Iraqi Kurds prepare for Sinjar mountain offensive against IS
Controlling Sinjar would put the peshmerga on three sides of Mosul, the largest city under Islamic State control in northern Iraq.
Tunisians vote for first freely elected president of post-Ben Ali era
'Now we are the only country in the Arab world who does not know who their president will be until after the vote is finished,' said Mouna Jeballi, a voter in Tunis.
US transfers 5 more Guantanamo detainees to Slovakia and Georgia
There are now 143 detainees still at the US military facility in Cuba.
An Egyptian court just dealt a blow to the fight against female genital mutilation
The acquittal of a doctor in the country's first prosecution against female genital mutilation may encourage the practice.
The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine: Marxists with a history of global ties
The PFLP became known in the '60s and '70s for pioneering plane hijackings to garner attention for their cause.
What people in Jerusalem right now are saying about the violence
'The atmosphere is really tense. People are anxious and expecting the worst.'
Israeli and Palestinian leaders can't control the new wave of violence in Jerusalem
The killing of four worshippers at a synagogue on Tuesday was the latest in a series of attacks carried out by individuals acting without orders from an organized group.
Jerusalem is a tinderbox right now
4 Israelis killed in attack on Synagogue in Jerusalem. Witnesses describe a bloodbath. Israeli leader weighs 'tough' response.
Sudan denies UN access to Darfur village to check mass rape accusations
A UNAMID spokesman in Sudan was not immediately available for comment on the government decision.
How Peter Kassig’s friends are choosing to remember him
His humanitarian work spoke for itself, but the impact he had on the people who knew him was immeasurable.
Putin plans to leave G20 early after West blasts Russia over Ukraine
"I guess I’ll shake your hand but I have only one thing to say to you: you need to get out of Ukraine," Canadian PM Stephen Harper said to Putin.
The faked ‘hero Syrian boy’ video was irresponsible and dangerous
Analysis: A filmmaker's experiment could do real damage.
Yemen Shia militia shelling kills 15
Meanwhile, thousands rallied Friday for independence in the main southern city of Aden waving the flags of the former South Yemen.
FIFA clears Qatar, Russia World Cup bids but its own investigator disputes findings
Qatar has been criticized over its treatment of migrant workers in the construction industry.
Tending to the graves of WWI dead, Gazan gardener weathers modern conflict
As a Palestinian gardener cares for the headstones of fallen soldiers in a World War I cemetery, he also works to protect his family from Hamas-Israel violence.
Extremist group that killed hundreds in Egypt pledges allegiance to the Islamic State
The 'caliphate' is growing.
UN says 13.6 million people displaced by wars in Iraq and Syria
UNHCR says it is short of $58.5 million in donations to prepare 990,000 people for winter.
CSI Baghdad: Meet the small forensics team struggling to deal with a new wave of violence in Iraq
The lack of a functioning forensics program means that many families are unable to identify their loved ones, and bombers escape justice.
Gunmen kill 5 in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province
An interior ministry spokesman said six people had been arrested in connection with the attack in al-Dalwah village, SPA news agency reported.
The Islamic State's slave market
This video appears to show IS fighters discussing the buying and selling of Yazidi women.
Syria’s moderate rebels now stand alone, fighting on three fronts
An unofficial non-aggression pact with Jabhat al-Nusra is on the verge of unraveling.
The ‘silent intifada’ in Jerusalem grows louder by the day. Here's how things got so bad
Months of tensions have erupted into clashes in the holy city.
Iraqi peshmerga head to Kobani to join the raging battle against IS
In Iraq, security forces said they had advanced to within 1.2 miles of the city of Baiji on Wednesday in a new offensive to retake the country's biggest oil refinery that has been besieged by IS.
An author questioned God in Afghanistan's press. Here's what happened next
A newspaper closed, an editor arrested, protests popping up in the capital, all over an article that almost no one has seen. What gives?
Tunisia is the birthplace of the Arab Spring. So why are so many Tunisians uninterested in voting?
A precarious security situation and flat economy has left many wondering what they fought for.
This map shows which is the deadliest infectious disease where you live
'Tuberculosis' and 'AIDS' aren't trending on Twitter, but they probably should be.
5 reasons Turkey is dragging its feet in the fight against the Islamic State
Ankara's anti-Western rhetoric isn't new. Here's what is.
Kurds and the US intensify fight against IS for key Syrian town of Kobani (LIVE BLOG)
Turkey has been under mounting pressure to go beyond humanitarian assistance for those fleeing the violence.
This is the simple but effective Islamic State strategy to win hearts and minds
Village by village, the extremist group has manipulated Arabs, Yazidis and Christians alike with a campaign of kindness one day, terror the next.
US-led coalition jets strike Kobani, Islamic State shells hit Turkey
Islamic State militants have battled Kurdish fighters for a month to take control of Kobani.
Think the Islamic State is bad? Check out the 'good guys'
US-backed Iraqi forces and their band of ruthless Shia militia groups have been carrying out atrocities of their own against Sunni civilians.