Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, whose public support after a trip to the U.S. outweighed the detractors who tried to pelt his convoy with eggs, also has backing from where it matters most: Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
The prospect of a deal between Libya’s central government and a group controlling oil ports in the country’s eastern region is fading after the rebels shipped a first cargo of crude.
A year into his reign, Qatar’s emir is finding it takes more than a checkbook to win friends.
"As with any leader in the Gulf Cooperation Council, when their health is at stake, there are always those who speculate on what may happen."
- Theodore Karasik on Dec 31, 2014