The pledge by Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah to stand by embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad points to an escalation in the Syrian civil war.
The U.S. sale of $10 billion in weapons to Israel, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates underlines the scale of arms purchases in the region.
The Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline recently inaugurated in the face of stiff U.S. opposition has bolstered an emerging partnership between two Muslim states.
As French troops prepare to leave Mali, Western and African officials say soldiers who will continue the fight against al-Qaida militants may be ill-equipped.
Syrian warplanes have bombed the cities and even the outskirts of Damascus, showing the critical role the air force in the Assad's regime battle to keep power.
Some experts analyzing North Korea's threats of war and pre-emptive strikes said they need not be taken literally but also didn't dismiss them.
North Korea's recent underground nuclear test may have been witnessed at the site by Iranian scientists, a Western diplomatic source told Japan's Kyodo News.
Iran's claim to have lofted a monkey into space is making headlines but Western experts worry it's part of a quest for powerful ballistic missiles.
Kenya is bracing for bloodshed during its March 4 election, which is feared to match the horrors of ethnic violence in December 2007 that killed 1,500 people.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's visit to West Africa could strengthen business development and trade between the two regions, experts said.