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More and more of the region's governments are yanking their ambassadors out of Israel in protest. Read more» 1

Newt Gingrich

The four GOP presidential candidates met for yet another debate. This one, the final debate prior to Florida's Jan. 31 primary, brought out false claims about immigration, health care, President Obama and terrorists seeking missile bases in Cuba. Read more»

The Saudi embassy in Washington, D.C.

Two men, including an Iran-based member of Iran’s Qods Force, have been charged in a plot to murder the Saudi Ambassador to the United States, U.S. officials announced Tuesday. Read more»

Al-Qaeda remained the "pre-eminent terrorist threat" to the United States, especially with its "cooperation" with militants in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the State Department says. Read more»

The United States and Israel are pressuring Egypt to monitor its border with Gaza to ensure Hamas militants do not use the opening to send weapons into Gaza Read more»

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

In his speech Thursday, President Barack Obama made it clear to both the Israelis and the Palestinians the status quo was "unsustainable," and that "Israel must act boldly to advance a lasting peace." Read more»

In mid-June, volunteers from 22 different humanitarian groups hailing from Europe, Asia and North America will once more, as part of the Free Gaza movement, load cargo ships with aid and activists and attempt to land in the Gaza Strip. Read more»

It goes without saying that the end of the terrorist mass murderer Osama bin Laden does not mean the end of the terrorist threat against the United States. Osama bin Laden’s appeal, though cynical, was rooted in real grievances against longstanding U.S. support for undemocratic regimes. Read more»

Rival Palestinian factions, Hamas and Fatah, announced Wednesday in a surprise move that they have reached an agreement to reunite their governments after years of fighting, arrests and vicious attacks. The factions said they will create an interim unity government and hold elections within a year. Read more»

Israelis are watching with growing wariness the burgeoning protests against President Hosni Mubarak's regime, a long-standing pillar of Israel's regional standing with which the Jewish state shares a peace treaty and strategic cooperation. Read more»

Israel is bound to its doctrine that force can solve its problems in a world where force is less and less likely to do so. Read more»

The Joint Coordination Center at Abu Ghraib is transferred to Iraqi control, April 20.

As the U.S. military concludes its combat role — which President Barack Obama will formally announce Tuesday — Iraq is indeed a dramatic example for the Middle East, but not in the ways that President Bush envisioned. As U.S. troops became mired in fighting an insurgency, Iran extended its influence. Read more»

A view of Jabalia refugee camp, the largest of the Gaza Strip's eight refugee camps.

Violence escalates in Gaza, as tensions heighten between Israel and Hamas. Read more»

Israeli troops run toward a Palestinian demonstrator in Bili'in, West Bank, April 30.

Palestinian and international activists in the West Bank regularly dodge tear gas, skunk cannons and rubber bullets as they challenge territory that Israel controls, it says, for security reasons. In Gaza, however, protesters are immediately met with live gunfire. Read more»

One year after a tainted election provoked a popular uprising in Iran, the regime has lost significant legitimacy at home. But contrary to a seductive narrative that emerged in the West, Tehran's influence in the Middle East did not diminish as the regime scrambled to ensure its survival. Read more»

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