Revolution and tourism don't mix. Just ask the Egyptians. The tourism industry is crucial for Egypt's economic well-being, but foreigners have been staying away since the upheaval in February that ousted President Hosni Mubarak.
One of the literary world's unexpected successes over the past year has been a book written by former French resistance fighter Stephane Hessel. In Time for Outrage, Hessel calls for young people to resist the injustices of today's world — and he seems to have struck a nerve.
The protests of the Arab Spring have made it a risky time to be a ruler in the Middle East. But King Abdullah II of Jordan, who is among the world leaders at the United Nations this week, also sees opportunities.
President Obama addressed the United Nations General Assembly in New York Wednesday, speaking about the expected Palestinian bid for recognition by the U.N. The president said that peace between Israelis and Palestinians will not come through statements and resolutions at the U.N.
Two Americans jailed in Iran for more than two years were freed on bail Wednesday. The government of Oman has dispatched a plane to Tehran to fly Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal out of the country after more than two years in prison. They were convicted of spying, charges they denied.
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