In Syria, Mitchell said peace between Israel and Syria was a 'near-term goal.' Syrian, Israeli, Egyptian, and Palestinian leaders are meeting with the special envoy, who will be joined by Defense Secretary Gates and other high-level US officials.
The Shiite militant organization in Lebanon draws money and ideological guidance from Iran's supreme leader.
Turkey's rising status in the Arab world – along with the arrival of the Internet in this rural town – has helped men attract women from Morocco. Most are second wives.
Briefing: With newly installed or reinstalled leaders in Iran, Lebanon, Israel, and the US, the balance of power has shifted between a US-allied bloc and the 'axis of resistance.'
The attacks underscore the security challenges after the US withdrawal from cities, particularly in the volatile areas in the north.
The US is generally reluctant to resettle Palestinians, but these are refugees from Iraq who have been targeted since the invasion.
A Monitor reporter sits down with Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri in his mansion as he discusses the legacy of his father and a fresh push for reconciliation.
An exchange of ambassadors is part of Obama's policy of engagement over confrontation.