Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy's efforts to broker an end to the Israel-Gaza conflict highlight the delicate balancing act he faces as his nation's first freely elected leader.
Analysis: However crude the calculation, especially amid all the civilian casualties, the winners and losers in the Israel-Gaza conflict are already reshaping political alliances in the Middle East.
Senior U.S. military officials are considering increasing the American military presence in the Mediterranean because of what they see as growing instability in recent months, CNN has learned.
In the background of the drama playing out in Gaza and southern Israel, an election looms. On January 22 Israelis will go to the polls for early parliamentary voting. In October, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for the early elections to ensure "a responsible security and economic policy" in the face of the economic downturn and threats to Israel's security from Iran and elsewhere. He took the step after failing to reach agreement on a budget with his coalition partners. Is the fighting between Israel and Hamas likely to affect the elections? Probably not, experts said this week.
The political leader of Hamas says his group was not behind Wednesday's bus bombing in Tel Aviv. But Khaled Meshaal tells CNN he believes the bombing was a response to the violence in Gaza.
The burial at sea of Osama bin Laden after he was killed by Navy SEALs last year followed traditional Islamic procedures, according to newly released military e-mails, but less than a dozen "leadership" members aboard the Navy carrier where the service took place were informed of the burial.
Chelsea moved quickly to replace the sacked Roberto Di Matteo Wednesday as Rafael Benitez was appointed as interim manager until the end of the season.
A wonder goal from French international Philippe Mexes helped seven-time winners AC Milan into the last 16 of the European Champions League with a 3-1 win at 10-man Anderlecht Wednesday.
Top jockey Frankie Dettori was handed a temporary ban from riding in France Wednesday after giving a positive drugs test for a banned substance.