* Pope Francis praises Jordan at start of Middle East visit Pope Francis has praised Jordan for its "generous welcome" to Syrian refugees at the start of a three-day visit to the Middle East.
* Arab World: Leading Egypt to a better future? Three years of revolutions and turmoil have taken their toll on Egyptians.
* Egypt's Brotherhood struggles to regroup in exile Exiled leaders of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood are struggling to regroup.
* Somalia parliament attacked by al-Shabab in Mogadishu Islamist militants from the al-Shabab movement have attacked the Somali parliament in Mogadishu, leaving at least 10 people dead.
* Ukraine plans to elect least bad candidate Even in normal times, Kiev can feel like a city perpetually under construction.
* Pope Francis faces political and religious minefield in Holy Land In a refugee camp near Bethlehem, final preparations are being made for Pope Francis's first official trip to the Holy Land.
* Vatican Says Pope Will Demand 'Sovereign Palestine' The Vatican's Secretary of State made a dramatic revelation ahead of Pope Francis's visit to Israel.
* Assad thanks Russia for help 'against terrorism' Syrian President Bashar Assad Saturday thanked key ally Moscow for its support.
* US urges Israel, Palestinians to refrain from unilateral steps The United State reiterated its opposition to any unilateral step made by either Israel or the Palestinians.
* 2014 European elections: latest projections of seats in the Parliament How will the European Parliament look after the European elections on 22-25 May?