Many Iraqis hoped the March elections would advance a united national consensus to build a sovereign democratic Iraq, free of foreign occupation, but it appears that struggle has a ways to go.
Last Tuesday's announcement by the Israeli government that it will build 1,600 new housing units for Israelis in Palestinian East Jerusalem has unleashed an unparalleled furor.
Iraqi voters turned out heavily in Sunday's national elections, despite an upsurge of violence leading up to the balloting.
News briefs from four regions of the world.
A few things we need to know about Yemen: strategic location, oil, a Very Important Neighbor, imperialism and Cold War history, poverty and economic/environmental crisis.
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution opposing any "endorsement or further consideration" of the UN Goldstone report, but the action is unlikely to have long-term significance.
In Iran, there is a three to four day gap between when an individual is reported to the police for being homosexual, and when the police arrive to arrest that individual. Most flee before the police arrive, making such preparations as they can and becoming refugees. Iranians don't need visas to enter Turkey, so that is a common destination. Most refugees flee over the mountains, a grueling trek.
The influenza A/H1N1 epidemic swept over the Middle East region as infections continued to climb across the region and more countries previously immune to the flu saw their first confirmed cases. Oman's Health Ministry last Wednesday confirmed its first three A/H1N1 cases, which was three Omani students studying in the United States, the first such cases in the Sultanate.