| Jan 14, 2014
| 10:27 AM
Countries that experienced hostilities related to religion hit at peak in 2012, according to a study released Tuesday by the Pew Research Center.
A third of 198 countries had high religious hostilities in 2012, up from 29 percent the year before....
| 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 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 22, 2013
The course of freedom and democracy in the world is an evolutionary process, though sometimes it proceeds in the wrong direction. Wines have good years and bad years. If 2013 were a wine, you'd use it to kill weeds.
Mohammed Morsi began the year as...
| 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 27, 2013
| 12:30 PM
A clever idea flies off the rails pretty quickly in Hicham Lasri's unsubtle and uneasy meld of satire and political commentary, "They Are the Dogs." Expectations run high at the energetic start, when an apathetic journalist covering protests in Casablanca...
| Nov 5, 2013
| 1:30 PM
While nearly every one of the nations caught up in the Arab Spring since 2011 still suffered and seethed, for a long time Tunisia, the birthplace of the revolts, stood head and shoulders above the rest with a moderate leader and a relatively peaceful,...
| Jan 15, 2014
| 2:33 PM
It seems the "Arab Spring," which toppled long-ruling autocrats only to expose simmering religious and sectarian conflicts in the region, did succeed in bringing renewal to one of the countries it swept through three years ago.
Tunisia, where the...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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....