Authorities in Kenya say the assault on Nairobi's Westgate shopping center is over after three days of terror for civilians who'd been going about routine business. Also, new opportunities — as well as potential pitfalls -- for US diplomacy in the Middle East. Will Syria's Assad use the chemical-weapons deal to stay in power? Is Iran serious about reducing its nuclear program? Will Israel run out of patience?
Banner image: Women carrying children run for safety as armed police hunt gunmen who went on a shooting spree in Westgate shopping centre in Nairobi September 21, 2013. Photo: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters