April 4, 2013 Cairo is negotiating with the International Monetary Fund for a $4.8 billion loan to help pull Egypt out of its deep economic crisis. The government subsidizes wheat and fuel but is running out of money to purchase these crucial imports, and Egyptians are feeling the pinch.
April 3, 2013 The embassy tweeted a link to Stewart's monologue mocking Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi. The tweet offended the Egyptians, so the embassy deleted its entire Twitter account. It then restored the feed without the offending tweet.
April 2, 2013 The Alawites have a history of siding with former dictator Syrian Hafez Assad and his son, President Bashar Assad, who are also members of the Shiite minority. But during a recent gathering in Cairo, some said they're willing to take the risk and denounce the regime after burying so many of their own.
March 31, 2013 Bassem Youssef lampoons Egypt's public figures on TV. He's accused of insulting Islam and President Mohammed Morsi, and his interrogation is prompting fears for free speech in the transitioning country.
March 29, 2013 Aleppo was once the financial heart of Syria. But as the country's revolt grinds on, many of the city's most innovative businessmen have moved to the Turkish border town of Gaziantep. An estimated 150,000 Syrians are there — some of whom are putting down roots — raising questions about Aleppo's future.