Unlike the residents of Tromso, Norway, the US Secretary of State didn't immediately shovel sidewalks at his Boston home after a snowstorm. The residents of the "Capital of the Arctic" say they'd never let it slip. Why? Lutheran guilt, for one.
Jordan's King Abdullah has managed to mostly fend off demands for internal change inspired by popular uprisings in neighboring Arab states. But that may not work for much longer. Jordan is facing financial crisis.
The appointment of Prince Mohammed bin Nayef as interior minister represents a significant move in the complex political chess game that is being played out in the Saudi royal family.
Shaima Jastaniah showed her independence last summer by driving. The simple act by her and other Saudi Arabian women broke the law, and Jastaniah was sentenced to 10 lashes for it. She was pardoned by the Saudi king, but police said they'd lash her anyway. Now the police have reversed course.
The crackdown by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has left more than 2,000 people killed by the count of some human rights groups. Anthony Shadid, Beirut bureau chief for our partner, The New York Times, reports on the latest developments.
Martin Indyk, former U.S. Ambassador to Israel and Director of Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution, believes that President Obama needs to renew his relationship with Saudi Arabia — and guide King Abdullah toward a more open government.
Women in Saudi Arabia are not allowed to do many things we take for granted, such as driving a car or traveling without a guardian's permission. The World's Laura Lynch examines what life is like for Saudi women on this International Women's Day.