Iran is thinking of restricting birth control options in order to grow its population
It would be a reversal of what had been progressive policies on reproductive rights in Iran.
Humans are not entirely cruel, violent and intolerant creatures. Here's the awesome video that proves it.
Torture. Cruelty. Religious strife. It's all in the human makeup. But, thank our stars, so's this.
This video got 2 people arrested for celebrating the World Cup
Sure, you can celebrate. Just not in public. Or without a headscarf.
Maybe the world should just let Iraq split apart
It's been in the cards for a long time.
Day 1,188: Syrian planes striking ISIL inside Iraq as US deploys
This is getting messy.
Death at sea beats taking a bullet
For Hazara Muslims in Pakistan, the options are grim.
5 political crises that are threatening to wreck the global economy and life as we know it
What the Iraq mess means for oil
Hint: It's not good.
This Syrian bride wants the decapitated heads of 15 pro-Assad soldiers as her dowry
Like Bridezilla, but not in that fun, reality-show way.
Day 1,183: In Syria and Iraq, all eyes turn to the Kurds
Can they stop ISIS?
The militant group taking over Iraq and Syria right now is seriously scary
Even Al Qaeda thinks ISIL is too extreme. Here's why.
Iraqi forces are so scared of ISIL fighters they're ripping off their uniforms and fleeing
The streets of Mosul are littered with security uniforms.
Day 1,181: Today, further proof that Iraq and Syria are one battlefield
When ISIL attacked Mosul today, fighters took US equipment and immediately brought it back over the border to use in the fight in Syria.
Are any countries seriously trying to tackle the climate crisis?
Obama wants the US to lead. Is anyone interested in following?
This map shows which disease is most likely to kill you depending on where you live
Most of the world will die of heart disease.
Here's what World Cup teams would look like if immigrants weren't allowed to play
Europe is resounding with cries of 'immigrants, go home!' Here's what would happen to the World Cup if they did.
A new weapon in the fight against the Taliban: Theater
Using drama to push back against misinformation and intimidation in the elections.
Amid celebrations for Sisi, more mob sexual assault in Cairo's Tahrir Square
Activists say harassment of women in Egypt has reached endemic levels.
Day 1,180: In fit of post-election euphoria, Assad says he'll release lots of prisoners
How many will actually be freed is unclear.
Is Lebanon's new policy about to punish Syrian refugees?
Human rights activists worry that it may.
Ex-army boss Sisi sworn in as Egypt president
"The time has come to build a more stable future," he said. But will that future come at the expense of dissent?
Day 1,177: 2 excellent pieces about the current state of the Syrian conflict
Worth a read
Why the Israeli response to the new Palestinian government has been so bizarre
The rhetoric couldn't be more aggressive. The actions, however, are pretty darn mild.
Yemen says it's killed 500 suspected Al Qaeda militants in a 5-week offensive
Taking advantage of a collapse of central authority during a 2011 uprising that forced veteran strongman Ali Abdullah Saleh from power, Al Qaeda seized large swathes of the south and east.
Day 1,176: 177 people died in Syria yesterday while Assad supporters were celebrating
Egypt's first veiled rapper is sick of sexual harassment
Mayam Mahmoud has struck out in her lyrics against pervasive assault in Egypt.
Day 1,174: Election day in Syria, and further reason for Americans to be very worried
The presidential election is today. Meanwhile, more information — troubling information — is emerging about the American citizen who recently staged a suicide attack in the conflict.
Day 1,173: What should Facebook do about the Syrian election?
Human-rights activists aren't pleased about Assad's campaign page, or the ads that have been running.
Day 1,170: Syria's government has killed nearly 2,000 in Aleppo in six months
The city where death falls from the sky, ending an average of 14 lives per day
Is Pope Francis getting into politics? Ask his BFF, Rabbi Skorka
To begin with, there will be an attempt to broker peace in the Middle East.
These 6 countries are among the worst in the world for workers
In Cambodia, workers demanding better pay have been killed or imprisoned.