
A new tone can defuse 'residual anger' among Muslims over the Iraq war, but it's likely to hit its limits in dealing with Iran.
The president will meet with three leaders from the region in coming weeks. Meanwhile, special envoy George Mitchell finds it tough going.