Less than two weeks ago, Anthony Shadid, a foreign correspondent for The New York Times, died in Syria from an acute asthma attack. Shadid covered nearly two decades of Middle East conflict, won the Pulitzer Prize twice, and authored three books. "House of Stone," his final book, goes on sale today.
Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak arrived by helicopter this morning at makeshift Cairo court built specifically for trying him on charges of corruption and ordering the deaths of 800 protesters. Mubarak, who ruled Egypt for nearly 30 years before stepping down after 18 days of protests, pleaded not guilty. The 83-year-old, who has been ill, was wheeled into a cage to face trial with his two sons and other defendants.
Hezbollah, the Shiite military group based in Lebanon, has chosen the country's next prime minister, Najib Miqati. Reaction to the new prime minister is divided, with about half the country supporting Hezbollah, and the other half mounting protests backed by caretaker Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri. Miqati tells the BBC, "I'm a moderate guy, I'm a moderate politician."