President Barack Obama has refrained from public comment on Secretary of State John Kerry’s brokering of renewed Mideast peace talks, a reflection of how preliminary the president considers the development.
President Barack Obama arrived in the West Bank today to see firsthand if Palestinian leaders still angry over his rejection of their United Nations statehood bid can be persuaded to renew peace talks with Israel.
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak ’s declaration he will step down later this year after almost 30 years of autocratic rule failed to appease protesters who want him to quit immediately, and prompted a call from President Barack Obama for the transition to “begin now.”
Lech Walesa travels to Tunisia today to advise the country’s new leaders on building a democracy after they ousted dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali . Based on Walesa’s experience, the transition may be a long one.
The United Nations denounced Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s deadly crackdown on protesters as his security forces pushed on with attacks on the city of Homs, highlighting the world body’s inability to stem the bloodshed.