| Jan 9, 2014
| 5:30 AM
CAIRO -- Approaching the third anniversary of the overthrow of a despotic leader, Tunisia has moved a step closer to holding its first presidential elections since the uprising that triggered the regional revolts known collectively as the Arab Spring....
| Jan 3, 2014
It's increasingly evident that the military rulers of Egypt are determined to intimidate and silence their political opponents, whether they are members of the Muslim Brotherhood or secular Egyptians who believe the generals are betraying the spirit of...
| Dec 25, 2013
| 7:00 AM
KERDASA, Egypt — Three times a week without fail, the sound of ancient chants reverberates from the blackened walls of the Church of the Archangel Michael. Once aglow with precious icons and flickering candlelight, the Coptic church outside Cairo...
| Dec 17, 2013
| 11:44 AM
SIDI BOUZID, Tunisia — It was a humble man’s desperate act, but one with far-reaching consequences.
Relatively small and subdued crowds of Tunisians rallied Tuesday to mark the third anniversary of the self-immolation of vegetable seller...
| Dec 17, 2013
Three years ago Tuesday, the Arab Spring began when 26-year-old vegetable vendor Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire in suicidal protest against the political repression and limited economic opportunity offered in dictator Zine el Abidine ben Ali's...
| Dec 8, 2013
A statement by a United Nations official that war crimes in Syria can be attributed to "the highest level of government, including the head of state," has renewed the debate over whether, when and how the United States should intervene in crises abroad....
| Dec 5, 2013
| 10:49 AM
SANA, Yemen -- In a strike that bore the hallmarks of Al Qaeda, assailants in military uniforms staged a brazen daytime assault Thursday on Yemen’s defense ministry, setting off a daylong battle that killed at least four dozen people and left scores...
| Nov 19, 2013
| 11:00 PM
BEIJING -- Gary Locke, the first Chinese American ambassador to Beijing, said Wednesday he will leave his post early next year to rejoin his wife and three children in Seattle.
The former Commerce secretary and two-term governor of Washington said his...
| Nov 19, 2013
| 7:27 PM
BEIRUT — A pair of suicide bombings at Iran's embassy that killed an Iranian diplomat and at least 24 other people underscored how the violence in Syria has traversed borders and fanned sectarian tensions across the Middle East.
Lebanon has long...
| Oct 4, 2013
| 5:00 AM
Pope Francis lamented the mass drowning of African boat people off the Italian island of Lampedusa on Thursday as "shameful" evidence of human indifference to those in despair.
President Giorgio Napolitano of Italy, where tens of thousands of...
| Sep 20, 2013
| 8:13 PM
At a moment when the world is transfixed by bloody political dramas unspooling in Egypt and Syria, a book about business start-ups in the Arab world might seem poorly timed.
But many of the same social and technological factors behind the region's...