Dispute between President Michel Aoun, a Christian, and the Shi'ite Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri reflects personal hostility dating to the 1975-90 civil war, threatens to paralyze government and inflame sectarian tension in the run-up to elections in May
As Turkey continues its offensive on Kurdish-held areas in Syria, the international community is concerned about the growing number of casualties in the protracted war. Millions of people have been displaced during the seven-year-long Syrian conflict. German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and U.S. actress Angelina Jolie, who is the United Nation refugee agency’s special envoy, visited Syrian refugees in Jordan Sunday. VOA's Zlatica Hoke report.
Seven years after ebullient crowds demonstrated in Cairo to oust longtime ruler Hosni Mubarak, in what became one of the most visible flash points of the Arab Spring, Egypt is bracing for presidential elections in March that will serve as a test of what the country gained and lost as a result of those turbulent days of early 2011. Edward Yeranian reports for VOA from Cairo.