As violence erupted in Homs, Syria's president turned up at a boisterous pro-government rally in Damascus Wednesday, whipping up his followers and again underscoring his view that the months of popular unrest in his nation are the result of a "conspiracy."
Three American college students detained in Cairo since Monday night were released from police custody Friday and were headed to the airport to return to the United States, an attorney for one of the men said.
China's state-owned broadcaster has launched an aggressive international push to extend the country's influence, opening a new headquarters in Washington that will broadcast English-language programming from the heart of the US capital.
For decades, repressive governments in the Arab world controlled the media, shaping public opinion through propaganda, according to Wadah Khanfar, who headed Al Jazeera until his resignation this week.
In the days following the 9/11 attacks, Attorney General John Ashcroft asserted that criticism of the Bush administration "only aids terrorists" and "gives ammunition to America's enemies." White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer warned that "all Americans ... need to watch what they say, watch what they do." Meanwhile, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told television executives they should not air videos from Osama bin Laden because these could contain coded messages.
Iran's foreign minister says he backs Syria's president but that the embattled Bashar al-Assad must pay heed to his citizenry's demands amid the country's instability, an Iranian news outlet reported on Saturday.
The phone-hacking scandal began two years ago as a lonely newspaper crusade in London, but when Rupert Murdoch testified Tuesday before British lawmakers, the story undeniably took the world by its ear with coverage spanning from Al Jazeera to Brazil to China, media experts said.
The fiancé of Dorothy Parvaz, a reporter with the Al Jazeera English network who was detained in Syria nearly two weeks ago, says he is desperate to speak with his future wife, even as conflicting accounts emerge of her whereabouts.
At least three protesters were killed Sunday when security forces and secret police raided the town of Jableh on Syria's western coast and fired at demonstrators without warning, according to an eyewitness and demonstrator.
The mother of a woman who burst into a Tripoli hotel to tell journalists that she had been beaten and raped by troops loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi said Monday that her daughter is still being held.
Libyan state TV reported Sunday that the opposition-held town of al-Bregahad been "been cleansed from the criminal gangs and mercenaries, the area is now safe, and all citizens should go back to their work and their normal life."
Under pressure from ongoing protests against his government, Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh pledged Thursday to bring a new constitution to a vote by the end of the year and transfer government power to an elected parliamentary system.
A sea of Egyptians from all walks of life packed every meter in and around Cairo's Tahrir Square on Friday for a "Day of Victory," a rally to celebrate the one-week anniversary of the ouster of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.
Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat has stepped down from his post, saying he did so because he felt responsible that controversial documents were stolen from his office but not because of how Middle East peace talks have unfolded.
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has stepped down, more than two weeks after the protests that began January 25 in the country -- and launched a flood of #Jan25 and #Egypt tweets as well as media coverage that broke the mold -- to remove the president from power.