News from the Middle East often centers on political conflict. But there is a more personal aspect to many of the recent events that shaped the Middle East, from the Iranian Revolution to the Arab Spring. Writers from the region have long been capturing those facets through poetry, song and fiction and nonfiction prose.
Arab and Jewish families have shared the Israeli village of Neve Shalom for decades, despite violence in surrounding areas. But a recent episode of vandalism has shown that not even this oasis is immune from Middle East strife.
The Muslim Brotherhood's Mohammed Morsi is Egypt's first democratically-elected president after the fall of former President Mubarak. Host Michel Martin speaks with Rawya Rageh Cairo-based correspondent for Al Jazeera English, and masters student Yassmine El Sayed Hani about what Morsi's presidency will mean for women and minorities.
Expressing his nation's "rage" over the shooting down of a fighter jet by Syrian forces, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan warns his neighbor that its forces may be treated as threats if they approach the countries' border.
For years, Yemen has been a crisis of one sort or another. But now, after a year of protest and unrest, the situation for millions of Yemenis is dire. About 10 million people are without enough food to eat, and more than half of Yemeni children are malnourished, aid groups say.
Afghanistan's anemic economy has been propped up for the past decade by international aid. But as NATO troops draw down, international assistance is also shrinking, which could put many jobs at risk and lead skilled Afghans to look elsewhere for work.
A Greek city's new subway project has led to the discovery of an ancient road made of marble that was laid nearly 2,000 years ago. The road in Thessaloniki is made of paving stones that show signs of use by both horse-drawn carriages and local children, the AP reports.
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