A suicide bomber killed three high-ranking members of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government on Wednesday, including the defense minister and Assad’s brother-in-law, who was deputy chief of staff of the military.
An old argument says that full or empty bellies lead to contentment or revolt. Recent research supports that claim, showing that spikes in global food prices have coincided with the surge of social unrest and political instability seen recently in North Africa and the Middle East. (more)
Ethnic violence erupted in the southern part of Kyrgyzstan, killing at least 46 people and injuring hundreds more as the interim national government imposed a state of emergency in the region on Friday.