The US has announced new sanctions on Syria in hopes of dividing the business elite from the government. But Turkey has surprised its American allies by patiently pursuing diplomacy instead.
08/11/2011 09:26 am
Continuing a tradition first started by one of the nation’s Founding Fathers, President Obama will host an iftar dinner Wednesday evening at 8:30 in the State Dining Room to celebrate the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The president is no stranger to the sunset fast-breaking meal – he likely attended many as a boy in Indonesia – but Wednesday’s event comes with a star-studded guest list and an agenda: reaching out to an important, and often embattled constituency.
08/10/2011 06:26 pm
Saudi Arabia and several Arab blocs broke their long silence on the uprisings sweeping the Middle East, condemning Syria's brutal crackdown that has killed more than 300 in the past week alone.
08/08/2011 10:10 am
In Pictures Ramadan: Muslim holy month
The Islamic holy month of Ramadan began this week -- at a time of upheaval for Arab Muslim societies. What can Islam offer during this holiday to those seeking freedom?
08/01/2011 04:14 pm
Even Iraqi government ministries can't keep air conditioning on amid a summer electricity crisis. With the start of Ramadan today, observant Muslims are facing 14 hours without water.
08/01/2011 03:24 pm
Syria President Assad's deadly pre-Ramadan assaults on protesters have shocked some Islamic countries, including Turkey, and raised pressure on the UN Security Council to take some action.
08/01/2011 02:55 pm
Muslims around the world will begin celebrating Ramadan today. Throughout the month-long holiday, they will fast from dawn to dusk. Ramadan is happening at the heart of summer this year, posing a greater challenge than normal for those observing the fast.
08/01/2011 02:12 pm
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad claimed victory over "warmongers" after his forces killed 100 in Hama. But the violence could incite daily protests during Ramadan, which begins today.
08/01/2011 12:05 pm
Tanks shelled the symbolic city of Hama Sunday morning, one day before the holy month of Ramadan begins. Analysts have predicted Ramadan would intensify protests against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.
07/31/2011 10:44 am