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  • Hugo Chávez embraces Iran and Syria, wins Russian support for nuclear program

    Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez is in the midst of one of his world tours, making friends with US enemies and getting support for his country's nascent nuclear program.
    10/22/2010 09:25 am

  • Press Freedom Index: The top 10 worst countries

    Syria, Rwanda, and Yemen have fallen to the bottom of the World Press Freedom Index, the media watchdog Reporters Without Borders said today. The three countries join other single-party dominated governments at the bottom of the annual index, while six democratic Northern European nations tied this year as the best places for media freedom. Finland, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland have ranked at the top since the index was created in 2002, Reporters Without Borders Secretary-General Jean-François Julliard said in a statement. "The defense of media freedom continues to be a battle, a battle of vigilance in the democracies of old Europe and a battle against oppression and injustice in the totalitarian regimes still scattered across the globe," he said. Click through the following slides to read about the 10 lowest-ranking nations.
    10/20/2010 05:31 pm

  • Reader recommendation: Zeitoun

    Monitor readers share their favorite book picks.
    10/18/2010 06:05 am

  • Ahmadinejad taunts Israel from border with Lebanon

    Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad verbally attacked Israel from the Lebanese border town of Bint Jbeil, Thursday. Hezbollah celebrated Ahmadinejad's visit while Israel showed confidence in their strength.
    10/15/2010 12:40 am

  • Global News Blog Oil company helps make Syrian roads safer

    The oil company Shell is working with Syrians to provide driving and road safety lessons. Syria has the 29th highest number of traffic fatalities in the world.
    10/14/2010 05:39 pm

  • Ahmadinejad visit to Lebanon brings little rapture back home

    Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who is visiting Lebanon, wants to lead a regional 'axis of resistance.' But Iranians are focused on economic and political problems at home.
    10/13/2010 01:07 pm

  • A divided Lebanon waits for Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is making his first visit to Lebanon tomorrow. Hezbollah awaits with joy, its political opponents complain of Iranian meddling, and Israel is eying its northern border.
    10/12/2010 03:53 pm

  • How arms deals are shaping the Mideast

    A record U.S. arms deal with Saudi Arabia is part of an effort to put pressure on Iran, partly by strengthening alliances with oil-rich neighbors also concerned by Iran's rise.
    10/06/2010 03:31 pm

  • Who wants to visit the Middle East? Twice as many people as in 2000.

    Amid greater political stability and increased efforts to attract visitors, Middle East tourism is outstripping the markets in Asia and Europe.
    09/30/2010 04:33 pm

  • Global News Blog Syrian sweets becoming an international sensation

    Syrian sweets are becoming so popular that they rival Turkish baklava and bring in $60 million in revenue from sales abroad.
    09/30/2010 04:21 pm

Doing Good


What happens when ordinary people decide to pay it forward? Extraordinary change...

Danny Bent poses at the starting line of the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton, Mass.

After the Boston Marathon bombings, Danny Bent took on a cross-country challenge

The athlete-adventurer co-founded a relay run called One Run for Boston that started in Los Angeles and ended at the marathon finish line to raise funds for victims.

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