Feb 7, 2014 — The Assad regime and rebel leaders agreed on a plan to allow some civilians to leave the besieged city and to let some aid go in. On Friday, about 80 people were brought out. The group was mostly older men, but included some women and children.
Jan 22, 2014 — Syria's foreign minister said the opposition is made up of traitors. The opposition's delegate asked the world "who do you believe?" Secretary of State John Kerry laid the blame for civilians' deaths at the feet of the Assad regime. Prospects for progress appear to be dim.
Jan 19, 2014 — Over 11 years, John Felton has reviewed more than 4,000 NPR stories related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in quarterly reports that form an extraordinary study of American journalism. This is his last one. His summation: some flaws, but that the critics who charge bias really want bias for their side.
Dec 27, 2013 — The diplomat, Mohammed Chatah, was a senior aide to former Prime Minister Saad Hariri. Chatah was also a critic of Syrian President Bashar Assad and the militant group Hezbollah that is allied with the Syrian leader. At least five other people were killed and about 70 were injured by Friday's blast.
Dec 3, 2013 — The finding adds more confusion to the case, because two other teams — Swiss and Russian — came to different conclusions.
Nov 25, 2013 — The president has often spoken about making a pivot to Asia. But he keeps being drawn to the Middle East. The president's legacy on foreign policy will likely be determined by what ultimately happens in this volatile region.
Nov 6, 2013 — Swiss scientists have been studying samples taken from the former Palestinian leader's remains. He died in 2004 at the age of 75.
Oct 31, 2013 — An important step has been taken in the quest to rid Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime of its lethal weapons. Next, an agreement must be finalized on a plan to destroy tons of toxic agents and munitions.
Oct 16, 2013 — The embargo led to long gas lines and shaped U.S. foreign policy to this day. However, the world energy market has changed dramatically over the past four decades, and the U.S. now gets less than 10 percent of its oil from the Middle East.
Oct 14, 2013 — Iran's new President Hassan Rouhani says he will seek a nuclear agreement and an end to crippling Western economic sanctions. This has raised hopes that better economic times may be ahead. But Rouhani's team, as well as economists, say Iran's problems are deep-rooted and won't be easily solved.