October 25, 2012 A message has appeared on the website of Syria's SANA news agency saying that the country's armed forces will halt military operations for four days, starting Friday. But the regime has some conditions and rebels doubt the military will honor its pledge.
October 24, 2012 But other ceasefire deals have quickly fallen apart, and it isn't clear that the Syrian regime has signed on to this latest effort. If there is a truce, it is supposed to last through the four-day Eid al-Adha holiday.
October 23, 2012 Criticizing Syrian President Bashar Assad can be a dangerous business. But that hasn't stopped the creators of YouTube videos called Top Goon, which relentlessly mock the Syrian leader with papier-mache puppets.
October 22, 2012 Cairo is the city that never sleeps. It's routine for people of all ages to go out late at night. But the Egyptian government wants to turn off the lights earlier to conserve erratic electricity supplies. Egyptians aren't happy and say it would change Cairo's character.
October 22, 2012 When the presidential candidates hold their final debate Monday night, this one on foreign policy, they'll likely be asked to define their vision of America's role in the world. As the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan wind down, that role may shift back to economic and cultural leadership, scholars say.
October 21, 2012 At least 13 people are dead after a car bomb exploded in the Syrian capital of Damascus on Sunday. Meanwhile, in Lebanon, the funeral for the anti-Syrian intelligence chief who was assassinated in a massive car bombing on Friday has erupted in protests.